Barbara J. Fittipaldi
President and CEO

Barbara Fittipaldi is president and CEO of the Center for New Futures, an international consulting and executive education firm with offices in New Jersey and California.  She has earned a reputation for excellence in her work as a management consultant and program leader for more than 30 years.

Her work centers on ‘breakthrough’ results, with a commitment to transforming the workplace into an environment of collaboration, self-expression and accomplishment.

In addition to consulting, Barbara designs and leads programs and is widely recognized as a “trainer of trainers.”  Her background includes degrees in Chemistry and

Mathematics, and she has taught courses in management and leadership at Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John Naisbitt & Patricia Aburdene in “Megatrends…”, refer to the programs of the Center For New Futures as    “. . . pioneering a new brand of leadership. . . teaching the ‘breakthrough’ culture change many companies seek but fail to create.” 

Her perspective on breakthrough is that a chasm exists between the creation of a strategy and its execution.  Failure to bridge that gap is the very reason many innovative strategies do not get fully implemented.  The Center for New Futures’ strategic design work is a distillation of what we have learned over the past 30 years from the extraordinary achievements of clients grappling with the challenge of implementation in the face of aggressive targets and escalating demands.

Due to the lasting success of participants in generating unprecedented results and to the extraordinary promotions in their careers, Barbara was invited to advise the US Commission on the Glass Ceiling.

Barbara has worked with over 25,000 people in North America, South America and Europe.  She is co-author of the book “When the Canary Stops Singing: Women's Perspectives on Transforming Business”, which was selected as one of the top ten business books of 1993 by Industry Week Magazine. 

She is on the Board of the Global Women’s Leadership Network at Santa Clara University.


“If you are not in awe of the opportunity in front of you, then it’s probably not a big enough opportunity.”  
- Barbara Fittipaldi

"Anyone participating in the programs can’t help but experience personal as well as professional breakthroughs. There is a powerful expansion of each individual’s own drive and creativity.”

- Christine Burke
President, Board of Trustees


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