My professional career officially began at 26 when I joined a Social Enterprise startup in Long Island, New York. I worked there for 18-years, helping to build it into an organization generating $50-million in annual revenues. Through my tenure, I served in a variety of executive positions, authored books, served as a Media Spokesperson and Subject Matter Expert, and built a variety of economic development programs reaching over 3.5-million people. Behind the scenes, I designed and executed marketing and sales strategies, managing a $250,000 monthly budget.
I took my love of strategy, and in 2013 founded a strategic consultancy focused on revenue and profitability solutions through the discovery of what ‘customers’ want, what they do not, and what they are willing to ‘pay for.’ I’ve worked with Fortune 100 companies, Private Equity Firms, Silicon Valley-based startups, ‘Mom and Pop’ shops disrupting ‘Main Street’ foot-traffic, and established businesses on their way to becoming multimillion-dollar ventures. They all shared a common trait – they were curious. And, it’s that curiosity that helped us to develop significant revenue gains and earn multi-million-dollar awards.
My transition to Chief People Officer of a leadership training institute allowed me to draw upon all of my gifts and experience to help Fortune 500 companies engaged in Change Management activities. During my tenure, I designed and facilitated professional development programs, implemented enterprise-wide cultural solutions, and led talent development initiatives for high-potential employees.
I’m also invested in my community as a volunteer mentor and leader. I’ve chaired nonprofit boards, served on developmental committees, cofounded community-focused endeavors, and mentored dozens of early-stage startups. Currently, I serve as a facilitator for Valley Venture Mentors, Producer and Host of The Engine on NewsRadio 560 WHYN, a member of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Plan for Progress Committee, and Board Member of Square One.