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Impact Focused
Workforce Development

The Ideal Candidate began in 2015 as a pilot with 7 students at Chicago Public Schools - Air Force Academy. In the 8 years since, we have grown to serve 4,700+ Fellows across 15 states nationwide. 

We understand the pivotal role soft skills play in shaping individual and organizational success. Our comprehensive range of training programs is meticulously designed to cultivate essential attributes like communication, leadership, and emotional intelligence. By harnessing these skills, our clients gain a competitive edge in their respective industries, fostering enhanced collaboration, productivity, and overall performance.

We believe in forging long-term partnerships with our clients, working closely to tailor our solutions to their unique objectives and challenges. Whether it's refining the interpersonal skills of their workforce, empowering executives to lead with confidence, or preparing individuals for career transitions, our expertise spans a diverse array of needs. Through our collaborative approach and unwavering commitment to excellence, we empower our clients to thrive in today's dynamic and ever-evolving business landscape.



At, we offer a comprehensive range of services designed to enhance personal and professional development through transformative soft skills training. Our tailored programs cover essential areas such as communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and teamwork, empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in today's dynamic landscape. Whether you're seeking live training sessions, remote learning opportunities, curriculum licensing, job placement assistance, or executive level coaching, our services are crafted to meet your unique needs and drive lasting success.


Our Founder, Kevin P. Davenport, started teaching this curriculum at 12 years old in the back of his mother's performing arts academy on the south side of Chicago. Fast forward to 2015, Kevin at age 25, incorporated The Ideal Candidate NFP to formalize his mother's vision for impact. By 2021 The Ideal Candidate incorporated The Ideal Candidate Inc. to serve their growing demand for training and placement. The Ideal Candidate Inc & NFP team has 47 years of combined experience in leadership development and training experience. 


2023 Microsoft Tech Maker Award,

Microsoft & World Business Chicago

2023 Most Influential Business of the Year

NorthWest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2020 Community Impact Award,

Chicago Community Trust

2020 Community Development Award,

Chicago Housing Authority CHCS

2019 FWD For Women & Diversity Chicago Award,

FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective


Project Spotlight

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Lewis University


Graduate Program for International Students


Client Success Stories: Hear What Our Clients Say

This program prepared me for life after college and how to excel and thrive in any work environment.

Arlington, Virginia

The Ideal Candidate partner experience is phenomenal. They are truly an extension of our staff.

Naperville, Illinois

The Ideal Candidate helped to train our Plano location and the site has experienced better outcomes.

Plano, Texas


Building a
Sustainable Future

Our mission at The Ideal Candidate is to empower individuals and organizations to reach their full potential through transformative soft skills training. We are committed to providing tailored solutions that cultivate essential attributes like communication, leadership, and adaptability, fostering personal growth and professional success. With dedication to excellence and innovation, we strive to be the premier partner in unlocking the ideal candidate within every individual.

The leadership team at comprises industry experts dedicated to driving innovation and excellence in soft skills training. With a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering individuals, our leaders are committed to delivering transformative solutions tailored to our clients' needs.

Our founder, Kevin was born with ADD & Dyslexia, so he created the learning tools to be disseminated in quick and highly specific bursts of content. & In combination with heuristic and holistic models, the varying styles help to promote the highest level of learning and engagement for all learning styles.

Our Leadership

I am a passionate leader committed to uncovering and designing the necessary means for people to achieve their fullest potential.

Kevin P. Davenport

Founder/ CEO

Studying people and our social world empowers me to identify and remove barriers to equity, which ensures equally accessible opportunities for all. 

Haley Deome

Programs Director


Long-Term Partnership

By partnering with The Ideal Candidate, employers invest in their future, develop talent, attract talent, and give back to communities. They show commitment to expanding opportunity and a belief in diverse leaders. With customizable partnerships, organizations support the next generation of leaders and empower their teams for change.

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