Location: Ashburn, VA
Motto: “Dig a well before you’re thirsty.” – Chinese Proverb
Hobby: Yoga and reading
Favorite Client Moment: Running into all the participants of a leadership summit during a midnight fire alarm, as well as the C-suite in – no joke – pajamas, curlers, a face mask (and this was a guy!) at 3 am. We welcomed them the next morning by playing “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads, and then incorporated this as a “what do you do when the unexpected happens in business” discussion.
Alice Buchanan is an Industrial/Organizational practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience in the organizational development field. As an Organizational Development consultant, her focus is on helping organizations achieve results through their people. She consults on a variety of organizational and leadership development issues including employee satisfaction, mentoring programs, focus groups, succession planning, training development and delivery, and performance management initiatives.
Alice brings her instructional design expertise to Peak Seven Consulting and is also President and founder of Buchanan Consulting, LLC, co-founder of SunSpring (Human Capital consultants), and an adjunct facilitator with 2EnGAUGE. She designs and facilitates leadership development programs, both classroom and e-learning, to support each client’s overall people-development strategy in a meaningful and creative way. This includes strategic management and leadership development initiatives, targeted technical training, management assimilation, career development programs, the MBTI®, the DiSC®, and 360-degree coaching and feedback sessions. As a learning partner, Alice collaborates with Subject Matter Experts and other key stakeholders to ensure that the programs meet the specific needs of each client’s audience. Her recent facilitation engagements include the topics of influence, negotiation, customer service, working with difficult people, performance management, self-awareness, communication, conflict, and change in the workplace. Alice is certified in the PDI 360 Profilorâ, MBTI®, FIRO-BÔ, and Facilitating Organizational Change (ASTD).
Previously, she worked at the Northrop Grumman Corporation holding Organizational Effectiveness positions of increasing responsibility. In the IT sector’s Learning and Development department she consulted with cross-sector groups on a variety of organizational and leadership development issues including employee satisfaction, performance management, change management, benefits focus groups, strategic leadership training programs, succession planning, and retention.
During her career as a consultant she has worked with a number of both commercial and government organizations such as AOL, Freddie Mac, Korn/Ferry, Bacardi, Genworth Financial, Aperian Global, Kraft, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Exelis Inc., ACI, Tiffany & Co., ASML, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, Baxalta Pharmaceuticals, Management Concepts, the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Geological Survey, NASA, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Alice has presented at conferences and universities on the subjects of learning and succession management. Ms. Buchanan has a B.S. in Psychology from Guilford College and a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.