Welcome to INFLUENCE|OD! We design evidence-based solutions to optimize organizational effectiveness. Ready to become a globally competitive powerhouse? You're in the right place.  


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.


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Organization Development

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

  • Organizational Diagnosis & Action Planning

  • Dynamic Teambuilding

  • Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

  • Intervention Design & Implementation

  • Change Management & Communication

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:

  • Gallup CliftonStrengths Coaching

  • Leadership Development

  • Goal Setting & Individual Development Plans

  • Onboarding and Navigating Transitions

  • Creative Problem Solving

Select Client List:

  • Pennsylvania State University

  • Leadership Arlington 

  • Prince George's Community College

  • Girls Health Ed

  • McCoy Environmental Group

  • Building STEAM Bridges

Select Oral Presentations:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Civic Leadership Center

  • University Forum on Human Resource Development, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

  • Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan

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


Let's Talk.

Schedule a consultation here!

Email: hello@influenceod.com

Glenarden, MD 20706

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