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Candace Bertotti


President and Founder, Candid Communications, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Indiana University; Education Policy Certificate, University of Virginia; Master's Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University; M.P.A., Harvard

Candace Bertotti is the founder of Candid Communications and specializes in negotiation, interpersonal communication, influence, crisis communication, and conflict resolution to help individuals, teams, and...

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Candace Bertotti is the founder of Candid Communications and specializes in negotiation, interpersonal communication, influence, crisis communication, and conflict resolution to help individuals, teams, and organizations increase effectiveness and achieve better results.

Candace served in the federal government for seven years at the U.S. Department of Education where she helped negotiate multi-million dollar contracts as well as controversial content decisions among multiple stakeholders. Candace now helps clients experience wide-spread improvements to productivity, internal and external communications, negotiation and influence, and overall effectiveness.

Candace served on the faculty at the University of Maryland in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management for five years where she taught Negotiation, Decision-Making, and Crisis Leadership to the federal government.

Candace is a mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court for child abuse cases. Candace is a Senior Master Trainer in Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Accountability®, Influencer Training: The Power to Change Anything™, and Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success™.

Candace’s clients include: New York City Judges, Google, Honda Manufacturing, Internal Revenue Service, State Farm, Prudential, Panasonic, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior, Office on Women’s Health, National Park Service, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Eli Lilly, National Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Mars Snack Food, Johnson & Johnson, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AARP, Reading Hospital, Invesco, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, SC Johnson, Bucyrus International, College of William and Mary, Penn State University, Notre Dame, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Boise Cascade, Allstate, Loudon County City Government, Dentsply, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Chicago Board of Trade, and Management Concepts.

Candace is a barefoot runner, studies mindfulness, travels extensively, and prefers a Mac to a PC.

Candace holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University; an Education Policy Certificate from The University of Virginia; and a bachelor’s with a concentration in Corporate and Community Education from Indiana University.

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