Allinium's Foundation

In the Words of Founder – Susan Elliott-Rink

Core purpose

We are ALL IN for our client’s success.  We are ALL IN for accelerating the process of creating ALL INCLUSIVE cultures and maximizing 100% of the talent pool.  We are ALL IN for causing a massive global shift in this millennIUM.  We believe that every human being deserves to work in a culture that allows them to make their fullest, unique contribution.

If you and/or your organization are interested in an open, honest, straightforward conversation and are ALL IN for creating an outstanding culture, we’d love to hear from you to determine if our methodology is a match for your commitments and concerns.

Approach

We work with industry leaders to create authentic cultures that promote inclusion and equality by acknowledging and understanding the seven physiological differences between male and female brains. By combining and balancing the two, companies improve corporate culture, increase productivity, inspire innovation, and grow profits. Inclusive Leadership requires a deep examination of where our impressions of gender, race, sexual
orientation, ethnicity, education, etc. intersect to create a corporate culture.

Our Start & History

Allinium, Inc. is a company founded on years of experience gained from learning and educating about, participating in, and supporting and promoting the professional development of women, gender partnership and powerful inclusive organizational cultures.

We are proud to be a licensed provider of the work developed over the past 25 years by the Institute for Women’s Leadership and Institute for Gender Partnership. We are grateful to Rayona Sharpnack, founder of the Institute for Women's Leadership, for her lifetime commitment to this conversation; we consider her to be a trusted and important advisor.

The Inspiration

The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.

–Susan B Anthony

The Allinium Team

Susan Elliott-Rink

Allinium, Inc
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Over two decades of Contextual Leadership, Gender Partnership, Women’s Leadership and Unconscious Bias experience, Susan founded Allinium, Inc. Susan and her team work with clients who are all in for creating all inclusive cultures in this millenium.

407.706.2406susan@allinium.com
Full Bio

Susan has an extensive background in helping individuals and organizations identify and shift their contexts. This includes twenty-one years of training and delivering programs, coaching participants, and mentoring leaders worldwide in using contextual skills to achieve unprecedented results. During her years working for a global leadership and personal effectiveness company, she became one of only fifty-two leaders certified to train worldwide. She personally led programs to nearly 30,000 participants in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand on using the mindset and skills of transformational leadership to achieve breakthrough results.

Over the past two years, Susan has invested thousands of hours in the study of Gender Partnership, working closely with the Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Institute for Gender Partnership and Inclusive Leadership.  Her mastery of this topic paved the way for a licensing agreement with the Institutes and the launch of Allinium, Inc. 

From the start of her career, when Susan was named National Sales Manager for an Italian eyewear company seeking to break into the U.S. market, she has produced extraordinary results. At the time, the optical industry – with its 38,000 retailers/opticians – was male-dominated, highly competitive, and over-saturated. Her approach to breaking into this tough market was to create a culture in the organization that would attract the best talent and establish a loyal customer base.  Her achievements resulted in her becoming one of the first women to achieve an executive-level position in the industry.

Susan's other achievements include:

  • Serving as trusted advisor and subject matter expert in the field of organizational and leadership development.
  • Designing coed workshops and programs to empower men and women to work together and create cultures in organizations of full Gender Partnership.
  • Leading executive coaching sessions for senior women and being instrumental in building contextual frameworks to support the growth and success of women in executive positions.
  • Being a featured speaker at the Intelligence Community’s Annual Women’s Summit, promoting the work of Gender Partnership to support the safety of our citizens, country, and world.
  • Philanthropic work coordinating a million-dollar renovation project for a nonprofit pet-rescue organization that had no funds to do it. With no experience in the nonprofit sector nor in construction management, Susan succeeded in having some 350 contractors donate their skills and over 140 material suppliers to provide needed materials free of charge. She also donated all of her own consulting/management services, taking a two-year sabbatical from her career to complete the project.

Mark Hertling

US Army (retired)
Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling served for almost four decades in the US Army.  His final posting was as Commanding General of US Army Europe, where he led over 60,000 soldiers, cared for over 100,000 family members, and partnered with the armies of 50 countries in the European theater and in the Levant.

Full Bio

Other assignments included being the 1st Armored Division Commander in Northern Iraq where he led a multinational Task Force of US, Iraqi, Ukrainian, Polish and Georgian soldiers during the surge of 2007-8.  Hertling was also an Assistant Division Commander in Baghdad, he commanded training organizations at the Army’s National Training Center (Ft Irwin, California) and the Joint Multi-National Training Center (Grafenwoehr, Germany), and he ran the Army’s Basic Training Organization across the US. He was also the Chief of War Plans in the Pentagon on 9/11, and as a Brigade Commander he served on the Korean Peninsula. 

Since retiring in 2013, Mark has been a Senior Vice President in the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare organization, he has been one of 25 members of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, and he has served as an advisor on various non-profit boards serving our nation’s youth and the military.  Since 2014 he has also been a national security and military analyst for CNN.  

Mark has a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy and holds Masters Degrees in Military History, International Security Studies, and Kinesiology. He is currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the Crummer School at Rollins College.  His book, Growing Physician Leaders, was published in May 2016.

During his time in the Army, Mark was an active proponent for diversity. He fought for women’s inclusion in the combat arms and for the elimination of the “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy. He was responsible for initiating and then training the first group of Iraqi women into their security forces (and the first Iraqi policewomen in Kirkuk and Diyala Province were the result of his actions), and he held the first “women’s conference” in Northern Iraq.  As Commander of US Army, Europe, he began groundbreaking female soldier and diversity seminars to address equal opportunity.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, and four grandsons.  He loves being with family, reading history, bicycling, and any form of athletic activity.

Ron Bynum

MBA
Senior Consultant

Ron Bynum has more than 35 years' experience as a management consultant with Fortune 500 companies 
and executives in diverse industries such as computer technology and software, automobile, venture capital, energy, insurance, telecommunications, and financial services. He joined the Institute for Gender Partnership
 in 2016.

Full Bio

Ron specializes in large-scale cultural and organizational transformation, leadership development, and building high-performance multi-functional teams that work together to produce consistent outstanding results.

He began his professional career as a senior executive with an international educational corporation, where he managed 32 domestic and international retail centers. In addition, he designed the corporation’s advanced learning programs.

In 1987, Ron started his own management consulting company and developed an extensive international practice with major corporations and start-ups. An expert in large-scale cultural change and breakthrough technology, he has served as  a trusted advisor for many executives and senior leaders domestically and abroad. He has also been a sought-after trainer of trainers for large management consulting firms. He has personally trained over 300,000 businesspeople in his career.

After earning a degree as a physics and English major at East Texas State University, Ron became an executive officer in the U. S. Army. He led an artillery battery in Vietnam and is a highly decorated veteran. Following his military service, he earned his MBA at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Maureen O’Brien Karkovice

MBA
Leadership Coach

As a highly effective educator specializing in learning styles and preferences, Maureen is masterful in her approach to highly complex situations. She has years of experience refining complicated concepts into relevant and clear distinctions, which leads to more effective leadership skills for her clients. Maureen has a passion and commitment to her clients to build contextual frameworks to affect breakthrough change.

Full Bio

Maureen graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Exceptional Education, with an Emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities. She focused her efforts on increasing the academic and behavioral success of very diverse populations in public and private school settings.

Maureen then attended Stetson University, where she earned her MBA. Her focus on transformative leadership and strategic thinking skills has led her to embrace and invest countless hours in the contextual leadership methodology. The contextual leadership methodology has dramatically impacted the leadership effectiveness of tens of thousands of professionals from Fortune 500 companies, both professional and personally.

Having successfully led her family through multiple medical crises, Maureen understands first-hand how the focus on shifting context or perception empowers people’s behavior, resulting in the most effective way to manage and enable powerful change for effective, productive results.

As the mother of a former U.S. Marine and the daughter of a WWII Veteran, Maureen has a passion for giving back to Veterans and their families. She is currently on the board of the Friends of Fisher House Orlando (501c3), where she is committed to supporting the Orlando Fisher House in a variety of ways.

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