The Team

Rene F. Rodriguez, CEO

Twitter:  @ReneNME

Rene is the founder and CEO of Volentum, an enterprise education and consulting company specializing in the application of the latest brain research combined with over 30 years of experience to the areas of Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Sales Training and Professional Influence. Volentum delivers practical ways for individuals and groups to grow and renew themselves even as they engage and profit from recurring change.

A recent venture lead Rene to become CEO of MortgageDashboard, one of the U.S. home finance industry’s leading mortgage technology firms. His unique methodology and approach to leadership and team-building have been indispensable to MortgageDashboard as it has innovated through the recent economic downturn.

Prior to Volentum, Rene was CEO of Rapid Change, a consulting firm that trained over 50,000 people and whose training and tools were named a Best Practice in three Fortune 250 companies, and Chief Learning Officer, founder and former Dean of the Corporate University for a national mortgage bank.

Rene has been a trusted advisor to leadership teams at Coca-Cola, Liz Claiborne, Daimler Chrysler, FORD, Microsoft, ABN AMRO and Loan Tool Box. He has been a featured speaker at the Microsoft Annual Convergence Conference, the Presidents Network and the Business Plan 2008 Conference in Las Vegas. He was featured in UpSize Business Magazine and has been cited in several newspaper and magazine articles about change. He is a renowned behavioral and organizational change expert, leadership coach, world class sales trainer & dynamic keynote speaker. He can be reached at rene@volentum.com.

A captivating, high-energy speaker, Rene is in high demand for annual events, conventions, and keynotes speeches.

 

Magaly d. Rodriguez, Partner

Twitter:  @MagalyHope

Volentum had its beginnings in the work of Magaly d. Rodriguez, a former Catholic nun whose struggles and successes led her to assemble a group of tools to communicate important messages and build community with in a corporate environment.

Magaly has more than 20 years of experience coaching CEO’s and senior officers in DuPont, International Paper, LP Corporation, Masonite, Coca Cola, Arizona Chemical and Calgon Carbon. She has also worked with universities, schools, churches, seminaries, inner city groups, migrant farm workers and Native American tribes. Magaly’s unique approach helps leaders improve bottom line results, morale, trust and accountability. Several companies have adopted her methodologies as Best Practices.

A recognized thought leader in the areas of change, broadband engagement, innovation and leadership, she has developed out of the box perspectives and proprietary tools that include:

  • Change Simplifier a process that speeds organizational improvements. More than 75,000 participants have emerged more skilled in problem solving and respectful dialogue. Participants demonstrate behavior change and work cultures often show surprisingly enduring positive effects.
  • Vitalizing Change – a way of working that energizes those involved.
  • Change Intelligence – a quality of work cultures rich in creativity, diversity, engagement and rapid learning.
  • Peacemaking – Magaly‘s approach tools for transcending conflict resolution reduces stress and promotes 
candid, respectful dialogue.
  • Expensive Behavior – actions that waste time, money and create emotional distress in others.
  • Respectful Contrary – a tool for resolving conflicts and addressing sensitive issues with less stress.
  • Guidelines for Peacemaking Meetings – Guidelines that promote listening, speaking with respect and healthy 
relationships.

Magaly was born in Havana, Cuba, and has lived in Germany, Panama, the Dominican Republic and the United States. She was an Adrian Dominican nun in Detroit and the Dominican Republic. Her travels profoundly influenced her global perspective and the creative peacemaking ideas that are the subject of articles and book chapters written by others. As an educator and author, Magaly enjoys contributing to the renewal of individuals, work cultures and society.

Mission in Life:

Contributing to global peacemaking community. Author, “Irreparable Good: Strategies for Shocking Business Performance.” Specialist in making it easier for people to grow, learn and change together.

Beliefs:

  • “Growth (change) does not have to be slow, painful and hard.”
  • “It is never too late to grow genius and do irreparable good.”
  • “Everyone can lie, everyone can tell the truth. Our job as leaders is to make it easy to tell us the truth and to hear the truth from us.”

 

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