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Vonda Vaden Bates

Collaboration Adviser, Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, Presenter


Vonda Vaden Bates is an alliance builder and leadership coach. For over 30 years Vonda has guided professionals to succeed on behalf of their organizations and careers. She helps people move from potential to action, set and reach goals, manage engaged teams, and communicate with influence. Her creative approach has influenced major market shifts in television, retail, banking, technology, education, and healthcare.

Work experience


CEO, Preceptor

10th Dot®

As the preceptor for this boutique consulting and coaching firm, Vonda engages human and system development methodologies to fulfill its mission, You at your best; Your endeavors thriving. Her collaborative approach attracts extraordinary leaders from all sectors as clients, contributors, and collaborators.

In 2012 her husband and 10th Dot founder, Yogiraj Charles Bates, died in a Minnesota hospital from complications of hospitalization. Her desire to understand how one of the most common preventable deaths (hospital-associated venous thromboembolism) went undetected inspired Vonda to, additionally, direct 10th Dot's principles and her expertise toward healthcare safety and other high risk/high benefit industries.


Coach, Consultant, Presenter, Facilitator

10th Dot®

As a coach, Vonda assists leaders to relate effectively with integrity. As a consultant, she guides organizations to productively collaborate. As a presenter, she teaches skills that inspire people to experience their profession with increasing confidence and ease while taking on big challenges. 

Her extensive experience across industries adds breadth as she facilitates and coaches clients to gain results in the following areas: collaboration, organizational strategy, leadership, communications, innovation, and ethical decision making. Over 25 years running a company and consulting to organizations has uniquely prepared her to support every person in any organization.


Participant Engagement Adviser

V Creative

V Creative aligned organization objectives with winning strategies that benefited people, the planet, and profitability. Vonda worked with organizations to form productive teams, create effective communications, consider the environmental and social impact of operations, and improve overall performance including financial and stakeholder satisfaction. Services included: strategic management, training, facilitation, leadership development, team building, public speaking, grass roots management, staff development, enviro/socio education, and alliance building. In addition to offering external services, Vonda oversaw V Creative business operations, marketing, contract management, alliance formation, strategic planning, and implementation.


Executive Director

Northland Bioneers Conference

As a consultant, Vonda guided several Twin Cities citizens in creating a vision, mission, and strategic plan for The Northland Bioneers Conference and Northland Sustainable Solutions. She oversaw operations for 2006 and 2007 Northland Bioneers Conferences and designed the event which highlighted: zero waste strategies, participant interactivity, 80+ sustainability workshops, strategic partner forums with representation from the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, green-for-all exhibits, community dialogues on environmental/ social/economic matters, and entertainment. Vonda led a $75,000 + fundraising campaign and supervised alliance formation with 160+ organizations. Under Vonda's direction, 130+ volunteers were recruited, trained, and operational.


Executive Producer

Target Corporation

As Executive Producer, Vonda set the vision for and managed the internal television networks for Target Corporation and Marshall Fields. Her leadership guided staff to achieve and maintain significantly increased levels of excellence. She restructured the financial and administrative systems to maximize cost-center management while modeling and integrating a collaborative approach to account services. This  considerably improved alliances among network and internal Target Corp. clients, and increased utilization of the organization's internal resource. Vonda also directed contractors and staff to produce 120+ internal television and training videos per year. She directly managed a budget of $1M.


Producer, Art Director

V Creative

Vonda produced corporate communications utilizing video, satellite television, live meetings, and print. She managed creative development and production for dozens of clients while managing V Creative's business operations. By integrating the 4 R's (Rethink, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) Vonda influenced new standards in production purchasing while overseeing client budgets exceeding $2.5M.


Visual Merchandising Manager

Cable Value Network (CVN)

Vonda was instrumental in defining the live television visual merchandising field. She set trends that became industry standards. At age 19, she hired, trained and managed a 30+ person staff for 24hr operation, oversaw a total purchasing budget of $1.25M, produced live specialty segments, and stimulated an environment of innovation and operational excellence in a high-stress division. Under her leadership, the division reduced mis-airs by 36% through training and team systems development.

Education and Training


Advanced Training and Apprenticeship (7,000 hours)

10th Dot Transformations

Advanced Training and Apprenticeship (5000+ hours)

Namaste Yoga Institute


Coaching and Consultant Certification

10th Dot Transformations



University of Minnesota-Twin Cities



Northeastern State University