Based on 27 years of success in her own international consulting practice and her commitment to improve the lives of global citizens, Vanessa Andris founded The Prosfos Institute in 2012 to bring together multiple supports for increasing leadership effectiveness in a complex world. She is dedicated to helping people access their ability to manage their organizations, their stakeholders, and themselves to achieve desired results in for-profit and non-profit enterprises, as well as their own lives.
Vanessa works both independently and with Prosfos colleagues to provide custom designed interventions for improving organizational effectiveness, leadership development, learning, and strategic communications.
She is a highly-trusted consultant, trainer, advisor, and coach working at individual, team, and organizational levels. A first-generation American of European descent, Vanessa is fluid in large-scale multi-cultural environments. She is adept at tailoring her own style with respect to the client’s cultural preferences and cited for the insight, authenticity, flexibility, and commitment she brings to her work.
Vanessa is frequently called upon to design and facilitate discussion and decision-making events for world-class global leaders addressing multifaceted challenges and demanding opportunities. In addition to writing just-in-time guides for leaders and managers, senior leadership depends on her to evaluate innovative initiatives and make recommendations in the context of organizational strategy, current and future effectiveness.
She works with the World Bank Group including the public and private sector development branches across technical sectors and in corporate departments at both senior levels and with staff. She also frequently works with the World Bank Institute, Multi-Lateral Insurance Guarantee Agency and International Finance Corporation. Other clients include the Pan-American Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, American University/NTL, National Institutes of Health (NIH), a high-profile independently held multi-million dollar D.C. restaurant, and numerous private individuals.
Through partnerships and operation of her own businesses including restaurant franchises, a real estate project built in partnership with local and national government, leadership of major philanthropic initiatives, and her own consulting practice, Vanessa incorporates real time start-up to bottom-line experience to help clients to develop new enterprises from mission planning through implementation.
She is an accomplished writer frequently published on the front pages of the Huffington Post World and Business sections and currently completing a memoir, “Thank You for Saying Good-Bye,” making sense of the life and death of a Ukrainian WWII Displaced Persons Camp survivor. Vanessa is an evocative motivational speaker who has addressed 400-person member audiences.
She is a graduate of Cornell University, B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, and American University/National Training Labs, M.S.O.D., Master of Science in Organizational Development. Vanessa is a certified Executive Coach with expertise in Intercultural Conflict Styles, Action Learning, and Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator Tests.
A mother of two, she lives in Washington, D.C., travels internationally, and whenever possible, re-energizes in the mountains and beaches of Greece, her ancestral home.