A team with a passion to learn, grow and explore and help others do the same.
We believe exploration is essential for leaders to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. We exist to equip individuals and organizations with the Exploratory practices and supporting community necessary to navigate today’s ever-changing landscape with clarity and confidence. True growth and learning comes from interacting with people who have different experiences than you. With intention, our programs are designed as a trusted community of successful leaders from all walks of life, which creates a powerful asset for our members.
And much like the multi-dimensional nature of the leaders in our programs, our small yet mighty team is made up of a multitude of experience, talent and skill. Learn a bit about us below.
CO-FOUNDER & GUIDE
Tom is passionate about helping people create the future they desire. He’s been designing tools and teaching people how to successfully explore, launch and navigate their lives and businesses for three decades. While Tom is serious about his mission to enhance peoples’ lives, his animated and humorous approach to every interaction makes spending time with Tom feel like play.
Prior to launching Studio/E, Tom had a thriving law practice based on the simple philosophy: The value of your life is the sum total of its deals. Tom worked with his clients to conceive, design, and negotiate better deals, while also teaching and providing methods, frameworks and tools to improve their practices in these areas.
Today, Tom designs Studio/E’s tools, methods and experiences, and can be found leading members and organizations as they navigate change so they can bring their greatest value into the world. Outside of Studio/E, Tom can be found fearlessly exploring with his family: hiking, skiing, sporting – but above all, sharing in the great adventure of life with love, laughter and playfulness every step of the way.
Nate is an explorer. He spent 18 years at Target as V.P of Government Affairs and Senior Civic Officer prior to launching Studio/E with Tom. Nate believes in the power of institutional energy to build vibrant, prosperous communities and has spent his years weaving people together with that goal in mind.
Members and organizational leaders lean on Nate to provide counsel as they navigate change and move toward growth. Nate’s depth of expertise in healthcare, academia and philanthropy combined with his rich experience in business, government and politics produces incredible results for everyone who has the opportunity to partner with him.
Nate’s creative exploration abounds. He brings dynamic energy and thought-provoking inquiry to every conversation he has. His personal exploration includes hiking and skiing in the mountains, international travel with his family, creating new music, eating exquisite cuisine and hanging out with his two favorite people in the world: his daughters.
PRESIDENT & GUIDE
Before joining the Studio/E family, Stiles spent 12 years launching, leading and advising organizations. From startups to manufacturing to agriculture, he’s been a senior leader, advisor and advisory board member to organizations of all shapes and sizes. Stiles’ path has been winding, but along the way he’s been driven by one thing: creating impact through proactive leadership, sound strategy and deliberate execution.
Stiles joined Studio/E in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. He is the President of Studio/E, leading strategy, operations and finance. That doesn’t mean you won’t see him at Studio/E community events or taking the helm leading learning experiences. Stiles cherishes his time guiding and connecting with members. And if you are looking for guidance on wines to try, he’s got those too!
When he’s not with Studio/E members or colleagues, you’ll often find Stiles adventuring with the four most important people in his life; his wife and three children. They enjoy spending time in the mountains of Park City, Utah or at home with their energetic dog, George.
MEMBER SERVICES + COMMUNITY BUILDER
Tawnee has been building communities for years. Her superpower is her magnetism (and her attention to every last detail!). Tawnee welcomes Studio/E members with her warmth and is a point-person every step of the way.
She’s a natural born connector and skilled communicator. Before joining Studio/E, she built the Startup Weekend community in Seattle and the COCO community in the Twin Cities.
She cultivates connection outside of work through her involvement with local theater and through her passion for cooking. For Tawnee, there’s nothing better than planning and preparing a good meal to share with friends and family on a Saturday night.
Tessa is a creative thinker and brings her energy and excitement to Studio/E! Before joining the team, she worked in higher education as well as in the sports industry. Through experience with Big Ten sports and SEC football she found her passion for leadership and fast paced, ever-changing culture.
In the office, you can find Tessa working on slide decks and programming to streamlining processes and finding innovative solutions. Most recently she spearheaded the effort to bring Studio/E from a physical clubhouse to a virtual safehouse!
After work, it’s rare for Tessa to just relax so you will always find her working on a craft project or out and about. With her family and trusty four legged sidekick, Runa, you can find them exploring new places, hiking in state parks, or hunting for the next best donut.
Prior to joining the Studio/E team, Lori ran a business as a professional organizer. “Organized” is Lori’s way of being. When she was little, you could find her organizing socks and stuffed animals into categories in her room!
Today, Lori ensures that everyone and everything at Studio/E runs as smoothly as possible. She manages calendars, keeps the office in order and handles finance administration.
Outside of the office, Lori spends time with her family, which fills her up to overflowing every single day. She loves to stay active with yoga, biking, walking and weight training. Between her active pursuits, you’ll find Lori cozied up on the couch lost in a book or a needlework project.
Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of a new book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World (North Atlantic Books, 2020). Best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than three million people with each issue, Pilar has also served as top health editor for The Huffington Post, and as visiting faculty for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today, Pilar co-hosts a top-rated podcast called The Living Experiment and teaches online courses through her digital learning platform, Healthy Deviant Academy. She guest lectures at universities, leads workshops at top retreat centers, and consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness at work and around the globe. When she’s not travelling, Pilar hangs out on an organic, communal family farm in Wisconsin with her pit bull pal, Calvin. Learn more at www.pilargerasimo.com and www.healthydeviant.com (where you can also take the “Are You a Healthy Deviant?” quiz).
Connect with Pilar on Facebook at @pilargerasimo or follow her on Instagram at @pgerasimo.
Sarah recently received a compliment from a client who called her, “The Business Culture Doctor.” It’s the perfect description of what Sarah strives to accomplish in her role as CEO of The People Brand Company – to create work cultures where people WANT to go to work.
Sarah’s company, The People Brand Company, doesn’t believe people are separate from the brand. They ARE the brand. Sarah works with leaders and employees alike to increase engagement and create awareness of the vital part they play in delivering consistent and relevant customer experiences.
Sarah has learned that the driving force for being innovative, collaborative and customer-centric is clarity of purpose. She states: “Sustained growth and profitability can only be achieved when everyone in the organization is committed to building a strong brand.” Sarah’s clients have included Delta Air Lines, Disney, Thrivent Financial, and Apple Autos Group.
As president of The Prouty Project, he develops transformational experiences that improve collaboration by helping people expand their life skills, belief systems and communication processes. He also designs and facilitates cross-cultural strategic planning and innovation programs for companies eager to help their people become more effective global team members. Having traveled, lived and worked in 47 countries on four continents, there’s no one better suited to the work than Peter.
Peter describes his family — his wife, Tanya and two children, Sydney and Jackson — as one that is “happy, grateful and blessed.” That family also includes two cats named Emmet and Silver, who hold a special place in his heart.
Peter also expresses his creativity through writing, carpentry, stone sculpting and cooking for family and friends. He also enjoys challenging himself by sailing, surfing, rock climbing, fly-fishing and — no surprise — learning new languages.
Life-long learning to discover what is true
Reciprocity of skill, experience, attention and guidance
Discovery of sustainable relevance and value
A walk in the mountains of Aspen CO, the idea for Studio/E is born.
Studio/E Beta Day program is held in partnership with the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul
Studio/E Cohort 1 is launched!
Studio/E Masters, a precursor program to Endurance, has its first peer-to-peer advisory group meeting.
Studio/E expands its team and opens dedicated office and Clubhouse in downtown Minneapolis.
The concept “Exploratory Leadership” is coined to define Studio/E’s principles and practices. Our flagship Exploratory Leadership cohort program is named “Expedition”.
Studio/E launches Hero Speaker Series to celebrate and learn from Exploratory Leaders
Expedition is restructured and remastered, and transformed into a 90-day virtual program format. We are on a mission to reach 1,000 new program participants a year!