A Family Business Founded in 2017, with High Ethical Standards and Measurable Success in Mind. 


Conscious Collaborative's founders, Candice McDermott and Douglas Worner, combined their real-world experience and passion for digital marketing to establish an agency that works with small, local businesses and ethically-minded companies. Their goal? To offer clients a new kind of agency experience, where a shared vision and meaningful relationship are expected.

We are not a passive organization; we actively engage with and approach organizations we believe to be ideal collaborators. Additionally, as part of our business philosophy, we operate without a set financial retainer. This means that we will work with clients who are compatible with our aims, whether they dedicate a large sum towards an ongoing, yearly project, or make a modest investment in one-time, pro-rated services.


Douglas Worner
Partner, SEO & Lead Generation Specialist

Douglas Worner is a computer systems professional with over 20 years of experience working in information technology. Over the years, he has worked in many different roles, including systems engineering, web/desktop development, and software testing. He holds several degrees in the field of information technology, including an M.S. in Computer Systems Programming. He also volunteers his time assisting several charity organizations with web development tasks and projects.




Candice McDermott
Partner, Digital Marketing Specialist

Candice McDermott has worked for over six years in the field of digital marketing. She holds an M.A. in Media Communications from Point Park University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Ashland University. Having worked with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations, including prestigious local groups like the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Carnegie Mellon University, she is well-suited to address the marketing & promotional needs of sole proprietorships, small businesses, nonprofits, as well as large-scale established businesses. 


Stephen Jarrett
Editor and Content Director

Stephen Jarrett is a writer and editor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he was a Graduate Council Thesis Fellow in his final year of study. In 2015, he received a Vaclav Havel scholarship to attend the 2015 Prague Summer Program for Writers. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology and appeared in national literary magazines like Quarterly WestCimarron ReviewBellevue Literary Review (New York University), Moon City Review (University of Arkansas Press), and elsewhere.