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Let's Lead Together

Are you a busy leader who is responsible for a growing team? 

Do you want a thought partner that will help you grow your organization strategically, while supporting you and your people as real humans?


Let’s Lead Together provides strategic and operational HR support to business and non-profit leaders with up to 25 employees.  

Offload time-consuming HR tasks that always get put at the bottom of the list

Increase retention and hiring effectiveness by supporting your people as real humans and professionals

Make sure your HR systems are in compliance to limit your risk

Develop a leadership pipeline to support your organization's future growth

We're proud to lead with:

You have been wonderful to work with.  I’ve really appreciated your approach to how you do HR.  It is unique, but it really shouldn’t be because it’s just wonderful and holistic, and it really works for our team.  Our team has felt more supported working with you.

- Laurie Egan, Executive Director
Coastal Watershed Council

Leading Together Means

Ongoing Support for YOU as a Leader.  
We’ll increase your capacity by meeting regularly throughout the year to make progress on our work, to make sure you have the information and support that you need as the organization changes, and to check in about special projects and difficult situations that come up along the way.

Ongoing Support for Your TEAM. 
We’ll get together with your team to let them know that your HR Consultant is now a resource that is available to them for their questions, comments and concerns, so they know they have someone else they can turn to if there are important issues that they would like to discuss.
  Including professional development for your team at the premium tier

HR/OD Needs Assessment & Action Plan.
Identifying any gaps and opportunities in the current setup and work toward resolving them.  This looks into both documentation and the tech stack that is supporting the team with a vision to the future that you are building, so that if the systems that are in place now are not going to support you adequately moving forward, we can start working on when and how to make shifts that are sustainable for everyone involved.

You will receive. . .

  • 12 one-on-one Leadership Strategy sessions: 60 minutes each with Candice

  • 24 HR Support hours with your HR Consultant

    • For employee’s difficult situations, concerns, complaints, reports

  • HR Needs Assessment & Action Plan

  • 24 hours HR Policy Writing, Editing, Research

  • Ongoing email support for HR issues and questions as they arise

  • Ongoing point of contact for employee concerns, complaints, reports

  • Annual Handbook Update (typically in February/March)

  • Annual Compensation Analysis Report (typically in April/May)

  • And 2 VIP days OR monthly attendance at all hands meetings

"We have a complicated mix of employees, contractors and were also expanding our company adding a whole new department when we started working with Candice.  She was clear and consistent in her communication, project timeline and deliverables.  I appreciated the time that she took to talk with us about our current systems to make sure that the policies fit into what we are already doing."

Tiffany Jones
CEO, Lime Technology


Meet Your Guide

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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.



12 month contract

"I appreciated Candice's organization.  She kept me and my team on track all the way through the project.  When I hired someone to take on the HR job in the middle of it she quickly pivoted to teaching them exactly what they needed to know in order to get it right."

Andrew Lewis, Owner & Founder

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start?

There are a limited number of spots available each year.  Start dates are rolling, so as long as there’s a spot available you can start whenever the timing works best for your organization.


How long do I have to use all the sessions?

All sessions must be used within the contract period (1 year from the start of membership).


Do you cap your time?

This offer has been created to give the appropriate amount of time for most organizations that need this kind of support.  For organizations that would like additional support, or whose needs are greater than typical, there are à la carte options to meet that need.  Caps for number of meetings, reports, etc. are listed under What’s Included.


Is there tiered pricing for different sizes of business?

The pricing listed is for organizations of up to 25 employees.  There is only one price because the deliverables are the same regardless of whether the company has 4 employees or 25.  If you have an organization with more than 25 employees, it’s likely that you will need support above and beyond what is in this package, please contact me and we can talk about your needs.

"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. The final report is exactly what we wanted – a helpful tool that we’ll use for a long time."

Teresa Malone, Deputy Director,

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

Not sure if you need this much support?

We totally understand!  HR can be a bit of a vortex.  If you'd like to start with the first step in the Let's Lead Together process before committing to a whole year together, we can begin with an HR Audit.

During the HR Audit I have a look at all of your HR systems from your employee handbook to your leave administration process to your compensation system, and all the things in between.  I assess where they are at now, and make recommendations based on best practices and rooted in the values of equity, sustainability and community. 

At the end of the audit you'll have a clear understanding of where your HR systems stand, and steps that you can take on your own, or we can take together to get you where you want to be.  If you decide to enroll in Let's Lead Together, I'll credit the cost of the audit toward your investment in Let's Lead Together.

A fellow business owner recommended I reach out to Candice after I mentioned some concerns I was having with an employee. Candice was incredibly warm and welcoming, immediately helping me to find ways to address my concerns. Her answers are empathetic, thoughtful and informative. Candice provides a wealth of resources over email, through webinars, and her regular newsletters. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

 – Meredith Keet, Owner, Ethos

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