Who We Are

Our Story

ACEUM was founded in 2015 as a niche consulting firm partnering with nonprofit, healthcare and social impact organizations helping them to build state-of-the-art HR/People resources, access superior leadership talent and improve organizational effectiveness.

Today, as a result of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex workplace landscape, we are critically focused on helping organizations reimagine workplace culture, design strategic and cutting-edge people resources that engage and connect leaders and employees in new ways, and build operational capacity that supports organizational goals, transformation and growth.

What inspires us is knowing that our work makes a meaningful difference to the organizations we partner with, moves them to the next level and has an impact on both advancing their mission and supporting the greater social good.

Our Approach

No matter how small, large or complex the project, ACEUM brings a flexible, creative and customized approach to every engagement to ensure that we address the unique requirements of our clients, drive innovation and achieve the very best outcomes. We draw on the foundation of six core project management principles to shape each of our solutions and advisory work.

In-depth Discovery, Research, Observation + Assessment

Active Engagement of Stakeholders. Define Core Issues + Opportunities

Design Solution Options, Identify Needed Resources + Set Action Path

Determine Deliverables, Implement Solution +
Manage Change

Continuous Progress Check-Ins, + Evaluation of Solutions

Use Data + Analytics to Measure Impact + Results

What Guides Us

Our core values serve as a guide for how we approach our work, engage with our clients and collaborate with consultants and partners to deliver high quality, trusted services.

Integrity, Ethics + Trust

Commitment to Community + Social Good

Embracing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access

Recognizing Small Things Can Make A Big Difference

Fostering Collaboration + Partnership

Inspiring Excellence + Innovation

advisors + consultants

Meet Our Team


Ira Machowsky

Founder + CEO


Rae Linefsky

Senior Advisor


Whitney Allgood, PhD

Senior Advisor


Heather Bivens

Senior Executive Search Consultant


Michael Mead

Senior Consultant + Leadership Coach