Christine Williams, PhD is Senior Director of Leadership Development for Heart to Heart Leadership. Chris’s passion is to support others in finding meaning and purpose in their lives—to recognize and honor their inherent gifts and talents and to use them to create a better world for the good of all. She has dedicated her life’s work to bringing people together to seek common ground by having meaningful conversations that increase connection, collaboration, and results—in their homes, workplaces, and communities.
Chris has a PhD in higher education, an MS in guidance and counseling, and a BS in education. She has spent her professional career as an educator at the middle, high school, and college levels and as the National Director of the Veterans Affairs Clinical Leadership Institute. As the owner of Focus Consulting Group, Chris worked in the areas of leadership, communication, and team building with hundreds of groups from various work settings as diverse as healthcare, business, manufacturing, education, government, social services, tribal, religious, non-profit, and voluntary organizations. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including from the Directors of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the state of Ohio for increasing educational collaboration and from the VA National Deputy Under Secretary for Health for her work in developing executive clinical leaders throughout the United States.
Chris believes the leadership journey begins from within. She is currently the Director and Co-facilitator of the Purposeful Leadership Program and also facilitates Working as One, Resiliency & Well Being, Enneagram, Courageous Conversations, and Mindful Leadership along with many other programs that support leaders’ learning using an inside-out approach in their personal/professional lives.
In addition to developing coaching programs for several organizations, Chris is also a certified coach for the 360 Leadership Circle Profile. Chris has published two books, “Working as One” and most recently “The Listening Project”. She has facilitated meditation and mindfulness classes for over 35 years in the public/private sector and is certified at the Master Reike level.
Chris has a passion for nature and animals. She has served as Vice President of the Medina Summit Land Conservancy, President of Crown Point Ecology Board, and volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Conservancy, Cuyahoga Valley Paw Patrol, Richfield Joint Recreation District, and many others. She and her husband have one daughter, three grandchildren, and lots of animals!