Catherine ConleyLake Bluff, Illinois, United States
MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
Masters in Religious Education, Loyola U. of Chicago/IPS
About my career:
My career has been consulting with and advising U.S. and Pac Rim companies on strategic and tactical initiatives with a primary focus on “transformation” across a broad expanse of needs from identifying critical metrics for legacy systems to re-structuring a business operating model (making the transition from product to client-centric).
Some of the most exciting work I have done is to run a company’s operations from our Beijing office. It was my responsibility to initiate and execute distribution operations in Beijing. From Beijing, I ran all business development activities as well as directing multi-cultural teams from as many as eight countries.
My most recent work with a client company was to drive value through the transformation of core distribution operations to improve market agility and operational effectiveness. This involved a cross-section of departments including HR (Recruiting, Education & Training), Marketing, New Product Development, Product Support and IT.
Aside from my career as a consultant, I have ventured into the realm of becoming a published author. After adopting a child from China, I decided to write about our experiences and include some responses to questions I believe she might ask about in the future. My first work is titled, "Coming home: The journey from heaven to your adopted home". My other two written pieces can be found on LinkedIn.