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Who We Are as a Division of GP Strategies

People and business are inseparable.

As a division of GP Strategies, we support the company mission to help people and businesses to perform at their highest potential.

There are no bottom-line results without the contributions made by your people. We are leadership development and employee engagement experts, focused on enabling your business strategy though the development of your people.

  • 50+ years of experience
  • Digital learning and learner experience experts
  • Global presence, local relevance
  • Engaging and sustainable learner experience
  • Leadership, Engagement, Coaching, and Career
  • Comprehensive library of proven content
  • Widespread coverage of leadership at all levels
  • Tailored to organizational outcomes and learner needs
  • Extensive network of skilled consultants and facilitators

Our History

Since BlessingWhite’s start in 1973, we have delivered business results for thousands of clients and inspired remarkable accomplishments in more than 3 million individuals. Our dual focus on organizational contribution and personal satisfaction is unwavering. We continue to believe that organizations that drive a culture of engagement can accomplish great things.

1960s
1970s
1990s
2000-2010
2012
2013-2018

1960s -

Buck Blessing and Tod White meet.

1973 -

BlessingWhite is launched in an office over a barbershop in Princeton, NJ.

1978 -

Managing Professional Growth (MPG®) launched.

1990 -

First research surveys on leaderhip are conducted.

1992 -

Helping Others Succeed, cornerstone coaching program introduced.

2000 -

Partnership with Terry Pearce, author of Leading Out Loud.

2003 -

First global research study on engagement followed by career development, coaching and innovation is conducted.

2008 -

Partnership with Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones authors of Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?

2009 -

First Engagement Survey.

First highly interactive virtual learning experience.

2012 -

BlessingWhite publishes the breakthrough book, The Engagement Equation.

Partnership with Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff.

BlessingWhite is acquired by GP Strategies, expanding our learning innovation and global footprint.

2013 -

Partnership with Future Workplace.

2015 -

Professional Development programs added.

2016 -

Everyday Coaching Conversations launched.

2018 -

Career research and offering reintroduced.

Thought Leaders

"Leadership is about putting your employees in position to be successful in their roles to take care of your customers. It is also about creating an environment that focuses on shareholder value, customer value, and employee engagement at the same time."

Matt Varava

Vice President, Leader of Employee Engagement Practice

Matt leads the employee engagement practice at BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies. He has over 26 years of combined CFO, enterprise performance management, data analytics, and global management consulting experience. Matt and his team work to develop, implement, and sustain employee engagement strategies to drive organizational performance. Matt is actively involved in the analysis, presentations, and development of client strategies to drive engagement. He has led enterprise-wide performance management and engagement initiatives at Air Products, Canon USA, the Federal Reserve Board, First Merchants Banks, Harris Communications, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Signet Jewelers, SunTrust, Ulta Beauty, and Zenith Insurance.

Matt holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania and Rowan University and received his MBA in Finance from Philadelphia University.

"Leadership is about having confidence in the good, smart people around you."

Leah Clark

Director, Strategy and Planning

Leah leads strategy and planning for BlessingWhite, focusing on bringing new products to market and enhancing the participant experience. She works with clients to understand their leadership and engagement challenges and consults with them on the creative solutions.

Prior to joining BlessingWhite, Leah had her own practice in executive coaching and consulting. She is a certified professional coach through an International Coach Federation-accredited organization and is a Myers-Briggs practitioner. Leah’s focus as a coach is on helping individuals become unstuck from negative beliefs and see the possibilities that exist for personal growth.

Leah has over 17 years of experience in marketing, strategy, and product development in a corporate environment. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the fields of psychology and organizational psychology.

She has an MA degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a BA in English and Sociology from Boston College.

"Leadership is about guiding, motivating and equipping the people around you with the resources and skills that will allow them to do their very best work. It’s about creating an environment where excellence can flourish."

Chad Bagley

Senior Leadership Consultant

Chad is a consultant, coach and facilitator with over 20 years of leadership and training experience in the United States and China. Chad currently leads the consulting team at BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies.

Chad has a passion for developing and delivering training that helps organizations and people to perform at their highest level. Before returning to the United States in 2017, Chad spent 19 years working in China as a facilitator, consultant and later, partner and General Manager at Communication Consulting Ltd. In 2011, he transitioning to the role of China Country Manager at GP Strategies. During his time in China, Chad designed and delivered customized leadership and communication programs for over 70 multinational companies in 10 countries.

Chad has a degree in Philosophy from Brigham Young University and has done graduate studies at the University of Southern California and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

"I am motivated by my belief in personal transformation and our interconnectedness as human beings. As each of us takes on the task of growth and development we are slowly transforming our collective consciousnesses to the benefit of us all."

Samira Abdul-Karim

Leadership Development and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Samira is an organizational psychologist and consultant based out of New York City. She takes a human-centered approach to organizational development with the overarching goal being to increase productivity and workplace satisfaction among employees and employers. Her thoughtful interventions leave team members and clients feeling empowered and connected.

Samira has a true passion for diversity and inclusion, creating sustainable change in organizations, and developing adult learners. She has always had an interest in the study of people and cultures. She has lived and worked in different countries around the world and focuses on taking a culturally relevant perspective to organizational and leadership development. She has extensive experience in the higher education and non-profit industries with a particular focus on global institutions. Her skills include instructional design, team intervention, program development and facilitation.

Samira holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and B.A. in Anthropology from Wesleyan University.

"Leadership is about recognizing the influence all leaders can have and using that influence for good; for the individuals you lead, and for the organization. "

Christin Rice

Senior Leadership Development Consultant

Christin works with clients across industries to design, create, and implement impactful leadership development curricula. Her passion is helping people achieve growth that improves their everyday experience at work, and the experience of those they lead. With over 10 years of experience in leadership and talent management development Christin has deep experience in the full life cycle of learning: learning management system development, instructional design, delivery, facilitation, evaluation and metrics. She brings a creative approach to her consulting and design born out of her background in creative writing. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, NC, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary.

"Leadership is influence."

Zach Curtis

Leadership Development Consultant

Zach is a leadership development consultant whose background is in the not-for-profit arena. He spent the first 8 years of his career designing training programs, leading coaching events, driving member engagement initiatives, and creating operational workflows for young, fast-growing organizations.

His primary areas of expertise include leadership development, team effectiveness, and member/employee engagement. Working in the not-for-profit space provided a foundation that still serves his work in the corporate consulting milieu. His starting point with each new training is the human being. How does this individual understand their unique position in the organizational narrative, and what truly matters to them?  With human needs as a starting point, he learned to immerse the training content in language and images that resonate intuitively with the participants while satisfying the goals of the executive stakeholders.

Zach holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and has been with BlessingWhite since May 2017.

"A great day at work for me is seeing a client use the engagement survey to drive meaningful change in their organization’s culture and the employee experience. I think that these data driven insights can create healthier working environments that lead to organizational and individual success."

Colleen M. Casey

Engagement Practice Consultant

A graduate of Rutgers University and the Sorbonne with a master’s degree in Political Sociology, Colleen has six years’ experience working in the field of public opinion and employee research, with a particular focus on qualitative research.

In her role at BlessingWhite, Colleen manages and supports full survey implementation from survey design and methodology to results presentations and report delivery, in order to ensure strategic and quality implementations that suit the needs of our partners. She also works in a consultant capacity, certifying Engagement Champions, providing one-on-one consulting for leadership teams, and presenting survey results to executive teams. Colleen works directly with the firm’s strategic engagement clients in a number of different industries including technology, government, higher education and retail.

Thought Partners

As a leadership development and employee engagement company, our research and thought leadership provides the foundation for the work we do with our clients to improve business outcomes through people.

Our regular research on leadership, engagement, coaching, and career builds on the ground-breaking work of our foudners, Buck Blessing and Tod White. We partner with industry and academia thought leaders to provide new and innovative approaches to leadership development. We are committed to sharing our insight with our clients and leverage this insight in the consulting, coaching and development opportunities we provide.

Kaihan Krippendorff

  • Former KcKinsey Consultant
  • Author of four books on strategic innovation:
  • Outthink the Competition
  • Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile
  • The Way of Innovation
  • The Art of the Advantage

Professor Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

  • London Business School
  • Co-authors:
  • Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?
  • Why Should Anyone Work Here?
  • The Character of a Corporation
  • Clever: Leading Clever People

Terry Pearce

  • Haas Business School professor
  • Senior Executive Coach
  • Author of Leading Out Loud and Clicks and Mortar
  • Long-standing BlessingWhite partner

Mark Smith

  • Focus on helping leaders build their brand, communication skills, and connection to those they lead
  • Progressive approach supports personal leadership, team development, and organizational improvement
  • Author of Distinctions: 52 Lessons in Leadership

Jeanne Meister

  • Executive development from dedicated to rethinking and reimagining the workplace
  • Focus on preparing for changes impacting recruitment, employee development, and engagement
  • Co-author of The Future Workplace Experience and The Future Workplace 2020

Dr. Ahmad Badr

  • Knowledge Group CEO
  • Focus on developing innovative talent & development and consulting solutions for clients in the Middle East and North Africa regions, and across the world
  • Leading authority on strategic marketing and business intelligence, with many published articles on the subjects
  • Regular business contributor to United Arab Emirates and international media

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