Background & Experience

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Rita Young & Associates, LLC Owner, Principal / 2014-Present

 As a private consultant, my vision is to support and create positive outcomes for people with disabilities. My mission is to provide results driven coaching, training and project management services to government entities, non-profits, companies and the general public. 

All About Developmental Disabilities / 2003-2013

Director of Public Policy and Education, 2009-2013

Advocacy and Training Manager 2006- 2009

Education Coordinator 2003-2006​​

I provided leadership, management, and administration to identify advocacy and policy approaches to improve the services for people with developmental disabilities. I represented the agency at the Georgia General Assembly and to the community.  I provided oversight for two training programs that trained 1,500 participants annually. As a spokesperson for disability issues, I have appeared on Lawmakers, WABE, WSB, 11Alive, Fox 5 News, CBS Atlanta, and in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dale Carnegie of Georgia / 1998-2013

Certified Classroom Instructor/ Instructional Team Member​

Facilitated twelve week Human Relations Course curriculum, provided coaching and feedback and managed instructional team. Approximate class size 15-35 business professionals.

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Skills

Trainer/Facilitator/Organizer/ Project Management​

I have experience working with diverse audiences; C- suite, legislators, media, focus groups and town hall style settings. I have moderated and organized candidate forums, stakeholder events, and provided training to state agency staff & criminal justice professionals. I have presented to House and Senate subcommittees and to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Education

Georgia State University / BBA, Marketing​

An urban education prepared me for my passion- selling ideas. My favorite professor was Dr. Thomas Stanley, author of The Millionaire Next Door.