Culture Shift LLC: What We Do


We are focused on relational leadership while targeting measurable results. We believe changing organizational culture and/or strategic direction requires foresight and top-notch communication both internally and externally. Our cutting-edge approach combines Strategic Foresight, Leadership Development, and Coaching for nearly every service provided.


Understand the future by anticipating trends and leveraging the past, present, and future for your organization as part of the strategic process.


Expand your leadership’ capacity to be both efficient and effective, creating alignment in times of uncertainty through training. Subjects include, but are not limited to communication, personal development, board governance, and Dr. Cress' key training, "Moving Faith Forward.


Market research is conducted directly with current and potential clients. Therefore, clients get opinions and feedback about customer interests in new products, services, or areas of ministry before investing in innovative ideas.


Because the foundation of every organization is communication, effective communication is one of our key foci. Consequently, we provide training for the exchange of thoughts, information, ideas, and messages between people or groups in all forms of communication – written, verbal, and visual.


Winston Churchill once advised, "never waste a crisis" (read article). Hence, our conflict management helps limit the negative aspects of conflict while increasing the positive aspects of conflict. 


According to Dr. Edgar Schein, "organizational culture refers to the values and beliefs of an organization" (read article here). So, we evaluate, plan, and and set up action steps for organizational culture change, which frequently includes structural change.

Key training series

Moving Faith Forward: The Future of the Church in Uncertain Times


Leaders Trained


Satisfied Clients






What clients are saying ...

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Jim Brauer

When I needed someone to point the way into the future, that person was Dr. Karen Cress. Articulate, knowledgeable, but also very practical with a heart to actually help the local church or company figure out where they are and where they want to go. If they have the courage to actually do something once they hear where they are and where they are heading, is entirely a different issue, as most people are extremely resistant to deep change. Karen will help guide and encourage the caring /learning organization to understand and take the baby steps to get going. Courage! Now listen to Karen and do it!

In their own words

5 reviews

  • Avatar Velino Salazar ★★★★★ in the last week
    Dr. Karen Cress (Culture Shift, LLC President) has been a great "change agent" helping our organization to change … More its culture. As leaders, we had to answer the tough questions she asked us to identify the why of our behaviors, rules, values, and assumptions.
    Through the several hours of meetings with our diverse teams of service, she "squeezed our minds" to admit our dissatisfaction with the present status and to reveal our aspirations for a reachable excellence.
    As result of this process, our top administrative leaders were able to envision a better future by defining our new vision, mission, core values and strategic objectives.
    Although we haven't reached the ideal we aspire, we are certain we are moving on the right direction. Organizational cultures are developed in years, so changing it also takes time; but it s possible.
    Velino A. Salazar, President
    Southern California Conference
    of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Avatar JiSung Nam ★★★★★ a week ago
    This site provide me new and exciting information about culture and changing culture. Not only give me world wide perspective … More but also insights and practical process of creating a new culture. The information here helped me a lot improve the culture of work environment of a small organization under my supervision. Dr. Cress is an excellent professional provider for leadership training and consulting organization to change and re-boost the effectiveness for it's mission and goal. Highly recommended!
    from Pastor Samuel Lee.
  • Avatar Gerard Kiemeney ★★★★★ a week ago
    I served as the LA Metro Region Director for 31 churches for 23 years. I just retired January 2, 2020. I have an earned D.Min. … More from Fuller Theological Seminary and have appreciated her academic as well as pastoral insights from the many interactions we have had with her. Dr. Karen Cress led the LA Metro Region of Southern California Conference to greater awareness of personal and corporate strategic thinking, personal and corporate growth as well as exhibiting great insight into some of the practical dynamics of organizational culture. She has led the LA Metro region to discover truth for itself as well as greater sensitivity to reaching the community it serves with relevance. Dr. Cress has designed several strategic instruments to help an organization gain greater insight into its current condition as well as help forecast what future strategies must be implemented to meet the growing trends of the society at large. She is a very learned and gifted speaker and is able to engage an organization effectively so that team ministry is accomplished in more effective ways. I highly recommend her as a valuable resource for any organization.
  • Avatar Brett Poynter ★★★★★ a week ago
    Culture Shift, LLC was recommended to me by a colleague who used their consulting services. My experience with this company … More was exceptional. It was indeed a blessing to my church leadership team. Culture Shift expertly guided us through every step of creating and implementing a strategy for church growth and development. We saw results right out of the gate. We will forever be grateful for Culture Shift’s help. If you are looking for ways to grow your church, then contact this company for assistance.

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