About Progression Partners

We help your Leaders Lead

We Believe

  • Everyone Can Learn and Grow
  • Communication Can be Transparent & Create Awareness
  • Good Leadership Foundation has a Cornerstone Built On Strategy, Change, Talent Management and Human Capital
  • Everyone Contributes When Given the Right Tools and Development
  • In Our Differences…are, Our Strengths
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Our Story and Approach

From CEOs (“I’ve never seen results like this”) to colleagues (“I want what Joe got”), the Your 24℠ personalized development program is recognized for sparking high potential people to even greater growth.


Your 24 was co-developed by Les Gleaves and Bobbie Shreiner, founders (2010) of Progression Partners. It emerged from their shared drive for work that matters and from the chemistry between Les’ expertise in executive coaching and Bobbie’s skill in harnessing organizational needs to leadership development. “We knew we wanted immediate impact: traction from day 1,” Bobbie recounted. “Not another assessment quickly forgotten once back at work. We chose The Birkman Method® because it is personal it shows there is no such thing as a work self and a real self.”


The result was Your 24. It is customized to the individual and grounded in deep insight. Its “Ahah” moments create development opportunities. People begin to “connect the dots” both as individual contributors and team members. Once they see the big picture and their impact on it, they shift their focus from tactics to strategy and from managing to leading. The change is self-directed and thus real.


Gretchen Harfst joined Progression Partners as a partner in 2016 (Les left in 2013), bringing her passion for strategy development. Together, Bobbie and Gretchen are growing Progression Partners by helping companies answer questions on how to strategically move forward: What’s likely to happen in the future? Does your leadership development strategy compliment or conflict with your business strategy? Are your leaders equipped to be accountable? Are they up to the challenge?  A foundation in customized, personalized coaching exemplified by Your 24— is imprinted in Progression Partners’ DNA. A next evolution is Your Influence, which strategizes at the organizational level. 


Here’s a secret: Turning good leaders into great ones is an inside job: only they can do it. But the right development can ready them. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.

 Our Foundation

The Cornerstone of Leadership

We make you Think

  • Driving Focus and Direction
  • Making Implementaton Happen
  • Creating the Future Talent to Lead Tomorrow's Business
  • Identifying, Developing, Engaging and Evaluating Your Talent

 Our Passion

Coaching Circles

A Continuum of Learning

We are rooted and established on the foundation of good learning. It is fundamentally at our core and part of our company values. Our Coaching Circles are the "glue" that ties our learning and development programs together. They keep the learning excange flowing and moving forward for the optimum impact.


Action Learning forums that address relevant business challenges on your schedule…continuously!

Virtual, Timely, Relevant, Customized, Engaging & Purposeful

 Our Choice

The Birkman Method

Because it is Personal

From the very beginning of our company we made the strategic choice to use the Birkman Method as our assessment of choice.  Uncovering transparent moments and underlying needs is inherent in what we do.  The Birkman Method helps us identify what individuals need from their environment and the people around them to be at their very best. When people’s needs are met they are fulfilled, engaged, and productive.  When their needs are not met, they go into their stress behaviors that are observed by others and can cause anxiety in the workplace.  The Birkman Method helps us get to the transparent moments that create awareness that lead to development opportunities.

Our Locations


Indianapolis, Indiana

West Coast

Portland, Oregon 

San Diego, California 


Denver, Colorado

How can we help you?

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started."

-Mark Twain


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Progression Partners is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) focused on elevating business performance through customized leadership development. We are based in Indianapolis, Indiana with service hubs in San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; and Denver, Colorado. We believe that every leader can be successful given the right tools and development.

Progression Partners’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity continues to be foundational and directional, as evidenced by our values statement:  In our differences are our strengths. We are inclusionary in learning new paradigms and approaches to equity and finding ways to honor the differences in all people. We continue to develop and educate ourselves as we listen, learn and lead on issues for the betterment of all people, with a passion to help women and minority colleagues and partners be successful in all aspects of leadership and business.