I'm a professional problem-solver.

 

At 5 years old, I beat the adults in my family at a brain-teaser game called Set. And so began a lifetime of connecting the dots to find solutions when no one else thought them possible.

Today, I partner with companies to help solve their biggest challenges—almost always: generating more revenue and effectively managing their people. With management consulting training and years of early-stage startup experience across a dozen industries, if I haven’t solved your problem before, I’ve come close.

I work with companies however fits—from behind-the-scenes as a coach to in-the-trenches as an interim team leader.  

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Marketing

I lead marketing projects that drive revenue—from profitable ad campaigns to talked-about product launches with millions of impressions. With marketing training in the startup world, I’ve worn every hat—from conducting focus groups to wire framing landing pages—and bring particular expertise in email and content marketing, affiliates and influencers, community building and loyalty programs.

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Business Development

With the grit and rolodex earned over thousands of cold calls, I’ve successfully pitched, landed, and managed multi-million dollar partnerships with household name brands. Favorite partnership projects include General Mills, SoulCycle, PGA of America, The Knot, American Express, Rifle Paper Co., and Pepperidge Farm.

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Project Management

As an accredited Project Management Professional and a certified Scrum Master, I am an expert at turning messy ideas into actionable project plans. I guide teams to continually prioritize working on projects with the biggest impact. And if no one on the team has bandwidth, I’ll jump right in and do the work myself!


For inquiries, questions or a coffee, send me a note!

If I’m not the right person to help, I’ll happily connect you to someone who is.


For my thoughts and lessons learned from running my own business for more than 5 years—from more than 30 countries—find more on my blog!

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