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, Co-Founder, President, Chief Operating Officer, Emeritus
A graduate of Yale University, Rebecca Hull holds an MBA in Marketing and
Finance from the Columbia School of Business. Becky has over 25 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
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
While at B.I.G., Becky managed all the day-to-day transactions that came with
running a successful business, including developing the processes and programs
that brought B.I.G. from an idea to a company that hosts monthly meetings in
five states and bringing B.I.G.’s concept to more than 2500 members. She oversaw website administration, training,
and financial management of the company. As of year end, 2014, She has subsequently retired
from the daily operations of the company and like so many of the women at B.I.G.,
has chosen to take the next step in her professional life.