Andrea’s professional journey began at Apple Computers in Cupertino, California in 1986, right after the leadership transition from Steve Jobs to John Scully. At Apple, Andrea became passionate about technology, the leaders of paradigm-shifting ideas, and how companies were structured and managed to make it all happen.
Her position in sales force motivation led her to work in Internal Communications Strategy at Alcatel, a monolithic French global corporation manufacturing phone switching systems, mobile phones, business computers, high-speed trains, and satellite payloads. At Alcatel, working from Brussels and Paris, Andrea experienced the paradox of classic European management systems in the face of worldwide competition, government control of markets, and a hugely diverse workforce. Her challenge was to communicate strategy and effective management systems to thousands of international managers worldwide.
Andrea then obtained her Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, and on her way to determining if a Phd would satisfy her, she was recruited by Microsoft in 1993 to work in their management development area. Microsoft was far more tempting than a Phd, and Andrea spent the next seven years working with HR and line executives to create systems to identify, develop, and retain future leaders for the corporation. She also conducted organization development and strategic planning efforts with critical groups across the company and provided individual coaching to senior managers around their management, leadership, career decisions, and performance. The lessons at Microsoft were both life changing and intellectually transforming. In 2000, Andrea left Microsoft to build a coaching business independently, seeking a variety of clients in high technology, private equity, and the nonprofit world.