Meet Annie

Annie Gallagher

Annie Gallagher, President

As president of Gallagher Consulting Group, Annie works with executives and organizations to achieve profit and career goals. With two decades of strategic consulting and communications experience, Annie has worked with a variety of groups including Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, nonprofits and public sector entities.

She specializes in consulting with senior management, CEOs and boards of directors on strategy, critical planning, communications, market research and positioning, and organizational development. She also works with leadership teams within organizations to enhance performance and productivity.

Annie spent several years of her career working in public relations and financial affairs for LimitedBrands, a multi-billion dollar retail company. She also served in leadership roles in communications and political affairs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a business trade association. As a consultant, she developed the first systematic research design to assess the voting behavior of state Supreme Court justices. Her approach is now used as a national model throughout the U.S.

Annie is a member of the International Coach Federation, the worldwide professional organization for business and personal coaches. She also received training from CoachU, the largest coach training organization in the world. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. She is a member of National Communication Honor Society's/Lambda Pi Eta Graduate Chapter at Gonzaga. Annie serves on the Advisory Board of Franklin University’s Organizational Communication School and the Public Relations Society of America’s task force on executive programming. She is also a founding member of the Ross Leadership Institute.

Annie believes it is crucial to take an active role in the community. She is a member of the association board of directors at the Columbus Zoo, an officer of the board of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, and a founding member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. She is a graduate and past board member of Leadership Columbus, Project OpenHand and Volunteers of America. Annie also supports other charitable organizations such as; American Veterans Relief Foundation, Dominican Sisters of Peace, Volunteers of America, Godman Guild, and Partners for Citizenship & Character.

She has been recognized by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) as a “Woman you Should Know,” and was recently invited by The White House to share her insights on business issues and the economy. She was named a "Forty under 40" leader to watch by Business First, and has been awarded for her volunteer efforts for a variety of community causes.

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I've known Ann Gallagher for several years and watched her build an exceptional business based on solid performance, outstanding client service and most importantly – results. Ann is a brilliant strategist and communication expert. Recently, she helped create a comprehensive plan to rollout a new political involvement program focused on better engaging our franchisees. Her ability to quickly assess a situation and provide spot-on ...
Mary Schell
SVP, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs
The Wendy's Company
Ann was instrumental in preparing us as we geared up to extend our global reach through new retail and distribution channels. She led strategy sessions in which our senior team determined innovative and decisive ways to leverage assets and grow the business. With sound insights and an outstanding response time, Ann helped set us on a new course that is leading us into the next exciting chapter of growth and expansion.
Dan Fehrenbach
Chief Financial Officer
Oasis International
Annie facilitated a strategic planning initiative with our board and staff leadership. It included an offsite planning retreat with some of the brightest and most influential leaders in the industry. With an effective and efficient focus, she guided us through a session of discussing some difficult topics that generated valuable debate. Her understanding of trade associations and skill for mediating were driving forces behind the ground we ...
Craig A. Purser
President & CEO
National Beer Wholesalers Association
Bravo, Annie! You were spectacular. Your facilitation of our senior management session was extremely valuable. I appreciate the role you played to help us plan for an exciting future.
John Barnard, MD
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
We trusted Gallagher's expertise to engage our staff as we took steps to broaden our perspective and our market share. With Ann's help, we were able to develop a plan that strategically and systematically mapped out our annual goals. This gave us a great blueprint to march forward. It's working. Our business is on a positive trajectory, and the sky is the limit! So far, we have increased our revenue by 21% since working with Ann. She also ...
Jeannette Armbrust
Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio, LLC
Gallagher Consulting Group provided outstanding management services to our statewide coalition. Annie's diplomacy, sense of humor and tenacity helped out diverse coalition stick together. Who says you can't herd cats? Annie and her team herded us to a victory with the restoration of funds exceeding $25 million.
Woody Woodward
Executive Director
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
Your presentation on executive branding and positioning was extremely relevant and spot on. I left your session with an actionable game plan, which has already yielded great results. The group you spoke to is made up of highly accomplished women executives with strong opinions. We can be a tough audience, especially with such an early start time on a cold morning, but you completely captured all of us with your energy, your conviction and ...
Michelle Manning
Director of Marketing
Elmer's Products, Inc.
Ann's work with our team over the two years has been exemplary. Her strategic retreats have cemented our leadership team and given us the opportunity to focus and prioritize on creating a comprehensive vision for the future of our companies. The sessions are especially beneficial because they concentrate on the strategic items we need to address. We don't waste our time on unnecessary tasks. I would highly recommend Ann, GALLAGHER ...
Ronald A. Pizzuti
The Pizzuti Companies
The rapidly-changing world demands that associations explore innovative ways to best serve its members. Gallagher Consulting was instrumental in helping our leadership explore new and exciting collaborative opportunities on behalf of our membership. Annie facilitated candid conversations among board leaders from multiple groups. The result? We were able to secure a strong partnership that will benefit OFA for years to come. Her smarts and ...
Michael V. Geary, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals
In the ever-changing world of healthcare, it's nice to have a consulting partner who inherently understands the issues, challenges, and opportunities we face. Gallagher Consulting Group is one of those partners. After conducting an assessment of our government affairs and policy work, GALLAGHER CONSULTING provided valuable feedback and recommendations on ways to strategically grow our program and position our organization for continued ...
Heather A. Stoll
VP External Affairs
Sisters of Charity Health System
My time with Annie was invaluable! I needed someone with clear business sense to hear my vision and help me create a plan to get there. It did not take Annie any time to cut through the hurdles that were standing in my way and give me a realistic timeline that I could follow to get to my goals. I left her office with a plan in hand. It included small, doable, action steps; the first one for that very afternoon that resulted in $50K! For me ...
Birdie Brennan
Brennan Professional Organizers
Ann made a great presentation at Jewish Family Services on personal branding. Her style is personable and engaging, her content is first-rate, and her message to our professional-level job seekers was right on target. Ann took the time to understand our unique audience, and then "nailed" her information in a powerful way to give them useful strategies for their job searches. It was all business and Ann made it work very well. I even used ...
Jim Hatch
Career Consultant
Jewish Family Services
The executive coaching experience with Gallagher Consulting Group gave me the support I needed to handle professional dilemmas, redesign my approach to problems and entertain alternative solutions/responses. It helped me identify and navigate barriers that could potentially derail continued career success. It helped me simplify and prioritize to achieve better work-life balance.
Lisa Groff
Managing Director, Credit-Risk
American Electric Power
Ann provided our participants with a fresh, energetic and engaging workshop targeted specifically at leadership advocacy. Her professionalism and expertise were inspirational to all involved and we received extremely positive feedback concerning the event. We won't hesitate to call on Gallagher Consulting Group again.
Linda Mascherti
Director, Division of State Government & International Affairs
American Osteopathic Association
Gallagher Consulting Group helped Nationwide Children's Hospital develop an integrated strategy regarding our organizational structure. The result was a clearer, more effective entity as well as a significant savings of funds. We were very pleased with the outcome and would not hesitate to recommend Gallagher Consulting and Ann Gallagher to any business or non-profit.
Morna Smith, PhD.
Director of Federal Relations and Health Policy
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Annie far exceeded my expectations with her customized and very strategic firm Rollout & Branding Plan. She clearly has a gift of listening carefully to her client's goals and aspirations and then crafting a plan of action to get them to where they want to go. My firm and I are looking forward to working with Annie on our next businesses initiates!
Michelle Cramer
Cramer + Associates
Ann's presentation on Executive Presence provides new insights into the topic as well as validating current assumptions. It was informative as well as entertaining.
Celia D. Crossley
CEO & President
Celia D. Crossley & Associates, Ltd.
Gallagher Consulting Group provided the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption the catalyst to move to the next level of organizational excellence through an intensive and creative strategic planning process. By expertly involving all key stakeholders, providing dynamic executive counsel and quickly understanding all the levels and nuances of the organization's activity, Ann Gallagher gracefully, but aggressively, managed a critical planning ...
Rita Soronen
President & CEO
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
As a professional woman, I value my time and the ways that I spend it. I looked to Ann Gallagher and Gallagher Consulting Group to explore ways to use my strengths and talents to become a more effective, balanced and skillful leader. Ann provided me with the specialized resources to accomplish these goals. Her innovative thinking and hands-on style are both motivating and inspiring. I would certainly look to Ann again for personal or ...
Rita Wolfe
Sr. VP Community Affairs
Dispatch Printing Company
Ann Gallagher embodies our higher levels of leadership themes. She goes beyond the probable to create the possible, views uncertainties as opportunities, and thinks conceptually – building on the why, when others focus on the what. Ann personifies what it means to be committed to her clients. Those she serves greatly benefit from her unique ability to turn complex issues into simple statements that can lead to success.
Paul Otte
Ross Leadership Institute
Gallagher Consulting Group was a tremendous asset in helping me find my focus and perspective and worked with me to align both my personal and professional goals. Their executive coaching program established practical, workable solutions that were custom to my situation and priorities. Overall, I was especially impressed by the wealth of information and helpful tools provided to me.
Bev Peaso
General/Engineering Development Integration Services
General Dynamics
Ann has a fantastic ability to connect with and inspire individuals. She facilitated a three-day retreat at Longwood Gardens that focused on stakeholder research. It was extremely well received, and the results will help grow and positively position our organization. I would highly recommend utilizing her talents.
Paul Redman
Executive Director
Longwood Gardens
Ann Gallagher delighted attendees of WELD's Executive Women's Series event for C-suite and senior level women from the corporate sector. She delivered a powerful session on executive branding session. Feedback from attendees asserted that Ann clearly understood the specific leadership needs of executive women, provided relevant and actionable strategies to help position themselves for the top job, and alerted them to potential blind spots ...
Barb Smoot
Executive Director
Women for Economic and Leadership Development
Working with Annie and her team at Gallagher Consulting Group was a terrific experience. We appreciated their insightful ideas, enthusiasm, and attention to detail. They offered solutions that had an immediate impact on our organization—streamlining our branding efforts, identifying and reaching out to critical stakeholders, and increasing internal efficiency. They kept in mind our budget and were consistently cognizant of our ...
Ed Harper
Executive Director
Franklin County Residential Services, Inc.
Making decisions in the business world is a given. Making smart ones is a different story. Ann's session on intuition and smart decision making was outstanding. It took "leadership training" to a different level and really focused on identifying and using personal tools to become a better decision-maker. As a presenter Ann was engaging and smart. I look forward to attending another session of hers in the future.
Christine Merritt
Executive Director
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
I am pleased to endorse Gallagher Consulting Group, specifically Ann Gallagher and Mary Ann Pilotte. I worked with Ann to design, develop and implement an internal peer- coaching program within the finance organization at American Electric Power (AEP). She was professional, thorough, considerate, innovative and meticulous during this process. During the pilot phase of our program, Ann and Mary Ann worked with our coaching candidates in an ...
Rhoderick C. Griffin
Manager, Regulated Accounting
American Electric Power
Ann has a great way of connecting with people. Whether leading a planning session or working together one-on-one, her positive energy and communication skills are second to none. I've worked closely with Ann on strategic planning and asked her to facilitate retreats for our board and staff. Her keen ability to solicit relevant and honest discussion about critical issues is masterful. The summarization of key meeting outcomes were also ...
Karen Davis
President & CEO
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
Annie provided excellent leadership to the members of the Ohio Contractors Association in the development of a multi-year strategic plan.She skillfully engaged our leadership group and helped us create a dynamic vision for the organization.
Christopher L. Runyan, P.E.
Ohio Contractors Association
If you are looking for a straightforward, systematic approach to strategic planning, Annie Gallagher is tops. Her powerful research and understanding of how things affect our bottom line was insightful. Through our board retreat and planning sessions, she helped us examine key issues and work collectively to implement an innovative plan that maximized both our time and resources. Time and money both well spent.
Beth Loudy
Executive Director
State Government Affairs Council
We were looking for ways to strengthen our organization by tapping into the great resources of our staff and board. Ann helped us engage key stakeholders and worked with our board and executive staff through spirited, engaging training sessions. Powerful and persuasive, Ann's knowledge of current trends and the best ways to incorporate them into everyday business make her views and contributions incredibly valuable.
Jack Fisher
Executive Vice President
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Consulting Group to facilitate a workshop on how to run a successful ballot issue campaign. Ann's ability to hit the ground running and quickly size up the situation was inspiring! Working together, we were able to identify and harness the diverse interests of our coalition and put a game plan together that helped us stay united and present a powerful voice. We continue to put to good use the tools she provided us with. I can't wait to work ...
Sue Cave
Executive Director
Ohio Municipal League
Gallagher Consulting Group has helped us to reshape not only our leadership team but our organization's brand and image. I rely on their advice on a daily basis and rarely make a PR decision without consulting them first. I would highly recommend their suite of services to any organization looking to expand their presence and awareness within the community.
Michelle T. Kidson
Chairman & President
Oxford Consulting Group, Inc.
Ann's presentation "Issues at Home: How to run a winning ballot measure" provided excellent information for municipal representatives at our recent Ohio Municipal League's Women in Government workshop. Her approach to the larger question of the current declines in municipal revenue, what questions need to be answered before decisions are reached, and how to take a leadership role during ballot campaignsprovided thought-provoking responses ...
Marsha Hall
Village of Baltimore, Second Vice-President
Ohio Municipal League
Annie - It was wonderful to meet you and hear your presentation. Your information was extremely valuable and caused me to consider elements of ballot measures I wouldn't have thought of myself. Actually, I found myself applying the principles to my own campaign for office. Thanks again for taking your time to share your wisdom in this field!
Kelly Blankenship
Finance Director
City of Mansfield