Garrison Consulting Group
Lynne Garrison


Talent & Workforce


A natural leader and coach, Lynne understands what it takes to grow and flourish in today’s global economy. She’s a connector and relationship-builder, helping others engage and partner with purpose..."

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Custom solutions to accelerate business advantage and develop sustainable capacity

An accomplished leader in revenue generation, talent solutions, PR and partnership development, Lynne Garrison and Garrison Consulting Group work with businesses, nonprofits and government agencies seeking to capitalize on change and opportunity, seeking solutions to succeed and thrive. Lynne leverages her extensive experience and deep connections in the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors to support clients' objectives and unique circumstances. She can also tap additional experts and resources as needed for complete solutions.

Grow your business with the right strategies, talent and message.


  • Your business advantage through custom solutions to capitalize on change and opportunity.
  • Your impact through innovative partnerships and deep connections.
  • Your results with strategies to help you innovate and build your value proposition.


  • Key influencers who can help you grow your business or nonprofit and your sector leadership.
  • Your customers and clients using the latest in social media and real time communications.
  • Your employees as ambassadors of your products and services.


  • Your business, your leadership, your impact.


Thank you for being an exceptional partner with LORD Corporation. Due to your leadership and ability to build effective partnerships between businesses, education and government, you have consistently and successfully broadened connections throughout the State of North Carolina and beyond. We appreciate the support you have provided and continue to provide LORD Corporation and others in building mutual and valuable collaborations to achieve a shared goal.

Thank you for your guidance in furthering the development of our STEM and educational outreach efforts. Your insight helped us expand relationships and opportunities to engage in areas such as on-site, work and project-based experiences for educators and students which has been a huge success. All of this has been instrumental in expanding our volunteer outreach programs; and, resulted in LORD being recognized as the 2015 recipient of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center's Business and Industry STEM award. Your professionalism and dedication to ensure your clients reach their potential and meet their goals is testimony to your abilities and talent for success.

Ed Auslander, President and CEO
LORD Corporation

Lynne’s broad skills and proven leadership in strategy, partnerships and communications are real assets to her clients. She is innovative, goal-oriented and driven by results. Generous with time, research and information, she consistently delivers high-quality services and support.

J. Bradley Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

A natural leader and coach, Lynne understands what it takes to grow and flourish in today’s global economy. She’s a connector and relationship-builder, helping others engage and partner with purpose. And with a commitment to high quality, she relishes new challenges and opportunities.

Sepideh Saidi, PE
President and Chief Executive Officer
SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc.

From the moment I met Lynne at an NCTA conference in Charlotte, she has made the difference for me in my efforts to stimulate software development education in North Carolina. She took the time to understand what I wanted to do from a business perspective and connected me with organizations and individuals where I would have the most impact. I continue to seek Lynne's counsel, she continues to provide the guidance and, even more importantly, to give me the encouragement I need to keep driving for my goals. Her unique experience in both business and education have made the difference in my efforts and in the efforts of many around the state.

Patrick Turner, Chief Technology Officer
Small Footprint, Inc.

Lynne gave me the confidence I needed to push beyond my comfort zone and the accountability I needed to make things happen!

Catherine Hart, Application Trainer

Lynne Garrison helped me navigate the challenging waters of being a professional in transition and coached me along the way. With Lynne’s guidance, I was able to restore my ‘professional confidence’ through in-depth behavioral/motivator testing and detailed exploration of my strengths and weaknesses. She helped me fine-tune my resume, craft effective cover letters, and update my LinkedIn profile. Lynne also provided excellent coaching throughout the interview process and held me accountable for weekly tasks to aid in the job search process. I didn't realize how much I needed a career coach until I had one! I highly recommend Lynne to anyone in transition or considering a job change.

Brenda Steen, Communications Project Manager
NC Electric Cooperatives

I found Lynne’s services to be invaluable to me. She helped me reflect on my passions and opportunities before seeking out a position that is both personally and professionally fulfilling. Her weekly coaching sessions provided me with resources as well as opportunities for reflection. She never let me get down about the time I was investing in myself and finding that right position.

Kristin Lampe, Instructional Coach
The Expedition School

About Lynne


  • Led, as Senior Vice President, one of the nation's premier education innovation agencies during a time of unprecedented growth, more than tripling the size of the organization over four years.
  • Served as an officer and Vice President of Corporate Communications for North Carolina's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, for nearly 14 years, leading communications and community relations, as well as serving as a founding board member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
  • Chaired and/or served on Executive Committee of numerous community and business organizations, including the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Leadership North Carolina, NCSU Foundation, Triangle High Five (regional education/corporate professional learning alliance), Wake Education Partnership, and Apex United Methodist Church.

Partnership Development

  • Created Industry Innovation Councils bringing together nearly 100 employers, institutions of higher education and government agencies to support education innovation and work-based learning experiences.
  • Facilitated a statewide, business-led Pathways to Prosperity State Leadership Team to champion the development of regional public-private alliances and career pathways.
  • Developed public-private partnership among government, the state's largest health insurer and a private foundation encouraging cities and communities to support healthy lifestyles and walkable communities.
  • Collaborated in a regional initiative bringing together six school districts and six corporations/foundations to improve public education.

Resource Development

  • Co-led the project team that won a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to scale rural innovative schools both within North Carolina and beyond its borders – the only such Investing in Innovation Scale Up award given in 2014.
  • Played instrumental role in raising $2.5 million in required private matching funds to secure two major federal grants for education innovation in low-income, rural communities.
  • Led the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's annual total resource campaign raising more than $1.4 million.
  • Experienced as a leader on both sides of resource development – overseeing the awarding of community contributions from large corporation/foundation as well as fundraising directly for a large nonprofit.

Communications & PR

  • Served as chief communications officer in both public and private sectors: state's largest health insurer, one of the nation's largest public school systems, and a major state government agency.
  • Led numerous campaigns, including Healthy Lifestyle Choices, FitTogether, BCBSNC's 75th anniversary, State of Preventive Health annual summits, Vision 2015 and branding redesign for NC New Schools.


Lynne earned her B.A. degree in business management at North Carolina State University, serving in leadership positions during her college career. She is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and the Education Policy Fellows Program (EPFP).

Spending time with her family, walking, hiking and reading are among Lynne's favorite pastimes. She and her husband John have three adult children – two of whom are married – plus a Golden Retriever-mix dog.