Trista Schoonmaker

Trista Schoonmaker

Learning Design, Group Facilitation, Leadership Coaching


Experience • Change Agent for Teams and Individuals

An expert in learning design, group facilitation, and leadership coaching, Trista believes that as our society and organizations become more complex, our ability to thrive requires us to foster new courage, explore fresh perspectives, and engage in powerful conversations that address tension and conflict.

Trista brings 25 years’ experience designing, evaluating, and teaching the curriculum that generates behavioral changes in individuals and teams. Throughout her career, she has developed a distinctive teaching and facilitation style that emphasizes high energy, active involvement, and a defined focus on outcomes. She facilitates seminars that help individuals and teams form more trusting relationships, reimagine possibilities in conflict, and improve the quality of workplace conversations. Equipped with greater conversational competence, Trista’s clients report increased confidence and improved job performance.

Specialties • Conflict, Team Culture, and Courageous Conversations

Trista’s practice includes a rich and varied toolset in leadership and organizational development. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator; grounded in Brené Brown’s research, her sessions invite courageous leadership through embracing the challenges of vulnerability. She is also a trained Immunity to Change™ Facilitator, offering an approach to tackling personal changes resistant to past plans and intentions. Trista has developed and implemented unique methods to assess and shift team culture in struggling organizations. And as a certified workplace mediator, she offers individuals and teams processes to explore their disagreements and create new avenues out of the conflict.

Background • A Bridge Builder Connecting Diverse Voices

Her passion for promoting powerful conversations extends beyond the business world. Trista volunteers in her community as a moderator for Better Angels, a bi-partisan organization creating meaningful civic dialogue across the political spectrum. She also facilitates a community-based inquiry group exploring the African-American perspective in modern society.
The enthusiasm Trista brings to her work is compelling, and her clients welcome the infusion of energy to help define, structure and motivate their desired progress.


Executive Leadership Coaching • Georgetown University

She is a graduate of the Executive Coaching program from Georgetown University and is an ICF certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Trista coaches individuals, groups, and teams. She helps these clients explore and transform their stories, define and step into their personal leadership styles, and find the courage to directly address the tensions impacting their work. She has a passion for coaching teams in conflict to rebuild trust and develop more effective communication strategies for the future.

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M.ED Instructional Design • George Mason University

Trista is passionate about designing, evaluating, and teaching a curriculum that generates behavioral changes in individuals and teams.

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  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator
  • Trained Immunity to Change™ Facilitator
  • DiSC® & DiSC 363® (Certified Practitioner)
  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ (Certified Practitioner)
  • Conflict Dynamics Profile
  • Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument®
  • Team Dimensions Profile™
  • Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0® & EQi 360® (Certified Practitioner)
  • Hogan Personality Assessment
  • The Leadership Circle 360 & Culture Survey (Certified Practitioner)
  • Leadership Versatility Index
  • Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) (Certified Practitioner)
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • PMAI®/SVSS (archetype-driven tools)
Professional Certified Coach - International Coach Federation
EQI 2.0 Certified
Everything DiSC - Authorized Partner
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team - Authorized Partner
Conflict Dynamic Profile Explore Equip Resolve
Daring Way Facilitator - Certified
mbti Certified
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    Cutting edge solutions helping leaders read emotions, increase engagement and assess the credibility of others.

  • Paul Ekman Licensed PEI Partner - Approved & Certified by Dr Paul Ekman

  • NGLCC - Certified LGBTBE

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