Leslie Bonner is a consultant, coach, and facilitator with over 25 years of experience working with and in a variety of organizations including over 200 nonprofits, financial services, professional services, healthcare, and small businesses. Her areas of expertise include nonprofit strategic planning, organizational assessments, facilitating complex conversations, guiding change and transition, and leadership, team, and Board development. Her diverse experiences have given her strong business acumen, and an excellent understanding of nonprofit organizations and group dynamics.
Leslie’s prior experience includes 20 years as a consultant, including 16 years working exclusively with nonprofit organizations on Strategic Planning, Board Development and Governance, Succession Planning, and Leadership and Team Development. Leslie has published research on Nonprofit Leadership Development, has led a number of nonprofit Leadership Cohorts, and is a frequent speaker on Nonprofit Capacity Building topics. Most recently she has taught Facilitation Skills to nonprofit and library staff and their community partners.
Leslie’s degrees include an M.Ed. in Group Dynamics and a B.A. in Business and Psychology. She has taught graduate level courses in Strategic Planning and Leadership at several local universities. She has served on several Boards including: The HOPE Center, the YWCA, Family Services of Western PA’s Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board for the PA Dropout Prevention Network.
Focus on Group Dynamics and Career Development
University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University MBA Executive Education
Executive Coaching Certification Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching
Myers Briggs and DiSC Profile Certified to administer and interpret these Personal/Behavioral style profiles used for team building, leadership development, enhancing communication
Advanced Nonprofit Consulting, CEO Performance Evaluation, Facilitation Skills
Human Centered Design Facilitation – Luma Institute
DEWEY & KAYE (Consultants to Nonprofits), Managing Consultant
Supported nonprofit executives and boards on matters of organization strategy; succession planning; leadership assessment and development; and continuous improvement in support of achieving organizational objectives, sustainability, and growth. Taught leadership development workshops and provided team building, performance management and management skills training to organizations. Researched and authored studies on Leadership and Senior Team Development.
WESTINGHOUSE, Manager of Organizational and Leadership Development
Interim position in Corporate Headquarters of 8,000 employee international business that provides Nuclear Fuel and Services. Responsible for creating an integrated Training and Leadership Development program, succession planning activities, performance management systems, and executive and talent assessments.
BUSINESS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
Maintained an independent consulting practice focused on working with high technology and high growth firms to build organizational talent strategies in anticipation of future growth.
As part of a small consulting firm I was responsible for all areas of the organizational development practice including managing client engagements, creating tools, and ensuring quality delivery of services. Frequently assisted in Strategic Planning and Process Improvement engagements.
GOOD PARTNERS, a/k/a JOBHOUSE, Owner and President
This woman-owned small business provided consulting and training in the areas of non-exempt hiring, retention, and performance management to financial services, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Our claims to fame included a story in the Wall Street Journal and the cover of the City of Pittsburgh Annual Report for 2001.
PNC BANK, Vice President, Organizational Development
Organizational Development Consultant for a business unit with over 1,500 employees. Responsible for strategic Human Resource issues such as succession planning, leadership development, retention of key managers and employees, compensation and incentive strategies. Partnered with EVP to create and introduce the Balanced Scorecard Strategic Planning concept to division.
PNC BANK, V.P., Manager, Corporate Employment and Staffing
Managed and developed a recruiting staff of 24 (with an annual budget of over $1M) that served as the centralized recruiting function for the entire organization. Gained hands-on experience in implementing a system-wide change.
PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS & TEACHING