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Meet the Reality-Based Leadership Team!

Our Reality-Based Speakers

Richard Runnels, Solutions Executive

Richard Runnels, Solutions Executive

Rich is the guy at Reality-Based Leadership, who brings everything together and makes it work. He consults, sells and, most importantly, plays the role of operational guru for our organization and for our clients.

Rich leverages his extensive experience as a successful corporate executive to help our clients implement reality-based solutions to their leadership challenges. Rich’s track record demonstrates the power of living personal accountability. He has seen it all and found ways throughout his career to deliver results, in good situations and bad.

Rich also leads Cy Wakeman’s engagement survey company—Bulletproof Talent.

Sara Meis, Chief of Staff

Sara Meis, Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Sara is the glue that ties together all aspects of the Reality-Based Team. After graduating in 2009 from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Business, Sara began working for Cy Wakeman.

With Cy’s guidance, Sara quickly adopted the Reality-Based Philosophy. She uses her creativity to strategically combine accountability and resilience with her wide background and diverse experience to set the entire team up for success.

Ellie Steinbrink, Director of Marketing

Ellie Steinbrink, Director of Marketing

Ellie leads anything and everything related to marketing strategy and content for Reality-Based Leadership. She comes to us with 15 years of experience in all facets of digital and traditional marketing, including leading client strategy and relations at multiple agencies and managing TurboTax product marketing with Intuit.

Ellie’s love of Reality-Based Leadership started years ago when she experienced Cy’s drama-ditching philosophy first-hand through 1:1 coaching. Because of the way this philosophy has shaped her personal and professional life, Ellie now has a passion to spread this life-changing message with the world.

Put our expertise to work for you! Contact us at (402) 763-8963 for live and online training programs that will help you ditch workplace drama, boost employee value, and turn challenges into opportunities!