Precious Williams Owodunni
President & CEO
A trusted strategist for business and law firm leaders, Precious Williams Owodunni advises, coaches, and trains emerging and senior leaders, because she believes everyone in a business can contribute to profitable growth. Her client roster includes Boston Consulting Group, Shell Oil Company, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lionstone Investments, Halliburton, Lime Rock Resources, Johnson & Johnson, King & Spalding LLP, and other leading financial services, law, and private equity firms.
Before establishing Mountaintop Consulting, Precious was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth companies. She led her group’s investing and business development efforts in key Southern markets and served on the board of several portfolio companies. Precious began her Goldman career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, where she advised energy, retail, and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters.
Precious graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a board member of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), Switchback II Corporation (NYSE: SWBK.U), the Houston Parks Board, and the Episcopal Health Foundation. A Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, she is a member of the exclusive Forbes Coaches Council and speaks frequently on business development, personal branding, strategic career management, diversity and inclusion, and leadership. Precious has received a Houston Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award for Professional Services, in recognition of her career achievements, community involvement, and leadership.
What Clients are Saying about Precious
Precious has been a vital thought partner for me over the course of my career. My progress and her impact have been supercharged by her ability to quickly earn the trust of the entire C-Suite at my company.
— Leslie D. Hale, President and Chief Executive Officer, RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ)
Precious worked hard to understand what makes our firm tick and how to explain that to the outside world in a simple and compelling way. She nailed it.
— Mike Oldham, Partner, Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Precious offers expertise in a way that brings out the best in others. She embraces change. She approaches challenging situations with a grace that inspires confidence and trust among even the most seasoned leaders.
— Tom Bacon, Co-Founder, Lionstone Investments
Rosa Maria Villagomez, JD
Rosa Maria Villagomez is a Strategy Consultant for Mountaintop Consulting focused on helping professionals reach higher levels of career success and productivity. For over 20 years, Rosa Maria has worked as an attorney with in-house legal departments for global corporations and a trial law firm. In her roles, she has helped build more effective leaders through team and department management, diversity initiatives, and relationship development.
Rosa Maria joined Mountaintop from Shell Oil Company, where she served as Senior Counsel for Global Litigation. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel of Litigation for Eaton Corporation and Cooper Industries, managing an international docket of matters including complex commercial, environmental, and product liability cases. Rosa Maria received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she served as Senior Class President. After graduating and doing nonprofit advocacy, she earned her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law and became licensed to practice in Texas. Rosa Maria is a Board Member for Girl’s Inc., an active member of the Center for Houston’s Future, a graduate of the Center’s Leadership Forum, and a former member of the Greater Houston Partnership/Executive Women’s Partnership. She also volunteers her time with Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School, the Tahirih Justice Center, and mentors attorneys through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
What Clients are Saying about Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria Villagomez and Precious Williams Owodunni delivered an energetic, engaging training session to our legal department on “Becoming A Trusted Business Advisor.” Having the viewpoints of both a former in-house counsel and an experienced business strategist was extremely valuable to help us understand how to effectively align our time and work with the business’s goals. In terms of content, the training was presented at the perfect level for our group. In fact, our team immediately used some of the strategies to gain insight from our CEO, in addition to walking away with other practical tools and approaches we can put into practice in the longer-term.
— Charity Kohl, Associate General Counsel, Finance & Corporate Secretary, LyondellBasell
In Mountaintop’s presentation on Diversity for Competitive Advantage at our Firm Retreat, Precious and Rosa Maria talked about diversity in a way that was rooted in the business case. Starting with raw data and walking through trends and best practices to date, the presentation generated a meaningful and engaging discussion on a topic in which our firm is deeply invested and involved. The presenters’ insights as former in-house counsel and legal industry experts, paired with current trends in the space, provided new and innovative strategies that we look forward to incorporating in our ongoing D&I initiatives.
— Bob Angelico, Firm President & Managing Partner, Liskow & Lewis
Robert J. Friedland
Executive Coach and Career Transition Expert
Robert J. Friedland is a seasoned Executive Coach and Career Transition Expert and an integral strategic partner for Mountaintop Consulting. As a Founding Partner of Essential Human Capital, he has more than 30 years of experience working with finance, sales, legal, marketing, investments, compliance, capital markets and operations professionals. Robert became a Certified Professional Coach, because he understood the unique value of adding coaching to recruitment, retention, and development. Specializing in leadership, communication, and team building, he is an expert in all aspects of leadership development and career transition.
Robert spent the first seven years of his career running a group home for blind adults in Manhattan. Through the years, Robert continues to have a long-standing commitment to being of service to people in both his personal and professional lives.
Digital Marketing Consultant
As a Digital Marketing Consultant with Mountaintop Consulting, Catherine Seitz builds brands online through insightful content and carefully crafted messaging. Catherine enjoys working with all things digital to get information to a broad audience- or to that one person you need to reach. She utilizes SEO, lead nurturing emails, ad targeting, CRM and content management software to share relevant, meaningful information where and when it matters most. Whether developing an overall digital strategy or a single paragraph of copy, Catherine understands how each piece of content can build and reinforce a cohesive, powerful narrative for people and brands.
A proud Houston native, Catherine graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Honors distinction. Before joining Mountaintop Consulting, Catherine worked as a marketing manager for a group of related financial and accounting companies and spent time with digital marketing agencies. When not at work, she enjoys playing with her two pups and exploring the many experiences the great city of Houston has to offer.
Marketing & Training Consultant
As a Marketing & Training Consultant with Mountaintop Consulting, Emily Carman helps law firms stand out in a crowded market place. Having previously worked for global AmLaw 100 firms, Emily possesses deep experience in legal marketing, branding, and business development. She has a proven track record helping lawyers and law firms build their brand, particularly with regard to their strategic, long-term objectives. An integrated marketer, Emily serves as a valued extension to our clients’ teams by managing business and marketing plans, identifying branding opportunities to set firms apart, developing strategic social media campaigns, and translating our clients’ stories into visually appealing creative concepts through graphic design.
Emily graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Marketing and Communications. She gained valuable experience working at top-rated law firms in Austin, Houston, and Dallas and feels lucky to now call Dallas home. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys traveling the world and conquering her bucket list.
Marketing & Training Consultant
Claire Holmes helps successful professionals and companies tell their stories. As a Marketing & Training Consultant with Mountaintop Consulting, she partners with clients to develop compelling, authentic marketing strategies for firms, teams, and individuals. She also curates impactful training programs focused on retention, leadership, branding, business development, and strategic career management to help companies and individuals reach higher peaks of productivity, profitability, and fulfillment. Whether crafting a brand messaging strategy for a firm, building an effective LinkedIn profile for a business leader, or designing a series of training workshops focused on a company’s emerging leaders, Claire brings a unique perspective to every project. Her creative mind coupled with a strong eye for detail, make Claire the ideal partner for professional branding, digital marketing and communications consulting, in addition to strategic planning and training development for individuals and firms alike.
Although a native Houstonian, Claire considers herself lucky to have spent time living in San Francisco, Barcelona, and Athens, Georgia, where she lived while earning her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Advertising at the University of Georgia. Claire now happily resides in Houston with her family and their rescue dog.
Productivity & Time Management Expert
Holly Uverity is a Productivity and Time Management Expert and a valued strategic partner for Mountaintop Consulting. In 1993, Holly founded Office Organizers to teach business people how to gain and keep control over their time, space, and clutter. She thrives on helping professionals and business owners manage their time and teams better by being more organized, both physically and emotionally. Holly also trains people on Outlook to help them manage their time, projects, employees, and themselves.
Holly has been an active member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals since 1994 and has served in leadership positions on both the local and national levels. During her downtime, she devotes her expertise to several nonprofits in the Houston area. She is committed to her clients, her industry, and her community.
Copywriter & Digital Media Specialist
Kristina Gorr specializes in learning each of her client’s style to customize a communications strategy that will ensure success. A professional copywriter and digital media specialist, Kristina is an essential team member who moves seamlessly from the creative side to the project management side of engagements. She is a firm believer that great customer service makes or breaks a business. When you work with Kristina, you will notice that she has weaved that core belief throughout her personal interactions with you and into her recommendations for your business strategy.
Kristina hails from the land of Buckeyes where she earned her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in Strategic Communications. Currently, she lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. While she misses the snow, Kristina is grateful to wake up every day surrounded by sunshine and the smell of the ocean breeze.
Our Network of Problem Solvers
No two projects are alike. Thus, we draw upon our proprietary network of experienced consultants to customize a team for each project. Our network consists of professionals with advanced degrees from the leading U.S. business schools and law schools. They have trained at top-tier consulting firms, investment banks, accounting firms, and law firms.
Mountaintop Consulting delivers the stellar expertise our clients demand by leveraging industry-leading consultants who have our trust.
Join Our Network
You might be a good fit for our network if you are a self-starter who can work collaboratively, value strong communication skills, are a great listener, and adhere to the highest ethical standards. We focus on providing premium advisory services on a short-term, project basis, enabling consultants to participate in high impact engagements while also enjoying a rewarding work-life balance.
We help high-achieving professionals in the nation’s most recognized law firms, financial institutions, and businesses scale the heights of career success and personal fulfillment.
All my life, I have never felt as happy on earth as when I’m getting closer to the sky.
Erhard Loretan, Mountaineer
Mountaintop Consulting is a team of highly trustworthy professional confidants. With completely personalized client service, the team helped me accomplish a great deal within my firm and develop a comprehensive plan for my practice and overall career.
— Corporate Partner, Leading Global Law Firm
The Mountaintop team deeply understands the demands senior executives face, and they pair that broad expertise with an intense focus on getting to know each company’s unique culture. That powerful combination has allowed Mountaintop to become a trusted partner to multiple members of our leadership team.
— Tammira Philippe, CFA, President & CEO, Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. and Bridgeway Funds
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