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Eventually we all hit a wall that we can’t seem to break through on our own.

You’ve tried…

  • more ads, more inventory, more people.
  • a well respected coach.
  • a highly recommended system or business solution.
  • a 1-on-1 or group consulting session.
  • every class, blog post, and pro tip the Internet has to offer.

The problem is, you’re looking to solve YOUR unique business problems using OTHER people’s systems. Your business is one of a kind; that’s what has brought you a certain amount of success so far. You’re not going to get over this plateau by following a cookie-cutter solution that was designed as a one-size-fits-all model. 


That’s where I come in. I’ve worked in dozens of industries and consulted for businesses of all sizes from solo-preneurs to Fortune 500 companies. I’ve pulled together all that expertise and I put it to work to find individual solutions for businesses like yours.

If you’re tired of trying to find a solution from somebody else’s system, maybe it’s time we partner together to create one just for you.

Am I the right solution-finder for you?

Let's chat and find out.
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My name is Gwen, and I’m a business consultant with a coaching mindset. My superpower is that I know the right questions to ask to get right to the heart of whatever roadblock is keeping you from success, and then I have the enthusiasm and the tough love to push you to get over that roadblock. In my 35+ years of experience I have picked up a lot of helpful hints, and I pull insights and ideas from diverse fields and industries to serve you and your business.

What this means for you is my “toolbox” is huge. I have multiple ideas and approaches for every situation — it’s never a one-size-fits-all answer.

My focus is on helping you generate ideas but then, most importantly, do the work to get where you want to go. I’m not going to leave you once we’ve made a plan; I’m going to push you to complete every step of that plan, and I’ll be there if anything unexpected crosses your path along the way.

I’ll work with you to achieve success on your own terms. It doesn’t matter how anyone else defines success; what we’re going to do is figure out what it means for YOU, and then identify the steps you need to take to get there.

Are you ready for a customized solution so you can reach success on your own terms?

Take your first step now.
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My Background

My first job while still in college was working as a professional consultant, and my first client was General Mills (yes, that General Mills). I’ve been consulting on and off for the last 35 years, including a stint working for Ernst & Young, running the IT department for a competitive phone company, advising boutique businesses, and having my own consulting firm. For a while there, I was even a professional knitwear designer and knitting teacher (yes, people really do pay for that!).

Helping successful visionary entrepreneurs move past their plateaus is what I do best because my specialty is focusing on action. Instead of fitting you into a premade process, I hand select and curate from all the resources available and apply them as a custom solution for your business.

My zone of genius is business operations, and I’m happiest when I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting down to the core of your business to make it run smoothly from the bottom up.

Are we a good fit?

My style is very no-nonsense. I like to think I’m optimistic but with a healthy dose of pragmatism; I’m not going to sell you the moon without also teaching you how to build the rocket to get you there, and I’m not going to pretend you can make it all the way to Mars if it’s clear you haven’t got the right equipment. I’m here to be a voice of calm in the chaos so that you can focus on the path ahead.

My clients work with me because they know I’m going to tell it like it is, and I’m not going to let them hide behind “someday” and “maybe.” If we’re going to work together, we’re going to do the work to get your business to the place you want it to be. Whether you want to make your first million or you’re just trying to figure out how to sustain the growth you’ve built so far, that’s up to you. It isn’t my job to tell you what your goals should be; it’s my job to find the resources you need to achieve those goals, and to keep pushing you until you’ve reached them.

If you’re tired of empty promises made by big names and famous systems, schedule a free call with me and let’s see if my no-nonsense action approach is right for you. What have you got to lose? At the very least you’ll walk away with some free insights and maybe even a recommendation for something else I think might be a better fit.

Click here to book a call. I’m looking forward to it!

Rarely have I had a presenter come in and engage everyone in the room, but Gwen did. I hadn’t previously worked with Gwen, so I was a bit concerned about bringing in a presenter that has never worked with me or the team before, and my expectations were high, but Gwen did an excellent job easing these concerns and ultimately hit the workshop out of the park. She did an exceptional job and was able to synthesize a ton of information into consumable takeaways for our managers, leaving them with tangible ways to improve processes and project manage within their respective areas.

I was struggling with the level of organization related to project management within my organization. Managers and supervisors were all working hard, but there always seemed to be a level of frustration when it came to executing projects. Gwen was able to put together a dynamic “project management” workshop to help us better communicate and “own” projects at all levels so everything can move forward smoothly. I particularly appreciated Gwen’s ability to make a relatively “boring” subject interesting, relevant, and engaging. All of my managers finally got the concept of project management with a number of applicable tools for successfully managing projects. I would highly recommend Gwen and plan to bring her back for more professional development at Merced College.

Chris Vitelli, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President, Merced College