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About Us


The world needs healing. Our country needs healing.
Healing involves education, reconciliation and renewal.
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Leadership Restores is a cooperative that teaches people-centered organizations how to embrace and develop a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. The cooperative is comprised of Black women-owned companies:


Simply put, we educate leaders and their team members about equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We teach leaders how to reconcile with their stakeholders and themselves. We teach leaders how to renew their commitment to the organizations and team members

Good leaders demonstrate leadership with their words and deeds. Good leadership can restore, repair, rebuild and reinvigorate an organization. Good leadership and restoration are needed now more than ever.

Our focus is people-centered organizations, including:

  • Government agencies

  • Higher education institutions

  • K-12 organizations

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Private-sector organizations

  • Religious organizations

We can help you.


Our Expertise
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Cynthia Butler, MSOL, HCS


Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR


Sabrina S. Richardson, M.S.

Meet Cynthia

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Trainer. Facilitator. Activist. Cynthia Butler brings over 35 years of federal, community and faith-based activism and training experience to her current role of entrepreneur, senior consultant, human capital strategist, lead trainer and facilitator.

Viable Agency Expertise. Ms. Butler’s expertise covers the expanse of federal leadership, employee development, strategic planning, job analysis, employee engagement, alternative dispute resolution and accountability. As former special assistant to the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and senior staffer and director in four Cabinet-level federal agencies that include the Departments of the Navy, Justice, Homeland Security and Education, Ms. Butler conducts policy assessments, executive facilitation, professional coaching, and development for senior executives, managers and staff.

Commitment to Accountable Equity to Drive Courageous Conversations. Ms. Butler's skills are rooted in her consultative and executive coaching models work to guide corporate and faith-based leaders, managers and first-line supervisors. As a certified Crucial Conversations Master facilitator, Ms. Butler conducts nationwide conflict resolution sessions to forge greater understanding of the impacts of prejudice, unconscious bias, microaggression and conflict on minority and non-minority communities.

Community Supported by Theory. Ms. Butler’s masters’ degree in organizational leadership (MSOL) utilizes theoretical insights and data to inform practical dissection and exploration of incidents of discrimination using historical, educational and creative models. Data and theory work contribute to the overall understanding, behavioral awareness and empathy of persons and organizations that choose a more informed perspective. She works to emphasize the importance of expertise, talent and faith for the supportive success of the community.

Ally Education Services That Lead the Way. The C.O.R.E. Ally model, created by Ms. Butler, identifies and facilitates opportunity to mitigate and manage conflict, microaggression and racial bias. The interactive models are designed to help communities that are experiencing increased episodes of racism, xenophobia and intolerance by creating peer-to-peer methodical blueprints.

Ms. Butler’s life’s mission remains focused on the education, regeneration and improvement of lives.


Meet the women who make up Leadership Restores!

Meet Linnie. 


When Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, refers to ‘hitting it out of the ballpark,’ her clients, colleagues and students know that something very special is about to happen. Dr. Carter is a seasoned public relations executive, entrepreneur and educator with a renowned work ethic, where excellence is expected and nothing less is accepted. 

For more than 25 years, Dr. Carter has honed her stellar work ethic with roles in public relations, communications, fundraising and higher education. She is a founder of Leadership Restores and the president and CEO of Linnie Carter & Associates LLC, a consulting firm providing public relations, marketing, fundraising and executive services. In addition, Dr. Carter has extensive experience in higher education administration, currently serving as a community college administrator. 

Dr. Carter’s successful professional experience is matched by equally impressive academic credentials. She earned a doctorate in community college leadership from Old Dominion University, and she holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mass communications from VCU. She also earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation from the Universal
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Dr. Carter and her husband elevated their philanthropic efforts by establishing a nonprofit organization, Carter Scholars Inc., in February 2011. This organization provides financial assistance to students who live in the states where Dr. Carter and her husband have lived. She says, "A lack of money should never be a barrier for our students not having access to the academic tools that they need to be successful."

Meet Sabrina.  


After more than 21 years in education, Sabrina has continued to be a champion for children who are constantly counted out based on their socioeconomic status. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Sabrina is determined to encourage children to reach their full academic potential and remind them that their zip code does not determine their place in this world.

Sabrina is a former English teacher and reading specialist who earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in reading and English, respectively, from Old Dominion University. When Sabrina was a middle school English teacher, her students maintained standardized assessment results in the 80th percentile. She was also named Teacher of the Year twice during her teaching career. She has instilled a love of reading in her two children and has worked to do the same in the lives of other children and adults.


As Sabrina continues the work to ensure students are valued and always placed in the forefront, she is always constantly reminding herself and fellow educators that “It’s not about our convenience. It’s about what’s best for kids.” 



Our Services

Leadership Restores offers a variety of services.

Problems we can solve for you:


We complete human resource, policy and communications audits through the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.


We coach individuals and teams on topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.


We develop short-term and long-term plans related to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. These include strategic plans and communications plans.


 We do speaking engagements related to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.


 We offer workshops on topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.


We can help you with these initiatives and more!

We have pricing for individuals and organizations:  


 Our services start at $5,000 per audit.


 Our services start at $250 per hour.


 Our services start at $5,000 per plan.


 Our services start at $1,000 per speech.


 Our services start at $250 per hour.

We have a referral program and will offer you a 10% discount off a service or product when you refer a client to us. The client must sign a contract and pay for their service or product in full before you will receive the discount.





1. What is a cooperative?

Our cooperative is a partnership between companies that provide services for a common cause. Our cooperative leverages the expertise, experiences, best practices and talents of different business leaders to make our country a better place for all of us.

2. Would I work with all three companies? How would you determine which company I would work with?

You would work with one or more companies depending upon the services you would like us to provide. We would help you to make this decision before a contract is signed.

3. What if I do not need all of the services you provide?

We offer a variety of services for a variety of organizations. Please consider the services to be a menu from which you can choose. We will talk with you to determine what you need and customize the services to suit your organization.

4. Do you accept clients throughout the country?

Yes, we accept and work with clients throughout the United States.


5. Are you available to travel?
We are not available to travel during the pandemic or other public health crises.

6.  Are you available for virtual projects?

 Yes, we are absolutely available for virtual projects.

7.  These are sensitive topics. Would my work with you remain confidential?

We will not discuss confidential matters with anyone who is not authorized by you. In addition, we will sign confidentiality statements reiterating this. Mutual respect and trust are essential in these types of partnerships.

8.  Do you have references I can check?

Yes, we have references and encourage you to contact them to learn more about our services and quality of work.


9.  If hired, how long would you be willing to work with us?

We will work with you as long as all parties believe the partnership is mutually beneficial.

10.  How does payment work?

We will require a deposit when the contract is signed. We will invoice you for the balance after the work is completed. The invoice will be generated by the companies that performed the work for you. You will be given 30 days to pay invoices.


11.  How can I reach you?

Please email us. We will respond quickly and will be happy to answer your questions. Also, we can schedule a follow-up telephone or virtual meeting.

Our Clients


We consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. Following are testimonials from some of them:

Dr. Carter and the other Founders, Cynthia Butler and Sabrina Richardson, are consummate professionals, extremely knowledgeable, and have provided us with straightforward, actionable resources as we embark on being an anti-racist organization.  This work is not easy, however, the style presented by the firm is engaging, thought provoking, and educating.

I am very pleased with the services of Leadership Restores. During our work with Leadership Restores, we have received the direct, ongoing engagement of the three founders, Cynthia Butler, Linnie Carter, and Sabrina Richardson. Their teaching methodologies are intensive and effective, and I believe they are already helping us to improve our actions and decisions as we strive to become a strong, inclusive and diverse organization.


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