About Us

Let’s Talk EQ-i Certification Leadership Academy

The team behind your team.

The Faurote Group is a Human Capital Consulting, Training and Coaching firm. Our enthusiastic, high-energy approach delivers personalized, customized training services designed to maximize the professional and personal growth of your employees. Every member of The Faurote Group team, from principals and associates to strategic partners, has been hand-picked for their business knowledge, life experience and professionalism. Tell us where you are, chances are we’ve been there.

Meet Denny

Denny Faurote is the founder of The Faurote Group. He is a professional trainer, consultant and executive coach.  He is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker.  His most popular topics are Bounce Back Factors (resilience and hardiness), servant leadership, emotional intelligence (EQ-i 2.0® model), building teams, and cultivating executive presence both in-person and virtually.  Denny’s creed is to help others succeed in the challenges of life.    

Denny provides a unique perspective combining the business savvy of an accounting career and CPA with the human touch.  Prior to founding The Faurote Group in 2000, Denny worked for an international public accounting firm in both a client service role and HR leader. Since 2000 he has developed and delivered engaging and transformative programs to thousands of people around the world. He’s coached executives and managers to achieve higher levels of performance. Denny’s background and in-depth knowledge of business and people development provide his clients with unparalleled service to engage and retain talent, increase levels of customer service, improve profitability, build leaders, and create a fun and productive learning culture.  

Denny has a bachelor's degree in accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), and holds certifications as a Predictive Index™ analyst, Platinum Rule™ Personality Style analyst, DISC Style analyst and coach, Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360®) Coach, Master Trainer in the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360®, The Corporate Athlete®, Powered for Life™, Hardiness Resilience Gauge™, Supporting Success, and Lifeprint to Living and Leading™.  He has been recognized numerous times by the Indiana CPA Society as the “Outstanding Discussion Leader” and was awarded the “Outstanding CPA in Business Award” by the Society.  He is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where he teaches leadership at the graduate level. 

Meet Sarah

As a Principal at The Faurote Group, Sarah serves as a professional trainer, consultant, and executive coach to our clients.  Her specialties include customized training programs for developing strong leaders, personalized coaching plans to assist in determining and achieving goals, as well as customized support for corporate initiatives for maximizing success.  She has multiple certifications including the Emotional Intelligence instruments EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® as well as DISC, Platinum Rule™, Predicative Index™, and being a certified Corporate Athlete®.

With a strong business background in public accounting and years in Corporate Talent Development, Sarah brings a unique perspective to all levels of employees amongst a variety of industries.  Her passion for helping others grow in an effort to capitalize an organization’s most precious resource, its people, creates a dynamic and powerful formula for results.

In addition, she is actively involved in developing the young leaders of tomorrow, serving on the board of directors of the nationally acclaimed Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.

Meet JoDee

JoDee Curtis is an associate of The Faurote Group and provides training, coaching and human resource consultation. She has developed and delivered programs in a variety of areas, including Creative Problem Solving, Storytelling, CliftonSTrengths®, Advanced Human Resource Business Partner Skills, and more.

She has more than nine years of experience as a practicing CPA with a regional CPA firm, and eventually became the Director of Operations for the Indiana Region. JoDee has been a CFO, as well as Vice President of Human Resources for a $100 million business, and Director of HR for a public accounting and consulting firm. Under her guidance, the firm received both “Best Place to Work” and “Healthiest Place to Work” in Indiana.

JoDee is a Certified Public Accountant, a Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds certifications as a Predictive Index Analyst and a Creative Problem Solver, CliftonSTrengths® coach, DiSC, and 5 Behaviors of a Team. She is currently a member of the SHRM, ATD, and AICPA and serves on HR Indiana State Council, board member of FORUM credit union, and The O’Connor House.

Meet Cassandra

Cassandra is a strategic partner of The Faurote Group and is the Founder and CEO of Total Reward Solutions.  Her team helps companies innovate compensation and total rewards to motivate and inspire people to achieve excellence.  They have been helping clients since 2005 and are a WBE certified company. 
Cassandra is a respected compensation expert and employee rewards consultant who designs effective and competitive compensation and total reward programs for corporate clients. Author of the book Compensation Sense 101: Common Sense Answers to Your Questions about Employee Compensation and Total Rewards, Cassandra has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources and compensation and has consulted in over 30+ different industries.    
Cassandra holds the designations of CCP, SPHR and SHRM-SCP. She has authored articles in World at Work publications, Inside Indiana Perspectives, Louisville Business Journal, Kentucky SHRM, and HR Professionals Magazine.  She serves as the Board Chair for the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses entrepreneurship training program, an elite invitation-only group of small business owners.

Meet Diane & Tom

As strategic partners with The Faurote Group, Diane Brown and Tom Porter bring more than 50 years of collective human resource and professional service experience to the table. Through Aspire! LLC, they use effective people strategies and positive change to help firms maximize performance.

Diane and Tom are organizational development consultants, serving CPA firms, law firms, financial advisory firms and other professional service firms. They help senior executives and owners with organizational effectiveness, strategic human resources, succession management, leadership development, partner relationship building, client relationship management and business development.

When it comes to human resources, Diane and Tom have helped firms evaluate human resource strategy and effectiveness, improve selection results and fit, re-engineer performance management systems, execute individual development planning performance and career planning, build a feedback culture and enhance execution of career paths.

Prior to founding Aspire!, LLC in 2001, Diane spent more than 12 years with a large regional accounting and consulting firm. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a CPA (inactive). Tom is also a CPA (inactive) and had a 30-year career with Olive LLP, a regional accounting and consulting firm. For 20 of those years, Tom served as a Partner and the firm‘s Director of Human Resources. He also served as Marketing Director for seven years.