What's your story?

"Stories constitute the single most

powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”

 

Dr. Howard Gardner

Professor, Harvard University

 

Born and raised in New York, Meredith started her career at Time, Inc, packaging stories from the company’s flagship titles for use by television news affiliates, before leaving for South Africa, where she worked as a financial reporter for Business Day in Johannesburg. 

 

True to her lifelong interest in conservation, she soon began filing feature stories about the environment, and over the years has become known for her in-depth knowledge and reporting of issues associated with conservation and sustainable development.

For the past fifteen years, Meredith has served in both executive and non-executive capacities, helping governments, corporates and non-profits to tell their stories and raise capital. Her expertise covering business, combined with extensive knowledge of political and regulatory environments across the African continent, eventually led to her recruitment to head up the Africa team at Aldwych Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on Latin America and Africa. While there, she was responsible for all project origination for the Africa Group, as well as the production of all Africa-focused investor presentations and marketing materials. 

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In 2016 Meredith launched Pangolin LLC, and for the past four years has worked with both businesses and NGOs, advising on business development and creating strategic data-driven narratives to support fundraising and institutional growth. She is well-regarded for her creative thinking, as well as her ability to activate a global network of high-level executives and thought leaders in support of a variety of initiatives, particularly those aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meredith's work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Telegraph, VOGUE, Porter, Stella, Horizon (with the Wall Street Journal), SNOW (writer and editor-in-chief), Good Housekeeping, and The Lady, among others.. She has written for both documentary and feature film.

 

Meredith holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Graduate Diploma in Modern Art Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, on the advisory boards of Big Life Foundation and Stop Ivory, and a Trustee of ERuDeF (Cameroon). 

Strategic planning isn't strategic thinking.

One is analysis, and the other is synthesis.”

 

Henry Mintzberg

Harvard Business Review

 
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Where

EPI Activation, Hong Kong 

Crisis Group panel, Council on Foreign Relations

Tusk Trust 25th Anniversary

Kiang West National Park, The Gambia

Big Life Foundation, Kenya

US-Islamic World Forum, Doha

Studio189, Africa House

UN General Assembly 2018

Woburn Safari Park

Tusk USA launch

On assignment for SNOW, Portes du Soleil

Africa House

UN General Assembly 2018

"Effective stories are powerful because they drive action: 

spurring donations, mobilizing supporters, and more."

 

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

Social Impact Storytelling 

 

"If history were taught in the form of stories,

it would never be forgotten."

 

Rudyard Kipling

 

A professional writer and experienced fundraiser, Meredith consistently and creatively aligns her talents for storytelling and strategic business development to support institutional growth.

"Meredith has a well-deserved reputation for consistently and successfully raising awareness and financial support for initiatives, most notably those that support conservation and sustainable development. She is highly regarded for her extensive domain knowledge and high-level contacts, as well as for producing effective results."

John E. Scanlon AM

Special Envoy, African Parks Network

Former Secretary General CITES

“As Vice Chairman of the Board of the Museum for African Art, now known as The Africa Center, I had the opportunity to work closely with Meredith. From the first meeting when she was introduced to the Board, to the myriad experiences I had both in group and in one-on–one situations, I’ve been keenly aware of her professionalism, and her incredible knowledge and experience in fundraising philosophy and execution. Meredith is extremely articulate, and very comfortable and personable in an array of activities in which she’s been involved. Moreover, she’s an exceptionally hard working person.”

 

Jane Frank Katcher, MD  

"I've had the pleasure of working with Meredith through Big Life Foundation since early 2015. She has the rare ability to step back and see the big picture while also zeroing in on the most minute details. Meredith is a strategic thinker who operates with consummate discretion and professionalism, but is also very warm and accessible, with a genuine passion for and thorough understanding of conservation and sustainable development."

 

Kim McCoy J.D.

Executive Director, Big Life Foundation

"Meredith is a passionate, driven and well-respected advocate of conservation and sustainable development. Having managed her as a Development Executive and writer on a pilot for Discovery International, I know her to be exacting in her research, with strong writing as well as analytical skills and the ability to meet tough deadlines. I trust her professional judgement and highly recommend her."

Nicholas Claxton

Partner, WOW Media Communications Group

"Meredith is a skilled and resourceful business development professional. She possesses an enviable network of top flight influencers within business and government agencies to which she has ready access. And routinely provides valuable insights to strategy for effective project execution." 

Kamar Abass

Chief Executive Officer, Afrimax Ltd

“Meredith’s love for the alpine world, combined with her expertise in the business of luxury, background in conservation, and passion for the environment brought a lot to SNOW magazine. Having worked with Meredith for years as a writer, I have tremendous confidence in her ability.”

Barbara Sanders

Publisher, SNOW Magazine