LARRY D. DRESSLER
Larry Dressler is a designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, and an advisor to leaders throughout the world who seek to weave authentic engagement and collaboration into the fabric of their organizations. He is the founder Blue Wing Consulting, a company that helps people mobilize their collective insight, commitment, and energy to make a positive difference in the world.
In addition to being a veteran group process practitioner, Larry is the author of two books related to high-stakes conversations:
Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010)
Consensus Through Conversation: How to Achieve High-Commitment Decisions (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006)
Over the span of his 25-year career as a catalyst for inclusive leadership and collaborative decision-making, Larry has consulted with diverse settings including Facebook, Cisco Systems, Baxter Health Care, 1% for the Planet, Starbucks, New World Symphony, US Federal Protection Service, New Belgium Brewing, The Denver Foundation, Nissan Motors, and Mitsubishi Motors.
Larry holds a BA in Sociology (UCLA) and a Masters in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington’s School of Business and a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Larry’s professional affiliations include the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD), the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) which in 2013 awarded him with the Facilitation Impact Award for outstanding work in the profession. In recent years, Larry has been the featured speaker and teacher at professional conferences in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Mexico.
In addition to his consulting and teaching, Larry is a social entrepreneur. He and his wife founded Reading Village (www.readingvillage.org), an organization that promotes children’s literacy and teen leadership development in rural Guatemala, one of the poorest and least literate countries in the western hemisphere.