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Barbara Stennes, CSP

Barbara Stennes, CSP, is president and CEO of Resources Unlimited, a privately-held consulting firm based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Since 1980 Barbara has conducted training sessions or facilitated meetings with 70,000 people throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Barbara is known for down-to-earth, practical solutions to business issues including team building, customer service, creativity, and innovation.

Inscape Publishing Authorized Distributor

Inscape Publishing: Barbara Stennes has been Inscape Publishing's Diamond Award Winner for 15 years

Barbara has received numerous awards from Inscape Publishing since she became an authorized Inscape Publishing distributor in 1980 for being among the top 1% of sales leaders in the world. She is known for her consistent sales and leadership ability, having won at least one national award every year for the last 18 years. Every year for 16 years she has received the Inscape Publishing Diamond Award.



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“I am happy to recommend Barbara, an Inscape 2009 Diamond Award winner. This distinction is awarded to less than 1% of Inscape’s independent consultants worldwide. Barbara is a dedicated professional and a valued colleague.”   - Julie Straw, Vice President, Inscape Publishing, February 16, 2010

Listen to an interview with Barbara on Inside Business Success Radio.

In 2003, Barbara also received a Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious award granted by Inscape Publishing.

Barbara is an Inscape Publishing Authorized Distributors who is certified by Inscape Publishing in the Everything DiSC® Facilitation System. This certification by Inscape Publishing provides additional credentials that demonstrate Barbara's in-depth understanding of DiSC and its applications.

Barbara was among an exclusive group to experience Inscape Publishing's newest products at the MindLab 48 Conference in May 2008. Inscape Publishing's idXready training programs are the newest, most innovative learning tools that have been released in the training and development world, taking people skills development to the next level.

Inscape Publishing is a leading developer and provider of content-rich, technology-enabled corporate training solutions that develop employee interpersonal skills such as sales, leadership, teamwork, communications, and time management.

Inscape Publishing provides DiSC Classic Profiles and other learning assessments to over 135 Fortune 500 companies and several agencies of the federal government. Since 1972, Inscape’s learning instruments have been used by over 45 million individuals in 24 languages and 22 countries. Inscape Publishing recognizes the importance of human capital as a competitive advantage, as corporations increase their commitment to employee development and training.

Lifetime Certified de Bono Master Trainer

Barbara was personally trained by Dr. Edward de Bono to facilitate seminars on creativity, innovation, and thinking skills. Further, she is one of 10 people in the U.S. to be designated by Dr. Edward de Bono as a "Certified de Bono Facilitator," facilitating meetings to help solve real-world issues for organizations. 

Although there are over 1,000 certified trainers and consultants worldwide, Barbara is one of only four trainers in the world to be designated as a Lifetime Certified Master Trainer in all of Edward de Bono's courses on innovation and creative thinking: 

Read Barbara's book, Innovation: Case by Case on successful new products and processes that have been implemented in organizations around the world. See how Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, and Direct Attention Thinking Tools have made a difference!

 Barb Stennes

20/20 Insight GOLD Associate

Barbara is also a 20/20 Insight GOLD Associate offering 360 Degree Feedback administration software and 360 feedback survey administration services.

Barbara and her clients use 20/20 Insight GOLD to collect virtually any type of feedback – ideas, opinions, ratings, facts or surveys – from any number of people about the performance of a product, service, individual, team or even an entire organization.

20/20 Insight GOLD is a uniquely flexible, affordable, and customizable assessment and development system for performance improvement. Since it was introduced in 1994, more than a million people have participated in feedback projects using 20/20 Insight.

National Speakers Association (NSA) Certified Speaking Professional

In 1996 Ms. Stennes earned the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the highest earned designation awarded by NSA.

The CSP recognizes a demonstrated commitment to the speaking profession through proven speaking experience, ongoing education, and ethical behavior. Only 325 people worldwide have passed the rigorous criteria to attain the CSP, which is held by 8% of the 3,500 NSA members.

 Barbara Stennes CSP Certified Speaking Professional

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Iowa Chapter President

Barbara is a former board member and past president of the ASTD Iowa Chapter, and three times she received the Outstanding Member of the Year award.

Membership in Professional Organizations

Presentations at Major Conferences

  • ASTD 2009 International Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC
  • ACA, American Creativity Association (topic of facilitation of ideation sessions)
  • AQP, presented twice in last 5 years (on topics of team building and creativity)
  • NSA - National Speakers Association - annual conference
  • ASQC - American Society for Quality Control (topic of creativity)
  • ASTD International Conference, 3 times in last 5 years (Presentation Skills and Creativity)
  • ASTD National Chapter Leadership Conference (Topic: Creativity)
  • Inscape Publishing Conference, every year for last 10 years (various topics)
  • Iowa Hospital Association, Annual Conference (topic of innovation and creativity)
  • Iowa Medical Society, (topic of team building)
  • Iowa PMI (Project Management Institute) Annual Professional Day, for the last three years (topic of creativity and innovation)
  • SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), frequent presenter (various topics)

Prior to founding Resources Unlimited, Barbara held positions in sales, banking, health care, manufacturing, and education. She owned and operated a franchise with 75 employees. She's a graduate of College of Business at The University of Iowa.

Contact Barbara Stennes
To contact Barbara, please call 515.278.1292 or send an email to


 "Barbara Stennes is an optimist who looks at human potential as an unlimited resource."

 - The Des Moines Register 


“Without a doubt, your one-day presentation was the best investment of time I ever made.
I will be so bold as to say it was life-changing!”

 - Recruitment Manager, Las Vegas Hilton


Partial Client List

 3M  Lucent Technologies
 AAA  Marriott
 American Express  Merck
 American Airlines  Mercy Hospital
 Anheuser-Busch  MidAmerican Energy
 AstraZeneca  Monsanto  
 Bankers Trust  Office of the Controller of the Currency
 Boeing  Pella Corporation 
 Bristol-Myers Squibb  Pfizer
 Cargill  Philip Morris
 Computer Science Corporation  Pillsbury
 Deere & Company  Pioneer Hi-Bred/duPont
 Drake University  Principal Financial Group 
 Diversified Pharmaceutical  Quaker Oats
 EMC  Raytheon
 Farm Bureau  Sara Lee

 SIAC (Securities Industry Automation Corp.)


 Siemens (Germany)

 General Electric  State of Iowa
 General Motors  SuperValu 
 Harrah's  Texas Instruments 
 HealthPartners  The Travel Institute
 Honeywell  The University of Iowa Hospitals
 Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ  TIME LIFE
 Iowa Bankers Association  Travel Consultants
 ITAGroup  Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of IA
 Johnson & Johnson  Wrigley 
 Junior League  


Barbara Stennes, Authorized Inscape Publishing Distributor

Barbara Stennes, Inscape Publishing Certified DiSC Trainer

Barbara Stennes, Lifetime Certified de Bono Master Trainer


Barbara Stennes, NSA (National Speakers Association) Member