“I’m amazed at the level of engagement and commitment from this team all the time. I’m also really proud of the culture I’ve helped create here. (rare moment of me patting myself on the back.) Thanks so much for helping me take it to the next level. I could not have done it without you. You’re the best.”

Vice President of Sales

I wanted to apologize for needing to head out early yesterday. I was disappointed that I had to leave because this was one of my favorite training sessions I’ve attended.  I found it to be incredibly helpful and has shaped the way I interact with and respond to people both professionally and personally.  It has certainly opened up my eyes to a new understanding of people.

Thank you for all you do – I appreciate it!

Inside Sales Representative, Medical Device

“Our National Sales Meeting earlier this month exceeded my expectations on a number of levels and I would like to give credit to you and your team working in partnership with mine, for an excellent job done.

When we discussed the theme for the conference and how we would link everything back to our three business critical requirements for success in 2017, I was a bit skeptical. Our South African team is a diverse group and I grappled with the issue that they might not all “get it”. I was wrong. The messages were simple and clear and delivered in a way that each person walked away with an understanding of their part in the plan.

Your team has extreme passion for Action Based Learning and the entire 3 days were designed around the requirements and the 2017 plan. After each session of the workshop, you summarized key learnings and we talked about what it meant for each team member and what they would need to do as an individual to ensure they deliver on their 2017 commitment. This was powerful and the feedback from the team is that the priorities are clear.

The planning that went into the event, was down to the last detail. The venue you selected gave us absolute privacy so that we could focus, but also have some fun as a group.

A big thank you to you and your South African Team. I look forward to sharing our 2017 success with you.”

General Manager, Africa

I want to take a moment and thank you for the experience that you and your team delivered this week. It was truly top notch! I absolutely loved the format with the experience based learning integrating the Green Beret team into the experience. There was so much knowledge on the team and so much applicability to our world. Not only was there camaraderie that was built, but we had so much fun. I don’t think I have ever been a part of a training class where there was so much laughing and engagement, yet also serious reflection and emotions.

S.E.A.L. Training (R) Participant

“Thank you again for a great day! Already so much positive feedback. Look forward to sharing more with you and hopefully partnering again soon.”


100% of Participants who responded to the feedback survey:

  • Agree or strongly agree that the content covered relevant issues they face as managers
  • Agree or strongly agree the session provided them with tools to better understand their employees and combat stress
  • Agree or strongly agree that the facilitator was knowledgeable and kept participants engaged
Senior HR Generalist: Law Firm, New York City

“Doreen, Wanted to take a minute to say thank you for you and your teams support in conducting our ABL (Action Based Learning) session at our national training meeting last month. It was an extremely busy 2 months leading up to this meeting. With new leadership in place it required me to take on more of the development of meeting content. It gave me great peace of mind to know that your team was on top of all aspects of the content development and working with our reps and DM’s. This enabled me to concentrate on other parts of the meeting. The ABL was not only an innovative tool to engage and train the reps, but added a lot of needed fun and team interaction to the meeting. All reports from the field team was that it was one of the best parts of the meeting.”

Director of Marketing

“It was such a pleasure to watch so many of the key characteristics of a great speaker in person so soon after your session. It completely reinforced the learnings and I am PUMPED about getting better! Presenting and teaching in a group setting is something I enjoy and I THANK YOU for helping me to get better!!”

Sales Training Manager

“Thank you so much for everything you did to put together a very powerful integration session at last week’s Annual partners’ Conference.

For the last session of the day/conference we couldn’t have asked for a better way to end off. There was so much energy in the room and I believe everyone loved the exercise and especially building the puzzle. The drones were just amazing 😊

You guys have been a great team to work with on our integration. Nothing is too much trouble, you always come up with fantastic ideas, you listen to us …. In short, a pleasure to work with”

Head of Marketing, Global Professional Services Firm

Facilitator was well prepared : 4.83/5

Presentation style held my interest: 4.83/5

There was an appropriate amount of interaction during the learning activities: 4.67/5

I will be able to immediately apply the key learnings: 4.67/5

Would you recommend this workshop to a co-worker: 100% yes

Would you attend another workshop facilitated by this vendor: 100% yes

Home Office Development Training – Post Workshop Survey Results

“I was thinking of you yesterday for 2 reasons: 1) … I was telling her about how good you and your workshop are (and will pass your name along) and 2) Next week is our Annual Sales Meeting …I am pleased to whisper in your ear what a tremendous shift has occurred. A real change for the better! I know what a good feeling it is to know that you have made a positive impact, so I thought I’d let you know. “

General Counsel

“Thank YOU for your leadership and facilitation skills. It is never easy to carve out time (especially at year end), but all of us agreed it was time well spent. Let’s set up some time to sit down in the New Year.”

Vice President of Sales

“You and your team knocked it out of the park last week. We have received some great feedback. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful pull through. ”

Manager, Global Learning & Development

“I’ve been in a lot of training programs with good content, but the way that you keep us focused, add new insight, and keep the group engaged and encouraged to keep having these vital conversations”

Director of Sales , Healthcare Technology Company

“I gave glowing reviews of the time that you spent with the sales and marketing sub-groups on Friday – and recognized your tireless work ethic and quick turn-around … following our marathon call day! Keep up the GREAT work.”

re: National Sales Meeting, Vice President of Sales

“I’m learning a lot from the best in the business. Thanks to you both for everything!”

Sales Coordinator

“How you are able to get my rambling thoughts on paper and have it make sense with a timeline is quite a talent you possess!”

Manager, Medical Device Sales

“Doreen, great job – we have received very positive feedback on the session. …was a big hit and was referenced throughout the meetings. It was great to work with you and your team again.”

Vice President of Sales

“Thank you for the absolutely outstanding session yesterday. You indeed achieved your objective and touched lives and careers (the 4 of us all of those that we influence more positively going forward). You have my personal commitment that I will drive the thinking through the team and not let it “die””

Category Executive, South African Packaged Goods Company

Thanks again for coming and facilitating last week.  What an impactful 2 days.  I must have had at least a dozen messages about how much they enjoyed your session and want to see more of that from us, as well as their other vendors, in the future.  This is exactly what we were looking for.

Senior National Account Manager: International Healthcare Company, New Jersey

All, thank you for this past week in Atlanta. I took the opportunity on my flight home to read most of The Compound Effect and finished it last night. Additionally, I have already begun implementing some of the time management tools you recommended. My television service has been cancelled, HVTs have been accomplished the past two days and I implemented block times for returning calls, emails and texts. I haven’t felt as inspired or motivated like this for a long time. This is a direct result of spending three days absorbing as much as I possibly could from you. I simply wanted to take the time to thank you again for everything.

Senior Sales Rep: Medical Device, Midwest

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for the amazing experience that you & the Riverbend group delivered! Couldn’t you just feel the energy in the room?!

It was extremely well done! I really loved the way the Green Beret team was integrated into the training and how we also had an informal conversation with them at dinner. I have been to a tremendous amount of leadership training classes and this, by far, was the best one I have ever experienced. Really different, really fun and really impactful!

S.E.A.L. Training (R) Participant

“Yesterday I witnessed you giving all of your knowledge and everything of yourself to help our young people do better.

Thank you for that most precious gift.”

Chief Executive, Africa

Doreen, this week was one of the best leadership trainings I have ever attended. Thank you for the prep you put in to make it a meaningful event for us, and please extend our thanks again to all the Green Berets.

S.E.A.L. Training (R) Participant

“I just wanted to tell you….I can’t wait for the “show to begin”. I worry about a lot of things; however, this Event is NOT one of them. I have complete confidence in you and your team, I wanted you to know that.

Associate Director of Marketing, Surgical ProductsAssociate Director of Marketing, Surgical Products

“The feedback is still amazing. So glad we made the time. And thank you for your contribution. You were great. We went through a difficult time 6 months ago and this was a great way to move beyond that. I hope we have the chance to work together again.”

Director, Africa

“ … And that’s why you’re the best!!”

Director, Global Performance & Learning

“Thank you, Doreen, and thank you for leading a great session.  I hope this will lead to additional direct discussions between all the team members to continue our development of trust and execution and I believe you helped to awaken our desire for courageous innovation.  I will touch base with you soon.”

VP of HR: Biotech Start Up, Austin, TX

“I wanted to thank you for the productive two days. Yesterday was incredibly valuable and I walked away with a lot of great ideas/strategies to consider as we continue building a cohesive, high-performing team in 2013. I know I still have a great deal to learn about being an effective manager/leader so hopefully we have the opportunity to regroup and participate in more of these developmental workshops. Great seeing you and looking forward to sharing our progress next year.”

Sales Operations Manager

“I’m extremely PROUD of what WE accomplished together…”

Associate Marketing Director

I want to formally thank you for your amazing passion, creativity and commitment in delivering a very special experience and event for [us].  We truly appreciate everyone’s contributions to bring a new and unique approach to identify and celebrate our 2016 [winners].  Please accept our humble gratitude for your partnership, collaboration and urgency to bring this special experience and celebration to life.  Every winner will never forget the moment the team created to recognize and celebrate their success.  Many have shared personal feedback on this amazing experience with their sincere thanks, gratitude and appreciation to team and all those who made it happen.  I know we could not have done this without the Riverbend team.  You are a special team and I am honored to have the opportunity to work together and share in these moments.

Sales Leadership Team Member