Nicole Rae Brown

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Transformative growth operator Nicole Rae Brown, in brief.

Nicole Rae Brown

Home: Seattle, WA and Delta 2B.  Age: It’s a © trade secret.  I do have fond memories of a land before cell phones and internet.  Birthplace: Connecticut. Profession: Operations General Manager and Chief Growth Officer.  Specializing in turn-around & high growth businesses. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: Eastern Nazarene College (M.S., MHC, MFT); Southern New Hampshire University (B.S., International Business); Gould Academy Preparatory; Ms. Mabel’s.

Current project(s): Sharing my musings with others; Motivation class panelist at Harvard; Leadership Empowerment Track for Extraordinary Women in Technology; exploring purpose-based board positions in operations and growth.  Recent recognition: Joined Chief, the most powerful group of women in leadership.  Marked career (or personal) highlight: Invited to join a small group at the White House by then Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and resettling.  Recent professional development: Bringing People Operations together with Business Operations.  Under a single umbrella of business and HR, transformation can move more swiftly and with the pulse of the organization at the center.  Latest accomplishment: Transitioning my daughter to kindergarten.  Latest contribution to others: Connecting women to their self-power and watching and caring as they grow.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Balancing being an awesome mom of a six-year-old with being a highly successful officer of a Fortune 50 company.  What’s your professional passion? First the people.  Second, strategically leading operational efficiency initiatives and defining growth levers.  I love bringing innovation to life!  

Hobbies: Hunting and fishing to self-sustain my family’s protein; gardening for our produce; kayaking, SUPing, swimming, sailing.  Recent travel or adventure: Exploring the rainforest and the beach in Belize; horseback riding at breakneck speed in eastern Washington.  Last book read: Andrew Henry’s Meadow, a children's book by Doris Burn.  Recently viewed and recommended: Luca (Disney).  Recent unique acquisition: A copper Shiva from Mumbai, delivered months after negotiation and a surprise to receive.  What ‘s at the top of your bucket list? Northern Lights in Reykjavík with my mom.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? No email.

Personality profile: Intuitive, decisive, optimistic, loyal, witty, loving.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Passionate.  What’s your personal idiosyncrasy? Constantly in motion at home keeping everything in total order.  What is your greatest joy? My daughter.  What is your greatest fear? Not completing what I’m here to learn.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Compound pharmacist.  What work or life lesson do you particularly appreciate? Pause and zoom out.  There are many ways to look at the same problem.

What three emojis best describe you? 🙌🏃️💨️.

What was your first paying job? Paper route.  What was your favorite college course? Ogilvy on Advertising.  I loved it so much that I interned at Ogilvy and Mather the following year.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Olly Olly Oxen Free.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My vision board.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Do your personal best each and every time.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? “Hey Alexa; hey Siri; hey Portal”.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Motivate and demonstrate authentic, heart-first, and heart-centered connections.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Thank you; I’m sorry; I’m here; I see you.  Gratitude creates positive energy momentum and makes space for ideas, innovation, growth and belonging.  What widely held belief do you reject? Life does not happen to us; it happens for us.  You are a catalyst to your growth and awakening.  What mega-trend most excites you? Progress toward water purification at scale.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The myopic “me” focus.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Double Dutch.  A story about jumping in with reckless abandon.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jenna Elfman.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My dad.  What would you be doing right now if time and money were no object? Living with my family in a different country every year to deeply experience the culture.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Playing Uno with my husband and child.  What advice would you give your younger self? Slow down.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? Every.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.

Personal mission: Living courageously.  Personal motto: Choose Joy.  Favorite quote: “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream or desire a reality” (Tony Robbins).

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