• Berthoud Consulting LLC, an organization development (OD) company, is a passionate partner for the success of individuals, organizations, and communities committed to social responsibility and justice.

     

    Organization Development:

    With departments, organizations, or coalitions address strategies, structures, processes, people, and cultures that improve effectiveness.

     

    Leadership Development:

    Build the capacity of people who lead throughout organizations and communities.

     

    Facilitation:

    Design and conduct group gatherings for maximum effectiveness.

     

Client Spotlight

  • The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is one of the largest unions in the country. Yet its size and political impact needed to expand to achieve success on issues of concern to its members, such as health care. Its Power to Win program calls for all parts of the union to expand organizing, focus on politics, and build the skills and organizations for sustained success. A key feature of the union's change program is ongoing leadership development for leadership teams from state affiliates.
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Noteworthy

  • Heather Berthoud's article The Paradox of Diversity in Social Change Organizations, published in Practising Social Change.

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Resource Center

  • The Paradox of Diversity in Social Change Organizations

    Many social change organizations demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion by serving a range of constituencies; having diverse members, staff, and/or boards; and working in broad coalitions.
    The importance of diversity may also be expressed in an organization's mission, policy, and strategic and program plans. Social change advocates often speak eloquently and forcefully about historical trends and the legal enshrinement of bigotry, how those acts affect us today, and the cultural assumptions that drive social trends. Yet even with clearly positive intentions, patterns of bias and oppression may exist within social change organizations. In this essay, we offer our observations based on work with numerous organizations as both activists and consultants.

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  • Diversity Initiative in a Social Change Initiative

    Co-authored with client, Jen Ray of NARAL Pro-Choice America, this academic article chronicles the early stages of an organizational diversity initiative.

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  • 19.01.15

    The calendar tells us it is 2015. Another year of striving for and realizing freedom, justice, love, sustenance, and general well being. I am fortunate to support individuals and organizations be life affirming in their ends and means.

    My big lesson of 2014 was the value of self-care-to me personally and to my clients. Last year I took time to discover that I love painting. It has nothing whatsoever to do with my professional role-except that I love it and am happy when I do it. I also returned to social dancing in 2014. A couple of hours of moving with a partner to great music feels joyful and healthful. That joy extends to the meetings, coaching sessions, and organizational change processes I facilitate. I…

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