Meet Our Team
Karen S. Hinds is known as the New 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.
From humble beginnings as a Mexican immigrant who started out as a sweatshop worker in Los Angeles, Maria has developed a reputation as a Bridge Builder and Catalyst of positive change, connecting with audiences from across the U.S., Mexico, London, and Eastern Europe.
Maria is the bestselling author of Bridge Builders: How Superb Communicators Get What They Want, which was recently listed in Inc. Magazine’s list “60 Great Business and Leadership Books All Written By Women.”
Maria’s authenticity and humor bring to life practical takeaways that are grounded in solid research in communication, neuroscience, storytelling, creativity, and human connection.
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.
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.