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Tina Mertel has spent her 20+ year career helping individuals improve performance, develop plans and take action, motivate others, develop critical thinking skills, problem solve, accept different perspectives, influence the organization and vision, become at ease presenting in front of others, build relationships, and prevent conflict.


Client roles include individual contributors, managers, directors, VPs, and CEOs from many industries including banking, hospitality, government, non-profits, fashion, technology, manufacturing, entertainment, NGOs, and hospitals, among others.


Common characteristics listed in client testimonials include: "She has a high degree of integrity and follow-through, deep listening skills, and professionalism", she is "resourceful, direct, warm and practical".

Awards include: the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Advanced Toastmaster (ATM), and placing first in a national writing contest on the Adult Student in Society.

Tina's philanthropic interests include sponsoring two awards within the IEEE Foundation:

Fischer Mertel Community of Projects EPICS Award

IEEE EMC Young Professional Award

  • Masters Degree with Honors in Human Behavior, National University

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Pepperdine University

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)

  • ICF Mentor Coach

  • Mentor Coach, ICF-Accredited Coaches Training Program: Accomplishment Coaching

  • Master Facilitator, Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)

  • Certified Speaking Circles® Facilitator

  • Certified Practitioner, MBTI

  • Certified Practitioner, Hogan

  • Certified Instructor, DISC

  • Additional Studies in the World's Religions at One Spirit Learning Alliance

  • Author, Meaningful Coaching

past keynotes

Past Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, and Webinars are listed below:

  • ATD International Conference and Exposition

    • Meaningful Coaching

    • Building Creative Output


  • ISPI International Conference

    • Meaningful Coaching

  • ISPI Instructional Systems Fall Conference

    • Following the City of Creativity


  • CPSI Creativity Conference

    • Boosting Your Creativity


  • Relationship Awareness Conference

    • Meaningful Coaching:  Turning a Company Vision into Reality with Relationship Awareness Theory


  • ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter

    • Using Your Strengths

  • ATD San Diego Chapter

    • Using Your Strengths in Interviewing

    • Increasing Your Creative Output


  • ATD Los Angeles Chapter

    • An Introduction to DISC


  • OD Network San Diego Chapter

    • Assessment Tools & Techniques: SDI


  • OD Network New York City Chapter

    • How your personal values assist or block you from getting results


  • ICF chapters: New York City, Orange County, Seattle, Washington DC, High Country, Gulf Coast, Edmonton, Vancouver, Australasia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Ireland

    • Relational Presence for Coaches


  • SMTA San Diego Chapter

    • Developing Collaborative Relationships

Tina's experience in COACHING

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)

  • Mentor Coach, ICF-Accredited Coaches Training Program, Accomplishment Coaching

  • 15+ years as a professional coach

  • Author, Meaningful Coaching

  • Walks the talk, and works with her own coach

  • Participates in the reciprocal peer coach program with the ICF

  • Volunteer coach

Tina's experience in

  • 10+ years practicing and implementing this methodology into her own training

  • First to be certified in her graduating class

  • Ongoing public workshops for the public

  • Using the latest technology for video/audio playback

  • Co-leader of Relational Presence for Coaches (see calendar)

  • Certified by the founder, Lee Glickstein

Tina's experience in
  • 20+ years using the methodology within organizations

  • Certifying master trainer (2002-2015)

  • Senior Associate at Personal Strengths Publishing – working with clients to design and operationalize the methodology into their culture

  • Articles written (click)

  • Conference presentations (click)

  • Over 200+ workshops on the topic

  • Over 500+ SDI debriefs

“In these trying times, it's helpful to associate with good, professional people. 

You and your services certainly qualify as top drawer.”

Karen Kroczek, Technical Skills Development

Argonne National Laboratory

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