Endorsements and Reviews


“Dr. Sam Alibrando was retained … to provide a professional program designed to improve the quality of communication between the partners and to enhance the overall effectiveness of management team functioning. He has been very successful in working with the partners to achieve these goals. He brought to bear on these matters a broad range of tasks, projects and activities that have provided management team members with new understanding of the nature of effective interpersonal communication and group functioning and their individual roles in achieving them.”

— Carol Thorsell, Executive Vice President, DMS Services

“Effective Interpersonal Communication”

“The skills and tools presented have had a dramatic effect on our staff. We have noticed in our employees a much keener sense of awareness and compassion toward co-workers and the conflicts that arise during a typical business day.”

— Karen Farrington, Principle, Matura Farrington Staffing Services

“A Dramatic Effect on Our Staff”

“He took on the delicate job of bringing a team of colleagues together and blending two previously separate cultures to work in cooperation. By a series of marketing initiates, improving clinic practices, and being willing to take calculated risks, he has been able to bring FPFS to a position of strength in all its major functions.”

— John Court, Ph.D., Director, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

“Bringing a Team of Colleagues Together”

“As a search firm, we have always been good at attracting interest from a large applicant pool for job openings within our firm. However, prior to partnering with Dr. Sam Alibrando, we had always struggled to consistently hire the ‘right’ person. Through a combination of both quantitative tools and qualitative insight, Dr. Alibrando has been instrumental in streamlining our hiring process. He has helped us create the profile of the ideal candidate and given us the tools from which to properly discuss the pros and cons of each applicant.

“Additionally, Dr. Alibrando has played a key role in the onboarding process of new hires. The insights that he has been able to provide to our new hires have allowed them to more quickly climb the admittedly very steep learning curve during the first few months of employment. At the same time, he is able to provide management with valuable feedback on how best to create an environment that will allow the new hire to be successful. If you have struggled in the past with your hiring process, Dr. Alibrando is an excellent bet to turn that weakness into a strength.”

— Alan Cullen, President, Westwood & Wilshire (a leading executive search firm specializing the Life Sciences, Healthcare IT, and CPG industries)

“Instrumental in Streamlining Our Hiring Process”

“Our audience absolutely loved the opportunity to meet with you in person and listen to your interesting and wonderful presentation this evening. I am very certain that your wisdom and techniques for leadership development have helped to enlighten them. I always enormously enjoy seeing you and listening to you talk. You are amazing!”

— Thi Hagenbuechle, President/CEO, TH Consulting and Recruiting LLC

“Our Audience Absolutely Loved … Your Wonderful Presentation. ”

“I have been amazed at how the level of functioning among our staff has increased as what I believe to be a direct result of your seminar. Not only has the general morale of our staff increased but also so have their skills as well as their confidence. Thank you.”

— Diane Rutledge, Director, Union Station Foundation

“Functioning Among Our Staff Has Increased”

“One of my absolute highlights at the recent APA Division 13 Mid-Winter Conference was the session on The Interpersonal Triangle presented by Dr. Sam Alibrando. The content was clear, stimulating and imminently applicable especially for psychologists who are coaching business leaders. A gifted presenter, Alibrando taught, engaged, and inspired his audience. His work will influence my practice, and I believe it has the potential to enrich the consulting practice of others who recognize the power of this theoretical framework for helping executives be more effective leaders.”

— Karol M. Wasylyshyn, Psy.D., President, Leadership Development, Philaldelphia

“Inspired His Audience”

“I am honored Dr. Alibrando agreed to facilitate our one day retreat. Using the SWOT analysis, Dr. Alibrando masterfully synthesized the group’s identified weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities with humor and insight. We left with a clearer understanding of our strengths and weaknesses, as well as the action we needed to take. … I recommend Dr. Alibrando to facilitate your retreat.”

— Kathleen M. O’Connor, Esq., Founding Member Pasadena Collaborative Divorce

“Masterfully Synthesized … with Humor and Insight”

“Excellent information; I truly enjoyed the many analogies you used during today’s ‘Integrity & the Synergistic Leader’ luncheon meeting. I was able to see myself and my leadership style very clearly; and your presentation helped me increase my awareness towards the self-actualization of myself, thank you. Particularly pleasing was your comment on how ‘we are all three’ and your demonstration (the use of your hand) of the pyramid truly brought forth the visual perspective of the integration and application of all segments. Thank you.”

— Norma De Lerma, City of Pasadena

“Integrity & the Synergistic Leader”

“Dr. Alibrando’s unique use of characters from a renowned children’s story provides simple, yet effective insights into how we … react to the world around us, and sets the stage for effective change and success in accomplishing the goals we’ve set for ourselves.”

— Robin Cornwall, Business Analyst, USC Business Expansion Network

“Effective Change and Success”

“Your book, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, is a wonderful metaphor for understanding our lives and our relationships. I would recommend it to anyone as a tool for personal or corporate growth.”

— Dan Maltby, Ph.D., Director of the M.A. Degree Program in Organizational Leadership, Biola University.

“A Tool for Personal or Corporate Growth”

“Personal growth is one of the most important tasks we can undertake in life. Dr. Alibrando’s skillful use of the beloved Wizard of Oz tale as a paradigm helps instruct and guide us toward growth and change, in a warm and safe way. Change and transformation are understandable and attainable, as the book teaches us.”

— Dr. John Townsend, Radio Talk-Show Host and Best-Selling Author, including Boundaries

“Helps Instruct and Guide Us Toward Growth and Change”

“Dr. Alibrando has written an important book. He helps us to discover ourselves in the familiar Tin Man, Scarecrow or Lion. His intuitive understanding of the mind answers questions we don’t even know to ask.”

— Steve Julian, Public Radio Journalist and Host

“Helps Us to Discover Ourselves”

“In the creative use of a much beloved children’s story, Dr. Alibrando opens up a whole new way of understanding interpersonal relationships. The allegorical use of Dorothy’s three companions is both moving and motivating. Being successful in interpersonal relationships is becoming increasingly challenging in this age of disconnection, so I find the book both inspiring and illuminating — a sort of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ for those who struggle to build meaningful relationships.”

— Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR, Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Seminary, and author of Unmasking Male Depression

“A Whole New Way of Understanding Interpersonal Relationships”

“In his book, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Dr. Alibrando uses the characters, scenes and settings from the Wizard of Oz to educate the reader how to “turn adversity into positive change and growth.”  Since almost everyone has seen and/or read the Wizard of Oz, the reader can easily understand and relate to the message that Dr. Alibrando is trying to convey.  Moreover, by connecting his message to the Wizard of Oz, the reader is more likely to retain the information because people remember stories.  In addition to conveying such useful information in such a creative manner, while reading the book, I realized that his chart ‘on how to select a therapist’ was equally applicable to selecting an attorney.  It just so happens that I will be giving a presentation on finding the right fit lawyer two months from now and I plan on incorporating that information into my lecture.”

– Mark B. Baer, Esq., Family Law Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Practitioner, Author, Lecturer, and Keynote Speaker

“How to Turn Adversity into Positive Change and Growth”