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Bernadette Costello

Managing Partner | BCC Consulting, LLC


Dr. Bernadette Costello is the managing partner for BCC Consulting. The foundation of her coaching and consulting practice is “you are exactly where you are supposed to be.” Affirming where you are is the first step in any transformation. Transformation is like looking into a labyrinth: a path for discovery, understanding, and clarity. One way in and one way out—there are no dead ends. That symbolism expresses Bernadette’s approach to coaching, consulting, learning, and the sacred space created with clients to support their journey.

In that journey, Bernadette collaborates with leaders, teams, and organizations so they can get clarity around their goals and develop a clear plan to reach those goals and their full potential. She has worked in the public, nonprofit, and higher education sectors to create learning and development programs for leadership and supervisory development, managing performance, managing change, and a wide variety of professional development topics. She is certified in several assessment tools including Myers Briggs, DiSC, EQi, and Appreciation in the Workplace MBA.

Bernadette has more than 25 years of talent development, coaching, consulting, and leadership experience in human resources and talent development. She is also an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University’s School of Business and Schar School of Policy and Government.

Bernadette has served as president of the Metro DC Chapter of the ATD and as chair of the ATD Leader’s Conference Program Advisory Committee and was a member of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters. She has served on other professional organizations in leadership and volunteer roles with Virginia Colleges and Universities Personnel Association (CUPA) and the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA). Bernadette received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in higher education from George Mason University. She is an ACC-certified coach and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and holds a SHRM-SCP certification.

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