The People Centric Project Preview

When we decided to launch the "People Centric Project" we thought about who would be the ideal team to help lead our efforts and provide an overview of what it means to be "People Centric".  As we thought through all of the exceptional speakers and organizations we were connected to, there were a few organizations and speakers that stood out among them all.  We are pleased to introduce you to the team that helped us set the stage. These are our exceptional friends at the BW Leadership Institute. 

On the 11th of September in 2017, we hosted a preview to our program with some of the critical elements needed to create, develop and enhance a strong culture.  We are grateful for the partnership and friendship we have with the leadership team from BW Leadership Institute (BWLI).  

Please take a few moments to learn more about the BW Leadership Institute and watch some of the highlights from that exceptional event:

Meet BW Leadership InstitutE

Let's take a little journey back in time... About a decade ago we had the opportunity to be introduced to a company that was in manufacturing. They seemed like your typical manufacturer of equipment, bottling systems etc..  However over the next several years the company's performance seemed to continually outpace their competitors and the people you we would meet from the company genuinely loved working for the company. We began to wonder, how could this be? After all, how exciting can it be to work for a manufacturing company.  Fast forward to 2015, the methods of why they have been so successful were open to the public. The company decided to launch the Barry Wehmiller Leadership Institute to help other companies learn more about what they are doing inside their primary company Barry Wehmiller.  The answer to how they have become so exceptional over the years was actually quite simple. They made a conscious effort to put their people first by investing in them. The leadership of the company is noted for saying, "Build Great People and Watch Them Do Extraordinary Things." 

The video tells the whole story of why the work of BW Leadership Institute matters to them and to our community.  Your work matters too, we want to learn from you and celebrate all you are doing in our community.  We believe our project will shed light on the great work the companies in our communities are doing and will inspire other companies to do more.  That is how our community will advance in every facet.  

“A good company delivers excellent products and services.

An exceptional company does all that and strives to make the world a better place.”

Henry Ford

Meet Teri Griege

When we thought about how we should kick off this event, we thought our speaker needed to be inspirational.  They needed to be real, authentic in every way.  We wanted the person to be "normal," yet extraordinary at the same time.  We wanted a "story" that could resonate with everyone in some form or fashion, yet be an example of what is truly possible when you light the human spirit on fire. And they needed to be from St. Louis, someone from our community. We didn't have to think very long because very few can check all those boxes. However; we do know one person who does.

We believe everybody's "why" needs to be inspired from someone or some thing. This inspiration needs to ultimately turn into internal motivation.  

We hope Teri's story provides this shot of inspiration for you to see what is truly possible in life and in business. 

Meet Teri Griege and see the Power of Hope!

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, 50 year old mother & wife, Teri Griege found her "why" & now inspires others to find their purpose in life & in business. 

Meet The Team From The BW Leadership Institute

Meet Sara Hannah - Managing Partner BW Leadership Institute


How You Think Is How You Lead

Sara believes we can build a better world through business. As Managing Partner, Sara oversees the efforts to help client organizations understand the intersection between people, culture and a thriving business model.  In addition to setting a long-term vision for BWLI, Sara plays a hands-on role working with clients to create a vision for their culture, implementing programs to ensure their vision becomes reality and facilitating leadership training experiences that result in personal transformation.  Additionally, Sara continues to be a member of Barry Wehmiller’s People Leadership Team that stewards cultural programming throughout the company’s global business units.  Prior to the launch of BWLI, Sara led an internal team to create Barry Wehmiller University.  From curriculum design to implementation across Barry-Wehmiller’s 9,000 associates, Sara created a pathway for leaders (regardless of role) to grow and develop across the enterprise. Previously she worked in Undergraduate Admissions for Washington University in St. Louis where she holds a BS in Business Administration from The Olin School of Business.  Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Sara resides in St. Louis with her husband Mark and her two young boys

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Torian Richardson

Torian is an international thought leader whose expertise rests in analytics, culture & people development, strategy and stewardship. With over 17 years of professional competence, he is a firm believer in lifelong learning through experience and immersion.  His own experiential path has led to him living and working on four continents and journeying through over 55 countries.

In the United States, Torian held a variety of leadership roles in finance, education, and transportation with general management responsibilities of over $80M in P&L leadership. In Africa as Pearson Education’s Business Solutions Director he was responsible for successfully building educational technology and service based businesses throughout the continent. In China, as an entrepreneur founding Guanxi Universal and TORIANITE, Inc. as well as lecturing in marketing, management, and finance at University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) and Changchun Finance College.

Torian is an alumnus of Harvard Business School having completed the 20th session of the General Management Program. He earned a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China as well as a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Benedictine University. 

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Aaron W. Dimmock

Aaron Wayne Dimmock, of New London, Connecticut, grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to his wife of over 21 years, the former Kimberly Renihan of Fishers, Indiana.  Kim and Aaron are blessed with the presence of four children in their lives – Camden, Kinsey, Amelia, and Peyton. 


Aaron graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May of 1996.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in February of 1998. 

A retired naval officer and former P-3 pilot with operational experience in all major theaters around the world, Aaron completed deployments in support of Operations Allied Force, Joint Guardian, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.  Among various managerial and leadership positions, he served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple tours.

Having earned a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and a Master of Public Policy, Aaron is currently working toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy and Administration.  His research interests include leadership, trust, candor, ethics, judgment, conflict resolution, human behavior, and organizational performance. 

Aaron strives to humbly be himself in service of others so we may all become better human beings.



Courtney Godfrey – Millennial Leadership

Courtney’s Why is to illuminate the ever-present goodness in life so that people experience hope.  And that is what she wakes up to do every day.  Courtney believes there is goodness to be found in every moment and it should be recognized and celebrated.  At the BW Leadership Institute as an Operations Team Leader, Courtney and her team support events in St. Louis and at client-sites to create an environment for participants to be inspired.  Courtney’s background in education and leadership training from Purdue University, paired with her passion for people has brought her to what she believes is her life’s calling – to help shape a world where people deeply care for each other, bringing hope for tomorrow. A native St. Louisan, Courtney loves exploring the city through it’s best restaurants, is attempting to master homeownership with her husband in their Maplewood home (always an adventure!), and spends most of her free time celebrating life with family and friends. 


Ania Sullivan – Millennial Leadership

Ania Sullivan serves the BW Leadership Institute as an Operations Specialist, bringing a fresh, creative perspective for how the Institute can find and attract others interested in the message of Truly Human Leadership.

Ania coordinates the communication for the Who, How and Why of the Institute team, creating a branded identity around the ideas that her team teaches and lives.

In addition to stewarding the brand development and how that connects to business development, Ania finds fulfillment in making sure the team feels connected to teammates and their own personal Why. Ania is often the catalyst behind team lunches and birthday surprises, which stems from her own desire to find joy in every day of the journey whether in her own personal life or in the fast lane with BWLI. Ania graduated from Saint Louis University in May 2016 with a BA in Communications and French.. Originally from the West Coast, Ania spends her weekends exploring her new home in the Midwest and planning travel to see more of the world.

People Centric Project Panel Discussion

Panelists: Matt Whiat - BW Leadership Institute, Lisa Nichols - Technology Partners, Professor Kirk Durks - Washington University and Stan Pauls - Decor Cabinets.