About Disaster Avoidance Experts

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The boutique consulting, coaching, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts empowers leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters. We dramatically improve the bottom line of our clients by helping them with decision making, risk management, and strategic planning to address potential threats, seize unexpected opportunities, and resolve persistent personnel problems.


Our competitive advantage is a proprietary methodology based on cutting-edge behavioral economics research combined with over 35 years of combined consulting and coaching experience by our principals. Our clients range from mid-size businesses and nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, and include Aflac, Fifth Third Bank, Honda, IBM, The Columbus Foundation, Wells Fargo, World Wildlife Fund, Xerox, and over a hundred others, who provide enthusiastic client testimonials and references. Many have benefited greatly from our writings on avoiding business disasters, most notably from our CEO Dr. Gleb Tsipursky's several best-selling books on this topic. His cutting-edge thought leadership includes over 550 articles he published and more than 450 interviews he gave in prominent venues, including Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CBS News, Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Conversation, Business Insider, Government Executive, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, NPR, Entrepreneur, and many others.


While being passionate about helping organizations and leaders avoid disaster, our leadership team also volunteers their expertise to advance global flourishing through civic activities. Disaster Avoidance Experts is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting science-based truth-seeking and wise decision-making. All profits are donated to Intentional Insights, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its Pro-Truth Pledge project.


We are a deliberately boutique, small firm that only takes on select clients who are an outstanding fit for our expertise. Doing so enables us to ensure that we can offer the best possible service to our clients in improving their bottom line. Contact us to explore whether we are an excellent match for your needs.

Our Team

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

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Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, I have over 20 years of experience dramatically empowering leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters by addressing potential threats, maximizing unexpected opportunities, and resolving persistent personnel problems. The bestselling author of several books, I am best known for my national bestseller on avoiding disasters in business and other life areas, The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide, and my next book, Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters is forthcoming with Career Press in November 2019. My cutting-edge thought leadership was featured in over 400 articles I published and over 350 interviews I gave to popular venues that include Fast Company, CBS News, Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Conversation, Business Insider, Government Executive, Inc. Magazine, and many others.


My expertise comes from over 20 years of consulting, coaching, speaking, and training for mid-size and large businesses and nonprofits. I serve as the CEO of the boutique consulting, coaching, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts, which uses a proprietary methodology based on cutting-edge research to help clients maximize their bottom line. My clients include Aflac, Balance Employment Assistance Provider, Edison Welding Institute, Fifth Third Bank, Honda, IBM, International Coaches Federation, Ohio Hospitals Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, Sentinel Real Estate, The Society for Human Resource Management, RealManage, The Columbus Foundation, Vistage, and over a hundred others, who achieved outstanding client results.


I also have a strong research and teaching background in behavioral economics and neuroscience with over 15 years in academia, including 7 years as a professor at the Ohio State University and before that a Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. My dozens of peer-reviewed academic publications include journals such as Behavior and Social Issues, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy.


My civic service includes over 4 years as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Intentional Insights, an educational nonprofit advocating for research-based decision-making and truth-seeking in all life areas. I also co-founded the Pro-Truth Pledge, a civic project to promote truthfulness and integrity for individual professionals and leaders in the same way that the Better Business Bureau serves as a commitment for businesses. I serve on the Advisory Board of Canonical Debate Lab and Planet Purpose and the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Behavior and Social Issues.


A highly in-demand international speaker, I have over two decades of professional speaking experience across North America, Europe, and Australia. I get top marks from audiences for my highly facilitative, interactive, and humor-filled speaking style and the way I thoroughly customize speeches for diverse audiences. Meeting planners describe me as “very relatable,” as “a snap to work with,” and as someone who “does everything that you would want a speaker to do.” Drawing on best practices in adult learning, my programs address the wide spectrum of diverse learning styles, as attested by enthusiastic client testimonials and references. You can also check out this brief speaker demo video, this short TED-style keynote video, this hour-long opening keynote video, and other speaking videos, learn more about frequently requested programs, get information targeted at meeting planners, and see my Speaker One Sheet for more information on his speaking.


I earned my PhD in the History of Behavioral Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, my M.A. at Harvard University in 2004, and my B.A. at New York University in 2002. I live in and travel from Columbus, OH. In my free time, I enjoy tennis, hiking, and playing with my cats, and most importantly, I make sure to spend abundant quality time with my wife to avoid disasters in my personal life.


Contact me at Gleb[at]DisasterAvoidanceExperts[dot]com, follow me on Twitter @gleb_tsipursky, Instagram @dr_gleb_tsipursky, Facebook, YouTube, RSS, and LinkedIn. Most importantly, help yourself avoid disasters and maximize success, and get a free copy of the Assessment on Dangerous Judgment Errors in the Workplace, by signing up for my free Wise Decision Maker Course.

Agnes Vishnevkin

If you are ready to explore opportunities to avoid business disasters with the help of Disaster Avoidance Experts, please get in touch.