NED Program Instructors

The NAIOP SFBA Executive Development (NED) Program is pleased to partner with these outstanding faculty members.


Dr. Julie A. Chesley

Dr. Julie A. Chesley is a Ph.D. and an associate professor of organization theory and management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Chesley's teaching focuses on personal and group transformation as well as the critical thinking and analysis required to successfully lead change. Dr. Chesley has also been on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and at Colorado College. 

Julie has been deeply involved with the NAIOP Young Professionals Group (YPG) program for a number of years as an instructor, has enjoyed working with NAIOP and is extremely enthusiastic about being involved in this next step of self-development for mid-career professionals.

Terri D. Egan, Ph.D.

Terri D. Egan, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and co-founder of the SyncUp Leadership Group. She has taught graduate and executive courses in leadership, team effectiveness, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and organizational change and development. Her award-winning research has been published widely.

At the SyncUp group, Dr. Egan and her colleagues translate the benefits of neuroscience research into practical, scalable approaches to developing brain-friendly organization cultures and agile leadership mindset. she and Dr. Chesley have customized this work to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing NED participants as they face an ever changing and dynamic environment.


Rita Williams

Rita is currently a Facilitator, Consultant and Instructional Designer for Power Speaking Inc., leading 1 and 2-day intensive presentation skills training courses. As a Senior Consultant she has led presentation training for DeFinis Communications since 2007 and media sales training for Noll & Associates since 2005. Those topics include Negotiation, Business Development, Presentation Skills, Conflict Management, Key Account Management and Time Management.

Prior to facilitating training and immersing herself in the communication arena, Rita spent 15 years selling in the broadcast industry. This includes 7 years as VP National Sales at Univision Television Group, and 7 years for Cox Communications TV Stations and Rep firms. She was focused on new business development and tapped her resourcefulness crafting creative marketing solutions. Her background in media and sales allowed her to learn about many other industries, and she now facilitates programs among many of them, including real estate, law, finance, engineering, hi-tech, medicine, art, travel and the public sector.

Rita is a Board Member on the Lincoln Park Homeowners Association, volunteers as a mentor for Women Unlimited, is a San Francisco City Guide, and runs a speech program for youth to build confidence in elementary and middle school. Rita is a Northern California native, graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Economics, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.


Lindsey Nehls

Lindsey Nehls is an executive coach and workshop trainer. After years as an executive in clean-tech, where she was SVP of Sales, she realized her true passion was in leadership coaching and organizational development. She loves to help individuals, teams, and organizations evolve and grow. 

Lindsey brings the perspective and understanding of what it is like to sit in the seat. As SVP of sales, she has scaled sales organizations - created the vision, culture, and go-to-market strategy, developed sales talent, and established effective processes to drive success. Over her tenure, she has successfully managed turnarounds increasing sales by 1000%, led $200 million business units, and delivered a billion dollars in enterprise sales. She has been through several acquisitions, helped sell two companies, and lead teams through all the change that comes with new ownership. 

Lindsey is a Harvard Business School and Middlebury College alumna. She is certified in New Ventures West Coaching to Excellence, DISC, Booth, and Center for Creative Leadership 360 assessments. When she is not with her clients, she is mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with her family.