The conference will include more than 150 speakers and presenters. In addition to our amazing featured presenters, speakers will include MBA alumnae, experts, and representatives of Forté sponsor companies and schools.
Latriece Watkins is senior vice president and general merchandising manager for Walmart’s consumables division. She leads all merchandising strategies for the company’s baby, beauty, household chemicals, household paper, over the counter pharmacy, personal care and pets business. Latriece and her team are passionate about finding new ways to save customers money on items they use every day.
First joining the company as an intern in real estate, Latriece has served in a variety of key leadership roles within Sam’s Club, Walmart U.S. Merchandising, Human Resources and U.S. Store Operations. In her two decades with the retailer, she has led several important portfolio and strategic initiatives across the company. Because she has worked in so many different areas of the business, Latriece is able to bring a 360-degree approach to her leadership, all while keeping customers at the center of Walmart’s consumables business.
Latriece holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Elissa Sangster serves as CEO of Forté 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. Before McCombs, Elissa was Assistant Director of the MBA Program at Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business.
Elissa currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member for the Thirty Percent Coalition. She also sits on the Women’s Initiative Council of the CFP Board (Certified Financial Planning Board). She is past Chair of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference and formerly served as chair of MBA Student Services Professionals (MBA SSP). Elissa sits on the board of Forté as an ex-officio member. She enjoys reading, running, cooking, and Aggie football. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, Jeremy, and their daughter, Anna Leigh. Elissa received her MBA and her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University.
Carla Harris is Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she also serves as a senior client adviser. Previously, she headed the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and health care sectors. She served as a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and in the mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Harris was appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the author of the books Expect to Win and Strategize to Win. Ms. Harris holds an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dana McNabb is President, U.S. Retail Cereal & Snacks, which comprises the broad portfolio of brands that includes Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex, Lucky Charms, Wheaties, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Larabar, Chex Mix, Fruit Roll-ups, and Gardettos.
She joined General Mills in the Canadian Division. McNabb’s marketing and sales experience has spanned our major businesses, including Big G cereals, snacks, new products and meals.
McNabb has extensive global experience. Her most recent assignment was in Switzerland as a Vice President of Global Marketing for Cereal Partners, Worldwide, the General Mills cereal joint venture with Nestle. In this role, she led global brand growth and a comprehensive restructuring of the marketing operations.
McNabb is a graduate of University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s degree. She completed her MBA at the London School of Business. She also serves on the board of the Guthrie Theatre.
McNabb resides in Excelsior, Minnesota with her husband Dan and twins Jake and Alexandra.
Dr. Wanda Wallace, Managing Partner of Leadership Forum, LLC, coaches, facilitates and speaks on improving leadership by improving the quality of conversations. She specializes in helping women and men get to the top, stick and thrive. Her latest emphasis is on helping managers break out of being the expert and build truly inclusive cultures. She hosts a weekly radio show: Out of the Comfort Zone. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter @AskWanda. Her latest book is You Can’t Know It All: Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise.
Before earning an MBA at the Wharton School, Anne spent six years in change management consulting. After graduate school, Anne worked for seven years at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm, where she focused on growth opportunities for healthcare providers.
Anne joined DaVita in 2009 and as Group Vice President, she leads the Marketing, Communications and Community Social Responsibility teams, along with Revenue Strategy, Patient Support and Insurance.
Anne moved to Colorado in July of 2010 after five years on the East Coast and five years in Los Angeles. At DaVita she also leads the Village Giving Council, a group of executives which gives money to local not for profits. Anne and her husband Nick enjoy the Colorado outdoors with their sons, Aidan (15) and Dylan (12).
Julie Ugalde is a Senior Finance Director for Whirlpool Corporation with over 20 years of experience. Julie has worked within the Consumer Products and Automotive Industries and has held finance roles with increasing responsibility across Corporate Finance, Product Development, Sales & Marketing, and Integrated Supply Chain. Julie holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Julie was named Senior Director, Finance Strategic Planning effective Dec 2016. She is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy for global Finance, focusing on process optimization, technology, and organization development.
Beyond her finance work, she also serves as the Steering Committee Lead for the Finance Leadership Develop Program (FLDP) and Executive Sponsor for both the Finance Development Program and the FLDP.
Julie lives in St. Joseph, Michigan with her husband and their 3 daughters and enjoys traveling, reading, running, and going to the beach with her family and friends.
Noemie is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, specializing in multi-functional, global service strategy and operating model design programs which drive large-scale cost reduction, process efficiency and effectiveness improvements. Additionally, she also serves as the go-to-market leader for Deloitte’s proprietary Visual Decision Xccelerator (VDX™) tool.
Jessica Bennett has spent her award-winning career focusing a gender lens on social issues and culture—from the persistence of workplace inequality to the ripple effects of #MeToo.
She is the New York Times’ first-ever Gender Editor, leading a newsroom-wide initiative to elevate the stories of women across platforms. She oversaw the launch of Overlooked, a project to provide long-overdue obituaries to historic women who never received them, and hosted the Times' very first women's summit, The New Rules. She helps steer the paper's ongoing coverage of #MeToo, and was editor of #ThisIs18, a project to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world—which she is now adapting into a book for Abrams.
Jessica has written front-page stories on the rise of women over 60, the evolution of Miss America, and a tome about her Resting Bitch Face, which did not actually appear on the front page but should have. She has profiled Monica Lewinsky, Paula Broadwell and Ellen Pao and written features on female pot entrepreneurs, NFL cheerleaders and stay-at-home dads.
She is author of the best selling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, a guide for navigating sexism at work, which has been translated into 14 languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.
Yes, she's in a real-life feminist fight club.