This month’s CFAR Spotlight features Director of Marketing and Growth, Victoria Nessen. Victoria is an accomplished executive who has spent her career driving growth. Before joining CFAR, Victoria spent over 20 years as the dynamic founder of NK&A, a boutique growth strategy and marketing firm.

How long have you been with CFAR?
7  months

What do you enjoy most about your role?
The opportunity to think about our entire business, working across all our markets and with the entire team towards a united goal of growing CFAR and advancing our impact.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Curious-listeners, thought-partners, engaged

In five words or less, what advice would you give others in your profession?
Readily share positive thoughts and gratitude.

What is your current favorite book or podcast?
My two favorite podcasts are Hidden Brain and The Moth.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
To speak any language like a native—I could meet anyone from anywhere and instantly get to know them. 



What is one thing (either industry-related or not) you learned in the last month?
There was a terrific article in the New York Times about Dubai and the country’s approach to growth compared to other Arab nations. The article talked about choices made and choices ignored. Not only did the article broaden my thinking about current events, but also about how culturally we respond to change, opportunity and growth.

How do you define success?
I define success as knowing that each day, I did one tiny act to leave the world better than I found it. Pick up a piece of trash, hold a door, donate to a charity, support a friend, connect two people—these acts compound over time and leave a bigger impact than we will ever know. It makes me smile thinking about the ripple effect I might have.

What inspires you?
I look for inspiration from nature, art, and people.