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Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal

Rebecca BlumensteinRebecca Blumenstein is the Page One Editor and a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. She became Page One Editor in September 2011. Ms. Blumenstein has been a deputy managing editor and international editor since December 2009,having previously served as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online. Before that, Ms. Blumenstein was the China bureau chief, overseeing China coverage for the Journal.

Prior to moving to China in the summer of 2005, Ms. Blumenstein served as chief of the Journal’s New York Technology Group, which covered the historic mergers and changes in technology that recast the telecommunications industry. Before that, she was the group’s deputy chief and a reporter covering AT&T Corp. and WorldCom Inc.

Ms. Blumenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and social science from the University of Michigan, where she was editor in chief of the Michigan Daily.

Julie Hembrock Daum, Co-Head Board Practice & Director, Spencer Stuart

Judy Hembrock DaumJulie Hembrock Daum co-leads the North American Board & CEO Practice and serves on the board of directors of Spencer Stuart. She consults with corporate boards, working with companies of all sizes from the Fortune 10 to pre-IPO companies and has worked on more than 850 director assignments. Her recent work includes recruiting outside directors for Coach, Delta Air Lines, General Motors, Hyatt Corporation and State Street Corporation.

A recognized expert on governance topics, Julie helped found and develop the Wharton School’s Corporate Governance: Fresh Insights and Best Practices for Directors program and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the co-author of the recent business book You Need a Leader—Now What? How to Choose the Best Person for Your Organization.

She has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Governance by NACD/Directorship Magazine every year since its inception and Crain's New York Business named her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in New York.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Julie was the executive director of the corporate board resource at Catalyst, where she managed all board of directors' activities and worked with companies to identify qualified women for their board. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in corporate finance, Julie began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles. She serves on the board of directors of Citymeals on Wheels and as a commissioner for the Women's Refugee Commission.

Donna Hamlin, CEO, Intrabond Capital

Donna HamlinDr. Donna Hamlin is a corporate executive with twenty-eight years of corporate and consulting experience. As founder of Hamlin Harkins, Ltd., she developed a successful track record in strategy, change management and human performance management, serving clients from Fortune 500 global enterprises to start-up companies in more than 30 countries.

She served as global vice-president of human resources and administration for Trident Microsystems, Inc.; as senior vice president of strategic change, executive planning and leadership development for CitiGroup's Associates First Capital Corporation; and as vice president for human and organizational performance for Texaco, Inc. She holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a B.A. degree from Siena College and has studied at the University of London.

She is certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S.A published author, she writes management articles in the area of human performance management. She holds various board directorships. 

Nancy A. Altobello, Americas Vice Chair, People, Ernst & Young


Nancy is Ernst & Young’s Americas Vice Chair, People. She previously held several leadership roles at the firm, including Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Business Services in the Northeast, Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Area Practices, National Director of Human Resources for the Assurance and Advisory Practice, Area Director of Human Resources for Connecticut and Audit partner in the Stamford, CT office. Nancy has worked in several Ernst & Young offices –including New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York – serving clients in the technology, consumer products, and insurance industries.

Nancy and her team focus on the recruiting, retention, learning and development of people across the firm’s Americas region, which includes North and South America, Mexico and Israel. They are committed to reinforcing the firm’s leadership around inclusiveness and related diversity issues, and in building and supporting career mobility. Another important component of Ernst & Young's people agenda is a commitment to making a difference in its communities through firm sponsored corporate responsibility efforts and a culture that values volunteerism. All of these efforts yield a culture that delivers high-quality client service to the firm’s clients, while building a lifelong relationship with its people. Nancy is a member of Ernst & Young’s Americas Executive Board and Global People Executive Committee.

Nancy is actively involved in the community. Nancy currently serves on the board of MENTOR:  The National Mentoring Partnership and Fairfield University, is Treasurer for The Business Council for International Understanding, and is a committee member for the Greg Wolfe Fund. She served as Chairperson of the 2008 Fairfield University Awards Dinner for Multicultural Scholarships.

Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School

Glenn HubbardGlenn Hubbard was named dean of Columbia Business School on July 1, 2004. A Columbia faculty member since 1988, he is also the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics. As a faculty member at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he is professor of economics.

Professor Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida, where he received the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. He holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University, where he received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as the University of Chicago. Professor Hubbard also held the John M. Olin Fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research, at which he remains affiliated with research programs in monetary economics, public economics, corporate finance, and industrial organization. Additionally, he is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and a member of the International Advisory Board of the MBA Program of Ben-Gurion University.

In the corporate sector, he is currently a director of ADP, BlackRock Closed-End Funds, KKR Financial Corporation, and Met Life. Professor Hubbard has also served on the advisory boards of several organizations, including the Council on Competitiveness, the American Council on Capital Formation, the Tax Foundation, and the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Co-Chairman of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and the Study Group on Corporate Boards, and a past Chairman of the Economic Club of New York.

Stefano Natella, Managing Director and Co-Head of Securities Research & Analytics, Credit Suisse

Stefano NatellaStefano Natella is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is Co-Head of Securities Research & Analytics globally, as well as a member of the Global Equity Management Committee and the Investment Banking division's Management Council.

Mr. Natella joined CS First Boston in 1989 as a European bank analyst in London. In 1992, he moved to New York as a Latin American bank analyst and strategist. He became Head of Latin America Research and Sales in 1995. He moved back to London in 1998 as Co-Head of European Equity Research and became Co-Head of European Equities in 2001.

Mr. Natella received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and he holds a Master in Engineering from the University of Florence.

Joyce Roché, Director AT&T, Tuperware, Macy's, and Snapple, Former CEO, Girls Inc.

Joyce RocheAs a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, Joyce Roché mentored women by encouraging them to find their voices and take bold career risks to excel. Her vision for empowered businesswomen carried over into her work on behalf of girls when in 2000, she assumed the role of President and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roché served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. During her tenure at Carson, an African American personal care company, sales increased over 130 percent. While at Avon, Ms. Roché broke new ground, becoming Avon's first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company's first vice president of global marketing.

Ms. Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She has successfully completed Stanford University's Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University and North Adams State College. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of AT&T Inc., Macy's Inc., Tupperware Brands Corporation, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., and the Association of Governing Boards. She is the chair of the Board of Trustees for Dillard University and has previously served on the boards of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Girls Inc., and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Joyce Roché is the author of a new book called The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success. It is currently available on Amazon for pre-order and will be in book stores on June 3, 2013.

Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Elissa SangsterElissa serves as Executive Director for the Forté Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders. Ms. Ellis-Sangster 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 also past Chair of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference. Elissa formerly served as chair of the MBA Student Services Professionals (MBA SSP). She is an ex-officio member of the Forté Foundation Executive Committee.

Karyn Twaronite, Americas Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young

Karyn TwaroniteKaryn Twaronite is Ernst & Young’s Americas Inclusiveness Officer (AIO).  As a member of the Firm’s Americas Operations Committee, she works closely with our executive board, her fellow partners and our employees to maximize and further leverage the diversity that each of our people brings to the table – e.g., generations, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, experiences, and education – and to ensure that all our people feel included and valued. Karyn also consults with many of the Firm’s clients on talent management, diversity and flexibility matters. In addition to her AIO responsibilities, while based in New York City, Karyn also serves on Ernst & Young’s Americas People Executive Council. She frequently serves as a firm spokesperson on diversity and inclusiveness matters and has been quoted in the Financial Times, The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, Fortune/CNNMoney, DiversityInc and Black Enterprise, among other media.

External to Ernst & Young, Karyn is a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows program, sponsored by the Partnership for NYC for senior executives.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of New York City, and also co-chairs the Corporate Advisory Council for The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization (501c3), dedicated to advancing women’s leadership.

Karyn received her B.S. in Accounting from Miami of Ohio and a Masters in Taxation from Fordham University.  She is a licensed CPA in the state of New York.

Forté Foundation is a consortium of leading multinational corporations, top business schools in the US and abroad, and the Graduate Management Admission Council. Forté is the leading organization that provides a national infrastructure for women at all stages of the career continuum to access the information, scholarship support and networking connections they need to succeed in business careers.

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