• 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'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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  • 14.02.17

    The second in a series of musings about what Dr. King has to say to us in this moment--Create True Community.

    Those of us working for social justice have sought to ensure the political table includes those parts of our national and international community previously excluded because of race, class, gender, religion, sexual identity, age, and other differences used to otherize. Rather than interpret the election as a rebuke of our work, I hear a call for true and inclusive community, including those who see us as a threat. We cannot afford to “win” at “their” expense. Or to believe that our winning is without consequences if we do not attend to their winning too.

    A white supremacist, US dominant narrative resounds in…

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