Vicki is the principal consultant and founder of Prospera Partners, a consulting firm that works with localists, small business owners, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofits on thoughtful business planning, systems change, transformational leadership, and more. She is people-centered and passionate about teaching, guiding, and facilitating clients through strategies to do better by doing good – for themselves, their business, and their communities.
At Prospera Partners Vicki designs and facilitates retreats, workshops, and communities of practice that will inspire community leaders and social entrepreneurs for transformational action. She also works with small business owners and social entrepreneurs to grow programs and business with thoughtful, step-by-step localism strategies for success that include marketing, press, and business planning. Her Master of Arts in Theatre Directing, training in the Art of Hosting and World Café methods of facilitation, and early days as a theatrical director, playwright, and an activist performer (no, really!) help Vicki bring humor, heart, and actionable tasks to anything she designs or leads.
When she’s not consulting or facilitating on all things local (and transforming leaders and businesses to do social good) she’s speaking or blogging about it. Her articles have appeared in publications like The Nonprofit Quarterly, Green Fire Times, Philanthropy Journal and others, and she has given keynotes and presentations across the country on everything from local economies to healthy food systems and more.
Before founding Prospera Partners in 2012, Vicki served as the executive director of the Santa Fe Independent Business Alliance, where it grew to become one of the largest local economy business networks in the US, with a successful and award-winning Farm to Restaurant Project that impacted the local community for lasting economic change, and as a fellow for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Other honors include being named Young Careerist, a 40 under Forty Business Executive designation by New Mexico Business Weekly, and serving on Santa Fe’s City Business and Quality of Life Committee, the City of Albuquerque’s Living Cities Leadership Team, and Santa Fe’s Catalyzing Jobs Committee. Vicki is a current Advisory Board Member of Design Corps Santa Fe and the Hispanic-American Institute.
Vicki comes from an Italian-Canadian immigrant family of business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers, cooks, and storytellers and she suspects that her solutions-oriented spirit, love for all things local, and interest in working toward the greater good is rooted in this upbringing.