About Me

I’m a marketing director at a fast-paced association in Washington DC. In addition to managing a multimillion dollar membership campaign and a team of 5, I excel at managing and facilitating effective meetings and identifying/training/developing talent.
My management mantra: you’re only as good as the team you build.

Learn more about my professional experience here.

How to manage entry-level employees: a primer

I wrote this post a few weeks ago on LinkedIn. Reposting it here. With graduation season around the corner, we’re going to see close to 2 million college graduates on the job market in just a matter of weeks. As an employer, this poses both an opportunity and challenge: even if your hiring process is … Continue reading

How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes

Over the past 5 years I’ve interviewed dozens if not hundreds of candidates seeking jobs at various levels of my organization.Looking back at every good and bad hire I’ve made by myself or on a panel, I’ve realized there’s a pattern to where we’ve gone wrong or gone right. Here’s what it came down to: … Continue reading

Consultants: Read this before you pitch me

As a marketing director in a DC nonprofit, I get pitched on a regular basis on a variety of products and services, from web development and database management, to data analysis, general marketing and social media analytics/implementation. Some go better than others– and most go mediocrely. So here’s my advice to every consultant: 1. Don’t … Continue reading

Do you know how to manage entry-level employees?

Whether you’re new to managing, or new to managing employees straight out of college, I can help. I’ve hired, trained or managed dozens of entry-level employees over nearly a decade in a DC-based association. While you can learn a lot from my writing on this subject,   nothing comes close to actually learning HOW to do … Continue reading

The 7-Step Process for Giving Great Feedback

This is another of my LinkedIn posts, which I’m cross-posting here.  One of the biggest challenges new managers face is giving effective feedback. While most of us are comfortable giving positive feedback, many people struggle with giving constructive criticism that improves outcomes. Here are some approaches that should make things easier: Step #1:: BEFORE you … Continue reading

Five Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

I’ve been interviewing lots of candidates lately for jobs at all levels of the organization. What surprises me in many of these interviews is that even candidates with tremendous experience make terrible interviewing errors that I’d expect from someone with little experience. Therefore, to help every person I ever interview or any person looking to … Continue reading

How to Manage People Who Used to Be Your Peers

An LinkedIn influencer post of mine that I’m cross-posting here. Congratulations new supervisor! Not only did you get promoted, but now you’re supervising a couple of people too. Here’s the catch: the people you’re managing used to be your peers. Some of them have more experience than you or came in at the same time … Continue reading