Chief Executive Officer | San Francisco Area
As CEO, Barry’s mission is to empower associates to make decisions and provide services that help clients achieve their goals. Barry is the designer and developer of much of Interaction Associates' intellectual content, including leadership, teamwork, and facilitation learning programs. He is also tasked with assembling the next generation of IA leaders and practitioners to bring The Interaction Methodä to companies and communities around the world.
With more than 35 years in the learning and performance improvement industry, Barry has been a Senior Consultant at Interaction Associates, and Director of both the Training and Consulting Practices at IA. He is also a co-founder of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to racial equity and advancing the practice of citizen democracy.
Barry has led engagements at dozens of companies in the United States and Europe, including General Electric, Celanese, McKinsey, Progressive Insurance, Charles Schwab, and Capital One.
Barry has facilitated meetings with the Democratic Congressional Caucus, the Carter Center, and with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India. He has trained dozens of consultants in Israel to teach Facilitative LeadershipÒ skills to Jewish and Palestinian leaders in the service of advancing civil society, cross-cultural tolerance, and progressive social change.
Barry’s favorite IA practice is called Celebrate Accomplishment. He likes to catch people in the act of doing things that make a positive difference. It feels good to acknowledge others’ good works; most people appreciate being seen for their efforts, and it reinforces behaviors that help us all work together better.
Barry has had a wonder-filled career with IA and, as leader, is still challenged to “get over (him)self,” “listen as an ally,” and trust the wisdom of the group.
Barry holds a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Trinity College, Hartford CT, and an M.A. in Urban Planning from University of California, Berkeley.