To be a creative catalyst and constructive partner, fostering exceptional leadership in governance and strategy effectiveness.
Our goal is quite simply to help strengthen how organizational leaders utilize both the formal and informal authority that has been vested in them.
How they think, make decisions, develop strategy, persuade, develop future leaders, structure their board and execute initiatives. How they communicate with key stakeholders…with their staff…with their customers…with their marketplace…with their constituents…and even with each other. There are some that say “good governance” centers on legal issues – bylaws and conflicts of interest policies and how an organization’s Board of Directors oversees its audit process.
At Quantum Governance, we ask our clients to look much deeper…
Yes, the legal issues are central to good governance, but they are only one component. Good governance also includes broad issues like building a trusting and effective leadership team, fostering effective board renewal, holding others accountable, defining clear roles and responsibilities and thinking in a genuinely strategic manner.
Our philosophy is a collaborative one.
You will find that we are driven by our heads as well as our hearts. We will ask not only the tough questions but the right ones and we will commit ourselves to join you and your colleagues on a path towards discovery and growth.
It matters how you govern and lead your organization.
The good news is that while you are adhering to good governance, you are also doing what is ultimately best for your organization. And everyone benefits – whether you’re running a multinational corporation, a credit union, a foundation or a small community-based nonprofit.
Quantum Governance, LC3 was founded by Michael G. Daigneault and Alessandra Daigneault in 2012. Michael and Alessandra joined forces to capitalize on their distinguished careers spanning more than 55 years collectively as a nationally-renowned trainer, consultant and motivational speaker and one of the brightest legal minds in corporate America, respectively.
Driven by a strong commitment to impact organizations at the highest level, Quantum Governance focuses its work in the Board room, with the CEO and other members of senior management – knowing that these individuals have the greatest impact on organizational governance and effectiveness.
In the firm’s short tenure, Quantum Governance has built a reputation as a leading consulting practice among credit unions, nonprofits, professional associations, security organizations, governmental entities, foundations, and corporations. Today, the firm works with more than 100 clients located across the United States and internationally, including the United Kingdom, Bermuda, and South Korea.
What is an L3C?
Quantum Governance is a unique L3C organization that integrates the best elements of both the for- and non-profit communities into one practice. It is a low-profit, limited-liability service organization dedicated to the public good and one of the very first such legal hybrid organizations in the United States. For more information on our innovative L3C structure, please read this great article on L3Cs.
MEET OUR TEAM
Vernetta Walker, Lead Adjunct Consultant, DEI Expert and President & CEO of Walker & Associates Consulting
With over two decades of experience as a nonprofit leader and consultant, Vernetta is passionate about helping organizations maximize their impact through exceptional leadership, intellectual engagement, and cultural competence. In addition to providing consulting and training, she is a frequent speaker on nonprofit leading practices, sector trends, creating a culture of inclusion, and board advocacy. Vernetta is also a senior governance consultant and senior advisor on diversity, inclusion, and equity for BoardSource.
Cristina Wineinger, President of Wineinger & Associates
Cristina Wineinger is an adjunct Senior Consultant at Quantum Governance and the President of Wineinger & Associates. Cristina has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of nonprofit management and consulting both in the United States and Bermuda (where she was born and raised). Her diverse client base includes churches, private schools, environmental agencies, cultural organizations, social service providers and hospitals. Her consulting services encompass capital campaign management, business assessments, governance, strategic planning and nonprofit mergers. In the last 27 years Cris has provided guidance to fundraising campaigns totaling over $175 million. One of her more recent clients is the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust where she helped raise $35 million in a country of only 65,000 people. This fundraising campaign is the largest in Bermuda’s history. Additionally, Cris has helped many nonprofits to chart their path forward through comprehensive strategic assessments and planning. In 2005, Cris moved to the US with her family and launched Wineinger & Associates, Ltd., a full service consulting firm for nonprofits. Wineinger & Associates serves a variety of nonprofit organizations both in Bermuda and across the US. In addition to her business, Cris is a popular speaker both in Bermuda and the US and an Executive Partner at the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business.
Dr. Alexander Stein, Founder and Managing Director of Dolus Advisors, a Principal in The Boswell Group and a licensed psychoanalyst
An expert in human decision-making and behavior and adjunct consultant with Quantum Governance, Dr. Stein serves as an advisor to CEOs, Senior Management teams and Boards across a broad array of industries on issues involving leadership, culture, governance, ethics, risk and other organizational matters with complex psychological underpinnings. Dr. Stein is also a passionate advocate for ethical and socially responsible technologies. Dr. Stein is widely published and cited in the business press and varied industry publications including Fast Company, INC, Financier Worldwide, Risk & Compliance, the Wall Street Journal, The FraudNet Report, among many others. A former monthly columnist for FORTUNE Small Business Magazine, CNN/Money, and CBS Business News covering the psychology of leadership and entrepreneurship, he currently contributes his expertise to Forbes focusing on the psychology of decision-making and unintended consequences in organizations and society.
Tony Spizzirri, Senior Research Officer at the David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation
Tony Spizzirri has been studying board effectiveness and corporate governance for 9 years. He is the Senior Research Officer at the David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation at the Rotman School of Management. Tony has been instrumental in the development and oversight of corporate governance research projects, including CEO compensation studies, Credit Union board research and studies on governance.
Matt Fullbrook, Board Effectiveness Consultant at Beatty, Fullbrook Consulting Manager, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Matt is a board effectiveness researcher and consultant, and is the manager of the David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation at the Rotman School of Management. Between 2004 and 2019, Matt was the Manager of the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE). Under his direction, the CCBE has evolved into the central hub of governance research in Canada. Matt has overseen the development and execution of all of the Centre’s projects, including the Globe & Mail's Board Games governance ratings, various Pay/Performance studies, credit union board research, and an ongoing study of the governance of family firms. As an independent consultant, Matt has advised dozens of boards of directors as an educator, facilitator and researcher, helping them to maximize their effectiveness through the development and implementation of valuable governance processes, policies and structures.
Quantum Governance is honored to work with some of the best and brightest clients in the nation and, indeed, the world. A sampling of our clients follows to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our experience and capabilities:
ASSOCIATIONS + FOUNDATIONS
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
- American Institute of Physics (AIP)
- American Astronomical Society (AAS)
- American Inns of Court Foundation
- Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation
- The Forbes Fund
- Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
- Leadership Foundation of India
- League of Southeatern Federal Credit Unions
- MD DC Credit Union Association
- Reston Association
- Sports Car Club of America
- Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
- Vilardo Foundation
- A+ Federal Credit Union
- Advancial Federal Credit Union
- Advia Credit Union
- Apple Federal Credit Union
- Avadian (formerly Alabama Telco Credit Union)
- Community First Credit Union
- Corning Credit Union
- Deer Valley Credit Union
- Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
- District Government Employees Federal Credit Union
- Fort Financial Credit Union
- Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
- Harvard University Employees Credit Union
- KeyPoint Credit Union
- Lake Trust Credit Union
- Meritrust Credit Union
- Pioneer West Virginia Federal Credit Union
- Redstone Federal Credit Union
- SAFE Credit Union
- Teachers Credit Union
- TTCU®: The Credit Union
- United Federal Credit Union
- University Federal Credit Union
- Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union
- ASIS International
- Bermuda High School
- Bottomless Closet NYC
- Camphill Village
- Casey Trees
- The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation/Council for a Livable World
- Chamber Dance Project
- Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Gabriel Chamber Ensemble
- Harmony, Inc.
- Hoff-Barthelson Music School
- Irvine Nature Center
- Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
- Military Spouse JD Network
- Mon Valley Initiative
- New Visions
- Purple Heart
- Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)
- International Vaccine Institute (IVI)
CORPORATIONS + OTHER
- Con Edison
- Council of Urban Professionals
- Credit Suisse
- Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
- Morgan Stanley Foundation
- National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
- Otis McAllister, Inc.
- The Palisades Institute
- Tipping Point Community
- YMCA of the USA
Quantum Governance is honored to partner with the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) to foster good governance, effective strategy and ethical management throughout the credit union community. Beginning in 2013 Quantum Governance and CUES began a cooperative relationship hallmarked by:
- Innovative survey tools to assess credit union Governance, Strategic Planning, Director Skills, Board Composition, Committee Structures and CEO performance
- The publication of The State of Credit Union Governance
- A regular “Good Governance” column in Credit Union Management™ magazine and Advancing Women online, as well as several educational articles per year
- A series of educational Webinars featuring Quantum CEO Michael Daigneault
- Speaking engagements at CUES events, including the annual CUES Director Development Seminar
- Facilitated virtual retreats
For additional information on the CUES and Quantum Governance strategic partnership, contact Jennie Boden, President of Consulting Services at Quantum Governance.