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Joel Ashby

Strategy implementation through organizational change management, training & development. Utilizing "people first" methodologies to increase organizational effectiveness.

  • Austin Texas Area
  • (325) 669-2265

Professional Summary

Change management consultant and corporate training & development specialist with experience across multiple verticals such as oil and gas, manufacturing, education, professional services and nonprofits.  Worked successfully with organizations of all sizes - large multinationals to entrepreneurial start-ups to turn around critical situations, resolve conflicts, improve performance, implement growth strategies and enter new markets (and countries); facilitating peak performance for teams and individuals while protecting bottom line financials.  

I am always eager to talk about the value of professional development with regard to your workforce as well as your organizational goals (hint: they are two sides of the same coin).  

Professional Experience

IT Consultant

At Kadirnet, our business is dedicated to keeping your business running, and we make sure your network is as healthy as possible.  We have made a business of monitoring the performance of IT networks.   Current role includes:

  • Business Development
  • Relationship Management
  • Technical Writer

Management Consultant (Training & Development Specialist)

Responsible for the creation and implementation of large scale company culture and effectiveness programs focusing on efficacy, safety and leadership development through enterprise-wide programs.

  • Researched, created and facilitated programs through classroom, on-site, online, boardroom and individual training, coaching and consultative initiatives - all tailored specifically to client needs.  This role was responsible for program development and management from beginning to end as well as business development in field.
  • Utilized project data to produce White Papers in the fields of environmental health and safety (EHS) as well as leadership development and training protocols for reporting as well as presentation to clients, stakeholders and global industry conferences.
  • Oversight of international logistics and office development for new corporate presence in Trinidad and Tobago.  Led community involvement campaign and awareness outreach for business development within local energy council, labor unions and private industry..

Principle Change Management Consultant

Using Organizational Change Management (OCM) and Lean Sigma Methodologies developed, facilitated and managed key functional areas insuring milestones and objectives were met during implementation of new organizational structure.  This project was the subject of my Master's Thesis Project of 2012.

  • Developed a change management strategy based on a situational awareness of the details of the change and the groups being impacted by the change.
  • Oversaw, monitored, and measured OCM plan execution and effectiveness of transformation projects. Managed work-plan activities, reporting status, and led coaching efforts to ensure collaboration. Provided analytics on transformation change management status for executive consideration and reporting. Communicated program status, performance, milestones, dependencies and issues.
  • Identified potential people-side risks and anticipated points of resistance and developed specific plans and initiatives to mitigate or address concerns.
  • Prepared readiness reviews for senior management.
  • Provided guidance and coaching to program sponsors and business unit management to facilitate successful transformation.

Highlighted Projects

Office Creation

Created the Office of Facilitation Services for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Developed scope of services, all standard operating procedures and role definitions.  Staffed entire department. trained and developed training protocols for all staff as well as protocols for delivering training and meeting facilitation across the State of Texas. Maintained division SharePoint site as the site administrator and utilized it produce the first paperless office at the HHSC.

Behavioral Based Safety Course

Research, development and implementation of Shell's Prevention of Dropped Objects (Drops) Course.  This safety course has been a requirement for all contractors as well as Shell employees working in the Gulf of Mexico since its creation.  I personally facilitated (along with my team) every single production of this course until 2015.  It is fully accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors and a source of continuing education credits for industry safety certifications. 

Training and Facilitation (embedded consultant)

Facilitated strategy and planning meetings for every exploratory drilling project for The Anadarko Petroleum Company.  These meetings included senior management from all contractors, their team leads and site managers as well as APC leadership.  My role was also responsible for data collection (including minutes reports) for report production and the creation of deliverables to key staff and shareholders as well as to federal regulatory agencies.

Regulatory Compliance and Performance Coach (embedded consultant)

Onsite corporate liaison for regulatory compliance, safety and performance coaching.  I was the primary point of contact for all regulatory agencies on specific offshore exploratory drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.  Responsible for all documentation required for the daily operation of drilling projects.  This role was also responsible for document retention policies and record keeping duties as well regulatory audits and quality control.


Recent Clientele

Private: Anadarko Petroleum Company, Oceaneering International, Geoservices, Ensco, Diamond Offshore, Conocophillips, Atwood Oceanics, Nabors Industries, Transocean, Rowan Companies, Noble Corporation, Tidewater, Helix Energy Solutions Group, Tesco Drilling, Subsea, Halliburton, Weatherford, National Oilwell Varco, Schlumberger, FMC Technologies, Lloyd's Register.

Public: Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of State Health Services, Office of Inspector General, Department of Disability Services, Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Aging and Disability Services. 

International:  University of Pretoria, South African Department of Labor, South African Consulate of Argentina, African National Congress, Anglo American Mining, Energy Council of Trinidad and Tobago, Ansa Mcal, British Gas and Petroleum, The Maersk Group, Royal Dutch Shell.

Academic Experience

Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.)

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Doctoral Candidate of Advanced Standing

Master's Degree (M.A.)

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

  • Organizational Conflict  Resolution, Leadership & Development
  • Certificates of Graduate Study in Organizational Conflict Resolution, Conflict Resolution Education, Mediation & Advanced Mediation.

Bachelor's Degree (BA.Sc)

College of Arts and Sciences (Honors)

  • Triple Major: Communication, Psychology & Sociology


Project Management

Advanced theory, methodology and practical application knowledge. Comfortable with multiple teams and areas of focus as well as stakeholder relations, reporting and presentations.

Conflict Resolution

Skilled and credentialed to the highest attainable degree in the State of Texas for both individual and organizational conflict management and dispute resolution.  I utilize this knowledge in coaching and facilitation as well as change management methodologies and organizational development.  Allowing me to develop tailored approaches to tailored solutions.

Training and Development

I create and facilitate fully accredited training and professional development courses for corporate and academic clients.  In both classroom and online formats, formal and informal settings.  My signature influences are high-energy and high-impact, interactive experiences that create a level of buy-in that reaches beyond process and compliance to encompass behavior, culture and effectiveness.

Additionally I possess full life-cycle experience managing the creation, staffing, training and strategic planning of training and facilitation departments.

Change Management

Developed and managed progressive change initiatives for policy and procedure, safety, office development, as well as through organizational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

SharePoint Sites

I have performed the role of SharePoint site administrator for The Onward Companies' Training and Facilitation Department as well as the SharePoint site for the Texas Health and Human Services' Office of Facilitation.

Microsoft Office Suite

Technically proficient in all Microsoft Suite solutions including Publisher, Excel and Access.  I have many years experience utilizing Microsoft for data collection, reporting, presentation and document retention in accordance with regulatory standards. 

Adobe Creative Suite

Comfortable with Adobe Creative, Story Board and Publishing.  I have utilized this software repeatedly in the creation and publishing of online course content and presentation.


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