Rethinking Women's Leadership in Business

Contributors

Si Alhir

Transformation (Agility/Resilience/Antifragility) Leader – Entrepreneur, Author, Coach, Consultant, Practitioner

Entrepreneur, author, enterprise business agility/resilience/antifragility and digital transformation leader, coach, consultant, and practitioner (catalyst/alchemist) who partners with individuals, teams, and enterprises in calibrating business, strategy/foresight, leadership, culture/humanity, execution, and technology to achieve business outcomes and growth in a disruptive world — with over four decades of working with start-ups and the Fortune 500.

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Dr. Rohini Anand

Strategic Business Leader, Rohini Anand LLC

Dr. Rohini Anand is a strategic business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed cultures and built an iconic and enduring brand resulting in business growth. Most recently Dr. Rohini Anand was SVP Corporate Responsibility (CR)and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo where she was responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexo’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives (D&I), as well as Sodexo’s CR and wellness strategies.

Under Dr. Anand’s leadership, Sodexo received the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award, ranked in the top 10 of DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity for 11 consecutive years and was named Global Sustainability Industry Leader in its sector for 14 years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index . Sodexo’s remarkable global culture change, led by D&I, is featured in a Harvard Business School case study, Shifting the Diversity Climate: the Sodexo Solution as well as profiled in several books on global diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Anand is a published author and is the recipient of many accolades. She is on several boards including Charter Communications Advisory Board, Galt Foundation, Tent Partnership, WomenLift Health and Community Wealth Partners.

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Esther Aguilara

President & CEO, Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA)

Recognized as a social entrepreneur and turnaround specialist, leading scale-up, innovative change, and high-performance teams. I led the growth of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for 11 years as its President & CEO, where I spearheaded programs that transformed the life trajectory of hundreds of young Latinos across the country. 

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Subha Barry

President, Working Mother Media

Specialties: Marketing and Sales; Diversity & Inclusion innovation and execution. Seasoned executive with a unique perspective on business culture, talent and human capital. 30 years of career experiences in front line business, operational and leadership roles. Successful in innovating and leveraging opportunities to drive profitability. Proven track record of recruiting top talent and building cohesive, productive teams. Change agent linking people leadership to business results.

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Elizabeth Birch

VP, CBRE

Elizabeth Birch is a Vice President at the global commercial real estate firm, CBRE, where she specializes in corporate, trade association, law firm and nonprofit tenants. She combines her extensive legal expertise (Chief Litigation and HR Counsel, Apple Computer, Inc. & General Counsel Claris Corporation) with her extensive management and advocacy expertise to deliver exceptional outcomes for each client. Elizabeth is particularly interest in organizational culture and the way in which concepts of diversity and equity can inform the optimal design of a workplace.

Elizabeth received one of the top civil rights awards from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for her work in advancing LGBTQ equality. In 1995, she came to Washington DC to serve as President and CEO of the Human Rights Campaign. Birch and as her team saw the organization through a momentous decade of growth, visibility and helped to drive a cultural shift in the understanding of LGBTQ people. She introduced the HRC Corporate Equality Index and Workplace Project, both of which help usher in an era of workplace supportive policies for LGBTQ employees in every industry and in every corner of the country. While at HRC she helped established the organization’s award winning new HR Building. This showed her the power of intelligent real estate planning and the inspiration such a landmark can spark in pursuit of equality. She brings these lessons to her clients today.

Elizabeth is most energized when she is helping to drive systemic change to crack open opportunities and access for those traditionally left at the margins – and to drum out inequality wherever she sees it. Elizabeth majored in Oceanography and Political Science at the University of Hawai’I, received her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law . She has an Honorary PhD in Humanities for her civil and human rights work from the University of Hawai’i.

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Lynne Born

Strategic Advisor

Lynne Born is President of Wealth Architects, an independent wealth management firm located in Silicon Valley. We are a unique community of clients and team members who seek to redefine what wealth really means. We believe in understanding your personal values and defining what well-being means to you, your family and your business, and we help our clients (and our team members) bring this vision into reality.

As President, Lynne focuses on strategic planning, culture and growth strategies that drive the Firm forward. Lynne has extensive expertise in firm management for financial services, family office and the high-net-worth arena, specializing in business transformation and emerging technologies, succession planning, business development strategies and leadership and development for next generation leaders. Lynne was CEO and Partner with two nationally recognized, best-of-the-best high-net-worth financial firms in New York City and Silicon Valley, and led one of the largest Multi-Family Offices in the country serving high-net-worth business owners and multi-generational families.

Lynne was awarded Silicon Valley’s Woman of Influence Award and Women Who Make Their Mark; and has been a keynote speaker on leadership, diversity, artificial intelligence, technology, innovation, and women’s professional development. Lynne attended Northwestern University and achieved certification in Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Services Firms.

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Stephanie Breedlove

Co-Founder & CEO, Care.com HomePay

Stephanie Breedlove found her true calling as an entrepreneur over 25 years ago when it wasn’t trendy or cool, and she has never looked back. She co-founded HomePay in 1993, the nation’s largest household payroll and tax firm. Her startup grew to industry and national leadership over a 20 journey, and was acquired by Care.com in 2014.

Stephanie’s ability to combine scale and quality has made her a sought-after business expert and thought leader. Yet she has learned that her greatest offering is simply as an example to those on the entrepreneurial path behind her. Helping entrepreneurs “see it to be it.”

Stephanie is author of a best-selling book, All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World. She is an active angel investor and mentor, and is engaged with organizations that share her passion for strengthening entrepreneurship.

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Barb Bruno

President, Good as Gold

Barb is recognized internationally as one of the top experts in the Staffing and Recruiting Profession. She was selected by LinkedIn Learning to create 14 Recruiting Courses, which have had over 2 million participants worldwide and has developed audio courses for Listenable.

She has developed web-based Tutor training programs that have increased sales and profits for her clients. Barb also developed a private labeled Career Portal – Happy Candidate. This resource helps candidates you will not hire or place, and greatly improves the candidates’ experience. Later this year she will launch new Tutors including Add Flexible Staffing, Add Direct Hire, and the Talent Acquisition Tutor.

Barb has also held many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of NAPS, received Employment honors from both Illinois – The Lincoln Award and Indiana – The Ancil T. Brown Award. She was inducted into the NAPS Hall of Fame and was recognized as a Women of Merit for her many philanthropic endeavors. Barb also helped develop the Certification Program which provides best practices for IT and Engineering Recruiters and Account Executives, for Tech Serve Alliance.

On September 29, Kogan Page Publishing of London, released her book “High-Tech High-Touch Recruiting” which is being sold on Amazon, Target and Barnes and Noble.

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Jamie Candee

CEO, Edmentum

Jamie Candee leads Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth as President, CEO, and Board Director. She has served as CEO of Edmentum since 2017, and has extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Edmentum is a global education leader, delivering research-based digital curriculum, assessments for learning, and quality educational consulting.

As CEO, Jamie is focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the digital curriculum and assessments for learning they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Leading with an educator first approach Jamie ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind.

Jamie is an active member of her community, providing mentorship, speaking, and leading through a variety of volunteer opportunities and board memberships. Jamie founded Edmentum’s We Can Learn foundation, she is on the Board of Trustees for Visitation School, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Success and Learning Tree International. Jamie holds a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

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Dr. Deb Clary

Chief Encourager, Corp Director, Humana

Dr. Debra Clary is an executive with three decades of leadership experience with four F100 Companies; PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Brown-Forman and Humana.

Her broad based functional expertise spans from global operations & marketing, strategy development, human resources to corporate board and investor relations.

Her current Humana role includes responsibility for leadership, culture and organizational effectiveness for the office of the CEO.

Debra is also an author, international speaker, performer and an award winning film producer. She currently holds board positions with the Women Business Collaborative Advisory Council, Leadership Louisville Center, Women Influencing Louisville (founding member), and past positions with The Family Scholar House, Goodwill Industries, Spalding University Advisory Council, and American Heart Association.

Debra earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, a graduate degree from Central Michigan University and doctorate from The George Washington University.

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Dr. Velma Deleveaux

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Deleveaux is an accomplished strategy and transformation executive who brings over 25 years of experience as a change agent for government, academic institutions and commercial organizations. As a leader in Booz Allen’s Supply Chain Risk Management and Cybersecurity practice, she drives growth and creates value for clients – advising executives on effective strategies to launch new products and service offerings, improve operational efficiencies and navigate organizational transformations. She is responsible for P&L, account strategy, client relationship management, risk management and external partnerships. She works across the Firm to deliver technology, engineering, science, cyber, digital and analytics solutions that address the toughest challenges. Booz Allen is a leading$ 7.8B firm, providing management consulting, technology and engineering services to commercial, international clients and the US government.

Background

Co-founded a management consultancy – developed growth strategies, launched products, created innovative partnerships and secured venture capital for technology companies.

Served as Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University and Morgan State University; Led research programs for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Community Service

Million Women Mentor for women entrepreneurs; USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker; Senior Advisor, Booz Allen African American Forum; Penn State College of Engineering Industrial Partnership for Action.

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Denise DiPiano

Strategic Human Resource Leader

Visionary HR leader offering integrity, creativity, and quality, leveraging 20 years of corporate experience to assist organizations in reshaping their approach from traditional Human Resource mindset to one that embraces todays business needs to become and remain agile.

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Pam Eason

President & CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – Board Member, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair (2002-current). National Minority Supplier Diversity Council – Global Committee Member (2008-current). Received ISM CPSM certification in 2009. ISM/AT Kearney CSSL Board of Trustees in 2010.

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Donald Fan

Senior Director Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Walmart Inc.

Donald Fan serves as senior director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Walmart Inc. In that role, Donald has been responsible for leading various functional areas at different times, including strategy development, marketing & communications, analytics, business insights, program design & implementation, and stakeholder relations. Prior to it, Donald worked in Walmart Information System Division with various technical and analytical roles. Donald provides thought leadership in the subject areas like digital transformation, diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, workforce transformation through published articles, public speeches, and panel discussions at various venues. Donald was recognized with multiple accolades, including 2019 Top 15 Champions for Global Diversity.

Donald volunteers his time, resource, and leadership by serving on various boards, including board director of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Leadership Board of Diversity MBA Magazine, Advisory Board of LinkedIn, Business Intelligence Board of the Chief Learning Officer Magazine and others. Donald taught college in China before he came to the United States for graduate studies.

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Janine Firpo

Social Innovator and Author, Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World

Janine Firpo is a seasoned values-aligned investor and social innovator, with a long history of working at the intersection of women and their money. From the early years of Apple Computer to senior positions with Hewlett-Packard, the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Janine has always found herself making an impact. In 2017 she left a successful 35-year career in technology and international development to focus on how women can create a more just and equitable society through their financial investments. Her book, Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World, was a collaborative effort with over 40 financial experts and a larger team of reviewers. It will be published in May by Wiley.

Janine walks her talk. She is taking action to move all her own assets into investments she feels good about and is watching them grow with market-rate returns. She is also a lead investor in Next Wave Impact, an impact fund designed to help more women become angel investors. And, she chairs the board of Zebras Unite, an organization that is developing the capital structures, community, and culture that non-unicorn start-up businesses need to thrive.

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Edie Fraser

Chief Executive Officer at Women Business Collaborative

Edie is Ceo of non-profit Women Business Collaborative accelerating women leaders in business. Edie remains a Man Dir of Diversified Search. Edie was Chairman & Founder of STEMconnector® and its Million Women Mentor(MWM) Initiative building the one stop communications and best practices Initiative for STEM. She served as a vice Chair of Diversified Search where she previously directed the Washington and government business. She brings to her role over four decades of experience in supporting diversity at the most senior levels of corporations, organizations and government in the U.S. and globally.

Prior to joining Diversified Search and STEMconnector(R) , Edie was Founder and CEO of Diversity Best Practices (DBP), a member service for diversity practitioners where she designed the CEO Diversity Leadership program, including the prestigious CEO Diversity Awards. She was publisher of the CEO Magazine, The Diversity Primer and The Diversity Officer. Edie is also the founder of the Business Women’s Network (BWN).

Edie has won 53 major leadership awards for Diversity, Women, STEM, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Edie is in the Enterprising Women’s Hall of Fame and a founding member of C200 and received the Mosaic Award from Diversity Woman. Edie was The first woman Chair of the World Affairs Council of DC and a member of The Economic Club of Washington DC, Honorary or Advisory Boards of several major organizations such as ATHENA and Enterprising Women and its Foundation. She served for four years on the National Board of SCORE given her commitment to her Dad who served SCORE for many decades. Edie helped to build the Women’s Advisory Board of Office Depot. She formed the Women’s Advisory Board for Inter-Continental Hotels. Edie has served on the Board for the Business School at the University of Maryland, the Journalism School of the University of Tennessee, and the Women’s Center in Nigeria, and has been honored by all three. Edie is active on several community boards and had been an officer of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the National Capital Area for 26 years.

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Judith Goldkrand

Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Judith Goldkrand, a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank, is  the Commercial Banking Leader in San Francisco, California. Judith has more than 25 years of experience in banking including Corporate Finance, Private Banking, and Business Banking.

Judith serves on the Commercial Banking D&I Council and co-chairs the marketplace outcomes committee. She is a board member of the Women Presidents’ Organization  and the Chair of the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization. In addition, Judith serves on the board of directors of Equal Rights Advocates and is co-chair of the development committee. She is a board member of WBEC-Pacific (Women’s Business Enterprise Council) and is a mentor with Million Women Mentors.

In 2013, Judith was named one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Times.  She has also been awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership and the Jim Brooks Young Leadership Award by the Jewish Community Federation. In 2016, Judith was honored with the President’s Award from the Women Presidents’ Organization. Most recently, Judith was awarded the Industry Leader Award by the Professional Business Women of California.

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Lorraine Hariton

CEO, Catalyst

Lorraine Hariton is CEO of Catalyst where she works with CEOs of some of the largest corporations to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. Previous to that she spent 25 years in various senior-level positions in Silicon Valley including CEO of two venture-backed start-ups before being appointed by President Obama to be Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the US Department of State (September 2009 – February 2014). More recently she is SVP for Global Partnerships for the New York Academy of Sciences where she has been instrumental in establishing the Global STEM Alliance. She currently serves on the board of Quotient Technologies (NYSE:QOUT). Previously she has served on numerous public, private, nonprofit and government boards of directors. She began her career at IBM in sales.

Ms. Hariton’s expertise includes technology (cloud computing, telecommunications, IoT, retail POS, music technology, speech recognition, and cybersecurity), entrepreneurship, enterprise sales and marketing, global board service, business, diversity, and inclusion, government affairs, STEM and digital transformation.

Ms. Hariton has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University. She has two grown children and resides in New York City. She loves to cycle, play tennis, enjoys the out of doors and international travel.

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Felicity Hassan

Managing Director of Audeliss & Board Member at Women Business Collaborative

I lead two businesses out of New York: Audeliss is a retained search firm that works to level the playing field for diverse talent in the Executive suite and Board room; INvolve is a membership and advisory firm looking to drive inclusion and belonging.

I started my career in London and moved to New York in 2008 where I had the opportunity to partner with a great Executive Search firm to build out their Corporate Governance practice. My focus expanded significantly when I moved in-house to build out the global talent acquisition team for Bloomberg and subsequently Audible, an Amazon company. Leading Talent Acquisition in-house provided a unique insight in to the strategic priorities of our clients and where search can fall short, Audeliss offers thoughtful partnership committed to creating an authentic, diverse and innovative workplace.

In addition to leading Audeliss and INvolve I also sit on the CEO council for NICSA/The Diversity Project and am co-Chair of the Advisory Council for WBC (The Womens Business Collaborative). I am an active member of Luminary NYC and am incredibly grateful for the ability to partner with a plethora of other non profit organizations as we collectively seek equal pay and opportunity for all.

We have experienced bold strides in diversity and inclusion over the past few decades but we still have a long road ahead! As a mother of two and a member of a mixed race family, our dual purpose to recruit and retain difference, resonates personally and professionally. We are committed to driving an agenda that will remove bias and expedite the pace of change.

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Alex Jung

Board Director, Investor and Strategic Advisor, former Partner and Head of Europe at Oak Hill Advisors

Alexandra Jung is a global business leader and investor with over 25 years in the investment management and financial services sector, including executive leadership roles based in London and New York for Oak Hill Advisors, Goldman Sachs and Greywolf Capital. In addition to her deep global financial markets experience, she has extensive board experience with expertise in driving strategic change, business transformation, M&A, financing and restructuring across a diverse set of sectors internationally.

Most recently Alexandra was a Partner and Head of European Investments at Oak Hill Advisors, In addition to global portfolio management responsibilities, Alexandra led the build out of the European business, serving as Chairman of European Oak Hill boards and management committees as well as serving on the Global Investment Strategy Committee, various fund Investment Committees and the firm’s Valuation Committee. Alexandra currently serves on the Board of NVR Inc. (NYSE:NVR) and serves on the Advisory Board of several private companies.

Alexandra has been an avid supporter of women investors and business owners. She was recognized by 100 Women in Finance as the recipient of the European Leadership Award and as one of 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by The Hedge Fund Journal.  She serves as a Trustee of Bucknell University. She is frequently quoted in Bloomberg and other financial press in addition to being a frequent speaker at industry leading conferences.  She holds an MBA from Kellogg and a B.A., cum laude, from Bucknell University. As a lover of surfing, boating, diving and all things ocean, she is passionate about marine conservation globally.

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Alan Kamis

Vice President of Operational Excellence at NextGen Healthcare

Alan Kamis is the Vice President of Operational Excellence at NextGen Healthcare. Starting his career as a Paramedic within a University Health System, Alan learned the practical benefits of valuing outcomes over activities, leveraging trust as the cornerstone of leadership and using agility to prepare for uncertainty. After transitioning into Information Technology, he focused on project management, building PMO’s, and then organizational change and cultural transformation.

With a focus on being a trusted partner to the C-suite, a collaborator among business and technology leaders, and a mentor & coach to future leaders at every level, he not only helps others envision the future, but also leads them to pragmatically act in the here and now towards actualizing the future.

His previous positions include Vice President PMO & Technology Shared Services at the TriZetto Group; Director of Government Programs PMO, CVS Health; and Director, Emergency Medical Services.

Alan has spoken at Project World, the Global PMO Summit, and Catalyzing the Future, a global event involving thought leaders across the world in exploring the 2020 human crisis, as well has held workshops on topics such as “How to be more like a Goose than a Buffalo”, “Why colleagues choose not to collaborate” and “Closing the gap between Intentions and Outcomes”.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

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Andie Kramer

Partner & Founding Chair, Gender Diversity Committee

Andie has vigorously worked to remove discriminatory barriers to women’s career advancement for over 30 years. Despite her successful and demanding legal practice, Andie has helped thousands of women navigate both obvious and subtle gender-based obstacles to successful careers. Her keen insights into the nature and operation of gender bias and her pragmatic techniques for avoiding or overcoming these obstacles have made her a nationally recognized authority on gender discrimination, the nature and operation of stereotypes and biases, and practices and policies to increase women’s leadership opportunities. However, Andie believes strongly that gender is not the entire story. She has also focused her efforts on other workplace issues that hold women back in the workplace, including racial and ethnic biases, age biases, LGBTQ biases, and biases against mothers.

Andie is the co-author, with her husband, Al Harris, of Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition): Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (September 2020) and It’s Not You It’s the Workplace, Women’s Conflicts at Work and the Bias that Built It (August 2019). She is a co-author of the American Bar Association’s guide “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation.” She has written hundreds of articles and blog posts, and she’s a Forbes contributor.

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Rolddy Leyva

Vice President, Capital One, Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Rolddy Leyva is Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIB) for Capital One, a Fortune 100 company with nearly 50,000 associates serving millions of customers from offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India and the Philippines.

As the head of DIB for Capital One, and in partnership with Human Resources and business leaders, Rolddy and his team are responsible for building and advancing the strategic direction, deployment and alignment of the company’s diversity, inclusion & belonging initiatives.

Rolddy’s DIB leadership journey includes over 20 years of DIB experience with Anheuser-Busch Companies, Sodexo and Capital One.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Rolddy immigrated to the United States in 1980 and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his partner. Rolddy’s passion for DIB extends to his community involvement. He serves on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates – a global NGO advancing workplace awareness, equality, inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ people in the United States and around the world.

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Kimber Maderazzo

Chairman of the Board, Committee of 200 (C200)

Seasoned executive and experienced board member Kimber L. Maderazzo has been at the helm of pivotal initiatives, innovative growth strategies, and radical change within the Beauty, Cosmetics, and Health industry for more than 25 years.

Kimber transformed a $1B business into a more customer-oriented global enterprise in her operational role as EVP General Manager, Corporate Secretary of The Proactiv Company—a Nestlé Skin Health and Guthy-Renker joint venture. She delivered impressive performance gains, increasing annual revenue by $185M while slashing costs by $12M.

Prior to joining Guthy-Renker, Kimber gained valuable cross-functional and general management know-how and proved her ability to sharpen the competitive edge with Thibiant International, Inc.

An experienced Board Member, Kimber currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for C200 Women’s Executive Leadership Organization and the Executive Committee of Pepperdine University Board of Visitors.

In addition to Kimber’s passion for changing people’s lives through products that build confidence and self-esteem, she is also an enthusiastic people developer—of the talented teams she has led and within the community at large. Professor of Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine since 2011, Kimber is cultivating the next generation of business leaders.

Kimber holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Pepperdine University.

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Veronica Mallett

Executive Director Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College

Veronica Thierry Mallett M.D. MMM is the Executive Director for the Center for Women’s Health Research. For the prior three years she served as the Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine (MMC SOM). Born in Detroit, Dr. Mallett attended Barnard College, Columbia University followed by medical school at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.  Following medical school, she completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship in Urological Gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed a Research and Surgical Fellowship in Electrophysiology of the Pelvic Floor/Reconstructive Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, England. She has a master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Since finishing her formative education, Dr. Mallett has served on the Faculty of Northwestern, Wayne State, University of Tennessee, Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso, holding leadership positions in each of these schools. She has over  twenty years leadership experience, as Fellowship Director, Residency Director, Director of Healthcare Excellence, Practice Plan Director and Department Chair both at the University of Tennessee Memphis and Texas Tech. She served as Dean of MMC SOM just short of three years.

Dr. Mallett has received several leadership awards. Among the awards are the Nashville Business Journal Women of Influence 2020, Leadership Nashville 2020 Class, and the Nashville Medical News 2018 Woman to Watch. She is a graduate of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellowship Class of 2018. She had authored close to 100 articles, book chapter and abstracts combined.

She is married and mother of two biologic and four bonus children and is the foster parent to her great niece.

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Gerri Mason-Hall

VP Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, NetApp

Gerri Mason Hall is a C-suite leader with more than 25 years’ experience in Diversity, Equity &  Inclusion. Her journey ranged from legal compliance, to human capital engagement, to  cultural and social transformation. In December 2020 she joined NetApp as its first VP  Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging. She is laser focused on accelerating NetApp’s growth and  culture shift. Since 2006 Gerri held a series of senior level roles at Sodexo, including CDO and  CHRO for the Americas, leveraging her employment law acumen with her passion for human  capital engagement and unshakeable belief that corporations can and will advance social  change. Gerri spent eight years at Amtrak, the US national passenger railroad. She was  instrumental in settling a class action lawsuit avoiding millions of dollars in protracted  litigation.

Augmenting her commitment to Inclusion and advancing the underserved, Gerri is a member  of the UNCF Board and sits on its Audit and HR Committees. She is a Boardmember of the  Congressional Hunger Center and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and provides pro bono D&I  counsel to a host of non-profit organizations. Gerri is a graduate of Vassar College and the George  Washington University National Law Center.

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Mia Mends

Chief Administrative Officer (North America), Sodexo

Mia is accountable for driving critical strategic initiatives in support of Sodexo’s growth goals. Ms. Mends also leads SodexoMAGIC, a joint venture between Sodexo and Magic Johnson Enterprises. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring the successful evolution of the joint venture and the tight collaboration between Sodexo and Magic Johnson Enterprises as the Sodexo liaison to the SodexoMAGIC board of directors. Ms. Mends is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services. Prior to her current position, Ms. Mends was CEO of Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services division from 2015 until 2019.

She has founded her own non-profit, Seven Sisters to Sisters, and serves on the nonprofit boards of Girls Inc., the EMERGE Fellows program and Catalyst. She sits on the Business Leadership Council at Wellesley College and served on the Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School for 6 years. Ms. Mends is member of Young Presidents Organization and the Executive Leadership Council. She is a Corporate Director for Limeade, a publicly listed software company that elevates the employee experience and helps build great places to work.

Ms. Mends was recognized in BLACK ENTERPRISE’S 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America feature.

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Todd Nilson

Digital Strategist, Online Community Builder and Entrepreneur

I translate digital strategy into specific and measurable actions for my customers who are local, national, and global. For over 10 years, I’ve helped dozens of customers to build thriving online communities and digital workplaces.

Who I’ve worked with: SAP, Humana, Facebook, Activision, Steelcase, SkyTV, Greenpeace and many other organizations, from startups through Fortune 1000s.

My customers have been located in: United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, and Australia.

Specialties: Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Content Strategy, Event Marketing, Online Research, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Marketing Consulting, Business Consulting, and Management Consulting.

Some specific ways I can help:

  • Build effective data-driven digital marketing strategies for your business
  • Assess the strengths and weakness of your engagement and collaboration efforts
  • Spell out the value of online community and digital workplace platforms to executives
  • Provide an organized process for evaluating collaboration and community technology solutions
  • Oversee and guide social media campaign, digital platform, and website implementations
  • Measure the success of your digital efforts to drive behavior change for your target audience

I love to speak and write about digital strategy, social collaboration, community platforms, entrepreneurship, employer branding, and the future of work.

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Michael Norris

CEO, North America Urban Adventures

An experienced global business leader, Michael Norris’ career has taken him all over the world. He has deep experience in enabling business transformation and is known for his passion of attracting top talent to deliver on breakthrough strategies.

He has leveraged his entrepreneurial energy to drive domestic and international business turnarounds with consistent profitable growth at Sony Retail Entertainment/Loew’s Cineplex Entertainment, Chili’s Grill & Bar Asia, and General Mills Restaurant Group.

Most recently, Mr. Norris held two positions at Sodexo, as a COO of Sodexo’s $10 Billion North American business, and as CEO of its $5 Billion Health Care Division. In his 10-year tenure, he and his team doubled the company’s top line revenue and tripled its bottom-line profits.

In his former position as President and CEO of Loew’s Cineplex Entertainment/Sony Retail Entertainment, Mr. Norris lead the turn-around of the financially troubled Loew’s Theatres. This led to the very successful $1.4 Billion sale to Bain Capital.

Michael’s previous experience includes being a Partner and CEO of Chili’s Grill and Bar Asia, a Master Franchiser of Brinker International, where he introduced Chili’s to the Pacific Rim.

Michael earned an MBA with emphasis in International Business from the University of East London, U.K. He serves on the board of Sodexo Magic, a company he started between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sodexo, and proudly serves on the board of the United Negro College Fund. With a lifelong passion for helping others he has served on the board of Variety the Children’s Charity, the Will Rogers Institute, World Affairs Council, and he is also the past President of the National Association of Theatre Owners. Michael is a co-author of the book Advancing a Jobs Driven Economy published by STEMconnector.

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Jane Oates

President, Working Nation

Jane Oates is the President of WorkingNation, a non-profit media entity that tells the stories of solutions bridging the education and workforce worlds.  Through film and live events WorkingNation raises awareness of the changing world of work and helps individuals, businesses and communities address those changes.  Before joining Working Nation, Oates worked at the Apollo Education Group, managing Corporate Social Responsibility and working on linking the universities with employers through thought leadership events.

Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the US Department of Labor (DOL) under Secretary Hilda Solis.  Managing a $14 billion budget, and a talented career staff of 1100, Oates oversaw the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, guest worker visas, unemployment insurance and Job Corps.  She partnered with cities and states to strengthen local economies during the worst economic recession in recent decades.  She worked with industry leaders to create policies that would give immediate assistance but also create long term opportunities.  With her colleagues at the Department of Education she created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College grant program with a one-time appropriation of $2 billion.

Oates became a national leader in education and workforce programs during her ten years with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the US Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). Oates served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Council of Higher Education under Jon Corzine. Oates began her career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and later the Philadelphia Public Schools.  She went on to become the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research and Human Development, working with k-12 districts nationwide.

Oates sits on a number of non-profit boards, including NOCTI and NCCEP.

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Colleen Payne

Director of Operations, MCI Diagnostics

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Melissa Peak

Global Lead, Workforce Strategy, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Melissa Peak is a seasoned management executive with 20+ years of experience leading organizations to growth and customer success all while building an engaged workforce. 

Melissa, leveraging her transformational leadership style, has consistently built thriving teams that deliver unprecedented market penetration, customer satisfaction and revenue results. Currently, she is the Global Lead, Workforce Strategy for Amazon Web Services, Public Sector, Professional Services. 

Prior to AWS, career highlights include delivering double-digit, top-line revenue growth; placing a Fortune 500 company on the Federal GSA Schedule; ensuring 40% of direct reports promoted into expanded roles; creating and executing a strategic digital marketing campaign resulting in a 400% increase in social media engagement after one year.

Over her career, Melissa has engaged with hundreds of employers as a trusted advisor on key talent strategies. By delivering powerful results for these employers, Melissa has built strong relationships with a large network across North America, with International impact. 

As a first-generation college student, Melissa is a determined advocate for those who are taking a “road less traveled.” Whether it is hosting a conference, roundtable, one on one coaching or serving as a connector for the determined, yet un-equipped, Melissa has opened doors of opportunity for thousands of individuals. 

Melissa is proud to have been named a “2020 Top Woman to Watch” by Diversity Journal Magazine. She serves on the Board of the Women Business Collaborative and as an Advisory Board member for Working Nation. 

Melissa resides in Goshen, KY with her husband Michael and their five children. She has earned her Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan’s School of Business, an MBA from the John Sperling School of Business at University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Rosina Racioppi

President & CEO, WOMEN Unlimited

Twenty-five plus years experience in human resource management partnering with business leaders to develop the human capital to achieve business results.

Specialties: Partnering with Organizations to cultivate leadership excellence. Expertise in partnering with companies to develop leaders who deliver results. Helping senior executive teams develop effective strategies to cultivate diversity in their organizations.

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Sam Radocchia

Co-Founder, NYOUM

Samantha Radocchia, or “Sam Rad” for short, is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, and technology advocate who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist. With the training of a social scientist, discipline–and hacking skills–of an engineer, and charisma of a stage performer, Sam is a tech industry triple threat.

Sam has delivered keynotes globally and led corporate trainings at Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, conferences, national governments, NGOs, investment firms, and the United Nations, educating leaders on the technologies and cultural shifts that will shape their organizations—and daily lives—in the years to come.

A reformed gamer, she started studying virtual currencies in 2009 while writing her anthropology thesis on currency exchanges in the virtual world, “Second Life.” Since then, she has founded three companies, holds several patents, and was an early outspoken voice in blockchain as the co-founder of Chronicled, an enterprise blockchain company focused on supply chain. Samantha now consults executives, trade associations, governments, and investors on emerging technology trends and delivers keynotes at events worldwide as she works to build her next company.

In addition to emerging technology, Samantha is deeply passionate about Future of Work, Future of Production, Future of Community, as well as sustainability, not just in respect to environment, but in business. She writes in her blog on “Radical Next Ideas,” and believes that the idea of Radical Evolution is paramount to the, now outdated, Digital Transformation mindset. She seeks to utilize technology to empower, not entrench.

Sam was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Enterprise Technology. On the personal side, Sam is an avid risk-taker and daredevil, attaining her pilot’s license at the age of 17 and accumulating over 700 jumps as a competitive skydiver.

Follow Sam Rad on Twitter at @SamRadOfficial.

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Whit Raymond

Leadership Coach & Organizational Change Partner ✦ Developing Leaders ✦ Building Cultures

I coach individuals & teams to strengthen how they lead change. I am passionate about building healthier, more adaptive, productive teams that are guided by real leadership.

My interest comes from knowing that leadership is essential to making better organizations, better workplaces, and a better world. Those who experience strong leadership gain more personal gratification and have more meaningful impact in shaping their world in necessary, desired ways.

MY EXPERIENCE:

Over my 35 years in this profession, I have been directly involved in organizational change initiatives in large and small businesses including recently BlackRock Financial and Merrill Lynch.

I bring expertise in coaching, planning, guiding, and facilitating changes in an organizations’ direction, effectiveness, and culture.

MY KEY TALENTS:

  • Planning leadership initiatives
  • Building more collaborative cultures/workplaces
  • Management and leadership development
  • Team development
  • Cross-group partnering
  • Executive and management coaching and mentoring
  • Group coaching
  • Organization effectiveness
  • Change Management

MY APPROACH:

I coach leaders to strengthen their acumen in activating people’s talents, creativity, and passions in pursuing common objectives. I also partner with these leaders in planning and orchestrating desired organizational changes.

WHO I WORK WITH: Two target audiences:

  • DECISION-MAKERS (heads of business groups/divisions and CEOs) who involve people in planning and implementing organizational changes.
  • Individuals with POTENTIAL TO BECOME CATALYSTS AND AGENTS OF CHANGE: managers, high potential contributors, millennials.

PERSONAL NOTE

When not working, I am with my family, hiking, shooting photos, or studying how people heal and learn within social systems.

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Sharon Reynolds

President & CEO, DevMar Products and the DevMar Family of Companies

Sharon W. Reynolds, President/CEO, launched DevMar Products with an idea to distribute environmentally-conscience, pathogen remediation products. 

Sharon is the founder of DevMar Global Healthcare Solutions, a distributor of human donor milk for at-risk infants in the NICU, Bryla J Couture Clothiers, designer-inspired fashion for a purpose for the fashion conscience woman, and DevMar Manufacturing, a facility providing quality control oversight for its specialty products.

A serial entrepreneur, Sharon was named the Top 20 in 2020 for Enterprising Women, 2019 WBE Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and the 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year award by Enterprising Magazine. She recently received the 100 Black Men/Women President’s Organization Women of Color Achievement Award and was honored with the Power Moves Award as Best Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. Sharon received honors for the 2018 Nashville Business 100 Leading Women and was awarded the MBE magazine’s WBEs Who Rock award and a 2019 cover photo biographical story.

Sharon was named to the Women Business Collaborative Board of Directors and co-chair of the WBC Advisory Council.

Sharon was selected to serve on the Enterprising Women Magazine’s Advisory Council, Second Harvest Food Bank Board and Women Business Enterprise-South Board of Directors.

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Mim Senft

Founder, GW4W

Mim Senft is Co-Founder/CEO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels.  She is also CEO of Motivity Partnerships, Inc. a consulting firm that helps organizations create integrated, actionable and measurable engagement, health and gender/D&I strategy for their workforce.  She holds certifications in group benefits, worksite wellness and property casualty insurance. 

She has 25+ years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design, health and wellbeing program strategy and implementation, that includes a gender gap and diversity lens.  She had oversight of strategy under the Optum umbrella for the Goldman Sachs Wellness Program and has worked with more than 70 national and international clients.

Mim is a keynote speaker and facilitator for national conferences.  She has also led corporate events, workshops and think tanks using an evidenced-based approach in both the U.S. and Europe.  

She is a member of the National Wellness Institute and served on the Board of Directors; was a member of The Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness at Work Initiative, from 2015 to Feb. 2021; and co-chairs the OCCC Chamber of Commerce Wellness At Work Initiative.

Her home base is Blooming Grove, NY where she lives with her husband near Tomahawk Lake.

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Rebecca Shambaugh

President & CEO, Shambaugh Leadership

Rebecca Shambaugh is one of the country’s leading experts on gender equity and inclusion. She is the President of SHAMBAUGH Leadership, a global leadership development organization whose mission is to develop high-performing and inclusive leaders who transform workplace cultures to drive greater innovation and business results. She is respected for her lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership for developing and advancing women leaders and executives, creating equitable cultures where everyone can thrive.

Rebecca is also the Founder of Women in Leadership and Learning, one of the first executive leadership development programs in the country dedicated to the research, advancement, and retention of women leaders and executives. Combining 20+ years in corporate America, from front line operations to the corporate headquarters, she connects with each person through her masterful storytelling and the ability to bring to life important lessons, mindsets, and behaviors that are essential for empowering leaders to step into their unique talents and to thrive in existing roles and beyond.

Rebecca has served as a strategic partner with a number of executives and their organizations to create inclusive work cultures that drive greater talent utilization, innovation and gender balance.

Rebecca speaks at major conferences and forums before thousands of leaders and executives around the world every year, challenging conventional wisdom and overturning assumptions about how to lead in today’s business environment across six continents. She engages audiences in helping them find a winning strategy that drives organizational growth and high-performance culture, while creating the most powerful competitive advantage on the innovation front.

When it comes to women’s empowerment and advocacy, she has received many distinctions and awards including: Recipient of the Smart CEO Brava! Award, Business Leader’s Women Who Mean Business Award, Entrepreneur Organization of the Year Award, Finalist for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award for Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Chair of the Leadership Council for Women Business Collaborative, Chairman of the Board of Young Women Lead, Member of the National Press Club and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Prior to starting her own company, Rebecca has worked for such premier organizations as General Motors, Fairchild Industries, and Amax Inc. as a senior executive in the leadership and human capital arena. Rebecca partners with a cross-section of clients such as: Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Capital One, Cisco, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Facebook, Hilton Worldwide, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Marriott International, MassMutual, Mastercard, Microsoft, National Grid, and Salesforce.

Rebecca has presented keynotes at Marriott’s Women History Month Summit, The Conference Board’s Women’s Leadership Conference, Berkeley University Women’s Conference, Information Technology Senior Management Forum, Mastercard Inclusive Leadership Forum for Senior Leadership, National Association of Women in Financial Services, The National Intelligence Agency Women’s Summit, Watermark, Women in Bio Executive Board, and a TEDx speaker.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Development from Marymount University.

Thought Leadership: As well as being an internationally recognized keynote speaker, Rebecca is also a best-selling author, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review and blogger for the Huffington Post. Rebecca has been showcased on CNBC, TED Talks, Fox News (New York), NPR, Washington Business, ABC, and numerous syndicated radio talk shows. She has been featured in publications such as: Leader to Leader, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Training Industry, Time Magazine, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. Rebecca is the author of the best-selling book, “It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor” it remains on the bestseller list today and has been translated into more than nine languages.

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Pat Shea

President & CEO, Givful

Patricia Glaser Shea is a widely recognized leader in corporate, non-profit, and women’s advocacy circles.

As President/CEO of Givful, Shea is launching a technology start-up that raises money and engages volunteers for nonprofit organizations. Givful’s platform provides employers and their associates with the ability to create and support a culture of giving and drive community impact through the use of technology.

Shea changed the conversation around domestic violence and founded MEND, an initiative that recognizes the responsibility of men in reducing gender violence. She worked with legislators to strengthen domestic violence laws in Tennessee. She launched Girls Inc. and re-opened Dress for Success – Nashville.

In 2010, Shea founded the Nashville Chapter of Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international organization of women business owners.

Shea holds a business degree from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Tennessee. She is a founding director of Studio Bank and BrainTrust; and a member of International Women’s Forum – Tennessee Chapter.

Shea has been named one of the Most Admired CEOs by the Nashville Business Journal and was recognized in 2017 as a Women of Influence/Trailblazer. She has twice been named a finalist for Tennessean of the Year. Her awards include the 2017 Human Relations Award and the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award.

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Andrea Simon

A Corporate Anthropologist, Culture Change Expert, Futurist, Blue Ocean Strategist, Speaker, Podcaster, and Author Specializing in Helping People & Companies Change | Expanding a Global Mission of Women’s Empowerment.

ANDREA “Andi” SIMON, Ph.D., CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), is a corporate anthropologist, culture change expert, and an explorer at heart. She is the architect of a global thought leadership platform that blends academic perspectives, depth and breadth of business experience, written work, new media expertise, and proven success in changing corporate cultures and growing businesses.

With the release of her latest book under the Fast Company imprint, “Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business,” Andi expands her mission focus to the world of women. She is launching new programs that aim to challenge women to debunk their own personal misconceptions, empower them to overcome long-standing gender biases, and inspire them to achieve their professional and personal best.

  • Before launching her business, Andi spent 20 years as a senior executive in financial services firms and healthcare systems during times of turbulent change for each of these industries.
  • Prior to her corporate career, she was a tenured professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Ramapo College in New Jersey, where she produced several TV series for CBS,  and she was a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • As a corporate anthropologist, business consultant, and Mattone-trained executive coach, Andi brings keen observation and thoughtful insight to improving organizational culture, guiding leaders and their teams to breakthrough thinking and “aha moments” to increase change competency, unearth hidden areas of business value, and help them capitalize on their futures.
  • As a Blue Ocean Strategy® evangelist, a Certified Innovation Games® Facilitator, and expert in the application of the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI), Andi utilizes techniques that foster cross-functional collaboration and generate optimal solutions. She helps organizations and their teams see, feel, and think in new and creative ways and achieve a sustainable competitive edge in an ever-changing world.
  • As an award-winning author, international speaker, educator, podcaster, and media contributor, Andi inspires men and women in all walks of life to unleash their potential. She has appeared on network television, Bloomberg, and numerous media outlets and blogged for Forbes.com and Fiercehealth.com.

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Stacey Stewart

President and CEO, March of Dimes

Stacey is a globally-recognized leader and one of a few African-American women who have served as CEO of three national or global organizations. As a preeminent organizational and corporate leader, she has led large-scale, complex organizations in diverse sectors such as housing and mortgage finance, healthcare and community development.

Stacey D. Stewart joined March of Dimes as its fifth President and CEO on January 1, 2017. In this role, Stewart heads the organization leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. She is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s strategy, vision and operations. Stewart came to March of Dimes from United Way Worldwide, where she served as U.S. President, leading national efforts in education, revenue growth, health and brand recognition.

A business veteran with an extensive background in finance, Stewart has also held a number of senior roles at Fannie Mae, Merrill Lynch, and Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co. Stewart has a master’s of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, Lincoln University and Alabama A&M University. She currently serves on several boards nationally and in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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Dr. Jo Webber

Founder and CEO, Pod/STEMconnector

Dr. Webber is a serial entrepreneur and experienced board member. She has a PhD in Quantum Physics and has authored seven fintech patents. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Pod Network LLC and the President of STEMconnector which includes the Million Women Mentors Movement, and Chairman of the board of Edlio LLC a Los Angeles based EdTech company.

She also serves on two non-profit boards and is a Fellow of the Ponemon Group – a research think tank dedicated to cybersecurity. A lifelong technologist, Jo Webber started writing code while at university creating the first interface between a large ab initio quantum mechanics computer program and a graphics monitor that allowed the complex molecular electron density calculations to be shown on 3D models for the first time.

She has served as the CEO of five technology companies since 2003, and has served on 14 boards – mostly in the tech sector. Dr Webber is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.

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Kip Wright

President & CEO, Genuent

Kip Wright is President & CEO of Genuent. Wright is a staffing industry veteran instrumental in shifting the landscape of the human capital industry. Known as a passionate leader with an innate ability to drive both growth and organizational efficiencies, Wright is responsible for all facets of executive strategy and leadership for the Genuent organization.

In his 26-year career, Wright has served in numerous leadership roles with public and private staffing and workforce solution companies. As Senior Vice President of Manpower, North America, he successfully led Manpower’s $2 billion contingent staffing line of business for the United States and Canada. Wright also served as Senior Vice President of ManpowerGroup Solutions in North America, in which he joined through the acquisition of COMSYS / TAPFIN. While at COMSYS / TAPFIN he served in several executive roles including Senior Vice President of Managed Solutions, Chief Financial Officer and President of TAPFIN. 

Considered a leader in the field of human capital and workforce fulfillment, Wright is the recipient of numerous awards. He is a five-time recipient of Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Staffing 100” award, recognizing the most influential leaders in the staffing industry.

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Gwen Young

Global Business Leader, International Development, Humanitarian Affairs, Strategy, Advocacy, Policy, Gender Equity, Social Impact

I am a Global Professional with experience in international development and relief, gender equity, social impact and policy. I have exceptional strategy, advocacy, partnership building and management skills accompanied by passion and leadership savvy has allowed me to be innovate and develop playbooks and platforms to ensure maximum impact. My expertise in strategic goal setting and policy development has positioned me to drive key short and long term planning for collaboration, as well as counsel high profile leadership on issues of emergency response, public health, public policy, leadership, gender equity, and humanitarian aid.

Working across sectors as manager, advocate, business development leader and strategic planner, I always aim to deliver impact in international development, humanitarian service delivery and humanitarian, human rights, international criminal and corporate law.

An alumna of Smith College, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the University of California Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., School of Law, I am also a member of various international legal organizations and bars and sit on boards focusing on ensuring equal opportunities for all.

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Johanna (José) Zeilstra

CEO, Gender Fair

Johanna is an established business strategist and an accomplished leader for both start-ups and global corporations. Over the past two decades, she has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan Chase, and with over a dozen client corporations, including Delta Airlines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Philips, Lucent, Disney, Bank of America, and Occidental Petroleum. Her career has led her to work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, and The Netherlands. She acts as a coach to senior executives on boards and top teams and has a passion for supporting and advancing women leaders.

Johanna currently runs Gender Fair, a platform that uses data analytics to determine an organization’s progress towards diversity and inclusion. Prior to this, Johanna co-founded GiveBack, an innovative platform that makes it easy for companies to build authentic and impactful cause marketing, workplace giving and other social responsibility initiatives. GiveBack was launched on the Oprah Winfrey Show during her final season in 2011.

Johanna is originally from the Netherlands and educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. She resides in Westchester, NY, where she runs the Women Entrepreneurs Network and serves on several boards, including the CEO Forum.

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