About Us

With over 30 years of experience, the team at Dale Carnegie Training Austin/Houston/San Antonio is led by an enthusiastic and multi- lingual team. In addition to English, our team is prepared to speak with clients in Spanish, Indian, Chinese and Arabic.

We believe in our hearts of hearts that LIFE = RELATIONSHIPS! We live intentionally, through trust, integrity, fun and teamwork to ignite our customers enthusiasm to achieve their personal and professional best. We improve the performance of organizations by improving the performance of their people!

Originally from: Canada

Current location: Round Rock, TX

Role and how you help people in that role: I am the President and CEO of Dale Carnegie Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. My role focuses on developing a high performing, client centric team. To oversee the ongoing growth and development of people in my organization.

Your Passion: Seeing people grow to achieve their potential. Either by continuously developing myself or encouraging others to become their personal and professional best. My life quote is “Every day, in every way, I get a little better…Hey!”. In fact, you should say that in the mirror every morning.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: What I love about the Dale Carnegie Experience is that people start immediately to see the person they could be once they remove self-doubt and self-limiting thinking. We give people the freedom to try on the “new you” even when they are not 100% confident in who that person will be. Then we create an environment of encouragement that pushes people toward their new vision. Seeing people abandon their comfort zone inspires me.

What do you do when you are not working: My passion is my family, so whenever possible I invest time in my children and grandchildren. For fun, I’m a bit of a foodie. So, if you look at my Instagram you will see pictures of my family, giant steaks on the grill, beautiful glasses of red wine, and occasional exercise pictures. I truly believe “Life = Relationships”

David WrightChief Executive Officer

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Beckie WrightVice President of Operations, Director of Fun

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Zhen WuChief Operating Officer

Role and how you help people in that role: I am the General Manager and Director of Marketing, with Dale Carnegie Training. My role focuses on being a strategic leader in business leadership, Marketing and Operations.

Your Passion: I strive to ignite, coach, and support local businesses!

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: What I appreciate about the Dale Carnegie Experience is the transformation people encounter. To see their visions and goals coming to light, and the impact our programs have had throughout their personal and professional lives.

What do you do when you are not working: When I am not working with Dale Carnegie I love to watch college football, spend time with family and friends, and taking old, worn out furniture and giving it new life.

Christina AlexanderGeneral Manager, Director of Marketing

Role and how you help people in that role: I am the General Manager and Director of Marketing, with Dale Carnegie Training. My role focuses on being a strategic leader in business leadership, Marketing and Operations.

Your Passion: I strive to ignite, coach, and support local businesses!

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: What I appreciate about the Dale Carnegie Experience is the transformation people encounter. To see their visions and goals coming to light, and the impact our programs have had throughout their personal and professional lives.

What do you do when you are not working: When I am not working with Dale Carnegie I love to watch college football, spend time with family and friends, and taking old, worn out furniture and giving it new life.

Diandra MarquezDirector of Training, Master Trainer

Role and how you help people in that role:I am Vice President – Equity Partner – Senior Trainer. I am certified in all our Dale Carnegie Programs. I focus on Small to Medium Businesses creating and implementing strategies for developing their talent. Embracing Talent Development can reduce turnover, foster a team mindset, improving employee engagement and productivity.

Your Passion: I love seeing people exceed their own expectations. Everyone has more! Can do more and Be more. Helping them see a positive future for themselves, their companies, and their personal relationships.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience:Hearing "I should have done this YEARS AGO!” I said it when I was a participant in 2008. My parents were willing to pay for me to attend Dale Carnegie Training when I graduated college. My fear held me back. Dale Carnegie allowed me to remove the self-imposed shackles and become the person I was supposed to be. The process is transformative, and I have been blessed to have thousands of others improve their relationships.

What do you do when you are not working:When I am not working I am at home creating a wonderful environment for my wife and grandchildren in our backyard. Hearing my granddaughter say “Let’s go water the plants Papa” is music.

John MathiesonVice President, Certified Trainer

Role and how you help people in that role: I am the Director of Enterprise Accounts here at Dale Carnegie Training of Houston, Austin and San Antonio. My role focuses on partnering alongside enterprise accounts to design and strategically deliver dynamic trainings that provide my clients a transformational experience through a carefully developed pathway. Our goal is to be your go to trusted advisor for all L&D needs for years to come.

Your Passion:I am passionate about helping my clients develop long term solutions and watching the weight come off their shoulders as we take charge and deliver programs to help them reach their goals.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience:What I appreciate most about Dale Carnegie is that we give people an open space where they can learn and immediately practice in a safe environment while gaining the confidence to go back out and implement those newly refined skills. Those things, are what make a difference in their professional and personal life.

What do you do when you are not working: When I am not working, I am raising two little boys with my husband, and spending time working out at our gym or in the great outdoors, especially during hunting season!

Stephanie Gafford Account Manager

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Davey WrightAccount Manager

In my role as the media director, I work alongside our amazing trainers and staff to create high quality videos that reflect our values. I also produce for online classes and am in the process of becoming a certified trainer. I am passionate about watching others grow and encouraging them into their potential.

What I love about the Dale Carnegie experience is we push people beyond where they ever thought they would go. It often happens subtly and before they recognize what is happening. But at the end they look back and realize they are the person they were just weeks prior.

When I am not working, I enjoy producing music and spending time with my family.

Jonny WrightProducer

Originally from: Dallas, TX

Current location: Pflugerville, TX

Role and how you help people in that role: I am a Strategic Account Director and Senior Trainer.

In my role as a Strategic Account Director, I support businesses in their organizational vision of providing professional development for their teams. I also work one on one with individuals interested in taking the Dale Carnegie programs to find the right fit for them in their journey toward their vision. As a Senior Trainer I am responsible for bringing out the best in each of our participants. Giving them a support system and stretching them so that they move forward toward their career goals. I make that commitment for people who are willing to accept it with me so that together we can reach their full potential. I also support and mentor newly certified trainers to help them deliver world-class training.

Your Passion: I love empowering people to discover what makes them awesome, so that they can achieve their personal and professional best.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: We bring people from all walks of life together as one unit for the purpose of accomplishing our goals and realizing our personal/professional visions. We do all of this in an environment is positive, supportive, and fun!

What do you do when you are not working: When I am not working with Dale Carnegie you can probably find me at home watching movies and munching on popcorn with my husband Chris, and our dog Jack-Jack.

Shelby Wright Account Manager, Senior Trainer

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Chris Wright Account Manager, Certified Trainer

Latrice is focused on improving the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. Latrice’s varied professional background has spanned from social services, higher education administration, and industry. She is a certified trainer, career specialist professional, and holds certifications in people analytics and talent optimization.

Latrice uses people data and workplace analytics to align people strategy with business strategy. She can help you and your team utilize a broad range of tools when hiring, leading teams, and measuring organizational effectiveness.

Latrice has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is an active member of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Society of Human Resource Management, and Association for Talent Development. She spends much of her time with family and enjoys the outdoors.

Latrice RideoutAccount Manager, Certified Trainer

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Kim McCorkle Trainer

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Qing LiuTrainer

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Varun ArunachalamTrainer

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Chrisann Merriman Trainer

Originally from: St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada

Current location: Round Rock, TX

Role and how you help people in that role: I am a part time Dale Carnegie trainer because I am passionate about people development and I love that I can help facilitate peoples’ growth in this training. My full-time role is a Director of Enterprise Inside at Dell Technologies where I manage a large business of Global accounts.

Your Passion: I am passionate about developing leaders and helping people realize that it is in the everyday that they inspire and lead others.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: What I appreciate about the Dale Carnegie Experience is that it takes people out of their comfort zone. Roy T. Bennet states that “Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” So this environment stimulates growth and new perspectives. I learn something new in every program as well!

What do you do when you are not working: When I am not working with Dale Carnegie I love to paint, throw dinner parties and spend time with my mini schnauzer Sprocket.

Kerry ShortallTrainer

Originally from: Born in Nebraska

Current location: Leander, Texas

Role and how you help people in that role: I am a corporate trainer and a master trainer. I deliver training in person and online with a myriad of businesses. I also develop our internal trainers to be business relevant, current and culturally aware of changing business needs, diversity, and actions that will bring clients into alignment with their vision by mastering soft skills.

Your Passion: Every time that I am involved with developing others, both internally and externally, I know that I sharpen my own skills. It keeps me thinking, “what can I say and do that will inspire others.” The creativity to customize allows me to engage differently every time and to bring in new ideas in agile ways. My passion is to bring value to others.

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: Dale Carnegie was a pioneer that discovered that people learn best by experiential learning. He saw how empowering people with soft skills created a new way of life for them in business and in their community. I love watching people begin to move from negative thoughts to positive, intentional thoughts that lead to winning actions.

What do you do when you are not working: I love to cook and am always seeking new ideas and way to bring my family together through good conversation and food. I love to be outdoors. I walk with my dog every day and try to be thankful for the abundance that we have in our community. I tried to swim laps as often as I can. It brings me balance. I connect with my family and friends often. I am in two book clubs. This expands my thinking, connects me with other perspectives and unites me with people that I care about. I am in a bible study that keeps my eyes on my faith and my values.

Marie RinglerMaster Trainer

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Sarah Castro Trainer

Originally from: Libertyville, IL (Northwest suburb of Chicago) Current location: Sugar Land, TX

Role and how you help people in that role: I am a part time trainer with Dale Carnegie. I am certified in the Dale Carnegie course and Winning with Relationship Sales. The sales program was my introduction to Dale Carnegie.

My role as a trainer is to help elevate participants to be the person, they envision themselves to be. That way they can gain greater confidences, better handle stress, and have a process to help make it so they can reignite the joy in the work.

Your Passion: My passion is in helping people realizes what other see in themselves and helping sales professionals own the value they bring to any situation. Developing others to grow inspires me to keep pushing myself both professionally and personally

What do you love about the Dale Carnegie Experience: The best part of the Dale Carnegie experience is how applicable it is in any situation. As we grow as professionals the methods that brought us that success also grow and can be reapplied in these new experiences. It the foundation and fundamentals of business and leadership.

What do you do when you are not working: When I’m not working, I’m am spending time with family which includes my wonderful wife and our three (3) kids who are all in elementary school. I am also an avid reader in part because of a passion for learning and improvement but also it helps me stay sharp as both as a trainer and in my job in real estate investment sales.

Joe Nickels Trainer

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Mike Toy Trainer

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Loreinna Hernandez Trainer

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Teresa Vinklarek Trainer

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JC OteroTrainer

In my role as the social media manager, I use my skills in creating captivating graphics, photos and videos to display who we are as an organization. I am passionate about using art and creativity to bring things to life for others. I love to have fun while working!

When I am not working, I love creating music and singing. I also enjoy interior design and seeing the process of transformation in a space.

Evelyn MorenoSocial Media Manager
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