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Summary

Creates opportunities for people and companies to connect, engage, and inspire. 

C-Suite career spanning 20+ years of employee engagement, change management, business strategy, brand launches, and operational development.  Deep experience building relationships with diverse stakeholders, including boards of directors, funders, employees, clients, and communities at large.  Expert networker, public speaker, trainer, mentor, and communicator.

Healthcare • Technology • Retail • Apparel • Education • Philanthropy • Consumer Products

Professional Experience

2012Present

Founder & CEO

SWIG | Sealed With Intentional Goodness 

New York, NY

Brand Experience, Organizational Development and Client Relations Consulting

SWIG is where companies create positive, profitable, and lasting relationships with their clients, consumers, networks, and employees.  Selected engagements to date include: brand launches, creation of “best place to work” workplaces, customer satisfaction studies, and end-to-end perception and experiential brand alignment, and employee engagement. 

  • PLUM ALLEY - HIGHLIGHTED ENGAGEMENT  Directed branding, business development, and external relations during new crowdfunding platform launch. Cultivated relationships with funders, organized launch events, created and delivered training presentations, guest starred on radio shows.  Coached entrepreneurs through all aspects of fundraising:  branding, story telling, social media, sales strategies, product placement, and video.
2012Present

Founder

6-Figures | Networking for Accomplished Women 

New York, NY

An invite-only organization created to revolutionize the way in which professional women network.  6-Figures creates opportunities, opens doors, and builds prosperous relationships.  Over 40 events have been produced since launch, with themes ranging from personal brand and image to investment strategies and philanthropy.  All events are hosted in luxury venues.

  • COMPANY LAUNCH  Conceptualized and implemented all aspects of the business model:  mission, vision values; naming; branding; membership recruiting; and event production.  Ensures each touch point resonates with the business model.
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT and FUNDRAISING  Created platform for corporate sponsorship opportunities for companies to partner with the community via live events, product and service marketing, and thought leadership content.
20082013

Chief Financial Officer

International Planned Parenthood

New York, NY

Hired to overhaul the fiscal infrastructure, with particular attention paid to risk management, compliance, fiscal sustainability, financial budgeting and reporting, and employee productivity and engagement.  Member of senior management team.  Served on retirement planning committee.  Led investment, audit, and allocations board committees.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE and CHANGE MANAGEMENT  Overhauled all treasury activities, revenue recognition and cash management processes, policies, and procedures. Designed and implemented financial reporting packages and manuals for mid-managers, senior management, and board of directors.  Hired, trained, and mentored finance team.
20062007

Vice President of Accounting and Controls

Teach For America

New York, NY

Hired to create and implement a transparent fiscal infrastructure for Headquarters and 24 regional offices.  Responsible for all daily fiscal activities, regulatory and compliance functions as revenues grew from $50M to $100M in less than two years. Oversaw annual audit and all funding audits.  Hired, trained, and mentored a team directors, managers, and staff.  Partnered with Human Resources team on nationally executed technology automations and process, policy and procedure overhauls.  

  • TECHNOLOGY PROJECT LEADERSHIP  Co-led the development of an online Time and Attendance system to ensure a seamless integration among human resource, payroll, and accounting systems.   Created usage protocols and conducted regional sales trainings.
20032005

Chief Financial Officer

Planned Parenthood | Kansas & Mid-Missouri

Overland Park, KS

Supervised finance, technology, and operations functions. Participated in design of 2010 strategic initiatives, expansion of clinical services, and merger and acquisition assessments. Member of senior management team.  Presented at all board of director meetings. 

  • CROSS-FUNCTIONAL OPERATIONAL LEADERSHIP  Overhauled operating processes, implemented internal controls, streamlined patient billing and inventory control, converted multiple software programs, and improved business acumen for staff at headquarters and 12 health care facilities.
20012003

Director of Finance

Girls Scouts, Inc

Boston, MA

Held fiscal responsibility for organization’s budget, investment strategy, and retail stores. Led budget implementation, monthly closes, department planning, audit oversight, and financial statement preparation and analysis. Oversaw all regulatory compliance.

  • TECHNOLOGY AUTOMATIONS  Led fiscal implementation of an on-line banking system that enabled customers to pay via Internet for product sales. Co-led web based platform implementation to automate fee-for-service revenue stream.
19951998

Accounting Supervisor of Operations

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation | Acquired by Valeant in 2012

Phoenix, AZ

Built and directed fiscal infrastructure, covering all activities from transaction processing to internal reporting.  Created and implemented month-end closing process. Responsible for year-end close and all internal financial statements.  Served as audit lead.

  • COST ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION  Designed Medicis' first cost accounting system for all products. Created and implemented standard operating procedures serving the national sales team, R&D, Q&A, and the manufacturing partners. 

Early Experience in Fashion, Retail, and Beauty

BEAUTY

Estée Lauder

Beauty Consultant during graduate school.  Sold at Younkers, a division of Saks.  Consistently maintained top sales per hour.  Created and nurtured relationships with clientele.  Organized spa events. 

APPAREL

Seiferts | An upscale, boutique chain

Fashion Consultant during undergraduate.  Sold on the floor, launched professional networking series to drive a more diverse demographic into the store, modeled, and organized in-store events. Held opening and closing responsibilities. 

The Depot | A family owned apparel chain

Literally "grew up" in fashion.  As a teen, sold on the floor and held responsibility for visual merchandising, buying, inventory control, and organizing and modeling in fashion shows.  Developed deep community relationships.  Voted best dressed in high school. 

Education

19982000

Doctoral Studies

University of Massachusetts 

Studied in Department of Sociology.  Research centered on 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. 

1994

M.B.A.

University of Nebraska

International Business concentration.  VP, Women Graduate Students in Business

1992

B.A.

Doane College

Business Administration.  Graduated cum laude.

Professional Committees

SmartCEO Magazine  •  Nominations Committee Member, New York  •  2014 - 2015

Served on nomination committees for programs celebrating New York City’s top businesses and C-Suite executives.  Programs included: Brava, Corporate Culture, Executive Management, Future 50, Money Managers, Skyline Real Estate.

Workshops and Seminars Designed and Delivered

"Make Your Mark:  Creating a Personal Brand Not Just For The Job You Have, But For The Life You Want"

"Build Your Tribe:  How to Inspire, Motivate, and Engage to Keep Them Coming Back" 

"Women in Capital:  What Every Women Should Know About Crowdfunding"

"How To Crowdfund:  A Step-by-Step to Raise Money for Your Business, Initiative, Charity, or Idea"

Selected Speaking Engagements

2012 - present

Created and produced 40+ events under the 6-Figures brand.  Host, presenter, and moderator at all events.

2016

Ellevate Mentoring Series • Speaker and Mentor

2015

"Taking Your Business To The Next Level"  • Panelist • Hosted by Gotham Media and Gotham Entrepreneurs

"How Your Brand Makes You Feel" • Interview • Hosted by Tampa Start-Up Grind

"Capital & Crowdfunding" • Workshop Presenter • Hosted by Evolving Entrepreneur

"Pitch The Money" • Panelist • Hosted by LadyDrinks

"Women and Capital:  Why Every Woman Should Know About Crowdfunding" • Panelist • Hosted by Ellevate

2014

"Women Entrepreneurs:  Own Your Voice" • Panelist • Hosted by WamVentures Forum

"Women and Capital"  •  Workshop Presenter • Hosted by WomanCon

"Remaining Focused and Productive Amid a Sea of Introductions" • Conference Moderator • Hosted by ConnectorCon

"An Evening of Mentoring" • Panelist • Hosted by Grace Institute

"Women and Capital" • Interview • Hosted by iHeartRadio & Fearless Fabulous You

2013

"Assembling Your Tribe:  How To Optimize Your Networking Efforts" • Workshop Presenter • Hosted by ConnectorCon

"Women In Transition" • Panelist • Hosted by Greenwich Chamber of Commerce

"Make It To The Top:  Reach Your Fullest Potential" • Panelist • Hosted by Healthcare Businesswomen's Association