I began my professional career marching away from Modern Dance toward the independent promise of Entrepreneurship. Along the way I discovered that there were many untraveled paths between creative exploration and business structure. I am most at home in this middle ground, where crazy ideas lead to practical innovation and diverse perspectives amplify the best solution. I see strategy as the glue between ideas and actions, and I love building the bridges that take ideas from post-its to mission statements.
2013 – Present
Crowdfunded $14k to purchase CO2 laser engraver for educational jigsaw puzzle company.
Researched, designed, and developed challenging puzzles for adults to promote discovery and self-guided learning.
Partnered with overseas factories to manufacture custom packaging and acquire value-add extras: dice, shells.
Established e-commerce business, marketed to wholesale and individual consumers, started custom service.
Sourced raw materials, negotiated bulk pricing, set manufacturing schedule to maximize material efficiency.
Mastered vector-based design for laser applications and CO2 laser cutting/etching of wood, paper, acrylic, wool.
2013 – Present
Coached executives in design thinking methodology for rapid creative prototyping; clients include AARP, Google.
Facilitated empathy-driven ideation workshops that prioritized user experience at every stage.
Recruited and briefed ground-level users to test workshop ideas in real time, give feedback to executive teams.
Developed multimedia, client-customized resources and assisted Lead Coach with business development efforts.
Joined diverse team of seven to frame key themes, write case studies, and build a custom environment for a leadership summit of top executives from a Fortune 25 finance firm.
Curated inspirational materials and creativity exercises at C-suite off-site for a top women’s fashion firm.
Collaborated with tech client to build innovative CRM tool, ensuring execution aligned with strategic objectives.
Used storytelling to present contemporary strategic trends to new client strategy group in search of vision.
Collaborated with designers and production artists to create print, digital, and 3D media for clients.
Director of Business Development
2011 – 2013
Independently recruited 11 paying clients, from bootstrapped start-ups to firms with several million in revenue.
Scoped projects that delivered strategic value to clients and provided an achievable challenge for first year MBAs.
Led two teams of four consultants to build client relationship, execute work plan, and present deliverables.
Refined model side-by-side with client to include risk preferences, internal capabilities, and creative flexibility.
2009 – 2013
Launched start-up to translate movement experiences into conceptually-innovative clothing and footwear.
Developed mission driven business model, focused on grassroots product exposure and diverse customer profiles.
Combined education and trial and error to manage sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and sales functions.
Successfully sourced, funded, and imported 7000 units of diverse product from China, India, and Pakistan.
Master of Business Administration – GPA 3.99
2011 – 2013
Johnson Leadership Fellow: Led two teams of 5 first-year MBAs, coached personal development, communication.
Forté Fellow: Scholarship for promising women exhibiting exemplary leadership.
Paid Seminar Instructor for Management Cases: a preparatory class for aspiring consultants.
Bachelor of Science – Entrepreneurship – GPA 3.96
2008 – 2011
Summa Cum Laude, Full Tuition Scholarship, Presidential Ambassador for Executive-level fundraising events.
Struggling mightily to overcome twelve years of ballet training and become a respectable hip hop dancer.
Working on my rain tolerance for the day I can retire my umbrella and become a true Portlander.
Tutored practical English speaking, reading, and writing skills for Spanish-speaking job seeker through SEWorks.
Served as Board Member and Strategy Consultant for The Community Foundation of Tompkins County.