Bickford Collaboration

Barb Bickford, Founder and Principal

I'm a science-based professional
who learned how to work collaboratively. 
Now I help professionals in science-based organizations
themselves and their meetings.

I love working with people who are creative,
enthusiastic, willing to try new things and
want to
 make this world 
a better, healthier place! 

I hate boring meetings as much as you do.

Here's what I offer:

  • Experience in public health, the environment, government, non-profits, small business, facilitation, collaboration and training

  • Knowledge of how to tap the wisdom of everyone in your group and how to help you to do the same 

  • Acceptance of you, of your group and of things as they are

Who I am as a professional

There I was, an introverted fact-oriented 

Professional Geologist (PG) in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, happily 

reviewing groundwater data and technical
plans for landfills in my cubicle.

Suddenly, I got a mid-career assignment that required me to work closely with people.

Me, the coordinator of Wisconsin's Medical 
Waste program? W
hat did I know about

healthcare -- let alone collaboration?

I set about learning, and I continue to learn

Although shifting gears wasn't easy, I grew to

become well-known statewide and nationally
for collaborating on challenging and emerging issues such as reducing 
pharmaceutical waste 

and managing highly infectious waste.

I observed first-hand how collaborative
leadership (or lack of it) can impact results.
I now focus
 on guiding people to transform 
 public health and environmental health 
by transforming their meetings and themselves,

Who I am as a person

I've been focused on improving water quality since my first Earth Day. 

  • from preventing groundwater contamination 

  • to recycling and reducing waste 

  • to changing public policies that create waste

  • to transforming how we adopt policies --

-- I'm always moving upstream

I've been moving upstream personally too,

transforming myself by embracing life challenges

such as low-self esteem, living with persons with

mental illness, divorce, single parenting, death of a child, aging parents and starting a business.   

I live in a small town near St. Paul, MN, 

with my family and a cat who thinks it's human. My husband and I are both in training to be Master Water Stewards. We keep busy planting trees and planning our next canoe trip..  

What others say...

Barb was always ready to help us, 

Barb is one of the nicest people I know,

and is consistently ready to offer her 'best self' to others

for the benefit of the common good. 
She can motivate groups and individuals, and encourage them

to stretch their goals and achieve them.

-- Charlotte Smith, President, GreatWorks LLC
(founder of PharmEcology) 


"Barb is very knowledgeable and easy to work with.

She presents information in a down to earth way.

She is passionate about the environment and you can’t help but catch the bug!"

-- Angela Flemming, Dietary/Environmental Services
Director at The Richland Hospital Inc 

Bickford Collaboration, LLC

Stillwater, Minnesota
608-630-0177 or 651-413-2425

Wisconsin state and local agencies and others able to use

 Wisconsin state contracts can access my services under

DHS Consultant Services Contract Number

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