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Kathy Becker

Contact Information:

Address:
5920 S. Rainbow Blvd, Ste 4,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118

Email: Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Phone:
Work: (702) 228-4699
Mobile: (760) 333-4993

Skype: company.of.experts

Website(s):
Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Company of Experts, Inc.
Department Chair Institute

Social Media Networks:
Center for Appreciative Inquiry Facebook
Company of Experts Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter

LinkedIn Groups:
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Group
Discovering Appreciative Inquiry Group

Working Portfolio:
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What might be possible if community and organization members were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?

This is the question that motivates Kathy Becker and has her focused on collaboration. Given current global challenges, Kathy uses strengths-based organizational design practices to help clients respond effectively to increasing levels of complexity in their environments and growing demand for innovation and change.

Kathy is the CEO/President of the Company of Experts, Inc. and oversees this Small Woman Owned Business serving schools, colleges and universities, businesses, corporations and non-profits moving them from deficit models of planning and thinking to engagement, empowerment and collaboration.  Under Kathy’s leadership the Company has developed a world presence and is continuing to add new teams throughout the world including Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East and South America.

Kathy’s employment history includes 20 twenty-years at a college that began a premier international student’s program for undergraduate students. Kathy has knowledge of the housing, personnel, visa, hiring and orientation, health and curriculum decisions that will go into the development of this project.

In an academic environment, Kathy served as a founding Chief Human Resources Officer, Staff Development Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and has had direct responsibility for contract negotiations, sexual harassment training, discrimination investigation, mediation and conflict resolution, discipline and grievance, management training, and leadership development.

Kathy has also served as an elected board member for a number of non-profit organizations and has relocated her company to Las Vegas, Nevada to be part of the energy, creativity and change.

  • Appreciative Inquiry Consulting & Training
  • Board Training & Retreats
  • Business Consulting
  • Coaching
  • Content Development
  • Large-Scale Summit Design
  • Leadership Development & Training
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Workshop Facilitation

Macon Miracle:

  • Creating the Macon Miracle (Part 1) – “Creating the Macon” – Bibb County School District, with the help of the Center for Appreciative Inquiry, conducted a Strategic Planning session using Appreciative Inquiry. With 4500 people in attendance, this is the largest Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Summit known to date. In this video, Dr. Romain Dallemand opens the session with a powerful speech.
  • Creating the Macon Miracle (Part 2) – Day 2 of the Macon Miracle, Dr. Romain Dallemand shares his gratitude and excitement about the possibilities & opportunities that emerged through the inquiries conducted on Day 1.

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference (WAIC) 2012:

  • Anne Gathumbi WAIC Interview – Anne Gathumbi is a program manager with OSIEA and the Open Society Law and Health Initiative. She is responsible for the organization’s work to promote legal initiatives to advance the human rights of East Africans living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Kathy Becker WAIC Interview – President of the Company of Experts talks about her experiences with Appreciative Inquiry

Presentations:

  • Bibb County School District
  • Broward College
  • Catholic Health East
  • Disability Rights Nebraska
  • Government of Alberta
  • Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS)
  • National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD)
  • Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)
  • SAB Miller, Latin America
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Truman Medical Center
  • University of San Diego
“Just a note to say how much I appreciate what you’re doing in the world and to let you know that AI continues to inform many aspects of all that I do.
~ Susan Sanford, Certified AI Facilitator

FAQs

  • What happens after I register?

You will begin to receive confirmation and important information. Prior to the workshop you will receive a welcome letter providing you with your login and password information.

  • What is Company of Experts’ refund policy?

All programs – face 2 face, online, webinar, and hybrid (referred to as training in this refund policy) All fees are due upon registration.  Your full participation is very important to us and we know that from time to time, your plans to attend one of our workshops or programs may change.  Our refund policy reflects our interest in your continued growth and learning journey as well as our planning needs and expenses incurred based on your enrollment. For more information about our Refund Policy, please click here.

  • Does Company of Experts sell or share my information?

Company of Experts.net does not sell nor share information gathered at its Web Site to any third party outside of the provider network to which it belongs. By using this Site, or by joining our e-mail distribution list, you are not identifying nor disclosing your affiliation with us, our partners, or anyone. For more information about our Privacy Policy, click here.

  • Are there terms and conditions I should be aware of?

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. All users of this site agree that access to and use of this site are subject to the following terms and conditions and other applicable law. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this site. To read the complete list of Company of Experts’ terms and conditions, please click here.

  • How long will it take me to complete a workshop?

This will vary based on your goals and the type of workshop that you enroll in. Self-paced workshops can be completed on your time schedule. Facilitator led workshops will have a beginning and end date providing you with access to experts in the field.

  • What is your policy for withdrawing from a workshop?

If you pay for a workshop and it is canceled prior to the start of the workshop or program, you will automatically be registered in the next workshop of the same title; or you may apply these funds towards another workshop that we offer. However, if you request a refund, we will deduct a fee to cover the registration and credit card handling fees. If you paid your registration and are unable to attend the specific workshop, we will make every attempt to accommodate you in another workshop based on space availability.

  • What does “asynchronous” mean?

That you don’t need to be in the workshop at a specific time, but you will have assignments and projects that may be due by a specific time.

  • What is the format of the workshops?

We have several formats to fit your goals and needs. If we don’t a format that works for you, just let us know!

Facilitated Online Workshops
These workshops are entirely online and usually have a start and end date and are led by experts in the field. Training anytime, anywhere you have access to a computer with a web browser. This is referred to as asynchronous.

Self-Paced Online Workshops
These online workshops allow you to learn at your own pace while achieving training credit.

Custom Workshops
All workshops can be customized and offered for intact groups sponsored by an employer. These workshops may include online components as well as face-to-face facilitation (hybrid workshop).

Webinars
These sessions last anywhere from 1-2 hours and are usually synchronous (requires you be online at a certain time).

  • Do I need to be available every day?

You will have the actual time requirements for each workshop in advance. You can anticipate that you will have time requirements but not every day as these workshops have been developed by working professionals for working professionals.

  • What are the computer requirements?

Online courses use technology (you will need access to a computer and know basic computer skills) for learning and communication. If you are comfortable with up and down loading your assignments, reading online, and are motivated to learn – online learning is perfect for you.

  • How much time should I plan for each workshop?

Workshops are content driven and we make every effort to advise you in advance what the time commitment will be, however, this is different for each person. For Facilitator led workshops, you can anticipate approximately two hours per week. Webinar’s will typically be 1 to 2 hours and the self-paced workshops are dependent on your ability to complete the program and the learning outcomes.

  • What are the benefits of taking an online workshop versus a face-to-face workshop? Is the quality the same?

Online workshops, seminars and trainings have learning outcomes as do the traditional face to face workshops, seminars and trainings. We have been in the training business for twenty years. We offer the same high quality programs online. Online workshops allow you the opportunity to learn at home or the office with access 24/7. They fit your busy life.

  • How do I interact with my facilitator and peers?

The workshops are designed to be interactive and engaging, providing you with time to communication and learn with/from your facilitator and peers. The Fintelo Software utilizes the Threaded Discussion Group and has the Chat Feature. For facilitator led workshops, the facilitator will have “office” hours and will be online with you live or available via telephone, email and possibly a social networking site such as Facebook or Linkedin.

  • Is it hard to use the online course room?

The beauty of Fintelo is how easy and intuitive it is to use.

  • How often do sessions run?

The workshops or sessions are scheduled regularly. You will find the current list of workshops available at www.companyofexperts.net and click on the calendar.

  • Do I need to purchase anything to take the workshop?

Everything you need for the class will typically be included in one price. If other materials are important to the learning outcomes for this workshop, you will have that information prior to registration. You don’t need to purchase any special software. Once you have  completed registration, you will receive your login and password information.

  • How often do I have to log on/attend the workshop?

This will vary by workshop. You will be provided that information prior to the start of the workshop.

  • What if I have a concern or question about the workshop?

Our attention to your needs has kept us in this business for twenty years. We want to hear from you, call (702) 228-4699 or email Kathy@companyofexperts.net.  At the time of registration, you will be   provided information with contact information for content, schedule, technical or other questions related to the specific workshop that you are enrolled in.

  • What should I do to prepare for an online workshop before it begins?

In advance preparation is necessary, you will be provided that information upon registration. You may check your computer access to ensure that you will have reliable service for your scheduled workshop.

Press Releases

Company of Experts, Inc. and Distance Edu Learning, Inc. Team Up to Launch an Innovative Online Solution to Training and Development

January 2, 2009

Company of Experts, Inc., an international network of people with outstanding expertise in consulting, development, facilitating and training, and Distance Edu Learning, Inc., developer of the ground breaking platform for online learning and development, Fintelo, announced today that they have teamed up to create a new system for organizations and individuals to, within their budget and time, continue in further growth and advancement with online programs.

“We saw the need for organizations to have access to high quality training while keeping their budget low and keeping productivity high, and knew that we could work together to make this possibility a reality.”

Company of Experts Online Programs provides individuals and organizations with an easy to use online solution for change and growth.  Company of Experts has received 5 Star ratings for their on-site trainings and programs, and with the introduction of their high quality programs available online, without the cost or time of travel, more individuals will have the opportunity to engage in positive change.  Many companies are also trying to go green, using fewer resources for employees to drive to locations for training.  By using Fintelo, a Learning Centered Framework developed by Distance Edu Learning, users will experience the ease of not having to focus on how to work the technology but rather how the technology works for them.  Users will feel at home with state of the art graphics depicting their own virtual office that manages their announcements, tasks, calendar, assessments and more.  Fintelo’s collaborative learning allows learners and trainers to communicate like never before, utilizing interactive real-time chat, discussion boards, forums and private email.  Using assessments, organizations can track the use and progress of their associates.

Company of Experts Online will begin to offer their programs for organizations and individuals in with the inauguration of their trainings in January 2009.

About Company of Experts:  Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Company of Experts has experience in consulting, organization development, facilitating, keynoting and training and development in colleges, schools, universities, corporations, governmental and nonprofit organizations.  They have a variety of service offerings that help move from conflict to opportunity including the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training, the Department Chair Institute, the Leadership Development Institute, Instructional Skills Workshops and the Creative Change Institute.    www.CompanyofExperts.net

About Distance Edu Learning:  Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Distance Edu Learning is an innovative software company that just released the Fintelo online learning platform in 2008.  They have already seen the positive results Fintelo lends to online learning with their clients in the education and corporate markets.  www.Fintelo.com

Partners

AdjunctSuccess is the only organization dedicated solely to the professional development needs of part-time professors, and the instructional leaders who coordinate their work. Members of AdjunctSuccess receive a seat in 15 live topical webinars and have access to archived recording, a monthly e-newsletter, and access to rich sets of printable and online resources. To learn more about AdjunctSuccess and its membership, please visit their website.

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The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) advocates for over 1,200 two-year colleges nationwide. The AACC promotes its college members  through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business, industry, and the national news media.  The AACC also encourages collaboration amongst its members by creating networking opportunities at all levels, which drive professional initiatives, dialogue, and community building. To learn more about the AACC and its benefits visit their website for more information.

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FINTELO is a next-generation internet-based learning software program that makes online teaching and learning for instructors and students more engaging, immersive, enjoyable and easier to use than products that are currently available in the market today. Fintelo was created by Distance Edu Learning, Inc., which has committed its entire resources to creating innovative products and services that meet the needs of educational institutions, business organizations,and the military; providing the highest quality educational tools to the most critical end user – the learner! To learn more about Fintelo or to schedule a demonstration, please visit their website.

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The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement.  The League host conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in our continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities. The League is also the leading community college organization in the application of information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services, and institutional management. To learn more about The League and their upcoming conferences, please check out their website.

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The North-American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD)  serves a diverse membership comprised of colleges, universities, business, industry, consulting firms and government agencies from across the United States and Canada. NCSPOD’s mission is to increase institutional vitality by providing professional growth opportunities for our members, enabling them to establish, enhance and revitalize staff, program and organizational development in their organizations. NCSPOD creates opportunities for members to discuss and share professional development solutions to your faculty, staff, program and organizational development challenges. Check out their website to learn more.

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The Community College League of California is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 72 local community college districts in California. The Community College League of California’s mission is to promote student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development, and district services. The Community College League of California is the primary advocacy organization for California community college districts and promotes effective leadership at all levels by delivering outstanding services and programs that engage districts and support their operations.If you would like to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Community College League of California, visit their website.

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About Us

About Us

We’re focused on providing the absolute best consulting and training business that is based on fairness, equality and inclusivity.  This is our passion; it’s what we love to do.  

Our mission is to inspire the success and connection of people and organizations’ who envision a more sustainable thriving world.

Making a Positive Difference in the World

We support and engage with our local communities, changing lives, thriving together.  Experts on Call lead and participate in meaningful and generative programs in their communities, building an online network with others who share the same values.  Together, we are committed to creating wholeness, harmony and balance.

We are working to be consistently aware of our impact on the environment. As a consulting and training Company, travel is important.  How might we as a Company reduce our footprint and support others who do as well?

Do you have suggestions? Let us know.

Connecting Collaborative Communities for Good

We have outstanding collaborators, Experts on Call worldwide.  We are building the best network of experienced and trained consultants.  The Experts on Call program brings you outstanding, recognized independent consultants all in one location, online. Clients can post jobs and connect directly based on expertise and geography.  Join our newsletter to stay current on trends and events. Or join us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter.

The foundation of this collaboration is the commitment to advocating building Communities for Good. Communities of learning and sharing knowledge to support wholeness of heart, equality, breaking down barriers and equality.

Building Generative Systems for Good

Aligning our values with Appreciative Inquiry, we engage in creating systems and structures that support learning and social awareness; creativity, positivity and enthusiasm for living systems with the perseverance to build community with compassion, enthusiasm and trust.

Company

Snapshot

Jim was the Founding President of Copper Mountain College in California. In 2000, Jim hired Kathy to be the Founding Chief Human Resources Officer for the College District. Understanding that the world had changed for the employees of the college and for the community, they began to seek opportunities to engage people in new and different ways. The two soon learned about Appreciative Inquiry. Taking a great leap and trust in AI, they began planning a Summit for all college employees. They immediately saw the potential for change and collaboration. When they had the opportunity to buy the Company of Experts, Inc., they seized it.

Company of Experts → Past and present

Nancy Stetson began her work as a consultant in the 1980’s in addition to her full time job, she then began reaching out to other consultants for help. Over time it evolved into a network of people throughout the U.S. and Canada who had expertise in a particular subject area who were excellent consultants, facilitators, keynoters, or trainers. This network of consultants, primarily educators, officially became Company of Experts in 1989.

In 1992, Charles Miller became Vice-President and co-owner of the Company. From 1992 to 2005, they shared knowledge, skills, and abilities of Nancy and Charles enabled the Company of Experts to continue attracting excellent Experts on Call, as well as hundreds of clients. For 16 years Company of Experts operated out of a garage that was converted into an office.  It had no employees, only independent contractors – including the corporate officers.

Nancy and Charles crossed paths with Kathy Becker and Jim Pulliam in 2001 when several employees at the college Jim and Kathy worked at were given the opportunity to participant in a two week professional development workshop. The trainers for this workshop were none other than Charles Miller and Nancy Stetson.

Kathy later heard that Nancy and Charles were selling Company of Experts and saw it as a great opportunity. The idea of making a difference excited Kathy and Jim. In January 2005, Nancy and Charles found the competition fierce to purchase the Company,  Kathy and Jim were the successful new owners.

Kathy and Jim believe the Company of Experts’ strength results from a strong set of values – people first – and they continue to look for Experts on Call that believe and represent those same values. Company of Experts prides itself on being learner and community centered.

Kathy and Jim have expanded and evolved their workshops to include the use of technology which has allowed Company of Experts to offer their workshops online.

What lies ahead

Company of Experts, Inc. plans to make their recognized training and consulting services more accessible and affordable to organizations and individuals and conceded online learning as the solution. Company of Experts Inc. has teamed up with Distance Edu Learning, Inc.(Fintelo) to create a new system for organizations and individuals to, within their budget and time, further their growth and advancement through interactive online workshops.

Company of Experts, Inc., with the help of Fintelo®, now offers their renowned workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online, providing users with the option to decide which learning method would work best for their organization and/or individual. Company of Experts online workshops also provides its users with the flexibility to complete their training at a time and place that is most convenient for them.