Aaron Schmookler



Aaron Schmookler works with business leaders who believe that their people are their greatest asset. He supports them to build structures, habits, and mindsets that support an enduring collaboration culture so their companies profit and attract top talent, and so their people find fulfillment and reasons to stay.

While his career appears anything but linnear — ranging from outdoor leadership to corporate contributor to theatre director and founder to teacher of theater and business communication — one thread ties everything together. For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to serve others.

In 2014 Aaron and business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works and developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit.

Aaron and The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work.

“Every team has genius at work.  Only the best encourage and inspire the genius to emerge.”

Adam Utley



Adam Utley has been working for 5 years to help teams build habits that lead to higher accountability, more fulfillment, and work cultures that inspire people.

He does this by training people to practice a language he loves… The language of improvisation. What he’s found in working with leaders at every level of the businesses he serves is that this language resonates with people of all personality types, and that it helps to connect people with their teammates and paves the way for greater results with less effort.

Adam and his business partner, Aaron Schmookler, co-founded The Yes Works in 2014 and developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit that supports a collaborative culture of accountability.

The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work.

He is Wenatchee, WA raised and Pacific Lutheran University educated. He’s got 15 years under his belt making his passion his life’s work, and plans to amplify the genius of others through this work for many more fulfilling years to come.

“It’s never about the thing, it’s always about the relationship.”

Marielle Baxter


Marielle is passionate about building strong client relationships, driving brand loyalty, and increasing client engagement. 


She has over 6 years of experience in Customer Service. Identifying client’s needs, resolving their queries and recommending solutions. She worked with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, where she provided top-notch service for both residential and commercial clients.(Top Agent of Sprint 2014, Technical Support Perfect Metrics 2017)

In addition to being a customer service specialist, Marielle is also an experienced Executive Assistant, having held positions in the medical and business fields, Marielle is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients.

Marielle studied at Angeles University Foundation, Bachelor of Science in Nursing. And shifted to Caregiving where she graduated as a Top Notcher in Clinical Practice (R.L.E), showing even before starting her job as a customer service specialist, she cares for others, making sure they are well taken care of and  giving support according to their needs.

“Make every interaction count, even the small ones. They are all relevant.”

Shep Hyken

Belle Walker


Belle Walker aligns organizations’ structures and processes with their strategic goals.  She has recaptured lost efficiency and engagement for companies in tech, professional services, cannabis, the nonprofit sphere, and more.

While a Director of Engineering at HERE Technologies, Belle built several successful teams, including one responsible for the quality of High Definition Maps for autonomous vehicles.  She also received a patent for the Quality Index, which allows digital maps to be incorporated into autonomous vehicle environment models.  Belle began her career at Google, where she built a nation-wide aerial photography operation, and her experiences also include building Product Management and Customer Service organizations.  

Belle has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Harvard and a Systems Engineering master’s degree from USC where her research studied organizations as systems.

Jeannie Smith


Founder and President of HR-Rx, a leadership and organizational development consulting firm established in 2005, Jeannie has a proven track record of successfully helping people cultivate trustworthy relationships so that they can notably connect with themselves and others.   

She partners with individuals and teams to identify and address blocks that are keeping them from achieving what they want, develop achievable action plans, and to build confidence to do whatever they set their mind to.

Jeannie has over 30 years of combined experience in positions of human resources generalist, manager, director, executive, inspirational speaker, facilitator, coach, and consultant. She has earned the following: Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Senior Professional in Human Resource Management Certification, with the State of California add-on (SPHR-CA) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, Senior Certified Professional Certificate (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management, Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) from Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and NSight Success Executive Assessment Certified Coach from Meridiem. 

Jeannie has a passion to help leaders and teams develop trustworthy relationships resulting in increased employee alignment, engagement, productivity, profitability, and connection.  She is the developer of the Peace Program benefiting clients through leadership advisory, group and 1:1 coaching, team training and assessments.  

Angela R. Howard


Angela R. Howard, Founder at Angela R. Howard Consulting is an organizational psychologist, culture strategist and social entrepreneur working to build human-centric workplaces, better leaders and thriving communities along-side growth minded leaders. She’s on a mission to create more human-centric workplaces that send happier and more fulfilled humans home to further enrich their communities and society.

Angela is also a trusted thought leader and advisor to owners, founders and CEOs interested in shaping and “actualizing” their organizational cultures for the collective good of their organizations, employees and the communities they serve.

Tricia Montgomery



Tricia Montgomery is a customer-obsessed marketing executive who has repeatedly helped companies accelerate revenue growth through brand transformation, innovative product launches and successful go-to-market strategies. Her 25+ years’ experience spans retail, technology, CPG, B2B and B2C businesses for both startup and global companies— Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Microsoft and Coinstar. In 2018, Tricia decided to chart a new course and do the same work she loves, now independently.  As an executive advisor and outsourced CMO, Tricia fills a critical gap on an executive team, providing leadership and action on customer insights, brand/marketing strategy and go-to-market planning to help ambitious companies achieve sustained market growth, brand relevance and increased revenue.

With The Yes Works, Tricia brings her extensive experience and inquisitive nature to helping companies discover and plan for the the interplay between brand and culture.

Tricia is a proud Seattle native and enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and three children. She holds an MBA with a Marketing concentration from The University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BA in Psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She has deep connections in the Pacific Northwest and currently serves on two non-profit boards:  the Whitman College Board of Trustees as the Advancing Whitman Committee Chair and Board Director/Co-chair for Yellow Wood Academy.

1) Work as a place: Let’s make work a place people are happy to go to.

2) Work as a product: Let’s ensure that what you do is done well – satisfying clients, customers, and supervisors.

3) Work as a vocation: Let’s all have work that’s worth the life we’ve given to it.

We want to transform work worldwide. We’re on a mission to make work good for everyone.

We train business professionals in the techniques and principles of Adeptability, dynamically correlated to the work they do.

We’ve assimilated principles used by improvisers and creative collaborators, powered them up with the latest in neuro-science, learning theory, and organizational psychology to create our Adeptability program. Our clients build strong habits of communication, collaboration, and innovation for optimized team performance, adaptability, and burnout resistance.

We’re talking equipping our clients with the inspired habits they need to create and nurture uncommonly fruitful business relationships, to embrace the unexpected, and to mine its gold.