CJ Steigerwald Murphy

CJ coaches clients to step beyond their comfort zones and cultivates an environment for transformation. She works with senior leaders and executives to build engagement, encourage new thinking, and translate strategy into action.

CJ is an innovative and creative organizational development professional with over 25 years of experience in leading strategic initiatives for growth and change. She brings diverse industry experience and broad capabilities to the process of aligning talent with corporate objectives. Her key areas of focus are deploying skill-building experiences that advance the ability to innovate, and growing interpersonal effectiveness to foster collaboration and engagement.

As an internal practitioner and external consultant, she has coached over 4,000 professionals on performance improvement and career development. CJ is able to draw upon lessons learned from her leadership positions in organizations ranging from international distributors, national retailers, global logistics services and closely-held fast growth companies.

CJ is currently Chief People Catalyst for SPARK 5 Consulting, a firm committed to helping companies grow into their boldest potential. She has served on several not-for-profit boards as trustee and advisor. She co-hosted Cleveland Enterprise Today, a television program where she interviewed leading area business executives on leadership challenges and successes and reported on management issues facing Cleveland’s business community. She is a contributing author in David Cooperrider’s newest book - Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation.

Education: Bachelors of Science, Bowling Green State University
Major: Business: Marketing/Management/Retail

Case Western Reserve University
Appreciative Inquiry Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change
Certificate in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
Certificate in Experiential Learning Theory and Practice

Creative Education Foundation
Creative Problem Solving Institute: 1998-2002, 2004 - 2006, 2010, 2011
Leadership Team, Creative Problem Solving Institute: 2006, 2010, 2011

Myers Briggs Type Indicator® Certified Situational Leadership Certified
Hay Group Accredited Practitioner
Certified Hay Group Executive Coach
Kolb Learning Inventory Certified
DiSC Certified

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