The Parker Institute for Excellence was founded in 2001. We are dedicated to providing high quality technical assistance and assessments to develop customized training curricula to improve performance. We have over 28 years of experience supporting private organizations, government agencies, and community-based organizations.
We are part of a large international network of associates from diverse backgrounds and experience who collaborate to provide the best solutions. Our commonality is reaching out to others and imparting self-confidence, strong leadership, and increased professionalism for our clients. Our strategic partnerships allow us to provide services anywhere they are needed.
Hazel Blake Parker is an experienced facilitator with proven leadership, management and training skills. She is also an author and curriculum developer who takes pride in seeing others succeed. As a lifelong learner, she established the Parker Institute for Excellence to enhance the knowledge and skills of others.
Ms. Parker holds a BS in Counselor Education and an MS in Individual and Family Development from South Carolina State University. She continued her education ventures by obtaining certifications in a number of areas including management, diversity, facilitation, parenting, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DACUM Occupational Analysis, and grant writing. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator and Certified Human Development Consultant.
Her extensive and progressive tenure in state government has afforded her the opportunity to participate in and lead many state and regional projects. She has successfully managed a statewide training division with a budget of over $10 million, and co-wrote and directed large federal grants totaling over $25 million. Her extensive experience has afforded her the opportunity to provide technical assistance to federal grantees around the nation.
Ms. Parker has co-authored four books, and is currently co-writing a Caregiver’s Manual with one of her strategic partners. She has been featured in publications and been a guest speaker on national radio shows about economic empowerment and women's issues.
She is very actively involved in her community, and serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations.