Shirley N. Stelbrink, Owner and Sr. Consultant

A life philosophy of “aligning people’s skills and talents at work, fortifies many” including the employer’s business, employee job satisfaction, home life and society. This philosophy provided numerous accomplishments in her professional and personal development. Shirley credits her creative style to being born in her parent’s car.

Shirley’s continuous learning-view point has earned her success throughout her professional life. In the insurance industry she spanned assignments in Human Resources payroll and interviewing, IT business analysis, and Project management. This developed expertise in assessing situations, building, and maintaining a customized project planning system for assuring project progress and supervision, and liaison between customers and IT employees.

As she moved on to become the first Account Manager for a national information technology consulting company, Shirley was introduced to professional training where she found she possesses strong skills and talent.

She developed an onboarding program, customized workshops, and experiential learning activities to enhance professional development and work expectations; and developed an Employee Knowledgebase to maintain awareness of strengths and gaps as a whole business.

Shirley is a certified trainer in all Everything DiSC® Products, a certified trainer in 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Playing Your Bigger Game and more. Shirley is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Illinois.

Rob BurnRob Burn, L&L Solutions

Leadership, Culture and effective People Processes are focus areas that Rob builds with current and potential clients. Rob founded L&L Solutions on the belief that every organization has a unique competitive advantage – their people. Within leadership, culture and People Practices, Rob specializes in identifying realistic solutions to often complex challenges. He partners with organizations and their leaders to maximize performance of all employees; top to bottom and across. He has been told he offers practical approaches to complex challenges and works to implement the changes that make the biggest differences.

Rob understands the impact people have on culture and their impact on the bottom line and performance of organizations. He has worked for and provided solutions for organizations in the Fortune 500 and privately held companies in the following industries: manufacturing, social service, health care, education, government, insurance and professional services. His background and experience allow him to craft solutions that take the needs of the business, human resources, and organization development into consideration. He meets organizations “where they are” and offers solutions in the areas of: coaching, manager and leadership effectiveness training, organizational development systems and human resource processes.

Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a Masters in Busines from Morris Graduate School of Business. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society of Human Resource Management.

Ruth G. Stauffer, Owner of RGStauffer Consulting

Ruth continues to work with startup organizations and existing small businesses as a consultant. Her vast experience in business development, technical sales, and hospitality provides an extensive knowledge for growth and expansion. Grant writing, business plan development, and marketing are her focus with current clients.

She assists Learning Alliances in organizing Microsoft 365 SharePoint, OneNote files and processes two days per week. At Ruth enjoys the variety of assignments and projects; understanding and performing what is needed by the business owner, Shirley. Being retired from an economic development organization serving as Executive Director, Ruth attempts to “direct” her three grandsons enjoying time together much of the week.


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