Ginny Santos doesn’t want you to waste your time. She loves designing and facilitating meetings and trainings that engage every participant — creating buy-in on strategic direction, an increase in engagement and retention, and attendees who walk out the door feeling enthusiastic and thrilled to put ideas into action.
While facilitating in-person and virtual meetings, whether it’s for 10 to 1000 participants, Ginny brings together people, technology and Creative Problem Solving to make collaboration easy, effective and empowering.
As a coach, Ginny works with individuals to help them apply creative and strategic thinking in the context of their lives, their careers and their health.
She has a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York and several graduate certificates, including Solution-Focused Coaching (S-F), Nutrition Sciences and Creative Problem Solving (CPS). Her practice also incorporates Design Thinking, Productive Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Nutrition for Optimal Brain Performance and FourSight. She is also a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University where she teaches creativity and entrepreneurship to MBA students.
Originally from Spain, Ginny is an entrepreneurial mother, a soccer coach, a digital geek and an enthusiastic dancer in her kitchen. At parties and social events, she’s the quiet person in the corner — but when it comes to one-on-one coaching she’s jumping out of her front-row-seat, cheering your journey to success.
Virtual Facilitator and Trainer
Taking what she’s learned as a location-independent communications consultant and writer for the past 25 years, Laura helps clients connect virtually. Her mission is to use technology to bring people together in a virtual environment where conversations can flourish and spark change. She’s an early adopter of Zoom video conferencing and has facilitated webinars, meetings, round tables and training on that platform. She has also led collaborations using a number of online tools beyond zoom.
Laura’s specialty is integrative thinking: she works with clients, both one-on-one and in groups, to problem-solve, generate big ideas, and act on them. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is a 2015 Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Laura is the director of the virtual Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia and Canadian partner for the To Whom I May Concern® interactive storytelling platform.
Lina Gómez is a logistics specialist and event manager. She has a driving passion for things that most don’t find sexy like: databases, spreadsheets, make data work for people and keeping teams organized.
Lina has planned and managed international events ranging from 50 to 2000+ participants — both face-to-face as well as virtually. From agenda collaboration, to methodological support and logistics coordination, she is a valuable player for any event project. She has developed multiple systems needed to keep track of thousands of details while not losing sight of the big picture.
Most of her experience is in the not-for-profit sector, she worked at AWID as Forum and Production Manager for over 10 years. The AWID Forum takes place every four years and brings together around 2000 attendees from over 120 countries. It is conducted in at least four languages and it goes on for four full days.
Lina has also worked for various initiatives and development organizations around the world, focusing on virtual events and logistics management. She holds a magna cum laude MBA from Universidad Icesi in her native Colombia as well as an honours degree in International Project Management from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.
Virtual Facilitator and Innovation Consultant
Ana is a facilitator and consultant in innovation, leadership and strategy. She is passionate about developing new products/services and programs from scratch by applying creative problem solving and innovation techniques.
She has helped and guided companies to discover innovative ways to solve their business challenges, create new products and identify growth opportunities. With over 10 years of experience in consulting, digital marketing, sales, and business design combined with a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies, Innovation & Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, she brings assets in creativity, management, product implementation, customer-facing experimentation, and a strong relationship-building focus to any endeavor.
Ana has been founder and director of business training programs for entrepreneurship based on experiential learning and innovation processes in Austin, TX. She also has been the leader of the core programs of The Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) Conference in Buffalo, NY.
Ana also has taught courses in innovation and creative thinking at master level through a distance program in Mexico. Ana is a certified NLP – Neurolinguistic Programming coach and has been a leader and guest speaker in creative thinking and innovation for conferences in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Animator and Graphic Designer
With an Advanced Diploma in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects from Loyalist College, Bri is our very talented animator and illustrator. She is easily excitable about all things art, and has always loved the way stories can be told through images and videos, and the joy that stories bring to people. Her goal is to bring that joy to other people with her art.
At NeOlé, Bri uses her extensive talents and tech know-how to format and organize data for client reports, design Stormz workshops and provide in-meeting tech support on event days. As our In-house animator and illustrator, Bri produces and edits videos, creates social media assets, and manages our website and social media accounts.
Perry Gasteiger is an organizer from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Having a passion for art and poetry, they started a local arts organization that supports local artists (aspiring and established) to teach, learn, and grow within their community. From live poetry readings to virtual embroidery classes, Perry loves to bring people together through events, and believes in the power of human connection.
Our A.I. Assistant
Meet our A.I. assistant, Andrew Ingram. Yes, Andrew is really a robot, a ridiculously efficient and artificially intelligent software that schedules all sorts of meetings on our behalf. We would love to meet with you, please use this link to find a time that works for you and Andrew will set up a phone meeting for us.
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Sol Santos-Pyne Chief Innovator and Prototype Evaluator. He is always ready to help design, paint, cut and install. Sol will show you what’s possible and will also try the impossible. He is the bravest monkey of all.
Ayla Larzabal Zavitz Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Safety Patrol. She makes sure that everyone is following the rules and having fun at the same time. She is the time-keeper and turn-taking monitor. She helps paint the wood for the monkey bars and will give you great advice on the best accessories.
Beto Santos-Pyne Video Producer and Editor as well as a Reliable Helper during heavy installations. When he is not building intricate systems in Minecraft he is the top ranking swinger on the monkey bars.
Mateo Larzabal Zavitz is our Media Relations Expert and Installation Helper. Mateo knows what’s cool and what’s not cool. He helps us maintain a realistic outlook on the world and stay up to date on the latest movies and video games.
Matias Larzabal Designer and Lead Installer. Matias has more than 20 years of experience working in construction, 14 years of experience as a dad, 11 years of experience as an uncle, 10 years as a helpful Canadian neighbour and handy-man, and a lifetime of experience as a monkey. Matias is also an artist with a unique upbringing. You can learn more about him and his art on his gallery.
Ginny Santos Monkey Supervisor, Visionary and Managing Director. Ginny is a nutrition coach and entrepreneur who is always looking for ways of involving children in creative thinking and problem solving. You can learn more about Ginny’s other work on NeOle Coaching.