Ross has been an executive coach for over thirty-five years. Her experience comes from both national and international marketing experience on both the client and agency sides of the business. In addition, she has extensive experience as both a campaign manager and political strategist in partisan, nonpartisan, and referendum campaigns in North Carolina.
After earning her AB and MBA degrees from Duke University, she began her career at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, working on some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Kellogg, Pillsbury, Green Giant, McDonald’s, and Philip Morris. While most her time was spent in Chicago, she did a tour in the Taipei, Taiwan office for the agency, working on the Philip Morris Asia business.
With the creation of The Harris Partners, a marketing and communications consulting firm, Ross has continued to use her cumulative industry experience to guide her clients toward more innovative, more creative, and more effective marketing solutions.
After rising through the ranks to become VP, she left Leo Burnett for the more familiar surroundings of North Carolina. Back in her home state, she became a Divisional VP at Burlington Industries, leading the Lees Carpet brand. A move back to the agency side found her in a Senior VP role at Trone, where she worked on several key accounts, including Duke University Health System, Century Furniture, Uniroyal Tires, Tetra (United Pet Group’s Aquatic Division), and Liggett Vector Brands.
In 2007, Ross accepted an offer from the only person for whom she hadn’t already worked—herself. With the creation of The Harris Partners, a marketing and communications consulting firm, Ross has continued to use her cumulative industry experience to guide her clients toward more innovative, more creative, and more effective marketing solutions.
In 2014, Ross became the Executive Director of The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, the oldest non-partisan leadership training program for those who want to enter public service, both elected and appointed. In addition to her campaign management and political strategist experience, Ross is well-known in the Triad area for her recent work as Project Manager for the Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center a two-year initiative that involved input from the entire Greensboro community. Her efforts included development, City Council approval, and community support for the project.
Ross’s personal experience has been a guiding influence on the causes and organizations that she champions. She is passionate about the fight against cancer and is past Chairperson of the Duke Cancer Institute’s Citizen’s Advisory Council. Ross is active at her alma mater, having served as President of the Duke University Alumni Association and as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, as well as the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Board of Visitors. She’s just as passionate about her hometown, serving as a member of the Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro’s Foundation Board of Directors, Greensboro Day School’s Board of Visitors, UNC-G School of Nursing’s Advisory Board, the Cone Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Greensboro Rotary Club, Greensboro Sports Council, the Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro, and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. She is devoted to her miniature apricot poodle, Henry, who, like Ross, is fan of golf and the Duke Blue Devils.