Celeste Blackman, Global Consultant and Co-Founder, The Green Zone Culture Group

Blackman-0323-b copyCeleste Blackman is an international consultant and co-founder of The Green Zone Culture Group, dedicated to creating organizational cultures where high trust, emotional commitment and collaboration thrive. She is both a consultant with Business Consultants of Japan and an adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School of Business where she teaches communications in the Executive MBA program.

For over 20 years Celeste’s focus has been on the human side of business, helping leaders and managers create work environments that inspire people to be their best, Green Zones. Green Zone work environments are characterized by open and effective communication, accountability and cooperation. It is in these environments that human energy soars, employees care about their work and each other, people connect with one another and cooperate to achieve extraordinary results.

Celeste is dedicated to reducing fear and defensiveness in the workplace, the underlying cause of most of the human problems in organizations. She helps leaders and managers achieve this by combining the best of behavioral science and experiential learning to help people develop the skills, the attitude and the mindset for building strong relationships. She has a special interest in the emerging fields of neuroleadership and neurobiology. Her collaborations with neuroscience researchers has led to training experiences that are brain- friendly, thereby accelerating personal growth and organizational effectiveness.

Celeste has worked with a wide range of clients including NASA, The Human Element Sweden, Chevron, Idaho Power, Business Consultants of Japan, The United Nations, the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. A certified Marshall Goldsmith coach, Celeste has been coaching clients regarding career, life and performance issues for nearly 20 years. She is the former Manager of the San Mateo County Hospital Consortium’s Career Fitness Center, where she provided training and coaching as part of a comprehensive retention strategy. Prior to that, she was the Director of Corporate and Career Education at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

In addition, Celeste is certified in all of the FIRO instruments, The Human Element®, Radical Collaboration® and The Implicit Career SearchTM along with the MBTI®, the Step II®, the ARSENALTM and the BarOn® EQ-i. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and was a recipient of the Presidential Management Internship Award. Her Baccalaureate degree is in Communications.