When was your last light bulb moment?

That moment when everything clicks into place. The moment when an obstacle is overcome. The moment when a goal is met. The moment when a long sought-after answer is provided. That’s what I call the light bulb moment. When was your last brilliant business light bulb moment?

How was your follow up?

Did you and your team put that bright idea into action efficiently so it began adding value to your organization as soon as possible? Or is that idea still not 100% in place?

I’m Gwen Bortner, a speaker, trainer, and consultant, I work with you and your team to ensure that you have those light bulb moments with startling frequency, and that you implement them effectively.

Working with all the levels of your organization gives me the opportunity to use the wide variety of tools in my toolbox to energize and invigorate the organization as a whole. Depending upon my role the exact tools I use vary. But no matter the role I play in your organization, I fundamentally always do the same three things:

  • Identify roadblocks through root cause analysis
  • Develop customized solutions to work within your environment and meet your goals
  • Provide ongoing support and accountability to help make change happen

We’ve all had light bulb moments that we haven’t put into practice, and are worse off for. Let’s make sure those light bulb moments get implemented efficiently.

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Why I Do What I Do

I believe in abundance — that an idea shared, processed and implemented grows in value. As such, I always strive to share as much knowledge and experience as I possess to help you and your organization achieve your goals. I know that when my clients succeed, I will also ultimately reap the benefits. A rising tide raises all boats! The same is true for you! When the words efficient, productive and valuable become the common descriptors of your work environment, you will want to share as well. And the tide will continue to rise.

How I Am Different (and Why it Matters)

In a world where being a specialist is often considered the “best choice”, I am a generalist. And if I do say so myself, an exceptional generalist is harder to find, and ultimately more valuable than an exceptional specialist. I have a diverse set of experiences and a wide range of knowledge that I draw from to formulate innovative solutions, present new ideas, and create transformational environments.

What this means for you is my “toolbox” is huge. I have multiple ideas and approaches for every situation — it is never a one-size-fits-all answer. As a highly rated speaker, trainer, and consultant, I love to work with my clients to identify problems, develop solutions, boost confidence, and achieve results. My focus is on helping convert ideas into action, translating knowledge into training for others, and increasing confidence through successes both big and small.

My Background

When I left high school my plan was to be a math teacher, but that future was quickly hijacked as I discovered computer programming. With a degree in computer science firmly in hand I worked in the industry for years: running my own consulting company, serving as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young, and ultimately managing the IT Operations department for a competitive phone company. By the time I laid myself off at the dot com down-turn in 2000 (along with dozens of people from my department), I had accomplished many of my career goals and was ready to try something new; so I turned to my life-long hobby of knitting and became a professional knitting instructor (yes — there really is such a thing).

In 2013 I felt called to start using my business and leadership experience to help others find their success. Since that time I continue to teach on the national knitting circuit, but I also speak and consult on the topics of business success and leadership. Whether I’m providing a keynote address to a crowd of 1,000 or consulting one-on-one, empowering people to achieve their own success is what I do best.

For a detailed list of my personal and professional experience click here.

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I love working with Gwen. She has a ton of experience in different industries and positions – it’s obvious she’s bringing all of that information and experience to the conversation when we’re working on my business. She’s an excellent listener and focuses on the data about where my business is currently at. Combine all this together, and I think you can pretty much guarantee that Gwen will have at least one insight that will change how you work. And that alone is worth the call!
Stacey Trock

Owner, FreshStitches