SPEAKING & CUSTOM FACILITATION 

“Brandi connected real situations and challenges to tangible ways of improving that we could implement right away.

Brandi’s speaking and facilitation style is dynamic and welcoming. She leads interactive sessions designed to inspire and create opportunities for insanely practical learning. She is available for keynote speaking engagements, in-person workshops, and customized facilitation.

The Basics

Brandi Olson believes that you shouldn’t have to choose between doing good, important work, and your own humanity. She knows that the best way to solve big problems, to innovate, and to deliver out of this world value is through teams who are deeply engaged, high performing, and actually happy. And that the quickest route for leaders to cultivate happy, engaged teams who are doing great work is by not adding free frozen yogurt in the lobby, but by creating cultures where people are learning together faster and better. So that when change happens, as it always will, your organization isn’t just reacting to change, you are leading change.

Brandi works in the intersection between learning, organizational agility, and human-centered design. She has over 15 years of experience consulting with leaders across diverse sectors who share a commitment to people, learning fast, and doing good in the world–from nonprofits to universities to global Fortune 50 companies. Brandi studied organizational learning and change at Northwestern University, holds a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota and has extensive training in human-centered design and Lean-Agile transformations. Brandi has been featured in Forbes, Inc.com, and is a sought after speaker and facilitator all over the country.

SPEAKING 

“Wow! Brandi’s keynote opened my mind and pumped me up to try new things!

“We’ve changed the internal conversations we are having in our organization.

“Amazing presenter. Great energy. The best session I went to.

Topics

Start Less, Finish More: Stop paying the real costs of organizational multitasking.

Outcomes That Matter: Grow what you pay attention to with a relentless focus on people and value.

Content Warning: Explicit Cultural Values Ahead: Getting to the heart of emotional intelligence and productivity at work

Agile Organizations Thrive During Times of Change: How to learn faster, pivot on purpose, and keep people at your center

What to Expect from a Talk

Learn by doing | Interactive exercises and simulations that allow you to connect research + principles to the work you are actually doing.

Relevant Focus | Opportunities throughout the session to focus on your real-world situations.

Engagement | In-depth engagement with the speaker and each other. If you are looking for a lecture and a powerpoint deck, this is not for you!

Fun | Learning shouldn’t be boring.

More Results

“Brandi connected real situations and challenges to tangible ways of improving that we could implement right away.” -Chief Marketing Officer, Fortune 50 company

“My whole team fell in love with Brandi because of her style and expertise. I’m still in awe about how so many shifted their thinking last week.” -Financial Services Executive

“Working with Brandi rejuvenated our board and staff alike. We walked away with many ideas around being more agile and accepting of emerging priorities.” -Nonprofit Executive Director

“Brandi Olson shared stories that inspired me to think differently about effective teams” -Founder, Technology Startup

CUSTOM WORKSHOPS & FACILITATION

“The workshops created the space for us to collaborate as a team and we’ve become more intentional in how we are thinking about our program design.

“The overwhelm I was feeling is totally gone because we identified what to focus on.”

“The Olson Group facilitators  helped us connect real situations and challenges to tangible ways of improving.”

People-centered in everything

We design and plan everything around the people at the center of your work–you, your employees, your customers, your stakeholders. We don’t make assumptions about what matters most to them, their values, and what they need.  We draw from a variety of methods and industries to pull out the best of what is going to work for your organization. No cookie cutter approaches or standard formats. And yet, we don’t start from scratch.

We can craft an interactive workshop or retreat experience for your board, staff team, or community stakeholders. We’d love to hear about your vision. 

Tailored Workshop Design

Best practices aren’t a universal thing. What works for one team over there with those people, might not work the same for your organization, right now, with your people. There are better practices than others, and we are experts at helping organizations adapt their tools and practices to find the best fit between your strategy your people, and your goals.

We’ve developed modules as a starting point from which to tailor our content to align with your needs and practices.

We spend time learning about your goals and how we can come alongside to build on what’s already working for your teams.

We do this by meeting with the workshop sponsor(s) to understand what’s working, what’s challenging, and how improving this skill will add value. We’ll also meet with representatives from your business and delivery teams to ask those same questions. Teams usually have a sharp sense of what kind of skill development would be most valuable, so we pay attention to that. We’ll also gather some relevant examples from current work in your backlog. We can usually accomplish these conversations in 1-3 planning sessions.

From there, we’ll craft a workshop outline for you to review. If needed, we can schedule a follow-up planning session. Once we commit to a workshop agenda, we’ll assign your workshop sponsor some homework to ensure that everyone is prepared and ready to get the most out of the session.

What to Expect from a Workshop

Learn by doing | Interactive exercises and simulations that allow you to connect agile principles to the work you are actually doing.

Relevant Focus | Opportunities throughout the course to focus on your real-world situations.

Engagement | In-depth engagement with instructors and fellow attendees. If you are looking for a lecture-style course–this is not for you!

Fun | Learning shouldn’t be boring.

Results

“Brandi connected real situations and challenges to tangible ways of improving that we could implement right away.”

“The workshops created the space for us to collaborate as a team and we’ve become more intentional in how we are thinking about our product.”

“The overwhelm I was feeling is totally gone because we identified what to focus on.”

“We’ve changed the internal conversations we are having in our organization.”

“Wow! Brandi’s keynote opened my mind and pumped me up to try new things!”

“Amazing presenter. Great energy. Probably one of the best sessions I went to.”