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BNI Foundation® Welcomes Starr Director to Team

By: BNI Staff
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The BNI Foundation® is pleased to announce that Stephanie Starr has joined the team as the new Executive Director for the Foundation, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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With a focus on children and education, the BNI Foundation received its non-profit status at the end of 2016. “The BNI Foundation is poised for a watershed year due to the support of our newest team member,” said Board Chair, Jeff Stay of Miami, Florida.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Hunter College School of Social Work with a Masters of Social Work. She obtained her Project Management Professional certificate in August 2016 and has been a licensed clinical social worker since April 1997.

“Stephanie’s 14 plus years of leadership and management experience in both for-profit and non-profit agencies will benefit the BNI Foundation’s operations,” said Stay.

Starr’s former roles included directing complex strategic business initiatives in the areas of process improvement, organizational transformation, organizational restructuring and human capital management. Some of her accomplishments in her last position at a non-profit agency include increasing the agency budget by 67 percent, increasing annual campaign gifts by 41 percent, implementing a comprehensive and integrated client and donor software system, rebranding the agency (including logo), updating the agency website, developing a donor stewardship and legacy program and revamping all workflows and operations.

“We are very excited to bring Stephanie into the BNI Foundation to help us achieve our ambitious organizational goals,” said Stay. 

Stephanie has lived in Charlotte for almost 21 years with her husband, Steve and their three children. “I am very excited to use my skills and expertise to benefit a non-profit with such a great focus and opportunities as the BNI Foundation,” said Starr.

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