NEWSLETTER: Bigger team, bigger dreams!


New year, disruptive management solutions!

We've flipped the script, creating energizing programs that simulate an ongoing learning experience without the need for endless hours of instruction. 

SparkWorks enables and empowers your managers to effectively drive performance and start strong to hit those annual benchmarks with an engaging, interactive and tech-infused program that prepare managers to lead other supercharged people, not just projects or the work itself.

These highly impactful and cost-effective programs will give them the standardized skills and tools for a more consistent and cohesive work culture.  Our technology, in-person guidance and virtual coaching enable managers to apply what they learned immediately with their teams. They are experiential programs that will transform your people from being someone's boss to becoming a workplace cultivator.

For more information on our Management Intensive, please email the team at!


What we’re watching

The expectations for human resources are changing as it is challenged and pushed to be the powerhouse of all things related to the employee experience.  Here's something to be cognizant of moving forward into the new year:

How digital nomads are shaping the ‘Gig Economy’

What’s now being addressed as the ‘Gig Economy’ has more people working remotely and in contract or fixed term positions.  Technology is changing the way we operate, not only within our teams, but throughout the entire business strategy as well.  This trend to hire individuals on a project-need basis is additionally impacting the way people move from one job to another.  Meaning,  the jump from one job to another over the course of one or two years is no longer considered a resume faux pas.  The largest implications is that employees no longer seek a secure job offer before quitting the job they have and don’t like. With these dynamic environments, having the pulse of the level of engagement of your key talent and creating unique employee experiences tailored to talent individuality become much more relevant.


Bigger team, bigger dreams!

What better way to kick off the new year than with a bigger team with bigger dreams?  It’s with much admiration that we welcome Lourdes Gonzalez and Mags O'Sullivan-Tomich to the SparkWorks team!  The two have joined with high aspirations to build a learning community that will create meaningful impact for progressive companies.  Their visions to leverage the Management Intensive is igniting the kickoff to our new year.

A sneak peak at Lourdes:

Why she’s amazing

Her day always starts with music, in the way most do with coffee.  Her passions for new experiences and diverse perspectives complement her love for reading, films, short story writing, and of course, people.  She is often found with her head in a book and traversing the deep corners of our planet.  Some adventures from her bucket list include venturing to Seychelles and riding the Orient Express.

And super accomplished

From an early age of 12, Lourdes ignited her thriving career with a short story award in her hometown of Mexico City.  Through the years, her distinguished background at BP, hospitality, and fintech industries has built a deep understanding of leadership development and strategic change management.  Her accomplishments include a Fast Company magazine feature of her work aligning talent development for W Hotels and leading very successful new culture efforts for a business unit with 3000 leaders in 32 countries.  It is thus that she’s finally made it to SparkWorks as her intellectual curiosity sought the opportunity to do some more true impactful work.

What she’s going to be doing with us

Her main focus right now is to refine the Management Intensive  we’ve procured and deliver it to you.  Her specialties in talent development and culture transformation will translate in crafting  creative learning solutions for managers.

With the collaboration of her enthusiasm and our team’s dedication to making this our year, SparkWorks is proud to be growing our team and building our impact.


EVENT: SparkWorks CEO at Paylocity's 2017 Client Conference on 11/3


Calling all HR executives, workplace cultivators and the culture curious-minded! 

Our very own CEO, Catherine Cummings, will be speaking at Paylocity's 2017 Client Conference about hiring for cultural fit!

When is it?

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Where is it?

Hilton Chicago at 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

To register and learn more about the event visit here.


Q3 Newsletter


success story

Procured Health

By differentiating themselves amidst the rapidly changing healthcare tech industry, Procured Health reached a growth point that most small companies only dream. With a workforce three times larger than it was a couple years ago, Procured Health was confident they had identified the best and the brightest in the industry. With this kind of rapid growth, they wanted to proactively uphold their values to guide them in making business decisions and improving employee performance. After all, large growth spurts often incur large growing pains such as regrettable turnover. In order to circumvent potential cultural issues, they needed help codifying and clarifying their organizational values.

They understood the most important rule of corporate culture: if you do not set an intentional culture, with clarity around “how” work is approached in your company or team, it gets created for you. Further, if you don’t like what was created, changing that culture is both time consuming and costly.

Read more about our Procured Health success story on our blog page.


Procured Health's values in a podcast

How important are company values? Hani Elias, CEO of Procured Health, explains how codifying your company values not only gives a company meaning but having values front and center helps employees go through the process of making hard decisions with principles to guide them.  Click here to take a listen!


Unveiling of our new website

A lot of blood, sweat and collaboration went into the makeover of our new website.  As the face of our business, we hope it brings clarity as to who we are and what we do for you!