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Leadership and Advisory Board
Our advisors and management consultants are subject matter experts. They provide guidance and input on matters of content, scope, and evolving issues common across business and technology verticals for our clients, partners, and professional audiences.
Established in 2001, we’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to help our clients make significant and lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. We take a consistent approach to quickly deliver the right team, with the right experience and expertise tailored to each client. We focus on the strategy, project management, digital transformation, custom healthcare solutions, infrastructure, operations and business application assessments to accelerate your strategic initiatives by removing internal barriers, mobilize strategic partners and vendors to manage complexity corporate wide. We make you better, faster!
CAROL YVETTE THORNEY, MBA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Thorney Advisors
Carol is an innovative, profit-oriented executive with demonstrated success in increasing revenues, market share, and earnings, achieving cost reductions and improving client satisfaction.
An Executive Advisor with over 20 years enabling healthcare, finance, retail, BPO and IT organizations to drive more seamless customer experience through reimagined business models that also drive internal productivity and culture transformation that supports industry and government benchmarks.
A champion of driving Agile and Lean enterprise strategy with a deep understanding of business and technology domains globally with significant senior executive interactions to drive profitable growth.
Carol is an accomplished graduate and active alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, oldest technological research university in the U.S., and embodies the vision, “Why not change the world?” which is not just a tagline; it is our mission.
Executive Advisor | Healthcare | Population Health | Start Up Commercialization | Strategy & Growth | Digital Transformation | Change Management | Coaching & Training
Banking | Financial Services | Insurance | FinTech, Technology | Healthcare Payer & Provider | Telehealth | Life Sciences | Manufacturing | Government
MICHAEL M THORNEY, B.S.
Managing Partner, TA Solutions Global
Michael is a U.S. Airforce veteran who began his corporate career at Fortune 500 Companies with a background in Business Process Improvement, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and Lean Manufacturing. With lessons learned from his early career, Michael was successful in conducting and managing multiple concurrent Productivity Improvement Projects, Lean Manufacturing and ISO Certification Implementation and Audits.
Building on his business management experience, Michael began to offer training to the management system standards registration assessment to companies seeking certification and it was through these activities that Michael began his association with NQA. While working with NQA, Michael’s initially focused on assessing Quality Systems, now, taking advantage of past experience, Environmental Management, Occupational Health & Safety and R2:2013 have been added to his portfolio of activities. Successful development and implementation of management systems in multiple Industries as a consultant.
Lead Auditor/Assessor | ISO 14001 Environmental | R2: 2013 Responsible Recycling | ISO 45001 Health & Safety | ISO 9001 Quality
Automotive | Energy | Oil & Gas | Health Care | Manufacturing | Sewn Products/ Garment | Mining | Government | Public Sector
BEVERLY SMITH, MBB, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer, Vector International
Beverly is a highly skilled Operational Excellence Leader with expertise in Organizational Transformation, Business Process Improvement, New Product Development, New Product Innovation, Strategy Formulation, Product Portfolio Management, Mathematical Modeling and Optimization.
A New Product Development and Process Improvement expert with over 20 years experience in leading complex cross-functional projects that delivered top line growth and improved profitability. Successfully led global initiatives in R&D, manufacturing and transactional process improvement while based in North America and Europe as Head of Capability Development , Global Science Technology & Commercialization at Merck Manufacturing; and accountability in maintaining the alignment of Lean Six Sigma for seamless execution of plans and strategies across the technology (R&D) function and the Honeywell Electronics Materials (HEM) business enterprise.
Beverly is a seasoned Lean Six Sigma expert and a Honeywell certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt since 2004.
Operational Excellence | Lean Six Sigma | Strategy Formulation
Life Sciences | Manufacturing | Government | Academic
ANDRÉA HAWKINS, M.S.
Partner, The Clarion Group, Ltd.
Andréa is a trusted advisor to senior executives within various industry verticals helping them develop and implement innovation growth strategies through an alignment of understanding their customer, establishing the right organizational capability and creating a culture climate where individuals can effectively collaborate to achieve the goals of the organization.
Diverse experiences in operational excellence facilitates an ability to analyze, blueprint and develop innovative strategy from concept or service inception to delivery -- effectively and efficiently.
A Change Leader skilled at evolving organizations through collaboration and trusted partner relationships.
Strategic Planning | Executive Advisor | Transformation | Risk Management
Healthcare | Retail | Hospitality | Employee Relations | Training | Change Management
ALEXANDRA CHALIF, MS, MP
Advisory Board, International Hypnosis Research Institute
Alexandra Chalif a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with a Masters in Psychology as well is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and holds multiple certifications in Hypnosis. The last seven years she has been studying at Harvard Medical Mind-Body Institute.
In 1991, Alexandra Chalif founded the AARW (Alliance of American and Russian Women Inc.) and served as its President through 2000 helping 2000+ women start businesses, and is affiliated with International Women Presidents Organization (WPO), a non-profit organization with a diverse group of entrepreneurial women presidents.
In 2009, she joined the Western Connecticut Health System in their Integrative Medicine Department, and with surgeon Courtney Chambers, MD created a program focused on better outcome for 4000+ patients working with a hypnotherapist before and during surgery. These protocols were successfully implemented at Columbia-Presbyterian, Yale, St. Francis at Hartford. Chalif maintains a private practice in Washington, CT.
Women's Health | Psychotherapy | Hypnotherapy | Intervention & Recovery
Healthcare Provider - Hospital & Wellness
JENIFER SIMSON, MBA
President and Founder
Hartt and Mind Market Research
Jenifer Hartt specializes in uncovering the motivations, attitudes, and emotions that drive behavior. She founded Hartt and Mind Market Research, a research consultancy, in 2011. She has interviewed thousands of people from CEOs and physicians to teenagers and drunk drivers. Jenifer also serves as a managing editor of QRCA’s award winning magazine, VIEWS.
Jen leads Hartt and Mind Market Research which is pure qualitative with an emphasis on projectives and creative techniques, offers a fast, innovative process integrating research & client brainstorming to develop and test new concepts, and creative problem solving facilitation. Under Jen's leadership, the company has a deep commitment to pharma and healthcare, especially in the area of mental health issues. The team also works extensively in the financial services industry with ultra-high net worth and business audiences.
From creative projective exercises that offer intimate glimpses into respondents’ motivations to surveys that generate high-impact, projectable findings, Hartt and Mind is committed to helping organizations understand their markets so that they make better decisions.
Market Research | Focus Groups | Strategy Planning | Customer Segmentation
Financial Services | Marketing
Startup Business Coaching
AI and Telehealth Product Design
Cost & CAPEX Focus Management
Leveraging Emerging Technologies