Mission Partners - Female Executive of the Year
Company: Mission Partners, Bethesda, MD
Company Description: Mission Partners is a woman-owned and women-led social impact consultancy. We guide high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and purpose-driven corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. We do this through sharp strategic planning and creative communications.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Executive of the Year – Business Services –10 or Less Employees
Nomination Title: Fierce in Her Focus: Carrie Fox, CEO of Mission Partners
Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated executive since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Carrie Fox is the CEO and Founder of Mission Partners, a woman-owned and women-led social impact consultancy. Using sharp strategy and compelling communications, Carrie and her team helppurpose-driven organizations realize their greatest impact, improve lives and communities, and advance equity. Buildingon her successful 13-year history of leading C.Fox Communications,Carrie launched Mission Partners in January 2017 inresponse to her clients' need to bridgethe gap between high-impact ideas and community resources. In just one year of operation, Carrie has built a client roster of renowned and respected organizations including Children’s National Hospital Foundation, National Public Radio, Per Scholas, and the World Cocoa Foundation.
Carrie works tirelessly on behalf of the organization's clients to advance their missions. She cares deeply about the work that she takes on and is fierce in her focus to surpass the goals of her clients, no matter their size.Additionally, Carrie is always on the lookout for opportunities to bring new energy, contacts, and perspective into the Mission Partners team, further servingthe needs of existing clients and helpingto grow the organization's client roster and bottom line.
Standout examples from the past year include:
-Exceededthe total number of Mission Partners clients in 2017 (37) than that of C.Fox Communications at the end of 2016 by nearly 25%.
-Createdand executedan integrated marketing campaign for the Universities at Shady Grove to raise awareness and elevate its impact on the region’s economic development and emerging workforce, resulting in 2.5M+ targeted impressions on the campaign and a demonstrated spike in awareness of the innovative education model.
-Supportedthe Heising-Simons Foundation on the launch of its inaugural American Mosaic Journalism Prize to journalists for excellence in reporting on under- or misrepresented groups in America, surpassing the launch goals in earned media placements by 5X—with 286 million media impressions—and social media by 10X—with 100+ social media influencers engaged.
-Launched a Mission Partners Equity Advisory Board in late 2017 to bring diverse leadership perspectives to clients, hold the agency accountable for its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and differentiate Mission Partners from its competitors. The Board includes a set of experienced leaderswho bring critical perspectives and voices to the Mission Partners table.
-Built deep relationships with more than a dozen leading practitioners—the majority of whom have spent time working on projects with Mission Partners in consultative and part-time roles—in the fields of creative design, event planning, and fundraising to further benefit the organization's clients.
-Carrie's dedication to the social impact industry does not end withher clients. Her dynamic leadership of the Mission Partners' team is further explored in an award submission for Women-RunWorkplace of the Year.
In the words of a client: “There’s sort of a ‘it’ factor with Mission Partners that's hard to put a price on or measure, but it starts with Carrie. You like what you do, you care about our mission, you like working with us. That’s why I keep coming back.”
Provide a brief biography of the nominated executive (up to 125 words):
Carrie Foxis the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, where she guideshundreds of organizations to lead with purpose, moving organizations—and their missions—forward in new and impactful ways. Her strategic communications work focuses deeply on issues of community—from social justice to sustainability, children’s health, higher education, and workforce development.Carrie's signature conversation series, Mission Forward, has featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, MacArthur Fellows, and some of the nation’s most sought-after philanthropicleaders. She is the recipient of the2016 SmartCEO Washington Brava Award and 2013 PRWeek’s ’40 under 40′ award. In 2015 she was a WWPR Woman of the Year Honoree.Carrie serves as a board member for the Greater Washington Community Foundationand on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University Maryland.