the connect the dots team

brenda hampel

managing director

Brenda Hampel co-founded Connect the Dots Consulting in 2006, having already gained a national reputation as a leadership team session and discussion expert.

From day one, Brenda dedicated Connect the Dots to providing Real Leadership, meaning custom-crafting Leadership Solutions to a client’s unique, specific, real-life leadership needs. That focus has only grown, for today Brenda and her team service a wide range of companies with a tailored, custom approach to leadership building and related services that help transform companies and the leaders at their helm. 

erika lamont​

managing director

Erika Lamont works with clients to create customized solutions for their business challenges, including leadership onboarding, leadership brand, and action planning. She has coached C-Suite and other top leaders and has also trained Human Resources partners to improve their coaching skills. Erika collaborates with clients to understand and articulate the organization culture, identify and leverage strengths, flag gaps, and then integrate that information into each customized solution.  

Erika brings a distinctive blend of operational experience and leadership development skills to her client base.

jen gardner

director of client services

When it comes to organizational growth, Jennifer knows strong leaders are the secret to success. She understands effective leadership inspires the best productivity from their teams and delivers the winning results organizations crave. Jennifer is focused on partnering with leaders to help them and their teams achieve outstanding performance.

With 25 years of experience leading human resources and talent management in a variety of industries, Jennifer’s skillful expertise includes organizational development, talent management, employee relations, and talent acquisition.

jennifer johnson

director of client services

When Jennifer Johnson, Director of Client Services for Connect the Dots works with clients, she asks, “How can I partner best with this person and help them make the impact they desire?”

Jennifer creates a safe learning environment for her clients that allows for thoughtful communication and honest focus on performance issues. She helps executives find their voice, create a bigger impact, and understand the best approach for creating a better team. Team health – or how to improve that dynamic and what it could look like – is her goal. Jennifer wants to make a difference and empower her clients to feel stronger as a result of the partnership.

barbara beggs

director of client services

Barbara designs and delivers coaching and development solutions that unleash a leader’s potential and recognizes their whole self. She helps those leaders build teams that not only produce results but are passionate about and committed to their mission. Her practical and pragmatic approach draws upon a long career in industry as well as from the latest leadership research.

Barbara has had a successful career in business, including a role as VP of Sales and Marketing, working with both Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-size businesses.

gaby alvarez-pollack

director of client services

Gaby is a learning/training expert and a certified professional coach with an emphasis in strategic talent management, behavioral assessments, and organizational design. 

For over 20 years, her passion for learning, growth and strategy has helped individuals, teams and organizations achieve success by finding the perfect combination of personal meaning and business results.

bethany peters

director of client services

Bethany brings over 20 years of experience in leadership development, coaching, intercultural training, and team building. She takes a strengths-based approach to enhance the performance of individuals and teams.

Drawing from research on organizational effectiveness, Bethany is skilled at designing leadership development programs to help teams and organizations thrive. Bethany is a certified leadership coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and integrates a variety of assessments in her coaching, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), CliftonStrengths, the Enneagram, and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). 

maria stevens

director of client services

Maria brings over 25 years of professional experience and expertise in organizational consulting and leadership development to Connect the Dots. She works extensively with executives and senior leaders on their key leadership, talent, and organizational issues.

Maria has served clients across many industries including healthcare, professional services, and commercial products manufacturing.

katherine pepperney

administrative and assessment coordinator

Katherine knows how to get you where you need to be. Her organization and attention to detail support Connect the Dots as we work with our clients to meet their leadership and organizational goals.

Katherine manages our technology products and assessments that are key components of our commitment to measuring progress against engagements.

ashley declaire

executive coordinator

Ashley’s laser focus and attention to detail keep us and our engagements running efficiently and on-track. Her experience working with client-oriented consulting firms, data and financial analysis and creativity enables us to deliver customized, data-driven solutions.

As a key voice and face of or our firm, Ashley connects the dots with our team and clients to make it all happen!

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