Winifred Ernst

Leadership Journey Coach

Winifred has more than 18 years of experience in leadership development, organizational consulting and facilitation in public, corporate and academic environments.  She has leveraged CCL research and practices throughout her career.  Winifred is proudest of her work through the University of North Carolina where she led NC policy workgroups -comprising public and corporate state leaders of diverse cultural backgrounds, political affiliations, and professions- who tackled tough challenges at both the policy and practical levels.  She also supervised other facilitators and cross-cultural coaches while working for UNC, and she was in the classroom herself when she provided cross-cultural training to 350 DMV examiners across the state.  Winifred has taught in college classrooms at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as at the University of San Francisco.  She has expatriate experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia, speaks Spanish and French, and her travels include extended visits to North Africa and the Middle East.  In addition to coaching for the Center for Creative Leadership, Winifred is a consultant with Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, a firm that has dedicated the last 18 years to moving women leaders forward faster.  With a PhD in literature, she finds that the skill of reading between the lines is critical to effective leadership across teams and organizations.  While wearing her academic hat, she published several articles and the book John Dryden and His Readers.