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|First name||Last name||Location||Leadership|
|Stephanie||Ackler||New York, New York||Managing Director of Ackler Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors »more|
|Maha||Al Juffali-Ghandour||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Director and Acting Trustee, Help Center »more|
|Haifa||Al Kaylani||London, United Kingdom||Founder and Chair, Arab International Women's Forum »more|
|Shana L.||Alexander||Newport Beach, CA||Senior Director and First Vice President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management »more|
|Krys||Moskal Amdurer||New Jersey||Corporate Representative, Vice President, People Development, Pearson Education »more|
|Barbara||Annis||New York, NY||CEO, Barbara Annis and Associates »more|
|Wendy||Appelbaum||Hyde Park, South Africa||Chair, De Morgenzon Estate »more|
|Loreen||Arbus||Los Angeles, CA||President and Executive Producer, Loreen Arbus Productions Inc.; President, The Loreen Arbus Foundation »more|
|Analisa||Balares||New York, NY||CEO and Founder, Womensphere; Chair, Womensphere Foundation»more|
|Clare||Beckton||Nepean, ON||Executive Director, Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership, Carleton University »more|
|Sari||Bermudez||Mexico||Former Chief Executive Officer, Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation »more|
|Nicoletta||Bernardi||London, United Kingdom||Director, Senior Relationship Management Group, Nomura »more|
|Carol||Bernick||Melrose Park, IL||Executive Chair of the Board, Alberto-Culver USA »more|
|Donna||Block||Minneapolis, MN||President and Founder, Clinic Sofia »more|
|JoAnn||Bourne||Los Angeles, CA||Sr. Executive Vice President, Union Bank »more|
|Maria||Brennan||Dallas, TX||President, Boone Family Foundation »more|
|Kim||Brizzolara||New York, NY||Feature film and documentary producer »more|
|Binta||Brown||New York, NY||Former Partner,Kirkland & Ellis LLP »more|
|Maxine||Burton||Bogart, GA||Founder and President, burton + BURTON »more|
|Mary||Carrington||Newport Coast, CA||Intellectual Property Attorney »more|
|Roxanne||Cason||Santa Barbara, CA||Chair, Cason Family Foundation »more|
|Joan||Chrestay||Philadelphia, PA||Vice President, External Affairs, Saint Joseph's University »more|
|Laurie||Cunnington||Bloomfield Hills, MI||President, Ward Williston Oil Company »more|
|Darlene||Daggett||Devon, PA||Executive Director and Founder, Ikatu International »more|
|Saundra||Dockser||Bethesda, MD||President, Dockser Family Foundation »more|
|Joanne||Downey||Pickering, ON||President and Founder, Strategy+People Inc. »more|
|Lauren||Embrey||Dallas, TX||President, Embrey Family Foundation »more|
|Ivelisse||Estrada||Los Angeles, CA||Senior Vice President, Corporate and Community Relations, Univision Communications Inc. »more|
|Stacy||Fisher||San Francisco, CA||Senior Vice President, International Financial Services, Online, Delivery & Service, Wells Fargo Bank »more|
|Meghan||FitzGerald||Dublin, OH||President, Specialty Solutions, Cardinal Health »more|
|Eileen||Foley||Boston, MA||Managing Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management »more|
|Janie||Fong||Hong Kong||Managing Director, International Business, East West Bank »more|
|Carolee||Friedlander||Greenwich, CT||Founder and CEO, Access Circles »more|
|Carol||Fulp||Boston, MA||President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc. »more|
|Michelle||Gadsden-Williams||Zurich, Switzerland||Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Credit Suisse AG »more|
|Maureen||Gaffney||Dublin, Ireland||Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Society, University College Dublin »more|
|Pamela||Gallin||New York, NY||Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center »more|
|Denise||Gatling||Research Triangle Park, NC||Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Business Development, GlaxoSmithKline »more|
|Liliana||Gil||New York, NY||Managing Partner, XL Alliance »more|
|Christine||Chambers Gilfillan||Madison, NJ||President, The MCJ Amelior Foundation»more|
|Sandra||Gooch||Sherman Oaks, CA||President, Sandy Gooch Enterprises »more|
|Jean||Grant||White Plains, NY||President and CEO, Minskoff Grant Realty and Management Corporation »more|
|Kathy||Harris||Atlanta, GA||Partner, Noro-Moseley Partners »more|
|Patricia||Harris||Oak Brook, IL||Vice President, McDonald's USA and Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald's Corporation »more|
|Linda||Hart||Dallas, TX||Vice Chair, President, and CEO, Hart Group Inc »more|
|Janice||Howroyd||Torrance, CA||Founder and CEO, Act•1 Personnel Services »more|
|Simone||Hoyle||Hong Kong||Vice President, APMEA Supply Chain and Menu Management, McDonald's Corporation »more|
|Beth||Jacobs||New York, NY||Managing Director, Excellentia Global Partners »more|
|Janis||Jones||Las Vegas, NV||Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. »more|
|Cecile||Jongh||St. Thomas, Virgin Islands||First Lady, US Virgin Islands »more|
|Laurie McDonald||Jonsson||Kirkland, WA||President and CEO, Stellar International »more|
|Nia||Joynson-Romanzina||Zurich, Switzerland||Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Swiss Reinsurance Company »more|
|Jacqueline||Kane||Oakland, CA||Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, The Clorox Company »more|
|Dato Fawziah A.||Karim||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa||Owner and President, SSU Management Services Sdn. Bhd »more|
|Stacey||Keare||Woodside, CA||Founder of the Girls Rights Project »more|
|Valerie||Keller||New York, NY||Chief Executive Officer, Veritas »more|
|Sheila||Klehm||New Vernon, NJ||Executive Director, Private Wealth Management Division, Morgan Stanley »more|
|Patricia||Kouba||Santa Monica, CA||President and CEO, Literati LLC »more|
|Toni Holt||Kramer||Palm Springs, CA||Co-hosted Good Morning, L.A. and Mid-Morning, L.A. »more|
|Roelfien||Kuijpers||New York, NY||Global Head of Institutional Business, Deutsche Asset Management »more|
|Renee||LaBran||Pasadena, CA||Partner and Managing Director, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners »more|
|Jacqueline||Landry||Los Angeles, CA||Head of School, Marymount High School »more|
|Dianne||Laurance||Perth, Australia||Executive Director, Pivot Group; Founder and Chair, Laurance Wines »more|
|Barbara||Lee||Cambridge, MA||Founder and President, Barbara Lee Family Foundation »more|
|Francine||LeFrak||New York, NY||President, LeFrak Productions »more|
|Yanchun||Li||New York, NY||Marketing Director, COO and Co-Founder, American Oriental Bioengineering »more|
|Carol||Locke||Waltham, MA||Founder and President, Omega Natural Science Inc »more|
|Ann||Lovell||Tuscon, AZ||Trustee and Executive Director, The Lovell Foundation »more|
|Amy||Tsui Luke||New York, NY||Managing Director, Accenture »more|
|Anne||Madison||Washington, D.C.||Chief Communication Officer, Brand USA»more|
|Mechthilde||Maier||Bielefeld, Germany||Head of Corporate Diversity Management, Deutsche Telekom »more|
|Florine||Mark||Farmington Mills, MI||President and CEO, The WW Group Inc. »more|
|Suzanne||McCarron||Irving, TX||President, ExxonMobil Foundation; General Manager, Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Corporation »more|
|Carol Bailey||Medwell||Seattle, WA||Founder, Carol Bailey and Associates »more|
|Neena||Mehta||Bloomfield Hills, MI||President, C. I. Jewels »more|
|Precious||Moloi-Motsepe||Benmore, South Africa||Executive Chairperson, African Fashion International »more|
|Barbara||Morrison||San Francisco, CA||President, TMC Development »more|
|Sandy||Morrison||Bloomfield Hills, MI||Former Vice President of Development, Oakland Family Services »more|
|Valerie||Mosley||Weston, MA||Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures »more|
|Marilyn Carlson||Nelson||Long Lake, MN||Chair, Carlson Companies Inc »more|
|Maria||Nieradka||Cambridge, MA||Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Biogen Idec»more|
|Anna||Ouroumian||Rosemead, CA||President and CEO, Academy of Business Leadership »more|
|Kristine||Pearson||London, UK||Chief Executive, Lifeline Energy »more|
|Carol||Penn||Kings Point, NY||Managing Partner, Carol M. Penn Fine Art »more|
|Carol||Perrin||Los Angeles, CA||Attorney at Law, Business and Development Consultancy »more|
|Jayne||Plunkett||Hong Kong||Managing Director, Head of Casualty Underwriting, Asia, Swiss Reinsurance Company »more|
|Ernesta||Redi||Tirania, Albania||Special Advisor, Omnia Strategy LLP, Founder, She is the Key Campaign, and co- founder, Berry Global, Consultant, APCO worldwide Inc.»more|
|Joyce||Reuben||London, UK||Partner, Motcomb Estates Ltd »more|
|Maria||Rontogianni||Athens, Greece||OTE Group Chief Internal Auditor, Deutche Telecom »more|
|Nancy||Russell||Sunnyvale, CA||Chair and CEO, Krytar Inc. »more|
|Sarina||Russo||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||President and CEO, Sarina Russo Group »more|
|Aida||Sabo||Dublin, OH||VP, Diversity/Inclusion, Cardinal Health »more|
|Holly||Sargent||York, ME||President and Founder, HTSargent LLC »more|
|Carol||Schwartz||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia||Director, Schwartz Group of Companies »more|
|Angela||Schwers||Upper Saddle River, NJ||Senior Vice President, Pearson Education »more|
|Regina||Scully||San Francisco,CA||Social Entrepreneur, Education Activist, Documentary Filmmaker »more|
|Paula||Shugart||New York, NY||President, Miss Universe Organization »more|
|Nada||Simon||Bloomfield Hills, MI||President, Sam & Nada Simon Foundation, Atlas Cares »more|
|Malvika||Singh||Zurich, Switzerland||Founder and Managing Director, Impact »more|
|Valerie||Sorbie||Toronto, ON||Chief Administrative Officer, BMO Capital Markets »more|
|Lois||Stark||Houston, TX||President, Stark Productions Inc. »more|
|Liora||Sternberg||New York, NY||President and Director, Eagle Trading Systems Inc. »more|
|Fredericka||Stevenson||Cambridge, MA||President, Summer Search Foundation »more|
|Vickie||Sullivan||Tempe, AZ||Founder and President, Sullivan Speaker Services »more|
|Mary Green||Swig||San Francisco, CA||President and CEO, Mary Green Enterprises »more|
|Davia||Temin||New York, NY||President and CEO, Temin and Company Inc. »more|
|Linda Kaplan||Thaler||New York, NY||Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, Kaplan Thaler Group, Ltd. »more|
|Lynn||Thoman||New York, NY||Co-President, Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. »more|
|Kelly||Thompson||New York, NY||Vice President, Public Relations and Communications, Giorgio Armani Beauty »more|
|Emily||Tong||New Haven, CT||Partner, Method Investments & Advisory »more|
|Kathleen||Valenti||Bloomfield Hills, MI||Chair and CEO, Valenti Foundation »more|
|Lauren||Wachtler||Scarsdale, NY||Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP »more|
|Deidra||Wager||Seattle, WA||President, DJW and Company »more|
|Carola||Wahl||Cologne, Germany||Senior Vice President, Indirect Sales and Service, Deutsche Telekom »more|
|Janet||Walkow||Austin, TX||Director, Drug Dynamics Institute, University of Texas at Austin »more|
|Claudia||Walters||New York, NY||President and Founder, Chelsea Investor Relations »more|
|Elise||Walton||Scarsdale, NY||Consultant, The Conference Board »more|
|Lara||Warner||New York, NY||Managing Director and Head of Finance, Credit Suisse »more|
|Celeste||Warren||Whitehouse Station, NJ||Vice President, Human Resources, Merck Manufacturing Division, Merck »more|
|Hilda||West||Oakland, CA||Vice President, HR Strategic Consulting, The Clorox Company »more|
|Marie||Wilson||New York, NY||President Emerita, The White House Project & Ms. Foundation for Women »more|
|Erin||Wolf||Atlanta, GA||Managing Partner, SuiteTrack »more|
|Helena||Wong||New York, NY||President/CEO, Top Trend International »more|
Stephanie Ackler is the Managing Director of Ackler Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors. Recognized by Barron’s as one of their Top 1,000 Advisors for 2009, she also has served as a member of Wells Fargo Advisors' Chairman Council and is on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Policy Committee of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, where she co-chaired the Daughters 2000 committee to develop financial literacy in girls ages 8 to 18. Since 1998, Stephanie has been an active participant in the Women Presidents’ Organization. In 2011 she was invited by President Dan Porterfield to join the Franklin and Marshall College Alumni Leadership Council. A Chartered Financial Analyst, who has advised clients on tapping into market changes and industry trends for more than 28 years, Stephanie is a global citizen advocating for women and girls worldwide. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons.
Maha Al Juffali-Ghandour is the Director and Supervising Trustee of the Help Center, a family owned NGO for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Saudi Arabia; as well as a Partner / Shareholder in E.A. Juffali & Brothers since August 1994. As an avid advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities, she has committed the last 28 years of her career to promoting their rights, and ensuring that they are given the best possible support in order to live a more fulfilled life with in the Kingdom. Maha serves on an array of distinguished boards within the Educational and Medical sector; locally and internationally. She also serves as a consultant to the Saudi government on issues pertaining disability. Maha’s realizations in calling for the rights of women in the Middle East has established her strong relationships with the community, and initiates projects with nongovernmental agencies, locally and international.
Haifa Al Kaylani Founder Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum is well known in international government and business circles as a high-impact change agent focusing on leadership in cultural and gender issues. An economist and graduate of the American University of Beirut and Oxford University, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to her personal mission of encouraging greater cultural understanding between Arab and international communities, supporting a strong role for women in that process. Mrs Al Kaylani holds senior roles in several cultural and educational UK and international organisations. These include: Vice President International, Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University; Advisory Board Member of both Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University, Beirut; became (April 2012) the first Honorary Member, the Euro Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development. Mrs Al Kaylani is a Board Director of the EastWest Institute; a Board Member, MENA – OECD Business Council and serves as a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London. Haifa Al Kaylani has received recognition; as one of the Women ENews 21 Leaders for the 21 Century (2006); in the Muslim Power 100 Leaders in the UK listing (2007) receiving the Education Excellence Award: recipient of the International Alliance for Women 2008 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award; named one of the 20 leading Muslim women in the UK in The Equality & Human Rights Commission Muslim Women Power List 2009 and in both 2011 and 2012, included in the Power 100 List, compiled by Arabian Business Monitor.
Krys Moskal Amdurer is vice president of Pearson People Development. She joined the company in November 2000. She works as a business partner on innovative initiatives, change management, and organizational effectiveness. In her current role, Moskal Amdurer is responsible for providing development resources, introducing new knowledge and skills, and implementing various learning technologies. She also serves as a member of the CorpU Exchange board and on the editorial board of Training Industry. She received her MEd and PhD in education from Rutgers University and a BS in biology from Montclair University.
Barbara Annis, founder and CEO of Barbara Annis and Associates, Inc. (BAA), is a specialist on gender intelligence and inclusive leadership for Fortune 500 companies including Deloitte & Touche, IBM, Citigroup, Smith Barney, UBS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Intel, as well as other organizations worldwide. Over the past 20 years she has delivered major initiatives on the value of gender intelligence. Her ideas facilitated a transformational shift in thinking resulting in ultimate success. Annis and her 51 associates offer the latest in research on leadership, gender diversity, and inclusiveness. BAA has facilitated over 5,000 corporate workshops, keynotes, and executive coaching sessions and offers services to clients in person, online, or through a DVD-based training program. Annis' first book, Same Words, Different Language has groundbreaking insights and provides ways to break through gender barriers. Her newest book, Leadership and the Sexes shows the latest in brain-based research on gender difference in leadership. Her upcoming book, A Gender Intelligence Organization is a call to action.
Wendy Appelbaum is a trustee of The Donald Gordon Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Africa, and The Helen Suzman Foundation which works to safeguard and strengthen South Africa's democracy. The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation initiates, selects, and drives programs addressing the health and education concerns of South African women. She is a member of the donor advisory committee of Women Moving Millions, which inspires gifts of one million dollars and above towards women's funds. The campaign is a partnership of visionary donors and Women's Funding Network, a global movement investing in solutions to critical social issues. Appelbaum belongs to the Global Philanthropist's Circle, a network of leading philanthropists contributing their time, influence, and resources to fight poverty and social injustice. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement. In 2006 Appelbaum was inducted into the ranks of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. She was previously the deputy chair of Women's Investment Portfolio Limited (Wiphold Limited), the first women-controlled company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with assets in excess of R 1 billion.
Loreen Arbus is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. She has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests – scientific and medical research, public policy, the arts, media responsibility, human and animal rights. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). Arbus is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy. She is a member of The Writers Guild and The Author's Guild. Ms. Arbus, widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, has received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards. Ms. Arbus lives in NY, LA and Buenos Aires. She is a high profile professional Argentine Tango choreographer and dancer.
Clare Beckton is a social entrepreneur and the executive director of the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership at Carleton University in Ottawa. The Centre is focused on increasing the representation of women in public leadership and politics, influencing public policy and opinion through evidence-based research, and building national and international networks to achieve these results. From 2007 to 2009 she was the deputy head of Status of Women Canada. Prior to that Beckton served in increasingly senior positions at the Federal Department of Justice in Canada until her last position as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Aboriginal Affairs from 1998 to 2004. She also taught law at Dalhousie University from 1975 to 1984. Beckton has over 25 years experience leading teams and organizations to create innovative multi-sector and multinational partnerships and networks to develop policies, to provide services, to deliver programs, and to incorporate diversity, gender, and learning to assist the development of organizations through times of significant change. In 2008 she was named the Federated Press woman of the year for her leadership and was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's most powerful women in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category. She has an MPA from Harvard and an LLB (magna cum laude) and a BA (cum laude) from the University of Saskatchewan. Clare is the author of several books and a number of articles on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and she serves on several not-for-profit boards.
From 2000 to 2006, Sari Bermúdez served as the President of the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico (Minister of Culture). During her tenure, Ms. Bermúdez implemented the latest technologies in over 2,500 of the 7,000 public libraries in Mexico while creating over 1100 new ones around the country. Ms. Bermúdez was also responsible for the creation of the new Public Central Library, the Biblioteca Vasconcelos, considered one of the most beautiful architectural achievements of the 21st century. She also founded the National Phonoteque, five Universities for the Arts, three Cultural Centers, and eight Art Museums. Later, as CEO of the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation, she was responsible for the creation of the Atlas of Cultural Infraestructure of the Americas; a database which identifies the exact location of all cultural heritage sites within the region. Ms. Bermúdez has lectured on the subjects of cultural diplomacy, gender equality, and the transition to democracy in Mexico at The London School of Economics, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at a number of international seminars including the Salzburg Global Seminar and the Arab International Women´s Forum. Ms. Bermúdez is the recipient of France´s Légion d’honneur, The Medal for Cultural Merit from Chile, Germany and Brazil, and the Medal for Civil Merit from Sweden and Spain. She is also the recipient of The 1995 National Journalism Award, the most important of its kind awarded in Mexico.
Nicoletta Bernardi is Director of Senior Relationship Management (SRM) Group for Nomura. SRM seeks to actively and holistically manage the most strategic Asset Management and Hedge Fund relationships for the benefit of the Nomura Group. Nicoletta started her career at Goldman Sachs where she was covering Italian UHN clients for GSAM. She then moved to strategic consulting at A.T. Kearney where she served some of the company's top Fortune 100 clients in Financial Services sectors and worked directly with the CFO in confidential assignments related to A.T. Kearney strategy. After 11 years at A.T. Kearney, Bernardi was asked by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Ltd. (GSAM) to re-join their Client Relationship Management team in London as an Executive Director. She then became the first woman to lead the Italian Institutional Client desk and she served in GSAM's executive committee of The Women's Network. Nicoletta is serving as a member of the Women's Leadership Group at the Prince's Trust In London. She is also a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House - and of The Institute of Director. Fluent in three languages, Bernardi earned a Laurea Degree “Summa Cum Laude” from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and her MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in Los Angeles. She also holds the C.E.M.S. Master's Degree in International Management and she is IMC-qualified. Nicoletta is a pianist, a lover of old masters paintings and a collector of First Empire antiques. She lives in London with her husband and her two daughters.
Carol Bernick is executive chair of Alberto-Culver Company, a $1.5 billion global manufacturer of consumer products including Alberto VO5, TRESemme, Nexxus, Motions, St. Ives, Noxzema, Simple Skin Care, Mrs. Dash, and Static Guard, the latter two brands which she created. Bernick became president of Alberto-Culver's consumer products unit in 1994 and served in that role until elected executive chair in 2004. In the president's role, she reenergized the consumer businesses, dramatically increasing sales growth rates and profit while instituting a nationally recognized cultural overhaul of the company profiled in the June, 2001 Harvard Business Review. In 2006, as chair, Bernick oversaw the process that separated the company's consumer products business and its Sally Beauty Company direct sales business into two free-standing public companies and she remained executive chair of the consumer products company. Among various community commitments, she is a board member of Northwestern HealthCare, vice chair of the board of Tulane University, a member of the executive committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the dean's advisory board for Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In 2003 she and her family's philanthropic efforts were recognized by the Harvard Club of Chicago. In 2005 she was named National Working Mother of the Year by the Moms in Business Network. She has recently been honored by Athena International and Legal Momentum for her role in mentoring and advancing women's careers. Bernick has three children.
Donna Block is founder of Clinic Sofia, an Edina-based OB/GYN clinic providing patients of all ages with the tools to advocate for their health as part of a healthy, supportive community of women. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Block has been an OBGYN since 1987 and is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also earned her MBA in medical group management from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Block has consistently been named one of the Twin Cities' Top Doctors by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and is listed in the “Guide to America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” by the Consumers' Research Council of America. Serving thousands, Clinic Sofia was recently voted “Best OB/GYN” by two suburban newspapers and was ranked number one for overall consumer satisfaction in a survey by Fairview Physician Associates in 2010
Maria Brennan, CAE, is the president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has served women in the cable industry for over 30 years. She was named to her current position in October 2009 and serves on WICT's board of directors. She is responsible for all aspects of the organization's management and strategic direction. Prior to joining WICT, Brennan served as the president of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). As the public voice of WICT, Brennan is an experienced spokesperson and advocate for both media industry and workplace equity issues. She has represented numerous diversity-based nonprofits including AWRT, National Association of Women Business Owners and American Society of Women Accountants. She is a frequently quoted expert on issues of pay equity and work/life balance and has been published or featured in numerous publications. Brennan is an award-winning writer, having recently received an EXCEL Award for her byline, "Hear Me Roar." Brennan has served three terms on the diversity board of the Federal Communications Commission. She has served on the Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board since 2007. Brennan also serves as a coalition partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Brennan earned her CAE (Certified Association Executive) distinction from the American Society of Association Executives, a certification earned by only 5 percent of non-profit executives in the US. She is a native Washingtonian and attended the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
Kim Brizzolara a feature film and documentary producer, private investor, and philanthropist who also serves as adviser to several non-profit organizations. She currently has several films in development, from a documentary on UN peacekeepers, to a narrative feature based on a memoir of a blind hero of the French Resistance, co-produced with Martin Scorsese and Ann Druyan. She is executive vice chair of the Hamptons International Film Festival, where she chairs a section called Films of Conflict & Resolution that she cofounded 10 years ago, and oversees an international advisory board in the development and production of the juried group of films from conflict zones of the world. Brizzolara has served as a grantsmaker for the Threshold Foundation, where she designated funds to nonprofit organizations that focus on peace and national security issues and as acting director of the Coexistence Center at Baruch College School of Public Affairs, which focuses on conflict resolution, race relations, ethnic diversity, and equity in the academic environment and in the community as well as conference coordinator for Economists Allied for Arms Reduction. She worked for several years with Kerry Kennedy at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and has authored a range of political campaign position papers, grants proposals, and freelance articles. She was a staff reporter for East Side Express and an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Brizzolara earned an MA in journalism from Boston University and BA from American University.
Binta Brown is a former partner in a large global law firm, currently taking a sabbatical to focus on the development other projects. She has represented corporate clients in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, public and private debt and equity offerings, and secured debt financings, and has advised general counsel and senior management officials of Fortune 1000 companies with respect to corporate governance matters. Also a startup advisor, Fortune Magazine listed her on its list of business’s 40 under 40 “hottest rising stars,” and the World Economic Forum honored her as a Young Global Leader in 2012. She was also named as one of the 2011 “40 Under 40” professionals in Crain’s New York Business, and the National Organization for Women recognized her as a “Woman of Power and Influence” in June 2011. She was an informal national security advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she focused in particular on human rights and international institutions. In 2006, she served on Governor Eliot Spitzer's transition team as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. In 2010, Binta served on Governor Andrew Cuomo's transition team, again as a member of his Transportation Policy Advisory Committee. A Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (where she is researching the intersection of business and human rights), Binta is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Truman National Security Fellow. She is a Trustee of Barnard College, Columbia University, a Trustee of each of the New York City Parks Foundation and the American Theatre Wing, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First. Her pro bono practice has included advocating on behalf of women and girls, assisting with democratic institution-building and rule-of-law reforms, and engaging in other human rights matters throughout the world. In 2005, the U.S. Army and the Fifth Division of the Iraqi Army honored Binta for her pro bono support of a military operation that resulted in securing emergency medical care in the U.S. for a young Iraqi civilian.For pleasure, Binta plays the electric bass (in New York City area bands), piano and banjo, and is an avid photographer. A frequent half-marathoner, Binta also enjoys cycling, practicing tae kwon do and spending time reading to her chocolate labrador, Ms. Rosa Parks.
Maxine Burton is the founder, president and COO of burton + BURTON. Since 1982, she has established her company as a leader in the balloon and gift industry. Through her diligence, burton + BURTON has become the largest supplier of balloons and related gift items in the United States, employing approximately 300 employees and enjoying a worldwide customer base. In 2000, Burton successfully expanded her product line to include home décor accessories. Burton is an active member of the Committee of 200 and the Society of International Business Fellows. She is currently serving her third term as a member of the Georgia Ports Authority, is a trustee for the University of Georgia Arch Foundation, and is a member of the board of directors for First American Bank and Trust. Burton is a native Georgian; she earned BS and master's degrees from the University of Georgia, and resides in Athens, Georgia. She is married to Robert E. Burton, chief executive officer of burton + BURTON; they have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Mary Carrington has been an intellectual property and global business transactions attorney in the technology industry for over 35 years. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of computer law, Carrington was one of the first attorneys to tackle the complex legal issues related to software technology by utilizing her background in computer science and mathematics. She served as senior executive and general counsel at MAI/Basic Four, State of the Art, Alpha Micro Systems, FileNet, and most recently, Websense. She was also associated with the law firm of Irell and Manella. Carrington has had hands-on responsibility for the integration, operations, and strategy of multinational legal departments, creating programs for international intellectual property (IP) protection. Carrington's BS degree with honors and her JD degree are from the University of Texas. She is currently interested in the IP issues related to the commercialization of the human brain, creating a pilot for the Food Network, and co-authoring a project to “Find Your WORD.” In 1987, she founded the Carrington Collection which manufactures an assortment of her designs. She also is involved in her family's hospitality businesses, the RK Group in Texas. Carrington is on the boards of the International Women's Forum, Angels of the Arts, the Visionaries, South Coast Repertory, Oceana's SeaChange benefit, L3, and Girls Inc. Carrington lives in Newport Beach, California with her husband, John Carrington, a software technology executive, currently the chair of Websense, Inc.
Roxanne Mankin Cason has devoted herself globally to the empowerment of women and girls for over 25 years. At Save the Children Federation (STC), Carson has served as trustee since 2005, chair of the global education advisory board since 2009, and chair of the Healing and Education through Art Endowment Campaign. In 2003, she spearheaded the Save University Partnership for Education Research initiative, a collaboration between STC and major universities to advance research. In 2009 she helped launch a pilot collaboration in Egypt involving STC, the Center for Global Health, and the Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement for literacy curricula in peace and tolerance for Early Childhood Development. Currently, Cason is partnering with Judith Bruce of Population Council, holding seminars on investing in girls to advance best practices in programming for impact and quality. She is collaborating with the Clinton Global Initiative to coordinate innovative initiatives for sustainable programs for women in developing countries. She also serves on the advisory board of Grameen America. Cason was chair of the Women's Leadership Board from 2003 to 2009, and her leadership was honored with a conference room at Harvard Kennedy School being named for her (2009). She was also awarded the Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award (2009). Carson has published “The Inflection Point for the World's Girls and Women” (Women's Media Center), “Gender Issues Must Move to Heart of Davos Agenda” (Women's eNews), and (as co-author) the Women Entrepreneurs edition of A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit (2010).
Joan Chrestay is the vice president for external affairs at Saint Joseph's University. A member of the president's cabinet since her arrival in 2004, Chrestay is responsible for the external image of the University. In addition to strategic marketing and communications, her portfolio also includes government and community relations as well as design and print operations. Chrestay has extensive experience in public policy, organizational dynamics, and management, specializing in higher education, health care, and social services. Over the past 25 years she has held senior administrative positions in health, education, and government, raising millions to launch and expand innovative programs. Known for negotiating solutions to complex problems, she has worked extensively with public officials and business and community leaders. Previously the sole proprietor of a consulting practice, Chrestay specialized in strategic planning, analysis of social service organizations and delivery systems, project management, and fundraising. Her clients included private foundations, universities, and NGO's. Chrestay has been an active member of professional associations and has volunteered in numerous nonprofit organizations during her career with a special focus on public policy, women, and children. Chrestay has a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MSW from Temple University in planning. She has attended the Harvard Kennedy School Women in Power Leadership for a New Era Executive Education program and the Harvard School of Education Institute for Educational Management Executive Education program. She currently takes classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Laurie Cunnington has served as an officer and director of Ward Williston Oil Company since 1987. Ward Williston is an exploration and production company as well as a service provider to the oil industry. Prior to her position at WW, Cunnington was involved in real estate development and management. This included building shopping centers, office complexes, and medical facilities. She started her career in the computer industry, launching her own consulting business in the mid 70s. Cunnington holds board positions at the Global Foundation, Opportunities International, and Joint Aid Management. She is a member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Her philanthropic work includes assisting in establishing orphanages, school programs, mentoring programs, microfinance, and feeding programs in developing countries. She is currently working with groups in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Peru, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sudan, South Africa, and Uganda. Cunnington was honored in 2006 with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Central Great Lakes Region. She has a BA from Wayne State University.
Darlene Daggett is the executive director and founder of Ikatu International, a private foundation implementing for-profit, market-driven solutions to address youth employment challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, Daggett is also the president of Multi Channel Management Group, a strategic consulting practice dedicated to the needs of multiple platform e-commerce players. Daggett began her career at QVC in the US commerce division, where, as president, she was responsible for sales, strategic development, new business initiatives, and critical customer insight and led a talented team that expanded the business 15 fold to sales of $5 billion. Daggett has long been recognized by her peers for integrated social initiatives, including the launch and cultivation of QVC's philanthropic program, involving both large fundraising efforts and on-the-ground fieldwork. Daggett continues her strong voice in social business ventures as a delegate at both the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York and the board of overseers at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. A mother of four and parent of six, Daggett is passionate about giving youth every opportunity to succeed. With three adopted daughters, she frequently thinks about what the future would look like for them in a social system without an integrated support structure. Given her passion for entrepreneurship and a belief that employment provides an opportunity for an independent and dignified future, she is focusing on transformational economic change, beginning in Ghana.
Saundra “Sonnie” Dockser is president of the Dockser Family Foundation. The foundation directs its funds to support education, humanitarian needs, scientific and medical research, and the arts. Dockser has long been committed to working with women in turbulent areas of the world. In conjunction with Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO based in Washington, DC, she has served as one of the leaders of a program that began in Northern Ireland in 2003, focusing on women from the Catholic and Protestant communities. Later, women from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza joined the group, some of them at great risk, to share their hope of finding solutions to living with violence. In 2007 women from South Africa participated in this program. In April 2010, Young Women Leaders Building Peace and Prosperity was held in Israel for the first time. Women from Northern Ireland and South Africa came to Haifa to join the Jewish and Palestinian women in their land. There has been success in breaking down the barriers and opening important dialogue between these women. This is an ongoing program that will provide the tools and training to future leaders who are working to change the dynamic of their communities, bring greater understanding, and hopefully peace. Dockser is a member of the national and international governing boards of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and an executive member of the board of directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Joanne Downey is an expert in leadership and strategy. Self employed since 1994 and founder of Strategy+People Inc., Joanne has developed extensive relationships with leaders of global Fortune 500 corporations, not for profit organizations and educational institutions. Examples of current and past clients include AlliedBarton Security Services, ATI Technologies, Baxter Corporation, Imperial Oil Limited, Manpower Inc., Toyota Canada, and University of Michigan. Joanne has worked closely with many CEOs and their executive teams to develop and implement strategy, policy and leadership frameworks used to guide their global and regional corporations. She has enabled many leaders, across diverse business challenges and initiatives, to formulate vision, develop strategy, and design new organization models. Results achieved include increased profitability, top line revenue growth and aligned organization to strategy. Joanne has helped many women advance into senior leadership positions through mentorship and support in the development and implementation of their strategic vision. She has facilitated hundreds of leadership initiatives, and taught thousands of people in leadership positions throughout the world. She was President, Board of Directors, Alternative Computer Training for Disabled Adults (ACT). She was recognized with an Exemplary Leadership Award and served on many of ACT's committees for 10 years. Joanne is actively engaged in expanding a local youth leadership network in support of Learning for Hope. Learning for Hope is a humanitarian organization focusing on improving the education and lives of children, girls and women with projects in Peru, El Salvador and Bolivia.
Lauren Embrey is president of the Embrey Family Foundation located in Dallas, TX. She currently serves as a board member of Big Thought, The Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Women's Foundation, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, TACA, and Titas in Dallas; The Nest Foundation in Los Angeles; and the MS Foundation in NYC. Embrey is vice chair of the Women Moving Millions Initiative, a member of the Women's Donor Network, and the Global Philanthropist Circle, an initiative of Synergos Institute in NYC. Embrey is also a philanthropist for the Nobel Women's Initiative. She received the Women that Soar Award for Philanthropy in 2009, the Champion of Human Rights Award, and the Women Who Give Hope Award in 2010 from organizations based in Dallas, TX. The Embrey Family Foundation received the 2009 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the 2009 Angel of Freedom Award from Human Rights Initiative in Dallas. Embrey's passion is theater, film, and human rights work. She produced the US premiere of Truth in Translation in 2007 at Southern Methodist University. She is executive producer for the documentary Playground, a film on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in America. Embrey is also an actress and dancer. She loves travel, adventure, animals, and being with people of from different origins and cultures. Embrey considers herself a philanthropic activist.
Ivelisse R. Estrada is Senior Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for Univision Communications Inc. She is responsible for the overall development and coordination of community relations strategies for the Company including Univision and Telefutura Networks, Univision and Telefutura Television Groups, Univision Online and Univision Radio. She coordinates all philanthropic contributions and serves as a liaison between the Univision Companies and community organizations. Estrada also plans, directs and supervises the execution of the company’s national initiatives such as citizenship and voter registration efforts, and health and education projects. Most recently, Ms. Estrada developed and coordinated the launch of a comprehensive, multi-year national education initiative “Es El Momento” (The Moment is Now) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, educators and civic and community leaders from around the country. The “Es El Momento” campaign is aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on high school graduation and college readiness. A native of Puerto Rico, Estrada earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Barnard College in New York City and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and Harvard University. She represents Univision on several non-profit organization boards.
Stacy G. Fisher is a senior vice president with Wells Fargo Bank. In 2010, after nearly 18 years with the International Group (IG), Fisher was named to a newly created role within the community banking division heading the leadership development at the middle to senior management level. A 25-year financial services veteran, Fisher joined Wells Fargo in 1992 as a corporate foreign exchange sales team leader for Southern California. In 1999, Fisher relocated to San Francisco to spearhead the creation of the Foreign Exchange Online channel, the first solution offered through Commercial Electronic Office. She ran the online business channel for the last 10 years. Fisher is an active member of the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco. She is a past board member for the San Francisco Mental Health Association and chair of the IG diversity council. Fisher is the recipient of IG Management Excellence award, IG Diversity Champion awards, and Golden Spoke award, Wholesale Banking's highest honor. Fisher began her career at Citibank after graduating from the University of Illinois.
Meghan M. FitzGerald is a senior executive for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 19 corporation where she is responsible for one of the company's fastest growing divisions, Specialty Solutions. As president of the division, she oversees its three segments that offer services for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, payors and healthcare professionals who focus on delivering quality, cost-effective care to patients with complex diseases. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, FitzGerald was Senior Vice President of New Markets International Division and Business Development at Medco Health Solutions, Inc., where she was responsible for leading Medco's business development efforts in the United States and internationally. She previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, where she supported business strategies and operations, including implementation of 10-year lifecycle plans for various pharmaceutical products, including Celebrex. FitzGerald has also held marketing positions at Merck and Sanofi-Synthelabo. FitzGerald earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Fairfield University and a master's degree in public health from Columbia University. She is a doctoral candidate at New York Medical College, focusing on health policy. She is a member of the Yale University Biotech Advisory Board. In 2009 and 2010 she was voted one of Irish Americans most influential women in business.
Eileen Foley is a managing director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In this role, she has national responsibility for all new business activity for the family office services group. Prior to joining the firm in 2006 with nearly 20 years of experience, Foley was a partner and director of sales and marketing for Lee Munder Capital Group, an investment boutique serving institutions and family offices. Prior to that, she was a principal at State Street Global Advisors, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and sales of investment strategies created for the family office market. Foley is a member of the board of directors for the Crittenton Women's Union and is currently the co-chair for BNY Mellon New England Region Women's Initiative Network. In 2007, Foley was listed among the top 20 US Women Wealth Professionals by Global Investor magazine. Foley received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston College. In addition, she completed the 2010 Harvard Business School Women's Leadership Forum.
Janie Fong is the managing director of international business at East West Bank in Hong Kong. Previously, she founded Cross Pacific Enterprises Limited, a privately held corporate advisory and trading company. In January of 2000, Fong was appointed to represent California in Hong Kong SAR and China. In that post, she established new business programs and initiatives designed to expand economic, trade, and diplomatic ties with benefits flowing both ways across the Pacific. Fong was also appointed by the Hong Kong SAR chief executive to serve on his Commission for Strategic Development and served as the executive officer of the California-Hong Kong Business Forum devoted to enhancing ties and commercial relationships between the regions. Her background includes extensive strategic experience as an international business attorney for Chinese, Hong Kong SAR, and US public and private sector organizations of all sizes. As a member of the California Bar, Fong practiced corporate and international business law with a specialty in cross-border transactions, remains a US licensed attorney, and is a member of the American Bar Association. Fong served as adviser and secretary-general to the China West Development Xi'an Development Committee; she was also an adviser to ChinaSF, the China office of the city and county of San Francisco, and chair of the Americas committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Fong is the current president of the California Association of China and Hong Kong SAR as well as an advisory committee member of the Hong Kong Information Technology Industry Council (HKITIC).
AccessCircles was founded in June of 2007 by Carolee Friedlander, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world's leading accessories brands. Friedlander's vision is to create a “by invitation” network to enrich the health and wellness, financial expertise, and life balance of women through informative gatherings, transformative knowledge, unique experiences, and access to leading authorities and alliance partners in the fields of health, finance, and life balance. Throughout her career, Friedlander has embraced mentoring and leadership roles in many diverse business organizations and is active in numerous civic, philanthropic, and educational organizations. Some of those include Fashion Institute of Technology, Council of Fashion Designers of America, and The Center for Gender Equality. She is a past president of the Committee of 200, the organization of preeminent businesswomen, and has also served as the chair of its foundation board. Friedlander serves as a director on the board of DSW Inc., the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Women's World Bank, and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation where she is also chair of the finance committee. She also serves on the board of The Society for Women's Health Research.
Carol Fulp is President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to leadership development and talent management solutions for professionals of color. Prior to her appointment to the Partnership, Fulp was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Brand Initiatives at John Hancock Financial. There she led the company’s $12 million philanthropic giving program and created the largest corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country. Under her leadership the company received the Points of Light Foundation’s Corporate Excellence Award. Fulp previously was the Director of Community Programming and Human Resources for WCVB-TV and she also served as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager for the Gillette Company. Given her leadership in business and public service, President Obama appointed Fulp as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Governor Patrick appointed her as a trustee to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Governor de Jongh appointed her as a trustee of the University of the Virgin Island and Mayor Menino appointed her as a trustee for the Boston Public Library. She is the recipient of many honors including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award, Museum of Afro-American History’s Living Legend Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Valor Award, the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Manulife Corporation’s Global Citizens Award and the United Nations of Greater Boston Global Leaders Award. In 2011, Boston Magazine listed her as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston”. Fulp is a graduate of the University of the State of New York and is married to C. Bernard Fulp, Chairman of Go-Biz Solutions and Founder of Middlesex Bank Trust Company. They reside in Boston.
Michelle Gadsden-Williams Williams is Managing Director and Global Head Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse. In this role, she provides strategic direction, thought leadership and champions the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the business on a global scale. Michelle is a member of the Talent, Branding and Communications Management Committee at Credit Suisse. Michelle is a seasoned Diversity Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry before transitioning to Financial Services. An exemplary role model and advocate for equality and social justice, Michelle works tirelessly at refining processes, policies and programs that support an inclusive work environment. She has been profiled in Black Enterprise Magazine, DiversityInc, Diversity Executive, Ebony, Essence, Fortune, Heart & Soul, Jet, New Vision, Science Magazine, Sister to Sister, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Target Market News and was recognized as one of 40 Outstanding Executives Under 40 in America in 2006 by the Network Journal early on in her executive career. Michelle was named the 2010 recipient of the Maya Way Award for Diversity Leadership by the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou, the 2008 recipient of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum Businesswoman of the Year Award, the recipient of Rainbow Push Coalition’s Bridge Builder Award by the honorable Rev Jesse L. Jackson. Michelle has a B.S. in Marketing, a B.A. in Communications from Kean College and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics (with honors) from the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, a Board Member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the SLE Lupus Foundation in New York City and an Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A clinical psychologist by profession, Dr. Maureen Gaffney worked for many years in Trinity College Dublin as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. Over the past 10 years she has divided her time between her own consultancy business and a number of state and other boards. She has served as Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum, advising government on issues of equality and social exclusion and a member of the board of the Health Service Executive, which runs the National Health Service. She served as a law reform commissioner for 10 years, is a former chair of the Council of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland, and has served on a number of other boards. She runs her own consultancy business specializing in leadership development, emotional intelligence, managing diversity and executive coaching. A well-known broadcaster, writer and columnist, she's listed in Who's Who in Ireland, has been profiled a number of times in the Irish national media, and has been listed by two national newspapers as one of the 50 most influential women in Ireland. She is patron of the Hope Foundation, president of the Dublin County Choir, and is a former member of the Central Council of the Irish Red Cross Society. Gaffney earned her BA in psychology at University College Cork, her MA in behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago, and her PhD at Trinity College Dublin.
Pamela F. Gallin, MD, FACS, is a clinical professor of ophthalmology and clinical professor of pediatrics and the highest-ranking female surgeon at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. She has an international subspecialty practice in pediatric ophthalmology there as well, which she teaches to residents, medical students, and other physicians in addition to her regular surgery teaching. Gallin has written a textbook in her field, and is also the author of How to Survive Your Doctor's Care and The Savvy Mom's Guide to Medical Care. She has spoken extensively as a patient advocate on Dr. Oz, Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and other television programs, and she has written articles for Reader's Digest, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and others. United Cerebral Palsy honored her with the Luella Bennack Caretakers Award, 2010. Gallin is a member of the medical advisory committee of the National Association for Rare Diseases, the board of directors of the Hackley School, and the executive committee of Maccabi USA. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi (engineers' Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in applied mathematics and computer science and an AB in biology. She also received her medical degree from Washington University. Her fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology was at the National Children's Hospital of Washington, DC, Johns Hopkins, Columbia Presbyterian, and New York Hospital.
Denise James Gatling is an award-winning and highly recognized expert in organizational leadership for challenging corporate projects and grassroots community development initiatives. As a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) employee for over 24 years, Gatling has demonstrated her ability to build, maintain, and leverage relationships to successfully manage and implement strategic change solutions. Currently, Gatling is the director of global supplier diversity and business development at GSK. She is responsible for leading the initiative by implementing successful strategies to progress diverse business inclusion and development efforts across the globe. She has served as a US delegate to Australia, London, China, Brazil, and South Africa to advance minority business development in those countries. Gatling serves in numerous advisory positions, including chair of the advisory council of the Supplier Business Initiative sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the national corporate advisory council of the Minority Business Roundtable; executive vice president of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and member of the corporate advisory council of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the board of Students In Free Enterprise, The Conference Board's supplier diversity leadership council, GSK's political action committee, and the executive advisory council of the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Gatling holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and an MBA from Meredith College.
Colombian born Lili Gil is an award-winning entrepreneur and media contributor. Gil was recently selected by the World Economic Forum and one of only 190 Young Global Leaders after an extensive search across 65 countries championed by a committee chaired by Queen Rania of Jordan and heads of state and CEO’s. Following a15-year corporate career, at companies like Johnson & Johnson, where she became the youngest female executive and Hispanic strategy pioneer, Gil launched a consulting and marketing agency in 2009: XL Alliance and digital division Acento Group. With offices in New York, Denver, Los Angeles and Colombia, she helps top executives and brands to penetrate the multicultural and Hispanic market; some of her clients include Diageo, Post Foods, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Kroger Co. Gil is also a Spanish/ English media contributor known for her approach to presenting business news and economic trends with relevancy. She hosts the online show Moments2CultuRise and contributes to Fox News, Hispanic Ad among others. She has also conducted special reports and media appearances on Univision, Telemundo, Television Dominicana, Telemicro, Caracol Television, among others. For her leadership and commitment to the Latino community, she has been featured by various publications like the New York Daily News, Vanidades, Hispanic Executive, La Cosmopolatina, among others. She is also the recipient of various awards like the Business Woman of the Year Award by Latin Pride Awards, Latina Leadership Award by LULAC, selected Top 20 under 40 by PODER Magazine and chair of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Gala por la Vida NY and Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation board member. Gil holds a degree in Business from Southwestern Adventist University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, completed foreign studies at Deakin University in Australia and post-graduate studies at Rollins College. She resides in New York with her husband Chris Valletta, who is a former NFL player for New Orleans, Tennessee and Tampa and entrepreneur.
Christine Chambers Gilfillan President of The MCJ Amelior Foundation, her family’s foundation, which assists those entities that encourage mentoring relationships, are creating unique entrepreneurial opportunities, and promoting national and local participation in voluntary community programs and services. In the international arena the foundation engages in work to promote the Millennium Development Goals and halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, with a particular focus on ending deaths from malaria. In 1997, Christine played an integral role in the development and implementation of the President’s Summit for America’s Future (America’s Promise). This event, which took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 27 – 29, was chaired by General Colin Powell. Christine’s role focused on the executive production of this three-day event. In addition, she was responsible for Chairing the Leadership Roundtable Luncheon after the Summit’s opening ceremonies for Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford and General Colin Powell. Christine serves on boards of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Museum and is President of the Women’s Association of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is co-founder of Jersey Cares, which organizes teams of socially-minded individuals for community service projects and a founding member of The New York City Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Richmond. She is a 1994 graduate of Leadership New Jersey. Christine resides in Madison, NJ with her husband, Michael, and four children, Michael, Patrick, Natalie and Elisabeth.
As the founder of Mrs. Gooch's Natural Foods Markets, Sandy Gooch created a successful chain of supermarkets dedicated to providing the finest food and health care products. After a life-threatening reaction to food chemicals, the only way Gooch could survive was to eliminate all additives from her diet. Difficulty locating a variety of natural foods motivated her to open the largest market of its kind, thus becoming the first woman to develop a supermarket chain in the United States. Operations expanded, larger stores opened, and a 90-million-dollar-a-year business developed. In 1993, Mrs. Gooch's was acquired by Whole Foods Markets Inc. Designing, building, and refurbishing estate homes subsequently became Gooch's focus. Her successful real estate ventures have out-performed market trends, while managing to incorporate pro-environmental features. A lifetime educator, Gooch continues to inform the public about the interrelationship between sustainable environmental practices and the long-term health and viability of our planet. In 1995, Gooch developed the Healthy School Meals program at Venice High School in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the advisory board for Growing Great, a foundation specializing in teaching students about eating and growing healthy food. Goochs's efforts are on a worldwide scale as she focuses on social, environmental, and health issues, including preventive lifestyle measures and holistic and complementary medicine modalities. Gooch is a member of the International Women's Forum (IWF), a worldwide organization of preeminent women of achievement.
Jean Minskoff Grant is the owner, manager, and developer of commercial properties. She serves as president/COO and is in charge of operations for the 17 properties directly managed by the company. Prior to 1984, Grant worked in the field of nutrition. She served as chief dietitian and a teaching fellow at NYU working towards a PhD. She was director and then president of the American Dietetic Association Foundation. She was a Medallion recipient of the American Dietetic Association in 2003, the 1998 Distinguished Alumna of the School of Allied Health Professions of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and the 1992 Distinguished Alumna of UMDNJ. She serves as a member the dean's council of NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the NYU Women's Initiatives. She is a trustee of iCI (Independent Curators International), a contemporary arts organization. She served on the board of directors of the New York Women's Foundation for two terms. She is on a professional council at the Urban Land Institute. Grant is a member of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, and was that board's first chair; she was also formerly a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College Committee on University Resources (COUR). She attended Cornell University and received both her BS and MA from NYU Steinhardt.
At Noro-Moseley Partners, the oldest and one of the largest venture capital firms in the Southeastern US, Kathy Harris focuses on business development efforts throughout the Southeast, metro DC, and Texas as well as NMP's investment activities in the healthcare industry. She is a board member of Valor Healthcare Inc. and a board observer on Senior Whole Health. Harris has over 30 years of finance and investment experience. Prior to NMP, Harris was a partner at Technology Ventures, an Atlanta-based venture capital firm, and Sirrom Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded mezzanine debt firm. Earlier, Harris spent more than 10 years at J.C. Bradford & Co. (now UBS) after beginning her career at KPMG. She holds an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a BS from Murray State University. Harris is on the Boards of the Clemson University Research Foundation and the Atlanta Venture Forum. She serves on the health care advisory board of the Owen School, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, and the University of Miami Launch Pad. Harris is an active member of the Nashville Healthcare Council and Women Corporate Directors. In 2006, Business to Business Magazine named her one of Atlanta's 16 “Women of Excellence.” She was also named to the Board of Directors Network's Executive Leadership Honor Roll in 2007. Harris has served on the board of The Alliance Theatre Company, the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, TechBridge, Women in Technology, and Hands On Atlanta.
Patricia S. Harris is a vice president of McDonald's USA and global chief diversity officer of McDonald's Corporation. In this position she leads a team responsible for the development and implementation of diversity strategies throughout McDonald's worldwide. Harris joined McDonald's in 1976. In 1977, she was named compensation analyst in human resources and was later promoted to human resources supervisor and manager. She advanced to affirmative action manager in 1985, staff director in 1989, home office director in 1993, and department director in 1996. She was promoted to assistant vice president in 1997 and her current position as vice president/chief diversity officer in 2001. She became global chief diversity officer in February 2006. Harris has received several industry awards including the Elliott Hospitality “Motivator of the Year,” “Woman of the Year” by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice, and the National Restaurant Association/Education Foundation's “Salute to Excellence” award. In Chicago she received the Metropolitan YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Award, the King Legacy Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Today's Expo for Black Women “Phenomenal Woman” award, the “Women at the Top of the Game” award, the 100 Black Men of Chicago's “Youth Achievement Award,” the “Harold Washington Professional Achievement Award” from the Roosevelt University Alumni Association, and Chitrahar's “Unity Award.” Harris was also named one of the “Top 10 Diversity Champions in the Country” by Working Mother magazine. At McDonald's she has received several leadership awards, including the President's Award among several others.
Linda Wertheimer Hart is vice chair, president, and CEO of Hart Group, a diversified group of companies involved in insulation manufacturing and investments, and chair of Imation Corp., a global technology company focused on storing, protecting, and connecting a digital world. Hart is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and SMU School of Law. Formerly in private practice in Dallas, she also served as an outside consultant to the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School. Hart is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), former chair and current ex officio member of the legal advisory committee to the New York Stock Exchange, and serves on a variety of other corporate and civic boards, including the executive boards of SMU's Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business. Past chair of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association, Hart has been an active leader in the Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas Forum, the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Opera, the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, the International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation, World Affairs Council of DFW, and the Dallas Women's Foundation. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and is past president of the International Women's Forum, Dallas.
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the chair and CEO of the Act•1 Group, a global leader in the staffing and human resources industry. Building on an international scope and resources, her company creates and implements innovative technologies and business services that allow firms to optimize their talent pools and bottom line through optimal and innovative resource management. A strong advocate for education, Howroyd serves on the board of trustees at her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University, on the executive advisory board of Questor Craig School of Business, and the advisory board of the USC College of Arts and Sciences. Her active industry involvement gives her a unique understanding of the challenges faced by global workers and business owners alike. Her expertise on the subjects of workforce optimization and entrepreneurship has made her a much sought-after speaker. She is also the author of The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!, in which she distills over 30 years of experience into a work-life balance guide for individuals wishing to further their personal and professional success.
Simone Hoyle serves as the supply chain officer of the Asia, Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (APMEA) supply chain for McDonalds. In this position she is responsible for the oversight of more than $4 billion of food, packaging, toys, and distribution for over 8,500 restaurants across 38 markets and 1,200 suppliers. Hoyle's primary areas of responsibly are strategic sourcing, quality and food safety performance, logistics, contingency planning, sustainability, risk management, and social accountability. In addition to setting the strategies and direction of the APMEA supply chain team, Hoyle is a member of the APMEA senior executive leadership team and a member of the McDonald's global supply leadership board. Hoyle is also a founding member of the APMEA Woman's Leadership Network steering committee. Previously, she served as the senior vice president for supply chain, quality assurance, menu development, and customer service for McDonald's Australia and New Zealand. Simone was a member of the McDonald's Australia senior executive team and was a company director on the McDonald's Australia board. Before joining McDonald's in a corporate role, Hoyle worked in the retail consumer goods industry for the large global organization. She has a bachelor's degree in applied science from New South Wales University. She is a recipient of the prestigious McDonald's President's Award, Global Mentoring Award for Women, as well as the McDonald's Australia Outstanding Officer Leadership Award. Hoyle is based in Hong Kong and Sydney
Beth Jacobs is the founding Partner of Excellentia Global Partners, a global life science-focused investment bank in New York. In her role overseeing origination and execution of private placements, she has an active dialogue with corporations, financial sponsors, venture capital groups, hedge funds and mutual funds. She was most recently Managing Director / Partner of BIO-IB, a life science boutique investment bank in New York. Prior to 2003, Beth was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Capital Markets at ING Barings. She started her career at Prudential Securities where she founded the international institutional equity business, and later headed the same product execution group at both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. Beth was Senior Vice President for Laureate Education Inc., a $3 billion market cap company in the education sector. Beth received an MBA from American University in Washington, DC in conjunction with the School of Foreign Service, a BA, cum laude, from Boston College, and also studied at the Centre d'Etudes Internationale in Geneva, Switzerland. Beth serves as Vice Chairman of the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Board, Director of EF Foundation, Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen Foundation and Director of William J. von Liebig Medical Research Foundation.
Jan L. Jones is senior vice president of communications and government relations for Harrah's Entertainment. In that capacity, she oversees all worldwide government affairs, corporate communications, community relations, and corporate social responsibility programs for the $9 billion corporation. Those programs include Harrah's industry-leading, responsible gaming systems and its various initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity and promoting environmental stewardship company wide. Prior to joining Harrah's in November 1999, Jones served two terms as mayor of the city of Las Vegas. She was the city's first woman chief executive, and among the most popular mayors in its history, having won reelection in 1995 by a 72 percent margin. While in office, Jones presided over an unprecedented period of economic, social, and cultural expansion, one in which the city's population increased 66 percent, making Las Vegas the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in America throughout much of the 1990's. Currently, Jones is regional vice chair of the US Chamber of Commerce's executive committee. She sits on the board of directors of Nevada Public Radio, the Women's Campaign Fund in Washington, DC, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign's Federal Club and of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood. Jones graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English.
Cecile R. de Jongh is First Lady of the Virgin Islands, wife to Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., the territory's seventh elected governor. De Jongh promotes several initiatives in support of Virgin Island children and families in education, literacy, and healthy living. She established two local chapters of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and is also a member of the CHADD national board and is certified as a Parent-to-Parent teacher. As a passionate advocate, de Jongh serves as the spokesperson for the territory's Big Read initiative and is a founding member and honorary board member of Habitat for Humanity International of the Virgin Islands. De Jongh is also chair of the Children and Families Council, an inter-agency initiative that seeks to ensure children's school readiness regarding health, education, and safety. De Jongh also founded Tennis in the Parks and Schools and the Healthy VI initiative to engage youth in tennis play and to discuss the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In 2007, she was honored as the Rotary Person of the Year and launched Camp Shriver in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, a recreational camp for individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a founding member of the Rwanda Project USVI, de Jongh is connecting VI teenagers with the country of Rwanda, introducing them to a way of life in a country that has been devastated by genocide and disease.
Laurie McDonald Jonsson is a businesswoman who has combined a successful travel and business career with a personal commitment to helping women and children around the world. She is the founder of Stellar International, a company with a focus on investments that give back to the communities they serve, and of Stellar International Networks, a forum that connects and empowers women leaders around the globe. She is also a founding director of Expedia.com, Commerce Bank, and the Puget Sound Bank and was the first chair of the Governor's Executive Women's Council under then Governor, now Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. McDonald Jonsson is also a co-owner and director of Stellar Holdings, an international real estate investment and development company with operations in the United States, Sweden, and Poland. Stellar Holdings develops and owns multifamily residential projects that provide the benefits of sustainable construction and operation are transit oriented, and usually situated in high-density urban infill locations. Stellar Holdings has been in operation since 1989.
Nia Joynson-Romanzina joined Swiss Re in 2008 and is currently the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role she has launched a group-wide strategy and action plan that addresses the diversity of the employee base at all levels, as well as fosters an inclusive corporate culture. Joynson-Romanzina has a tremendous passion for and background in addressing issues of inclusion, and advanced these interests early in her career working for the European Union Commission and international NGOs, building initiatives to promote equal opportunities and inclusion in the labour market and other development projects. This passion continued to grow through her work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, Italy, where she entered the emerging world of on-line communications while continuing to be active in gender mainstreaming and socio-economic development programmes. Joynson-Romanzina holds a Bachelor of political science from the University of Cardiff, as well as a MSc in Development Management and MA in Mass Communications from Leicester University
Jackie Kane is senior vice president for human resources and corporate affairs at The Clorox Company, serving as the company's senior officer responsible for corporate-wide human resources, government affairs, and community relations. Kane serves as president of the board of trustees of The Clorox Company Foundation, which has awarded cash grants of more than $77 million since 1980 and whose mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Clorox employees live and work. Kane is also a trustee of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), which brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.
Dato Fawziah A. Karim is the owner and president of SSU Management Services. After a short service with the government, Karim ventured into her own business and became a successful entrepreneur, owning over 50 companies engaged in construction, travel arrangements, property management, consultancy, and education. She is currently a board member of Harvard Kennedy School Women's Leadership Board. In the field of construction her companies were involved in civil and structural engineering works with a total volume of 1 billion Malaysian ringgit. In the field of education, her companies are involved in joint ventures with schools in China, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Australia. In line with her belief that learning continues from the womb to the tomb, she is currently involved in the development of a retirement village in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, equipped with alternative health treatments from all over the world including acupuncture from China, ayurveda from India, aromatherapy, etc. This project will cost approximately 750 million Malaysian ringgit and is now under construction, with completion expected in early 2014.
Stacey Keare, MPP 1994, is founder of the Girls Rights Project, dedicated to advancing the rights of girls throughout the world through a combination of research, advocacy, and philanthropy. Keare studied international relations at Stanford University, and has a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. For the last 10 years she has been president of her family foundation, dedicated to advancing health, education, and human rights primarily in developing nations. Through her philanthropy she has focused on anti-trafficking efforts, reproductive health care, and education of girls. She has been a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Summit Public Schools, an organization creating progressive college prep charter schools in the Bay Area, and the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society. She is on the Silicon Valley Leadership Board of the Global Fund for Children, a DC-based foundation supporting grassroots organizations helping children throughout the world. Keare, mother of three girls, is dedicated to ensuring that all girls have the same rights and freedom that her daughters enjoy.
An entrepreneur, consultant and public policy activist, Valerie Keller’s work bridges sectors and industries. As a CEO she established healthcare facilities, housing developments and social enterprises for economic development and poverty alleviation. She has raised more than $100M USD and co-founded two coalitions catalyzing housing and healthcare system reform via public-private partnerships. She is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School where she focuses on re-architecting networks for value-creation. In 2009 she founded Veritas Partnership, a management consultancy firm helping SMEs scale globally, increasing social and environmental impact alongside improved financial performance. Recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a ‘Young Global Leader’, Valerie is also a recipient of various public and private sector awards including JP Morgan Chase ‘20 Under 40’, Change Agent Network’s ‘Humanitarian of the Year’, and the Independent’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ awards. She has provided expert testimony for U.S. Senate and House Committees and served as broadcast media commentator and print media guest columnist. Valerie holds an MBA with distinction honors from the University of Oxford and completed post-graduate work at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government. She has served on more than a dozen boards and government task forces and is currently on the advisory boards of Global Thinkers Forum and the World Policy Institute. She speaks and writes on change leadership, social innovation, cross-sector collaborations, women’s empowerment and diversity in the global marketplace.
Sheila F. Klehm is an Executive Director in the Private Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley, where she provides comprehensive wealth management solutions to ultra high net worth individuals, family offices, trusts, foundations, and endowments. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Klehm was a Managing Director at the JP Morgan Private Bank. During her 22 years with JP Morgan, Klehm focused almost exclusively in Private Wealth Management and held positions in both the US and International Private Bank serving some of the most prominent US, European and South American families. Klehm has been named to Barron’s List of Top 100 Women Financial Advisors. Klehm earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Villanova University where she is a member of the Board of Trustees, the Investment Committee and the Student Life Committee. She also served as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of The Villanova School of Business. In 2012, Klehm was the recipient of the Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion. This award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers, demonstrated service to their communities, and provided extraordinary service to the Villanova School of Business. Klehm’s philanthropic activities extend into numerous charities throughout New Jersey. She served as the President of the Women’s Association of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees as well the Executive Committee, and a member of the Nominating and the Governance Committee. She has conducted extensive fundraising for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, where she co-chaired numerous events. She has also served on the Board of Trustees at the Morristown Beard School, as an Endowment Committee member at The Peck School, and co-founded the Student Partner Alliance, a Newark based nonprofit providing financial assistance and mentoring to economically disadvantaged high school students, where she is a Director Emeritus. Klehm co-founded and is a Board Member of Gifts that Give.com, an online retailer whose mission is to support charity by giving 20% of the value of purchases to the charity of the customer’s choice. Shelia Klehm and her husband, Henry Klehm III, reside in New Jersey with their two sons, Hank and Bryce.
Patricia Owings Kouba is the founder and CEO of Literati LLC, a hospitality company that prioritizes sustainable products and biodynamic foods. As CEO she is responsible for the direction of strategic planning, purchasing, marketing, product placement, management, and financial viability. She is the person to whom the vice president and managers are responsible. Prior to 2000, Kouba served as CEO of Summit Media Group, an outdoor advertising company which she cofounded. In her position at Summit, she was responsible for marketing, strategic planning, and communications, and she remains a principal and partner in that corporation. As an entrepreneur with three decades of experience, Kouba actively oversees employee communications, media and community relations, and strategic planning for an additional group of privately owned companies. She is active in local, national, and global outreach programs that benefit people at risk. Most recently she served as president of the board of The Colleagues of Los Angeles. She holds a BA in English literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.
In more than 30 years on television, Toni Holt Kramer hosted or co-hosted Good Morning, L.A. and Mid-Morning, L.A. and was a live columnist on the afternoon and evening news. She had a syndicated TV show, Toni Holt in Hollywood, which aired worldwide, as well as Toni's Tips, which she wrote and aired in Latin America. With Ruta Lee, she co-hosted the Talk of the Town series. Recently, she co-produced “The Tour Bus Stops Here.” She is presently working on a new series featuring her inimitable television interviews. Holt Kramer has written columns for some of the nation's top magazines and newspapers. She wrote “Toni Holt's Happenings” for Photoplay magazine, and Ideal Publishing published “Toni Holt's Movie Life.” Toniholtkramer.com contains up-to-date information about her show business career. She writes “Toni Holt Kramer: From the West Coast to Washington” for Celebrity Society magazine. Holt Kramer oversees all of the investments for her family and their charitable trusts. The Kramers were major contributors to the George W. Bush inaugural. Holt Kramer served on the Presidential Committee for Dick Gebhardt and was an early supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the presidency. Holt Kramer serves on the board of associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer and on the board for the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety. She is a member of the board of directors of Leaders in Furthering Education, Inc. Holt Kramer is currently writing her memoirs, detailing growing up in Brooklyn, life in the television industry, her role in the political sphere, and her world travels.
Roelfien Kuijpers is a managing director and global head of DB Advisors, the institutional asset management business of Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM). Based in New York, she is also a member of DeAM's global operating committee. Kuijpers leads a global business that manages assets for institutional investors worldwide, including pension funds, corporations, endowments, foundations, and financial institutions. DB Advisors' investment solutions include equity, fixed income, and alternative strategies. Before taking her current role in February 2006, Kuijpers was global head of strategic planning, communications and marketing for DeAM, a role she earlier held in global equities. She joined Deutsche Bank in 1995 as head of European equities sales in North America. Before joining Deutsche Bank, she was a managing director and head of European equities at SG Warburg Inc. Kuijpers is a member of the board of directors of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the board of the Metropolitan Opera, the Pratt Institute board of trustees, and the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. A Dutch native, Kuijpers received a master's degree in history from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Renee LaBran is a partner with Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a late-stage venture capital and private equity firm based in Pasadena, CA, as well as a partner in Rustic Canyon Partners, an early stage venture capital fund. LaBran helped form Rustic Canyon in 1999, following 15 years of strategy consulting and hands-on operating experience. LaBran invests in the media (and media technology), consumer goods, and business and consumer services segments, and serves as a board director for her portfolio companies. Prior to Rustic Canyon, LaBran held a variety of executive positions with the Los Angeles Times/Times Mirror Company. She was also a cofounder and CEO of CareerPath.com (now CareerBuilder). Prior to Times Mirror, she was a management consultant with Monitor Company in the US and Europe and managed the Los Angeles office. Active in her local community, she has served as president of the local Educational Foundation, and is currently vice chair of Hathaway–Sycamores, a family services and mental health agency. She is also an alumni adviser to the Women's Student Association at Harvard Business School. LaBran lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Malcolm Boyd, and their two sons. LaBran graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned an MBA (with distinction) from Harvard Business School.
Jacqueline L. Landry serves as the Head of School/CEO of Marymount High School in Los Angeles, CA. Just prior to joining Marymount in 2009, she was the President/CEO of the Academy of the Holy Names, an 870-student co-ed elementary and all girl high school in Tampa, Florida. As President, she initiated a Charism education program and created the Link Initiative to increase diversity. Landry served as the Catholic Chaplin at Harvard University from 1994 – 2005 and become the first lay woman to be the President of the United Ministry, the umbrella of 37 Chaplains from all the world's religious traditions at Harvard. Also at Harvard, she served on the Ann Radcliffe Trust to improve the climate for women at Harvard and was Director of Women's Spirituality and Leadership Programs. She was a member of the College Council and in 2003 was named a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. Landry also served as campus minister at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud University, and at Georgetown, her work focused on social justice outreach. She received her BA in Liberal Arts and Peace Studies from Eastern Mennonite College and was one of the first women to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, DC, where she received her Master of Divinity.
Dianne Laurance's entrepreneurial flair has involved her in a diverse range of successful business ventures including establishing restaurants, design, manufacturing, and property development. Ten years ago she entered the wine industry after purchasing a vineyard in the premium wine-growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia. After building an iconic wine tourism destination and producing ten wines under her own label, she has established herself as one of the best in this industry. Dianne's focus is now to empower women and girls within Australia. Her involvement in a number of organizations including Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, the Clinton Global Initiative, TEDWomen, and Freedom to Create gives her the focus to achieve this. Each of the above organization's missions is to address world issues, develop a commitment, and reshape the future. Laurance is particularly focused on assisting Indigenous women artists from Western Australian communities to preserve and translate their culture and history through art while at the same time, providing a lucrative business venture for their communities and independence for the women. Laurance supports and is a benefactor of many charitable institutions. She believes very strongly that the more you give in life, the more you get back. Her work motto is “Conceive, Believe, Achieve”: What the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve.
Barbara Lee is a national leader in the effort to promote women's political leadership and powerful participation in our democracy. She brings energy and enthusiasm to social justice activism. Boston Magazine includes Barbara Lee among “The 100 People Who Run This Town” and she is listed as one of their 50 most powerful people in Boston (May 2008). She was also recognized by Women's eNews as one of their “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” Lee has leveraged her belief in empowering young women by endowing the Barbara Lee Women in US Politics Training Program and Lecture Series at Harvard Kennedy School, which serves to train women for electoral office in the United States, and the Barbara Lee Political Intern Fellowship program at Simmons College. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which Lee created and leads, is recognized nationally for investing in change. Lee is the driving force behind the groundbreaking “Governors Guidebook” series. Lee was co-chair of the Martha Coakley for US Senate campaign and serves as advisory council chair for Emerge Massachusetts, a training program for Democratic women in the Commonwealth. Barbara Lee is also a devoted advocate for Boston's cultural life. Her leadership on the board of trustees for the Institute of Contemporary Art helped to bring the museum to its landmark new home on the Waterfront. Barbara Lee earned a master's degree from the Boston University School of Social Work and her BA from Simmons College.
Francine LeFrak is a renowned producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. My One and Only, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nine, and many other Broadway productions have captivated audiences and received more than a dozen Tonys and 41 Drama Desk awards. Her films have been hailed for putting a human face on important social issues: the ravages of war, injustices in the prison system, and the price of intolerance. Her Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Miss Rose White, received four Emmy awards; Shot Through the Heart won a Peabody Award, and the HBO film series Prison Stories: Women on the Inside helped promote changes in prison legislation. LeFrak's passion for women empowering women led her to founding Same Sky, a trade initiative that gives HIV-positive women survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide a “hand-up,” not a hand-out, and opportunity to earn an income as artisans to support their families. LeFrak has received the Women Together Award from the United Nations, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, and the Human Spirit Award from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She's been named Woman Who Cares by the United Cerebral Palsy and USO Woman of the Year, to name a few. In 2006, Manhattanville College bestowed upon LeFrak a doctorate of humane letters honoris causa. LeFrak serves on numerous boards, including the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Grameen America, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and The Contemporary Arts Council at MoMa. LeFrak is also CEO of her family's foundation.
Yanchun “Lily” Li is one of the founders of American Oriental Bioengineering Inc. and has served as chief financial officer since 2007. She became acting chief financial officer in 2002, when she was named to the board, and chief operating officer and secretary of the board in 2003. Earlier, Li worked for China Ruida Food Limited and established Ruida as the number one brand in the instant frozen food industry in China. She joined Harbin Three Happiness in 1994 as the manager of marketing and sales, and under her leadership, that brand was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Well-known Brands in China.” With over 16 years of experience in the Chinese consumer and healthcare industry, Li commands in-depth understanding of China's economic and market environments. As the chair of the board of Lingfeng Pharmaceuticals, she played a key role in establishing Jinji as the leading brand in women's healthcare in China. Li received her BA in English from Beijing University of Industry and Commerce in 1993 and her EMBA from Preston University in 2005. Li also graduated from the OPM program at Harvard Business School in 2008. Li was the recipient of “Golden Award in Marketing” in 2005. Li was elected to “World Chinese Who's Who” in 2007. She currently is the director of China Pharmaceutical Enterprise Management Association. In 2009, Li was one of the Top Ten Outstanding Managers in Healthcare Industry. Li was image ambassador for the Third Annual Women and Children Health Conference in 2010
Physician and natural wellness visionary, Dr. Carol Locke is a pioneer in bringing scientific evidence to the natural products industry to create products and companies that promote health and wellness. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in anthropology (with highest honors) and Harvard Medical School, she spent 14 years in clinical psychiatry at Harvard, where she specialized in natural treatments for mood disorders. She founded Omega Natural Science to bring to the world the finest natural nutritional supplements based on scientific evidence of efficacy and safety. In 2007, OmegaBrite was shown at the Massachusetts General Hospital to be a safe and effective treatment for mood disorders in children. In fact, it is equivalent in efficacy to the standard treatments, but with no side effects, only health benefits. Knowing that her work has brought new hope and health to many families is perhaps Locke's greatest reward. Committed to promoting health and wellness in the community, Locke actively supports research in cardiac health, depression, and bipolar disorder in children and adults. She is committed to programs for children and adolescents at risk and has been on the board, as well as being a long-time sponsor, of the Science Club for Girls. This program provides continuous science classes for girls from pre-K through high school and is now viewed as a model program for educators around the country.
Ann W. Lovell is the executive director and a trustee of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation. The Lovell Foundation is a private family foundation focusing on three major areas of funding: social and education issues related to mental illness, integrative medicine, and education, including spiritual training, philanthropic programs, and cultural and scholarship opportunities for at-risk youth. Lovell is the treasurer of The Bravewell Collaborative, a philanthropic collaborative for integrative medicine established in 2002. This operating foundation strives to bring about optimal health and healing for individuals and society by advancing integrative medicine, offering strategic program initiatives that create optimal healing environments, creating an atmosphere of collaboration stimulating and supporting innovation, and providing educational opportunities to move American health care toward integrative medicine. A committed member of the Tucson community, Lovell is the founder and director of the Valley Foundation, which provides college scholarships to local residents based on extra-curricular activities, employment, and community participation. Lovell currently serves on the advisory council for the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona and is a past chair and current member of the Southern Arizona Grantmakers. Lovell has had more than 20 years experience in business, focusing on financial accounting and tax consulting.
Anne Madison is Chief Communications Officer and a member of the executive team of Brand USA, a unique public-private marketing entity created in 2010 to increase international travel to the United States by promoting the USA as a premier travel destination. In this role, Anne is responsible for leading global communications strategies that advance Brand USA’s mission and funding, raise its visibility worldwide, build engagement with industry and other business leaders, and enhance and the organization’s reputation. A seasoned marketing communications executive, Anne has a strong track record helping organizations achieve their business objectives through the power of communication. For more than 25 years, she’s guided organizations of all sizes to effectively build and manage their reputation, relationships and awareness with key stakeholders by enhancing communication both within the organization and between the organization and external audiences Anne continues to give back to her community—volunteering at the National Family Resiliency Center, the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County and Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit that rebuilds homes for the nation’s most vulnerable homeowners and families at no cost to those served. In addition, she is on the Leadership Council of the IMPACT Center in Washington, D.C., a premier leadership development organization helping high-impact individuals and institutions combine the highest standards of professional excellence with a commitment to improving communities and serving others. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Anne is pursuing her master’s degree at The George Washington University. She and her husband, Dave, have four children and live in Columbia, Maryland.
Mechthilde Maier is senior vice president and head of group diversity management at Deutsche Telekom since 2008. Earlier, she occupied various management positions within the company. She holds degrees in business management and administrative management from the University for Applied Sciences, Rosenheim, and the Government University for Applied Sciences, Dieburg. She is currently implementating the women's quota at Deutsche Telekom, the first large company in Germany to do so.
Florine Mark is president and CEO of The WW Group, the leading franchise holder of Weight Watchers International. Mark created The WW Group as a family business from the ground up, acquiring franchises throughout the Midwest, East Coast, Canada, and Mexico. Some of these franchises were sold in 2003 to Weight Watchers International, but Mark retained all operations in her home state of Michigan, as well as in Northern Ontario, Canada. She serves as an adviser and board member on approximately 40 committees and civic organizations and at one time was chair of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mark’s empowering message on weight loss, self-esteem, and self-growth positioned her as a highly sought after speaker across the country. She hosts a weekly morning radio show, Remarkable Women, and can also be seen each week on “Ask Florine,” a weekly segment on WDIV (NBC-Detroit). Mark fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2004 by publishing her first book, Talk to the Mirror, which provides inspiration to achieve one’s dreams, and she is working to finish a second book, yet untitled. Over the course of her career, Mark has received numerous accolades, including being the first woman inducted in the National Management Association Hall of Fame. Mark holds an honorary associate’s of arts and sciences from Schoolcraft College, and honorary bachelor’s of arts from Eastern Michigan University and an honorary doctorate of commercial science from Central Michigan University.
Suzanne McCarron is the president of the ExxonMobil Foundation and general manager of public and government affairs for ExxonMobil Corporation. As president, McCarron has responsibility for the primary philanthropic arm of the ExxonMobil Corporation. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil provided $235 million in contributions worldwide. McCarron is also a member of the ExxonMobil Foundation board of trustees and chair of ExxonMobil's Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative that manages the corporation's philanthropic efforts to equip women and girls in developing countries with the resources they need to fulfill their economic potential. As general manager, McCarron is responsible for the company's public and government affairs activities for all of its operational affiliates in the upstream, downstream, and chemical sectors worldwide. These activities include government relations, global corporate positioning, NGO outreach, external and internal communications strategy development, and media relations. McCarron serves as a member of the executive committee of the United States Council for International Business and is a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. McCarron did her undergraduate work in public affairs at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and earned her Master of Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Carol Bailey Medwell is the founder of Carol Bailey and Associates. Her practice is dedicated to improving the experience people have in family law matters, preserving family ties following divorce, and improving the quality of family law practice. She has practiced family law in Texas and Washington State for more than 30 years. She is a trained mediator and collaborative law practitioner. She recently attended advanced negotiation skills training at the Project on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Bailey Medwell was an adjunct professor with the Seattle University School of Law in the fall of 2009, where she taught communication and conflict management skills. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Washington Collaborative Law Group, King County Collaborative Lawyers, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. She frequently speaks at seminars and Continuing Legal Education seminars regarding family law. She received a BA with honors in art history from the University of Texas and a JD from Southern Methodist University.
Neena S. Mehta was born in Mumbai, India, where she learned to love the fast-paced, high-energy life on which she thrives. She attended the University of Bombay, earning her BS in chemistry and envisioning a medical career. Marriage, a move to the United States, and other life events intervened, yet her spirit to succeed survived and led her to study gemology at the Gemological Institute of America while her husband explored the import business. Soon, they began to sell products from India and eventually found a niche in the jewelry and gems market. They built Combine International from a basement operation to a leading jewelry manufacturing company with over 6,000 employees worldwide supplying fine jewelry to major retailers in the US. A determined entrepreneurial instinct sparked Mehta and her husband to found a number of other businesses varying in focus from technology to retail where she remains an active board member. Taking great interest in her community, Mehta has been president of the India League of America, is an active member of the Jain Society of Detroit, is a major financial supporter of educational and religious organizations in the US and in India, and currently serves on the board of Oakland Family Services (Pontiac, Michigan). The Star Group named Mehta one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs for 2002. However, Mehta believes her greatest accomplishment has been managing a successful career and marriage and still being able to raise her two children, Bela and Shan, both pursuing careers in the business world.
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI), a company that owns and hosts Fashion weeks in South Africa and Africa. AFI's goal is to promote and develop South African and African fashion and to bring it into the mainstream. Moloi-Motsepe believes that the fashion and clothing industry can play an important role in supporting and developing small businesses. Dr. Moloi-Motsepe started her career in medicine and interned at Johannesburg Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. She then moved to the United States with her family where she worked in the teenage and women's health areas at the Medical College of Virginia. Several years later, she returned home and opened her own medical practice specializing in healthcare for women and girls. Dr Moloi-Motsepe left the practice of medicine to head the Motsepe Foundation, with a focus on advocacy around girl's and women's health education. Dr. Moloi-Motsepe has married her passion for women's health and her active involvement in the fashion business through projects such as the Design for Life Breast Cancer Campaign that supports education and diagnosis of breast cancer in women in rural communities and townships.
Barbara Morrison is founder and president of TMC Development, a certified development company (CDC) based in San Francisco that has provided real estate financing for over 28 years. TMC specifically offers commercial real estate financing for owner-user buyers utilizing the US Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program. Clients are successful, growing small and medium-sized businesses located in California and Nevada. Since inception TMC has financed over $5.2 billion for more than 3,400 small businesses. TMC ranks annually as the largest SBA lender in Northern California and has been in the top 10 CDCs nationally for over a decade. Morrison is also the founder and board president of Working Solutions, an innovative nonprofit organization that assists underserved microentrepreneurs with accessing the capital they need to start and grow their businesses. Morrison has served as a Council Member for the City of Belvedere since 2002 and is currently serving a term as Mayor. Morrison was also Mayor from 2005 to 2006. Morrison previously served as deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development in San Francisco and worked for five years in investment banking. Here awards include SF Commission on the Status of Women 1997 Women Who Make a Difference, SF Business Times Women in Leadership Award 1997, and the 1999 Arthur Goodman Achievement and Diversity Award from the National Association of Development Companies, among others.
Sandy Morrison was Vice President of Development for Oakland Family Services and continues to serve the agency in a contractual capacity. Prior to joining OFS, Sandy owned a retail store in Birmingham, Michigan. Her professional career started with the Dayton Hudson Corporation where she traveled the world to purchase and merchandise designer clothing. Sandy has been very involved in the Community. She was President of The Parents Association; President of The Friends of the Arts; and Chaired the Auction for Detroit Country Day school. She is on the Board of Governors for Northwood University; served on the Stewardship Committee for Christ Church Cranbrook; worked on special events and volunteered for Women's Committee for Hospice, Michigan; organized an election campaign for Michigan 48th District Court Judicial Election; organized fundraising events for University of Michigan State Regent election campaign; participated in Community Youth Athletic Associations and managed many local sports teams. Sandy was acknowledged for outstanding service to her profession by The Michigan Retail Association; she was recognized and honored by The National Society of Fundraising Executives, Michigan Chapter, for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer. She was married for almost 44 years to Dr. Daniel Morrison (deceased), has three married sons and four grand children that live outside of Michigan.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson is chair of Carlson, a global travel and hospitality company. Headquartered in Minneapolis with operations in 150 countries, Carlson employs more than 150,000 people under its brands, which include Radisson Hotels, Country Inn & Suites, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and T.G.I. Friday's restaurants. Forbes magazine has named Nelson one of “The World's 100 Most Powerful Women” and she was recognized as one of “America's Best Leaders,” by US News and World Report. She is on the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, and in 2004 she co-chaired the Forum's annual meeting in Davos. She served by presidential appointment as chair of the National Women's Business Council. Currently, she serves on the boards of ExxonMobil and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is chair of the Mayo Clinic Foundation board. Nelson teaches an MBA class at the University of Minnesota on corporate social responsibility and is the author of the best-selling book How We Lead Matters.
Maria Nieradka is Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Biogen, Idec. Maria has global responsibility for warehousing operations and transportation, including manufacturing, clinical, promotional and customer facing distribution activities. These activities involve trade operations, including import/export, licensing and duty management. Her responsibilities include operational relationships with external logistics providers and 3PL's. Maria holds Bachelors Degrees in Industrial Engineering and English from Rutgers College of Engineering and Douglass College and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Maria joined Merck in 2010 with 25 years of Supply Chain experience in the pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare industry. Maria's career in healthcare spans customer service, distribution, procurement, planning and manufacturing. Over the past 8 years, Maria has been Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics organizations in Johnson and Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She has a proven track record in leading large complex organizations, aligning customer and supply chain priorities, implementing change, and delivering significant results. Her lifelong passion for art and engineering inspired her to combine the two in her approach for building people, process, and technology. This creative approach led to many successes, including several major drug launches and major system implementations. Her focus on strategy and organization design expertise helped facilitate successful acquisitions in multiple organizations throughout her career. Committed to developing leaders that deliver results, Maria sponsors Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, as well as Women's Leadership Initiatives, where her focus is to provide growth opportunities for women in the field of technology.
Anna Ouroumian is the refounder, president, and CEO of the Academy of Business Leadership (ABL), a cutting edge social entrepreneurial venture for underserved youth in Southern California, and now in Zambia and China. Under her tenure, over 62,000 kids from across Southern California have gone through ABL's workshops and presentations. Ouroumian was raised in orphanages in Lebanon and came alone to the US as a teenager with only $160 in her pocket and with English as her fourth language. She went on to study at UCLA. She was the only student highlighted at graduation for her inspirational story and for having received the Outstanding Senior Award, the highest honor given to four undergraduates out of 10,500 seniors for outstanding academic achievements and research as well as service to UCLA and the community. Through her fresh outlook, her creatively strategic and forward-thinking leadership style, and her personal message of triumph over adversity, Ouroumian changed the focus of ABL. By centering its vision on harnessing the talent of the high-potential, low-opportunity youth, she encouraged them to see themselves as “Leaders now, versus twenty years from now,” using entrepreneurial and financial prosperity training, seven core values, and leadership development, as well as providing the youth with access and exposure to opportunities at the highest levels. Consequently, ABL's youth are empowered to see themselves as the future corporate, entrepreneurial, and civic leaders of America and the world.
Kristine Pearson is the founding CEO of the award-winning Lifeline Energy, a position she has held since 1999. A social enterprise based in London and Cape Town, Lifeline addresses energy poverty through access to clean technologies for mainly benefiting women and girls. It focuses on providing education access through fit-for-purpose solar media players and radio for projects in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 500,000 power-independent radios have been distributed reaching an estimated 20 million listeners. Previously, Pearson was an executive with a South African banking group and a consultant specializing in the development of women in business. Pearson is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum and served on its Disaster Mitigation and New Energy Architecture Councils. In 2007 Time magazine named her a Hero of the Environment. She is a lifetime fellow of the World Technology Network and received the 2005 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. A graduate of the University of California, Pearson is married and lives in Cape Town and London. She has traveled to more than 90 countries, 25 in Africa
Carol Penn established her career as an international art dealer, appraiser, and consultant. She is also managing partner in her family's real estate investment company. Through her family foundation, she supports projects that focus on health and women's issues. Her interest in medical research is reflected in her board membership of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Florida and in funding organizations including the NYU Women's Wellness Clinic, Christopher Reeve Foundation, and the LIJ/North Shore University Hospital, where family funding has provided transportation for patients in need. Carol has supported such organizations as Migdal Ohr, which has improved the health and educational prospects for 6,000 refugees in Israel, and the East Harlem Tutorial Program, which strives to improve academic skills for 500 children annually. She has served on several museum boards, including the Nassau County Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum and is a patron for many other renowned art institutions. She lectured at the Cloisters Museum of Medieval Art, worked in the sculpture department at Christie's Auction House, and was director of the Weintraub Gallery in New York. While raising four children, Carol directed much of her efforts to community education, including serving on the Great Neck School District Board of Advisors and helping organize the Columbia University Extension Program, the North Shore Chapter of the Archaeological Society, and one of the first scholarly exchanges between the US and China. Carol received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in art history from Hofstra and Columbia University.
Carol Perrin is an entrepreneur involved in independent projects, with focuses on various industries including entertainment, real estate, and farming. She is keenly interested in social and political issues, particularly education, civil liberties, and those affecting women and girls. Before retiring from the practice of law in 2009, Perrin was a principal shareholder and attorney at law with Greenberg Traurig LLP. She opened Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles office as its initial managing partner and focused on national and international business and tax matters and the representation of high net worth individuals. Earlier in her career, Perrin was the first female partner at Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown, and Baerwitz, whose members included Governor Pat Brown and Joseph Ball, a member of the Warren Commission.
Based in Hong Kong, Jayne Plunkett is responsible for Asian and Australian markets. She has worked over 17 years in the insurance industry, holding various technical and management roles at Swiss Re as well as previous employers. Plunkett received a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from Drake University. She is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Ernesta RediErnesta Redi is an entrepreneur, scientist, consultant and collaborator. She also serves as a special advisor to Omnia Strategy LLP, a pioneering international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments corporate and private clients based in London, and as a consultant to APCO Worldwide Inc., a global communications firm with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her main focus is on important issues that relate to gender, especially empowerment of girls and women in the Balkan region. In 2011, Ernesta founded and launched the She is the Key campaign, that works on providing mentorship and employment opportunities to girls and young women in the region. In partnership with Women's Campaign International, Ernesta organized several workshops focusing on women empowerment in economy and the business sphere in the Balkans. She has advised governments, heads of state and corporate clients in public and business diplomacy, investment promotion and communication strategies. Ernesta is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. She is also in the leadership circle of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ernesta graduated from Imperial College London with a Master’s of Science in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses and established her first successful business in the medical diagnostic field at the age of 23, employing mostly women. Ernesta is fluent in four languages. She divides her time between London, Athens and Tirana.
Joyce Reuben was born in Teheran in 1949 and is of Iraqi-Jewish heritage. She attended an American missionary school, and then, at the age of 15, she moved to France where her parents resided. After graduating from Finch College in Manhattan in 1972, she moved to London to attend an interior decoration program. While there, she met her husband, who was in the real estate business. Thereafter she began to refurbish apartments in prime locations. Reuben and her husband created a company which grew to become the second most successful in the Estate Gazette's property list. Reuben's family ran the first successful western metals-trading company in the USSR in the 1990s. Those were very interesting times. The Iron Curtain had totally oppressed this rich and enterprising nation, and Reuben witnessed its re-awakening on a very personal level. Philanthropy is another major interest for Reuben. Her family's donation to the Great Ormond Street Hospital has made it the largest children's cancer hospital in Europe. The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, The Nancy Reuben Breast Cancer Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic are also recipients of the Reubens' donations. Reuben is also a patron of the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Maria Rontogianni has 20 years of experience in senior management positions in the US and Europe. Her expertise is internal auditing and has held the roles of regulator, consultant and internal auditor for major firms in the telecommunications and financial services industries. Noted for her communication and interpersonal skills, Maria has distinguished herself as a leader across cultures and industries. Since 2001, Maria has been based in Greece. She joined the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization “OTE” group in September 2009 as Chief Internal Auditor. OTE is the largest telecommunications provider in Greece, and a leading telecom group in Southeastern Europe. It is one of top five listed companies in capitalization on the Athens Stock Exchange and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Before joining OTE, Maria headed the Internal Audit department at WIND Hellas Telecommunications, SA from 2006–2009, an integrated telecommunications operator in Greece, where she also developed the procedures, tools, and teams for the establishment of Risk Management and Revenue Assurance departments. Prior to WIND, Maria formed the Audit Department of LAMDA Development, SA an Athens Stock Exchange listed company specializing in real estate development in Greece and Southeastern Europe. Maria was a consultant for Arthur Andersen upon moving to Athens in 2001. From 1994-2001, Maria distinguished herself in the financial services industry. While a vice president at J.P. Morgan, she audited emerging markets, FX and commodities businesses and later for Private Banking. She began her career at National Futures Association, a self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures industry after gaining a Bachelorʼs of Science degree in Public Accounting from Fordham University of New York.
Nancy Russell is chair and CEO of Krytar, a manufacturer of ultra broadband microwave components and test equipment used in commercial and military operations. Russell spent 25 years at Western Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads as director of risk management. In 1994 Russell left Southern Pacific and took over leadership of Krytar, a family business founded in 1975. Since she assumed control of the company, sales have increased over 100 percent and the company has moved into a larger, more modern facility in Silicon Valley to accommodate increasing demand for its products, which are used throughout the world. Russell has contributed countless hours of volunteer service to the San Francisco community and to nonprofit boards, including the San Francisco Food Bank, California Pacific Medical Center's Pacific Vision Foundation, The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Kara Grief Support Foundation, Family House at University of California Medical Center, as well as helping to feed the city's homeless population. Russell is active in the Women Presidents' Organization. She is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Since 1979, Sarina Russo has been changing lives through education, training, and recruitment. Today, the Sarina Russo Group employs more than a thousand people around the globe and has expanded into the UK and Western Europe. The Sarina Russo Group includes Sarina Russo Job Access UK, Sarina Russo Job Access Australia, Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Services, Russo Recruitment, Sarina Russo Schools Australia, James Cook University of Brisbane, Sarina Russo Vocational Health, and her property arm, Sarina Investments. Russo is also a member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs World Advisory Board. For 25 years she has hosted her own television show, How to Get That Job, and co-authored a motivational biography and business book, Meet Me at the Top! with Russ Gleeson.
Aida Sabo, Vice President, leads the Diversity/Inclusion Center of Excellence at Cardinal Health. Her focus is developing long term Global Workforce Diversity Strategy in partnership with the leadership team and key functions of Cardinal Health. Prior Aida led the Corporate Diversity Function at EMC in Hopkinton, MA. Before EMC, Aida was Diversity Director at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, California. A child of Mexican immigrants – born in Michoacán, Mexico, Aida moved to the U.S. when she was three years old. With a passion for learning, she excelled, ultimately getting her BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, specializing in electromagnetics. Aida continued her education by completing Engineering graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley Extension and Georgia Tech. She has also completed Executive Education at Harvard, JFK School, Harvard Extension, UCLA and Stanford University. In 2006 she was selected to be a fellow with the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Hewlett Packard's first Latino Employee Network, La Voz, was founded by Aida, where she led the network as President. She chaired the Silicon Valley Antennas and Propagation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) for six years. Outside of her academic and career interests, Aida's passion – both on and off the job – is helping at-risk youth through her commitment to education and mentoring opportunities. Aida's work has focused on encouraging youth to obtain higher degrees, primarily in the math and science fields.
Holly Taylor Sargent is the founding director of the Harvard Kennedy School Women's Leadership Board. She is also the founder and CEO of HTSargent LLC, a consulting firm specializing in creative and entrepreneurial advice to nonprofit organizations and individual philanthropists. Drawing upon Sargent's extensive background and broad reach across industries, functions, and geographies, HTSargent LLC helps people and companies explore extraordinary opportunities, manage and sustain their philanthropic vision, and maximize revenue income. Her primary client is The Rhodes Trust, the British charity providing the Rhode Scholarships. After serving for 15 years as the senior associate dean for external relations and strategy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Sargent was promoted to senior associate dean for advancement and senior director for women's initiatives for the entire University. In this capacity, she created several University-wide fellowships and was responsible for expanding support for programs related to women. Concomitant with her successful fundraising career, Sargent has been instrumental in launching and supporting other institutions supporting women. In addition to developing the Women's Leadership Board, Sargent was the founding director of the Council of Women World Leaders, she served on the Women Leaders Initiative of the World Economic Forum, and she currently serves on the international advisory board for the Cherie Blair Women's Foundation. With her daughters, she recently founded the global not-for-profit, Girls for Good, aimed at building self-esteem in girls affected by western culture while connecting them with girls facing other significant challenges around the world. Sargent's other board commitments include Cloud Industries, Inc., People's United Bank, Right To Play, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
Carol Schwartz has extensive experience in business, property, community organizations and has been a director on public company and government boards. Carol is currently the Chairman of Our Community. Some of Carol's other directorships include Director, Stockland, Director, Yarra Capital Partners, Director, Bank of Melbourne, Director, Qualitas Property Partners, Executive in Residence at Melbourne Business School, council member of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, member of the City of Melbourne Enterprise Advisory Board and member of the Milken Global Advisory Board. Carol's previous roles include Deputy Chair Australian Women Donors Network, Chair of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT) and President of the Property Council of Australia. Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honors list in 2006 for her achievements in business and commerce and her contribution to community and the arts; Carol also received the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service as a leading business executive and board participant. Together with her husband Alan and four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation. The Trawalla Foundation invests in social enterprises and opportunities that focus on arts, ideas, innovation and scholarship. Carol has also recently initiated the Women's Leadership Institute Australia, a for purpose organization focused on promoting women's leadership in Australia.
Angela Schwers is the senior vice president of human resources for Pearson Education North America. She has been in this position since March 2007. Schwers joined Pearson in 1999 as the vice president of employee relations after starting her career at Simon & Schuster. As SVP of human resources, Schwers is responsible for managing the day-to-day human resources function as well as being a strategic partner to the organization on a wide variety of business-related issues. Schwers was one of the earliest proponents of balancing work and life within the publishing industry. She has been helping employees navigate their work and personal lives since 1993 by implementing various programs ranging from flexible work schedules to emergency child and elder care programs. Pearson Education was the first publishing company to make the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers List. Schwers was named an honoree of TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) in 2000. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial psychology.
With more than 20 years of experience in the television industry, Paula M. Shugart is a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences. As president of the Miss Universe Organization, producer of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants, Shugart oversees all business transactions and is responsible for the production of the live worldwide telecasts each year. Shugart joined MUO in 1998 as the Vice President of Production and in 2001 was appointed President by Donald J. Trump who, incidentally, had never met Shugart but had noticed her outstanding work within the company. Shugart holds a BS in Communications from Ohio University. She currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council to the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and is a recipient of the University's prestigious Medal of Merit for Achievement in Entertainment and Television Production.
Born in Baghdad in 1958, Nada Simon was orphaned at the age of five and raised by three households of extended family, ultimately arriving in the United States in 1973. Once here, she knew her future was in her own hands. “I could wallow in self-pity,” she says, “or I could use my past as fuel to make something of my future.” She immersed herself in education and the language and culture of her new home. She worked to support herself while earning a BA in business administration; she then joined Ford Motor Company in sales and distribution and was quickly promoted to PR/HR recruiting. In 1986, the CEO of a small start-up oil company asked Simon to work for him, and in a leap of faith, she joined him, his truck, and his driver in pursuit of success. Ultimately, they married, and their perseverance, hard work, and endless determination brought their vision to life. Today, Atlas Oil markets in 24 states with sales projected at $1.6 billion for 2010, the largest wholesale oil company in the Midwest. In 2005, Simon and her husband established a charitable foundation and started Atlas Cares, a nonprofit focused on direct community building that hosts an annual Marine holiday party at Selfridge Air Base, and sponsors Atlas Park, a neighborhood playground in Taylor, Michigan. Simon is passionate about supporting and empowering communities and working to inspire young women to be strong, independent, and successful, regardless of the obstacles society and culture sometimes puts in their way.
Malvika Singh is the founder and managing director of IMPACT, an international consulting and leadership development firm with offices in Switzerland and the U.S.A. She has over twenty years of experience as a successful leader in a multicultural environment. She works with CEOs, senior executives, and teams in the areas of organization and leadership development, culture change initiatives, high-performance team development, innovation, and one-on-one coaching. Malvika has worked as a consultant in the chemicals, financial, hi-tech, re-insurance, pharmaceutical, beverages, not for profit, and educational sectors. Her clients include Alcan, American Express, Carlsberg, Credit Suisse, DuPont, eBay, The Gates Foundation, Holcim, McKinsey & Company, Novartis, PWC, Sandoz, SBI, Siemens, Skype, Syngenta, Swiss Re, and UBS. Her work focuses on the creation of innovation by design, and she specializes in working with individuals and organizations to create breakthrough results. Malvika created W! - a cross company women’s leadership initiative in Switzerland. The group aspires to create a breakthrough for women in the workplace by increasing women representation to 20%, by the year 2020, in senior management positions. Member companies include McKinsey & Company, IKEA, PWC, Credit Suisse, GE, Syngenta, Swiss RE, Siemens, and Google. Malvika worked for over 10 years at Engelhard Corporation, a $4 billion, Fortune 500 company where she established and headed their European operations. Having worked and lived in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, she has a good understanding of what it takes to be successful in an international environment. Malvika is fluent in English, Italian and Hindi, and has some knowledge of German and Spanish. Malvika earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University, and Organizational Gestalt Diploma from Metanoia Institute. She is a member of Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board (WLB), is a lecturer at the Lorange Institute of Business, and was formerly affiliated with Ashridge University and CCL. She resides in Zurich, Switzerland.
Valerie Sorbie is chief administrative officer, BMO Capital Markets. Previously she was SVP, office of strategic management, where she was responsible for driving implementation programs for the top two to three enterprise strategic initiatives for BMO Financial Group. Before joining BMO in 2007, Sorbie was an executive consultant for Bell Canada. She also has been chief operating officer in several software companies from 2001 to 2007, including Kintera, a publicly traded software company for nonprofit organizations in San Diego; AudienceView Software, a ticketing and CRM company for theatre, sports, and entertainment in Toronto; and Trapeze Software, an international scheduling and CRM company for transit and paratransit in Toronto. She has held executive positions at Amdocs's internet division in Toronto, London, and Tel Aviv, and Solect Technology Group, an internet billing company in Toronto acquired by Amdocs in 2000. Before entering the software industry, she was a management consultant with A. T. Kearney's strategy and transformation practices in Toronto from 1991 to 1999 and Omega Strategy Partners in London from1987 to 1990. Sorbie holds an honors BA from the University of Western Ontario, a premier diploma from the University of Grenoble, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Lois Stark spent years as a producer of documentary films for NBC Network News, working out of Washington, DC, and New York City and filming in Abu Dhabi, Israel, Cuba, Liberia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and throughout the US. Her independently commissioned films for Stark Productions covered medical research, architecture, the American family, globalization, and art. Awards for these films include an Emmy, two CINE Golden Eagles, two Golds from the Film Festival of the Americas, and a Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association. In civic life she has been on the board of trustees or directors of Sarah Lawrence College, St. John's School, the Alley Theatre, Texas Children's Hospital, the Ransom Center, Humanities Texas, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. She has been honored as a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, the Philosophical Society of Texas, and the Center for Houston's Future. Currently, she writes and presents imaged talks on The Web and the Ladder, a visual tour of worldviews, from migratory to modern times. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds two Master of Arts degrees, in education and communications.
Liora Sternberg was president and director of Eagle Trading Systems Inc., a money management firm in Princeton, NJ. From the time she founded the company in 1993 until her departure in 2011, Eagle grew to manage over $2 billion in assets. Eagle invests in global macro opportunities based on computer decision models which guide it to participate in a wide range of commodities, currencies, stock indexes, and fixed income markets. Prior to Eagle, Mrs. Sternberg amassed over 15 years of computer industry experience. As the manager of General Insurance's computer department, she initiated and supervised the development and implementation of a wide range of computer applications. Mrs. Sternberg is an active participant in several charitable associations and art foundations. She serves on the board of the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Association and is part of the Chairman Council for the Whitney Museum. In addition, Mrs. Sternberg founded and was formerly president of the American Friends of Batsheva dance company and she currently continues to serve on its board. Mrs. Sternberg received a BA in computer science and philosophy from Bar Ilan University in 1982. After moving to the United States in 1992, Mrs. Sternberg studied the financial markets with emphasis on the design of computerized trading systems.
Fredericka “Fredi” Stevenson is chair emeritus and cofounder of Summer Search Boston—an organization whose mission is to identify low-income high school youth who demonstrate resiliency in overcoming hardship and the desire to help others. She is a member of the National Summer Search Board, NPR Foundation Board, WBUR Board of Overseers, and on the boards of The Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Fellows of the Harvard Art Museums. She is married to Howard H. Stevenson, a professor and senior associate dean at Harvard Business School. She has four daughters and three stepsons.
Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for experts. Specializing in personal branding for high-fee markets, she has launched thousands of thought leaders since 1987. Sullivan is a popular speaker throughout the US and Canada on why buyers buy in lucrative markets and strategies that position experts for those opportunities. Her market intelligence updates are distributed in 18 countries. Sullivan has served twice on the editorial board for Professional Speaker magazine, and currently serves as contributing editor for RainToday.com, a prominent community of 30,000 professional service firms. Her articles have been published in Presentations and USA Today magazines and the Handbook of Business Strategy. Sullivan has also been quoted in mainstream media such as Fortune.com, The New York Times, and Investor's Business Daily. Her work and views have appeared in books such as Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich, Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanney, and Getting Started in Consulting by Alan Weiss. The first in her family to graduate from college, Sullivan earned her BA in journalism, with a public relations emphasis at the University of Oklahoma. She lives in Tempe, AZ with her husband Larry, her favorite geek.
Mary Green Swig founded and runs an internationally recognized, award-winning design firm, Mary Green Enterprises, which produces intimate apparel of the finest natural fibers, especially silk, all manufactured in China. Grounded in sustainable business practices and seeking the best in human values, Green Swig has employed workers and factories in China and has significantly raised their standards of living. As an author she has written How to Be an Importer and Pay for Your World Travel, a pioneering guide to importing. Green Swig serves on the board of organizations whose roles are the betterment of society, humanity, and the environment. At Solar Electric Light Fund, she has helped to bring energy to rural communities off the grid. At Americans for Cures Foundation, she is helping to implement the work of the pioneering stem cell research agency of the state of California. At Presidio World College, she oversees an MBA program in sustainable management. As a member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, Green Swig has taken major positions for women's rights. She has been active in numerous political campaigns and is recognized in Speaker Pelosi's Committee of 100. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors in political science, and her tireless energy and great problem-solving capabilities have helped to better the world.
Davia Temin is president and CEO of Temin and Company, an international reputation and crisis management, strategic marketing, and public affairs consultancy. Temin and Company helps major organizations create, enhance, and save reputations. In addition, Temin coaches 16 CEOs on issues surrounding leadership, board, executive, and financial strategies and communications and serves as the spokesperson for major organizations during crisis. She conducts media, presentation skills, and crisis management training and has appeared as a guest on every network in the US and numerous television shows around the world. Prior to starting Temin and Company in 1997, Temin was head of corporate marketing of General Electric Capital Services, reporting to the chair and CEO. Previously, she was head of marketing of Schroders, the international investment bank; director of corporate marketing of Scudder, Stevens and Clark; vice president and director of marketing of Citicorp Investment Bank; and director of public affairs of Columbia Business School. An honors graduate of Swarthmore College, she has served as a trustee of Swarthmore and attended Columbia University for her master's degree. Temin is also the first vice chair of the board of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and chair of the board of Video Volunteers. She has been chair of the board of Women's eNews and currently serves on numerous other boards, including the Cleveland Clinic Institute. She is featured in several books, including Wall Street Women, and is currently writing a book on crisis management.
Linda Kaplan Thaler has created some of the most successful and memorable advertising in America. Much of her work has become part of pop-culture, including the Toys R Us “I Don't Wanna Grow Up” jingle, Kodak Moments, Clairol Herbal Essences' “Yes, Yes, Yes” campaign and the Aflac duck quack heard round the world. Today, Kaplan Thaler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer of the Kaplan Thaler Group. Founded in 1997, the Kaplan Thaler Group is ranked one of the top agencies in the U.S. with clients such as Aflac, Procter & Gamble (Aussie, Dawn, Cascade and Swiffer), Napa Auto Parts, Pfizer, Supervalu, U.S. Bank and Wendy's. Kaplan Thaler is also a best-selling author and television personality. Her three collaborations with coauthor Robin Koval, Bang!, The Power of Nice, and The Power of Small, have all received national recognition. In 2005, Linda hosted the Oxygen television series “Making It Big,” and she has also appeared on Donald Trump's “The Apprentice” as a judge. Kaplan Thaler's creative talents have earned her the prestigious New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, the Advertising Woman of the Year Award from Advertising Women of New York, the New York Women in Film and Television's Muse Award, and 13 Clio's, among many others. Kaplan Thaler was a Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude graduate of CCNY, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in music. She currently sits on the Advisory Council for The Colin Powell Center at CCNY and recently completed her term as the 2010/2011 President of New York Women in Communications.
Lynn B. Thoman's professional activities include philanthropy, international business and education. She is co-President of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, which focuses on education and health care. In addition to being co-President of the Lowenstein Foundation, she is Managing Partner of Corporate Perspectives, an investment and management advisory firm. Prior to that, she worked at American Express where she was responsible for marketing for Card, Travel and Travelers Cheques for all countries outside the United States. She also managed strategic planning and prior to that, she managed the foreign exchange exposure for all divisions of American Express. Ms. Thoman is co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and a member of the Board of Harvard Medical School, the Brookings Institution, and Philanthropy New York. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Council for Economic Policy Studies and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Business Executives For National Security, and the Global Philanthropists Circle. She holds a BA in economics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kelly Thompson was born in Tiburon, California on May 1st, 1967. She was educated at Sacred Heart Academy in New York and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY., in 1989 earning her BA in Political Science and Art History. After a press internship with Senator Alphonse D'Amato in Washington D.C, Kelly headed to Wall St., working first at Shearson Lehman and then at Alex Brown. Always style conscious, Kelly switched from the world of finance to marketing when Calvin Klein Cosmetics offered new opportunities. She subsequently joined L'Oreal USA, where she is currently Vice President, Public Relations and Communications, Giorgio Armani Beauty. Kelly is currently a member of both the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Association and the Fragrance Foundation. Additionally, Kelly has sat on the board of The Metropolitan Opera Junior Guild and The Boys and Girls Club of New York; she currently sits on the board of The Association to Benefit Children, and has recently become very supportive of the American Cancer Society. She is the mother of two young boys, Harrison and Crosby, and the wife of Stephen Thompson, Vice-Consul, at the British Consulate in New York. She resides with her family in Riverside, CT.
Emily Tong is Partner of Method Investments & Advisory, Ltd. Prior to joining Method, she was co-founder and president of EastGate Securities, LLC and EastGate Financial, Inc. Tong specializes in the securities industries in the US and China. Since 1993, she has been commuting between the two countries continuously. China's securities industry was only three years old when she began this parallel life, building on her vision of a solid financial services bridge between the Wall Street community and the China-based governmental, business, and financial communities. Included among her clients are senior executives of companies in the U.S. and China and high-level governmental officials in China. Her accomplishments also include co-founding two Sino-foreign joint venture companies in the 1990's. She actively built and managed as president of the first joint venture company with Lenovo Computers. For the first 15 years of her career, Tong worked for IBM in marketing and sales in its Wall Street office, in market management at its headquarters, and in product planning in three of its major development laboratories. Tong was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States alone at age 18. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science summa cum laude at the City University of New York, and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kathleen Valenti is the chair and CEO of the Valenti Foundation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Both foundations are dedicated to the nurturing and advancement of underprivileged children. She is also the senior VP of corporate development, Valenti Capital. Valenti is a former chair of the Heart of Gold Foundation in Detroit, Michigan, and a past board member of Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a master's degree in childhood development. Valenti is the mother of two children, Nicole Denvir of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Sam Valenti IV of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City.
Lauren Wachtler is a partner in the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in its New York City office, specializing in commercial and business litigation. She has served on the executive committee and in the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association since 2006, has chaired its Committee for Lawyers in Transition since 2006, and has served as a member of the Task Force on Wrongful Convictions since 2008. She is a member of the Special Committee on Youth Courts of the State Bar. She served as chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association in 2004-2005, is a member of the section's executive and nominating committees, and chairs its evidence committee. She serves on the Commercial Division Advisory Committees of the State of New York and of New York County. Wachtler is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York, a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, a member of the advisory board of the “New Directions” program of Pace Law School, the advisory board of the Jewish Women's International, and the council for the Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Wachtler has been selected as one of New York's general litigation “Super Lawyers” since 2006. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (cum laude) and St. Johns University School of Law.
Deidra Wager, president of DJW and Company, spent 13 years as a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company. She was executive vice president, Retail North America, during the high-growth years and spent four years in Tokyo, Japan, as chief retail officer for Starbucks Japan. She currently serves on the governing council of IFMR Trust, based in Chennai, India, whose mission is to ensure complete access to financial services. She serves on the board of CARE USA, one of the world's largest humanitarian relief organizations, where she is a member of the management and audit committees. She is a founder and a current board member of the Lacewing Foundation, dedicated to education and maternal health of girls and women. Wager is majority partner in an organic farm and bed and breakfast in Hood River, Oregon. She also serves on the board of trustees of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has been a member of the Women's Leadership Board since 2003 and mentors Harvard Business School students. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Carola Wahl is senior vice president of indirect sales and service at Deutsche Telekom. Before that, she was the executive vice president of service and campaign management at T-Mobile. Wahl is a hands-on, results-oriented senior executive in the telecommunication, online, and media sector with broad experience in developing and implementing corporate strategies, driving operational excellence, and transforming companies to achieve breakthrough sales and service results. Wahl studied for her BA in European business administration at both Middlesex University and Reutlingen University. She also received an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austen, and has attended the executive management program at the London Business School.
Dr. Janet Walkow joined the faculty of the University of Texas in 2008, building on a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, where she led efforts ranging from R&D to corporate strategy. Leading the Drug Dynamics Institute, a collaborative research center, Walkow brings together scientists and investigators to work on novel solutions for disease and healthcare issues. The institute partners with university, industry, and community leaders to foster collaborations and develop ways to eliminate barriers to commercialization opportunities. Following her pharmaceutical executive career, Walkow founded MxV LLC, where she had the opportunity to work in a variety of business settings and lead strategic planning, communications, and integration activities. Her success and expertise in both scientific and business arenas blends technical, analytical, and leadership skills, allowing Walkow to effectively manage research programs, develop business strategies, and launch products and programs in the marketplace. A leader in efforts to empower women—both locally and around the world—Walkow works with organizations to provide goods and services that support women. She has initiated a number of Women in Science programs and serves as a coach and mentor helping women develop leadership skills. She is a co-founder of the Leading Women Project, designed to help women of all ages and professions learn to lead—both themselves and others. Walkow received her PhD from the University of Texas. She serves on the board of directors for the Health Promotion Council of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Advisory Council.
Claudia Walters is Founder and President of Chelsea Investor Relations, an international public relation firm. Chelsea works with growing companies to increase their international business and to help raise money for their expansion. Claudia Walters was an advisory board member of Commonwealth Associates, an investment and merchant bank that raises money for medium sized companies. She reported to the President and CEO of Commonwealth Associates . Walters was responsible for all foreign investments, specifically in Latin America and Europe. She held this position from 2003 until 2010. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is fluent in five languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, and Italian, and is also proficient in German. She has a JD summa cum laude and a PhD in International Law, both from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Walters is a member of the Argentinean School of Lawyers . Currently residing in New York City, she is a member of the Council of the Americas, which is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. She is an active member with the Silver Shield Foundation of New York, a charity dedicated to helping the widows and children of police officers and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. Silver Shield Foundation provides educational services, tutoring, and health exams. She is married and the mother of four children.
Anna Elise Walton is a consultant specializing in corporate governance, strategic organization design, and executive leadership. Earlier, Walton was a partner at Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Delta LLC and Delta Group Consulting) for over 18 years, where she led major projects and served as the corporate governance practice leader. Current and past clients include AES, AT&T, AXA-Equitable, Comverse Technologies, Fannie Mae, Ford, Hewlett Packard, Internap, Merck, Miller Brewing Company, Lucent, Pepsi, Pine Street Inn, Save the Children, Tyco, TXU, Unilever, and Xerox. Her recent work includes projects on board assessment, CEO evaluation and succession planning, and executive leadership development, in both the public and not for profit sectors. Walton also works with the Conference Board, the Yale Millstein Center for Governance and Corporate Performance, and the National Association of Corporate Directors on organizational and governance topics. Walton received a BA from Bowdoin College, an MA from Columbia University Teachers College, and a PhD jointly from Harvard University and Harvard Business School. She has taught in the executive MBA programs of Columbia University and the NYU Stern School, and served on the board of the Scarsdale Congregational Church.
Lara J. Warner is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Chief Operating Officer for the Investment Banking division. Based in New York, Ms. Warner is a member of the Investment Banking Executive Committee, and, with responsibility over the Investment Bank’s finance function, she is a member of several finance-related committees. Ms. Warner is also a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee and several other Asia-regional committees. Prior to her current position, Ms. Warner was the Chief Financial Officer for the Investment Banking division. From 2009 to 2010, she was the Global Head of Fixed Income and Economic Research and a member of the Fixed Income Operating Committee, and, from 2004 to 2009, she was the Head of US Equity Research. Ms. Warner joined Credit Suisse in 2002 as a senior equity research analyst covering the Cable Television, Wireline and Wireless Telecommunications Services and Satellite industries. Before joining the Bank, Ms. Warner was a Senior Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers, where she covered the Cable Television industry since 2001. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. Warner spent ten years at AT&T, holding various positions including Director of Investor Relations and Chief Financial Officer for AT&T’s nationwide Competitive Local Exchange business unit. Ms. Warner is the co-chair of the Credit Suisse Americas Women’s Network. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Board of the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program. Ms. Warner holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.
Hilda West is a seasoned, strategic HR leader, with over 18 years of experience working in and managing many facets of human resources. Passion¬ate about making organizations more successful by engaging employees in company goals and strategy and helping them to be their best, she is a strategic thinker with a focus on the big picture and the bottom-line. West has managed staff and projects globally, has extensive experience in executive coaching, talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations and team-building; all of which she approaches with high energy, enthusiasm and empathy. West joined The Clorox Company in 2011. As Vice President, HR Strategic Consulting she is accountable for the organization’s talent management strategy as well as HR program development and operations. Before joining Clorox, West served as SVP, HR for LeapFrog Enterprise Inc., an educational toy manufacturer and prior to that managed Talent Management at Autodesk, Inc. a Fortune 500 software company. Before initiating her HR career, West worked as a professional option trader with the O’Connor Partnerships (now a division of UBS). West received her MBA from the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Boston University. West serves on the Board of Directors of First Place for Youth, a non-profit organization that supports foster kids as they learn to support themselves as responsible adults and she is also co-chair for her local chapter of Dining for Women, a Giving Circle dedicated to relieving the burden of extreme poverty for women around the world.
With over 28 years in the financial services and banking industries, Shana Warshaw has advised tax-exempt organizations, businesses, and private clients of significant wealth with an emphasis on complex financial, investment, and organizational issues. For the past 10 years her focus has been on serving the specific financial and personal needs of clients that are supported by the necessity of a family office structure. Currently, Warshaw is a senior director of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, responsible for implementing client solutions for the company's family office services group. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Warshaw applied her leadership skills as president and chief operating officer to Paul Comstock Partners. There she was primarily responsible for the profitability, growth, and strategic direction of the company, as well as managing staff. She took the firm to nearly $2.5 billion in client assets. Just prior to her role at Comstock, she was director of foundation services for Wells Fargo Bank's Private Client Services. At Wells Fargo, she created a national business model to serve the broad financial needs of private foundations and their associated families and trustees, ultimately yielding success for clients and Wells Fargo. Warshaw received her BS in business administration/finance from California State University, Chico. She has earned industry-related educational certificates and licenses and received company awards for leading sales efforts and affecting positive teamwork. Warshaw is actively involved in many charitable organizations, for which she has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles.
An advocate of women's leadership for more than 30 years, Marie Wilson is founder and president of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in order to build a richly diverse, genuinely representative democracy. Since its inception, The White House Project has been a pioneer in advancing women's leadership in every sphere—political and social, cultural and economic. Under Wilson's stewardship, innovative research and programming initiatives have been hallmarks of The White House Project. Highlights of the last decade include groundbreaking research; the launch of SheSource.org, a database with over 330 women experts; two national leadership summits; and “Vote, Run, Lead,” a training program that has given more than 1,000 women the tools they need to run for office. An innovator and change-maker, Wilson's ultimate goal is to transform American culture so that women are perceived as leaders. Wilson has been profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” column, and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio, and other national programs.
Erin Wolf has more than 25 years of executive experience and has worked for well-respected firms such as Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, and Salomon Brothers Inc. Currently, she is the managing partner of SuiteTrack, a firm dedicated to developing and accelerating the advancement of female professionals. SuiteTrack's programs—mentoring/coaching and workshops designed to develop female leaders—serve a broad spectrum of clients including The Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Newell Rubbermaid, McKesson, UPS, Kellogg, Dow Chemical, AT&T, Sears, and many more. Wolf is also in partnership with Michigan State's Eli Broad College of Management and the University of South Carolina's Moore College of Business where she creates and delivers executive education programs to women professionals. Before founding SuiteTrack, Wolf was managing director at Alvarez and Marsal, one of the country's top restructuring companies. Prior to that, she was vice president of strategy and business development for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and chief strategy officer for ChoicePoint, a $1 billion data services company. Wolf was also an associate partner at Accenture and earlier with Bain & Company. Her investment banking experience includes roles with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Goldman Sachs. A former nationally ranked tennis player and scholarship athlete, Wolf received her BA magna cum laude in economics and Spanish from Duke University and her MBA from Harvard University. Her publications include a book, Lessons from the Trenches: A Woman's Guide to Winning the Corporate Game, published in April 2009.
JoAnn M. Bourne is senior executive vice president of Global Treasury Management at Union Bank. Ms. Bourne is responsible for managing commercial deposit relationships and treasury management for all business segments ranging from the large corporates, specialty industries including real estate, government, financial institutions, and not-for-profits through small businesses above $2 million. Ms. Bourne also leads e-Business Solutions, Trust & Custody Product Management & Development. As part of her corporate responsibilities, Ms. Bourne serves as a member of Union Bank’s Executive Committee. Ms. Bourne also leads a joint initiative with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to provide global treasury services for multi-national companies where she is the Strategic Leader for the BTMU in the Americas and Union Bank. UnionBanCal is a wholly owned subsidiary of BTMU, which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In 2012 and 2011 Ms. Bourne was selected by American Banker Magazine as one of the top “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” American Banker (formerly US Banker) Magazine named Ms. Bourne one of the “25 Women to Watch” in the financial-services industry in 2010, 2005 and 2004. In 2006, the National Association of Women Business Owners named Union Bank, represented by Ms. Bourne, as the Corporate Partner of the Year. Ms. Bourne serves on the board of directors of PayCo (The Clearing House Company) and the Union Bank Foundation. She and her husband reside in Los Angeles, California.
Amy Tsui Luke is a Managing Director in Management Consulting at Accenture with a focus on providing strategic advice to financial services clients. She specializes in advising clients on innovative growth strategies, negotiating strategic alliances and change management. Amy has had an expansive 20-year career holding key management positions in the consulting, banking and media industries. Notably, Amy was previously a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, an investment banker at Credit Suisse, and a senior executive at Forbes. Although Amy is originally from Hawaii, she is extremely passionate about the New York Metro community and leads various mentoring, inclusion/diversity, and citizenship initiatives at Accenture. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association of Greater New York (where she was also a co-founding officer), the New York Venture Capital Association, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater New York and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Amy also serves on the Women’s Council for NPower. Amy is an active speaker and mentor to business executives and students – with a special passion towards helping other women. Amy holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Wellesley College. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
Valerie Mosley is Chairwoman of Valmo Ventures, which creates, advises, and partners with companies and efforts expected to grow profitably and generate value for society. Prior to Valmo Ventures, Valerie was Partner, Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP, an $800 billion global money management firm. Over a 20 year investment tenure at the firm, she personally managed billions in fixed income portfolios for public pension funds and other institutional investors. Valerie chaired Wellington’s Industry Strategy Group, which comprised equity and fixed income experts and identified key secular headwinds and tailwinds impacting specific industries. Valerie also established the firm’s Credit Strategy Research Team and was also a member of two of the firm’s key investment strategy groups, which established investment parameters for several of the firm’s fixed income mandates. Valerie serves on Obama’s Presidential Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Advisory Board for Diversity, and the Board of Directors of Mass Ventures, a public-private venture fund in Massachusetts. She also serves on the Board of Governors of The State of the USA. Valerie is a graduate of Duke University, where she was President and Vice President of the student body. She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Valerie has been honored several times as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in the country and one of the Top 50 and 75 African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Regina Scully is dedicated to transforming lives and culture through media, education, and healing projects. Ms. Kulik Scully is the Founder/CEO of the Artemis Rising Foundation, an organization established to build awareness, give voice to social issues, and inspire change in our consciousness and culture. As an Executive Producer of the 2012 Oscar Nominated, Sundance Award-winning documentary The Invisible War, Regina Kulik Scully founded the Artemis Rising Invisible War Recovery Program, to provide support and break-through trauma treatment to support Vets in the U.S. Military suffering from MST and PTSD. Ms. Kulik Scully is also an Executive Producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s representation of women and girls has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Miss Representation made its national broadcast debut OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network (2011). As one of the leading media consultants and speakers in the country, Regina Kulik Scully is a the Founder of the following organizations/initiatives: CEO/Founder of RPR Marketing Communications, a premier Public Relations Agency in NYC; Athena Film Festival, affiliated with Barnard College, NYC - the first women’s film festival focused on supporting women Film Makers; and CBS radio show ‘Live with Robin Morgan’, produced by the Women’s Media Center, NYC. In addition to filmmaking, Regina Kulik Scully is deeply passionate about Education reform, and has helped launch and support some of the most successful inner city charter schools in the country: the Making Waves Academy Schools in Northern California and the Success Academy Schools, in NY. Ms Kulik Scully currently serves as a board member on the following Boards: Georgetown University Board of Regents; Stanford University Board of Philanthropy and Civil Society, CA; The Horace Mann School, NYC; Project ALS, NYC; Harvard Women’s Leadership Board; VDay Board; MissRepresentation.org; and the Women’s Media Center, NYC. Ms. Kulik Scully has a BS in Foreign Languages and Theology from Georgetown University. She lives with her husband John in San Francisco, CA. and NYC.
Analisa Balares is a global social entrepreneur, community builder, and convenor. She is the CEO and Founder of Womensphere, Convener of the Womensphere Global Summits, and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation. Analisa was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She was named by the US Filipina Women’s Network as one of 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America, and by UNO Magazine as one of 50 Most Powerful Filipinas in the World. She was honored by the National Minority Business Council with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award, and selected by the New Leaders Council as a 40 Under 40 New Leaders in America honoree. Analisa is formerly Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft’s blogging and social networking service. She launched her professional career in the Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking group, where she helped execute over $1.5 billion in IPOs and corporate financings for technology clients. Analisa holds an MBA from Harvard Business School; BA in Economics & Mathematics cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, and the International Baccalaureate from Lester Pearson United World College of the Pacific. In 1999, Analisa founded and co-chaired The Lyons Network, a leadership and career mentoring organization for young women. Analisa’s work started in her teens: She was recognized as a national Outstanding Junior Scientist by Philippine Shell Company, an Outstanding Youth Scientist by the Department of Science and Technology, and Philippine delegate to international science fairs for her team’s innovative work on wastewater pollution treatment, recycling, and alternative energy production. She was elected Senate President of the Inaugural Philippine Youth Environment Congress, where she led drafting the Philippine Youth Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Proposal for the first UN Earth Summit in Brazil. At the age of 16, she served as Youth Mayor of the City of Manila, where she co-created and signed 18 Mayoral Executive Orders which became law.
Pat Harris, McDonald's, and Nada Simon, WLB members