Know Your Hubber: Stacy Whittle

With spring comes changes, and Hubber Stacy Whittle knows what that's like. She is starting her new role as Business Development Director at Hub Member Forum One, after working at Free Range, a previous Hub Member organization. 

Stacy is all about bringing people together, which is why she makes such an excellent collaboration activity leader here at the Hub. Stacy has been an amazing resource working with a group of Hubbers in our Communications and Branding Guild. 

Stacy Whittle with her two sons at a premiere 

Stacy Whittle with her two sons at a premiere 

Stacy Whittle

Job Title and Organization
Business Development Director, Forum One

Tell us what problems your organization is trying to solve and how they are doing that.
Forum One is a full-service digital agency working with mission-driven organizations to create stunning designs, smart messaging and custom-built technology tools. From digital production to print design, our services run the gamut of strategy, branding, messaging, and campaign development. We work with organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the American Red Cross, Oxfam, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of History and Culture to help them extend their influence in the areas they care about most.

How do you help in doing this?
I build trusted relationships with our clients and internal project teams. My primary role is to help build Forum One’s pipeline and network and increase our market presence through proactive business development and unique marketing efforts. I have strong analytical and operational capabilities, as well as organizational intelligence. I act as primary point of contact with key decision makers through larger projects. I am a strategic thinker, a great communicator and have a sharp eye for detail.

What are some new exciting projects your organization is working on?  
Take a look at Forum One’s work on their website.  From the National Museum of African History and Culture —which just won a Webby Award for best website in the cultural institutions category!— to MercyCorps, Forum One works with some of the biggest and most interesting clients out there!  

What do you like most about being a part of the Hub community? 
I am most excited about the diversity of people and organizations.  I enjoy helping the Hub community understand the importance of strategic branding through my weekly communications and branding office hours.  (To find out more, join me every Tuesday from 11 am-1 pm in the kitchen.) As we move towards more collaborative thinking, we can take advantage of group genius to solve problems.  

Together is always stronger. Teams work.

Where is the most exotic place you’ve traveled?
Nakasongola, Uganda. Not sure if this qualifies as most exotic, but when I was with Save the Children many years ago, I visited a school we had funded in a small village in Uganda.  I’ll never forget how gracious everyone was.  The village chief brought my team to a village meeting and presented us with a dozen eggs.  Eggs were very hard to come by, so it was a real honor to be feted this way.  I will never forget that day.  It was that experience that led me to working in international development for more than a decade.

What keeps you motivated?
More than anything, what makes me skip to work is knowing that I'm helping purpose driven organizations and companies tell more impactful stories.  We all know that facts alone don’t matter anymore, so those of us working in the philanthropic space will have to pay more serious attention to messaging and the way we position ourselves to ensure long term sustainability.

What is the one book or article that inspires you?
This is the hardest question to answer.  There are so many.   I would have to say a poem by Langston Hughes called “Mother to Son”.

My Mother used to read it to my brothers and now I regularly read it it to my sons. It’s about how life “ain’t” easy.  Makes me cry every time I read it.

Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—

But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

If you could have another careersky’s the limitwhat would it be and why?
Actor.  I am a repertory actor on the side, but in another life, I would act full time.  You can see me onstage beginning May 16th in a Scena Theatre production of Fear Eats the Soul.

It may surprise you that:

  • I run a self defense course for women

  • I have never drunk anything carbonated (that includes beer and champagne!)

  • I am the youngest of six kids

I can’t live without:

  • My sons

  • The theater

  • Red wine

  • Philz coffee