Ami Atkinson Combs

Ami Atkinson Combs is Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication™ and co-founder of Clearstream Consulting, LLC. She is a member of the Sierra Nevada Association of Talent Development as well as the Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition, and is certified for the EQi-2.0 and EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence Assessments.

A graduate of Mills College, Ami has been a research coordinator at Stanford University Medical School, as well as Interim Manager of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Division of Psychiatry. Prior to that, she worked with youth impacted by trauma, poverty and other challenging circumstances at Lincoln Center in Oakland, CA.

Amiís innate understanding of systemic patterns in communication is a cornerstone of her work in helping individual teams, as well as organizations as a whole, to strengthen their communication internally and with their client base. Ami offers coaching and training for corporations, educational institutions, nonprofits, government and community organizations, in addition to co-facilitating conference presentations and workshops with Sharon Strand Ellison.

The cutting edge skills she teaches are also transformational for individuals and families. Ami is co-author of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning audiobook Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting. She lives in Reno with her husband, Jesse, and sixteen year old twin boys, Sam and Will.

As Sharon's daughter, Ami has been an active participant in the discussion and development of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication from an early age.

Client List:

Ami's clients have included Nokia, Habitat for Humanity, General Dynamics, Chemeketa Community College, Lockheed Martin, Dress for Success, CCG Systems, Winnipeg Collaborative Practice Professionals, Head Start and the Sierra Army Depot. She also does presentations for a wide range of organizations including the Association for Early Childhood Education, the Sierra Nevada Association for Talent Development, ProNet, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Professional Mediators Association of London, England, Professional Saleswomen of Nevada, and Hacienda Encantada in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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