Tara thought she was going to be an archaeologist until she created something intriguing on a blank spreadsheet for the first time. Being able to visualize the applied meaning of numbers changed her whole perspective, and for almost twenty years now she has been a financial consultant. She works with mission-driven organizations like EMI Consulting to help them plot a viable course for the future (and not spring any holes along the way).
boats owned since college graduation
years of a great marriage
What are the ideas that drive you?
Strategy to solutions. I have interacted with many finance officers with big ideas, but the rubber never meets the road, or officers with granular financial skills but they cannot assemble the larger strategy. Grand visions are no good without the ability to apply them to reality. In all my engagements, I look for ways to ground aspirations with solid, profitable solutions.
What are you really good at?
Translating between different parts of a company. Business requires interdisciplinary management. There can often be a communication disconnect between divisional objectives, but I can facilitate discussions so that the needs of both can be met, all in service of strengthening the organization as a whole.Also, despite having an athletic family, I am tragically unathletic, but I have unusually accurate aim and excel at archery and marksmanship.
What are the problems you like to solve?
I like to restructure things that aren’t working, or create structure where it is lacking. It feels really satisfying to analyze something that is functioning poorly (or sometimes not at all), take it apart, put it back together in a new way, and watch how smoothly it can run.
Where is your favorite spot in the world?
Home. That may not seem like the most exciting answer, but after having invested so much time in shaping it to our needs, it is rewarding to be able share the fruits of all that work with my family. That said, I like being on or near salt water.