brenda hampel - managing director

Strategic thinker. Trusted Advisor. Business leader. Nationally recognized leadership author, speaker and senior executive coach. Brenda Hampel brings these accomplishments and skills to provide senior leaders with the tools, insights and customized solutions that empower their leadership capabilities and strengthen their organization.

Prior to co-founding Connect The Dots Consulting over sixteen years ago, Brenda had already earned industry-wide respect as a premier senior level coach. Today, she continues to help corporate leaders, academic medical center senior level executives develop and apply strategies to navigate the complex challenges leaders face in their real-world environments.

Having co-authored three well-received books — all published by McGraw-Hill — on topics ranging from onboarding to talent assessment, Brenda remains an influential thought leader in the industry. But her most fulfilling work remains helping senior level management improve their organization through highly effective leadership skills gained from customized solutions that are the hallmark of her impressive approach to coaching.

Areas of coaching expertise include:

  • Leadership transitioning (Onboarding)
  • Women in leadership
  • Developing a purposeful leadership brand
  • Successful interviewing strategies
  • Navigating complex environments and organizational culture


Brenda, a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching methodology, and is further certified in multiple assessment tools. When not helping corporate and academic leaders strengthen and expand their leadership skills, Brenda relishes time with her family, often in challenging outdoor activities.

A sample of Brenda’s client partners include:

 Washington University School of Medicine TJX Companies
 Jackson Hewitt Volkswagon Group of America
 The Ohio State Medical Center University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 Audi of America Geisinger Health System


Books that Brenda has co-authored, published by McGraw-Hill:

The Talent Selection and Onboarding Pocket Tool Kit: How to Find, Hire, and Develop the Best of the Best

Perfect Phrases for New Employee Orientation and Onboarding: Hundreds of Ready-to-use Phrases to Train and Retain Your Top Talent

Solving Employee Performance Problems: How to Spot Problems Early, Take Appropriate Action, and Bring Out the Best in Everyone

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Our team-connect Survey Process


We start with thoughtfully diagnosing the team’s current culture by using available data, assessments and interviews.

This provides the team leader with a clear view of what is getting in the way of the team’s success.

We design a series of structured team sessions that:

  • Share the team culture analysis
  • Give team members the opportunity to talk through both processes and behaviors that need to be addressed
  • Productively provide feedback to one another
  • Develop both team and individual commitments that will lead to the team’s desired state


Measure progress by leveraging CTD’s team-connect Survey to:

  • Drive accountability and measure progress by collecting team feedback specific to one another’s engagement and behavioral change
  • Provide the team’s leader with a clear understanding of what he/she and the team need from each other to enable and support the team’s success
  • Share team and individual survey result reports