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The New Professional Home for Performance Improvement Specialists with Dr. Judy Hale and Deb Page

January 22, 2013 2:55 pm

Atlantan Deb Page and veteran international performance consultant Dr. Judith Hale have launched a new L3C organization, The Institute for Performance Improvement to advance improvement in education and the workplace through social entrepreneurial efforts. The L3C, or Low-profit Limited Liability Corporation is a new type of organizational entity created by legislation in a growing number of states of , which allows for an organization organized like an LLC to enjoy many of the benefits of non-profits, such as grant development, while being able to generate a profit doing its core mission in benefit to the common good.

Deb Page, CPT

Deb is a strategy and performance consultant in systemic improvement of performance. Throughout her career, Deb has established a reputation as an innovator and problem-solver that inspires and attains outstanding results.

She began her career as a high school teacher after graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Language Education. Her corporate career was spent in retail, service and financial services, in Human Resources, Quality and Performance Improvement, Training, Executive Development and Coaching, and Business Development. The majority of her career she worked in subsidiaries of Citigroup, and launched and led a corporate university. In 2001 she left her position as Sr. Vice President for Instruction and Business Development for Citibank, N.A. to form Willing Learner, Inc. where she has consulted to improve performance across a broad range of sectors. Training Magazine has honored Deb as one of the “new guard in training and development”.

Deb was awarded the evidence-based Certified Performance Technologist job certification in 2011 by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) based on her work in education improvement.

She and Dr. Judith Hale of Hale Associates ( developed the fully evidence-based Certified School Improvement Specialist, awarded through a collaborative arrangement with the International Society for Performance Improvement ( Together they founded The Institute for Performance Improvement, ( a social entrepreneurial organization which develops Communities of Practice of high performing practitioners to facilitate meaningful work and sustainable improvement in education and the workplace. The Institute trains individuals to effectively facilitate improvement using Human Performance Technology methods (HPT). Deb serves as President of The Institute.

In 2002, she led the start of the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement ( a public/private initiative to improve education leadership. Under her leadership the Institute developed a solid track record for helping school systems improve student achievement and organizational effectiveness.

In November 2012, Deb and Dr. Hale published The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide via Corwin Press. The Field Guide is based on the ten Certified School Improvement Specialist standards and contains a wide variety of tools and processes for facilitating sustainable, systemic improvement.

Through Willing Learner, Inc. and The Institute for Performance Improvement, she provides strategic planning support and performance consulting services. Contact Deb at or at 678-428-2363.


Judith Hale, Ph.D., CPT

Dr. Hale is one of the more prolific writers and well-known consultants in the field of performance improvement.  She is the author of The Performance Consultant’s Fieldbook 2nd ED, Performance-Based Certification, 2nd ED, Performance-Based Evaluation, and Performance-Based Management, and Outsourcing Training and Development.  Her latest book is the  School Improvement Specialist Field Guide: Facilitating Success (Corwin) co-authored with Deb Page.  Judy has been a consultant to management in the public and private sectors for more than 25 years.  She specializes in performance improvement, certification programs, evaluation protocols, and the implementation of major interventions.  She has served as Director of Certification and President of International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Judy recently spoke on New Paradigms for Professional Credentials: How Globalization and Technology are Impacting Credentialing for the Certification Network Group on in DC.  The increasing complexity of work and the emergence of new professions have produced a global skills gap.  As a result enterprises in the public and private sectors are demanding the creation of new pathways that rapidly build and measure proficiency.  This has spurred an increase in the development of credentials (certificates, certifications, and accreditations) being offered by new players who are rewriting the rules on how to define and measure competence.

Judith was awarded a B.A. from Ohio State University, a M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.  She can be reached at or 630-427-1304.



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