The Fast Five: Croixstone CEO Patti Weber and the NAWBO Accelerated Growth Program

In January of 2021, Croixstone Consulting announced that our CEO, Patti Weber, was one of 25 women across the USA accepted into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Accelerated Growth Program.  Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the program featured a premier suite of learning modules, high-level education and mentorship to help participants increase their market competitiveness and to position them to achieve the next stage of growth and expansion.  Patti completed her participation in the program in October 2021.  We caught up with her to ask five fast questions pertaining to her experience. 

For people who aren’t familiar with it, what is the NAWBO Accelerated Growth Program? 

An opportunity to collaborate and share best practices with other women-owned businesses. 

Why did you participate in the program? 

At Croixstone Consulting, we are always seeking to operate with excellence and part of that is to always continuously learn.  How can we do things in a different way as we seek the path to excellence? 

Tell us about the other women who participated in the program. 

The women who participated were from across the USA and ranged from an Alaska-based owner of a touring company (Seward Tours LLC dba Sunny Cove Kayaking) to a former broadcaster with a production company based in California (WorldWise Productions LLC) to an attorney based in Pennsylvania (ND Galli Law LLC). 

What was the most unique company who participated in the program? 

There was a wine club based in Portland, Oregon named Upstream Wine Club that was launched during the global pandemic.  The company makes it easy to discover great Oregon wines. 

What’s the best piece of advice that you received? 

Trust your gut…those feelings of intuition.  Following your instinct can direct you toward the best path for you and your company. 


Croixstone Recommends: The Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte’s “Management Development Program”

It’s that time of year again when registration has opened for one of the Charlotte region’s best professional development and networking programs – the Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte’s “Management Development Program.”

Croixstone’s co-founders, Patti Weber and Mark Weber, are both graduates of this mini-MBA course that is conducted “Harvard style.”  Taught by 26 Harvard Business School alumni from the Charlotte region, the course curriculum utilizes Harvard’s famous case study method and Harvard publications.  Croixstone’s leaders especially enjoyed the rigorous debate of real-world business challenges that are embedded in the program.

The Management Development Program classes begin September 21 for 13 consecutive Monday nights and are open to the public (space is limited).  And new for 2021, you have the option of participating in person at Queens University in Charlotte or remotely.

Learn more here.


Patti Weber Accepted Into National Accelerated Growth Program

We have news!  Croixstone’s CEO, Patti Weber, is one of 25 women across the USA accepted into the NAWBO Accelerated Growth Program.  New for 2021, the program is sponsored by Wells Fargo and features a premier suite of learning modules, high-level education and mentorship to help participants increase their market competitiveness and to position them to achieve the next stage of growth and expansion.

Learn more here.


The Private Markets

Last week, our Managing Partner, Mark Weber, was invited to speak at the August 2020 monthly meeting of BENG Charlotte (Business Executives Networking Group).  Mark spoke about trends in the private markets and focused much of his talk on the private equity sector.

During his talk, Mark recommended that the attendees become familiar with Pitchbook’s publication entitled “What are the private markets?”  This free white paper provides a comprehensive, easy read for professionals seeking to better understand this fast-growing economic sector and the ecosystem supporting it.

Download for free here.


Back by Popular Demand!

How do you practice the art of networking STRATEGICALLY during a global pandemic?

Join career expert Emily Lopez, the leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting.  With more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture building, Emily is known for her high-energy and motivating style of leadership

You will learn the following: 
 – The “what” of strategic networking
– The “why” of strategic networking
– Practical ideas on “how” to network strategically
– A specific action plan with next steps to leverage your professional & personal ecosystem

Register for free by 5pm on Monday, July 20 here.


Reimagine Your Organization

Now is the time to imagine + build a better company. But how do you thoughtfully create + build impactful + lasting organizational change?

As current business conditions continue to flex and change, now is the time for leaders to recognize that the “next new normal” will require team and agile organizations with the right people in the right places to drive the results. 

Join global business leader Beth Stolarick, founder of Prism Leadership Partners and a senior consultant in Croixstone’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. Beth is a global human capital leader who has worked across multiple industry sectors and has driven organizational transformation in companies ranging from $1.7B to $55B in revenue. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • How to craft a roadmap to reimagine and transform your organization
  • Tips for strategic communication planning
  • Best practices to drive impactful and lasting organizational change

Event Details

  • Cost: Register for free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, July 6
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Is available via Eventbrite’s “online event page” and will be sent to each registrant in a “Know Before You Go” email to be delivered the night before the event.

Personal Branding – Advanced Skills Workshop

A well-developed and communicated personal brand can land you that next great job or promotion. But how do you truly define, and communicate, what sets you apart in the workplace and beyond? 

Join personal branding expert Emily Lopez, leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. Emily is known for her high-energy style and ability to deliver practical, actionable tips to help professionals drive their careers. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • How to find the “secret sauce” that really sets you apart.
  • How to define what you are all about in the workplace and beyond.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9
  • Time: 2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, June 8
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant


Structure for Career Transitions

The right plan can make all the difference in helping professionals find the right career opportunity while reducing the amount of time spent on the job search. But how do you craft a meaningful plan? And how do you know if your plan is the best it can be? 

Join outplacement services veteran Dawn Posey, a leader in Croixstone Consulting’s business transformation practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 17 years experience in domestic and global leadership roles at Honeywell, and having recently navigated her own career transition, Dawn is an expert at designing and working plans that drive desired outcomes. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • A “structured approach” to setting up your day while in transition.
  • How to craft your own transition plan outline.

Event Details

  • Date:  Tuesday, May 26
  • Time:  2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 25
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant

Tangible Tips for Strategic Networking Amidst COVID-19

Yes, who you know matters when making a career transition – even during COVID-19. But how do you network during a time of social distancing? And just as important, how do you master the art of networking STRATEGICALLY

Join career expert Emily Lopez, the leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture building, Emily is known for her high-energy and motivating style of leadership. 

You will learn the following: 

  • The “what” of strategic networking
  • The “why” of strategic networking
  • Practical ideas for “how” to network strategically
  • A specific action plan with next steps to leverage your professional & personal ecosystem 

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, May 12
  • Time: 2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 11
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant


Links to Navigate the NOW Normal.

In last week’s blog post, we provided a list of links to help consultants, job seekers, and others navigate the “now” normal.  In this week’s post, we provide additional links with a focus on networking. 

8 smart ways to keep networking while you’re stuck at home.
The wisest among us are not letting the quarantine stop mission-critical networking.  Fast Company magazine shares 8 tips from a networking guru.
Click here.

How to network in the age of Coronavirus.
A marketing & branding consultant shares her advice with Ladders.
Click here.

The dawn of the virtual happy hour.
Happy hours haven’t gone away.  They are still going strong, and they definitely fuel networking.  Learn more via Forbes.
Click here.

Virtual happy hours are boosting morale at work.
Chief Executive magazine provides additional perspective on the virtual happy hour trend.
Click here.

10 tips to secure your Zoom video calls and meetings.
Stay safe with these helpful tips from cybersecurity advisory Joseph Steinberg.
Click here.