About Ingrid Gudenas

Ingrid founded Effective Training Solutions in 1983.  Her purpose is to provide state-of-the- art training and coaching that enables individuals to unleash their talents and develop uncommonly great abilities.

Her clients are corporations spanning many industries and 30 countries, many of the finest organizations.  While she has a great team of trainers and coaches, Ingrid also still works with all levels of professionals, from early in career Millennials, individual contributors, engineers, sales professionals to CEO’s and even Boards.

Ingrid’s workshops are consistently judged by participants as their highest-rated training experiences.  Many executives and high potential individuals have found Ingrid’s one-on-one coaching to be the life-changing breakthrough they were looking for.

Ingrid is proud of Effective Training Solutions as an organization, and very proud of each individual who works here. We have an amazing team and she loves working with each of them.

Ingrid also developed the 100% Proficiency® training system which is considered a “best practice” in the training profession.  This system includes a radically new approach to learning and training trainers.

Ingrid is considered an expert in improving training effectiveness.  She has been published in a number of training textbooks, including case studies on how to produce financial return on investment (ROI) from effective training.  Her work made the cover of Training magazine with the story of how 100% Proficiency Training created a $360 million increase in annual revenue for an Effective Training Solutions client.

Additionally, Ingrid is in great demand as a dynamic public speaker, for her eye-opening, interactive and highly engaging talks.  She has delivered numerous presentations at technology, industry and women’s conferences, as well as for the American Society for Training and Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Ingrid graduated Magna Cum Laude (with great honors) and received a Master’s degree in Training and Management Development from Temple University in Philadelphia.  She is the former President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement.

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From Ingrid's Clients

Over my 40 plus years in the high tech industry there have been a number of people who have changed my approach or the way I thought about things. I was lucky enough to have mentors in the industry as my career progressed. I have also interfaced with a number of consultants. Only two had a significant impact on how I thought about things. One was Ingrid. After working with Ingrid I have experienced how her approach can change your concepts so you are more effective. Powerful.
I have been a trainer for 23 out of the 26 years I have been in this industry and have had seminars and classes on training. This hands down was the best training , and the most valuable time spent, that I have seen in all my years as a training professional. Highly recommended for anyone in training, or just wanting to learn something new.
I wanted to thank you again for your recent presentation to our group. We had one of the highest attendances of the year and everyone I saw was thoroughly enthusiastic and excited after the session. This is the second year you have presented for us and we want you back for a third year.
After this training, it’s really different. It doesn’t matter if it’s an audience of 5 or 2,000, I command the room. Our CEO told me after my presentation, ‘The atmosphere in the room completely changed after you talked.’ I cannot believe the transformation from your training. I feel like I am at the beginning of something incredible.
The coaching you receive here gives you a very powerful leadership tool. You can lead from the back, the middle or the front. It doesn’t matter where you are in the organization. An effective communicator is a powerful instrument for any team. This is the best training I have ever taken professionally and I’m 49 years old. I wish I had taken it 25 years ago.
I believe this training can have a disproportionately positive impact on people, and particularly senior women, that are struggling with their effectiveness and presence. It is about our belief in ourselves and our willingness to express our power and respectfully make people listen to us… all in our own style. At one point I witnessed a classmate realize her power. Then I realized I saw it happen for all of us. It’s as if you pulled the curtain back and we found something that was there all along, but we had no clue or couldn’t deal with it for some reason.
I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to be coached by you – the teaching was simple, practical and very doable and has helped me immensely in terms of my interaction with peers, superiors and subordinates. Of all the courses I would say this one was the best because it is directly applicable to my work.
Many thanks most of all for the workshop I had the privilege to attend. Thanks to you I learned a lot. You are an excellent teacher. You are really making big difference in people’s behavior. Your job is logistically difficult but it must be quite satisfying when you observe how people change for better, right in front of your eyes.
Fantastic investment in time and resources. I learned many valuable skills that will help me.
This was a transformational workshop! I plan to use the knowledge and skills learned and develop them for the rest of my career. It had a great blend of lecture, video examples, and practice and demo. Thank you very much for the class, very valuable.
Your training helps us unleash and re-focus our own senses and capabilities by opening our minds to the potential within us.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching on my communication skills. Not only were the sessions hosted in an excellent environment, but skills acquired were both life-long and life-altering. The most profound aspect of this coaching is that the skills learned can be used in any and all venues; with all age groups, with people from all walks of life. Not only is the expertise learned applicable in the business world where tough topics and even tougher conversations often prevail, but in one’s personal life as well. The ability to communicate at such a high level and do so effectively is crucial to one’s ability to succeed in all aspects of one’s life. I will take these skills with me and utilize them for the rest of my life. I would therefore be pleased to recommend this class to anyone who is interested in finding a better way, a more profound path in life. Wherever one goes, whatever one chooses to do, this communication coaching is an invaluable tool in helping people achieve their goals. This training is nothing short of life-altering, as I have said, and therefore gives a brand new focus. It is no exaggeration when I say that this training can change the world.