Lynda Gerty is a collaborative process consultant, accomplished group facilitator, and Certified Executive Coach. She specializes in catalyzing individual learning and leading participatory group processes that increase the health and effectiveness of human systems.
Lynda collaborates with clients virtually and in-person to explore challenging situations, gather new information and perspectives, analyze root causes, and design powerful interventions that catalyze sustainable change. Her approach is collaborative, data-driven, and strengths-based. Lynda is passionate about supporting people to navigate change and uncertainty, and address seemingly intractable issues.
Lynda Gerty Coaching & Consulting
September 2014 - present
Lynda collaborates with individuals, groups, and organizations to increase their capacity and effectiveness through executive coaching, group facilitation and process consulting. She works with clients virtually and in-person, serving individuals and organizations across Canada and the US, as well as internationally.
Recent clients projects include:
ArtStarts in Schools (leadership team coaching and executive recruitment)
Fresh Roots Urban Farming Society (strategic planning design and facilitation)
Rainbow Refugee (strategic planning design and facilitation)
Canuck Place Children's Hospice (team development and process consulting)
TELUS STORYHIVE (leadership coaching and team development)
- City of Vancouver (stakeholder consultation process design and facilitation)
Canfor Corporation (executive coaching for Accelerated Leaders Program)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (e-team coaching, strategic renewal process, retreat facilitation)
Plastics Movement Alignment Project (executive coaching and recruitment)
Art of Leadership at Hollyhock Retreat Centre (assistant trainer and leadership coach)
PainBC (provincial conference co-designer and facilitation team member)
Canadian Blood Services (active listening & feedback, capacity building training)
BC Public Service Agency, Performance Management Division (provincial staff retreat)
BrainBoost Education (organizational redesign and strategic planning process)
Writers Exchange (strategic planning design and facilitation)
Public Engagement Manager
March 2015 - July 2017
Led a national team of public engagement specialists; specialized in balancing individual coaching and development with team alignment and effectiveness; managed national public engagement initiatives and the volunteer leadership development strategy; strengthened organizational culture, team capacity and internal communications; designed and delivered high impact learning activities internally and externally.
July 2010 - February 2015
Co-authored The Abundant Not-for-Profit, which inspired hundreds of not-for-profit leaders to rethink and redesign their workforce planning and talent strategy. Coached, consulted and facilitated learning opportunities for senior executives and board members of not-for-profits on topics including governance, leadership, organizational development and innovative people engagement. Recruited, trained and led a high performing team of 60+ subject matter experts as knowledge philanthropist facilitators.
National Co-Campaign Manager
Nathan Cullen Leadership Campaign
October 2011 - March 2012
Worked alongside the Co-Campaign Manager to lead all aspects of the campaign strategy, management and operations. Hired, coached and aligned a diverse national team of staff and volunteers; leveraging diplomatic communication and mediation skills to resolve conflict, build trust and develop productive relationships. Led the campaign's digital strategy; created & monitored the campaign budget, resulting in a debt-free campaign.
Team Leader and Account Manager
October 2000 - July 2007
Managed all aspects of a retail travel shop, including building a base of loyal repeat clients while leading a team of 4 – 5 consultants. Planned and monitored an annual budget, led weekly team meetings and annual performance reviews. Led several teams to internationally-recognized results.
2010 - present
2010 - present
Through the diverse volunteer roles below, I have contributed leadership, engagement, coaching and governance expertise to the community. Key skills include the ability to listen, mediate, convene and support people to work more effectively individually and collectively.
Assistant Facilitator and Coach, Art of Leadership program at Hollyhock – August 2013 to present
Media Committee Member, Vancouver Folk Festival, 2010 to present
Board Member, Global Youth Education Network Society (genius), Nov 2015 to May 2018
Board President, ArtStarts in Schools, May 2013 to May 2017
Studio Manager and visual artist, Herd of Women Studios, January 2007 to July 2017
Garden Member, Ladybug Community Garden, 2010 to 2017
Board Member, HFBC Housing Foundation, March 2011 to March 2014
Member, Generation Green Public Engagement Committee, Vancouver Foundation, 2011
Recent Professional Development
Human Interaction Laboratory (Jouvence Retreat Centre) - May 2017
Art of Hosting: Meaningful Conversations & Participatory Leadership (Bowen Island) – Nov 2016
Deep Democracy CoResolve Leadership Program (with Aftab Erfan, Vancouver) – October 2016
u.lab: Leading from the Emerging Future (with Otto Scharmer, MIT via edX) – September 2016
Visual Facilitation: Speaking in Pictures (with Stina Brown, Vancouver) – May 2016
Co-Creation: Power, Process, and Conflict in Groups (with Starhawk, Vancouver) – April 2016
The Art and Craft of Effective Group Facilitation (with Julian Griggs) – Hollyhock, May 2014
Nonprofit Lifecycles (with Susan Kenny Stevens) – Vancouver, May 2014
The Art of Leadership (with Robert Gass) – Hollyhock, August 2011
Social Change Institute – Hollyhock, October 2010
Master of Human Systems Intervention
August 2017 - August 2019
Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching
Royal Roads University
September 2014 - April 2015
Bachelor of Arts
Simon Fraser University
1995 - 1998