Becky joined SPMB in 2015 and together with Nicole North is spearheading SPMB’s Consumer practice. She joined SPMB from Korn Ferry, where she co-founded the Consumer Digital sector; earlier in her career she worked for Russell Reynolds Associates, FAO Schwarz and Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co, a private investment firm.
She holds an MBA in Finance from New York University, a BBA from George Washington University, and a certificate in management from the Stockholm School of Economics. Becky grew up in Milwaukee and (happily) now lives in Marin.
What sports star would you most like to meet?
LeBron James. I’m a HUGE basketball fanatic and I think he’s the perfect athlete because he’s a great role model as a player and a person.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Physically, it’s the Racing The Planet ultras. They are 250 k/170 mile self supported runs through some of the harshest terrain on earth. I’ve done the events they’ve hosted in Sri Lanka, the Gobi Desert in China and the Atacama Desert in Chile. During the race I’m miserable – running in 100 degree heat with a 20 lb backpack, not enough water, freeze dried food I’m too tired to eat, sleeping on the rocky ground hoping wild animals don’t steal your stuff … it’s pure misery. And after every race, I can’t wait to sign up for the next one! I’ve also done Ironmans and other ultras, but nothing compares to Racing The Planet.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m an Ayn Rand fan. I read Atlas Shrugged every January.
What’s the most non-traditional job you’ve ever had?
I worked on a Presidential campaign once where for 4 months pretty much all I did was fake the candidates “autograph” on photos he then sent to supporters. He had nice handwriting and I didn’t, so I eventually got transferred to a different job.
What three things would you like to change in the world?
Education. Healthcare. Logistics. The first two are obvious, but the third is the most important. So many problems in the world exist in parallel universes. We have people starving, but throw away millions of lbs of food a day. Some places flood, others suffer from drought. Wouldn’t it be great if we could move resources around the world in the blink of an eye?