• 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

  • In spring of 2005, issues of race and diversity were becoming evident at Miriam's House (MH), a Washington, DC, "caring residential community for homeless women living with HIV disease that empowers recovery from homelessness, disease, and addictions in an environment of compassion, integrity, and accountability." Fifteen staff, including several interns, provide direct care, counseling, social services.
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Noteworthy

  • Heather's latest article OD is Diversity: Differences are at the Heart of the Field published in Fall 2015 OD Practitioner

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Resource Center

  • OD is Diversity: Differences are at the Heart of the Field

    Most of us work in organizations with great or desired diversity-whether race, gender identity, class, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity, or other differences that matter to who we are and how we are treated. The article explores how consultants-and leaders, organizers, group members-can and must pay attention to the diversity dynamics in order to be fully effective.

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  • 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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  • 14.03.17

    I’d been feeling swamped and adrift with too much to do and not a clear sense of accomplishment. I know I’m not alone. I know too many leaders who feel they are the ball in the pinball machine. What to do?

    I couldn’t tackle big questions, or even little ones until I created space —to think, feel, and remember my larger purpose. Yet everything seemed essential. I was inefficient and lacked focus because I had overloaded my circuits. Like me, we can choose ineffective release instead of truly replenishing ourselves. Another beer, TV show, computer game or blog post that says the same as the last or take a walk, pursue a hobby, or visit with friends. Before I…

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