Cheryl Rykowski
Principal
Lead Facilitator
Curriculum Designer


Cheryl is a learning and development professional with nearly 20 years experience designing and facilitating learning across a wide range of industries and cultures internationally. Cheryl has taught classes from the “plant floor” to “executive suite” for corporations including MasterCard International, Avon Cosmetics, Barrick Gold Mining, Grey Advertising, Sikorsky Aircraft and Boehringer-Ingelheim.

Cheryl’s passion is in helping leaders increase effectiveness in managing their direct reports and teams. She has designed, developed and delivered classroom and self-study programs in the areas of Leadership and Management Development, Interpersonal Skills, Coaching and Feedback, Communication Skills, Performance Management, Career Development, Goal Setting, Performance Review, Presentation Skills, Flexible Work, and Sexual Harassment.

Cheryl has extensive experience working with individuals and teams to improve communication skills, ideation, creativity and presentation abilities. She has led numerous initiatives requiring customized design and development to facilitate organizational, team and individual change.

Cheryl is particularly adept at root-cause problem analysis for poorly functioning teams. She uses facilitated, group discussion, simulations, team exercises and individual coaching to help teams gain awareness surface issues, create vision, define strategy, problem solve and develop skills.

Cheryl is certified in many professional training programs and assessment tools, including: DiSC Personal Profile System, Profiler 360 Degree Feedback, Situational Leadership, Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument, Firo-B, Business as UnUsual and Employee Workshop for Organization Change from Pritchett and Pound, Presentation Skills, Change Cycle® and TMC’s Cultural Orientations at Work.

Cheryl is a certified Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and has served as adjunct faculty teaching English as a Second Language at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She has also designed and delivered Welfare to Work training for the State of Connecticut in support of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.

Cheryl is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; she earned a Masters in Education from Fairfield University’s School of Education and completed post-graduate certification in Organization Development Practices from Columbia University.

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Patrice Dunckley
Personal and Career Coach

Patrice Dunckley is passionate about people finding fulfillment and enjoyment their work. For over 20 years, Patrice has worked with people with a goal to be comfortable and confident in what they do and with whom they do it. Professional development, career advancement, self-on boarding or off boarding and cultural dynamics are all part of what Patrice and her clients work on together.

She is a professionally trained coach with a background in human resources management, diversity and inclusion, and pastoral counseling. Her work is focused on supporting people in making the internal and external shifts necessary to make their professional pursuits fit with their goals and values.

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Marie Young
Lead Curriculum Designer
Organization Development
Facilitator

Marie Young is an Organization Development (OD) professional and practitioner. Targeting transformation initiatives, Marie works with organization leadership to clarify the future state, isolate change levers, identify gaps and build a transition strategy that delivers results. Using a varied approach, including executive coaching, structured interviews, facilitated group sessions, systems analysis, process mapping, survey data and document reviews, Marie derives the current state and platform for change. Marie earmarks policies, procedures, practices and organization structure requisite for alignment and integration.

Marie has led numerous initiatives requiring customized design and development to jump-start
organizational transformation. She works with individuals and teams to promote awareness,embrace transition, and increase effectiveness through behavioral change.

Marie has spoken at industry conferences, both domestic and international, emphasizing the people element in the technology revolution and business re-design. Her focus is on human factors and HR systems that drive behavioral and cultural change. She provides the framework for building, linking and integrating leadership competencies. She aligns basic HR practices including selection, orientation, training, performance management, career development, succession planning and retention. She has re-structured career-pathing and job leveling, built and implemented position profile systems, and revolutionized functional training design.

Marie’s expertise in business transformation was recognized early in her career when she received the Tribute to Women in Industry Award for best practices in point-of-sale business integration and training for Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Her expertise in people development was again recognized through the design and construction of Avon’s Learning Center for Information Technology professionals, which earned Avon the #1 in IT Training Award by Computerworld magazine. Her recent customer service intervention required the re-design of front-line agent training, which yielded turn-around results and restored the Company’s endorsement by external rating agencies and government regulators. Marie’s current work in the high-velocity change healthcare segment provides a strategic framework for employee retention and performance initiatives to drive business alignment, integration and results.

In addition to strategic facilitation and ongoing leadership coaching, Marie has designed, developed and delivered programs in the areas of Organizational Change and Transformation, Leadership, Management and Supervision, Teambuilding, Customer Service, Matrix Management, Business Process Re-Design, Employee Satisfaction and Retention, Effective Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Behavioral Interviewing, Diversity Integration, Career Development, Performance Management, Coaching and Feedback, Goal Setting, Performance Review, Competency Modeling, Survey Feedback and Action Planning, Recognition and Rewards, Training and Facilitation, Professional Conduct (Sexual Harassment) and Flexible Work Arrangements, as well as numerous customized-content programs, to thousands of managers and supervisors.

Marie has an undergraduate degree in Education, Masters of Business in Human Resource Development, and post-graduate certification in Organization Development Practices from Columbia University. She is certified and master-certified in numerous professional training programs and assessment tools, including:
DiSC® Personal Profile System, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO-B, Profiler® 360 Degree Feedback, Situational Leadership, HR Chally® Selection, DDI® Targeted Selection, Project Management, Maximum Impact Communication Skills, and TMC® Cultural Orientations.
Marie Young
 

Patti Anesetti
Personal and Career Coach
Facilitator
Curriculum Designer

For more than 23 years, Patricia (Patti) Anesetti has been recruited to bring positive and sustainable change to some of our world’s leading companies. Her record of success and extensive experience in transforming workplaces and driving bottom-line success and as a dynamic speaker and facilitator, change agent, and executive coach, has earned her a reputation as an invaluable resource and consultant. As a leading Learning and Organizational Development Consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies, Patricia manages to bring a unique, high value approach to each and every engagement. Her Leadership, vision and insight has significantly improved the productivity, profitability, market share and operational effectiveness of global organizations, where she has consistently increased productivity by a minimum of 50% in all engagements. Her expertise lies in bringing businesses to the next level through facilitation and executive coaching with a focus on strategy, performance improvement, cultural transformation, team effectiveness, effective sales, change management, and learning and organizational development. Patricia has managed high profile projects in several different industries, including client services, finance, pharmaceutical, accounting, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, publishing, automotive, hospital and healthcare, universities, and data services. She is results-oriented and clearly motivates people to implement the strategies provided. Patricia holds a Master of Science in Educational Technology and Adult Learning, a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a degree in Business Administration. She is certified in Coaching and Distance Learning and holds a number of professional program certifications.

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