Cynthia Fenton and Stephanie Woodhead met when Cynthia hired Stephanie to provide outside investigation services to Transamerica Life Insurance Company, where Cynthia managed the employee ethics hotline. Cynthia knew the importance of hiring an unbiased third party investigator. The two worked together on many high-profile and sensitive investigations.
After many years of success working together, the two developed the idea of Workplace FactFinders and Informed Resolutions. They were eager to cultivate their own practice, one that would effectively intersect their expertise with their respective interests and create a culture based on the core values of respect, engage and excel. Cynthia and Stephanie purposely distinguished Workplace FactFinders from other investigative and consulting firms with its unique concept. The company is set up to fill a service gap between business leaders, legal professionals and human resource teams in public, private and governmental sectors.
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Cynthia Fenton is a discerning and analytical workplace investigator, leveraging 15 years of experience in litigation and employment compliance. She is relied upon for issue spotting and remediation expertise in the course of conducing complex, high profile and business-critical investigations. She has investigated cases with implications of federal, state and regulatory violations, criminal and civil allegations and security threats.
Ms. Fenton previously worked for Transamerica Life Insurance Company, the 8th largest life insurance provider in North America, managing the enterprise-wide employee ethics helpline which serviced over 12,000 employees. She managed up to 200 investigations annually, trained investigators, developed procedures and protocols, provided guidance to investigators to ensure their work conformed to established standards and personally investigated several hundred matters.
During her career, Ms. Fenton managed the relationship and communication between the investigation function and internal stakeholders. She is adept at identifying systemic areas of weakness and proposing solutions to reduce vulnerabilities. She implemented awareness programs for ethical conduct and reporting, and was a member of the Special Investigations Unit to prevent internal and insurance fraud. She regularly performed audits of HR and employment regulatory functions.
Ms. Fenton holds a Master’s degree in Business and Human Relations as well as a paralegal certificate. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Fellow, Life Management Institute (with distinction).
Stephanie Woodhead has over twenty years of professional experience supervising and conducting a wide variety of investigations including employment, fraud, insurance matters, litigation support and due diligence. Since 1996, Ms. Woodhead has investigated thousands of cases for international corporate clients, financial institutions, law firms, municipalities, and entertainment industry professionals. She is known for her ethical approach to investigations coupled with an acute attention to detail.
Ms. Woodhead has prepared and presented detailed analyses of the evidence supporting potential fraud prosecutions to law enforcement agencies, District Attorneys, and the California Department of Insurance. She has also testified in open court.
During her lengthy career as a professional investigator, Ms. Woodhead held senior management positions with premier investigation companies, including Kroll and Applied Facts. She developed a Workplace Investigation Unit that specialized in Title VII investigations, conducted legal training for the field investigators in the areas of trespass and privacy issues, and also supervised a Litigation Support Unit, which conducted background investigations and located and interviewed witnesses. In addition, Ms. Woodhead specialized in conducting due diligence investigations - both domestically and internationally - for clients involved in mergers and acquisitions and for financial institutions subject to federal banking regulations.
In 2010, Ms. Woodhead co-authored an article, “Investing in an Investigator,” which was published by The Daily Journal in California.
Ms. Woodhead graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics. She returned to USF to obtain her law degree where she distinguished herself by earning an Am Jur award for Legal Writing and Research.
Ms. Woodhead is licensed as a private investigator in Texas and California.