Meet Our Team
Founder & Co-Instructor
Brian realized early on in his professional journey that there is more than one way to find “success.” As a young professional, he navigated career moves and challenging work situations primarily with his internal compass and found that the transitions from contributor to manager to leader were often harder than they needed to be. It was through these experiences that Brian recognized a huge opportunity for organizations to support and invest in emerging leaders. These realizations were the seeds for what would become NextGen Center.
Brian has over ten years of diverse professional experience spanning multiple industries, and he earned his MBA from Duke University. With a wide array of experiences domestically and abroad, he developed an innovative understanding of professional development and an ability to recognize and cultivate potential in others.
Throughout his journey Brian has always made it his mission to pay it forward, using his experience to help others achieve their goals. He founded NextGen Center with a similar mindset – to help individuals and teams develop and get clear on who they are, provide a resource for organizations to manage transformation, and to ultimately improve performance and experiences.
"Learning and then applying skill sets to lead will help you to interact with each of your colleagues effectively. This will, in turn, help you gauge whether you’re delivering the most value to your team."
SACKEENA GORDON-JONES, PH.D.
Instructor & Advisor
Sackeena Gordon-Jones has been training and coaching professionally since 2003 in transformational leadership development, executive effectiveness, and strategic thinking and planning. She has trained and coached hundreds of leaders, high potentials, and professional women in the private sector and federal government. She currently serves as the Chief Coaching Officer of Transformation Edge, as well as Director of the Business Coaching Certificate Program at NC State University – specializing in helping leaders and organizations transform the way they think, lead, and live.
Sackeena helps leaders to develop their authentic presence, to have effective conversations and a coach-like style that leads to improved collaboration, engagement, and performance. Her approach gives leaders the edge to articulate vision, champion change, and execute strategically. With Sackeena’s services, leaders are able to create a strategy-focused organization with trust, collaboration, and engagement.
An award-winning leader in the coaching field, Sackeena has also served as two-time president of the International Coaching Federation (Raleigh Chapter), leading the chapter to winning the Internationally recognized ‘Breaking Barriers’ award. In addition to her training and coaching experience, Sackeena has over 20 years of relevant executive level business, leadership, and board experience in private, public. and nonprofit sectors. She was head of Learning and Development for SAS, where she had oversight of leadership development in global regions such as EMEA, Asia Pacific, and North and South America.
Carl Baumann retired in 2005 after 34 years in business. He spent 6 ½ years in commercial banking with First Citizens Bank and 27 ½ years with the Miller Brewing Company in numerous financial positions including Brewery Controller, Corporate Controller and Group Director – Sales & Marketing Finance. Carl is a volunteer Certified SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Mentor and specializes in business planning, strategic planning, general business management and management finance & accounting. In the last 5 years, Carl has had 39 clients launch businesses creating over 192 new jobs. Carl also teaches business and business planning courses and seminars for SCORE. Carl received a BS in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Joe LeBoeuf is a professor of the practice emeritus of management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Professor LeBoeuf retired as a colonel, US Army, after thirty-four years of uniformed service. His last military assignment was as a Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the Deputy Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and Director of the graduate degree-granting program, the Eisenhower Fellowship, a partnership with Columbia University. His expertise is in leadership education, leader development and organizational culture and change and he has been intimately involved in building the leadership and leader development programs at USMA and throughout the Army.
Upon retirement from the Army in 2004, LeBoeuf joined The Fuqua School of Business to teach leadership and management in the Daytime and Executive MBA programs, work in the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE), and serve as faculty advisor to the COLE Leadership Fellows program. His teaching includes courses in Facilitation, Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership, and Leading and Managing Human Capital and Organizational Change. He also teaches in Fuqua’s Educative MBA programs, and in Duke’s Advanced Management Program. LeBoeuf also runs a 4-day leader development experience, Consequential Leadership 2 (C-LEAD 2) for 400+ second-year MBAs in Fuqua’s daytime program. From 2006-2010 he taught an undergraduate course in Military Leadership in the Hart Leadership Program, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke. He was promoted to Full Professor of the Practice of Management in the spring, 2006.