Workforce Transformation & Optimization

With a primary focus on the workforce needs of the public sector and decades of experience, CULTIVA has recruited, vetted, and assembled an elite, highly skilled team of workforce planning, optimization and transformation experts, a comprehensive and vast global network of delivery partners and a portfolio of services and solutions to meet the needs of our public and private sector clients.

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Division Services

Our professional services are organized into five primary focus areas.
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Team Qualifications

Our leadership team includes a range of specialists and subject matter experts.
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Project Experience

Our team’s experience includes a long list of high-profile clients and projects.

Division Services

Our Firm has been providing workforce development, education and planning services for more than a decade with a specific focus on the design and delivery of globally meaningful public sector engagements.  Our client base of governmental agencies and educational institutions has afforded us the opportunity to build a broad base of service and solutions to meet the emerging needs of complex enterprises – public or private.

Organizational Optimization & Transformation

Between the rapid and volatile changes in market conditions, the exponential growth of workplace technologies, and the complex and ever-expanding regulatory environment, client face unyielding pressures for to transform service delivery, organizational behavior, and operational practices to best optimize efficiencies and opportunities. 

Our Team of Organizational Designers and Psychologists have a broad base of experiences working with the public and private sector clients to tackle these challenges, align KPIs to organizational priorities, drive process improvements and guide impactful planning for culture change.

With a hyper focus on the principles of  functional ALIGNMENT, INTEGRATION & TRANSPARENCY (AI&T) across the organization, our Team expertly partners with our clients to achieve their desired change.

  • Organizational Assessments, Evaluations & Designs
  • Culture Assessments & Transformation Plans
  • Strategic Organizational Plans & Tools
  • Change Initiatives Management
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Planning
  • Human Capital Management Initiatives
  • Enterprise-Wide Strategic Review & Plans
  • Diagnostic Organizational Review & Assessment
  • Process Improvement Reviews
  • Global Social Responsibility Plans (ESG/CSR)
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Workforce Planning & Human Capital Development

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Workforce Planning & Development is a growing and complex priority for all organization, large or small.  The CULTIVA Workforce Planning and Development Team is comprised of a team of experts with a strong diversity of workforce planning, learning and development activities and human capital strategy experiences.  Our Team has designed and delivered workforce planning activities in the complex global enterprise settings of Fortune 500 companies, developed and delivered curated professional development content for industry leaders in fin/tech, healthcare, banking and colleges/universities,  in addition to our public sector clients (USNAVY, DOD, USAID, NYSOMH, NYSOPWDD). 

Our bench of experts includes instructional designers, senior level workforce trainers, certified Executive Coaches (ICF), and subject matter experts represented a robust spectrum of knowledge and planning skills.

  • Workforce Development Planning & Training
  • Learning & Development Planning & Training
  • Corporate Professional Development Planning & Training
  • Executive Coaching & Leadership Planning
  • Human Capital Assessment, Evaluation & Planning
  • Organizational Talent Gap Analysis, Succession Planning, & Professional Development Plans
  • Team & Consensus Building Plans
  • Strategic Planning & Facilitation
  • Workforce Training Content Development & Delivery

Regulatory Compliance & Human Resource Practices

Workplace Compliance is an ever-evolving and challenging.  To meet these demands, our Compliance experts combine over 75 years of compliance leadership, workforce training and human resource practice expertise.  In addition to our internal team of experts, CULTIVA also manages a vast international network of compliance experts able  to be easily deployed on even the most complex projects across the globe. 

With SHRM certified Subject Matter Experts on our leadership team, CULTIVA had supported clients across the public sector as they reconcile issues of risk, compliance and human resource best practice.  With specific focus on positively impacting the world for good, our experts work side by side our clients to achieve greater alignment and success managing adherence to local, state, federal and global compliance issues in keeping with human capital management best practices and societal trends. 

  • Policy & Procedure Analysis, Development & Review
  • Human Resource Practice Reviews & Analysis
  • Organizational Functional Assessment & Analysis
  • Global Human Resource Compliance
  • Compliance Adherence & Risk Audits
  • Organizational & Functional Risk Assessments
  • Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Training & Planning
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Programming & Planning
  • Unconscious Bias & Microaggression in the Workplace Sensitivity Training
  • Environment, Social, & Governance (ESG) Reporting 
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Talent Lifecycle Services

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Talent LifeCycle Services at CULTIVA cover a vast range of services and supports that address the unprecedented challenges facing both our public and private sector clients. 

From the traditional talent management areas of acquisition, recruitment, retention, corporate learning and development, professional management and compensation management to the emergent issues related to workforce “Up/Cross Skilling”, to attracting and placing non-traditional workers, to addressing the imminent and growing skills gaps in the ranks of the many enterprises, our Talent LifeCycle Team is able to bring to bear the strength of an elite team of executives with decades of experience with the passion for strong effective workforces  –  sized right, resourced right and performing right.

  • Critical Skills & Gap Analysis
  • Talent Pipeline & Succession Planning
  • Compensation & Benefits Analysis & Planning
  • Mission Critical Position Planning
  • Career Latter & Professional  Development Planning
  • Talent Management Vendor Selection & Management
  • Talent Acquisition, Retention & Transformation Strategies

People, Performance, & Analytics

With the ever-changing and expanding scope of People Operations, Performance Management and People Analytics, CULTIVA has amassed a network of people operations experts able to tackle whatever our clients need.  With SHRM “People Manager Qualified” leadership and HR Practitioners staffing our Team, CULTIVA tackles operational, performance and data related projects with the skill and knowledge necessary to move projects forward with efficiency and effectiveness. 

Combined with our Business Development and Analytics and our Communications and Informational Technologies, we’ve delivered on enterprise-wide projects addressing people operations, performance management standards and workflows and leverage people analytics to drive data driven and metric-centric business decisions with our public and private sector clients.

  • Performance Management Planning
  • Strengths Based Appraisal Planning
  • People Analytics Data Visualization
  • People Operations Management Planning
  • Human Capital Assessment & Planning
  • People Operations Planning & Management
  • Data Integration, Visualization & Analysis
  • HRIS & HCM Vendor Evaluation, Selection & Management
  • HRIS & HCM Systems & Process Assessment & Planning
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CULTIVA's Commitment to Health & Safety

Our Workforce Development, Optimization & Transformation Team adheres to the highest professional standards as articulated by our Subject Matter Experts’ professional certifications and qualifications.  As a Division, we are additionally, guided by the principle and guidelines of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Code of Ethics:

“Core Principle:  As HR professionals, we are responsible for adding value to the organizations we serve and contributing to the ethical success of those organizations. We accept professional responsibility for our individual decisions and actions. We are also advocates for the profession by engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.


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CULTIVA’s Workforce Optimization & Development NAICS Codes

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CULTIVA is organized into 4 primary divisions, each one having their own series of specialized NAICS codes.  Internally, our team has expertise in 23 different areas, while our strategic partners and subcontractors cover hundreds more.

Team Leadership & Qualifications

Our steep increase in growth has allowed us to assemble a highly qualified executive leadership team and a remarkable group of talented project managers and experts.  Our team’s collective expertise, past and current clients, and project experience are ideally suited to lead and participate in small- and large-scale projects, while maintaining the personal attention our clients have come to expect.

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Towhee Shupka
Chief Operations Officer
Director of Workforce Transformation & Optimization

Education & Registrations

Bachelor of Arts
Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, NY

Masters Coursework, Public Administration
Binghamton University,
Binghampton, NY

People Manager Qualified (PMQ)
SHRM Certified
Alexandria, VA

Corporate Social Responsibility
Sanford School of Public Policy 
Duke University
Durham, NC

Professional Summary

Ms. Shupka joined the Executive Team of CULTIVA in 2021 to lead the Workforce Transformation & Optimization Division and co-lead the Business Operations & Development Division. With over 25 years of executive experience, Ms. Shupka is a highly skilled human capital strategist and business leader whose subject matter expertise spans all aspects of corporate social responsibility/ESG, human resource practices, organizational development and workforce transformation and optimization.

She began her career in the public sector transitioning to the private sector as the COO/President of a national employee benefits firm and has continued in this sector working with over 300 global enterprise and governmental agencies throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and Nepal.  She is a sought-after public speaker /trainer, strategist, and business developer having managed accounts, projects and businesses ranging in size and scope (150,000 – 180Million).

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Enterprise Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • People Operations & Analytics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG
  • Change Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Culture Change
  • Business Operations & Development
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Access)
  • Workforce Planning
  • Talent Acquisition & Development
  • Organizational Design/Eval
  • Human Resources Practices
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Human Capital Strategy
  • Learning & Development
  • Corporate Training
  • Avaya Call Center Operations
  • Complex Sales Cycles

Michael D. Rochelle
Lieutenant General, Retired, United States Army
Professional Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Education & Certifications

Lieutenant General (Retired)
United States Army

Masters of Arts, Public Administration
Shippensburg University,
Shippensburg, PA

Bachelor of Arts, Foreign Language Education
Norfolk State University,
Norfolk, VA

Professional Certified Leadership & Executive Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF) certified

Registered Certified Mentor Coach (CMC)

George Mason University Coaching Fellow & coaching faculty member

Forbes Coaching Council member & an Institute Coaching (IOC) Coaching Fellow

Former member of the Board of Visitors for Norfolk State University (2013 to 2016)

Former member of the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)

Former member of the Board of Directors, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Former Trustee of the US Army War College Foundation, among others

Professional Summary

Lieutenant General (United States Army, Retired) Michael D. Rochelle is a senior level human resource manager possessing 37+ years of executive leadership and management experience. A recognized strategic human resources executive with exceptional organizational and people skills, he has applied those talents to achieve community, as well as organizational excellence with his clients. An executive celebrated in strategic Lean 6 Sigma deployment in several large and complex organizations. A renowned public communicator and team builder, General Rochelle founded MDR Strategies, LLC, a successful strategic human capital strategy and executive coaching consulting firm located in northern Virginia. General Rochelle is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC), specializing in executive and leadership coaching.  He is also a founding faculty member of the George Mason University, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being’s premier coach training program, Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being.

In 2012, General Rochelle enrolled in the ICF accredited coach training program (ACTP) at George Mason University and began his highly successful executive and leadership coaching practice. Since entering into the world of professional coaching, he has received advanced coach training in team and group coaching through Corentus of Boston Massachusetts and the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI), training in the Ontological coaching methodology from the Newfield Institute, and certification training as a Certified Mentor Coach from Invite Change of Freeland, Washington. As an ontological coach (Newfield), Rochelle supports his clients in expanding awareness of the Observer they are of themselves. He assists in bringing expanded awareness to his clients through explorations of language, emotion and deeper somatic explorations.  Additionally, General Rochelle holds certification is Hogan Assessments, The Leadership Circle (ICF) and DISC assessments. He has also served as a leadership coach with George Mason University’s Leadership Legacy leader development program since its inception. Through his practice, he has coached executives ranging from startup entrepreneurs to established senior executives leading mature, multi-million dollar corporations. He continues to provide pro-bono coaching services to transitioning senior military leaders — his way of “giving back.” As a management consultant, specializing in strategic human capital planning, succession planning and talent management; his company’s services continue to be in high demand by discerning public and private sector clients.

General Rochelle partners with the CULTIVA team to provide subject matter expertise and resources for our Workforce Optimization and Transformation Division, guiding the team’s scope, delivery and execution of related projects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Coaching
  • Executive Coaching
  • Professional Mentoring
  • Human Capital Strategy
  • Public Speaking
  • Talent Management
  • Learning & development
  • Organizational Leadership & Development
  • Human Resources Strategy
  • Strategic Advising
  • Succession Planning

Clients and Past Performance

Our Workforce Development, Optimization & Transformation Division has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a broad and rich portfolio of clients and their workforces.  Our collective expertise and past performance are ideally suited to lead and participate in large-scale projects, while maintaining the personal attention that CULTIVA has long been known to provide to clients.  Here are just a few of our team’s most impressive past and ongoing clients:

Current & Former Clients

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  •   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  •   U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
  •   U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA)
  •   U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  •   U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  •   U.S. Patent & Trade Office (USPTO)
  •   Department of Commerce (DOC)
  •   Department of State (DOS)
  •   Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  •   U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  •   U.S. Navy
  •   New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
  •   New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH)
  •   New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (NYSOPWDD)
  •   Small Business Administration (SBA)
  •   Kutztown University Small Business Development Center
  •   Weill Cornell Medical School
  •   Cornell University
  •   University of Virginia
  •   George Mason University
  •   Ithaca College
  •   Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton)
  • MasterCard
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Capital One
  • CHUBB, Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BenefitMall
  • BAE
  • Siemens
  • American Payroll Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management  (SHRM)
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Providence Health System
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Oracle
  • Bloomberg
  • John Deere
  • Marsh McClennan
  • Mercer
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Ascension Health

Project Experience

Our steep increase in growth has allowed us to assemble a highly qualified executive leadership team and a remarkable group of talented project managers and experts.  Our collective expertise and past performance are ideally suited to lead and participate in large-scale projects, while maintaining the personal attention

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Integrated Employee Benefits Platform

Our Division Director has led a multitude of projects combining human resource practices with technological solutions including the development and launch of an integrated employee benefits platform uniting all benefits; employer sponsored, voluntary and community based into one integrated platform allowing employees to access a comprehensive view of all benefits available based on life events.  With the foreshadowed migration to remote and hybrid workplaces, this mobile-optimized platform revolutionized the access, awareness and utilization of employee benefits driving greater employee satisfaction, retention, and loyalty to employer.

Organizational Optimization & Transformation Assessment, Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General

Our team was deployed to conduct an organizational assessment and evaluation of programs and operations as a mechanism for identifying and responding to enterprise risk, process improvement and increased human capital effectiveness. This effort included the development of customized enterprise-wide diagnostic assessment, facilitation of group and individual interview and survey, process audits and documentation as well as policy and procedural reviews. 

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Professional Coaching and Leadership Development

With development projects across the country in colleges and universities, the armed services and federal agencies,  our team of Professional Coaches (ICF) and workforce development experts have coached and mentored hundreds of current and future leaders.  Combined with our learning and development experts and our technology advisors, we have worked with individuals and teams to transform and modernize “leadership” within the administrations and agencies shaping our world.  Projects with the US Navy, Department of Commerce and USAID have deployed our teams to provide technical and professional coaching in combination with team development and advancement.

Learning and Development Course Catalogs

With a team of Learning and Development experts and certified Executive Coaches, our Workforce Optimization & Transformation Division has developed, led and delivered enterprise-wide, group and individual learning and development activities across the globe and including Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Canada, China, Mexico, Peru, and England.  With clients ranging in workforce size of global enterprise, public sector and small business, our team has produced volumes of course curriculums, training programs and experiential learning engagements.  Most recently, the team has worked with American Small Business Development Centers to develop a comprehensive course catalog of interactive webinars focused on Human Resource Practices, Workforce Compliance, and Talent Development for small businesses nationally.

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Strategic Workforce Planning and Support Services, University of Virginia

With a broad client base of both public and private industry clients and a strong history of work in academia, our team is frequently engaged in strategic workforce planning and development.  In 2018, CUTLIVA received approval to provide a series of services and supports through a cooperative contract in effect for all public and private institutions of higher education for a ten-year period.  The services included are:  executive coaching, organizational development, group facilitation, transition planning, strategic advisory and analysis services, and policy development.  Our team began strategic planning work with the University of Virginia partnering with leadership to develop and deliver a framework for international student recruitment expansion that included workforce and faculty planning, market research, curriculum development, resource planning and policy development.

SHRM’s Thrive 360 Organizational Functional Assessment and Plan Pilot

In 2019, one of CULTIVA’s leading human resource and organizational design experts, participated in the development and implementation of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) newest enterprise-wide functional assessment – “THIRVE 360” – pilot and launch.  Managing over 25 organizational assessments, planning sessions and follow up projects with varying global enterprise clients including; Coborn’s Inc., Loew’s Hotels,  City of Henderson, Lockheed Martin, Siemens,  JBS USA, and others, one of our project leaders and human capital strategists engaged with executive leadership, CHRO’s and workforces to identify alignment between an organization’s human capital, its business objectives and the roles and responsibilities of the human resource function.  This overall project included developing, delivering and assessing the efficacy of the organizational model, survey tools, data analytics,  and client engagement touchpoints to inform the final model and launch globally.   Yielding comprehensive and evidence-based assessments and recommended actions, this pilot served to solidify the ultimate model and ultimate launch to SHRM members and their organizations dramatically changing the association’s ability to support and serve global enterprise clients.

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