WOIWashington Opportunity institute

We proudly provide 24/7 American sign-language interpreting service, through a collaboration with Hands in Motion, for education, conferences, legal, medical, government, performance and fine arts industries.   Most requests will require at least two interpreters, which is an industry standard since sign language interpreting is physically demanding. 

Click on the link below to hear WOI Principal Tony Cord speak on the value of business networking and relationship building as a guest on Voice of America's Insights and Strategies program with host Barbara Lang.

II. CONSULTING

Our team provides an array of consulting services to businesses and government agencies.  Our principals have over 60 years of collective experience as both corporate executives and business owners. This experience includes comprehensive knowledge of all facets of business operations, and relationships with leaders throughout many industries. 

Recognized for our leadership skills and business acumen, we have served as advisors on a number of corporate for-profit and non-profit boards, including the Federal City Council, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and the Fish and Richardson IP Review Board.  

Our strength is our ability to question, listen, analyze and explain solutions to problems, or devise ways to capture opportunities.  Our specialties include financial management, effective communication, and training and leadership development.  Due to our vast community network, we are also uniquely positioned to connect our clients with industry leaders and potential employees.  

In 2016 we added the capabilities of DC Growth Partners, a unique advisory unit within WOI focused on assisting local expansion stage companies achieve their growth goals.

III. COMMUNICATIONS

Effective communications and branding is important for any business.   The WOI team is well-versed in this discipline, having served in various capacities as corporate executives, consultants and entrepreneurs. 

Throughout our careers, we have also served as corporate spokesmen, conference speakers and public relations specialists.   We co-developed an acclaimed SUCCESS Symposium and Video Library Series for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and received writing and communication awards from the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). 

Within this service line we specialize in marketing and public relation (PR) services, including media training; developing communication plans; and writing, editing and printing news releases, brochures and journals.

I. TRAINING


Workforce Workshops:  These instructor-led workshops are the starting-blocks for those seeking employment.  Topics include discussion on how to prepare a resume, how to dress for success and how to master interviews.  As an added value, we also review industries with current job openings, making the connection to employers.

Basic Skills Boot Camp:  
These sessions include “blended learning” opportunities—classroom courses led by instructor and self-paced, web-based tutoring.   Many are customized for our clients.  However, we maintain an array of online and on-ground course materials on a variety of topics like project management, improving negotiating skills and use of software programs such as Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).  These courses are often provided by one of our experienced program partners, who use proprietary and sophisticated Learning Management Systems (LMS) to generate analytical data on each student’s progress and course certificates, if needed.   Course catalogs are available upon request.   


Leadership Development:   We offer customized courses specifically designed for middle and senior managers.   They are offered in instructor-led workshops or online tutoring.   These courses are designed to improve and organization’s productivity and efficiency.   Topics include strategic planning, mechanics of management, crisis management, stress management and building an effective team.   They also utilize sophisticated LMS tools to monitor progress and provide feedback to participants and their organizations.


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