As co-founder of Hutchison Solutions and Me2 Solutions, Meredith Hartley helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals make work easier, less risky, and more rewarding. You could call her an executive-level janitor and corporate firefighter – cleaning up messes and putting out fires for organizations large and small. But really, she’s the project management professional you are going to want on your team when an emergency strikes.
To say she’s good in a crisis is an understatement. After all, Meredith is the youngest person ever to receive a certification from the American Society for Quality as a Certified Quality Improvement Associate. Through this rigorous training, she’s studied how human behavior causes projects to succeed or fail. Her Quality certification – along with her Six Sigma and Lean training and 13 years experience – allow Meredith to diagnose her clients’ problems so she can find their weaknesses and determine solutions to make them success stories. And she can usually figure out the initial problem in 90 minutes or less.
She’s also one of only a dozen people in the world trained in the SIRTI process. Pioneered in Spokane, WA, it’s a simple, risk-reducing approach to business planning used by several INC 500 companies. The SIRTI process helps businesses start with less money and grow with less risk.
To add to her list of accomplishments, Meredith is a Thai linguist who majored in Asian Studies, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, a FINRA fellowship recipient specializing in military readiness programs and financial counseling, President of the Board of Trustees for SpokaneFAVS (a national-award winning journalism organization specializing in religion reporting, hyperlocal journalism, & digital startups), and one of Spokane’s 20 Under 40 business award winners.
Stuff to Know
- International Baccalaureate Graduate
- The youngest person to receive certification from the American Society for Quality (Certified Quality Improvement Associate – 2002)
- Civilian Graduate of the Defense Language Institute – Presidio of Monterey Thai Intermediate Program (DLAB 141, DLPT 2/3/2)
- FINRA, AFCPE, and NMFA Fellowship – 2009
- Spokane’s 20 Under 40 Business Leadership Award
- Profiled in Quality Progress Magazine – Dec 2003
Meredith lives in Spokane Valley, WA with her husband, their two children, a dog, two turtles, a hammock, and a lot of books. Her husband, Cameron, is an OEF veteran, warrant officer with the Utah Army National Guard, and an expert in human behavior and non-verbal communication. Meredith is mother to two special needs children, who she frequently refers to as her “little terrorist sleeper cell” and “the loves of my life.”
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Meredith was raised in the Washington, DC area and Virginia’s Tidewater region. She studied theatre with the American Shakespeare Company in Staunton, VA, went on frequent Home Depot runs with her dad, and was a whiz at navigating Beltway traffic.
Meredith is active in organizations that support women, military families and veterans, civil rights, and interfaith dialogue.
- SpokaneFAVS, President of the Board of Trustees (current)
- Fairchild Air Force Base, Airman & Family Readiness Center
- Spokane Interfaith Council
- Mormons for Marriage Equality
- Social Media Committee Chair, Cornerstone Christian Academy
Health issues are a passion – and a necessity – for Mer. She lives with a severe form of Raynaud’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes her hands freezing cold, her cheeks bright red, and her body unable to regulate body temperature normally. As a survivor of PTSD and HELLP syndrome – a rare and often fatal pregnancy complication – she advocates for better understanding and access to health resources. Since her husband and children were diagnosed with more than 36 combined food allergies, she’s worked to educate others about food allergies and Celiac Disease.
Mer likes her chocolate dark, her music loud, and her Pad Thai with extra fish sauce. She is violently allergic to coffee.
Favorite Book: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein and No, David! by David Shannon
Favorite Foods: Sushi, chocolate, and limes.
meredith (at) me2-solutions.com