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Virtual Chapter Meeting: Consulting on the Inside

  • 21 Jul 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Zoom

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Consulting on the Inside
Virtual Chapter Meeting

In this brief session, Kim will share some of the key concepts from her book and program, Consulting on the Inside (with Beverly Scott, ATD Press, 2011). Being an internal consultant requires most of the same skills as are needed by external consultants, with the additional requirement of being able to walk the line between being a member of the organization and being a respected and trusted source of wisdom, facilitation, and guidance. Many "expert" roles in organizations today are best navigated through a consulting approach, rather than a directive one - internal consultants' authority is based on their ability to serve the needs both of the organization and of the direct recipient of their advice, counsel, or other services.

During the session, Kim will share a process and tools that are valuable to those who fit the following definition: "A consultant uses expertise, influence, and personal skills to facilitate a client-requested change without the formal authority to implement recommendations." The session will be informal; questions and comments will be welcome throughout the hour.


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Central

Members: FREE

Non-Members: $20


About the Facilitator:

B. Kim Barnes, CEO Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.


B. Kim Barnes, CEO of Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc., of Berkeley, California, is a consultant, author, coach, and entrepreneur. She has over 40 years of experience in leadership and organization development, working globally with organizations in industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, finance, health care, manufacturing, government, and academia. A frequent speaker at conferences, Kim has published many articles in professional journals and books and is the developer or co-developer of popular Barnes & Conti programs such as Exercising Influence, Constructive Debate, Applied Creativity, Managing Innovation, and Consulting on the Inside.

Kim’s clients have included Capital One, Cisco Systems, CNI (Brazil), Genentech, Givaudan, Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Novartis, the University of California, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among many others.

Her books include Exercising Influence: A Guide for Making Things Happen at Work, at Home, and in Your Community, Third Edition (Wiley, 2015), Consulting on the Inside: A Practical Guide for Internal Consultants (ATD Press, 2011) with Beverly Scott, and, co-authored with Aviad Goz, Self-Navigation: A B Compass for Guiding your Life and Career (Johari Press, 2013). Her latest book, Building Better Ideas: How Constructive Debate Inspires Courage, Collaboration, and Breakthrough Solutions, was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November, 2019.

During many long flights, Kim was inspired to write a tongue-in-cheek corporate mystery series with an internal consultant as the protagonist. The first book of the series, Murder on the 33rd Floor, was published in 2012, and the second book, Murder on Retreat, was published in late 2014.

Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Human Development.

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