March 28, 2016


Human Staff

Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer


Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as an executive, speaker, and trainer, he has delivered results around the country. He has given keynotes and training workshops to a wide variety of organizations across all 50 states, including the American Society of Training and Development and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Davies is a published author and is frequently cited in national publications, including the New York Times. An avid runner, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He is the past President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), and has been appointed by the Governor to both serve on the Colorado Workforce Development Council and Chair of the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, where he gets to share his passion with professionals from across the country. Email Josh

Ashley Walker, National Account Director


Ashley is a valued and trusted business partner, with an instinct for knowing when to listen and when to contribute. She is enthusiastic, accessible, and full of great ideas! She works collaboratively with clients to achieve a common goal and has a unique ability to customize her approach to different needs and personalities.

She started her sales and marketing career as an account manager in Nestlé USA’s Leadership Program. She quickly progressed in a variety of corporate sales roles, becoming a Division Director at a Fortune 500 company within a few short years. Wanting to do more with her talents, she went back to school and earned a Masters of Public Administration.

Ashley views her role as National Account Director  as the perfect career match, combining her knack for sales and her passion for community improvement and development. Ashley can be reached at or 303.433.3243.


Dena Pisciotte, Marketing Manager


Dena joined the team at Center for Work Ethic Development in 2016, bringing more than 20 years experience in journalism, communications and education. She has spent more of her career in public service, and is intimately familiar with many of the audiences that CWED serves. Dena is responsible for content, design, marketing, the website and social media.

Dena holds a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Kansas, and a master of humanities in communication and visual studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. She makes an effort to constantly update her skills and learn what is new on the horizon.

She lives in Denver with her husband and two boys. She enjoys her family, reading, writing, art, and staying active in the community.

Email Dena.

Jennifer Reineke, Office Manager

Jennifer comes to The Center for Work Ethic Development with an extensive background in Accounting (AP and AR and Payroll), Human Resources, Office Management. Previously, she had been with a secure card manufacturing company for 16 years in that same capacity. She is now responsible for all of the accounting, office management, and administrative support for the team in the Denver Headquarters. Jennifer is also studying to be a Life Coach and believes this is a perfect complement to The Center for Work Ethic Development’s philosophies and training program.
Jennifer can be reached at or 303.433.3243.


Eric Chester, Founder


Since 1998, Eric Chester has been known by millions as the premier expert on Generation Y and school-to-work transition. As the author or five books and coauthor of eight others, Eric was the first to explain the differences the new enigmatic generation brought to the workforce, and he emerged as the “go to” guy when employers wanted to know how to recruit, train, manage, motivate, and retain them in the workplace. Since most people now recognize the differences this age group has introduced to the workplace, Eric has evolved his program into one that addresses the core problem that is eroding the foundation of America’s way of life: the lack of work ethic among young people. Eric latest book, REVIVING WORK ETHIC: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce is the first business book on work ethic since 1904 and has gained widespread attention.

He is frequently interviewed by the national media (Good Morning America, MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, Forbes, Huffington Post, etc.) to provide insight and perspective to business leaders about the challenges they are experiencing with a work-ethic deficient labor pool. Eric is a 2004 inductee into the Professional Speaker’s International Hall of Fame and has addressed more than 2000 audiences from a plethora of industries over the past 25 years, Eric’s delivered keynote speeches for annual conventions of organizations that include McDonalds USA, Harley-Davidson, Wegmans, Wells Fargo, Alcoa, and Toys-R-Us. Eric is the creator of the Bring Your A Game to Work program and wrote both the adult and teen versions of the book BRING YOUR A GAME TO WORK – Seven Values That Will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You. Email Eric

Canine Resource Team

We are a dog-friendly office, and as such we rely heavily on input from our “canine resource team.” They are always willing to greet new people and offer themselves for pets and treats.


Jax is an eight-year old Havanese – a Maltese/Havanese mix – who lives with his human, Ashley. Jax enjoys vocally greeting visitors and staff alike, and letting a certain staff member who shameless feeds him treats know when it is time for treats.