With more than 22 years of experience co-developing sound business strategy supporting her, Gretchen specializes in the development of human potential across the personal/professional spectrum of life. Gretchen brings significant consulting, teaching and coaching experience in the areas of strategic planning and insight, accelerated leadership skills, executive presence, heightened self-awareness, social intelligence, pro-active well-being, and resiliency. Gretchen’s clients learn how to leave their mark on the world, in the process finding the “sweet spot” intersection of their strengths, their passions, and what others value. Whether entrepreneurial or leading an executive team of a multi-national organization, her clients are left with a deep sense of self, a personalized and compelling vision in common, and a plan to close the gap from here to there.
Gretchen has worked with senior leaders, executive teams and emerging talent in the fields of technology, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, public relations and finance. In the social benefit sector she has worked in the areas of Federal and state health and human services and ocean conservancy. In the public sector she has engaged with leadership in the World Bank, Army and Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force.
Gretchen earned her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation, and her Master Coach Certification from Martha Beck, Inc. She has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Business from the University of Southern California. She has been trained by The Grove in visual facilitation and has practiced as an international graphic facilitator for seven years. Gretchen is a qualified provider of Gallup’s Strength Based Leadership assessment, the VIA Pro: Character Strengths assessment, the Leadership Circle Profile™ 360 assessment tool, the Leadership Circle System of leadership development, and is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.
Gretchen is the CEO of pLink Leadership and a founding partner. In addition to leading the team at pLink, Gretchen is a member of the teaching faculty of the Business Learning Institute and serves on the Board of the Frederick County Fraternal Order of Police Spouses’ Association and the Spires Lacrosse Association.
Gretchen makes her home in Maryland with her husband and their three children.