The Cramer Institute

The Cramer Institute is a team of highly experienced professionals in leadership consulting and development, each with a passion for awakening individuals to reach their highest potential. We work with executives, managers, teams and entire organizations to transform the way they think, communicate and work, yielding improvements in collaboration, productivity, innovation and customer loyalty.

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About The Cramer Institute

Just Think. Throughout history, leaders have summoned the vision and the courage to change the world for the better. We envision a society in which people from all walks of life can do just that. That’s why we exist: to provoke leaders to realize their potential. In turn, they transform their organizations, their communities, even our culture. Sound too lofty or “pie-in-the-sky?” Game-changing often does. Whether we work with Fortune 500 CEOs or up-and-coming middle managers, we see in them the spark that can lead to greatness. And we love helping them get there.

Our Team

Meet the creators of the Lead Positive® books, services and movement: professionals in provoking leaders into realizing their highest potential.

John Davis

Managing Partner
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Judy Dubin, MA

Senior Partner
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Kathryn D. Cramer, PH.D. (1947-2016)

Founder, The Cramer Institute
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John Davis

Managing Partner

Whether he is in the middle of a sunset-gilded lake, a rousing musical performance, or one of his dynamic Lead Positive or Power and Presence workshops, John finds exhilarating slices of inspiration just about everywhere. He is most inspired when, as he says, “clients show up ‘from the heart,’ transcend pre-imposed limitations, and discover exactly what they are capable of.” With more than 30 years of organizational development and management experience on the international level, John’s specialty is working with individuals and leadership teams inside corporations such as Monsanto, Nestle Purina, and Peabody Energy. Using Asset-Based Thinking™, he moves his clients to heightened levels of performance, particularly, he says, during times of great organizational change. John’s executive coaching revolves around client self-awareness, communication, influence, team building, conflict resolution, and bringing big ideas to life. For John, it all boils down to helping clients discover new possibilities for their leadership, which enables inspiration for themselves and others.

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Judy Dubin, MA

Senior Partner

Like Michelangelo who worked with stone to release the potential from within, Judy’s calling reflects the same intention — seeing and releasing each individual’s potential by shining a light on their strengths, talents and goals. Judy joined The Cramer Institute in 1995. She was involved in the development of Asset-Based Thinking™ and infuses our executive coaching programs with the tools of that unique intel. Her input was instrumental in creating some of our Signature Programs, including Courageous Conversations, a key initiative for breaking barriers in corporate cultures. Judy specializes in coaching leaders and high-functioning leadership teams in academic institutions and organizations, such as Monsanto, Peabody Energy, Maritz, TALX, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Judy has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge; is inspired by people who make amazing things happen in their lives; and holds in high esteem people who tell the truth with integrity.

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Kathryn D. Cramer, PH.D. (1947-2016)

Founder, The Cramer Institute

This was the vision of Dr. Kathy Cramer, Ph.D., who passed away in July of 2016. Dr. Cramer was a best-selling author, speaker, coach, trainer and executive consultant. Kathy was passionate about possibilities and potential. Her frequent talk show appearances ranged from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Bloomberg Business. She authored nine books, including Lead Positive®, named by Inc. Magazine as “One of the Ten Best Leadership Books of the Year for 2014.” She was also a frequent contributor to Psychology Today, Forbes and our own Lead Positive® blog. Kathy led global leadership programs for the U.S. Air Force, DuPont, Monsanto, and many more organizations. A Saint Louis University trained and licensed psychologist, she served as Executive in Residence at the John Cook School of Business at the University, and was on the Executive Board of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA.) She was a member of the American Psychological Association.


Our Clients

The world-class organizations listed below — and many more — have benefited from The Cramer Institute’s unique, proven Lead Positive® services for developing leaders and managing change. We are thrilled and inspired by the range of people and institutions committed to finding new ways of thinking and creating the next, best version of themselves and their futures.

Corporate and Government Clients

  • Adayana
  • Ameren
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Bunge North America
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Citi
  • DST Systems
  • DuPont
  • Earthgrains/Sara Lee
  • Edward Jones
  • Emerson
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Ernst & Young
  • Equifax
  • Express Scripts
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Fleishman-Hillard
  • Graybar
  • Mallinckrodt
  • Maritz
  • MasterCard
  • MEMC Electronic Materials
  • McCarthy Construction
  • Microsoft
  • Monsanto
  • Nestle Purina Pet Care
  • NuFarm
  • Osborn & Barr Communications
  • Peabody Energy
  • Prudential Real Estate
  • RSM Equico/H&R Block
  • Searle/Pfizer
  • Starbucks
  • Surdex
  • The National Charity League
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Watlow Electric
  • Wells Fargo

Healthcare Clients

  • BJC Healthcare
  • Council of Nurse Leaders
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Mercy Health Systems
  • Prohealth Care Women’s Center
  • Saint Andrews
  • SSM Health Care
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Pediatrics
  • St. Louis University Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Hospital

Education Clients

  • Austin Area Association for the Education of the Young
  • Butler University
  • Cannon School
  • Challenge Charter School (Glendale, AZ)
  • Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • College Bound
  • The College School
  • Kirkwood School District
  • PPEP Tech Academy
  • Mary Institute Country Day School
  • The St. Michael School of Clayton
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Villa Duchesne
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University Business School
  • Wharton School of Business