Meet Our Team
CEO of Workplace Success Group LLC
Karen S. Hinds is known as the Emerging Leader Expert. Karen is the Founder and CEO of Workplace Success Group, an international firm that has been referred to as a training ground for future business leaders. The company’s signature program Leadership Ready™ helps high-potential, emerging leaders to work more effectively with others, handle increasing levels of responsibilities, and take charge of their leadership growth.
Barbara was Vice President at Office Depot, a national office supply company, for 7 years. While there she held several key Vice President roles: Sales & Services, North American Retail Stores, Human Resources North American Retail Stores and Organizational Development, which also included stores leadership development and product knowledge.
Before joining Office Depot in 2006, Barbara spent 10 years at her own company, Callan Consulting. She developed, built and sustained a thriving national organizational effectiveness consulting practice: repeat business and referrals drove 80% of business. Clients included: Aetna, AutoZone, Inc., BJ’s Wholesale Club, Citizen’s Bank, Hewlett Packard, iParty, Inc., Microsoft, Office Depot, Star Markets Company, Tractor Supply Company, World Kitchen, Inc., and Ultimate Software, Inc.
Prior to founding Callan Consulting, Barbara spent 8 years at Marshalls (then a $2 billion retailer), where she was responsible for providing organizational development consulting to all lines of business, creating the Store Systems training function and a management development function. She holds a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and an M.S. from Indiana State University and a Certificate of Organizational Development from Lesley College.
David K. Fortt
David has a proven track record of over 15 years in the financial sector where he worked with Fortune 500 companies in improving their profits and performance. In addition to working one-on-one, David conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of issues related to enhancing productivity and communication in the workplace.
He is an expert communicator and facilitator who holds the following professional certifications: Behavioral Communications (DISC) Values, Attitudes and Motivators(PIAV), Attributes and Competencies(PTSI), Trimetrix ( Benchmarking for job creation, selection and performance and Emotional Intelligence.
Ann Rogers works with organizations of all sizes and industries, helping them implement human resource solutions that support their business strategies. She specializes in competency based interviewing, coaching, problem solving, facilitation skills, leadership development, team building, and customer service. She facilitates workshops and coaches managers to develop employees, implement effective teams, and provide leadership that taps employee potential at all levels. Ann has worked extensively within the financial and health care industries, education and government agencies, and the technology sector.
Ann has over 25 years experience working in coaching, facilitation and organizational development.
Yvette Furlonge is a results-oriented professional with extensive experience in the financial services industry. With demonstrated results in internship program management, sourcing and recruiting, training and professional development, Yvette makes a difference by applying her professional experience to benefit volunteer organizations and takes pride in her mission to improve the lives of the youth in underserved communities.
Yvette joined BNY Mellon in 1979 and served in various operational and managerial positions before becoming a Senior HR Specialist. Until 2008, Yvette managed the Global Internship Program for college and high school interns across BNY Mellon’s locations. By helping to place candidates in some of the most demanding areas of financial services such as accounting, finance and investment management, Yvette helped to create career opportunities for many candidates through diverse Community Outreach programs and local/national Recruiting Events
Yvette’s passion for service and dedication to the youth led her to be active in local, national, and global communities by serving on the boards of the National Academy Foundation/Academy of Finance High School, INROADS Parent Support Group, and Ray of Hope Foundation (Trinidad). Yvette also serves on WDGA’s International Advisory Board (Kenya) and has volunteered with WDGA since 2006, currently serving as WDGA-USA’s Board Chair (Pittsburgh).
Originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Yvette lives in Foxboro, MA, with her husband and enjoys the frequent visits of their six grandchildren, which always presents an opportunity for fun and learning in both directions.
With more than 30 years of experience in corporate affairs, communications and philanthropy, Cecilia’s mission is to help individuals and organizations transform to win through work, play and community.
Most recently, Ms. Carter was Vice President of HR Communications for PepsiCo where she led communications and PR for human resources and diversity. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Ms. Carter led the community, diversity and government relations teams as Vice President /Global Head of Diversity for Starbucks Corporation and General Manager of the Starbucks Foundation. She launched an innovative sustainable profit-sharing program called Community Stores, which holistically aligned branding and business growth with social impact and served as company spokesperson. Additionally, Ms. Carter developed Starbuck’s diversity change management strategy.
Ms. Carter was also head of community affairs at UBS, where she led the company’s philanthropic and community outreach. Ms. Carter also served as Senior Vice President of Communications for GE Small Business Solutions. During her 12-year tenure with GE, she managed and counseled on corporate campaigns, marketing and internal communications and also served on GE’s Corporate Marketing Council. She is a certified iPEC ELI-MP coach. Cecilia now resides in New Rochelle, NY, with her husband and children.
Carolyn joined the WSG team in 2011 as the executive assistant. In this role she supports the management of the company in all aspects and is focused on ensuring each and every client has a positive experience. After growing up in Michigan and attending Bryant University, Carolyn settled in Connecticut to raise her family while managing her own medical transcription business. Then, with the onset of electronic medical records, she started her virtual assistant business and connected with Karen. She thoroughly enjoys working with Karen as some moments are pure craziness and laughter.