Chantel Adams, Current Forté Fellow, MBA 2014, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chantel Adams is a second year MBA student at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. After earning her B.A. in Finance from Simmons College, in 2009, she returned to her hometown Brooklyn, New York to pursue a career in the financial services industry. Prior to business school, Chantel worked as an Associate Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service and as an Accountant at Geller & Company. Her ultimate goal is to become the CEO of a socially responsible corporation or the Executive Director of a large, global nonprofit organization. She is currently concentrating in marketing, while also pursuing UNC’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate. Chantel has held several leadership positions at UNC Kenan-Flagler and currently serves as the President of Carolina Women in Business and as a Liaison for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Nikisha Alcindor, Private Wealth Management, Associate, Goldman Sachs
Nikisha is a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs. She has 8 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Nikisha worked in private equity at Apax Partners, L.P., corporate finance at Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson) and in sales at Pfizer, Inc. Nikisha also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, is a Founding Member of Franca Sozzani’s Fashion 4 Development, is on the Global Advisory Council for TechnoServe, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and actively involved with the Annual Giving Campaign for Choate Rosemary Hall. Nikisha has a BA in Chemistry from Emory University and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School as a Leon Cooperman Scholar.
Beverley Babcock, Vice President, Corporate Financial Services, ExxonMobil
Beverley Babcock serves as Vice President, Corporate Financial Services of Exxon Mobil Corporation and has held her current position since early 2011. Originally from Canada, Beverley has enjoyed the opportunity to learn and develop through 18 diverse assignments over the course of her 26-year career with ExxonMobil. She has held a variety of management roles including Assistant Controller of Financial Reporting and Treasury Finance Manager, where she was responsible for financing large scale projects in West Africa. She also had the responsibility of coordinating ExxonMobil's communications to shareholders and analysts in the investment community as the company's Investor Relations Manager. Beverley has held positions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Beverley holds a bachelor's degree from Queen's University and Masters of Business Administration degree from McMaster University, both in Ontario, Canada. She is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Beverley is married and the mother of two sons. Her personal interests include travel, reading and playing tennis.
Meghan Baivier, Associate, Real Estate Investment Banking Group, Citi
Meghan Baivier joined Citigroup in 2010 and is an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Meghan previously worked as an Equity Research Associate with Chilton Investment Co. where she primarily covered the Homebuilding and Building Materials sectors. Meghan began her career as a High Yield Research Associate with Fidelity Management and Research.
Meghan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College in 2001 with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science. Meghan received her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2010, where she was awarded the Feldberg Fellowship. Meghan was also selected to participate in the Applied Value Investing Program. Meghan is actively involved in her Wellesley alumnae class, is involved with the ALS Association and her interests include cycling, running and scuba diving.
Elena Bajic, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ivy Exec
While at Columbia Business School, Elena identified a serious lack of online career resources for aspiring professionals graduating from top tier schools. She founded Ivy Exec, a selective career community for top performers, to address this market gap. Today, Ivy Exec provides its 250,000 members with unparalleled career building and job seeking resources -- from mentorship with industry veterans, to personalized search advisory services, a hand screened executive job board, and more. Ivy Exec has been named a “Top Emerging Company” in America.
Elena has worked with global firms and brands, such as Nivea and Swatch Watch, in marketing, advertising and international brand development. She is a regular Forbes contributor, and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Crain’s New York Business, USA Today, and Inc Magazine. She has appeared on CNBC’s ‘Squawk On The Street’ and Reuters’ Entrepreneur’s Edge. She earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and her B.A. from Brown University.
Mariko Boswell, Vice President and Account Manager, PIMCO
Ms. Boswell is a vice president and account manager in the New York office, focusing on institutional client servicing. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2010, she worked as an equity research associate on the energy team at Credit Suisse. Ms. Boswell was previously a senior associate covering utilities in the corporate finance group at Moody’s Investors Service. She has seven years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as well as an undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Russatta Buford, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, Teach For America
Russatta Buford is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Teach For America. In that role, she leads a team supporting the strategic direction and execution of priority initiatives across the non-profit’s 48 regions across the country.
Her road to the social sector has been a winding one. Before joining Teach for America in 2011, Russatta most recently served as business development manager at American Express where she was responsible for a portfolio of federal government agencies and Fortune 500 multinationals valued at $4 billion. However, she began her professional career as a petroleum engineer, holding various positions within the oil and gas industry which took her to drilling platforms and refineries. It was her passion to help others achieve their goals that led her to take on pro bono projects at Save the Children, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and others before taking the plunge full-time.
Russatta earned her MBA from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and her BS in chemical engineering from Florida A&M University. The Atlanta native sits on the board of directors at Brooklyn Community Services, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., loves to bike around New York City and makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich.
Daria Burke, Founder and CEO, Black MBA Women
Daria Burke is the Founder and CEO Daria Burke is the Founder and CEO of Black MBA Women, the first diversified media platform that delivers content, community and career development targeting current and aspiring black women from top-tier business schools. The former beauty executive also works as an independent strategic marketing consultant in New York City, helping clients with a range of marketing initiatives including brand strategy, marketing communication, launch planning and digital marketing. Daria is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post and Black Enterprise. Daria earned her MBA in Marketing & Strategy from the New York University Stern School of Business and her BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan.
Stacy Burke, Senior Manager, Financial Services and Technology, Deloitte Consulting
Stacy is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Financial Services and Technology practice with 17 years of consulting experience. She has worked with major clients, within wealth and asset management and has deep experience in process and technology assessments across middle and back office operations.
Stacy has executed and led tactical and strategic initiatives related to operational efficiency, optimizing workflows and the supporting platforms across middle and back office functions such as reference data management, transaction processing, reconciliation, portfolio accounting, performance and client reporting. She has led several large scale post-merger integrations and driven technology efforts ranging from portfolio rationalization to systems implementation and integration. Sample clients include: Ameriprise, Bank of New York Melon, Citi, Deutsche Bank, JPMorganChase, and Wells Fargo.
Stacy is passionate about diversity and leads several diversity and inclusion efforts within FSI, Technology and her office that promote inclusion awareness and support the retention and advancement of diverse practitioners. She holds an MBA in Finance & Management, from New York University and a BSc. in Computer Science & Math from the University of the West Indies.
Irene Chang Britt, President, Pepperidge Farm and Senior Vice President, Global Baking and Snacking, Campbell Soup Company
Chang Britt is President of Pepperidge Farm and Senior Vice
President-Global Baking and Snacking, Campbell Soup Company. She joined
Campbell as Vice President and General Manager-Sauces and Beverages in
December 2005 and held the positions of President-North America
Foodservice and Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer prior
to assuming her current role in August 2012.
spent eight years with Kraft Foods, including positions as Senior Vice
President and General Manager of the Salted Snacks division and Post
Cereal division. Before that, she spent 12 years at Kimberly-Clark,
where she held leadership positions in Marketing, Sales and Research and
Irene has served as a Director to the Board of
Sunoco, Inc., serves on the Catalyst Board of Advisors and on the
Enactus (formerly Students In Free Enterprise, or SIFE) U.S. Executive
Advisory Board. She has been honored with several awards for her
business and community accomplishments, including being named in 2011, a
“Women of Distinction” by The Philadelphia Business Journal, and a
Laureate in the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. In 2008, she was
recognized by NJBiz as one of the Best 50 Women in Business, by Pink
magazine as a Top 15 Innovator, and by Progressive Grocer as a Top Women
Irene earned her B.A. degree from the University of
Toronto and her M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the
University of Western Ontario.
Connie Chin, General Manager, Jacob's Pillow
Connie Chin, General Manager, Jacob’s Pillow, has led major multi-year projects including Leadership and Excellence in Arts Participation funded by the Wallace Foundation; and Leading for the Future, a project of NonProfit Finance Fund supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She directs Virtual Pillow, an initiative to build an e-audience for dance and the Pillow. She has served as a MA Cultural Council Peer Advisor; on grant panels for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and ArtsWestchester; on the Advisory Board of The Yard; and on the Board of Berkshire Creative. She has also worked at Oregon Mozart Players, San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Festival, and NY Foundation for the Arts. As a dancer she performed with Bill T. Jones, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Muna Tseng, Sincha Hong, and Ze'eva Cohen, among others. Connie has been a brand marketer at Kraft and Ocean Spray. She has a Yale School of Management MBA, and an AB from Harvard University.
Karen Choi, Vice President and Fixed-Income Analyst, Capital Group
Karen Choi is a fixed-income investment analyst at Capital Group with research responsibility for utilities and regional banks. She has 15 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for six years. Prior to joining Capital, she was a fixed-income analyst with AllianceBernstein and before that with Prudential Financial. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wellesley College. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Karen is based in New York.
Karen is a member of the corporate leadership committee for the New York Women's Foundation and the benefit committee for the Korean Community Services.
Laura Clancy, Chief of Staff, Achievement First
Ms. Clancy oversees organization-wide performance management, planning, and learning and development efforts. Before joining Achievement First, she served as managing director at New Sector Alliance and executive director at the organization’s Boston office. Earlier in her career, Ms. Clancy worked with the Bridgespan Group for clients that included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Boston Foundation, College Summit, Communities in Schools, and Center for Health Care Strategies. Ms. Clancy has also worked as a development and strategy consultant at New Visions for Public Schools and with Community Resource Exchange, a management consulting firm focusing on grassroots nonprofits in NYC. She has served as associate director of corporate and foundation relations of the national office of Big Brothers Big Sisters and has served on the Boards of the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University, the Guidance Center, and AF Crown Heights. Ms. Clancy holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was a William Randolph Hearst Scholar, and a B.A, magna cum laude, from Harvard University where she was awarded their annual Women’s Leadership Award and the Donald W. Moreland Award for Public Service.
Chanda Collins, Director – Small Business Sales Experience, AT&T Business Solutions
Chanda Collins is currently Director of Sales Operations within AT&T’s Business Marketing organization. In this role, she is responsible for improving the Sales Experience for the Small Business Sales organization. This includes improving Sales processes, launching and enhancing Sales tools, driving efficiencies and resolution of dissatisfaction issues. Prior to her current role, Collins served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Collins began her career with SBC in 1996 and held positions in Customer Service, Collections, Sales, Marketing and Finance via the Leadership Development Program. In 1999, Collins was appointed Associate Director within the Marketing organization and, over the next 2 years, held a variety of Marketing positions including product management, financial analysis, and channel management. In 2001, Collins was appointed Director of Business Marketing Channel Performance before spending 3 years within the Marketing Operations team preparing, coordinating, and executing key short-term projects for Senior Marketing Management. In 2004, Collins was appointed Chief of Staff to the Global & Enterprise Markets Officer. In 2006, Collins moved to Chicago to help with the launch of the U-Verse product in the Midwest region. As part of the Consumer organization, Collins managed Sales Operations for Alternate Channels. In 2009, Collins returned to Business Sales Operations handling internal communications and sales support.
During her 17 years with AT&T, Collins has served on the Boards of Professional Women of SBC and Asians for Corporate Community Action, volunteered with the March of Dimes of Bexar County, Rape Crisis Center of Bexar County, Early Childhood Intervention of Fort Bend County, AT&T Pioneers and the Girl Scouts. Collins resides in Dallas, TX with her young daughter Kenley and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Trinity University (1996) and a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of the Incarnate Word (2004). She enjoys quilting, writing and reading in her spare time.
Terri Cooper, PhD, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Dr Cooper is a Principal of Deloitte Consulting and is the National Chief Inclusion Leader for Consulting with responsibility for the practice’s WIN, diversity and flexibility initiatives as well as the National Leader of the Life Sciences R&D practice. Terri has more than two decades of experience working in various capacities of Life Sciences industry and has participated in a broad range of strategic advisory services. She has created new global operating models; supported the integration of development, regulatory, and drug safety functions in a number of pharmaceutical company mergers; restructured all aspects of the R&D value chain; and driven increased cost and efficiency measures. Throughout her career, Terri has demonstrated her commitment to the growth and development of talent at all levels. As the chief inclusion officer for Consulting, Terri continues to focus on client service while helping us foster a culture where leaders thrive and help position Deloitte as a firm that attracts, retains, develops and advances our women as well as a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Dr. Cooper worked for eight years within the pharmaceutical industry. Her background spanned clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales, and marketing. She gained a broad range of experience in developing new products and obtaining product licenses in the UK and the U.S. She also contributed to the launch of a major new pharmaceutical brand while also maintaining the growth of older existing products in competitive therapeutic markets while she was with Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.
Dr. Cooper is a frequent participant at industry conferences where she frequently speaks on topics relating to the issues affecting pharmaceutical research and development.
She holds a Joint Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacology and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London, UK.
Colleen Crowley, Strategic Business Planning Controller, Intel Corporation
Colleen is the Strategic Business Planning Controller, responsible for Intel’s long-range financial outlook, including 5-year scans of market trend and ecosystem implications. She has held a variety of finance-related roles since joining Intel in 1998. The range spans Cost Accounting, Procurement Finance, Global Credit Management, Systems Transformation, and Operations Finance, including multiple international assignments. She has managed a diverse range of teams: co-located and globally dispersed teams, dotted-line and virtual teams, as well as business and technical teams.
Colleen is a CFA charter holder. She earned an MBA from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Simpson College (Iowa). Prior to business school, Colleen held roles in International Procurement, Government Affairs and Import/Export Management.
Colleen speaks fluent Spanish, is an adoptive mother to 2 Guatemala-born children and is active as Treasurer for a non-profit foundation.
Christine Cuoco, Brand & Agency Strategy, Twitter
Christine Cuoco is the head of Brand & Agency Strategy at Twitter, where she develops solutions for global agencies and helps agencies and advertisers understand and optimize use of the platform. Prior to joining Twitter, Christine spent more than six years at American Express, where she was most recently a director of Global Brand Strategy & Implementation Other highlights include a 6-month stint with Global Merchant Services in London, as well as her time working with small businesses at American Express OPEN. As Interim Director of Customer Advocacy Marketing, Christine led educational and outreach initiatives to support small business growth. She managed OPEN's partnership with Make Mine a Million $ Business, a national movement inspiring women business owners to reach $1 million in revenue, and launched the OPEN for Government Contracts program to help SBOs gain the information and resources needed to tap the several billion dollars set aside for small businesses. Prior to joining Advocacy, Christine led the re-design of OPEN's brand identity system; she also developed content and resources for small businesses, including OPEN Book: Social Media and an Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind video series.
Before joining Amex, Christine ran new subscriber marketing efforts for In Style, Parenting, and Real Simple magazines at Time Inc. She began her career at J.P. Morgan, where she developed fixed income investment strategies for institutional clients. Christine has a BA in Math from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Christine Davies, Business Development Manager, Microsoft
Christine Davies has worked in Microsoft’s Public Sector Services business since 2009, working with government and public-focused institutions to better leverage technology and improve the way they provide and manage citizen services. Christine currently serves as a Senior Business Development Manager for Microsoft’s U.S. Federal Government Services business and is also contributing to the development of a Worldwide Public Sector Services practice. Christine is responsible for the development, evangelism, and sales of a portfolio of Microsoft applications, deployment services, and support services that contributed to $325M in sales in 2012.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Christine worked for six years at the U.S Department of State and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she worked on international economic issues of concern to the business community -- from the negotiation of free trade agreements to the development of foreign investment frameworks to managing the distribution of foreign assistance funds focused on economic development. She also served as the Trade Specialist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, where she advised numerous companies on their business development efforts throughout Southeast Asia. Christine expects to always be involved in her career at the nexus where business, technology, and public policy meet and enable great services and solutions.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She is a native of the Washington, DC area and enjoys living downtown, traveling when she has time, and serving as a Board Member for two local non-profits.
Karen DeJesus, Business Director, Innovation Commercialization, Campbell Soup Company
Karen DeJesus was named Business Director, Innovation Commercialization, in December 2011. She and her team are responsible for the go-to-market strategy and commercialization of breakthrough innovations in soups, simple meals, and beverages.
Karen joined Campbell in 2003 as an Associate Brand Manager on SpaghettiOs pasta. She later was promoted to Brand Manager on Campbell's condensed Red and White Kids' soups. She also led the U.S. microwavable soup platform.
In 2007, she was named Senior Brand Manager, Wellness Breakthrough Team. She led Fiscal Year 2009 new product efforts and the commercialization of condensed Tomato soup at a heart-healthy sodium level for FY '10. She also developed a longer-term sodium reduction plan for U.S. soups.
In 2009, Karen was appointed Senior Brand Manager, V8 Red Beverages. She provided strategic direction and day-to-day management of the V8 100% Vegetable juice business. In 2010, Karen and her team won Campbell's Dorrance Award, the company’s highest honor recognizing extraordinary performance.
In February 2011, she was named Business Director, Eating Premium, responsible for Campbell’s Healthy Request, V8, Wolfgang Puck, Slow Kettle, and microwavable soups.
Previously, Karen worked in brand management at Unilever's home and personal care division, and also at HSBC's Treasury group in Manila, Philippines.
Karen earned her undergraduate degree from The London School of Economics and her M.B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University business school. Karen and her husband, Joseph, and two sons, Mattias and Ryan, live in Merion, Pa.
Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder and Principal, Inspiring Capital
Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder of Inspiring Capital, which uses all forms of capital – human, social, intellectual, and financial – to help socially minded ventures become self-funding. Previously, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow's Youth Organization, a nonprofit that supports children’s and women’s development in the Middle East. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia and London Business Schools, and Cambridge, as well as informal classrooms in 44 countries. Nell talks a lot in many languages, and has spoken alongside President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Cherie Blair, and Sir Ronald Cohen.
Elissa Ellis Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation
serves as Executive Director for the Forté Foundation, an organization
dedicated to inspiring women business leaders. Ms. Sangster brings to
the role extensive knowledge of issues affecting women’s abilities to
seek, prepare for, and attain business leadership positions, drawn from
her prior experience as Assistant Dean and Director of the MBA Program
at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
There she oversaw all activities related to the full-time McCombs MBA
program including marketing, admissions, student services, and alumni
relations. Elissa received her MBA and her BA in English from Texas
A&M University, where she was the Assistant Director of the MBA
Program until 1997. She is also past Chair of the Graduate Management
Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference. Elissa formerly
served as chair of the MBA Student Services Professionals (MBA SSP).
She is an ex-officio member of the Forté Foundation Executive Committee.
Uma Ellur Staehler, Eli Lilly, Director of Global Oncology Market Research, Eli Lilly and Company
Uma currently leads a Global Oncology Market Research Team at Eli Lilly that is responsible for informing business decisions for various oncology products with actionable customer and market insights. She joined Lilly in 1993 as a Project Manager and moved to the Sales and Marketing Organization in 1996. She has had a series of experiences in New Product Planning, Global Marketing, US Marketing, European Marketing, Global Market Research, US Market Research and US Field Sales supporting products in Infectious Diseases, Osteoporosis, Diabetes and Oncology.
Uma graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and earned her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2000. She and her husband, David, live in Indianapolis, IN. Outside of work, she enjoys all kinds of fitness activities (especially running), traveling, cooking and relaxing with friends and family. She is also very active in the community, currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Women United Program at United Way of Central Indianapolis, Jameson Camp Board of Directors, a mentor with the Starfish Initiative, and her church.
Melissa Evers-Hood, Sr. Strategist, Software and Services Group, Intel
Melissa Evers-Hood is currently serving as a strategic consultant in the Software and Services Group at Intel. Joining Intel in 2004 in Finance, she’s worked in their Communications group, Business Client Group and was the controller for Intel’s software enabling investments from Operating Systems to Developer Relations. Ms. Evers-Hood then served as Director of Operations for the System Software Division. Prior to Intel, Melissa worked at Dell in Corporate Finance in Texas and at ExxonMobil as an environmental territory manager and construction manager in New Jersey.
Melissa resides in lovely Portland, Oregon with husband, three kids and dog. Melissa has both her MBA and BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. When not working, she loves playing with her kids outside.
Jen Field, Social Impact, Director, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG)
Jen Field is Director of the Social Impact practice at the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) in New York City. GLG is the world’s largest membership-based marketplace for expertise with a network comprised of +350,000 experts who advise clients ranging from financial services firms to consultancies to corporations. Jen joined GLG in January 2013 to build a practice leveraging the GLG network in support of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.
From 2008 through 2012, Jen was a Vice President in the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, which encompasses the Goldman Sachs Foundation. In this capacity, she was Senior Program Officer and Acting Program Manager for 10,000 Women, a $100M initiative of the Foundation to provide 10,000 underserved female entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education.
Jen’s experience also includes serving as Special Assistant and Personal Aide to Vice President Richard B. Cheney at the White House (2001 – 2005), as a Foreign Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (2005 – 2006), and as the John C. Whitehead MBA Intern at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (2007) in New York.
Jen obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with a focus in Social Enterprise and a BA from Yale University.
Tressa Finerty, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, U.S. Department of State
Tressa Finerty entered the Foreign Service of the US Department of State in 2002. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, she worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She was Senior Consultant, Business Processing Consulting for Arthur Anderson, LLP, where she specialized in strategy and change management projects for major commercial and not-for profit organizations. Ms. Finerty was Energy Partnership Coordinator for the U.S. Energy Association where she managed USAID-funded technical transfers and joint ventures between energy companies in the United States and the former Soviet Union. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and M.B.A. in International Business Finance from The George Washington University.
Currently, Ms. Finerty is serving in New York as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S Mission to the United Nations. She supervises a team of 18 political staff, oversees work for all issues in the UN Security Council and political issues in the UN General Assembly and directly supports the U.S. Permanent Representative and her two Ambassador-level deputies.
She has also served as Deputy Political Counselor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, supervising Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Latin America, and nonproliferation and disarmament issues. Previously, Ms. Finerty established the U.S. refugee processing center in Baghdad, per the late Senator Kennedy’s “Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2007.” Before that, she served as Cultural and Educational Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia. At the Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, she worked on Human Rights Reporting and as an American Citizen Services Officer.
Gary Fraser, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business
Dr. Gary Fraser is currently Assistant Dean and Executive Director at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He is responsible for directing the career development process for full time, part time, executive, and international program MBA students as well as the corporate recruitment process with external organizations. Previously he served as Associate Dean of MBA Student Affairs and was also Assistant Dean of the Office of Career Development at NYU Stern. Prior to his career in Higher Education, Dean Fraser worked in marketing and brand management with Kraft/Nabisco, Cadbury Schweppes, and the Sara Lee Corporation. He attended Syracuse University and earned a dual major Bachelor's degree with the Whitman School of Management and the Newhouse School of Public Communications, and has an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. In 2011, Dean Fraser earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education where his dissertation focused on leadership development at leading MBA programs.
Terri Frink, Exploration Controller, ExxonMobil
Terri Frink is the global Exploration Controller with Exxon Mobil Corporation and manages the organization responsible for financial reporting and analysis of ExxonMobil’s global exploratory activities.
During her career at ExxonMobil, Terri has held a variety of positions in Treasury, Controllers and Internal Audit, including an expatriate assignment in the United Kingdom, which enabled her to strengthen her global expertise. Some of her roles have included working on mergers and acquisitions, developing country business strategies, structuring financing for large-scale projects in Russia and the United Kingdom and managing the organization responsible for analyzing and reporting the financial results of ExxonMobil’s multi-billion dollar project portfolio.
Terri holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.
Terri is married and is the mother of two young children. Her personal interests include travel and playing tennis.
Malika Gandhi, Senior Manager, Strategy Practice, Deloitte Consulting
Malika Gandhi is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy practice, with a focus on Customer Strategy in the Financial Services industry. She has 13 years of experience across Insurance, Retirement Services, Retail Banking and Capital Markets. Her primary focus is on partnering with clients to develop and deliver customer strategies that will enable them to be competitive in the marketplace. In her time with Deloitte, Malika has assisted a broad range of financial services clients with complex business issues, spanning: M&A customer experience, customer acquisition and retention, customer-focused transformations, customer experience metrics design; organic growth strategy, sales force effectiveness, and international market expansion. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ms. Gandhi worked in Strategy & Planning in Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank.
Malika graduated from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Corporate Strategy and Marketing and holds a B.A. in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Fawn Germer, Best-Selling Author and Leadership Speaker
Fawn Germer is the best-selling author and global leadership speaker who has interviewed the most accomplished women of our times – everyone from Hillary Clinton and Jane Goodall to legends like Susan Sarandon, Martina Navratilova, Carly Fiorina, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Academy Award Winners, Olympic athletes, CEOs, prime ministers and world presidents. She is the best-selling author of seven books and a four-time, Pulitzer-nominated journalist. Fawn is a veteran investigative reporter who wrote for The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report and The Miami Herald. When she went into management as an editor, she struggled mightily as a female manager in a male-dominated environment. She sought the mentoring wisdom that led to her first book, Hard Won Wisdom. That book was rejected 15 times, but perseverance pushed it to best-seller lists and onto Oprah, where Oprah told the world how “very inspiring” Fawn’s book was. Fawn’s second book, Mustang Sallies, hit best-seller lists within two weeks of its release. Fawn is an international speaker on leadership and performance issues and recently presented at the Harvard Business School’s leadership conference, in China, Taiwan, Spain and throughout corporate America.
Jodi Glickman, Founder & President, Great on the Job
Glickman is an expert in training young people how to be Great on the
Job. Jodi is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant and
regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is a faculty member of
the Johnson School’s Leadership Program at Cornell and a contributor to
Fortune.Com and Business Insider. Her new book: Great on the Job, What
to Say, How to Say It, The Secrets of Getting Ahead has been described
as a veritable master class in workplace success.
trained some of the best and brightest young minds in business—her
clients include Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU Stern School of
Business, Kellogg School of Management, BofA/Merrill, Citigroup, Baird
& Co., The Forte Foundation, and 85 Broads, among others. Jodi has
appeared on MSNBC and her career advice has been featured in the New
York Times, USA Today, Business Week, WSJ finance, CNN Money, Woman’s
Day, Real Simple Magazine, MSN Careers, Yahoo! and Career Builder.com.
is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Southern Chile) turned investment
banker (Goldman Sachs) turned communication expert. She received her MBA
from the Johnson School at Cornell where she was a Park Leadership
Fellow and received a full-ride scholarship to business school. Before
turning to the world of finance, Jodi was a policy analyst at the U.S.
EPA and did brief stints at the White House and Governor’s Office of
Illinois. She has a B.S. in Social Policy, Magna Cum Laude, from
Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
lives in Chicago with her husband and two little girls, Bella and
Arden. She is a member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and
is a former trustee of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She currently
serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Education Exchange, a
Harlem based non-profit aimed at eliminating the achievement gap in
Carley Graham Garcia, Head of Global Industry Relations, Google, Inc.
Carley Graham Garcia serves as Head of Global Industry Relations for Google, Inc., where her focus is fostering affinity for the company amongst the industry trade and customer audiences. As part of this global role, Carley leads the team responsible for managing relationships with key industry associations and for enhancing relationships with and driving revenue opportunities for Google's media properties.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Carley was the Director of Advertising Sales at National Journal Group in Washington, DC, where her focus areas were issue advocacy and brand advertising. She has also held positions in the Integrated Advertising Sales Group at The Atlantic and within the marketing department of The Advisory Board Company.
Carley holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently on leave from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she is pursuing a Mid-Career Master's in Public Administration. In her spare time, she serves as Adjunct Instructor within the Digital Marketing program at NYU's School for Continuing and Professional Studies and facilitates a women's network called, Power Girls. Carley is based in New York City.
Angela Guido, President, Communicate Yourself
Angela Guido has spent her career empowering individuals and organizations to communicate their messages more effectively using the power of story. During her five-year tenure at the Boston Consulting Group, she worked with clients in diverse industries to achieve in-depth consumer insight and craft and execute strategic growth plans. Angela later managed BCG’s Women’s Initiative for North America where she helped the firm implement work-life balance initiatives, managed recruitment and conversion of women to the firm, and planned and executed training and development opportunities for women. Angela has since worked exclusively in the arena of interpersonal communications consulting. As the President of Communicate Yourself, Inc., she has trained hundreds of individuals across the country, including students at top business schools and professionals in organizations ranging from government to professional services to discover and perfect their personal stories, assisting them in advancing their careers or gaining access to highly coveted professional positions. She brings an in-depth understanding of consumer insight and the power of narrative to move individuals and groups to action. Angela holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, where she was a Siebel Scholar.
Ann Hargraves, Director of Recruiting for Professional Programs, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Hargraves Nowak is Director of Recruiting for Professional Programs at
Liberty Mutual Insurance, a global Fortune 100 company based in Boston,
Massachusetts. Ann’s team recruits for the company’s general management
and finance leadership development programs.
Ann also leads
Liberty’s effort to help the business find diverse talent to meet their
hiring objectives and is currently managing the companies mentoring
program with American Corporate Partners, a veteran’s mentorship
Prior to joining Liberty, Ann worked in non-profit and education, both in the student services functions.
has had numerous mentors during the different stages of her
professional career and credits much of her professional success to
those that stood next to her along the way.
Zoe Hillenmeyer, Strategy & Transformation Consultant, IBM
A recent graduate from Washington University’s Olin School of Business, Zoe’s decided to pursue her MBA after having worked for a startup in India, and managing marketing for an international auction house in Philadelphia.
During her MBA, Zoe served as President of Olin Women in Business, as Regional Director for MBA Women International, and on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Board.
Zoe’s MBA focus was strategy & innovation, and she recently joined IBM as a Strategy & Transformation Consultant for Media & Entertainment, Telecomm, and Energy & Utilities clients. Zoe enjoys discussing almost anything, from aesthetics, adventure, and pragmatism, to absurdism, language, and rock climbing.
Betsy Hook, GE Capital’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program
Betsy (Elizabeth) Hook is a 2011 graduate of the Tepper School of Business where she studied Management of Innovation and Product Development. Upon graduation, she joined GE Capital’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, a 2-year program which she will complete this July. Following graduation, she will transition to a role in acquisitions marketing for GE Capital’s Toys ‘R’Us credit portfolio. Prior to business school, she spent 9 years at CNN International ad sales where she held several positions, most recently Marketing Manager for North America. Betsy also earned her BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Roxanne Hori, Associate Dean, Corporate Partnerships, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Roxanne is the Associate Dean for Corporate Partnerships after serving as the Assistant Dean of Career Management at the Kellogg School of Management for close to 17 years. Prior to joining Kellogg she worked in various service organizations for a total of 16 years in a variety of roles within Human Resources. She currently serves as the chair of the Forté Foundation Advisory Board,. In addition, Roxanne is an active member of the Kellogg School's Women’s Business Association Advisory Board and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is a past President of Midwest ACE and former board member of the National Association for Colleges and Employers. Roxanne has over 20 years of experience in higher education coaching students and alumni on career choices.
Edie Hunt, Forté's Board Chair Emeritus & Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Edie Hunt is the firm’s chief diversity officer and an advisory director to Goldman Sachs, advising the firm on key talent management initiatives. Previously, she was the global head of Talent Management, responsible for recruiting, diversity and training from 2006 to 2011. Edie continues to be an ally of the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network.
Edie joined Goldman Sachs in 1981 as a personnel director in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division and in 1982, she moved to Precious Metals Sales/Trading, where she became a vice president in 1984. She then joined Fixed Income management in 1986. Edie was head of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Human Capital Management from 1999 to 2001. She was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2004.
Edie is a member of the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors, the Women’s Campaign International Board of Directors and St. Philip’s Academy Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Trustee’s Council of Penn Women and and the Board of Nimbus Dance Works.
Edie earned an MBA from The University of Chicago in 1974 and BA and BS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.
Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions, Georgetown McDonough School of Business
Shari Hubert is the Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at Georgetown McDonough School of Business. She comes to higher education after working in the Federal Government with the Peace Corps, where she served as the Director of Recruitment, within the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. In this capacity, she was responsible for the strategy to attract and recruit 4000 Volunteers annually, and managed the operations of nine regional recruitment offices across the US. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Shari was the Senior Vice President of Campus Recruitment for Citi’s Global Bank in North America; and was responsible for overseeing the recruitment of Analysts and Associates into the Corporate and Investment Banks, as part of Citi’s Markets & Banking Division. Prior to Citi, she worked at GE, in their Corporate Headquarters, where she served as Manager, Campus Relations in Corporate Recruiting and Staffing. In this role, she was responsible for the overall recruiting efforts and budget allocation across the Southeast Region of GE’s strategic university relationships. Shari also has experience in the not-for-profit sector where she ran an Executive Leadership and Civic Development Program named in honor of David Rockefeller at the Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy association focused on public and private partnerships. After obtaining her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000, Shari was a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Finally, she began her career in sales and marketing at Merck and Co., Inc., after graduating cum laude, with a B.A. in French, from Dartmouth College in 1992.
Erika Hayes James, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Professor Erika James teaches "Leading Organizations" at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She conducts research in the areas of crisis leadership and race and gender in organizations and has published in several leading academic journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology and Academy of Management Journal and is the co-author of the book Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During and After a Crisis. A description of her research, teaching and leadership responsibilities can be found at www.erikahayesjames.com.
Barbara Koenig, Associate Director, Career Consulting and Education, Ross School of Business at Michigan
Barbara brings over 25 years’ experience working as an executive coach and organizational development consultant, primarily in areas related to leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and career transition. Early in her career, Barbara worked at Lockheed Martin in Silicon Valley as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, which eventually led her to new roles around leading change and developing talent. After moving back to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Barbara started her own business as an Executive Coach and Learning Consultant. She has partnered with all types of organizations from start-ups to small businesses to global organizations such as Toyota, Ford Motor Company and ProQuest. Her primary roles have been to design and facilitate interactive leadership development programs, design and facilitate team building workshops and provide executive coaching.
In 2009, Barbara was part of partnership for a regional collaboration known as the New Economy Initiative which used partner organizations to promote economic revitalization in southeast Michigan. As part of this initiative, Barbara co-developed and led a 5 day Boot Camp on Entrepreneurship. More recently, she partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK and MEDC, both of which are economic development organizations to develop, lead and facilitate a career transition program known as Michigan Shifting Gears.
Barbara earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and a M.S. Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. She currently enjoys coaching University of Michigan Ross MBA students in all areas of their career search, with areas of specialty around career and leadership assessments, personal branding, networking and off-campus job search strategies.
S. Kellogg Leliveld, Senior Associate Director, Career Education & Advising, Darden Graduate School of Business
leads the Career Education and Advising team at the University of
Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business. In this role, she leads a
team of Career Advisors and coaches MBA students on professional
development topics, including setting career objectives, creating
marketing plans, and writing cover letters and resumes. Kellogg also
teaches a series of classes to first and second year MBAs on career
management and job search strategy. Prior to Darden, Kellogg spent nine
years as a management consultant and worked in Strategic Planning with
Toys "R" Us. She also served as an independent consultant to Easter
Seals. Kellogg earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a master
degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and a BS from
the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kellogg currently serves on the
board of Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville.
Alanna Klassen Jamjoum, Director, A.T. Kearney
Alanna Klassen Jamjoum is the Director of A.T. Kearney’s Digital Business Forum and based in New York.
Alanna has worked primarily in consumer industries including consumer products, retail, health care and financial services on a variety of issues related to IT strategy and transformation. She has worked with clients to develop forward looking IT strategies, developing foresight into the implications of digital trends. She balances this forward looking perspective with a grounding in large scale program management and implementation projects focused primarily on post merger integration and ERP implementation.
In her current role, Alanna leads the firms efforts in Digital Business driving thought leadership and client engagements on topics related to digitization. She runs the Digital Business Forum – a multi-disciplinary network of executives who convene periodically on issues related to digital business.
Alanna holds a B.A. from McGill University a Masters in Business from Cornell University.
Soojin Kwon, Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
Soojin is the Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Soojin has been at Ross since 2004 and leads marketing, recruiting, and evaluation for Ross' Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Part-time MBA programs. Prior to joining Ross, Soojin was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy and Operations practice. She has also served as an analyst with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and a Presidential Management Fellow with the House Appropriations Committee and Department of Commerce. Soojin holds an MBA from Ross, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale.
Raquel L. Lachman, Brand Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
Raquel L. Lachman KSM ’08 is a Brand Manager at The Coca-Cola Company. She is a passionate marketer with experience in consumer products, account management and brand consulting. Her specialties include new product and packaging development, lifestyle brand marketing, shopper marketing and social media. Raquel has an undergraduate degree from Harvard where she graduated cum laude. She received her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in Marketing, International Business and Management. She was a recipient of the Kellogg Dean’s Service Award for developing the Kellogg Women’s Leadership Workshop, a leadership symposium for women. Raquel serves on the junior board of Girls Inc. NYC and is affiliated with A Better Chance and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. She is a runner, aspiring yogi, food-sensitive foodie and always striving to be her best self.
Lourds Lane, Author and Musician
Lourds Lane is the book, music,and lyrics writer of the Broadway-bound musical, CHIX 6 (chix6.com), a heart-warming story that empowers women and girls to find their inner superhero, as well as one of the stars of the show-- the electric-violin playing superhero, "Rise." Critically acclaimed, the NY Daily News raves: "It's only a matter of time before Chix 6 is a smash hit." Lourds is also founder and curriculum creator of the educational arts-based non-profit called Lightning Girl FUN-dation. A classically trained prodigy on violin and piano at age 3, Lourds toured with youth orchestras in concert halls around the world.
Eventually, with a sparkly, new electric violin as her main axe, she kicked in the distortion pedal and shredded her way on tours across North America, fronting her rock band, LOURDS, and amassing a diehard nation-wide fan base. As producer, multi-instrumentalist, and charismatic singer and songstress, Lourds is scheduled to play stadiums for major global events in the next year leading up to opening night on Broadway.
No matter what the venue, whether she’s speaking at Forbes or TED, performing on Broadway, or playing rock stadiums, Lourds inspires, energizes, and embraces an audience with a voice that's unforgettable, and uniquely her own. For a little more of Lourds’ history, watch as she entranced the attendees of the TEDx Women’s Conference in Washington DC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NNqiFk-xxs&feature=share&noredirect=1
Jennifer Larson, Associate Partner, Strategy & Change Internal Practice, IBM Global Business Services
Jennifer Larson is an Associate Partner with IBM’s Strategy & Transformation Internal Practice. Throughout her 10+ year career in strategy consulting, Ms. Larson has led many transformation initiatives, focusing primarily on sales transformation, customer experience, process improvement, performance management and leadership development. During her tenure at IBM, she has worked with numerous Fortune 100 clients, and now advises IBM's own executives on enterprise-wide business transformation.
Ms. Larson is committed to people development and as a member of her consulting practice’s Senior Leadership Team, she runs their Engagement Leadership Initiative, is the learning & knowledge focal, co-leads a program to mentor women in the practice and is the community leader for the Organization Change Strategy competency.
New York City is currently home for Ms. Larson, having moved throughout the US as part of a management development program and on global assignments for IBM. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado. In her spare time, if Jen isn’t traveling somewhere fun, she can be found in Central Park, volunteering, cooking, finding new restaurants in NYC or taking advantage of the flexibility to work-at-home from her beach house in Florida.
Nancy Le Blair, Marketing Manager, Global Skincare, Elizabeth Arden Inc.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (BBA ’02 and MBA ’07), Nancy begin her career in IT consulting before transitioning to Brand Management. She started at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care upon completion of graduate business school. She moved into the beauty care category at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company and is now a Marketing Manager on Global Skincare at Elizabeth Arden Inc. Her responsibilities include managing the long term global growth strategy for premium anti-aging and heritage skincare brands. Nancy lives in New York City with her husband and twin boys.
Irene Lee, Director of Marketing, Refinery29
Irene joined Refinery29 as the Director of Marketing in Feb 2013, driving audience development and business intelligence initiatives. Irene studied EE and CS at MIT and spent several years as a developer at IBM. Wanting to learn more about bringing products to market, she pursued an MBA at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. She joined Microsoft as a product manager coordinating several major Hotmail releases, then transitioned to a marketing role focused on global retention strategy. In 2011, she followed her husband to NYC and landed in the world of fashion at Bluefly, helping to build their new flash sales site, Belle & Clive.
Liz Lerner, PMC Partner and Global Leader, Cognizant
A Cognizant PMC Partner and Global Leader, Liz has more than 30 years of program management experience delivering large scale programs across various client sectors globally.
Prior to joining Cognizant, Liz was been a Program leader in various industries, most recently in Financial Services for the past 15 years delivering large scale IT programs. Liz maintains a proven track record in leading, managing and consistently delivering mission critical results to top-tier global corporations. She has led and successfully delivered on change programs, overseen initiatives of varying scope and complexity, provided management and direction resulting in significant business value, top and bottom line growth, global industry leadership, business expansion, acquisitions and divestitures, operational efficiencies, and organizational restructuring.
Liz’s experience in a number of industry sectors includes: Financial Services (World Bank, UBS, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, ABN Amro, Alliance Bernstein), Insurance (Prudential, The Hartford), Corporate (American Bureau of Shipping, Anglo American Corp, BAT Industries), Pharma (Merck, Lederle) and Professional Services (E&Y, Deloitte & Touche).
Liz graduated with a BS Industrial Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1982 and received her MBA in Corporate Strategy and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business in 1990. Liz has been happily married for 28 years, has 2 children, and lives in Manhattan. She enjoys spending time in city, traveling and volunteering in the community.
Wendy Levitt, author and speaker, At the Corner of Wall and
Wendy Levitt published her novel, At the Corner of Wall and
Sesame, about work/life balance in 2011 and immediately began speaking about
the issues inherent in American corporate and social cultures that make the
Mommy-Wars inevitable. She advocates
collusion over competition within the female gender. In her speaking engagements Wendy demonstrates
how societal expectations need to change so that they are no longer at odds
with personal goals.
Wendy received her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson
Graduate School of Management in 1992 and graduated with honors from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1990.
She went on to a career in the travel industry, holding positions at
Northwest Airlines, US Airways and American Express. She is the lead inventor on three American
Express patents, and was twice recognized with the Chairman’s Award for
Quality. In an effort to adjust her
work/life balance, Wendy left American Express and founded Squirmie Wormie, a
children’s clothing label sold throughout the tri-state area.
Wendy currently lives on Long Island with her husband and
two children. She is heavily involved in
leading PTA efforts at the unit and council levels, leads the local Cadette
Girl Scout troop and maintains leadership roles in other community
Janet Lewis Matricciani, Chief Executive Officer, Antenna International
Lewis Matricciani is the Chief Executive Officer of Antenna
International. Antenna creates and manages audio and multimedia tours at
1200 museums and other cultural attractions in 53 countries, giving out
more than sixty-three million guides a year.
has held a variety of senior executive positions in her professional
career. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Corporate
Development at K12 Inc., an education technology company. She has also
held executive level positions at Countrywide Bank, and Capital One
Ms. Matricciani has also spent ten years
in management consulting, most recently with McKinsey & Company. Ms.
Matricciani worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York,
and, at the start of her career, as an engineer for Ove Arup &
Partners in London.
Ms. Matricciani speaks six languages and has
work experience in over twenty countries. She has been a speaker at
numerous industry conferences, and has been quoted in the Harvard
Ms. Matricciani holds an MBA from Wharton Business
School with an international fellowship and London Chamber of Commerce
scholarship, and a B.A. and M.A. with honors in engineering from
Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of an Ove Arup
Danielle Lobo, Associate, Leveraged Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Danielle is an Associate in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Leveraged Finance group, based in New York. She has worked on a wide range of debt capital markets offerings for such clients as Levi Strauss & Co., RR Donnelley & Sons and Party City Holdings; including 30 left lead transactions for over $13.0 billion in debt. She is involved in the origination and execution of domestic and international leveraged finance assignments.
Danielle joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010 from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, from which she received an MBA. Danielle also has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Spanish from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Amanda Magliaro, Managing Director, U.S. Investment Grade Syndicate, Head of ABS Syndicate, Citi
The investment grade syndicate desk is responsible for pitching (in partnership with the investment bank and Debt capital markets), underwriting, distributing and pricing all of the new issue transactions for the firm's clients. Amanda is a Managing Director at Citi and Head of the Structured Products Syndicate desk. Amanda has 10 years of experience in Investment Grade Syndicate, she has extensive experience in marketing and syndicating IG and ABS (both on the run and esoteric) deals. Amanda joined Citi’s U.S. Syndicate desk in 2002 upon graduation from Columbia Business School, where she received an M.B.A. in Finance. While at Columbia Business School, Amanda was the President of Columbia Women in Business. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1996. Amanda is a member of Citi's Diversity Committee. She also serves as an Advocate for the Sales and Trading Associate promotion process and as a mentor for numerous Analysts and Associates. Amanda is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Japanese and was on the Track and Field Team at Cornell. Amanda lives in Tribeca and has two daughters.
Rose Manziano, Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors
Rose Manziano leads Dimensional's distribution efforts for financial advisor business within broker/dealer and subadvisory/variable annuity channels. Rose has more than 15 years of experience leading sales and distribution teams, including positions at Salomon Brothers Asset Management, Wachovia, and Credit Suisse. At each of these firms, Rose managed sales, established strong relationships with key industry participants, placed funds on platforms, and developed and executed strategic growth plans. At Salomon Brothers, Rose was instrumental in growing the subadvisory/variable annuity business from $400 million to more than $30 billion in just seven years.
Rose graduated from Fordham University with concentrations in economics and chemistry. She received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Rose is Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 registered.
Lauren Margulies, Regional Operations Director, DaVita
Lauren Margulies is a Regional Operations Director at DaVita. She directs the clinical and financial operations and business development of an area around New York City including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Westchester, with annual revenues of $80 million. Lauren joined DaVita in September 2009 as a Redwood Resident, a 9-month leadership development program designed to prepare recent MBA graduates for a director role.
Prior to her time at DaVita, Lauren received her MBA from Harvard Business School. Before that, she spent three years at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, working in NYC and Kigali, Rwanda, where she helped to establish an organization that developed a model for sustainable health infrastructure in a village health center. The center continues to thrive today, and this model has since been exported to other health centers in rural villages in Rwanda.
Lauren graduated from Amherst College with a BA in History. She started her career in New York as an Urban Fellow with the New York City Department of Health, where she developed her passion for public health. She has since worked at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and NY Presbyterian Hospitals as well.
One of the highlights of Lauren’s career was Tour DaVita, a three-day, 250-mile bike ride to raise money for kidney care awareness and treatment. She continues to cycle as often as she can in New York City and neighboring states!
Sarah Maynard, Current Forté Fellow, MBA 2014, Johnson School of Management at Cornell
Sarah Maynard is a second year MBA student at Johnson at Cornell University. After earning her B.A. in Physics from Wellesley College, in 2008, she returned to her hometown San Diego, California to pursue a career in neuroinformatics research and led the launch of a collaborative neuroscience software program. More recently, prior to business school, Sarah managed the inbound marketing efforts and streamlined the marketing and sales processes at a small software company. This summer Sarah is interning at Lenati LLC, a boutique sales and marketing consulting firm in Seattle, Washington. Sarah holds several leadership positions at Johnson, including being the President of Johnson's Women's Management Council and serving as a Co-Chair for the first annual Johnson Women in Technology forum in New York City. Additionally, she is one of Johnson's Liaisons for the Forte Foundation.
Caitlin McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Director of Total Rewards, The PNC Financial Services Group
Caitlin McLaughlin is Senior Vice President and Director of Total Rewards for The PNC Financial Services Group with overall responsibility for the compensation, benefits, workplace solutions and metrics & analytics functions.
McLaughlin joined PNC in 2009 as head of training and development for Corporate and Institutional Bank (C&IB). In 2010, she assumed additional responsibility for campus recruiting. In 2011, she was named director of talent acquisition and in 2012 she assumed additional oversight for metrics & analytics. McLaughlin assumed her current role in April 2013.
Prior to joining PNC, McLaughlin was managing director and global head of campus recruiting and program manager for Citigroup. She held a number of roles within the organization and with its predecessor companies, Salomon Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers, over her 17 year tenure.
Ms. McLaughlin is a board member of Vibrant Pittsburgh and a former board member of the Forte Foundation.
Ms. McLaughlin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Political Communications.
Frances Messano, Senior Manager, Monitor Institute
Frances Messano is a first-generation college graduate and very passionate about helping organizations provide students with access to high-quality educations and support systems that prepare them for college, career, and life. Education fundamentally changed the direction of her life and she believes that stories like hers should no longer be the exception, but the norm.
Frances is a Senior Manager within the Monitor Institute, the social impact practice within Deloitte’s strategy consulting arm. She focuses her practice on helping education organizations scale their impact through strategy development, organizational design, leadership development, and program design. In addition, Frances is currently involved in expanding the team’s work on education. Prior to joining the Institute, Frances was a member of Monitor’s Market2Customer® practice, which focuses on marketing capability building and growth strategy and led Monitor’s Racial Diversity Network. Her previous work experience includes a Summer Associate Marketing Manager position at General Mills and four years of experience as an Associate at Morgan Stanley.
A New York native, Frances received her Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard College. She currently serves on the boards of Achievement First Endeavor Charter School and Families for Excellent Schools, an education advocacy organization. As an alum of Prep for Prep, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, she understands how it feels to be a “customer” of the important services many high-performing nonprofits deliver.
Demaris Mills, Vice President, Global Marketing, Beckman Coulter
Demaris Mills was appointed Vice President, Global Marketing for Beckman Coulter (a Danaher company) in 2013. Demaris joined Danaher in the Leica Biosystems business in 2009 as a Product Manager. She became Director, Product Management in 2010 and then Director, Product Management and International Sales in 2011.
Prior to joining Danaher, Demaris held multiple roles with Thermo Scientific. Most recently, she was Senior Manager of Business Development – Asia. Prior to her assignment in China, Demaris held Senior Analyst and Analyst positions in the Corporate Development Group.
Demaris earned her MBA from Harvard Business School (2009) and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French Studies from Smith College where she graduated with Honors in Economics (2003).
Pamela Mittman, Assistant Dean of Career Services and Leadership Development, Stern School of Business at NYU
Pamela Mittman is the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Leadership Development. Dean Mittman oversees the recruiting process for all MBA students, providing counsel and support in their pursuit of post-MBA careers. Additionally, she proactively cultivates corporate relationships across a diverse set of industries while managing a staff of more than 20 professionals who partner closely with students, alumni, and companies. Dean Mittman is regularly consulted by national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, and BusinessWeek, for her insights into MBA recruitment trends.
Dean Mittman most recently also launched Stern’s Leadership Development Initiative — a comprehensive, yet personalized, leadership development curriculum that empowers our students to evolve as effective leaders.
Prior to Stern, Dean Mittman was a Strategic Change Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and an Associate in the Global Services division of Chase Manhattan Bank. Dean Mittman received her MBA from NYU Stern and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
Michelle Moudry, Director, Investment Management, Hines
Michelle is a Director of Investment Management at Hines, an international real estate firm, within the Global REIT, Hines REIT, and Core Fund. She has been with Hines for 11 years, serving in various roles within the firm. Michelle currently handles underwriting of acquisitions, asset management, and dispositions for retail and office assets valued at over $1.8B and over 5.5M SF on behalf of the three investment vehicles. Michelle has a BS/MPA in Business/Accounting from The University of Texas and earned an MBA from Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments
Kathleen Murphy is president of Personal Investing (PI), a Fidelity Investments company that provides retail brokerage, mutual funds, managed accounts, annuities and other financial products and services to millions of individual investors. Ms. Murphy is also responsible for Fidelity’s life insurance and annuities business, its workplace savings business for tax exempt organizations, all of the firm’s brand and advertising programs, and Fidelity’s online strategies through Fidelity.com. She is a 25 year veteran of the financial services and benefits industry.
Ms. Murphy received her bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in economics and political science from Fairfield University in 1984. She earned her juris doctorate with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1987.
Currently, Ms. Murphy sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of America’s Promise, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Smurfit School of Business at the University of Dublin, Ireland.
Ms. Murphy has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American business by Fortune magazine, one of the Wall Street Top 50 and Business 100 by Irish America magazine, named to the Power 100 list for Financial Services and named as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in finance by US Banker, among other honors.
Kate Nason, Global Well Being Strategist, Intel
Kate Nason, Global Well-being Strategist, has been with Intel for 11 years. She is an Emotional Intelligence certified trainer through Talent Smart and has a passion for developing people and making positive change. In the past she has held positions in supply chain management, marketing, finance and management. She graduated from ASU for both her undergrad and MBA degrees. She spends a lot of her spare time volunteering with a local charitable organization as well as traveling, hiking, running, reading and rock climbing.
Svetlana Ni, Associate, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Svetlana Ni serves as an Associate in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2012, Svetlana served as a Vice President at Westbrook Partners, a real estate private equity firm, and as an analyst at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management. Svetlana graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Hilary Nindorf, Senior Financial Analyst in Investor Relations, Chevron
Hilary Nindorf is a Senior Financial Analyst in Investor Relations with Chevron Corporation. Ms. Nindorf joined Chevron as a Finance MBA Development Program (FMBADP) summer intern. She returned as a full-time hire, completing rotations in a variety of finance roles in Chevron's Bangkok, Thailand and San Ramon, California offices. Since completing the FMBADP, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in Downstream Compliance, Corporate Comptrollers and Upstream Finance HQ. Ms. Nindorf holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BS from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to business school Ms. Nindorf was an economic consultant specializing in complex claims, first in Arthur Andersen LLP's Value Solutions Group and next as a Manager with Kenesis Corporate and Insurance Consulting in Washington, DC. Ms. Nindorf currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.
Jill Olickan, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Brand, AT&T
Jill Olickan currently serves as the Director-Strategic Initiatives, Brand at AT&T in NYC.
Prior to joining AT&T, Jill was at the National Basketball Association (NBA) in NYC where she ran business development and strategy for the NBA Development League. Jill joined the NBA after working at Disney Parks and Resorts in California. In this role, she worked in Marketing & Finance and oversaw a $100M+ Marketing budget. Jill started her career at AT&T via the Leadership Development Program and, after holding various positions, she advanced to a leadership position in AT&T’s Consumer Marketing Organization. At AT&T, she also worked in Product Marketing, Consumer Advertising, Regulatory Advocacy, and in the Call Centers. She is thrilled to be back at AT&T where her career began.
She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Columbia Business School. She is also involved in the community – she was the youngest ever National President of the Women’s Organization at AT&T, is active in the New York Junior League, sings at her church, mentors high school students and serves as an advisor to local nonprofit organizations.
Jovanna Owusu, Female Focused Talent Attraction & Diversity Manager, AT&T
Jovanna Owusu has been with AT&T since 2008 and in her current role since March 2013. As the Female Focused Talent Attraction Manager, she is responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing strategies that will attract and retain top female candidates at AT&T.
Prior to joining the Talent Attraction Team, Jovanna was in AT&T’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). While in the LDP program she spent a year as a Sales Manager in a Customer Care Call Centers where she managed a team of Customer Sales and Service agents, 11 months in the field as an AT&T Network Services Manager where she managed outside field operations for wireline services and an additional 10 months in our Retail Sales and Services Operations where she created a call center to help support our retail stores and customers. Upon graduating from the Leadership Development Program she accepted a position on the Human Resources Policy Team where she was responsible for creating new innovative polices, updating current policies and revamping AT&T Service and Recognition programs.
She holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Jovanna moved to Dallas two years ago from Chicago. She enjoys the theater, reading, traveling and cooking. She continuously seeks opportunities to be involved in the community.
Melis Ozdogan, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Citi
Melis Ozdogan is a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Since joining Citi in 2008, Ms. Ozdogan has been involved in a wide variety of strategic M&A transactions in the diversified industrials, healthcare, automotive, and energy sectors among others. Ms. Ozdogan’s selected transaction experience includes Ford Motor Company’s sale of Volvo, NRG Energy’s successful corporate defense against Exelon, Bristol Myers Squibb’s split off of Mead Johnson, Fiat SpA’s increase of equity stake in Chrysler LLC and Elan Corporation plc’s sale of Elan Drug Technologies to Alkermes Inc.
Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Ozdogan served as a Senior Corporate Governance Specialist at the New York Stock Exchange and Team Leader at Institutional Shareholder Services - International Research Department.
Melis Ozdogan is a Dean's List graduate of Columbia Business School with an M.B.A. in Finance. She also holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and International Finance from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in International Relations with Honors from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey
Samantha Ozuna, Business Manager, Burberry
Samantha Ozuna is a Business Manager at Burberry where she manages the Non-Apparel business within the Americas Wholesale division. Within this role she is responsible for providing strategic and financial insight to the Wholesale Sales teams and recommends opportunities to drive growth that are not only profitable but are consistent with the brand vision. Prior to joining Burberry, Samantha worked at the Estee Lauder Companies as a Global Marketer for the Ojon brand where she relaunched the brand globally. She received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she made the decision to completely change her career. Samantha started her professional career at Merck where she spent 7 years developing Vaccine and Cancer drugs after earning her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sarah Pasyk, Market Research Consultant, Eli Lilly and Company
Throughout the course of a few years, Sarah Pasyk has rotated through several marketing positions at Eli Lilly and Company, the 10th largest pharmaceutical company globally. After completing three roles within the Neuroscience division—from Global Marketing to US Market Research—she returned to school to get her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of business. She recently graduated in 2012 and returned to Eli Lilly to work as a Market Research Consult within the Diabetes Business Unit. She is currently working on brand development for a product in the company’s phase-three pipeline.
Lindsey Pollak, Bestselling Author, Corporate Consultant and Next Generation Career and Workplace Expert
Lindsey Pollak is a bestselling author, corporate consultant and recognized expert on next generation career and workplace trends. She is an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Lindsey’s advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, CNN, NPR and NBC Nightly News. Her clients and audiences have included Barclays, GE, PwC, Ralph Lauren, Time Inc., UBS, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wharton and many others. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Frida Polli, CEO & Co-founder, Pymetrics
Frida Polli, PhD, MBA, is an award-winning neuroscientist from Harvard + MIT. After completing a neuroscience dissertation at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, she went to Harvard Business School to develop commercial applications for the science she was involved in. While at HBS, she co-founded Pymetrics. Pymetrics provides a completely novel, neuroscience-based solution for human capital assessment. It replaces questionnaires with neuroscience games, and statistics with recommendation engine technology to provide the most precise, sophisticated solution available. Pymetrics clients are top-tier technology, professional + financial service firms.
Niharika Ramdev, Chief Financial Officer, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors
Niharika Ramdev is currently Chief Financial Officer of GM's Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization where she is focused on optimizing GM's material and logistics cost. Prior to that, from July 2008 to July 2011 as Assistant Treasurer, she was instrumental in establishing GM's $5 billion secured revolver, played an important role in GM's restructuring and IPO, monetized GM's stake in Delphi, executed contribution of GM stock to the GM US pension plans and formulated strategies to derisk GM's pension obligations. She worked from 2006-2008 in Shanghai as Regional Treasurer, Asia Pacific. She has also held various positions at the Treasurer's Office including Director of Pension Funding, Capital markets, Foreign Exchange and Commodities. Niharika joined GM’s Treasurer’s Office in 1996 after receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Regina Regazzi, Assistant Dean, Parker Career Management Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Regina joined the Parker Career Management Center in October 2010 as the executive director of corporate relations, with the mandate of building relationships with the companies hiring UCLA Anderson students. She is now the assistant dean of Anderson’s Parker Career Management Center, overseeing the education, outreach, recruiting, and advising for Anderson’s full-time program.
Prior to joining, Regina founded and ran Artume LLC, an executive recruiting and career consulting firm. Her executive recruiting career began at Spencer Stuart, a major international firm and continued at PrinceGoldsmith, a New York-based boutique firm. In both places, she concentrated on financial services recruiting, focusing on asset management. Prior to executive recruiting, Regina worked in originations for Bank of America's Leasing and Capital Group. Early in her career, Regina worked for Greenwich Associates, a financial services market research and consulting firm, known for its benchmarking studies. Throughout her career, she has been providing career guidance to a range of people from recent college graduates to high-level executives.
Regina graduated from UCLA Anderson in 1997 and was formerly the president of UCLA Anderson's alumni board of directors, representing its 37,000 alumni. She received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2005 and was chosen as one of the 100 Inspirations as part of the school's 75th anniversary celebration. Regina received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Colgate University.
Rashann Reid, Director, Mortgage & Securitized Product Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Currently, in Mortgage /Securitized Products Sales, Rashaan is a Director responsible for coverage of ~15 clients (hedge funds, money managers, REITs bank) with mortgage asset portfolios in the multi billions. Although previously, a strong focus in residential and commercial mortgage credit space, Rashaan has migrated to selling a full range of MBS products including agency mbs (specs, agency hybrids, agency cmo derivatives), whole loans, consumer abs, European securitized products, along with nonagency mbs and cmbs/cre products.
In 2001, Rashaan joined Merrill Lynch’s Debt Capital Markets (DCM) origination group as an analyst in the consumer products/retail sector. While in DCM, a notable trade that Rashaan was directly involved in and initiated as an analyst was sold $200mln in debt buybacks to a small consumer products company; these opportunistic trades generated over $500k in revenues.
After a competitive selection process, she was awarded and accepted the Merrill Lynch Diversity MBA fellowship to attend business school. She obtained her MBA in Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, (Chicago Booth) and while there, completed graduate business courses at the London Business School in England. In between her two years of school, she returned back to Merrill Lynch and interned as a Summer Associate in Global Markets with a focus on the mortgage business.
As an avid leader in our firm’s diversity and general recruiting efforts, she was also involved in Chicago Booth recruiting (past Diversity Lead), SEO, MBA Fellowship program, BAML summer intern program, and Women’s Leadership Council – in efforts to continue to promote the overall initiatives and values of the firm.
Danae Ringelmann, Co-founder, Indiegogo
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo to democratize fundraising. Passionate about helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace crowdfunding, Danae speaks often at conferences. Recent speaking engagements include SXSW, MAD Hong Kong, TEDx, Big Omaha and CeBit. Fast Company Magazine recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology.
Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.
Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.
Sarah Rodermund, Senior Consultant, Cognizant
Sarah Rodermund is a Senior Consultant in Cognizant’s retail consulting practice. She has five years of general consulting experience across a variety of industries, including retail, technology, oil and gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and finance. Since joining Cognizant in 2012, she has worked with several large US-based retailers and has been involved in a variety of forthcoming thought-leadership publications.
Prior to joining Cognizant, Sarah worked as a consultant for Analysis Group, a Boston-based economic consulting firm. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Harvard University and her MBA from Boston University.
Laura Rodriguez, Associate, Barclays
Laura Rodriguez is an Associate at Barclays within the Investment Banking Division’s Global Real Estate Group. She focuses on public and non-traded REITs as well as gaming companies. Her day-to-day includes advising clients on corporate finance and M&A strategies, executing debt/equity capital transactions and analyzing resulting valuation implications. Some of Laura’s key deals include quarterbacking over $2 billion in high yield unsecured bonds for a marquee gaming company in 2012 and advising a $3 billion private prison company on their REIT conversion in 2013.
Prior to Barclays, Laura worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the Public Service / Federal Government Practice in Washington, DC. Here, she worked with clients ranging from the Smithsonian Institution to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focusing on strategic planning, business process improvement and project management. Laura received a MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering and Mathematics.
Aradhana Sarin, Managing Director, Global Healthcare Group, Citi
Aradhana joined Citi in 2010 as a Managing Director in Citi’s Global Healthcare Group in New York. Prior to Citi, Aradhana was a Managing Director in UBS Investment Bank’s Healthcare Group for 9 years and before that she was with the healthcare and M&A groups at J.P. Morgan. Aradhana has worked with several growth companies and established companies in the diagnostics, life science and biopharma sectors completing over 100 transactions including IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Convertible Debt transactions, High Yield and leverage finance transactions as well as advised clients on both buy side and sell side M&A transactions. Prior to joining investment banking, Aradhana practiced medicine in both India and East Africa. Aradhana graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar from Stanford Business School and completed her medical training from the University of Delhi.
Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune & Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.
Fortune senior editor at large Pattie Sellers has written some of Fortune's most talked-about cover stories, including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Oprah's Next Act," "Can Meg Whitman Save California?" "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Remodeling Martha" (Martha Stewart). She has helped oversee Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" package every year since its launch in 1998. Pattie is Executive Director of the Fortune MostPowerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond. She oversees MPW programs that enable women leaders to extend their influence and empower the next generation—such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Beyond her Fortune duties, she is also developing Live Content across Time Inc. Pattie grew up in Allentown, PA, graduated from the University of Virginia, and started at Fortune in 1984. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead, manage others, and navigate their careers.
Gurjot Sidhu, CEO & Creative Director of Gurjot New York
Gurjot Sidhu is CEO & Creative Director of Gurjot New York, a luxury businesswear brand for women. She founded Gurjot New York out of her passion to see women professionals excel and succeed in the workplace.
Gurjot holds a BA in Economics and a MBA from the University of Chicago. She had a successful career in management consulting for the banking, technology and retail industries, ultimately running her own boutique ecommerce strategy consulting firm in New York. She pursued her fashion education at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, leading to the creation of Gurjot New York, the first luxury collection ever designed for businesswomen, by a businesswoman.
Maggy Siegel, President, Siegel Strategic Consulting
Maggy Siegel is a senior international brand builder with over 30 years of experience in growing and revitalizing marquee brands including Tiffany & Co., Coach, and Chanel. Maggy is a high energy change agent, successful team builder and deal maker with the ability to drive profits and innovation based on business acumen, creative vision, and strong execution skills. Maggy's expertise encompasses strategic and financial planning, domestic and international retail, wholesale and e-commerce sales, product development, merchandising, manufacturing, real estate, marketing and
For the past 5 years, Maggy has been the President and COO of Dylan's Candy Bar where she established the NY flagship store has the must-see premiere candy emporium with over 1.6 million visitors a year. Previously, Maggy held a variety of senior management roles at top brands including CEO of Judith Leiber luxury handbags and accessories, Vice President of Fine Jewelry and Watches - Chanel USA, Vice President of International for Coach, and President of Tiffany's Watch Division.
Maggy lives in New York City and is on the Executive Board of CancerCare and a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Jyoti Singhvi, CEO, JYOTI
Jyoti Singhvi is the CEO of the couture fine jewelry brand JYOTI (www.JyotiNewYork.com), which is based on Jyoti’s family heritage of about 150 years. As 7th generation in the jewelry industry she grew up with the most magnificent jewels imaginable. She furthered her interest in jewelry by working at venerable brands such as Cartier.
Jyoti believes that everyone has a fascinating story which must be cherished and honored. Therefore she designs each JYOTI creation with a focus on YOU! Her goal is to celebrate your incredible story. Through jewelry she connects YOU to what's meaningful in your life - the most important people, places, memories, passions and dreams. She is also designs stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry and engagement rings that narrate your personal story.
Royalty and celebrities like Amy Poehler have worn JYOTI jewelry. Magazines such as Businessweek, have covered JYOTI. Jyoti has an MPA from Harvard and an MBA from MIT.
Jyoti is active philanthropically and is on the board of Glamour Gals. She is also involved with Clinton Global Initiative University affiliated organization The Resolution Project.
Risa Sparks, Investment Strategist in Benefit Plan Investments, Chevron
Risa Sparks is an Investment Strategist in Benefit Plan Investments with Chevron Corporation. Ms. Sparks joined Chevron as a Finance MBA Development Program (FMBADP) summer intern. She returned as a full-time hire, completing rotations in a variety of finance and business development roles in Chevron's Singapore, London, and San Ramon, California offices. Since completing the FMBADP, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in Corporate Comptrollers, Upstream Finance based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Canada Natural Gas based in Calgary, Canada. Ms. Sparks holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to business school Ms. Sparks was an operations manager at Intel Corporation based in Arizona. Ms. Sparks currently resides in the Berkeley Hills with her husband and 19 month son.
Sarayu Srinivasan, Venture Capitalist and Advisor
Sarayu Srinivasan is a venture capitalist as well as an advisor to and executive with technology companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Previously, Ms. Srinivasan was Director at Intel Capital focusing on sector and stage agnostic technology investment in the US, Asia and Europe. She has also been a venture partner, worked at various early stage software and services companies and in brand management at the Pepsi-Cola Company. She began her career as research analyst. Ms. Srinivasan has published literature on technology and investment and is a frequent speaker on private equity, emerging markets and entrepreneurship. Ms. Srinivasan earned a BA in Architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University, a Certificate in Medieval Studies from Cambridge University, an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, and held a research fellowship at the Harvard Business School pre-PhD.
Sharon Studley, Managing Director, Technology Growth Platform, Accenture
Sharon is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Growth Platform. She has more than 25 years of consulting experience, focused on implementing large scale systems for clients in Health and Public Service. For the past 4 years, Sharon has sponsored Accenture’s North American Oracle practice People Advocacy program, focusing on initiatives to attract and retain talented people, employee engagement, career development, recognition and mentoring. Throughout her career, Sharon has served as a career counselor and mentor to staff at all levels.
Sharon has a BS in Business and Computer Science from the University at Albany, and an MBA from
Vikki Tam, Partner, Bain & Company
Vikki Tam joined Bain & Company in 1998 and is a partner in Bain’s New York office. Prior to joining New York, she was a partner in the Greater China office, based in Shanghai. Vikki has advised clients across multiple locations in the Asia Pacific region, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.
While in China, Vikki led Bain’s Greater China Telecom, Media & Technology Practice as well as Organization Practice. She advised multinational and local companies on growth, market entry, sales and marketing strategy, organizational design and performance improvement. In particular, Vikki has led multiple telco transformation efforts across various Asia Pacific locations. In addition to her corporate client work, Vikki also led a multi-year relationship with One Foundation, China’s first non-government public foundation.
Now based in New York, Vikki has assumed a leadership role to head up the firm’s social impact efforts in global development. In particular, she is leading Bain’s global partnership with Endeavor, a non-profit focused on catalyzing long-term economic development in emerging and growth markets through high-impact entrepreneurship.
Vikki earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She graduated phi beta kappa from the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Suzanne Tame, GBS Partner, Strategy & Transformation, Internal Consulting Practice, IBM Global Business Services
has 25 years global consulting experience garnered at IBM, Deloitte
Consulting, A.T. Kearney, The Hackett Group and Ernst Young. As a former
auditor, Sue brings a unique mix of financial acumen, process
excellence and enterprise cost reduction expertise and experience to
drive value and strengthen bottom-line results for diverse global and US
Sue has 15 years’ experience as a
consulting practice leader driving global business transformation for
Fortune 100 companies. She has deep subject matter expertise in
operations strategy, finance transformation and operating model design.
Sue is one of IBM’s experts in creation and continual development of the
Globally Integrated Enterprise, and has worked in this capacity on 4
continents with clients across all commercial industries
one of the leaders of the IBM’s Internal Consulting Practice, which has a
mission of driving value and competitive advantage for one of the
largest and most dynamic companies in the world. The practice provides
business strategy, operational strategy, operating model and
organizational change consulting services within IBM. Though based in
the US, the team supports projects around the world. While its primary
focus is driving business transformation at IBM, the practice also
engages with IBM commercial clients.
Throughout her career, Sue
has been a champion of women in consulting. She led the creation of a
workforce flexibility program, a client mentorship program and numerous
training courses to contribute to the development of women as leaders.
She unites, supports and promotes professional women to work, share
ideas and build relationships on a business and personal level. Sue is
also involved in fundraising for a regional Breast Cancer Resource
Center and ESL for underprivileged children.
Australia, Sue has a MBA from Monash University and is a Chartered
Accountant. As a leader of women in consulting, Sue has also attended
The Simmons School of Management in Boston, USA.
Jamie Trish, Regional Vice President, New York Metro, Liberty Mutual
Jamie Trish is the Regional Vice President for the New York Metro region of Liberty Mutual Insurance, a global leader in property and casualty insurance. Her unit is part of Liberty’s Business Insurance division, which works with independent agents and brokers to provide a wide array of insurance products and services to small and middle market businesses. Jamie joined Liberty in 2006 as part of the Corporate Development Program and has held several roles across the organization since completing the program. Prior to joining the company, Jamie worked as a consultant specializing in financial services. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from MIT.
Wendy Tsung, Associate Dean of MBA Career Services at the Goizueta Business School
Wendy Tsung is the Associate Dean of MBA Career Services at the Goizueta Business School. Prior to her appointment, Wendy served as Associate Director, Goizueta Business School Career Management Services, with a focus on the Financial Services Industry. Wendy has extensive experience consulting to leading Financial Services Industry clients, most recently as Partner at Mitchell Madison Group, where she was focused on such issues as the B2B financial supply chain, profit improvement, merger integration, new business creation, and intrapreneurship. Some of her previous clients include Morgan Stanley, American Express, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America. Wendy was an Associate Partner at Accenture in their Financial Service Strategy group and led the Procurement Practice for the firm’s Banking and Insurance Practice in the Southeast. She has also held positions at A.T. Kearney, IBM, and Johnson & Johnson.
Wendy received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Laura Vanderkam, Author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, and the What the Most Successful People Do Series of ebooks. The first installment, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, hit #1 for audiobooks at iTunes. She is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, writes the 168 Hours blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and posts daily at www.LauraVanderkam.com. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
Kristen Vennum, Principal, Advisory Services Performance Improvement Customer Practice, Ernst & Young LLP
Kristen Vennum is a Principal in the Advisory Services Performance Improvement Customer practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Kristen helps companies achieve profitable growth through business transformation efforts focused on acquiring, developing and retaining valuable customer relationships. Kristen has extensive experience in customer strategy development, customer experience design and execution, sales and marketing effectiveness, customer-focused process improvement and the people and organizational change components that support successful business transformation outcomes. Kristen’s customer transformation work was recognized in an independent case study by Kennedy Information as leading edge for strategy and operations consulting as clients “grow more with less”. Additionally, in 2009, Kristen was recognized as one of Consulting Magazine’s “Women Leaders in Consulting”.
Priyanka Verma, Vice President, Healthcare Group, Credit Suisse
Priya Verma is a Vice President in the Healthcare Group at Credit Suisse. Ms. Verma joined Credit Suisse as an Associate in 2009 and is responsible for client coverage in the Healthcare Services sector. She has advised clients on numerous transactions involving Express Scripts, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Skilled Healthcare, ManorCare, among others. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Verma worked as research associate at Merck & Co. Ms. Verma received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, her M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree from MIT.
Alexa von Tobel, CFP®, Founder and CEO, LearnVest.com
Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, a unique personal finance platform that combines accessible content, best-in-class online tools, and through LearnVest Planning, high-quality, unbiased advice delivered by Certified Financial Planners.
Originally from Florida, Alexa received an A.B. in Psychology at Harvard College. Upon graduation, she worked as a trader at Morgan Stanley before leaving to become the Head of Business Development at Drop.io, a venture-backed startup in NYC. She enrolled in Harvard Business School in 2008, but took a leave of absence shortly after to launch LearnVest.
Alexa has been widely quoted as a personal finance expert and entrepreneur in top tier business and consumer publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Fast Company, InStyle, and many more. In addition, Alexa has appeared on several local and national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning, among many others. Alexa was selected as a 2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, included on Vanity Fair’s 2011 Next Establishment list, named “One of the Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” in Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 feature, listed as one of “18 Women Changing the World” in Marie Claire, selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and named to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2011.
Laura R. Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio
Laura R. Walker is President and CEO of New York Public Radio, comprised of WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, WQXR, New Jersey Public Radio, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and a variety of digital properties. Ms. Walker has overseen the development of groundbreaking national programming that has changed the sound of public radio including: Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media, Studio 360, The Takeaway and Radio Rookies. During her tenure, New York Public Radio has been honored with seven George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards. Its programming reaches 11.5 million people each month.
In addition to the New York Public Radio Board of Trustees, Ms. Walker sits on the boards of Saint Ann’s School, the Women’s Forum, Inc., and the Yale Center for Customer Insights. She is the Chair of the Hudson Square Business Improvement District and the Station Resource Group. Ms. Walker holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University.
Jane Wanklyn, Vice President, A.T. Kearney, Procurement & Analytic Solutions Practice
Jane Wanklyn is a Vice President with A.T. Kearney’s Procurement & Analytic Solutions Practice based in Chicago. She has over fifteen years of procurement and consulting experience working with global manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and information technology companies.
Over the years, Jane has focused her efforts on helping these organizations elevate their strategic sourcing, knowledge management and training initiatives. She has successfully developed and executed strategic sourcing programs, leveraging accelerated and advanced sourcing processes and techniques, to drive significant savings. Jane’s projects to date have resulted in consistent savings through addressing complex supplier relationships and routinely exceed clients’ objectives.
Her recent accomplishments include managing a global food ingredient client through pre and post-merger integration phases, while helping to establish a sustainable and performing center-led procurement community. For a major beverage company, Jane established an eSourcing Knowledge
Center and training program for 130+ resources across the globe, involving best practices in procurement (consistency, transparency, compliance and measurability), increasing the level of spend addressed and the velocity of eSourcing projects executed. She also managed a localization project for
a Tier 2 Automotive supplier by conducting a nation-wide supplier discovery and selection process for high precision machined components. Through qualifications screens of over 450 suppliers and competitive RFP process the project resulted in 33% savings which exceeded objectives of mitigating incremental
costs by currency fluctuation.
Jane is a thought leader in her field and was recognized as a 2011 Women Leader in Consulting by Consulting Magazine. Jane co-leads the Women’s Network of America which is aimed at recruiting, advancing and supporting the women of A.T. Kearney. She has also spoken at several industry events as well as recorded a podcast in A.T. Kearney’s Wave of the Future Series on procurement transformation.
Prior to A.T. Kearney, Jane was a consultant with Alliance Management Group and worked at ConAgra Foods as a Strategic Sourcing Associate. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Russian from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.
Karen Welt Steeves, Manager, Global Women's Leadership Council, Bain & Company
Karen Welt Steeves runs the Global Women’s Program at Bain & Company. She leads the Women at Bain program, implementing initiatives and providing thought-leadership to enhance the career progression and success of women across Bain’s global offices. Karen’s efforts involve the coordination of large cross-functional teams and impact recruiting, training, and employee engagement programs. She plays an active role in developing flexible opportunities, sponsorship programs, and communication channels.
Prior to Bain, Karen was a Senior Program Director at the Fidelity Foundation, where she managed a multi-million dollar grant portfolio in the arts & culture, education and health sectors. At the Foundation, Karen developed sustainability plans and provided strategic guidance to major national and regional non-profit organizations. Karen also served as a Director with the Fidelity Consulting Group where she advised business unit leaders on marketing strategies, international business expansion and forming academic research partnerships. Karen started her career with Bain as an Associate Consultant in the Boston and Sydney, Australia offices.
Karen holds an AB cum laude in political economy from Princeton University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar.
Cali Williams Yost, CEO and Founder, Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc. & Author of TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day
As one of Mashable’s Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter, Cali Williams Yost has been pioneering ways to manage work and life in the new economy for nearly two decades. A graduate of Columbia Business School, Yost is the CEO and founder of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc, as well as the author of the recently released TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day (Center Street/Hachette). Yost's Work+Life Fit blog is regularly voted one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes.com, and named "Best of the Net" by WorkingMother.com. She has been featured on numerous national media outlets, including the TODAY Show, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. Yost lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Amy Wittmayer, Director, MBA Career Management, UNC Kenan-Flagler
Amy Wittmayer joined UNC Kenan-Flagler as the Director of the MBA Career Management Center in 2010. Amy leads a team of nine to prepare nearly 600 full-time MBA students for the MBA job search, as well as manage relationships with over 100 MBA employers.
Amy began her career as a finance professional in the high-tech sector. She spent seven years at Dell in the research and development, procurement, audit, and international call center organizations. While at Dell, Amy traveled to its Latin American locations and enjoyed a short-term assignment in Panama City, Panama. Amy also worked as a finance, budget and investor relations analyst at Globeset, a 300-person ecommerce startup.
While in industry, she sought out opportunities to mentor and develop both her staff and other junior employees. Finding a true passion for developing others, Amy transitioned into MBA Career Services at the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Director and later Senior Associate Director and Lecturer. There, she led a team of four to provide career coaching to 500 full-time MBA students. She also forged strong alliances with employers and directly coached MBA students on case interviewing, investment banking interviewing, networking, resume writing, and career choice. Amy then started her own firm providing executive and career coaching before joining UNC Kenan-Flagler as Director of the MBA Career Management Center.
Amy earned her BBA in Finance from Mercer University and her MBA from University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.
Laxmi Wordham, Chief Digital Officer, Michael J. Fox Foundation
Laxmi Wordham joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in April 2011. In her role as Chief Digital Officer she is responsible for the Foundation's online presence as well as developing technology tools to better serve the Foundation's mission. Technology and digital media are core elements of the Foundation's strategy to accelerate Parkinson's research by engaging more widely with, and bringing together, the research community, physicians, health professionals and most important, people with Parkinson's and their families. We believe that raising the Foundation's profile with a broader audience online will help us more efficiently reach and mobilize highly engaged stakeholders who are more likely to feel personally vested in helping speed progress toward a cure.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Laxmi held various roles at LexisNexis over six years including Vice President Open Web Strategy and Vice President Martindale-Hubbell, where she launched an online business and community to serve the legal profession. Before LexisNexis, Laxmi was a management consultant with Booz & Company, working mostly with consumer goods and media companies on various strategic projects. And before Booz & Co. and receiving her MBA, Laxmi was a Geological Engineer at Royal Dutch Shell.
Laxmi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Princeton University. She is married with two young kids living in New York City (with a move to Westchester in the near future).
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