Testimonials

"Kerry is an impeccable and energetic facilitator and expert communicator; she and her team are exceptionally skilled at synthesizing complex conversations, data, and other feedback into legible, aspirational, and actionable strategy. They are just the kind of people you want on your side when you're working with diverse organizational stakeholders in crafting strategy. "
Jim Leija, Education and Community Engagement Director, UMS
"Although very thorough and professional in her approach, she nevertheless facilitated with the kind of warmth and humor that helped us to feel comfortable and safe in our planning and problem solving processes. Not to be overlooked, we always remained right on budget and accomplished our stated goals in the time frame we had allotted."
Bob Sherman, CEO, The Jewish Education Project
"Kerry maintains a laser-like focus on the task at hand but is also able to adapt to new information and challenges as needed. She is incredibly well organized and an enthusiastic partner; my staff was actually disappointed that she finished the project ahead of schedule because we all enjoyed working with her so much."
Eileen Spring, CEO and President, Food Gatherers
"This was a new group, in its early stages, and required skill in bringing competing organizations together for a common purpose. Kerry was masterful in engaging partners in meaningful discussions. She helped frame the big picture questions about collaboration, and also helped manage the details of the project. "
Ellen Rabinowitz, Public Health Officer, Washtenaw County
"We’ve seen amazing results. We’ve gone from a group of people working independently who insisted we needed to hire more people, to a group that came to us and told us not to hire and that they could, as a team, take on more responsibility when we had two more departures."
Michele Frasier Wing, Director of Administration, Finance, & Strategic Planning, University of Michigan Law School
"Bridgeport immediately spoke our language and listened intently and equally to all points of view from a broad range of organizational levels. We were extremely pleased with our finished product."
Amy Louise Liedel, Senior Director of Guest Operations, The Henry Ford
"Kerry combines so many strong qualities – she listens well, she synthesizes information well, she’s incredibly well organized, she engages in effective process but she is action-oriented (she understands that good process is important to serve action, not the other way around)."
David Waksberg, Executive Director, Jewish LearningWorks

“I can say with 100% certainty that we would never have accomplished any one of these projects to their full extent without the incredible support of Bridgeport.”

Anna Marx, Chief Strategy Officer, Jewish Learning Venture

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Jewish Learning Venture

“I have had the great pleasure of working with Bridgeport Consulting numerous times. At the end of each project, all participants have left with greater clarity, a sense of optimism, and strategic immediate next steps. I can say with 100% certainty that we would never have accomplished any one of these projects to their full extent without the incredible support of Bridgeport.”

“Kerry has the magical ability to make difficult work refreshing, and on top of it all, I truly enjoy my time with her!”

Suma Rosen, Executive Director, Inside Out Literary Arts Detroit

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Inside Out Literary Arts Project

“I knew the first time I met Kerry that she was someone special; she proved to me in several minutes what creative problem-solving looks like in the real world. Every time I’ve had the good fortune to spend time with her, I’ve come away with practical ideas that are immediately implement-able. She is a great listener and really strives to understand whatever “problem” we’re working on, and she never shies away from a challenge. Kerry has the magical ability to make difficult work refreshing, and on top of it all, I truly enjoy my time with her!”

“Kerry puts people at ease and knows how to read a room, and she always manages to lead conversations toward action without creating discord among participants.”

Andrea Plevek, Director of the Washtenaw County OCED

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Washtenaw County

“Kerry is a master facilitator. She has assisted our department with numerous challenging community projects, and always brings a perfect balance of professionalism and humor to her work. Kerry puts people at ease and knows how to read a room, and she always manages to lead conversations toward action without creating discord among participants. Meetings led by Kerry always feel productive and focused, a rarity in local government. OCED is truly lucky to have such a talented partner in Bridgeport LLC, and we would highly recommend them to anyone in need of such talent!”

“Kerry was great to work with – every meeting felt like a team effort filled with meaningful discussions, and she helped us design and carry out the project through many modifications and iterations.”

Angela Tripp, Managing Attorney, Michigan Legal Help Program

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Michigan Legal Help

“We worked with Kerry on a data/evaluation project that was new to our organization and totally out of our comfort zone. Kerry was great to work with– every meeting felt like a team effort filled with meaningful discussions, and she helped us design and carry out the project through many modifications and iterations. The final report was so well done that we were invited to present it at numerous national meetings (including at the White House!).”

“Bridgeport Consulting’s support in organizing and implementing our survey and focus group project was invaluable.”

Rhonda Longworth, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Programming and Services, Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan University

“Bridgeport Consulting’s support in organizing and implementing our survey and focus group project was invaluable. Their staff consistently followed up to keep us on our timeline and focused on the central project goals. They were flexible as needed, adapting their support based on the project’s development over time. Their work was comprehensive and professional on all fronts. All campus constituencies commented positively, on their contribution to helping us effectively navigate a challenging dialogue and project outcome.”

“I’ve worked with dozens of consultants through the years, and haven’t found a single one with the extraordinary set of skills that Kerry brings to every project.”

Mary Jo Callan, Director of the UM Ginsberg Center

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“I’ve worked with dozens of consultants through the years, and haven’t found a single one with the extraordinary set of skills that Kerry brings to every project. Her ability to quickly grasp and translate complex ideas and processes, engage even the most resistant stakeholders, clarify and convey a vision, and facilitate movement toward that vision are unparalleled. “

“They anticipated phases of the project that I may have missed otherwise, and guided the team well despite shifting priorities from our organization.”

Amy Louise Liedel, Senior Director of Guest Operations, The Henry Ford

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The Henry Ford

“I had the opportunity to work with Bridgeport on a new, high-level initiative involving a large team of colleagues. Our consulting team dove in with enthusiasm and helped me scope the project to my budget (and to my aggressive timeline) with precision and speed. They anticipated phases of the project that I may have missed otherwise, and guided the team well despite shifting priorities from our organization. They immediately “spoke our language” and listened intently and equally to all points of view from a broad range of organizational levels. All members of our team felt completely at ease during interviews and group discussions, and as a result brought their best, candid commentary to the table. We were extremely pleased with our ‘finished product’ that was delivered on time and on budget. For me personally, they turned a challenging project into a pleasure!”

“This was an extremely complex implementation and throughout the process, Bridgeport provided extraordinary consultation services and contributed greatly to the overall success of the implementation.”

Thom Madden, Senior Project Director, Administrative Services Transformation Project, University of Michigan Business and Finance

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University of Michigan Business & Finance

 

“I had the pleasure of working closely with Bridgeport Consulting in my role as Senior Project Director for the implementation of the Administrative Shared Services Center at the University of Michigan. Bridgeport’s role was to ensure that campus Schools, Colleges, and Vice President Units had adequately reorganized and redesigned their business operations to align with the services that were moving from the units to the Shared Services Center. This was done through business process mapping, current and future state assessment, best practices recommendations, and business process re-engineering. This was an extremely complex implementation and throughout the process, Bridgeport provided extraordinary consultation services and contributed greatly to the overall success of the implementation.”

“The Avalon staff and board loved working with Kerry on our vision. We really appreciated her clear and direct communication style, the depth of her knowledge and her ability to add humor and lighten up even the most difficult conversation. “

Carole McCabe, Executive Director, Avalon Housing, Inc.

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Avalon Housing

“The Avalon staff and board loved working with Kerry on our vision. We really appreciated her clear and direct communication style, the depth of her knowledge and her ability to add humor and lighten up even the most difficult conversation. She excels at managing details, and is always prepared, on time and on budget – just what you hope for when hiring a consultant!”

“In a very competitive market, Kerry is a stand out, enough so that we have brought her from Ann Arbor to New York and I widely recommend her to other colleagues.”

Bob Sherman, CEO, Jewish Education Project

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The Jewish Education Project

“I’ve worked with Kerry Sheldon a number of times over the last few years around several processes and I can say with total confidence that she is that rare and exceptional consultant who has the ability to apply a soft touch in order to arrive at hard results in record time. She is about as good as it gets at synthesizing disparate data from a wide range of people with different perspectives about a prickly issue or a complex problem. While working with her, it sometimes seemed that when she summarized our discussions, which she might do during a short break, she made us sound more intelligent and insightful than we actually might have been. Yet she didn’t allow us off the hook by giving in to group-think, but pushed us to tackle the underlying issues that were holding us back from finding the path to effective action. Although very thorough and professional in her approach, she nevertheless facilitated with the kind of warmth and humor that helped us to feel comfortable and safe in our planning and problem solving processes. Not to be overlooked, we always remained right on budget and accomplished our stated goals in the time frame we had allotted. In a very competitive market, Kerry is a stand out, enough so that we have brought her from Ann Arbor to New York and I widely recommend her to other colleagues.”

“Kerry Sheldon has the ability to quickly engage and develop a genuine and trusting relationship with a diverse audience which is key to any project.”

Eileen Spring, President and CEO, Food Gatherers

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Food Gatherers

“Kerry Sheldon has the ability to quickly engage and develop a genuine and trusting relationship with a diverse audience which is key to any project. She maintains a laser-like focus on the task at hand but is also able to adapt to new information and challenges as needed. She is incredibly well organized and an enthusiastic partner; my staff was actually disappointed that she finished the project ahead of schedule because we all enjoyed working with her so much.”

“Without qualification, I can say that Kerry Sheldon has provided the most valued contribution to the work of my organization.”

David Waksberg, Executive Director, Jewish LearningWorks

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Jewish Learning Works

“I have worked with many organizational consultants in my career, which spans human rights advocacy, software development, Fortune 500 business practices and optimization, and now, Jewish education. Kerry combines so many strong qualities – she listens well, she synthesizes information well, she’s incredibly well organized, she engages in effective process but she is action-oriented (she understands that good process is important to serve action, not the other way around). Without qualification, I can say that Kerry Sheldon has provided the most valued contribution to the work of my organization. We have engaged Kerry many times now during the last few years. Every engagement resulted in significant progress and outcomes achieved. Anyone paying attention understood that we could not have achieved those outcomes without Kerry. Kerry is a pleasure to work with. She has become our go-to consultant on organizational development and strategic planning. She has been a vital contributor to our success.”

“With Kerry’s help, we were able to produce a needs assessment, and develop a plan for the group’s ongoing work together.”

Ellen Rabinowitz, Public Health Officer and Director of the Washtenaw Health Plan

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Washtenaw Health Plan

“We engaged Kerry to help us with our work to launch a new safety net health collaborative body, as part of a new coordinated funding process in Washtenaw County. This was a new group, in its early stages, and required skill in bringing competing organizations together for a common purpose. Kerry was masterful in engaging partners in meaningful discussions. She helped frame the big picture questions about collaboration, and also helped manage the details of the project. With Kerry’s help, we were able to produce a needs assessment, and develop a plan for the group’s on-going work together.”

“Bridgeport consultants are smart about people, savvy in their approach, and really just fun to work with. I would use them again in an instant.”

Michele Frasier Wing, Director, Administration, Finance & Strategic Planning, University of Michigan Law School

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University of Michigan Law

“Working with Bridgeport has truly been game-changing for us. We had been working on a variety of approaches for change management among a staff that has significant longevity, low morale and felt under-appreciated; a REALLY tough crowd who had seen it all, had manufactured their own ways of getting things done and had no impetus to change. Bridgeport helped us find a strategy for making this group feel heard, appreciated and part of the team. We’ve seen amazing results. We’ve gone from a group of people working independently who insisted we needed to hire more people, to a group that came to us and told us not to hire and that they could, as a team, take on more responsibility when we had two more departures. Bridgeport consultants are smart about people, savvy in their approach, and really just fun to work with. I would use them again in an instant.”

“Kerry’s experience in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors has given her the expertise, skills, and strategic insight necessary for working on a wide-range of consulting projects. I would enthusiastically work with Bridgeport again in the future, and I find myself constantly referring other colleagues to Bridgeport.”

Jim Leija, Education and Community Engagement Director, UMS

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UMS

“I’ve worked with Bridgeport Consulting on three different strategic planning projects for two different organizations (University Musical Society of the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor District Library), each of which has been delivered on time and on budget. Most importantly, though, each Bridgeport project created a positive, engaged stakeholder process that led to an achievable and well-supported strategic plan. Through the course of these projects, Kerry Sheldon has become a trusted colleague, advisor, and collaborator. Kerry is an impeccable and energetic facilitator and expert communicator; she and her team are exceptionally skilled at synthesizing complex conversations, data, and other feedback into legible, aspirational, and actionable strategy. They are just the kind of people you want on your side when you’re working with diverse organizational stakeholders in crafting strategy. Kerry’s experience in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors has given her the expertise, skills, and strategic insight necessary for working on a wide-range of consulting projects. I would enthusiastically work with Bridgeport again in the future, and I find myself constantly referring other colleagues to Bridgeport.”

“Kerry provided outstanding consultation on a complex organizational change process that lasted for several months. She had a remarkable ability to connect with all team members, especially with staff who were less comfortable with change.”

Jenna Bacolor, Director, Ann Arbor Rec & Ed

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Rec&Ed

“Kerry provided outstanding consultation on a complex organizational change process that lasted for several months. She had a remarkable ability to connect with all team members, especially with staff who were less comfortable with change. She offered invaluable strategic thinking, facilitation and encouragement throughout our process. The end result was a durable re-design of our department staffing structure.”

“Kerry is well organized and responsible and helps us to stay focused on our deadlines and desired outcomes, while keeping the process fun and enjoyable.”

Sarah Stanton, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley

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Habitat for Humanity

“Working with Kerry is very inspiring. She has a gift for listening to our organization’s leaders and helping us to identify and summarize the salient messages and ideas that are expressed. I have often felt she has an uncannily high ‘get it’ factor. Kerry is well organized and responsible and helps us to stay focused on our deadlines and desired outcomes, while keeping the process fun and enjoyable.”

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