Bette Z. Novak is a dynamic professional, with 25 plus years of leadership, management, supervision, performance, organizational development, and human resource consulting in both the public and private sectors. She is sought after for her extensive experience in designing Federal executive leadership and coaching programs including hiring qualified coaching staff and matching coaches with mid-level and upper-level managers. Her expertise includes curriculum design, adult training for Federal executive development and coaching with special emphasis on different learning styles. She is a qualified organizational facilitator with extensive knowledge and experience working with diverse teams.
Bette has extensive knowledge and capabilities in the field of organization development, (OD) human resource development (HRD) and training, as well as experience as an educator. Her ability to apply those methods and concepts to strategic corporate imperatives and goals has won her promotions and rewards. She held leadership and supervisory positions at the regional and senior management positions in the hospitality, service and sales industries. She holds certificates in organizational development, (Georgetown University) leadership coaching, (George Washington University) and coaching and organizational learning (George Mason University and Newfield Networks, a qualified ICF training program). Bette provides additional expertise as a certified retirement coach helping leaders in organizations and community groups provide access to helping their people learn how to successfully prepare for their “career transition to new employment and into retirement.”
Bette Novak is the Owner and Lead Business-Career Coach and Consultant of LifePath Associates LLC (LPA), a small business offering services and products that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, develop and grow their businesses to the next level. LPA is committed to delivering innovative and personalized career transition and job search coaching that builds skills and coordinates strategies that enable job seekers and career changers competence and confidence to compete in tough economic times.
In 2005, she also became a Vice President, Secretary and Board member of the non-profit organization, The Public Sector Consortium Inc. (PSC) whose mission is to provide opportunities to develop public sector leadership in all levels of governments, related non-profits, and public education institutions. She was honored by the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce as “Trafford PA’s Citizen of the Year 2006” due to her work as Coordinator of the Trafford Business Association. While working in the Federal Government, she represented the U.S. Department of Education on the Human Resource Development Council (nominated by the President’s Management Council under President Clinton) and received a group award from the Training Officer’s Conference honoring her colleagues and her as acknowledged contributors to the improvement of their profession in Human Resource Development for their work in creating models that helped produced high performing federal agencies and competencies for Human Resource Development professionals.
Educator, Coach, Consultant and Trainer
As an internal consultant while working in the both the public and private sectors, she consulted and designed organization and performance interventions. She coached executive and senior leaders how to assess and select organization development sources that would help them achieve their reinvention and reorganization goals. Her work with The U.S. Department of Education’s staff and program offices and The Fairfax County Government Department of the Public Works and Environmental Services required her to coordinate environmental scans, facilitate strategic planning, design and facilitate strategic planning retreats, conduct work flow analysis and present reports with recommended next steps. She trained performance management skills program to managers and supervisors in Public Works Department. Two of her most important achievements while at the U.S. Department of Education:
- Installation of a government executive coaching program. She designed, implemented and managed the executive coaching program and offered it to all Senior Executive Service (SES) leaders and senior managers in the agency. This program became the model for other agencies’ executive coaching programs and
- Helped reinvent the Training and Development Center so that it transformed itself to a performance consulting group and a strategic partner that consulted to the program offices in the U.S. Department of Education in their re-engineering initiatives and workforce development plans.
Bette Z. Novak, as internal coach on one of five demonstration projects in the Federal Government, contributed notes and research to the lead researcher and author of the article, “A Learning-Based Approach to Leading Change, Publication-Grant, Price Waterhouse Cooper Endowment for the Business of Government” (December 2000). This article can be accessed on the website of The Public Sector Consortium at http://www.public-sector.org/publications_and_resources.html.
Also while employed by the Federal Government, she co-authored with other Federal Professionals the following two papers, “Ten Conditions for High Performing Organization’s” and “8 Roles that Manager’s Expect for HRD Professionals.”
In 2009, she co-authored a book with her husband, The Art of Career Survival: Navigating the Job Search, Even in Tough Times (2010). In 2008, she wrote a workbook for business owners and human resource professionals who coach internal subject matter experts to become resident faculty. The workbook is a resource guide for creating and launching one hour marketing workshops that help gain new clients. It can be used in the private and public sectors.
Today, Bette and her husband, Martin, create and write workbooks, tools and exercises, and articles in their blog and website. Also they produce an online newsletter that provides tips, techniques, strategies and new information to help job seekers improve their job seeking efforts.
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Bette has master’s degrees in Education from Georgia State University and in Human Resource Management, from Marymount University.