Senior Management Team
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Mandell is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Consero. In this role, Mr. Mandell provides strategic leadership for the company with a rigid focus on excellence at every level of the business. Prior to founding Consero, Mr. Mandell founded and was the President of a national legal support company that was acquired in 2007. The successor entity was recognized as one of the world’s top legal process outsourcing companies during his continued tenure as President the following year. Prior to entering the business world, Mr. Mandell practiced law at Arnold & Porter LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, DC, and New York, New York, respectively, where he focused primarily on antitrust and pharmaceutical litigation. Prior to his law firm experience, Mr. Mandell clerked for the Honorable K. Michael Moore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Mandell has a Bachelor of Arts in government, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Mr. Mandell serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Foundation, and he is Chair of the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Board of Visitors. He has also served on the Board of the Yale Law School Fund and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mandell has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, and The ABA Journal, among others, and he is a frequent contributor to various publications on the topic of entrepreneurship.
Founder & Senior Vice President
William Card is a Founder and the Senior Vice President of Business Development of Consero. In this role, he is responsible for working with solution providers and partners who seek to benefit from Consero’s world-class Forums.
Prior to founding Consero, Mr. Card was Director of Brand Solutions at XMC Sports and Entertainment, a leading experiential marketing firm, where he assisted international consumer brands such as LG, FedEx, RIM, and TD Bank with their sponsorship marketing efforts and represented both the PGA’s RBC Canadian Open and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Mr. Card has extensive experience in global business conferences and senior-executive networking, having directed a team of high-performance sponsorship business development executives who created and built relationships with some of the world’s most prominent marketers. Prior to his work in the conferencing industry, Mr. Card was directly responsible for generating the revenue that propelled the Web-based event firm Honeycomb Worldwide Inc. to become one of Canada’s “Fastest Growing Companies” (Profit Magazine 2006).
Mr. Card began his career in advertising, developing print marketing programs for corporate clients with Torstar Corporation, where he quickly became the youngest account manager in the division’s history. His next post took him to Bermuda, where he managed a business development team for the country’s national newspaper, The Royal Gazette, assisting large international clients with advertising and recruitment solutions.
Founder & Senior Vice President
Jessica Druckman is a Founder and the Senior Vice President for Program Development of Consero. Ms. Druckman is responsible for conducting market research, writing program agendas, and organizing the faculties for Consero Forums. Through carefully-planned programming, Ms. Druckman ensures that Consero delegates leave each Forum with practical business skills that spur corporate growth.
Ms. Druckman has extensive experience working with senior-level executives to develop globally recognized one-on-one networking events in the legal, health care, human capital, information technology, and financial services industries. At Consero, she leverages a successful track record of engaging world-class faculty members to create Forums that address cutting-edge issues.
Prior to her work in the conferencing industry, Ms. Druckman worked as a paralegal in the commercial real estate practice at the New York law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Ms. Druckman has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University, where she played Varsity soccer.
Senior Director, Program Development
Christopher Boucher is Senior Director of Program Development at Consero. In this role, he is responsible for managing relationships with business leaders and product partners who seek to benefit from Consero’s world-class Forums.
Mr. Boucher is a seasoned veteran in the global business conference and senior-executive networking industries, having managed teams of high-performing researchers, event producers, and business development professionals. Prior to his work in the conferencing industry, Mr. Boucher contributed to and managed research campaigns in the legal and marketing industries.
Prior to joining Consero, Mr. Boucher was Senior Manager at a leading global conference company, where he designed, developed, and marketed event programming for leading industry executives with a focus in the legal and energy sectors. He received his B.A. in History from Williams College.
NATALIE COHEN SMITH
Senior Director, Client Development
Natalie Cohen Smith is Senior Director of Client Development at Consero. In that role, she is responsible for developing and managing a diverse portfolio of strategic partners. In addition, she plays a critical role in maximizing the value derived by Consero’s partners—before, during, and after their on-site experience.
Ms. Smith brings to Consero a wealth of experience working in domestic and international markets, with a particular focus on the legal industry. As one of the most senior members on the Consero team, she has applied her broad partner-engagement skill set consistently to ensure that the experience of Consero’s sponsoring partners, and those partners themselves, reflect the high standards that characterize the Consero mission.
Prior to joining Consero, Ms. Smith held a variety of leadership roles in the production of corporate, private, and non-profit events. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Gavan O’Farrell is Senior Director & Head of EMEA Operations at Consero. Based in Consero’s Dublin office, Mr. O’Farrell is responsible for developing and managing relationships with partners and solution providers who seek to benefit from Consero’s world-class Forums. In addition to his Forum-related efforts, Mr. O’Farrell is integral to the expansion of Consero’s growing footprint in Europe.
Prior to joining Consero, Mr. O’Farrell worked across multiple sectors including banking, finance, communications and politics. Mr. O’Farrell has played rugby at the highest level in his native Ireland and has also represented the country’s national baseball team.
Mr. O’Farrell received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Anthropology from the National University of Ireland.