Gratitude Network Announces 4 New Board Members(Directors)
Colleen Atkinson, John Brown, Amy Cole & Janet Miller Increase Nonprofit Board Diversity
Pleasanton, CA (October, 2020)- Gratitude Network, a global leadership development non-profit, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Governing Board: Colleen Atkinson, Amy Cole and Janet Miller.
With a focus on developing social impact entrepreneurs to enable global change, Gratitude Network leverages and continues to build its strong network of seasoned coaches, expert advisors and leadership programs to ultimately benefit children and youth. “Since inception, our board directors have been key in shaping our vision, mission and ensuring strategy execution,” said Randy Haykin, Founder and Chairman. “The newly elected members (directors) are distinguished, not just in their individual stellar credentials and what they can add to the governance but in their commitment to social change. I’m confident our entire program will benefit from their insights as we continue to scale.”
Colleen Atkinson has spent nearly 30 years in commercial banking, currently serving as Executive Vice President of the Professional Banking Division of California Bank of Commerce where she specializes in the unique financial service offerings to professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area. Colleen’s previous bank experience includes senior roles with HSBC, Comerica Bank and Silicon Valley Bank, where she specialized in financing & credit underwriting, investment advisory & securities trading, liquidity & cash management, and new business development. Colleen currently serves on the board of The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation supporting visual arts and furthering arts education.
John Brown has been involved in the technology industry for almost 30 years. He has spent 20 years of his business career working in marketing at Apple, Inc. He has had a front row seat in the development and marketing of some of Apple’s most world changing products. The lessons learned in this part of his journey are invaluable. He has great insight in creating personal and product visions for success, understanding how to connect with your customer base at a visceral level, cutting through ambiguity to drive what matters, and developing individuals and teams to thrive personally while being highly productive. Most recently, he has become a member of Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity team developing career development initiatives for under-represented minorities and women.
John is also a certified executive coach and licensed marriage and family therapist. He blends his extensive business knowledge with his vast knowledge of human behavior to help others uncover their natural skills, realize their goals and achieve their dreams.
Amy Cole, MBA, is an entrepreneur and driven leader with 30+ years of expertise consulting on business growth, financial and marketing strategies. As President at ABI Group, a boutique M&A advisory firm, she works closely with business owners and advisors to prepare for exit or sale, seek Acquisition candidates and achieve an ideal transaction structure. Prior, Ms. Cole enjoyed a 20 year progressive background in Vice President and leadership roles with venture backed technology start-ups, mid-market firms, public companies as well digital agencies. 20+ years of board experience includes President roles with both CABB (California Association of Business Brokers) and Founder of the Hawks Education Fund. She is an instructor with the M&A Source and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Janet Miller Evans, Founder & CEO of Entevos, has made her mission is to Embolden, Educate, and Inspire leaders struggling with authenticity in today’s complex world. She is known as a thought-leader on leadership, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Janet is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She serves on the Executive Board of SFBAC of International Coach Federation and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Before starting her small business, she held leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies, FedEx, IBM, UPS, and Comcast. Janet is married and has two daughters.