What would happen if an Ivy-League surfer dude ran a leadership development firm?


I always wanted to make a difference in the world, but never imagined where that would take me. One day, waiting for the next set of waves off the North Shore, I was lucky enough to bump into one of the best leadership scholars in the world. That chance meeting led to a decade researching at places, like Columbia and Harvard, and working in some of the most respected companies across the globe.

I learned a lot about leadership. Not that old-school leadership, where somebody has all the answers and convinces everyone to go along. The kind of leadership that engages all of us who want to make a difference in our companies, communities, and our own lives. The kind of leadership that connects people and unleashes their potential in the service of a shared purpose. Real leadership.

Real leadership is grounded in great ideas, backed by research. But those ideas only matter if people can put them into practice. Like it or not, this means a dramatic change in how organizations train their leaders. Understanding adult development is the key to helping people change their thinking and their behavior. I put the work into learning and applying those lessons, because without them, it’s just a lot of wasted effort.

Building a company was never my primary goal. I just wanted to take the best ideas about leadership and turn them into practical tools that would make a difference for real people. But over the years, I’ve learned that without the right team, all you end up with is a pipe dream. Cambridge Leadership Group is built on that hard-won experience. I’ve assembled a tremendous team, to realize the dream of helping people and organizations step up to real leadership.

I hope you’ll join us!


Al Preble

Our leadership team

Our executive team believes real leadership makes a difference in the world – and we try to live up to it every day.  That means engaging with our clients to better meet their leadership needs, challenging each other to drive the strategy forward, and unleashing the talent on our team in the service of that goal.

Al Preble


Stephen Pugh


Sean Kennedy


Our experts

In addition to our full-time staff, Cambridge maintains a network of high-quality facilitators. Our network faculty are more than just skilled trainers, they have deep business experience in a wide variety of industries, functions, and many are adjunct faculty at well respected universities. Our faculty network allows Cambridge Leadership Group to respond to the variability in client delivery needs over time and across geographies.


David Davila

Jennifer Eggers

Pierre Faller

Eamus Halpin

Brent Hymer

Stephanie Kuth

Al Preble

Stephen Pugh

Georgina Rotchford

Stacey Shively

Work with us


We’re always on the lookout for great people to add to our network.  To support our growth, we’re currently seeking faculty based in the U.S. and abroad.

Engage with us


If all that sounds like the kind of partner you’re looking for, let’s talk. We’d love to learn about your company’s leadership issues, and help you engage them in a new way.