Creating high-impact custom solutions to achieve positive results for individuals, teams and organizations.

Nationally Recognized

Since 2001 our hallmark is developing leadership development programs for senior managers in the federal government that enhance their performance and build leadership capacity across the federal government.

Dependable Reputation

 Small business resource that can satisfy clients’ diverse and emerging requirements, on time and within budget. The team and associates are made up of well-seasoned educators who know the key to adult learning and leadership development is designing programs that are educational, experimental, exploratory and have real world applicability.

GSA Certified

Carnes-Cummings is recognized by the Small Business Administration as a woman owned business and can be found on the GSA schedule of approved government vendors.

GSA # GS-00F-252GA



The Science of Leadership

Too many executives get into the habit of managing people instead of leading them.  This program offers a practical definition of the leader role and provides a clear, accurate, and useful way to operationally differentiate the important variances between the leader and the manager role. With a mixture theory, humor and creativity this course provides an invaluable foundation of how to effectively lead while still accomplishing your managerial duties.

  • Definition of what it means to be a true leader

  • Strategies to maximize true leadership at all levels

  • Articulate the differences between the leader and manager role

  • Establish the foundations to lead effectively

  • Create a leadership culture within their organization.

  • Apply the action ideas presented.

  • Multimedia format that fits your schedule

  • Reinvigorate your creativity and humor

  • To accelerate your professional growth

  • Peer learning and feedback

  • Research based content

Federal Executive Leaders, Government Senior Managers, ….

High-Impact Public Speaking

Communication is not just about what is said but the language used, how it is said, and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language. This course is designed to result in creating greater interpersonal effectiveness through outcome-driven on-camera public speaking training. It illustrates a variety of available responses and enhances the likelihood of interpersonal and leadership success. The skills developed can be applied in virtual and non-visual settings.

  • Gain influence and support

  • Communicating effectively to diverse audiences

  • Motivating others

  • Resolving conflict

  • Develop winning communication skills, strategies, and techniques

  • Build confidence in YOUR message and delivery.

  • Peer learning and feedback

  • Build your leadership tool kit

  • Accelerate your professional growth

  • This workshop focuses on winning public speaker strategies.

  • On-camera public speaking training

Government Executives, Senior Managers, Aspiring Senior Managers, and Anyone Leading Teams or Large-scale Projects

Working with Congress

In this workshop, we will discuss the interaction of policy, personalities and politics on Capitol Hill. In order to be effective in the legislative process, it is essential to understand the partisan environment in Congress, the nature of the current party leadership in both chambers, the force of election cycles and the political pressures exerted on the Congress by constituents, businesses, interests’ groups and many, many others. This session will examine these influences and determine your organization’s strengths.

  • Explore and navigate the complex Congressional environment

  • Navigate clashing policy priorities, competing stakeholder interest and personality driven decision making

  • Learn the 3 P’s -policy, politics, and personalities

  • Learn more about appropriations and budgeting process

  • Preparing and Delivering testimony

  • Develop strategies

  • Exploration of committee and personal office staff structures

  • Understand the pressures of elective office, current political environment and its relevance to federal executives

  • Emphasizes real-world applicability to current challenges

  • Are customized for your organization

  • Encourage participation

  • Utilize core executive competencies

This course is designed for senior managers and executives to learn more about working with the United States Congress.

Policy Dynamics for Senior Managers

Designed for leaders and managers to develop insights into the external factors that shape operations, resources and management agenda.

  • Focus on the interaction of Administration and Congressional processes

  • Interests of key stakeholder

  • The role of the media and outside forces lobbying for policy change

  • The importance of great leadership in an ever-changing environment

  • Conducted in Washington DC

  • Includes a wide variety of “practitioner” guest speakers

  • Guides participants to explore the many forces that go into the policy process

  • Utilize core executive competencies

Senior Managers, Government Executives, Policy Makers, Policy Directors

Strategic Thinking

This workshop takes the “real world” challenges federal managers are facing and turns them into opportunities for learning and creative planning for the future.

  • Navigate changing environments

  • Create space to envision and plan for the future

  • Prepare and develop YOUR strategy

  • Learn to drive YOUR vision

  • Execute like an executive

  • Learn best practices

  • Focus on “what’s next”

  • Custom approach for the busy executive

  • Research based content

Executive Leaders, Senior Managers, Experienced Managers

Stakeholder Development

The most successful federal leaders/managers know that success lies in building support for programs and projects with a wide variety of stakeholders. This workshop explores the multiplicity of stakeholders in the policy development process and helps senior government leaders identify and manage key stakeholder constituents.

  • How to build alliances and partnerships

  • Pros and cons of developing stakeholders

  • Explore challenges of managing in a democratic government

  • Real and practical information for leading in government

  • Engages a multitude of stakeholder guest speakers

  • Emphasizes real-world applicability to current challenges

  • Are customized for your organization

  • Encourage participation

  • Utilize core executive competencies

Senior Managers, Government Executives, Policy Makers, Policy Directors


Rossie Carnes


Grace Cummings


Warren Blank


J. Chris Davala


Jeff Davala


Jeff Brown


Charlie Palumbo


Lauren Coyner




“I am delighted Grace has started "Working with Congress." Her experience in Washington spans political, legislative and non-profit sectors. As I've come to know her, I find this combination gives her a unique window into how Congress works, how legislators think and how politics affect the way our nation is governed.”

The Honorable Vic Fazio, Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | Former Member of Congress

“Rossie is famous for having designed, developed and coordinated a series of leadership courses for USAID, courses widely viewed with that agency as the best training offered to USAID professionals. There is virtually no one in middle or senior management in USAID who does not know and admire Ms. Carnes for her exceptional ability.”

James Stephenson, USAID-Retired | Creative Associates International

“I have been privileged to call Grace Cummings a friend and colleague for many years. She is an authority on the legislative process and extremely proficient in policy; I consider her an expert in the field.”

The Honorable Jim McCrery, Partner, Capitol Counsel, LLC | Former Member of Congress


GSA # GS-00F-252GA

2209 Brandywine Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901

Phone: 540-256-7797   |  Fax: 434-975-4068


POC: Lauren Coyner  |  Email:

About Us

Carnes-Cummings Consulting is a nationally recognized small women-owned business leveraging more than 50 years of experience in creating high-impact custom solutions to achieve positive results for individuals, organizations and teams.

Through custom designed coaching, workshops and facilitation CCC specializes in creating results for today’s leaders. CCC fully supports the training needs of the U.S. military, government agencies and vendors.

Core Competencies

  • Custom Designed Leadership Programs
  • Coaching & Facilitation
  • Team Building & Relationship Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity Training
  • Strength Development Inventory
  • Performance Program 360
  • Benchmark 360
  • Meyers Briggs


  • 50 years of experience in Federal Government Leadership programs
  • Nationally recognized
  • Women Owned Small Business
  • Executive Leadership
  • ECQs

A Few of Our Partners

Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of DefenseDepartment of EnergyEnvironmental Protection AgencyFederal Aviation Administration Food and Drug Administration Internal Revenue ServiceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration United States Agency for International DevelopmentFederal Executive Institute Department of the ArmyPresidential Management FellowsDepartment of EducationDepartment of Commerce

Company Information

  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Business (EDWOSB)
  • NAICS Codes: 541611, 541612, 541613, 611430, 611699, 611710, 921120
  • DUNS Number: 151836629
  • CAGE Code: 7TYS7
  • GSA Contract: GS-OOF-0252GA
  • Tax ID Number: 81-4619697