WNY PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

People Development With Purpose

 
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MISSION

Growing the next generation of leaders.

Provide tools, strategies, and coaching that spark trust, confidence,

and balance within oneself to lead effectively.

 

PAST CLIENT EXPERIENCES

 
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Caroline Merrill
Portfolio Manager, AccumTech

"I was experiencing communication roadblocks with a team member; I asked Stefanie for tools to help me overcome theses issues.  She spent an hour via virtual coaching session, and provided actionable strategies I could put into practice immediately.  I took her advice, and have been able to coordinate efficient, productive meetings with team members, while building trust and rapport at the same time.  I would highly recommend Stefanie's services to anyone looking to grow in leadership."

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OUR SERVICES

WNY People Development provides highly engaging and interactive experiences.  We are not "trainers"; we are facilitators of information that guide leaders through the development process utilizing adult learning theory, practical application, data, reflection, honest conversations, and tons of fun. 

We don't provide a "one size fits all" corporate training program, because we don't believe that leadership is "one size fits all".  We pride ourselves in being able to connect and inspire leaders and work teams through real and authentic dialogue, centered around the question "why not you?"

COACHING 

INDIVIDUAL OR SMALL GROUP 

Individualized coaching provided for emerging leaders; review successes, challenges, goal setting, and personal expectations.  Each one hour session provides a safe space for leaders to be vulnerable, reflective, and creates an opportunity to partake in honest conversation regarding performance and growth.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

FACE TO FACE OR VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

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  • lessons for next generation leaders seeking to build collaborative, engaged, and inspired teams

  • utilizing cheer, fun, and empathy to demonstrate value and support workforce needs

  • improve recruitment and retention though strategies that build trust, resilience, and motivation


Coaching for High Performance

  • shift from "manager" to "coach" to drive greater employee growth, development, and success 

  •  strategies to improve active listening skills, providing impactful feedback, and facilitating effective one-on-one's


Creating Positive Workspaces

  • ideas that motivate and build morale

  • overcoming challenges with forward focus and positivity

Learning to Lead

  • new leader development program focused on communication, processes, providing feedback, and accountability

  • "leadership 101" strategies to grow skillsets of front line and first time managers

  • emphasis placed on successful peer to manager transition

  • building "executive presence" 

Looking Inward:  Cultural Competence & Inclusion

  • strategies to build inclusive teams, and anti-racist work spaces

  • understand and assess biases; safe space for introspection

Managing the Multigenerational Workplace

  • learn and understand work and communication styles of Boomers to Gen Z 

  • strategies to leverage and capitalize on multigenerational strengths and differences

Navigating Change

  • ​introduction to change management models

  • strategies to effectively lead through organizational change

Women Lead

  • support the growth and development of women leaders

  • strategies to build confidence and executive presence  

*WNY People Development training offerings extend far beyond this list; contact us at info@wnypeopledevelopment.com to design your organization's optimal development program today.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Tackling Adversity

  • Building Confidence

  • Motivating Others

  • Creating Work-Life Flow

  • Positivity 

  • Resilience

 

OUR LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT APPROACH

We are constantly confronted with choices, and those choices take on a higher level of importance when we serve in leadership roles.  If we lack confidence, or don't truly understand our own motivators and goals, it can be difficult to make brave and necessary decisions that drive impactful change in organizations.

Inspirational leaders look inward; to build and lead strong teams, we must know ourselves.  We need to identify our strengths, recognize our weaknesses, understand how we give and build trust, and most importantly, highlight what makes us the very best version of ourselves to inspire, and bring out the best in others.

WNY People Development was created to help managers lead courageously and effectively; we specialize in training and coaching individuals who aspire to leadership, or are managing teams for the first time.  We don't consider ourselves executive consultants; our strength is working with emerging leaders, and building stronger teams.  We understand, connect with, and will challenge your diverse workforce.  

We are certified to provide and interpret Forte Institute communication assessments backed by 30 years of scientific research; this program is a complementary addition to our training and coaching services.

Our challenge, "Why Not You"?

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WNY PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT EVENTS

 
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LEADER LOCK IN

Leader Lock In is a one day, complimentary outreach event, hosted twice a year by WNY People Development aimed at problem solving, idea generation, perspective sharing, and networking.  

SAMPLE LEADER LOCK IN EVENT SCHEDULE

1:00 Welcome

1:15 Critical Issue Presentations 

Emerging Leader participants have 15 minutes each to present a critical issue to Leader Mentors

2:30 Lock In Circle Break Outs

Leader Mentors provide individualized insights and recommendations to Emerging Leaders (20 minute rotations) 

5:00 Networking Happy Hour

Informal networking and cocktails 

Contact info@wnypeopledevelopment.com for additional details or sponsorship opportunities for upcoming events.

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FOUNDER & CEO
STEFANIE ADAMS, M.ED.

Stefanie Adams is a learning and development professional, educator, elected official, wife, and mother; for those who know her best, she is "Cheerleader Stef", which personifies 

her personality and leadership style.  She believes that all things are possible with a

positive attitude, gratitude, and collaboration.  She has over 15 years of experience leading and training in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings.  She earned her

M.Ed. in Multicultural Education in 2008.

In early 2020, with the support of family and friends, Stefanie stepped away from a corporate training manager position to launch WNY People Development.

Stefanie started her career in the School District of Philadelphia; she recognized that all people, regardless of circumstance, have promise and an ability to lead, however, many have difficulty seeing their own potential.  By teaching individuals to trust themselves, and empowering them to stretch their abilities past their point of comfort, they accomplished personal and professional success; with new found confidence, they were able to build dynamic teams, capable of greater innovation and collaboration.  Stefanie has applied this coaching technique as an educational consultant, corporate trainer, and leader coach across industries; she has challenged high school students to C-Suite executives to answer the question"why not me?" when confronted with leadership road blocks.  A simple question, partnered with coaching tools; this conversation continues to prove successful for building innovative and effective leaders, competent to make decisions and drive organizational change.

In her personal life, Stefanie has an incredible "team"; a supportive, and extremely patient husband, Scott, an energetic and creative son, Brayden, and an encouraging mom, Chris.  Days are fueled by coffee, chocolate, yoga, new challenges, and building relationships; her passions are developing others, serving the community, the beach, Philly sports, travel, 

managing the chaos that comes with life, and dancing like no one is watching.