Not only are we a certified SBE vendor with Palm Beach County, but we are also a certified S/M/WBE (Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise).
Our area of services include:
Education and Training Consulting
Training and Instruction (For Clients, Not Staff)
Consulting, Communications, Public Relations
Educational Training Consulting Services
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate Issued by USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education.
Earners of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, offered by the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, have learned the essential practices and tools designed to increase employee diversity and to create a business model that embraces equity and inclusion.
It was my first official leadership role as a Probation Officer Supervisor that set a lot of things in motion. My first-year evaluation noted, “Tessie is a good supervisor, but struggles with her leadership skills.” This made little sense to me because I could not understand how you could be one and not the other – hence the fact that a position does not make you a leader. I asked my supervisor to teach me, and he had no clue where to start. So, I took it upon myself to learn as much as possible about being a leader, starting with myself and all those areas in my life that were a hindrance to me leading well. This resulted in having one of the most highly respected and awarded probation units and with me eventually earning an award as Supervisor of the Year for the State of Florida.
After moving on from that career, I took an amazing position that I loved with a nonprofit organization. However, after about 3.5 years with the organization, I walked into my job one day and was told my services were no longer needed. Although they attempted to produce a reason – they pretty much summed it up with “we don’t have to give you a reason”. Meaning, we can terminate you without cause at any time. This was a major blow to my world, resulting in the loss of my dream home, my car, having to take an entry-level job at a department store, and eventually moving into a rental property. All this chaos while working towards my master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Despite the aforementioned struggles, I maintained focus and went on to earn my master’s, graduating at the top of my class and receiving several honors for my work. The biggest reward was the revelation of my company, The Leadership Haven, and an awakening to what it really means to be an effective leader of SELF as well as others.
Prior to taking the big leap into full-time entrepreneurship, I was what you would call an “Intrapreneur with an Entrepreneurs Heart”. I spent several years supporting the missions and visions of other companies, while determined to stay true to my own. It was in these spaces that I learned even more about myself as a leader, and as a follower. One big thing that came out of this was a promise I made to myself, and one I strive daily to keep, and that was to never allow anyone to make me feel like an employee ever again – even if I was one. I am an investor and a contributor, offering over 30 years of expertise and experience, and under no circumstances will my gifts ever again be used, abused, or misused.
I am equally committed to supporting leaders on their journey to recognize their leadership potential, break down those intrinsic and extrinsic barriers, and occupy their space of influence with confidence.
In my almost 35 years in Corporate and Nonprofit America, I've consulted with hundreds of leaders and watched many go on to become significant contributors in their companies and communities.
I want to help you do the same because you deserve it.
I've made it my mission to work with leaders like you because you deserve access to resources and opportunities to help give you a competitive edge and to overcome internal and external challenges that threaten your leadership capacity.
I want you to thrive in life and career. I want you to walk in confidence, show up unapologetically, and develop those strategically strong skills and habits that are essential to being the leader that you know you were created to be.
As an external training consultant, The Leadership Haven comes in to optimize the development and increase the productivity of a company's staff and training program to ensure they align with the company objectives.
The focus of all trainings is to Release the Restraints on a Leaders Business and Leadership Potential, and project them in the direction of renewed thinking and a new level of leadership excellence.
The Leadership Haven is committed to elevating the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We work with companies and organizations, aligning intention with perception to deliver measurable results. And that makes for a better workforce, healthier cultures, and a brighter future.
Tessie was absolutely amazing! The information and knowledge I gained in 4 hours will last me a lifetime. I can’t wait to take another training session with her.
Board Training included very detailed information surrounding Board members roles and responsibilities. I now feel fully equipped with what I need to be an effective board member.
Tessie is a true professional. She taught me so much in just a short period of time. I would recommend her services to any business professional needing additional support.
Even though your class on 2/3/22 was about public speaking, it gave me a new perspective on flying. I found that the cycle of anxiety was the same for me between public speaking and flying and that was a fascinating realization. I recognized each of the steps you mentioned about public speaking on the day I was flying out of state! As soon as I recognized what my brain was doing, the entire travel day became much more enjoyable as I was mentally and then physically able to relax. So, thank YOU for teaching me about that cycle which proved to be even more useful than I originally expected.
Thanks so much Tessie for your expertise and insight in this Board Governance and Leadership Training. We are all the better for having come through this under your leadership.
Dr. G. Glover
“I am thrilled that I decided to partake on a leadership training journey with Tessie Watts! It was an incredible experience to better understand my personal leadership quotient in a structured way… As a result of this rich discussion, I’m charged with next steps that will impact the gaps in our organization… Overall, this process allowed me to identify blind spots, challenges, opportunities, and solutions to better equip the organization to thrive.”
Our mission is to be a “Safe and Innovative Haven” where leaders are Co-powered with Sustainable and Strategically Strong habits and skills; enabling them to release every restraint that comes against their personal and professional capacity.
We believe that Leadership Development is built on the following Core Values: Accountability, Balance, Consistency, and Determination
The Leadership Haven is a “One-Stop” Leadership and Business Development organization. Our Purpose is to bring awareness to the importance of having more skilled and emotionally strong leaders who are ready to Lead by example - and challenge the over-managed and under-led cultures we have grown to accept.
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