This week on Making Sense of the Market with Maggie Baczkowski, we chat with Vicki Escarra, Senior Advisor with the Boston Consulting Group and Founder of Vicki Escarra, LLC. Vicki is a well-respected growth leader and business developer with multi-sector experience both domestically and internationally. Consulting on issues surrounding women, leadership, and impact investing, she joins us today to discuss the value of investing for women.
Vicki Escarra has experience aligning people practices to corporate business strategy while driving organizational change. She has led a variety of business transformations focused on growth and value creation, both domestically and internationally.
She spent 28 years at Delta and ran all of Delta’s operations for 10 years, including 203 airports, inflight services, call centers, and cargo operations. As Delta’s Chief Marketing Officer, she directed global reengineering of the company’s post- September 11 flight schedule. She saw a total transformation of technology, including the start of delta.com and an extremely successful loyalty program with American Express.
Previously, Ms. Escarra served as Global CEO of Opportunity International, where she led initiatives to create a long-term strategic plan, rebrand the organization, streamline operations, and increase global fundraising by 30 percent. She also strengthened partnerships with institutional donors as a part of the organization’s plan to create 20 million jobs by 2020.
Prior to that, Ms. Escarra was President and CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In that role, she increased fundraising by 300 percent and moved the organization to being the third largest nonprofit in the U.S.
Ms. Escarra has extensive private sector board experience, including serving as a director for A.G. Edwards, HealthNet, Centene, and DocuSign, along with many nonprofit boards. She has received numerous awards, including the Committee of 200 Annual Luminary Award for recognizing the role education and training play in helping people secure employment, as well as the Four Freedoms Award from the Roosevelt Institute, which honors people who embody Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vision for democracy in their life and work. She is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, and other media.
Ms. Escarra received her BA from Georgia State University. She also completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia University and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.