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    Brian A. Buford Ph.D

    Brian is a skilled and versatile leadership coach, talent consultant, team facilitator, and keynote speaker.

    His client experience spans multiple industries including retail, financial

    services, technology, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, education, municipal and federal government, law, military, non-profit, and professional services firms. Brian has worked with hundreds

    of leaders and teams across North America, Europe, and Asia.

    Brian worked at Target Corporation (a Fortune World’s Most Admired Company) for eight years. At Target, he built a development program for top talent, an internal executive coaching program, an Action Learning program, and managed the company's talent development team. Brian facilitated executive programs on change, innovation, diversity, teamwork, and talent management.

    Brian has been an adjunct instructor at four universities and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Management and Organization at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota). He currently serves as the Lead Community Coach in the mid-Atlantic region at the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a Certified Action Learning Coach (Worldwide Institute for Action Learning) and was an Army Master Resilience Trainer (University of Pennsylvania).

    Brian earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His doctoral dissertation examined the impact of emotional intelligence, leadership style, and personality on management effectiveness. He completed a formal post-doctoral internship in Consulting Psychology at a boutique consulting firm.

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  • I love his enthusiasm, compassion, integrity, caring, and passionate commitment to his work. I give Brian my highest endorsement for his consulting skills and insights, and especially for his excellent work as an executive coach.

    David Peterson, Director of Learning & Development, Google

    Brian brings the ability to zero in on the relevant, isolate the opportunities for challenging growth, and identify the best paths to your success.

    Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer, Barnes & Noble

    Brian has a deep understanding of the psychology of leadership. I have witnessed leaders transform their style and approach, improving both their business results and their personal joy at work.

    Mary Walter, Senior Vice President, Fortune 300 Retailer

    Brian understands today’s leaders, what they need in a value-added development program, and what will (and won’t) produce lasting and sustainable change.

    Stew Friedman, The Wharton School; Author of Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

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