At Performance Dimensions Group, we have a passion for organizational excellence. Our team and our affiliates are skilled, hands-on, and dedicated to your success. With extensive experience and proven methodologies, we help you make GREAT things happen!
Lynda Silsbee, CPT, SPHR
Founder and Principal
Owner & Founder of Performance Dimensions Group since 1999. Lynda is a leading facilitator, executive coach and consultant with over 30 years experience creating and leading high-performance organizations and teams. Lynda’s expertise includes extensive work in leadership and team development, executive coaching, strategic planning and workforce integration, organization design & development, performance management systems, process improvement and employee retention. She has the broad leadership and industry experience needed in a consultant, facilitator & coach. Her diverse, hands-on business experience allows her to maximize value-added impact in dynamic organizations and environments. She has broad leadership and industry experience having worked with an extensive roster of great organizations including; Nordstrom, Genie Industries, Starbucks Coffee Company, Jones Soda, Tommy Bahama, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Vulcan. Her diverse experience gives her valuable wisdom, knowledge and skills which bring measurable results and benefits to her clients. Lynda is passionate about creating GREAT leaders at all levels. She created and facilitated the prestigious Future Nordstrom Leaders Program, and the Genie Industries Lean Mfg Start-Up Training Program. In 2002 she launched the LEAP® Program to provide small and mid-sized organizations with the same level of leadership development as a fortune 100 company. Read More
Michael Badger, Ph.D.
Michael has more than twenty-five years of management and consulting experience, with an emphasis on Organizational and Individual Assessment and Managerial and Leadership Development. He has a demonstrated record as both a successful entrepreneur and an advisor to managers and executives. He consistently brings an applied business focus to his work with clients. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Mass Communications from Syracuse University. As an Organizational Psychologist specializing in Executive Coaching, Michael utilizes a broad range of applied skills in the areas of individual and organizational assessment, individual and organizational dynamics and outcome measurements, as well as knowledge of learning styles, means of motivation and realistic strategies for lasting behavioral change.
Jane Brenneman, MA, SPHR
Jane Brenneman has proven to be a skilled, strategic and operationally focused human resources professional over the course of a diverse 25+ year career. Through organizational change and proactive business leadership, she has focused her work on optimizing the performance of a company’s most important asset – the people. Jane has worked as a strategic HR business partner to senior corporate executives to guide the development of performance-oriented, customer & market-driven organizations. She has served as a catalyst for innovative & impactful HR initiatives and is recognized for her leadership and counsel in driving for results during times of ambiguity, complexity and constant change. Jane is a creative thinker, problem solver and decision maker with strong business acumen, communications, interpersonal relations, consulting, and project management skills.
Kaitlyn is a resilience and performance expert that helps people and organizations perform and thrive using simple and easy to implement strategies. She spent over six years as a Master Resilience Trainer and Performance Expert training Soldiers in United States Army before starting her own business to provide custom training for high stress professionals like women in business, cybersecurity and first responders. Her expertise includes Leadership and Development Design/Implementation, Human Performance Improvement, Resilience and Wellbeing, Burnout and Stress Management, and High Performance Teams. In addition to her LEAP certification, Kaitlyn is also Dare to Lead trained, a Certified Mental Performance Coach through AASP, and Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Support Trained by ICISF.
Paula Fitzgerald-Boos, MA
Paula is passionate about coaching and facilitating growth and change as she works with individual professionals, groups and organizations to optimize their outcomes and experiences. Beginning with her belief that we all deserve to feel engaged and empowered in our work, she has focused her practice on connecting professionals to possibilities. Her signature style begins with the positive—what’s working?—to identify the “bright spots” and amplify strengths. She creates fun and incorporates playfulness in her approach to empowering forward momentum for teams and leaders. Paula has worked in most industries and with professionals and teams at all levels organizationally. She coaches leaders in the Executive Leadership Program & EMBA through the Center for Leadership Formation at Seattle University. With her education in leadership and organizational development, her depth and breadth of experience, and certification as an Alliance for Leadership Acceleration– LEAP® Program Facilitator and Coach, Paula is able to listen beyond the words to understand client needs and deliver experiences and programs that resonate and powerfully impact her clients.
Deneen Grant, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Deneen has witnessed firsthand the impact leadership can have on business outcomes. That’s why she’s on a mission to equip companies with the leadership practices that foster growth and long-term success. Her experience and observations were the motivation to develop a consulting solution that marries leadership strategy with business strategy. She helps CEOs and senior executives develop the leadership teams and culture that drive growth and high performance. Deneen has close to 20 years of HR business partnership, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness experience in banking and financial service industries. She holds certifications as a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Leah Gutmann, MBA
Leah Gutmann is a highly experience executive that offers management and training solutions for the whole company. As a consultant, Leah brings her hands-on experience in finance, risk management, human resources, operations, and strategic planning to companies seeking a unique approach in preparing their company and employees to push to the forefront of their industry. From the individual contributor to the strategic planning executive, Leah assists companies in setting visionary, challenging, and realistic growth goals and sets a detailed path to success. Leah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Washington State University and an MBA from Seattle Pacific University. She has been able to combine her education and work experience to enable her to assist clients in tying it all together. From the individual contributor to the strategic planning executive, Leah assists companies in setting visionary, challenging, and realistic growth goals and sets a detailed path to success.
Jessica Hickey, PE, AVS
Jessica brings expertise and ability in the development and improvement of leaders and teams. Her approach to growing business and management skills is one of simplicity, elegance and focus on excellence in every organization. Combined with her background in real estate, engineering, construction and facilities planning & maintenance her experience gives her a broad perspective to draw upon. This perspective combined with acute business intuition leaves a legacy of successful, collaborative teams reaching optimal results She is a complex thinker who applies and modifies her experience to develop tools and solve issues to enable employees and businesses to be nimble and sustainable. She is also a skilled facilitator leading large teams of diverse practitioners to solutions or improvement of performance of complicated processes.
Joan Hunter has over 30 years of experience advancing the goals of forward-thinking businesses and organizations. She is a passionate Business Consultant and Executive Leadership Coach. Joan is passionate about developing people and helping them achieve professional success. As a coach, Joan works with business owners or senior leaders to take their leadership team to the next level and also individuals seeking to create alignment in their professional and personal life. She customizes client engagements using one-on-one or collaborative group approaches, leveraging a suite of tools, assessments, and structured development programs such as the Leadership Acceleration Program (LEAP®). With her experience, education, and certifications as a certified Leadership Acceleration Program (LEAP®) Program Manager & Coach, supporting executives and mid-level leadership development and as a certified consulting partner with adaQuest to deliver the Vision Realization™ Think-Act-Deliver (TAD™) methodology and automation tools that effectively help companies or organizations to successfully implement all of the elements of their strategic vision or change initiative, Joan is able to create and deliver meaningful and measurable solutions for her clients.
Gayle has enjoyed the role of political strategist, workshop facilitator, and transformational leader for over 20 years. She helps people and organizations accomplish critical goals that move their lives and organizations forward. She also helps organizations maximize employee effectiveness through corporate and non-profit coaching and training. Her effective leadership style has been developed through coaching high-level leadership, mid-management, and frontline employees on the importance of emotional intelligence, and how applying it creates high-performing teams, helps retain good talent and ultimately increases revenue. As a graduate from Roosevelt High School, she attended the legendary Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and then transferred to the University of Washington, she received a B.A. Degree in Political Science. To support Gayle’s experience as a transformational thought leader, she pursued a Master of Transformational Leadership at Seattle University. This knowledge informs her understanding of the theory behind what it takes to be an impactful leader, team member, employee, and how to manage one’s emotions while working in diverse organizations and managing the new demographic of employees – Millennials.
As one of the first coaches in the Northwest to be certified by the International Coach Federation, with other pioneers, Dan Kennedy co-founded the local ICF chapter, now known as ICF Washington State. Dan speaks and facilitates on issues regarding coaching, leadership, and career development. He has conducted hundreds of effective presentations, workshops and seminars for various Seattle and national organizations including AARP, Costco, Adobe Systems, Campbell Soup Company, and King County, Washington. Dan’s focus has always been to support leaders to be doing work that engages them and to do it by leveraging their strengths, values and purpose for the best impact for themselves, their people and their organizations.
Mary Larson, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Mary brings over three decades of experience to her clients. She has held organizational effectiveness and end-to-end HR leadership roles in companies ranging from high tech to healthcare and financial institutions. Mary’s professional passion is helping leaders at every level be their very best. Her career includes building and leading multiple learning & development and organizational effectiveness functions. In addition to Mary’s client work, she is very passionate about preparing our leaders of tomorrow for the business world. She teaches business classes in the University system focused on contemporary business issues, professional development, and leadership development. She was also an advisor, designer, and instructor for the University of Washington’s Learning & Professional Development certification program.
Nancy Maki, LMHC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Nancy is managing partner of Open Gate Consulting – a firm dedicated to helping small and medium business create their best teams through leadership development, human resources support, and employee assistance services. Nancy has a long history in leadership, management, and performance development. In her early career, Nancy honed her leadership skills as an Army officer, eventually moving on to open her own insurance agency. Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Her experience as a mental health practitioner and human resources business partner insures solid consultation for her clients.
Jim Rand, Ph.D., CPT, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Jim Rand, is Director of Executive Education and a Clinical Professor at Seattle Pacific University, School of Business and Economics. In addition, Jim is a founding principal in a local consulting organization called Seattle Research Partners specializing in human performance Improvement. In addition to his consulting practice, Jim currently teaches graduate courses in Operations Management, Compensation Systems, Advanced Negotiations, Labor Relations, Human Resources Management, Human Performance Improvement, Strategic Quality and Re-Engineering. Jim is an inspiring and pragmatic coach and mentor. Since 1963, he has held various executive and leadership positions with the US Military and the private sector for corporations including Kimberly Clark, Crocker Bank, U and I Incorporated, West One, and Fluke. Jim has held adjunct appointments at the University of Utah, Golden Gate University, The University of Maryland, The University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, University of California, Berkley and Exeter College in Oxford England. He has taught graduate level international seminars in Greece, South Africa, United Arab Emeritus, England and Germany.
Tim is focused on making the big performance needles move. He has led or been involved with a number of leading organizations ranging from digital to analog. Known for strategy, strategy execution, innovation, financial performance, and leadership, Tim’s track record includes two appearances on the Inc 500 list and nine appearances on the Seattle areas fastest growing company list. Tim is a third generation native of the Seattle area and an avid snow and water skier. He has served as president and board member of the Seattle Entrepreneur’s Organization and an alumnus and former board member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Julian has 10+ years of experience in coaching, teaching, training, organizational effectiveness and change, and leadership development. He is also an executive coach and founder of Rise 8, a coaching and consulting company that helps managers and leaders influence the world around them. Julian believes that all people have unlimited potential and that leaders and managers have a unique platform from which they can help unleash that potential. He also believes a world in which more people have unlocked their passion is a brighter, more energetic place for society to thrive.