Anita Rodriguez

Learning & Development Instructor
Learning & Development
Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.”
Andrew Carnegie

Anita deeply believes that inviting workers at all levels to care for the success and sustainability of their companies is both possible and transformative, that leadership priorities include nurturing trusting partnerships with team members, and that people are wired to want to help each other. Engaging employees requires strategic and deliberate actions, and Anita is motivated to share best practices for accomplishing just that. Investing time to create internal collaborations opens opportunities for leaders to mindfully tap into the wisdom of their teams.


Anita has over 30 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, with 15 of those years in senior leadership positions. She is skilled in the areas of strategic planning and implementation of vision and tactical goals, leadership development and talent management, facilitation and consensus building, communication and public relations, training, and public speaking.

Key Accomplishments

  • Coordinated change management activities to prepare staff for a merger while continuing to maintain a positive, productive work environment.
  • Implemented an organization-wide corporate culture initiative focusing on training and leadership development activities to educate supervisors and engage all staff.
  • Facilitated strategic planning activities using a consensus-building approach to help organizations clarify their vision and identify strategic actions to tear down barriers preventing them from achieving that vision.
  • Certified trainer, Technology of Participation-Group Facilitation Methods, Institute of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL.


Anita holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management, Milwaukee, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

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