Who We Are
Culture, Courage, and Results
Peterson & Perme Associates provide on-target culture assessments and change support, strategic planning, executive team-building, and organization and leadership development to help you focus clearly, organize effectively, and act with courage in driving high performance and results.
Amber Peterson approaches her work in organizational development with a robust and lively spirit, giving special attention to how organizational culture, professional development, and employee wellness intersect. Amber’s practical experience as a former police officer in Duluth, MN informs her knowledge and expertise in building strong teams, meaningful connections with stakeholders and community members, and a calm, deliberate approach to strategy. She has a reputation as an attentive, considerate, and dedicated professional.
Amber has an MA in Human Development (with a focus on Employee Wellness) from St. Mary’s University of MN, an MA in Criminology from the University of MN – Duluth, and an AA in Law Enforcement from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. She is certified in Human Synergistics’ Organizational Culture and Effectiveness Inventories (OCI/OEI‚); Leadership and Management Impact 360 feedback tools (LI/MI‚) and its Life- Styles Inventory tools (LSI‚). She is also certified in the Judgment Index‚ (which helps people develop and improve their judgment capacity) and is a certified personal trainer and health coach.
Amber takes pride in her ability to help people make healthy and meaningful change in their organizations and in their lives by facilitating shared experiences and building capacity within individuals and groups. Her research on the connections between officer wellness and organizational culture was published in the International Society for Organizational Development and Change (ISODC) in the fall of 2019.
Cathy is a change agent with deep experience in whole system change. She has been leading organizations and leadership teams in the process of change for 30 years, from the executive level to the line level. She is a versatile consultant and facilitator and is adept at large group facilitation. She is consistently recognized for leadership, critical thinking, communication, and results.
Cathy’s unique background has served her well in helping clients meet and exceed their objectives. Twelve years at IBM as a Systems Engineer/Systems Engineering Manager honed her consulting and project management skills. Her experience in Minnesota State Government for three years taught her how to successfully work with diverse stakeholders. Her 30 years of experience as a business owner and organizational consultant has proven her ability to hold to budgets and build teams that get results.
Cathy has an MA in Human Development (with an emphasis on whole systems change,) a BA in Management and Leadership Development, and an AAB in Data Processing. She is certified and has taught for Human Synergistics Inc. on their Organizational Culture and Effectiveness Inventories (OCI/OEI‚); she is a Professional in Human Systems Dynamics (HSDP) and is also certified in the use of various instruments such as MBTI and Judgment Index‚.
Cathy is also the author of two books published in 2017 and 2019; contributing chapters in 4 books; and numerous published articles. She has been writing on leadership topics since 1991. You can find her current publications and a searchable database of previous newsletters at CMPerme.com.