Nickelodeon
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We have consulted with Sherice Torres since her at first days at Nickelodeon to her position as Senior Vice President of Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon Consumer Products and BadAssMama-in-Chief of BadAssMama Enterprises, a lifestyle management brand designed to help women, particularly working mothers, “dare to design their best life.”

A regular contributor to WorkingMother.com, Felicity Huffman’s WhatTheFlicka.com and a syndicated contributor on BlogHer.com, Sherice graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and served as a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche before completing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Management. Among her numerous honors, Sherice was chosen as one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2009), Top 100 Black Executives (2008), and Crain’s Business Top 40 Under 40.

Our advisory work has spanned many phases of an expansive and adventurous career, from managing one’s personal brand to balancing the competing demands of work and family to more closely coordinating profession and purpose. A health enthusiast who initially kept her passion for fitness apart from her professional life, KC supported Sherice as she successfully integrated her personal and professional pursuits by pioneering health and wellness initiatives, and by creating pro-social partnerships that leveraged Nickelodeon’s brand to encourage healthy eating habits for children and their families. “At Nickelodeon … what’s good for kids is good for business,” says Torres, “With rising childhood obesity; we wanted to be part of the solution.”

This platform seamlessly expressed and fused her previously disparate roles as mother, consumer product specialist and social advocate, and helped to consolidate her personal brand to achieve her ultimate goal of living life with passion, compassion and intention.

“Katzman Consulting has been a valuable resource at many points in my career — from gaining my footing as a newly appointed vice president to re-framing my definition of success at mid career. Our work has not only helped me to become a better executive, but has helped me to become a better wife, mother and friend by teaching me to view my life holistically; to seek a bigger life in addition to a bigger job.”

SHERICE TORRES, Marketing Director, Brand Studio at Google; Senior BadAssMama-in-Chief, BadAssMama Enterprises, Inc.; Former SVP of Global Home Entertainment for Nickelodeon Consumer Products.

Red Thread Good Coffee-Sag Harbor, NY
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Having initially resolved to work as a lawyer at a Wall Street firm for a “few years” after law school, in order to “gather some foundational training and then leave to change the world,” Vivian engaged Katzman Consulting after decades of successful corporate practice to reconnect to and ultimately develop a strategy for achieving her lifelong mission to ensure inclusion and respect for all. The advisory work began by strategizing ways Vivian could achieve system change while working within the established enterprise of her firm, and the legal profession, leveraging her legal expertise and the respect she had garnered over the years. As chair of her firm’s diversity program she introduced initiatives that shifted the field’s approach to inclusion, designed to produce a cascading impact through the entire vendor chain.

At the same time, Vivian began building her personal brand, preparing for her “next chapter.” Recognizing the importance of her voice in shifting public debate, Vivian became more purposeful in pursuing speaking and writing opportunities. Ultimately she decided she would not only speak about, but would indeed launch a novel line of consumer products and services, promoting a new way of doing business and provoking more conscious consumerism. Vivian left her law firm and captured the coherence of her wide-ranging interests, and her personal brand, in an entity she has called Red Thread Good, to signify the new web of connections defining her purposeful, versatile and flexible life. We continue to work with Vivian as she refines the Red Thread Good business ventures to support her continuing goal of changing the world and living her dreams.

“As I strive to live a life examined, and have greater focus on what is meaningful to me, Melanie has been the most insightful advisor. She is a fellow traveler on the road to changing the world for the better, and has been invaluable in helping me define and express my mission, and tie together what I had previously experienced as disparate interests. At a time of career transition and personal loss, she enabled me to shift my mindset from upheaval to possibility. As a result of our work, I am integrating my capacities as an attorney, artist, activist, philosopher and entrepreneur to model new ways of doing business , promoting possibilities for many while pursuing a profit and changing the perspective of people.”

VIVIAN POLAK, Founder Red Thread Good Dewey & LeBoeuf: Partner, Global Chair of Diversity, Global Co-Chair of Technology and Intellectual Property Department

Carnegie Investment Bank
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Over many years, we have served as a trusted advisor to Karin Forseke. Our engagement began when she was serving as COO of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE). We later advised her in her role at Carnegie Investment Bank, a leading Nordic investment house, first as Head of International Sales and Sales Trading and then as CEO. Together we co-led management team conferences around the world designed to improve business discipline and leadership development.

During each of her roles, the organizations Karin was affiliated with weathered significant challenges as well as achieved exceptional success. Katzman Consulting has consistently provided a confidential sounding board.   Karin’s commitment to creating good governance continues, and we remain by her side as she refines and amplifies her mission to conceive and implement financial models that move from short-term profits to long-term returns, building companies that are responsible on the inside as well as the outside.

“As I have advanced, grown and transitioned between roles, organizations, nations and sectors, I have consistently valued the insights and counsel offered by Katzman Consulting as we have navigated the challenges and complexities of technological, social and systemic change. Adapting to dislocation in any landscape, personal, professional or organizational, is never easy; Katzman Consulting has helped me not only to profit and prosper through turbulence, but to be energized by the experience. At every inflection point, Melanie and her colleagues have been there, confidentially providing an empathetic, analytical, creative perspective on the obstacles and opportunities ahead.”

KARIN FORSEKE, Chairman of Alliance Trust; past Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director F.S.A, England; CEO of Carnegie Bank, Private Advisor to the Minister of Financial Markets of Sweden