Tune in as we hear from a panel of regional experts discussing creativity and ideation in the workplace in a time of crisis. Joining us for this panel will be Delbert Lee Morgan, CEO of ValleyStar Credit Union, Lynda McNutt Foster, CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting, Richard Hammer, Associate Vice President Cloud Factory at 1901 Group, and Graham Bennett, Division Manager for OmniSource, a division of Steel Dynamics.


Meet the Panel:


Lynda McNutt Foster has been an innovator in business since 1987 when she opened her first company at only 20 years old. Designing new processes that became industry standards in pest control, advertising, and now the coaching industry, Lynda is a sought after executive coach, strategist, and keynote speaker. Lynda is the CEO and founder of Cortex Leadership Consulting and was named a Business Icon by Valley Business Front magazine.  Lynda’s work has been published on forbes.com and an expert executive coach commentator on WFXR news in Southwest Virginia.  She is the founder of www.goMonti.com, an innovative coaching enhancement tool designed to increase retention and implementation of leadership practices. Lynda is a Conversational Intelligence® certified coach and trainer.Lynda has conducted more than 3,000 executive coaching sessions and trained more than 10,000 professionals in the areas of communication, change management, time mastery, conversational intelligence, leadership coaching, facilitation, and executive presence.  She has used the research she has gathered and analyzed from those sessions, trainings, and goMonti, to advise international coaching firms like Axialent, a firm Cortex partners with who work with clients like Amazon, Google, Proctor & Gamble, and Facebook. Lynda is the author of two ebooks. Time Mastery: 7 Simple Steps to Richer Outcomes and 4 Keys to More Effective Leadership Behaviors.  Lynda is the mother of a daughter much smarter than she is, a husband much kinder, and she is the CEO of Cortex Leadership.  She is a brain-focused trainer. Practical author. Slow runner. Day hiker. Enthusiastic zip-liner. Pathetic speller and bowler.


Richard Hammer, in his current position with 1901 Group, leads a 45 person team of experienced SMEs and researches and defines industry best practices and people, process and tools approach to implement an assembly line approach to software development and migration. Richard has over 30 years of experience in consulting, data analytics, and management of technology teams. From directing $400K to $3M initiatives, to managing over $20M in VC/equity funding, Richard understands how to achieve success and what to do when you have it. One of his greatest successes was the transition he made from advertising and marketing to a new project  resulted in moving the needle on children’s’ education throughout our country. Richard’s work building Interactive Achievement allowed him to make a powerful impact and one he expects will continue with the PowerSchool organization, who recently acquired Interactive Achievement. With experience as an enterprise architect with organizations like NASA, AOL, Discovery Channel, and Freddie Mac, and 1901 Group Richard has led teams that consistently delivered the right innovation at the right time. Richard has a talent of transforming low performing IT teams with his ability to synergize the worlds of technology, business, and people. Richard is an expert in SQL and other business analytic tools that allow him to find holes in data that others can’t and presents them to clients in a language they can understand. Combining this with his “big picture” understanding of success, it is not surprising that Richard is highly regarded as a community technology leader.


Delbert Lee Morgan double majored at Presbyterian College with BS degrees in Accounting and Business. He is also a graduate from Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Lee’s first CEO position was at the age of 24. Lee has led organizations of all sizes and for the last 6 years, Lee has served as the President/CEO of ValleyStar Credit Union. Under his leadership, ValleyStar has grown from $250 million in assets, 3 branches, and 50 employees to $500 million in assets, 8 branches, and 150 employees. Lee has closed 6 mergers during the last 6 years. Lee has served credit unions from Florida to Georgia before coming to Virginia. Lee is graduating today from the Cortex Leading a Winning Team along side members of his leadership team.




Graham Bennett, Division Manager for OmniSource, a division of Steel Dynamics

Graham Bennett leads the Virginia and North Carolina division of OmniSource. OmniSource is a division of Steel Dynamics and is one of North America’s largest processors and distributors of scrap and secondary metals.




Event Details

Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM


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