Franklin & White, Inc. was founded in 1995 to provide support services to management development consultants. Business partners Barbara P. “Bobbin” Franklin and Katie R. White had worked together in leadership and organizational development—a combined 40+ years—where they became expert in psychometric assessment tools and instruments.
While at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Greensboro, NC, Bobbin and Katie introduced many innovations, including a centralized test processing function, a tuition reimbursement program for staff, a development program for executive secretaries and a scholarship program for nonprofit executives.
Stephanie Lischke, Owner
In 2018, Stephanie bought Franklin & White from the company’s founders, after working closely with Bobbin and Katie for years.
Stephanie brings significant experience in assessments, leadership and organizational development, and executive coaching. She spent 15 years at the Center for Creative Leadership, initially managing CCL assessments and certification process, and then served many years as a CCL Senior Faculty designing, delivering and managing leadership programs and engaging in executive coaching. In 2014, she began consulting for AlixPartners (a global consulting firm) and subsequently launched Positive Developments, her own leadership consulting firm.
Franklin & White has been my go-to service for assessment processing for decades.
Bobbin and Katie have built a great reputation for excellence and service in the industry.
Bobbin Franklin, Founder
Bobbin began her career in 1973 as a training associate at CCL, coordinating programs, scoring instruments and designing programs and materials. By 1980, she was Manager of Support Services, which included managing and coordinating an extensive administrative staff and some 40 outside consultants in support of more than 150 training programs per year. In 22 years at CCL, Bobbin provided one-on-one feedback to over 500 program participants, trained feedback givers and was program facilitator for small group discussions. Bobbin is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Katie White, Founder
Katie started at the Center for Creative Leadership in 1973 as executive secretary to Visiting Fellows Donald MacKinnon and David Campbell. In 1981 she became the Center’s first female vice president. In her tenure she managed a variety of administrative functions, including marketing, registrations, test processing, telecommunications and publication sales. In her last position at CCL, she managed a staff of 28 handling program registrations and all test processing. She is a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.
Rachael is passionate about providing outstanding customer service and exceeding client expectations. She believes in the power of assessments and the impact this information can have on individual and team development. During 12 years at the Center for Creative Leadership, Rachael served a variety of functions in Research, Innovation and Product Development as well as Custom Program Management. She graduated from UNC-Asheville and completed graduate coursework at the University of Tennessee School Psychology program. A native of Greensboro, Rachael loves to spend time with her husband, son and lovable dog Grover.
During 20 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, Mandy developed her skills in a variety of assignments, including program coordinator, information technology, client relationship management and contract writing. She was involved in designing and administering one of the first online and customizable 360 assessments. Mandy joined Franklin & White in 2005. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Heidi’s background is in customer service and project management for the printing industry where she honed her organizational skills with a wide variety of customers from Lexington Home Furnishings, to GAP, and Smith Sport Optics. She has two (mostly) grown children and enjoys tending to her 100-year-old bungalow, quilting, and travel. Heidi has a B.A. in English from Appalachian State.
Debra is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in leadership development program management. She spent 20 years at the Center for Creative Leadership honing her skills into an intuitive project manager and cat herder. Her mission is to provide superior customer service and execution—solving problems you didn’t even know about. Debra’s projects have included global clients in various corporate industries, higher education, associations, and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
Melodie has worked globally in leadership development for more than 20 years. Her skillset includes leadership experience in customer service, sales management and business development, training, design, talent management, organization development, leadership development, and executive coaching. She specializes in making abstract concepts clear and concrete, asking just the right questions to help clarify complex situations. Her approach enables her to help clients make the development and feedback process practical and applicable to the client’s environment.
Evelyn has lived in Greensboro for 40 years. She graduated from UNCG with an accounting degree and has worked with large and small companies, both non-profit and for-profit, throughout the course of her career. She loves the variety provided in working with every client.
Sally has decades of experience with leadership development companies working in finance. She directs and manages the contracted financial support services that Franklin & White offers clients.
Maggie joined us in 2010 as official greeter and security guard. Many of our local consultants personally pick up their work just to visit Maggie. While she enjoys their attention, as well as interacting with regular delivery people, her favorite times are snow days.