The EquiPro Team
EquiPro's consultants work in partnership with clients to create leadership, team and business development strategies. We work collaboratively with clients to provide practical tools and advice that produce high performance results-oriented programs. EquiPro's consulting philosophy is based on the belief that successful organizations maintain focused attention on their changing markets and make an investment in developing high performance teams and leaders.
Certified Speaking Professional -- National Speakers Association
Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals
International Coaching Federation
American Management Association -- Faculty
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Lynda McDermott is President of EquiPro International, Ltd., an international management consulting firm which specializes in leadership, team and business development for Fortune 500 and medium-size companies and professional services firms. Her experience involves over 30 years of line management, and internal and external consulting.
McDermott began her career as a line manager, and then an internal consultant with Ohio Bell Telephone Company and AT&T. She began her external consulting career with Ernst & Whinney and later served as a Director for the national Human Resources and Organizational Consulting Practice, KMG Main Hurdman’s.
Over the last 23 years her firm has provided consulting services in strategic planning and business development, leadership and team development and executive coaching, 360° assessment, change management and organization effectiveness in a wide variety of industries. Her client list includes such companies as Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Hearst Magazines, Biogen Idec, PricewaterhouseCoopers, sanofi-aventis, DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network, Ernst & Young, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
McDermott is currently the Chair of the Tampa Women President’s Organization and the Chair of Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association-Florida. She has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Society for Training and Development and has been their Torch Award Winner. Her firm has received two ASTD “Excellence in Practice” Citations for their ground-breaking work with global teams in over twenty-five countries and for their innovative “Build Our Business” program. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated (Formerly Girls Clubs of America).
Ms. McDermott is co-author of the best-selling book World Class Teams (Wiley) and author of the best-selling book titled Caught in the Middle: How to Survive and Thrive in Today's Management Squeeze (©Prentice-Hall). She is a Certified Speaking Professional with the National Speakers Association and has appeared on CNBC, Wall Street Journal Radio, National Public Radio and in numerous business publications. McDermott has served on the adjunct faculty of INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and is on the faculty of the American Management Association. She is also a member of the International Coaching Federation and Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. Ms. McDermott is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University and has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University.
William W. Waite, Executive Vice President
William W. Waite is Executive Vice President of EquiPro International. Bill consults extensively on an international basis, specializing in leadership coaching and development and in global team development.
Before joining EquiPro, Bill was Director of Corporate Management Development and Training for the CIGNA Corporation. During his years with CIGNA, he managed a staff of 40 with whom he developed training programs recognized throughout the industry as leading edge. He and his staff also consulted with senior management on a variety of strategic business issues.
After starting his career with Procter and Gamble as a field sales representative, Bill was recruited by the Ohio Bell Telephone Company into a high-potential line management program. He held positions within Ohio Bell, including network operations and customer service, and after eight years became Director of Manpower Utilization for the entire company. In that position, he developed and implemented Corporate Human Resource Utilization Systems which included overall performance management, career development and human resources planning.
Bill left Ohio Bell after 18 years to become Director of Corporate Management Education and Training for the American Can Company, where he directed his staff in designing, implementing and revising existing core programs and introducing new pilot programs. He then went on to Connecticut General Life Insurance Company as Director of Corporate Training. Over a two-year period, he and his staff developed a corporate training plan that resulted in a new curriculum comprised of first-line management programs up to and including senior management programs.
Bill has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development and a B.A. degree in Business Administration.
To learn more about working with the team best known for getting world class results in today’s competitive world – Contact EquiPro today at 212-421-1645 or 813-415-3664.