Cheryl May Benedict
Cheryl May Benedict is a Partner with MORF Consulting where she leads a team of leadership development consultants. In partnership with Dr. Paul Chinowsky, her professional efforts include STAR, an innovative and transformative approach to leadership development that enhances project and team performance. She recognizes the key role of individuals within project networks, including the communication, trust and knowledge exchange as the foundation for achieving high performance team results.
A former Vice President of Organizational Development, Cheryl has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership development, individual/team assessments, team building, project management and social network analysis, with a specialized focus on engineering, architecture and construction firms the past five years. She has also led organizational and leadership development programs inside non-profits.
Cheryl is a certified Family Leadership Trainer, and her experience includes teen and family leadership, college planning and career planning. She has offered a College Day program five times.
She is a Communications and a Psychology graduate from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Cheryl holds Master Certification in Organizational Development and Executive Coaching. She teaches STAR, the social networking analysis process developed and researched by Dr. Paul Chinowsky. She is certified in over a dozen assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs, Hogan, Harrison, and Emotional Social Competency Inventory, to name a few.
Cheryl has presented at the following national and regional conferences: (ACEC) American Council of Engineering Companies, (CII) Construction Industry Institute, (AIA) American Institute of Architects, (ACEC-CA) Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, (CMAA) Construction Management Association of America, Alpha Rho Chi Architectural Fraternity, CEO Retreat for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the (DBIA) Design Build Institute of America, Rocky Mountain Region.
- Leadership Development
- Project Management
- Employee Retention and Engagement
- Organizational Development
- Strategic Long Term Planning
Articles and Book Excerpts
- “Leaders Can Be Made” by Louis L. Marines with excerpts from Cheryl May, Greenway Publishing, September 2009
- “Strategic Leadership Transitions: Passing the Torch and How to Light It” by Steven J. Isaacs and Cheryl May, FMI Quarterly, August 2009.
- “Predictions Fall Flat, but Future Trends are a Useful Tool” by Steven J. Isaacs and Cheryl May, arcCA, March 2009.
- “The Power of Adaptive Leadership” by Louis L. Marines and Cheryl May, PE Magazine, July 2008.
- “How New Leaders Achieve Success” by Cheryl May, AMI Focus, August, 2007.
- “Networking for Introverts” by Cheryl May, Flourish! Magazine, January, 2005.
- “A Different Perspective: Emerging Career Trends” by Cheryl May, Flourish! Magazine, July, 2004.