Executive & Strategic Communications
For almost 20 years, Maria has dedicated herself to helping leaders and teams communicate with clarity and impact. A skilled communicator and trusted advisor to executive leaders across the United States, Mexico, and Europe, she is highly esteemed for her ability to offer strategic and practical solutions grounded in research and experience.
Maria has a knack for capturing executive voice and transforming communication barriers into opportunities for productive dialogue and collaboration. She is the author of Bridge Builders: How Superb Communicators Get What They Want in Business and in Life and the creator of The Bridge Builder Way leadership and communication model.
Maria received her B.A. and M.A. in English, with concentrations in applied linguistics and technical communication, from California Polytechnic State University. She is currently pursuing a Joint Ph.D. in Education and Global Diplomacy from San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests include Inclusive Excellence, Global Diplomacy, and Cultural Humility.
Areas of Expertise
- Executive Communications
- Strategic Planning
- Multicultural and Multigenerational Communication
- Crisis Communications
Sable Badaki has 20+ years of corporate and consulting experience spanning across the United States and Africa in public and private sector industries from finance, telecommunications, banking and manufacturing, to name a few.
She brings to her clients a unique combination of global cultural knowledge and HR/diversity expertise to drive results for their diverse workforce while addressing the unique issues that face professional black women. She incorporates her corporate HR experience, where she created and led talent development programs for diversity employees for promotional career opportunities, talent acquisition, and leadership development to support the organizational goals.
With an M.Sc. in Human Resources and over 20 years of domestic and international human resources experience in corporate and consulting, she specializes in providing practical solutions to her organizations to attract and retain diverse staff for improved bottom-line results. She is a conference host and presenter, the recipient of the 10,000-Women Goldman Sachs award for women entrepreneurs, a nominee for Yale Visiting Executive Exchange Program, and an IFC mentor.
Cynthia assists companies in solving complex problems so they can perform at their best. She does this through talent development, process improvement, and evidenced change management practices. She helps companies identify the talent they need and helps develop strategies to grow and develop high potentials. Cynthia has designed curriculum for leadership training programs and trained countless mid-level leaders and new managers. She has also mentored and coached early-career individuals and has proudly promoted over 50% of her staff.
Cynthia also works with companies on improving systems and creating continuous quality improvement processes to ensure sustainability. She specializes in large-scale organizational change initiatives and works with companies on change management practices that are inclusive of all members of the organization, optimizes buy-in, and helps organizations achieve their key performance indicators (KPIs).
Cynthia has spent 14 years as Vice President for Strategic Advancement at a nonprofit organization where she led fundraising and development, research, quality management, communications and human resources. Prior to that she served as a Manager to a company that organized large scale tradeshows and conferences. Today, Cynthia spends her time working with organizations on talent development, change management, diversity and inclusion, and infrastructure development.
Race and Equity Affairs
For more than eight years, Chantae has been a trusted advisor working on issues of race, equity, and social justice. During her career, she has worked with nonprofits and government agencies to bring about a more equitable and just society.
Prior to joining Workplace Success, Chantae was a public policy fellow at the Connecticut State Department of Education where she helped draft the state’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Additionally, she worked as a program manager at the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, a state-level policy and advocacy organization.
Chantae is also a co-founder of Radical Advocates for Cross-Cultural Education (RACCE), a community-based policy and advocacy organization that uses research and data to propose solutions to educational inequities in Connecticut’s urban districts.
Chantae is a graduate of Duke University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies and Chinese.
Areas of Expertise
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Policy Analysis
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.