Dr. Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is a leadership coach, consultant, speaker, and trainer. AZ has over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience that began as a youth leader in the early ’90s, and students leader of the largest university in Ethiopia in the late 90’s. Assegid has extensive experience in facilitating interactive leadership development workshops in the US for a diverse audience including government agencies such as NIH, USDA, GSA, and other technology and non-profit organizations since 2007. AZ also partners with some training and public seminar companies. He specializes in facilitating workshops on themes such as Change Management, Project Management, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, Conflict Management, Analysis and Problem Solving, Ethical Decision Making, Feedback Giving and Receiving, Building Coalitions, Coaching Skills, Motivation, Negotiation, Team Building, Communication Startegies, Time Management, and Strategic Thinking and Planning. AZ holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Degree (DVM) from Addis Ababa University, Master’s in Computer Science from University of Northern Virginia, and Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He has certifications such as A+ from Comptia, and PMP from PMI. AZ has published two books on leadership. If you are interested to get AZ’s Resume, shoot him an email via firstname.lastname@example.org
III. Below are some among many testimonials:
“I have worked with Assegid Habtewold over the past six months in delivering a variety of leadership programs. These include Leading Change, Conflict and Negotiations, and Diversity and Inclusion. I have found Assegid to be a very effective presenter who connects well with his audience. He has an engaging and open style that encourages audience participation. He brings strong content knowledge to his presentations and is able to make the concepts applicable for his audience both through his own stories and the stories he solicits from the group. On the logistics side, Assegid is unfailingly prompt and his follow-through is complete and comprehensive. I feel fortunate to have him as a colleague and partner in delivering this leadership material to a broad audience of government and business professionals.”
John McCann, Director of Learning, CI International.
“I had the opportunity to work with Assegid Habtewold “AZ” in 2014 as an instructor for Per Scholas, National Capital Region, IT-Ready project that combined both hard and soft skill trainings. He provided A+ certification training to our students with a certification rate of 100%. AZ also facilitated discussions on topics such as professionalism, safety, inclusion and cultural sensitivity, effective communication, feedback giving and receiving, team building, and conflict management in the workplace. AZ is a phenomenal, capable and knowledgeable instructor who’s able to combine career and leadership development programs into his curriculum. He is also able to infuse real life experiences throughout his training. He uses interactive discussions and group activities to help participants understand the content. He is very easy to work with, very in tuned to the needs of the group and takes feed back really well. He is a natural leader, coach, and mentor. I would highly recommend AZ as a trainer in IT certifications, and facilitator for Leadership Development, Career Development, Team Building, and other related themes.”
Bridgette Gray, Managing Director, Per Scholas, National Capital Region.
…Assegid spoke directly to the challenges facing our students and shared his own personal story about how his involvement in leadership began. He encouraged our students to set goals, realize their potential as leaders, and to fulfill that potential. The professional style and friendly demeanor Assegid possesses has made him a joy to work with. Sometimes I invite speakers to the college who are not easy accessible nor responsive when working in preparation for an event. But that was not the case with Assegid. His availability, thoughtful planning, careful attention to detail, and genuine concern shown while working with me made it a pleasure. Evaluations from participants who attended the program were almost unanimous in indicating that the speaker could relate to the participants. Participants also indicated that they were inspired, given information that was critical to their success, and that they planned to take action. Dr. Habtewold’s expertise and professionalism is exemplary. I look forward to working with him again in the near future and would recommend his services to others.
Eniola Olowofoyeku, Assistant Coordinator, International & Multicultural Student Center, Montgomery College
Assegid is a brilliant young man with a very large heart. He is well schooled and knows his material. Of greater importance is his ability to engage with people in dialogues using key questions to inspire people to think and learn. He has a great sense of humor, understands how people learn, and is willing to go the extra mile to be effective. For a case in point, recently, I saw him in action when he facilitated an interactive discussion on the theme “Values-Focused Consulting” where he shared his personal story, engaged participants, put forward practical examples, and applicable methods. Besides, his experiences in working with non-profits, which he has founded, show how he has been very effective in establishing functioning organizations.
Helene C. Sugarman, Principal, Dynamic Communications Inc
…Mr. Habtewold is a natural storyteller. He engaged me and I know he will engage you in his speech. He helped me see some of the things that I could do to get those setbacks out of the way and help me reach the goals that I hold dear to my heart. And I bet that if you listen, you will have fun with his message and may be even sing along and he can help you do the same too.
Mel Bayo, former Area 62 Governor, and President of Do Tell Toastmasters club
I have attended two of Assegid’s speeches and I think they are amazingly motivational, inspirational, and kind of put your life in focus for you to understand where you want to go in life and how to get there. And anybody who wants to do big things has to be motivated. I know that some of us feel that oh we prefer to stay at home and we don’t need these kinds of things. There is a reason why fortune 500 companies have different speakers to come in and talk to their employees because they are trying to get somewhere; they are trying to attain their goals. And they need to sort of light a fire and that fire will allow people to go where they need to go and accomplish the goals the company has set out to do. And I look forward to hear more of Mr. Assegid Habtewold’s speeches.
Olu Yemisi, Director, Olu Yemisi & Company Entertainment
…Assegid took two assignments to assess the organizational design of Kepler Space University (KSU). He interviewed our Staff and submitted comprehensive consultancy reports that detailed the findings and suggested recommendations. This “diamond in the rough” who ventured upon our shores has been transformed into a “diamond of the finest cut” and it has been a privilege to know him and to support him in his future endeavors.
Robert L. Frantz (PhD), President and CEO, Kepler Space University
… In 2005, I met Assegid Habtewold … myself having been a fortunate recipient of learning from Assegid’s life, insight, and testimony. While I have found myself in leadership roles throughout my life and career, I don’t believe that I have ever thought about leadership in the unique and insightful manner that Assegid depicts…
Patrick Otte, Vice President of Human Resources, Micron Technology
…Extremely skillful professional trainer with superb interpersonal and communication skills…has in depth organizational knowledge…can relate to people of different ages and backgrounds by giving them the opportunity to share their inner wisdom and experience through reflection and authentic communication…adaptable and a team player who can transcend various cultures and belief systems. I highly recommend Assegid as a motivational speaker, coach, trainer, and consultant. He will definitely be a great asset as you work with him towards improving your personal growth and organizational effectiveness.
Eskender Kassa, Managing Director, Glimpse, Addis Ababa and London
On behalf of the ICATT Team, I would like to thank you for your excellent consulting engagement with our team in assessing our corporate values alignment and corporate culture…The results and suggestions put forward in these documents gave us a chance to revisit our commitment towards our core values, understand the prevailing culture and to fine-tune our corporate culture in agreement with our future goals and strategies…
Gabe Hamda (Ph.D., SPHR), President & CEO, ICATT Consultancy Inc.
The ASTD Maryland Consultant’s Special Interest Group is an informal networking group comprised of senior internal and external workplace learning consultants. We were fortunate at our March 2013 meeting to have one of our members, Assegid Habtewold, share his insights on Values-Based Consulting.
Most of our membership has worked with values in their work and are already familiar with the role values play in the workplace. Nevertheless, Assegid (AZ as we call him) was able to bring a really fresh viewpoint as well as well-researched new information to us. The presentation was well organized and well paced. He was also able to facilitate a balanced and thought-provoking discussion in a group of highly diverse participants, and we all gained many insights from the session. I particularly admired the way he was able to balance covering the planned material and engaging the group in discussion. The feedback from members was very positive and we look forward to hearing more from AZ in future meetings.
Christine Hipple, Chair of the Consulting SIG of ASTD (American Society for Training & Development)- Maryland Chapter.