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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Starter Kit: Essential Steps to Starting Your Consulting Business"

  • 04 Jun 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email


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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP -  Virtual Session Only

Member Registration: FREE

Non-Member Registration: $5 (please see our Cancellation Policy below)

Topic: Starter Kit: Essential Steps to Starting Your Consulting Business

Description:  Starting a business is a big step!  While it can be exciting, it also can be overwhelming and confusing.  What is the best strategy and structure for the desired business? What licenses and registrations are necessary? What support is needed to be successful? etc. These are questions every business owner must answer. Yet, often the answers – and sometimes even key questions – are not easily understood. 

With 20+ years’ of experience as independent OD practitioners and business owners,  Barry Coleman and Jackie Bsharah will share a strategic framework for business start-ups. This experiential workshop is designed to help current and aspiring business owners explore the necessary elements to starting a small consulting business.

Presenters:  Jackie Bsharah and Barry Coleman

Using a strengths-based, client-centered approach, Jackie Bsharah empowers her coaching clients to achieve results, often far beyond their own expectations. Jackie has been called “a game changer” for her ability to support and promote both individual and systems-level change. She is particularly proficient at identifying and reframing self-limiting beliefs to help her client’s create the foundation for sustainable change.  Additionally, Jackie fearlessly engages with resistance and conflict, transforming them into energy and momentum for learning and development. Jackie has worked with clients from around the globe including India, Singapore, the U.K. and the Middle East. The organizations with which Jackie has successfully worked include the National Institutes of Health, Virtusa, the Association for Chinese Americans, the Department of Educate, the Census Buruea, OTR Wheel Engineering, Blackstone, and the city of San Francisco.

Before becoming an executive coach, Jackie covered national and international news for The Associated Press (AP) broadcast division. She worked her way up from a nine-month temporary position to becoming Executive Productor (EP) of Audio/Radio News, overseeing coverage of small-and-large scale news events.  Dr. Bsharah covered some of the world’s biggest stories, including being on the team that won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems and a M A. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University, an M. S. in Organization Development from American University, and a B. S. in Broadcast Journalism from West Virginia University.

Barry Coleman is an Organization Development consultant specializing in training, design and facilitation, coaching, diversity and inclusion management and leadership development. Barry has more than 25 years of experience and has earned an excellent reputation as a strategic human capital professional. He has experience in a broad range of industries including government, newspapers, financial services, insurance and labor unions. His clients include: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Institutes of Health, American Federal State County and Municipal Employees, and Sodexo Inc.

Barry is skilled in group dynamics and has achieved outstanding results with large and small group facilitation assignments. Many of his coaching clients have experienced consistent,long-lasting success and recognition for their performance. Barry has worked with several organizations developing and delivering training programs, ranging from customer service skills to leadership and management courses.

Barry earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University National Training Laboratory Institute, and a Bachelor Degree in Advertising from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. He also is a member of the National Training Laboratory Institute (NTL), Maryland Association of Facilitators Network (MAFN), International Coaching Federation (ICF) in addition to several other professional organizations.

CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net, www.markasachs.com

Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

Cancellation Policy: CBODN Members may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance by logging into CBODN and returning to this event page.  Non-members may not cancel their registration.  No refunds will be provided.

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