Who is Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD?

Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD is author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence®. For over 30 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents (including project management professionals!), and facilitated mission-critical transformational initiatives - achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients. In 2015 she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals Midwest Chapter. Her blend of research, real-world expertise, and actionable strategies makes her an in-demand speaker spanning a wide range of industries across the globe. Clients served include Abbott Laboratories, BP, Cisco, Goodwill Industries, Northwestern University, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency. Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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You Know Your IQ, But What’s Your CQ®?

Develop Change Intelligence® to Lead Projects that Get Results

Change Intelligently® Lead through the A.R.C.s of Change and Crisis

Stop Getting in the Way! Coach Stakeholders to Help, Not Hurt, Projects


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Through her keynotes and engaging presentations, Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, ranging from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to union workers on the shop floor. Barbara’s presentations are full of moving stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech. Her entertaining style is grounded in her change leadership consulting experience and original research database spanning from America to Australia, Canada to the Congo, and Italy to India.

She engages audiences with her real-world credibility, and is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Audiences consistently report that they are entertained, educated, and able to immediately transfer the strategies and tactics she offers to the workplace.

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Barbara was one of the highlights of our Professional Development Days event. As a speaker, she is highly interactive and engaging – she got people thinking and laughing. Barbara delivered relevant and valuable content and coupled with exercises that encouraged active participation and learning from our attendees. It’s not easy to find a speaker who is entertaining, engaging and educational, but Barbara delivers on all counts. The feedback from the attendees was extremely positive. I highly recommend Barbara as a speaker for your next event!

- John Todd, Director Speakers, PMI-MassBay Chapter, and Partner, Downtown Recruiting Inc

I had the unique opportunity to invite Dr. Barbara Trautlein to present at both the PMI Montgomery County Maryland Chapter and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She rocked the audience at both places! With over 300 members in attendance at the full day PMI training, she dazzled them with her seasoned change leadership knowledge. I particularly admired her ability to engage the large audience in group exercises and openly address their unique professional questions with thoughtful recommendations. Additionally, in a one-hour seminar at the National Cancer Institute, I was able to observe how she adeptly adapted her material to present to a scientific audience. If you’re seeking an energetic, engaging, and eloquent expert, I strongly recommend Dr. Trautlein.

- Scott Chen, PhD MBA PMP, VP of Education, PMI-Montgomery County MD Chapter and Health Scientist Administrator, NIH/NCI Program and Review Extramural Staff Training Office

Over my years in the speaking industry I have worked with hundreds of speakers, and Barbara is a rare gem. She delivered a fantastic keynote for the Human Capital Institute’s Annual Summit. Barbara captivated the audience with valuable insights that they could immediately apply on-the-job after the event. She has an engaging style along with the stage presence that conference organizers want from their keynote speakers. Bottom line - Barbara was such a hit that we’re bringing her back to speak for our association again next year!

- Shane York, Vice President of Events, Human Capital Institute

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