Mariska has 25 years of experience in marketing, management, programming, and business development with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Most recently Mariska played a key role in the start-up and growth of Forté, a nonprofit that supports the advancement of women in business. During her 19-year tenure with Forté Mariska led the marketing efforts growing the organization’s brand, membership, and CRM activities. Mariska also served as Forté’s first Corporate Relations Director developing programs that would help recruit and retain top female talent. Today Forte has 110K members and 170 partner schools and companies.
Prior to Forté, Mariska led the Women in Business Initiative at Michigan’s Ross School of Business and also worked for 5 years with two different direct marketing agencies. Additionally, Mariska was a consultant to a variety of organizations including Zehno Cross Media Communications, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, and the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her consulting work included strategic marketing, business development, account management, program development, and speaker recruitment.
Mariska earned her B.A. degree from Boston College, lives in New Orleans with her husband and three children and is pursuing her master’s degree in gender studies at Tulane University. In addition to school, Mariska serves on the board of the national Coalition for Collegiate Women's Leadership, is the President of the NOLA Chapter for the American Marketing Association, consults for CENO (Campaign for Equity New Orleans) and sits on the PTSA Board for Lusher Charter School.