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Dr. Barbara J.


Dr. Barbara J. Lombardo is principal at Bergamot Consulting, her independent consulting practice dedicated to helping organizations define their strategy and develop their talent. She is also a distinguished principal research fellow and program director at The Conference Board’s Human Capital Center, where she conducts research and designs and facilitates executive peer council programs on current and emerging talent management topics.
Dr. Lombardo’s career in management consulting has focused on the business of education, learning and talent. She held leadership positions at several global management consulting firms including PwC, IBM Global Business Services, and Huron Consulting Group. Throughout her career, she has helped companies, colleges and universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations define their strategies, improve their processes, leverage technology, and develop their people.
Dr. Lombardo has been an adjunct professor of not-for-profit management at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University in Portland (OR) and has served on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College, her undergraduate alma mater. Prior to her appointment to the board of directors of Achieving the Dream, Dr. Lombardo served on the board of Gateway to College National Network, which merged operations with ATD.

Ph.D., M.B.A. (Business and Public Policy) | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. | Lafayette College

Past Experience
Managing Director, Strategy & Operations Higher Education Practice | Huron Consulting Group
Partner and North America Practice Leader, Talent & Change Practice | IBM Global Business Services
Partner, Organization & People Practice | IBM Global Business Services
Director, Higher Education Practice | PwC

How has education changed your life/your family?
Education and learning have shaped my entire life. When I was a child, school and books were my home and my haven. When I was a first-generation, financial-aid-supported undergraduate, college was my bridge to new worlds. When I was a graduate student, education was my pathway to discovering and realizing my potential, ultimately leading me to find a way to balance the practical and purposeful sides of my nature by devoting my career to the business of education, learning and talent. As an ATD board member, I am honored to support an institution devoted to expanding education access and equity.

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