Meet the Team
While there are lots more people behind the scenes who have helped make this business possible, right now it’s Lea, Lauren and me. Feel free to reach out and let us answer any questions you might have.
Founder, Speaker, Author
Brian Fretwell is the founder of Finding the FIRES, the world’s first Emotional Intelligence “Gym,” where people come together to practice their people skills with members from around the world. He believes, just like you can’t finish a marathon by reading about running, improving your ability to listen, ask questions, and manage emotions in ourselves and others takes practice.
Brian has spent the last twenty years teaching, coaching, and speaking on Leadership, Culture Change, and Personal Development. He’s run Emotional Intelligence workshops in mining camps in the Outback of Australia and the Arctic Circle in Northern Canada, he’s taught leadership on oil drilling pads and the Gettysburg Battlefield, and he’s delivered keynotes everywhere from Istanbul, Turkey to inside his home office – exactly 35 steps from the kitchen.
He is the author of the book “Experts of Our Potential” – a book focused on changing how we view our own value. His Tedx Talk “What a Fifteen Year Old Meth Addict Taught Me About Leadership” has been seen by over 2.3 million people around the world.
You can find him on social media sharing analogies and inspiration, or you can even sign up for a free Emotional Intelligence fitness workout by getting in touch.
He lives in Boise with his Wife, Jamie, who just happens to be a Transpersonal Counselor. They spend their time taking walks and doing behavioral experiments on their dog Hank.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer at PeopleStrength, Lea is responsible for managing its ever-changing daily business operations and ensuring the vision of the company is held together in a neat and tidy container. Her accomplished twenty-year history prior to joining the PeopleStrength team has spanned the entrepreneurial, management, sales and teaching/training realms.
Lea’s many years as culture leader, employee engagement strategist and professional development trainer have helped her to help others find their own passions and internal fires in the workplace. She’s been a leader in bringing her company to earn the Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces ranking three years in a row, and she’s been bringing her creative vision and resourcefulness to work that uplifts and inspires others ever since.
With a background in developing curriculum and trainings, building membership programs, coordinating business processes, and serving thousands of clients in the meantime, Lea is in her professional and energetic “sweet spot” in her role with PeopleStrength.
When she’s not doing PeopleStrength-y things, Lea immerses herself in learning more about her role in the universe, upgrading herself through personal and professional self-development, and planning her next visit with her college-age daughters. She enjoys hiking and exploring with her husband, Joe, in Boise, Idaho.
CMO, Podcaster, YouTuber, Speaker
Lauren is an entrepreneurial-minded brand and marketing strategist on a mission to help people and businesses share their talents with the world so they can make it a better place.
With over a decade of experience working in media and communications and hands on experience running her own science-led brand consultancy for the past 5 years, Lauren brings a unique perspective to our business.
As the CMO at PeopleStrength, Lauren is responsible for brand growth and transforming marketing data and analytics into business intelligence. Lauren is passionate about scaling the PeopleStrength movement to have a long-lasting positive impact in the world.
Lauren has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Neuroscience and a Masters in Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She is also currently undertaking further studies with the Australian Institute of Professional Counseling to become a qualified counselor.
Lauren’s podcast Purpose Driven (previously Grow Your Brand) is one of Australia and New Zealand’s top entrepreneurship and career podcasts and is broadcasted via LinkedIn Live. Her Youtube Channel, Lauren Kress, The Business Scientist, provides free training on a range of business-, management- and psychology-related topics.
In her free time, Lauren likes to go for a swim, socialize with family and friends, relax on the beach, meet new people, read, listen to and talk about books and discover more about the art and science of storytelling.