ABOUT DR. DUFFY
Impact’s principal, Dr. Sheila Bliss Duffy fosters organizations and individuals to address social issues in innovative ways.
Dr. Duffy is a dynamic program/project manager, educator, consultant, and coach who equips her clients to create organizations, programs, projects, businesses, and careers that make social impacts.
Her experience in the field and collaborative approach
enable her to expertly build her client's capacity to effectively address real-world challenges.
As an applied system scientist, Dr. Duffy brings focus and flow to complex social issues including, poverty alleviation, job creation,
livelihood development, income generation, enterprise
development, food security, natural resource conservation, and community development. She is adept at designing and conducting applied research with a qualitative emphasis.
Dr. Duffy has a track record of facilitating academic institutions,
development and conservation organizations, community groups, businesses and
individual change agents in both the public and private sector including: Impact Group, John F. Kennedy University, New United Motors Manufacturing Inc.,
Dominican University of California, Banyan Global, University of
California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, United States Peace Corps, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature
Conservancy, and World Resources Institute, Texas A&M
University, Mississippi Consortium for International Development and The
Dr. Duffy holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and certificate
in International Agriculture and Resource Management from Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX, where she was trained by prominent
professors including Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution.”
An MS in International Business from Saint Mary’s College,
Moraga, CA and BA in Business Administration from Stephens College, Columbia,
MO ground her in the principles and practices of business
start-up and management and program/project assessment, design, management and evaluation.
Dr. Duffy’s training as a coach by
the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and certifications as an ICF Professional Coach
and Job and Career Transition Coach enable her to expertly move people from intention to action.
She is a former stockbroker, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and is fluent in Spanish.
- Manage university service learning program that requires students to perform 30 hours of service learning in community project prior to graduation
- Ensure successful career
corporate employees' spouses relocating to US
- Manage 140 unit residential real estate
business to goals and budget. Increased profits by 60% in three years.
Developed strategic vision and operating procedures and oversee financial
management, staff, contractors.
- Managed 24/7 in-home care for senior for
four years including medical, staffing/payroll, nutrition, and social activities
professional development program for Dominican University of California’s Green
MBA Program including guide and webinars
- Mentored 35 Green MBA students to pursue their
educational and vocational goals
- Assisted 34 former auto workers to position themselves for
new jobs and careers
- Guided more than 50 individuals to start new or improve
existing small businesses
- Transitioned over 75 private coaching clients into new careers and
- Developed and managed a university program in the area of
- Researched and wrote publications for agriculture,
conservation and nutrition practitioners
- Designed and delivered academic and vocational business
courses to over 650 adults
- Designed and delivered training to over 300
international development change agents
- Provided 14 rural community groups with training and
technical assistance for micro-enterprises and community development projects
- Led fundraising campaigns for large financial
corporations, raising $660k in 4-months
- Managed $35 billion asset mutual fund account for
international advertising agency