Feedback from Our Clients

Sherri Wolson, Former Board President

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
"Cory helped our organization survive a complicated transition. During his nine-month tenure as Interim Executive Director, he boosted staff morale and board confidence, improved internal systems, and ensured a stable launching pad for our new Executive Director."

Jennifer Brandon, Former Executive Director

"We hired Cory to design and facilitate our organization’s annual staff-board retreat. We’d grown considerably in the previous year and had arrived at yet another ‘turning point’ in the organization’s life cycle. We needed to design a focused retreat that left everyone feeling that their time was well-spent and gave me, as executive director, clear directives for the coming year. Cory delivered both: he took time to really listen, analyze, and synthesize the issues I presented during our preparation for the retreat, and he then came back with a tight structure and shape for what turned out to be the best retreat we’ve ever had. My board members really liked his blend of flexibility and keeping us on task. I appreciate his instinct for looking at systems holistically – without going overboard. He also gave me good feedback on things I might consider to improve my own performance, which I really appreciated since it’s sometimes hard to get that kind of candor."

Tracy Wilking, Former Executive Director

Washington Food Coalition
"Cory’s participation in a project automatically elevates the conversation."

Kelly Stockman Reid, Executive Director

Friends of the Children of King County
"When we were ready to develop our strategic plan, Turnpoint gave us exactly what we were hoping for. As the executive director of a community-based nonprofit, I needed both to lead and participate in the planning process, and manage this process while carrying out all my other responsibilities. Cory helped to create a feasible work plan and timeline for the strategic planning process, facilitated planning discussions, created tools and summaries, and helped us engage key constituents and maximize their valuable time. The outcome was a clear plan, and now that we are in our second year, I can honestly say that we are on track to achieve our objectives. We are effective in achieving our mission because we are all working toward a shared vision and goals, guided by a set of principles that we all had a part in developing. It’s amazing to see all the progress we have made because of Turnpoint’s support."

James Dorsey, Executive Director

Washington MESA
"For the past five years, Washington MESA has utilized the exceptional services of Turnpoint Consulting. Specifically, MESA has benefited from Turnpoint’s unique talents and expertise in the area of managing and developing advisory boards. On various occasions, Turnpoint has delivered timely and targeted strategic direction to benefit the role and efforts of the MESA’s Executive Director, 12 Regional Directors, and statewide board of directors. Turnpoint has been a responsive and committed resource for us."

Jennifer Cohen, Director of Development and Operations

Washington State Budget & Policy Center
"We call on Cory to help our organization think through strategic opportunities. We appreciate his ability to quickly grasp the main points of our struggle, and then offer helpful and creative options for achieving our goals. He always comes well-prepared, which makes our conversations even more productive."

Aaliyah Gupta, Former Board Chair

"Cory’s intelligence, experience, acuity, and sense of humor made him the perfect Interim Executive Director for Chaya. He led us through our Executive Director transition with great skill and, in the process, helped strengthen our organizational capacity. We value his leadership, his commitment to social change, and the contributions he continues to make to our work."

Janet Heubach, Grants Officer

Washington State Mentors
"We achieved all of our goals and objectives! Cory helped us design a working retreat that transformed project frustration and creeping apathy into new energy, clarity, and improved working relationships between project partners. His calm facilitation helped us really listen to project implementers’ concerns and find solutions to problems. Several participants noted that Cory’s presence was crucial to the meeting’s success. One participant said she had been dreading the two-day retreat, but that it couldn’t have been a better use of time."

Participant, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute

University of Washington
"Cory was amazing as the lead instructor for the Institute. He understands the key issues and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, and makes the difficult challenges seem easier to navigate."

Participant, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute

University of Washington
"Cory was absolutely superb at pulling together an engaging, highly instructive week with top-notch instructors and content."

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imgFrom Lynn Coriano, Deputy Director, Social Venture Partners

"Turnpoint has long been a trusted resource among Social Venture Partners and the nonprofits we serve. Cory has provided valuable strategic guidance and management to a number of grantees over the past several years. He is one of the first consultants we recommend when an organization is facing a critical decision or embarking on challenging, transformational work."
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