With fifteen years experience at an SBDC, Claudia Pannell is an accountability partner helping clients address today’s business challenges. Clients seeking assistance come from small, medium and large businesses and include individual owners to Fortune 500 management teams.

Prior to working at the Small Business Development Center in 2005, Claudia spent 15 years at Abbott in Dallas, Texas and Lake County, Illinois. While at Abbott, she served as a Computer Analyst, Project Leader, and Systems Manager. Additionally, she served as a corporate mentor and Officer of the IT Women’s Leadership Network. During her time at Abbott, she successfully honed her leadership skills and often served as a facilitator for strategic planning sessions. At the SBDC she provided counseling, training, and designed online courses for Entrepreneurs.

Claudia offers her clients a wide range of programs and services including workshops for team building, problem solving, project management and strategic planning. Most activities are designed for clients to identify problem areas of their organization, analyze potential solutions and develop manageable action plans that can be implemented to improve the situation.

Claudia specializes in coaching small groups of clients through the processes necessary to effect positive change and establish continuous improvement for their organizations. She utilizes a variety of tools and techniques based on the client’s environment and the time allowed.

After a successful career in IT Management, Claudia now coaches others to achieve the same success in their chosen fields. She derives much pleasure in seeing others overcome barriers, face challenges in an affirmative manner and succeed in improving their organizations. This has led her to witness the positive growth of individuals as they achieve their own level of success.

Claudia is no stranger to the business environment. She spent a combined 10 years as a business professional for IBM, Kaiser Aluminum and as the owner of a retail lumber specialty company in North Texas. This provided her the foundation needed when addressing the ever-changing business environment.

Her book Business Survival for Project Management is scheduled for publication in 2008 and is designed to assist individuals seeking certification in project management by the Project Management Institute.

To contact Claudia Pannell please email Claudia.Pannell@SmallBusinessSpokenHere.com