Leadership Development Through The Lens of Inclusion Changes Everything

Inclusion, The Submarine Way, creates inter-dependence, stronger collaboration and wildly more effective individuals,   teams and leaders. Consider the game changed!

Why we do what we do



In 2016, a Keynote speech in South Carolina, to 400 business and community leaders caused such a deep, emotional, "we need to do something with this" reaction that our founder and President, Deb Fortin, was moved to act. She left corporate America and wrote what would become the Amazon best selling book, Diversity and Inclusion The Submarine Way. Based on her business partner and husband's, nearly 15 years on operation submarines, it turns the idea of inclusion into the engine of inclusion. We do what we do, because we want, we need, to change the world for the better. With stronger inclusion focused leaders, will come, higher engagement, better communities and more effective collaboration.

we are social impact entrepreneurs



Search "Leadership Development" on Google and you will get just under 1 BILLION hits. Is there really anything unique out there, that actually drives results?

Our methodology sets the stage for developing leaders,  with the mindset of tapping into the best of us. Combine this with our system and process and the result is the only inclusion focused, leadership development model, we are aware of,  issued a pending patent by the U.S. patent office. 

Strengths Based means two things, first focus on what is right with people, what they do best. 

Secondly, encourage partnering with others who are better at certain things. 

This creates a culture of inter-dependence and synergy. 

Inclusion Focused is produced by a strength based culture. To be your best, you must

 include others who have talents and expertise in needed areas, but areas outside your expertise. 

This drives crew-munity. 

Mission Oriented is the measurable results your teams, departments,  and organizations 

must be laser focused on. We replace jobs with roles, to accomplish the mission.

The Circle denotes these are all completely interrelated and continuous. Break the circle, skip an element, and success cannot be sustained.  

Let's dive in together!


Simply The Best Training

The most practical, relevant and effective training I have ever been a part of. The time they take in learning the organization and then the powerful reinforcement they build into everything they do only enhances the great training.

Allen Heidler

Chief of Police

City of Florence

A Speaker With A Powerful Message

  John Gregory Vincent spoke at both our local transportation department in-service and at our annual state conference this year.  He possesses the unique ability to rev up and engage the crowd, while imparting his wisdom and knowledge.  John’s enthusiasm and engaging personality are unmatched.  Once you have seen John speak, you will never forget it…….

Wes Fleming

Director of Transportation

Berkelely County Schools

Leadership Like No Other

 John Vincent is truly a leader's leader. John has the innate ability quickly assess seemingly functional processes, design, and implement a fruitive process tuned for optimum success. I have had the pleasure of benefiting from his leadership in a number of venues. The most distinct value of character to which I can attest is that John truly values every element of human capital and can lead a disorganized consortium or a well-structured organization into a more focused team with driven purpose and greater throughput. John is one of the few people I would follow into combat, no questions asked. 

Jeffrey Johnson

SLCPS 2017

Teacher of the year

Insightful and Inspiring

Deb and John’s exciting new book on The Submarine Way toward diversity and inclusion will totally change the way you think about a subject that can be a sensitive and challenging one to tackle. 

Being a corporate executive, former pastor, and business owner, I’ve been faced with leading and fostering an inclusive environment and team when the stakes were really high. Their insightful and inspiring approach will be different, yet successful. I encourage you to read it and dive in! 

Darryl Webb 

Senior Vice President, Operations

Golden Corral Corporation

Ready For A Mind Shift?

John and Deb use The Submarine Way to leverage what all organizations should be doing: creating an atmosphere of inclusion and treating their biggest investment, their human capital, with respect. Their examples of the contrasts between the Navy’s system of acclimation and the common practices of community/religious organizations and business offices show a clear gap in the way inclusion should be done.  

Are you ready for a mind shift? Get ready to take a ride below the surface and learn The Submarine Way. This system will transform your organization and help you reach the results you’ve been struggling to achieve. 

Freya S. Huffman, MBA, PHR, ABD

Author, Performance Improvement Expert, Motivational Speaker

Success is Insured

What John and Deb have put together in The Submarine Way is nothing short of astonishing. They have managed to put lessons and insights it would take most of us a lifetime to learn into a few chapters. Their work is inspiring, thoughtful and, amazingly accessible. Follow their lead and success is virtually certain.  

George Reynolds

Travelers Human Resources

Here's how we will change the world

A sample of the passion we use to change people everywhere! Are you in?  


No email or phone numbers required. If you like what you see,  you will schedule a time here, and we can chat.

the social impact circle (pdf)


21st Century Leadership, The Submarine Way (pdf)


3 Tips For Driving True Inclusion (pdf)


Submarine Way Brochure (pdf)


Our Training System (pdf)


the submarine way program overview (pdf)


candidate_interview_evaluation_form (pdf)


Certified brochure (pdf)


TSW Program Business Case UPDATED (pdf)


Sample Our Podcasts

From interviews with city mayors, business leaders and community organizers, to frank discussions about current events, click here to take a deeper dive.

These are individuals who have said, let's go make things better!

Our Podcasts

Listen to Our Forbes Books Interview

Get a real feel for what is so different about this approach to inclusion than anything that has come before it. Not theoretical, based on proven principles used not just on submarines but in the private sector as well.

Our interview

Keynote Speaking Site

Because of pure demand for our speech, Igniting Inclusion Through Strengths, we have created a dedicated site for those seeking a world class keynote speaker.

Go to this site

Leadership through the lens of inclusion changes everything


Why change Everything?

All of us, working together, will always be better than one of us. Human beings spend too much energy on conflict, bias and slights.


How we change the world through
training and speaking

Our keynotes frequently start the cultural change and our programs drive it home. We hear from our clients that they are tired of traditional training that just doesn't stick. It's called learning decay and we overcome it with the synergy produced by our patent pending system.  The program is powerful and the reinforcement drives it to the end of the mission, cultural change. Give us a chance and like our other clients, you will discover lasting, positive change is not only possible, it will become a reality. 


What does all of this do?

Did you know an engaged workforce is a more productive workforce and it drives ROI?  Did you know that a world with less conflict is not just aspiration? Reducing conflict, creating crewmunity,  is driven by behavioral change, not by engagement training. The most powerful driver of engagement is an inclusive environment. Our patent pending system drives inclusion, which drives engagement, which reduces conflict, and drives ROI. Training that changes will, through skill. Exciting!  

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