Colleen Bertrand has 15+ years of experience in wellness and 10 years of business experience. She has the unique ability to blend western business and eastern holistic principles.
As a wellness professional, she’s designed tailored programs on managing energy, attention and stress. This work is born of her lived experience and uses tools from yoga, ayurveda, mindfulness and modern behavioral science. She’s taught in a variety of settings with a special focus on the modern knowledge worker including maintaining a healthy work-life equilibrium and preventing burn-out. As clients gradually integrate health-promoting habits into their lives, they gain access to their body’s wisdom and experience more joy. In recent years, she has also turned her attention to advising organizations on how to better structure workflows and the work environment to support employee engagement and wellbeing. She is a published writer who writes on wellness-related topics for her blog and for corporate clients.
Prior to wellness, her corporate experience included work in financial services, management consulting and nonprofits. Her years in banking included serving as a retail banking branch manager, corporate officer and credit analyst. Her management consulting work specialized in the healthcare sector. It included writing proposals, developing budgets and work plans for new projects. She helped develop business plans, including financial forecasts for ventures such as ambulatory surgery centers, management services organizations and Robert Wood Johnson’s Communities In Charge grantees. She collaborated with internal and external client teams to create long-term strategic and implementation plans for mission-driven, nonprofit health systems. Her nonprofit experience included a 15-month assignment in Ukraine assisting a pharmaceutical wholesaler adjust to a market economy.
Colleen brings genuine care to her work, incorporating “head” and “heart” into her approach. She is comfortable working within diverse settings and audiences.
In her private life, she is committed to various social issues including women’s health, inclusion, mental health and anti-racism. She serves as a deacon at her local church and enjoys time with her family and in nature.
Colleen received an undergraduate degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Other certifications and memberships include Yoga Alliance, Tiny Habits Academy, and Yoga International (Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist).