I started out as a newspaper reporter in the UK, then found my new "home" in the US when I was sent here as a foreign correspondent. What intrigued me about this country was the positive attitude to opportunity. Over time I worked as a newspaper and magazine editor, a TV producer and as the head of content for an internet startup before moving over to the business side of media. I had no experience running a business but I had a great boss who believed in me. All this was while working for New Corporation where I got to run several divisions before eventually becoming the head of content for the company, with a broad ranging portfolio including mentoring many younger executives. When I retired at the end of '09 it was to help launch the Women's Enterprise Initiative and to nurture local business talent in NW CT. I live in Litchfield and am on the boards of New Milford, Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals.
I am a lawyer and my long career has been spent primarily in developing, growing and turning around small to medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. I have been on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and am now on the board of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation. I've worked closely with law firms, banks, and other financial institutions, marketing organizations and companies in the arts. I bring to WEI my strong skills in organizational development and management, personnel management, resource development, and program development and management. I graduated from Smith College and the University of Chicago Law School and I have been part of the Litchfield community for over 35 years.
I graduated from UCONN with a degree in Theater and headed to NY to be an actor. Realizing that I didn't have the temperament for others to determine my success or failure I switched to producing live meetings and events. In 1984 two partners and I founded MJM Creative Services. Over the next 24 years I grew into MJM's Senior Executive in charge of business management worldwide. In that time MJM's business went from 5 people in New York City producing just meetings and events to 90 people in 4 offices in the US and the UK. We provided meetings, events, training, exhibits and trade shows, mobile marketing and interactive solutions as core offerings. Our clients were Fortune 100 companies. In 2001 MJM was sold to WPP, a large communications conglomerate, and I continued as CEO until I retired in 2008. I now enjoy supporting the Women's Enterprise Initiative and its entrepreneurs.
Carole St. Mark
When I graduated from college with a liberal arts degree I had no business skills or experience. I landed a job with General Foods as a recruiter, and then went to business school at night for 8 years until I got my MBA. After working in the human resources field for General Foods, St. Regis Paper Company, and General Electric, I went to Pitney Bowes in human resources strategy. After a few years I got the opportunity to start a new business development program. One of the businesses I started grew to over $1 Billion in revenue and 12,000 employees. In the course of my career I was the CEO of both manufacturing and services businesses. I served on the boards of 7 publicly traded companies in the US and UK. I took early retirement so that I could focus on all of the other things that interested me, especially working with entrepreneurs and new business ventures.