Timpano Group Founder Melanie Schmidt brings over 25 years of experience – within organizations and as a consultant – facilitating progress. She earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development, using the opportunity to advance research into nonprofit effectiveness, was nationally certified in nonprofit governance, and achieved a Lean Six Sigma green belt. She opened Timpano Group in 2003 to link disciplines of management consulting, executive coaching, organizational development, and strategic communications. The creative consultancy helps leaders infuse practical strategy into mission-driven work. Melanie is known for getting to the core of issues, framing actions necessary to move things forward, and infusing fun into the process. Melanie’s professional background also includes leadership positions running an award-winning advertising and marketing firm, advancing public affairs for state government agencies, handling external and executive communications for an international utility, managing fuel and operational planning for a regional energy company, and directing institutional affairs within higher education. She's also had the unique opportunity to support operational planning for the State of Wisconsin's COVID-19 emergency response. Melanie is passionate about developing organizations and the people who make them successful – particularly as they navigate shifting landscapes and changing circumstances. She also carves time out of her schedule for the things that rejuvenate her creativity, including walking her dog and preparing multi-course meals.
Timpano Consulting works within a proven framework to capture the heart of an organization’s mission and then translate it into systems, strategies, and messages that deliver a clear basis for decision-making and a platform for consistent communication. The firm engages an organization's stakeholders and improves its effectiveness through strategic thinking, practical planning, creative problem solving, and comprehensive brand development. The firm specializes in organizations facing change, thrives in complex situations, and has extensive experience with mission-driven organizations. Discover how clarity, curiosity, commitment and communication can become your cornerstones for moving beyond business as usual and achieving sustainable progress. Professional services include: • Management consulting and executive advising • Organizational strategy and operational planning • Governance and Board development • Strategic planning and facilitation • Organizational assessments and design • Workforce planning and human resources • Intentional communication and brand integration • Stakeholder engagement • Transformation/turn-around