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Carol Gausz
  • MS, Organization Development, 
    Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School
  • MPA, University of Delaware
  • UC Berkeley's  Executive Coaching Institute
  • Marshall Goldsmith's Stakeholder-Centered Coaching Program
  • Year-long coaching intensive with Google's former head of Leadership and Coaching
  • ICF Professional Certified Coach
Carol's Bio

Being the Change

I founded Blue Heron Associates in 2001 to fulfill my passion for helping leaders understand and work with the sometimes hidden levers for organizational health and growth - the people side of change, using your culture as a strength, designing organizations and teams to achieve results, and leadership authenticity. Prior to Blue Heron, I held leadership roles in strategy and change. Nearly all these roles were newly created. It was great fun to work with a clean slate as I built strategic capabilities to fuel organizational growth. It also required a keen ability to align with the mission and key stakeholders. Having access to a thought partner during that time, who helped me align my intention and impact as a leader, was extraordinarily helpful. I coached CEOs as I worked with them and their teams in organization-wide consulting initiatives. My first engagement with coaching as a standalone service was when the global HR leader in a Fortune 100 organization asked me to coach one of her managers. Ever since, my energy and passion for coaching has grown, I have had the privilege and opportunity to partner with many leaders in their development, and I continue to invest in my own growth and development.


My Role

I am the primary contact in all Blue Heron engagements. I call upon my strong network of coach and consulting colleagues who have deep expertise, as needed, to form a team tailored to your specific needs. This flexibility enables you access to the right resources at the right time.

My Experience

know the joys and challenges of leadership – creating and leading teams, planning and executing change, finding one’s voice and value as a C-suite team member, and working effectively with a board—all with a focus on achieving results. My experience in organizations at various stages of their life cycle has provided me with a solid perspective on effective change.  I have helped fuel and manage growth; worked with turnarounds; closed a non-profit; and managed joint ventures, mergers, and reorganizations. I have significant experience working with executives and with leaders who have deep expertise such as physicians and scientists. I have worked across many different industries in both large and small organizations.

A Sense of Purpose and Place

I grew up due west of Manhattan in Watchung, NJ with strong values of hard work and actively engaging to make the world better. I moved to Delaware to pursue my undergraduate and first graduate degree and called Delaware home for many years as I raised my daughters. 


Recently, I found a nature lover's paradise to call home in Annapolis, MD. Here I enjoy the dancing flight of the osprey, the stillness and grace of the blue heron, and other nature in and around the water. It's a place of renewal and contemplation that centers me and enables me to bring my best to my clients and others in my life. I enjoy time with family and friends, traveling, kayaking, gardening, community service, and the many cultural attractions in the DC Metro area. 

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