Cheri loves to see people come alive with possibility. She has almost 35 years experience in leadership development, teamwork and collaboration, culture transformation, training and facilitation focused on expanding potential and possibility.
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Cheri Torres, Ph.D. Cheri understands that relational dynamics inform any group or organization endeavor; therefore, she works with leaders and teams to co-create positive, strength-based relationships capable of achieving extraordinary outcomes. She emphasizes excellence and success as an evolving target that is best achieved through continuous appreciation and inquiry. Working with Cheri means learning to use a simple set of tools and practices that generate human connection, positive relational dynamics, broad-based inclusion, creativity, collaborative action, and collective impact.

Cheri also partners with communities and organizations for whole systems change and strategic planning, bringing all stakeholders together for planning, design and collaborative action.  She has worked across all sectors: education, social profit/NGOs, government and corporate, supporting their capacity for learning and innovation, shared leadership, teamwork and collaboration. She has trained thousands of trainers and teachers in the use and practice of Experiential Learning, Appreciative Inquiry and other strength-based practices with a particular focus on leadership development, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. In addition to North America, she has worked in Mexico, South America, Europe and India.

Cheri brings a diverse background to her work. She founded Childcare Directions in 1983, a non-profit childcare resource and referral service that continues to serve NC communities. She also co-founded Mobile Team Challenge in 1995, which sells their patented portable low ropes courses and provides Appreciative Facilitation training. Her collaborative natures is reflected in her partnership with: The Center for Appreciative Inquiry, NextMove, Innovation Partners International, and Insight Shift.

Cheri holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Collaborative Learning from the University of Tennessee. She also holds an MBA, a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, Level 2 certification in Cultural Transformation Tools/Barrett Values Centre, and level II certification in Spiral Dynamics Integral. She co-designed and patented Mobile Team Challenge, an award-winning, portable low ropes course. She has authored numerous books and articles including The Appreciative Facilitator: Accelerated Learning Practices and Dynamic Relationships: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry in Daily Living. She is currently co-authoring a book, which will be published by Berrett Koehler in late 2017.




Leadership Development

Tools and Practices for Leading a Learning Organization


Tools and practices for high performance, strength-based teams.

Culture Transformation

Using Barrett Cultural Values Assessment and Appreciative Inquiry, intentionally evolve your culture to align with your desired values.

Communication 4.0

Tools and practices to turn any conversation, even the most challenging one, into a great conversation.

Principles of Co-Creativity

Highly experiential workshop to expand a team’s ability to co-create together.

Strategic Planning

Whole system, strength-based strategic planning using the Appreciative Inquiry Approach.


South Central College

Senior Leadership Development, whole college strategic planning, teamwork and AI training for student resources, AI training for faculty and staff, integrating AI into project management, and becoming an appreciative culture

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Leadership and team development for the learning organization

Abbvie, Inc.

Leadership, team development, and movement beyond conflict

International Jewelry Industry

Jewelry Industry is working to shift the industry towards sustainable business practices and responsible sourcing. Annual summits for 100-200 people, involving every sector of the industry from around the world

Baystate Medical Center

Appreciative Leadership training and development for management, including a plan of action for individual managers and supervisors.

Meet the Geeks

Regional summit for Western North Carolina to bring the technology sector together to plan for a thriving digital economy across the region.