is the founder and CEO of Dialect, Inc.

Andy Kanefield, Dialect

The genesis of Dialect, Inc. was an integration of what Andy learned as the parent of a son, Parker, with special needs and as a partner in an advertising agency. As a parent, Andy learned about the brain, development, strengths, and that there are certain patterns to how our brains are wired.

As an advertising executive, Andy noticed that often organizations weren’t wired to deliver what they promised to customers and were often out of sync internally because there was no intentional, coherent system that tied departments and people together.

The integration of a systems perspective for organizations and the built-in filters of individuals led to the development of a model for promoting organizational sync.

Andy is currently a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). Andy serves as a board member of The St. Louis Arc, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping individuals with special needs and their families. Prior to the founding of Dialect in 1993, Andy was a partner in a branding company for 14 years. Andy served for many years on the board of Earthways, an environmental education and consulting organization, served as President of the St. Louis chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, on the board of The Belle Center – supporting children with special needs, and was on the marketing committee of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Andy received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and has completed behavioral training from the nationally-recognized Judevine Center. Andy has had speaking engagements in both corporate and academic settings.


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was part of the Dialect launch team and has experience in helping organizations improve alignment and helping individuals find meaning in their work.

Mark Powers, Dialect

He is a member of the St. Louis Organization Development Network and the National Career Development Association.

Mark is also a Visiting Instructor at Covenant Theological Seminary and a speaker on career development.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. In addition, he has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (TEFLA) from the Royal Society of Arts/Cambridge University.

Mark and his family are active volunteers in their local community and enjoy helping international students settle into life in St. Louis.


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is an experienced CEO with expertise in operationalizing business strategy

Chuck Feltz, Dialect

Chuck has been the president or CEO of multiple companies, ranging in size and scope from an international startup to two $1B organizations and has been the owner of his own strategy consulting firm since 2008.

His innovative business-to-business strategies have been featured in industry press and business books. He is a regular lecturer at several graduate schools of business and has been featured as a speaker at numerous business conferences, including the American Marketing Association, Brand Manage Camp, and the Conference Board in New York.

He is the co-author of the book Never By Chance: Aligning People and Strategy Through Intentional Leadership, published by Wiley in 2010.


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