Member Since 2019
Madeleine Niebauer founded vChief in 2016 to provide chief of staff support to busy executives on a part-time or interim basis. Maddy is a seasoned executive with two decades of experience across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Madeleine spent 5 years as a Chief of Staff at Teach For America, working virtually with a member of the organization's leadership team. She loved the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of the work, and the ability to truly leverage a leader's time so they could be more productive and successful. She knew many leaders could benefit from this service on a part-time basis, which inspired her to launch vChief. Most recently, Madeleine was the Vice President of Strategy, Learning, and Operations at Teach For America. Prior to joining TFA, Madeleine was a strategy consultant for foundations and nonprofit organizations at The Bridgespan Group, a spin-off of Bain and Co. Earlier in her career, Madeleine managed a tutoring center with SCORE! Educational Centers and served in the Peace Corps in Ivory Coast. Madeleine earned a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was president of the Social Enterprise Club. She was recently the Vice Chair of the board of directors for One City Early Learning Centers. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin and has three elementary aged daughters, who all share her love of globetrotting, camping, and family fun.
If you want to build a business that’s still around in five or 10 years, I believe balancing your life and work is the smartest way to grow both your impact and revenue.
This is the ideal place for women to gain a stronghold into the inner workings of an organization’s leadership.
Hiring for a senior position at a company usually requires a lot more time and effort than hiring for other positions. In many cases, business owners may have a hard time finding the most effective way to source senior talent for their organization. You don't want to lose out on great talent, but you also need to spot the best talent out of the field of applicants, because making a wrong hire at this level can spell disaster for the organization.
It may be the game-changer you need to stay afloat.
There are a few key indicators and many of them come down to time and efficiency.
Growing a business seems like a simple prospect, and it can be deceptively simple on paper. However, once you start to delve into the heart of the matter, you realize that a service-based business requires some deep thought before you can scale it.
As many of us continue to navigate the world of remote work for the foreseeable future, we can begin to harness the multiple opportunities that it offers.
Learning from others is vital to your success.
Now is the time to reflect on how you manage yourself and how you manage others.
In any work environment, new teammates or employees need to be picked with careful consideration as a wrong hire risks threatening office balance and even worse, affecting the entire team’s morale and productivity. After all, the temperament and emotional intelligence of each team member can be crucial to how efficient and effective the business is as a whole.
Company culture is the foundation of how a business functions. When a business hires new employees, there can be a tendency for those newcomers to shape company culture through their personalities. On rare occasions, these people can be charismatic enough to change company culture completely. If the changes benefit the organization, then this might be a good thing.
An awkward conversation can be a minefield -- one wrong move could spell disaster. The stakes are even higher within a workplace environment. Since colleagues tend to be in close quarters throughout the day, uncomfortable situations that stem from these difficult conversations can fester and lead to unhappiness for both parties.
Think outside the box to attract top talent in today's competitive hiring market.
vChief is a virtual chief of staff service supporting leaders from all sectors and domains, who are looking for high-level strategic support but who don't need or may not have resources for a full time staff member in the role. We help align our client's time with their personal and organizational priorities, ensuring it is maximized. We lead strategic planning, manage projects, support internal and external communications, plan events & conferences, and create systems and processes that enable teams to operate at peak capacity. Using a collaborative needs assessment, we work with clients to identify the areas in which they and their organizations need the most support, and direct our efforts to those areas, to ensure executives time is focused where they can make the most impact.