THE TEAM

…that works with clients to reveal their value in an environment
marked by rapid and profound change.

Liz Wainger
Liz WaingerPresident

For more than two decades, Liz has served at the side of executives at Fortune 500s, nonprofits, start-ups and government agencies, offering creative communications strategies that illuminate value, build revenue and reputations, and break down internal silos.

Before founding Wainger Group in 2000, Liz held a senior communications positions with Morino Institute and Venture Philanthropy Partners, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The American Institute of Architects. She was a reporter at The Washington Post on the Metro and Style desks. As a Certified Professional Facilitator, she is part of an elite group of professionals, highly educated and certified to be skilled at creating workshops and group processes that get to the heart of the matter, foster alignment, build consensus, and derive solutions to complex challenges.

A prolific writer, she is the author of 2018 book, Prism of Value®: Connect, Convince and Influence When It Matters Most. She has blogged for Huffington Post and her work and has appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and numerous professional and digital publications. She currently serves on the boards of School for Ethics and Global Learning, Jubilee Housing, and the Steering Committee of the ULI DC’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. In 2015, she was named by the Washington Business Journal to the distinguished cadre of Women Who Mean Business in Washington, D.C.

Norma Kelly
Norma KellySenior Communications Strategist

A seasoned public relations professional, Norma Kelly has more than 26 years of communications experience providing strategic counsel and expert media relations. Her expertise spans a range of practice areas including real estate, consumer/lifestyle products, arts and non-profits among others.

She has held positions with several high-profile public relations firms. She has secured top national and regional media placements for clients including coverage in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Informer, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, WTOP, WAMU, WJLA/ABC 7, WRC/NBC 4, WTTG/FOX 5, WUSA/CBS 9, Washington Business Journal, Bisnow, Commercial Observer, Good Morning America Now, CBS Early Show, Today Show, and many other print, broadcast, online and radio outlets.

Norma takes great pride in helping clients tell their stories in a way that conveys what makes them unique and how they help others. Clients, likewise, appreciate her ability to maintain strong media relationships and her creative storytelling skills, as they reap the rewards of her strategic and comprehensive media relations and positioning campaigns.

Chiquita Kennedy
Chiquita KennedyBusiness and Operations Strategist

Chiquita Kennedy has a background in all things strategy and efficiency.  She isn’t the loudest person in the room (far from it) but you best believe she’s observing and taking everything in and will ask the questions that need to be answered in order to help the team and organization owner move forward with clarity. 

She brings a wealth of varied experience to the table and uses this variety to promote out-of-the-box thinking and solutions.  Her experience includes HR (recruiting and training/development), manufacturing (sales operations, applications engineering, LEAN principles) and entrepreneurship.  

She oversees business strategy at Wainger Group as well as serves as a facilitator on client projects.

Buddy
BuddyChief of Security and Chief Happiness Officer

Buddy serves as Wainger Group’s head of security, giving intruders pause with his deep and loud bark. He also oversees shredding of papers left within his reach.

When Buddy is not sniffing visitors, he makes everyone feel good with his exuberant tail wagging, enthusiasm for life and abundant kisses.

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