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Organizational Capacity Building

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training

Change can be difficult. Change within the context of an organization can create disruptions that impact your ability to deliver the quality products and services your clients count on. 

Capacity Building or the process by which individuals and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment, and other resources needed to do their jobs competently is paramount in an organization's ability to navigate change in today’s world. 

DLJ & Associates can help you with this process by helping you develop and strengthen your organization's resources in order to survive, adapt and thrive in today's workplace. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training


Diversity is not only the collection of all the ways we are alike and different from one another; it is made up of the unseen characteristics that make us part of our personal cultures and groups. 

 DLJ & Associates partners with organizations to envision, develop, and implement diversity, equity and inclusion training. The DEI plan includes a review of the organization's current culture and how DEI will benefit the organization and its team members. A DEI Sustainability Plan can help an organization benefit from improved relationships, better communications flow, improved productivity, and generation of new ideas and strategies that incorporate diversity and cultural humility. 

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Talent Management and Recruiting

Talent Management and Recruiting

Talent Management and Recruiting


At DLJ & Associates, we go beyond finding candidates with the right qualifications. Our staffing solutions take a comprehensive approach in helping business leaders discover motivated, creative individuals who will integrate seamlessly with your company’s culture. 

We understand that creating a talented workforce takes a lot of investment – resources that companies cannot afford to spend valuable time on day-in and day-out. 

With DLJ & Associates, you have access to a dedicated network of human resource specialists with over 30 years’ experience in talent management.  DLJ & Associates  will collaborate with your hiring mananger to ensure every candidate placement is a complete success for your organization.

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Talent Management and Recruiting

Talent Management and Recruiting


  Motivation and self-confidence are the building blocks of an organization’s success. Do you yearn to bring out the best in yourself and others? Is it your goal to influence and develop the best team possible? 

Whatever your organization’s mission, our experienced professional coaches will invigorate your team dynamics and bolster individual competencies and strengths through customized coaching solutions. 

A company is made of people – let us help you maximize your most valuable asset: your people. 

DLJ & Associates can help your team members maximize their strengths through our expert coaching and leadership development plans making your team members and your organization stronger and more impactful. 

Current and Past Clients

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About DLJ & Associates

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DLJ & Associates (DLJA) is a leading consulting firm with more than 30 years' experience in providing a full range of general human resource solutions. 

DLJA specializes in the development and facilitation of organizational capacity building, diversity, equity & inclusion training, talent management, change management, employee relations investigations, strategic planning, and professional coaching. 

DLJA's coaching engagements include resume development or updating, personal branding, practice interviewing, and job referrals.

DLJA's consultants are certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the 360 Leadership Assessment.

DLJA is certified as a minority-owned business by the  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services.  

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Our Mission

 Our mission is to develop and facilitate best practices, cutting edge organizational development and human resource and coaching services for our clients in a timely, cost-effective, and efficient manner. 

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Our Values

We aim to develop and deliver organizational development and human resources consulting to our clients in a manner that improves their organizational capacity and culture enabling them to meet their strategic, and operational goals.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other"

 - John F. Kennedy 

Meet our team

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Deborah Holland, President

Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant

Deborah Holland, President

  Deborah Holland is the president and founder of  DLJ & Associates. A certified diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitator and career coach. She received her Master's degree (MEd) in Counseling Education and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Prior to starting her consulting practice, Deborah served as vice president of staffing and employee relations for a global telecommunications company.      

Deborah has also held various human resources leadership positions with the University of Richmond; DTE Energy; Duquesne Light and Mellon Bank. 

Deborah's nonprofit management experience includes workforce development, program management, and women's economic and political empowerment.  

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Anupama Jain, Consultant

Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant

Deborah Holland, President

 Anupama Jain specializes in cross-sector diversity and inclusion education, with an emphasis on community building, cultural competency, global awareness, and social justice. She earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, after which Anu spent more than a decade in higher education conducting original research, teaching varied topics, and supporting diversity initiatives.

Her scholarly affiliations have included Union College in upstate New York, Colby College in Maine, and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Anu has focused on collaborative community organizing and public humanities initiatives in Pittsburgh, partnering with diverse local groups, and designing original programming such as Color Me Pgh, Scholars at Large, and 12×12: Connecting Pittsburgh to the World.  

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Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant

Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant

Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant

Sonia Layne-Gartside is a results-oriented global consultant, educator, and facilitator in Leadership Development and Change Management. Sonia helps professionals become stronger, more effective leaders. She has been developing and implementing customized training and executive education programs for adults in several formats (classroom, online, and blended) for the past 20 years.

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Management Studies and a Master’s in Education from the University of the West Indies. She holds advanced certification in change management from Prosci® and is also certified as a Master Trainer, Online Instructor, Case Writer, and Instructional Designer. 

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Liz Foster-Shaner, Consultant

Liz Foster-Shaner, Consultant

Sonia Layne-Gartside, Consultant


 Liz Foster- Shaner is originally from Northern California. Liz completed her Ph.D. in Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. At UW, Liz taught Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness and worked with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to develop training for all graduate assistants across the university. 

Currently, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and other artistic and educational organizations, Liz is developing workshops and projects that examine and reimagine our roles and opportunities as active citizens of our local communities and the larger society. She served on the board of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. 2017-2019 and directs Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) Pittsburgh. 

Recently, Liz facilitated and co-facilitated workshops and training for the Racial Justice Summit, Creative Conversations at the Union Project, Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation Week, the Arts Education Collaborative, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the CMU School of Drama.

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Allison Lee-Mann, Consultant

Liz Foster-Shaner, Consultant

Jackie Heidelberg, Consultant


Allison Lee-Mann is an independent human resource and nonprofit consultant with over 30 years' experience.  During her career, Allison has served as a senior human resources executive for several corporate and nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania.   

Allison is a graduate of Duquesne University and her professional affiliations include the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is an adjunct professor at the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School. 

Allison's nonprofit management experience includes grant proposal writing and management, program management, workforce development, after school programming, and arts and culture.

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Jackie Heidelberg, Consultant

Liz Foster-Shaner, Consultant

Jackie Heidelberg, Consultant

 Jackie Heidelberg is president of Human Capital Solutions LLC, a human resources/leadership/training firm that offers a full range of expertise in organizational development, leadership, training, talent management, talent acquisition, and management consulting with clients in for-profit corporations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. 

Ms. Heidelberg brings over 30 years of proven senior leadership experience and has been recognized as a strategic partner to executive leaders. She is known for her innovative human capital initiatives and her ability to conceptualize and drive results from a team-based consultative perspective within a wholesale financial institution,a medical equipment manufacturing/sterilization company, and a health insurance organization. 

  Jackie was an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College for five years. She taught courses in Strategic Benefits/Compensation and Strategic Human Resources. 

Jackie has a B.S. degree in Business Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. 

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