Our Team

Our consultants team up to provide the right level of expertise on every project. Sapphire Consulting has strategic partnerships with consultants across the Americas, Europe and Asia who can assist in the successful implementation of your project.

Jim Kimberly

Jim Kimberly is president and founder of Sapphire Consulting after spending more than two decades in senior leadership positions in the human services, employee assistance and behavioral healthcare fields. He began consulting with businesses and industries in 1990, and has worked with a wide variety of organizations including healthcare, higher education, police departments, utilities, publishers, manufacturers, financial services and high technology firms. Jim has extensive management experience in leadership, sales, business development and operations.

With an MSW (University of Buffalo), BA Sociology/Anthropology (Ripon College) and advanced certification in emotional intelligence and coaching, Jim is a skilled speaker, trainer and facilitator offering a high-energy focus to sensitive human resource related topics. He holds memberships in the Association for Corporate Growth, Organizational Development Network, Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Leadership Forum.

Jim is also an active member of The Heart of Coaching Consortium, a national consultant's forum committed to the building of coaching cultures within organizations.

Specialty Areas:

  1. Organizational Design
  2. Culture Change
  3. Leadership Development
  4. Leadership Assessment & Coaching
  5. Emotional Intelligence
  6. Certified in Meyers- Briggs Personality Type Indicator© (MBTI©), Bar-on Emotional Quotient-Inventory (EQ-i©), EQ360©
  7. Post Merger Integration
  8. Family Business Consulting
  9. Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter

Dean Brown

Dean Brown provides a unique combination of technical experience, business acumen and organizational development skills to the issues of today’s leaders.  Dean’s professional experience includes university, retail, media and technology settings in private and public companies. 

Dean’s most recent corporate leadership was Vice President IT Staff Development at Clear Channel Communications, where he was instrumental in creating a transformational leadership development program. Dean can relate to leaders who are small private business owners, as well as leaders within a multi-national Fortune 500 publicly traded company.  

Dean has an MBA from the University of Texas San Antonio, with post-graduate studies at Fielding Graduate University. 

Specialty areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Assessment and Coaching
  • Organizational Design
  • Conflict Management

Certified in Situational Leadership II©, Meyers- Briggs Personality Type Indicator© (MBTI©), Bar-on Emotional Quotient-Inventory (EQ-i©) and the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP©).


Ellen R. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen R. Benjamin is a consulting psychologist with over 20 years of human resource consulting experience assisting clients in the public and private sectors with the effective alignment of their business objectives and human resource practices. Dr. Benjamin invested most of her career in consulting and management positions with such firms as The Hay Group, Mercer, and Towers Watson where she focused her practice on both the design of compensation programs, and on the assessment of management talent and prospective candidates for key client roles. She is sought after as an international speaker on the subjects of competency modeling, incentive pay design, and pay equity.

With a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Benjamin has assisted clients across the nation and the globe with designing and implementing equitable job evaluation and compensation programs for all levels of the company from hourly to executive positions. Her background as a psychologist provides a unique perspective of the behavior-rewards linkage, and she has used that special insight in the analyses of her clients’ current practices and their desired culture.

Specialty Areas Include:

  • Job evaluation and pay equity
  • Compensation structures
  • Market pricing of jobs
  • HR audits
  • Leadership selection
  • Candidate assessment
  • Job documentation and position description writing

Recent Speaking Sessions

"Retaining High Potential Leaders with Emotional Intelligence"
American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, September, 2012

“Retaining HiPo’s with Emotional Intelligence”
SHRM State Conference, Garden State Council (NJ), November 2, 2010.

Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers:
Be Smart or Lose Them

NHRA- National Human Resources Association, Nashua, NH
September 20, 2010

Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers: Be Smart or Lose Them!
HRA- Human Resource Association
Central Connecticut (HRACC)
May 20, 2010

Metrowest
Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers: Be Smart or Lose Them!
SHRM- Metro West Human Resource Management Association, Framingham, MA, April 13, 2010

Restructuring, Downsizing, Termination…How to Survive It,
Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association, North Andover, MA
November 11, 2009.

Sustaining High Performance & Profit: Embracing a Coaching Philosophy
2009 Garden State Council SHRM Annual Conference,
Long Branch, NJ,
October 26, 2009

Bad Managers: Solutions for Boston's Business Community featured on the "What's at Risk?" , WBZ Radio 1030 AM, Boston, MA
October 3, 2009

Manager, Leader, Who am I?
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA), Regional Conference, Portland, ME, June 2009

Until Termination Do We Part: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Rightsizing
In partnership with Morgan, Brown & Joy, Waltham, MA, May 20, 2009

Emotional Intelligence: Unlocking Potential to Enhance Performance,
Greater Monadnock SHRM, Keene, NH,
May 13, 2009

Emotional Intelligence and Your EQi
Connecticut Healthcare Human Resource Administration (CHHRA)
Wallingford, CT
October 29, 2008

Til Termination Do Us Part: Rightsizing Your Business Without Doing it Wrong
In collaboration with Wiggin & Nourie
Nashua, NH
September 24, 2008

Leadership Lessons and Emotional Intelligence
Vermont State SHRM Conference
Burlington, VT
September 8, 2008

Manager, Leader, Who am I?
Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Central New York
SHRM Conference
Verona, NY
June 13, 2008

The Art of Being Positive
Miles HealthCare/ St. Andrews Hospital,
Damariscotta, ME
May 29, 2008

Helping Executives with Emotional Intelligence: Leadership Skills that Matter
Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Hanover, NH, November 2007

Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence
American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA),
Region 1 Conference, Burlington, VT
July 2007

Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence
Human Resources Association, Greater Concord, NH,
June 2007

Predicting Success: Using Emotional Intelligence
River Valley HR Association, Newport, VT
June 20, 2007

Going FISHing
Greater Nashua Human Resources Association, Nashua, NH
May 2007

Effective Meetings at Work: Short, Crisp and On Point!
Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association
Andover, MA
May 2007

Using Emotional Intelligence Testing for Performance Improvement
NH Trainer’s Roundtable, Concord, NH
April 23, 2007

Fine Tuning Your Performance Management Process: How To Motivate Your Employees
Webinar - Teleconference for Lorman Performance Seminars
March 2007.

Emotional Intelligence
& Leadership
Vermont Healthcare Human Resource Association, VT
January 2007

Leadership Development & Emotional Intelligence
River Valley Human Resource Association,
White River Junction, VT
and Claremont, NH
November 2006


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