With over 30 years of organizational consulting experience in Silicon Valley with over 500 clients in the high-tech, biotech, healthcare industries, The Strayer Consulting Group, Inc. has earned an excellent reputation with CEOs and the venture capital community. It is one of the leading management consultation firms specializing in Organization Development for rapid growth and startup companies, and mature companies managing significant change.
Founder Dick Strayer has professional expertise in organization and executive development spanning thirty-five years, focusing particularly on organization assessment, CEO coaching, top-management team building, founder transitions and new team formation. They have served as a professional advisors or special limited partners to dozens of venture / private equity capital firms. Corporate consultation assignments have included CEO and executive coaching and team building for over 500 pre and post IPO companies. The Strayer Consulting Group is known in the technology sector as the organization to call when tough issues inhibit success.
The Strayer Consulting Group,
Inc. also provides coaching and consultation to CEOs and senior executives at
larger corporations. In this capacity, it helps the executives diagnose
organization and management issues and define change and development
plans. This work often involves executive team building, as well as
planning for broader corporate change such as restructuring and acquisition
Dick Strayer, Founder/CEO
With over 35 years of organizational consulting experience in over 300 life science and high technology companies, Dick has earned an excellent reputation with CEOs and the venture capital community. Dick's professional expertise lies in organization and executive development, particularly founder transitions, succession planning, top-management team building, and CEO / executive coaching.
As a professional advisor or limited partner to more than 25 venture capital firms, Dick has provided both pre-deal due diligence and post- funding consultation to startup teams. His consultation has included CEO / executive coaching and team building for over 100 pre-IPO companies. More than an advisor, Dick is an activist -- a catalyst for change. For this reason, he is known by the venture capital community as the person to call when tough people issues inhibit startup success.
Dick also provides coaching and consultation to CEOs and senior executives in public corporations. In this capacity, he helps the CEOs diagnose organizational and interpersonal issues and define change and development plans. His work often involves succession planning, executive team building as well as planning for broader organizational and structural change.
Dick maintains professional affiliations with the American
Bill Tobin, Partner, Strayer Consulting Group, Inc.
Samantha brings over 18 years of experience in leadership coaching, team effectiveness and change management, having worked for and with a multitude of companies, from start-up to Fortune 500. Through in-depth analysis and assessment, she enables leaders and their teams to maximize their strengths and achieve peak business performance. Her unique ability to quickly build trust with leaders and individuals, her direct and authentic communication style and an ability to recognize and understand individuals' talents enables Samantha to quickly arrive at game changing solutions. Her approach cuts through the complexity that often surrounds issues and opportunities, arriving at root causes to generate simple, practical solutions that work for both leaders and their teams.
Samantha is passionate about improving performance in leaders and teams. She uses a Strengths-based approach; identifying and focusing on a leader's talents and helping them use what comes naturally to drive business success. She knows that every leader is an individual and to achieve success, each session is customized to the desired business outcome.
Samantha has a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from American University. Her certifications include: Gallup Strengths Coach, MBTI, William Bridge's Organizational Transition workshops and numerous 360 feedback tools.
Paul Bianchi is the most recent addition to Strayer Consulting, bringing almost 20 years of high technology experience at PeopleSoft, NeXT Computer, Apple, ProBusiness Services, and Ask Jeeves. In his role as the Global VP of HR, Paul has led significant organizational development strategies, including building management infrastructure and disciplines to support 50% annual growth up to and over $100M, creating Strategic Plans for human capital management, and installing a Performance Consulting organization in a large public company. Paul’s expertise includes leading due diligence and integration efforts for a dozen acquisitions ranging from $50MM to $1.5B, rebuilding a Corporate University to triple the employee development results, and leading executive transition, recruiting, assimilation and team development in all sizes of public and private companies.
Paul has a Masters in Management from the University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. Paul has been certified as a Senior Professional in HR, has taught at San Jose State and has spoken on a variety of topics at software and human resources forums.
Sally Wilder, MSW, Senior Consultant,
Sally has over 15 years of experience specializing in executive development, teambuilding, coaching, organization assessment and managing change. She has worked closely with venture capital firms, board members and executive teams to help them achieve their organization’s goals. Her experience includes working with over 90 companies, including 35 start-ups. Sally has strong international experience, having worked in India and Europe for over 8 years. This real-time cultural sensitivity has helped her work effectively with difficult cross cultural team issues.
Sally received a BA in Sociology from Indiana University. She holds a Masters degree from San Jose State University and is a graduate of University Associates, as well as a Certified Trainer in Organization Development, Situational Leadership and Myers Briggs. She worked as a participant and Facilitator for the Interpersonal Dynamics Course in the MBA program at Stanford University.
Sydney is a partner in Joyner Strayer Consulting and president of The Joyner Group, LTD. She earned her MBA with a concentration in organizational development from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and holds a BA degree in speech and hearing pathology, with additional postgraduate work in broadcast communications. Her over 20 years experience in organizational development and communications consulting with start-ups, emerging, and mature companies has given her the reputation as a trusted resource and executive coach. She has worked with over 100 companies in a broad range of industries, advising the CEOs, boards of directors, and executive teams through change events, team formation and transitions, and leadership development. She acts as a catalyst for organizational change and transformation and is noted for her high energy, insight, and skilled facilitation abilities. Sydney serves on the boards of the Oregon Entrepreneurial Forum and the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Einar has been a senior consultant with Strayer Consulting since the company's inception, assisting in training, coaching, and organizational development in several dozen organizations from start-ups and early stage growth companies through Strayer's largest multi-national clients.
In this capacity, he's represented the practice in numerous client projects across the globe. He began his career with the General Electric Company following his graduation from