Rethinking Women's Leadership in Business

Contributors – Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and STEM

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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Stephanie Breedlove

Co-Founder & CEO, 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 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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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. 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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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