carole hyatt

CAROLE HYATT, Founder and President

Carole Hyatt is the Founder and President of MISSION: GETTING TO NEXT, a career transition program widely recognized as the essential first step for women in leadership and senior executive positions in the private, public, not-for-profit and military sectors. In partnership with The WorkPlace, MGTN is based on Hyatt’s world-renowned Leadership Forum’s foundational seminar GETTING TO NEXT, which has a 40-year track record of success helping thousands of women – and men – triumph over difficult transition periods. Hyatt is an acknowledged leader in her field, a best-selling author, successful business pioneer, educator and executive coach. Her books, The Woman’s Selling Game, Shifting Gears, Lifetime Employability, and When Smart People Fail have profoundly impacted the lives and careers of millions of women and men across the globe, guiding them in their own fields and moving them in new directions. Augmenting the books, Hyatt has provided highly effective workshops for each title over the span of many decades and has coached individuals and lectured groups on four continents – teaching them how to articulate new goals and ultimately reach their aspirations. She has addressed women in sales and marketing in public arenas worldwide from Columbia, The New School, Syracuse, Michigan and Brandeis, to schools in England, Japan, India, Malaysia, Germany and South Africa, and her seminars have been taught in corporations, including as Deloitte Touche, American Express, and Bank of South Africa.


JOAN D. FIRESTONE, Executive Director

Joan D. Firestone brings decades of experience in the non-profit, profit and government sectors to her role as Executive Director of Mission: Getting To Next. Her commitment to issues of the arts and education as global agents of change, and facilitating gender equity are relevant to meeting the organizational challenges. Her leadership strengths were honed as Assistant Director of the NY State Council on the Arts; her successful business venture as President of Primary Design Galleries, Director of Economic Development and Cultural Advisor in the Office of the NYC Comptroller and Executive Director of the award-winning story-telling organization, The Moth. Firestone maintains an active role in the theater community in the development of new works and the support of emerging artists. Off Broadway producing credits include works by, David Mamet, Joseph Stein, Anne Meara and Robert Ackerman. She sits on the Boards of The Moth and En Garde Arts.

MGTN Board of Directors

CAROLE HYATT, Founder and President
JENNIFER N. EDSON, CEO
JOAN D. FIRESTONE, Executive Director
LARA S. WEINBERG, Managing Director

SARAH FRANK, Co-Chair, MGTN; Former President & CEO, BBC Worldwide Americas
MARIANNE WATSON, Co-Chair, MGTN; Brigadier General U.S. Army (Ret)
MARILYN ABALOS, Treasurer, MGTN; Administration and HR Manager, Dance Theater of Harlem
ELLEN SILLS-LEVY, Secretary, MGTN; President & CEO, ESL Insights, LLC

AMY S. COURTER, Major General Civil Air Patrol/U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Ret); President of the Board, Women in Defense
BERNADETTE HERWARD DAVIDA, J.D. Partner, Polsinelli Law Firm
ARTHUR DeGROAT, Ph.D., Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army (Ret); Director of Military Affairs, Kansas State University
NATALIE D. HAHN, Ed.D., Founder and President, Malaika Foundation
ELLEN HURWITZ, Ph.D., President Emerita, American University of Central Asia; Sr. Consultant, Stevens Strategy
JUDITH KIPPER, Director of Middle East Programs, Institute of World Affairs (IWA)
EDEN MURRIE, Brigadier General U.S. Air Force (Ret); CEO, Murrie Consulting, LLC
WON PALISOUL, Founder, Women Veterans and Families Network
KELLY WELLES, President, Welles Financial Services

Advisory Board

CAROL EGGERT, Brigadier General and Assistant Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (Ret); Vice President, Military and Veterans Affairs, Comcast
ULRIKA NILSSON, President, Redcircle International, Inc.
MARIA DEL PILAR RYAN, Ph.D., Colonel U.S. Army (Ret); Founder and President, Gandia Leadership Group
WILMA VAUGHT, Brigadier General U.S. Air Force, (Ret); President Emeritus, Board of Directors, Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation
CHARITY WALLACE, Founder and Principal, Wallace Global Impact