Annette Stanley

Annette Stanley is a proven thought leader with over 15 years of Strategic Planning, Organizational Design, Business Process Reengineering, Project Administration, Change Management and Communications expertise. As a consultant, Ms. Stanley is focused on providing advisory services to CEOs and members of the executive suite, across various arenas, including commercial and private enterprises, non-profit organizations, and governing Boards. Ms. Stanley has worked domestically and internationally with business leaders of America’s Fortune 100 companies and is masterful at identifying challenges, creating effective solutions and achieving break-through results for her clients.

Ms. Stanley began her career reporting directly to the CEO of the American Chemical Council and providing strategic planning services to executive officers at major petrochemical companies. Her career then progressed to include working with executives at major pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms (Pfizer, Inc, Allergan, Biogen Idec, et. al.), and within the banking industry (Bank of New York, ING Bank). She has worked with executives at Technicolor Entertainment Services, Delta Airlines and Columbia University, as well as with directors of government agencies (Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense) and the White House. Additionally, Annette has provided pro-bono services to non-profit organizations, including the US Peace Corps, the BMW Foundation, New York City Charter School Center, YWCA’s National Capital Area, the Taproot Foundation, Girls, Inc., and College Summit

Annette couples her corporate advisory career with coaching and counseling services, beginning in 1998 with Hopkins Consulting of NYC. Her primary clients are young executives interested in taking their careers to the next level. Oftentimes, this means her clients are interested in pursuing admissions to top-tiered business and graduate school programs. Over the years, through various entities, including Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Annette has coached and counseling hundreds of young executives through the maze of applications, personal statements, recommendations and mock interviews.

For the past several years, Annette has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. She teaches a entrepreneurship and social enterprise course through the Engineering Department's Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

Annette holds dual masters degrees from Columbia University in NYC. She was conferred a MBA degree with a concentration in finance, strategy and international business, and a Master of International Affairs with a concentration in environmental policy. Annette holds an undergraduate degree from Hampton University in biology. She is also a certified change management professional.

Ms. Stanley has served as a member of the YWCA National Capital Area’s Board of Directors since 2007.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Sustainability Committee and has previously served as Chair of the Governance Committee and been an At-Large member of the Executive Committee.  Ms. Stanley is also an Advisor to Aspiring Women Now, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in C-Suite roles.


Jared Gold