Patti Gillenwater, CEO
"It is my intention that we have a positive impact on everyone we meet."
As Elinvar's leader since 1995, Patti has built the Elinvar organization around her belief that great results stem from effective leadership and great leadership happens when leaders are working in an environment that supports them. "It is with exceptional leaders at the helm that organizations are able to create value for all of their stakeholders."
Bringing this belief to Elinvar’s mission driven clients brings optimal results for them and the people they serve. An agile leader, Patti has the ability to quickly grasp the essence of critical organization issues and see a road to solutions that create the desired results. She applies this talent to solving the leadership challenges of both individual leaders and their mission driven organizations.
With over 20 years of experience in executive search, leadership development and board service, Patti's varied and broad experience has been focused on understanding all aspects of what is needed for an individual to succeed when joining a new organization and what an organization can achieve when exploring leadership changes.
She applies this talent by advising nonprofit leaders and boards on strategic planning, succession planning and organizational assessments as well as the selection of new leaders for their organizations.
Patti began her career in recruiting following her tenure as a CPA. She gained financial and operational knowledge with two companies – Deloitte and International Paper Company. An honors graduate of the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Patti has received numerous certifications in assessments related to leadership and team performance. She is also a writer and speaker on leadership issues and currently writes articles on leadership for Philanthropy Journal. Patti completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education program – Governing for Nonprofit Excellence in 2012.
Current board service includes board member and Audit Committee Chair of NC Early Childhood Foundation, board of the Triangle Chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors and the Independent College Fund of NC and member of the Leadership Council of Wake Education Partnership. Past board service includes Association for Corporate Growth - Raleigh/Durham Chapter - Past President (2001 - 2012) and Global Board of the Association for Corporate Growth - Director (2008 - 2012) where she was recognized with the Meritorious Service Award in 2013 and Communities in Schools of Wake County.
Patti also provides board training on succession planning, board development and preparing for transition, as part of her community service to nonprofit leaders around the state.