Starboard Leadership Consulting

Strengthening Organizations and Leaders

Since 2005, leaders like you have turned to Starboard’s consulting team for sound strategies and practical solutions to meet professional and organizational challenges

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Why Choose Starboard?

  • Experience — For more than a decade our consulting team has helped Maine leaders achieve their goals. That experience and all that we’ve learned will inform our work with you.
  • Relationships — We have one of the largest leadership networks in Maine. Count on us to connect you to people who can help you achieve your goals.
  • Practical solutions — You can’t afford to waste time or money. We will provide you with the advice you need, processes that are efficient, and practical solutions to the challenges you face.
  • Results — We get hired because we solve problems, maximize opportunities and get results.

"I've worked with a wide variety of skilled consultants over the years and have found my experience with Starboard Leadership Consulting to be exceptional on every front. Starboard has provided us with wisdom, guidance and support at major strategic moments. I have called upon their team for strategic planning, to help us with board and agency-wide engagement, for leadership training and senior leadership team development, and merger consultation. In every instance, Starboard has been an amazing partner."

Eric Meyer, President of Spurwink Services

How We Can Help

Every consulting relationship begins with a conversation. We listen, we ask questions, and we consider with you how to tailor our services to best meet your needs and your budget. There is no “cookie-cutter” approach to any of the services we offer.

  • Strategic planning — You want an efficient planning process that results in effective strategies and leads to action. You can count on us to make this happen.
  • Leadership & team development — High-performing organizations have effective leaders and exceptional teamwork. We can help you develop both and achieve greater results.
  • Board governance — Over one-hundred Maine nonprofit leaders have relied on us to help transform their boards, their recruitment and their governance models.
  • Transition planning — Well-managed leadership transitions can turn what appear to be overwhelming challenges into exciting opportunities. Let us show you how.
  • Executive search — We can manage all aspects of your search process as we tap-into our extensive network to find your next leader.
  • Everything DiSC® — Through authorized partnerships with Wiley Publishing's Everything DiSC® and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, we are ready to bring to you and your organization an array of powerful assessment and training tools, designed for both individuals and teams, and used successfully by thousands of companies worldwide.
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Meet Our Consultants

At Starboard, we draw upon the extensive and varied experience of our consulting team to provide you with the essential expertise and guidance you need.

Jeff Wahlstrom


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Mary Budd

Managing Director

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Deb Claflin

Senior Consultant

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Melissa Donnelly

Consulting Partner

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Laura Mitchell

Consulting Partner

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Scott Schnapp

Consulting Partner

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Mike Hyde

Consulting Partner

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Insights From Starboard

We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

More Insights from Starboard

Have you ever wondered what you can do to improve workplace communication and teamwork or how to help your managers manage better? Everything DiSC® offers you powerful solutions for achieving these goals and more. We bring to you:

  • Research-validated behavioral assessments and training programs used by thousands of companies worldwide to achieve better results and improve organizational health.
  • A simple model for understanding different behavioral styles and building more productive and satisfying relationships at work.
  • Personalized feedback for individual employees at every level of your organization, be they individual contributors, managers, leaders or sales persons.
  • Customized training programs to meet your unique goals and needs.
  • Client certification for when you are ready to harness the benefits of Everything DiSC® using the professional resources within your organization.
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Five Behaviors

Are you a new leader wondering how best to build a strong and cohesive team that is ready to tackle bold initiatives and lead your organization effectively? Or do you simply know that your team could do better, and you're not sure how to help them (and you) make the transition from an okay team to a truly high-performing team? Through the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team model we bring to you:

  • An assessment-based learning experience for teams to help them discover what it takes to become a high-performing team, understand the strengths they have to build upon, and what they can do better.
  • Customized facilitation of team "off-sites" to help your team engage in productive dialogue, build trust, and commit to shared priorities and goals.
  • Follow-up assessments and facilitation to help teams gauge their progress over time and individual team members strengthen their relationships with one another.
  • Client accreditation for when you are ready to harness the benefits of the Five Behaviors model using the professional resources within your organization.
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