We are a small training company based in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area. Founded in 2006 as
    Marigold Consulting, we changed our name a few years ago to training& to better reflect what we do. While
    training is our beloved first-born child, our family has grown to include numerous training-related services
    and solutions we are excited to share with our clients. Read more about our Founder/Chief Learning Officer
    and our training philosophy below.
    "Learning experiences are like journeys. The journey starts where the learning is now, and ends when
    the learner is successful. The end of the journey isn’t knowing more, it’s doing more."
    Julie Dirksen, learning strategy and design consultant  
Who I Am ~
Lawyer turned educator turned trainer. Zumba enthusiast and aspiring interior decorator with a
strong competitive streak balanced by a passion for service to my community.

What I Do ~
Act as training sherpa to assist participants achieve light bulb moments in solving challenges, living
and working on purpose, and generally enjoying life.

Why I Do It ~
I once sat through an excruciating training session. The facilitator droned on mercilessly as she
clicked through what had to be no fewer than 100 PowerPoint slides. We were being talked
at. In
her desire to cover all of the material in the allotted time, she forgot the most important reason
why she was there in the first place - her participants. I thought to myself then that there had to
be a better way to train. And voila! An idea for a training company was born. More than ten years
later, I still believe that even the most mundane content can be presented in an interesting and
engaging way. Because it's really okay to have fun in training as long as at the end of the day
you've learned valuable tools to help you live and work better.
Atlanta Technical College
Business Marketing Association - Atlanta
CATV Training Institute
Gate City Bar Association
Georgia QuickStart
Emory University
Heartlink Hospice
Human Investment Corporation (Kuwait)
Jacada Inc
KH International LLC
Inform. Engage. Entertain. Inspire.
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We believe that training is
successful when participants
are given an opportunity during
the session to meaningfully
interact with one another and
the facilitator. To that end,
participants are encouraged to
contribute to their overall
learning by asking questions,
sharing their viewpoint, and
describing their personal
experiences. Our sessions
foster active involvement in
the training process through a
thoughtfully planned equation
of individual and group
activities. Training content is
presented in a way that is
consistent with adult learning
theory and suitable for all
sensory learning styles.
We believe that training is
successful when participants
have fun, memorable
experiences that not only
reinforce the content
presented but also provide an
outlet for creative expression.
To that end, all of our sessions
include some combination of
attention-grabbing icebreakers,
friendly competitive games,
and nontraditional hands-on
activities. Whether it's playing
musical chairs, building bridges
out of popsicle sticks, going on
a scavenger hunt, or yelling out
BINGO!, participants in our
sessions need not rely upon the
caffeine in their favorite
espresso or carbonated
beverage to remain alert.
Humdrum and boring sessions
are not an option.
We believe that training is
successful when participants
are inspired to radically shift
the way they approach how
they live and work. Our desire
is that participants gain
valuable tools that transform
their thinking and that they
leave the session with a
renewed sense of purpose and
determination. Many would
equate this to ROI, or return on
investment. We prefer to call it
a return on initiative. We seek
through training to reinvigorate
each participant so that he or
she will take the initiative to do
and be more. To that end,
participants in our sessions are
always challenged to think
deeply about how they will
apply what they have learned.
    "The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and
    having them stay."
    Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company  
Red Carpet Learning Systems
Stevenson University
The University of Georgia
United States Army
Western University of Health Sciences
We believe that training is
successful when participants
leave the session having
learned practical, concrete
solutions to their personal or
workplace challenges that can
be implemented immediately.
To that end, we incorporate
the most current and relevant
content in our classes,
seminars, and workshops. We
conduct industry-specific
research and work diligently
with our clients prior to each
session to ensure that the
curriculum, participant guides,
learning tools, and reference
aids reflect real world examples
which mirror the dynamics of
their workplace and personal

Phone: 678-318-3672
Fax: 678-318-750