For over four decades, Ron Doades has dedicated his professional life to helping corporations and their people to lead more productive and self-fulfilling lives.
Ron was born on April 27, 1939 in Washington, Indiana to parents who ran a pig farm. He learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility and was appropriately rewarded by his parents—being paid for farm work and investing in livestock to fund his undergraduate college education, resulting in a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University. After working in the corporate world at General Electric for nearly six years, Doades resumed his formal education by earning an MBA from Columbia University and, later, an MS in Psychology from the New School in New York City.
On completing his MBA in 1970, he started his consulting career helping energy companies and their employees manage the changes essential to improving their lives. As an employee of a mid-size New York City firm, Ron soon discovered that he could best help his clients achieve lasting improvement change by showing them—through real-live “best-practices” examples—how others have successfully confronted the need to improve their performance. This was, at the time, a major departure from the traditional management consulting approach of the expert telling clients the prescriptions and rules for achieving their objectives. After forming his own consulting firm in 1977, he continued to enhance his consultative learning model in which, during in the past 21 years, Doades has escorted nearly 90 energy companies in North America to more than 350 meetings with leading companies to learn first-hand how to implement the changes essential to achieving the performance expectations of their corporations and people.
In 1995, Ron attempted to write a non-fiction self-improvement book based on his still-growing best-practices learning experiences. He abandoned that attempt after two years—Doades was not motivated to write a conventional self-improvement genre book that prescribed to people the steps and rules for improving their lives.
Finally, one day in 2009, the idea occurred to him that the most effective way to inspire and give courage to people to undertake the changes that would launch them on the path for permanently changing their lives was through showing readers believable and engaging examples of fictional people on their own paths to self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-realization. This was, after all, the personal learning approach he had been applying in his consulting practice, all along.
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of 20 published books, including the recent bestseller Stealing Fire, which was a Quarter-Finalist (top 5%) in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The highly-anticipated Forward to Camelot 50th Anniversary Edition (co-authored with Kevin Finn), comes out in fall 2013. The original 2003 edition was a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in 3 literary competitions–2004 IPPY Awards, 2004 Arizona Authors Association Literary Competition, 2008 Beach Reads Competition–and was optioned for film by Fast Carrier Pictures. She is also the author of 17 published young-adult books (fiction and nonfiction, biography, romance, sports, history), including a Silver Medal in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Awards for Ray Charles: Find Another Way! from Bearport Publishing. Mysteries Unwrapped: Secrets of Alcatraz (Sterling Publisher) led to her 2009 appearance on MysteryQuest: Alcatraz, a TV show for The History Channel. She has written and co-directed two produced plays, optioned two screen properties to film companies, and done both sportswriting (major-league baseball and Olympic volleyball) and magazine features for local and national publications coast to coast. She has also managed two recent political campaigns, and founded and chaired the 2007 East Cooper Authors Festival, which brought together professional authors with students from primary school through high school, in programs designed to excite students about reading. Inaugural event reached 8,000 students in one day. She lives outside Charleston, SC.