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About Us

Enlighteneering, Inc. (ENL), is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) emphasizing consulting with federal, state, and local governments at all levels with a focus on creating Enlightened Leadership throughout your organization. Our approach works equally well in both the private sector and non-profits.

Incorporated in the State of Virginia in 2001, ENL was formed by retired Senior Executives (members of the Federal Senior Executive Service, SES) who understand the "business" of government, and who have managed both large and small government agencies, as well as businesses. Typically, ENL consultants have been former members of the SES within the federal government who truly have a deep understanding of the the business of government and the intricacies involved in navigating your way to success.

Because of this experience, client consultations do not have the typical learning curve associated with new client engagements. ENL consultants know the laws and regulations for government operations and are up-to-date on legislative and policy changes. We at ENL match our consultants abilities to fit your individual needs.

Our Team of Professionals:

Enlighteneering, Inc. (ENL) has a cadre of extremely talented former or retired senior executives who have managed large organizations and their own companies in all sectors: public, private, and non-profits. These individuals bring to each client engagement "real world" experience and up-to-date information on laws, regulations, policies, and programs affecting organizations today. Our experienced consultants/coaches include individuals who possess the following credentials: PhD, MBA, coaching certification, organizational development specialists, human resource specialists, and certified financial analysts.

Meet Our Leadership Team:

Marilyn P. Wiles

Marilyn Wiles is the President of Enlighteneering, Inc. Her professional and technical experience includes operations management, strategic planning, resource management, organizational development and design, information systems development and management, and transformation.

She began her career with the U.S. Army working at installation, major command, and headquarters levels in a variety of functional support areas to include supply and maintenance, public works, training, manpower management, financial management, and organization development. She later worked with several defense agencies, notably the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Missile Defense Organization.

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In this capacity, she served as a senior resource advisor to senior defense leaders on resource development, allocation, and execution. She led organizational studies to review internal processes to improve operations and quality customer support. Marilyn also worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration where she transformed the resource management office into a high performing activity through her innovation and inspiring leadership. She was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Consultant for the award winning Federal Consulting Group (FCG), a franchise of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, specializing in strategic planning, organization planning and design, business process reengineering, process improvement, and budget and financial management. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she helped lead the organization to become a multi-million dollar producing franchise.

Marilyn also served as the Director of Budget for the Architect of the U.S. Capitol whose mission was to preserve, maintain, and enhance the national treasures that make up the U.S. Capitol Complex. She served as the Managing Director, Budget Operations, for the Department of State in Washington, DC. She concluded her federal career working for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services as the Director of the Nebraska Service Center. She led a 1200 person benefit-processing center dedicated to facilitating the legal immigration process.

Ms. Wiles received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master in Business Administration from Averett University. She is a graduate of executive education programs with the Department of Defense (Senior Executive Leadership Program); the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Senior Officials in National Security program); and the Federal Executive Institute. She served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2004. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager.

John A. Wiles, PhD

Dr. John Wiles is the Vice President of Enlighteneering, Inc. He is a dynamic visionary with a career history that included leadership roles in all of those sectors, from managing large, multi-million dollar organizations to small, low budget programs, and from managing staffs of up to 600 to being a team member in a small entrepreneurial organization.

John served as a change management/business consultant team member for the award winning Federal Quality Consulting Group (FQCG) over a 2-½ year period, working directly with senior leaders in more than a dozen major federal agencies. FQCG won the “George Land World Class Innovator Award” in 1999, presented by Fast Company Magazine.

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He served as the president of a federal credit union and turned it around during the turmoil of banking deregulation. He has demonstrated his ability both to lead and to manage throughout his 45-year career.

He is an accomplished public speaker and author of many publications. He taught business and management for over 30 years as an adjunct professor, teaching real-world lessons to undergraduate and MBA students from his practical perspective of being an active manager. His students include managers from both the public and private sectors, and leaders in foreign countries, as well. He has advised key leaders in the private sector and international governments. He served as a Judge for the 2001 President’s Quality Award, and on the 2001 and 2004 Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award.

His other honors include the Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense; and military decorations: the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal (with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters). He saw combat as a fighter pilot, flying more than 100 missions over North Vietnam, and logging nearly 2000 operational hours total.

Dr. Wiles is a retired Air Force Colonel and a Vietnam veteran. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy, holds a doctorate in Systems Engineering from UCLA, and was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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