Christine Williams, PhD. Senior Director of Leadership Development, Heart to Heart Leadership, has spent most of her professional career as a facilitator, presenter, and consultant specializing in workplace conversations. As founder of Focus Consulting Group, she traveled throughout the United States working with healthcare, educational, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations.
With her extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, Chris has worked with hundreds of executives and managers throughout her career. From 1989-1996 she co-developed and implemented the cutting edge National Executive Leadership Institute for clinical leaders from the Veterans Health Administration. Chris received numerous national awards and recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs, both as an employee and as a business owner consultant, for her work in leadership development, train the trainer programs, and for efforts encouraging collaboration in education among VA Hospitals in the state of Ohio. In addition, Chris received special recognition from the VA Under Secretary for Health for her “unwavering commitment to excellence and the unique capacity to recognize and develop the abilities of others.”
Both personally and professionally, Chris’s life work is about building sustainable relationships. Her experiences with diverse work groups motivated her to publish her first book “Working as One: Fundamental Conversations That Build Cooperation and Get Results.”More recently, she published her second book,The Listening Project, a personal account about the power of learning to listen within.
Chris has facilitated meditation classes for over 30 years and currently co-facilitates the Mindful Leadership Program for Heart to Heart, along with many other programs that support leaders’ learning using an inside-out approach in their personal/professional lives.
Chris has a PhD in higher education from the University of Akron, an MS in guidance and counseling from Youngstown State University, and a BS in education from Ohio University. She has served in leadership board positions at the Medina-Summit County Land Conservancy (now Western Reserve Land Conservancy) and Crown Point Ecology Center, as well as volunteering for seven years at Gennesaret Family Nutrition Center, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Paw Patrol. She and her husband Joe live on a mini-farm with their horses, dogs, and cats. They have one daughter and three grandchildren who fill their life with joy.