Tara Powers

Tara Powers

Trainer, Facilitator, Consultant

Travels from:

Boulder, Colorado

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Tara Powers, MS, is a workplace learning and performance consultant who supports companies interested in developing new managers and teams as a strategic priority for business growth. Tara has coached and trained hundreds of management teams, internal trainers, and front-line employees in a variety of leadership topics including, but not limited to: performance management, management fundamentals, team relationships, recognition, mentoring, and diversity. With a background in human resources and years of experience in corporate America, Tara integrates best business practices into her training topics.

Tara has assisted companies in the development and implementation of in-house programs, such as new hire and management orientation, company-wide recognition programs, team-building programs, diversity initiatives, employee development programs, web-based and online training, and new management development programs. Her outdoor team building programs help build team relationships, bond team members, and bridge communication gaps. She is committed to offering quality programs that have a visible impact on performance.

Tara's training style is described as progressive, innovative, and highly interactive. Participants in Tara's classes continually remark on her enthusiasm, energy, and thoughtfulness when interacting with others in a learning environment. Tara ensures that each participant in her training courses walk away with a personal written "commitment to action" to make positive changes.

Tara's clients include: Janus Capital Group, Intrado Corporation, Caterpillar Corporation, Inovonics Wireless, OpenWave, Medegen, Proligo (a subsidiary of Degussa), National Wildlife Federation, University of Colorado, The City of Ft. Collins, Adams County One-Stop Career Shop, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce (CO).

Tara earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Management Development. She is a certified Training Manager/Director through Langevin Learning Center, the largest "Train the Trainer" company in the world. Tara is an active member of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and a member of the American Society of Training and Development, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the International Society for Performance Improvement. In addition, Tara was the 2004 Chair of the Boulder Business Women's Leadership Group, VP of Education for the Chamber Speakeasy Toastmaster's Club, and has also instructed management courses at the University of Phoenix and Front Range Community College (CO).

Tara is a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Authorized Facilitator and Everything DISC® Solutions Provider. She is also authorized to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, as well as a variety of instrumental assessment tools through Inscape Publishing, Inc., such as the DiSC Classic Profile®, Team Dimensions Profile®, Time Mastery Profile®, Discovering Diversity Profile®, and Work Expectations Profile®. These tools are integrated into Tara's workshops to provide participants with new insights and ideas on how to be behaviorally and strategically effective in different situations. Tara assisted in the development of the 2001 Medical Practice Performance Management Update book for the Medical Group Management Association Co. She has also developed numerous online courses and lesson plans for Front Range Community College's Front-Line Leadership Certificate Program, as well as the Management and Supervision Certificate Programs.

In 2016, Tara’s Engage Leadership Program was recognized as a Top 10 Leadership 500 Award winner by HR.com. Her Evolving Leadership Virtual Program and her Leadership Communication program won in 2014 and 2015. Tara recently launched the Aspiring Women Leaders program for women with the ambition to lead our future and is currently engaged in a nationwide research project on the effectiveness of virtual teams.

Tara’s experience includes working with startups, government, retail, financial organizations, marketing agencies, call centers, and customer service environments. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Training Consultant for Affordable Care Act statewide initiative. Successfully managed the logistics and launch of training over 3,000 key stakeholders throughout the state of Colorado on the Colorado Health Insurance Marketplace. Handled trainer recruitment and development, training strategy and communication, and training logistics.
  • Co-founder of award-winning leadership program, Evolving Leader Virtual Program. In 2014, this program was recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs by HR.Com and won their prestigious Leadership 500 Excellence Award in Vail, Colorado.

Sample Projects

  • Development of a Corporate University. Ms. Powers developed a Corporate University for Intrado Corporation. Her work included the development of an Organizational Track, Personal Development Track, and Management Development Track that offered more than 30 hours of core curriculum and more than 10 hours of elective courses for managers. By assessing training needs through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, and partnering with employees and managers throughout the development process, Intrado University was enthusiastically implemented by the organization.
    The success of Intrado University helped to align training and development objectives with strategic goals, improve overall organizational effectiveness, and positively impact retention, performance, and morale.
  • Performance Evaluation and Development Program. Tara partnered with SignalSoft Corporation executives and the Human Resources department to implement a performance evaluation and development program. Tara's work included assisting with the development of an online evaluation tool for employees and management, consulting on performance management policies and best practices, and the development, implementation, and delivery of a training program for approximately 300 national and international SignalSoft employees.
    This successful program resulted in alignment of individual performance objectives with organizational goals and mission. It actively involved employees in goal setting, promoted feedback and open communication with management regarding performance, and emphasized career development planning discussions as an important part of the performance development process.
Areas of Expertise
  • Building team relationships
  • Change management
  • Conflict resolution strategies
  • Customer relationship management strategies
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Establishing team roles and responsibilities
  • Facilitation/presentation skills
  • Fundamentals of customer service
  • Fundamentals of supervision
  • Management development
  • Performance management
  • Recognition strategies
  • Sales strategies
  • Train the trainer
Certifications
  • DiSC Classic Profile®
  • Discovering Diversity Profile®
  • Everything DISC®
  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator®
  • Team Dimensions Profile®
  • Time Mastery Profile®
  • Work Expectations Profile®
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