Dr. Lauren J. Oliver received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA and her Baccalaureate degree from Harvard University. She currently provides coaching and organization development consultations for leaders, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals. She was co–founder with Dr. Simmons of the California nonprofit Support Group Network. Dr.Oliver is co–authoring, with Dr. Simmons, a book focusing on the emotional health and well–being of families. In addition, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Simmons are developing and conducting Beyond Romance, Making Love Last enrichment workshops for couples.
Dr. Oliver's career spans twenty–five years in clinical psychology, organization development, management, training and education. She was the architect of the training and development system for the Toyota–GM joint venture, New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. She was Director of Training for NUMMI for over eight years. She developed key programs at NUMMI that included leadership development, team building, problem solving and continuous improvement.
As an internal Executive Consultant for PG&E for 4 years, Dr. Oliver was involved with change management, initiating the Action Forum model for cross–functional management–employee teams to make major improvements in safety, quality and cost reduction. Following her work at PG&E, Dr. Oliver provided external consulting in organization development and management development to South Korean and U.S. firms. She became an executive consultant for Personnel Decisions International, Inc., and headed the executive coaching function for the San Francisco office, serving Hewlett–Packard, PG&E, Cisco Systems, and other Silicon Valley corporations.