Cari Keller

Cari Keller

Education

Education
1998 - 2000

Kogod School of Business

American University

Specializations: International Finance * Management of Global Information Technology

1990 - 1994

School of International Service

American University

Specializations: Peace & Conflict Resolution * Africa

Work History

Work History
2003 - Present

Discovery Partnerships, Inc.

Founder & President

Lead an innovation-driven, emerging small business that spurs adoption of experiential learning in government:

  • Play instrumental role in growth by establishing the firm’s strategic direction, shaping its business development approach, and identifying programs to capitalize on business opportunities.
  • Drive revenue generationfor the firm by putting in place major procurement vehicle, certifications, and advantageous pricing models.
  • Develop intellectual vigor inside the firm by building a high performance team and a network of strategic partners and thought leaders.
  • Build strong customer relationships and create value for the firm and its clients by leading the design and launch of effective market entry strategies, campaigns, messaging, and collateral.
  • Strengthen individual and organizational capacity for clients by advancing programs that prepare professionals to complete developmental assignments and impact mission challenges.
  • Enable cross-discipline community-buildingwithin the sector by developing and hosting a cutting-edge, collaboration portal for public servants to share practical experiences and continue learning.
  • Spur collaboration with clients, partners, and other key stakeholders by demonstrating excellent partnership, coalition-building and facilitation skills.
2007 - 2007

Institute of International Finance

Manager, Speaker & Sponsor Relations

Provided event support to a global association focused on professional services for members:

  • Built a world-class reputation and brand for the institute and its senior management by effectively designing and implementing two, international conferences each with sponsorship of $1M+.
  • Delivered sought-after event programming on time and on budget by handling internal and external politics with poise and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated unshakable confidence working closely with Heads of State, Finance Ministers, embassy officials, scholars, and banking executives.
2002 - 2003

Barrera Associates

Senior Associate

Provided event support to a recognized 8(A) small business focused on professional services for government:

  • Strengthened employee engagement within a Federal agency by successfully designing and implementing two, national conferences with attendance over 5000.
  • Ensured that devised event concepts were executed with accuracy and excellence by maximizing the resources of a small team with a constrained budget and tight timeframes.
2000 - 2002

MCI Worldcom

Product Development Manager

Brought new products to market for a major telecom focused on communication services for consumers:

  • Enabled a Fortune 500 marketing department to sustain a strong customer base by effectively implementing its industry-leading product development process.
  • Provided direction for new products by developing concepts with Marketing and translating concepts into business requirements for IT.
  • Met aggressive market entry deadlines by leading internal stakeholders through each product's system development lifecycle, managing expectations, and driving execution.
1999 - 2000

Sun Microsystems

Junior Associate

Managed legislative projects for a major high-tech company focused on IT products and services for businesses:

  • Enabled a Fortune 500 public policy department to mitigate undesired impacts on global operations by tracking and reporting on policy issues affecting the business (e.g. antitrust, encryption, immigration, etc.).
  • Furthered the company’s lobbying process by identifying and developing external partnerships, as well as acting as liaison between Headquarters and congressional offices.
1994 - 1997

Corporation for National Service

Associate Program Officer

Supported the launch of a Federal agency focused on engaging millions of Americans in results-oriented community service:

  • Enhanced national-level administration of three, multi-million dollar federal programs by building a sound knowledge exchange between personnel at headquarters, in 50 state offices, and 2000 grantees in the field.
  • Worked with evaluation experts to provide guidance on evaluating the outcomes and impact of programs.
  • Grew congressional support for programs by compiling reports and budgets that showcased program data.