EWP Team

Meet the growing EmpoweringWorkPractices team. Please contact us to discuss your organizational and workforce needs and how we might be of assistance in helping you meet your objectives.

Steve Scheier, Founder | CEO of EmpoweringWorkPractices

Steve Scheier

Founder | CEO
Steve Scheier is the CEO and Founder of Empowering Work Practices (EWP). Steve’s background in politics, marketing, organizational development and education policy has enabled him to create dynamic practices that foster empowered organizations. His passion is to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness through processes that clarify and distribute decision-making responsibility, address and resolve organizational conflict and provide reciprocal performance feedback. Steve believes that these practices will enhance staff retention, spur innovation, increase leadership development and enable social sector and for-profit organizations to scale.

Prior to EWP, Steve served as the Vice President of Human Resources at College Summit, one of the nation’s premier social sector organizations. He served in an identical role in three technology organizations. As an employee communication consultant Steve worked on the restructuring of American Express Technologies and on the merger of computer airline reservation service, Covia with its European counterpart, Galilleo. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for nine years at Apple. During this period he served as the Product Introduction Manager for the Macintosh launch in 1984, the Manager of Apple’s Creative Services Department and as the Director of K-12 Marketing.  In the early days of his career Steve worked for the National Institute of Education, the California Department of Education and the California State Assembly.

Steve was awarded a B.A., with “high honors” in Russian History (a little eclectic but useful when trying to understand the exercise of power in certain environments) and a M.A. in Educational Policy. Both of these degrees were awarded by the University of California, Berkeley.

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Melissa L. Jones, Content Development & Facilitation, EmpoweringWorkPractices

Melissa L. Jones

Content Development and Facilitation
Melissa Jones is a veteran educator and professional development specialist with over ten years of service in high-needs schools and communities. An expert in developing dynamic learning experiences, Melissa began her career as a 2000 Teach for America Corps Member in the South Bronx. From 2003-2008, she helped build the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School in Brooklyn, a new small school aimed at connecting high-needs students with the maritime resources of New York City. 

Melissa is trained as a librarian, and has a deep understanding of both the management of metadata and user experience design. Melissa joined the staff of College Summit in 2008; currently, she serves as the Director of Educational Design, where she is charged with designing and developing the next generation of innovative educational products for the organization. She holds a Masters of Education, as well as a Masters of Library and Information Science.

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Jessica Robinson, Coach & Facilitator | EmpoweringWorkPractices

Jessica Robinson Gemm

Coach & Facilitator
Jessica Robinson Gemm is a human resource strategy consultant and leadership coach who is dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations reach their full potential, performance, and passion. Prior to establishing her own business, she was asked to launch and lead the human resources department at College Summit. Having built an HR function from the ground up, she brings a unique set of experiences and best practices to her work with clients. 

As a coach, Jessica partners with executives, entrepreneurs, and high-potential staff members to help them realize the permanent shifts in behavior that will result in increased happiness and success. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program.

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Felicia Martin, Coach & Facilitator | EmpoweringWorkPractices

Felicia Martin 

Coach & Facilitator
Felicia Martin has worked for over ten years to promote equity and access in her professional career within the realm of education and training.  She is particularly passionate about discovering what drives and motivates people toward action and change. In her most recent role as an Education Specialist with College Summit’s National Education Department, Felicia developed content and facilitated training for several critical organizational initiatives.  

In 2009, she was certified by the Interaction Institute for Social Change (Cambridge, MA) on Pathways to Change, an internal effort to increase organizational effectiveness, build capacity, and align org-wide efforts through professional development. In 2011, Felicia also served as a consultant for a national pilot sponsored by the Gates Foundation, College Summit, National Student Clearinghouse, and MPR Associates where she co-designed and facilitated multiple Actionable Data Workshops in Texas, Florida, and Georgia – specifically focused on how to create meaningful dialogue around postsecondary data that can drive decision-making and action-planning.  

Currently, Felicia is a full-time training consultant while she pursues an M.A. in Organizational Development at St. Edward’s University. She also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Rice University in Houston, TX.

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