Job IQ and Building Smart Career Paths
I am an entrepreneur and business owner seeking to inspire you to find meaningful life work. Whether you are a recent graduate or a retiree looking for an encore career, my approach takes you through a creative "right-brain" process to access your wisdom. Then, together we embark on a series of problem-solving steps designed to chart a path that uses your education, interests, and skills for optimal employment. The curriculum also covers emotional intelligence (EQ or so called "soft skills") such as communication, negotiation, collaboration, and interpersonal effectiveness.)
I founded Matthews Media Group (MMG), a full-service public relations and marketing firm, at my dining room table. The company grew to a staff of over 150 and more than $20M in revenue. The Washington Business Journal ranked MMG number 4 among firms in Washington, D.C. area. PR Week ranked the company 35 nationwide. In 2000 Omnicom Group, Inc., a worldwide multimedia holding company, acquired MMG. Among our clients were the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nonprofits such as The National Science Foundation, and major pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
I have also developed several other business ventures, including consulting with industry on work force initiatives to help people find jobs. My passion for connecting education to employment began in 2000 when the governor of Maryland appointed me to the board of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I served as chair from 2010-13. I am also a trustee of The Children’s Inn at the NIH, and served as the Chairperson of the Charter Review Commission of Montgomery County, as a member of Leadership 2000, and Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society in Higher Education in 2010.