Let’s create a workplace where your team feels safe, supported, and welcome to be fully themselves.

At Fortress and Flourish, HR is about a lot more than being legally compliant.


I’m committed to bringing a values-based, trauma-informed, privilege-aware approach to organizational development. 


And I’ve got the tools, services, knowledge, and HR experience you need to take aligned action and create a workplace you and your employees are proud of.


I support impact-driven leaders in building systems that help people – and your business – thrive.


CEOs | Entrepreneurs + Founders | CFOs | COOs


DOOs | OBMs | Executive Directors | Deputy Directors


Changing the world by doing business a better way.

Let’s Elevate Your Impact

Here’s How We Can Work Together


Need to get clear expectations, boundaries, and goals in place for your team?

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This service is perfect for organizations who have just gone through a period of growth OR are prepping to grow. We’ll work one-on-one for 3 months to get your HR sh*t together and help you create a sustainable, inspiring workplace.

Need to update your existing employee handbook or create one for the first time?

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Clearly defined policies and procedures are your key to a peaceful, equitable workplace. Handbook Co-Pilot takes the stress off your plate and delivers the totally personalized, professional employee handbook your team deserves.


Happy Clients Are Saying…

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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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Need one-on-one time to ask an HR pro your questions or get help with a specific project?

Strategy Sessions are customized to your needs! Get time to chat directly with me about your HR needs, two weeks of email follow-up, and an implementation gameplan to make sure everything we talk about turns into meaningful action.

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Need in-depth help with designing HR systems or implementing new strategies?

A VIP Day is the perfect way to get a lot done without wasting time and resources. We can build out your HR foundations, train your supervisors to be pros at hiring and having tough conversations, plan an employee retreat, or any number of bigger HR projects that have been on your list forever.

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I greatly appreciate the information that I received from Candice Elliott, of Fortress and Flourish, during the webinar on nonprofit hiring, presented by the Community Foundation. The webinar covered lots of details on how to write a job description, a job announcement (I didn't know there was a difference before the webinar!), and what the hiring process should include. I also received a  one-on-one consultation with Candice, which was fantastic. She helped me write the job description and announcement, and gave me other really valuable information. I look forward to working with her again, one day.

Shirmanie Jones, Director, Arts Habitat


Transparent Compensation  Systems

Pay Transparency

Are you interested in developing a transparent system of pay?  Something that you can show all of your employees so they know how pay works in your organization?  Compensation Transparency is a three month one-on-one program which provides you with pay benchmarks for your positions based on those in similar organizations in your area, and a system of pay steps for each of the jobs in your organization.  Interested in learning more?  Book a call with me.

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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
Cara Pearson
Vice President, Pacific Cookie Company

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This is our chance to get to know each other. 
I want to know all about you and your project.
Then we can talk about the ways I can support you.

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Speaking & Trainings

Events & Podcasts

Looking for an engaging speaker for your event or podcast?  I love talking about team building, aligning work with mission & values, introducing the wholistic approach to the workplace, and business as a spiritual practice.

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Workplace Talks

Are you a leader in an organization who wants to have an HR specialist give your staff information and training on one of the following topics?

  • Recruiting and Hiring in a Competitive Job Market

  • Working Together: Goal Development with Your Team

  • Workplace Wellness: Supporting Your Team's mental Health

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Hi!  I'm Candice Elliott, a community-driven HR strategist.  I've been fascinated with the magic of business almost my whole adult life.  I started my first successful business at 23.  My degrees are in Anthropology & Philosophy (BA)  and Human Resources & Labor Relations (MBA).  And now, 15+ years of working with businesses later, I'm honored to help entrepreneurs like you create sustainable management systems based on your unique worldview.
I'm passionate about helping people like me - entrepreneurs and small business owners - transform their dreams into reality.My greatest talent is the ability to draw out the unique elements in your company that will attract and keep your employees. 

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