Connie Bentley

Connie provides strategic guidance and coaching to help ExecuNet members land their next opportunity. This includes uncovering their unique personal value proposition and defining competitive differentiators to advance their careers. This also includes providing detailed feedback for improving a member’s personal marketing collateral—well beyond their résumé.

She is a trusted thinking partner to CEOs, Presidents and Business Owners. As a former CEO, President and COO of premiere consulting, training and business services firms, Connie has rich experience addressing issues and opportunities in companies of all sizes and industries. Her experience includes designing and implementing a complete strategy change while in the role of COO at Zenger Miller where she subsequently became President and CEO.

While CEO at Zenger Miller, the company was acquired along with two other firms and combined into a new entity, AchieveGlobal. She was responsible for taking the three sales and consulting teams from the legacy companies and integrating them into a single sales and service function with revenue of $109M.

Most recently, Connie served as General Manager, USA for Scotland-based Insights Learning and Development. When Connie arrived at Insights, there were two jointly owned distributors and one wholly owned office in place. The strategic decision to buy out the managers and blend the three offices into one integrated Insights business in the US became Connie’s mission. Over Connie’s six-year tenure, with all that process and change management going on, the US business more than doubled while delivering solid bottom line results.

In addition to ExecuNet, Connie is a Business Advisor, Thinking Partner and Board Member; Connie is bringing all that she’s learned and experienced into her work as a catalyst for CEOs, Presidents and Owners to experience true business and professional breakthroughs. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The House of Ruth Maryland, a not-for-profit organization that leads the fight to end violence against women and their children.

Connie received her BA in English from Boston University and has studied Education and Learning Technology at Southern Connecticut State University.

What People Have Said About Working With Connie

“I have known Connie for many years and consider it a privilege to tell others about her many talents. As a leader Connie is able to tap into performance levels of the individuals she works with well beyond what they could imagine for themselves. She balances her people management capabilities with strong business acumen, deep knowledge of the industry and proven sales skills. Connie brings to everything she does a positive, determined outlook making her a highly valued role model and colleague particularly in these challenging times.” –Karen Voloshin

“Connie is one of those rare people who combines a solid business focus with strong empathic and interpersonal skills. She models the truth that respect for others, care of employees, and taking time for the little things can not only be compatible with solid business results: they create solid business results. , She is a generous soul, and it’s a privilege to have worked with her.” –Ceil Tilney

“I have long admired Connie’s overall approach to business and people. It is holistic, balanced and passionate. Her executive presence, experience, as well as her ability to see the “big picture” is a gift that she freely shares with her colleagues, clients and staff. Given that, she also will roll up her sleeves and pitch in to assure that goals are met. When I went to work at Paradigm Learning for Connie, I already had quite a few years of business experience in major corporations, yet I learned so much from her about creating that balance between business goals and people needs. At the end of the day, I would feel privileged to work with Connie once again.”–Dr. Pat Baxter

You can contact Connie through the Career Strategy Group.

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