Heidi Brinkman

Dr. Heidi S. Brinkman is a Senior Leadership Consultant and Facilitator with Executive Development Associates, specializing in individual, team and organizational effectiveness. She is former Academic Director of Leadership Programs for The Institute of Executive and Professional Development, Daniels College of Business. Heidi was a Clinical Professor/Lecturer in the department of management at Daniels for 15 years and continues her affiliation as an adjunct professor. Her work centers on research, assessment, training, coaching and development with subject matter expertise in interpersonal and organizational communication, conflict resolution, leadership and teambuilding. Heidi’s focus courses include:

Influencing without authorityDelivering compelling messages
Managing changeEthical decision-making
Developing leadersGaining the power of persuasion
Building high performing teamsNegotiating with success
Managing dispersed teamsDeveloping the art of appreciative inquiry
Turning conflict into creative abrasionManaging diversity
Leveraging the power of preferenceLeveraging emotional intelligence
A meeting of the mindsBuilding sustainable, collaborative
communities and cultures


Dr. Brinkman also serves as a development coach in these areas, focusing on interpersonal communication skills and emotional intelligence competencies.

Much of Heidi’s work involves customized training and interventions. She works with organizations to design and facilitate programs focused on building competencies and processes identified as important for their leaders. Her trademark style is rooted in experiential learning. Participants integrate and apply concepts to experiential activities and real work situations, putting theory into practice. She has worked successfully with both domestic and global teams. As a coach, Dr. Brinkman works to identify the root cause of leadership success as well as barriers to achieving one’s highest potential. She addresses behavioral components of communication and management for successful skill development.

Heidi received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in organizational communication from the University of Denver. Dr. Brinkman has serves as a corporate coach, consultant and trainer, as well as teaching at the University of Denver in communication and management for over 20 years. She has conducted assessments, designed programs, facilitated workshops and change efforts, and given presentations and seminars for major corporations.

Dr. Brinkman has authored several journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on diversity and the influence of culture, gender and age on communication. She has co-authored a book chapter on conflict resolution. Her doctoral dissertation, nominated for the Mary McKinney Ware Excellence Award, addresses diversity in the work place. The extensive project included the development of the Diversity Survey, an assessment tool for measuring the effectiveness of an organization’s diversity management.

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