Nikki Kagan, founder of HorseSense and Principal of Kagan Management Resources, an Israeli-based consulting firm, has a long and successful track record when it comes to helping individuals and teams develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.
Nikki is a licensed, certified trainer and partner of HorseDream International EAPD Program® and of HorsePower Productions' EAPD Program in Kentucky (USA). She has also earned certifications from HorseDream's Train the Trainer program in Germany, and the following programs in the U.S.: AIA Equine Guided Education Internship, EAGALA Level I, "Intuitive Horsemanship"--Strozzi Ranch, and 18 credit hours under study for Carolyn Resnick's Liberty Method. Nikki also recently became a NARHA certified therapeutic riding instructor.
In addition to her equine studies, Nikki brings 20+ years of experience as a creative planner, corporate facilitator, coach and consultant. She has traveled worldwide facilitating, coaching, and conducting programs on leadership, employee motivation and development, conflict management, and interpersonal relations.
Nikki is a certified focus group moderator, facilitator and creative planner, with certifications from the Burke Research Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, the McNellis Group, and "The Great Facilitation Training Program." She is also certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). Nikki holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Maine's College of Business, graduating first in her class.
Leslie Kagan, Principal, Kagan Associates (USA)-an affiliate of HorseSense Israel, is a certified trainer of HorseDream International and as such is part of a worldwide network of experience practitioners who have been licensed to work with a wide array of proven equine-facilitated methodologies.
Leslie is a creative strategist and facilitator with an acute sensitivity to the emotional undercurrents that influence organizational behavior. Under her leadership, Kagan Associates has helped clients successfully break through strategic and visionary challenges with complex planning, organizational, and interpersonal dimensions. Her strengths lie in her ability to deal with difficult or highly sensitive issues, including situations of emotionally charged conflict, in a constructive and compassionate manner.
She has completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, trained as a pediatric hospice volunteer with HealthCare Dimensions Hospice, an affiliate of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and participated in Caring Canines, a program in which handlers take registered therapy dogs to visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools and assisted living facilities as a community service. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chaplaincy Institute for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries in Berkeley, California.
Leslie is also certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the Kolbe Pure Instinct System®, the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), and the Life Styles InventoryTM (LSI). She holds a B.A. from Simmons College, an M.Ed. from Boston University, and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, graduating first in her class.
Nikki and Leslie are both members of The European Association for Horse Assisted Education (EAHAE), a non-profit platform for information, communication, education, certification, research and publication of every kind of Horse Assisted Education".
The Horse Herd
Our star facilitators are the horses! Naturally, because all exercises are designed with participants' safety in mind, we work only with mature horses known to have very gentle natures. All our horses are sound, stable and dependable. In fact, most have been selected for their sweet and gentle temperament and as partners in therapeutic riding programs for disabled children and adults.