& Senior Consultant
The School for Innovative Leadership
Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership
BAPsychology, The Evergreen State College
MA Applied Behavioral Science, Whitworth College
Brenda has had a 30-year career in the study and improvement of human
systems: from marriages and families to large corporations. She founded
and developed several organizations and numerous programs during this
time. Her professional experience as an educator, consultant, CEO,
business owner, and marriage and family therapist has provided a rich
background for her work in developing leaders. Brenda has created
extensive educational materials and authored several articles in this
She is a contributing author in The Dance of Change, edited
by Peter Senge. Her work is based on the integration of personal
transformation with organizational performance. Brenda co-founded
The Corporate Leadership Program in 1991, and continues to find
teaching in that setting her most rewarding professional activity.
When not teaching in the Corporate Leadership Program, Brenda serves
as co-leader of the High Performance Leadership Program, and consults
with organizations in North America and abroad.
She pioneered the development of family of origin curriculum in
the program, based on the idea that managers and workers unconsciously
recreate their family roles and participate in analogous emotional
processes at work. Much of her professional energy in the last few
years has focused on what leaders can learn about their family systems
that affects their performance in their organizational systems.
Brenda is married to Denny Minno, her partner in life and in business.
They have two grown children, three grandchildren, and live in Sammamish, Washington.