Carl Binder, Co-Founder
Dr. Carl Binder began as a doctoral student in Experimental Psychology, attending Harvard University at the invitation of B.F. Skinner, whose writings had inspired him deeply. With an interest in making a societal contribution, he rapidly shifted from basic research to real world application of behavior science, first developing innovative instructional methods and teacher training for educators, and later contributing to the emerging field of human performance technology in large organizations. With input from many extraordinary teachers and colleagues, Carl has spent nearly 40 years bringing his enthusiasm for behavior science into corporations, schools, and public organizations worldwide. Founder of four consulting firms, recipient of career awards from the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Performance Improvement, prolific author and speaker, Carl believes that the Performance Thinking Network is his best opportunity yet for making a contribution. His ability to synthesize information from multiple fields, communicate complex ideas in plain English to non-specialists, and build excitement about making a difference with behavior science bring an intellectual and emotional spark-plug to The Performance Thinking Network.
Cynthia Riha, Co-Founder
Cynthia Riha is a seasoned manager and executive who brings a broad range of business and consulting experience to The Performance Thinking Network. She's been a Sales Director and high tech Business Development Executive, raised venture capital for a telecommunication start-up, served as Vice President of Marketing, run hotels and restaurants in Tuscany, and home schooled her children. As a Founding Partner at Binder Riha Associates, she helped envision and give birth to the Performance Thinking Network, with a passion for applying science-based methods to individual and team development and a commitment to making an impact. What has distinguished Cynthia in her long and varied professional career is an ability to develop and manage productive working relationships, bring new concepts to market, and help others find practical solutions to complex problems. She is a spirited and engaging speaker, a great communicator, and brings a combination of personal warmth, great humor, and down-to-earth business acumen to all her working relationships.
Our work has been influenced by many brilliant and passionate people. To better understand our foundation, read about how they inspired us .