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People Development With Purpose

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Growing the next generation of leaders.

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

and balance within oneself to lead effectively.

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Anne Gardner
CEO, Cape Fear Realtors

"Stefanie’s approach to take inventory of our past challenges with staff development resulted in a genuinely customized approach, and it made for all the difference! 100% of staff asked for her to join us for a second session. As a result, our team’s sense of purpose and connection are truly exceptional."

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WNY People Development provides highly engaging, interactive, and fully customized 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 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?"



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.




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

  • utilizing cheer strategies to demonstrate value, reduce burnout, and support workforce development

  • 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

Leading Across Generations

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

  • strategies to leverage and capitalize on multigenerational strengths and differences

Emerging Leaders

  • new leader development program focused on communication, organization, prioritization, 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 

Looking Inward:  Cultural Competence & Inclusion

  • understand and assess biases; safe space for introspection

  • strategies to build inclusive teams

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 are fully customizable and extend beyond this list; contact us at to design your organization's optimal development program today.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Why Not You?:  confidence, changing negative self talk, taking chances

  • Plan vs Reality:  overcoming adversity and uncertainty, failure is opportunity

  • Vulnerable Leadership:  leading with emotion, empathy, and heart

  • CheerLEADERship:  connect, care, challenge, celebrate and inspire (pom poms included!)

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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 is 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 seeks 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 strong, collaborative teams. 

We understand, connect with, and will challenge your diverse workforce.  

We are certified to provide and interpret Forte Institute communication assessments as a

complementary addition to our training and coaching services.

Our challenge, "Why Not You"?

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

2022:  Emerging Women Leaders

2023:  Gen Z

2024:  TBD    

Contact for additional details or sponsorship opportunities for upcoming events.

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

her personality and leadership style.   She has over 20 years experience leading and 

training in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings.  

She earned an M.Ed. in Multicultural Education in 2008.

In early 2020,  Stefanie stepped away from a corporate training manager position to launch 

WNY People Development.

Stefanie has challenged high school students to C-Suite executives to answer the question, "why not me" as an educational consultant, corporate trainer, and leader coach across industries when confronting 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.

Stefanie serves on the Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern NC, the YMCA of Southeastern NC Youth Services Board, and she was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2022.  She is a graduate of the WILMA Leadership Institute, and is a current member of SHRM, the Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association, and

the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

In her personal life, Stefanie's 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.  

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