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The Elements Team


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The Elements Team


It's nice to meet you.

WE PROVIDE DYNAMIC, INTERACTIVE LEARNING experiences THAT SHIFT PERSPECTIVES, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND CREATE NEW BEHAVIORS.

(And we’re grateful every day that that’s what we get to do!)

Learn more about the Elements Team

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Leslie Peters


CEO & Chief Facilitator

Leslie Peters


CEO & Chief Facilitator

I founded Elements Partnership in 2011 with the belief that people are hungry for real conversation and that when we truly engage with others we unleash possibilities that we didn’t even know existed.

It’s all about human potential for me… that latent capacity that just sits there waiting to be unleashed in the world. How many times do we go to the same meeting and have the same conversation? Sometimes year after year! It’s time to get down to real work. My best work creates opportunities for engagement at a deeper level – engagement with self and with others. Through training, coaching, facilitation and simple conversation, we create shared understanding. That shared understanding often reveals the path forward. The best part of my job? Learning with people who are making positive change.

I’ve been executive director, development director, director of corporate relations, assistant head of school, program director, trainer, facilitator, and senior consultant. My role as Founder, CEO and Chief Facilitator at Elements Partnership is the exciting culmination of all of those experiences and perspectives. In addition to career and life experience, I earned a BA in English and MBA, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

I’m married to an incredibly talented (and patient) musician. Dan is a jazz guitarist and composer who consistently inspires me with his creativity and insight. He has a thirteen-year-old son, Aidan, and I have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Grace. Together we call ourselves the GLAD team (for Grace, Leslie, Aidan and Dan). We all do our best to navigate the world independently and together. We also have a rescue mutt named Ginger who helps us along sometimes.


Favorite snack?

Whole grain pita chips (preferably with red wine).

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Okay… just a couple more minutes...

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination.

What gets you stuck?

Fear. No matter what it’s disguised as, it’s always fear.

What gets you unstuck?

Fear of regret. (Like I said, it’s always fear!)

What do you value most in your friends?

Honesty, a sense of humor, inherent kindness and the ability to see right through me.

What is your favorite movie?

Has to be Stranger Than Fiction, although Nanny McPhee and The Wizard of Oz do have specific themes that run through my life.

What is your motto?

Nothing’s a mistake until you do it twice.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Equanimity – it’s actually kind of a regular thing, but, because it’s so elusive, it feels like a super power to me.

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

I would learn to build things (like tables and kitchens) and I would take a painting class.


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John Alexander


Principal

John Alexander


Principal

My quest for understanding leadership and organizational culture took root during the 10+ years I spent traveling the world as a student, performer and management staff of Up With People, the international, multi-cultural education program. I also included a lot of “what makes people tick” work while studying for my BA in Political Science (University of California, San Diego) and Masters in Theatre Management and Producing (Columbia University).

Prior to Elements, I held executive positions at companies undergoing start-up, re-booting, or major growth, with particular focus on finding and engaging the key stakeholders who instigate, create and achieve change. Among other jobs, I’ve been Executive Director of a Tony-nominated, off-Broadway theatre company, Director of External Relations (fund raising and communications) for one of Boston’s largest performing arts companies, VP of Conferences for an international association of television marketing executives, and even had a brief stint in politics as Campaign Manager for my hometown (Tucson, Arizona) congressman. A career highlight was helping build Mama’s Kitchen, a meal delivery service for people living with AIDS, as the organization’s first Executive Director. Mama’s is now more than 25 years old and one of the most beloved social services agencies in San Diego serving thousands of meals each day to people living with HIV and cancer.

I'm learning a lot about learning serving on the board of Rokenbok Education, an innovative company disrupting the way STEM education is taught to young kids.

Home is San Diego, with my husband Johnny and our dogs Penny (wow, you can learn a lot from a German Shepard!) and Beau (a lot of unconditional joy). Living at the beach really is that great, but what I most love about life here is the large, boisterous, often very silly crowd of family and neighbors that are a daily part of it. I get in the ocean as much as possible, but you are just as likely to find me re-landscaping our yard (a never ending art project) or riding my bike up the coastline.


What is your motto?

Have a low threshold for pleasure.

Favorite snack?

Anything that is predominantly dark, salted chocolate.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Wow.”

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Impatience.

What gets you stuck?

Impatience.

What gets you unstuck?

Running along the beach, my “Get Through It” mix on the iPod, pondering one little step towards a solution.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Inspiring someone who’d never danced before to become a dance teacher.

What do you value most in your friends?

Silliness and loyalty in equal measure

What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride (It’s also my favorite book)

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

Become a baker and open an artisanal, hand-made bread shop in my neighborhood.

If I could invent anything to solve a problem, it would be…

Atticus Finch shoes (to walk around in someone else’s skin for a little bit). Could work both as a preventative or a really effective punishment.


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Dan Rubright


Creative Director

Dan Rubright


Creative Director

I am a St. Louis, Missouri based guitarist, composer and bandleader. I've formed and led several of my own jazz, rock and eclectic ensembles over the years and produced hundreds of original songs and compositions. My group, The Wire Pilots, features my original world and progressive jazz compositions. I have scored music for a variety of films and other media.

In addition to my own groups, I've performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, They Muny and many other outstanding organizations.

I was a member of Webster University’s jazz faculty for over twenty years. I was also one of the original directors of the Grand Center Arts Academy and co-founder of Crossings a multi-genre music producing organization.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination.

What gets you stuck?

Perfectionism.

What gets you unstuck?

Asking myself direct honest questions and taking the time to get clear on what the real issues are. Sometimes this happens through a conversation with myself. Sometimes it’s through a conversation with another person or in a group. Often the resolution comes through a surprise “ah ha” moment or insight-often when I’m in the shower or eating dry roasted almonds.

What do you value most in your friends?

Curiosity, humor, being able to listen well and the desire to dive below the surface.