Cheryl’s 25+ year career as a human resource professional is focused in the areas of leadership and organizational development (OD). Her work integrates key business initiatives with an emphasis on leaders as the critical drivers of employee engagement, employee retention, and as change champions.
She has held leadership and organizational development positions in multiple industries, including financial services and utilities, providing thought leadership to senior leaders to help implement business-focused development solutions.
Cheryl’s key skills include leadership development design and delivery (both classroom and virtual). Her training design and delivery provides a resource toolkit to participants for immediate application of learned skills and behaviors. Additionally, she provides one-on-one leadership development coaching through 3600 assessment tools.
Her work in organizational diagnosis for both profit and not-for-profit organizations has resolved key factors that were deterring employees from full engagement and productivity. Her areas of specialization within OD include performance management systems, talent review and succession planning, and employee engagement surveys and follow-up.
Cheryl holds an MS degree in Human Resources from SUNY Albany and a BS degree in Music from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She is certified in several development tools and methodologies including: 360 Leadership Assessments, Situational Leadership, Myers Briggs, Organizational Development, Organization Change, and Cultural Compass.
She is a member of the Human Resource Leadership Forum where she serves on the Membership Committee. In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors for theWeb of Loneliness Institute.
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