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
transform themselves and their meetings.
I love working with people who are creative,
practical, 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? What 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,
whether from a regulatory perspective or at the grassroots level....
...On a more personal level, 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