Who We Are

Our Mission

Connections 4 Success is dedicated to providing individualized solutions for our nation’s businesses, nonprofits, and the public sector to increase their profitability, performance, productivity, efficiency, as well as, accountability. Our agency becomes an integral partner bringing knowledge, creativity, energy, and passion to maximize your results!


Our Core Values

    Offering the highest quality services to produce positive results
    Centralizing our service focus and recommendations to meet our clientele’s needs and goals
    Providing solutions that optimize processes, advancements, and innovation
    Listening and communicating clearly to maximize customers’ trust and satisfaction
    Providing energy, passion, honesty, and expertise to drive results


Why Connections 4 Success?

Connections 4 Success provides a personable and energetic partnership. Our services are always centered on the needs of our clients, their advancement goals, skills training, and workforce development needs! We determine the best services to deliver quality solutions for your business by:

  • Listening
  • Asking Questions
  • Observing Current Processes

We also provide multiple business evaluation processes to determine your vital needs and solutions to ACCELERATE SUCCESSTM with:

  • Quantitative & Qualitative Evaluations
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Risk Assessments
  • Connections 4 Success's 4-step SORTA Evaluation Process

Meet the Team

Vanessa Dodds 

CEO/President & Founder

Vanessa Dodds, CEO/President of Connections 4 Success, is a business strategy, professional development, and workforce development expert with over sixteen years’ expertise and experience across corporate and small businesses, trades, public sector, and nonprofit industries. She is an accomplished leader within the Greater Pittsburgh region with a proven track record of helping organizations grow. She serves on the Carlow University’s Alumni Advisory Council, is a National Small Business Leadership Council member, and is the past President of the Rotary E-Club of District 7305.

Most recently, Vanessa received the Pittsburgh Business Times 2020 Women of Influence award. Her business acumen, leadership, experience, and capability to solve problems across multiple industries are what make her methods and insights so valuable. Vanessa helps corporate industries tackle important issues like accountability, productivity, and workforce development.

Vanessa has successfully implemented business alignment, process and procedure implementation, process management, strategic growth objectives, fiscal and operational management, program development, and organizational training for numerous award-winning for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Her work has been imperative to these companies’ ability to create business growth, sustainability, skills development, and methods of successfully pipelining talent into their businesses.

She has been actively shaping workforce solutions for the Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County region for over a decade. From 2014 to 2015, she served on Mayor Bill Peduto’s Workforce Development Taskforce, combined with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s office to create a more robust skills training program for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s youth and young adults. Vanessa was the primary curriculum creator of the current Learn and Earn Program being used today. This program was created to be a three-tier training program enabling young adults to advance into higher-level internships as they gained industry and soft skills. Her work has been critical in helping to address the 80,000-labor shortage occurring in our region by 2025.

Vanessa’s leadership as CEO, innovator, and owner of Connections 4 Success has enabled her team to implement business alignment successfully, innovative strategies, growth opportunities, and efficiency for corporate, small businesses, and nonprofits at the forefront of their industries.


We are ready to help grow and enhance your business today!

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