Strategist, business leader, sales guru, high-potential coach. Revenue growth expert at Gartner, Bright Horizons, & the Institute for Corporate Productivity. Speciality in helping people achieve personal and professional peak performance.
Many ambitious, energetic people who love to learn have multiple passions; I can relate! Most likely there are some common themes and/or ways to narrow the connections in a way that will define the target. Use a white board or sticky notes to "dream storm" all of your interests and then see where you can bucket items together in different ways. Prioritize items that are internally driven (true passion, hopes, dreams) over those externally driven (expectation or perception of others). Also, just because you're good at something, doesn't mean you love doing it. Go with what you love. Happy to help more specifically if you want to set up a call.
I became acquainted with Charlene years ago, as part of CA Technologies sponsorship of various Gartner events as Charlene was our events account manager. It was always such a pleasure to work with Charlene -- and have her as part of our "team". Her professionalim, efficiency, and enthusiasm were an asset to us all. She worked to understand our business, our needs, and made recommendations to ensure that we received full value from our investment. We were greatly disappointed when Charlene chose to move onto another position.
I had the opportunity to work closely with Charlene during my time at TAS and it was clear to see that Charlene is a motivated, passionate and driven sales professional that strives to understand her clients business and performance issues in order to provide them the best solution possible. She always takes a consultative approach to business development and strives to be on top of the latest changes and developments in her industry and this has made her an expert in her field and has allowed her to be seen as true “business partner” with her clients. She is very personable, a great communicator and a strong relationship builder – both inside and outside the organization.
While working at Nokia I had the privilege of working with Charlene. She was the Director of Strategic Accounts at Gartner. Charlene was always very professional and her integrity is impeccable. While working together Charlene architected and implemented the first Gartner Strategic Partnership Program with Nokia. It was the first agreement of that type with Gartner. It was instrumental in solidifying the 2 companies relationship.
I worked with many account managers during my tenure with Nokia, but no other gave me the assurance and confidence that our business dealings were solid and Nokia’s interest were at heart. I highly recommend Charlene to anyone who desires their company to be represented with honesty and integrity.
Charlene is a truly talented individual who sees every new challenge as an opportunity for herself and those around her, to learn and grow. Her positive attitude and strong leadership skills enable her to build consensus and get results. From day one at Tuition Advisory Services, I have observed Charlene making valuable contributions to the business by making strategic decisions and building relationships. Charlene sets high standards for herself both personally and professionally. She possesses a natural courage and confidence that inspires those around her to consistently perform at a high level. Always generous with her time and talents, Charlene is a powerful motivator who gets results by engaging everyone on the team. She demonstrates in everything she does that success requires hard work and commitment. Charlene’s enthusiasm and exceptional energy enable her to drive real business results across the organization. I am continually impressed by the value that Charlene adds to the Tuition Advisory Services Team!
I've known Charlene for over a decade and in that time I have been continuously impressed with her ability to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. She is one of those rare people who always steps up to any challenge. Her ability to inspire and lead others is second to none and I am always inspired by her abilities.
I have worked closely with Charlene for more than three years on all marketing activities related to Tuition Advisory Services. During that time she has proven to be essential to the growth and success of the division. Charlene wears many hats within the organization and is the go-to person for everything from strategic direction to sales support to technical issues. From a marketing perspective, I found her to have a unique ability to develop a concept and deliver creative direction to produce a successful end-result. In addition, she always brings fresh ideas to the table, which stems from her in-depth knowledge of the target market and the overall field. Charlene is a pleasure to work with and would be an asset to any organization.
Charlene and I have worked for the past 4 years on sales, implementations and as well as steady state operations for EdAssist solution. I have found Charlene to be gifted with a rare combination of expertise to understand and articulate business functional needs as well as work with technical teams to execute the solution components that enable the business processes.
As a CTO, I have always admired that fact that I and my technical team were able to work with Charlene and felt she was a core part of the technical team who was able to actively contribute functional ideas with a clear understanding on technology. The specific solution we worked on was enabling complex business requirements on a HR solution that ties workflow, payroll and taxation interfaces, employee data interfaces, authentication and authorization components for a Tuition Management Solution. She will add value as a leader and a contributor and can bring in creativity, expertise and enthusiasm to the teams she works with. She will be definitely part of the A-Team I would put together, anyday.
Emerson College is known for its vibrant, talent, self-driven student body. Among the many hundreds I worked closely with, Charlene stands out as one of the first I came to know, and one of the few I remain personally and professionally connected to today. As a student leader, she took charge of several student organizations and committees, managing her enterprises as seriously as any professional, and mentoring those students who came up behind her. Only recently, an alumna, nearly 20 years out of school remarked to me, "Charlene is the reason I am in the field I am in today." Charlene's commitment to adult development comes from her deeply-held belief that everyone has the ability to release their untapped potential, and to leave their lasting impression on the world in which they live. She continues to inspire and advise me to this day, and I am glad to recommend her contributions to any endeavor.
Charlene is a great client. The kind you dream of. She's been highly engaged as a participant in Keith Ferrazzi's Relationship Masters Academy. Her involvement and engagement in our community serves as an example and adds value to all she interacts with. Personally Charlene has been critical at helping me build relationships externally and within her company Bright Horizons. I'm also a huge fan of her blog Beaming Balance which I follow religiously and I look forward to her thought leadership around life balance.
One of the best I have ever worked with. Charlene is a rare sales professional and leader that strikes an amazing balance between doing the right thing, and always exceeding her goals. I personally know this is a challenging thing to do in sales, and Charlene has always impressed me with her ability to deliver results, meet both organizational and client expectations, motivate a team, and stay positive. Truly a pleasure to work with and be around.
I had the pleasure of reporting directly to Charlene when I first started at Tuition Advisory Services (TAS). Her passion for this business and attention to detail has been integral to the success of TAS. Her extensive knowledge of the Educational Assistance market lends to her natural speaking ability on this topic. She is a great mentor because of her wealth of experience and her patient nature. I know that I can always run an idea by her to get her opinion and support. Just ask anybody at TAS about Charlene and you will receive a unanimous response detailing her strong worth ethic and overall fun-loving nature!