November 12th - 13th, 2018
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ET
WHYY Public Media Commons
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
President & CEO, Special Olympics District of Columbia
Nicole Preston is an accomplished executive passionate about helping non-profits maximize their impact on the communities they serve. Nicole brings thirty years of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations both in the U.S. and abroad, now serving as President and CEO of Special Olympics DC since July 2016 where she is transforming the organization to better serve the population of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the District. Prior to this position, she was Managing Director of National Campaign Development at the American Diabetes Association where she led the growth of the signature fundraising events from $6 million to more than $29 million annually. Prior to that, Nicole managed large-scale charity events for several charitable organizations including the AIDSRide cycling events and 3-Day Breast Cancer walks, and was instrumental in developing the structure and strategies that led to exponential growth.
In the corporate arena, she began her career with Hewlett-Packard in San Jose, California, then held several positions in management and finance in Fortune 100 corporations including the opening team of Euro Disney in Paris, France. She is a lifelong athlete who has competed in many sports, and continues to be an avid cyclist, skier and tennis player. She serves on the board of the League of American Bicyclists and volunteers with several local organizations. Nicole holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida A&M University, the School of Business & Industry, and studied at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne.