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We Are Thrilled to Welcome Sheryl James to CARA!

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The CARA Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Sheryl James to the position of Account Executive. In this role, Sheryl is responsible for creating customized learning, change management, and communications solutions for her client portfolio.

“Sheryl’s extensive sales background will be a valuable asset as she integrates her professional expertise into our Account Executive team”, said Barry Larson, Director, Sales and Solutions. “We are very excited to have her join CARA to help us expand our footprint across the Midwest.”

Sheryl, with a passion for consultative sales and performance management, has built her career on developing exceptional client relationships and creating customized solutions to consistently exceed client expectations. She comes to CARA with over 20 years of global management consulting, learning and development, and performance improvement experience at Accenture (Andersen Consulting), Baxter, Ceridian, and MB Financial Bank. As a strategic advisor, she has partnered with senior executives to create custom solutions to reduce cost, improve efficiencies, increase employee effectiveness, and catapult customer service levels.

Sheryl is a published author, motivational speaker, and Certified Professional Coach. She has an International MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), studied in Paris at the Sorbonne, and lived/worked in nine different countries in Western Europe. Sheryl’s personal passions are family, faith, travel, and cooking.

 

We Are Thrilled to Welcome Alisha Blanchard to CARA!

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The CARA Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Alisha Blanchard to the position of Account Executive. In this role, Alisha will support clients by providing customized learning, change management, and communications solutions.

“Alisha brings to CARA a rich background as a learning practitioner, which provides a solid foundation to support her new Account Executive role,” said Barry Larson, Director, Sales and Solutions. “We are thrilled to have her join our growing team and put her expertise to work as she develops client partnerships.”

Alisha comes to CARA with an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and 15 years in learning and development customizing learning solutions for clients in the higher education, corporate, nonprofit, and healthcare spaces. Most recently, Alisha served as Senior Manager, Learning Experience Design, where she led and managed teams of instructional designers and technologists who developed custom learning solutions for a variety of clients.

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Announcing Our 2021 Q3 PURE Award Winners

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We are pleased to announce our latest winners of the PURE Service Award: Laura Antos, Teresa Pappas, Jackie Sullivan, and Mike Zimmerman.

Laura Antos and Teresa Pappas

Laura, an Instructional Design Consultant and Teresa, a Senior Instructional Design Consultant, were recognized by our client for their work both individually and as a team. Their meticulous preparation for client meetings, combined with their ability to leverage previous leadership development experience and tailor it to the current audience was greatly appreciated by the client. Teri and Laura were also able to gather and assimilate all feedback so that everyone’s perspective was included in this best-in-class leadership program. Teresa designed the program and Laura implemented the design by developing the over 40 deliverables. Each consultant went above and beyond the basic objectives of the project plan. One example of taking the work to the next level included the design and development of a digital LinkedIn badge that the program graduates can add to their LinkedIn profiles.

The client had this to say about Teresa (Teri) and Laura: “Working with Teri and Laura could not have been a more positive experience. Teri brought so much care and attention – it was obvious the pride she takes in the creative process and resulting outcome. Both Laura and Teri took the time to understand our goals and our vision, and took an obvious investment in the work. Teri’s work incorporated a thoughtful innovative approach to the design – and exceeded our expectations. Teri also brought a lot of thought partnership when it came to problem solving. Critiques led to improvements that hit exactly the mark on many occasions. Laura also exhibited the same level of attention and investment in the project. She brought the work to life – she has a talent for design and captured the look and feel that we hoped to achieve. And she went above and beyond when we asked for additional creative deliverables. Both Teri and Laura were reliable and a pleasure to work with. It made collaboration easy!”

Jackie Sullivan

Jackie, a Senior Organizational Change Management and Communications Consultant, was asked to step into an internal role during a leave of absence and was able to quickly make an impact. She worked across multiple campaigns and supported several groups in HR with a large volume of communications. She put in the hours and got the job done while remaining calm and composed, often dealing with conflicting priorities. Finally, she provided a thorough transition plan for the returning employee. The client stated at the end of the project: “… We will miss you. … You were able to work independently and manage expectations correctly…with no glitches.”

Mike Zimmerman

As an LMS Admin, Mike assisted our client with their move from a legacy LMS to a new, SumTotal LMS. His exemplary commitment to the complex implementation required him to collaborate with various business units to determine the best way to meet the needs of the overall business. Our client, recognizing Mike was a true thought partner, respected his contributions and realized without his participation and guidance, the implementation would not have been successful.

The client had this to say about Mike: “Mike was brought on-board in the middle of our project and hit the ground running from day one. He quickly became our subject matter expert on the system and through listening and asking questions he applied the best solution to meet our business needs. He has been a trusted consultant for us. There were many challenges that we faced throughout this project and Mike has responded with professionalism and patience in problem solving and implementing resolution. I am truly impressed with Mike’s commitment to the success of our project, and I can honestly say our system would not be implemented today without the efforts and expertise that Mike has provided.”

 

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.

Barry Larson Promoted to Director, Sales & Solutions!

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The CARA Group is excited to announce the promotion of Barry Larson to Director, Sales & Solutions.

During Barry’s 13 years with CARA, he has partnered with our F500 clients to address their learning, change management, and communications needs. He has also been a collaborative colleague and thought partner to the internal CARA team.

“Barry brings a perfect blend of how CARA has historically delivered a high level of client satisfaction in Learning and Change Management Solutions, while having an eye to the future as we continue to evolve to support the ever-changing needs of the businesses that count on us to enable their workforce of the future,” said Mike Mazur, CARA’s Vice President of Sales & Solutions. “In addition, Barry is a great thought partner when it comes to creating scalable, repeatable sales processes and best practices that help us to efficiently serve the needs of our clients, and often supports the company beyond his job description.”

In his new role, Barry will continue to create customized learning, change management, and communications solutions for his client portfolio, as well as serve as a leader and coach to new team members.

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.