Our Team

Kelly Irons
Founder/Owner

 

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: Chief Goal Setter and Getter

Responsibilities: Lead the team and the business to provide extraordinary results for our customers.

Value that you add to our Customers: Landing a 30k ft strategy in the specific zip code it needs to be in.  Give me a call – I’ll explain more…

Value that you add to our Team: I allow people be authentic, and at the same time help them grow into who they want to be.

Favorite quote: “Feedback is a gift, and every day is your birthday!”

What’s one thing on your bucket list: Running a half-marathon

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit: Most important, raise my kids to be good citizens in the world and great leaders, so they can change the world a lot.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: I use to stand at the bottom of the stairs and scream, “Bed! Now!”.  I still feel that way some days, and I still love a good night sleep!

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Kelly DeMario
Experience Manager

 

Role: To ensure that each team member & client has positive connections/experiences with developUs.

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: The Fairy Godmother: special touches are my favorite way to serve!

Responsibilities:
 Uhhhh, at this company there are no titles and with that no job boundaries. We await the challenges of each day and go to bed knowing that we tried to supply and answer and surpass expectations. In all of that though…my goal is to make us look pretty doing it!

Value that you add to our Customers: I love to learn, I enjoy scouring all of the content that I can get my hands on. With that, we are able to add value and spot solutions that occasionally surprise even their subject matter experts.

Value that you add to our Team: Perpetuating a culture that makes it comfortable to show up as your best self and #beonpurpose.

Favorite quote: I’m a legit quote curator so this is impossible! I’ll just go with this:
“Without ice cream there would be darkness & chaos.”

What’s one thing on your bucket list: The Amalfi Coast

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit: Raise accountable kids.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: Pulled every single item out of the pantry, sanitized it, and put everything back in “OCD” order.

Jenn Labin
Strategic Partner / Innovative Talent Solutions

 

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: Learning Ninja and Chairwoman of the Mommy Board

Responsibilities: Engineering leadership development opportunities, architecting meaningful learning experiences, diagnosing the most critical talent issues and providing solutions that meet organizational needs.

Value that you add to our Customers: Talent issues tend to have common roots within unique contexts. I help customers sort through the situation to find the most impactful solutions possible.

Value that you add to our Team: I provide a lot of coffee, interesting learning trivia, and unsolicited cute pictures of my kids.

Favorite quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather the wood. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast sea.” - Antoine de Saint Exupery
What’s one thing on your bucket list: Scuba dive with whale sharks.

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit: Write a multi-media book.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: I used to leave my realistic-looking baby doll on the side of the pool to watch the adults panic. I’ve always liked to observe how people act under stress.

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Jana Rade
Art Director/Designer

 

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: The Queen Bitch of the Universe. But seriously? I would never want to have that kind of power. What people who crave power ignore is that it comes with equal responsibility.

Responsibilities: Recycling any mess of a content into comprehensive and effective layouts/publications. And educating clients that if everything stands out, nothing stands out.

Value that you add to our Customers: Expertise in creating layouts that work.

Value that you add to our Team: Expertise in creating layouts that work. And I’m quite easy-going for a Queen Bitch of the Universe.

Favorite quote: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -  Leonardo DaVinci

What’s one thing on your bucket list: To get a kick out of it.

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit: To outlaw the unwarranted use of bevels and drop shadows. And in private life I teach people to be health advocates for their dogs.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: What did you hear? I was always a good kid.

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Robin Sargent

Robin Sargent
E-Learning Designer / Developer

 

Role: eLearning Developer and Instructional Designer.

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: Learning Extraordinaire

Responsibilities:
 Graphics, Training Design, eLearning development and design.

Value that you add to our Customers:  I am a vision maker and a training transfer moneymaker.

Value that you add to our Team: Creativity, Vision, Expertise in Education and Instructional Design, Expert in Educational Technologies.

Favorite quote: “All I know is that I know nothing.” - Socrates

What’s one thing on your bucket list: Take my children to view the Seven Wonders of the World!

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit:  I want to teach young people business skills and I also want to teach content that helps to fill in our current skills gaps (IT, engineering, manufacturing).

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: I was always drawing cartoons and comic strips.

Damian Johnson
Leadership Trainer and Coach

 

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: CFO - Chief Fun-Ologist  - I believe everything gets better when everyone is having fun! Engagement is higher, turnover is lower, individuals learn faster, communicate better, trust is increases and teamwork is great.

Responsibilities: Create and facilitate engaging and interactive learning & development environments and team building experiences.

Value that you add to our Customers: My focus is always on exceeding the client’s expectations by customizing training or coaching content according to the desired outcomes for their leaders and teams.  By asking the right questions and challenging limiting beliefs, I help my clients achieve real breakthroughs.  Along with this, I have years of experience organizing and managing leadership development events and personal growth experiences for clients that connect my clients with other like-minded leaders across multiple sectors.

Value that you add to our Team: I bring positive energy, strategic thinking and a high level of adaptability to the team.  I remain calm in stressful situations and continuously seek out options that will help the team win when faced with roadblocks and challenges.  I quickly adapt in unpredictable environments and help bring clarity to the team in the midst of uncertainty.

Favorite quote:“Men are anxious to change their circumstances but are unwilling to change themselves, they therefore remain bound.” – James Allen
“I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference doing something that makes a difference.”  - John C. Maxwell

What’s one thing on your bucket list: Skydiving

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit: Build boarding schools in Jamaica for impoverished and homeless youth.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: Organized a boycott of the school tuck shop (kind of like a take out version of a school cafeteria) to force them to stop preparing food with MSG.

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Harvey Watson

Director of Business Relationships

 

Make-Believe-Should-Have Job Title: Curator of Success through Leadership

Responsibilities:  Translating deep corporate knowledge, experience and relationships to clients that are interested in becoming better leaders and ensuring stronger teams.

Value that you add to our Customers:  +30 year corporate leadership training and experience leads to a thorough knowledge of what it takes for our customers to  experience success through leadership and organizational development.

Value that you add to our Team: Mentoring high potential members of the team is how I have added value in past leadership roles.  That is easy here because all members of the developUs team are high potential.

Favorite quote: “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” - Jack Welch

What’s one thing on your bucket list: Visit Australia and New Zealand

The one thing you plan to do to change the world, even just a little bit:  Instead of asking how I can help a person in need, do something proactive that shows I care.

The thing you did as a kid that was the best predictor of who you would be as an adult: As captain of my high school football team, I stayed after a grueling practice to run extra laps with a teammate that was mad that the coaching staff was disciplining him for poor effort.  I didn’t plan to do it, I just did it and that teammate never was disciplined again.