Accelerate your growth. Elevate your impact.

A global growth-oriented consulting firm focused on elevating our clients to be the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of their customers, communities, and employees.

Accelerate Value Creation

SVA provides expertise in value acceleration, ownership transition planning and management succession, mergers and acquisitions, and capital raises.  SVA’s hallmark is its unique Exponential Value Creation (XVC™) program, which is designed to rapidly increase the investment value of privately-held companies through a series of precisely structured strategic initiatives.


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A design, strategy and technology firm that works exclusively for cities and states, Atlas helps community leaders leverage and drive awareness, investment and visitation in the places where they live, work and play. Atlas leads the nation in generating economic impact with a comprehensive set of tools to solve complex problems. Over the last 16 years, Atlas has helped over 465 communities across 48 states and six countries.




Our community includes facilitators, coaches, consultants, trainers, business analysts, project managers, program managers, psychologists, process engineers, knowledge management experts and systems architects.

Highly skilled at working across cultures, disciplines and organizational divisions, our experience turns differences into assets. All are Better Practice™ certified and have a track record of success.

Powered by Better Practice™ we deliver exceptional value.

John B. Lazar

John B. Lazar, MA, MCC has been a performance consultant and coach since 1983, including more than twenty years as a leadership and executive coach to CEOs and Presidents, business owners, executives and senior managers through his company John B. Lazar & Associates, Inc.

In addition to his business coaching, he consults to companies on issues of leadership and management practices, communications, evaluation, emotional intelligence, executive team alignment, culture-strategy fit, and organizational change. He has made more than 80 presentations to audiences in the U.S. and a dozen other countries on four continents. He is a certified Birkman Consultant and Better Practice Consultant and Coach. John was a founding member and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO).

John has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has been certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Master Coach since 1999. He received his coach training and certification from Newfield Network and advanced education from the Institute for Generative Leadership. He resides in Forest Park, a suburb of Chicago.


Caryl Carothers

Caryl Carothers is an organizational and career consultant and President of Carothers Consulting. She connects people, ideas, teams and organizations to create new opportunities for synergy and growth.

Caryl is a certified Senior Birkman Consultant with over 15 years experience, is certified in the Lominger - Korn Ferry 360 and holds a certification with the Connective Leadership Institute.. Currently Caryl is an executive coach in the Executive Programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management, working with coaches in business, medicine, technology, manufacturing, education and the arts. Caryl has also worked for many years with non-profits in the Arts and Higher Education , and continues to work with the UCLA College of Letters and Science.


Michelle vander stouw

Michelle is a Faciltator and Thought Partner at OnPointe Strategic Insights, LLC. 

Michelle specializes in organizational and leadership development, helping organizations and people through major transitions. While working with leaders, teams, and individuals to unearth key insights which inspire building successful business and life practices, Michelle has gained a reputation as a trusted guide and thoughtful communicator.

Michelle has had formal training in numerous facilitation and planning methodologies and tends to use them as she cooks, creatively combining a taste of this and that for the perfect recipe that uniquely suits the challenge at hand. Even more important than her certifications is Michelle’s use of intuition and energy to support each process. From 3 to 300 people, Michelle brings diverse perspectives together to create a plan for manageable, measurable progress. With over 20 years of experience working in foundation, association, corporate and higher education environments, Michelle brings a broad and unique perspective to her work. Respected by nonprofit and business leaders alike for creating an open and collaborative work environment, she is dedicated to assisting individuals and teams find their voice, ultimately bringing integrity, creativity and optimism to every project.


Steve miller

Steve is the founder and team/leadership coach of AreteConnecT in Nürnberg, Germany.

Steve is a dedicated business and personal coach, applying personal development and customer service skills gained in over 30 years of international technology consulting, project management, and human resource management experience to further the success of other professionals.

He works in various areas including: coaching, consulting, training and development, performance enhancement, small business systems development and IT consulting.  Steve has also previously worked across Europe for IBM and American Management Systems (AMS).  His company, AreteConnecT, helps to identify roadblocks and challenges, design actions that improve performance, and reach new levels of satisfaction and success. 


kimberly dornisch

Kimberly is the Owner and Principal of kimberlylynnconsulting, LLC and Creator of Results, Visualized!

Kimberly leverages over 25 years of experience as a delivery consultant, Program Manager, and executive to lead and facilitate teams through strategic technology and organizational change. She has managed global organizations and successfully delivered multiple transformational programs, changing the way in which these organizations work and realizing hard dollar cost savings and operational efficiencies. The passion she brings to her work centers on creating innovative, new ways of working, and achieving the highest performance from the teams and organizations she works with. Through her career, she has honed her abilities to create meaningful, action-oriented meetings and discussions that are too often perceived as time away from “getting real work done” into memorable and powerful collaborations that accelerate results. 


David Gerring

David is a governance practitioner with a 33-year history of success in dynamic environments and matrix organizations.  He is a Certified Agile Professional, Scrum Master, and Better Practice Practitioner with vast experience managing large systems integration and custom software development projects.  David has spent the last several years helping organizations and teams right-size their governance practices to not only leverage better project delivery techniques, but also improve overall project team and governance performance.



Kris Bennett


Occasionally mistaken for a ZZ Top stunt double, Kris is a passionate Information Scientist. Over the last 20 years, he has helped organizations of all shapes and sizes understand, manage, and improve the quality of their information assets through the smart use of the technology that surrounds us all. An early adopter of Better Practice, Kris has seen firsthand the trans-formative effects of empowering organizations to know what they know. 

Fascinated by the wealth of technological possibilities available today and excited about the discoveries of the future, Kris' point of view is that technology by itself is boring, stale, and useless. Technology in the hands of human beings is fascinating, insightful, and revolutionary.


Joost Bakker

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Joost brings twenty years of international consulting and collaborative experience to the team. He has served as a Program/Project Manager, trainer and subject matter expert. His experience working on cross-functional and distributed teams allows him to understand and capitalize on the opportunities and value that well-aligned, diverse teams offer. Joost is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Birkman Consultant and Better Practice Instructor and Coach. After graduating from the University of Twente in the Netherlands he worked in Germany and the Netherlands and has lived in Colorado since 2000.



Joe Slatter

Joe is the Founder and CEO of Better Practice. His mission is to help individuals and organizations accelerate how they improve and collaborate to create more value. He has lived in six countries and worked extensively with global, cross-functional and highly distributed teams over the past twenty-five years.

Joe has a history of success inspiring groups and organizations to create more value through collaboration, design thinking, change enablement, talent development, process design/improvement and organization design.

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Joe is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations of all kinds achieve and maintain high performance through collaboration and sustainable, continuous improvement. His practical and personable style inspires people to activate their best self and collaborate to drive organizational growth.

Joe founded Better Practice with the belief that collaborators can improve their performance by establishing a common sense and listening to each other. A musician at heart, his upbringing and work over the past thirty years across countries, languages, cultures and industries has instilled a deep appreciation for the power of perspective and collaboration. Joe created Better Practice™ to help others quickly learn and apply the lessons he has learned over time. He lives in Colorado and supports projects, engagements and teams around the world. Joe orders his three most important roles as: 1. Parent 2. Teacher 3. Barista.



the company


Founded in 2011, Better Practice applies design thinking to improving how people work together. We work with partners, communities and organizations locally and around the world across industries, disciplines, generations and cultures. Together, we improve collaboration by design.

Better Practice™ creates shared value through education, training and coach-supported application of our unified collaboration and leadership framework and tools. Figure out what matters together. Make better decisions faster. Act together with grace and accountability.