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Welcome to INFLUENCE|OD! We design evidence-based solutions to optimize organization culture & effectiveness. 


Hello! I am Dr. Amina Gilyard James-- a talent and organization development strategist. I founded INFLUENCE|OD in 2014 because of my immense passion for transforming organizations and strengthening people. Please take a look around. As a full service transformation firm, I'm sure we have a solution for your every need.


Virtual or in person, we're here for you.

Organization Development

Organizational effectiveness is all about people and process. We work on the process part with our Organization Development solutions.

Talent Development

People are the key to optimizing effectiveness. We focus on sustainable development for all through a variety of 1:1 and workshop solutions.

Select Client List:

  • Pennsylvania State University

  • Leadership Arlington 

  • Prince George's Community College

  • Girls Health Ed

  • McCoy Environmental Group

  • Building STEAM Bridges

  • Pennsylvania State University

  • Health Finance Institute

  • Integral Healthcare 

As a relatively new founder, I was being pulled in many different directions. After meeting with Amina, we mapped out a plan to hone in on my talents, which we found out were much more focused on managing people and relationships. I now focus the majority of my time on our strategic partnerships and our donors. Not only has our annual revenue increased, but our board, staff and volunteers are happier and feel a greater sense of purpose within the organization. I highly recommend Influence to anyone anywhere who would like to be more effective. The discoveries can be life-changing.

Sarah H., Founder of Girls Health Ed

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