About

Co-founded by leadership expert Dr. Michael D. Watkins, Genesis Advisers is the exclusive provider of First 90 Days Transition Solutions, which are continuously updated to include Watkins’ latest research.  Whether it is the onboarding of new hires, the acceleration of a team, or the integration of thousands of employees from an acquisition, Genesis Advisers has the in-depth knowledge and experience to meet our clients’ needs. Our individual and organizational products are based on the principles and frameworks in The First 90 Days and have been refined through our work with some of the largest, most successful multinationals over the course of more than 10 years.

We enjoy partnering with our customers to develop solutions that draw on our in-depth knowledge of leadership development, and we take into consideration the unique needs of the organization, its culture, and learning objectives.  We draw on the extensive experience of Dr. Watkins and our team of seasoned colleagues to develop and refine comprehensive client solutions.

Michael Watkins

Dr. Michael D. Watkins is the Chairman of Genesis Advisers.

Drawing on the perfect combination of research and hand-on experience, he has spent the last two decades working with leaders – both corporate and public — as they transition to new roles, negotiate the future of their organizations, and craft their legacy as leaders.

Dr. Watkins is the author of Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions, and the international bestseller The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels, which The Economist called “the on-boarding bible.” With more than 400,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 27 languages, The First 90 Days has become the standard reference for leaders in transition. Recently The First 90 Days was named one of the best 100 business books of all time.

Shawna Slack

Shawna Slack is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Advisers.

As the founding business partner, Shawna developed the marketing and business strategies as well as the operational infrastructure for Genesis Advisers. Today she is responsible for managing growth, business development, and strategic initiatives.

Before Genesis, Shawna was a principal at YankeeTek Ventures, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based high-tech venture capital fund. At YankeeTek she identified new investment opportunities, negotiated investments and worked to support companies on board-level activities. Shawna focused on investments in software and new materials technologies.

Richard Wetzler

Rich Wetzler is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Genesis Advisers.

Rich joined the Genesis Advisers team in 2016 as the President and Chief Operating Officer to manage day-to-day operations and drive growth across the company’s businesses.

Prior to joining Genesis Advisers, Rich was the Chief Operating Officer of Pivot Leadership, a global leadership development company, which was acquired by Korn Ferry in 2015. He also held senior roles at LRN, Kroll, Oliver Wyman, and Mercer.