Meet the Team
We’re purpose-driven people, just like you.
Along with co-founders Paul Spiegelman and Bo Burlingham, there’s a small, mighty and creative team at the heart of the Small Giants Community. We’re the ones designing a unique, intimate Summit experience for you — and the ones greeting you at the door when you first walk in. We’re the ones building the Leadership Academy curriculum to inspire your emerging leaders — and we’re constantly enjoying virtual cups of coffee with each other or our community members. We love every minute of it.
Everything we do is inspired by the work you’re doing to make the world a better place through good business. We have a shared set of core values, a big vision, and a collective obsession with gifs, peonies, and Michigan summers. Get to know the people behind the Small Giants Community (and say hi)!
Meet the Team
Hamsa Daher is an experienced business leader who is passionate about people, process and purpose. Hamsa’s experiences span higher education, the tech industry, and now business and leadership with the Small Giants Community. Since moving to the States from Iraq in 1991, Hamsa has followed her passion for making meaningful connections with people from all walks of life and infusing purpose into every task, team, and project she encounters — if you don’t put your heart into it, it won’t be your best!
In her free time, you can find Hamsa spending time with family, cooking, playing Scrabble and exploring cities just as a local.
Annie Gough is a writer who is driven by the power of a good story to bring people together. As the Small Giants Community’s Chief Storyteller, she strives to bring out the human element in business, and provide a platform for people who emulate what it means to be a Small Giant and might inspire others to do the same. She has been a Challenge Detroit Fellow, holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling, and has worked with a broad range of clients on vibrant marketing and copywriting content.
In her spare time, Annie enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, writing fiction, simulating the cooking show Chopped in her own kitchen, and enjoying the company of her very lazy mutt, Paisley.
Marketing Project Manager
As Marketing Project Manager, Sarah Matthews brings her passion for purpose-minded business to the Small Giants Community team. Sarah is a graphic and marketing experience designer from Michigan. She is dedicated to maintaining clear communication while creating exciting brand stories.
After earning her BFA in Theatre from Michigan State University, Sarah joined the sustainability sector, helping businesses and communities learn how to recycle their batteries and devices with Battery Solutions, LLC. In her spare time, Sarah can be found watching (and sometimes making) movies.
Paul Spiegelman is the co-founder of the Small Giants Community. He is the former chief culture officer of Stericycle, the co-founder and former CEO of BerylHealth and the founder of The Beryl Institute.
Paul is a New York Times best-selling author and has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Paul is a sought-after speaker and author on leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship, culture, and leading a purpose-driven life. He has made many radio and TV appearances and his views have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and he is currently a columnist for Forbes.com.
Paul practiced law for two years prior to starting BerylHealth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a law degree from Southwestern University. In his free time, you can find Paul spending time with his wife and two children, playing tennis, and mentoring emerging purpose-driven leaders.
Co-Founder, Author of Small Giants
Bo Burlingham is the author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big(Portfolio, 2006) and an editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine. Bo joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later, a position he held for the next seven years or so. In 1990 he became editor-at-large for a number of reasons, including his desire to go back to writing. He subsequently wrote two books with Jack Stack, the co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. One of the books, The Great Game of Business, has sold more than 300,000 copies. The other, A Stake in the Outcome, has also done pretty well and gotten great reviews.
Before joining Inc., Bo freelanced for various publications, including Esquire, Harper’s, Boston Magazine, and Mother Jones. Bo was also managing editor of Ramparts magazine. In 1982, he joined Fidelity Investments, where he wrote for Peter Lynch, Ned Johnson, and other honchos until coming to Inc. From 1992 to 1997, he served on the board of The Body Shop Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the international cosmetics company. He was also a founder, with Tom Peters, of PAC World, a weird international networking group that gave him a chance to meet a lot of zany—and brilliant—people from around the globe.
Our purpose, vision, and values
To identify, connect, and develop purpose-driven business leaders.
Our vision is to make a positive impact by providing the platform and content for purpose-driven leaders to connect and learn from one another.
We’re a small but mighty team: we believe anything worth doing is worth doing big. We challenge ourselves to create kickass experiences, take risks, and outdo ourselves time after time.
We don’t bullsh*t, because we give a sh*t. We’re a team of authentic, transparent and humble leaders with an ‘own it’ mentality.
We know who we are and what we believe, and we stand by it. There’s no call to action or tough conversation that we’re afraid to take on.
It’s not work-life balance, it’s just life — and we want to enjoy it! We take an all-hands-on-deck approach to supporting one another in living fulfilling, purposeful lives.
We like each other and we like you, too. We believe that having fun, spreading joy, and not taking ourselves too seriously is the very best way to achieve our purpose.
Grab a [virtual] cup of coffee with the team behind the Community
The best way to get in on all the fun is to just say hi! We love getting to know new purpose-driven leaders. We’re all about real, human connection, so let’s pour the coffee and schedule a video call to hear each others’ stories!