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About Us

Meet our Team

Workplace Dynamics believes the best way to provide our clients with a broad range of human resources knowledge and experience is to partner with veteran business consultants.  Depending on the project needs, we may work independently or collaboratively as a team.  We may also bring in additional experienced consultants to support specific projects. Utilizing the expertise of highly experienced and specialized consultants, we distinguish ourselves with our hands-on, personal approach to handling your human resource needs.

Debra Milstein Gardner, President, founded Workplace Dynamics LLC as a women-owned and operated human resources consulting firm in 1990.  She has 43 years of HR, EEO and AA experience gained while working in the public and private sectors in various human resources roles.

Prior to starting Workplace Dynamics, Debra worked for Marriott Corporation in various capacities for over eight years.  In her last position as Director, National Employment and Compliance, she administered all human resource functions for an operating division with 250 restaurants in 12 states, $258 million in annual sales and 9,000 employees.  Prior positions included working as an EEO Specialist and Manager of Affirmative Action.  She designed and managed the affirmative action compliance program for 17 business lines covering 240,000 employees.  With a staff of three, she ensured the development of affirmative action plans, directed and participated in OFCCP compliance reviews throughout the country.  In these compliance roles, Debra was responsible for the training design and facilitation for new managers across division specialty areas.

Debra began her career working for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as an investigator and an auditor.  She conducted operations audits and prepared findings reports of EEOC field offices to ensure compliance with regulatory procedures.  While working out of the Chicago District Office, she investigated and resolved discrimination charges. 

Debra was the past chair of the Baltimore Industry Liaison Group (BILG), member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Industry Liaison Group, and the Maryland Association of Affirmative Action Officers.  

Debra holds a BS in Counseling from the University of Maryland. Debra is the author of the Affirmative Action Profile and co-author of the Diversity and Inclusion Profile for ELLA® (Employment Labor Law Audit).  She has been published in the Baltimore and Washington Business Journals, BLR.com, BusinessInsurance.com on employment related issues.  She is a regular contributor of the OFCCP Digest in which she authors articles on Affirmative Action.

On the personal side, Debra is actively involved with the Lil's Thrift Shop, a 501(c)(3) supporting animal care organizations in Rutherford County, NC. 

Elaine Herskowitz, Lead Consultant / Investigator, has more than 25 years of experience in the EEO field and has been providing consulting services, including EEO investigations and training, since 2000.  She has trained thousands of managers, attorneys, human resource professionals, and other personnel on prevention of workplace harassment and other EEO issues.  She has conducted harassment prevention training for employees of the U.S. Department of Justice in its Antitrust, Civil Rights, Tax, Interpol, Parole Commission, and other divisions.

Prior to consulting, Elaine worked for 15 years as a policy attorney at the headquarters of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  While at the Commission she served as the key drafter of numerous policy documents setting forth the agency's positions on workplace harassment and other job discrimination issues.  Elaine also conducted training on behalf of the EEOC and developed EEOC training materials.

Elaine received her law degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is certified to conduct federal sector EEO counseling and investigations.
Other accomplishments include:

  • Awarded contract by the EEOC to serve as its expert witness in sexual harassment litigation.
  • Awarded contract by the EEOC to develop EEOC policy guidance on pregnancy discrimination.
  • Conducted EEO counseling, investigated discrimination complaints, and wrote final agency decisions for more than forty federal agencies.
  • Appeared on radio and television programs, quoted in national newspapers and magazines, and lectured extensively before professional groups regarding workplace harassment and EEO issues.
Our Commitment
Workplace Dynamics LLC makes the following commitment to our clients:

Our work is technically sound and legally compliant.  We stay current on all legislative updates and industry best practices.

Our customers come first.  We will always return phone calls or e-mails within 24 hours.  We will even provide you with cell phone access for immediate response. 

We do not add any surprise charges or make any changes to our proposal price.  

We stand by our work and will complete projects on time, even with tight deadlines.


Our Privacy Policy
Workplace Dynamics will not sell, rent or in any other way distribute our client or colleague list to any party outside of Workplace Dynamics.  All data and information supplied to us remains confidential.