Steven A. Holt consults in a variety of roles to individuals, groups, not-for-profit-organizations, and corporations to build capacity, improve performance and effectiveness, and meet or exceed goals and objectives. With both a results- and relationships-oriented approach, he provides consulting services in leadership, management, and team development, as well as organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, project and change management, and executive coaching. He also provides group process consultation, as well as training design and facilitation services. Steven has over 25 years of senior management, human resources and consulting experience and has worked with men and women around the globe.
In organizational effectiveness staff positions, Steven has served as Senior Consultant, Workforce Effectiveness Group, BankBoston, where he consulted internally on bank-wide diversity strategies, the employee listening survey, work/life initiatives, career development and performance management; he also managed the staff responsible for the design and implementation of training and education for domestic employees. As Senior Human Resource Consultant, Learning and Development, FleetBoston Financial, he was responsible for thought leadership, strategic planning and implementation of learning and development processes and programs.
In his external consulting and coaching activities, his not-for-profit clients, academic institutions and affiliated organizations have included American Cancer Society, Bentley College, Boston University Graduate School of Management, Dartmouth Medical School, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School Executive Education, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), MIT Sloan School of Management, New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), Union of Concerned Scientists, WBUR (Boston-based NPR-news and public radio station) and Wellesley College. Steven has worked with corporations and consulting firms including American Express, AkzoNobel, AstraZeneca, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Capital One, Cummins, Genzyme, Hearst Corporation, Lonza, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Royal Bank of Scotland, Velcro and Volkswagen of North America.
Prior to his consulting career, Steven also served in full-time senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds, including Executive Director of a John D. Rockefeller 3rd-initiated and Harvard University-based action/research organization (under the auspices of Population Education, Inc.); as the senior development officer responsible for corporate and foundation fundraising for the oldest and largest New England-area AIDS service, education, and advocacy organization; and as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Chief Operating Officer for a Boston-based media research firm.
Steven received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and received additional training in clinical counseling skills, diversity/inclusion, quality management, understanding sexual harassment, corporate culture change, values-based leadership, improvisational theater (for its relevance to “out of box thinking”), MBTI interpretation, organizational development and leadership development. Steven has lectured at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Queen’s College of the City of New York, and Tufts University and was an Adjunct Faculty member at Boston University’s Graduate School of Management (in Organizational Behavior). He established a New England-area organizational development and management consulting peer consultation group.
As an actor and director, Steven also has a background in the theater arts and was a member of the acting company of a repertory theater in Upstate New York. More recently, he has performed in an adult/teen production of “The Laramie Project,” and in a number of productions of the York (Maine) Readers’ Theater.
Steven is an award-winning photographer, an avid gardener, and an adventure traveler; he has trekked in the Himalayas of Nepal, white-water rafted in the American Southwest and sea kayaked off the coast of Mexico to watch the gray whale migration. He’s hiked high in the mountains of Mexico to write about the monarch butterfly migration and their overwintering sites for The Boston Globe. He also conducted research on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings in South Africa for a book (written by Carolyn Coman), which was nominated for a National Book Award.