“Nursingale has had the pleasure of working with Shirlene and Jeanne from IGS for  over 6 years.  During this time the IGS team has lead us through the development and implementation of two strategic plans, a successful board development process, and leadership team building.  Our non-profit now has strong agreement on our core values and each day I see staff validating our mission, practicing improved communication, and functioning as a caring cohesive crew.  Shirlene and Jeanne were able to identify our individual and organizational strengths and weaknesses and helped us put processes in place to grow and mature based on this information.  Their personal style, openness and enthusiasm for teamwork are contagious.  I recommend IGS without reservation!”

Patti Sadowski, Executive Director (retired), Nursingale


“Shirlene worked for a number of years with NWEA and was a key facilitator, coach and trainer for our landmark and long-term management development program. She partnered with us from the beginning and was the constant through the early years and helped us successfully transition and mature the program to be able to sustain itself and become internally led. She trained over 100 managers for our organization over 5 years in an intensive skill-based and values-based management development program and brought our managers to a new level in this organization that is paying dividends and where we have seen a real shift in our culture, performance management and staff engagement. She is a knowledgeable, dedicated, creative and a gifted facilitator/coach/trainer. She is a person with high integrity and brings great value in the work she does. She makes people and organizations better. We would not be where we are today in our organizational maturity without Shirlene. She coached two of my team over a year to prepare them to continue and sustain this program to be internally led and the program is continuing to do well and thrive as a result of her care and attention.”

Toni Jaffe, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development (retired), NWEA


“We have had the opportunity to work with IGS on several projects and I have never worked with a company more in tune with their customers’ needs.  IGS has ALWAYS provided a professional and top notch quality service.  They are responsive, timely, on budget and completely engaged in providing a value added product for the organization they are working with.  I look forward to working with them again.”

D.S.W., State Agency


“Innovative Growth Solutions guided our organization through a time of growth and change. The workshops for our team were enlightening, insightful and motivational. We worked through many issues and learned new skills that we will carry with us. Shirlene helped me understand the challenges I faced as a manager and guided me to find solutions.  Shirlene’s creativity, resourcefulness and advocacy on our behalf has been a tremendous boost to our organization!”

Cooky Abrams, Director (retired), Garden Home Community Library


“…Innovative Growth Solutions, LLC, gave our non-profit just what we needed!  IGS provided us with coaching and team building sessions and gave us many tools to use in both communication and problem solving.  Because of the positive experience we had with IGS, we have recommended IGS to others.”

Esta Mapes, Past Board of Directors, Garden Home Community Library


“…[IGS’s] leadership training program has taken our management team to a whole new dynamic level”

Ann M. – Former Director of Finance, ZRT Laboratory


“It’s never an easy path for an entrepreneur. Conceptualizing, developing and refining an idea that I alone knew so well was the easy part. Creating and then leading a talented team to support me in carrying out my objectives through to success was the part whose difficulty I had not anticipated. Working with Shirlene and Innovative Growth Solutions has helped take me and my business to the next level. Shirlene brought the right mix of analytical tools, behavioral psychology, professional coaching, role playing, business anecdotes and even common sense to help us grow. It would have taken me years to get us to where Shirlene got us in just a few short and very productive months.”

Erik Wolf, President & CEO, International Culinary Tourism Association Portland, Oregon, USA


“Working with Shirlene has made our organization much more productive   and cohesive.  She has great insight into personalities as well as   issues, and goals, and all is accomplished with a marvelous sense of   humor”

Gail Robinson, Past President ACHS


“As a result of working with Shirlene, I have been able to re-focus my priorities and goals to take the organization to the next level.  She has helped me navigate the various politics and personalities of my leadership team, which has resulted in our working more effectively as a team.  Shirlene’s real life experience in various leadership roles within the non profit structure, coupled with her for profit business acumen, provides a unique blend of clarity, depth and insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by leaders today.”

Temie Seibert, Executive Director (retired), IMCA