VO! Adjunct Facilitators

Venture Out! Partners with expert facilitators from all over. Each of whom have their own unique style and background of professional skillsets.

Michael A. Lair, President and Founder of Lair Learning Alliance, is an acclaimed consultant specializing in helping people and businesses learn and develop together to set and meet organizational goals. Mike provides invigorating programs in leadership development, team effectiveness, and personal performance. His inspiring and dynamic facilitation style energizes clients to maintain enthusiasm and effectively apply their learning to meet the practical challenges they face every day.

In both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Mike has directed Human and Systems Development efforts for small, large, and multinational companies. He has served as Director of Experiential Programs, and currently chairs the Experiential Training and Development Alliance, WEB Education Tools. For seven years Mike was the Director of Organizational Learning for Joy Outdoor Education Center, near Cincinnati, where he provided the leadership to initiate a full-service consulting operation, doubling base revenues and tripling the client base.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology/Quality of Work Life from Bowling Green State University, and is currently on the faculty of Comair University and Xavier Consulting Group’s Senior Management Certificate Program. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Business Assistance Center, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board of the Chamber’s Branch Office in Blue Ash. His publications include articles in the Book of Metaphors, II for the Association of Experiential Education, and Getting Teams on the Same Page. Mike has also produced the manuals Managing ConflictTeam Alignment Process®Creating Shared VisionDeveloping Strategic Plans, and Quality Team Processes and Leadership.

With his dynamic personality and action-based process-consulting, Mike creates inspired employees and focused leaders who take a lively mutual interest in their company’s welfare-and who enjoy healthy and fun places to work! When appropriate, Mike takes full advantage of his alliances with other service providers to customize his offerings for each client. He has strengthened the ability of many companies and organizations to take effective action, including American Tool Companies, BHE Environmental, COMAIR, Inc., Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, The David J. Joseph Company, Federated Department Stores Leadership Institute, HealthBridge, Indiana Constructors & INDOT, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati, Lexmark, Mead Corporation, Ohio Department of Education, Pitney Bowes, and ITW- Hobart Corporation.


I found my passion at the age of 16 as a camp counselor when I realized I could help people uncover their true passion and potential, and have tons of fun doing it!  What a rush … and life blossomed from there.

With many years in the outdoor adventure industry, as a camp director and corporate team building facilitator, I decided to dive deeper into the pool and return to school for my Masters in Human Resource Development and two certifications in life and executive coaching.  25 years later, I am still getting that rush every time a client realizes they have the keys to drive their life to their desired destination.

As a corporate coach and facilitator in leadership, team and performance development, I am grateful for more than a hundred opportunities to work with the finest regional and international companies: Ford Motor Company, Proctor and Gamble, Crown Equipment Inc., Lexis-Nexis, Dayton International Airport, Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear St, Mary’s), Alcoa Engineering Inc., Convergys, Joint Township Regional Health System and the Cincinnati Police Department and many others.

Even with these accomplishments, my greatest love is my delicious work with teens and young adults, Destination Unlimited is my flagship program for assisting our rock’n young people to explore and design their future career, and the education to get them there. Destination Unlimited engages students in a practical process. Through self-reflection, scientific-based assessments, small group workshops, 1-on-1 coaching, career shadowing, and college selection, students are guided to chart their course from dreaming to doing.

Christy by the Numbers

If you are a numbers person, this information is for you.

  • 1 Bachelors of Science from Indiana University
  • 1 Masters of Education in Human Resource Development, Xavier University
  • Owner of Team Ascent Consulting since 1998
  • Re-branded for life & career coaching service as Zeal Coaching for Life and Career in 2011
  • 22+ years of working as a Corporate Consulting, Coaching, Team Development Facilitator and Personal Development
  • Facilitated 200-300 Team Development Retreats… basically, I lost count
  • 3 Certifications in Career, Life and Executive Coaching
  • 6 Certifications in Personality and Leadership Assessments
  • Personal insight into 100’s of careers through her corporate consulting experiences
  • Mother of 2, living in Troy, Ohio
  • 32 First Cousins (Hey, I am from a large Catholic family)
  • Over 120+ Fabulous Career Coaching Clients since 2011

If you are trying to figure your life plan or create a work environment where everyone contributes to their highest potential, I would love to talk with you and you can contact me here.


Leadership is a verb. Leadership is about relationships. Leadership is dealing with the VUCAs. Leadership is a choice.

As an experienced-based facilitator, David Carr seeks to help leaders with the human side of work and deal effectively with these truths It’s no longer about earning a living, but rather learning a living. As a
life-long learner, David is committed to helping others break phantom rules and move from his/her comfort zone into the learning zone.

David is a uniquely qualified experience-based facilitator. His personal leadership development began in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout award. He partnered with his father after receiving a B.A. in psychology from DePauw University, owning and running a profitable distribution business. David took over leadership of this business in

David has been an artist, jeweler, magician, newspaper columnist, teacher and marketer. Facilitation is his passion and where he has chosen to focus his skill enhancement and education since 1995. He has a masters in experience and doctorate in being human

David is a:

  • Leadership Challenge master facilitator
    (see http://i-lead.com/about/meet-the-team/l)
  • Qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Certified in Emotional Intelligence using EQi and EQ360

Since 1995, he has worked with over 1,500 leaders and teams with as few as 5 to as many as 300 participants in developing uncommon leadership, building nurturing communities and creating productive innovation, resulting in higher morale, lower turnover, increased productivity and greater ROI.

He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Hallmark, Convergys, Fifth Third Bank and Kroger. He has also worked with government agencies including the E.P.A. and the I.R.S.; educational institutions including the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, University of Dayton and the University of North Carolina; as well as family-owned companies and not-for-profits. Currently he is an HR Consultant with the City of Asheville, NC.

He was formerly with Montreat College’s Team and Leadership Center as the AHA! Resource for Corporate Development until February 2012. He also served as the Venture Out! Director for corporate development
at Joy Outdoor Education Center, Clarksville, Ohio, from 2001 until 2009.

David and his wife, Terri, reside in Asheville, North Carolina; have a daughter, Erin, in New York City, and a son, Bretton, at Camp Pendelton, CA.


Sarah is big on a few things: entrepreneurship, leadership development and human capital. She has a master’s degree in counseling and was responsible for leading talent development in government and health care organizations. She currently leads Health Carousel’s Sales Enablement. She is the owner of Project Connect, a leadership and team development consultancy and hosts a podcast called Failing Forward. On Failing Forward, Sarah interviews successful people who share the failures that launched them into success. Failing Forward has over 5000 listens per month which is in the top 10% of all podcasts. She was a Woman to Watch, a YWCA Rising Star, 40 under 40 recipient and is past board president of Artworks.

Kathy Schulz, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Ilumia Innovation, a consulting, training and coaching company that delivers experiential programs for individuals and organizations looking to optimize their leadership, team and organizational performance.

Kathy blends over 25 years of experience into innovative and dynamic programs, using her expertise in human behavior to help her clients leverage their talents in a collaborative and insightful manner. She provides seamless, customized solutions that are inspiring, strategic and cost-effective.

With extensive experience in Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Effective Communication, Mindfulness and Leadership Development, Kathy assist individuals and companies in maximizing Employee Engagement and bottom-line results. She works in a variety of industries, including banking, marketing, health care, IT and manufacturing. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, educational institutions and medical organizations, as well as family-owned businesses and not-for-profit agencies.

D. Lynn Watts – Chief Inspiration Officer Lynn is an independent and energetic, coach, career strategist and experiential facilitator who has guided groups from 6 to 600 participants from Fortune 1000 companies and not-for-profits.

Lynn is a creative, results-oriented professional who specializes in leadership and team development, coaching, diversity, inclusion, and equity facilitation. Known for her ability to support and inspire others, Lynn fosters an environment of collaboration to meet business and/or personal goals and objectives.

Lynn has facilitated programs with The Campbell Soup Company, Capital One, P&G, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, YWCA, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Abercrombie & Fitch, Convergys Corporation, Children’s Hospital (Cincinnati & Columbus, OH) and a host of others. Prior experience includes over fifteen years experience in sales with Microsoft and the IBM Corporation.

When not at Camp JOY, Lynn is a Spiritual Growth Site Director for Crossroads where she enjoys leading prayer, baptism, groups and a program on Racial Reconciliation transformation called UNDIVIDED. An avid cyclist, who also enjoys hot yoga, reading (or more accurately listening through Audible) books, and her podcasts like Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History and APM Reports In The Dark. And yes, she climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest (that’s 5,380 m or 17,600 ft Lynn leads with Grace and Compassion. The abundant grace she’s been given, she strives to give away. The compassion she’s been shown has allowed her to see her own humanity through others.

Lynn has a Masters in Education from Xavier University and a BA in Business from the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Lynn is a:

• Certified Consultant of Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias (see https://culturalq.com/)

• Administrator and Interpreter of the Herrmann International Whole Brain (HBDI) thinking and communicating assessment tool • Certified Interpreter of the Harrison Assessment

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