WOIWashington Opportunity institute


WOI is a Washington, DC-based social-impact training, consulting and communications company formed in 2014 by two DC residents to give back to our community.  We offer free technical and non-technical workforce development workshops and entrepreneurship building skills to underserved members of our community, including youth, seniors, veterans and returning citizens who are unemployed or underemployed.    WOI also offers expanded services, but arming people with the necessary skills to advance their careers or start their own businesses remains our primary focus.  As such, we support the District’s goals to increase the employment rate of its citizens, and align our goals with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  

One of our signature programs is the WOI- Entrepreneurship Academy (TM), a robust nine-week program positioning graduates with key elements for business success, including a written strategic business plan, with financial, operating human resource and marketing plans, a basic business license, business bank account and membership in a business advocacy organization. Participants go on excursions to learn where the small business resources are in our City, lunch and learn with local luminaries and mentors, and pitch their business ideas internally and learning how to pitch to an external audience.  Finally, class members participate in an exercise to try to solve a local community problem and make a recommendation to the Mayor's office. The program is currently available through the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and will be offered to companies and the general public on a fee basis beginning this fall.


Founders (from left): Michel Daley and Tony Cord.

Derrik Henry, Business Development Manager

Past Performance: 30 + years sales & marketing experience; co-owner, business development officer Brentworks, Inc; clients: Black Entertainment Television (BET), Alcohol Beverage Regulation Admin. (ABRA), various DC Government agencies.


Tony Cord,  WOI Founder, Trainer/Executive Coach

Past Performance: Nationally-recognized innovator, advisor to entrepreneurs, business and financial planning expert; co-developed SBA’s SUCCESS Symposium and Video Library Series teaching business planning and cash flow planning; founder Capitol Financial Consultants; senior leadership positions at: American Express, Navigant Consulting, Riveron, Tatum with unique access to DC's entrepreneurs, as well as established business, government and academic executives.; Board of Director experience; keynote speaker.

Michael Gayle, Gov't. Sourcing Manager

Past Performance:  West Point graduate, retired Army Officer and consultant with over 30 years experience building and directing major programs, operations, sales, marketing and new business development in the government and commercial sectors.  Selected as one of three American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellows.  Michael also worked on a liaison team that developed legislative priorities, strategies, and implementation plans for the Secretary of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army which yielded successful Army budgetary goals for three Congressional budget cycles.

Gloria Parker, Trainer/Executive Coach

Past Performance: Obama-Biden transition team; IBM executive; technology team for US Dept. of Education; HUD Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer; Corp. leadership awards:  Presidential Medal, IBM Golden Circle, 2000 Presidential Rank Award; Board of Director experience; frequent keynote speaker.

Myla Deloatch, Trainer/Executive Coach

Past Performance: certified speaking professional, Nat’l. Speakers Assn; educator with over 20 yrs. of sales and development expertise; adjunct professor, GWU; curriculum designer, Anne Arundel Community College; clients: CVS, IBM, FAA, Choice Hotels, Xerox, Dept. of Veteran Affairs and others.

Michel Daley, WOI Founder, Trainer/Executive Coach

Past Performance: media relations specialist and spokesperson, Bell Atlantic (now Verizon); staff consultant & trainer, Bell Atlantic; co-founder Zanzibar on the Waterfront; founder, consultant Zanzibar Management Group;  guest lecturer Howard Univ., Georgetown Univ.; Awards: IABC Award of Excellence, MLK Achievement Award; Board of Director experience; keynote speaker.