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About Us

Management as Tradecraft

We founded Tractus Strategic Partners (TSP) in 2021 when we realized that an increasing number of organizations were asking for advice on recruiting, engaging, and developing their employees. Our philosophy - Management as Tradecraft - focuses on enabling organizational leaders to manage their people better. By prioritizing critical managerial skills, we assist leaders in aligning their workforce's capabilities with their organizational strategic needs.

The Latin word tractus has several meanings - progress, course, drawing out, space - which all focus on movement. At Tractus Strategic Partners, we believe that movement should be strategic and include all organizational elements, especially its most valuable resource: its people.

Our Vision: Organizations are successful and effective by prioritizing employee engagement, performance, and satisfaction.

Our Mission: To help public and private-sector organizations excel by aligning hiring processes with human capital needs, enhancing talent development, and harmonizing succession planning with strategic goals.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity: We believe that ethics and honesty are the foundation of sound decisions.

  • Empathy: We believe that employees are the heartbeat of every organization.

  • Holistic Viewpoint: We believe that successful leaders consider the entire employee spectrum when pursuing their strategic goals.

  • Individuality: We believe that each organization has a unique culture and strategic path that drives development of its talent pool.

  • Excellence: We believe in delivering quality services to bolster organizational success.

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Meet The Team

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Kimberly A. Carlson, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
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Kimberly Carlson has worked with nonprofit and governmental organizations professionally and academically for over twenty years. Through this work, her primary focus is on community engagement as well as leadership and organizational and workforce development. Particularly, her dissertation research was focused on succession planning processes in university-wide research institutes in public universities. 

Currently, Kimberly is the Director of Programs for the Principal Partnerships Office in Virginia Tech Advancement. The Principal Partnership Office acts as a type of skunkworks for blending individual and corporate fundraising and investments at the highest levels to support university and presidential priorities. Her role as Program Director oversees the coordination, integration, and completion of a wide range of activities to ensure successful completion of principal projects. Additionally, Kimberly continues to collaborate with her academic department at Virginia Tech as an Associate Professor of Practice in Management within the Pamplin College of Business, serving on PhD committees, finalizing current research, and teaching a class or two on the side.


Previously, she served as adjunct faculty for the Center for Public Administration and Policy and the Political Science Department, and as Assistant Director of Presidential Global Scholars, a semester-abroad program, and Fulbright Program Adviser in University Honors at Virginia Tech. Before joining academia, she worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma City, OK and Pensacola, FL.

She holds a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in theatre from Virginia Tech, an MSW in clinical social work from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration and public affairs, with a focus on nonprofit and non-governmental management, from Virginia Tech.

Charity L. Boyette, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
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Charity Boyette has more than two decades of experience in managing teams and programs, with a particular focus in managerial excellence, team engagement, and employee development.  


Charity currently is a doctoral student in Public Administration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where her research interests include organizational change, public-sector employee engagement, and management tradecraft.   From 2009-2018, she was a commissioned Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State who served overseas tours in Nigeria, Poland, and Belgium, as well as assignments in Washington, DC, including two years as a special assistant to Secretary of State Kerry and as an instructor at the Foreign Service Institute. Prior to her federal service, Charity worked in leadership development, operations, and finance in the U.S. defense industry. 


She holds an MBA, with a focus in strategic development, from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary and a B.S.  in business administration from Averett University in Virginia. 

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