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2018 Board of Directors

The individuals listed below are independent, voting members of the Forté Board of Directors.

Forté is proud to have a dynamic team of knowledgeable, highly experienced and successful business people who provide invaluable direction and advice. From distinguished board members to energetic partners, volunteers and staff, they help us honor our mission: to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

Cynthia BowmanCynthia H. Bowman
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bank of America

Cynthia H. Bowman serves as the chief strategist for diversity and inclusion globally, focused on leading programs, initiatives and policies that actively support Bank of America's diverse and inclusive workplace. Cynthia started at Bank of America in Executive Leadership Development and later served as the Leadership Development executive for the Global Human Resources organization. Cynthia has been recognized by the Georgia National Diversity Council as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women 2013,” and by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the top “50 Senior Executives Under 50.”

Cynthia graduated from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Organization Behavior and Operations. She also has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. Cynthia is married and the mother of four children.

Randi Brosterman HutchensRandi Brosterman Hutchens
Principal (Retired)
Deloitte Consulting LLP

A career management consultant to the Financial Services Industry, Randi Brosterman Hutchens is a retired Strategy and Operations Principal with Deloitte Consulting (active until 2014). Randi is now an independent consultant, writer and coach, focused on leadership development. Randi’s leadership roles at Deloitte included national leader of Deloitte’s mid-market Consulting FSI practice and several leadership roles within Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative. Randi is a board member of United Way of Northern Westchester and a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of Westchester/Putnam. Randi holds an MBA in Finance/Marketing and a BS in Economics, both from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Alice DavisonAlice Davison
Vice President, Central Services Division
Capital Group Companies

Alice Davison is a senior HR manager with responsibility for global Investment Group Recruiting and a vice president of the Central Services Division for The Capital Group Companies (CGC). She has previously served as a general human resources manager for CGC's east coast offices, a fund administrator and consultant for Capital Research International, and the coordinator of The Associates Program (TAP). Alice was a TAP participant before attending graduate school.

Alice received a bachelor's degree in economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She is a Trustee of the Far Brook School in Short Hills, New Jersey, a volunteer at the Lawrenceville School, and involved in area admissions for Bowdoin.

William EbsworthWilliam R. Ebsworth, CFA
Independent Director
Wells Fargo Funds

In addition to serving on the Forté board, Bill teaches graduate finance at Babson College, and serves as an independent director on the boards of the Wells Fargo Funds and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Vincent Memorial Endowment, where he chairs the audit committee. In 2015 he was selected to be a fellow in Harvard University’s year-long Advanced Leadership Initiative. In 2016 he was elected to the Independent Directors Governing Council in Washington DC. After earning a BA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Bill joined Fidelity Investments in 1984, where he worked in Boston, Tokyo, and Hong Kong as an analyst, portfolio manager, research director, and chief investment officer until his retirement in 2013. In addition to volunteering in his community, Bill has served on the boards of Hong Kong Securities Clearing Corp., Hong Kong Options Clearing Corp., the Thailand International Fund, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, and Empire Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company.

Gary E. Fraser
Gary E. Fraser
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Full-time MBA Program
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Gary Fraser is currently Assistant Dean of Full Time Student Affairs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management responsible for overseeing Academic Affairs, Student Engagement, and Leadership Development. Previously, Dr. Fraser was Assistant Dean of the Full Time MBA Program and Career Services at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and has also served as Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at NYU Stern. Prior to working in Higher Education, Dr. Fraser held positions in brand management at Sara Lee, Cadbury Beverages (now Dr. Pepper Snapple Group) and Kraft/Nabisco (now Mondelez International). He received his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA from NYU Stern, and received his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. In addition to the Forte’ Foundation, Dr. Fraser serves as Board Chair of Collegiate Charter High School in Los Angeles and is also on the board for the L.A. chapter of Minds Matter.

Edie Hunt
Partner (Retired)
Goldman Sachs

Edie Hunt spent virtually all of her 32 year career at Goldman Sachs in New York. During the first half of her career she held a variety of positions from commodities trader to business unit manager to Chief Administrative Officer of the Fixed Income Division. She spent the second half of her career dealing with critical people issues for the firm, and rose to the level of Partner, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Human Capital Management Division. In this capacity she had global responsibility for all of the recruiting, training and diversity initiatives of the firm. She has served as both the Chief Diversity Officer and the Chief Recruiting Officer.

In her non-profit work, Edie is Chair of the board of Women’s Campaign International, on the board of Phillip’s Academy Charter School in Newark, NJ, a founding board member of New Jersey Needs You, and is very active in her Jersey City community being Treasurer for her church, a board member for the modern dance company Nimbus, and on the board of the Jersey City Fund for Excellence and Equality, which provides financial resources for the betterment of the Jersey City public schools. Edie earned an MBA from The University of Chicago and BA and BS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Irvin
Nicole Irvin
Vice President
Goldman Sachs

Nicole Irvin is a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Nicole was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she focused on all efforts to support Andreessen Horowitz’s late-stage companies in preparing for the option to access the public capital markets. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Nicole was an investment banker in Morgan Stanley’s West Coast Investment Banking Division for seven years. Her experience includes the IPOs of Arista Networks, Barracuda Networks, Box, FitBit, GoDaddy, Lending Club, MobileIron, Splunk, Veeva Systems and Workday. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Nicole worked for seven years as a management consultant for Accenture in their Global Customer Relationship Management practice. Her work at Accenture included New York City’s greenfield 3-1-1 call center project. She has a MBA from Columbia Business School and an AB in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

Lauriann Kloppenburg
Lauriann Kloppenburg
Chief Investment Officer - Equities (Retired)
Loomis Sayles & Company

Lauriann is the former Chief Investment Officer for the equity group at Loomis Sayles, where she was responsible for the firm's overall equity investment policy. In her 32 year tenure at the firm, she worked as an equity analyst, director of equity research and director of large cap equities and most recently, the firm's chief strategy officer. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for thirteen years and served on the risk management, new product, ethics and diversity committees.

Lauriann is currently an Executive in Residence at the Hughey Center for Financial Services at Bentley University, where she serves as an advisor and consultant to the students and faculty. Her non-profit work also includes serving on the investment committee of the Trustees of Donations for the Episcopal Church, the investment committee for the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties in Vermont, the finance committee for Compass Working Capital and the profit sharing and retirement committee for Loomis Sayles. She is a CFA charter holder and received a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College.

Karen Korn
Senior Vice President, Investment Services
Fidelity Investments

Karen Korn is Senior Vice President, Investment Services, within the Professional Services Group of Fidelity Investments, a diversified financial services firm that makes financial expertise broadly accessible to people investing their life savings, businesses managing their employee benefits and advisors investing their clients’ money. Since 1946, Fidelity has been helping people live the lives they want through its customer-centered approach, innovative technology and investment solutions.

In her role, Ms. Korn is responsible for the oversight, development and strategic direction of investment-related teams supporting both workplace and personal investing, including Research and Investment Consulting for workplace plan sponsors and advisors, Trust Services and Administration and Investment Data Management and Support.

Prior to joining the Professional Services Group in 2016, Karen served as a Director of Research in Fidelity’s Strategic Advisers division for four years and a Managing Director of Research in Fidelity’s Equity division for six years. Prior to Fidelity, she was a Principal and Director of Research for Essex Investment Management Company for four years, and held a variety of positions at Putnam Investments over a seven-year period including analyst, manager of Global Fundamental Research and portfolio manager. Before joining Putnam, she worked at Designs Incorporated as vice president and assistant to the president, and spent six years at Painewebber Incorporated in the corporate finance division beginning as an Associate and leaving the firm as Vice President.

Ms. Korn received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Barnard College in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was named a Baker Scholar, in 1988.

Liz Lerner
Liz Lerner
Program Management Practice Partner
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Liz has over 30 years of program management experience delivering large scale change programs to top-tier corporations on a global scale. Her passion for strategic execution, and seeing vision through to realization, has been fundamental in bridging the dialogue across Business, Operations and Technology, as a highly adaptable, collaborative leader, who believes in partnering and managing as part of the team to implement change and create business value. In addition to leading Cognizant’s Program Management Consulting Practice, Liz also leads Cognizant’s Women Empowered Networking Pillar while mentoring and volunteering for women’s causes. Liz holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She enjoys living in Manhattan with her husband of 30 years now that their two sons are well on their own way!

Rosemaria Martinelli
Rosemaria Martinelli
Senior Director
Huron Consulting Group

Rose Martinelli is a senior director at Huron Consulting Group based in Chicago. Prior to joining Huron in 2012, Rose spent more than 20 years in higher education, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Chicago. Rose also served as Associate Dean for full-time MBA admissions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She brings a highly analytical approach to enrollment and student lifecycle management along with deep experience in admissions outreach, marketing, selection and student retention. She specializes in helping institutions manage the challenges of enrollment management and student retention while balancing Net Tuition Revenue (NTR) needs. Rose received her undergraduate and master's degrees in Music from Northwestern University, and completed her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Caitlin McLaughlin
Caitlin McLaughlin
Senior Vice President
The PNC Financial Services Group

Caitlin McLaughlin is senior vice president and director of Total Rewards for The PNC Financial Services Group since April 2013, with overall responsibility for the compensation, benefits, workplace solutions, talent acquisition and metrics & analytics functions. McLaughlin joined PNC in 2009 as head of training and development for Corporate & Institutional Banking. In 2010 she assumed responsibility for campus recruiting; in 2011 was named director of talent acquisition; and in 2012 assumed additional oversight for metrics & analytics. 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. McLaughlin is a member of the board of directors of Vibrant Pittsburgh and of the Forte Foundation. McLaughlin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Political Communications.

Diane Morgan
Associate Dean of Programmes
Imperial College Business School

Diane Morgan is the Associate Dean of Programmes at Imperial College Business School. Diane leads the vision and strategy for the suite of MBA and MSc programmes and is the champion of the School's teaching and delivery. She is also on the European Business Schools/Women on Boards Taskforce.

Diane was formerly Associate Dean of Degree Programmes and Career Services at London Business School and prior to that she was at USC Marshall School of Business and New York University Stern School of Business.

An MBA graduate of Columbia Business School, Diane has lived and worked in the US, the UK, Italy, China and the Middle East. She started her career at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) before joining The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Sara O'ReillySara O’Reilly
Alvarez & Marsal
Chief Operating Officer, East Region

Sara O'Reilly currently serves as the COO for the East Region of A&M Consulting where she is responsible for helping scale the operations of the region, and also manage the people and financial processes. Previously, Sara managed Deloitte Consulting's Women's Initiative (WIN) where she focused her energy devising and executing strategy on the critical business issue of attracting, developing, advancing and retaining top female talent within Consulting to drive marketplace growth. Sara spent ten years as a consultant specializing in the management of large mergers and acquisitions. She helped client organizations design, plan and execute complex M&A projects including integrations, carve-outs and start-ups focusing on transformational change, employee impact, realizing synergies and building a platform for growth. In this capacity Sara served a variety of clients within the financial services, healthcare and energy industries both in the United States and internationally.

Sara holds her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MBA from Lancaster University, UK with a specialization in international strategic alliances.

Elizabeth PhilippCHAIR
Elizabeth M. Philipp
Managing Director
Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Elizabeth Philipp, CFA joined Angelo, Gordon & Co. in 2014 as a Managing Director. She focuses on institutional client development and consultant relations. Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth was with PIMCO for 18 years, most recently as Executive Vice President in institutional client management. While at PIMCO, she managed the firm’s New York office and was a client strategist for public, corporate and non-profit clients and a product manager for emerging market and real return strategies.

Previously, she worked in derivatives trading and as a credit analyst at Bank of America. Elizabeth is a CFA charter holder, and holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A degree in finance and international business from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.

Uta Werner
Uta Werner
Global Head of Print Strategy and Emerging Business

Uta Werner joined HP Inc. in 2017 as Global Head of Print Strategy and Emerging Business, where she is focused on identification and evaluation of key profitable growth opportunities.

Previously, Uta was the Chief Strategy Officer at Signet Jewelers, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry where she established the company’s first Corporate Strategy Office and also led the Transformation Leadership Team (TLT) to realize acquisition integration synergies. Earlier, at Nielsen, Uta was responsible for the global P&L of a ~$200MM Advanced Analytics business, providing Consumer Products Manufacturers and Retailers with solutions to optimize assortment, shelf space, price and promotion at the consumer, store and local market levels. Drove transformation from a consulting-based to a SaaS-based subscription model and created platform for consolidating Nielsen’s Sales Effectiveness businesses. From 2010 to 2013, Uta was Chief Strategy Officer for Xerox Corporation, responsible for leading Xerox’s strategy development and management process, and the Corporate Strategic Intelligence group, driving the company’s transformation from technology supplier to business service provider.

Before joining Xerox, Uta accumulated over twenty years of experience as an advisor to large global corporations and investment management professionals. As a Partner with Marakon Associates, she worked with top executives of a number of Fortune 200 companies in multi-year engagements to achieve strategic transformation for materially higher profitable growth and shareholder value. From 2006-2009, Uta then served as a senior sell-side analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC covering large-cap U.S. broadlines retail companies.

Uta earned the equivalent of a Master of Science in Mathematics and a MBA, both from the RWTH Aachen, in Germany, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.