Barb McAllister was a supervisor, manager, and director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 26 years. She held increasingly responsible management & leadership positions in two regional offices as well as EPA Headquarters. When she retired, she was Director of Air Quality for the Northwest. One of her most exciting assignments in government was Director for the Office for Innovation. She enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, and meditation.
Since 2004, Barb has worked as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. Coaching is the cornerstone of Barb's practice, Thrive Coaching & Consulting. Barb excels in coaching stuck clients. She is a coach's coach and also specializes in coaching managers who want to be great leaders, leaders in government, women in transition and individuals navigating change and adversity. Barb is also known to be an expert in management, leadership, and how to lead an organization through a change process.
Barb has a passion for helping families impacted by addiction. In her own journey, she has learned to stay connected with those suffering from addiction, in themselves and/or in others, while still taking care of herself. Her arduous life journey brought her to a place of inner knowing that the antidote to addiction is connection, and that anyone can recover with support. Barb has walked the path she coaches others to walk. She has faced her own fears about addiction, rewritten her own story, and learned how to help those suffering from shame, guilt, and isolation. She shares her learnings in a concrete and helpful way. This allows others to find hope and equanimity even in the most challenging circumstances.
Barb has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bucknell University; and a Master's Degree in Special Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Health Science from George Washington University. Barb is also a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching Program and has earned an MCC (Master Certified Coach) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). While at the EPA, Barb won EPA's national Excellence in Management Award and successfully completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate program. Barb is also certified to facilitate the Leadership Circle's 360-degree feedback assessment tool; Emotional Intelligence Assessments (EQi-2.0); The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team ®; and the 3 Vital Questions ® e-course. She also uses the Enneagram in her practice. Barb is both a master facilitator and a trained mediator.
Barb resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and has three children.
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