I've had the opportunity to help transform workplaces in a wide variety of companies, associations, and government agencies, including:
I now focus my work primarily on supporting small to medium sized professional associations.
I'm a graduate of Penn State, where I studied PR as part of a General Arts & Sciences degree.
I started training dogs professionally over 25 years ago while pregnant with my oldest child. I spent that nine months concurrently reading everything I could about dog training and child rearing and was struck by the similarities between the best of both.
During my dog training career I was a sought-after conference speaker and published three books about building safe, happy relationships between kids and dogs. I continue to share advice for multi-species families through my website LivingWithKidsAndDogs.com.
These days, though, I'm primarily occupied by my work with professional associations.
Sr. National Director, Program Development, Pet Partners
If you haven’t heard Colleen Pelar present, you’re missing out! Banish the days of monotone speakers in a darkened room boring everyone to tears. Colleen is a passionate educator with a great presentation style that’s engaging, relatable, and fun. You’ll learn and almost certainly laugh out loud. I’ve heard her speak in multiple venues from a horse barn to a state-of-the-art conference center and regardless of whether she’s talking to 10 people or 200, she is a master at connecting with her audience and energizing the room. I recommend her wholeheartedly!
Dogs and dog training provide endless analogies for exploring human behavior and how to change it for the best. And sometimes looking at an analogy is a safe first step to looking directly at ourselves.
Many of my dog-training colleagues and clients over the years have remarked to me how the principles of positive dog training seem to apply to people and life in general. It's really true. Good trainers know, for example, to:
And on and on. So between the compelling analogies and the ooh's and aah's or laughter that a well-chosen dog pic can add to a presentation, I find building dog-related themes into my talks hard to resist.
Customized productivity and team building talks for Northern Virginia profit and non-profit professional associations of all kinds.
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