Beth Ryan, M.A. HRDA leads the Chicago office and has worked on many projects over the past 15 years to help develop capability and capacity in the workforce. She is involved in instructional design and delivers programs with passion and enthusiasm. Beth also currently works as an Associate Professor in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College in Chicago.

Some key projects include:

Kartemquin Films – Chicago, IL, 2016-Present

Leading a strategic planning process with staff leaders and board of directors to create a five-year strategic plan.  Drafted an operational plan for 2016 that achieved board approval. Engaged in leadership and organizational coaching.

Hephzibah Children’s Association – Oak Park, IL, 2005 –2017

Provide a variety of consulting services to an $8 million nonprofit social service agency serving youth in Group Homes, Foster Care and Day Care programs throughout the community.

  • Engaged in leader success planning initiatives with Executive Director.
  • Engaged staff leaders and Board of Directors in the strategic planning process in 2009, resulting in the creation of a three-year organizational strategic plan.
  • Based on previous success, re-engaged in 2012 3year organizational succession planning process.

WOW – World of Work – West Palm Beach, FL Summer 2010

Awarded a grant through Workforce Development Board in Palm Beach County, FL.  As part of Trainnovations team, collaborated in design and implementation of a 50-hour learning program for young adults (ages 15-21) to develop work readiness and life skill competencies.

  • Developed experiential learning curriculum with emphasis on life management, independence, leadership, team membership, oral communication skills, interviewing and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Conducted train-the-trainer sessions to cross-train facilitators in curriculum and learning approaches.
  • Awarded state grant to implement the program for 150 under-served youth in Palm Beach County, FL

I am passionate about helping others discover possibilities and build toward new and promising opportunities. If we dwell in possibilities, then we always have choices.

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