Roberta Peirick

Roberta Peirick,   is a collaborative consultant with Dialogs for Business. She is passionate about working with people and organizations in strategic change, collaboration and leadership development while affirming the human heart and social systems that faciliate change and growth. Her work focuses on strength based approaches with companies such as Nestle, Chiquita Brands, the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, the American Dietetic Association and many other organizations. She is engaged in long-term work with strategic alliances, leadership development, strategic planning, and virtual teams. Her work integrates appreciative inquiry, organization development and marketing to design customized  initiatives, conversations and partnerships. She has extensive experience in working nationally with health-care, large food companies, the nutrition industry and strategic alliances.

Roberta earned a Master of Science  in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in Marketing from Webster University. She has presented “Positively Making a Difference in Leadership” at the American Dietetic Association Annual Conference in 2005 and co-facilitated ” Advancing the Practice of Appreciative Inquiry: Body, Mind and Spirit” at the 2006 OD Network Annual Conference in San Francisco.

 Roberta  serves as the Managing Partner for Appreciative Inquiry Consulting and on the Professional Development: Leadership Institute  Task Force for the American Dietetic Association.  She is married with two children and  lives in St. Louis. 


4 Responses to Roberta Peirick

  1. Hello Roberta,

    I was on the AI site and came across your slides related to strategic planning using this approach. I’d like to get your opinion on something, based on the work you’ve done.

    I am working with the Board of the Colorado Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (CFDH – an affiliate of the national organization which employs me). The board president is ready to take the group from a state of complete inactivity to one of more engagement. He is very excited about doing a “strategic planning session” with this group, but honestly, there’s a lot of work to be done before a full-blown intensive planning session could happen (and the words “strategic planning” may terrify the dentists and keep them from participatingJ).

    My recommendation is to do a board self-assessment ahead of time. I would do the analysis and see where that left us in terms of things that need to be addressed. The we could use the AI approach to discuss those issues, as well as do some planning to get the group keyed into and supporting the national organization’s strategic plan with activity at the state level.

    If you have a chance, would you please email me or give me a call and share your thoughts? I would like to base some my slides on those you created if that’s alright with you (I will credit you on anything I use).

    I look forward to hearing from you!


    Lori A. Ropa, CAE

    Director of Affiliate Operations

    National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

    1800 15th Street, Suite 100

    Denver, CO 80202


  2. Roberta Peirick says:

    I would encourage you to engage the group in discovery either via paired interviews or through a timeline that identifies the affiliates strengths, sucesses and opportunities. The dentist will be more engaged if they are part of the discovery and sense making. Your work as the consultant and facilitator is to work with the president to take the time with the group to go through a discovery, dream and design process.

    Two questions to clarify with the president are who owns the work in the strategic plan and who will make / when will the final decision on the work plan/ strategic plan be made. If you are clear about this then it will allow the group to be creative and emergent. In my work with foundation and volunteer boards time is the most valuable asset that they have as a team.

    Best of luck with your work.
    Roberta Peirick

  3. Dear Roberta,
    I am a danish student working on my master thesis considering the body in relation to AI. Du you know any works on this subjects, either in the world of organisations og in the academic sphere?

    I would be very happy to hear from you.
    Good regards,


  4. Utah Dentist says:

    That is pretty interesting. It presented me a few ideas and I’ll be posting them on my web site eventually. I’m bookmarking your blog and I’ll be back. Thank you again!

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