Second in my exposés of AOWL leadership is Carly Kortuem. Carly has worked at Academy of Whole Learning since 2014. She started as Business Manager recognizing our need for financial systems. She managed the operations and financials for AOWL by directing all financial accounting and reporting functions, including cash flow, budgets and quarterly financial projections. Additionally she managed the HR benefits and additional administrative activities of the organization.
In 2018 our board of trustees recognized the need for a strategic advancement department; Carly moved into the role of Director of Strategic Advancement once a full-time Director of Finance had been hired to take over her financial responsibilities. As the Director of Strategic Advancement, she is responsible for fundraising, marketing, alumni, strategic planning, and new this year, she leads our Capital Campaign. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Board of Trustees, Carly leads the advancement team to design and implement a comprehensive, results-oriented fundraising plan that includes annual fundraising, major and planned giving, campaigns and special events. She is responsible for effectively maintaining, building, and strengthening AOWL's philanthropic partners through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Carly, as our Director of Strategic Advancement, serves on several relevant Board of Trustee committees, and the Division Heads leadership team.
Carly is a team-oriented, highly motivated person who thrives in a fast-paced, challenging environment. Prior to AOWL, Carly was the founder and president of a 501c3 nonprofit, Peerly Social; An Autism Network, which matched neurotypical university students with young adults with neurodiversities to participate in social activities. Carly says, “Peerly Social equipped me with a variety of unique perspectives to help direct and lead AOWL’s strategic initiatives.”
We are thankful to have you on our team, Carly!