Professional summary

Dr. Kizilos is the founder and President of Experience-Based Development Associates, LLC (EBDA) and the creator of the FrameBreaking Leadership Development approach. EBDA provides workshops and coaching support to organizations seeking to accelerate the development of top talent and aspiring leaders.

Prior to forming EBDA, Mark served for four years as the Assistant Dean of Executive Education at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In this capacity he oversaw all of the school’s corporate learning and development programs and led a team of professionals that created world class development experiences for executives at top companies in the Midwest.

Before joining the Carlson School, Dr. Kizilos was Vice President

Engagement overview

Rates are variable, depending upon the nature of the work. Engagements range from individual coaching sessions to workshops. I specialize in helping leaders or aspiring leaders to identify great development opportunities in their current or near-term future, learn the most from them, and apply that learning to achieve greater results. Most of my work leverages a unique experience model and set of tools for profiling experiences. These tools are described on our two websites: and, as well as in the book, FrameBreaking Leadership Development.

Our process helps individuals to align their personal and career goals with their jobs. In the process, they typically realize that their jobs provide more learning opportunities than they had realized. This insight increases engagement and performance.


• Thomson Reuters
• Pepsi Cola
• Delta Air Lines
• Target
• General Mills
• McDonalds
• Wellpoint
• US Department of Energy
• University of Minnesota
• UNITEC (Mexico)
• Sungard (Singapore)
• African Leadership University (South Africa)


What do I see as the critical issue for the development of leaders today and for the rest of the century? Developing the aspiring leader’s ability to learn more effectively from experience. Regardless of industry, organization, or leadership level, the ability to learn effectively from experience is becoming the most important success factor.

It is pretty widely acknowledged that experience ca... Read more