Wendy Luke Bio
Though it was my clients who labeled me the HR Sage, I truly see myself as the person who not only solves the toughest people problems, but also helps my clients make the toughest decisions. I have been doing this since I began my career in New York City, working for the publisher Time, Inc; then Random House; and next a pharmaceutical-educational company. As I moved up the corporate ladder, I worked at for-profit corporations and a nonprofit association, and eventually moved to Washington, DC.
In the Washington area, I have worked for a large accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand; a large government contractor, Computer Sciences Corporation; and a turnaround management company, The Palmieri Company . For each organization, I took responsibility for making the administrative and human resource functions serve the enterprise. I learned which rules were made to be kept, which rules were made to be changed, and that adapting to market realities is a never-ending part of thriving.
All this knowledge came together in 1990, when I opened my own practice to help create and sustain healthy organizations. Since that time, I have mentored and coached CEOs, VPs, and department heads, while consulting on, and implementing, long-term solutions to place the right people in the right jobs, doing the right things.
I received my degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where today I play a valuable role serving on the President’s Commission. I received my Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University and am a designated Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Additional coaching-related certifications include Certified SOAR (Success through Observer, Action, Result) Facilitator, Resilient Leadership Facilitating Coach, and Center for Creative Leadership Certified 360 Tools. In Washington, DC I serve on the board of Studio Theater and am a sponsor of the Halcyon Incubator Program for Social Entrepreneurship. I am long-term active member in the Human Resources Leadership Forum, American Alliance of Museums, American Society of Association Executives, SHRM, and The Transition Network.
For fun, I pursue pilates and gyrotonics, study rudimentary piano, and attend performances of the real pros at the Kennedy Center, across the street from my office. Traveling appeals to my sense of adventure and exploration.