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Rita Santelli, the founder of The Savvy Org, spent more than 20 years successfully leading teams through changing market conditions and turbulent transitions. Her experience spans both the for-profit and the association sectors and includes Walt Disney World, Choice Hotels, and Boardsource.


Today, she works with executives on leadership practices that increase efficiency, spur innovation, and grow revenue in an ever-changing, global world. 


See some of Rita's recent clients on the Facilitation Page.

Rita is a sought-after speaker on leadership methods that unlock creativity and innovation. She is a frequent writer and expert source appearing in Inc, Fast Company, and Innovation Management to name a few. 


Rita is adjunct faculty with Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies program and, in 2017, built their course on Strategic Leadership. She is also a faculty member at ASAE’s Learning Center where she facilitates leadership courses for up-and-coming association executives.


Rita earned her MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and her BA in Economics at Fairfield University.

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