Candace E. Blair Cronin, Ph.D. has been providing personnel management, organizational development, and human capital consulting services to private and public sector clients for more than 20 years. She holds a B.A. from The University of Texas (Austin) and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Candace has a strong professional and personal commitment to conducting work that betters lives of children and families. During her time as the Work-Life Advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Candace was interviewed by Worklife Today about her advisory role and the U.S. DOT was recognized as a Best Practice among federal agencies in work-life initiatives. Candace has also worked directly with at-risk student populations by conducting assessments and evaluations of school intervention programs across Texas such as Communities in Schools (CIS). Candace has published research including an article in 2008 in the magazine, World at Work, which focused on why policies that support adoption are a good business practice for companies.
Her consulting work has spanned most major industries including community welfare, healthcare, public safety, legislative, military, education, homeland security, telecommunications, legislative, and aerospace. Example clients include the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, all military branches, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Joint Forces J-7 (Doctrine and Education Division), U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Texas Education Agency, and AT&T Family Development Fund. Recently, she has assisted these and other clients with strategic planning support, leadership development guidance, knowledge management strategy, refining employment practices, organizational and workforce development, and improving employee morale and engagement. Candace is also a trained focus group facilitator. For three years, she was requested to train civilian volunteers from the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) on the practice of group facilitation; these volunteers were selected by the U.S. Secretary of Defense and included 3 and 4-star Generals and a past U.S. Senator.
Candace is very passionate about child advocacy, particularly for children in the foster care system. From 2006-2011, Candace and her husband served as foster parents and adopted two children. She was also previously licensed to conduct home studies of prospective adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Further, Candace helped initiate a foster care/adoption ministry at her church by serving as co-lead for the ministry. For more than four years, Candace has volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for children in the child welfare system. She has been married nearly 15 years to her amazing husband and finds her favorite job is being a mom to her four children.