Our Team

You need more than a facilitator, you need a problem-solver who can strategically guide the conversation. Our team specializes in helping you create a program that fits your unique needs, curating unforgettable learning experiences and  providing you insights that can lead to long-term business growth.

USA Team

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Doreen Linneman

What does she do at Riverbend?

Doreen Linneman is the founder and leader of The Riverbend Group, LLC, a people and organizational development company focused on management consulting, professional development and teambuilding. Doreen is passionately dedicated, both professionally and personally, to inspire people who want to courageously find and live their best life. Doreen specializes primarily in the healthcare and sports industries.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to founding Riverbend, Doreen was the co-founder and CEO of iShake, LLC, an info-tainment company that developed software applications for the iPhone and the web. Both 12thNight Mobile, a mobile consulting firm, and Leadership Game Changer, in partnership with IMG, round out her start-up portfolio. Pre-entrepreneur life, Doreen held leadership positions in consulting, marketing, sales, and operations at such companies as Johnson & Johnson, SmithKline Beecham, and SYNAVANT.

Where did she study?

Doreen holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelor of Arts with pre-Med and Chemistry concentrations from Vanderbilt University. She is a Master Trainer in LIFO Behavior and Communication Styles, a certified Mental Toughness facilitator and trainer, and has completed the Navy SEALFIT Leadership Academy.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

She is an alumnus of Atlanta’s “40 Under 40” and is an international keynote speaker at universities and conferences. In addition to being a 3-time Ironman Triathlete and certified professional tennis instructor, Doreen is an adventure-holic and has a serious case of wanderlust. Doreen has paraglided off a mountain in Venezuela, lived with and taken care of lion cubs in South Africa, climbed an ice-covered volcano in Chile, rappelled a cliff and scaled underground waterfalls in the caves of Belize, trekked Silverback Gorillas in the mists of Rwanda, zip-lined and rafted her way across Costa Rica, boated on the Panama Canal, came face to face with Great White Sharks off the coast of Africa, and has completed sugar-cookie surf torture and log evolutions led by mighty and inspiring Navy SEALs.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Definitely nothing tops Prepare to Roar for Doreen…. But Leadership Legacy is a close second. As for workshops, she is passionate about Change Management and has a blast with Presentation Skills.

COO

Cece Berger Sharp

What does she do at Riverbend?

Cece Berger Sharp is the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Client Advisor. Cece is charged with making sure that all of behind the scene activities for Riverbend internally run smoothly so that all Riverbend employees can concentrate on the customer and the customer experience. As an engineer, Cece loves a good process! Her background in Sales Training and Sales Force Effectiveness means that she is constantly focused on continuous improvement.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Cece worked for Kimberly-Clark and Molnlycke Healthcare. Cece has held roles across various functions. She started her Research and Engineering career and then progressed through Creative Innovation, Marketing, Sales Training, and eventually to overall Commercial Excellence. She loves to apply her engineering thought process to commercial problems to help efficiency and effectiveness.

Cece was recognized in 2016 by the Association of Training and Development for a Best Award for her work on improving sales effectiveness through onboarding and certification processes.

Where did she study?

Cece holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, where she graduated summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering. She completed a Senior Thesis in Process Flow Optimization and completed a senior lab program at the University College London.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Cece spends time with her husband and three girls- hopefully outdoors or at a family movie night. Along with their three pets, they live an active lifestyle of school, extracurricular activities, and travel. They love adventuring to new destinations, having visited over a dozen National Parks and once lived all together in a 27-foot RV for the summer!
Cece can also be found exercising or her favorite activity- dancing! If there is a dance floor, make room, she will be on it.

Executive Client Advisor

Jen O’Hare

What does she do at Riverbend?

Jen is an Executive Client Advisor and ICF Professional Certified Coach who brings experience as a Marketing Executive, Leadership Development Consultant, and small business owner to the Riverbend Group’s team of Client Advisors. Because of her direct, straight-talk approach and practical programs she has been the trusted advisor to advance the careers of managers leading in companies, including Intel, Lands’ End, Wells Fargo, and Microsoft. Additionally, her outside of work passion in Dragon Boating is an amazing advantage to our clients who experience the ONE Rowing (R) experience. She is uniquely qualified to help bring lessons out of the boat or racing shell and into the boardroom.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Jen led her own leadership consulting firm, TIAMAT Leadership. Before TIAMAT Leadership, she had the honor of leading marketing and technology teams in fast-paced technology startups across Fortune 500 organizations such as Sprint, Orbitz, and Oriental Trading Company. For over 20 years, she has tackled complex leadership challenges, team restructuring, organizational change, bridge-building across matrix environments, and cultivating results-oriented teams.

Where did she study?

    Jen holds a Master’s degree (MSc) in Organizational Development and Leadership from University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, minor in Psychology from Russell Sage College. She is a graduate of the Executive and Professional Coach Training Program at the University of Texas. Jen is an accredited professional executive coach from the International Coach Federation and also holds a certification in group and cohort coaching.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

When she's not coaching leaders and guiding teams to be greater, you can find Jen on Puget Sound waters, paddling with the Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Team. If she’s not on the water, look for her in the forest hiking with her co-pilot Cash, a 14-year old rescue German Shepherd. Paddles Up!

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

ONE Rowing, of course! Followed by Change Management: The Human Element® (there's water and ice involved) and Results Centered Communication.

Leader of Creative Design & Logistics

Haley O’Brien

What does she do at Riverbend?

Haley O’Brien, MEd, joined Riverbend in 2010 and the organization cannot run without her! As Leader of Creative Design and Logistics, Haley ensures engagements are delivered with excellence down to the last detail. She is the mastermind behind many of Riverbend’s Action-Based Learning® materials. Haley’s Masters in Educational Leadership, and her teaching background brings expertise to creative learning design, adult learning principles, and efficient organization to programming.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Haley taught nine years in the secondary educational setting, across many subjects. While teaching across the state of Georgia, in various teaching settings and socioeconomic statuses, she was honored with being nominated for Teacher of the Year three times.

Where did she study?

Haley holds a Masters Degree of Education in Educational Administration/Supervision/Leadership from Albany State University, as well as a Certification for Interrelated Special Education from Georgia State University. She earned a BS in Education at the University of Georgia (Go DAWGS!).

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Haley served as Chairpersons on the SACS committee, Talented and Gifted Selection Committee, and 504 Committee. She was an Ambassador and Advisor to many student clubs and activities, actively involved with young people making lifetime decisions to guide their future in a positive light. She is the sole creator of an Outdoor Classroom Arena and Curriculum that incorporates Action Based Counseling into the Interdisciplinary program for students in Fulton County Schools.

The greatest joy of her life comes from her family – husband, two daughters, and of course the family dog, Charlie! Haley is an active member at Hillside UMC in Woodstock, GA where she serves on varying committees. She is actively involved in her community, specifically working with young people within the local high school and her church. She loves to compete on the tennis court, and dig her toes in the sand while relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Haley has many favorite Riverbend moments, but the Amazing Race in San Diego, where she was dressed up as a clown… may take the cake. She sees that specific engagement as a great example of how we incorporate fun with learning, and when those two go hand in hand it is guaranteed the new learning will be retained and applied to our clients’ business.

Creative Design & Logistics and Executive Operations Specialist

Renee Jordan

What does she do at Riverbend?

Renee joined Riverbend’s Creative Design & Logistics team in January 2018. Renee plays an intricate role in developing, organizing, and fulfilling materials for our clients across a variety of scale engagements, such as large Sales or Product Launch meetings to small, intimate executive off-site retreats. Renee has developed world class customer service and organizational skills thanks to her previous life as a flight attendant and a legal administrative assistant. In addition, her global airline experience, provided the perfect training ground for adaptability and change leadership. Renee’s ability to apply her expertise with those she serves in and around Riverbend is renowned time after time, project after project. We are so grateful for her.

Where did she study?

Renee’s work ethic started early, as she studied at Kennesaw State University, while simultaneously workings as a legal secretary at Cobb County, Georgia’s Solicitor’s Office. When her life journey led her to American Airlines, Renee underwent an intense six-week medical and service training course — “I felt like I was at a military boot camp!” Renee led and served passengers all over the world. While doing so, the travel in itself provided an education that cannot be gained in the classroom – learning about different countries, cultures, and people are some of her passions.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Renee enjoys exercise classes (PureBarre, Pilates, Yoga), as well as long walks, hiking and bike riding. Her entire family – husband Eric and their two children Will and Mia – love snow skiing! They prefer to ski in the western mountains, with frequent trips to their favorite ski town – Big Sky, Montana.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Renee is passionate about making any and all of Riverbend’s client deliverables a success. With that said, one of her favorite experiences to-date was a client’s North America Sales Meeting, at which she was an integral part in Riverbend delivering 9 workshops simultaneously for 1,800 people in 3.5 hours! Her favorite of those workshops is Riverbend’s “Leading with Emotional Intelligence in Times of Stress” – thanks to Renee’s leadership and organizational skills, there was no stress to be seen or had for that massive deliverable!

Facilitator

Elizabeth Slone

What does she do at Riverbend?

Elizabeth Slone has been with Riverbend since 2004. Elizabeth wears many hats in her role as an Executive Client Advisor including: content strategy, engagement leadership, program development, and facilitation. Elizabeth is also a Master Trainer in LIFO, the behavioral styles theory The Riverbend Group utilizes in many of their trainings.

Elizabeth’s expertise in strategy, curriculum design, human resources, training, and teambuilding has enriched Riverbend’s growth and reputation with its clients. She loves to learn and has a passion for excellence. It’s not uncommon to find Elizabeth digging in to mounds of research or scouring the web to learn as much as she possibly can in order to better serve our clients.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Elizabeth spent seven years as global human resources director for two practice units of Accenture. In the role of Practice Manager, she led career development model design and implementation, compensation strategy, recruitment and retention strategies, and designed balanced scorecard metrics and reports. As a Business Architecture consultant, she served on the global orientation design team.

Her time at Accenture also afforded Elizabeth extensive international experience, working with practices in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. Elizabeth has put her global perspective to good use at Riverbend while working on projects for Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.

Where did she study?

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a Political Science and Communications concentration, from Vanderbilt University. She is a LIFO Master Trainer and certified in Quantum Negotiations.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Nothing makes Elizabeth smile brighter than being with her loving family. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and two beautiful girls. Elizabeth is always on the go, cheering her girls on at varying sporting events including cheer, tennis, volleyball and soccer. She enjoys traveling to sunny destinations with the love of her life, and serving her friends, church and community.

Facilitator

Lauren Hamrick

What does she do at Riverbend?

Lauren has been a Client Advisor and Facilitator with Riverbend since 2007. Her 16-year expertise as a Licensed Professional Counselor has been maximized in a wide variety of Executive and Professional Coaching engagements. When it comes to client’s National Sales and Product Launch Meetings, her versatility puts her either running a breakout room, leading an Action-Based Learning® activity, or ensuring any behind-the-scenes initiatives are running smoothly. She is also one of our certified LIFO® facilitators. In addition, Lauren can be found from time-to-time supporting our Creative Design & Logistics team efforts. Her all-in, well-rounded mindset and skills make her a huge asset to any client engagement.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Lauren worked in a variety of mental health settings. Lauren’s experience includes private practice, school, and agency settings. She has worked as a mental health consultant, for both private organizations and schools, working to strengthen relationships with faculty and students.

Where did she study?

Lauren holds both a Specialist (EdS) Degree and a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor Science (BS) Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the States of Georgia and North Carolina, and is a National Board Certified Counselor. Lauren additionally has extensive training in forensics and earned status as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), which comes in handy working on Riverbend’s Action-Based Learning® events! As previously mentioned, she is also certified in LIFO®.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Lauren loves being with her husband, James, and daughter, Halle. She is passionate about continuing to grow as a therapist and pursues regular trainings and continuing education in mental health and coaching. Lauren can also be found exercising, mentoring, traveling, and serving in her church.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Whether it is hiding apples IN the “Big Apple” for an Amazing Race themed client ABL® or seeing a client breakthrough in a one-on-one coaching setting, Lauren loves all aspects of Riverbend! Having a sideline view observing the clients learn while running down a football field, watching teams come together to solve a problem, or practicing a new technique role-playing for a clue to solve a mystery is what she loves most. Lauren enjoys the unique ways Riverbend meets the individual needs of each client they serve!

Facilitator

Allison Guyton

What does she do at Riverbend?

Allison Guyton has been with Riverbend since 2007, both as a facilitator and as a content developer. Allison excels at customer satisfaction.

Allison brings 20 years of operations and project management, as well as meeting and event planning expertise to Riverbend. Her experience is especially leveraged at National Sales Meetings and Product Launches, while she also brings fresh perspective to professional development workshops as well. Allison is a Certified LIFO Trainer, the behavior styles theory The Riverbend Group utilizes in many of their trainings.

Allison’s reputation for interpersonal skills and relationship management, contingency planning and crisis management, as well as time and detail management make her an incredible asset on the Riverbend team.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Allison led a cross-functional team at Maas Companies, Inc, an international consulting and marketing company specializing in industrial, commercial, and real estate liquidations and auctions. Her team managed event design and implementation, budget oversight, sales and marketing programing, internal controls, and creative design.

Where did she study?

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Spending time with her family is top on Allison’s list of fun things to do! When not playing the role of “Mom,” Allison loves to travel both domestically and abroad, especially Africa and Europe. Many times these trips are with Doreen – make sure to ask her about some of their favorite travel memories. She enjoys reading, cooking, and many of the sports Colorado offers.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

“It is hard to top our time in Africa [Prepare to Roar May 2013] surrounded by the majesty of the Serengeti, but I love working on ABLs …The “Amazing Race Las Vegas” we designed is memorable to me…. We had a blast watching teams sprint into the home stretch.”

Consultant

Kristin Chapman

What does she do at Riverbend?

Kristin joined Riverbend in 2017 as an Executive Client Advisor. Her belief that everyone has unique potential and her dedication to helping people recognize and build on their talents through personal and professional changes is the motivation behind her work. She believes that learning and growing are keys to happiness, that being interesting is one of the best measures of a life well lived, and that by embracing their individualness, people can grow to live up to their full potential.

Consulting with small companies and large corporations, Kristin has never met a problem she wasn’t excited to solve. She applies a unique problem-solving methodology to help her clients and, consulting on a wide range of strategic initiatives and unraveling problems that are keeping companies and people from reaching their full potential. In addition to wrestling the seemingly unsolvable, her main areas of expertise include leadership development, profitability improvement, organizational design, and large-scale program and team management.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Kristin advised Fortune 50 companies across a wide range of industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, professional services, telecommunications, and technology. Conducting leadership training, crafting missions and visions, managing large teams, and improving financial performance, Kristin focused on moving organizations forward and setting them up for long-term success.

Where did she study?

Kristin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts with a Journalism major and History minor from Pennsylvania State University.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

When not consulting, she writes about the power of individuality, is endlessly fascinated by neurobiology, and coaches girls soccer, Girls on the Run, and Odyssey of the Mind teams. Kristin can often be found in the middle of an “epic” game of Four Square with her two daughters and her husband, trying desperately to tire out her 100+ pound chocolate lab, or plotting her next adventure.

Believing that change is good, Kristin travels often. She has lived and worked overseas, finding adventures from skiing the Alps, to white-water rafting in Costa Rica, and sailing the British Virgin Islands.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Building High Performance Teams is always a favorite for Kristin…she loves talking culture and has a passion for helping teams uncover their purpose, set their inspiring vision, and drive down the path toward success. She also loves designing strategic initiatives and problem solving/critical thinking based workshops.

Middle East & Africa Team

Managing Director, MEA & Executive Client Advisor

Salome Van Den Berg

What does she do at Riverbend?

Salome, or “Sal” as everyone at Riverbend calls her, is Riverbend’s Global Leader for the Africa content. As South Africa’s “Doreen”, she manages and runs the business; her role covers everything from selling, to human resources, finances, as well as facilitation, consulting and development. The fact that she proudly calls herself an obsessive-compulsive list maker coupled with her creative flair ensures that she thoroughly enjoys her role at Riverbend -from both a business and development point of view. BUT not only does she dazzle with creative development, consulting and organisational excellence. wait until you see her facilitate!

Salome believes in sound business principles. She enjoys the process of matching customer needs with great professional development workshops, ABL®’s and brand or communication projects. She particularly enjoys developing content and ultimately seeing positive results for the client that echo the team’s good efforts.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Salome started her career in the marketing department at Kimberly-Clark Professional. After her time at KCP, she decided to explore the world of coffee and joined Anglo Vaal Industries’ (AVI) Out of Home Division, Ciro Beverage Solutions. She has been a coffee addict since then. During her 6 years at Ciro Beverage Solutions, Salome was exposed to all aspects of business and people management and she eventually headed up both the marketing and training functions as an Executive at the organisation.

In 2010, Salome decided to switch from full-time employee to consultant, specialising in Marketing and Communication. Ciro Beverage Solutions remained her client for another year and during 2010 – 2012 she sourced a wide range of other clients, including mining giant Anglo American. In 2013 she spent a year at Pfizer Animal Health, before deciding to focus on family.

At the end of 2014, after spending valuable quality time with her baby at home, she felt herself ready to re-enter the corporate world again and became part of the family at Riverbend.

Where did she study?

Salome graduated from the University of Pretoria.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Salome lives in the Hartbeespoort area with her husband, Le Roux, lovely toddler Liya-Mae, baby Avigail and their two four-legged “children” Guinness and Lyla. For fun, Sal enjoys the adrenaline that comes with mountain-biking and scuba-diving, whilst also treasuring quiet moments in the bush with a good book.

As a true animal lover, Sal also found great joy in being instrumental in the set-up and registration of a non-profit animal welfare organisation, Kathu Animal Welfare in 2010. She is still involved in this non-profit organisation as Director.

God is at the centre of her life and she knows that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her; she is part of her Church’s leadership team.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Sal finds great pleasure in facilitating the LIFO Bridging workshop, especially the section where clients start translating messages in into the 4 different styles, so that they “get through” and get can ultimately get action! Her favorite experience? For sure ABL® programs – she literally pours her mind, heart and soul into developing targeted ABL® programs with the team, so when an Action-Based Learning® program hits the mark, Sal jumps for joy!

Executive Client Advisor

Liesl Eksteen

What does she do at Riverbend?

Liesl’s innate sense and consistent demonstration of business acumen, together with her expertise in Human Resources, training, and building cohesive teams makes her a cornerstone not just to the Riverbend South Africa team, but to the Global team at large. Liesl has more than fourteen years of leadership “flight hours” in her career-logbook and therefore has an excellent grasp of the challenges facing leadership in big corporates today.

Liesl’s deep understanding of people dynamics still fuels her desire to elevate engagement at all levels.

She has been quoted as saying: “I love doing meaningful work. Addressing important problems previously ignored is something that multiplies my Happiness factor.”

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Liesl enjoyed nineteen years in the financial services and insurance industries. Her career evolved from its original days in Legal Advising to Executive Leadership roles in Human Capital development in the heart of Johannesburg.

Throughout her career, Liesl has been recognized as a self-motivated leader with a proven ability to drive organisational improvement. Liesl has always looked for ways to improve the status quo. She had the title of Head of Human Capital for two divisions at First National Bank, but preferred the informal job description of “reformer.”

She has often found herself in roles where she is the trusted council driving different transformation initiatives – most recently at an NGO (in the heart of Hillbrow).

Where did she study?

Liesl holds a Bachelor of Commerce and LLB from the University of Stellenbosch. Liesl loves to add to her qualifications. You will find a range of interesting diploma’s in her cupboard from Accounting to Executive Leadership, and most recently her apprenticeship in Narrative practices.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Liesl relates and stands her own ground equally well from the highest corporate C-level interaction to mobilising a kitchen full of six-year olds for a cupcake challenge.

Liesl enjoys her studies in the field of Narrative counseling and is fascinated by the potential of Epigenetics.

When not consulting, she loves spending time in the bush with her family or being adventurous with a new recipe in the kitchen. Liesl is part of her Church’s leadership team and serves on the HR sub-committee of an NGO Board.

Executive Client Advisor

Elmien Brauns

What does she do at Riverbend?

Elmien is an Executive Client Advisor at The Riverbend Group as of February 2020. We are delighted that she is officially on the team, having been a long time friend of ours! Through her formal education and diverse experience, Elmien has built up extensive expertise in driving organisational growth through people, strategy, brands and innovation. She looks forward to sharing this with clients in South Africa and abroad – all in an effort to add value to them personally and professionally. She will act as the lead advisor with some existing Riverbend clients and hope to bring new accounts to the Riverbend family. Elmien is particularly interested in how Riverbend continues the embedding of principles and projects in companies following customised workshops. This ensure the learning becomes behaviour, which turns into habits, and then into culture.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Elmien had been with Kimberly-Clark for much of her career and in a variety of roles. Most recently she was EMEA Sector Leader of BCC. In her role as International Sector Leader for Baby & Childcare, she was responsible for mom’s entire journey with the beautiful brand, HUGGIES, across Europe, Middle-East and Africa. This covered everything from insights into front-end-innovation, moving to development & production and finally into commercialization and communication. She led a direct team of 65+ people and a complex matrix structure with all country teams within the region and therefore sees her ability to build and develop virtual teams, as a key strength. Before managing the baby care portfolio, she managed the Adult & Femcare portfolio. This portfolio includes brands like KOTEX, DEPEND and POISE. Elmien started her Kimberly-Clark career in the business-to-business division with Healthcare & Professional brands, where she learned (and later loved!), all about the integral interaction between the patient and provider or the “user & chooser” in these service-systems. She served as General Manager for the MEA region for 5 years before moving to consumer divisions. Before joining Kimberly-Clark in 2002, she spent 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry, with Sanofi Aventis, in various sales and marketing management roles.

Where did she study?

Elmien would say that her most valuable studies have been at the “University of Life!” – but she did complete some formal education as well – in the form of a Honours degree in Business Communication, at the University of the North West. She does love to stay relevant and has completed various post-graduate diplomas since then. These include a ELP at Stellenbosch University Business School (2004), SLP through the Emerge-leadership group (2008), a GM accelerator course at INSEAD University France (2017) & a Digital Marketing Certification through Circus Street (2019). She is also a member of GILD (Global Institute for Leadership Development).

What does she do other than Riverbend?

You can find her being active, outdoors, with those she loves whenever there are no more pressing things waiting! With 7-year old twins in the house, this is often next to a soccer, rugby or cricket field. But, when she gets her own choice of activity, it would be running or skiing down a mountain or up a river. This is well balanced with her love for all things cultural, including playing one of her favourite instruments, singing or dancing away (mostly when no-one is watching!)…She continues her love for teaching also in this area, where she has been a choreographer for various school productions over the last 20 years. Hubby Glenn joins in the sporty stuff – but tries to steer clear of any cultural activity – except support & appreciation!

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Watch this space – she is still learning & loves everything at the moment…! Which she finds as a delightfully dangerous place to be 😊

Project Coordinator

Marieta Spies

What does she do at Riverbend?

We think of Marieta as our Project Expediter given her efficiency! Marieta joined the The Riverbend Group at the end of 2018 on a part-time basis. Since May 2019 she has been working with the Riverbend family on a more permanent business as a Project Coordinator.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Marieta comes from an HR background in the Medical and Media industry. After she had her children she took a sabbatical to focus on her family. During this time she did part time recruitment work, for consulting companies in the banking and FMCG environment. Here she grew her ability to persevere and prioritize under pressure.

Where did she study?

Marieta graduated with a B.Com Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg (former RAU)

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Marieta lives in Parkview Johannesburg with her husband Pieta, her daughter Abigail, son Benjamin and their 2 Golden Retrievers, Bruno and Lente.

She loves spending time with her family and to play piano.

Her favourite holiday destinations is going to the beach and spending time on her parent’s farm where she grew up.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

LIFO is her favourite Riverbend Workshop. She believes this workshop is key to understand team dynamics and behaviour better. It gives everyone an opportunity to respond in a way that is a “win-win” for all. Once you have done this unique Riverbend workshop, you will know that Marieta values Reason given her Conserving Holding behavioural style.

Creative Design & Logistics

Anel Greyling

What does she do at Riverbend?

Anel joined The Riverbend Group in February 2016 in Creative Design & Logistics for South-Africa. True to her inquisitive and eager nature, she embraced the fast-paced energy at our South African office and quickly become a valuable part of executing strategic and key projects. Now seen as an ‘all-rounder’ in The Riverbend Group family, that truly lives out our core values of love and fortitude!

Anel believes in good client and business principles, dedicated teamwork and enjoys being part of creative campaigns, and ultimately seeing the positive results for our clients. From her extensive experience in running her own business, Anel realises the importance of excellent client relations and attention to detail. Definitely one of her strengths.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Anel was an entrepreneur for 18 years, fine-tuning her diverse leadership strengths through running her own beauty salon. Immediately prior to joining Riverbend, she took a take a 2 year sabbatical to focus on her family.

Where did she study?

Anel graduated from North-West University.

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Anel lives in the Hartbeespoort area with her husband Rudi, her beautiful daughter Anri and their little miniature Yorkie, named “Simba”. As a lover of sport, Anel enjoys running road races and seeks any adrenaline opportunity, including Scuba diving, river rafting the mighty Zambezi, sand boarding in the Namib Desert as well as exploring Africa with their home built aircraft.

With God steering her life, she continues to strive to reach new heights for His glory.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Anel’s most favourite workshop is the Motivational Leadership workshop. It is priceless to see people’s faces when they get that “AAHA” moment, and walk away motivated and inspired – personally and professionally!

What Makes The Riverbend Group Unique?

We exist to inspire and equip people and organizations who want to be greater. Our clients know that we are committed to living out our core values from the first phone call to the final engagement. They guide everything we do at The Riverbend Group

Character

    Character is Riverbend’s foundational value; it is what grounds us. It is the underlying principle on which everything about our company and our people is built.
    Character is your behavioral compass. It is what you believe on the inside and it is how you show up to others on the outside.
    Noble character is intrinsic at Riverbend. We are honorable, moral, ethical, reputable, and upright. We hold our partnerships to a high standard of principled conduct. We are truthful and forthright. We treat our customers’ organization, brand, and people, the same way we protect and honor our own.
    Character is a non-negotiable at Riverbend – to be on our team you must inherently have it (have a lot of it) and we only work with organizations and customers who value it.

Love

    We chose this value to describe a strong and constant affection that we have for our work, our customers, and each other. We love helping organizations and people become their best self because we genuinely want them to become their best self. There is no better way to walk the journey of life, both professionally and personally.
    We are compassionate, passionate and empathetic. We care about the heart of an organization and its people, including our own. You will see and feel this love when you work with us.

Fortitude

    Fortitude is a key component to Riverbend’s success. It keeps us focused on the “finish line.” However, it’s not about who crosses the line first or “winning.” It’s about the journey together and knowing the emotional and philosophical strengths we need to capitalize on for success.
    Fortitude has been a core value since Riverbend’s inception. It comes from our founder’s MacRae Scottish heritage. The MacRae slogan is “Fortitudine,” which means “with fortitude” visibly depicted with a a lion sitting at the base of the MacRae coat of arms representing courage.
    We have a strength of mind that enables us to have the courage to face any circumstance, including one of adversity or difficulty. This Riverbend mind-set is at the core of our work ethic, our passion, and our perseverance. We are not afraid of hard work, both physically and mentally. It is our internal driver to do whatever it takes to deliver, to leave it all on the floor for our clients.

Ingenuity

    Ingenuity is the quality of being original and inventive and ours is only limited by our imagination. We are enterprising, insightful, perceptive, innovative, and intuitive. We have this unique skill that allows us to see things others don’t, to discern root causes, to solve problems, to deliver fresh creative solutions that produce results. People tell us that we think differently. And we do.

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Our Purpose and Values

Running a small business is never easy and as an entrepreneurial company, new opportunities are always coming our way. Whenever things get tough or a new opportunity presents itself, we…
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Our Name

In a world where companies are often forced to choose their names based on the availability of a URL (thank goodness we've been around for nearly two decades and got…
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Our Founding Story

After a very successful career in the healthcare world, including roles in sales, marketing, strategy, investor relations, and operations, Doreen became involved with the start-up community. In late 2001, the…