About Us

About Willow North Growth Partners

Above all, Willow North Growth Partners is committed to giving organizations and their teams the tools, resources, and support they need to meet, and exceed, their personal and professional development goals. With over 22 years of experience in sales, sales management, training, coaching, and leadership development, Willow North Growth Partners has helped to develop thousands of leaders nationally and internationally.

Willow North Growth Partner’s extensive knowledge of game-changing strategies and proven techniques combined in a one-of-a-kind approach has informed and transformed the lives and careers of individuals and corporations all over the world. Willow North Growth Partners knows the power of positive habits, and that an effective development strategy must include practical steps towards full realization in the life and work of each individual.

Founder & CEO

Andora Gandy Hinton

VP/Development & Professional Services

Amanda Chay

VP/Marketing

Lena Anderson

VP/Creative

Kyisha Gandy

Business Manager

Stacy Edwards

Associate Facilitator

Daphne Valcin

Associate Facilitator

Sara Russell

Associate Facilitator

Stephanie Markovic

Social Media Manager

Ahnna Chay

Director/Partnerships

Cara Cartee

Founder & CEO

Andora Gandy Hinton

Andora Gandy Hinton founded Willow North Growth Partners with a goal to help professionals transform both their professional and personal lives in a way that would make a monumental difference in their holistic work.  Andora’s extensive knowledge of game-changing strategies and proven techniques for their implementation combine in a one-of-a-kind approach that has informed and transformed the lives and careers of individuals all over the country.

She knows the power of positive habits, and that an effective development strategy must include practical steps toward their full realization in the life and work of each individual.

Andora wanted to ensure that whether a team is full of new graduates or seasoned veterans,  development strategies would be tailored to an individual’s strengths, goals, and growth opportunities.

Andora helps clients begin their journey to excellence, so they can find the answer to getting their teams to work collaboratively and communicate with ease.

Andora has a degree in Communication from The University of Alabama. She is a member of the National Association for Talent Development (ATD), National Association of Women Business Owners, Association of North Carolina Executives, a board member for the National Sales Network, a member of the Cary, NC Chamber and a Make-a-Wish Wish Granter.

Andora’s top 5 strengths from CliftonStrengths are Learner, Includer, Input, Belief, and Positivity.

VP/Development & Professional Services

Amanda Chay

Amanda’s professional experiences include 15 years in marketing, sales, and sales management primarily in the healthcare industry. Amanda manages programs and client engagement and she also focuses on developing new opportunities with our future clients.  Having recovered from her own ill-health, Amanda is passionate about using the knowledge and tools she has acquired to help companies and teams take steps toward healthier, less stressful, and more productive work. 

VP/Marketing

Lena Anderson

Lena is an innovative global brand strategist who uses creativity and 10 plus years of experience in media to ensure that individuals’ brand messages are meaningful and potent.

Admired for her congeniality and integrity, Lena exhibits a level of approachability that produces opportunities for people to share their truth, reshape dialogue and turn their knowledge and experiences into tangible results.

VP/Creative

Kyisha Gandy

Kyisha Gandy is all things creative and operations. With 10 years of experience in graphic design, Kyisha is able to offer creative solutions that enhance participants’ learning experience.

Business Manager

Stacy Edwards

Stacy Edwards is our Business Manager and scheduling extraordinaire. Stacy is always ready, providing the necessary support and resources for the Willow North team and our clients on the other side of the camera. Stacy’s unruffled demeanor, systematic approach, and thorough attention to detail allow us to deliver a highly professional service level to every client.

Associate Facilitator

Daphne Valcin

As a certified facilitator, Daphne Valcin has over 20 years of experience speaking and training for audiences from small groups to audiences as large as 6,000. As a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, Daphne has personally coached hundreds of rising and senior leaders in 20 states as well as in Canada, the UK, and China, towards their career advancement and business growth goals.

Associate Facilitator

Sara Russell

Described by many as a “unicorn” – Sara has mastered content creation that connects her client’s objectives with the hearts and minds of the audience by going an inch wide and a mile deep.

As a speaker, she leverages her oh-so relatable style with her intuitive nature as a facilitator in order to first connect with them as a “person in the position” and then to lead them to the promised land of purpose and breakthrough ah-ha’s.

Associate Facilitator

Stephanie Markovic

Stephanie brings more than twenty-five years of training and coaching, sales, and marketing experience to the table.

Stephanie has worked in the pharmaceutical, medical staffing, and transportation industry in both sales and marketing.  For the last 11+ years, she has been privileged to train on a number of different topics, including presentation skills, Everyday DiSC Workplace, and customer service.
Social Media Manager

Ahnna Chay

Ahnna is our Social Media Manager. Ahnna has great energy and passion for social media and this energy shines through in her innovative and creative ideas to connect and engage participants and clients in a unique way. Ahnna is highly skilled in developing strategic social media plans that help us get the best content and valuable information out to our audience. 

Director/Partnerships

Cara Cartee

Cara manages our virtual programs and Growth Partners program. She has over seventeen years experience with global event planning and management for corporate, incentive, social events, and leisure travel. She is well versed in all components of creating a learning environment that is fun, interesting, and engaging. 

Our Growth Partners

We recognize that our expertise does not expand to all needs of our clients; however, we also know that many of our clients struggle with finding the right resource to help them accomplish their additional development needs. We know how difficult it can be to find the right partners and that’s why we have partnered with other companies who are experts in areas where we may not have the best solution. Our Growth Partners, like us, have many years of experience in their field and have the ability to meet your needs in areas of competency assessment, presentation skills, HR Consulting, and organizational design. 

Sales Management Training, Competency Assessment Technology, Powerful Prospecting

Sales Coaching, Sales Training, Coaching Assessment &
Tracking Tool

Workplace Assessments for Motivation/Values, Change, Influence, Personality Type & Team Development

Presentation Skills, Communication Skills Software, Business Presentations

CliftonStrengths Assessments & Workshops

Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement Surveys

HR Consulting, HR & Payroll Outsourcing, Hiring & Leader Assessments

Strategy, Organizational Design, Succession & Workplace Planning, Strategic Planning & Board Services