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Our Team

Alison Whitmire, P.C.C


Alison Whitmire is the President of Learning in Action, a company committed to revealing derailing blindspots and creating awareness resulting in breakthroughs. She is an authority in the Emotional and Relational Intelligence, which focuses on our innate capacity to be in relationship with others, even in times of conflict and how we can develop that capacity through conscious awareness and intention.

Alison is a Professional Certified Coach, a Master EQ Practitioner and a Certified Narrative Coach. She has thousands of hours of experience coaching CEOs and business owners. She is certified as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher and is currently enrolled in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. Alison is a TEDx speaker and a 3 time TEDx Conference organizer.

Prior to Learning in Action, Alison was a Chair for Vistage International, one of the world’s largest CEO membership organizations, for 8 years, running CEO roundtables. Prior to that, she worked in a series of Fortune 500 companies, running business units inside those companies. In the early years of her career, Alison practiced as a CPA with Ernst and Young. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and BBAs in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

Shani Feyen

Director of Training, Learning and Development

Shani Feyen, MA, CPCC, serves as Director of Training, Learning and Development at Learning in Action. Her passion is to design and facilitate meaningful learning and development opportunities for self-awareness, relationship building, and diversity & belonging. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education, a Master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and Administration, and professional coaching certification and leadership training from the Co-Active Training Institute. Her excitement for transformative and experiential learning took her into the field of coaching, and she is particularly interested in the intersection of learning and coaching.

Prior to Learning in Action, Shani served in varied roles relative to learning, development and diversity. She is a former Access Specialist and Director of Accessibility in higher education, Learning Experience Design consultant, and continues to coach leaders and learners. She also learns and leads as a volunteer facilitator for diversity and inclusion-related efforts for community-based groups in her hometown.

Ken Kido

Business Development and Operations

Ken Kido is a highly accomplished executive with 30+ years of leading organizations through major transformations and strategic shifts. Ken’s leadership experience spans large corporations such as Capital One, Starbucks, Washington Mutual and Bank of America. He’s served small businesses and non-profits as an Executive Director and Board Member. He’s had responsibilities for large multisite teams (20,000 employees through 2,000 locations) as well as leading the HR function for a retail organization of 9,000 employees. Ken has the unique ability to engage employees at all levels and across all differences through his servant leadership style. This has resulted in outstanding customer delight, employee engagement, and financial impacts.

Ken has designed and implemented strategies for organizations to take advantage of new digital capabilities that customers demanded while caring for the significant employee disruption.

Ken is Co-owner of Learning in Action Technologies that specializes in training/certification of practitioners and assessment of emotional intelligence. He currently is a Score Certified Mentor, Board Member of Compass ProBono and Keiretsu Forum angel investor.

Denisse Lebron

Director of Digital Marketing

Denisse is a talented, creative and results-focused marketing and growth strategist with over a decade of experience in digital marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Media Communications from Full Sail University and has numerous certifications including Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing and Contextual Marketing. Denisse excels in strategic thinking, streamlining marketing operations and solving growth problems through efficient integrated marketing.

Prior to Learning in Action, Denisse was employed by award-winning marketing agencies and managed diverse teams and clients in industries ranging from eCommerce, manufacturing, healthcare and education. She thrives on all kinds of challenges, especially those that expand the company’s reach.

Sarah Bush

Training Coordinator 

In 2010, Sarah was presented with an opportunity to begin supporting small to medium-sized businesses virtually. Among these CEO’s were Authors, Keynote speakers, Life and Business coaches, Health and Wellness doctors, and many other start-up entrepreneurs who needed someone to support them.

Having her passion for helping people extends past the business space and flows into the local and national non-profit realm by way of helping to fundraise, bring awareness and help facilitate boots on the ground for organizations in both the US and in Kenya.

Throughout the last decade, Sarah has been able to introduce systems, create processes, implement organizational structure and help each organization think strategically through their next steps.

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