Charlotte O. McKines
Charlotte is a Corporate Leader with demonstrated expertise in driving innovation, leading transformation and cross-cultural talent development. Over her thirty year career, she has successfully positioned some of the world's most valued brands for several Fortune 500 companies, ultimately delivering billions of dollars of revenue. She is best known for her keen understanding of the global customer, go-to-market strategies and her dynamic and charismatic leadership style that empowers teams and drives employee engagement.
Charlotte's most recent position at Merck is Vice President of Global Marketing Communications & Channel Strategies where she is responsible for managing a global in support of 80 global brands across 140 markets. She designed and implemented an industry leading operating model to optimize the marketing mix, redefine customer engagement strategy, drive revenue and differentiate Merck. Charlotte led the Shared Services integration activities for the $42B merger of Merck and Schering Plough, successfully integrating 20 global shared services functions.
Prior to Merck, Charlotte held a number of commercial roles in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and New Product Development Ciba Geigy (Novartis), Smith Kline Beecham and Johnson & Johnson.
Charlotte is currently Board Chair for the Drueding Center which provides transitional housing for women and children; serves on the Board of Trustees for Gwynedd Mercy University and the Holy Redeemer Health System and is a member of the US Leaders Council for Cordaid where she leads the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. She previously served as Board member of the Advertising Council and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA); and advisory board member for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA). Ms. McKines is a member the Executive Leadership Council, the Corporate Partnership Taskforce for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Inc.
Ms. McKines has been honored by several organizations for her professional and personal achievements. She was noted as a top executive in Marketing and Advertising by Black Enterprise magazine, recognizing her as an innovator who has positioned the world's most valued brands, engaged consumers and generated revenue in the process. Charlotte also was named one of Merck’s “Most Amazing Women” and was the recipient of Merck's first ever "Global Diversity Award." She is a frequent guest speaker on topics ranging from social media and innovative
go-to-market approaches to developing the next generation of Women Leaders. Throughout her career, Charlotte has served as a role model and mentor for emerging talent.
Charlotte has a B.S. degree from Kent State and an MBA from Boston University. She is a certified Six Sigma & Change Execution Green Belt. She was born and raised in Cincinnati and is a first generation college degree recipient. She currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, Ken Lawrence Sr.
A bright, passionate, highly engaging professional, Brittany Alba personifies the attributes of “women on the move”. A talented relationship-builder and energetic volunteer, Brittany served as President of the class of 2006 at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Her educational journey took her south of the Mason Dixon line to Washington D.C. where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the Catholic University of America. Those studies included a semester abroad in England when she realized that in addition to being educational, travel was energizing. At the age of 25 she has visited 10 countries, with many more on her “bucket list”. Professionally, Brittany brings her skills, talent and compassion to the work of helping nonprofit organizations sustain their missions. She is a valued member of the team of Dunleavy & Associates where her enthusiasm for helping others is not only effective, but contagious!
When asked to reflect on her personal journey, Brittany shares,
“I can’t remember life without arthritis. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1990 when I was two and a half years old. When I was very young my parents treated my arthritis by crushing up my pills with a mortar and pestle and adding them to chocolate milk, which I drank 3 times a day. I often felt achy between doses of medication so I would often curl up on the coach with a blanket. Whenever I got sick, which was often, my joints would flare and it would be very painful to walk. My loving parents carried me around the house until the steroids kicked in. Because my childhood arthritis medication was merely managing my pain and not preventing joint damage, my little hands and feet suffered severe joint destruction over the years.
Luckily though, intravenous infusion treatments and biologics became available during my teenage years when my joints stopped responding to my childhood medication. Intravenous infusion treatments worked on my JRA and my rare genetic skin condition, ichthyosis, for a few months but then my body rejected that as well. In 2003 I finally started on a biologic treatment that took away all of my arthritis pain. For the last 10 years I’ve been able to lead the active lifestyle I always wanted—I go to a cardio dance class once a week, I take long walks through the city on the weekends and my proudest moment ‘on the move’ was taking a 7 mile jungle trek in Costa Rica!
I believe my childhood medical experiences led me to working with those who help others. In my career as a project associate at Dunleavy & Associates, a professional services firm focused on building capacity, confidence, and bottom lines for nonprofit organizations. Through my work at Dunleavy I’m able to identify with many of the truly inspiring people whom our nonprofit clients serve.”