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Reola Phelps’ vision and extensive experience led to the formation of the Headwaters Leadership Group and the custom-built programs it now offers. Reola’s core strengths are designing and leading large-scale projects and initiatives and inspiring leaders and teams to create and implement desired futures. Her clients include nationally and internationally based companies.

Reola currently is leading a year-long leadership development program for a division of General Electric and recently concluded a strategic planning program with Harrah’s. She led a major initiative at Philip Morris USA to reduce costs and inefficiencies and served as the business coach for a large division of General Motors on a similar project. As a result of her efforts, both companies substantially reduced inefficient processes, resulting in millions of dollars of savings. Reola has coached the executive leadership team of Shell Europe Oil Products on leadership, focus and team development in their pursuit to be the strongest company in Europe. Reola has worked with Fortune 500 companies on consulting projects in China, the Philippines, India, Singapore, Guatemala, Venezuela, and South Korea, as well as in numerous countries in Africa and Europe.

Before founding Headwaters, Reola held a number of senior executive positions. As principal of Generon Consulting in Boston, she led major corporate transformation and innovation projects. She was vice president of Executive Development Associates, and co-founder of Executive Ventures Group consulting firm, and served as president of the American Leadership Forum, an organization that provides leadership development programs to diverse community leaders throughout the United States. Reola has been active with Colorado’s Outward Bound School, serving as director of corporate programs and developing and implementing programs for educators and adult women. She currently serves on the board of the non-profit organization Africa Bridge, and oversees operations of an orphanage for children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.

Personal and professional challenge and adventure are what life is all about for Reola. She has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekked through Nepal and driven across the Tibetan plateau. Reola is an avid bicyclist who has led biking trips through Scotland and Ireland, and has done extensive cycling in Colorado, Vermont, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, France and Switzerland. Reola holds degrees in English, Music, and Education from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado.

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