60 Years of Leadership and Communication
Our founders met in college in Chapel Hill NC in the early 90s and they quickly discovered a shared love of dancing, travel, and spirituality. Their travels have taken them around the world, absorbing languages, cultures, and meeting people.
Their lives have offered many adventures. Ryan, among many other jobs, was a filmmaker in Oman. Thea was a mental health nutrition blogger.
Through it all they developed a commitment to service and empowering others to live their best lives.
Our motto is,
"Not doing it for fun, but having a whole lot of fun doing it."
Mission and Values
We empower individuals and organizations to achieve success. We equip you, and your employees, to build the communication, leadership, and collaboration skills to reach your goals.
Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to:
Inclusiveness - we respect people, value diversity, and are committed to equality.
Contribution - we value and recognize the participation of all members of organizations and communities.
Quality - we strive for excellence through continuous improvement, with a focus on honesty and integrity.
Openness - we are committed to a culture of teamwork and collaboration.
And above all, Service - we exist to be helpful and useful to our clients, and thereby participate in the creation of a better world.
Dr. Ryan Cate Gibson is a founding member of Holistic Performance Group. She has spent over 30 years developing and delivering multi-lingual, cross-cultural curricula and e-learning solutions for educational institutions, social service organizations and government ministries in Asia, Europe and the US. Leadership Development has been at the core of her international work, resulting in collaborative programs for underserved women and immigrants in Oman and Italy. She is also a documentary filmmaker and author, who has lectured at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She received her PhD in Reading and Literacy from Alabama A & M University.
Thea Harvey-Barratt is a founding member and serves as our instructional designer and training director. Thea has over 25 years’ experience as an executive and entrepreneur across a wide range of operations. As a leader and manager of administration, programs, and community outreach of an international economics nonprofit, she was responsible for supporting and building a strong leadership team for the organization. She has been a managing editor of a peer-reviewed online journal, publisher of a quarterly print newsletter, and served as an outreach and social media strategist for science advocacy. She organizes events, and manages projects, finances, and personnel. Thea mentors other women on a volunteer basis, and serves on her town Ethics Board.