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Our story

At Thriving Ibis Leadership Solutions, we work to better the professional lives of scientists and technologists. Our mission is to help them thrive, both in and out of their workplace. 

After 8 years in the field of workforce development for the high performance computing (HPC) profession, Dr. AJ Lauer wanted to broaden her reach beyond just one field and organization. She founded Thriving Ibis in fall 2023 to do just that.

The Thriving Ibis team of highly-experienced collaborators provides tailored workshops, retreats, individual and group training, and more to help build leadership skills and retention in the workplace.


Why Thriving Ibis?

In Latin the word ibis means “you will go.” Our hope is that the professional development we provide will help you go to the places you want to go and accomplish what you want to accomplish.


We love the ibis as a mascot because ibis species are found on most continents on Earth. They are social birds, known for taking careful care of those in their flock. Our logo depicts a scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), which is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.


Various cultures associate the ibis with science and mathematics. For example:

  • Ancient Egyptians believed the sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica) were incarnations of the god Thoth, who had an ibis head. Thoth was associated with wisdom, reason, writing, and mathematics.

  • American folklore associates the American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) with hurricanes, saying that the birds are often the last to take shelter before a storm and the first to return at its conclusion. Similar to many meteorologists we know!


Unfortunately many ibis species are threatened or endangered. There are efforts worldwide to repopulate the birds and eliminate human threats to their wellbeing. With our focus on diversity and inclusion, psychological safety, and workplace culture, we help our clients remove threats to the wellbeing of their employees.

A scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is standing and looking straight at the camera. The bird is pink from head to toe, aside from its long curved beak which is black. The bird has two bands on its leg as it is in captivity.
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