Having worked as part of Penumbra Group since 2005, Rhonda Askeland brings her twenty-year background in organizational development and training to work with leaders at all levels – from C-level to individual contributors. She has previously worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 500 companies like Fox Entertainment, Hewlett-Packard, Sony Electronics, Southland Corporation, and SC Johnson, as well as government agencies and a university system. Consulting to Fortune 500 organizations on human performance and organizational development needs, she uses gap and needs analysis, performance tools, assessments and coaching. She has helped organizations increase performance through their people. Rhonda’s creativity in design and delivery earned her recognition in “Training” magazine for innovative training and experiential learning techniques. Additionally, she was a co-author in two ASTD's T+D Learning Blueprint columns on, 'Presentation Design' and 'More Than a Smile Sheet: Using Level 1 Evaluation Effectively'.
As a successful human development professional, Steve has extensive experience in performance management, learning management, executive coaching and leadership development. He has been a part of the Penumbra team since 2005, and specializes in analyzing and closing performance gaps. He’s held leadership positions at a global satellite telecommunications firm, the 6th largest international bank, a Fortune 500 national retailer and a top U.S. University. By applying proven principles from the fields of adult learning, behavioral science, psychology, language and business, he’s helped his clients achieve breakthrough results. Steve is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s qualified to administer and interpret several multi-rater feedback instruments and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and is a Certified NLP Practitioner. He is a graduate of New York University's School of Business and Public Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Human Performance Systems.
As a partner and coach, Karen teaches how to maneuver office politics, re-brand your business persona and show your colleagues & supervisors that you’re worthy of (and ready for) that promotion. She is as direct as they come, and as your partner she won’t let ANYTHING hold you back from achieving the success you deserve – not even you. Karen earned degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Ottawa. Karen is a certified coach with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a member of the International Coach Federation (PCC - Professional Certified Coach) and studied with the Anthony Robbins Institute, completing Mastery University. Karen complete the Master Business Coaching Program with the ABEL Business Institute and is a Mentor Coach for iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), providing mentor coaching to new and emerging coaches. Karen also completed the Certified Executive Coach program with Lee Hecht Harrison. Karen has over 15 years of experience helping leaders, executives, Fortune 500 clients optimize their leadership strategies.
Matthew Hudson has been working with Penumbra since 2003 as a program facilitator, project leader, instructional designer, and video producer. With a rich background in multi-media instructional design and a passion for making learning fun, Matthew Hudson provides Penumbra clients with creative learning tools that win the hearts and minds of audiences large and small - entry level or executive. Whether it's a training video, multi-media presentation, or computer based training, Matthew's consultative, partnership-driven approach allows each client to custom design a solution, tailored to meet specific goals and anchored to ROI measurements. Matt has written and directed over 150 training videos and DVD’s. Matthew has been featured at several conferences as a keynote presenter on topics like: behavior change, corporate universities, and corporate culture. He has an extensive background in retail and sales training and is considered to be a leading authority on corporate culture and corporate universities. Matt has been honored with several awards for training innovation with his ideas on corporate universities through such organizations as the American Society of Training and Development as well as being named Training Director of the Year. Matthew holds his PhD in Organizational Behavior and is the author of four books: Culturiffic!, The Retail Sales Bible, Advisor Selling and Signs Sell.
Laurie Brown has over two decades of experience as a trainer, coach, facilitator, and speaker, helping her audience improve their communication and customer and employee engagement. In that time she has earned a reputation as a highly engaging, fun and effective professional, whose work gets results for her clients. A key asset that Laurie brings to her work is her range and depth of experience. She has an international clientele, having worked on four continents and numerous countries including the UK, Bahrain, Germany, Spain, Panama, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Thailand, and throughout the United States. Laurie has worked with culturally diverse audiences at all corporate levels, and her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, dealerships, and small family-owned businesses. She counts Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Accenture, IBM, Great American Insurance, KPMG, Beam International, Accenture, GM, Sun Chemical, Denso, Acura, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Acura, Ford, and BMW among her clients.
Anja brings over 15 years of corporate training experience to her engagements. She has worked for such Global companies as KPMG, Accenture, TRW, PWC, IBM, Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai, and Lincoln, bringing a diverse background and dynamic facilitation style to the classroom. Her experience ranges from one on one coaching, to small group skills based trainings, to conference sized leadership groups of over 300. She has past experience in Leadership Development, Coaching Conversations, Sales Process, Customer Service and Technical Training and specializes in presentation and communication skills and believes in an experiential approach giving the participants the tools they need, and the ability to apply what they learn to the workplace.