About Diana Larsen and Sharon Buckmaster
Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish. With more than fifteen years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana brings focus to the human side of organizations, teams and projects. She kindles her clients’ proficiency in shaping an environment for productive teams and thriving in times of change.
Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! [ link to book ] She publishes articles and write occasional blog posts at “Partnerships and Possibilities” http://www.futureworksconsulting.com/blog . Current chair of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors, she co-founded the “Agile Open Northwest” conference and the international “Retrospective Facilitators Gathering”.
Diana discovers solutions and possibilities where others find only barriers and obstacles.
Sharon coaches and consults with organization leaders wanting to energize their workplace to achieve excellence. From her years as a leader in two Fortune 100 companies, as well as many years as a consultant across diverse industries, she has developed a clear perspective on organizational change that builds on individual and organization strengths to meet current challenges.
Sharon excels at working with leaders. All leaders. Her long-standing interest in leadership for women led her to found the Women’s Center for Applied Leadership as well as to her Ph.D. dissertation research called Standing Up and Standing Proud: Senior Executive Women Who Advocate for Gender-Equity. She is an associate of the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College and currently teaches in the Master’s program for Applied Information Management at the University of Oregon.
Sharon sees the art of leadership as a creative endeavor shaped by context and character.