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CROIXSTONE ANNOUNCES NEW PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENT

Emily Lopez Joins as Division Director to Lead Croixstone Solutions

Charlotte, NC (June 10, 2019) – Croixstone Consulting (Croixstone) announced today that Emily Lopez, MA, has joined the organization in the newly-created role of Division Director.  Lopez leads the management consulting firm’s new human capital services practice, Croixstone Solutions. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our team as we launch our new human capital practice,” said Patti Weber, Croixstone Consulting’s Chief Executive Officer. “With unemployment rates at a 50-year low, businesses and organizations are exceptionally challenged today at meeting their human capital needs.  As a workforce transformation expert with more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture-building, Emily is uniquely positioned to address these challenges.”

A multi-industry professional who has fueled start-ups and has engineered turnarounds, Lopez has expertise in preparing, equipping and supporting organizations and individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes.  Her background includes key leadership roles in the nonprofit, public education and leadership training sectors.  An active leader in the Charlotte community, Lopez currently serves on the board as secretary with Youth Development Initiatives (YDI, Inc.) and as School Leadership Chairperson for Oakhurst STEAM Academy (a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools magnet school). Additionally, she is a 2018 graduate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s Bernstein Leadership Group. 

Lopez holds a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. 

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About Croixstone Consulting

Croixstone Consulting is a boutique consulting firm known for connecting the brightest minds in business and community.  The firm serves the greater Charlotte region with two practices – Croixstone Consulting and Croixstone Solutions.  Croixstone Consulting provides project MBAs to help companies reduce costs, improve efficiencies, reduce complexity and increase customer satisfaction. Croixstone Solutions provides a suite of curated services, anchored by SEARCH, that delivers a competitive talent advantage to propel organizations into the future. For more information, visit croixstone.consulting, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CroixstoneCLT, visit our blog at croixstone.consulting/blog or find us on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/croixstone-consulting.

Media Contact

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Mark Weber, Managing Partner – Croixstone Consulting | (980) 263-0234 | mweber@croixstone.consulting


Walk With Croixstone

Although pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., most people know little about the disease.  Croixstone Consulting is a huge supporter of the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer on all fronts:  research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy.  So why does Croixstone passionately fight to rewrite the future of this disease?  Patti Weber lost her father in 2005 to pancreatic cancer, and Mark Weber lost his mother to the same disease in 2012.  We invite you, your friends and loved ones to join us at PurpleStride Charlotte, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, on September 15 in Uptown Charlotte.  Join our team here.


Executive Spotlight: Patti Weber, Croixstone CXO

Patti Weber serves as Croixstone Consulting’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO).  In her role, Patti leverages best practices in design and user experience to serve both the firm’s employee-based consultants and clients. 

  • How did you enter the consulting field? I was a client of Accenture in Detroit and partnered with the firm on a strategic, multi-year technology transformation initiative. From there, I was recruited by Accenture and joined the firm’s Financial Services Practice in Minneapolis and provided leadership to large project teams serving top-tier banks and insurance clients.
  • Your career path includes roles such as corporate trainer and public educator. How have these roles been of benefit to you in the consulting industry? I have learned to never make assumptions and to ask lots of questions. A solution can be obtained through many different avenues.
  • If you could pick one theme for Croixstone to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Maverick talent. 
  • Before working at Croixstone, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I sorted mail for several state of Wisconsin government buildings while enrolled in the School of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
  • Three words to best describe you? Passionate. Inquisitive. Loyal.
  • Any random facts you could share with us? 2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end with a 2 or a 5.
  • Motto or personal mantra? Never give up.
  • What is your favorite number and why? 3. If you know the song “Three is a Magic Number”, you will understand why.
  • What is your hidden talent? Swimming. I was a Big 10 collegiate swimmer who specialized in long-distance swimming events and the 200 and 400 individual medleys. While in high school, I was a three-time State competitor who swam five different events.
  • What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13? Being a girl who loves math and science is something for which you should be proud.
  • Little known fact? When I was in elementary school, my dad taught me how to calculate the square root of any number using a pencil and paper. 

Meet the SEED20 Class of 2018

Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP) today announced the SEED20 Class of 2018.  SEED20 is the annual program of SVP to identify, highlight and connect the community to the Charlotte region’s most promising social entrepreneurs tackling pressing challenges.  These social entrepreneurs can be an innovative young nonprofit or an innovative new program within an established nonprofit.  Croixstone’s own Mark Weber (Managing Partner and Founder) serves as Lead Partner for SEED20 2018.

The Croixstone team is excited to congratulate and welcome the following members to the SEED20 Class of 2018:

100 Gardens
ChemoCars
Human Capital Investment, Inc.
INTech Camp for Girls
Lorien Academy of the Arts
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center
Pop Up Produce
Project Harmony — a program of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Reading Partners
Respect Ability Foundation
RunningWorks
Shakespeare in a Chair
Transcend Charlotte
The Be More Foundation
The Resource Connection Gateway — a program of Gaston County Family YMCA
Think Broader Foundation
Ultreia Society
Wise Guys — a program of The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
Xcel 2 Fitness
ZABS Place


WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle Visits the Croixstone Loft

The Croixstone team enjoyed welcoming WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle (Anchor/Reporter) to our loft today.  We enjoyed working with Maureen for a photo and video session to promote PurpleStride Charlotte 2017…the walk/run to end pancreatic cancer hosted by the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) on September 9.

Croixstone’s Founder and Managing Partner, Mark Weber, serves as a volunteer Media Relations Chair for PanCAN.  Patti Weber, Croixstone’s Chief Experience Officer, volunteers as Teams Ambassador for PurpleStride Charlotte.


Croixstone Celebrates the Latest Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte MDP Class

We’re planning to do some Ivy League-style celebrating tonight!

The Croixstone team is joining the Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte at Olde Providence Racquet Club this evening for an “end-of-year” celebration to honor Patti Weber (our Chief Experience Officer) and other Charlotte-area executives who participated in the latest Management Development Program (MDP) class. The MDP is a “mini MBA” style course and a favorite with Charlotte-based corporations. The program is taught entirely by Harvard Business School alumni to area executives.  Learn more here.  #lifelonglearning  #harvardtraining


Croixstone Consulting CXO Patti Weber Completes Harvard Program

Congratulations to Croixstone Consulting’s Chief Experience Officer, Patti Weber, who this week successfully completed the Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte’sManagement Development Program“.

The Management Development Program, a “mini MBA” style course taught at Queens University, is a favorite with Charlotte-based corporations and is taught entirely by Harvard Business School alumni to program participants. The course offers rising executives the chance to study business one night a week for 13 weeks with a roster of some of the most prominent CEO’s, Presidents and Managing Partners in the Charlotte region.

In addition to participation by Croixstone Consulting, this year’s Harvard program included leaders from companies including: Bank of North Carolina, SYNOPTICS Northrup Grumman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Carolinas Medical Center, Schaeffler Group, ScentAir Technologies, Continental Tire, Snyder’s-Lance, Duke Energy, Carolina Cat, EnPro Industries, Skookum, National Gypsum Company, Ridgemont Equity Partners, Coats North America and more.

Patti completed the Harvard program to supplement her more than 20 years experience in helping global Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked public education schools implement forward-thinking and “game-changing” initiatives.  Her background includes diverse business experience in the technology consulting (Accenture) and workforce solutions (Kelly Services) industries.

As an active community leader, Patti is a Partner with Social Venture Partners Charlotte and serves on the group’s Education Committee.  Additionally, she serves as a volunteer Math Tutor at Charlotte’s Sedgefield Elementary School with Heart Math Tutoring and as PurpleStride Charlotte Teams Ambassador with the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

 


Shift from Pink to Purple this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that more people die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer in the U.S.? 

The Croixstone Consulting team is joining forces with the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in shifting from pink to purple this November in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer Day, taking place on November 17.

Only 8 percent of Americans with pancreatic cancer survive 5 years or more.  In 2010, after seeing too little progress in pancreatic cancer survival in over a half century, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network put a stake in the ground with a bold and aggressive goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.  With the help of the Charlotte region, the U.S. will see purple this November and move one step closer to doubling survival by 2020.

Croixstone founder Mark Weber lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2013 and serves as the Media Relations Chair for the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Croixstone’s Chief Experience Officer, Patti Weber, lost her father to pancreatic cancer in 2005 and provides leadership as Teams Ambassador for PurpleStride Charlotte, the Charlotte Affiliate’s signature fundraising event (5K timed-run and family-friendly walk).

Join us in the fight against pancreatic cancer and learn more about how you can #WageHope here.