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Our Goal: Our Clients' Success

vChief works with a wide range of clients nationwide. No matter their business challenges, we are driven to help them achieve success and enable their teams and leaders to maximize their potential and growth opportunities. We are strategic thought partners, expert communicators and skilled at meeting the needs of our clients. 

Read some of the great things our clients are saying about our virtual chief of staff services.

AKB Strategies

vChief matched me with a chief of staff who understood my needs and how to work effectively in a way that matches our start-up culture. Sarah is working independently to solve systems challenges I have no time to take on. Great service. 

 

- Ann Brown, Owner & Principal, AKB Strategies

Chicago International Charter School

During my time with vChief, CICS was embarking on an aggressive new 3-year strategy. While we were staffing up, I needed someone who could jump in fast to free up my capacity as the CEO. During this period of transition, Liz put structures into place such as an implementation tracker for our strategic plan, meeting routines, culture routines, and new communications that have endured and made for a smoother transition for our new team. She was highly organized, efficient, a great problem solver and great at building systems. I valued her strategic thought partnership and she provided me with helpful constructive feedback and suggestions. I would highly recommend vChief to any CEO looking to spend more time on their biggest priorities!

 

- Elizabeth Shaw, CEO, Chicago International Charter School

Maxton & Co.

vChief has given me peace of mind by allowing me to entrust important projects to my chief of staff. I know the work will be done thoroughly and competently. 

 

- Kishan Madamala, CEO

Teach for America

At the onset of launching a system level strategic initiative, I determined that I needed an individual who could serve as both a strategic partner and an operational strategist.  After seeking out the services of vChief, and engaging Nisha Dass as our consultant, I got much more than that.  I could draft a long list of the skills and expertise that she brought to the project and our organization but that would take a really long time to craft and I am sure I would miss something.  Instead, I will simply share that her work was invaluable to my team and the project.  Nisha is a skilled strategist who provided advice that allowed is to continuously center on both the “why” and “how”.  She was able to share and employ various methods ensuring we were on track to meet our stated outcomes and keeping us committed to action (even if that included re-evaluating our strategy to outcome).  Nisha simply fit - she was a true partner from the beginning offering transparency and investment in our success.  Engaging vChief and Nisha was an excellent decision and we continue to benefit from that partnership. 

 

- Ashanta Evans Blackwell
Deputy General Counsel

Braven

vChief is a life-saver for small companies that are growing leanly or going through transitions. Working with Vandy has been seamless. She jumped right in and made herself part of our small but mighty team with little direction and a lot of resourcefulness and judgment. She is a strong executor, incredibly detailed-oriented and organized, and so easy to work with. She more than fills a need - she has added tremendous value and thought partnership.   

 

- Sheila Lopez
New Jersey Executive Director

Cinereach

Things are going fantastically with our vChief consultant Naomi. She onboarded fast and developed a real passion for our organization, which enabled her to offer solutions and ideas in tune with our ethos and staff culture. She's transforming our approach to operations, as well as supporting us with hiring, onboarding, coaching managers, and strategic planning. Most importantly, she has been a pragmatic and thoughtful sounding board. She adapts to challenges and is open to different approaches tailored to our unique needs. She also brings positive energy to every meeting and interaction. I'm so impressed with vChief and how well they responded to our needs. I can't recommend them more highly.

 

- Phil Engelhorn, Executive Director, Cinereach

OneGoal

vChief was an amazing partner to us.  We would highly recommend them for COS services.  We intend to use them again in the future!

 

- Jeff Nelson, CEO, OneGoal

Teach for America - Houston

I have to admit that I was skeptical that anyone would be able to effectively step-in and add capacity to our Leadership Team when our COS went on maternity leave, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Vandy took the time to get extremely clear on what we needed from her and then quickly built the context she needed to support us.  We knew that she would be there to help us keep our work moving forward, help us adjust course as needed, and ultimately ensure that we made real progress in our work together.  I am so thankful to Vandy and the vChief team for partnering with us this year.

 

- Tiffany Cuellar Needham, Executive Director

Mind Share Partners

Maddy is a matchmaker extraordinaire! At a minimum, I had hoped that vChief would provide me with someone to help with finance and operations for my new nonprofit, which are two areas that I don't particularly enjoy. I ended up with a Chief of Staff who I consider to be a unicorn. Not only does she genuinely love finance and ops, but she also has nonprofit startup experience and a can-do attitude, is incredibly efficient, has been generous in sharing her network, and is a true thought partner in all aspects. Even our personalities are a great fit. I couldn't have asked for anyone better. I highly recommend the quality of vChief's team.

 

- Kelly Greenwood, Founder & CEO, Mind Share Partners

Camelback Ventures

I first learned about vChief from one of their first clients. As a startup CEO, there are so many needs that you are trying to fill. Our vChief, Ami, has come in and filled so many gaps. She is my right-hand when it comes prepping for board meetings. She has stepped in and built processes for us around operations and finance that has allowed us to step up our game in a major way. Ami is also a great sounding board - sometimes you need someone to knock ideas against for feedback. If we didn't have a vChief we'd still be trying to tread water as an organization. Instead, we're swimming downstream because of Ami.

 

- Aaron Walker, Founder & CEO

ProInspire

Our consultant from vChief has brought valuable experience and perspectives, enabling me to handoff some key projects with confidence.  

 

- Monisha Kapila, Founder & CEO

Teach For America

Having Vandy help organize and strategically plan how to tackle big projects freed up time for me (and my whole team actually) enabling us to focus in on our execution. She was willing to do the research on the front-end, send me updates, have weekly check-ins to make sure we are on the same page. She really was a lifesaver.  

 

- Laura Gardner Rogers

Codespeak Labs

I started working with Virtual Chief of Staff when I was getting my new business up and running. I needed senior-level support from someone who could think big picture and help me tackle our core strategic questions, but I didn't have the resources to hire a full-time person. vChief was just what we needed.

 

The team at vChief are such a pleasure to work with-- friendly and fun, while being direct and efficient. vChief supports my organization through everything from contract negotiations to editing documents to benchmarking comparable organizations. They helped ensure we maximized our impact while also maximizing our profit.

 

Working with vChief has helped me prioritize my time, which has enabled my organization to achieve our goals. I highly recommend vChief!

 

- Jennifer Chiou, Founder

Stronger Consulting

I am incredibly grateful for the work that Carolyn and vChief have provided  to Stronger Consulting. My favorite part is that Cari was able to jump in to our work and begin adding value immediately. I really didn’t have the time to scope out every single special project and manage a contractor - so the model of vChief providing a highly competent team member to embedded themselves in our work was a perfect fit for us. 

 

- Mike Montoya, Founder & Principal

Kipp - New Jersey 

Working with vChief enabled us to conduct the rigorous benchmarking that was prerequisite to establish our talent strategy. Connie was able to assess where we are with our current talent practices and based on conversations with many other CMO share insights and recommendations that resonate with our team. This was possible because of the stop-at-nothing and analytical approach to answering the initial questions we outlined in our scope of work and also her keen ability to work across diverse personalities. It has been really great working with them!

 

- Vince Marigna, Chief People Officer

Possip 

As an entrepreneur launching a start-up -- while working in a big and meaningful job -- I needed someone who could help push the work forward.  Connie was just that person.  She has helped me make connections to the people and resources I need to get my start-up going.  She has also been a super helpful thought partner -- both pushing when I need to be pushed, and being a cheerleader when I need that.  She has provided me resources, great "starts" on key activities, etc.  Connie has been an integral part of Possip.

 

- Shani Dowell, CEO & Founder

Educators4Exellence

We worked closely with Maddy over the course of a year to help drive forward some special projects across our organization and to maximize our time and leadership as Co-CEOs. Maddy had an exceptionally unique ability to quickly gather essential organization and people-related context, manage both the macro strategy and micro execution, and anticipate needs before we even realized we had them. And, she's a lovely human and a pleasure to work with, to boot!

 

- Sydney Morris and Evan Stone, Co-CEOs

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Stubbs Logistics

I was often told that if I got a Chief of Staff my life would change, but now I know it from experience. My days are spent the way a CEO should spend them now, and our business is booked farther in advance then we ever had bookings before. We’re a more efficient, well-run business because of her addition.  

 

- Dr. Annis Stubbs, Founder & CEO

Achieve, Inc.

In a word, Jenn is absolutely terrific! She’s been a trusted and valuable thought partner, and especially good at translating thoughts into action – either hers or mine.

 

- Michael Cohen, President, Achieve, Inc.

Inquiry Partners

I'm very busy on all the RIGHT things now that Connie has been partnering with me. I'm thrilled she has directed me, encouraged me, both in my actual work product honing and creation. But she has also moved me to payroll systems, hired bookkeeping services, found me a website developer group we're in the middle of a contract with, contended with a messy EA cleanup, negotiation, onboarding and training of a new EA. She has recreated a messy, nonexistent P&L, fired my accountants, and is working toward getting me an accurate read of how much I'm spending on my working hours, She actively pushes me to create and do more, while also helping to protect the time I need to live my life as well. She's keeping a fantastic sense of humor through it all too, thank God! 

 

- Cara Miller, Founder, Inquiry Partners

Black Teacher Collaborative

Nikki is really doing a great job. We are leveraging her skills and experience strategically to build capacity and support long-term sustainability.  She is a great critical thinker, strong communicator, amazing team player, and highly organized.

 

- Hiewet Senghor,  CEO, Black Teacher Collaborative

OneGoal

My vChief chief of staff Danielle is excelling in her role and providing me with a lot of leverage as a leader. She is able to jump in, figure things out, and autonomously deliver on key projects. She doesn't need her work to be perfectly delegated; she figures out where she is needed and morphs to meet the need. She has engendered confidence with my team, and they see her as part of the OneGoal team. She doesn't drop balls --- big or small. Once I know she has something, she has it. She has been particularly helpful as a thought-partner and her background in finance has been a major plus. When I need something, she has built a good sense of where to go for it and can move work without me as the conduit. Admittedly, I initially couldn't picture how that would happen for a virtual chief of staff even though it is such a critical part of a COS role. I'm very grateful for the support vChief has provided to me and our organization.

 

- Kwame Griffith, President, OneGoal

Phoenix Collegiate Academy

This help is ridiculously good. Very high quality. My chief of staff Kara has a great willingness to do anything, provide advice as a thought partner, and get involved and invested to the level she feels like a teammate. I just wish I had even more of her time. I love working with her and regularly recommend vChief services to other leaders I know.

 

- Akshai Patel, CEO

Braven

Maddy has proved an invaluable resource to me as a strategic thought partner, a key communicator, and a master executor. She is uniquely able to juggle a thousand different tasks with ease. She was critical in Braven's start-up period, leading our HR and Finance functions, planning team retreats, leading risk management, and helping establish our 501c3 status. She also helps ensure I stay on track with my many competing priorities, helps prepare and follow up from all of my meetings, whips up presentations with ease, and drafts innumerable internal and external communications. I have complete trust in Maddy - she is a steel-trap with confidential information and demonstrates the strongest judgment. And she does it all with humor and grace.

 

With vChief, she has built a team of stellar chiefs of staff. In addition to Maddy, we've had two other vChief team members support our regional leaders at Braven, and could not be more satisfied with their work!

 

- Aimée Eubanks Davis, Founder & CEO

Teach For America - Baltimore

Jenn was a huge asset to me personally and to TFA Baltimore during a period of transition between Chiefs of Staff.  She was incredibly fast at getting up to speed on context and building relationships and able to add value almost immediately.  I was so grateful to have her support during a critical period for our organization and team.

 

- Courtney Cass
Executive Director, Teach For America Baltimore

Phoenix Collegiate Academy

vChief was an incredible tool! I had help with analyzing data and looking for trends, which helped me to actually use all the information available to me when making decisions and planning how to best move my organization forward.

 

- Carrie Larson, Academic Director, Phoenix Collegiate Academy

Caspian Agency

I was often told that if I got a Chief of Staff my life would change, but now I know it from experience. My days are spent the way a CEO should spend them now, and our business is booked farther in advance then we ever had bookings before. We’re a more efficient, well-run business because of her addition.  

 

- Heather Mason, Founder & CEO

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