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Paula Guilfoye Leadership Training

It's not about me. 

Seriously, it's all about your team.

"My passion is helping people succeed and companies profit."

- Paula Guilfoyle


Paula is an expert in leadership and personal development, which she has studied and practiced for over 30 years.  She focuses on mindset, productivity, retention, and engagement to influence and accelerate culture for positive change.


As a transformational Keynote Speaker and Trainer, Paula helps people manage through constant change and stress to experience more success and happiness at work and home.


Her scientifically based GAP Formula has been shown to improve productivity, engagement, and turnover while lowering stress, and building a more positive, diverse, and inclusive culture. 


Paula’s speaking and training with industry leaders such as Coca- Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte, Lowe’s, Microsoft, KPMG, and Collins Aerospace quickly yields measurable outcomes.


Teams report achieving better results at work, feeling less stress, and enjoying more quality time with their families. Leaders say their people are happier and more productive because they have simple tools to handle any challenge or change.   


At Coca-Cola Charlotte for example, over 93% of their IT team voted to continue Claim Leadership after the initial workshops. Their reason: they performed better and felt happier at work and home when involved in the workshops. Like physical training, mental and emotional training must be repeated to reprogram the mind to be more effective under stress. 

Before founding Claim Leadership Paula spent 15 years at Fortune 500 companies GE and Aventis, in leadership roles in Human Resources and Sales. She was honored for her exceptional leadership, winning GE’s Managerial Award and Aventis’s highest sales award, The President’s Club.

When not pursuing her passion (helping you live your best life), Paula loves to spend as much time possible with her life partner, Jeff, daughter Melia and their families and friends. Relaxing? Biking, hiking, traveling and baking = happy. 

Paula loves to give back whenever possible, especially with her Speaking and Workshops to help non-profits.

What People Are Saying:

You're spending too much time dealing with people problems

I help teams improve organizational results by focusing on:





Personal & Leadership 






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I understand how frustrating it is to have so much in order and lack just a few tools, a few answers to success.

What led me here? Depression, struggling, failure. Seriously. This is personal. I had to find a way to transform my life and help others do the same.

30+ years ago while working in corporate America I began challenging my own thinking. I knew my mindset had everything to do with success and a happier life. Corporate success? I was experiending that. Happier life? That required understanding, tools and  persistence. The things I learned and the tools I created became the foundation of The Claim Leadership Program. While this hasn’t been easy, the Program has been a great success.

People want to succeed. They just don’t know how. It's my passion to help people - leaders and their teams - become the best version of themselves. 

Contact me. I want to understand your unique issues and help you reach your goals.

What if every team member viewed themself as a leader?

It all begins when people realize it's possible to become a better version of themselves. If each person sees what's possible personally then they WILL work better together as a team.


I like to think the end result is people truly finding JOY both in themselves and at work.


In 2010 I put my 20 years of corporate experience to use, along with my Masters in Counseling Psychology and HR, to form Claim Leadership.


Since then I've been able to help hundreds of teams transform unhealthy (and sometimes toxic) cultures into places people love to work.

About Paula Guilfoyle
Fortune 500 Team Training
Tracey Gillespie, SVP
Business Transformation Strategy
Wells Fargo

"If you are looking to create not just an event, but an experience your group won't be able to stop talking about, look no further."

Malcomb Coley, Office Managing Partner
Ernst & Young, LLC

"I heard MANY positive comments and GREAT feedback after Paula's session, and it hasn't stopped yet. I was personally impressed with Paula's energy, stories, and knowledge. Really helpful information...I would not hesitate to hire Paula again"

Grace Nystrum, SVP
Strategic Marketing Executive
Global Banking, Bank of America

"Outstanding! High energy - Paula kept everyone engaged. I will be referring Paula to more colleagues. We need her unique approach to self-development."

What makes Paula unique?

Most trainings lack lasting impact

The numbers don't lie. After only 5 sessions a Fortune 500's team said:

"I supervise a team of 6. And her words pop up on our regular team check-ins all the time. They all apply her concepts to work and personal lives. They bring her words up in our regular meetings. They respond positively to one another, are less reactionary, and have improved communication."


Of participants said "YES" they wanted the sessions to continue.


Of participants committed to attending future sessions.


Improvement in work-life balance skills ("I have tools to help me balance - to perform better at work and home".)


Improvement in stress management ("I know how to take steps to manage stress".)


"Improvement in employee satisfaction ("I enjoy coming to work each day".)

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