Barbara Beck is Chief Executive Officer of Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early childhood educator in North America. Learning Care Group (LCG) operates more than 900 schools across the U.S. with the capacity to serve more than 130,000 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years. More than 18,000 employees share LCG's mission of providing innovative early childhood education solutions to the families and children served through seven unique brands: La Petite Academy, Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time, The Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited, Everbrook Academy and Creative Kids Learning Center.
Barbara joined LCG as its top executive in March 2011. In this position, she is focused on building a customer-centric culture based on educational excellence and outstanding quality. Under Barbara's leadership, LCG is enhancing its entire educational portfolio and providing a School Readiness Pathway as a foundation for children's life-long academic success. Designed to meet each child's individual needs, this suite of programs supports intellectual, social, emotional and physical development while inspiring a love of learning. Barbara also champions the company's comprehensive healthy lifestyle initiative called “Grow Fit®,” aimed to ensure children have the energy to learn, to prevent childhood obesity and to avoid chronic disease later in life.
Prior to joining LCG, Barbara was President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations at Manpower, Inc., the $22 Billion employment services company. This region was the largest business unit within Manpower generating 39% of total corporate revenues with 11,000 employees across 30 countries. Under Barbara's five-year tenure as President, EMEA revenues grew from $5 to $8.95 Billion and profits doubled. She originally joined Manpower in January 2002 as Executive Vice President of Manpower's $3 Billion North American business unit, where profits realized a 120% increase.
Earlier, Barbara spent 15 years with Sprint, the global communications provider, in a variety of roles including Area Vice President and General Manager for the western United States. Her tenure included leadership of numerous business units: technical sales and applications engineering; business development; customer service; operations; technical support and program management.
A strong advocate of women's issues, Barbara is a member of the Harvard University Women's Leadership Board, working to advance women globally through leadership, advocacy and dialogue on public policy. From 2007 to 2011, she served on the Davos, Switzerland based World Economic Forum's Women Leaders Advisory Board, dedicated to establishing strategies to improve women's lives on a global basis.
Since 2008, Barbara has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. She has served on their Finance, Compensation, Governance and Environmental Committees.
Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in education from the University of Colorado. Board certification was obtained from the Harvard Business School.