Amanda Areces

VP, Client Experience

Professional History
Over 20 years of experience in:
* Corporate, Higher Education & Non-profit
* Senior Leadership
* Operations, HR, Talent Management
* Sales Management Coaching
* Academic Leadership & Faculty Management
* Volunteer Management

Educational Background
The University of South Carolina
M.Ed., Higher Education Student Affairs

James Madison University
B.A., English

Certification, Assessments & Licensure
* Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
* Certified Facilitator in DiSC

Amanda thrives on interactions with people and driving results. In her role as the Vice President of Client Experience, she gets to focus on her two passions—people and results—all the time.  Beginning her career with an undergraduate degree in English from James Madison University and a graduate degree in Higher Education Student Affairs (adult learning) from the University of South Carolina, she has spent the last 15 years developing leaders to drive business results.

Results through people. After graduate school, Amanda began her career at the University of Georgia, working with student groups. When she moved to Indianapolis to focus on training in the non-profit world as the Director of Education for two groups, she was able to broaden her influence by training all levels of an organization on values alignment. She eventually moved into the private sector to work with many groups and multiple businesses, holding fast to the belief that a business can only achieve success through its people.

Creative problem-solver. Amanda is driven by her desire to develop others. She is a talented facilitator and creative problem-solver. She enjoys brainstorming and partnering with clients to take risks and seize opportunities for greatness.  An incredibly engaging presenter, she has facilitated a variety of topics including strategic HR, coaching, leadership development, and talent processes to drive organizational results.

Life-long learner. Amanda has an insatiable palate for learning. She reads, listens, attends workshops, subscribes to podcasts, watches videos – you name it! Some of her favorite topics to both learn about and teach are building trust, relationships, models for conflict, leadership development, Love Languages, setting boundaries, and any topic that will drive organizational results.

Amanda takes a personalized approach to every client relationship. Because she concentrates on people and results, each interaction is focused on helping leaders get unstuck, realizing and embracing their strengths, and committing to next steps. She specializes in helping to build alignment for teams, personal agendas, and career goals.

Clients find Amanda welcoming, sincere, and truthful. She believes that “growth is found at the end of your comfort zone.” Her #1 strength is input. Simply described, Amanda “collects people and experiences” and she has never met a stranger. She is committed to helping others develop themselves and their teams to drive results.