My background is in industrial & organizational psychology, specifically: leadership development, strategic marketing, and applied research and statistics. I use these skills constantly while leading ModernTribe and still very much enjoy reading, learning, and teaching about these subjects. In 2012, I obtained a grant and ...
ModernTribe makes and sells Judaica and Jewish gifts for the new generation of American Jews, helping them express and develop their Jewish identity.
I'm an e-commerce entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Georgia Tech -- with Fortune 500 background in leadership development and strategic marketing -- who founded an incubator/accelerator for social entrepreneurs. I'm now fielding opportunities to lead an incubator/accelerator or coach entrepreneurs. ...
Limmud Atlanta + Southeast
Board of Directors
March 2011 — Present
A volunteer position with the best Jewish learning and peoplehood movement in the world.
January 2007 — Present
ModernTribe designs, manufactures, and sells Judaica and Jewish gifts for the new generation of American Jews, helping them express and develop their Jewish identity.
ModernTribe has three brands: ModernTribe.com, design-forward Judaica; Pop Judaica, funny Jewish gifts; and No Limit Texas Dreidel, the game that crosses dreidel with Texas Hold'em poker (sold in store across the US, including Bed, Bath, and Beyond).
We manufacture about a dozen items, sell hundreds of products, serve thousands of customers, and touch hundreds of thousands of our community through our websites, blogs, and social networks.
Jewish Woman International
This is a volunteer position. I am currently a member of the Jewish Woman Magazine's Editorial Board.
Jewish Kids Groups
Jewish Kids Groups is revolutionized Jewish education in Atlanta. It is an independent (synagogue free) Hebrew school for any family. It is expanding to offer Jewish Afterschool care, so that our public school (or private non-Jewish school) educated kids can have even more fun, exciting, meaningful Jewish connection.
June 2012 — August 2013
Since 2010, led grassroots effort to create a community of Atlanta’s Jewish social entrepreneurs. In 2012, secured 100K grant from a local foundation to create ProtéJ, an accelerator, with mentoring, training, promotion and fundraising support for the ventures. Designed and built accelerator program. Recruited seasoned mentors. Created a sold-out event, Shark Tank: ProtéJ Edition, with Bernie Marcus, Laurie Ann Goldman (Spanx), and Michael Kogon (Definition 6) as our “celebrity” sharks. Raised 29K for the ProtéJ ventures that evening.
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
October 2010 — October 2012
This was a volunteer position. as a member of the AJMF Steering Committee.
Limmud Atlanta + Southeast
This is a volunteer position as the Program Chair for Limmud Atlanta + Southeast. I am currently no longer Program Chair but part of the Limmud Leadership Team "at-large".
Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy and Performance
February 2002 — December 2004
Internal consultant to telecommunications businesses. Lead multi-functional and multi-departmental teams to collect, analyze, and present intelligence to help set marketing strategy and implementation. Consulted with Directors to Senior Vice Presidents who required quantitative information to make business decisions. Mined databases and built statistical models to predict and explain consumer behavior. Projects included Market Sizing, Marketing Program Evaluation including ROI Analyses, Customer Surveys, Propensity to Purchase Models, Vulnerabilty Models (customers dropping services or switching providers) and other analyses to direct marketing and product development.
May 2000 — May 2002
While completing Doctoral dissertation, instructor for Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Graduate-level Statistics: Analysis of Variance and Regression; Psychological Testing.
Nominated for Graduate Student Teaching Award sponsored by Georgia Tech's Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), 2001.
The Home Depot
Senior Leadership and OD Analyst
September 1998 — October 1999
Developed and supervised company-wide human resources processes aimed at strengthening leadership and organizational effectiveness at all levels, including stores, distribution centers, divisional offices, and corporate headquarters. Process leader of leadership assessment program that included 360 degree assessment, feedback coaching, and skill development. Lead field human resource managers in company-wide execution of program that included 2,000 leaders from Assistant Store Managers to CEO. Supervised three professional-level interns and an assistant.
Resolution Resources Corporation
Director of Conflict Management Consulting
June 1996 — September 1998
Developed conflict management consulting business. Created content of services as well as business plan, partnerships, marketing strategy, financial budgets and projections. Created and validated employee attitude survey to assess the need for organizational conflict management, designed in-house dispute resolution systems, and conducted training in conflict management and mediation skills. Sold and executed over $100,000 of consulting services for a Fortune 500 company. Trained national sales force on selling consulting services. Helped secure five-year, 3.7 million dollar government contract for training and alternative dispute resolution services.
Human Resources Consultant
September 1993 — June 1996
Developed attitude surveys for zoo employees and volunteers to aid in organizational change efforts. Conducted interviews and focus groups, partnered with Vice President of Human Resources, designed survey, collected responses, analyzed data, presented results to employees and management during feedback sessions, made recommendations for organizational change.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Industrial and Organizational Psychology
College of Charleston