Your Progression Partners Team
"Creating Success Through the Success of Others"
...We Believe Every Leader Can be Successful Provided the Right Tools and Development
I am the Architect of our Destiny in creating Progression Partners’ vision & strategy, and the Fearless Leader of our Executive Team.
Since Day One of creating our coaching and leadership models, I wanted to create the “WOW” in our clients' experience thus, created “Your 24”. In Your 24 coaching experience, traction is amazing in just 24 hours of engagement. Why is the “WOW’ factor important? Simple, we make it personal, which translates into the professional. For me, it is pastoral and my way of giving back. Each session is highly customized to meet the needs of the leader – a gift that keeps on giving for the candidate and the sponsor organization.
Every day, I work on creating the 'WOW' in Progression Partners. My heart is directed in leading the charge for making a difference in leaders' lives - and ultimately, creating success for both the individual and their sponsoring organization.
Fun Facts about me:
- Every day I wake up living my dream in building Progression Partners!
- Started as a teacher, I never lost my passion for creating good learning. Progression Partners services are based on good learning models to meet the needs of all learners.
- My son and daughter-in-law are blazing trails in architecture and building on their dreams in Portland, Oregon.
- My parents don’t have a clue about what I do in my consulting world yet, always proud by sharing nice things in our family holiday letters.
My passion is to create a vision and focus based on good learning - making learning impactful and yet, very fun! Being a life-long learner is a gift and one I want to share with each candidate, client, and company. It is truly the “gift” that keeps on giving!
Vice President, Senior Partner
I like to think of myself as the "heart" of Progression Partners since I put the 'pulse' into an organization. I'm known for being a planner extraordinaire! Always laser-focused, I integrate our values and purpose into exemplary implementation and execution. Nothing excites me more than “Wowing” our clients and customers while thinking of new approaches and customizing our delivery to meet the needs of each organization. It’s my goal for each client to feel unique and special during our Five Star client experience so, they are always asking for more!
As a facilitator of innovative ideas and thought, I distill ideas into transformative and sustainable actions upon which to achieve results. I create the 'WOW' in delivery by gaining a 'pulse' of the organization, identifying and aligning trends, creating transparent moments, and awareness which enables the client to create laser-focused, strategic direction. Thus, everything we touch creates a business impact - we make a difference!
I have a high desire and impulse for seeing and doing new things especially, travel. If I’m not working, I am doing something new or going somewhere different. I’m happy my husband of 29 years shares my wanderlust or I would drive him crazy.
I’m passionate about forward-thinking and making every action count. If it adds value, do it!
Senior Partner & Financial Officer
I am a Senior Partner and the Chief Financial Officer for Progression Partners. I create the "WOW" behind the scenes, by making sure our columns expand, services grow, and numbers balance. I have been a financial engineer for several small start-up companies over the last 18 years. I was also a teacher for much of that time.
My passion is creating, and I do this through a variety of mediums of art. I have been married to my husband for 34 years and we love to spend time creating memories with our family. I drive our financial vision with the heart of a teacher.
A multi-talented professional with proven skills for designing and executing organizational development solutions to achieve strategic outcomes in a manner respectful to internal and external stakeholder’s interests.
Mitchell’s approach serving in executive-level roles as Strategic Business Director, COO, Executive Director, or Principal Consultant is a philosophy of listening to learn. Mitchell’s career afforded him the opportunity to work with and for companies in a wide variety of industries both public and private. While organizations face similar challenges, Mitchell has learned that each industry, each company, and in fact each leader has their unique qualities that play an important part in whatever goals or objectives are pursued.
Fun Facts about me:
· Worked early in career as a professional photographer
· My dad served in the Airforce working with Col. Tibbetts in Wendover, UT – he also played briefly in major league baseball.
· I have been to every state in the United States.
· Was a feature story on Sunday Morning television show.
· Worked as an adjunct professor in business training and development for two universities and community colleges
· Originally from Chicago worked in Boston and now lives with his wife and family in Portland, OR.
I have a passion for generating and provoking a balance between a clear vision with the conditions to be successful. Embracing a whatever it takes attitude to have engaged workforce.
MIKE HILL, MBA
Senior Business Partner & Executive Coach (Certified Birkman Coach)
I am an Executive Coach, Author, and Public Speaker. My MBA is from St. Bonaventure University and I am a certified Birkman Assessment Professional. My favorite topic to talk about is improving employee and company performance, in fact, I have written 3 books on the subject.
I bring over 25 years of mentoring and strengthening Managers and Management Teams. Having been a company owner, I bring the “real life” experience to each engagement.
I have one son, Patrick that keeps me young. I enjoy anything and everything outdoors with a passion for mountain climbing has summited most of the high peaks in the Wyoming Teton range. My motto is; if its outdoors let’s do it.
My passion is helping employees to reach their maximum performance.
GAYLEN SMITH OSBORN
Senior Partner & Vice President of Talent Management & Virtual Delivery (Certified Birkman Coach)
The queen of sunshine, virtual delivery, talent management expert, and learning programs facilitator. I am in the San Diego hub. (Thus the sunshine!) Learning happens when we approach it with curiosity and passion. As a high-energy presenter, coach, developer, and leader, my first goal is to build a relationship with you. Next, we create a progressive path to where you want to go. My friendly, direct, and decisive nature comes out in the kitchen! Nothing makes me happier than cooking with friends and enjoying a meal together. My home is known for real food and real sharing of life’s sunshine and clouds. I am passionate about supporting you and me to live lives aligned to our hearts and goals.
JODY FOSNOUGH - SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Business Partner, Executive Coach & Team Lead (Certified Birkman Coach)
I am an Executive Coach Extraordinaire, a Fun Facilitator, and Learning Leader. I’m a relationship builder that drives engaging discussions, helping you and your team achieve moments of brilliance! I invest in you by providing insightful, influential, and motivational coaching. That means your transparent learning moments will energize you to connect with your unique “inner leader” to deliver more impactful results in your day job and life.
I’m a true soccer mom. I cheerlead, mentor, and coach my kids as they transition into high school, college, and adulthood. I’m grateful for 25+ years of marriage, and love being the recipient of my husband’s culinary creativity. I love to read and take long walks.
Our conversations will identify your unique potential, grow your leadership expertise, and align with the career path you’re pursuing.
TRICIA FOX, M.A.
Senior Business Partner & Executive Career Coach (Certified Birkman Coach)
I am an Executive Coach and Facilitator of Learning. I build relationships that inspire trust and foster cooperation to get to those truly transparent moments of learning and development that inspire change. I coach people to do a leadership audit-identify strengths, gaps, and to have intentional conversations for improved, insightful action plan to move forward.
My husband of 25 years and I coach and mentor our 4 daughters in their entrepreneur endeavors, sports, and service hours as they transition from middle school, high school, and college years. I love reading, water aerobics, and traveling. Our conversations will identify your unique traits, grow your leadership potential, and strategically align your career path.
KAREN BURDICK, M.A., OTR
Senior Business Partner, Executive Coach & Facilitator (Certified Birkman Coach)
I am an Executive Coach and learning specialist, I have 20+ years’ experience in leading people and organizations through transformational change focusing on business performance. I am passionate about helping leaders see their full potential and experience the “ah-ha” moment that makes them take ownership for growth to happen. I am a dancer and an exercise devotee who enjoys traveling, meeting, and empowering people to see what’s possible. My husband and I are avid sailors with plans to sail the Great Lakes over the next few years.
I love to see my clients and learners succeed! When they get that ‘light in their eye’ of understanding and when they can see their potential and a way to reach it!
Senior Business Partner, Executive Coach & Facilitator
I am a facilitator of learning and I love it! My focus is on developing and delivering highly interactive, effective, and fun learning events that help leaders unlock their potential. I facilitate people becoming a new and improved version of themselves. I love creating “a-ha” moments that lead to real personal and professional growth. I have extensive experience working with all levels of leaders in Fortune 500 organizations.
I have 4 young adult children who still manage to keep me busy. Whether it’s tailgating (Go Hoosiers!), attending swim meets, or college parents’ weekends, my family time makes me happy. I also love spending time with friends over good food, good wine, and good conversations. I love to travel. Learning about new countries and cultures feeds my soul.
My passion is to help people capitalize on their strengths and develop in new areas to achieve their personal and professional goals. I am a lifelong learner who believes you never stop growing!
Senior Business Partner & Executive Coach
Kristen describes herself as the human capital leader’s “best friend” because she is a “GSD” (get stuff done)kind of girl. Leaders choose to work with Kristen because she can listen and cut through the clutter, getting to the heart of a matter. She knows how to listen and advise with insight, experience, and innovation. She is passionate about serving ‘career owners’ to fulfill their potential without losing their joy! She is described as ‘bringing light into learning and coaching experiences creating clarity’. Her peers often leverage her wisdom as a sounding board for their own business. Kristen strives to support companies to inspire employee engagement, build customer loyalty, and enrich and improve the marketplace. Her tools and techniques accelerate the change process helping organizations move their strategy forward faster. Kristen lives in the Washington D.C. area. When she’s not facilitating an engaging workshop, she loves to hang out on her patio under the canopy of trees or swing in a hammock with a good book.
NANCY AHLRICHS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Business Partner
Nancy wanted to be Jane Goodall and study primates. Instead, she uses her degree in Anthropology to study people! And what a wonderful contribution she has made to the Human Resources World! Nancy’s extensive work in culture change, intergenerational communication, and management, diversity, and employee engagement have resulted in her companies reigniting lifelong employees, recruiting and retaining strong, diverse team members, and exceeding productivity and profitability goals. She describes herself as a ‘lover of constant learning’ allowing her to bring a new and innovative solution to help her clients solve their talent challenges. Nancy married Mike last fall. She loves planning and preparing meals for family so they are living happily (and well-fed) in Indianapolis Indiana.
MELISSA CRANE, Ph.D.
The Learning Continuum (TLC) / Birkman Administrator
I have 14 years’ experience as a learning management system (LMS) administrator, virtual trainer, and online course designer. I have developed online learning for healthcare, higher education, and the government. I worked 21 years in healthcare before transitioning to the government sector where I currently work as an Advanced Distributing Learning (ADL) Specialist through a contract with the U. S. Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL. I have three post-graduate degrees including an M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Development, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning. My dissertation focused on incorporating practice and feedback in virtual training to improve learning outcomes. I am very active in professional organizations where I serve on conference committees, review articles for peer-reviewed journals, and conference presentations.
My passion is mentoring the next generation of professionals.
Client Relations Manager
I oversee partner relations. I love to help ensure the smooth flow of your experience with Progression Partners makes you say "WOW"! My background is Big 4 Public Accounting, Corporate/Financial Recruiting, Operations, and Business Development and Direction. I most recently have been an integral participant in the development of a woman-owned boutique company into a national industry player. I love to be Outdoors! Nothing makes me happier than hiking out West, my kids and, my dogs. My passion is to innovate and create a process through simplicity and common sense.
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WHO ARE WE?
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.