Vistage Michigan Chief Executive Group Chair, Barbara Stanbridge, Retires After 17 Years

Top Quote Stanbridge acted as her group's advisor, mentor and business coach. End Quote
  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) January 06, 2011 - Barbara Stanbridge, a longtime Chief Executive (CE) Group chair with Vistage Michigan, a membership-based organization that provides business leaders with new business perspectives and innovative strategies, has announced her retirement. The Detroit resident led three of these groups during her 17 years with the organization.

    In her role with Vistage Michigan, Stanbridge acted as her group's advisor, mentor and business coach, conducting one-to-one coaching sessions with each of her chief executive group members. She also facilitated nine group meetings and workshops per year with her members.

    "As someone engaged with multiple levels of different organizations over my professional career, I found Vistage to offer an exceptional value to people who have had a limited amount of time but a great capacity for learning," said Stanbridge. "Working with these CEOs has been like skiing a black diamond. It has been an exhilarating and rewarding adventure."

    Among her post-retirement plans are to devote time to the Detroit Cristo Rey High School and working with not-for-profit groups on upcoming projects.

    "Barbara Stanbridge was recruited to become a chair because of her organizational development work with major corporations and her expertise in working with groups," said Robert Holland, CEO and Chairman of Vistage Michigan. "The decision to bring her on was a great one because she has served the organization with great dedication. We thank her for her many years of exceptional service."

    In addition to her Vistage activities, Stanbridge is an organization development consultant and president of CHANGE Human Resource Development, a consulting and training firm. A past national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), she also is a frequent speaker to professional groups.

    Stanbridge received a B.A. from Marygrove College, a master's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Human Resource Development from University Associates of San Diego. She completed her doctoral course work at University of Michigan with a concentration in Group Process and Leadership. She has also completed intensive training at the Gestalt Institute and served as adjunct faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Wayne State University.

    Through Vistage Michigan, small business owners and chief executives gain direct and immediate access to unparalleled ideas and thinking. From one-on-one business coaching, intimate peer-to-peer workshops, and presentations from top industry executives, to advisory boards of CEO peers, extensive online libraries of content and beyond, Vistage Michigan provides its members with actionable knowledge that cannot be replicated by any university, traditional workshop or networking organization.

    Vistage Michigan is part of the world's leading chief executive organization, providing business leaders with access to new business perspectives, innovative strategies and actionable items for making better decisions and achieving better results. For more information on Vistage Michigan please call 586-443-5880 or visit

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