Since our inception in 1993 we have delivered over 350 leadership and management programs serving more than 7500 participants throughout the State of California. We have had notable partnerships in the areas of San Diego, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento.
We specialize in the needs of public sector organizations, understanding the unique goals and challenges that they face on a daily basis. Our loyal clients include 76 cities and city agencies, 33 counties and county agencies, 38 special districts and authorities, 20 special agencies, 18 retirement associations, 34 education or healthcare organizations, 20 state or federal agencies, 42 private sector groups, and 22 non-profit organizations.
The Centre is organized as a Joint Powers Authority created by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Water Authority. This means we are a public-sector organization ourselves!
WHAT SETS US APART
We have over one hundred and fifty seasoned and award-winning consultants to deliver our services, with deep knowledge of the unique environments of our clients.
EXCLUSIVE COMPETENCY INSTRUMENT
We have developed and validated an exclusive Competency Instrument, which drives a powerful 360-degree feedback process (from one’s supervisor, peers, and direct reports) to measure current levels of performance on 18 competencies judged to be critical to excellent performance.Read more
CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER® PROGRAM
We are the exclusive California provider of the Certified Public Manager® Program, which awards successful participants with a nationally-recognized credential.Read more
Sommer has experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has worked with local and state government, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and universities. Sommer worked at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California as the Director of Performance Improvement and as an Organization Development Consultant.
Sommer has a Ph.D. and Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University. Sommer is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Society for Public Administration, and Organization Development Network. Sommer is also a fellow in the UCSF – Center for Health Professions Change Agent Program.
Julie graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. Prior to working for The Centre of Organization Effectiveness, Julie worked at SeaWorld for 15 years as a Business Analyst. Some of her prior responsibilities included preparing and monitoring labor and sales budgets, analyzing costs and item data, and identifying and creating more efficient methods for accomplishing work. Julie’s diverse working experience has aided her ability to take on diverse work tasks and effectively manage program needs from start to finish. Julie is an ENFP and her top 5 Strengths are Empathy, Woo, Developer, Connectedness, and Communication.
Her noteworthy background includes various leadership positions, consulting projects, and presentations with organizations such as ITT Hartford Insurance, CAPPO, San Diego Housing Commission, Western Municipal Water District, Keller Williams Realty, Trilogy Financial, Anderson Marketing, California Association of Realtors, Orange County Sanitation District, QWISE of Qualcomm, and National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP).
Deanna has held positions as Division Project Manager, HR Staffing Specialist, Division Training Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, Sales Certification Manager, Consumer Affairs Specialist, and Broker CEO. She has been a team leader for nationwide projects over multiple locations, lead new system implementations, supervised performance enhancement procedures, and managed the creation of quality assurance projects.
In 2015, she co-founded and co-launched SUE Talks. A series of events promoting the professional journeys of women leading in business.
Her degree from the University of San Diego is in Communications with a minor in English. Her training emphasis is in the areas of Teams, Communication, Productivity, Systems, Leadership, Decision Making, and Negotiation.
Deanna has conducted numerous keynote presentations for conventions, conferences, and organizations around her book From Distress to Success which outlines the 3 Key Choices critical to moving through challenges and obstacles.
Deanna understands the challenges facing employees and leaders in today’s fast paced world. She uses her knowledge to help others systematize and prioritize their responsibilities for greater success.
FROM OUR FOUNDER
There are several reasons for the unique spelling of the name “The Centre” and it is a story I always delight in telling. The hope for The Centre has always been that it be distinctive and spelling the name in a slightly different, Canadian, way is meant to be distinctive and is loaded with meaning for me. This was my subtle and respectful nod to the valuable experience I had attending graduate school at the University of Toronto and my gratitude for the fellowship opportunity I was given. It also represents the sociological and “big picture” impact on my thinking that living in Canada provided.
Trudy Sopp, Ph.D., Founder