Founder & Director The Yarbrough Group
Dr. Yarbrough is founder of The Yarbrough Group, a consulting organization in Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, DC, USA, that provides a wide range of services world-wide to Tend the Flame of Sustainable Change by Developing the Human Side of Organizations. She specializes in leadership, communication, conflict management, and managing change for individuals, groups, and organizations. During the past 38 years, she has assisted hundreds of organizations – business, education, government and human services.
For a period of time she lived in Switzerland and consulted in Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa assisting American multi-nationals with acquisitions in the midst of cultural turmoil. She has visited 92 countries and worked in 30 including the U.K., Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Finland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, and Singapore. People from six continents have been a part of her work.
Dr. Yarbrough has a special interest in helping women develop their unique qualities as leaders. She speaks at many international women’s conferences such as WIN (Women Internationally Networking) that attracts women from 90 nations. She has led workshops to develop young women leaders in China at SIAS University sponsored by the World Academy for the Future of Women and remains on the WAFW faculty. In their global diversity work, she and her associates have focused on women’s leadership, organizing women’s networks in ten countries. Yearly, she teaches Leading with Power and Authenticity for mid-level women managers and Leading Genius Teams for women executives in the cable telecommunications industry. One of the current signature courses of The Yarbrough Group is ENCORE: Illuminate Your Mission in Life’s Third Chapter for women over 50.
Elaine has her Ph.D. in Communication and Human Relations from the University of Kansas and is certified in individual, small group development and social change by Associated Consultants International. For seven years she taught in the Department of Communication, University of Colorado, during which time she received all university teaching awards given by faculty and students.
Dr. Yarbrough has published three books and numerous articles in the areas of conflict management and consulting. Those include Artful Mediation: Constructive Conflict at Work (with Dr. William Wilmot), Constructive Conflict, and Training Strategies from Start to Finish (with Dr. Paul Friedman). Her book Leading Genius Teams will be published in 2020.