Beatrice Ungard (Benne), Ph.D.

Beatrice brings to her clients a deep understanding of the transformative process and of the capacity required to move towards more sustainable and conscious business practices. Passionate about her work, Beatrice is deeply committed to supporting her clients whatever storm they face, using a broad range of skills and expertise including strategy development, leadership capacity development, a holistic and collaborative approach to problem investigation and resolution, work process performance assessment and improvement, and other organizational development services.  She also assists local governments, communities and cities with the design of living systems and regenerative approaches aimed at addressing socio-ecological challenges.

Prior to launching Soma Integral Consulting, Beatrice co-founded Transformative Sustainable Solutions, Inc (TSSI) – a Portland, OR start-up – where she served as Product and Marketing Manager for ProjectDX, an innovative web-based service enabling governments and NGOs to meet their environmental and sustainability goals through a community-wide engagement approach.

Beatrice worked 10 years at Bechtel Corporation – San Francisco, CA – where she served as a full-time Six Sigma Black Belt and worked on process performance improvement projects supporting diverse engineering and construction projects in the U.S. Prior to her Six Sigma assignment, she worked in Bechtel’s Information Systems & Technology group where she was responsible for the definition of short- and long-term strategies for diverse web-based technologies.

Beatrice has been an adjunct faculty with Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) for five years where she team-taught a Strategy and Implementation course and a Systems Thinking course for the sustainability-centered MBA and Certificate programs. She currently teaches the Strategic Management course for the MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Beatrice holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture at the University of Berkeley, California. Her doctorate dissertation topic was “Managing Architectural /Engineering/Construction (AEC) Project Organizations at the edge of Chaos: An Analysis of AEC Project Adaptive Capacity from a Living Systems Perspective.” Prior to her Ph.D., Beatrice completed a M.S. from the Department of Architecture at the University of Berkeley, California, and a Diploma of Architect from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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