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Work experience

On-Air Book Reviewer

Working as a freelance reviewer, selected about-to-be-released books from fiction to poetry and provided entertaining and informative on-air biweekly reviews for 5 years for the stations of Minnesota Public Radio throughout the entire state.  Reviewed related events such as Norman Mailer's appearance at The Guthrie Theater.


CEO--Coach, Trainer, Facilitator

Beard Avenue

Career Coaching and Training: 

Questions about his own career led Beard Avenue CEO Leonard Lang, PhD, to establish Beard Avenue.  Here, he used his own multi-disciplinary academic and work experience to  design a better, more creative, fun, step-by-step system of career discovery and action. Helped individual clients and keynoted professional conferences, taught at colleges, churches, and work organizations.

  • See Sample Testimonials (in the next column) for accomplishments from the clients' perspectives

Organizational Consulting--Coaching, Creativity Training, Facilitation and Conflict Resolution

Using a creative problem solving approach, Leonard and associates transform talented executives who are hitting roadblocks or are new to their positions into innovative leaders with a practical understanding of communication, interpersonal dynamics, motivation and teamwork.  They also devise highly interactive and innovative ways for groups to brainstorm about a problem or direction as well as to resolve conflicts.  Strong specialty in health care staffs, physicians, and hospitals.

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University of Rochester

Ph.D., M.A.

University of Minnesota

Complete Career Course in a Book

Mission and Passions

Creative problem solving is at the heart of my work— I started Beard Avenue as a place to help people get unstuck and move forward creatively and passionately toward their most important and most exciting goals and visions.

Coaching people so they start to fulfill their career dreams is one of my biggest passions.  I do this through coaching and training using creative problem solving tools and processes I've developed.  It's so exciting to work one-on-one with people such as career changers who learn how to toss away limiting assumptions and ways of doing things so that they can land a job they love in a career path that motivates them (check out the testimonials in the other column). 

I also enjoy applying problem-solving skills to organizations--with dynamic leadership coaching, conflict resolution, and group brainstorming.  I do these through training, individual and small group coaching, and group facilitations.  Here, along with other creative processes, I often teach and apply the D.R.E.A.M. & Implement problem-solving process I've developed for today's workforce where change and innovation are a constant.



I needed a boost to proceed with my goals. Your course gave me a power boost!     -Erik Larson Within 6 months of taking your lifework program, I had organized and founded a $250,000 statewide partnership for youth tobacco prevention… Because of your program, it is much easier pursuing passions and dreams, turning visions into actions.     -Rick Bernardo I have found a career that brings me great satisfaction and is a perfect alignment with my values.     -Angie Arnold In a short period of time as Leonard's coaching client, using his thought-provoking exercises, I was able to determine a major new career for myself, one that I really wanted, and I was able to take the necessary steps to begin that important change.     -Wendy Frytak I credit your Lifework process with helping me identify the skills I most enjoy using, the type of organization I would like to work for, and to think creatively about how I might combine the two.     -Richard Wells Thanks again for the coaching help, Leonard. Your strategies definitely help me stay unstuck. .... Every time I work with these tools I feel a new surge of positive energy and start to move forward.     -Jillian Lay Leonard was my "professional success partner" and well worth the expense!... His insightful comments and questions helped me to get unstuck and move through my fears.     -Kathleen Bennett Leonard's lifework program was great--challenging, meaningful and fun. It gave me a new perspective on my career path and methods to explore possibilities...     -M. Flood-Maneely I have attended many presentations and workshops in the career/lifework field. After a while the presenters all start to sound the same…[but] Leonard's approach is very original, creative and fun. His approach gives you a new angle on topics….refreshing and well worth my time.     -Dionna Jones