Carol “Chaz” Chazdon is the principal consultant with Chaz Consulting. She specializes in group facilitation, team-building, and training design. She offers training workshops such as the GUTS™ Model of Effective Communication, “Team Building: Are You Ready?”, Who Nurtures the Nurturer?” and “The Framework of Facilitation.” She is the author of the self-paced training guide, “How to Avoid Email Snafus.” Building on a successful career in education, Chaz has been a private consultant for the past 17 years. Prior to that, Chaz was a consultant and trainer with Athena’s Consulting Network, a private consulting firm specializing in government and community relations. Chaz brings a unique work ethic to each project. This includes focusing on the “what” (achieving the project goals) and the “how” (using correct strategies and processes). She endeavors to leave a lasting impression on clients and to produce quality products that stand the test of time. For this reason, Chaz incorporates an interactive style of listening, coaching and consulting in every project.
Her corporate clients have included Norwest Corporation, Questa Engineering, the TRACOM Group, Lafarge Corporation, State Farm Insurance, Merrill Lynch, and the American Water Works Association. Chaz has worked with a multitude of educational and governmental organizations such as the Colorado Department of Education, the North Dakota Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Public Health. She serves as a consultant to the Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region, an outreach program of the Library of Congress, administered through Metropolitan State University in Denver. Chaz has been an instructor at CU-Boulder, Front Range Community College, and Regis College.
Whether training, consulting or designing instructional programs, Chaz draws deeply on an educational background of over 30 years. For 10 of those years, Chaz was an Educational Coordinator for the Boulder Valley Schools. In that capacity she managed employees and worked closely with school principals, staff, and parents to design individualized educational programs for children with special needs. Chaz honed her facilitation skills during hundreds of such meetings and soon gained the reputation for successfully leading even the most difficult of conferences. She built and nurtured one of the finest inter-disciplinary teams in the state. Chaz holds a Master Degree in Special Education, majoring in learning disabilities. Combined with diverse years of experience, this has given her a rare gift for designing instructional programs that are high quality, effective, and user-friendly.
Chaz has a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in History from the University of Colorado. Some of her other certifications include: “Mediation Training” from CDR Associates, “Training in Group Process” from the Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalysis, and “Train the Trainer” Certificate from Boulder Valley School District.
Chaz practices what she preaches and leads a balanced life that includes time for family, friends, self and work. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with family, hiking in the mountains, and riding her horse, Remington.