Welcome to NimblyWise!

We are Sara Ortins and Mike Sweet, two founders of NimblyWise.

We worked together for over 10 years at Credo Reference – a leading research platform, where Mike was the CEO and Sara was the Director of Human Resources. We had the opportunity to interview, onboard and work alongside hundreds of people. As a result of these experiences, we learned a tremendous amount about hiring, managing and developing people.

When we sold Credo in 2018, we wanted to use our experience to help college students and young professionals make a successful transition to the world of work where they are able to thrive in their roles. This is our vision.

We believe, and our experience has shown us, that people are core to building great businesses and that employees deserve to have meaningful careers. We are proud of the unique culture we built at Credo and experienced first-hand how strong employee engagement translates into business success.

In addition to relying on our experiences, we also systematically interviewed other senior leaders to identify common patterns of behavior key to workplace success and to building great careers. 

Combining our experience with our research, we developed our Real-Time Learning framework that we are eager to share with you.

Our Mission

NimblyWise’s mission is to empower people with the essential skills needed to be successful.

As the world of work changes and becomes increasingly complex, helping people learn how to learn, in real-time, is at the core of all we do.

Real-time learners are adaptable, independent and proactive. With practice and the right mindset, we believe that anyone can develop these key skills as they navigate this modern world of work.

Our Leadership Team

Mike Sweet

Chief Executive Officer

“Real-time Learning = Opportunity”
Mike Sweet is a visionary business leader who is taking education and the world of work into the future. His experience managing hundreds of employees helped him recognize the need for education to go well-beyond simple knowledge and technical skill acquisition to ensure people know what, how, and when to learn something new. This real-time learning ability is crucial for success as we are in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Prior to NimblyWise, Mike was the CEO of Credo Reference, a SaaS based research platform provider, for 10 years. His expertise in technology, culture-building and business growth strategies enabled Credo Reference to expand rapidly and build a loyal customer base of thousands of libraries. The company earned several awards for its products and services, including SIAA CODiE awards across multiple categories, Library Journal’s Best Reference Award, Choice’s Outstanding Title recognition, and a place on eContent Magazine’s Top 100 Companies. Before joining Credo Reference as CFO in 2006, Mike served as CFO and COO of CoreWeb, a software development and consulting company. He also spent seven years at Global Insight providing Fortune 500 companies with business planning solutions for market analysis and strategic planning. Mike holds an MBA from Babson and lives in Natick, Massachusetts with his wife, Jessica, and his two daughters, Charlotte and Avery.

Sara Ortins

Chief of Staff

“The smartest and most successful people I know don’t become smart and successful as a result of the college they attend or the GPA they were able to maintain. Instead, it is a combination of skills in problem-solving, relationship building, constant adaptation, self-awareness and the ability to set and commit to goals that set them apart from everyone else.”
Sara brings over 15 years of experience working in human resources, business consulting and teaching. Prior to joining NimblyWise, Sara was the Director of Human Resources at Credo Reference. She worked tirelessly to build and maintain a great company culture that resulted in high employee engagement which in turn lead to strong business results. Prior to working at Credo, Sara held positions as both an internal and external business consultant at Accenture and American Skandia. She also received her certification to teach general education at the elementary level and spent a few years working in K-2 classrooms. She holds a BS in Business Management from Quinnipiac University and an MS in Education from the University of New Haven. Some of her favorite things to do are running, baking, searching for that perfect piece of sea glass, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and Labradoodle.

Dan Powell

Chief Technology Officer

“As a child I learned curiosity. In school I learned facts. At work I learned knowledge. With age I hope to learn wisdom.”
A ‘renaissance developer,’ Dan has over fifteen years of startup, management, architecture, and development experience. He has spent most of his career solving large-scale data problems, using a wide variety of technology to architect and implement high-volume web and mobile systems. Whether providing next-generation architecture for a top-three clinical applications vendor or developing a mobile training solution for global sales forces, Dan has drawn from experiences with companies as varied as IBM, Cerner, Alere, Mobiquity, Vertica (HP), Bluefin Labs (Twitter), Tervela, and more. Balancing today’s business needs with tomorrow’s technical possibilities, Dan and his team apply agile techniques to build a robust architecture for software that engages users and delights customers and partners. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Dan studied mathematics and chemistry at North Carolina State University.

Brent Keltner

VP of Sales

“I left 12 years of secondary and 9 years of post-secondary schooling very well educated, but not particularly well prepared to make my way in the world of work. It is very motivating to me to help others have an easier and more seamless transition from their formal schooling into their early career.”
Brent brings more than fifteen years of sales leadership in public and emerging growth companies and a deep knowledge of the higher education landscape. Prior to joining NimblyWise, Brent held sales leadership and general management roles at Eduventures, Kaplan, CollegiateLink, and Bridge Learning. He has deep research expertise in the areas of the college to career transition, the ROI of a college education, and regional workforce development. He began his career as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he also served as an Assistant Professor at the RAND Graduate School. In his time at Eduventures, he launched and led collaborative research programs in Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Development. Brent earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Pomona College.

Beth Ardner

Director of Customer Strategy

“To truly understand the connection between the what you do every day, both in and outside of work, and the skills those tasks inform is a rare and valuable commodity in today’s world.”
Beth Ardner has been on the NimblyWise team for 4 years supporting higher education customers to meet and exceed their goals for teaching and assessing foundational skills. Prior to NimblyWise Beth was involved in international account management, distributor relationship management, and sales for Credo Reference helping universities around the world embed research resources and skills into their libraries and classrooms. In addition to her time at NimblyWise and Credo Reference, she has worked in the academic and trade publishing industries involved in editorial efforts and leading relationship management in sales and marketing teams. Beth holds a BA of English Literature with a focus on Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy from Shippensburg University. In her free time, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, baking, and moonlighting as an aspiring novelist. Beth lives in Middletown, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bob, and son, Levi.

Suzanne Blake, PCC

Director of Coaching and Learning and Development

Real time learning and soft skills application are the important bridge today’s employees need to navigate an ever-changing landscape. They are the key that unlocks doors to increased employee engagement and retention, independent initiative, collaborative critical thinking, and applied problem-solving.
Suzanne is a certified career and management coach with 21 years of successful expertise helping emerging professionals and managers identify and leverage their unique talents. In addition to her Soft Skills, Critical Thinking and Leadership Development training experience, Suzanne has also held positions as a corporate recruiter, hiring manager, and interview coach. She is passionate about working in partnership with her clients to remove any perceived or real barriers to obtaining their goals and dreams.

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