Distinguished Principal Research Fellow and Program Director
The Conference Board
Barbara serves the Conference Board as the Program Director for the Learning, Development & Organizational Performance Council, the Onboarding Talent Council, and the annual Learning & Development Summit. She also serves as a Distinguished Principal Research Fellow, Human Capital and has recently co-authored reports on career management and onboarding.
In addition to her work at The Conference Board, Barbara is Principal of Bergamot Consulting LLC, her independent consulting practice dedicated to helping organizations define their strategy and develop their talent. She brings to her work more than 26 years of management consulting and leadership experience at global consulting firms including KPMG, PwC, and IBM Global Business Services, where she served as the global leader for Learning Solutions, and the North America leader for the Talent and Change Consulting Practice.
Barbara has a lifelong commitment to education and nonprofit institutions. She began her career in the nonprofit and education consulting practice of KPMG. She was an adjunct professor of nonprofit management at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University, member of the board of trustees of Lafayette College, trustee and board chair of The Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA, and trustee and board chair of the Gateway to College National Network. She now serves on the board of Achieving the Dream.
Barbara received her MBA and PhD degrees from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on business and public policy. She graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette College with a degree in economics and business.