As a senior change management consultant at 1898 & Co., Vera Flame provides professional change enablement services including strategy, culture, process and organizational change management for clients undergoing transformational change. Her most recent focus is on the utility sector, where the market climate demands rapid change.
As a self-proclaimed multipotentialite, Vera has cross-discipline and cross-industry experience and leverages her ability to dive into new areas and quickly draw unconventional strategies from other contexts. She began her career as a software developer and systems implementer. She was drawn to solve problems in areas where she saw gaps, including process improvement and talent development for global organizations.
Vera found her sweet spot focusing on enabling organizations to achieve adoption of transformational change. She joined the 1898 & Co. and Burns & McDonnell family in 2020 with more than 30 years of cross-industry experience.
How Vera helps her clients
Vera draws from her diverse experience in change leadership to facilitate the work that 1898 & Co. does with clients. Her team focuses on maximizing ROI through full human adoption of new ways of working. She builds stakeholder communities who are ready, willing and able to make the desired changes swiftly, comprehensively and sustainably. As the utility industry faces pressures of an aging infrastructure, threat of knowledge loss from retiring professionals, and social and regulatory pressure to shift to renewable energy, Vera knows how complex change can be. “The velocity of change will never be slower than it is today,” she says.
What motivates Vera
The work 1898 & Co. does in supporting clients through change allows Vera to align with her personal mission to find and leverage the best parts of people. “We strive to help people succeed by helping them be their best selves,” she says.
A little bit about Vera
Vera was raised outside of New York City and moved to San Diego in 2008, where she spends her time with her husband, two stepsons and 18 nieces and nephews. She enjoys snowboarding, playing tennis and practicing her improv comedy chops at local theaters. Vera is a firm believer that “we are at our professional best when we are at our personal best.”
As a certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Coach and Facilitator, Vera volunteers for the Veteran’s Stress Project, an initiative by Protect Our Defenders. The Veteran’s Stress Project facilitates free EFT coaching sessions, with 86% of participants reporting alleviation of PTSD symptoms after six one-hour sessions. She is also the San Diego Regional Chair for the Association of Change Management Professionals.
Vera has Bachelor of Science in finance from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.