How We Partner With You

At AO People Partners, we are passionate and dedicated to supporting our client leaders as they OWN + MODEL + DRIVE the conscious practice of people development for business success and social contribution. Our values are fundamental to how we partner with our clients.

Our Values


Learning and Growth

We are dedicated to practicing and advancing a growth mindset that helps our company, our clients, and our communities continuously learn, grow, adapt, innovate, and attain new levels of success.


Our work helping leaders create people-centered growth cultures often requires us to challenge the status quo and existing mindsets in the workplace. We lean into these opportunities to deepen conversations, enrich relationships, and cultivate a sense of personal purpose to make organizations and their cultures healthy, inclusive and strong.


Our clients and employees count on us to be with them on their growth journey and we are committed to being their partners every step of the way. We love what we do and are committed to inspiring and supporting the conscious practice of people development in the workplace.

Joy Filled

We help organizations thrive by building and cultivating cultures where their people experience meaningful connection, wellbeing, creative expression, and achievement. We derive great joy from this work and also strive to infuse a joy-filled way of being with our colleagues, clients, family, and friends.


We serve our clients best when we are being honest, grounded, and true to ourselves and others. We help organizations and leaders practice this same courageous authenticity every day to better connect with their talent, their stakeholders, and their communities.

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Embrace the opportunity to grow your brand and reputation as a company that truly invests in helping employees grow their capabilities – even and especially during an employee off boarding experience. When viewed through the development lens, this is a valuable opportunity for employers to learn and improve organizational and people development practices, build brand ambassadors, and enable departing employees to reflect on gains in skills and capabilities.


Facilitate strategic conversations with senior leaders to explore and define ways conscious people development can be integrated into the culture and daily workflow to power your business, your people, and your employer brand. 


Incorporate learning and development objectives into retention activities to prepare employees for new roles and opportunities. This can be done through engagement and feedback surveys, recognition and rewards programs, promotion, succession planning, and more.

Social Contribution

“Build it so they will want to come, flourish, and stay, knowing that someday they may leave.

Thus, it is imperative to define what you want them to say about their growth experience with your organization and what you want the outside world to say about how you invest in and contribute capable people to society.”

-Ed Offterdinger & Catherine Allen
Conscious, Capable, and Ready to Contribute. (p. 173)

Integrated Capability Development and Performance Management

Integrate learning, growth, and capability development goals and activities into your performance management rather than relying on day-to-day responsibilities alone to create a more engaging, productive, and helpful process.


Adapt onboarding to set new hires up for success in a continuous learning environment through orientation activities that introduce the principles and practices that support everyday learning and development for each employee.


Integrate practices, principles, and tools to better evaluate a candidate’s orientation to continuous learning and development as a factor in their overall fit for a position. This provides:

  • Improved candidate interviewing, assessment and selection practices
  • Better candidate selections with learning and growth mindset
  • An early introduction to your company’s development culture focus


Embed messages about commitment to people development to attract your ideal candidates.