Following an uncommonly diverse executive career—in a Fortune 100 airline, two global nonprofits, a major civic organization, plus service on boards in healthcare, financial services, and higher education—Vicki Escarra is now focusing her talents and her passion for helping others succeed as a My Next Season Advisor. Vicki’s dual career in corporate and nonprofit life has honed herperspective, leadership, and advising skills. Throughout her career Vicki has mentored others and has attracted a followership of great talent through high integrity, listening, and empowering others. She thoroughly understands the distinct roles of board member, CEO, and senior management, having been in all three, making her a valuable asset to the clients she serves.
Over 30 years at Delta Airlines, Vicki became the highest-ranking woman in aviation, overseeing $15B in revenue and 52,000 employees as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Customer Service. As Global CEO of the microfinance charity Opportunity International, she led 20,000 staff and 30,000 donors to help 17 million clients in 22 countries rise from poverty and strengthen their families and communities. As President/CEO of the premier food bankFeeding America, she increased donations 300%, doubled the population served, and established corporate partnerships that quadrupled revenue to make Feeding America a $1.2B organization, the nation’s third-largest nonprofit.
Vicki is a civic leader,having chaired the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, working with the mayor. Her present or former board service includes DocuSign Advisory, Centene, HealthNet, A.G. Edwards, Roosevelt University, Emory University, Committee of 200, Sesame Workshop, The Chicago Network, and The Economic Club of Chicago. She lives in Chicago, has two adult daughters, and enjoys sports, outdoor activities, travel, reading, and supporting her beloved Chicago Cubs.