BUSINESS AND SPEAKER BIO
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Connie Johnson Hambley has over 25 years of business experience in finance, law, and entrepreneurial enterprises. Always interested in what is new and emerging, Connie’s extensive relationships have connected her with inventors and investors spanning companies from biotech to Clean Tech. In tandem with pursuing her career, Connie has leveraged her industry knowledge into distinctive writing engagements. Connie has been a Featured Columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and an invited contributor to Nature Biotechnology, MassachusettsHighTech, and Financial Advisor. Most recently, her writing pursuits include the release of suspense thrillers, The Charity, The Troubles, and The Wake. Connie is a dynamic speaker on many topics and is a featured speaker with the Sisters in Crime Speakers Bureau.
Launching successful books is similar to launching a business and Connie has experience on both sides of the business startup area. As Chief Operating Officer of a New York-based children’s furnishings company and as president and founder of her own company, Connie has worked extensively in the venture capital and angel funding networks writing business plans and presenting businesses to the VC community. She has used those connections and the knowledge gained through them to help emerging companies source the best possible talent and create dynamic teams. Connie understands the full spectrum of pressures involved in making entrepreneurial dreams into reality.
Connie’s entry into the writing world began when she researched and wrote articles for BusinessWeek.com on the promise of angiogenesis therapies. The physicians and scientists she met through that article piqued her interest in the business of drug discovery and bringing those therapies to market. Connie's consistent access to industry leaders provided insight into the surprising growth areas in today's economy. The ability to articulate difficult concepts into interesting and readable articles set the stage for her future success in writing fiction!
Connie continues to draw on her breadth of experience in creating reader communities and managing her “book business.” Additional business experience includes being a Vice President for a major Boston bank, where she managed daily cash flow, investment position and portfolios of corporations. Her legal experience includes Fidelity Investments, also of Boston, where she worked closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the management of mutual funds. Each experience forms the basis of plot lines in her books and helps with the day-to-day management of social media and marketing.
Early in her career, she was a co-director and general partner of a talent and advertising firm where she created targeted ad campaigns giving her experience in all advertising mediums. Connie has also been an adjunct professor of finance at the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College pioneering graduate-level courses in treasury management in conjunction with the Treasury Management Association.
Connie is an avid skier and cyclist and loves horseback riding and scuba diving. One scuba diving adventure to Belize was featured in Outside Magazine and a unique and successful working arrangement was featured in a book, Momprenuers Online by Patricia Cobe and Ellen H. Parlapiano. Perigee Books. Current volunteer endeavors include working as a horse handler for Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding Center - helping those with physical and mental disabilities access the joy and thrill of riding - and is an active member of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Being a mentor for young professionals in science through the Boston chapter of the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association has helped her to "walk the walk" in actively cultivating strong and confident women.
Connie has also been a member of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Association. She has ridden horseback in the jungles of Central America, walked barefoot along ancient Mayan ruins, kissed the Blarney Stone, walked the Great Wall of China, and looks forward to her next trip to Shanghai.
Interviews include Massachusetts’ Horse Magazine: A Wild Ride; Boston’s Literati Scene TV Show; as Hallie Ephron’s guest on Jungle Red Writers: Ireland, Horses, and Senseless Fire; as Hank Phillippi Ryan’s guest on Femmes Fatales blog: True Grit: Do You Have It?; Pawling Public Radio; Blog Talk Radio; Rounded Corner of the Writing World; Poughkeepsie Journal In Minutes, A Generation’s Work Destroyed by Flames, and (Australian Author) Penny de Byl’s Five Minute Profile.
Her short stories, Giving Voice and Black Ice won acceptance in Best New England Crime Stories: Windward and Snowbound, respectively, published by Level Best Books, and The Brew was published by Mystery Magazine. Her short story The Soul Changer's Confession was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by her publisher. Most recently, the Mystery Writers of America's anthology, Crime Hits Home: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors features her short story Currents. The third book in The Jessica Trilogy, The Wake, joins The Charity and The Troubles and she is hard at work on a new series about human trafficking in New England. Connie is a two-time winner of the Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in New York City. She is a past president and featured speaker of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and co-chair of New England Crime Bake, the premier mystery and crime writers conference.
Connie received her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children.