Whether bringing new leaders on board, developing existing talent, or evaluating a potential acquisition, you want to know you’re making the right decision—before committing precious resources. The stakes are high—and mistakes are costly, in dollars and in wasted time.
Becky Winkler launched Department 732c to give you peace of mind in the human capital space. Working as a collaborative partner, Becky will hone your awareness for the positive and negative consequences of every talent decision you make.
Department 732c provides sophisticated solutions, minus the inefficiencies of a giant consulting firm. Old-school consulting was structured to maximize partner profits, with little regard for your bottom line. Not true of us. We believe clients are people—not cases or files. With Department 732c, you will invest in proven expertise—not overhead.
Further, we understand your challenges affect human beings. Clients are people—often with a great deal at stake. Consulting in the human capital arena is a service profession and we take that mandate seriously. Personal attention is our signature—because one-size solutions never fit all.
Becky has conducted over 1,000 executive-level assessments and coached numerous leaders to breakthrough performance. Her team-alignment engagements have transformed sub-optimized, individual performers into forceful and cohesive units. PE clients praise her organizational diligence as “a crystal ball” for targeting tweaks that boost profitability post close. Speaking and training round out Becky’s areas of expertise.
Hardwired to shoot straight, Becky understands the importance of courage in all endeavors and interactions. Unlike other consultants and coaches, she models fearlessness at all times. Rely on Becky to speak the uncomfortable truth when it helps you, your team, or your company improve. But make no mistake, alongside hard-hitting insights, Becky’s irreverent wit keeps clients from sweating the small stuff.
A close look before leaping
At the outset of every engagement, Becky digs deep for a fully baked view. She’ll understand what matters most in your organization—where it stands in its lifecycle, the unique aspects of organizational culture—before recommending next steps. Becky knows that “perfect” executives, teams, and team members don’t exist. Rather, results come from optimizing talent and structure in the unique landscape of your organization.
Becky helps individuals and organizations achieve transformational results by engaging in sincere and meaningful ways. Transactional relationships and one-offs simply aren’t in her comfort zone. Becky’s clients remain loyal for years—and reap benefits from her ever-deepening expertise. As a result, she is privileged to see ongoing, positive outcomes from her recommendations.
Attentiveness. Responsiveness. Accuracy.
Becky treats each and every engagement as if it’s her only engagement. No wonder clients tell her she “gets it right” more than 90% of the time! And no small feat in the realm of difficult-to-predict human capital challenges. Your unique organization matters, and you will know this by the deep insights, focused attention, and premier service Becky guarantees. As other clients have noted, with Becky as your trusted thought partner, you will “feel seen.”
Becky Winkler, Ph.D. combines razor-sharp insight, deep experience, and genuinely humanistic intentions to help her clients succeed. Her warmth and directness (combined with judgment and intellect) foster trust—which paves the way to transforming individuals, teams, and organizations.
In her work with more than half of all top U.S. Private Equity funds, she’s engaged with companies from founder-led start-ups to multi-billion-dollar, international organizations. Her client base also includes LPs, hedge funds, public companies, and non-profits. Most of the work she’s done has been in the middle-market sector, where she thrives on unlocking potential to help companies scale.
As much as Becky enjoys deploying insight, she also loves creating knowledge. Thus, she has partnered with researchers at premier academic institutions like Cornell University and Teacher’s College at Columbia University to understand what predicts and sustains executive performance. Her work has been featured in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Inc., The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and more.
For ten years before launching Department 732c, Becky was a top-performing partner with boutique consulting firm Green Peak Partners. Prior, she worked as an external consultant with the Atlanta management psychology consultancy Sperduto & Associates, and as an internal OD practitioner with Advocate Health Care in Chicago. Becky graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program with a major in Psychology, a minor in Chinese, and a certificate in Women's Studies. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from DePaul University.
Becky currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received numerous awards from the University of Georgia (e.g., 40 Under 40 and the Jere W. Morehead award) where she currently serves as a Trustee. Her passion for providing choices and opportunities for all underlies her commitment to this institution and others like KIPP NC, a nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving students in educationally underserved communities.
Becky has an incredible ability to immerse herself with leadership teams, learn the business strategy, learn the inter-team dynamics, and develop a plan to address key gaps to drive towards a higher-functioning team. Engaging Becky is a game-changer to any leader looking to improve the performance of their team, and she’s very fun to work with!
—Yancey Spruill, CEO @ DigitalOcean
Becky is an absolute standout in the human capital assessment and development space. Her warm yet direct approach—and deep expertise and experience—have made her a trusted advisor to Two Sigma Impact. She never ceases to uncover critical nuances that sharpen our decisions about people in deals. And she makes all of this hard work really fun.
—Ann Ruble, Operating Partner @ Two Sigma Impact
Becky is our go-to person for assessing the leadership of the companies we look to invest in. Her energy and personality wins over the most hardened and grizzled CEOs and founders. Most importantly, Becky engenders trust with the executives she meets. She is super sharp and understands my business needs and goals. Becky is indispensable to our investment process.
—Lloyd Metz, Managing Director @ ICV Partners
I have worked with many great professionals over the years. Becky ranks at the top of my list. Intelligence, personal insight and intuitive sense are the critical elements to her chosen work, and she has these attributes in abundance. But more than that, when you add to the mix her compassionate nature and good humor, you have the whole package. There is no finer person with whom to entrust such delicate and important work than Becky.
—Porter Durham, Managing Partner @ Global Endowment Management
I've worked with Becky over the last twelve years in many capacities. She gives her whole self to her clients and becomes a trusted friend and advisor. Unlike other coaches, Becky is genuinely interested in helping you believe in your strengths and find the most authentic way to use them. Her approach is not to change you, but to help you find the best version of yourself and recognize when that version is not present.
—Amy Orem, Chief Human Resources Officer @ Asurion
Department 732c—you’re likely thinking, “An odd choice.” Truthfully, we agree—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Department 732c honors Becky’s grandmother, Florence, a secretary for more than 20 years in an iconic retail corporation (during a time when most women worked only inside their homes). Florence’s resourcefulness and resilience inspired Becky: her grandmother did whatever it took to support her family, and did it with grace and strength (and an ample stash of unfiltered Pall Malls). Florence passed away in 2010, but Becky still cherishes her grandmother’s 10, 15, and 20-years of service pins from—you guessed it—Department 732c.