The Ascent Team

With more than 75 years of combined experience at the World Economic Forum, Spencer Stuart, BoardSource, and other leadership development organizations, Ascent brings transferable, unique, and trusted expertise. 

Kevin Steinberg |  Founder & CEO

Kevin Steinberg | Founder & CEO

Steve Kelner |  Co-Founder & Managing Director

Steve Kelner | Co-Founder & Managing Director

Tiffany West |  Co-Founder

Tiffany West | Co-Founder

David Styers |  Managing Director

David Styers | Managing Director

Ziva Mann |  Learning & Development

Ziva Mann | Learning & Development

Anand Sunderji |  Business Development

Anand Sunderji | Business Development

Lauren Beth |  Events & Operations

Lauren Beth | Events & Operations



Meet Some of Our Fellows


Our participants, “Ascent Fellows,” include a variety of chief executives and senior leaders eager who have an innate curiosity and a passion for leadership. They gain new perspectives on how to lead as they learn from world-class experts the tools, techniques, and approaches, as well as broader contextual trends and dynamics, affecting leaders today.

Whether you're undergoing sudden organizational growth, expanding your leadership role, or navigating a major career shift, you are not alone. Confront your world with confidence and a renewed commitment.


Board of Directors



Ascent’s Management Team is guided by its Board of Directors, which is actively engaged in setting its strategy and vision, and shares a core commitment to helping executive leaders unlock the full potential in themselves, and in their organizations. 

Kevin Steinberg |  Chairman & CEO

Kevin Steinberg | Chairman & CEO

Michelle Barmazel

Michelle Barmazel

Steve Roberts |  Corporate Secretary

Steve Roberts | Corporate Secretary

Steve Kelner

Steve Kelner

Tiffany West

Tiffany West


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Advisory Network

At the heart of Ascent lies our networks of practitioners, experts, advisors, mentors, and partners committed to helping fellow leaders unlock their full potential.

These thoughtful individuals provide strategic advice and guidance, collaborating with us to identify candidates to engage in our networks, and serve as our ambassadors. They have been selected on the basis of their insights and perspectives, not their titles or roles.


Expert Network

This network includes some of the world’s leading thinkers, innovators, and practitioners. 

They work closely with us, as faculty and core contributors, helping identify and understand key trends and themes, shaping our priorities and co-designing our programs.