Cherisa Zafft, Founder & Principal Facilitator

Cherisa facilitating a workshop discussion

Cherisa Founder and Principal Facilitator of Core Collaborate Create, LLC, an organizational and learning development company located in Raleigh-Durham, NC area. Cherisa is dedicated to nurturing leaders and teams on their journey towards growth. She delivers a comprehensive suite of transformative services, encompassing team building, immersive workshops, and expert facilitation.

Cherisa hails from the Pacific Northwest and grew up in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. She fell in love with public speaking in high school, and has been at home in front of an audience for as long as she can remember. A proud graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougars!), Cherisa holds Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Organizational Management.

With 25 years of experience in consulting and facilitation, Cherisa brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to the table. Her deep-rooted commitment to cultivating open, productive spaces has consistently guided leaders and teams towards unlocking the potential within their organizations.

Cherisa's core areas of expertise are:

She is certified in coaching and training by DDI®, ATD®, Wiley Everything DiSC®, Kepner-Trego project management®, Tilt 365, Crucial Learning®, Flawless Consulting®, 6 Team Conditions®, and Grove Consultants International® Team Performance System and Survey.

Cherisa's experience extends across diverse sectors, including healthcare, hospitality, higher education, nonprofit, manufacturing, and technology. As a seasoned leader and consultant, her expertise spans leadership development, design thinking, content creation, program management, professional development, and engaging facilitation.

But don't just take our word for it—explore the heartfelt testimonials from leaders who have been touched by Cherisa's wisdom and guidance at https://www.corecollabcreate.com/reviews.

Cherisa's strategic expertise is your guide on the path to achieving organizational excellence.

When she’s not designing or facilitating a workshop, Cherisa enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys (yes, she’s busy), traveling, volunteering in her community, socializing with friends, and hiking in the beautiful trails around her adopted home.

Schedule an appointment to discuss how Cherisa can help your team.

Mission statement

To facilitate the growth of others by co-creating spaces of inclusion and safety that provide opportunities for the cultivation of connection and community.

Favorite quote:

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

—Dr. Jane Goodall


“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy E. Disney

Our organizational values are:

Mission and Values in action

"The value of life is not based on how long we live, but how much we contribute to others in our society." —Buddha

Core Collaborate Create donates 5 percent of our net earnings to the following organizations:

The mission of the Trevor Project is to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people.

Cherisa has a number of young people in her life who identify as LGBTQ+ and have shared their stories of pain related to their gender or sexual orientation. We find it tragic that there are young people in the world who feel it's better to end their lives that live authentically. 

Foster Parrots and the New England Wildlife Sanctuary

Foster Parrots, Ltd. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals.

Cherisa has loved anything with feathers (ducks, chickens, crows, turkey vultures...) for as long as she can remember. After purchasing a parrot in her early 20s, Cherisa learned about the devastating impacts of the parrot trade. She has own 5 parrots and all but the first have been adopted.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ+ equality.

Cherisa has family members who have been threatened and assaulted just for being LGBTQ+. We believe no one should be maligned for living their authentic selves. We support the Human Rights Campaign's efforts to make the world safer for everyone regardless of how they identify or who they love.