CLIENTS & Partner Organizations

Stone Bench Consulting works with community institutions and innovative organizations both locally and nationally. We’ve designed educational programming, built and facilitated leadership development seminars, and designed team-building and DEIJ training for distinct staff across multiple partnered organizations. We’ve provided executive coaching, writing and editing assistance, and professional development programming for national professional organizations. If you’re pursuing personal or organizational growth, the Stone Bench can help you achieve your goals.

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Jeremy has come along side our education department to develop an inspirational conservation engagement plan. This plan will help our guests and our community understand, embrace and make choices that benefit wildlife and wild places. Jeremy’s authentic, thoughtful approach to facilitating conversations coupled with his critical thinking skills results in well-defined outcomes with a pathway to achieve success.  He challenges us to change and to be bold.  If you are looking for a change agent, look no further.  Call Stone Bench Consulting!

Norah Fletchall, President/CEO, Buffalo Zoo

Jeremy has developed leadership training and program design for Leadership Buffalo for years, and always engages our class members with work that challenges their prior assumptions, makes them think hard about themselves, and supports them in their growth as future leaders. Leadership Buffalo is happy to recommend Jeremy and Stone Bench Consulting to other partner organizations, and to work with them for ongoing projects with our own programming and clients.

Althea Luehrsen, CEO, Leadership Buffalo

Jeremy Besch is a thoughtful and strategic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) expert committed to building cultural competencies in individuals and organizations. One of the things I appreciate most about his approach is his utilization of systemic and historical references and individual personal experiences and outcomes, which are critical for a true understanding of DEI. His personal story and experiences really enhance his perspective and authenticity and he routinely goes above and beyond to address his customers’ needs. In addition, Jeremy utilizes a collaborative approach and is highly sought after for his insights and outstanding facilitation skills. I strongly recommend Jeremy without reservation!

Stephen Tucker, President & CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center

Jeremy was integral in our strategic planning process. During our planning discussions, town hall meetings with various cohorts in our organization, and debriefing with board members, Jeremy was masterful in facilitating discussions. He is able to listen closely to participants and skillfully pull threads to move the discussion forward. I could not be happier with Jeremy’s work and wholeheartedly recommend him to any organization looking to enhance their strategic planning process and/or facilitate important meetings.

Daniel Perez, CEO, NativityMiguel Coalition

Jeremy is the rare consultant who inspires with a combination of his deep real world experience, imagination, and clarity of thought. A deep listener who gets to the heart of the problem he’s working on, Jeremy (he) is pragmatic, thorough, and direct. Not content to just tell clients what they want to hear, Jeremy puts his all into his work and is able to flexibly adjust his process as the work advances, capturing new opportunities, and mitigating project design and execution risks.

Simon Holzapfel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Teal Education Partners

I have so enjoyed working with Jeremy Besch over a period of more than 15 years in a variety of relationships. Throughout all those ventures, Jeremy has consistently found the intersection of three elements:  what he is good at, what he enjoys doing, and what balances organizational success and social good.  At Schooling for Hope and with the NativityMiguel Coalition, Jeremy brought to the work his affinity for creating brave spaces for adults to learn more about racial justice and themselves.  He is a delight to work with as a consultant for an organization, a coach for leadership team members, a strategist and project manager, or any mix thereof.

Don Grace, Founder & CEO, Schooling for Hope