About Barbara McAllister


Thrive Coaching & Consulting

Principal- Barb McAllister

Barb McAllister was a supervisor, manager and director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 26 years. She held increasingly responsible management and leadership positions in two regional offices as well as Headquarters. When she retired, she was Director of Air Quality for the Northwest. One of her most interesting assignments in government was Director, 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.

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Barb has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bucknell University; and a Masters Degree in Special Studies from George Washington University. Barb is also a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, and holds the MCC (Master Certified Coach) credential 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.

Barb Specializes in working with:

  • Coaches who want to take their coaching and their practice to the next level
  • Managers recently promoted into leadership positions
  • Managers and Executives leading change
  • Employees in a long standing conflict
  • Women in transition: Creating powerful endings and new beginnings
  • Families with a parent or child suffering from the disease of addiction
  • Entrepreneurs starting their own business
  • People who are stuck, resigned and feeling victimized
  • Individuals looking for work/life balance
  • Government Supervisors, Managers, Executives who want to step up into powerful leadership; create work/life balance; tackle difficult issues and employees; deal with conflict; and learn how to give and receive feedback