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Announcing Our 2021 Q2 PURE Award Winner

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We are pleased to announce our latest winner of CARA’s PURE Service Award: Toni Chverchko.

Toni is a Change Management and Instructional Design consultant who truly has the client’s interest in mind. According to her CARA Talent Manager, she has a high standard for herself… a standard of excellence. She has been a key consultant with CARA for four years and during her time has been an integral change partner with CARA’s client. Toni remains committed to being future-focused, evidenced by her “game-changing” innovation for the client that helped them understand and realize the benefits of digital adoption. She is an invaluable professional who seeks to master change management practices ­- ultimately helping her clients move through their transition from legacy to new processes and solutions while always bringing the organization along.

Our client said, “Toni is a great professional who masters change management practices, helping her client move through their transition from legacy to new processes and solutions, bringing organizations along. I am ever grateful to Toni for her collaboration, leadership, discipline, and undivided commitment from day 1 to day 1,460 to get things done, the best way, for the greatest outcome.”

Thank you, Toni, for consistently demonstrating CARA’s PURE values, delivering the highest quality of service, and exceeding our clients’ expectations.

CARA’s PURE Service Program provides a unique way to measure success and evaluate how well our consultants’ service delivery meets our clients’ needs. CARA’s service delivery process is based on the PURE service philosophy and consultants are reviewed quarterly based on how well they demonstrate our PURE values: Professionalism, Understanding, Responsibility, and Excellence. CARA’s consultants are nominated based on client feedback, PURE evaluations, and team interaction with the consultants. After careful consideration of each candidate, CARA selects the PURE award recipients. The PURE award program is the foundation of CARA’s culture, aligning us with our clients’ and consultants’ values in service excellence.

Gina Arinyanontakoon Promoted to Talent Acquisition Director!

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The CARA Group is excited to announce the promotion of Gina Arinyanontakoon to Talent Acquisition Director!

“For the past 17 years, Gina has poured her energy into serving CARA’s talent community! She takes the time to get to know everyone she recruits and ensures their success,” said Allyson Carter, VP, Talent Management. “Gina is the epitome of CARA’s PURE Values: Professionalism, Understanding, Responsibility, and Excellence. Her dedication to our consultants and our clients, along with her passion for staying educated and informed on workplace trends, makes her well suited for her new role focusing on welcoming new talent into CARA’s community.”

Gina fosters long-term relationships within the consulting community and brings over 15 years of recruiting and talent management experience to her new role, previously serving as a Senior Recruiting Manager for CARA. Throughout her career at CARA, she has participated in several key initiatives from CARA’s inaugural Change, Learn, Grow event to leading the implementation of an applicant tracking system (ATS).

As the Talent Acquisition Director, Gina will work collaboratively with the Talent Management and Account Development teams to connect top talent for CARA’s strategic services in Customized Learning and Performance, Change Management, and Communications.

The CARA Group Named to Two Training Industry, Inc. 2021 Watch Lists

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The CARA Group is proud to announce that we have been named to Training Industry Inc.’s 2021 Training Outsourcing Watch List and 2021 Custom Content Development Watch List, respectively.

“Being recognized by Training Industry, Inc. speaks to The CARA Group’s expertise, continued commitment to the workforce of the future and our innovative capabilities across a wide variety of services and industries”, said Michelle Reid-Powell, CARA President and CEO.

Danielle Draewell, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. has this to say regarding these Watch Lists1:

“The companies on this year’s Training Outsourcing Watch List have demonstrated innovative capabilities through various services, including training administration, content development, training delivery and learning technology management. With these services, they create comprehensive solutions that drive business outcomes.”

“This year’s Custom Content Development Watch List Companies have demonstrated unique capabilities that create engaging and comprehensive solutions for a variety of industries. Through virtual training, eLearning, simulations and games, these companies are prepared to create immersive content that aligns with businesses’ training objectives.”

Contact us to learn more how CARA can partner with you to help you achieve your learning goals.

About The CARA Group

The CARA Group is a consulting firm focused on change management, learning, and communications solutions that enable the workforce of the future. Our unparalleled commitment to the success of our clients and consultants makes CARA solutions unique. https://www.thecaragroup.com

About Training Industry, Inc.

Training Industry (https://trainingindustry.com) is the most trusted source of information on the business of learning. Our authority is built on deep ties with more than 450 expert contributors who share insights and actionable information with their peers. Training Industry’s courses, live events, articles, magazine, webinars, podcast, research and reports generate more than 7.7 million industry interactions each year, while the Top 20 Training Companies Lists help business leaders find the right training partners. For a complimentary referral, visit https://trainingindustry.com/rfp.

 

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1. Training Industry 2021 Training Outsourcing and 2021 Custom Content Development award press releases

Announcing Our 2021 Q1 PURE Award Winners

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We are pleased to announce our latest winners of the PURE Service Award: Jessica Bullock and Kim Kolar.

Jessica Bullock

Jessica is a Change Management consultant who, upon joining the CARA team, immediately engaged in two global transformation initiatives with one client. While working with teams on the other side of the world, Jessica has been flexible in continuously providing thought leadership, has demonstrated tireless effort, and communicated consistently regarding strategy development. Jessica’s team members see her as an invaluable player and her PMP certification complements her change management skills.

One of Jessica’s clients said, “Jessica has done an amazing job coming into a program that had failed previously and helped identify key success factors ensuring a successful relaunch.”

Kim Kolar

Kim is a dedicated Change Management consultant, exemplifying PURE Values in everything she does on behalf of CARA. Kim puts clients first, often going above and beyond to ensure valuable project delivery. She is open, honest, and works in collaboration with CARA and with her client, making her a true team player.

In addition to being a PURE Award winner, Kim will be receiving a Volunteer of the Year award from the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Carolinas Chapter for her dedication and accountability to the success on the Events committee.

Thank you, Jessica and Kim, for consistently demonstrating CARA’s PURE values, delivering the highest quality of service and exceeding our clients’ expectations.

CARA’s PURE Service Program provides a unique way to measure success and evaluate how well our consultants’ service delivery meets our clients’ needs. CARA’s service delivery process is based on the PURE service philosophy and consultants are reviewed quarterly based on how well they demonstrate our PURE values: Professionalism, Understanding, Responsibility and Excellence. CARA’s consultants are nominated based on client feedback, PURE evaluations, and team interaction with the consultants. After careful consideration of each candidate, CARA selects the PURE award recipients. The PURE award program is the foundation of CARA’s culture, aligning us with our clients’ and consultants’ values in service excellence.

Tracy Boemmel Promoted to Accounting and Office Administrator!

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CARA is thrilled to announce the promotion of Tracy Boemmel to Accounting and Office Administrator! Tracy has supported CARA in the Accounting Department since she joined as an Accounting Associate in 2018. In 2020, Tracy was instrumental in ensuring CARA’s successful physical office move as well as the transition and adoption of MS Teams.

Tracy, in addition to her accounting responsibilities, will expand her focus to include account and office management in various capacities to ensure we continue to provide our clients and consultants with unparalleled service.

Tracy’s positive attitude and problem-solving skills are key to excelling in this new, multi-tasking role. She is excited to continue to change, learn, and grow as she supports the CARA Team.

Gina LePore Promoted to Accounting Operations Manager!

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CARA is thrilled to announce the promotion of Gina LePore to Accounting Operations Manager! Gina has supported CARA in various roles in the Accounting Department since she joined as an Accounting Associate in 2013.

Gina will ensure the digital transformation of our accounting systems and oversee team members to ensure we provide our clients and consultants with unparalleled service.

Gina has a passion for thinking outside of the box to improve internal processes and her accounting management skills are showcased in her ability to solve problems and create solutions.

 

Announcing Our 2021 Dan King Scholarship Recipients

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We are pleased to announce the 2021 Dan King Scholarship Recipients: Johanna Dillon and Babette Novak. CARA’s co-founder, Dan King, was a lifelong learner who believed in human potential – it is why he started this business. In honor of Dan, CARA provides annual scholarships to eligible consultants who have demonstrated a commitment to CARA and their own continuous learning.

Johanna Dillon

Johanna has been a steadfast Organizational Change Management consultant with CARA for over three years and has worked with multiple CARA clients. Recently, Johanna presented at the ACMP Midwest Learning & Professional Development webinar and has represented CARA at multiple industry association events. She has been an integral part of our success for the last two years with a F500 chemical distribution company supporting a business system migration. Clients describe Johanna as accountable, articulate, and dedicated. She plans to use her scholarship to acquire a CCMP Certification through ACMP Midwest and supporting materials.

Babette Novak

For nearly 10 years, Babette has been a devoted Instructional Design consultant with CARA. She has integrated project management into several projects throughout her career and plans to use her scholarship funds to formalize her work with a Project Management Certification. Babette has committed herself to change and learning through her connections with various industry associations, Training Magazine Network, HR Hot Seal, and more. She has continuously committed to keeping her skills relevant and at the forefront of trends. Clients and peers have described her work as great to work with, thorough, and dynamic.

Thank you, Johanna and Babette, for consistently demonstrating your commitment to CARA and to Change, Learn, and Grow.

We Are Thrilled to Welcome Louann Swedberg and Kate Robertson to CARA!

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The CARA Group is pleased to announce the hiring of two new Engagement Managers: Louann Swedberg and Kate Robertson, effective March, 2021. Louann and Kate will report to Nicole Chiscon, Engagement Director. In their respective roles, Louann will focus on learning while Kate will focus on organizational change management.

“I am thrilled to have both Louann and Kate on the team”, said Nicole, “as they will help us continue on our journey designing, managing, and delivering best-in-class solutions.”

Louann Swedberg

Louann is a learning professional with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of industries and roles. In the learning and development field, she has supported design, development, and consulting projects that produce comprehensive solutions such as curriculum design, eLearning, instructor-led training, performance support materials, and blended learning programs. She has served in the roles of senior instructional designer, team lead, client relationship manager, and learning solutions architect for global F1000 clients.

Louann is no stranger to CARA, having previously worked with CARA as a Lead Instructional Designer.

Kate Robertson

Kate is a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) and has over eight years of experience in consulting, delivering value-added technology, process, and people solutions within 10 different industries. Her primary area of expertise is in the planning and execution of change management solutions for complex technology implementations and process redesigns. She is passionate about meeting new people, discovering their unique interests and talents, and helping them grow and develop.

Elizabeth King Promoted to HR Generalist!

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CARA is thrilled to announce the promotion of Elizabeth King to Human Resource Generalist! Elizabeth has supported CARA in various roles since she joined as a recruiting coordinator in 2013.

She will continue to work closely with CARA leadership, supporting consultants by completing orientations, updating, and communicating policies, administering benefits, and much more. Elizabeth has played an integral part in the change during the shift of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, successfully onboarding multiple employees while remote.

Elizabeth has a passion for the industry and to help others continuously learn and succeed. Elizabeth’s enthusiasm is evidenced by her everyday work and we are both fortunate to have her on our team and excited to see what she does next!

Announcing our 2020 Q4 PURE Award Winners!

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We are pleased to announce our latest winners of the PURE Service Award: Tonya Evans and Garry Nordenstam.

Tonya Evans

Tonya is a Change Management consultant, currently engaged with one of CARA’s largest clients. Her work involves supporting change for multiple projects of various sizes, to support the overall IT organization. Tonya is professional, reliable, and often recognized for her commitment to her clients, in fact, she was acknowledged in a client newsletter because… “She [Tonya] is always willing to add more to her plate to help [the client] experience great change management and training.” She is quick to jump in where needed and, according to her CARA client manager, she is trusted to take on multiple projects at once, providing each client with the same level of attention and determination.

Garry Nordenstam

Garry is a Learning Strategist with strong eLearning and instructional design capabilities, who, over the last eighteen months with CARA, has made a lasting impact on multiple long-standing CARA clients. From stepping in to assist clients outside of his normal day-to-day commitment, to keeping current with new tools and trends, Garry has remained a true team player and proven time and time again that he is committed to long-term relationship-building and lasting initiatives. Garry stands out primarily for being a “go-to” consultant for challenging projects and being highly respected by all his clients. A CARA client said “working with [Garry] was a remarkable learning experience…he is the most talented intellectual [we’ve] talked to, in terms of training.”

Thank you, Tonya and Garry for consistently demonstrating CARA’s PURE values, delivering the highest quality of service, and exceeding our clients’ expectations.

 

CARA’s PURE Service Program provides a unique way to measure success and evaluate how well our consultants’ service delivery meets our clients’ needs. CARA’s service delivery process is based on the PURE service philosophy and consultants are reviewed quarterly based on how well they demonstrate our PURE values: Professionalism, Understanding, Responsibility and Excellence. CARA’s consultants are nominated based on client feedback, PURE evaluations, and team interaction with the consultants. After careful consideration of each candidate, CARA selects the PURE award recipients. The PURE award program is the foundation of CARA’s culture, aligning us with our clients’ and consultants’ values in service excellence.