About Cathy

After being educated in High School by the Quakers at George School in Philadelphia, Cathy went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1983, The Ohio State College of Law in 1986 and The University of Kent Canterbury Theological College in England in 1999. In 2000, she was ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Cathy spent over 20 years cultivating a successful global mergers & acquisitions and venture finance legal practice, serving a myriad of clients that ranged from the largest Fortune 100 companies to new emerging and mid-market enterprises. She spent 15 years of her practice in London, where she developed a passion for technology in the emerging companies’ market place. In Europe, she also formed her own consulting practice and worked with global enterprises and start-ups to design and deploy the value of strategic technology innovation into their business operations. While in London, Cathy served as a trusted advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to help generate ways in which technology development could drive new economic outcomes for Britain and its government.

In 2001, after suffering from a near lethal medication error in London, Cathy lost her legal practice and consulting business. She returned to the US in January of 2003 and spent nine additional months recovering her health in Cleveland with the help of her family. In September 2003, Cathy returned to the practice of law with nothing but a blank sheet of paper. In 3 years, she built a $1.5M legal business before she decided to set her sights on building a successful consulting practice once again called the Beta Strategy Group (www.BetaGroup.us).

In addition to her company investment and formation work, Cathy's consulting practice specializes in forming economic development and safety strategies for municipalities and colleges. Her work forming the Beta Technology Park in Mayfield Village recently won a Cuyahoga County Innovation Award. Additionally, after successfully bringing Chautauqua Institution's programming to Chagrin Falls in the summer of 2007 in support of its arts initiative, Cathy is implementing a wireless strategy in Painesville, Ohio that she has dubbed "MuniSync®." The strategy focuses on the synchronizing effects that a wireless infrastructure has for the operations of any City, including in this case, the City of Painesville, its residents, workers and systems. Beta is also known for its development of cutting-edge emergency notification systems across college campuses and complex city and university settings.

In early 2009, Cathy’s household and industrial products company Nutek® launched its first three green products on the shelves of Home Depot called LubFix®, BoltOff® and Shield It®.  A fourth lubricant, Simply Soy®,  was launched in the late summer of 2009. In November, Nutek produced three patented wipes called Grime Off, Gas Off and Simply Soy.  Most recently, the company created its eighth product in just twelve months with the creation of its Flat Tire Survival Kit. All of these products serve to lubricate, clean and protect household and industrial items and equipment.  All lubricants are dispensed using nitrogen, rather than toxic chemicals, and are greater than 90% biodegradable.  Cathy is proud to use soy products grown in the United States as a substantial component in the formulas, and uses 100% recyclable aluminum cans. Products are now sold in Home Depot, Ace, True Value, Northern Tool, Do It Best, Kroger, Pro Group, Jensen, Orgill, Acme Construction and elsewhere. For more information about Nutek®, please visit www.NutekForumulations.com.

Since returning to the US, at the request of Dan Hanson, Cathy began a professional blog on the www.clevelandwomen.com website to give career women a safe place to ask their difficult personal and professional questions. Given the popularity of the Ask Cathy blog, the online mentorship service has now been launched in the form of its own website (www.askcathyblog.com). Also, in an effort to reach out to the community and to assist others whose lives are impacted by medication errors, Cathy formed and funded a 501(c)3 organization in April 2007 called FLAAME (families launching action against medication errors); see www.flaame.org. She has been instrumental in legislative work in Ohio and Washington and was recently cited as an inspiration behind FirstData Bank's "A World Free of Medication Errors" bracelet campaign; FLAAME is to receive $5 for every bracelet distributed nationwide. Cathy was also the keynote for FirstData Bank's annual conference in 2008 and delivered a speech, hailed as the best the conference had heard in 22 years, entitled "A Wounded Healer." In addition, Cathy serves as an associate priest on staff at Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral, where she takes the midweek Eucharist and Healing service on Thursdays.



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