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She is an amazing facilitator who encourages dialogue, provides helpful hints, and has some fun along the way.

- Stephanie McCall

About StrengthsBuilders LLC

Since 2009, StrengthsBuilders has used a proven strengths approach to bringing out the best in leaders and teams through Executive Coaching, Leadership Development Facilitation, and high-impact, high-participation team-building sessions.

Our mission is to inspire individuals to lead a purposeful life, thrive together, and pursue their passions in both their career and personal life. We aim to promote growth in knowledge and wisdom, enabling individuals to be their best selves while positively impacting others.

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About Our Team

Valerie Plis

Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Consultant, Public Speaker

Valerie Plis has spent 30 years in Human Resources specializing in Organizational Development. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths and Executive Coach, Facilitator, and President of StrengthsBuilders LLC – a coaching and training practice dedicated to bringing out the best in leaders and teams since 2009. As an experienced professional and a certified practitioner with specialized expertise, Valerie brings a unique facilitation and coaching approach to help leaders increase their influence and impact, and to help teams collaborate, innovate, and produce consistently superior results. Valerie is also a Certified Executive Coach, Certified Five Behaviors Practitioner, and certified in Crucial Conversations.

Valerie has worked with a diverse group of educational, government, nonprofit, healthcare, and large and small public and private companies throughout the U.S. and other countries. She has presented at various events such as the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, Association for Career Colleges & Schools, Federally-Employed Women Conference, 4C Leadership Conference, Career Transition Conference for Youth, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Conference, and more!

Valerie is a member of various civic and professional associations including the Association of Talent Development (ATD), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the International Coach Federation (ICF). She and her husband reside in Maineville, Ohio and have four children. They love to travel and spend time with their seven grandchildren.

Nerferife “Ife” Bell

Providing Exceptional Relationship Management and Leadership Development Strategies

Nerferife is known as an organizational leader who can create effective strategies to increase outcomes in multiple industries. Her career track shows measurable success working with organizations and C-level leaders to increase business performance; developing strategies that focus on leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is extremely effective in creating and delivering training to staff members across all levels of an organization and has achieved multiple accomplishments in roles such as Chief Strategy Officer, Community Partnership Manager, District Community Coordinator, School Community Resource Coordinator, along with other successful business roles as Consultant and Co-Founder. Nerferife’s academic credentials include a master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change as well as a certified Facilitator and John Maxwell Coach. Her passion for providing guidance and effective solutions has driven her to pursue a Doctorate in Organizational Development and Change from Bowling Green State University and is expected to graduate in the summer of 2023.

Allison Steele

Sales Coach and Strengths Facilitator

Allison Steele is a certified Health and Life Coach. With a background in education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Allison’s strengths lie in delivering relevant content in a way that all can understand and apply. Her recent work in the recovery and reentry field has given her a unique understanding and ability to work with a diverse population on an individual and team level. Allison is known to lead with authenticity and vulnerability helping others to be brave enough to do the same. She has a passion for uncovering undiscovered potential and helping it to grow. Allison has extensive experience working with non-profits, for-profits and individuals. Allison is a mother to 3 beautiful children.

Rick Plis

Sales Coach and Strengths Facilitator

Rick Plis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown – and over 30 years of experience in technical sales. Rick understands, and embraces, the concepts of success that include developing trusting relationships with clients, becoming a subject matter expert, taking the time to learn true needs and issues, and maintaining a positive and forward-moving attitude.

His strong senses of responsibility, discipline, and consistency have contributed to organizations improving efficiency, stability and growth. Rick is consistent in his efforts and is all about getting tasks accomplished. He is a responsible person who is reliable and dependable. Rick is adept at working across all internal, and external, organizational levels from hourly personnel, manufacturing laborers, engineers, management and owners.

Rick whole heartedly embraces the StrengthsBuilders’ approach to developing solutions and individuals based on positive psychology and a philosophy that values the unique qualities that each individual possesses. This is not just “feel good” consulting, selling and coaching. Rather, it is all about identifying, developing and leveraging what is “right” about people and solutions and is tied directly to your organization’s performance and business initiatives!

Rick is a Gallup-Trained Strengths Coach

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