With a doctorate from Columbia University and 20 years of Organization Development experience, Bill brings a wealth of knowledge, tools, assessments, and frameworks to his engagements, which focus on all aspects of organizations that impact performance. He created the Transformative Learning Institute (TLi) to help organizations cultivate respectful, innovative, and high-performing workplaces. Bill developed the TLi Model of Organizational Excellence, which he utilizes to diagnose the health and alignment of organizational systems and structures, and recommend suitable interventions.

Bill serves as an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, where he teaches graduate courses in Organization Development, Organizational Agility, Appreciative Inquiry, Transformative Learning, and Transforming Implicit Bias in Organizations. Bill's research and publications on leadership development and organizational change span academic journals as well as popular press. Bill has also taught at Texas A&M University, Temple University, and the University of St Thomas, including courses in Leadership Development, Change Management, Talent Management, OD Research, and Group Dynamics. Bill is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Organization Development Network (ODN) and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Organization Development Education Association (ODEA).

If you are interested in discussing your consulting, workshop, or webinar needs, you can contact Dr. Brendel directly at bill@tlinstitute.com


Dr. Brendel's projects range from small-scale change to large-scale transformation. His services include a period of discovery, baseline statistical analysis, strategic alignment interviews and focus groups, reflection sessions with senior and emerging leaders, and a comprehensive report of findings and suggested interventions. Upon request, Dr. Brendel can help you develop innovation teams comprised of emerging leaders who carry out and measure the outcomes of these interventions. He can also assist you in developing a dashboard that depicts your organization's health and its impact on performance. Explore our collection of client cases to learn more about how Dr. Brendel has facilitated discoveries that save time, money, top talent and lives.


At the close of each engagement, Dr. Brendel can correlate measurable changes in the organization with improvements to key performance indicators. His consulting model is designed to uncover opportunities at the intersection of culture and strategy and highlights levers in the organization (illustrated below) that can impact both employee satisfaction and performance.