Who we are

Meet the Working Simply Team

Our team is committed to helping you build a winning workforce in which your people leverage their productivity strengths to work simply each and every day.

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Yvette Harrold

Consultant and Trainer

“High performance is not only having the right tools for the job but also feeling inspired to do it well."

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Carson Tate

Managing Partner

"Work is not just something we do. Work is an expression of who we are."

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Alexandra Kaval

Trainer and Executive Coach

"Knowledge knows, wisdom applies." David Chadwick

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Ben Wilhelm

Executive Coach and Consultant

"Supporting high performance people who are impatient for improvement."

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Julie Rush

Director of Accounting and Business Operations

"Driving innovation and optimization through business process improvement."

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Wendelyn Kelly

Chief of Staff

"Living the brand and working simply."

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“High performance is not only having the right tools for the job but also feeling inspired to do it well."

Yvette Harrold
Consultant and Trainer

Inspiring You to Maximize Performance

Yvette Harrold is a Consultant and Trainer with expertise in learning architecture, instructional design, workshop facilitation, and performance improvement. She was first exposed to lifelong learning during a long career in higher education services where she worked in various Senior roles. More recently she increased her focus on leadership development in her role with a Fortune 50 retail organization.

Raised in the Midwest, Yvette Harrold has traveled all over the world and lived in South Africa for five years where she completed a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds a Masters of Education in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia, and is certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II.

"Work is not just something we do. Work is an expression of who we are."

Carson Tate
Managing Partner

“Work is not just something we do. Work is an expression of who we are.”

Carson is the founder and Managing Partner of Working Simply. In that role she is responsible for the strategic operations of the firm. She also engages in client engagements in a consulting and coaching capacity.

She is the author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style (Penguin Portfolio, 2015), her views have been included in top-tier business media including Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, Harvard Business Review blog, The New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother and more.

Prior to starting Working Simply, Carson worked in Human Resources and sales functions with Fortune 200 firms. Carson holds a BA in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a Masters in Organization Development, and a Coaching Certificate from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.

"Knowledge knows, wisdom applies." David Chadwick

Alexandra Kaval
Trainer and Executive Coach

Courageously Pursue Your Best Life, Both Professionally & Personally

Alexandra holds close to ten years of organizational development experience across several industries. Alexandra has worked both as a consultant and in industry, leading talent management, leadership development, and employee engagement efforts. She develops employees (from entry level to executives) through facilitating learning experiences and creating resources to meet business goals. Alexandra is valued for her leadership in successfully implementing and sustaining talent strategies in a constantly evolving workplace.

Alexandra is also a certified coach who empowers her clients to achieve personal and professional transformation. Her clients begin their coaching journey by reflecting inward, and examining whatever it is that holding them back. Then, Alexandra will partner with her clients to create a compelling vision for the future.They’ll practice high level, strategic thinking which will result in greater impact and achievement. They experience a refreshed perspective and focus like never before. After examining the present and creating a plan for the future, Alexandra partners with her clients to create customized strategies so that they can tackle their biggest goals. She provides accountability and encouragement along the way. Through coaching, Alexandra inspires her clients to unlock their potential and experience growth like never before, positively impacting themselves, their team, and organization.

Alexandra earned her MS in HR Development and BA in Psychology from Villanova University, and holds a certification in coaching and change management.

"Supporting high performance people who are impatient for improvement."

Ben Wilhelm
Executive Coach and Consultant

Encouraging Clients to Consider Themselves an Instrument for Change

Ben Wilhelm has 25 years of experience in the commercial construction industry. Ben supports high performance individuals, groups, and organizations to reach their goals using executive coaching, facilitation, and leadership development.

Ben encourages clients to consider themselves an instrument for change. High performing people possess the ability to influence groups and organizational effectiveness through trust building, skills development, strategic alignment, and assessment.

With 25 years of business experience in talent management, operations, strategic planning and marketing, Ben earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He also earned his Masters in Organization Development (MSOD) and Executive Coaching Certificate from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Ben is certified in The WorkPlace Big Five TM and MBTI ®  profile assessments. He is currently earning his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from UNC Charlotte at the Belk School of Business and is adjunct professor in the McColl School of Business teaching courses in organization development and organizational behavior.

Ben’s areas of concentration are:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Team Facilitation
  • Corporate and Nonprofit Strategy
  • Business Consulting

Ben has extensive experience in executive coaching, team facilitation, corporate and nonprofit strategy, and business consulting. Ben chaired implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), served 6 years on a corporate board, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including: Harris YMCA, 24 Foundation, and Charlotte Preparatory School. Ben is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 30.

"Driving innovation and optimization through business process improvement."

Julie Rush
Director of Accounting and Business Operations

Contributing to the Strategic Growth and Long-Term Success of the Business

Julie joined us in May 2018 and serves as the Director of Accounting and Business Operations. In that role, she is responsible for the managing the daily financial aspects of the business, as well as, driving innovation and optimization through business process improvement. With over 15 years of proven success in leading teams to achieve their objectives, Julie brings strong cross-functional, executive level experience to the business. As a Certified Public Accountant
(CPA), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Green, she has a broad and diverse range of professional and educational experience and will help contribute to the strategic growth and long-term success of the business.

"Living the brand and working simply."

Wendelyn Kelly
Chief of Staff

“Striving to always work smarter, not harder.”

Wendelyn joined us in September 2018 and serves as the Chief of Staff. In this role, she is responsible for the daily operations of the business. This includes managing client projects and vendors across the organization, administrative functions and providing customer service and operations for the direct to consumer business. Multi- tasking comes naturally as Wendelyn previously spent the past six years as the lead Account Manager for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Her management background coupled with her strategic leadership skills have allowed her continued success. Wendelyn holds a BS in Psychology from Wofford College and is an off the charts PLANNER.

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