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Why Choose DoorTwo™?

Focused Engagements for You and Your Organization

DoorTwo is a conscious leadership consulting firm that combines deep business experience and expertise with the power of proven, research-based models. DoorTwo tailors each engagement to the individual and organization, offering executive coaching and leadership development programs and workshops. Influential leaders emerge to build thriving and growing organizations.

DoorTwo focuses on the whole human, creating conscious leaders who achieve competency in behavioral science models, including motivation, communication, and change management. These competencies are integrated with the concept of elevated capacity, creating a whole leader who harnesses personal potential to achieve peak performance.

Journeying with you

Your patterns of thinking define your choices, perspective, and business. DoorTwo conscious leadership consultants hold a mirror up to help growth-minded leaders like you ask new questions, shift perspective, and develop new patterns of thinking that unlock greater influence to create thriving companies. Your consultant will create a tailored engagement for you and journey with you, guiding and coaching you to conscious leadership and extraordinary impact.

What’s Behind DoorTwo?

Purpose.

To awaken people and transform companies to achieve their purpose-filled greatness.

Mission.

We act as ceaseless guides in the arena of life.

Vision.

Conscious leaders leading growing, thriving, culturally-healthy companies.

The SSCA Evolution
to DoorTwo

SSCA’s journey began over 45 years ago with Dr. Brad Spencer, in his garage, choosing proven behavioral science-based models from which to lead and consult his clients. This cutting-edge approach changed the trajectory for everyone he encountered and soon Spencer & Associates became Spencer, Shenk, Capers and Associates, which many warmly know now as SSCA.

A Legacy of Cutting-Edge Leadership Consulting

As SSCA evolved so did the incorporation of select, proven leadership competency models. You would expect nothing less from a consulting firm committed to journeying with and ceaselessly guiding clients to their purpose-filled greatness.

SSCA is now DoorTwo, we invite growth-minded leaders to choose to make an extraordinary impact for themselves and their organizations.

DoorTwo continues to build upon deeply researched and proven models. Our new name, DoorTwo, reflects the ceaseless growth process that conscious leaders journey – consistently facing choices and purposefully choosing a new perspective, an exceptional path, and to have extraordinary impact.

1977

Bradford F. Spencer boldly launches his leadership consulting services out of his home in Los Angeles.

1978

Motivating Achievement (LPMA) Workshop launched, originally called MMPI.

1979

Thomas Shenk comes aboard as Brad Spencer’s first partner.

1980

The SSCA “chasing arrows” logo graphic is created. The company moves out of Brad’s home to an office in Manhattan Beach.

1984

SSCA lands its first major client, ADVO Systems.

1985

Motivating Dialogue (LPMD) Workshop launched, originally called PCM.

1986

Company moves to Gardena. Implements its first proprietary software program.

1989

Hedges Capers joins the team.

1992

Susan Peirce joins the team.

1997

Daniel Collett joins the team.

2004

Motivating Change (LPMC) Workshop launched.

2008

Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock publish the book “Change Cycle.”

2012

Stephanie Tran joins the SSCA team, after falling in love with the program as Head of HR at TakeCare.

2015

Shaun Dyke joins SSCA as a result of the profound effect the program had on him as Head of Executive Development at Nestle USA.

2018

Brad Spencer publishes the book “Straight Line.” Partner Tom Shenk publishes the book “The Truth About Forgiveness.”

2019

The team spends some hard-earned affiliation time after a VERY busy season!

2019

Anna Baldwin joins SSCA Team.

2020

We all survive the pandemic.

2021

Jeff Miller joins the SSCA team after an extensive career in Learning and Organizational Effectiveness for noteworthy companies like Cornerstone OnDemand.

2021

Eduardo Atienza joins the SSCA team.

2023

We bid farewell to Dan Collett (1955-2023)

2023

Christine Vensand joins the team.

2023

SSCA becomes DoorTwo.

2023

Elevating Capacity added to Leadership Development solutions.

Meet the Consultants

DoorTwo leadership consultants are in the arena with you, throughout your journey, guiding you to solve the right problems and achieve your defined goals. Each consultant couples deep business experience and expertise with the power of proven, research-based models. Take a moment to get to know each of the consultants and choose the one with whom you want to take this ceaseless journey to conscious leadership, and more importantly, to extraordinary impact.

Thomas M. Shenk
Thomas M. Shenk
Susan Peirce
Susan Peirce
Stephanie Au
Stephanie Au
Shaun Dyke
Shaun Dyke
Jeff Miller Ph.D.
Jeff Miller Ph.D.
Eduardo Atienza
Eduardo Atienza
Dr. Brad Spencer
Dr. Brad Spencer
Anna Baldwin
Anna Baldwin

Thomas M. Shenk

Partner Emeritus

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“Tom is really part of the fabric of our company and he has been a great hand in developing our leaders. Our engagement scores, retention and business results are the evidence.” –COO / Executive Coaching Client

It’s All About Relationships

Tom helps clients and their companies optimize their “human resource” through skill development, encouragement, and candid executive coaching. Tom focuses on C-suite executives, awakening them to conscious leadership. His deep expertise enables him to subsequently ensure the permeation of proven, behavior-based models to leaders throughout the organization with the goal of creating healthy cultures from which organizations thrive and perform.

Two key principles Tom selected:

  1. “Leadership is relationship and relationship is everything.”
  2. “Are we as leaders behaving in a way that encourages the best from others?”
Areas of Expertise
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assessment Coach
  • Assertive Communications
  • How to Have Important and Difficult Conversations
  • Candidate Selection and Cultural Fit
  • Change Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution and Management
  • Executive Coach (for C-suite and high potential leaders)
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Developing an Engaged Culture of Shared Leadership
Experience
  • Wells Fargo
  • European American Ban
  • Guest Lecturer, California State University Long Beach
  • Adjunct Professor, University of California Los Angeles, Extension Program
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Southern California
  • Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
  • Master of Science in Organization Behavior, University of Southern California

Susan Peirce

Partner

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Susan is a truth teller… and we have made great progress. The ROI with DoorTwo (formerly SSCA) is very high. It’s not instant gratification, it is slow…it’s so great to have someone come in and look at your organization to help plot the path forward. – Co-Founder / Executive Coaching Client

Susan Peirce has a keen understanding of business and a steadfast desire for results. As a Partner at DoorTwo, she has been an integral part of the growth and transformation of hundreds of businesses in her more than thirty years working in Leadership and Organizational Development. Susan offers clients an opportunity for growth and the ability to access sincere vulnerability, opening the door for them to “get out of their own way” and achieve remarkable business results.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aligning Leadership Teams
  • Aligning Strategy and Culture
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assertive Communications
  • Assessment Coach
  • Building Organizational Learning Communities
  • Business Ethics and Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Candidate Selection and Cultural Fit
  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution / Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Culture and Climate Transformation
  • Empowering Organizational Capacity
  • Energy and Performance Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Development
  • Presentation Skills

Stephanie Au

Partner and Vice President

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Stephanie helps people find the answers within themselves. She helps us uncover who we are, what we want, and what we need to do to get there, but is not prescriptive or domineering. It’s about helping us find our own answers and understand ourselves and our context better. – Vice President / Executive Coaching Client

As a Partner at DoorTwo and a veteran of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Stephanie helps leaders hone their ability to become aware that how they “show up” each day impacts the people around them and, in turn, their business results.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aligning Leadership Teams
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assertive Communications
  • Communication
  • Culture and Climate Transformation
  • Followership
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
  • Organization Development
  • Scaling Startups
Experience
  • FHP Health Center
  • Hewlett Packard
  • TakeCare Insurance Company
  • Sienna Architecture Company
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Southern California
  • Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
  • Master of Science in Organization Behavior, University of Southern California

Shaun Dyke

Managing Partner and President

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Shaun is good at co-creating, to understand what the needs are… this is NOT a canned version. DoorTwo provides a tailored version addressing where the organization needs to go. Result is no doubt more growth with more engaged workforce and gaining and retaining better talent. – Human Resources, Leadership & Development / Leadership Development Client

With a deep passion for leadership development, Shaun encourages his clients to see things differently. He has a gift for seeing what’s really at stake in any situation and a knack for hearing even what’s not being said. He actively reminds leaders that they can choose the impact they have on their teams, colleagues, careers, and their own lives.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aligning Leadership Teams
  • Aligning Strategy and Culture
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Business Ethics and Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution / Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Culture and Climate Transformation
  • Elevating Personal Capacity
  • Energy and Performance Management
  • Followership
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
Experience
  • Nestle USA
  • US Navy
Education
  • Bachelor in Business Management
  • Master of Science in Business Administration, University of Southern California

Jeff Miller Ph.D.

Principal

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The common factor in success and happiness is recognizing the humanity of what we do and exploring what that means. This doesn’t detract from business results; it accelerates them. – Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

A true passion for learning and continuous growth perfectly defines Jeff Miller, Ph.D. He has spent a lifetime understanding what motivates individuals and teams. With educational psychology at the core of his consulting practice, Jeff believes all of us are students and every situation is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aligning Leadership Teams
  • Aligning Strategy and Culture
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assertive Communications
  • Building Organizational Learning Communities
  • Business Ethics and Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution / Management
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Culture and Climate Transformation
  • Empowering Organizational Capacity
  • Followership
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organization Development
  • Presentation Skills
  • Scaling Startups
  • Situational Leadership
Experience
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Santa Monica College
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of Southern California
  • Master of Education, Pepperdine University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Motivation and Learning, University of Southern California

Eduardo Atienza

Senior Associate

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“Innovation is a rebellious dance with the ordinary, it requires impartial curiosity as the central rhythm.” —Eduardo Atienza
With a natural curiosity and a passion for storytelling, the ever-creative Eduardo Atienza excels at exploring new perspectives while inviting others to challenge their boundaries and conventionality. Eduardo has a drive to better understand others. He is naturally inquisitive and has a gift for inviting others to communicate in ways they didn’t expect. He is thoughtful, intentional, and intuitive.
Areas of Expertise
  • Change Management
  • Energy and Performance Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace
Experience
  • Associate, SSCA
  • Associate Project Analyst, Rapid7
  • Founder, Rock the Socks
Education
  • Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator (CWMF)
  • Master of Arts in Sociology, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Cal State University of Los Angeles

Dr. Brad Spencer

Founder & Partner Emeritus

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The impact of working with Brad is that colleagues with whom I had significant conflict and misalignment, I was able to get a better understanding and agreement. I am more successful overall. – CEO/ Executive Coaching Client
Dr. Bradford Spencer is recognized as an original and deep thinker in the field of organizational psychology and a leader in the applications of the behavioral sciences industry. Brad is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and execu- tives from a wide variety of industries including healthcare, technology, sports, and financial management.
Areas of Expertise
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assertive Communications
  • Business Ethics and Strategy
  • Candidate Selection and Cultural Fit
  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
  • Research-based Applied Behavioral Sciences
Experience
  • Founder, SSCA, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • Hillsdale’s Dow Leadership Conference Center
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Hillsdale College
  • Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, International College

Anna Baldwin

Principal

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Anna asks you to reflect and to consider if you are making the best choices based upon your leadership goals. – Director / Program Participant

A quiet force who brings award winning strategy experience to her clients.

As the former Chief Operating Officer of Native Foods and Innovative Dining Group (which includes Roku restaurants and BOA Steakhouse), Anna has a unique ability to combine large-scale business strategies with the intricate tactics needed to lead people toward the business goal.

Areas of Expertise
  • Aligning Leadership Teams
  • Aligning Strategy and Culture
  • Applied Radical Candor
  • Assertive Communications
  • Assessment Coach
  • Building Organizational Learning Communities
  • Business Ethics and Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Candidate Selection and Cultural Fit
  • Change Management
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution / Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Culture and Climate Transformation
  • Energy and Performance Management
  • Followership
  • Leadership Development
  • Motivation Theory and Achievement
  • Organization Development
  • Shared Leadership
  • General Mills
Experience
  • General Mills
  • Verizon
  • Ikon Document Services
Education
  • Bachelors in Psychology, Boston College

Meet the Team

Please meet the unsung heroes of DoorTwo, those truly committed individuals in the arena of life with you and our consultants. Each is as exceptional as the next, choosing to show up each and every day, ultimately to fulfill our purpose: To awaken people and transform companies to achieve their purpose-filled greatness.

Lisa Lowell
Lisa Lowell
LeAnn King
LeAnn King
Kristina Duran
Kristina Duran
Erin Velaer
Erin Velaer
Christine Vensand
Christine Vensand

Lisa Lowell

Project Manager

Lisa Lowell brings curiosity and uncommon courage to her role as Project Manager at DoorTwo. That translates to saying an energetic “yes” to a wide variety of undertakings, including new business development, operational details, financial management, marketing projects, and even helping to coordinate a major office move.

Lisa’s broad skillset hails from a rich background of multi-disciplinary experience that includes advertising agencies, small business ownership, service as a board member of a non-profit organization, and a stint as an Associate Producer and on-air host of a cable television show. With a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, Lisa is also DoorTwo’s picky (in a good way) editor with an insightful eye for detail.

Lisa maintains a curious candor and relevant energy that results in moving the needle, yet she strives to preserve relationships. She is a trusted ally to those who know her. Lisa lives in Long Beach with her family and is a rare Southern California native whose favorite thing is to explore a city on foot.

LeAnn King

Director, Operations & Optimization

After working in law, finance, and tech, LeAnn did what she always does: she asked, “What’s next?” This habit of tackling anything and everything is how she came to be known at DoorTwo as “GSD” (Get Stuff Done). With a specialty in the strategic development of operations, LeAnn takes great pride in this reputation for figuring things out and making them happen. Responsible for the strategy and coordination of the overall operations at DoorTwo, LeAnn ensures that each aspect of operations complements the others while achieving a standard of excellence. It is her goal that DoorTwo’s footprint strengthens its reputation wherever it appears. This work and the people with whom she gets to do it bring her great joy. Who cares if that sounds nerdy? LeAnn got herself to and put herself through UC Berkeley and UCLA, where she studied Political Science and narrowly escaped a career in law. Outside the office, LeAnn enjoys time with her person, Don, and her family. She can’t walk past anything furry without trying to pet it. She practices both ballet and softball (2022 champs!), maintains a Diamond League status in Word Hero, and is psychologically allergic to two things: mayo and all things Apple™.

Kristina Duran

Executive Assistant

Kristina is the Executive Assistant at DoorTwo, where her mastery of juggling details and priorities is constantly tested as she maintains the busy scheduling for consultants. She has a fearlessness that is needed, coupled with a sense of humor that is appreciated, to wield the perfect blend of effectiveness and influence.

Before joining SSCA in 2021, Kristina served in executive support roles in a slew of industries from higher education to electronics manufacturing, and she found a purpose in helping leaders bring order to their professional lives. Cleaning up brings her joy, so she views any mess as a blank canvas and a welcome challenge.

Originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, Kristina moved to California in 2004, where she lives in Long Beach with her family and two dogs (and she likes the dogs better than almost anyone else).
Though she received her degrees in Creative Writing and English, she’d like to live in a world where bios write themselves and commas are used conservatively, though she’ll settle for just the commas.
Outside of the office, Kristina is a chauffeur to her 13-year-old daughter. Kristina enjoys hiking, binge-watching true crime shows, and can never say no to a good book.

Erin Velaer

Client Experience Manager

As DoorTwo’s Client Experience Manager, Erin stands in the shoes of our clients, paying careful attention to their needs, encounters, and overall journey through their work with DoorTwo. She exudes a genuine sincerity when working with clients and strives to create a seamless workshop experience from start to finish, including logistics, space planning, materials, and assessment delivery. Erin strives to maintain customer intimacy and is always searching for ways to say “yes.”

Prior to her role at DoorTwo, Erin worked for years as the Director of Operations for a multi-state Dermatology practice and was consistently developing ways to address client and employee needs while ensuring solutions worked within the needs of the company.

Erin earned a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and an MS in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine University. Relationships matter most to Erin, and you will often find her in authentic, passionate, and playful conversation with others. She revels in baking, cooking, and especially in hosting others—life is sweetest when it’s shared with others. She is refueled by a swim in the ocean or dip in the lake. Erin has a giant Scrabble board hanging in her office and always keeps a rousing game going. Fundamentally, she hopes to never let her curiosity wane.

Christine Vensand

Executive Assistant

Christine is a master planner who loves connecting the dots to solve challenges. As Executive Assistant at DoorTwo, she stays one step ahead of busy consultants’ schedules and complex logistics to keep things running smoothly.

Not a big fan of snow, Christine moved early in her career from New Jersey to California and honed her skills managing a busy optometry business in Newport Beach. Her prior experience spanned multiple industries, including advertising, legal, and health care. Her calm demeanor and can-do attitude are the cornerstones of her success.

Outside the office, Christine loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure. She derives tremendous joy from spending time with her two grown children and almost as much joy from wine, chocolate, and a good book.