Thomas Bruner is a nationally-recognized leader with successful experience across the United States building and repositioning complex mission-focused organizations and foundations, mobilizing communities to effectively respond to urgent issues and needs, and marshalling the resources of the private, public and social sectors. In addition to 25 years of executive-level leadership, Bruner holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and a diversity management certificate from Cornell University.
Bruner Strategies, LLC helps businesses and organizations do great work, focusing primarily in three areas:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - At national, state and local organizations, Bruner has led successful efforts to increase workforce diversity of Boards, staff and volunteers; develop culturally-specific programs to reduce disparities; improve cultural competence in delivering products and services; create innovative partnerships with culturally-specific organizations; and, increase supplier diversity through women-owned, minority-owned and emerging small businesses. More than just good social policy, Bruner approaches diversity as a business imperative in an increasingly diverse, multicultural world – key to being relevant, effective and competitive.
Bruner works with organizations to develop cultural competency – going beyond diversity training by embedding concepts of equity and inclusion into the way they do business at every level. He offers individually-tailored strategies for each client in the following areas:
Development - Thomas Bruner has helped organizations across the country raise hundreds of millions of dollars to advance their missions and change the world. With decades of experience as a CEO, foundation executive, Board member, volunteer and donor, Bruner brings a strategic, donor-centric, results-oriented approach to organizations on all points of the development continuum.
Bruner helps organizations assess their current development efforts, and create or refine their strategies and programs for greater fundraising success. He offers individually-tailored strategies for each client in the following areas:
Bruner also helps organizations develop the tools and systems necessary for effective fundraising, including:
Leadership - Thomas Bruner has helped businesses and organizations across the country successfully adapt to change. With decades of experience as a CEO, foundation executive, Board member and volunteer, he understands the opportunities and challenges that come with change. Bruner helps leaders help others navigate change successfully by developing Learning Cultures.
Learning Cultures are organizations with a fierce desire to learn, improve and adapt. They are intellectually curious, and willing to challenge their orthodoxies. They embrace failure as a means for improvement. Learning cultures are more innovative, creative, and willing to take smart risks. They identify as lifelong learners.
Bruner helps businesses and organizations develop Learning Cultures by embedding learning into every aspect of doing business, including:
As a longtime Buddhist and former year-long resident at a Buddhist temple, Mindfulness is another strategy Bruner uses to help leaders lead institutional change.
For many people, life does not just feel busy, it feels overwhelming. People multitask, rush, juggle, and check messages around the clock. The pressure to decide, act, finish and move quickly to the next task can be intense. During times of change, that pressure to act often increases. In the midst of that frenzy, Mindfulness can be a powerful and simple tool.
Bruner helps leaders help others navigate change more skillfully, thoughtfully and kindly through Mindfulness. He offers individually-tailored strategies for each client in the following areas: