"...Barbara has a unique way of being direct about what is essential to your development..."
As the President of the Board of the start-up non-profit for which I was the Executive Director, Barbara helped me develop the practical skills to think strategically about the difficult decisions we were faced with at the time while also encouraging my independence in making those decisions. In this way, Barbara helped build my confidence as a leader, and that has been essential to my ongoing success. Later, in my role at Chesapeake College, she supported me in my career growth, recommending that I participate in the AAWCC Leaders Institute and telling me I had to get my master’s degree. As a mentor, Barbara has a unique way of being direct about what is essential to your development while also giving you the space, with supportive guidance, to develop your own understanding of what you need to grow professionally.
Director of Advancement
"my 'go to' professional when I need leadership advice..."
Barbara Viniar is my “go to” professional when I need leadership advice or training for my leadership team. I can say from experience that both my personal professional career and those of my staff have been expanded and enhanced from my association with her expertise. We learned so much that we could implement and build upon to advance our work.
Dr. Will Austin
President, Warren County Community College, NJ
"... absolutely critical to my professional development"
Dr. Viniar’s mentoring was absolutely critical to my professional development. Her willingness to share her knowledge and experience helped prepare me to successfully pursue and transition into a college presidency. I still consult with Dr. Viniar when I’m dealing with challenges or opportunities I know she has successfully faced in her own presidencies.
Dr. Rich Midcap
President, Garrett College, MD
"Barbara's ability to recognize, elevate, and support
other campus leaders was instrumental..."
Barbara is a truly effective change agent for academic institutions. Under her leadership, Chesapeake College expanded its vision, became a regional leader in sustainability, and engaged with state and national community-college initiatives. Barbara's ability to recognize, elevate, and support other campus leaders was instrumental in forging those changes.
Executive Director, Center for Leadership In Environmental Education, Chesapeake College, MD
"...strengthened my foundation as I evaluated opportunities, chose options and took action."
Barbara's advice and counsel was particularly beneficial during my pursuit of the presidency. My trust and confidence in her insight strengthened my foundation as I evaluated opportunities, chose options and took action.
John L. Cox
President, Cape Cod Community College, MA
"...her questions help you identify what you truly want."
Barbara is committed to helping you achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. Her listening skills are exceptional and her questions help you identify what you truly want.
Training Coordinator, Rockland County
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes.
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