Keeping Cool Under Fire
In our careers we’re called upon to pitch ideas up the food chain, present to clients, speak formally or jockey with colleagues for budgets or glory. How we think on our feet can propel or derail our careers. Getting others on board takes savvy. Ultimately, others judge us when we go off script: by how we think on our feet and read the room in the moment. Come ready to learn best practices from female executive peers on handling tough questions, reading the room, pitching and executive presence.
Cathy Lange, President & CEO, BusinessWorks of America, Inc.
Cathy is the founder and President BusinessWorks of America, Inc., a management consulting and leadership development firm formed in 1995. She has more than 35 years of business experience with more than 20 years at two Fortune 500 companies in the high tech industry, and 15 years as a business owner.
Lange serves on a number of business and non-profit boards. In 2009 she was elected to the corporate board of M’tier, a software and services company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. She also serves as a board member and executive committee member of the Fairfax Chamber and is chair of the Workforce Development Committee. In June 2010 she received the prestigious Chairman’s Award for outstanding service to the Fairfax Chamber. She co-founded the Chamber’s Women’s Business Council.
In November of 2009 she was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax Economic Development Authority where she currently serves as Assistant Secretary. She is a boad member of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation and serves on the advisory board for Fairfax Futures. She is a co-founder and former president of the Angels Network, a charity focused on women helping others. She was selected into the 2011 class of Women Who Mean Business by the Washington Business Journal. Lange holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.