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Candace Bertotti      

Senior Master Trainer at Vital Smarts

Candace Bertotti, MPA, PMP is the founder of Candid Communications and specializes in negotiation, interpersonal communication, influence, crisis communication, and conflict resolution to help individuals, teams, and organizations increase effectiveness and achieve better results.

Candace served in the federal government for seven years at the U.S. Department of Education where she helped negotiate multi-million dollar contracts as well as controversial content decisions among multiple stakeholders and differing political administrations. Candace now helps clients experience wide-spread improvements to productivity, internal and external communications, negotiation and influence, and overall effectiveness.

Candace serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown Law School teaching Negotiation and is a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court for child abuse cases. Previously, Candace served on the faculty at the University of Maryland in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management for five years where she taught Negotiation, Decision-Making, and Crisis Leadership to the federal government.

Candace is a Senior Master Trainer for Vitalsmarts in Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Accountability®, and Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change™

Candace enjoys making people laugh with her improv group Spring Broke, practicing meditation and mindfulness, and bringing fabulous people together to build community.

Candace’s clients include: Google, Penn State University, Internal Revenue Service, Honda, Fish and Wildlife Service, Mars Snack Food, College of William and Mary, Panasonic, Toyota Financial Services, Prudential, Office on Women’s Health, New York City Judges, National Park Service, Food and Drug Administration, Ursuline College, Department of Veterans Affairs, Eli Lilly, National Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Iowa Western Community College, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AARP, University of Notre Dame, Reading Hospital, Invesco, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, SC Johnson, Bucyrus International, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Boise Cascade, Allstate, Loudon County City Government, Dentsply, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Chicago Board of Trade, State Farm, Mass Mutual, Wrigley’s, Turner Broadcasting, and Management Concepts.

Candace holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University; an Education Policy Certificate from The University of Virginia; and a bachelor’s with a concentration in Corporate and Community Education from Indiana University.

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