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Trimergence lives on the passion and values of our employees. Our belief is that we can change the world through the evolutionary personal, professional and business growth of our clients.

Ward Ashman: Founder and Partner
Ward created the Trimergence system to provide a coordinated matrix of self-awareness and interpersonal tools. These tools help corporations and leaders build internal and external collaborative, creative partnerships based on the foundation of mutually evolving trust.

A self described “artist who is good at business’, Ward has worked as a psychologist and management consultant for more than 25 years. His clients include the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, where, over a 20-year period, he has designed and facilitated the implementation of Kimpton's highly integrated, fully institutionalized business culture.

His degrees include a doctorate in clinical psychology (including coursework in the MBA program) from Temple University, a masters degree in counseling from Santa Clara University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ian Schmidt: Managing Partner
Through his Insight to Action Program Ian helps clients deliver rapid business results through creating a practical and achievable strategy, action plan, and implementation approach. Ian uses the Trimergence system and his ongoing coaching process to help clients achieve their personal and professional goals.

Ian's results-oriented business approach is the product of more than 15 years experience nationally and internationally. In addition to doing management consulting with individuals and teams, he held positions in VC-backed start-ups as well as multi-billion dollar companies for more than 10 years. He has "under-fire" corporate sales and alliances experience both in management and as a quota-carrying individual contributor.

His bachelor's degree is from UCLA and he holds a masters from Harvard with a focus on organizational development.

Amy Huang: Senior Consultant
Amy is adept at understanding complex organizational and intercultural dynamics and provides penetrating and substantive feedback as a strategic advisor to enhance her clients' ability to see themselves and others more accurately. Her clients are empowered to become leaders of "self-awareness" by "stepping outside their comfort zones" to increase their effectiveness in working (globally) with diverse stakeholders while staying attentive to subtle behavioral and communication patterns. She skillfully enhances alignment across organizational levels through her sophisticated facilitation of critical insights and conversations that deepen partnership and trust with individuals and teams. Amy's work is the "must have" for cultivating and sustaining transformational cultural change.

Amy has 15 years of teaching and training in the field of personality assessment and group dynamics. She has the gift of elegantly translating cutting edge research into high value concepts and practical strategies. She works globally and has a particular expertise in Asian business culture.

Amy received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.