Johanna Seasonwein, PhD, founded The Seasonwein Group to help others work—and work together—more effectively. We focus on mindful listening and empathy as the keys to successful communication and a culture that supports innovation and creativity.

johanna seasonwein, PhD


Johanna Seasonwein, PhD, is a gifted teacher who is passionate about helping others work more effectively and collaboratively. She spent 12+ years as a museum curator and university art history instructor, where she realized that the skills people needed to successfully decode a work of art were the same skills needed for success at work: creative problem solving, critical thinking, empathy, and listening skills. Dr. Seasonwein founded The Seasonwein Group to offer interactive workshops that help participants cultivate these so-called “soft skills”—skills that multiple studies have shown can be even more important than technical skills for career success. 

Trained as a medieval art historian, Dr. Seasonwein has taught courses at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Oregon Honors College. At Princeton University, she was one of a select group of educators supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance university art museums as laboratories for cross-disciplinary learning. Her innovative approach to teaching and curriculum development brought classes in the arts and sciences into the campus museum and led to a 35% increase in faculty and student engagement. Most recently she was the Senior Curator of Western Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Seasonwein received her PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in art history from Columbia University and her BA in art history from Johns Hopkins University. A native of suburban Washington, DC, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Reut Livne-Tarandach, PhD

Advisor, Academic Research

Reut Livne-Tarandach, PhD, serves as an academic advisor to The Seasonwein Group, sharing cutting-edge research on leadership, teams, and organizational behavior. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Management in the O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College, where she teaches undergraduate and MBA classes in organizational behavior, diversity, and cross-cultural management.

Dr. Livne-Tarandach’s research program explores the phenomenon of renewal, asking how individuals, teams and organizations can simultaneously build on and transcend their past. Recent projects explore how organizations can promote compassion, how a sense of community can emerge in temporary teams, and how organizations can create a social architecture that enables the recruitment and retention of those we often see as unemployable. She has published in numerous journals, including The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Research in Organizational Change and Development.

Before launching her academic career, Dr. Livne-Tarandach worked as an organizational consultant, HR manager, and officer in the Israeli Air Force. She received her MSc. in Organization Research from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and PhD in Organizational Studies from Boston College.