is with great pleasure that I recommend Virginia Swain as an organizational
consultant and seminar leader. She modeled for us the value in approaching
each situation from the place of our higher selves and helped us
see during her consultation with us that all of us have that potential.
She enabled us to begin a process of healing both personally and
collectively as an organization in a gentle manner. In the validation
and affirmation she provided, she empowered the organization and
the individuals in it to learn to go deeper and embody the gifts
that we are. She did not impose her model and say, 'follow it'.
Her focus is on shining the light on the truth while showing unconditional
love and modeling the balance of being student and teacher. Virginia
provided a bridge for the transition from our operating from our
heads to our hearts. Virginia helped us identify what each person
in the organization's gifts are and how we can bring them together
to create a team effort."
Sperry, Clinical Director,
Exceptional Cancer Patients
New Haven, CT
style of warmth, enthusiasm and acceptance draws people out while
maintaining the focus."
Community Resource and Renewal Center
helped us bring closure to the past and enabled us to set goals
and move ahead into the future. She has helped us see that our diversity
is in fact a gift and has helped us affirm our differences. We are
listening and talking to each other in a new way through her work."
Thomas R. Minifie, Rector,
St. Paul's Parish
intuitive sense of people, her gentle and caring guidance and her
technical skills create profound movement, change and growth. Because
she embodies the higher values with which she works, she offers
a rare congruent model for people and teams who wish to enhance
their lives in the workplace."
Patricia Montgomery, Author of
Mythmaking: Heal Your Past, ClaimYour Future,
Professor of Women's Studies, Portland, OR
gets bottom line results resolving conflicts in organizations. She
gets at the roots of turnover and other symptoms of dissatisfaction
by finding out what is preventing the organization from achieving
its mission smoothly and cost effectively. As a result people become
more committed and organizations more productive."
Pinchot III, Chairman,
Pinchot & Company,
was an active participant in the Steering Committee of the Tent
of Meeting project for the City of New Haven in 1985. In her role
in the Steering Committee, Virginia distinguished herself as a concerned
and committed citizen to bring a work of art to the City that involved
the participation of various community groups. Virginia brought
careful and realistic analysis of our budget structure and implementation.
She brought keen attention to the issues and questions that the
committee had to solve. She had an understanding of the Project
that involved both an appreciation for the Tent of Meeting as a
work of art as well as its implication for the good of the community
at large. Additionally, she was the person on the committee that
continued to remind us and help lead us
to the point of focus. She determined that a slogan ought to be
defined and designed a button with the phrase 'Celebrating Our Differences'
for publicity and marketing purposes very successfully. She was
constantly available to help write, to help evaluate goals, and
to work with our Project Director and others in implementing those
goals. Virginia was a facilitator for the committee that helped
draw on the strengths and talents represented in the group in order
to make a contribution towards our common interest. She was one
of the outstanding members and represented very high standards of
managerial and human resource skills. Displaying a keen intelligence
as well as sensitivity to the various types of people involved,
Virginia emerged as a civic leader who has talent and ability to
work in public relations and public projects in a constructive and
successful manner. At the last minute, during a financial crunch,
she successfully raised additional monies to complete the project
from the Xerox Corporation."
W. Cook, Director, Institute of Sacred Music
and Professor of Religion and the Arts, Yale University
"I worked with Virginia for two years at International Salt
where she was Sales Coordinator. Virginia is an exceptionally intelligent
and disciplined person, very assertive and unusally effective. She
is also a woman with integrity and high moral standards. She is
capable of handling a position which is challenging requiring creativity
and self motivation. Her responsibilities included close telephone
contact with key buyers and distributors and they came to rely on
her and seek her advice and opinions."
Clark, Northeast Regional Sales Manager,
Master of Mixes,
Overland Park, KS
Director of Public Relations and Marketing for us, I found Virginia
to be a remarkably sensitive and caring person an excellent
resource for any firm or organization in the process of trying to
improve or extend their image... She makes contacts easily and well,
and projects the highest quality of 'persona'as a representative.
She is especially adept at making contact with professionals at
all levels in business. She has developed programs on many of the
major issues in business today. The programs are well attended and
evaluations laudatory. Persuasive, but never aggressive, Virginia
is capable of 'creating connections' and networking by telephone
and in person, even in competitive situations where organizations
have had a prior history of non-communication or even adversarial
relationships. I admire her ability to do this and, at the same
time, maintain her own identity and ethical standards. I recommend
her without reservations."
Orphanos, Director of Programs/Publications,