Message from President & CEO
My firm specializes in the strengthening nonprofit organizations through assessment, education and empowerment of leadership during periods of transition and change. Leading Transitions uses time-tested, healthy principles to work with executive leaders, boards of directors and senior staff to increase their operating capacities. Committed to the future vitality of nonprofit organizations, Leading Transitions recognizes the inherent challenges in leadership succession, fund development and executive support. The practice has been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the intricacies and dynamics of any nonprofit organization. Leading Transitions focuses on providing executive search, fund development and leadership coaching solutions to the nonprofit sector.
Prior to launching Leading Transitions, I was the Director of Philanthropy for Aurora Sinai Medical Center where I resurrected a dormant philanthropy program by establishing a strong network of relationships with internal and external constituencies. One of my most significant accomplishments at Sinai was procuring start-up capital and operating support for the Acute Care for the Elderly unit (“ACE”), the Midwest’s first inpatient geriatric specialty unit.
Before joining Sinai, I served as the Director of Member Relations and Executive Search at The Alliance for Children and Families – an international non -profit membership trade association. During my tenure at The Alliance, I developed and managed a national executive recruitment service and authored the book The Nonprofit Guide to Executive Search. In that role, I had the opportunity to travel extensively to nonprofits across the United States to assess their needs. During this time, I also served as The Alliance’s Chair of the annual United Way Campaign and Day of Caring. Prior to my position at The Alliance, I was the Community Relations Coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an alumna of Future Milwaukee. Most recently, I was featured in Milwaukee Magazine’s 2006 Charitable Events Guide’s lead story “Training Tomorrow’s Leaders.” In 2003, I was honored to be named one of 24 “Women of Influence” by The Business Journal , and I was featured in the Milwaukee Magazine’s September 2002 cover story, “35 Faces of the Future” highlighting a “new generation of Milwaukee leaders.” I presently serve on several community advisory committees and give my volunteer time to many local non profit executives and organizations.
I have extensive background and leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, have authored numerous articles and have consulted and lectured nationally on issues related to executive transitions. During the past few years, I also coordinated the Milwaukee Leadership Transition Survey, and I directed the Wisconsin Executive Transition Initiative (ETI) housed at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. My current clients have a broad range of service areas including: academia, healthcare, social services, advocacy & public policy, arts and the environment. One of my primary areas of consultation involves working with boards of directors and staff on maximizing growth potential during times of transition in an organization’s life cycle.
I look forward to meeting you and learning what the needs are of your organization and how my firm may be able to provide technical assistance in the areas of executive transition management, succession planning and organizational capacity building. Thank you for your interest and consideration.