Origins of Strategic Opportunities Group

Founded in 1990 by Gael O’Brien to help leaders succeed, the name Strategic Opportunities Group was inspired by what happens when you see possibilities and use them to transform obstacles.

Expanded scope

In 1996, Gael was recruited to Mitsubishi Motors to accept a unique leadership opportunity during a period of crisis to help lead a culture transformation and business turnaround under an international microscope. She led the values process with employees that was a cornerstone in setting new strategic direction. Over the next eight years, she and her team created programs of meaning and impact that rebuilt reputation and trust, increased stakeholder support, and extended brand in North America, while supporting global goals.

Since her return to Strategic Opportunities Group in 2004, her consulting and executive coaching also focuses on how leaders lead and increase their impact, engage employees around purpose to transform obstacles and increase business success.

As part of her work and writing on leadership, values and culture, she is associated with the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University Long Beach, the Center for Business and Ethics at Loyola Marymount University, and the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University.

A partial client list includes: RAND, The Conference Board, The Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Bain, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, professional service firms, manufacturing companies, start ups, universities, and national and state associations, as well as executive coaching clients in diverse industries.