Kathleen is a business development strategist and collaborator who brings more than 30 years of measurable achievement and leadership in marketing and communications strategy, international business, sales and business development, media and public relations and C-level client relationship management. She has experience in the full spectrum of business environments—profit and not-for-profit, international, public, private, and entrepreneurial. Highly respected as a visionary business builder, collaborative leader, dynamic speaker and creative solutions provider,Kathleen has a consistent record of delivering double-digit revenue and profit growth increases.
A student of lifetime learning, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Western Illinois University with subsequent professional development in Strategic Coach®, the Executive Leadership Development Programs of Abbott Laboratories and Cardinal Health and the Leadership Coachella Valley program.
Specializing in quickly determining an opportunity or challenge, identifying solutions and providing practical advice that can translate into measurable results, Kathleen thrives under the challenge of planning and managing demanding consulting projects and assignments. She has created the When Smart Business Matters® suite of tools to guide clients in articulating their vision of growth and developing a systematic plan to meet goals and objectives. Her bottom-line approach hallmarks her profitable sales and marketing initiatives, cost-reducing measures and innovative solutions.
Kathleen is an alumna and member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business and Technology of Western Illinois University and was recognized as 2011 Distinguished Alumna. She is an accredited associate and Fellow of The Institute for Independent Business. She served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the La Quinta California Chamber of Commerce for over seven years where she wrote a monthly column for the GEM community and member publication. With a passion for giving back, Kathleen serves on the American Heart Association - Coachella Valley Division's Advisory Board.
Kathleen authored two online learning modules – Grass Roots Marketing and Managing & Compensating a Sales Team - for the MBArts Program for the recently accredited, Institute for Independent Business University (IIBU). She is a co-author of, Being in Business Is a Funny Thing – Getting Out is Not! focused on business growth and transition for business owners and entrepreneurs.
Kathleen is a native of Chicago and splits her time between offices in the Coachella Valley and Chicago. Her passion is international travel – she has visited 6 continents - and the cultures that make our world rich