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Accomplished learning and organizational development professional with over 18 years experience addressing organizational issues related to strategic planning, leadership development, change management and innovation, cross-functional team development, and new program development and evaluation.  Valued for assisting teams to think strategically, work collaboratively, and engage in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and other organizational development approaches that encourage meaningful conversations, reflection and inquiry leading to change, innovation, and cross cultural competence.   Clients include:  private and public sectors, education, health and social services.  Ability to orchestrate multiple projects within a variety of organizational contexts and learning situations, including those with highly classified and technical environments.  

Certified executive coach with experience partnering with clients and teams serving as emerging and experienced leaders holding strategic positions within diverse organizations.  Dynamic group facilitator, with exceptional skills for supporting interactive learning and planning sessions, and addressing diverse learning and communication styles, including cross-cultural and multilingual differences.   Track record of facilitating team development toward increased multifunctional capacity, managing the change process, and developing skills and processes for supporting new program development. 

My clients represent a broad spectrum of individuals from diverse professional fields and industries, contexts, and circumstances.  In addition to being a Professional Coach, I’ve also presented nationally to general audiences speaking on the topics related to leadership and team development, inclusion and diversity in the workplace, cross-cultural communication, conflict transformation, strategic decision-making and setting clear expectations.  In the areas of empowerment coaching, I specialize in areas such as health and wellness, goal-setting, self-awareness, and personal growth and change. 

  • Thunderbird School of Global Management (Cultural Orientations Assessment, Communicating and Negotiating with a Global Mindset)
  • Human Performance Technology (Ithaca College, NY)
  • DePaul University (Advanced Organizational Development)
  • Coaching Certification and Training (University of Georgia, Harvard University Institute of Coaching, Global Coaching Network)
  • Doctoral Work Comparative Public Policy (University of Colorado, Boulder)
  • MA Public Administration (University of Oklahoma)
  • BA Public Affairs (University of Chicago)
  • Additional Courses in Instructional Design and Training Program Management (ASTD, Articulate, Langevin)  
  • Cultural Orientations Assessment (COA),
  • DiSC, 360 Benchmarks Suite (Center for Internal Change, CCL)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Sherpa Executive Coach Certification (CSC)
  • Coaching Skills Training Certification (CST)
  • Certified Performance Technologist (CPT)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator (AIFT), Appreciative Inquiry Coach (AICT) 
  • Personal Training Certification (ISSA)
Partial Awards List:
  • 2010, 2011 Sherpa Trailblazer of the Year Nominee (Executive Coaching)
  • 2009 ODNI Innovation Award (Training and Development)
  • Chicago Sun-Times 100 Women Making a Difference
  • Julia Beveridge Award for Leadership
Miscellaneous Training:
  • Health and Wellness Courses
  • Lay Health Worker Training
  • E-learning Design
  • Training Generalist Certification
  • Advanced CTESOL - Certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Professional Activities and Memberships:
  • Organizational Development Network (ODN)
  • Harvard University Institute of Coaching (ICO)
  • International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • International Coaching Consortium for Organizations (ICCO) 
  • Training Magazine Network 
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) 

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Brenda M. Rodriguez, CSC, CST, CPT, PMP, MA
(847) 372-9819
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