LAWRENCE M. BIENATI                                                                                                                                                          

.Summary of Experience

Dr. Bienati has over 25 years’ senior level leadership experience in numerous organizational settings. At various times since 1989, he held lead and core faculty positions at Saint Mary’s College, School of Extended Education, Faculty Coordinator, Executive Leadership Programs, CSUS (RCE) and lecturer, U.C. Berkeley’s Worldwide Business International Programs. As a consultant to management, his client base includes many leading firms in both the public and private sector. Larry is a respected professional speaker, facilitator, consultant, author, and practitioner in the areas of leadership development, succession planning, human resource strategy, employee relations law and practice, executive compensation, strategic planning, change management, organizational strategy, six sigma systems, project management, organizational outsourcing and process engineering. He currently specializes in mentoring private and public sector leaders and organizations experiencing radical growth, change, renewal, “good to great” implementation systems.



Ph.D.      Business Administration (Human Resources Management Emphasis), Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, 1991, Dissertation—Salvaging the Problem Employee: A Critical Evaluation of Alternative Organizational Methods

MBA      Management Sciences and Strategy, California State University, Hayward, California, 1980 (with honors)

BS           Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration, California State University, Hayward, California, 1979

                Coach, Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Team

Professional Certifications

SPHR     Senior Professional in Human Resources, Lifetime Certification, SHRM

CCP       Certified Compensation Professional, American Compensation Association, December 1996 to December 2005

Other Certifications

Professional speaker with National Speakers Association, since 1984

Certificate in International Human Resource Management, SHRM, 1995

Certified by Consulting Psychologist Press to administer levels a, b, and c psychological instruments

Pre-Certified Quality Consultant, MSA List, State of California, 22 areas of Quality Improvement Systems (1994 to 2007)

Certificate in Employee Relations Law, 1986.


Partial client base where teaching, mentoring, HR outsourcing and organizational consulting services provided (by key sector):

Technology: IBM, Sybase, Silicon Graphics, HP, Adaptec, Trinity Partners, Arcus Technology, Brass Ring Systems, Exemplar Logic/Mentor Graphics, IC Verify/Cyber Cash, MANPOWER Technical Services, EpiStaff, Ascend Communications, Microsoft, TransEDA (US), E-Trade, E-Bay,,, Interhealth, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, AlphaOne/Arriva Pharmaceuticals (Baxter), AGY Therapeutics, Sun Microsystems, Cloudscape/Informix, Biotech HRN, Pangea Systems/, PC-Doctor, Inc., Outsource Group, Inc., Blaze Network Products, Exelixis, Minitab, Applied Health Outcomes.


Engineering Services: Brown & Caldwell, Kleinfelder, Anderson Consulting, Jones & Stokes, ASFE, CAI, Weiss Associates, Subsurface, West Yost Associates, McClaren-Hart, EQE, HAZWAC, Quake Safe, Inc., CH2M Hill, CGEA, ACEC, TJH2B. EBMUD, SMUD, Towill.


Private Sector (General): Bradshaw Companies, California Water Services, Pacific Bell, Bank of America, Mechanics Bank, Milwaukee Tool Company, Great West Bank, Garaventa Enterprises, Matson Navigation, Broadcast Sales Industry, Chevron-USA, Jenkins/Athens Insurance, Diversified Risk, Inc., Carneros Alambic Distillery, ICEE-USA, Franciscan Estates, Automatic Rain, The Source, Evergreen Marketing Group, Institutional Financing Services, Hunter Industries, Beverages and more!, Longs, Safeway and Lucky Stores, RGL LLP, BisNet, Inc, Sunshine Foods, Napa Valley CFO Network, Regusci Vineyards, Payroll Masters, Mason McDuffie, Prudential, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Niebaum-Coppola Vineyards, Sutter Home, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Corey Delta Constructors, SMUD, Loan Toolbox, Fasteners, Raleys/BelAir/Nob Hill Supermarkets, Wente Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Contract Recruiters, ADP.

Public Sector (General): CSUS, Nevada Department of Transportation, Caltrans, Cities of Stockton, Newark, Sparks, Las Vegas, Oakland and Pittsburg. Counties of Alameda and Placer, State of California’s Office of Continuous Quality Improvement and State Training Center, California State Board of Pharmacy, Department of Labor (OSHA), DFEH, FEHWA, Government Services Administration, American Waterworks Association, California Office of Examination Resources, State of California SDI Programs, Employment Development Department, Department of Personnel Administration, State of California, San Ramon Fire, California Water Services, Otay Water District, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Consumer Affairs, Federal Transportation Board.


Non-Profit Sector: (Larry donates 10% of his practice to help these socially responsible organizations.) Medical Alert Foundation US/International, KQED, League to Save Tahoe, Boy Scouts of America, Komen Foundation, March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association, Mothers of Diabetics, Napa Valley Support Services, Homeless Groups, Battered Women, COPIA (American Center for the Wine, Foods and Arts), Asian Mental Health Services, NCHRA, Childstart, Hospice of Napa Valley.

International Sector: Sodexho/Marriot International, Exemplar Logic (UK), TransEDA (Europe, Asia), Hyundai (Korea), U.C. Berkeley Infotech (Mexico), R.Xiberta Corks (Spain), Watergate Software (Asia), U.C. Berkeley Worldwide Assignments, Korean Telecom.


Previous Leadership Positions Held (Past 20 Years)

CEO and Founder, Bienati Consulting Group, Inc. Consultants in Organizational Strategy and Strategic HR founded in 1972, d.b.a. Consultants to ManagementSM. Founder of (OneStop HRSM )—an on-line self service Human Resource Web Site.

Vice President HR, Principal. The Kleinfelder Group of Companies, a national ENR top 100 engineering consulting firm. July 1989 to present. Currently on retainer relationship assisting in succession planning, strategic HR/ER and senior leadership mentoring.

Manager, Employee Relations. Longs Drug Stores, a 3 billion, 15,000 employee base, 247 Retail Drug Store Chain. Period of service: June 1985 to July 1989. Working with a great team, introduced over 25 new innovations to the company.

Manager, Human Resources and Benefits. Safeway Stores, Inc., Northern California Division, 300 stores, 18,000 employee base. Period of service: May 1974 to June 1985. Other promotional positions during this tenure included: 1974-1980: Food Clerk while completing BS, MBA Degrees; 1980-1981: Employment Representative/Affirmative Action; 1981-1983: Supervisor, Training and Development; 1983-1985: Supervisor, Benefits, Labor Relations, Human Resources; facilitated HR Liquor Barn start-up operations.


Original seminars, workshops and keynotes developed and facilitated in last 20 years outside of academic environment

1.      The Management Leader ProgramSM                                            13.    The Kleinfelder Project Leadership Program

2.      Human Factors Project ManagementSM                                        14.    ROI and the HR function

3.      Interpersonal Skills for Managers                                                 15.    Legendary Service and Customer Care

4.      HR 101SM , Survival Techniques for Management Leader SM               16.    Value Added Marketing Strategies

5.      The Art of Conducting Effective Meetings                                   17.    A Practical Approach to Strategic Planning

6.      Time Management: The Art of Balance                                      18.    Business Writing for Managers

7.      Attracting and Retaining Quality Employees                               19.    Preventing Sexual Harassment; Respect in the Workplace

8.      Problem Solving Skills for Managers                                           20.    Turning HR into a Profit Center

9.      A Strategic Approach to Team Building                                      22.    Coaching Skills for Managers

10.    Public Speaking Skills for Managers                                            22.    Project Management 101

11.    Surviving Organizational Politics                                                 23.    Creating an Empowered Workforce

12.    The Longs Management Development Center                             24.    Emotional Intelligence in Leadership


Graduate and Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Food Industry Management Program (JFKU)                                                 Employee/Labor Relations (SMC, CSUS, UCB)

The Practice of Management (SMC)                                                               Principles of Marketing (CSUH, SMC)

Management Theory and Practice (SMC)                                                        Graduate Health Services HR Management (SMC)

Organizational Behavior (JFKU, CSUS)                                                         Certificate in HR Management, (GSA, GGU, UCB)

Decision-Making Theory (SMC)                                                                     Personnel Administration (JFKU, GGU)

Project Management (SMC, CSUS)                                                                Modeling Quality Leadership and Metrics (CSUS)

Three Part HR Series at St. Mary’s College since 1988                                  Faculty Coordinator, Executive Leadership Program (CSUS)  

        -Selecting and Motivating                                                                        Human Resources Certification Program, HRCI, UCB

        -Employee/Labor Management Relations                                                BA in Law Studies (SMC)/Metrics and Measures (CSUS)

Books, Publications and Articles:

Bienati, Lawrence M., Salvaging the Problem Employee. Ann Arbor: UMI International, 1992.

Bienati, Lawrence M., Competing Through Talent: An Anthology for the Talent-Focused Enterprise. Contributing Author. Waltham, MA: BrassRing LLC, 2002.

Bienati, Lawrence M. Over 40-self-published papers and articles. Listing available on request.

Select Contributions to Various Organizations (Detailed Project Listing Available Upon Request)

In his various leadership and consulting assignments, Dr. Bienati helped organizations achieve the following:

Speaking. Since 1983, Dr. Bienati has conducted over 300 formal speaking engagements on a host of management topics. In addition, he has appeared on local TV shows like “Make it Your Business” and national satellite down links where he has spoken on subjects pertaining to TQM, Strategic Planning and Human Resources. Videotapes and speaking references available to support this experience.


Leadership Development. Co-developed a monthly public management development series, “The Management Leader Program.” This monthly leadership development process provides leadership training for key management positions in private and public organizations. Since 1988, over 1000 leaders have been trained in 45 different industry settings with measurable outcomes. Facilitates many executive leadership development programs through UC Berkeley, California State University, Sacramento and Saint Mary’s College.


Organizational Development/Strategic Planning. Facilitated TQM, Reengineering and Strategic Planning Sessions in over 50 private and public organizations. Served as mentor to leaders of private and public sector organizations engaging in significant change management processes. Provided counsel to many business enterprises embarking on business development, leadership transition, and preparation for IPO activities. Assisted many municipalities, counties and state agencies with business realignment/integration processes. Coincident with this process has conducted numerous teambuilding sessions focus on challenging employee relations, team and process related issues.


CEO/HR Mentor. Assisted many CEOs and aspiring HR professionals at the start-up and the turnaround phases. Implemented strategies across all business processes including: HR, management, marketing, operations, sales, finance and MIS. Primary focus is to assist organizations experiencing leadership transitions and significant growth. Helped CEOs evolve into organizational structures to support business processes resulting from realignment and IPO preparation. Helped facilitate the integration of 8 mergers since 1994. .


Outsourcing. Facilitated complete and partial human resource outsourcing activities for at least 50 organizations since 1992. Worked with strategic partners to handle all human resources, payroll, benefit and insurance processes for organizations.


Succession Planning: Developed and implemented formal assessment center processes to assist organizations in identifying and developing current organizational leaders. Specializes in technical leader transformation to management-leaders through original 360-degree assessment and executive coaching systems. Experienced consultant in the area of succession planning systems and executive coaching.


Employee Rehabilitation. As a part of published Ph.D. research, he implemented over 250 performance action plans (PAP) in seven industry settings since 1985. The PAP is an original methodology to assist organizations in rehabilitating non-performing personnel. The PAP process is experiencing a 70% success rate in “salvaging the problem employee.” Larry specializes in resolving complex ER issues.


Strategic Compensation. As a certified compensation professional, he introduced many salary, incentive, pay for performance, stock systems and enlightened total compensation system to organizations in the private, public and non-profit sector.


Employee Relations/Mediation. Provided mediation and conflict resolution services to organizations experiencing employee relations and labor/management problems. Additional support provided in resolving lawsuits, negotiating settlements and creating preventative employee relations and labor relations practices. Specializes in handling complex performance issues at all levels of the organization.