Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren Bennis
Cook & Williams' Commitment to Clients
Why It Matters
Considering the importance that relationships play in the success of any organization, it makes good business sense to partner with a consultant who can offer both an insider’s and outsider’s view of the issues non-profits face today. Cook & Williams provides policy and implementation expertise in education reform, women’s issues, hunger and health crises, efficient public transportation, and programs that lift families out of poverty. The work includes: communicating with legislators, national experts, and coalitions of advocacy partners to provide them with an understanding of the important policy issues of our changing times; analyzing relevant legislation and policy proposals to understand how to better align them with the needs of the organizations responsible for sustaining their implementation; and monitoring and advocating for priority laws and budget line items to ensure efficient and effective programs and services reach and continuously serve intended recipients.
The Consulting Practice
Dr. Barbara Garvin-Kester is an experienced leader in non-profits, corporations, small business, local, state, and federal government as well as education institutions. She is a recognized advocate for education reform and social programs that lift families and children out of poverty. Barbara previously served as Executive Director of Childcare Learning Centers in Stamford, CT, President of the Core Knowledge Foundation in Charlottesville, VA, and Executive Director of the U.S. Federal Executive Institute, a division of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. In addition she has 16 years of experience leading executive education programs in high tech, corporate environments. In the 1990s she pioneered the establishment of the AT&TCenter for Distance Learning. She has a strong background and proven record in directing large teams in the delivery of educational programs and is known for her ability to drive results by building effective working relationships. She has both an M.S. and Ed.D. in Education from Northern Illinois University and has published in the areas of advocacy, leadership, learning styles, early childhood education, evaluation and ROI studies, executive education and coaching.