Smallholding is a consulting practice, focused on improved outcomes for people and their communities.
We have deep strategy and leadership experience developed at the intersection of the education, philanthropy, and non-profit sectors.
Our home base is the District of Columbia, and our range is national.
We advise individuals and organizations large and small to gain, wisely invest, and direct the resources (credibility, time, talent, information, capital) they need to drive forward. We build capacity in others to do the same.
Vincent Baxter is the founder and Principal of Smallholding, where he leads all aspects of client relationships.
He has deep experience in public education leadership, coaching and consulting, strategy, and community development.
Vincent read English Literature at the University of Virginia and holds a Doctorate in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the George Washington University.
He and his family live in the District of Columbia.
Trusting interpersonal relationship is the foundation of our consulting work.
Whether we're coaching an individual or advising an organization, we respect that we've been invited to be a part of their community.
We check in regularly with clients. We strive to understand context, hopes and dreams, and motivations. We're loyal to our clients. We are honest with our clients. We always do our best--and We do what we say we're going to do.
We believe (like adrienne maree brown) that small is all--that the quality of our working relationships will translate at scale to quality of outcomes for clients and the communities they serve.
A smallholding is a small farm that cultivates a small quantity of crops with great care and quality. Our aim is to do the same.
We are teachers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at our root--that means we're oriented to building the capacity of individuals and groups in an educational and developmental way that sticks into the future. We love coaching leaders 1:1 and in small teams.
We have the uncanny ability to get to know your context fast. We help you clarify goals, envision multiple viable pathways toward those goals, and prioritize actions that move you toward success.
We design, facilitate, and improve talent systems and strategy for education, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations large and small. This includes: Recruitment and Selection, Performance Evaluation, and Talent Retention.
We help you build trusting and productive cross-sector relationships--curating the right resources of talent, influence, expertise, information, and capital to do more in strategic partnership than you can do on your own.
We help you assess what's working and what needs to improve in your programming. We can help you identify concrete and compelling proof points to advocate for the good work you do.
We have experience creating learning programs from scratch. We're dynamic facilitators. We're talented at building your capacity to design, lead, and improve educational curriculum and content for adult learning.
We help consulting clients conceptualize and execute a collaborative strategy process that includes stakeholders in deep and authentic problem-solving. This includes: Community Asset Mapping, Visioning Process, and Team-Based Rapid Prototyping.
We help you take actions that build trust with the communities you serve. We help you refine your message and advise your strategy on how and where to best tell your story through traditional and new media outlets.
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