Tenny Poole is a principal of the Corporation for Positive Change and founder and principal of the West Coast Center for Positive Change. The West Coast Center for Positive Change (WCCP) is the premier positive change consultancy in California. WCCP consulting practice focuses on helping organizations achieve successful change leading to increased results. She provides strategic level Human Resources leadership for small to mid-sized organizations. She coaches business leaders and executives. The WCCP is affiliated with the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) which was started by Diana Whitney and David Cooperrider as the first consulting and training company in the field of Appreciative Inquiry. There are nine global positive change centers in the CPC network and the West Coast Center for Positive Change is one of these centers. Tenny is a master facilitator and trainer in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Leadership, and Appreciative Coaching.
Prior to opening the WCCP, Tenny held a number of leadership positions in Human Resources including 10 years as Vice President of Human Resources for Experian Americas Credit business. At Experian she was responsible for identifying and providing strategic solutions to critical organizational challenges. She has deep expertise in employee relations, selection and retention, compensation, performance management, talent management and change management using Appreciative Inquiry. Prior to that she was the Manager of Strategic Planning for PacifiCare’s sales organization. Before PacifiCare, Tenny held a number of positions in her 18 years in Human Resources at Beckman Instruments (now Beckman Coulter) where she ultimately held the top employee relations position.
Tenny earned recognition as the 2000 Human Resources Executive of the Year by the Orange County Affiliate of the National Human Resources Association in March 2001 for her work in developing her Human Resources team, accelerating culture change and implementing new strategies in Credit Services. She has participated as a speaker at the National Human Resources Association, American Society for Performance Improvement, Academy of Management Consulting Division, International Society for Performance Improvement, the International Academy of Management, Consulting Division, and Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association. Tenny is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Biology and Education.