Founder, Patricia Russell
Patricia Russell, President and CEO of The Russell Consulting Group, has fifteen years experience in leadership development, diversity and strategic change management. She is also the content expert and lead designer of the innovative resource Cultural Competence and Mutual Respect. Russell is the first woman from the Bahamas to earn a chemical engineering degree and the first African American to graduate from the University of Dayton with this degree. She also holds a Master's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
Transitioning from an engineering background to management and then consulting evolved quite naturally; the necessary skill and talent for consulting and coaching, were inherent to Russell all along. Memories reflecting an innate desire to help and a curiosity about people can be traced back to her childhood. "I pursued engineering because I was good at math and science and my parents saw this path as one leading to success," recalls Russell. "And at that time, in the Bahamas, you did what your parents wanted you to do."
Of course, personal growth, through new experiences and hardships, compelled Russell to pursue her passion and develop a leadership development technology unique to TRCG, including understanding one's own "ego game."
"I love it when people can get something out of the work I do. When they can make choices in alignment with who they are, and be present and honest with themselves—this benefits everyone around them."
Russell has gone on to train a team of consultants with the same passion to help people succeed, using TRCG's proven strategies.
Julie Bentley, Executive Coach
Julie Bentley has over 15 years experience coaching corporate managers, government organizations and private individuals. Her degree in Social Service Work, along with her coaching certification only adds to her expertise in this area.
Her success as a coach comes from a combination of her own life experiences, as well as, her compassion and belief that self-awareness is a key to achieving desired results. Her own life reveals common threads of perseverance and determination that continues to inspire her clients, colleagues, and community.
Julie has been losing her vision since adolescence and has been legally blind for many years. That did not stop her from "living", however. She set herself the high standard of "… I let nothing stand in my way". For example, she has participated in many extreme sports including rock climbing, cliff jumping, parachuting, to name a few. On a regular basis Julie jumps fences on horseback, rollerblades, bike rides, does ballroom dancing and sings classically. Well traveled, Julie has visited Japan, Hong Kong, Hawaii, the islands of Greece, and Europe. She's also lived in Mexico, the United States and Canada, visited Belize and the jungles of Guatemala with her dog guide.
Julie's attitude about living coupled with a clear understanding about coaching has helped her clients to remove their own obstacles. About coaching she says, "When people have a paradigm shift, what used to look like a problem now looks like an opportunity." This phrase has helped Julie live a life she has designed, where daily, she has the opportunity to help others to achieve their most effective potential.