An Executive MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, Ms. Helfrich focused her studies on marketing and entrepreneurship. As a member of Columbia’s Hermes Society, she assisted the Admissions Office in providing recommendations on EMBA and MBA applicants. Ms. Helfrich’s professional experience includes launching several startups, including businesses in the nutrition and pet care industries. Her background also spans the technology, home decor, and education sectors. Previously, she held business development and sales leadership positions at both Fortune 500 companies and startups. Ms. Helfrich earned her undergraduate degree in communications at North Carolina State, where she serves as an advisory board member for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and as an interviewer for the Park Scholarship program.