Bold New Directions was founded by Suzanne Guthrie and Jim Hornickel, two experienced trainers and consultants, in 2005. First envisioned as a transformational learning organization, Bold New Directions has grown in scope to provide a wide array of training solutions in the United States, Canada and abroad. Our network of dynamic trainers, coaches & facilitators bring energy, depth & professionalism to all our learning events. Drawing on decades of hands-on expertise, our team has extensive experience facilitating top level training to Fortune 500 organizations, higher education institutions, and business organizations. Delivering training solutions in a variety of cities worldwide to best serve you and your organization, our team members all share a commitment to deliver powerful training outcomes to your organization.

Suzanne Guthrie
Suzanne Guthrie
Suzanne is a warm and engaging group facilitator and instructor. She has delivered training to thousands of professionals in Fortune 500 firms, mid-sized businesses and professional associations over the past decade. As co-founder of Bold New Directions, Suzanne is known for her expertise in communications, presentations, resilience, emotional intelligence & leadership. She has delivered training in North America, South America & Europe to great acclaim.

Jim Hornickel
Jim Hornickel
Jim Hornickel brings more than 20 years of experience in Leadership, Management, Coaching, Training and Transformation to his role as Master Trainer and Co-founder of Bold New Directions. Jim’s passion is to inspire people to take bold new directions in their lives for increased fulfillment and success. He is known for his expertise in leadership, management, negotiations, resilience, teamwork, communications, presentations, and coaching.

Brenda Cross
Brenda is an energetic and engaging group facilitator. Prior to becoming a professional trainer, Brenda had a successful career in real estate and finance where her speaking abilities led to numerous keynote events.  Over the past 15 years, Brenda has worked with corporate and personal development clients throughout North America, UK, and SE Asia, in the areas of leadership, management, mentoring, organizational change, coaching, and resilience.

Kevin T. Kjellerup
Kevin is a facilitator & management consultant with over 15 years experience supporting professional development in government, education and industry. He assists organizations to more effectively serve their customers by developing high performing teams.  Kevin has led training in the private and public sectors, with a focus on negotiations, communications, management, leadership, teamwork, and resilience.

Jeff Salters
Jeff Salters
Jeff is passionate about personal and professional development. He has over 20 years of experience with training facilitation, consulting and coaching. Jeff has delivered services for firms such as Accenture and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profits around the globe. Jeff is a crowd pleaser when leading sessions on management, communications, presentations and negotiations.

Darlene Babcock
Darlene Babcock
Darlene is an energetic and passionate Learning and Development Consultant. She has delivered training and facilitated programs across the US for Fortune 500 companies’ managers and trainers in employee development, customer service solutions, team building, delegation, financial strategies, goal setting, change management, communications, performance management and coaching.

Pattie Vargas
Pattie is an engaging group facilitator and coach. She has delivered dynamic training sessions for thousands of managers and other professionals in the areas of leadership, management, mentoring, organizational change, coaching,  business communication, presentation skills, teamwork, resilience and problem-solving. She is a favorite facilitator for many clients with numerous repeat performances on her resume.

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Mary Ritz
Mary Ritz has over 10 years experience as a facilitator and consultant in the areas of leadership, management, communications and team building.  She inspires people to achieve higher purpose empowering them to be more successful in their professional and personal lives.  Mary’s areas of expertise include leadership, management, team building, emotional intelligence, resilience, communication & customer centricity.

Jackie Kellso
Jackie Kellso is an experienced trainer, coach and speaker with a love of leadership, neuroscience, and human transformation. She is a popular trainer on subjects including negotiations, business communication, management, leadership and team performance. With a focus on effectiveness, Jackie ensures that course participants leave her training sessions with advanced skills for managing conflict, influencing outcomes, and leading others to success.

Gabby Staal
Gabby Staal
Gabby Staal, a former VP in the financial industry, brings more than 20 years of professional experience in Leadership, Coaching & Organizational Development. Based in The Netherlands, he has served many large companies & organizations including the European Commission. Gabby’s passion is to improve leadership & team performance. His style is straight forward, respectful & sharp yet he infuses playfulness & humor in all he does.

Contact Bold New Directions

Contact Bold New Directions For Your Training Needs

Please contact Bold New Directions at 1-800-501-1245 to discuss how we can best meet your training needs. Whether you need to organize onsite training, executive coaching, open enrollment registration, interactive keynotes, or our train-the-trainer services, our team is here to work with you. We bring expertise in building skills in the following key areas: Management & Leadership, Presentation & Communication, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Sales & Customer Support, and Resilience & Teamwork. Contact us today at info@boldnewdirections.com or at 1-800-501-1245 to get a free quote and learn more about the best training solution for you.

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