WholeWorks was founded in 1997 by Matt Mayberry, Ph.D. For nearly two decades, he has worked with a variety of corporations to improve their business performance through strategic leadership development. Today WholeWorks and its partners are helping organizations develop a new generation of business leaders—capable of generating innovative solutions that keep their organizations ahead of change—to create value for both shareholders and society.

The name WholeWorks embodies several dimensions of how we work with our clients:

Systems perspective. We take a whole systems approach to tackling complex challenges.  This means helping organizations see the interconnections between the parts of the business system to find sources of leverage in improving long-term performance.

Human-centered. While new technologies will play an important role in helping us solve today’s complex challenges, ultimately our progress will depend on leaders, learning how to think and act in new ways.

Head, heart, and hands.  Leadership is not purely an intellectual exercise.  We take a holistic approach to leadership development, creating learning experiences that fully engage the leader, intellectually and emotionally, and through hands-on practice.

Integration. Leverage for improvement often comes at the interface between departments, between disciplines, and between sectors. We help leaders bring together the fragmented elements of a system to improve its overall performance.

Leveraging our network. We can’t do it all by ourselves. By tapping into our network of partners, we bring the right combination of experience and expertise to our clients, depending on their needs. And we do it in a way that is flexible and seamless.


Matt Mayberry, Ph.D., Founder and President

For nearly two decades, Matt has helped organizations develop their strategic leadership capabilities using an experiential learning approach.  He has developed a variety of business simulations, or “practice fields,” to provide senior managers with a safe and realistic environment for building their leadership capabilities. Clients have included: Dow Corning, Nike, Wendy’s, British Columbia Ferry Services, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Today he uses this approach to help organizations accelerate change and improve their triple-bottom-line performance: financial, social, and environmental.

Matt received his Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and his MBA from Stanford. He worked for Silicon Graphics (SGI), where he led a successful process reengineering effort, and for High Performance Systems (now isee systems), where he trained organizations in systems thinking and modeling. From 2010 to 2015, Matt served on the faculty of Green Mountain College, a national leader in sustainability education. In 2012, he was appointed to the first endowed chair in the College’s history. Matt has taught numerous courses in sustainable business at the undergraduate and MBA level, and played a leading role in developing the school’s strategic plan, Sustainability 2020.