aQQolade Assembles Robust Leadership Development Team For Executive Level Workshop Series

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aQQolade, a professional leadership and communications development company, announces open registration for its Executive Level Workshop Series led by top professionals.

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aQQolade executives and instructors

aQQolade's team digs deeper than traditional "leadership training" courses. Using innovative approaches to build and strengthen essential skills, we give our clients the tools they need to cultivate and nuture their own executive success.

aQQolade, a professional leadership and communications development company, has assembled some of the brightest minds in the fields of executive leadership, corporate communications, information management and cultural adaptation to lead a series of senior management level workshops on October 19 through November 13, 2013.

The courses will be held in the regional hubs of Chattanooga, TN, and Alexandria, VA, with enrollment open to individuals and companies.

Courses will emphasize hands on participation. These workshops will be facilitated by instructors with decades of experience in business, government and academia. Course details and registration links are located on the company website.

“Managers moving up in their companies or executives looking to polish their leadership skills will find these workshops invaluable for career development” said Company President, Robert J. Dragone. “They’re taught by some of the nation’s top leadership experts.”

“aQQolade's team digs deeper than traditional “leadership training" courses. Using innovative approaches to build and strengthen essential skills, we give our clients the tools they need to cultivate and nurture their own executive success” articulated Ann Timmons, Communications Artist.

Ann Timmons has over three decades experience as a professional stage and screen actor, playwright, and director. Ann has been an assistant professor in Communications and Theater at several universities, and is a valued speech coach to several private clients in Washington, D.C. Her unique approach to speaker training gives clients the tools they need to discover and maintain their leadership presence.

“Most “training” is not conducted by leaders with personal experience in successfully persuading organizations to take risky initiatives, achieving the desired outcomes in politically charged environments, managing crises or disasters, or avoiding front-page exposure” related Jack O’Connor, Senior Associate. “aQQolade brings instructors who have personal experiences that provide the foundation for their teaching.”

Jack O’Connor is an experienced and accomplished leader, coach, organizational development consultant, and educator. His practice is rooted in his deep experience at successful leadership and professional development in the United States Intelligence Community.

"We maximize your ROI in these workshops not only by delivering excellent training, but by minimizing the amount of time you spend in class” said Ron Taylor, Senior Associate. “aQQolade offers workshops that meet your needs and your schedule."

Ron Taylor is an internationally-known leader, lecturer, author, and consultant. He was named Leader of the Year of the 500,000-person Project Management Institute and is an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at Virginia Tech.

“All of our courses share a common theme: they are substance packed, immediately applicable in the workplace, and are interactive and enjoyable for participants” said Mike Mears, Senior Associate.

Mike Mears founded and led the CIA Leadership Academy, and retired as the Agency’s Chief of Human Capital. Prior to joining the CIA, Mike was Senior Vice President at GE Investments. Mr. Mears has launched 11 small businesses in his career, and among other roles served as Commander of a Nuclear Missile Site.

Workshop Schedule:
Workshops are being held October 20 through November 13 this year. The complete workshop schedule with descriptions, times, and dates as well as profiles of all of aQQolade’s exemplary instructors are on the company website. aQQolade instructors are based out of Chattanooga, TN, Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC and Northern Virginia (D.C. Metro Area).

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About aQQolade:
aQQolade, Inc, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is a professional leadership and communications development company offering executive coaching, executive level workshops and customized solutions for corporations looking to groom senior level management for executive leadership and improve skills among C-level executives.

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