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My interests include writing, reading, song writing, personal development, bowling, ballroom dancing, music concerts, collaboration, education, youth programs, playing piano, singing, creative arts, tennis, walking in nature, restaurants with great food and good company and traveling.


Doreen Johnson has a multi-faceted approach to personal and professional development with experience in sales, operations, product development, transformational change, performance improvement and executive leadership.

Capabilities include Executive Leadership, Project Management, Implementation and Communications Consulting, Product Development, Facilitation, Coaching, Sales, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Professional Development, Career Development, Instructional Design. Strengths ProfileStrategic, Arranger, Connectedness, Relator, Achiever.

Developed 69 training and development products or programs with budgets up to $3 million and teams of up to 25 members

Increased productivity by 40 percent and reduced consulting fees by 65 percent in 18 months for a records management team

Increased net operating profits from 0 percent to 20 percent while revenues increased from $1.2 to $3.6 million dollars

Increased staff retention by 185 percent and gross profits from 33 percent to 35 percent in just over two years

Developed 13 self-improvement products in 18 months compared to 3 in previous 18 months

Participated in over 2,120 hours of Transformational Training in the past eleven years

Facilitated learning sessions and business meetings; workshops, retreats, decision-making sessions, strategic planning sessions, employee recognition events, conflict resolution meetings, and client, project, departmental and divisional meetings


Maryanne O'Brien

Co-Founder and President Live Dynamite

When I first met Doreen I was immediately struck by her presence. Being around her felt like a combination of strength and grace in action. She was impressive. It was immediately clear that she was highly strategic, creative, compassionate and insightful.

The result? Smooth transitions where people feel deep levels of trust and motivation to step into what’s next. When Doreen is leading your team you have the advantage of being able to see all sides of situation. And you find the most productive courses of action. She has brought insights, clarity and solutions that have helped me to make progress faster and easier than I’d ever imagined possible.

What I’ve come to learn is how beautifully she balances so many levels of intelligence–IQ, EQ and SQ. As I’ve worked with Doreen, I have experienced how powerfully she works to her strengths. She has the gift of bringing inspired strategic vision to life.

Her perspective and solutions are transformative, and encompass the highest good of all involved. She quickly sees blocks and creates paths to remove them. She identifies the opportunities and designs plans for maximizing them.

Anne Pryor, MA Owner Pryority Partnership Inc.

Doreen is a gifted and neutral facilitator. I've seen her dramatically shift situations to create long-term and accelerated change. The issue doesn't seem to matter. Whether it's creating new products or services, mediating leadership issues, or helping to create vision and mission statements or marketing strategies.

Doreen has led the development of some 70 products which generated millions of dollars for companies that she's consulted with. I highly recommend Doreen.

Greg Smith

VP Padilla Spear Beardsley

Doreen is highly intuitive, strategic and insightful. She has a no-nonsense but very personable way of sifting through details in order to settle on the heart of the matter. This allows her to help individuals and organizations focus on adhering to their core principles and setting a clear direction in a way that can drive meaningful results.

Consulting Clients

Financial Services

  • CitiCapital
  • Shearson Lehman Brothers
  • Paine Webber
  • American Express Financial Services
  • Dean Witter
  • Fidelity Institutinoal Investments
  • GMAC ResCap
  • American Collectors Association
  • Northwestern National Life
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  • Combined Insurance
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Dealers and Distributors

  • Arctic Cat
  • Toshiba
  • Glass Depot
  • Crestliner
  • Carrier
  • Honeywell Building Controls
  • NAPA Auto Parts


  • Boston Scientific Scimed
  • American Express Travel Related Services
  • U S WEST Communications
  • Capella University
  • Watson Wyatt & Company
  • Project Management Institute
  • US Sprint
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Foley & Mansfield
  • Career Partners International
  • Juntunen Media Group
  • Live Dynamite
  • Beehive PR

Work experience

Nov 2008Present


River Dreams

River Dreams is a multi-faceted personal and professional development company offering clients a productive combination of coaching and insightful guidance to achieve meaningful results. Clients embark on a powerful process that activates their individual and collective talents.

Touchstone Mastery Coaching Program for Teams: Guiding leaders and teams to achieve aggressive goals through significant improvements in team productivity and performance. Activate your individual and collective talent to accomplish a shared goal and take ownership of your results. Teams and leaders expand their reach and influence and create an even greater level of success.

Decision Making for Individuals:

Clients  learn how to see themselves in the best light so they can advance their life's work, successfully navigate career transitions and reinvent themselves for retirement. Coaching programs are available for talented professionals who want to successfully navigate their decision making process and make confident decisions according to what matters most to them.

River Dreams clients develop the ability to: • Clarify their priorities and objectives • Explore new perspectives and territories • Make confident decisions according to what matters most • Activate their strengths and talents • Achieve goals and align with their intentions • Attract opportunities that inspire them

Sep 2011Aug 2012

Implementation and Communications Consultant

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Responsible for developing an implementation plan for a program with multiple projects in an IT department within the Integrated Portfolio Management group. Tasks include monitoring the status of the iteration, creating project communications plans, templates, documentation, email communications and training collateral. Also included co-managing the Professional Development Day for the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage project community including about 300 attendees and presenters.

Apr 2007Oct 2008

Director of Product Development

Learning Strategies

Responsible for managing, designing, developing, producing, and updating Learning Strategies products. Collaborated with authors such as Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Marci Shimoff, Bob Proctor, Bill Harris, Janet Luhrs, Stewart Emery and with Paul Scheele and Pete Bisonnette. Directed a small internal development staff and managed from 5-25 external development contractors.Within 18-months, we developed 13 products:  47 seventy-minute audio recordings, 8 twenty-five-minute Paraliminal audio recordings, 14 one-hour Teleseminar sessions, 117 PowerPoint slides, 40 Affirmation Cards, 75 pages of articles and newsletter copy, 120 page Process Guidelines for Paraliminal development, and 1,170 pages of manuals and booklets.

Jun 2001Apr 2007

Business Consultant

Collabra, LLC

Consulted with corporations to manage complex projects, facilitate strategic meetings, coach executives and  facilitate training on leadership, communication, conflict resolution and team building. One of my clients increased team productivity by 40% and reduced consulting fees by 65% over an 18-month project.

Oct 1999Jun 2001

Vice President of Production and Operations

Interpublic Group

Responsible for managing the profitability of the division by leading the project and operational aspects of an interactive custom software design and development division. Managed a team of project managers, producers, assistants and operational staff. Member of the leadership team responsible for strategic direction and operational execution. In charge of developing the division's staff on communication and workflow capabilities.

Our group managed from 30-60 custom projects at a time. We worked collaboratively with other divisions in the delivery of our products, primarily online training and website development. Results included in increase from 0% to 20% in profitability within one year. Was employed by Juntunen Media Group in in October of 1999 within the Interactive Solutions group. Subsequently, the division was sold to Interpublic Group and became known as Sixty Foot Spider.

Sep 1997Sep 1999

Vice President of Business Development

Jeane Thorne, Inc.

Responsible for the profitability of Jeane Thorne branch locations. Three branch managers reported to me. Directed Temporary Employee events and issues, internal training initiatives and strategic duties as a member of the leadership team.

Accomplishments included increasing gross profit from 33-35% and staff retention by 185% in 2 years. Received the designation of Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) in 1999.

Sep 1994Sep 1997

Vice President of Development, Director of Project Management

Applied Learning Systems

Responsible for creating and growing a line of Telecommunications technical training products. A development team of project managers, instructional designers, editors, quality assurance experts, interactive developers and software programmers reported to me. Was an active member of the leadership team as we created a new strategic direction for the company.

Designed and developed proposals for custom training projects with large corporations and in overseeing successful outcomes for Applied Learning Systems and their clients.

Sep 1985Sep 1994

Project Manager, Instructional Designer

Holmes Corporation

Responsible for researching, designing, developing, implementing, evaluating and managing quality corporate training programs. Managed and collaborated with client liaisons, account managers, instructional designers, web designers, software developers, editors, interactive developers, quality assurance personnel, graphic designers and artists, audio and video producers and technicians, actors, project coordinators and a variety of production personnel.

Almost all clients were Fortune 100 and 500 corporations in financial services and dealer/distributor industries. Assigned project that focused on custom training in the areas of sales, service, communication, leadership and team building. Projects ranged from $100,000 - $3 million projects and included teams of up to 25 members. Well known for my ability to consistently produce high-quality programs within budget and on time.

Sep 1982Sep 1985

Sales Representative

IDS/American Express

Created a portfolio of over 200 financial planning clients. Assessed their current financial position, identified financial actions and sold products that helped them achieve their financial goals.

Won an award for sales production at the beginning of my career and maintained a 90% client retention rate. Received my Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1984. At the time of my employment, there were only three women in the region of 45 sales people.

Sep 1980Sep 1982

Band Director

Battle Lake Public Schools

Responsible for teaching band and general music to children from fifth grade through high school. Directed concerts, marching band, pep band, and regional individual and group competitions.  Developed the summer band program and taught individual and group lessons throughout the year.

The size of the bands and their abilities grew significantly during my tenure as director.


Aug 1976May 1980

Bachelor of Music


--Certified Business Coach

--Certified Staffing Professional (CSP)

--Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

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