About CLI

The Corporate Learning Institute is an innovative training, strategy and coaching company dedicated to meeting your organizational development needs.

CLI is celebrating its 30th year providing services to clients all over the world. We are a small, but nimble, organization developed to help you move from idea to reality. 

The Corporate Learning Institute equips contributors with the skills and tools that go beyond generating information to sharing insights; that are immediately accessible, applicable, and actionable on the job; and that build leadership, team, and organizational capabilities for the road ahead.

Our Leadership

Meet our leadership team—
we are ready to work with you to assure that your organization will become the best ever!

You need a trusted partner to cultivate your talent pipeline and develop innovative solutions to your organizations learning and development needs. You may need support in designing a small training initiative or masterminding an enterprise-wide training program. Your need may be to develop an organizational coaching program. It might even be to find excellent strategy facilitation.  We are your ally for providing customized, effective and immediate solutions to all of these needs.

    Our four service areas include:

    1. Coaching Services
    2. Learning Solutions
    3. Performance Assessment
    4. Corporate Strategy Facilitation

    Tim Buividas, Ed.D.

    Dr. Tim Buividas founded the Corporate Learning Institute in 1992. His passion is working in change management consulting, training and development, and team and individual coaching. His goal is to create provocative learning experiences that change people’s lives.

    Susan Cain, Ed.D. LCSW

    Dr. Susan Cain, CLI Partner is a creative instructional designer, strategist, author, executive coach and facilitator. Sue brings her clinical skills and insights into her work with clients.

    She has worked across business sectors worldwide with organizations including Kellogg, Cirque Du Soleil, Disney Federal Credit Union, Kerry, Tellabs and Whirlpool.

    William Johnson, MCT, CPC


    William is an experienced training and development professional who specializes in team development programs and performance coaching for individuals. He has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including corporations, non-profits and schools.

    Prior to moving into the training and education sector, William spent 20 years working for Aon Corporation in both London and Chicago in a variety of senior financial management roles including Corporate Treasurer for Aon UK, and Senior Vice

    President for Aon Advisors US, Aon’s investment management company.  William is a CPC – Certified Professional Coach, holds a BA Education and a master’s degree in Corporate Treasury Management; Illinois Professional Educators License; ACCT Level II Challenge Course Practitioner and Challenge Course Manager Certifications.

    Debi Giese

    Design Consultant

    Debi is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in 1998, began working at Carol Naughton + Associates, one of the top environmental graphic design consultants. With their firm for over 12 years, started as an intern and moved into the position of a senior designer / project manager position for the remaining 8 years. After leaving Naughton + Associates, Debi started her own design firm Mode Design Collaborative designing and managing multiple print, web, signage, exhibit and interior decorating for multiple client; working with large corporations to sole proprietorships.

    Knowledgable and detail-oriented in all aspects of design, I enjoy problem solving using creative solutions. I am a skilled, mulit-tasker able to manage multiple large and small projects at the same time with creative, successful results utilizing large and small budgets.

    She enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest programs, materials, printing and fabrication processes to be sure to utilize the best material for each project, always open to using creative solutions verses the mainstream, which can create a unique and memorable visual effect for end users of all media.


    Stay Connected! Sign Up for our Newsletter

     Join Over 6,000 People Who Receive Monthly Updates on Training, Coaching, and Strategy