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Tara Gilvar, Founder and CEO

A graduate of Boston College, Tara has acquired over 25 years of experience building brands and developing marketing campaigns. With extensive public relations and marketing expertise, she has helped the promotion of national consumer products for companies including, Sylvania Lighting, Veryfine Juice, Safety 1st and the Timberland Company. Through her work at a Boston-based advertising agency and later as a marketing consultant with companies including, Eddie Bauer, Harvard Medical School and Prudential Securities, Tara acquired a keen ability to build strategic marketing campaigns that demonstrate concrete results.

Since leaving the corporate world in a full time capacity, nearly thirteen years ago to raise her three children, Tara utilized her marketing expertise to initiate and implement successful fundraising campaigns for juvenile diabetes and her local school district, generating over $110K from her initiatives. Simultaneously, she continued her work as a marketing consultant for various clients, including start-up organizations, musical entrepreneurs and New York based non-profit groups.

However, working alone, without a proper support system, forced her to choose between successfully maintaining her family responsibilities or pursuing her professional passions. Of course, her family won out.

After gathering nearly 40 women from her town into her living room to discuss the pursuit of their business dreams one February morning, Tara realized, immediately, how the development of BIG could provide better balance, more personal fulfillment and a sense of intellectual camaraderie that had been missing for most of her adult life. It is a concept that she has been driven to share with women around the country.

An accomplished public speaker, Tara brings her B.I.G. message to women throughout the country.  In addition to serving as the face of the B.I.G. organization, she has spoken  for the Boston College Council for Women in both Boston and New York City; has been a featured panelist at the New Jersey Conference for Women;  the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs Women's Entrepreneur Series and has been a keynote speaker for organizations including  New Jersey's Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.

Today, B.I.G. has over 1,100 members in more than 50 local communities across six states and the journey continues.....

 

Rebecca Hull, President and Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of Yale University, Rebecca Hull holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Columbia School of  Business. Becky has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business management at companies such as Citibank, MasterCard, Digital Insight (an application service provider of Internet Banking Services to banks and credit unions), Home Savings of America and IndyMac Bank.

Becky brings a strategic perspective to BIG with her background in strategic planning, product development, branding and marketing in the business to business and consumer sectors. Becky developed national advertising campaigns at Citibank, working with TV, print and radio with million dollar budgets.  At MasterCard, she was instrumental in developing the World Card, which is issued to millions globally, working with constituent banks to construct a card through meaningful primary and secondary research.  As marketing director at Digital Insight, she effectively promoted the company to media and garnered the #1 spot in Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 for Los Angeles. While at Digital Insight, she effectively handled all communications with media, internal staff and clients through four company acquisitions as the company grew from less than 100 employees to over 1000 employees in under two years.

Becky has moved from New York to California and back. Since returning to the east coast , she has concentrated on raising her four children, consulting, and volunteering in various community organizations, including managing successful fundraising events and developing public relations campaigns. When her eldest began college, Becky   looked for the perfect opportunity to return to the workforce on her own terms. B.I.G. enables her to utilize her experience in a new, entrepreneurial pursuit and importantly, help other women take the next step in their lives.

 

Today, Becky manages all the day-to-day transactions that come with running a successful business.  She oversees all website administration, training, and financial management of the company.  Her first love, however, is participating in B.I.G. meetings throughout the network.  
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