Deanna Rolffs is a strategist, facilitator, coach, systems thinker, and consultant, supporting leaders in personal, team and organizational transformation. Via listening, helping and learning, Deanna has a track record of transformational results by walking-alongside, building upon client strengths, and supporting leaders to tackle the knottiest leadership and equity-related challenges. Having served as a Regional Director, Vice President and Senior Consultant, she supports leaders in tackling complex problems, and builds strong relationships with leaders and teams, with transformational results.
Deanna Rolffs serves as a Senior Consultant with Design Group International. Her executive leadership experience spans more than 20 years, supporting and leading clients, partners and teams to grow leadership and transform organizations. Deanna consults with clients in private, non-profit, and K-12 education sectors, from small organizations to Fortune 500 companies, located across the United States, from the Midwest to San Francisco to Dallas. With a personal and professional dedication to justice and equity, Deanna specializes in developing thriving teams, brave leadership, clear processes, equitable systems and inclusive communities.
As Process Consultants, we utilize three primary values in order to effectively walk alongside you and other leaders in your organization. Recognizing the critical role of listening to you in order to design solutions that move your organization forward, we value the learning required to make sustainable, organizational change . The shared values of listening, helping and learning may function in sequence, and they are often iterative and constantly working together throughout our relationship.
We start by asking you deeper questions to clarify the outcome desired and uncover adaptive challenges you want to address which will foster transformation. We co-create a process that aligns with your most important goals to move your organization forward.
Equipped with the right purpose and a co-created process, we walk alongside you and your organization through planned activities that advance your goals and objectives. Through iterative steps along the way, we will shift and pivot to achieve your desired results.
We work collaboratively to constantly learn together. In the end, you are equipped to lead the process you have created for your organization. Through developing the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, the process becomes sustainable.
The world is complex, dynamic and changing. It is crucial to understand the unique social, emotional, and cultural context of your organization. Complexity is best addressed through adaptive solutions designed through co-creating a process.
The posture of listening and humble inquiry allows us to dig deeper and move beyond surface issues. An iterative process that begins with listening uncovers the essential purpose of a process.
As the client, you are the expert. As an expert, your perspectives and insights are essential and valuable. A process approach honors the creativity and resourcefulness you have as a leader and the unique strengths of your key stakeholder groups.
You will learn new knowledge and skills through the process. This leads to your personal transformation, experiential learning, and grows your capacity to lead in the future.
A process consulting approach builds trust, transparency, and collaboration, and leads to deepened relationships both inside and outside of the organization. We custom design an approach around your stakeholders that helps broaden engagement and creates an inclusive environment.
I had the pleasure of working with Deanna at Partners in School Innovation. She is wonderful to work with, forward-thinking; and has a great deal of expertise with stakeholder engagement, team building, and organizational leadership and change. Always had a very positive attitude towards work and an inspiring team player. I was impressed with her ability to drive leadership development in areas of anti-white supremacy and anti-racism. Deanna would be an asset to any company.
I cannot say enough about Deanna's work with my team during a very challenging process exploration period. She facilitated several listening sessions and supported my team through some difficult conversations. Her personal and professional experiences and her focus on equity as foundational make her an excellent facilitator. She does not shy away from hard topics and is willing to stand up to injustice. I would recommend Deanna without hesitation and look forward to working with her again.
Over the last two years, I've had the privilege to work alongside Deanna on several committees and in each setting she has demonstrated a great ability to guide open and inclusive conversations, ensuring that everyone is heard. She truly has the heart to advocate for all of our neighbors so that they have equal opportunities to thrive. Deanna has lead several workgroups I've been a part of through strategic and evaluative thinking to reach the best outcome for the people we serve. I would highly recommend Deanna with her strong skillset in strategic planning, program development, and diversity and inclusion.
I had the pleasure of being Deanna's colleague at Partners in School Innovation. I was very impressed by Deanna's ability to listen and to problem solve. Whether it is with subordinates or supervisors, Deanna listens and made you feel heard. Her ability to do this has stuck with me to this day. It's one of the skills she uses as a master problem solver. She is able to identify an issue and offer up effective and feasible solutions, providing support and encouragement all along the way.
Deanna is a strategic and thoughtful process facilitator. Her ability to think through problems and develop comprehensive, inclusive solutions in a collaborative manner is uncanny. I have been incredibly grateful to work with her on various projects in our community as she brings forth a perspective that is capable of viewing problems and solutions from multiple angles from a trauma-informed and equity-based lens.
Among her many skills and areas of expertise, Deanna Rolffs provides excellent leadership in working with groups to effect change within their organizations. My team benefited greatly from a strategic and operational planning process she led as we were seeking to strengthen our work in the areas of curriculum development and professional development for teachers. As we concluded our sessions, we understood our work more deeply and had developed a plan with specific actions that would better help us achieve our vision and goals. I especially appreciated Deanna's expertise, her calm demeanor, her careful listening, and her ability to take what she heard and apply the process to our particular situation. I recommend her without reservation.
I had the opportunity to work with Deanna on a number of projects during our tenure at Kent ISD. Deanna is a skilled facilitator and does an excellent job of leading groups through strategic planning, ensuring that all voices and viewpoints are heard. I especially appreciate her warm, patient approach, and I highly recommend her to any individual or organization looking to improve their programs and practices.
Deanna is an empowering thought leader who values individual’s strengths as opportunities to grow and make profound impacts on other leaders, groups, and organizations. She has supported me in my coaching roles and has made a lasting impression on my career and personal goals, aspirations, and life-long work.
Deanna is a great leader and thought partner. I had the pleasure of working with her for several years at Partners in School Innovation. I would describe her as passionate, thoughtful, and hard-working. I'm impressed with her ability to create systems, build capacity and lead inclusive teams.
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