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Sheryl Niebuhr, Ph.D., L.P.

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Sheryl’s long-standing areas of interest and research include

  • the impact of leaders on workplace climate, employee health and productivity, and organizational effectiveness; 
  • stress, personal and organizational resilience; 
  • relationships and cultures of care; and 
  • the health, wellbeing and effectiveness of leaders. 

Thought Leader

As a thought leader, Sheryl has had the opportunity to develop innovative service models and resources that address a spectrum of life transitions and the resilience needed to weather them.

She has authored resources used nationally to support care for family care giving, chronic conditions, and grief. Her contributions to work environments include models to address workplace violence prevention, leader and organizational resilience, and health and productivity.

The University of St. Thomas Professional Psychology faculty has recognized her for her leadership in the development of innovative services, and the Minnesota Governor for her work in developing programs that enhance the quality of workplace climate and support.

She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including those held by The Carter Center, The National Business Group on Health, The Conference Board, and the World Congress.


She has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of MN, School of Public Health and adjunct clinical faculty member of its Department of Psychology. 


Organizational Leader

As an organizational leader, Sheryl has worked in cross-­functional collaboration with multiple disciplines throughout her career. She has led major corporate leadership teams and organizations spanning multiple functions, including over 150 staff and accountability for several hundred million dollars in expenditure.

She has direct experience with strategy and operations in launching new programs from the ground up, and in taking organizations to their next generation, including her work of nearly 30 years with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and 3M.

Her years in leadership of self-insured health and productivity benefits and services provide her an understanding of the complexities in the US healthcare system. 

For eight years, Sheryl chaired the Business Advisory group for The Joint Commission. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Research and Development for StayWell Health Management.

Leader Consultant and Coach

Valued for her judgment and expertise, Sheryl has counseled others in leadership roles in addressing people and organizational issues throughout most of her career.

Among her responsibilities while at 3M, she led a large occupational health psychology consultation practice that addressed common employee and management dilemmas. She routinely consulted with senior leaders regarding complex challenges; developed training to address the ‘soft skills’ of leadership; conducted leadership development assessment for senior executives; and created organizational assessment, research and intervention to address workplace climate. 

Sheryl currently teaches leadership in the graduate programs, School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. In addition, she is President of Sheryl Niebuhr Consulting, LLC, and Executive Consultant with The AWL Group, providing consultation, coaching, and training to leaders and their organizations. 

Her volunteer commitments include serving on the Board of Directors for The Search Institute, a research and consulting firm addressing the developmental assets and developmental relationships for youth. 

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