Cynthia Hedge, CEO and founder of the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc., provided strategic planning training for agencies serving crime victims across America this spring. The training was funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, a part of the United States Department of Justice. It was a part of the department’s Advanced Skills Institute, National Victim Assistance Academy for Program Managers.
According to America’s leading law enforcement agency, the training was designed to help organizations identify where they are now and where they want to be in the future. The on-line course focused on getting agencies ready for strategic planning, assessing their current position, determining where they want to go, and implementing and communicating their action plan.
Strategic planning is a core service offered by the Center for Creative Solutions. Over the years, Center staff have guided businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations and government through the strategic planning process. It is considered the most effective management tool for growth.
In addition, the Center for Creative Solutions provides workplace facilitation, training and consulting in many other areas. They include creative problem solving, conflict resolution, civil discourse, happiness, customer service, leadership, creativity, bullying, barriers to innovation, planned giving and communication skills.
Senior facilitators include Hedge and Keri Marrs Barron, both holding masters degrees from the International Center for Studies in Creativity and Change Leaders at Buffalo State College (SUNY). In addition, Hedge served in law enforcement as a former prosecuting attorney who created and developed crime victim programs for children, the elderly and disabled, people with substance abuse problems, and in the area of human trafficking.