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2018 Advisory Group

A special thank you to our Advisory Group for working with Forté to plan this Pilot Conference.


Monica Dean

Administrative Director, Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Smith College

Monica has over 27 years of professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is the Administrative Director of The Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center which catalyzes innovative solutions, entrepreneurial activity and financial education at Smith College. Previously, she was the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she was a member of the US Global Entrepreneurship Monitor research team and co-founded the college’s maker space initiative. During her tenure at Baruch, the Field Programs were ranked by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine for nine out of ten years as a top-25 entrepreneurship program and received several awards from the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers and the International Council for Small Business.

As a lecturer, Monica has co-developed and co-taught several courses including Women and Entrepreneurship, Gender Differences Among Entrepreneurial Leaders and Business Meets 3D Digital Design & Fabrication. Prior to Baruch, Monica’s experience includes six years as a senior vice president at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit research and advisory organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, and six years as an associate with the consultancy firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Monica holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering from Howard University. She has number of publications and workshops to her credit, served as a panelist at several major business conferences, and spoken on urban business and entrepreneurial issues before various academic, government and business groups worldwide.


Stacie Hagenbaugh

Director, Lazarus Center for Career Development at Smith College

Stacie Hagenbaugh is director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development at Smith College. Now in her 13th year at Smith, she leads a team of 13 people to deliver innovative and industry-driven programs that enable students to imagine and create career paths that fulfill their passions, fit their life goals, and manifest the Smith spirit of doing well and doing good in the world.

Prior to coming to Smith, Stacie worked in career development at Emerson College and the Boston University School of Management, and served as executive director of the Women’s Information Network (WIN) in Washington, DC. She holds an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University.


Katie Krimmel

Associate Dean, Leadership, Innovation & Liberal Arts Center at Bryn Mawr College

Katie Krimmel has ten years of higher education and business experience with specialized expertise in leadership development and program management. She is the Associate Dean of Leadership, Innovation and the Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) at Bryn Mawr College, a position formed to integrate Civic Engagement and Career and Professional Development staffs and provide a comprehensive array of professional and personal development opportunities for all Bryn Mawr students. Katie also works closely with the faculty to find ways for the LILAC to support curricular initiatives and to form connections between academic coursework and LILAC activities. Previously, Katie was the Senior Associate Director of the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, directing a highly successful Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. She started at Wharton in 2006 as an Administrative Coordinator in the Graduate Leadership Program, following three years at the Target Corporation, as an executive manager.

Katie obtained her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and was a Schreyer Honors Scholar as an undergraduate student at Penn State University.


Laura Zarrow

Executive Director, Wharton People Analytics, University of Pennsylvania

Laura Zarrow is the Executive Director of Wharton People Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and host and creator of Women@Work. Laura previously served as the Dean of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Associate Provost at The University of the Arts. Laura holds a BFA from the University of the Arts and an MSEd from The University of Pennsylvania. She is the proud mother of a spirited teen-age feminist and recipient of the 2016 Gracie Award.


2018 Speakers


Monica Dean

Administrative Director, Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Smith College

See bio above.


Zaza Kabayadondo

Co-Director, The Design Thinking Initiative, Smith College

As Co-Director of the Design Thinking Initiative, Zaza is leading a $2.5million pilot program to incorporate design thinking into undergraduate education at Smith College. She develops design curriculum, teaches faculty and students, and designed the college’s first prototyping studio and classroom. She has been using design thinking to tackle “wicked problems” since 2009 when she first started training teachers and students in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of the early alumni of the Stanford d.school, and is a founding member of the design thinking research group Research in Education and Design (REDlab). She is co-editor of the volume Taking Design Thinking to School and co-developed the first series of conferences in design thinking for educators. She is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Springfield-based business accelerator program run by Valley Venture Mentors where she provides just-in-time education on product, customer, and business model to 36 start-ups. She has a commitment to understanding how learning environments can be shaped to enhance agency, creativity, and community development. Prior to joining Smith, her energies were focused on introducing design thinking to Zimbabwe, where she facilitates workshops for doctors to develop insightful medical devices and reimagine their practice. She holds a BA in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College and a PhD from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.


Katie Krimmel

Associate Dean, Leadership, Innovation & Liberal Arts Center at Bryn Mawr College

See bio above.


Jennifer Riel

Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Jennifer is the co-author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking (with Roger L. Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management). Based on a decade of teaching and practice with integrative thinking, the book lays out a practical methodology for tackling our most vexing business problems. Using illustrations from organizations like LEGO, Vanguard and Unilever, The book shows how individuals can leverage the tension of opposing ideas to create a third, better way forward.

An award-winning teacher, Jennifer leads training on integrative thinking, strategy and innovation at organizations of all types, from small non-profits to some of the largest companies in the world.