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2018 Presenters

Speakers include MBA alumnae, experts, and representatives of Forté sponsor companies and schools.

Denise Montana

Vice President, Partnerships & Programs
Forté Foundation

Denise has an extensive background in Human Resources with over 20 years experience in leading firms including Philip Morris (now Altria), Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank. For over 10 years, Denise has focused on Diversity and Inclusion, starting the first Diversity function at Citibank and managing Diversity in the Americas for Deutsche Bank. Her expertise includes developing and enhancing the effectiveness of Diversity programs and strategies, consulting with senior leaders to develop practical solutions to business issues, enhancing the effectiveness of employee resource groups, and implementing professional development programming for diverse populations. In addition, Denise has experience in HR Legal Compliance, Recruiting, Generalist and Employee Relations functions. She has a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. from Pace University. She lives in Harding Township, New Jersey with her husband Steve and Bichon Frise, Maddie.

Elizabeth Philipp

Angelo, Gordon & Co. & Forté Foundation Board of Directors

Elizabeth Philipp 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 charterholder, and holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A in finance and international business from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Scott Rostan

CEO and Principal
Training the Street

Scott founded Training The Street in 1999 with the desire to combine his passion for finance and his love of teaching. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO and principal, Scott is an instructor, oversees content innovation for Training The Street, and is a lead relationship manager for the firm. Scott began his professional career as an analyst with Merrill Lynch´s M&A group in New York. After gaining transactional experience in a broad range of industries and with a wide spectrum of clients, Scott decided to draw more directly on his teaching gifts. He began working with Merrill´s Analyst and Associate Investment Banking Training Programs, ultimately becoming the lead instructor, content administrator, and manager. After Merrill, Scott felt a calling to contribute more directly to society and taught at The Field School in Washington, D.C., where he also coached several sports teams. Recognizing a need for analysts to gain a better grasp of financial and valuation modeling, Scott decided to build on his classroom teaching experience and founded TTS to meet a rising demand for high-quality, hands-on instruction in the application of finance theory through real-world simulation.subsidiary of Martin Marietta Materials.