Hampton Consulting is thrilled to announce our newest addition to our staff!

Hampton Consulting is thrilled to announce our newest addition to our staff! Join us in welcoming Senior Consultant, Alaina Dague, to the Hampton Consulting team!

Alaina recently completed a national public policy fellowship. In this role, she coordinated the Proud Michigan Educator campaign—a state initiative to acknowledge, celebrate, and elevate the work of Michigan teachers—as well as additional policy work on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), focusing on parent and community engagement. Prior to her fellowship, Alaina taught middle school English here in Detroit for several years. “I feel especially privileged to have been able to loop throughout middle school with my students. This experience—being in the classroom every day with my students—reinforced my commitment to ensuring that all youth have access and opportunity.” While teaching, Alaina was recognized for her contributions to student growth with the Michigan Association of Public School Academics’ Quantum Leap Award. “This award was and is a testament to the work of my students throughout the school year—as holistic, intelligent, amazing students.”

Alaina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Alma College and also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. In addition, she serves as Vice Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network-Detroit, is a member of the Executive Team of the Detroit Young Professionals, and is active in the Junior League of Detroit. 

More Than 300 Detroit Youth Hired at Career Connections Fair!

Hampton Consulting deeply believes in holistically and unapologetically serving our youth. For these reasons and beyond, we were honored to serve as an integral partner with United Way for Southeastern MichiganGrow Detroit's Young TalentDetroit Employment Solutions Corporation, and Mayor Duggan's Youth Subcommittee  to host the Career Connections Fair on Friday May 12, 2017.

The excitement began early Friday morning with volunteers and students arriving early--even a couple hours earlier for some of our youth--their parents were that excited! Engaging throughout the day, we had students, partners, employers, and  speaking to all that was brought to the table for our youth. Over 300 youth walked away with jobs from the Career Connections Fair! Our youth were prepared to succeed on the job--having tools to budget their money, balance their time, and rock their first day on the job (and beyond)! From a strong and authentic elevator pitch to being confident to leveraging social media in all the right ways--our youth (and even parents who attended with their youth) walked away that much more prepared to get the job! Furthermore, hundreds of youth walked away with questions, curiosity, and further interest in career pathways, more information about colleges and universities, as well as resources to support them along the way! This holistic effort, while tedious and intense, was all worth it--seeing our youth, partners, and employers!

Over the past week, we've run into youth and parents who attended, as well as partners and employers--they are still raving about the power and impact of the Career Connections Fair. Over the summer, hundreds of youth will continue to reap the benefits of the fair--serving as amazing employees with companies, organizations, and even school districts throughout the City of Detroit. 

A heartfelt thank you to each of our workshop facilitators, partners, and employers. Youth, congratulations on being hired and a round of applause for your engagement in your development as a young professional! 

Building Your Dream Team

Building Your Dream Team

Eighteen months ago, I left an extremely lucrative and fulfilling career to venture out on my own to launch Hampton Consulting, a mission-driven consulting firm. While the initial success of my company was driven by me*, it quickly became clear that the continued success of my company would be dependent on a team. Here are five things I have learned over the past year and a half about building your dream team. 

Detroit Young Professionals Features Hampton Consulting Founder and President

In December 2015, Detroit Young Professionals (DYP) featured our Founder and President, Chanel Hampton, celebrating her return home to Detroit and her launch of Hampton Consulting. A year later, DYP wanted to reconnect with Chanel to see how Hampton Consulting is doing, advice, and learned lessons. Founder and President Chanel Hampton sat down and connected with DYP to share. Check it out

Achieving Our Goals in 2017

Although January has come to close, we continue to feel energized by our 2017 goals. We are always reflecting on how we can best support our clients and partners in achieving their goals as well. 

Hampton Consulting is eager to further expand our mission-driven work this year and to keep partnering with organizations who are creating meaningful change throughout the region, state, and country. 

We have a plan for our goals and couldn't be more excited! 

We have a plan for our goals and couldn't be more excited! 

Entrepreneur Media, Inc. has some great tips on how to Make 2017 Your YearWe love the book recommendations. What about you? 

A School of Joy: Highland Park Renaissance Academy

From kangaroos and other visiting Urban Zoo animals, to holistically educating students and supporting all of their needs, to keeping the dream alive...This is what the work of Hampton Consulting is all about. We were honored to visit Highland Park Renaissance Academy earlier this week and are thrilled to continue uplifting the incredible work of this school and of so many other mission-driven partners who impact our community. 

On Helping Others Achieve Success

Here at Hampton Consulting, we are deeply committed to supporting the goals of our mission-driven clientele. We bring passion, excellence, and integrity to our everyday work and intentionally partner with organizations who do the same. Whether we're providing expertise in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion; education; leadership development; operations optimization; or recruitment, Hampton Consulting knows that the ultimate value in our work is helping each client achieve their specific goals. 


Perhaps this is why Entrepreneur Magazine's recent article on achieving success by helping others resonates so strongly with us. The author reports, "I have been researching what it is [that people and organizations seek] beyond success. It is not just more success. I keep hearing the need for significance in the hundreds of interviews with amazing leaders and entrepreneurs." 

We've found signficance in our work helping others, and we completely agree. 

2017 - A Year of Continued Mission-Driven Impact

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Over the course of our first full year of operation, 2016, Hampton Consulting was humbled and honored to live out our vision and mission, ultimately offering best-in-class consultation and execution services which positively impacted (and continue to impact) the short- and long-term mission, productivity, and culture of our direct and indirect clients. We partnered with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the State Equity Plan, including creating, launching, and driving the Proud Michigan Educator Campaign. Our work with MDE serves all districts and public school entities across the entire state, all Michigan educators, and all 1.5 million students. We led parent/family workshops, Saturday Academies, and senior seminars with tens of families and 100 students in partnership with the University of Michigan’s GEAR UP Program throughout the year. We were ecstatic to serve the City of Detroit, my hometown, in leading recruitment, marketing, design, and engagement work with schools, districts, community organizations, youth, and leaders with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the City of Detroit, and Detroit Regional Chamber Commerce on the Boys and Young Men of Color Summit which engaged 2,765 boys and young men of color, as well as people who are committed to being part of their village, including 1,872 boys and young men of color, 272 volunteers, 298 partnership staff, and 174 additional community leaders. Over 350 young men walked away with jobs as a result of the summit. We worked extensively with an array of clients (even beyond those listed here), we hired twenty contractors and two specialist consultants, we were doing meaningful work and working alongside our clients to serve, impact, and strengthen communities and missions. In 2016, Hampton Consulting experienced tremendous opportunity and growth and contributed to impact beyond imagination.

In 2017, Hampton Consulting is focused on further actualizing and growing our mission-driven work and impact for our clients in Detroit, in Michigan, and nationally in our five key areas of expertise:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education (PreK-12 and Higher Education)
  • Leadership Development and Performance Management
  • Operations Optimization
  • Recruitment (with additional expertise in Diversity Recruitment)

As the Founder and President of Hampton Consulting, I am proud and humbled to lead this work and to be a servant leader. To all of our clients, we thank you for trusting us with your missions. To all of our supporters and communities we work with and in (in myriad ways), this work would not be possible without you.

We are ecstatic as we embark on our second full year journey as Hampton Consulting—cheers to mission-driven work and meaningful, positive impact!

Chanel Hampton
Founder and President, Hampton Consulting

There's Still Time to Register!

Are you a young man of color looking for a job? Do you know someone who is? There's still time to register for the Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit taking place THIS Monday, November 14th from 9 AM - 3 PM at Cobo Hall. Any young man of color interested in a new career opportunity needs to be there! 

There will be hundreds of jobs hiring on-the-spot, barbers available onsite, a "tie bar" offering free ties, and professional resume and interviewing resources! Transportation can be made available if you need it, and food and beverages will be provided during the summit. There will also be community, social support, and legal support services onsite, as well as countless other community organizations and employers who are eager to meet Detroit's young men of color. 

Register today--it only takes 2 minutes! When asked, say the Campaign for Black Male Achievement invited you.

See you there! 

Welcoming our Newest Consultants!

Hampton Consulting is thrilled to introduce our two newest Specialist Consultants: Alaina Dague and Kayla Roney Smith! They recently joined the team to support our work with the Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit, working with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing the impact of their work at the summit and beyond!  

Learn more about Alaina and Kayla below: 


Kayla has spent four years as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network, an organization dedicated to community development through increased educational attainment. Previously, Kayla served as a College Advising Corps member and a program coordinator for the Lansing-based Todd Martin Youth Leadership.  Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and will graduate in December with a Master of Social Work degree in Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan, where she was named a Community-Based Initiative Scholar.  For her college access work, Kayla was recently honored by Crain's Detroit Business as one of metro Detroit’s “20 in their 20s”.  Outside of work, Kayla holds leadership positions in Detroit Young Professionals, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter, the Junior League of Detroit, the Michigan Council of Junior Leagues State Public Affairs Committee, and the New Paradigm College Prep Board of Education.  

Alaina is currently completing a national public policy fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity at the Michigan Department of Education. Prior to this, she taught middle school English in Detroit; she was recognized for her contributions to student growth with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies' Quantum Leap Award. Alaina previously served as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Alma College Service Learning team, where her efforts were acknowledged by the Michigan Campus Compact's Outstanding Community Impact and Heart and Soul awards. She holds a Master of Arts in educational studies from the University of Michigan as well as Bachelor of Arts in political science from Alma College. In addition, she serves in a leadership role in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter. 

Welcome to the team, Kayla and Alaina! 

Join us on the Karen Dumas Show - live TODAY at 4:30 pM!

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Hampton Consulting is proud to partner with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in hosting the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit in Detroit on Monday November 14th.

Interested in more information? Join Chanel Hampton, President and Founder of Hampton Consulting; Robert W. Simmons III, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for CBMA; and Frank McGhee, program director at Detroit-based Neighborhood Service Organization, live on the Karen Domus Show tomorrow at 4:30 pm. Listen at AM910 or stream the show online for a conversation about the Summit.

We're looking forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity with you! 

Hampton Consulting is partnering with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement! Tune in Saturday morning to learn more!

Hampton Consulting is proud to partner with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in hosting the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit in Detroit on Monday November 14th. This event will provide young men of color with opportunities to interview with employers for on-the-spot hiring, access community resources and social services, and participate in career preparation and leadership development training.

Interested in more information? Join Chanel Hampton, President and Founder of Hampton Consulting, and Robert W. Simmons III, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for CBMA, live on the William Malcolm Morning Show this Saturday, November 5th at 10am. Listen at AM1500 WLQV or stream the show online. We’re looking forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity with you! 

The New Home of Hampton Consulting

We are thrilled to announce that, as a result of Hampton Consulting's rapid growth over the past year, we are moving to Bamboo Detroit! The vision around diversity, equity, and inclusion that Amanda Lewan, the CEO and Founder, has for this space and community is something we are thrilled to be a part of. Bamboo Detroit will soon be expanding into the Julian C. Madison Building (located at 1420 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226) and Hampton Consulting will be moving with them! (Our mailing address will, however, remain the same until we move into this new space in the Madison Building.) We are excited to see you at Bamboo, #Detroit!

Making a long-term, sustainable impact takes collaboration...

Yesterday, we visited our friends at Saga Marketing to discuss how we can work together to make an impact in communities through storytelling.

If you aren't familiar with Saga, Senior Partners Eric Thomas and Marcus Burrell were just named as part of the 2016 class of Crain's Twenty in their 20s. This is no surprise given their work with their clients.

Great things are coming in the form of storytelling, to help make a long-term sustainable impact for one of our clients (and those they serve and impact)--those great things are happening through collaboration.

Creating and Collaborating with UMich's GEAR UP Program

This past week, one of our clients, The University of Michigan's GEAR UP Program, presented at the National GEAR UP Conference. Their presentation served as a model and tool for other GEAR UP Programs across the country to create and collaborate robustly with partners. 

It was an honor and privilege to be asked by our GEAR UP partners to assist in their presentation, which included this video we filmed prior to them traveling to Washington, DC. This quick video (edited due to presentation time parameters) speaks to a multiple facets of why we do this work and how we do this work.

Having a client share that Hampton Consulting is a "model and exemplar of what/who a partner should be" was humbling and affirming. This is why we create and collaborate with our clients.

Congratulations on a great presentation, UMich GEAR UP!

Happy New Year from Hampton Consulting!

2015 was a wonderful year for Hampton Consulting--the company itself was launched and we have been able to serve far more mission-driven clients in Detroit, Greater Michigan, the Midwest, and even across the country, than we imagined possible in our first quarter of operation. 

As we head into 2016, we wish you success, progress towards your mission, and great company along the way. We are eager to welcome and dig into what 2016 has to bring--and we hope to continue to do this work alongside you and many others this year and beyond. 


To each of our missions,                                                                               Chanel Hampton, Founder and President of Hampton Consulting  



'Tis the season to start up conversations with people!

The art of conversation and networking is one which seems extremely natural to those who "do it best," yet some of those very people might have simply beat you to this article (or the concepts within). 

It's holiday season and whether you are at a company holiday party meeting a colleague from another division for the first time or at our family's annual diner where you meet a guest of a relatives, this article, "5 TEDx Talks That Will Help You Strike Up a Conversation with Anyone" might be just what you need.

We also think this article can come in handy any time of the year, regardless of the season. Enjoy! 

Want to boost your personal productivity and the greater economy? Take a vacation!

As you head into one, two, or even fourteen vacation days as we bring 2015 to a close and welcome 2016, this article might be just what you need to read to convince you to truly go offline, shutdown, and enjoy your vacation (regardless of how short or long it is). 

Every year in the United States, over 400 million vacation days go unused. On average, every working American leaves two vacation days unused. The cause of these unused vacation days is valid: fear of losing one's job, the e-mails that will pile up in your inbox while you are offline, and the list goes on. Despite these valid concerns, taking vacation...utilizing your vacation days that are a part of your employment package, that you've negotiated upon receiving an offer...can increase your personal productivity and boost the greater economy. 

Curious? Thinking about actually shutting down this week or next? Keep reading to learn more and convince yourself to take your well-earned vacation.