Today we’d like to introduce you to Anne Litwin, PhD.
Anne, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For a long time, I have been fascinated by the power and complexity of groups and what they can accomplish when the energy of the members is channeled to focus on a goal. I have always had a natural talent for facilitating groups to focus that energy. I started working with groups as a volunteer member in the women’s movement and as a member of other social justice movements. I eventually got professional training in facilitation and education in group dynamics to deepen my capacity.
After many false starts with careers that did not give me juice or tap my talents, I became an Organization Development consultant and have worked professionally for more than 30 years with teams and organizations to help them work together and to manage and lead change. My sweet spot, and my passion, have always been about helping women be successful, and with helping organizations develop diverse and inclusive cultures. My social justice values, including a passion for racial and economic justice, are what drive my creativity and commitment to my work and to my clients.
I have cultivated part of my interest in diversity through spending time in other cultures. I have never said “no” to an opportunity to work outside of the U.S., whether the gig was a paying gig or not. Consequently, I have accumulated a wealth of experience in other cultures, including in China, Tanzania, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada, India, Russia and many countries in Europe.
Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has not been a smooth one. I had to keep starting over to find my path. I was an importer and retailer, an accountant, a statistician, a survey researcher, an evaluation researcher and a project manager before I found Organization Development. I was good at all of these first careers, but very unhappy. I just could not find the right fit for me. In the meantime, while working so unhappily at all these early careers, I was working on the side as a volunteer organizing groups to do social justice work to make the world a better place. It took me a long, long time to realize that I could actually do what I loved doing as a volunteer professionally. I finally met some people who became my mentors and pointed me in the direction that was right for me. It took me about 5 years to retrain into my current profession where I have been happily working for a long time.
I went back to school to get my PhD in Human and Organization Behavior only very recently and studied while I worked full time. This was not easy, but stimulating and exciting.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Anne Litwin & Associates – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I spoke earlier about some of what I specialize in and am known for. I am a one-person consulting company — and I am an author, public speaker and a researcher. As an Organization Development consultant, I love working with messy teams, struggling non-profit boards, and organizations that want to do culture change work to create inclusive cultures.
I am especially proud of my dissertation research, completed in 2008, on women’s relationships with each other in organizations. I converted my dissertation into a book entitled, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN; REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WOMEN WORK TOGETHER, and I have published several articles on this research. I offer key note speeches on this topic and workshops and I publish a weekly blog on issues for women in organizations.
My passion for helping women in organizations, and for helping organizations create inclusive cultures are a specialty I am proud of. I also specialize in executive coaching for women and men.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Boston. It is diverse and vibrant. While it is small, the city offers lots of culture and political passion.
- Address: 675 VFW Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467-3656
- Website: www.annelitwin.com
- Phone: 617-983-0923
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org