Arquella Hargrove has been “dubbed” a change agent based on her work supporting both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. She brings a successful 25-year track record of creating and implementing productivityinducing practices through the application of strategic planning and organization development in both the public and private sector.
Arquella is a sought-after facilitator, business consultant, speaker, and coach dedicated to the transformative and sustainable results of business leaders. A moderator and frequent panel speaker in the areas of diversity, women in leadership, and social capital, as well as, a contributor to publications such as Workforce Magazine and GirlBoss Blog.
A core value that Arquella promises to bring to her clients and partners is collaboration, which is equal parts bringing the right knowledge and the right people to the same table. After collaborating for more than a decade to support well over 100 organizations, as an independent consultant, Arquella started Epic Collaborative Advisors (EPIC) in 2016. EPIC is a boutique consulting firm providing expert strategic planning, project management, and workforce development training and coaching solutions with nationwide capabilities. At the heart of EPIC is the diverse team of advisors who are dedicated to strengthening communities. While EPIC was just started in 2016, several clients from past engagements have already collaborated with the new venture to take advantage of EPIC’s solutions, people, and delivery. Arquella’s clients include City of Houston (through various departments), Waste Management, Interise Streetwise MBA, Houston Independent School District, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Aramco Services, and Greater Houston Black Chamber.
One of Arquella’s proudest engagements is serving as the facilitator and coach for the City of Houston’s Build-Up Houston Program a 7-month capacity building program for small businesses in Construction.
Known for her ability to help organizations and business leaders build stronger, more effective teams and companies. Arquella is a thought leader in leadership development and has authored a chapter on leadership in the book, Coaching Perspectives.
Arquella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Ottawa University and an Executive MBA from Texas Woman’s University. Arquella has multiple certifications in personality behavioral assessments (Birkman, DISC, MBTI, Insights, Personalysis) master coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, mediation, and Unconscious Bias. Arquella is an adjunct instructor at University of Houston-Downtown, Lonestar Community College, and a long-time facilitator for the University of Houston’s School of Public Affairs/Policy – Certified Public Manager Program.
Arquella has been actively involved in the community serving as the past Board Chair of both nonprofit organizations, Passages for Women and The Bridge Over Troubled Water and as the Board Secretary for Community Family Centers. She has also served in various capacities of leadership in professional organizations, including Board Chair of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources Houston Chapter and President of the Association for Talent Development Houston Chapter and a National Advisor to Chapters.
Arquella is also a graduate of United Way of Greater Houston Class XXVII Project Blueprint and Leadership Houston Class XXX and a member of Greater Houston Black Chamber, Greater Houston Partnership’s Women Business Alliance and Jack and Jill of America’s Greater Channel Chapter.