Mariska has 23 years of experience in marketing, management, programming, and business development with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Since 2001, Mariska has played a key role in the start-up and growth of Forté, a nonprofit that supports the advancement of women in business with over 100K members and 130 sponsor schools and companies. Mariska continues to lead Forté’s marketing efforts growing the organization’s brand, membership, and CRM activities. In addition to marketing, Mariska also served as Forté’s first Corporate Relations Director developing programs that would help recruit and retain top female talent.
Prior to Forté, Mariska led the Women in Business Initiative at Michigan’s Ross School of Business and also worked for 5 years with two different direct marketing agencies. Additionally, Mariska was a consultant to a variety of organizations including Zehno Cross Media Communications, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her consulting work included strategic marketing, business development, account management, program development, and speaker recruitment.
Mariska earned her B.A. degree from Boston College, lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children and is involved in a variety of philanthropic and community activities.