Elizabeth Scott PhD, CEO/President
Elizabeth Scott, PhD, founder of Brighter Strategies, provides thought leadership and high value organizational development consulting in support of a stronger social sector.
Liz has provided training and consulting services in strategic planning, process-improvement, and human capital development for over 170 nonprofits and associations and has facilitated over 25 Board of Director retreats. She has served on executive leadership teams in the non-profit industry and has overseen the areas of strategy, organizational development and performance. She has extensive experience in developing and managing all aspects of an organization’s quality and business improvement efforts; such as developing and administering programs, training and coaching employees, and facilitating organization-wide change. She has been a Baldrige examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a certified Standard of Excellence consultant.
She is trained and experienced in delivering the Grove Consultants’ Strategic Visioning, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, the Organizational Culture Inventory, the Leadership Impact, the Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model, the Strength Deployment Inventory, DiSC, the ASSESS 360 system, and Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
Liz is a respected and sought after speaker on the topics of leadership and board development, strategic and operational planning, and nonprofit capacity building. In addition to managing the practice, Liz holds a faculty position at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she teaches in the Business Psychology department.
Liz holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Organizational Sciences from The George Washington University, as well as a second master’s and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
Jennifer Till Senior Consultant & Executive Coach
Jennifer Till has delivered proven results in leadership development, coaching, and facilitation for the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. She has also successfully developed planning, marketing and operating programs for many industries, including health care, manufacturing, and publishing. She managed the turn-around of an electronics manufacturing plant, including ISO 9000 Certification utilizing the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and TQI process management. Jennifer brings her business acumen and strong training and development skills to clients to create an environment of excellence and to help them maintain focus and direction while increasing productivity and efficiency.
She weaves her professional and personal experience into her results-oriented business practice, working primarily with executives who are looking to become more effective at work while reducing stress and finding balance and focus in their lives as well as lead their teams to higher levels of performance.
Using humor with her high-energy yet caring approach, to get results, Jennifer has been coaching and training for over ten years. She is certified in various assessment and developmental tools including DISC, Belbin Team Profiles, Attribute Index, Values, Index and RAC Leadership development curriculum. She is a highly effective facilitator and is highly effective in working with group dynamics. She has developed curriculum for team chartering, high performance teams, conflict resolution, and highly effective communication for all organizational levels.
Jennifer offers Dances of Universal Peace throughout the country, conducts spiritual retreats and teaches meditation classes at the local women’s high-security prison. She also is a musician, recording artist and has a radio show, Real Life with Jennifer Till, which is dedicated to people who are ready for balance, alignment and joy in their lives.
Dionne Clemons PhD, Senior Consultant
Dionne Clemons, PhD is a strategic communication management expert and scholar. Her expertise lies in strategic organizational communication. For more than twenty years she has served in and consulted for federal and local governments, nonprofits and corporate sector organizations providing strategic communication counsel. She has served many organizations including the District of Columbia Government’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the City of Falls Church, Virginia, the U.S. Army, The Food & Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense’s Business Transformation Agency, ICF International and Booz Allen Hamilton. Within academia, Dionne currently teaches within Howard University’s School of Communications’ Strategic, Legal & Management Communications program. She’s spent more than a decade teaching undergraduate and graduate level strategic communication management, public relations, diversity, leadership and organizational communication courses within Towson and John Hopkins University and within The Washington Center.
Expert in designing traditional and digital strategic communications campaigns that align with organizations’ overarching mission, vision and goals, she’s managed research, social marketing, crisis communications, internal communications and public outreach campaigns for health, environmental and social issues. Dionne currently serves on the Board of Directors of ManneqART of Howard County, Maryland, and serves on the Editorial Board for the University of Southern California Annenberg’s Case Studies in Strategic Communication Journal. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Hope in Washington, D.C., and was recognized by the D.C. Chapter of the Autism Society of America for her strategic counseling work she performed for their organization. She is a sought-out speaker and author and is a regular contributing columnist for the Public Relations Society of America’s national publication, PRTactics’ Diversity Dimensions column.
Dionne has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University, an MPA in Public Administration from The American University, and a B.A. in Telecommunications from Morgan State University. You can follow Dionne on Twitter @DionneCreates.
Swafia Ames Consultant
Swafia Ames, a Consultant with Brighter Strategies, is an expert at designing and implementing organizational development and human capital management programs. She is a personable and energetic practitioner with over 18 years of experience aligning key talent and organizational goals. Swafia is engaging and thoughtful and prides herself on crafting a customized approach to address specific client needs. She is adept at identifying challenge areas and working collaboratively to develop and implement effective solutions.
Throughout her career Swafia has supported a wide range of organizational development and human capital management initiatives including: talent acquisition and development programs, succession planning, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, team building workshops, and instructional design. Swafia is adept at identifying challenge areas within an organization and working collaboratively to develop and implement effective solutions.
Swafia earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and her M.A. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. She has also been certified by the Society of Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Paula Boyland Operations Manager
Paula Boyland has been managing teams, both virtually and in person for many years. Prior to joining the Brighter Strategies team, she assumed the various roles of administrative support specialist, content specialist, and marketing support specialist, among others, in a small business setting. Due to her diverse skill set and experience overseeing and building partnerships within work teams, she is uniquely equipped to serve in the position of coordinator. She applies a focused, detail-oriented approach to any given task list, and brings great professional perspective to the team.
Paula approaches each transaction with efficiency, purpose, and open-mindedness. She is a team player; her coordination skills ensure open communication between team members and clients, resulting in clarity and cooperation for all involved.
Cori Lovas Analyst
Corinne (Cori) Lovas has a passion for helping clients improve performance and solve business problems. Drawing on her strong analytical skills and knowledge of organizational development practice, she works with our team to examine, discuss, and present recommendations that will lead to project and client success.
She is an active volunteer at several local animal rescue organizations and takes great pride in contributing to their mission. In addition to her volunteer work, Cori is also a member of the US Air Force Reserves, where she provides training and education. Cori is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Sciences.
Laurie Ward Marketing Coordinator
Laurie has a passion for assisting small business owners in growing their business. She brings over six years’ experience in marketing, with a focus in specialty marketing. Two of Laurie’s strongest skills are organization and attention to detail. In addition to specialty marketing services, Laurie developed a niche for booking speaking engagements in local workshops and national conferences.
When she’s not working, Laurie volunteers with local nonprofit rescue leagues fostering and training rescue dogs.