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2014 Forum Alumnae Panelists

Boston - Monday, August 18

Ann_Hargraves_w.pngMODERATOR: Ann Hargraves,  Director, Graduate Campus Recruiting, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Ann Hargraves Nowak is Director of Recruiting for Professional Programs at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a global Fortune 100 company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ann’s team recruits for the company’s general management and finance leadership development programs. Ann also leads Liberty’s effort to help the business find diverse talent to meet their hiring objectives and is currently managing the companies mentoring program with American Corporate Partners, a veteran’s mentorship program.Prior to joining Liberty, Ann worked in non-profit and education, both in the student services functions. Ann has had numerous mentors during the different stages of her professional career and credits much of her professional success to those that stood next to her along the way.




Almudena Arcelus, Principal, Analysis Group, Inc., MBA 1990, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
Ms. Arcelus graduated with a Masters in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. She did her undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Ms. Arcelus specializes in applying economics, finance, and information technology to problems in business litigation. She is a principal at Analysis Group, where she has managed many high-profile litigation projects in various technology-intensive industries over the last 23 years. She has analyzed economic markets and competition in antitrust cases and has played a key role in a number of intellectual property disputes. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.




Jamey Borell, Immigration Practice Manager, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., MBA 2009, Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)
Jamey Borell graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Jamey has worked in law, policy, and communications in London and Boston, and is currently Practice Manager of the immigration section at Mintz Levin. She lives in Providence with her husband and toddler dictator, but works in Boston, which means she has learned to love Amtrak.



Amber Wigmore Alvarez, Executive Director of Career Services, IE Business School, MBA 2000, IE Business School
As Executive Director of Career Services, Amber manages a team of 22 people who deliver services to IE students and 50,000 alumni globally. She is a Professor of Career Strategy at IE and a Visiting Professor at Brown University. In addition, as Co-Founder of Wigmore & Alvarez, Amber conducts courses on “Intercultural Management” and “Doing Business in Spain” for foreign executives at major companies. She is a PhD candidate at the Universidad de Córdoba (Spain) and holds an International MBA from IE, as well as a BA in Hispanic Studies and International Economics from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). 


Jen Griffin Harris, Program Manager, Deloitte, MBA 2011, Babson College (F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business)
Jen Griffin Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tufts University in 2005. After graduation, Jen joined Deloitte as an Events intern, and for the following 4 years, held various Event Planner positions before pursuing her MBA at Babson College. She returned to Deloitte during her MBA summer internship, and re-joined Deloitte full time after graduating cum laude from Babson in 2011. Currently, Jen manages of team of 20 Event Professionals across the US and India and is responsible for the continued assessment of Deloitte’s US and India Meeting and Event Services offerings with a focus on the design, improvement, and integration of processes and customer experience into a consistent operational model. Jen is a Big Sister in the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, a member of the Vincent Club, and lives in Charlestown with her husband, Nate.


Washington, DC - Tuesday, August 19

Sabrina_White.pngMODERATOR: Sabrina White, Vice President, Americas, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)
Sabrina White currently serves as Vice President, Americas at the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®). In this role, she is responsible for the creation and execution of marketing and communication plans aimed at increasing GMAC and GMAT brand awareness and product usage in North and South America. In addition, she serves as the co-chair of GMAC’s Diversity Advisory Group, and works with GMAC’s professional development team to create and deliver continuing education, training and networking programs. Before joining GMAC in 2008, Sabrina spent nine years at the University of Maryland, serving as the Director of Admissions at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. There she managed all elements of the recruitment, selection, admission, yield and financial aid process for the full-time, part-time and executive masters programs. Prior to her time at the Smith School, Sabrina served as the MBA Program Director at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Sabrina’s career prior to management education included stints as an accountant, fundraiser, and teacher. A closet “coach, she is passionate about leadership and talent development and gets the biggest kick out of helping people find their path




Swetha Arbuckle, Senior HR Business Partner, Amazon Web Services , Amazon,  MBA 2009, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)
Swetha has Bachelors degrees in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Management Science from University of California, San Diego. Her professional background is in both For-Profit Education and Classical Indian Dance. After earning an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, she joined Amazon's HR Leadership Development Program. She has held various roles in HR strategy at Amazon and currently supports the rapidly growing Amazon Web Services organization. Swetha recently moved to northern Virginia by driving from Seattle, WA with her husband (they met in business school) and their English Bulldog, and enjoys discovering the area.




Jackie McAllister, Senior Director, Residence Inn Brand Marketing, Marriott International, MBA 2004,  University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)
Jackie McAllister graduated with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She joined Marriott International in 2008 and leads the strategy, development, and execution of brand marketing initiatives and advertising campaigns for the company’s third largest brand, Residence Inn. Prior to Marriott, Ms. McAllister was a graduate of GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP) and the Advertising Manager for GE's Appliances division where she was responsible for national advertising campaigns and sponsorships of shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha Stewart, and Top Chef. Prior to GE, Ms. McAllister worked in off-air marketing at Discovery Communications with the Travel Channel.




Kelly Smith, Capability Lead, Design Thinking, Booz Allen Hamilton MBA 2009, Yale School of Management
Kelly Smith has 12 years of experience integrating corporate strategy, technology, organizational, and design disciplines into successful business and operations for private and public sectors clients and her own employers as an intrapraneur. Currently, she leads a human-centered innovation capability at Booz Allen Hamilton. She has led multimillion dollar P&Ls, managed cross-functional teams from 3-50 people, established an international perspective through analysis and field work in over 15 countries, worked with emerging technologies in cloud, mobile, and e-commerce/payments among others, and led market analysis and go-to-market entry strategy for numerous industries including Technology, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Aerospace & Defense, Clean Tech, Energy, and Telecom. She has a BA in Politics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.





Lisa Stratton, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, MBA 2011 Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)
Lisa Stratton received her BA from the University of North Carolina where she majored in International Studies with an Arabic language minor. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Prior to business school, Lisa was the Marketing Director for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization. In that role she oversaw retail marketing and advertising plans for a network of 81 branded retail stores, wholesale customers and the e-commerce sales division. In 2011 Lisa joined the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State. She recently completed a two year assignment as a Consular Officer, adjudicating immigrant and non-immigrant visas at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She is currently in training to prepare for her next assignment as an Economics Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Atlanta - Wednesday, August 20

Libby_Livingston.pngMODERATOR: Libby Livingston, Director of Admissions, Two-Year MBA Program, Emory University (Goizueta Business School)
Libby Livingston joined Emory University’s Goizueta Business School MBA Admissions Office in 2000. She is the Director of Admissions for the Two-Year MBA Program and oversees the domestic and international recruitment efforts. In 2011, Libby was elected to the Forte Foundation Board, a non-profit organization which partners with Business Schools and Fortune 100 companies to increase the number of women in business leadership positions. After serving her three year term, she will now serve on the Forte Advisory Council. In addition, she is the point person for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management for the business school, an organization that promotes diversity in education and business. Prior to Emory, she worked at a small liberal arts college in the Chicago area in admissions and student affairs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her Master's degree in Higher Education from Indiana University. She is married and has two children.




Edyth Adedeji, Sales Operations - Program Manager, Delta Air Lines, MBA 2010, University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)
After Edyth Adedeji graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas in Arlington, she worked as a consultant at Accenture for five years. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, McCombs School of Business. Since joining Delta, she has held multiple cross-functional roles in the finance and sales divisions. She is currently a program manager for Sales Support. Edyth is based in Atlanta. She enjoys traveling the world and soaking in other cultures. 


Dafina Lovelace, Senior Global Business Solutions Manager, Danaher, MBA 2010, University of Virginia (Darden School of Business) Dafina Lovelace graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Since joining Danaher in 2010, Dafina has develops new service offerings and implements transactional process improvements that drive a 15% year over year sales growth resulting in $41M in SLA sales in 2013. She currently serves as the Senior Global Business Solutions Manager where she is responsible for the global rollout of Salesforce.com. Dafina is a certified yoga teacher and president of her investment club. 



Lola Mafe, Global Strategy Manager, Recall Corporation, MBA 2010, University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
Lola Mafe graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a minor in Philosophy. She holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School, where she focused on Finance and Strategic Management. Prior to business school, Lola worked as a Project Manager in the Information Technology sector. Post-MBA, she recently transitioned from Strategy Consulting at Accenture to Corporate Strategy at Recall Corporation. She is based in Atlanta, and enjoys traveling and volunteering in her free time. 




Kirsten Walton, Director, Home Depot, MBA 2008, Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business)
Kirsten Walton graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to business school, Kirsten managed Public Relations for retail and consumer goods companies. Her post-MBA career continued in the retail industry where she is currently the Director of Merchandising Finance at The Home Depot. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, twin daughters, and their sweet pup.

Miami - Thursday, August 21

Kary_Hisrich.pngMODERATOR: Kary Hisrich, Office of the CEO, Lead, Deloitte
Kary Hisrich is a Senior Manager who joined the firm 11 years ago as a summer associate in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. Prior to Deloitte Kary worked at Goldman Sachs in New York. Kary currently serves as the lead for the office of the CEO (OCEO) of Deloitte LLP. Kary spent 10 years working in the financial services practice with a focus in banking and payments. She has led global, cross-functional engagements and has experience in enterprise cost reduction, post merger integration, and business process improvements. Kary has also led strategic initiatives, including competitive assessments, identification of new product opportunities, product launches, and branch expansion. Kary received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and two Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.



Crosby Baker, Managing Consultant, Korn/Ferry International, MBA 2010, University of Virginia (Darden School of Business)
Crosby Baker is a Managing Consultant with Futurestep’s Financial Services & Real Estate search practice. Based in the Miami office, Crosby brings over 10 years’ professional experience in financial services, real estate and executive search in Boston, New York, Washington DC and Miami. Prior to joining Futurestep, Crosby was at a boutique executive search firm in New York that focused in asset management and financial services. She also has experience in private banking and real estate development. Crosby has an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Darden School of Business at UVA.



Jenise Castro, CoFounder and Owner, La Vie En Blanc, MBA 2011, New York University (Stern School of Business)
Jenise Castro graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and worked as a structural engineer before pursuing her passion in the retail industry. She began her retail career in the buying offices of Macy's Florida where she was responsible for the merchandise buying and marketing for the Juniors department. She earned a Master in Business Administration with specializations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from New York University Stern School of Business. Soon after graduating, Jenise returned to Miami to open La Vie En Blanc, a luxury bridal reseller, in 2012. As cofounder and owner, she manages the operations and strategy of the company that sells new, sample and lightly-loved bridal gowns and accessories.




Veronica Jubera, Associate, McKinsey and Company, MBA 2013, Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business)
Veronica Jubera graduated from ESC Grenoble in France with a Master's in Management. She then moved to Miami to work at Essence-Corp, an agent and distributor for luxury fragrances and cosmetics, where she worked for 6 year as an Area Sales Manager for South American local markets. She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Masters in International Affairs for the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Currently, Veronica is an Associate at McKinsey and Company, where she has worked in a variety of projects in Marketing &Sales and Consumer Goods. Veronica lives in Miami with her husband and puppy.




Gloria Guevara Manzo,  Global Travel Industry Leader and Technology Expert, Former Minister of Tourism for Mexico, MBA 2009, Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
Appointed in March 2010 by President Felipe Calderon as Minister of Tourism, a cabinet position that leads a sector that contributes to 9% of Mexico GDP employees 2.5 million people directly. Recognized as one of the most influential women in Mexico by CNN Expansion during her time in the private sector. During her term, Mexico hosted the most relevant events in Tourism, including the Ministerial T20 with the Tourism representatives of the G20 economies, the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) Regional Summit with global Tourism leaders from the Private sector and the UNWTO Executive Council.

In 2012 due to the hard work and collaboration from different international organizations, but thanks to the leadership of Mexico for the first time in history, Travel and Tourism and its contribution to the economic growth of nations was included in the G20 leaders declaration of los Cabos Mexico. A huge and very important milestone for the industry worldwide. Giving Gloria the recognition as G20 pioneer. Under Gloria´s leadership, Mexico was able to turn around their Tourism numbers, coming from a constant loss and reduction of international and domestic tourists due to the impact of the worst financial and economic crisis, plus the H1N1 outbreak and the challenged Mexico faced in Security.

Thanks to the strategy implemented Mexico not only stopped the decline but also began a constant growth that broke a new record with the highest number in domestic and international arrivals in 2011 and 2012 with more than 200 million travelers domestic and international. Gloria received the Good Neighbor Award from the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and Virtuoso awarded Mexico Tourism board as the Best in the world the same year due the successful branding reposition. Currently she is a contributor to the World Economic Forum, Harvard University and is part of the World Tourism Think Tank, she also offers consulting services to different countries and destinations around the world.




Geeta Nayyar, Chief Medical Information Officer, Self Employed, MBA 2011, George Washington University (School of Business)
Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A., is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology as well as a board-certified practicing physician. She brings an integrated perspective to physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and accountable care organizations that are facing the challenges of the nation’s changing healthcare system.

Dr. Nayyar was most recently the chief medical information officer at AT&T, where she provided a clinical perspective to the AT&T ForHealthSM strategy and portfolio. She also served as CMIO at Patient Point, principal medical officer at Vangent, Inc. and as the chief medical officer of APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications firm. A specialist in rheumatology, Dr. Nayyar maintains an active practice while serving on the medical school faculty at Florida International University and George Washington University.

Dr. Nayyar was named one of the “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives” by Modern Healthcare and one of Fierce Healthcare’s “Top 8 Women to watch for in Healthcare.” In addition, she was recognized as one of the “Top 12 Powerful Women Voices in Healthcare Innovation and on Twitter in 2012” by Med City News. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and speaks frequently to major industry forums and is widely quoted in healthcare trade publications.

Dr. Nayyar received her Medical Doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Miami. She earned her Master of Business Administration from George Washington University. Dr. Nayyar holds memberships and committee appointments in several professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. She is a member of the advisory board of the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS).




Maxeme Tuchman, Executive Director, Teach For America Miami Dade, MBA 2012,  Harvard Business School
Maxeme Tuchman was selected to lead Teach For America Miami-Dade in 2013. A proud Miami native and Teach For America alumni, Max brings incredible passion and enthusiasm to the critical work of partnering with Miami-Dade schools and community members to solve the problem of educational inequity.

Max became executive director as the regional organization began its second decade of work in the Miami community. With a team of thirty staff, three hundred corps members teaching in Miami-Dade classrooms, and another three hundred alumni in the region, Max leads the organization with a strategy to create and sustain excellent educational opportunities for all students in the same system of schools she attended. Today, Teach For America corps members reach more than twenty-two thousand local students attending thirty one schools with the greatest need in Miami-Dade County.

Max is a graduate of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and earned her master of business administration and master of public policy from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida.


Seattle - Monday, August 25

Ann_Hargraves_w.pngMODERATOR: Ann Hargraves,  Director, Graduate Campus Recruiting, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Ann Hargraves Nowak is Director of Recruiting for Professional Programs at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a global Fortune 100 company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ann’s team recruits for the company’s general management and finance leadership development programs. Ann also leads Liberty’s effort to help the business find diverse talent to meet their hiring objectives and is currently managing the companies mentoring program with American Corporate Partners, a veteran’s mentorship program.Prior to joining Liberty, Ann worked in non-profit and education, both in the student services functions. Ann has had numerous mentors during the different stages of her professional career and credits much of her professional success to those that stood next to her along the way. 




Kate Fannin, Marketing Strategy Director and Beauty Trend Editor, Nordstrom, MBA 1995, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (College of Business)
A beauty enthusiast with over 15 years of marketing experience, Kate now lends her knowledge of beauty and the customer to develop and communicate Nordstrom beauty trends and point of view. She joined the company as a Marketing Director in the beauty division in 2011 and took on the role of Beauty Trend Editor in July 2013.

This role gives her the opportunity to develop and drive seasonal beauty trends to help ensure that the Nordstrom customer knows what the brand stands for in beauty, whether she’s shopping online, in a store, or following our social channels. Kate works closely with internal partners to make sure trend messaging is clear, relevant, and on-brand.

Kate earned two marketing degrees (BBA & MBA), but she learned the most about consumer behavior working in retail since age 16, especially on the sales floors at Eddie Bauer, The Limited, and The Body Shop.

Her marketing career began at Ford Motor Company as a Retail Marketing Manager. From 2000 - 2003, she had several positions at Gap, Inc. in communications, product training, and online marketing. She then returned to her Texas roots (this time in Dallas) for seven years and joined the marketing team at Neiman Marcus. As Director of Marketing for the Last Call division, she developed and managed all marketing and promotional strategies for Last Call stores and LastCall.com.





Rovina Broomfield, Senior Vendor Manager, Amazon.com, MBA 2010, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School)
Rovina Broomfield graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) with a major in Finance. She went on to earn her MBA from WashU's Olin Business School, and entered into marketing at General Mills in 2010. In 2012, she moved to Seattle to began her career at Amazon.com, where she currently serves as Senior Vendor Manager for Action Sports. She is responsible to identify potential brand and product business opportunities, build direct relationships with key suppliers, negotiate contracts, develop collaborative marketing and promotions, and drive sales and margin improvements. Rovina is active in her local church, Christian Faith Center, and in her community through the Seattle Urban League.





Emily Hanning, Senior Sustainability Manager, Outerwall,  MBA 2005, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School)
Emily Hanning graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and worked in international development before returning to graduate school. Emily holds a joint MBA and MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. Emily joined Outerwall as Senior Sustainability Manager in 2011, and she leads the company’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Prior to this role, Emily worked in sustainability for seven years for Weyerhaeuser Company. Emily is an avid sports fan and volunteers with a local p-patch when she’s not working in her own garden.




Svetlana Petculescu, CEO and Co-Founder, Poppy & Bloom, MBA 2008, INSEAD
Svetlana has always had a dream to work in an industry tied to the self-expression and artistry of clothing. She believes that all women want the same thing: beautiful, stylish high-quality clothing. With that mission in mind, she left her corporate job to start Pionna.com, an online boutique focusing on bringing top designer clothing to curvy women. Prior to starting Pionna, Svetlana was a senior product manager at Amazon.com where she worked on business development projects in jewelry and apparel. Earlier in her career, Svetlana worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she spent several years in corporate strategy working with ecommerce and technology companies. Svetlana has an MBA from INSEAD located in France and Singapore. 





Kristina Smith, Marketing Director, Paid Search and Display, Getty Images, MBA 2004, University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)
Kristina Smith graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BS in Accounting. After 6 years as a Tax Consultant, she decided to return to school for an MBA where she discovered that Marketing was her passion. Kristina graduated from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2004. The past 10 years of Kristina's career have focused on the Digital Marketing industry. She has worked at companies such as Amazon.com, and Google. She lives in Seattle with her husband who she met while living and working in London. In her spare time, she supports both the Tarheel Basketball team, and the Liverpool FC. 

San Francisco - Tuesday, August 26 

Cindy_Padnos.pngMODERATOR: Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures, MBA, Carnegie Mellon (Tepper School of Business)
Leveraging over 25 years of high-tech industry experience, Cindy Padnos is the founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures. Ms. Padnos focuses primarily in the Enterprise/B2B cloud and mobile computing sectors with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications and platforms, innovative solutions that leverage big data for business impact and new business models that accelerate customer acquisition. Cindy currently serves as a board director or observer for BrightEdge Technologies, ChannelEyes, Hoopla Software, Opsmatic, Peerlyst, Xactly Corporation and Yozio.

Ms. Padnos has been an active member of the venture capital community since 2002. Prior to founding Illuminate, she was a director of Outlook Ventures where she was one of three investment professionals responsible for committing the firm’s $140 million fund. Ms. Padnos sourced and led investments in companies in the IT infrastructure, software/SaaS, consumer Internet and mobile application spaces building a track record of performance.

She was founder and CEO of Vivant, (Acq. EVLV/ORCL) one of the earliest on-demand/SaaS companies, served as president & CEO for Acumen (Pvt. M&A) transitioning the company to web-based delivery and vice president of marketing at Scopus Technology where she positioned the company for its successful public offering (IPO/Acq:ORCL). She also held senior management positions at IDE, Ingres and at AT&T.

She is currently an advisor to Astia, the Tepper School of Business, CMU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and UPWARD. Cindy has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (The New York Times), was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology (Fast Company) and one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area (San Francisco Business Times) and as A Power Player in the Cloud (AlwaysOn).




Kristin D. Ashcraft, Director, Customer Experience - DaVita Rx, DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., MBA 2009, University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
Kristin D. Ashcraft graduated with honors from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Science & Policy. Kristin earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she concentrated on entrepreneurship and strategy. Kristin joined DaVita in 2009 through a leadership development program. Kristin was one of the first business teammates on DaVita's electronic health record product, Falcon EHR. She engaged in building the business through numerous strategic and operational roles. In 2013, Kristin moved to the DaVita Rx team to help drive enterprise strategy and most recently moved into operations to lead the Customer Experience and Value Added Services teams. Kristin is passionate about mentoring and supporting the personal and professional development of others. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and twins.  




Caroline Bremner, HR Business Partner, Google, MBA 2006, Duke University (The Fuqua School of Business)
Caroline Bremner joined Google in 2009. She has worked in a variety of roles across People Operations and is currently heading up HR for Google Wallet. Prior to Google, Caroline was at The Alexander Group, a sales management consulting firm, where she worked with tech companies on improving sales force effectiveness. Always passionate about tech, Caroline moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to serve at the Australian Consulate helping small Aussie tech companies developed their US market entry strategies and making the business case for US companies to establish business operations Downunder. Caroline holds an MBA from Duke and a Masters in Business Communication from Queensland University of Technology. 



Patty Chiang, Sr. Product Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, MBA 2010, Harvard Business School
Patty Chiang is a healthcare and life sciences enthusiast, bringing cutting edge science into the lives of everyday people. As a product manager for the AcroMetrix quality controls group at Thermo Fisher Scientific, she is currently focused on improving standards of quality for molecular diagnostic testing. Patty studied Molecular Cell Biology and Business Administration at UC Berkeley, and has previously worked in brand management at Eli Lilly, corporate strategy at Life Technologies and M&A investment banking at Lazard. Patty believes in lifelong learning, and aspires to become a great soccer player, a regular runner, a frugal shopper, a patron of the San Francisco Symphony, and a friend of the local library.



Christina Wong, Consultant, CW Consulting, MBA 2013, University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)
Christina Wong graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Christina has worked in research, policy, and nonprofits. She currently works as a consultant to public affairs firms and start-ups.  After her M.B.A. she worked as an Associate Brand Manager for Del Monte Foods and was a M.B.A. intern at Johnson & Johnson. She volunteers in the environmental nonprofit sector. Christina lives in San Francisco with her fiancé and cat.



Donna Wu, Product Manager, Fastly, MBA 2012, University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
Donna Wu graduated with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business after completing the full-time program in 2012. After graduating from Chicago Booth, she joined Apple as a Global Supply Manager in the Operations organization where she procured hardware components for various Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. She currently works as a product manager at Fastly – a start-up content delivery network – where she develops features and product strategies. In her spare time, Donna sings having been in choirs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. An avid runner, Donna most recently finished the SF Half Marathon.  

Los Angeles - Thursday, August 27

Deborah_Merrill_Sands.pngMODERATOR: Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean, Mills College (Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business) 
Merrill-Sands is an authority on women and leadership and gender dynamics in the workplace. More recently her work has focused on the areas of ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainability. Prior to joining the Simmons School of Management, Merrill-Sands worked with the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and the United Nations, working on increasing the role of women in science, and led international teams to address the livelihood of rural poor women and families in developing countries. Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous monographs, journal articles, and book chapters, most focusing on diversity and gender issues in the workplace. She received her MA and PhD in applied anthropology from Cornell University, and her BA from Hampshire College. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Hays, and the Social Science Research Council.




Cecilia Paz Aguilar, Manager, Teacher Leadership Development Teach For America, MBA 2013,  Mills College (Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business)
Cecilia Paz Aguilar earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and her MBA/MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She currently serves as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development with Teach For America, Los Angeles where she manages 34 TFA teachers across 22 schools within LAUSD {coaching them to not only have dramatic academic gains, but to also build lifelong change agents}. Prior to her graduate studies, Cecilia served as an educator (middle/high school), academic counselor, and interim vice-principal in the Central Valley and Bay Area regions. Cecilia is a proud Education Pioneers alumnus.





Noramay Cadena, Integrated Product Team Lead, Boeing, MBA 2011, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
As an Integrated Product Team Leader at Boeing in CA, Noramay Cadena manages a multi-million dollar budget and leads a cross-functional team through the assembly, integration and test of a commercial satellite program. Cadena holds an MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – all from MIT. She is the eldest of three children raised by immigrant parents of Mexican descent in L.A County’s San Fernando Valley. Cadena currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter. Outside of work, she is actively involved in the community through STEM outreach, Latina mentorship, professional development and volunteer work. 



Tara Daley, Senior Manager, Mattel, MBA 2008, University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
Tara Daley graduated magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary, and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson. She began her career as a consultant, working first at the Corporate Executive Board after college and then at Bain & Company after business school. Tara joined Mattel in 2010 as a member of the Brands Strategic Planning team, and currently leads the company's Pricing Strategy group. Outside of work, Tara is an avid triathlete. She lives in Marina del Rey with her husband, and is expecting her first child in November.



Alyson_Heil_w.pngAlyson Heil, Legal Operations Analyst, The Walt Disney Company, MBA 2009, Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business)
Alyson Heil is currently a Legal Operations Analyst for the Corporate Legal Department at The Walt Disney Company, executing financial analysis and Legal Project Management methodologies to attain cost efficiencies. Prior to joining Disney, she was the Global Lead Logistics Analyst for Momentive Specialty Chemicals. She attended the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, graduating with her MBA in Operations and Logistics Management. She previously worked with the Tax Compliance Group at Ernst & Young and continued to work there part-time while completing her MBA. Alyson also holds a BS in Health Services Administration from Ohio University. Off hours, she enjoys volunteering for causes supported by Disney. 



Nina Lapachet, Manager, Transaction Advisory Services, EY, MBA 2010, University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
Nina Lapachet is a Manager in EY's Transaction Advisory Services practice, specializing in execution and value capture of mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs and joint ventures. She has more than eight years of industry and professional services experience in in transactions, finance, accounting and international operations. Nina holds and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.A. in International Economics from UCLA. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband. 

Houston - Thursday, August 28

Dana_Morrey.pngMODERATOR: Dana Morrey, Vice President, Human Resources, Hines 
Dana Morrey, Vice President-Human Resources, is responsible for Employee Relations, Recruiting, and Learning and Development. She joined Hines in 2004 as a one-person recruiting department. In 2008, she was promoted to Director of Recruiting and continued to provide full-scale recruiting services across the U.S., including the coordination of the firm’s college recruiting programs. In 2011, her responsibilities expanded to include employee relations where her team manages the firm’s background screening process, global employee engagement survey, research and communication of U.S. employee policy updates, and is a resource to all of the firm’s employees and managers for employee relations issues. In 2013, her responsibilities expanded once again to include Learning and Development. During her career, she implemented Hines’ first applicant tracking system, developed several manager-training programs focused on recruiting, strengths-based performance management and employee relations, and is currently implementing Learning Management and Talent Acquisition systems for the firm.




Ashton Becker, Financial Analyst, ExxonMobil, MBA 2012, Vanderbilt University (Owen Graduate School of Management)
Ashton currently works for ExxonMobil as the financial reporting analyst for their affiliate in Equatorial Guinea. Prior to this position, Ashton was an auditor for the exploration and development companies. Ashton joined ExxonMobil in 2012 after graduating with her MBA from Vanderbilt University with a focus in finance and accounting. Prior to Vanderbilt, she attended the University of Nebraska where she earned a bachelors in Industrial Engineering. She currently resides in Houston, TX.


Irina Borodovitsyna, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, MBA 2011, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)
Irina Borodovitsyna is an Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s Houston office. Since joining McKinsey in 2011, she has served multiple Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products clients on strategy, operational improvements, and organization topics. Outside of client service, Irina is very passionate about women's development in the workplace, creating successful work environment for women, and closing the gender gap in consulting careers. Irina is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. She is originally from Russia and resides in Houston since Spring 2013.




Angela Geiss, Project Controls Analyst, ConocoPhillips, MBA 2011, Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business)
Angela Geiss graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University W.P Carey School of Business. For the past 10 years Angela has held a variety of roles in the Oil and Gas Industry and is currently representing the Unconventional Asset as a Project Controls Analyst for ConocoPhillips. She is responsible for cost control, forecasting, and financial reporting across all activities for surface facility builds including engineering design, planning, procurement, construction and final production delivery. Angela resides in Houston with her husband and two children.



Nina Godiwalla, CEO, MindWorks, MBA 2006, University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
Nina Godiwalla is the CEO of MindWorks, which provides leadership, stress management, and diversity training to companies around the world. She is also the bestselling author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street, an insider’s perspective on her experience at Morgan Stanley from the outsider’s point of view of a second-generation Indian woman. The New York Times described the internationally acclaimed book as the “Devil Wears Prada” of investment banking.

Godiwalla has been sought out as a leadership expert by prominent institutions including the White House, Harvard Business School, NASA, the Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal Women’s CEO Summit, Aspen Institute and TED Conference. Before becoming an internationally recognized speaker, Godiwalla spent almost a decade working for Fortune 500 corporations. Joining influential women such as Barbara Bush and Sandra Day O’Connor, Godiwalla was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Recently she accepted an invitation to serve on a White House Roundtable. She also serves on Texas Governor’s Business Leadership Council and has been honored as the Outstanding Young Houstonian for 2013.

She is often featured in major media including USA Today, Forbes, TIME Magazine, NPR, MSNBC, and CNN. In addition to being a certified stress management instructor, Godiwalla holds an MBA from Wharton, a master’s degree from Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.




Amanda Port, Senior. Financial Analyst - Investment Office, Texas Children's Hospital, MBA 2013, Rice University (Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business)
Amanda currently works for Texas Children’s Hospital as a financial anaylst in the Investment Office where she manages investment operations and the system’s municipal debt portfolio. Amanda joined Texas Children’s in 2013 after graduating with her MBA from Rice University with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship. Prior to Rice, she was the owner of a medical staffing company that served The Woodlands area. She is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. Amanda is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and is active in her support of veteran healthcare issues. She lives in Houston with her daugther.


Chicago - Monday, September 8

Briton_Groppa_w.pngBriton Groppa, Brand Manager, MillerCoors, MBA 2010,  University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)
Briton Groppa received her BS from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She spent the first part of her career in advertising working with a variety of pharmaceutical clients. Since joining MillerCoors in 2010, she's held multiple brand management roles, from commercializing packaging innovations for Miller Lite to executing digital strategy and activation for Keystone Light. Currently, Briton is the Brand Manager for Coors Banquet, where she leads the overall strategy, positioning and activation for the brand. She lives in Chicago with her husband and 9 month old daughter.




Andrea Slattery, Director, Consultant Development, Joint Commission Resources, MBA 2005, University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)
Andrea Slattery graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. She is currently the Director of Consultant Development at Joint Commission Resources where she is responsible for building out the global consultant development function. Her work includes establishing and communicating clear roles and expectations for consultants, and implementing systems and processes, such as recruiting, onboarding, training, performance management, and support for all consultants. Prior to joining JCR, Andrea worked as a consultant specializing in organizational transformation. She lives in Chicago.




Betsy Sylvester, Director, Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs, MBA 2012,  University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
As a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs, Betsy manages investments for ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Previously, she advised Ministries of Health in developing countries on management issues as a Program Officer for Management Sciences for Health. Betsy earned her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was awarded the Harry Davis Award for her leadership and contributions to the program. Betsy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College and serves on the Board of Directors of the school’s Alumni Annual Fund. She also serves on the Board of Directors of About Face Theatre.




Traci Thibodeaux, Strategic Project Manager (Broad Resident), Chicago Public Schools, MBA 2010, University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)Traci_Thibodeaux.png
Traci Thibodeaux graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She currently serves as Manager of Strategic Projects at Chicago Public Schools and is in her second year as a resident in The Broad Residency. Prior to joining CPS, she was a Finance Manager at Frito Lay. Traci currently serves as a Forté mentor, is very active in alumni recruiting for Ross and training to run her first half marathon in October.





Maria Watts, Director Baird's Consumer Group, MBA, Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)

Maria Watts is a Director in Baird’s Consumer Group where she primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions and equity offerings. Maria has advised a number of branded consumer companies in the retail, apparel, footwear & accessory, and outdoor sectors, including Vera Bradley, Wolverine WorldWide, Vince, CamelBak, adidas Group, Michael Kors and Restoration Hardware. Prior to joining Baird, Maria worked on middle-market sell-side transactions at P&M Corporate Finance and Farlie, Turner & Co. Earlier, she worked at Stephens Inc. on public buy-side transactions. During her career, Maria has successfully completed nearly 30 transactions totaling over $20.0 billion in value. Maria received her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated with honors from Centenary College of Louisiana with a B.S. in Business and Spanish.


New York I - Tuesday, September 9

Naomi_Cody.pngNaomi Cody,  Senior. Brand Manager, Unilever, MBA 2005,  University of Rochester (Simon School of Business)
Naomi Cody graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics in 1999. She started her career in systems integration consulting before heading to business school at the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. There she studied Marketing, Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She forayed into Brand Management at Birds Eye Foods where she launched Steamfresh, and then joined Unilever where she managed several brands, including I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Suave, Breyers, Popsicle and Slimfast. She lives in Jersey City with her husband and daughter.




Clare_Hawthorne_w.pngClare Hawthorne, Project Lead, Citi Women, Citi, MBA 2012, Harvard Business School
Clare Hawthorne is the Project Lead for Citi Women, a company-wide global effort designed to attract, develop, advance and retain female talent at all levels within Citi. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2012 and upon graduation she joined Citi’s Human Resources leadership development program, working in a variety of roles across several business areas. Prior to business school she worked at Ernst & Young as a Senior Auditor in their Real Estate group and she continues to maintain her Massachusetts CPA license. In addition to her MBA, Clare holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Southern California.





Jasmine_Khan.pngJasmine S. Khan,  Associate Abrand Manager, Safilo Group, MBA 2011, University of Rochester (Simon School of Business) 
Jasmine Khan received her B.A. in English from Syracuse University. Upon graduation she was a paralegal at a corporate law firm, but after a few years she decided to leave the legal industry and pursue her interest in luxury goods. She proceeded to obtain her M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in 2011, where she concentrated in Brand Management, Strategy, and International Management. Currently, she’s an Associate Brand Manager for Safilo Group, an Italian luxury eyewear manufacturer. Jasmine resides in the New York metropolitan area where she is able to keep her finger on the pulse of the luxury goods industry.




Huei Li Leow,  Manager, Deloitte, LLP, MBA 2012, Yale School of Management
 Huei Li Leow is a Manager with the US Innovation group at Deloitte where she spends her time ideating, designing and deploying Leow_Huei_Li.pngdigital products in the areas of process automation and artificial intelligence. She holds her M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management where she was also an Associate Manager at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, a co-leader of the Media & Entertainment Club, a co-leader of the Public Speaking Club, an admissions interviewer, and an actress at the Yale Cabaret. Prior to Yale, she was an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young and a Riordan Fellow at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Huei Li graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and is a C.P.A.




Chandler Stroud,  Senior Manager, Brand Management, American Express, MBA 2011, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)
Chandler Stroud currently serves as Senior Manager, Brand Management within the Small Merchant Marketing team at American Express, helping to deliver unique value to the small merchant population. Prior to her time at American Express, she worked as the Assistant Brand Manager for Oikos Greek Yogurt where she had the opportunity to oversee the company's Superbowl campaign. Chandler joined Dannon after working at Heinz on the Heinz HomeStyle Gravy & Beans business where she began her career in consumer marketing. Chandler earned her MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon with concentrations in Marketing, Strategy, & Communications, and loves talking about her love for Pittsburgh whenever the opportunity arises. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, skiing, wine, food (both cooking and eating!), and would love to be fluent in Italian someday.




Megan Zuazua,  Vice President - Securities Client Middle Office, Goldman Sachs, MBA 2010, Cornell University (Johnson School of Management)
Megan Zuazua graduated with a Bachelor degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. She holds am MBA from The Johnson School at Cornell University. Since joining Goldman Sachs in 2010 she has held multiple roles in Securities Operations. She currently serves as a Vice President in Client Middle Office, supporting the US Institutional Sales desks.


New York II - Wednesday, September 10

Elizabeth_Phillip.pngMODERATOR: Elizabeth Philipp, Executive Vice President, PIMCO, MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Ms. Philipp is an executive vice president and an account manager in the New York office, and a senior member of the investment strategy group. In her institutional client servicing responsibilities, she focuses on public and corporate institutions. She is the co-founder and co-chair of PIMCO’s Women’s Leadership Network, a global inclusion initiative. Additionally, she serves on the steering committee for PIMCO Partners, the firm's employee volunteer and community outreach program. In her various roles at PIMCO, Ms. Philipp has had oversight for PIMCO’s New York office, and was a product manager for emerging market debt and inflation-linked securities. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1996, she was with Bank of America in trading and credit. She has 21 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa.




Taylor Cook, Management Development Program Associate, L'Orea, MBA 2013, Columbia Business School
Taylor Cook joined L'Oreal as a Management Development Program Associate in 2013 working in sales and marketing roles for the Garnier brand. Previously, Taylor spent 7 years in the branding and package design industry for clients including Procter & Gamble, Del Monte Foods, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Revlon. Taylor graduated from the University of Richmond where she majored in Business Administration and French. She received her MBA from Columbia Business School. Taylor is an avid marathon runner and actively involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.




Stacey Gellman,  Vice President, Graduate Development, Barclays, MBA 2007, Emory University (Goizueta Business School) 
Stacey Gellman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After a 4.5 year career in the advertising industry, Stacey joined Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where she graduated with her MBA in 2007. Since joining Lehman Brothers/Barclays in 2007, Stacey has managed graduate analyst and associate programs within Investment Banking and Global Markets divisions, both in New York and in London. At Barclays, she currently serves as VP and Head of Infrastructure Graduate Development in the Americas, overseeing analyst programs across 9 divisions. Stacey currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and chocolate lab, Brewster. She is also an active triathlete and currently serves as VP of the NYC Metro Alumni Association for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



Sonia Gupta, E-Commerce Project Manager, Michael Kors, MBA 2014, University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
Sonia Gupta graduated with a degree in Finance and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business. She landed a coveted role in the Retail Management Program at Gap Inc after graduation, where she spent three years. She, then, received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on Management, with a heavy emphasis on the retail industry. She currently serves as an Project Manager on the E-Commerce team at Michael Kors, where she is part of a team of 5 that spearheaded taking the dot com business in-house for the brand. Sonia is newly married, and living in New York City.




Keitha Y Pansy,  Director, BlackRock, MBA 2002,  University of California - Berkeley (Haas School of Business) 
Keitha Pansy, CPA, Director, is a member of BlackRock's US & Canada Defined Contribution Group within the Global Retail and iShares businesses. Keitha is responsible for driving growth initiatives, primarily fixed income, as part of the Business and Client Development team. The team is responsible for distribution strategy across Institutional and Retail channels including targeting opportunities, tracking sales metrics, assisting sales planning, campaign development, and providing support for key client meetings and conferences.

Her service with the firm dates back to 2007, including her years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to BGI, Keitha was a private banker at JPMorgan Private Bank where she managed relationships and created personal wealth plans for ultra-high net worth clientele, consisting of individuals and family-offices. She also spent several years as a Senior Accountant within the Assurance and Business Advisory Group of ArthurAndersen in Washington, DC.

Keitha graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a BBA in Accounting, and an MBA with a focus in Finance from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.



Noelle_Sadler.pngNoelle Sadler,   Executive Director, Global Consumer Marketing, MAC Cosmetics, MBA 2007, IESE Business School 
A San Diego native, Noelle Sadler has lived and worked in New York, Boston, Barcelona, Paris, London, and Bucharest. She began her career at Miramax Films after graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television Production. She later moved to Rockstar Games, where she was a producer on such video game titles as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Revolver, and Midnight Club, among others. After earning an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, she worked in advertising at Havas in Barcelona and Paris before moving back to New York to help open the US office of the British digital and content agency Cake. In 2011 she moved client-side to MAC Cosmetics, where she is the Executive Director of Global Consumer Marketing. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Quentin and their children Stellan and Zoe and their dog Ellie.


Toronto - Thursday, September 11


MODERATOR: Leigh Gauthier, Acting Director Recruitment and Admissions, University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management)
With People Development, Learning, and Consulting roles spanning national, multinational, and global organizations such as Accenture, the Ken Blanchard Companies and The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Leigh has had the privilege to work with some of the world's best and brightest talent. She has conducted over 1000 coaching sessions and has delivered hundreds of workshops/facilitated events. Leigh is a Certified Coach (CPCC), and professionally trained facilitator certified in administering the MBTI and Reach360 Personal Branding assessment. She currently puts her passion to work at the Rotman School of Management leading the Career Centre team for the Full-Time MBA program, although has taken a one year secondment to lead Rotman’s Recruitment and Admissions Team. @CoachLeigh



Christal Agostino,  Senior Strategist, Lifestyle & Luxury Brands, Spafax - Content Marketing, MBA 2011, Queen’s School of Business 
Christal Agostino holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, with a specialization in Luxury Brand Management from ESSEC School of Business in Paris. Having recently joined Spafax, a global content marketing firm, as Senior Strategist for the Luxury & Lifestyle Portfolio, Christal is responsible for creating content strategy for brands such as Fairmont Hotels, Bombardier Business Aircraft and Mercedes-Benz Canada. Prior to this role, she held the position of Manager, Global Partnerships at Fairmont Hotels. Christal is also passionate about driving awareness and raising funds for young adults battling cancer and is part of Rethink Breast Cancer’s Boobyball Committee.




Kate_Burke_w.pngKate Burke,  Marketing Associate, TD Bank, MBA 2014, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto 
Kate has over five years work experience and a passion for all things brand. She holds an HBA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, where she acted as a director of the Rotman Marketing Association. Prior to Rotman Kate spent time at DDB Canada where she ran award winning direct and digital work for clients such as McDonald's, Scotiabank and BlackBerry. Today, Kate works in the MBA Marketing Associate Rotation program at TD Bank developing and implementing marketing strategy. Kate is a board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto Young Leaders and an enthusiastic traveler and eater of all foods.



Kendal_Clarke.pngKendal Clarke,  Manager, Corporate Strategy, Development and Digital Ventures, Torstar, MBA 2012, York University (Schulich School of Business) 
Kendal Clarke graduated from Schulich School of Business with her Masters in Business Administration in 2012. During her time at Schulich, she was active in multiple clubs and associations, won the 2011 Rotman Sustainability Case Competition and was awarded the Graduate Business Council Award of Excellence for the graduating student who contributed the most to the program. Since joining Torstar in 2011, as a summer intern, Kendal has held a variety of roles including Product Manager for thestar.com. Kendal is currently the Manager of Corporate Strategy, Development and Digital Ventures for Torstar Corporation, a role in which she is responsible for working with senior management to support the development of strategic initiatives to help drive Torstar’s long-term plans and objectives and contribute to the identification and evaluation of investment and acquisition opportunities. Kendal sits on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation. She is an avid runner and has completed eight international marathons including Boston, New York, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo.



Mandy_Moore.pngMandy Moore,  Co-founder, Snap Reference, MBA 2004,   London Business School 
Mandy graduated from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a BA in Women's Studies. After a short stint in management consulting in San Francisco she discovered her passion for start-ups and software in Silicon Valley as one of the first ten employees of Digital Impact, a CRM and email marketing provider that grew to 500 people and went public in 1999. After completing an MBA in entrepreneurship at London Business School in 2004 she ran marketing and product management at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto, where she launched more than a dozen preventive health care services. Before joining Snap Reference, she was the Head of Product Management at OANDA, the foreign exchange brokerage. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids and is a team sports nut and a year-round bicycle commuter.



Natasha Walji,  Head of Industry, CPG, Google, MBA 2005,  Yale School of Management 
Natasha Walji has been with Google since 2010 and is currently Head of Industry for Consumer Packaged Goods for Google Canada. She initially joined Google in New York in strategy & operations, later working in finance on financial structuring for global advertiser & agency deals. Prior to Google, Natasha was a Sr. Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company; and prior to consulting she was a software developer. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria, an M.B.A. from Yale and an M.St. in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge.


London - Tuesday, October 7

Rachna Chowla, Director and Head of Education at Outcomes Based HealthcareNHS/Outcomes Based Healthcare UK, MBA 2009,  INSEAD 
Rachna Chowla is a practicing GP in London and a Co-founder at Outcomes Based Healthcare UK (OBH). She holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery (with distinctions) from King's College London, and an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore). She has previously worked for AstraZeneca in Strategy and Marketing, based out of their Milan office. At OBH, the team works with the NHS to help design care that fits around people and not the other way round. There, Rachna also leads on OBH's Education stream and their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. She is fluent in hindi and italian, enjoys ballroom dance, is a keen skier, but her true passion lies in the study of eastern philosophy.





Lucy Davis,  Product Marketing Manager, Google, MBA 2004,  London Business School 
Lucy Davis is a marketer with focus on global brand strategy and digital media, currently working in Product Marketing at Google. Previously Lucy worked as a Marketing Director at American Express and in a number of advertising roles at WPP and as a Partner at Engine Group. Lucy advises the Indian social enterprise, Dharma Life, on marketing-related issues. In addition she mentors future social enterprise leaders through the On Purpose Program in UK and female entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Lucy has an MBA from London Business School and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.





Gabriela Gaut,  Shopper & Snacking Insights - Senior Manager, Mondelez International , MBA 2006, HEC-ParisGabriela_Gaut.png
Gabriela is responsible for the Shopper & Snacking Insights team at Mondelez UK, home of brands such as Cadbury, Oreo, Kenco and Philadelphia and has more than 12 years of experience in the shopper area across different markets. Gabriela is originally from Argentina, where she worked for Carrefour after obtaining a Business degree. She graduated from the HEC Paris MBA program in 2006, after which she worked for P&G and Reckitt Benckiser helping Sales & Marketing teams become more shopper centric. Gabriela enjoys doing charity work, as well as practising sports – especially tennis and hiking. Gabriela speaks several languages and enjoys putting them to good use by travelling to other countries whenever the opportunity arises.





Diane Morgan,  Associate Dean of Programmes Imperial College Business School, Columbia Business School
Diane Morgan is the Associate Dean of Programmes at Imperial College Business School and leads the MBA and MSc suites of programmes. She was previously at London Business School and NYU Stern. She has worked in the US, UK, Italy and China and started her career in marketing and business development at The New York Times and The Washington Post before doing her MBA at Columbia Business School. Diane is on the Forte Foundation Board of Directors.




Tiffany_Johnston.pngTiffany A. Johnston, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan, MBA 2007, IESE
Tiffany Johnston has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College and an MBA from IESE.  Tiffany started her career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in New York and then worked at NC Finanzas in Madrid.  Post-MBA, she transitioned to the capital markets side of banking and held roles in prime brokerage at Lehman Brothers and Barclays in London.   Tiffany is currently an Executive Director in the Capital Introduction Group at J.P Morgan.    In her free time, she loves to travel, perfect her pilates and spend time with her family.




Irina Shigidina,  Learning & Development Partner, Johnson & Johnson , MBA 2007,  Michigan State University (Broad College of Business) 
Irina Shigidina graduated with Bachelor in Journalism and Advertising from Voronezh State University, Russia. She holds an MBA degree from Michigan State University. Since her graduation Irina has worked for Johnson & Johnson in a variety of local (Russia) and international marketing roles. Most recently Irina was working on establishing marketing strategic for portfolio of pharmaceutical brand across Emerging Markets. After 7 years in brand management, Irina shifted her career into Leaning & Development, which reflects her passion and personal values. Irina is responsible for development and growth of people potential, closely working with individuals as well as cross-functional business teams to ensure high performance throughout the UK organization. Irina is Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and is active member of nonprofit organization Our People’s Coach, aimed at providing developmental opportunities for general public in London.


Panelist information to come.





Hilary Nindorf, Senior Financial Analyst in Investor Relations, Chevron

MBA 2007, Northwestern  (Kellogg School of Management)

Hilary Nindorf is a Senior Financial Analyst in Investor Relations with Chevron Corporation. Ms. Nindorf joined Chevron as a Finance MBA Development Program (FMBADP) summer intern. She returned as a full-time hire, completing rotations in a variety of finance roles in Chevron's Bangkok, Thailand and San Ramon, California offices. Since completing the FMBADP, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in Downstream Compliance, Corporate Comptrollers and Upstream Finance HQ.  Ms. Nindorf holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BS from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to business school Ms. Nindorf was an economic consultant specializing in complex claims, first in Arthur Andersen LLP's Value Solutions Group and next as a Manager with Kenesis Corporate and Insurance Consulting in Washington, DC.  Ms. Nindorf currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.