Helen Stefan Moreau is the President and Owner of the Midtown Group (Midtown), DC’s premiere professional career consulting firm. Overseeing 29 years of considerable growth, Moreau has invested in a plethora of causes close to her heart.
Moreau graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in 1988 with a degree in Public Relations and Business. Still connected to her alma mater, Moreau serves on the Board of the University of Florida Foundation. Providing oversight to the fundraising and gift fund management arm of UF, she helps determine the best use of funding to support students across campus.
She also serves as a council member of the State University System (SUS) Undergraduate Dean’s Council for the College of Journalism and Communications Committee. Since 2016, she’s been helping this group deliberate on matters relating to study, research, and programs for undergraduate education. Moreau and other use their real-world experience to help their college stay competitive and assist students with internships, as well as job placement.
Directly involved with athletics, Moreau created the “Eugene McDowell Memorial Basketball Endowment” in memory of her UF classmate. A four-year starter for the Gators, McDowell set several school records, including 43 career double-doubles. He continued playing professional basketball in Europe and the CBA, but passed away suddenly in 1995 from a heart condition. Following this tragedy, Moreau launched the endowment to support scholarships for men’s basketball. In addition, she is a long-time member of the Bull Gators group, making annual donations to support the building, improvement, and maintenance of UF athletic facilities.
A resident of the DMV, Moreau is also a board member and trustee of the innovative Bullis School—an independent institution in Potomac, Maryland dedicated to building community while enabling each student to find their unique path. Committed to teaching children critical thinking, collaboration, resourcefulness and creativity, the school aims to prepare students to become caring citizens. As a trustee, Moreau advises school officials on governance, advancement, fundraising, and other issues.
Moreau’s many charitable contributions align with the adage to think globally and act locally, given her involvement with programs that empower women around the world, as well as those that assist vulnerable populations in the DC-Metro area.
Moreau is a fierce advocate for women both in and out of the office. While most companies average a workforce that is 13 to 25 percent women, Moreau’s staff doubles the average with 42 percent. But Moreau is invested in helping women everywhere succeed.
Early in her career, Moreau focused on supporting local women’s access to education. She served as a member of the Zonta Club, the DC faction of Zonta International, an organization empowering women through service and advocacy. The club’s scholarship program assists undergraduate women in the DC area pursuing degrees in business, engineering, healthcare, mathematics, education, technology or the sciences. More recently, Moreau was chosen as a member of the Committee of 200 (C200), an organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. Focused on inspiring and advising future generations, their “Protégé Program” helps newer entrepreneurs grow their businesses and expand their networks by matching them with C200 members who mentor them for 2 years. In addition, C200 members conduct University outreach, hosting panels and round-table discussions to inspire ambitious, business-minded women at schools in the U.S. and around the world.
For 21 years, Moreau was involved with Rachel’s Women’s Center, helping women in DC step up and out of homelessness. Moreau served as a board member and vice chair, earning “Board Member of the Year” in 2007 and 2008. In fact, that’s where she was introduced to Ward Howick, who became her Vice President at Midtown. The center provided Outreach, Social Services, Housing, Day Care, Shelter, Food Service, Hygiene Services, Laundry and Clothing Services, Communication Support, Case Management, and Social Events for women in need. While Rachael’s Women’s Center is no longer operating, Moreau and Howick ensure Midtown’s continued sponsorship of similar organizations, such as HER Resiliency Center serving women ages 18 to 25 combating substance abuse, homelessness, and survival sex.
Currently, Moreau serves as Vice Chair of Studio Samuel, an Ethiopia-based non-profit ensuring vulnerable girls overcome endless obstacles to complete their education. Their “Training for Tomorrow” program provides mentoring, counseling, self-defense training, occupational training, and feminine hygiene education. Moreau’s generous involvement guarantees each girl receives healthcare onsite, in addition to life-changing skills. For many students, this is the first time they will be seen by a healthcare provider.
Moreau makes significant contributions to women’s health in the U.S. as well. Midtown has been involved with organizations helping women battling cancer for over a decade. The company’s largest annual donations are made to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a non-profit solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection, and Living in Pink, a group working to improve the lives of those living with breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and find a cure. Not only is Moreau a “Pink Power” sponsor for Living in Pink, but all of Midtown regularly participates in their yearly luncheon, in addition to their “Running in Pink” 5K.
Moreau facilitates several opportunities for her staff to donate time and resources. For example, every year, Midtown employees take shifts helping prepare food at the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK). This community kitchen fights hunger by training jobless adults for culinary careers and then hiring many of their own graduates to prepare millions of meals for homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofits each year. The kitchen prevents the waste of millions of pounds of nutritious food and expands access to healthy, local options in food deserts across DC.
Midtown also participates in the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program, ensuring local children receive gifts during the holiday season. The program serves more than 6,000 families around DC. For many of the children, the gifts they receive through the Angel Tree are the only ones they open on Christmas morning. Midtown sponsors as many as five children each year, collaborating to purchase and wrap the items on each wish lists.
At Midtown, giving back happens all year round. Each month, Moreau encourages employees to take the lead by suggesting causes for the company to support. Once agreed upon, Midtown’s Culture Committee spends the week raising awareness and gathering donations. Employees wear jeans to signify they contributed to that month’s charity and Moreau often invites speakers from the selected organization to visit Midtown. While these visitors share their mission and educate employees about social issues, they also offer additional opportunities to get involved.
Some of Midtown’s favorite non-profits include the Human Rescue Alliance, a local group committed to protecting and advocating for animals in the DC community, and So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that helps the poor and homeless with food, clothing, healthcare, affordable housing, job training, treatment and counseling. When it’s time for kids DC to go back to school, Midtown contributes to DonorsChoose.org, to help teachers fund classroom projects and get their students the supplies they need. Midtown also supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
More recently, Midtown’s donations have been inspired by current events, such as helping DC families affected by the 2019 government shutdown, and contributing to disaster relief in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Midtown is recognized as one of the best staffing firms in DC, as well as a perennial winner of the “Best Place to Work” award thanks to her incredible incentives that make employees feel valued and appreciated. But Moreau’s leadership and generosity are driving success across several other organizations beyond her own company. She seeks spaces, near and far, where she can make the most impact, uplifting organizations as well as their participants. Moreau is quick to get involved where she can see herself really making a difference. Whether through her staffing business or extensive philanthropy, her passion is simply helping others find their own.