After early stints as a journalist, Plum discovered her dream career — developing leaders who can make a workplace more meaningful and satisfying for everyone –quite by accident. She was a participant in a human relations training event and saw first hand the transformational power of learning to relate to others more authentically and skillfully. Since then, she has been a facilitator, trainer, organization development consultant and coach.
Plum’s professional education is life-long. She holds a Master’s Degree in the applied behavioral sciences from Whitworth College and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and an undergraduate degree in sociology and history from Virginia Tech. She continued her training in organization development and coaching and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a credential from the International Coach Federation.
Plum has coached and consulted in a wide variety of organizations: Fortune 500 companies, local, state and federal government agencies, small and mid-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations and universities. She has served on the adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute, where she facilitated executive groups in FEI’s signature Leadership in a Democratic Society program, and at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.
While working as a senior organization development consultant at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (then Trigon), Plum created an outplacement training and coaching program for non-exempt employees and led a team of volunteers to deliver services to this group. She started Trigon’s diversity initiative and co-designed and led an intensive leadership development program for high potential mid and upper level managers. She was also a trainer/consultant for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Human Resource Management, where she co-designed and facilitated the Commonwealth Management Institute for its first five years.
The keys to Plum’s success as a coach are her almost 40 years experience in the leadership development field, her emphasis on partnering with her clients, her authentic support for clients where they are, her ability to gently challenge assumptions, and her vast knowledge of human and organizational behavior. Transitions, communication, conflict, change, and team development are areas of expertise.
When Plum’s not working, you’ll find her on a bike, boat, trail or garden or playing her guitar.