Principal & Co-Founder
As Principal and Co-Founder of BrownFlynn, Margie oversees the Firm’s sales and business development initiatives and several key client engagements. She speaks the language of triple bottom line impact and has been instrumental in shaping a variety of corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies for regional, national, and global corporations and organizations.
Her strong commitment to ethical business practices and eye on global impact also make Margie a dynamic speaker and trusted advisor for clients who seek to improve their business practices while catalyzing positive change throughout their organizations. She is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences, venues, and universities and has written several articles on sustainability and entrepreneurship in local and national publications. Margie and her business partner, Barb Brown, also are writing a book to commemorate the Firm’s 20th anniversary in 2016. Before co-founding BrownFlynn, Margie had 15 years of corporate management and investor relations experience, collectively, in the financial services industry.
In her “spare” time, Margie aims to keep fit and enjoys a variety of physical fitness activities—all designed to offset her love for sweets. She also relishes a day at a spa, an outing with friends, serving her church, or traveling to any one of the exciting places left on her bucket list. A proud mother of three grown boys, she is spoiled by her husband’s great culinary skills, yet will never pass up a peaceful dinner out with him.
Society for Corporate Governance, Service Partner Committee Member (National) and Ohio Chapter Member
Net Impact, Corporate Member
City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainability Advisory Council, Member
Cleveland Climate Action Fund, Advisory Committee Member
GreenCityBlueLake Institute, Advisory Board Member
In Counsel with Women, Member
Epoch Pi, LLC, Advisory Board Member
Leadership Cleveland, President, Class of 2004; Member, Leadership Cleveland Alumni Association
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