Dr. Backstrom has more than 20 years of experience in organization and leadership development including executive coaching, workshop design and delivery, team interventions and meeting facilitation. Her experience spans organizations in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector arenas.

Her executive coaching clients range from C-suite to front line managers in a variety of industries including credit unions, healthcare, accounting, insurance, newspapers and non-profits.

She takes a customized, in-depth approach that may include data collection, feedback and assessment tools (i.e., MBTI, TKI, DiSC).

She incorporates proven principles from improv into her work. As a student of improv she has trained at The Second City, iO West and UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade).

With a passion for learning and continuing education, Dr. Backstrom is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Redlands and Azusa Pacific University where she delights in teaching undergraduate, MA and MBA students.


  • Doctorate in organizational leadership, Pepperdine University

  • International Coach Federation certified coach

  • The Second City, iO West, UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade)



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