Is Your Organization Painfully Slow to Change?
We help internal change leaders in social purpose organizations to influence and persuade others, so that they can realize their vision for change faster, with less frustration and resistance.
We know that successful change leadership requires governance that guides, communication that connects, and strategy that both serves and sells.
We also know that internal change leaders need (and deserve) to be valued, celebrated, and supported to lead change effectively – especially in rapidly changing times.
But too often, organizational inertia creates so much resistance that generating much-needed change becomes a frustrating challenge… and it seems like no amount of effort or enthusiasm can push it forward.
We’re in a unique position that lets us see the challenges and obstacles from the outside, while applying all the experience and insight that comes only from working on the inside.
And we’ll use that perspective to help you successfully lead change inside your organization so that you can effectively leverage its scale, reach, resources and expertise to change the world outside your organization.
Who do we serve?
We serve teams and organizations with a social purpose – and the change leaders inside those established organizations (aka, “intrapreneurs”) who strive to make them more innovative, equitable, effective, and efficient.
From city government agencies and nonprofit organizations to philanthropic foundations and sustainability teams at Fortune 500 companies, we use our proprietary processes for board development, communication and messaging, and strategy development to accelerate the pace – and minimize the pain – of change.
We help teams and boards get unstuck, establish and grow trust, define their desired future and chart a path to realize it through focused off-site and retreat design and facilitation.
We teach intrapreneurs to persuade and influence others through our Intrapreneurs Influence Lab and other online programs.
Who We Are
Nancy is a trainer, speaker, advisor and mentor with a passion for teaching leaders of established organizations how to make change stick. She has worked with global nonprofits, foundations, Fortune 100 companies, local governments, and federal agencies. (See more below.)
Elena Romanova has served the greater Washington, DC area organizations specializing in development and communications for over 25 years, while intentionally diversifying her career to include experience working in organizations ranging from global non-profits to smaller community organizations. (See more.)
Carlie is a graduate of The University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. She has experience working in the nonprofit sector and is passionate about creating meaningful impact in her future.
Our Client Service Delivery Consultants
Jennifer is an expert trainer and facilitator who brings nearly two decades’ experience developing and delivering tailored training programs and simulation exercises. Jennifer is ICF-Certified Executive Coach. MBTI Step I and Step II Certified – Everything DiSC® Certified.
Bonnie Blueford is the founder of a coaching and communications organization dedicated to developing leaders and strengthening organizations. (See more.)
Jose Dominquez is a PCC certified executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. He brings over 16 years of professional experience to CSR Communications, having worked extensively as a leader in the not-for-profit sector (See more.)
Jennifer most recently served as the Deputy Managing Director of Global Climate Strategies for the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) bringing her climate expertise to the urgent and collaborative work of shaping climate solutions that speed equitable and just systems change for new climate donor investment. (See more.)
Most recently, Elena led Development and Communications efforts at a well-established direct human services organization where she doubled private revenue and led strategic communications efforts elevating organizational profile while building partnership across various sectors. She has had an extensive experience in project management working with national and international partners on complex projects in culturally diverse environments. Elena has produced large scale events to support organizational missions, while maintaining the synergy and balance between organizational missions and activities. Balancing leadership and board visions, and successfully implementing projects working with stakeholders locally and overseas have been an integral part in each role she has served. Elena strongly beliefs that innovation and thoughtful evaluation are essential in each business environment given the ever changing landscape.
In her spare time, Elena is crafting with her twins as self-care technique while occasionally going hard core on landscaping her yard to clear her mind.
Bonnie Blueford founded a coaching and communications organization dedicated to developing leaders and strengthening organizations following a 30-plus-year career at Northrop Grumman Corp., a global defense and aerospace company, where she coached at all levels, developed leaders and teams, and built award-winning campaigns to create an inclusive and innovative work culture.
Bonnie brings her background in executive coaching, communications, and leadership development to help leaders lead. She is also trained in the Community Resiliency Model from the Trauma Resources Institute and uses these critical wellness skills to build resilient people and cultures. She currently volunteers to assist the Institute with its work supporting edcamp Ukraine.
She deeply understands the coaching communications needed during large-scale change and works with leaders to distill complicated messaging into energetic and realistic terms to engage audiences. Her work with mindsets and behaviors over the years enables her to help leaders and cultures to make fundamental shifts that inspire and motivate.
Bonnie has designed and facilitated leadership and career development programs, mentoring and knowledge transfer, learning groups; employee assimilation; and talent development. She recently developed and rolled out seven cohorts focused on a seven-week Leadership Development program for a Fortune 500.
She serves as a Premier-Fellow Coach at BetterUp and holds a graduate certificate in Transformational Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and a master’s in Public Communications from American University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation. Her leadership work has been published in The Journal of Health and Human Experiences, Fall 2021, and Health Informatics 5th Edition – Health Information Management Systems: Cases, Strategies and Solutions. She is also a certified Community Resiliency Model facilitator for the Trauma Resources Institute.
Amanda founded a growth strategies firm mission to help fast-growing businesses develop growth strategies, align leadership and identify market opportunities for change. Amanda is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and businesses to acquire fresh insights, answer critical business questions, and innovate and accelerate business outcomes. Helping business owners realize their entrepreneurial capacity and dreams runs in Amanda’s DNA and passion for helping others.
Amanda has lead teams on 5 continents, and traveled to over 40 countries. She loves all things relating to food, culture, and travel, especially when wine is involved.
When not supporting her quest to find the perfect glass of wine, in her spare time, you can find Amanda dancing on stages with the likes of Seal, Keith Sweat, and Carlos Santana.
Amanda currently resides in the San Diego with her husband, Evan, and rescue bulldog-poodle mix, Bernie.
Jennifer most recently served as the Deputy Managing Director of Global Climate Strategies for the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) bringing her climate expertise to the urgent and collaborative work of shaping climate solutions that speed equitable and just systems change for new climate donor investment. Prior, as the former Acting Director for the Global Tackling Climate Change team, she oversaw strategy and implementation for The Nature Conservancy’s cross-cutting global climate action, climate science, climate adaptation, natural climate solutions (NCS), and low carbon future renewable energy work. Prior, as TNC’s Global Lands Deputy Managing Director, Jennifer managed a portfolio of global strategies including forestry and wood products, agriculture and food systems, indigenous people, lands and communities, energy and infrastructure, and oversaw operations, finance and the team’s People Agenda. Before coming to TNC, Jennifer was Senior Director for the “Climate for Health” program at ecoAmerica, launching and leading a national strategy across the health sector to elevate climate change solutions as a top health priority. She also served as Senior Director of Education at the National Environmental Education Foundation, leading national strategy, programming and partnerships to advance K-12 climate change and environmental literacy. Jennifer also served in the federal government within the Corporation for National and Community Service as the Education Director for the National Civilian Conservation Corps and as an AmeriCorps Program Officer. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, Jennifer developed the country’s first urban environmental youth service corps. A Las Vegas, Nevada native, Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. Jennifer is a Board Member of the Green Schools National Network, the Climate for Health Leadership Circle, serves on her city’s Environmental Sustainability Council, and is a certified Master Naturalist. Jennifer has spent the last couple of decades raising to environmentally conscious, now college-aged sons. These days, when they aren’t exploring the great outdoors of their new environs or pulling off band gigs, they are passionately pursuing public policy and environmental science, presumably readying for their generation’s mantle of climate leadership.
Jose Dominquez is a PCC certified executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. He brings over 16 years of professional experience to CSR Communications, having worked extensively as a leader in the not-for-profit sector as a CEO, COO, Major Gifts Officer and Board Chair. Jose coaches leaders, at all levels, to find a more gentle and sustainable approach in building a more just and equitable world. He coaches people to see their vulnerability not as weakness, but as their superpower. In the area of training and facilitation, he has created, co- co-created and led many trainings and efforts on topics that range from fundraising to diversity, equity and inclusion. Jose brings real world experiences and lessons into his approach to emphasize relevance to ease the transfer of knowledge. In addition to his experience as a leader, coach, trainer and facilitator, Jose is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked for 5 years as a professional actor. He taps into his creative experiences to bring an uncommon sensitivity, discipline and emotional range to work with clients in order to help them tap into their instincts, voice, gesture, and body as tools for their self-realization. He trained at the Teleos Leadership Institute, holds a Certificate in Public Municipal Management from George Washington University, an MFA from New York University and BFA from Southern Methodist University. He is a PCC certified executive coach, trainer, and facilitator.
More About Nancy…
Nancy has spent her career saying what others are afraid to – and learning to say it in ways that others will listen.
From challenging stereotypes of girls in her Catholic school more than 30 years ago, to her first job after college convincing nonprofits to engage youth volunteers, or her role as board chair of a global nonprofit transforming the way we do international development…
…she’s experienced the challenges of leading big change within established organizations.
And she’s willing to share all the mistakes she made – and all the solutions she discovered – so that you don’t have to learn them the hard way.
Learn from Nancy’s experience…
- Working with global and national consulting firms, including APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice.
- Leading strategic planning and initiative design for nonprofit organizations including W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Temple University.
- Creating messaging and communication strategy for local government agencies including the Baltimore Mayor’s Office for Employment Development and DC Public Library.
- Designing, implementing and communicating sustainability, CSR, community engagement and philanthropic strategies for companies including UPS, Sodexo, Johnson Controls and Freddie Mac.
- Leading international grantmaking for Steve and Jean Case’s family foundation and an initiative to scale the impact of highly effective nonprofits at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
- Managing teams of two to 20 people, in the same office and virtually, around the world.
- Serving on the board with Pact (11 years, 6 as board chair), Taproot Foundation (5 years, 2 as board chair), National Youth Leadership Council (3 years), and Atlas Corps (current).
- Networking and collaborating as a proud member of American Public Health Association and BoardSource.
As a trainer and speaker, Nancy has shared her expertise and insights worldwide on strategic thinking, productive facilitation, forging effective partnerships, communicating complex concepts clearly, and turning vision into reality.
As a mentor and advisor to executives from global nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, Fortune 100 companies, and local and federal government agencies, Nancy has helped change agents break their cycle of frustration and disappointment so that they can bring innovative ideas to life within their organizations.
And as the founder and president of CSR Communications, she’s created the Intrapreneurs Influence Lab to give internal change leaders the knowledge, community and support they need to accelerate change within established organizations.
Curious about Nancy’s education?
Nancy has a master’s degree in public affairs from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, a master’s in health communication from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from University of Dayton.
In her free time, she likes to self-educate by reading books and listening to podcasts on race, power and privilege; influence and persuasion; psychology, anthropology and sociology; and neuroscience. Nancy’s fascinated by how people think and what makes change happen!
With Nancy as my retreat planning partner for our 40+-person team, I’m confident I can hand over my vision for the day and she’ll make it happen. She’s led multiple retreats for us, each one custom designed to accomplish exactly what we needed. Thanks to Nancy’s engaging, yet firm, facilitation style, I could really participate instead of assuming responsibility for keeping us on track.
CSR Communications brought clarity, insight, and structure to a project (sustainability case study development) that needed it. Nancy’s stakeholder engagement resulted in greater efficiencies and increased credibility with our multiple audiences at the end.
My career has been spent working within large organizations… experiencing rapid growth or in turnaround situations. Nancy created an environment for testing new ideas, adjusting strategies and developing a stronger, more focused team.
CSR Communications’ thorough research and assessment of our competitive environment and unique contribution to clients helped us make key decisions about our future. The team is not only detail-oriented and prompt, but also flexible, helping us keep on track and on task.