Our Clients' Testimonials
Read what some of our clients have to say about what they achieved from working with us:
“MPN Research Foundation had the pleasure of working with Jessica Ticus and Wendy Siegel of Millennia Consulting on a strategic analysis of our capacity to raise more funds for our mission. They helped us reveal the strengths and opportunities of the organization, working with staff, board, partners and supporters. This culminated in a half day retreat in July which was approached with some trepidation (everyone has had some lukewarm experiences with these types of activities before). But the careful preparation of staff and board to ensure they had the information they needed going into this meeting and the masterful facilitation and focus on ACTION allowed us all to walk away feeling invigorated and engaged around the work ahead. I've had several board members mention to me one-on-one how impressed they were with this experience compared to many others behind them. We would absolutely work with them in the future and recommend them to anyone in a non-profit or public institution who is seeking guidance.” Michelle Woehrle, Executive Director, MPN Research Foundation
“We contracted with Millennia to lead us in our strategic planning process shortly after the long-tenured ED retired. As the new leader, I found Wendy’s decades of experience invaluable. She is highly skilled at navigating the many details necessary to establish the vision and direction for an organization. She is knowledgeable about human services in the Chicagoland area and offered resources and insights beyond our planning process. She came very highly recommended by a number of trusted colleagues and did not disappoint. “ Merry Beth Sheets, Executive Director, Hephzibah Children’s Association
“Great job leading and facilitating the Sinai Health System leadership team in thinking about how the Sinai Community Institute can best leverage its expertise and community relationships, and moving us along in our thinking. And getting to a darn good plan!! I appreciate the organization and reasoning. I know it is already helping me in my thinking about Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) 2.0!” Dr. Sharon Homan, President of Sinai Urban Health Institute
“The coaching and facilitation from Millennia Consulting helped our group of emerging and established leaders--who rarely get the time for authentic and safe peer mentorship-- to be able to join together, support each other, and most importantly engage in the art and science of solution creation. Hats off to Millennia for putting the "learning" back in the "learning circle" --we are truly grateful. Maria Kim, President and CEO, The Cara Program
"We hired Millennia to facilitate our three-year strategic planning cycle. Ours is an 18M nonprofit with 14 comprehensive programs, 500+ employees and participants who range from children to seniors. We serve over 20,000 individuals annually and have been doing so for 60 years. Wendy Siegel worked with a large leadership team including board, executive management, and staff to collect data, consolidate findings, explore opportunities and risks, and develop a 3 year strategic plan for our Agency. With so many moving pieces and conflicting schedules, Wendy was able to harness the talents and strengths of the team to facilitate this process. Ann Alvarez, President and CEO, Casa Central
"A Millennia consultant has facilitated three peer Learning Circles for The Brinson Foundation. The primary reason we have repeated the Learning Circles (with different participants each time) is the superlative feedback we have received from the participants. They all report how useful it is to meet with peers and that Wendy Siegel's facilitation is what makes the groups so effective. While the Circles are confidential, at the end Wendy provides a useful anonymized report to the Foundation for our learning. I'd definitely recommend Wendy as a facilitator." Christy Uchida, Senior Program Officer, The Brinson Foundation
"Millennia Consulting has done excellent work twice now for Jewish Child and Family Services, shepherding our board and staff leadership through our strategic planning processes. In each engagement, we have been left with living documents that have and continue to effectively drive the work of the agency. Great results, good value, and high integrity." Howard Sitron, President & CEO, Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago, Illinois
"We have had a great experience using the consulting services of Brenda Bannor and Millennia Consulting. Brenda has been with us through the good times and challenging times and has remained committed. We have planned ahead for meetings with Brenda and have also called on her spur of the moment and she has always been flexible, dedicated, and hard working. We have looked to Millennia for innovation, and a great depth of knowledge in the content of services that they have provided our not for profit organization and charter/contract schools. They have never let us down."
Dr. Nancy E. Jackson, Prologue, Inc.
"As the leader of my organization, it is hard to get away and truly dive deeply into long-term strategic thinking. The Millennia Executive Learning Circle was a great place to share and explore solutions with other leaders dealing with similar issues. Millennia’s consultant Wendy Siegel was great at pushing each of us to create specific plan and holding us accountable for follow-up action."
Dominique Jordan-Turner, Executive Director, Posse Foundation
"Millennia consulting facilitated a strategic planning process for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. The strategic planning stakeholder group included people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, provider agency representatives and a number of other advocates. Our consultant skillfully facilitated these planning meetings for over a year, during which time she repeatedly demonstrated the ability to raise and discuss difficult issues with people who represented a variety of viewpoints and opinions. She was respected by all group members and the process culminated with consensus on principles upon which the division was able to develop a detailed strategic plan that honored many perspectives. Ms. Siegel’s skills extended from facilitating the stakeholder meetings to working with the Division to develop and write the final strategic planning document. This important process would not have been successful without her involvement." Lilia Teninty, Former Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Currently Senior Policy Specialist, Human Services Research Institute, Illinois Department of Human Services
Our consultant was just the right person to lead our nonprofit board through an organizational assessment. His balanced and thoughtful approach included key interviews, document review, leading a retreat, and an insightful written report. His key attributes are good listening, insightful analysis, and an even temperament." Jennifer Hill, Executive Director, Coalition to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
“Millennia provided superb, high-quality expertise in advising, supporting, and networking in establishing our school-based health center.” David Barker, Principal, Maine East High School, Park Ridge, IL
"Our consultant engaged our course "Team Effectiveness" with great facilitation and insights. Inspired by his teaching style, I went on to take Introduction to The Art and Science of Group Facilitation which he offers as a part of a certification module. Very valuable material and content delivered expertly. Humor, kindness and vast knowledge - all wrapped up in one great person!"
Jennifer Weggeman, M.A. Student, DePaul University
"When we worked with Millennia Consulting, we were impressed with the level of expertise they brought to the project and the process by which they used to engage stakeholders. The deliverables consistently exceeded expectations and the recommendations have proven their timelessness. Based on the recommendations from Millennia Consulting, the Village of Mount Prospect was able to partner with six agencies to deliver services from an outpost in an under-served neighborhood. Their model promoted collaborative service delivery and efficient use of resources. Our staff continues to refer to the final feasibility study produced by Millennia Consulting to guide future decision making. We look forward to working with Millennia Consulting again." Clare O'Shea, Senior Planner, Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois
"We were so pleased with the initial engagement of Millennia Consulting in the development of our first ever strategic plan, we engaged them a second time to oversee our creation of a plan for our non-profit foundation. I cannot say enough about the insight, wisdom, organizational skill, and even sense of humor Millennia’s partner brought to our efforts. Staff loves her. The Board was captivated by both her style and output. And, two years later, we are still living the plan daily." Dana Badgerow, President/CEO, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
"Our Millennia consultant was exceptional in facilitating a strategic planning process that incorporated input from over 200 employees and that developed our purpose, values, and strategic goals using a task force of 50 managers and employee representatives." Robert Johns, Director, U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA