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Glenda Lea Friesen

30+ yrs working with business leaders to shape competitive strategies, aligned organization structures and talent practices to drive competitive profitable growth.

30+ yrs working with business leaders to shape competitive strategies, aligned organization structures and talent practices to drive competitive profitable growth.

Full Bio

Glenda Friesen has devoted her career to helping leaders evolve competitive strategies, aligned organization structures, and talent practices to drive profitable growth. Utilizing her extensive business experiences in multiple industries, her work centers on the intersection and integration of these components. Consulting services range from experienced-based thought leadership to hands-on development and facilitation in these areas:

  • Strategy planning and implementation
  • Portfolio transformation / pivots
  • Organization design/alignment and implementation
  • Culture assessment, change, and integration
  • Executive coaching (including assimilation and onboarding new senior leaders)
  • Team, organization, and client alignment

Glenda tailors each engagement based on the needs of the client, the business, and readiness for growth and change. Together with the client, they set distinct goals for the engagement, map a plan, create checkpoints, and begin with the end in mind.

Notable Client Achievements

  • For the past 15 years, as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black & Veatch, Glenda led complex global expansions in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, driving double-digit profitable growth and increased share of the market. She led strategy and portfolio transformations, including exiting low-performing markets, acquisition due diligence, and realigning the organization and leadership to execute the changes.

  • Glenda led company-wide culture-shaping efforts focused on radically increasing the company’s overall change readiness. She established companywide change management practices, including executive onboarding and new leader assimilation, enabling all professionals to accelerate change. She personally coached President and C-suite leaders, while serving as a strategic advisor to global market Presidents and the CEO.

  • Prior to Black & Veatch, Glenda worked for over a decade in the Pharmaceutical and Telecom industries as an internal and external organization and change consultant.

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Black & Veatch
  • VP, Global Power Strategy
  • Associate VP and Director of Strategy Development
  • Associate VP and Director, Organization Effectiveness and HR Strategy
  • Director, Organization Development
  • MA in Organization Management | Fielding University
  • BA Major in Business and Education | University of Missouri
  • Ceritified in Hogan Leadership Assessment
  • Certified in Denison Culture Assessment
  • Certified in LaMarsh Master Change
  • Certified in Lominger Competencies
  • Lean Six Sigma | Villanova University
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Professional Services
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Improve At Networking
Experienced People Manager
Personal Branding
Goal Clarification
Career Transition
Relationship Building
Managing Up
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