clark changes direction after accident
executive spotlight: the ceo of tigress entertainment llc
left wall street for atlanta to write and help promote artists.
by jim lovel, staff writer
the atlanta business chronicle
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clark walked away from wall street after 15 years of working
for some of the nation's largest investment and banking
firms and moved to atlanta to pursue her dream of writing
and helping artists promote their work.
was looking for a life change and to live my dream," clark
said. "i had a great run on wall street and a fantastic
experience, but i don't regret leaving."
left new york for atlanta in march 1999 with her husband
larry howard jr., a financial analyst who was transferred
here to manage the southeastern office of zurich north america,
a division of the zurich financial services group, an insurance-based
financial services company based in zurich, switzerland.
opened tigress entertainment llc in 2001. she is
president and ceo of the entertainment marketing company,
which is based in alpharetta, has an office in new york
and employs between five and 12 people depending on the
workload. the agency helps writers, artists and musicians
get exposure for their work and helps them manage their
careers, clark said. it provides advertising, arranges speaking
tours, schedules book signings and interviews and designs
adds one new client each quarter and specializes in new
artists who have an inspirational message to relate, she
extraordinarily gratifying," clark said.
june, clark published "tormented without a trace," a novel
about a woman working on wall street who confronts painful
incidents in her past and discovers what is important in
her life. currently, clark is writing a screenplay adaptation
and has been cast to portray the book's main character.
clark also wrote the title song for the film.
based the book on personal experiences and observations,
wrote the novel because i wanted to address the issues of
sexual harassment and abuse that i saw women enduring during
my tenure on wall street," she said. "i wanted to produce
a self-help book for those abused women in the form of an
has been nominated for georgia author of the year, which
will be named in june, and the book has been nominated for
several national awards. clark recently finished a sequel
to the book that is scheduled to be published by the end
of this year.
new york native made the decision to abandon wall street
after an automobile accident. clark said her car was struck
in manhattan on dec. 22, 19979, while passing through an
intersection by a car that failed to stop at a red light.
the accident caused internal injuries that still cause her
pain, she said.
was the wake-up call," she said. "i got very clear on what
is important in life and realized that it's not all about
chasing the almighty dollar. it's about giving back."
began writing during her recuperation and rediscovered a
childhood passion for it, she said. she decided to combine
that passion with her newly found passion for helping others,
of her current projects include a series of self-help books
similar to the "chicken soup for the soul" series, she said.
the first in the series, "the turnaround mom" by carey sipp,
is scheduled for release may 9. the book documents the struggle
of a woman who grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father
and her efforts to avoid becoming like him. other books
in the series will share the turnaround theme, clark said.
is a graduate of fordham university in new york, where she
received her bachelor's degree in business and french in
1986. she also has completed graduate work at the goizueta
business school at emory university and an internship at
the united nations.