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Change is Constant

The saying “the only constant in life is change” never ceases to stand true. The changes in our world are unprecedented and the impact has been felt in more significant ways than one. Whether it’s a company acquisition, global pandemic or complete industry disruption, change is everywhere and it’s here to stay. 

Still, leaders must find ways to lead through it all — success,  transformative change, and facing the unknown. The way we lead through these experiences shapes us in ways we may never have imagined, all while forming our leadership legacy.

I believe there is a better, more sustainable approach to leading through change. And it starts with a gracious and strong mindset. 

By speaking at your next event — even the virtual ones — I can help motivate your audience to lead through any unexpected challenges they face in leadership and life.

The tools

My Approach

Having led large-scale transformation and organizational change for more than 40 years with major retailers, I saw first-hand the ways change can elevate — or ruin — a company’s success. Learning the importance of empathy, grace and strength in the workplace has inspired me to share the stories of my own experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly in hopes of inspiring others to be gracious and strong leaders.

  • Do you struggle with leading your organization while staying true to your authentic self?
  • Do you need guidance and clarity in the midst of your latest unexpected turn?
  • Are you feeling like an “only” as a leader? Or within your organization?

Leading with the Heart

When you can ignite a sense of purpose within yourself and within others.

Leading with the Mind

When you can empower your best thinking through resilience and grit.

Leading with Respect

When you advocate for yourself and your team while earning unwavering trust.

“Celia was 100% vested into our cause. She knew our mission and our vision was lying in wait within each of us and worked to pull it out.”

Kent ElkenberryCEO, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

“I picked up Gracious and Strong and just could not put it down! Celia’s stories, nuggets of wisdom and life journey absolutely touched my heart. So very, very relatable.”

Crystal JohnsonPresident and CEO, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce

What I offer

Your challenges and unique needs will drive our approach. There’s no cookie-cutter way to address the issues you face. We will take a customized approach to determine your strengths, gaps and desired outcomes. We will then build an actionable plan for reaching success.


  • Birkman™ Coaching (Assessment/Feedback)
  • Leadership Development
  • Transformation Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Talent Development
  • Career Exploration
  • Executive Coaching
  • Board of Director Governance & Structure
  • Mission Alignment & Engagement
  • Strategic Planning & Execution
  • Culture and Mission Alignment
  • Creating your Personal Mission Statement
  • Managing Disruptive Change
  • Leading With Grace
  • Public Speaking (learn more)

Looking for something different?

I also create customized content based on the audience and client needs.

Tools & Expertise

As a coach and mentor, it’s important to me that I always find ways to better serve leaders and their teams. As a Birkman Certified Professional, I am able to incorporate critical methodology into my trainings and content to help leaders understand behaviors and apply its teachings to perform at a higher level.

While this is about your journey, I will draw on my learnings (the best practices and the times I fell short), along with proven tools and exercises to create the desired outcomes of your plan.


40 years in retail, 26 with Walmart, Inc.
Northwestern University Kellogg Executive Education - Women’s Director Development Program
Birkman™ Certified Professional Coach
Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Nebraska

Companies I’ve Worked With

Industries I work with

  • Retail
  • National Associations
  • Children’s Hospitals
  • HR & People
  • Higher Education
  • Private Education
  • Non-Profits
  • Foundations
  • Banking & Financial Services

How can I best serve you and your organization?

Learn more about what I bring to the table.

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