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Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Virginia Albanese

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Virginia Albanese President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Custom Critical Virginia Albanese is president and chief executive officer of FedEx Custom Critical. She’s also an influential women business leader who…

29
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Dr. Jean Rogers

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Dr. Jean Rogers Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, co-founders of BrownFlynn, a corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, have experienced incredible…

27
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Adena Friedman

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Adena Friedman President and CEO, Nasdaq When Barb Brown and Margie Flynn start ed the journey to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, BrownFlynn,…

22
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Barbara R. Snyder

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Barbara R. Snyder President, Case Western Reserve University In their recently published book, Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), Barb Brown and Margie Flynn—co-founders of a Cleveland-based corporate sustainability…

20
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Karen Parkhill

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Karen Parkhill Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Medtronic When Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their corporate sustainability and consulting firm,…

16
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Ilene H. Lang

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Ilene H. Lang Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst In their new book, Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn capture insights…

15
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Carla Harris

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Carla Harris Vice Chairman, Wealth Management; Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn recently launched their first book Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen…

02
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Susan Fuehrer

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Susan Fuehrer Medical Center Director, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center In an effort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, Barb Brown…

01
Mar
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Lisa Sherman

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Lisa Sherman President and Chief Executive Officer, The Advertising Council In celebration of their corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm’s 20th anniversary, business partners Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set…

27
Feb
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Jodi L. Berg

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Jodi L. Berg President and Chief Executive Officer, Vita-Mix Corporation When Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary of BrownFlynn, their Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and…

24
Feb
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: M. Ann Harlan

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

M. Ann Harlan Co-CEO, Harlan Peterson Partners, LLC Retired, Vice President and General Counsel, The J.M. Smucker Company Give further voice to women leaders while uplifting current and aspiring leaders.…

14
Feb
2017

How to Uplift a Leader Right Now

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

When business partners Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their consulting firm, they embarked on a book project that’s purpose was to give…

10
Feb
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Erika Karp

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Erika Karp Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Capital Inc. When seeking out 25 of the nation’s most accomplished and influential women leaders to interview for their new book, Barb…

09
Feb
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Darla Stuckey

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Darla Stuckey President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Corporate Governance When BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn embarked on a book project that aimed to give further voice…

01
Feb
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Lisa Woll

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Lisa Woll Chief Executive Officer, US SIF/ US SIF Foundation In January, BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn launched their first book Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women).…

31
Jan
2017

Featured Uplifting Leader: Beth E. Mooney

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Beth E. Mooney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KeyCorp BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn recently launched their new book Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), which captures…

27
Jan
2017

BrownFlynn Co-Founders Release New Book

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to Be Women) Offers Advice from Nation’s Top Female Business Leaders When business partners Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary…

01
Aug
2016

Collaborative Creatives

By: Marissa Brydle

After two months of interning with BrownFlynn, I have begun to understand the true meaning of teamwork within a business. I have started to see how design collaboration works within…

14
Jan
2015

Top 3 Reasons to Take Your Sustainability Report Online in 2015

By: BrownFlynn

Increased transparency and external reporting are essential for companies. Yet, getting stakeholders to read a company sustainability report and derive value from it is one of the biggest obstacles for…

05
Nov
2014

How Business Can Nurture Sustainable Cities

By: BrownFlynn

Inner-city vacancy, environmental degradation and social inequality are fundamental concerns for 21st century America. Post-Second World War America was a place of prosperity and rapid economic growth. Government investment, in…

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