Catherine Paul-Chowdhury

Catherine Paul-Chowdhury

Catherine (Katy) Paul-Chowdhury is an affiliate with Schaffer Consulting. She has spent over ten years consulting with organizations in the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and mining industries.

She has extensive experience in helping companies integrate their acquisitions, and loves working with clients to navigate the scale and complexity of these major organizational events. Her experience and thoughtful guidance have helped client organizations to integrate their acquisitions quickly, meet and exceed their performance targets, accelerate cultural change, and build internal capabilities and skills. Some clients she has served in this capacity include MeadWestvaco, Timken, JLG Industries, Oshkosh Truck Corporation, and Veolia Transportation NA.

Katy also enjoys helping clients drive major strategic change initiatives, and achieve targeted performance improvements in areas like revenue growth and workplace safety. She finds the process of working closely with a client to plan and orchestrate a significant organizational change, and adapt to the evolving realities of each unique situation, to be exciting and satisfying. Some examples of clients she has worked with in these areas include Johnson & Johnson, the Mentor Network, and Avery Dennison.

The best part of Katy's job is seeing her clients develop and achieve greater success and acclaim in their organizations. This focus on people's growth and success always informs her engagements with clients. It is the reason she co-leads Schaffer Consulting's High-Impact Consulting Workshop, offered several times a year to help internal and external consultants develop their ability to deliver results. It has also led to several projects developing workshops for senior level executives, on topics like managing rapid growth and scale, building strong teams, leading turnarounds, influencing the external environment, and, of course, acquisition integration.

With a long-time interest in organizational learning, Katy has played a key role in the development of Schaffer Consulting's materials, including our Results-Fueled Management Development program, and our Acquisition Integration materials and website. She has also worked with a number of clients on the development of their own integration and leadership development materials, books, and websites.

Katy has written many teaching cases and book chapters in the areas of organizational learning and change. She co-authored with Ron Ashkenas, David Ulrich, and Todd Jick, The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1999). She has published articles applying Schaffer Consulting's results-focused approach in the areas of innovation, risk management, and workplace injury reduction, and is currently working on the topics of managing scale and rapid growth. Katy is also very interested in what makes people happy and successful at work. She is exploring how creativity, empowerment, and having a sense of achievement contribute to well-being and happiness within an organization, as well as those factors which undermine it.

Katy's curiosity about well-being and happiness in the workplace parallels her interests outside of work. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, and long-time student of energy, spirituality, intuition, and creativity. She is also an avid reader, a baker of great brownies, an enthusiastic but not terribly skilled kayaker, and a
doting aunt.

Prior to joining Schaffer Consulting, Katy worked in investment banking. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen's University, and a PhD in business strategy at the University of Western Ontario, with her doctoral research focused on how major banks learn from their sector-specific credit losses.



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