Brad McRae is the Director of the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Kingston, Jamaica. Brad has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a baccalaureate and master's degree from California State University. He is a registered psychologist, consultant and best-selling author. He was trained in negotiating skills at the Project on Negotiation at Harvard University and in Leadership at the Harvard Business School and Decision Making at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Brad learned career development skills from Richard Bolles.
He has taught at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, at Carleton University in Ottawa and at Saint Mary's University and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He was also a subject matter expert in negotiating and influencing skills at the Pearson International Peacekeeping Centre. Brad gives over 100 presentations a year and has lectured across Canada and in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Africa, England and the Caribbean.
He is also the author of ten books: How to Write A Thesis and Keep Your Sanity; How To Study For Comprehensive Exams and Keep Your Sanity; Practical Time Management: How to Get More Done in Less Time; Envisioning Your Perfect Career; Negotiating and Influencing Skills: The Art of Creating and Claiming Value; The Seven Strategies of Master Negotiators, The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters, From our Grandmother's Lap: Lessons for a Lifetime, and The Seven Strategies of Master Leaders: Featuring Key Insights from 32 of Canada's Top Leaders. Brad is also the editor of The Atlantic Leadership Development Institute Newsletter.
Personal Leadership work
Rita Wuebbeler, MA, PCC, is a Senior Facilitator with Personal Leadership Seminars. She has been facilitating Personal Leadership programs since 2005 in corporate, nonprofit and higher-education contexts, and was instrumental in introducing PL to Europe and Canada.
Rita has facilitated Personal Leadership programs for language consultants at the World Bank, pharmaceutical sales executives and scientists as well as local and federal government employees and military personnel. She has co-facilitated PL Foundations seminars in France and Germany and has co-presented on PL-related topics at conferences in France, Estonia, Germany and the US. She conducts Personal Leadership Foundations courses at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on a regular basis. In Atlanta, Rita teaches Personal Leadership to new homeowners funded by Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Public School system, Women in Technology and a variety of corporate clients. Rita incorporates the practice of Personal Leadership in all aspects of her facilitation and coaching work, especially in executive coaching where she helps leaders develop a vision of themselves at their highest and best. She also uses PL in her work with individuals relocating abroad, who must adjust to living and working in new cultural contexts.
A native German, Rita spent the first two and a half decades of her life in Europe before moving to Atlanta, which she now calls home. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany. Rita recently spent almost four years living and working in Canada, getting to know a new culture from scratch and practicing Personal Leadership on a daily basis. She took up road-biking several years ago and participates in an annual 200-mile bike ride for charity to raise money for AIDS vaccine research at Emory University in Atlanta.