The conference will include more than 100 speakers and presenters on June 17-18, 2016. In addition to our amazing featured presenters, additional speakers will include MBA alumnae, experts, and representatives of Forté sponsor companies and schools.
Dr. Sara Brand is the founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital fund to scale women-led businesses in the high growth sustainable consumer and health markets where women are well-represented decision makers. Sara serves on UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering's External Advisory Board and acts as Senior Advisor for Health IoT to UT’s new Dell Medical School where she fosters health technology innovations across industry, academia and community.
Sara is also the owner and co-founder of (512) brewing company in Austin, Texas. Bootstrapped back in 2007 with her husband, they believe (512) brewery is now the largest draught only, self-distributing brewery in the country.
Sara has also cultivated a diverse portfolio of leadership experiences including:
Sara holds a BSME with a material science emphasis from UT and earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in ME/Mfg with a minor in Energy & Resources and Public Health along with a Management of Technology Certification from UC Berkeley as an NSF Fellow. Sara has a passion for healthier and greener technologies, innovative start-ups and the advantages of increased women in business leadership.
Stephanie Breedlove has been walking the walk of a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years. After launching a career in corporate America with Accenture, she found her true calling as co-founder of a start-up that grew to national leadership, was later acquired, and continues to grow in leadership and impact. After more than twenty years as a woman in entrepreneurship, Stephanie has become a thought leader and authority on the topics of successful entrepreneurship and women in entrepreneurship.
Breedlove & Associates (now Care.com HomePay) was born as a grassroots, personally funded offering of payroll, tax, and consultative services to families with in-home care. As CEO, Stephanie has become a thought leader and national expert in the emerging care industry. Her rare ability to combine scale, profitability and quality through vision grounded in value-driven, long-term strategies has made her a sought after mentor and business expert. Stephanie truly is ahead of her time, offering a life time of example for entrepreneurs striving to answer the calling and build growth businesses that are successfully integrated into a fulfilling life. Her expertise and experience has been featured in major media across the Nation.
Stephanie’s deep experience and passion is engaging and thought provoking.
Karen Dolan is vice president and head of marketing for Dimensional. She leads marketing initiatives across the global organization, which includes working closely with Dimensional's executives, investment teams, and sales leaders to effectively portray Dimensional's philosophy and investment offering to clients and prospects. Karen joined Dimensional's Financial Advisor Services group in June 2012 and assumed her current position in February 2013.
Prior to joining Dimensional, Karen worked at Morningstar for nearly 10 years in several posts. In her last four years there, she served as director of mutual fund analysis, overseeing management and strategic direction for Morningstar's team of mutual fund analysts in the US and Canada. She was a frequent speaker at Morningstar and industry events, as well as a regular participant in the media.
Karen is a CFA Charterholder and obtained her BA from the University of Michigan in 2002. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008.
At Amazon, Melissa Eamer serves as the Vice President for the Sports, Outdoors, Toys and Treasure Truck businesses and well as the Retail Leadership Development team, a position she has held since July 2013. Prior to this role, Melissa served as the Technical Advisor to Jeff Wilke, the Senior Vice President, Consumer Business. From August 2009 until April 2012, Melissa served at the online retailer as Director, Kindle Content. Between June 2000 and August 2009, Melissa held a variety of roles with the retail business at Amazon, including Director, Books, Music and DVD and Director, Home & Garden. Melissa’s long tenure at Amazon has given her the opportunity to work on many new initiatives, from launching the company’s Canadian website and the Look Inside the Book preview feature, to creating new Kindle book stores in multiple countries. Melissa joined Amazon.com as a Product Manager in June of 2000 after graduating with an MBA from the Ross School of Business School at the University of Michigan. She also holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont. Prior to attending business school, Melissa owned and operated a restaurant in Richmond, Vermont. Melissa lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors cycling and open water swimming.
I’m Angela Guido, and I am a student of human nature. As long as I can remember, I have been interested in what it means to be human, what unites us, and how we can fulfill our true potential in life. My education in the nature of being human has spanned three continents, included some of the world’s foremost institutions Yale College for my BA in Philosophy, The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business for my MBA, and The Boston Consulting Group for my apprenticeship in business and yielded a tremendous amount of adventure and fun along the way. Based on everything I have learned on this journey, combined with my two decade career in the field of professional communication, I founded Career Protocol to provide elite personal development programs to anyone who wants to maximize three things: positive impact, career success, and joy. Read more about what we do at www.careerprotocol.com. I look forward to meeting you.
Elaine Hagan is executive director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the home of UCLA Anderson’s internationally recognized entrepreneurship program. Elaine leads the Price Center team in managing the center’s teaching, research, extracurricular and executive development programs in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, venture capital and social innovation, including the newly launched Anderson Venture Accelerator. She is also engaged in the school’s external affairs efforts, serving previously as interim associate dean of alumni relations, a role in which she managed programs and services for Anderson’s 36,000 alumni across the globe. Elaine has also worked in Stanford University's Office of Development, and served on the turnaround management team of a privately-held manufacturing firm in San Diego. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Irvine and her MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Nicole Irvin is a Partner with Andreessen Horowitz. As a member of the Corporate Development team, Nicole focuses 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 7 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 7 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 a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.
Erika James was appointed Dean of Goizueta Business School on May 19, 2014 and joined the school on July 15, 2014.
Prior to this prestigious appointment, James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). She introduced the Women's Leadership Program at Darden, which has the top-ranked faculty for open enrollment programs (Financial Times, 2014). Open enrollment programs at Darden are currently ranked No. 3 in the world (Financial Times, 2014).
James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics including decision making under pressure, trust and change management.
Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Pomona College (Calif.). While fulfilling coursework James started in the field of organizational psychology and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. in the subject at the University of Michigan. She served as an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. James also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
In more than a decade of service at Virginia, James worked in various roles including Associate Dean of Diversity - the first to hold the position. She was also course head for the MBA core organizational behavior course and served as area coordinator for the Leadership and Organization Behavior unit at Darden. For the university, James was a member of the executive council of the Faculty Senate.
Pam joined Whirlpool in 1993 in the Engineering Leadership Development Program. From there, she moved into marketing for 3 years, moved back to engineering in a leadership role, then had a series of P&L leadership roles including the Vice President of Product & Brands in the EMEA region. Most recently, she led the enterprise wide effort to restructure our Product Development organization and our overall Product Development process in 2015.
She is currently a Vice President of the newly created Vertical Axis Washer Global Platform, a segment that includes 8M washers globally and ~$3B in revenue.
Pam has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Bowling Green University.
Christine is the Chief Financial Officer and a partner with A.T. Kearney, based in Chicago. She has 20 years of global experience, leading teams in the Americas, EMEA and Asia- Pacific. She brings integrated business perspective, financial expertise and experiences across a broad spectrum of disciplines including HR, Compensation and Benefits, Legal, Risk Management, Real Estate and Strategic Planning for public and private companies.
A French national, Christine joined the Paris office of A.T. Kearney, a then subsidiary of Electronic Data System Inc. in 2002. She held various positions in finance, including Finance Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Southwest Europe Finance Director and France Finance and Administration Director. Today, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she has responsibility over the traditional finance areas (accounting, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis) as well as strategic planning and global real estate. She is the liaison to the Finance, Audit and Assurance Committee of the Board and she also serves as a director in foreign subsidiaries.
Before joining A.T. Kearney Christine was the CFO of Keyrus, a technology consultancy listed on the high growth compartment of NYSE-Euronext Paris. Previously, Christine served as Managing Director of the French subsidiary of Agency.com, a NASDAQ listed web agency. She started her career with EY (Ernst & Young) in 1994 where she spent four years as an audit manager in the telecommunications and media practice, performing audit and due- diligence assignments.
Throughout her career, Christine experienced such various ownership structures as listed companies, private equity owned firm and partnership and also lived through a management buy-out and acquisitions.
She earned a Master in Management (MBA equivalent) from HEC Paris School of management, a CEMS degree of HEC- ESADE Barcelona and is a Certified Public Accountant in France. She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish.
Working Mother Magazine named Christine a working mother of the year 2015. She also serves on the board of the non for profit Friends of HEC Inc. and is a member of the International Woman Forum.
Sue Mahony, Ph.D., became president of Lilly Oncology in March 2011. She is also a senior vice president for Eli Lilly and Company and a member of the company’s executive committee. In May 2009, she was appointed senior vice president, human resources and diversity for Lilly. Previously, she led Lilly’s operations in Canada. She was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Aston University in Great Britain. She obtained her Ph.D. in pharmacy in 1989 in the Cancer Research Campaign Experimental Chemotherapy Group also at Aston University. She then received a master’s degree in business administration in 1998 from the London Business School. In 2012, Sue received an honorary doctorate from Aston University. In 2000, she joined Lilly after more than a decade in sales and marketing roles in the United Kingdom and Europe in oncology/hematology and cardiovascular medicine for Schering-Plough, Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Since joining Lilly, Mahony has held roles in global marketing, product development, Six Sigma and general management, including global brand development leader for duloxetine (Cymbalta®) and fluoxetine (Prozac®).
In 2010, Mahony was recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Women of Influence.” Mahony has served on the board of the United Way of Central Indiana since 2010. Sue and her husband, John, have two children: Thomas and Rebecca.
A former Management Consultant with Booz & Co, Katie got involved in start-ups when she joined the Executive Team at www.seek.com.au as head of Marketing & Product. She invested 6 years building the SEEK brand and leading the product effort at this award winning website through IPO. Katie then founded www.kidspot.com.au,the largest and most successful online website for mothers in Australia and New Zealand, selling to News Corp in 2011. Katie has a BBA in Accounting and earned her CPA shortly after studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Katie later returned to the same university to earn her MBA with a concentration in marketing. She joined ShippingEasy as the CEO in 2012, moving the headquarters to her hometown of Austin and kicking off the aggressive growth efforts following its founding in Sydney, Australia.
Margaret Molloy is the global chief marketing officer (CMO) at Siegel+Gale, a leading global strategic branding and design consultancy, where she oversees demand generation, content marketing, thought leadership, public relations, and social media, as well as all new business. Known as “The Simplicity Company,” Siegel+Gale helps clients define, design, and deliver brand experiences that are unexpectedly clear and remarkably fresh.
Margaret has accrued over two decades of experience across every marketing function, from product marketing to public relations to demand generation. She has led high-performance teams in both companies and agencies. A strategic marketer with a technology DNA, Margaret has deep expertise in business-to-business (B2B) and professional services industries. She served as SVP Marketing at Gerson Lehrman Group, the leading professional services network; and led marketing organizations at Siebel Systems (now Oracle).
She is consistently recognized as one of the most influential CMOs on Twitter and top profiles on LinkedIn.
Catherine Newell serves as general counsel for Dimensional, supervising the legal work of Dimensional and its subsidiaries. In this role, she oversees the preparation of new product and corporate governance materials, business contracts, and other legal and regulatory matters, and heads up the firm's Legal group. Prior to joining Dimensional in 1996, she was an associate in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, practicing in the areas of corporate finance and investment management law.
Catherine earned a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1989, where she served on the UCLA Law Review, and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Lindsey Pollak is widely recognized as the leading voice on millennials in the workplace. Often called a “translator,” Lindsey advises both young professionals looking to succeed in today’s work environment and the organizations that want to recruit, retain and engage them. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders and Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Lindsey's consulting clients and keynote speaking audiences have included over 200 corporations, conferences and universities, including Barclays, Citi, Estee Lauder, GE, LinkedIn, Yale, Harvard, Wharton and MIT. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR. Lindsey’s passion for supporting young people goes back to her student days as a dorm RA at Yale University. She is currently based in New York City.
Dr. Frida Polli is an award-winning neuroscientist trained at Harvard and MIT. She completed her predoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT. Frida holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a PhD from Suffolk University, and a BA from Dartmouth College. She was named a Robert Kaplan Life Science Fellow by Harvard Business School in 2012.
Frida has been an invited speaker at MIT and Harvard, has appeared on CNN and CNBC, and is a regular contributor for Forbes. She speaks on topics of entrepreneurship, diversity, data-driven applications for HR and neuroscience in the business world.
Frida is the founder and CEO of pymetrics. pymetrics uses neuroscience behavioral data and data science to optimize hiring and internal placement for companies in a wide range of industries. The technology assesses key cognitive and emotional traits that are essential for given job functions / roles, and uses that information to help people and companies make smarter workforce decisions.
Sohana is passionate about working at the intersection of business and society. She is a Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Surface and earned her MBA at MIT Sloan, where she was a Forte Fellow. Before seeking her MBA, Sohana spent a year in Sri Lanka working on post-war economic development. There she built LankaCorps, a fellowship program in collaboration with The Asia Foundation to facilitate the return of other members of the diaspora. Prior to her time in Sri Lanka, Sohana was a Strategy Analyst at 2Revolutions LLC — part social venture incubator, part consulting shop — where she sought to address complex problems facing America’s children and young adults. Before joining 2Rev, Sohana spent three years at LeadDog Marketing Group where she served as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and was responsible for expanding the strategic practice of the agency. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. Sohana also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Unity Tables, an organization dedicated to the proliferation of the Community Café movement.
Chakilla is the Group Vice President for Galaxy, serving Texas, Louisiana, and the Four Corners area. She relocated from Dallas to Houston and joined DaVita in the summer of 2011. Prior to DaVita, Chakilla was with Tenet Health System, serving as Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. Mrs. White joined Tenet in 2004 as an Associate in the Leadership Development Program. Prior to her role as COO at Doctors Hospital, she was the Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Commitment to Quality Team. Chakilla attended Wellesley College where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Economics. She also obtained her Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Prior to business school, Mrs. White was a Consultant at Booz Allen and Hamilton.
Chakilla was appointed to the Texas Board of Podiatric Examiners and has served on the boards of the Houston National Kidney Foundation, White Rock Lake Conservancy, White Rock YMCA, and is an alumni of Leadership Dallas. She currently resides in Katy, Texas, with her husband, Lewis, a local attorney, their seven-year-old daughter and four-month-old son.
Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell is the Vice Dean at The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. She has been a major force in shaping the student experience at all levels. As vice dean, her duties include oversight of all of the school’s global and domestic programs including the undergraduate, MBA, MS, online, and executive programs, and the development of the school’s global, university and corporate partnerships. Dr. Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist with extensive applied experiences. She has over 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching, and women in management. Dr. Russell is the Career Coach for the Washington Post's Capital Business paper, writing a weekly column and answering reader questions in a monthly online chat. She is also a frequent guest on Maryland Public Television’s Your Money and Business where she shares her extensive expertise. She developed the Executive Coaching Programs for The University of Maryland and The University of Tennessee, and as the Director, she provided leadership coaching for hundreds of executives over the past decades. Dr. Russell has a strong passion for women and leadership. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Women's MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and has been invited to conduct numerous workshops and keynotes for women on topics such as "Salary Negotiations";, "Learning to Say No","Managing Work & Life Balance"; and "Advancing in Organizations". Dr. Russell serves on the Board of the National Women's MBA Association, and was recently the keynote speaker for the 2014 NAWMBA Annual Conference and Career Fair. Since joining Smith, she has been consistently honored for her outstanding teaching at all levels by being a Top 15% teacher every semester and having been selected three times for the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to joining UMD, she was a tenured full professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee. At UT, she received numerous teaching and research awards from students, faculty, and alumni for her work with corporate clients, EMBAs, FT and PT MBAs, doctoral students, and undergraduates. She has published over 50 articles, books, or book chapters and has presented her research at national and regional conferences. She received her PhD and MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio and her BA degree in psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.
Elissa Sangster serves as Executive Director for the Forté Foundation and 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 B.A. in English from Texas A&M University, where she was the Assistant Director of the MBA Program until 1997. She is past Chair of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference and formerly served as chair of the MBA Student Services Professionals (MBA SSP). Elissa sits on the board of the Forté Foundation as an ex-officio member. Elissa enjoys reading, running, cooking, and Aggie football. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Jeremy, and their daughter, Anna Leigh.
Best selling author, thriving entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, coach, and world class trainer Cornelia Shipley is known for empowering people to achieve their peak performance, strategically plan for the future, and ultimately create a life and work that REALLY work!
A sought after leadership development expert her strategies and methods have been showcased on FOX 5 News, Radio One, INC.com, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution among others.
She is the author of the Best Seller Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams. Cornelia is committed to helping you live the life you love POWER-FULL-LY!
Having lived or traveled to 6 of the 7 continents (Asia, Australia, Africa, The America's and Europe living in both Australia and across North America) Cornelia brings a unique international perspective as she shows you how to move beyond your fear to live each moment fully present.
Cornelia leveraged her extensive corporate career starting as a Sales Manager for the number one consumer goods company to leading the Human Resources Function for a critical manufacturing facility for an international food manufacturer, to launch her own firm where she leads a team of committed professionals determined to help their clients exceed their expectations.
As Marshall Goldsmith said in the forward of her book, "Cornelia will guide you through the process of picturing success as you want to see it and identifying whether or not your career is aligned with your true passion, all while helping you ensure your need for these three important things: contribution, meaning and happiness. Life is too short not to!".
Cindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author who has traveled the world sharing her provocative, and often hilarious insights on business, customer service and courage with literally thousands. Cindy’s client list includes a who’s who of corporate and entrepreneurial America with clients as varied as The Mayo Clinic, Raytheon, Alaska Airlines, KeyBank, Oracle and Google asking Cindy to help their organizations create long lasting, profitable relationships with their employees, their leaders and their customers. Cindy’s two best selling books, The Rules of Woo: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Capturing the Hearts and Minds of Today’s Customers and Creating a Culture of Courage are available at www.amazon.com.
Marissa Tarleton is the chief marketing officer of RetailMeNot, Inc, in North America. In this role, she directs all consumer brand advertising, customer acquisition and retention, search engine marketing, public relations, internal communications, business-to-business marketing, and customer relationship management.
Prior to RetailMeNot, Marissa led marketing for Dell Inc.'s North America Consumer and Small Business organization. Her responsibilities included driving new customer acquisition through marketing communications, media, partner programs, loyalty and CRM for both the Dell direct and retail businesses.
During her thirteen-year tenure at Dell she has served in multiple regional and global marketing leadership roles including product marketing, brand management, e-commerce and digital marketing as well as leadership of Dell’s global advertising team. Prior to Dell, Marissa worked in advertising in New York City for both Ogilvy & Mather and Foote Cone & Belding. She was responsible for account and media leadership for brands such as IBM, Nabisco, and the United States Postal Service.
Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Melissa Thomas-Hunt's research activities focus on conflict management, negotiation, and collaboration processes. Her current research examines the contribution of expertise within diverse groups and the effects of status and power on negotiation and team processes and outcomes. She is a contributor at www.LeanIn.org. Her publications have appeared in Research on Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Social Justice Research, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams. Thomas-Hunt came to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia from a position as a tenured associate professor at Cornell’s Johnson School. She has also taught at the Stanford University’s GSB and the Olin School of Business, Washington University and mostly recently at Semester at Sea. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as an account marketing representative at IBM.
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