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Who we Are

We are who we serve. We’ve lived the lessons we teach, and know what it takes to accelerate leadership success! Our diverse team of consultants bring over 25 years of expertise in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, training strategy and curriculum design, facilitation, and measurement of training effectiveness.

Candace D. Washington, MBA - Founder And Chief Learning Officer

Candace D. Washington, MBA - Founder and Chief Learning Officer

Leadership and professional development guru Candace D. Washington empowers emerging leaders with tools to accelerate success and hit the ground running in life
and career. Organizations partner to build their emerging leaders capacity for individual and organizational effectiveness.
As a diverse leader, having learned the hard way from years struggling post undergrad to succeed in the marketplace, Candace teaches skills beyond book smarts pivotal to leadership success like how to build winning relationships, develop emotional intelligence, self-awareness, effectively communicate, influence up, make critical decisions among others. She is committed to demystify the workplace to help others navigate smarter, farther, and faster.

Before launching Pivotal Impact, Candace served as Senior Lead of Training and Development at the University of Chicago, a well-known private research institution in Chicago, Illinois. She holds over 15 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies, not-for- profit organizations, and higher education institutions.

Candace is an alum of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Advertising communications and received her MBA, with emphasis in Learning and Development from Roosevelt University. She is known for her passion and exceptional record of bridging skill gaps with performance driven solutions that accelerate leadership and elevate outcomes.

Cortlon Cofield, CPA, PFS - Consultant & Facilitator

Cortlon Cofield, CPA, PFS - Consultant & Facilitator

Cortlon Cofield is the Owner & Advisor of Cofield Advisors, LLC. He is our guru in financial literacy and brings extensive knowledge as a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) with years of experience. He’s known for his ability to capture a room with his story and know-how to help young talent manage finances with savvy and peace of mind. Cofield hold a Masters Degree in Accountancy from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

Maxine T. Garcia, M.A. - Consultant & Facilitator

Maxine T. Garcia, M.A. - Consultant & Facilitator

Maxine T. Garcia is a seasoned Human Resources Business Partner with 10+ years of experience as a strategic HR advisor and facilitator to senior leadership. Maxine brings extensive skills servicing multidisciplinary environments within Professional Services sectors: Non-Profit and Higher Education, Architecture/ Engineering Design Consulting, and Real Estate as well. She is known for her strong communication, facilitation, and analytical skills that support Pivotal Impact clients in an array of capacities. Her detailed-oriented approach to assessing outcomes of research and design is essential to our team. Maxine is an alum of Marymount Manhattan College with a B.S. in Management/ Marketing and received her M.A. in Organizational Development from Roosevelt University. 

Joelyne Marshall, MBA - Senior Consultant, Master Facilitator

Joelyne Marshall, MBA - Senior Consultant, Master Facilitator

Joelyne Marshall, affectionately know as Joie, has over 25 years of experience in the learning and development field within a variety of industries. She is full of creative ideas and has the skills to make just about anything happen! Joie holds a Fine Arts degree in electronic media from Northern Illinois University. Joie couples that with her Masters degree in business administration from Roosevelt University to provide strategic solutions to clients. Joie’s expertise relies in designing and facilitating delivery of effective training deliverables for organization’s in various modalities, including eLearning, face-to-face and virtual instructor-led, and blended programs. Joie leverages the partnership with clients, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to problem solve challenges. Joie also coaches clients and organizations on goal setting: expectations and execution.

Danielle Ayodele, MBA - Senior Consultant, Master Facilitator

Danielle Ayodele, MBA - Senior Consultant, Master Facilitator

Danielle Ayodele is a Consultant, Trainer and Career Coach with a personal philosophy to reach, teach, and inspire others through her work of 11 years as a Training & Development Specialist.  She has trained thousands of individuals across the country, working with Fortune 500 organizations to provide customized learning experiences for their staff. Danielle has become an expert on a variety of topics related to Soft Skills, HR Professional Development, Employability, and Technology. Her true passion is in Career Development and she has helped hundreds of job seekers cross difficult hurdles on their path to employment. Danielle is based out of Chicago, IL and holds an MBA in Training & Development from Roosevelt University and a Communications degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Norah Laughlin - Administrative Lead

Norah Laughlin - Administrative Lead

Norah is our newest member of the team. Norah oversees all administrative functions for Pivotal Impact consultants. She is skilled in management of financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, and manages site updates for timely communication. She has a passion for helping others and delivers service with a smile, always! If you need immediate assistance or questions in regard to administrative concerns, she is always happy to help. Norah is currently studying business management at Colorado Technical University. Contact her at Norah@PivotalimpactLearning.com

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