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Dr. Nicole Cutts, owner of Cutts Consulting. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Nicole Cutts)

While the route to a career as a psychologist can lead to assisting individuals through therapy sessions based on personal and social experiences, Dr. Nicole Cutts sought to take a different path in her work. “I was attracted to the idea of working with organizations, groups, and teams,” Cutts said Feb 4.

In 2002, she launched Cutts Consulting in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on making workplace environments flourish for organizations and their employees. “Because people spend so much of their time at work, it should not just be a place where they go and park their bodies for 8 to 10 hours a day and they’re done, but a place where they can really experience joy and passion in their work,” says Cutts.

Cutts works with businesses of all sizes and types, from Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to non-profit organizations. If there are people in need, she can work with them.

On an organizational level, Cutts meets to assess trouble spots that might make the workplace a difficult environment for productivity. Then, she facilitates training to promote healthy communication, leadership, and team building among employees. Organizations walk away with a comprehensive plan for development that outlines goals for success for up to five years of business. She also does one-on-one coaching for individuals to help with self-improvement and assurance in the workplace.

“I have found that there are some challenges peculiar to African Americans if they’re in an environment where they’re experiencing prejudice – which is a real thing. Then there’s a difference between African-American men versus women also based on prejudice and perception,” she said. “I’m able to help on an organizational level when I do diversity consulting and training. And on an individual level, a lot of my coaches, who are African American, are comfortable to talk about those issues and be validated, supported, and given some tools as to how to deal with that.”

Even in organizations where managing diversity is not perceived as an issue, it often needs to be addressed. In an online testimonial, Quinton Bowman, senior vice president of human resources at BET, spoke to Dr. Cutt’s effectiveness when the company needed assistance.

“She helped us to see diversity in a new light as not only a fairness and recruitment issue but also as an employee morale and retention issue,” said Bowman. “Exceptionally knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and intuitive, she brought to BET a new and fresh approach to diversity.”

To learn more about the customized training and development programs offered by Cutts Consulting, visit www.cuttsconsulting.com.