Talisa ErnstmannTalisa Ernstmann is President and founder of Ernstmann Consulting, LLC. She has more than 25 years of experience working inside and outside of Fortune 100 organizations. Talisa has worked extensively in the private sector and also works for government and non-profit organizations. Her primary specialties are leadership development, facilitation, and executive coaching. Talisa is also a frequent speaker for Washington Exec, SHRM, and other professional industry groups.

Talisa has vast coaching and leadership development experience. She is an executive coach trained in the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) methodology—the first school to receive accreditation through the International Coaching Federation and currently the largest coaching school in the world. Talisa has coached executives, mid-level leaders, and professionals for more than 15 years. Client testimonials speak to Talisa’s ability to be supportive and inspiring, while at the same time challenging and direct. She has also partnered with large organizations to design and implement leadership development programs that encompass both action learning and coaching as their cornerstones. Sample coaching clients include:

  • CEO for a non-profit organization in architecture and construction engineering
  • CEO for a commercial product and manufacturing organization
  • President for a marketing company based in D.C.
  • SVP of major classified program in government contracting organization
  • SVP of Engineering in large shipbuilding organization
  • SVP of HR in government contracting organization
  • Director of Communications for large government agency
  • Team of President and SVPs in major hospital system in Northern Virginia
  • Team of President and SVPs in large defense contracting organization.

Talisa also facilitates management teams to create strategies that achieve results. She works collaboratively with her clients to create plans and programs that energize the workforce to achieve specified outcomes. She has worked with senior teams to strengthen teamwork, create strategic plans, and develop implementation plans that get results. Strategic visioning is a key competency for Talisa. She has several certifications in the strategic visioning process through GROVE Consulting and has taken over 100 groups through the process of environmental scanning, SWOT analysis, visioning, definition of bold, strategic steps and outlining measurable action plans to support strategic goals.

Sample Clients

L-3 Communications Northrop Grumman
SAIC ManTech International
CSRA Dovel Technologies
CACI Newport News Shipbuilding
Smithsonian Institute Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institutes of Health INOVA Healthcare
Marriott Corporation National Federation of Independent Business
Helping Children Worldwide The Nature Conservancy
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Healthcare Services for Children with Special Needs
City of Fairfax, City Council Northern Virginia Technology Council
Abt Associates

Education and Certifications

  • MA: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • BS: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Graduate, Coaches Training Institute (ICF Certified)
  • Certifications: MBTI; Competent Toastmasters; Strategic Visioning and Graphic Facilitation (Grove Consultants); IPDI Profiler (360-degree Feedback); Gallup StrengthFinder; Managing Diverse Work teams (TRW); Leading Organizational Transition (William Bridges); Leadership Circle 360-degree Assessment; Leadership Circle Organizational Culture Audit, EQi2.0, Judgement Index

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Helping Children Worldwide
  • International Coaching Federation, Member
  • IFC Reston Chapter, member
  • American Society of Training and Development, member
  • SHRM, member and speaker
  • Washington Exec, member and speaker

Personal Interests and Volunteer Work

  • Local Food Pantry – food delivery volunteer
  • Central Union Mission – coordinator for various food drives
  • Annual Work Camp Leader for local improvised communities
  • Mentor, Year Up Program, National Capital Area