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THe Academy ,Faithworks Coaching & Seminars LLC / Non-Fullfiment of Program Promises

1 Santa Barbara, CA, United States Review updated:

I took The Academy with Faithworks Caochings and Seminars LLC paying thousands of dollars in good faith that this company and Gina DeVee would deliver on their promises made for this program.
Unfortunately, they did not deliver on key elements, i.e. they promised that they are in the process of applying for ICF accreditation and submit their application in January 2015. This was a key element promised in their sales page and FAQ page.
However, this claim was untrue and ICF itself issued a statement that they never applied and that none of The Academy core team currently holds any ICF credentials.
Next GIna DeVee issued a statement that she had decided to 'forgo ICF accreditation." By this time we were half through The Academy program. Then when people started asking for a refund she made a vague promise that she would in the future apply after all once she would get certified herself.
Requests for refunds are denied by Faithworks Coaching and Seminas, LLC even though they did not fulfill the services promised.
There are other irregularities of what I experienced as this company's underhanded conduct. this includes a 'Disparagement' clause they put in their contract that is supposed to silence anyone trying to speak up about their unsavory dealings.
Other elements I cannot disclose here in fear of being subjected to additional bullying, harassment and silencing techniques from their team members.
I wonder, did I sign up for a cult-like experience when I sign up for this program?
I lost thousands of dollars when I sign up for a program that did not deliver on its promises. In addition I experienced considerable emotional distress.
I had signed up enthusiastically only to experience the pain and losses when finding out that they are not what they appear to be.
Would I sign up for this program again? The answer is a resounding NO!

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  • Tr
      17th of Oct, 2015
    0 Votes

    Gina deVee Ratliff frequently attests to 'working at the White House' and her other high profile experience and yet she doesn't stand up to scrutiny. She used her intern position at the White House, which was rather insignificant, to farm connections and was then investigated for her involvement with a Chinese business man, Johnny Chung, in 1997. In an unusual arrangement, he paid for her to visit and work in China, which was questioned in her investigation by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, headed by the US House of Representatives. You can find the record of the proceedings here She has also misrepresented her work at the Supreme Court, and Harvard's Institute of Politics. Her 'prestigious positions' are all smoke and mirrors, as are her programs, given her lack of business experience or education and the numerous complaints about her should give anyone pause before investing in her very expensive programs.

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