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Jun 14, 2017

Dr. Anne Gatty is a career learning specialist. Dr. Gatty can talk academics very well and spout the names of famous learning theorists with ease. She can recite learning taxonomies. She can explain the nuances of how humans learn. She has written hundreds of lesson plans. She has taught in classrooms ranging from kindergarten through the university master’s level.

And yet, she decided to leave all this behind her.

While academia has its place in the world of education, Dr. Gatty found that it didn’t provide her with opportunities to help people achieve the real-life results they desired. Even her last position offer at a Pittsburgh university - as a professor in the master’s level leadership program with an applied component - struck her as artificial.

Dr. Gatty's teaching experience started with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. There she developed lessons that were taught in and among the buildings of a restored, historic eighteenth century town. She taught history completely without textbooks and found the results rewarding. For fourteen years Dr. Gatty developed museum education programs for historic sites. During that time she became convinced that experiential learning was the way to achieve the most lasting, transformational results.

After her tenure in the museum field, Dr. Gatty returned to the classroom with a freshly minted Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning. Her intention was to train future teachers and business leaders. But once back in the classroom, she realized that if she wanted to train people to be successful in real life jobs, she needed to be doing so in real life situations.

That's when she left academia. She's been working with business leaders, in their company environments, ever since.

Since re-entering the business world, Dr. Gatty has built and successfully sold companies with her husband and business partner, Dr. Gene Gatty. She knows what it takes to build a successful business.

Today, Dr. Gatty provides leadership coaching for managers to communicate effectively with staff; she delivers motivational employee training programs with Beretta, her Great Dane therapy dog; she creates work systems and strategic business plans; and she coaches women on work/life balance issues.

By blending both theoretical and practical expertise, Dr. Gatty created The Business Sphere of Excellence®, a strategic business planning tool that helps businesses run efficiently and profitably. The Sphere of Excellence® embraces organizational values, corporate culture and strategic implementation.

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