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Fractional Chief People Officer

So, what's my next step?

The Let's Lead Together CPO program is for you, the leader of a growing organization that needs a high level of strategic HR support leading up to a big transition.

You're at the head of an organization that is about to go through a big change.


  • Maybe you're launching a new product and expanding your team,

  • maybe you're letting go of a service that no longer works for your organization

  •  or you're making a big strategic shift and are in need of support for your people


Before this shift you want to streamline processes that haven't been working great.  You've had good people with you along the way but some things are missing or they're not exactly right for what you're going through now..  You need the brainpower of an HR Nerd/Expert/Pro.



The short answer is that it depends on what you need. 


The long answer is. . .


As a Fractional Chief People Officer, Candice works with you to turn the page to the next chapter in your organization with values-aligned HR best practices.  Here are some examples of what we can do together:

  • Create a people strategy to increase profitability in growth

  • Assess organizational effectiveness to increase performance

  • Build organizational capabilities, increasing leadership skills and employee engagement

  • Manage people cost with strategic workforce planning

  • Lead post-merger integration culture and talent plans

  • Reduce risks and increasing equality with values-aligned HR practices

  • Improve the HR function with coaching, mentoring and developing in-house HR staff

So, what does a CPO do exactly?

Our nonprofit organization has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade.  As the number of employees grew, our internal processes were not keeping pace.  We contracted Fortress and Flourish to prepare staff salary scales to create pay equity, pay transparency, and pay increase consistency. We also wanted to ensure that staff salaries were within industry ranges and that subsequent pay increases would be consistently applied throughout the organization.


The final report is exactly what we wanted – a helpful tool that we’ll use for a long time. It was a pleasure working with Candice. I was impressed with her knowledge of best practices and her ability to deliver such quality work on time!

Teresa Malone, Deputy Director, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County


I appreciate Candice’s professional and warm approach to project management. I enjoyed collaborating with her! She delivered a clear, grounded presentation to our audience of nonprofit employers with meaningful takeaways. She related the material to the pandemic context of today’s work world.

Susie Polnaszek, Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County

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Candice Elliott helps impact-driven leaders grow their team with values-aligned HR best practices.  She focuses on increasing employee retention, making work more meaningful, and of course saving $$.


Her background is in HR.  She has a Masters in HR from Penn State, the Senior Professional certification in California and has worked in the field for more than 10 years.  During the Pandemic, she supported the small business and non-profit community by giving 100s of hours of assistance to help meet the challenges of the changing world of work. 


Candice lives and works on the unceded land of Popeloutchom, home to the Awaswas speaking Uypi Ohlone, recently called Santa Cruz, California.

About Candice

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