Thought Leaders

Erika Gwilt


Vice President, Executive Consultant



  • Measurement of program effectiveness
  • Leadership Coach
  • Sustainable safety performance

“I love linking positive safety results, in active and practical ways, with the behaviors that support them.”

Erika Gwilt specializes in evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of existing programs and designing customized, behavior-based safety initiatives that create sustainable improvements and help corporate leaders realize their overall vision for safety performance. Linked to this interest in sustainable and measurable performance is her passion for developing others, and Erika works with groups and individuals to enhance their safety knowledge and to develop skills in delivering safety leadership development to the organizations they serve. Erika has primarily partnered with global clients in the oil & gas, utilities, airlines, food service and manufacturing sectors.

Before her career with DEKRA, Erika was Assistant Vice President of Learning and Organization Development at BNSF Railway Company. While there, Erika initiated impact evaluations of the company’s safety leadership training program, which gave executives new insight into operational safety as well as the level of engagement of its union workforce in safety initiatives.

As Northwest Airlines’ Director of Ground Operations Education and Leadership Development, Erika worked closely with FAA representatives to ensure employee security training, regulatory compliance, and procedural integrity. Her efforts helped Northwest achieve benchmark results in the FAA’s ATOS audits twice during her tenure and achieve rankings in the top ten of Training Magazine’s “Top 100 Training Organizations.” Her global leadership development responsibilities helped Northwest move its DOT ranking for customer service excellence from last ranking among major air carriers to #2 within three years.

Erika holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Her honors monograph is entitled, “Critical Success Factors: A Vertical Approach.” She is a past board member of the LearnShare Consortium and a volunteer at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

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