welcome to V elvet canary
Velvet Canary is a business management consulting firm dedicated to implementing business transformation during times of change and growth. We're ready to take you to the next level!
At Velvet Canary, we streamline business processes, build financial resilience tools, and equip changemakers working to uplift and catalyze Bl&POC communities. Through our partnership, you'll have the tools you need to ditch the overwhelm of finances in your business and create a stress-free system and process.
Has your business or team grown in unexpected sprints and now you need help figuring out how to keep going? We help entrepreneurs and decision-makers build customized back-end systems and processes that allow their operations and relationships to work together seamlessly without sacrificing revenues.
Knowing your finances allows you to safeguard your business or organization from unforeseen events like the COVID-19 pandemic. VCA financial resilience tools fill your crucial knowledge gaps and provide you with the best fiscal frameworks to scale while saving you time and money.
We provide actionable tools and coaching for recently promoted BI&POC executives & allies that have been tapped to disrupt outdated work cultures. We partner with management executives and change agents to build culturally competent teams while improving their company’s bottom line.
from our clients
THE SOCIAL PROOF
UX Content Writer at Best Buy; Graduate Faculty at School of Visual Arts; Serial Entrepreneur
“Simone’s consult has been instrumental to the development and expansion of my business. She is a brilliant thought partner and collaborator whose counsel gracefully encourages creativity while providing a clear way forward with tangible solutions, systems, and tools."
Vice President, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Head of Launch With GS Americas
“When I decided to pursue a career transition, Simone was the first person I thought to consult for assistance. Knowing she had successfully managed pivots in her own career and walked alongside others navigating challenges at various stages of their careers, I expected that her breadth of experience would be a significant asset in developing a plan for my own pivot."
E-commerce Business Owner, Serial Entrepreneur, Retired Firefighter
"Simone is consistent, timely, and gave good advice I used to manage my AWS relationships. Thanks for your insight regarding our taxes. We have resolved the issue to our satisfaction, based on their response to our questions about what the hell happened, and their work! We decided to continue our relationship.”
VCA is committed to closing the financial wellness gap in our nation’s underinvested communities.
our vca vision
Simone Castillo, President and Founder of Velvet Canary Advisors, has spent the last two decades excelling as a dynamic champion transforming business fundamentals into actionable change for Fortune 100s, global-NGOs and small and medium-sized companies.
Throughout her career, Simone has cultivated a proven track record of helping for profit companies cut the fat, saving them invaluable time and money. These industry standouts include KPMG, NBC Universal and venture-backed startups based in southern Africa and the Caribbean. Simone also empowers teams to become fiscally fearless via operational strategies she first formulated for mission-driven executives at the United Nations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.
Simone’s expertise as a trusted growth advisor and business strategist was first formulated in primary school where she joined Girl Scouts. Not only did this enriching extracurricular provide her with exposure to world cultures, business development and budgeting, but it also stressed the importance of unapologetic leadership. After this and many years of experience, Simone launched Velvet Canary Advisors to empower BIPOC entrepreneurs and changemakers to take up space in all business environments and equip them with the essential financial resilience tools to achieve any of their goals.
Simone received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and her Bachelor of International Relations & Economics from Tufts University.