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Meet Our Team

EdgeQuests, Inc. and its branded website,, was established in 2008 and is a 100% women owned business. Our team is comprised of well-seasoned, inventive experts in talent, leadership and organizational development.

  • Barbara Pagano

    Founding Partner at

    Barbara has spent more than 20 years helping leaders excel and facilitating for Fortune 500 firms. She has shared her leadership insights with audiences totaling more than 300,000 executives from companies like Coca-Cola, NCR, Target, and Turner Broadcasting, and she has personally coached almost 3,000 executives from companies including American Express, AT&T, and BellSouth. Barbara’s research on credibility, the diagnostic tools she has developed with a leading company in the assessment industry, and her focus on skills and measurable improvement offer leaders proven methods for building trusting, high-performing relationships. She inspires, teaches and holds leaders accountable for results. She is co-author of THE TRANSPARENCY EDGE: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business (McGraw-Hill), chosen by Fast Company magazine as a “Book of the Month.” The book is available on Amazon:

  • Elizabeth Pagano

    Founding Partner at

    Elizabeth consults with organizations on leadership/talent development. She is co-author of THE TRANSPARENCY EDGE: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business (McGraw-Hill), which has been translated into four languages and is now in paperback. A former business journalist, articles by and about her have appeared in a wide array of business publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN International, Outside Magazine,, Journal of Accountancy, CBS News, Web CPA, Business to Business, Talent Management, Employee Benefit News, Manage Smarter, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. You can find her book on Amazon:

  • Amy Balog

    Partner Consultant at

    Before starting, Amy spent 17 years in complex sales and delivery oversight for start-ups to a $20 billion global enterprise, working across a large footprint of corporate industry segments and almost every functional area of a company. Her experience participating in and facilitating intense meetings as the escalation point when project delivery was struggling or failing forced her to create a prescriptive and proactive approach. ConnextionPoint is Amy’s program that is a thought-provoking perspective on collaborating and connecting into difficult and unpredictable environments. She applies her “engagement acumen” in the sabbatical context in her posts on The Sabbatical Mindset blog.

  • Margery Miller

    Partner Consultant at

    Margery is a Life Entrepreneur who inspires and teaches others how to be one. She coaches an elite group of individuals who are among the few, the strong and the brave, ready to push forward, create the businesses and lives they would love to live and experience. She helps clients break old habits of thinking, get out of the box and build a more productive, fulfilling life. Margery also goes into businesses that want assistance in creating a company-wide process of organizational transformation. Her company, PeopleBiz, Inc., works with teams to develop best practices and the kind of unified force of people who join together to grow a unique company with an identifiable impact in the community.

  • Susan Reece

    Partner Consultant at

    Susan is president of Dalton Spencer Consulting and consults with leadership teams to create human capital and business strategies that produce profitable growth and sustainable success. She led human resources and corporate strategic planning functions as a senior executive for more than 10 years. A licensed industrial/organizational psychologist with a PhD from the University of Georgia, Susan has an extensive business education acquired at the London Business School, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. She is the creator of the Strategy Preference Indicator© and the brains behind yourSABBATICAL’s work coverage materials.

  • Gloria Southerland

    Partner Consultant at

    Gloria specializes in designing and developing training programs and materials, workshops, handbooks, toolkits, and various other employee communications for companies of all sizes, in all industries. As principal of Human Resource Design, Inc. for over 20 years, she has worked closely with senior teams and CEOs to help them translate their business needs into management, leadership and talent development related training, tools and strategies. Gloria partners with to communicate our sabbatical expertise through the creation of sabbatical toolkits, guidebooks and training programs.

  • Karen Steadman

    Partner Consultant at

    Karen is a trusted advisor retained by leaders who must balance competing strategic concerns in a fast paced world. She advises on ways to maximize effectiveness and performance for a portfolio of very smart, very diverse and very capable leaders located across the globe. She believes that optimizing the performance of people now is a solid investment in a profitable future, hence her company is called Leadership Futures. Karen graduated with highest honors in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. Karen has high energy and is well traveled…she has designed, staffed and delivered coaching and leadership development programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa and throughout Europe and Asia.

  • Hannah Culwell

    Graphic Designer at

    From pages of this website to a multitude of printed and electronic collateral, Hannah is credited with yourSABBATICAL’s “look and feel”. She’s an emerging designer who will soon tout a degree in graphic design from North Carolina’s Brevard College, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. She’s interned in a mid-sized design firm in Atlanta and has shadowed a renowned photographer. Where she’ll land is still unknown, but if it’s with a company that offers sabbaticals, she knows she’ll be in a good place.

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