Director of Business Growth Strategies
Michelle DeFayette is Director of Business Growth Strategies, with over 25 years of experience as a versatile leader in design and implementation of adult learning, performance improvement, cross-cultural exchange, and development programs for government and non-profit organizations. In her role at EnCompass, she assesses and develops growth strategies with new and existing clients, positioning and preparing for larger and more complex opportunities and developing strategies for new business lines.
Ms. DeFayette has worked in management and leadership for over 15 years, including as the project director for the $53 million USAID-funded Program/Project Management Training contract and the follow-on $60 million Worldwide Training (WWT) contract. She built and led a highly profitable learning practice area supporting USAID and the State Department and supported business development, staffing, operations, and policy management at multiple organizations. She has substantial experience with design and delivery of customized training curricula on disaster response, acquisition and assistance, leadership and management, media relations, cross-cultural communication, strategic planning, and team-building.
Ms. DeFayette holds an MA in International Communication from American University, and she is proficient in Portuguese.