Our Experts & Partners

Our team of select professionals provides a holistic approach to the customer with the experience and wisdom not matched by any other organization.

Ginny Palmieri is the Founder of VOCE Consulting (meaning voice in Italian) which focuses on helping organizations align the divergent voices of their key stakeholders to drive innovation and growth.  Ginny works with individuals and teams to inspire and guide others to live courageously AND confidently in their truest selves.  Ginny achieves this by aligning the divergent voices where you need VOCE: a delivery system on “How to Be Heard.” Ginny also achieves this by speaking on her book, Unspoken and helping others to find their authenticity in both their personal and professional lives. She believes authenticity will lead to creating trust and a diverse environment where teams will think “outside the box,” take calculated risks and work to drive growth within their companies and on a personal level. “Everyone has a VOCE.”

Prior to VOCE, Ginny enjoyed a 12-year career at Independence Blue Cross (IBC) where she was a Vice President and an Officer with revenue of $17 billion. As Vice President of Specialty Services, Ginny created this new division which drove product/service diversification and revenue/profit growth for IBC. The Specialty Services Group was also successful in increasing cross-selling and client retention in the changing healthcare industry that resulted in achieving over $265 million in net sales.

Ginny’s experience includes P/L responsibility, strategy, managing change to attain improved business performance, human resources, operations and communications management, and successfully developing teams that consistently meet and exceed corporate goals.

Prior to VOCE & IBC, Ginny was Vice President of Commerce University, the training and development center for Commerce Bancorp. Ginny’s background also includes leadership positions at Bank of America/FleetBoston Financial, Founders Health Care (Allegheny Healthcare System), and American Red Cross.  

Ginny’s strengths include communication, collaboration, ability to work in highly complicated and matrixed organizations, innovation, leading and managing teams, and building partnerships despite industry disruption. In addition, Ginny is a certified Predictive Index Trainer and Associate, a business solution which focuses on better understanding behaviors and improve talent optimization.

Active in her community, Ginny is a Trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals & Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University), United Way’s Human Resources Advisory Committee, and a mentor of students.  Ginny is a member of the Forum of Executive Women (FOEW) and a member of the Women & Board Engagement Committee. 

Ginny has received honors including, Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Distinction and PA Diversity Council for Most Powerful and Influential Women.  She has also been interviewed on the Executive Leadership Radio show and is often a guest speaker for various organizations.  In December of 2015, she published her first book called Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life which focuses on courage, transparency, and authenticity.

She holds a BA, Cum Laude from Temple University and MBA, Magna Cum Laude from Philadelphia University. Ginny’s philosophy as a mother and business leader is to continually strive to advance individuals on her teams and in the community, as well as to be a role model for her children.

John Hopkins is a nationally recognized strategic growth coach, a published author, columnist, and the founder of Inspirit Growth®, that has been exclusively serving entrepreneurial businesses since 1999. John believes that high performing entrepreneurs (regardless of their industry) are at their best when they and their teams are consistently able to (1) control the tyranny of the urgent, (2) exercise strong critical thinking skills, and (3) possess expanded growth mindsets. This requires harnessing belief and motivation from within, drawing on inspiration from others, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

John connects over 35 years of experience as a growth coach, strategic planner, and execution management expert. He leads his team in providing unique insight and wisdom sharing through our proprietary web-based toolkits and personal and business growth systems. Our systems have been successfully leveraged by hundreds of our clients to significantly enhance the value of their businesses and develop strong, focused, and inspired teams.

Prior to establishing Inspirit Growth®, John gained extensive hands-on experience serving entrepreneurial businesses through years of innovative client service as a Partner in PwC.  As the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for CBIZ, John worked with over 200 closely held companies in transforming their businesses.  John’s own entrepreneurial focused research and hands-on problem resolution for clients has resulted in our Inspired Company Coaching Program that has served small and mid-sized company business owners and their teams across America.

John is a certified partner of Predictive Index® (PI) and on the International PI Partner Advisory Board. John and team bring the power of PI to organizations to drive innovation and growth. 

Jon Rothschild worked at Independence Blue Cross (IBC) for 25 years (1993-2018), holding a variety of positions throughout the organization.  He began his career at IBC as Director of Underwriting, following that he moved into the Sales and Marketing Department.  For the last 10 years, Jon was employed at IBC as a National Benefit Consultant, with a focus to provide benefit solutions for national employers with over 2,000 employees. Jon has had the opportunity to work with and become a trusted advisor to numerous Philadelphia based companies, consultants and brokers. He has been successful in providing self-funded and fully-insured solutions to these companies, leading national sales growth for IBC.

Prior to joining Independence Blue Cross, Jon spent 13 years in several other positions in the Health Insurance and Accounting Industries. He has experience in multiple areas, including financial underwriting, business development, public accounting, and relationship management.

As an avid runner, Jon has another strong connection to Independence Blue Cross, having run in the annual IBC Broad Street run for 24 of the 25 years of his employment with IBC. 

In addition to the many Broad Street races, Jon has run 9 marathons and enjoys and spends his spare time playing basketball, golfing, practicing yoga, gardening, volunteering and spending summers with his family at their summer home on Long Beach Island. 

With his expertise in sales solutions and relationship, Jon works with VOCE team members to clearly understand a customer needs and create innovative solutions to meet the customer where they are.

Farzana McCormick,owner of McCormick Executive Search Inc., has significant years of experience in providing human resources consulting and recruiting services to Fortune 500 companies. Farzana is focused on providing executive-level coaching and mentoring in global Talent Acquisition and Talent Management for Fortune 500 companies. MES Inc. also provides senior executive search services for companies who seek leadership through diversified executive management.

Farzana will align with VOCE business leaders to provide programs on diverse voice – between people, race, religion, socio-economics at all levels of society. In addition, she helps organizations drive innovation and growth by working with them to develop a strategic recruiting approach to talent.

Before starting her own company, Farzana was part of a progressive Human Resources corporate team of AllState Insurance Company and also part of the management team for a national executive search firm, Romac and Assoc. She has received a number of awards, including a national award for Office of the Year; that same year, she was named Person of the Year, a title she would maintain for two years running. She also received other awards, including the President’s Club Management Award, Outstanding Sales Achievement Award, and numerous Quarterly Production Achievement awards.

Born abroad, Farzana has spent most of her life in the United States. Coming from abroad, however, has given Farzana a unique appreciation of the varied cultures in the United States and around the world, an appreciation reflected in the many professional and civic organizations of which she is a member.  Her multilingual skills offer her a unique appreciation for building multicultural work teams.  She has been invited to speak at several civic and public organizations and has participated as a lecturer for various colleges and universities. In addition, she has coordinated and participated in political campaigns on the state and federal levels.

Farzana is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Communications.  She was an active member of the International Student Association and a member of Model UN.

Christine Miles is Founder and CEO of EQuipt, LLC a business devoted to transforming people to achieve unprecedented business results. The linchpin to getting these results is arming people with the tools to develop the intangible emotional skills (EQ) that the top 10% of performers possess.

The first five years of her career was spent as a family systems therapist. These early experiences taught her how to affect people in a system to work together to transform and find a better way of functioning. Although she felt that she was making a difference, something was missing. Watching her father at a young age develop his business and talking with him about his clients, her passion for business was born. At the age of 26, she was determined to find a way to apply the principles of psychology to business.

Christine spent 14 years working for an Employee Assistance Program running the organizational development arm of the business; selling, designing and delivering training. Helping people learn how to be more effective as managers, leaders, have difficult conversations, manage conflict, understand harassment and bias, and communicate effectively was my daily work life. She then began her own executive coaching consulting business, to Fortune 500 companies, helping companies grow sales and revenue, develop people and create transformative cultures. To help businesses understand and use the power of story as a cutting-edge communication tool, she authored “The Art of The Nudge”.

Through both her professional and personal experiences, Christine learned that most people were not taught the emotional skills and simply needed tools to learn HOW to develop their EQ that sets them apart. In late 2018, I decided it was time to parlay all of my experiences together and formed EQuipt, LLC., a women-owned business.

Christine also hosts a weekly business radio show where executive leaders share their personal story of who they were growing up and how that impacts their passion and success today. Executive Leaders Radio is the #1 business radio show in the Mid-Atlantic states and broadcasts nationally on 91 stations. She also currently serves on the Rohrer College of Business Advisory Board at Rowan University, is a Certified Systems Therapist through the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, a National VISTAGE Speaker, and a Certified Predictive Index Trainer.

Christine received her bachelor’s degree of Science from Millersville University and her M.S. Ed. in Psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also recognized as an All-American and Academic All-American Athlete at Millersville, a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Squad (Top 60) in 1987 and 1993 and, coached the women’s Field Hockey team at the University of Pennsylvania.

With her expertise in working with executives and their teams, Christine works with VOCE team members to clearly understand a customer's needs and create solutions to drive innovation and growth for a company.

Maxine Dotseth is a business development, client executive and mentor/coach with extensive experience in the financial services industry. She has fostered new business relationships and expanded partnerships with Fortune 500 firms, start-ups, and not for profit organizations at key executive and management levels. Maxine’s background targets growth coaching with businesses and teams. Her experience in mentoring others and assessing professional talents has fostered excellence in career management.

She has held leadership roles with BNY Mellon, Interactive Data, Control Dat and SunGard/FIS. Maxine was a recipient of the BNY Mellon annual Chairman’s Circle Award for top institutional sales achievement. She holds numerous additional awards for sales and client leadership.

As past president of Women in Investing Network of Philadelphia (WIN) and former Chair of the Corporate Sponsor and Membership teams, she serves as an advisor to the board and key WIN leaders on program and business development. Maxine excels in leadership, mentoring, and volunteer projects as an adjunct to her career.

She is a past member of the Advisory Council for the PA Conference for Women. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree from the University of Minnesota.

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