Who We Are

Helen Halewski & Associates provide critical management consulting services to leaders who desire to enhance organizational performance and increase the uptake and effectiveness of change. Our customized organizational development experiences at the individual, team, and organizational level connect culture, strategy, and leadership to yield significant and sustainable results.

Our team of consultants have worked with major corporations around the world on strategy and human capital issues, including the World Bank, AT&T, Avon, the New York City Fire Department, American Express, and Paychex. Helen Halewski & Associates have been quoted in publications including the Washington Post, the Economist, and the Wall Street Journal. Speaking engagements include Global Entrepolis in Singapore, the National Barter Conference in Istanbul, the European Barter Trade Symposium in Brussels, and the China Internet Business Conference in Beijing.

Consultants - Helen Halewski

Helen Halewski, Ph.D.

President & Principal Consultant

Prior to forming Helen Halewski & Associates, Helen was a global business executive with more than two decades of experience working for some of the world’s most successful companies.  As a leading business strategist and culture transformer, she drove Philip Morris, American Express, Bausch & Lomb, and other top companies to significant advancements.

During Helen’s career, she turned around struggling businesses, integrated acquisitions, and created differentiated strategies to achieve results.  As a trusted business partner she innovated ways to align systems, people, and cultures to drive execution.

The firm of Helen Halewski and Associates was founded in 2017, after Helen completed the transformation of the human capital systems at Hillside Family of Agencies where she was the Chief Human Resources & Organization Development Officer and the Chief Strategic Planning Officer.

Helen received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the City University of New York.  She lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband.  Helen is a classically trained musician, a decent cook, and a lousy golfer.

Consultants - Krista Vardabash

Krista Vardabash, MBA

Senior Consultant

Krista began working with business owners and organizations in 1991 to identify strategies to achieve better productivity. She often found that many lacked a clear plan for success, or lacked effective implementation of a plan already completed. Still others had reached a plateau of success upon realizing that running a successful business required business expertise in everything from attracting and inspiring a great team to increasing profitability.

She launched KV Strategies in 1998 to provide solutions to businesses and organizations needing to define and implement a path to their success. Some call it a business plan, or a strategic plan, or even a funding plan. Many come to know it as their “playbook for productivity.”

Krista has facilitated hundreds of plans for businesses and organizations of all kinds. Her work has brought her across the United States and into Europe and Asia.

She was awarded the Women in Leadership Scholarship from Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business in 2010 and graduated with honors with her Executive MBA in 2012. She has since been added to the faculty at Saunders College of Business as an Adjunct Professor teaching Leadership Skills.

When Krista is not guiding plans for businesses or organizations, she leads small-group retreats to Chiapas, Mexico to entrepreneurial communities in Tuxtla-Gutierrez and indigenous communities in the mountains surrounding San Cristobal de las Casas and beyond.

Consultants - Paula Grace Halewski

Paula Grace Halewski, MBA, MSW

Senior Consultant

Paula specializes in consulting to creative firms and executives where she brings together both her work as a clinical social worker and her experience as a successful arts-related business owner. She earned a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from NYU and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Simon School’s executive MBA program. Paula instructed graduate students in group dynamics at the University of Rochester, and is the past president of the Rochester-area Group Psychotherapy Association. She has lectured and led panels nationally on group dynamics.

Paula’s focus is not just on individual leaders, but also group work focused on the dynamics of leadership teams. She specializes in bringing executives into an understanding of the complex interplay of dynamics and relationships in the workplace. Issues of power and control, competition and conflict, and hierarchy and leadership often play out in the workplace as echoes of the past.

Group leadership coaching establishes a foundation of trust, makes for constructive conflict resolution, and contributes to accountability––all of which translate into better results. An approach to leadership team alignment and culture change involving group coaching makes for high-performance teams and is an antidote to organizational silo formation.

Paula is a sought after speaker and recently completed her second national speaking tour, focusing on how organizational culture influences clients, and how to leverage culture to create stronger customer relationships.

Paula resides in northern Virginia with her husband Jim, daughter Lauren, and rescue dog Millie.