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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.

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.

Yesi Morillo-Gual

Entrepreneur and former Wall Street executive
MBA, Touro University; M.S. Writing, New York University

An award-winning entrepreneur and former Wall Street executive, Yesi Morillo-Gual is a TEDx speaker, author and empowerment expert. Yesi recently served as an Operational Risk Manager, at Citigroup, where she managed a trillion-dollar bid proposal portfolio, as well as institutional investor initiatives. She began her career at Citi as an administrative assistant, and successfully navigated the space to ultimately become an executive Director. In 2012, Citi recognized Yesi as one of twenty high potential women, making her a part of the firm's distinguished Development Talent Program (DTP), which focuses on developing the organization's future leaders.

Outside her career, Yesi is founder of Proud to Be Latina, an organization created to help Latinas banish self-doubt and break self-imposed barriers. A leadership development firm, Proud to Be Latina focuses on helping women navigate the Corporate space through action-driven platforms and programs. She is the author of Rise: Affirmations for Personal Growth and the forthcoming novel Stay. She resides in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Marjie Terry

Corporate Trainer
Great on the Job

With over 15 years of experience as a social worker, educator and workplace diversity specialist, combined with a full family life, Marjie lives, eats and breathes the joys and challenges of balancing family, career, ambition, and community. Earlier in 2017, Marjie launched a coaching business, Marjie Terry Coaching and remains a lead trainer at communication training and leadership development firm Great on the Job, where she has been developing and delivering professional development programming since 2011.

Earlier in her career, Marjie worked at Goldman Sachs as a recruiter and diversity specialist, focusing on recruiting, training, promotion and retention efforts to increase diversity at all levels of the firm. Marjie also served as the Program Coordinator for Freedom Institute in New York City, leading health and wellness workshops, as well as coordinating programming with over sixty independent schools in New York City. Marjie holds a master's degree in social work from Hunter College and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.