Describe a recent accomplishment.
We closed on a new platform, Authentico Foods, a combination of two of Chicago’s most well-respected Hispanic food brands, El Ranchero and La Guadalupana. Authentico represents the quintessential Kirtland deal, because we are partnering with two family run businesses to build value over the long term.
How are you a champion for change?
Cleveland has a very robust M&A community, including a number of private equity firms of all sizes. I created a networking group to provide opportunities for women at these firms to share best practices and have a forum to discuss personal development. This has been tremendously successful and personally rewarding.
How are you advancing the state of women?
I am serving as a mentor and resource to students who are in the Ohio State University Honors Cohort program. Through this program, I am building relationships with several young women who are interested in finance careers. These students are so smart, and they ask terrific questions. I am looking forward to seeing this next generation of business leaders enter the workforce over the next several years. They will accomplish great things.