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Our Leadership Team



Led by artificial intelligence expert and visionary Dr. Roger Schank, our team of experienced instructional design and facilitation experts have developed and delivered performance improvement solutions to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and post-secondary schools for over three decades.

Roger Schank

Roger Schank, Ph.D.

is the Chairman and CEO of Socratic Arts, a company that delivers Story-Centered Curricula to businesses and schools. He is also the Executive Director and founder of Engines for Education. Dr. Schank was the founder of Cognitive Arts and the Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where he was John Evans Professor of Computer Science, Education, and Psychology, (now Professor Emeritus). Read more.

Holly Christensen Sestak

Holly Christensen Sestak

is President and COO of Socratic Arts. Previously, she was a Learning Design Director at Socratic Arts, where she worked with large global companies, premier consulting firms, the International Organization for Standardization, universities, and other organizations and schools to solve address complex business challenges using human-centered design, leading to the creation of award-winning, learn-by-doing programs. Ms. Sestak has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in education and learning and a Master's in Business Administration. Read more.

Michael McGarry

Michael McGarry

is President Emeritus of Socratic Arts, In this role, he serves as a primary relationship manager with clients. Mr. McGarry helped co-found Socratic Arts and was its President from the beginning until September 1st, 2021.

Mr. McGarry's strengths include a passion for leadership; a track record of success in closing F500 clients and in accessing the executive suite in doing so; solving complicated problems; account strategy; resource utilization; mentoring/coaching; and public speaking. Mr. McGarry has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.Read more.

Tammy Berman

Tammy Berman, Ph.D.

has specialized in learning needs analysis and program design for over twenty years. She is the Senior Vice President of Design at Socratic Arts, where she oversees and leads projects related to performance improvement for corporations, government, and non-profit organizations, including learning needs analyses, learning program design, and the design of various solutions that enable practitioners to get the help they need when they need it most. Read more.

Ray Bareiss

Ray Bareiss, Ph.D.

is a Senior Vice President at Socratic Arts and the Chief Education Officer of Experiential Teaching Online (http://www.xtolcorp.com/ ), a leading provider of online courses and degree programs in partnership with top universities. Before joining Socratic Arts and XTOL, Dr. Bareiss was Director of Educational Programs and Professor of the Practice of Software Engineering and Software Management at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley Campus. Dr. Bareiss holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences and a B.S. in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

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