“My goal is simple: to help you become the best CEO, Principal, or Manager you can be and to help you create a company you’re proud of.” – Paula Grace Halewski
Paula’s work addresses how organizational culture influences clients, and how to leverage culture to create better results. Her focus is consulting to interior design firms, other creative firms, and executives, where she brings together her work as a clinical social worker and her experience as the successful CEO of Paula Grace Designs, Inc. Paula has partnered with leaders in organizations large and small to design and implement business systems which are durable and effective.
Paula’s specialty is bringing executives/principals into an understanding of their roles in the complex interplay of process, systems, dynamics and relationships in the workplace and the culture which results. With that awareness in hand, she helps leaders determine where culture is productive in achieving desired outcomes, and where norms and habits are working against successful internal functioning and optimal client relationships. Together a development plan is created and implemented to achieve long-term results.
Participants in Paula’s group coaching and workplace retreats learn how to create, evolve, and implement needed business disciplines and processes along with the behaviors and the skills needed to create high-performance work environments. Establishing trust, constructive conflict resolution, and personal accountability are emphasized.
Paula is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events. Her speaking engagements include two sponsored national speaking tours.
Prior to studying interior design, Paula earned her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from NYU and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s executive MBA program. Paula taught graduate level students the theory and culture of groups at the University of Rochester, and is the past president of the Rochester-area Group Psychotherapy Association.
Paula is also an associate in Helen Halewski & Associates – Organization Development Consultants.
“Very informative – great tools to help me.”
“So informative, eye opening, wish there was more time!”
“Awesome discussion of the psychology of the client relationship!”
“Paula was powerful and professional and was a great example for us to follow!”
“Very valuable information not just for design projects but going through life.”
“Extremely candid and informative presentation that will make our firm reevaluate the way we run our business.”
“Flawless and valuable.”
“You are the professional’s professional!”
"Very enlightening and insightful. I liked seeing how I can be better."
"Excellent and very appropriate even for seasoned professionals!"
"Paula’s how to build a positive culture and strong client relationships are a must for interior designers starting out or in practice for years!"
"Direct. To the point. I will be able to take action steps to make a better relationship & experience for myself and my clients."
"Excellent information. My agreement will be stronger because of this presentation!"
"Paula’s psychology background brings invaluable perspective to succeeding in this field."
"Great reminder to look inward first to help relationships to thrive."
"Thoughtful and informative. The best seminar I’ve been to in a long time."
"Precise, clear, defined, heartfelt, and genuine. Brilliant!"
"Insightful and unique!"
"One of the best presentations I’ve attended."
"Paula was amazing!"
"I enjoyed the professionalism very much!"
"Role-play really worked."
"Very intimate and real conversations that most of us are afraid to discuss. Empowering information!"
"Perfect dialogue and topics relevant to various companies."
"Informative & empowering."
"Paula’s background and experience are invaluable in today’s design environment."
"Informative – love the interpersonal aspect!"
"Very insightful and respectful on client and designer relationships."
"I think you explained it (culture, managing challenging clients) very well. Beyond that it’s personal consultation."
"Paula is extremely precise and knowledgeable in the realm of culture."
"Paula has great insight into the psychology of the client and has a wealth of knowledge to bestow on how to maximize the client-designer relationship for potential success."
"Gave me the confidence to stand strong in my beliefs and be true to myself."
"Professional, down to earth, humorous, well organized, interesting!"
"Great insight on understanding the different client challenges and how to navigate the relationship."
• Culture and the Agreement
• How to Build Strong Client Relationships for Your Success and Survival
• Effective Team Relationships in Your Design Firm
• Creating a Positive Culture in Your Creative Workplace
• The Strength of an Effective Agreement