Ellen Moran executive vice president and general manager for the D.C. office of Hill + Knowlton Strategies. (Chet Susslin)Ellen Moran
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
"I've always been one of those people who likes to jump out of bed in the morning and get to work," Ellen Moran, 49, tells me. In March, Moran's morning routine took a new turn: She moved over to consulting firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies from sister agency Dewey Square Group, the public-affairs firm where she began as a principal in 2012. The opportunity to manage people is what led her to make the leap, she says. Now executive vice president and general manager for the D.C. office of H + K, which specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation management, and crisis communications, Moran's biggest priority, she says, is nurturing talent: The firm's people are "what makes us great." Before entering the consulting world, the native of Amherst, Massachusetts, served in the Obama administration as White House communications director and then as chief adviser to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.
Jen Beltz is the vice president of global communications at BSA | The Software Alliance. (Chet Susslin)Jen Beltz
BSA | The Software Alliance
Last month, Jen Beltz became vice president of global communications at BSA | The Software Alliance—a trade group that represents software companies' interests with respect to trade policy, data policy, and patent reform. The new post is a significant departure from her prior one: campaign manager for Evan Falchuk, who ran as an independent candidate for governor in Massachusetts. (He lost, but he succeeded in founding the state's United Independent Party.) The Dayton, Ohio, native—who turns 46 this week—says she owes her versatility to a peripatetic childhood: "The good thing about moving a lot is you learn to adapt very quickly, and that's why the different types of jobs I've done seem to come naturally to me," she says. In her new job, Beltz hopes to change the way we think about software. When most people hear the word, she says, they still think of what's on their PCs—not, say, the programs that help predict tsunamis. "But software is immeasurably broader in today's world."