Building, Developing and Growing Inclusive Leaders and Organizations

We need to fundamentally change how we value and empower our people. Surfaced from the secret world of submarines there is a better way to develop leaders at all levels, it is the Submarine Way.

We help organizations solve teaming, equity, inclusion and leadership issues. We have a passion to help organizations go from good to great. We use tools like succession planning, strength identification, assessments, and leadership principles honed under the ocean.

How We Do It

Training & Advising

We build inclusive leaders through mission-oriented, inclusion focus and talent-based virtual or on-site partnering. . The key lies in our unique approach.

Create Masterminds

We can deliver our material or many of our clients like to train and certify masterminds from their organizations on our material.

Keynotes That Inspire

Our keynotes start the journey from good to great. Inspire but also learn the tangible steps to better teaming, inclusion and leadership, learned under the oceans.

Submarine way online

Learning & Reinforcement

We are often asked what makes us different. it could be the submarine leadership, the published patent, but likely it is our emphasis on reinforcement, from pre-reading our books, to on-line reinforcement we reinforce every new idea until it is muscle memory.

Training & Advising

We build inclusive leaders through mission-oriented, inclusion focus and talent-based virtual or on-site partnering. . The key lies in our unique approach.

Create Masterminds

We can deliver our material or many of our clients like to train and certify masterminds from their organizations on our material.

Keynotes That Inspire

Our keynotes start the journey from good to great. Inspire but also learn the tangible steps to better teaming, inclusion and leadership, learned under the oceans.

Submarine way online

Learning & Reinforcement

We are often asked what makes us different. it could be the submarine leadership, the published patent, but likely it is our emphasis on reinforcement, from pre-reading our books, to on-line reinforcement we reinforce every new idea until it is muscle memory.

We Produce Measurable Results

Over 1.1 million in return on investment our clients experienced in 2019. Think leadership training is intangible? Not for our clients.

Some of the more than 100 Partners we have worked with

What our partners say about our work

Nothing Has Ever Had a Larger Impact

In my decades of working with consultants in my company, you’re still the best management consultant I have ever experienced. Ten plus years later most of my team has moved on but in conversations with them, what they learned and are still using from your work comes up regularly……impressive

Dennis Hempstead – President & CEO of Clean World USA




Simply The Best Training

The most practical, relevant and effective training I have ever been part of. The time The Submarine Way takes in learning the organization combined with their powerfulreinforcement creates the most effective results focused training there is.

Allen Heidler -Chief of Police

Florence South Carolina


Being a corporate executive, former pastor, and business owner, I’ve been faced with leading and fostering an inclusive environment and team when the stakes were really high. Their insightful and inspiring approach will be different, yet successful.

Darryl Webb – Senior Vice President of Operations Golden Corral


A Speaker With a Powerful Message

John Gregory Vincent spoke at both our local transportation in service program as well as our annual state conference. John possesses the unique ability to rev up and engage the attendees, while imparting relevant, applicable tools and advice. His expertise and delivery method is both unique and effective. Once you have seen and hear John speak you will never forget him or the knowledge he provides.

Wes Fleming – Director of Transportation

ABOUT US

We are changing the world

In 2016, a Keynote speech in South Carolina, to 400 business and community leaders caused such a deep, emotional, "we need to do something with this" reaction that our founder and President, Deb Cake Fortin, was moved to act.

Deb left corporate America and wrote what would become the best selling book, Diversity and Inclusion The Submarine Way. She refined the companies focus, rebranded it as the Submarine Way and success for our clients has been the measurable result.

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Our methodology-system-process

Our model starts with this methodology and is combined with a system and process that is so unique it has a published U.S. patent.

Talent Based

First focus on what is right with people, what they do best. Secondly, encourage partnering with others who are better at certain things.

Inclusion Focused

To be your best, you must include others who have talents and expertise in needed areas, but areas outside your expertise.

Mission Oriented

We replace jobs with roles, to accomplish the mission.The Circle denotes these are all completely interrelated and continuous.

Our Books

Click below and learn more about both of our bestselling leadership development books

Downloads To Help You Better Understand How We Can Help

                                                                                                      Strategic Partnership Press Release download

                                                                                                  Charleston Police Department Initiative download

                                                                                                         The Submarine Way in Two Pages download

                                                                         Interested in becoming certified in our patent published programs? download

                                                                                                          Core Compass Program Syllabus download

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