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Expertise, Services, Experience and Education

For over three decades Ann Houser has been a catalyst for developing leadership talent, competence, skill and capacity. With expertise honed at three blue chip, Fortune 400 companies in the medical device, high technology and consumer packaged goods industries, Ann created pragmatic programs supporting leaders in achieving aggressive business goals in competitive market environments.

Foundational to Ann’s coaching approach is her trademark of “winning with grace” and belief that “leaders who embrace personal growth are immensely more effective at propelling healthy and sustainable organizational success.” Whether working with C-Suite, Business Unit or Non-Profit executives, Ann is adept at creating customized, outcome focused coaching that aligns with company values, strategy and culture. With astute listening and analytical skills, she provides an integrated framework, clear accountability and meaningful feedback accelerating individual and team performance.

Ann’s personal experience in executive leadership roles, coupled with her collegial and transparent style, enables her to quickly build rapport and trust. As such, she is a sought-after coach and consultant who engages her clients and equips them with leadership capabilities essential to addressing current and future business challenges.


Assess and Develop Leadership and Team Performance
• Coach multi-level leaders to improve personal effectiveness and accomplish strategic objectives
• Assess individual/team effectiveness and create plans to unleash potential and maximize performance
• Coach and support business leaders in their efforts to diminish obstacles and achieve shared goals

Enhance Leadership and Organizational Readiness
• Define, assess and develop leadership alignment and organizational readiness for implementation of enterprise change initiatives
• Comprehensive custom program/process to create engaged employees, culture change, and institute diversity and inclusion programs

Workplace Investigations
• Neutral fact finding /assessment of sensitive issues

Medtronic, 2001-2018
VP, HR – company’s largest ($5.7B) business
Senior Director, Corporate HR
Multiple HR Generalist & Specialist roles

General Mills, 1991-2001
Marketing Manager, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Director, HR - multiple business divisions

IBM, 1985-1991
Division leadership and management roles

Association of Workplace Investigations Certificate 
John Mattone Executive Coaching 
Coaches Training Institute CPCC 
Advanced Leadership Program,
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
MS Industrial Relations, 1985, University of
BA Sociology, German, 1983, Saint Olaf College                                                                                                                     

SPHR, GPHR, Lean Change           

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