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As principal of Barbara Goretsky Consultancy, Barbara Goretsky provides consultative services to corporate clients in the areas of talent and leadership development, executive coaching, learning programs, and team development and effectiveness. Her clients include large membership organizations, utilities, technology companies, and financial institutions among others.

Her previous career as corporate director, learning and leadership development at Northrop Grumman Corporation, provides the basis for her expertise in these areas and provides for practical application of best practices and cutting edge methodologies.

At Northrop Grumman, Barbara was responsible for supporting the corporate learning and leadership development strategy, with particular emphasis on designing, developing, and running Northrop Grumman’s core leadership development programs. Additionally, she was chartered with designing the CEO’s annual leadership conference, 360-degree feedback processes, coaching and mentoring initiatives and various competency models.

Barbara has significant HR experience, both in leadership and organizational development and in HR generalist roles. After joining TRW in Northern Virginia in 1985, Barbara started the training and OD function for the Defense Systems Group’s East Coast operations. She served as Director, Learning and Development for TRW Systems Integration Group, where she designed and implemented several executive development programs. Barbara has also held numerous HR generalist positions. Prior to these positions, Barbara worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC in a management development/OD position and the Prudential Insurance Company in New Jersey.

Barbara holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in Journalism and Speech Communications, and a second Master’s degree in Human Resources from the American University in Washington, DC. She is also a graduate of UVA’s Executive Education Program on Management Development, a graduate of Northrop Grumman’s HR Leadership Program at UCLA, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is the author of several articles including, Building a Talent Pipeline, T&D Journal, 2007.

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