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“Hilary gave practical (and often humorous) advice to leaders in the area when she spoke on the topic of ‘resiliency’ at the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women. Hilary is a dynamic presenter and infuses energy into the room when she speaks. It is clear that she has encountered many challenges in her career and life but has conquered these with her perseverance and tenacity. The participants could not say enough about her ability to provide frank and honest perspectives in an entertaining manner.”

Tracy K. Kenny,

Partner, KPMG

“First let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed the course that Hilary Fordwich presented on Gaining and Retaining Clients. I am currently implementing the techniques with my client, coworkers, and friends. I feel that intentions when communicating are often misunderstood. The techniques taught in this class go a long way to ease and inform the manner and method of conversations that we use with clients, coworkers, and others. This is especially true when the conversations that we are having are tough ones.”

Mike Donoghue,

Director, PWC

Speaker for 1200 Partners & Sr. Managers at Annual Meeting, Chairman’s testimonial:
“Hilary quickly established a vibrant connection with our 1200 partners in the audience. Her infectious energy and sharp, real life insights provided each partner and manager an arsenal of valuable nuggets to use in business development and in maintaining outstanding relationships with clients.”

Wayne Kollins,

National Director of Assurance, BDO Seidman, LLP | Global Head of Audit and Accounting | BDO International – International Executive Office

“I thoroughly enjoyed the smashing presentation Hilary did at VSCPA Leadership Forum. She managed to break down generational differences through the prism of basic psychology. Then followed with easy-to-remember advice on how to act in order to be better understood, liked, and accepted.”

Valeryia Mikharava,

CPA, Finance and Administration, The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc., VSCPA

“Hilary was so impressive in the session for our Tysons office that we invited her to keynote our Annual Partners meeting, her content was so strong and her practical advice based on her direct accounting firm knowledge, that we retained her to deliver sessions for each of our 22 offices in smaller hands-on partner sessions. From those we also had her work one-on-one with some selected partners. Because Hilary understood our industry, but also studied the nuances or our practice areas she was able to give great help to our growth strategies.”

Susan Moser,

Managing Partner, Industries & Specialization and Washington, D.C. Practice, Cherry Bekaert

“Hilary’s seminars were a solid hit with our professionals. She presented two client service seminars to our firm and provided individual coaching sessions. The reviews were exceptional and participants walked away with the ability to put her techniques in use immediately. Hilary has an engaging and enthusiastic presentation style that reflects her passion for client service excellence-and she successfully imparts that knowledge through memorable stories and easy to remember nuggets. I highly recommend her!”

Janet Kyle Altman,

Market Principal, Kaufman Rossin & Co

“My partners and I retained Hilary to deliver business development sessions to our entire professional staff. We were able to use her principles throughout our firm and many months after her presentation we all were still using her principles. I can say that even our more senior partners were so appreciative of her content as well as our junior staff. I highly recommend Hilary and intend to work with her further after we complete our merger.”

David Dorsey,

Managing Partner, Bond Beebe