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Barri Carian

Barri Carian has partnered in and led three startup businesses and held executive positions in two Fortune 500 companies. She is a skilled strategic and critical thinker, an accomplished leader and a highly effective meeting facilitator. Her expertise in all facets of building and growing an organization gives her the keen insight needed to help business owners and CEOs grow revenues and profits by increasing productivity, streamlining delivery systems and spearheading business development. 

In 1997, after deciding she didn’t want to get on one more airplane to attend a business meeting, Barri started Carian Consulting to help business owners develop practical solutions for growth. She has helped over one hundred companies attain their desired results. She is also sought after to apply her proprietary process, Insync Partnershipsâ, to conduct conflict resolution in business partnerships. 

Barri is known for her successful meeting facilitations. She is adept at delivering on outcomes, keeping meetings on track, challenging organizational assumptions and the status quo to meet societal, technological & industry trends head-on and for asking the right questions to ensure that the right problems are being solved.  

Barri’s facilitation experience is vast, working with both global and domestic businesses. She currently runs a CEO Roundtable that meets monthly to tackle the challenges and opportunities of running a business. She has facilitated numerous sessions for non-profit and private company boards, leadership and ownership teams. Her facilitation experience includes creating strategic and tactical plans, developing mission, vision and values, team building and improving communications as well as general business meetings. 

Prior to starting her own business, Barri’s career included positions as: Senior Vice President of Aon Consulting Worldwide, where she directed the Outsourced Services Division with P&L responsibility for $17 million; Chief Operating Officer for Pinnacle Group, where she co-led this start up to revenues of $12 million in 5 years by creating a national brand identity, developing and implementing a customer focus strategy and building the infrastructure to support the company’s growth in addition to co-leading a management buy-out from the major stockholder, Weyerhaeuser Mortgage Company; and Regional Vice President of Merrill Lynch Relocation where she was responsible for 50 employees and the acquisition, sale and closing of $20 to $30 million of real estate each month.   

A native Californian, Barri received her BA from the University of California, Riverside. She is a Past President of the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), has dedicated 18 years volunteering for Healing Odyssey, a retreat for women cancer survivors, and has served on the Advisory Board for DifferenceMakersOC. Barri resides in Laguna Niguel, CA.  

Barri Carian has been working with Cain-Stanley & Co. since 2003.