Constructs for Individual and Organizational Impact

Building Your Brand of Leadership

About Gene

Gene lives in a visionary world, rooted in tactical success. Her portfolio career includes a variety of high stakes leadership positions in diverse industries through crisis periods and break through innovation. Throughout it all her modus operandi has been predicated on a simple approach to tackle complex matters; research the past, canvas all types of viewpoints and expertise in the present, develop the strategy, and then build a team of teams to achieve what might be viewed from the outset, as unimaginable future success.

She began her career in banking and by her early thirties had risen to Executive Vice President of Sterling Bank where she became to architect and implementer of a novel approach to a complex financial turnaround in a dismal banking era. Sterling would be an early success in its industry as banks returned to profitability, affording unique acquisition opportunities and ultimately unparalleled financial success.

In the period that followed, Gene’s innovative approach to organizational challenge would include being part of a team of 8 outside Trustees in the high-profile turnaround of Newton Wellesley Hospital. She also led the pioneering phase in the development of national model building housing for homeless seniors for HEARTH. And then she spent 6 years building out the award-winning FUEL Education (Inversant) as its founding COO that took a novel "skin in the game" approach to underserved families around scaling college success. 

Gene currently is Director of Socially Responsible Leadership and teaches management consulting and leadership in the social innovation space at Brandeis University’s International Business School, all in an experiential format in courses that she created. At Brandeis, she also is the cofounder of Deis Hacks for Social Good (hackathon for social impact) with co conspirator Ian Roy, Director of the Brandeis MakerLab. 

She has served on numerous corporate and not for profit boards including her current roles: Clipper Ship Foundation where she is Board Treasurer and Commonwealth Corporation to which Governor Baker recently appointed her and she is Board Treasurer.


The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.  You are in the driver's seat here - do the work!

Gene teaches Leadership and Management Consulting in the Social Innovation space at Brandeis International Business School.


Thriving entities live at the intersection of profitability and purpose. We build the sweet spot by developing the strategy and tactics to make it happen.


The practice is built around the concept of “infusing the getting it done into organizational strategy”.

The nature of assignments differ from classic consulting in that the work is all about making things happen vs just advising at a strategic level. This translates into deeper engagements where we work closely with organization leadership in any one of a variety of disciplines:

Strategy Design And Implementation
Financial / Funding Planning And Execution
Institutional Advancement Services For Not For Profits
Brand Expansion And Other Marketing / Communications Areas
Developing Fund Raising Strategies
Talent Identification And Management
Program Development
Building Your Theory Of Change And Outcomes Measurement

Previous clients refer to the nature of collaboration that evolves which becomes an extension of their leadership for a period of time.


Gene has served(s) on 10 boards of directors, including two foundations as well as two commercial banks. Additionally, she has served on a number of not for profit boards to include a major hospital, as well as one of the regions’ largest not for profit developers. She brings a unique brand of board leadership which integrates traditional service in the areas of governance, audit/finance and personnel committee leadership with extensive experience in crisis management and organization transformation. 

She currently is a Director of the Clipper Ship Foundation and The Planning Office of Urban Affairs. Gene also was recently appointed by Governor Baker to the Board of Commonwealth Corporation and she was elected Trustee Emeriti of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, which followed her previous 10 years of board service.


From time to time Gene assumes innovative and creative leadership roles on an interim basis. For example, she directed a “College Success Campaign” on behalf of Mass Insight Education that brought together 7 college presidents, 6 corporate CEOs, 17 superintendents and a host of not for profits. Previously, she stepped into an interim role at Hearth with the responsibility to develop the pioneering phase for a first-of-its-kind service enriched housing project for homeless seniors.

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