Virtual Event 2021

Tuesday, October 12th |
Thursday, October 14th
1:00 – 5:30 pm ET

TRUE TO YOU: BRAVE + BOLD

2021 marks our 11th year bringing together women leaders from a mix of industries all focused on one thing—becoming groundbreaking leaders.
Plan on joining us live each day; or if you miss it, your Groundbreakers ticket gives you access to sessions through year-end. Confidence, connections, and content that matters. That’s the defining of difference of Groundbreakers

2021 Program

True to You: Brave + Bold

Find Your Bounce, Find Balance

Join Toigo and your colleagues as we explore sound strategies and insights for advancing your leadership—your way.

Two days of virtual sessions of inspiration and expert-led interactive workshops in true Groundbreakers’ style.

Can’t make the session dates? Want to listen again with your team? Registered participants can access sessions with your Groundbreakers pass through end of year.

Day One: October 12th

1:00 – 2:00 pm

In The Lead

Hear from industry leaders about the path they’ve followed, decisions made—and missed—and how they have stayed true to who they are. We’ll discover what motivates them and how they have crafted a personal leadership style that honors their strengths by surrounding themselves with the right team. After each leader shares her story, our In the Lead speakers will come together (virtually) for an informal exchange offering added insights into how risks and rewards are evaluated, and lessons learned and applied.

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2:00 – 2:10 pm

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2:10 – 2:40 pm

SPOTLIGHT: STRONG ENOUGH

Waneek Horn Miller
Olympian, Activist, Spokesperson on Indigenous Health & Reconciliation

Waneek Horner Miller has defended sacred land, represented Canada at the Olympics and sued her Mohawk council for its membership law, the media always trailing her. She navigates many roles—Olympian, activist, mother, wife, daughter, truthteller—with grace and grit. As she’ll share, the path was not always clear. “You have to figure out what it is that’s the trigger for your motivation and recruit people into helping you—and get tough with yourself. Look in the mirror and say, I’ve had it with all the excuses. I want to make my dreams my reality, and I want to start today.” She’ll share her powerful story and realization that to be strong, she needed to define who she is and what is important to her.

2:40 – 2:50 pm

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2:50 – 4:00 pm

BOARD EXCHANGE: Leadership at the Highest Level

Whether your goal is to be appointed to a board (or two, or three) or your investment role includes building companies and recruiting boards, the spotlight on inclusion and diversity in the boardroom has never been greater—or more critical. Legislation in California, new mandates by NASDAQ and beyond are raising awareness and driving change. But are boards truly opening up? How will they capitalize on the important difference that is brought to the table? We’ll explore experiences of groundbreaking women leading the way in the board room, both individually and collectively. And we’ll dive into the issues of what happens when you earn that seat.

Sponsors confirmed to date

4:00 – 4:10 pm

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4:10 – 5:00 pm

SPOTLIGHT: BALANCED ENOUGH

Join this conversation with Jill Payne, wellness expert, including a master’s degree specializing in workplace wellness. Payne works with teams to motivate all levels of employees and management to be their best selves. The result? A boost in health, productivity and morale. She’ll share her insights and action tools for navigating a time when the new normal around work and life demands the most of us. Payne will also map out her signature approach for managing our energy—versus our time. The results are immediate and remarkable.

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Day Two: October 14th

2:00 – 5:00 PM EASTERN

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Straight Talk—With Yourself

Professor Ethan Kross
Director, Self-Control and Emotional Laboratory & Professor of Psychology and Management, University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business
Author, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters and How to Harness It

In this expert-led Groundbreakers workshop we’ll unpack what too many of us have—a running dialogue against ourselves. This chatter is costly. Rumination fills us with doubt—and delays action. Being “zoomed-in” takes us down a spiral. All this chatter can make taking the next bold step nearly impossible. Ethan Kross, author of Chatter will walk us through the what and the why (and the science behind it) and, more importantly, the how to’s of turning the corner with a host of practical tools and tips. We’ll invite a small group of women leaders to the virtual stage to make things real—a chance to see how Kross helps them navigate their way forward. You’ll leave with specific ways to give yourself a break and be bold.

2:15 – 2:25 pm

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2:25 – 3:15 pm

SPOTLIGHT: BRAVE ENOUGH

Stay tuned—our invite is out for a featured guest to share her expertise on reaching your full potential, without burning out.

3:15 – 3:45 pm

PEER NETWORKING BREAK

Join your Groundbreakers colleagues for small group networking sessions.

3:45 – 5:00 pm

Return to Office: Leading With Heart—and Humanity

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD
Founder, Katzman Consulting; Author – Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning and Joy at Work; Founding Partner, Leaders’ Quest

Coach to senior leaders, both individually as a clinical psychologist and to teams struggling with organizational dynamics and culture challenges, Dr. Melanie Katzman brings a unique perspective to the Groundbreakers stage. She’s seen how “return to office” has even the boldest leaders a bit flummoxed and even fearful. It’s a real issue—a year and a half operating virtually and connecting via video chats, text and email, the idea of human contact and a set of interactions can be daunting. Katzman will share insights into bringing the heart and humanity back to our interactions as leaders—and women in the world. An interactive discussion with a few Groundbreaking women led by Katzman will help shed more light on the months (and years) ahead for all.

Ann Compton

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Her colleagues elected Compton as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association for 2007 – 2008. She was chairman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association on Capitol Hill in 1987 – 1988. The Commission on Presidential Debates selected Compton to serve as a debate panelist in 1988 and 1992. Additionally, she has been inducted into six halls of fame and has received five honorary university degrees.

Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, D.C., and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter and the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Compton says her most valued award is a golden statuette bestowed by the National Mothers’ Day committee naming her a “Mother of the Year” in 1988.

About the Groundbreakers Summit

The leadership agenda for women—and the conversations around it—continues to evolve in dynamic ways. The importance of women as drivers of change and leaders with impact is amplified every day across careers and industries. By providing a setting that showcases talented professionals and allows for other leaders to examine their own leadership strengths and refine career strategies, we can move forward together from a position of strength.

Demand for this type of forum for leadership development is greater than ever. Toigo’s Groundbreakers annual event is designed to help individuals amplify their leadership, benefitting their organizations, the teams they lead and, of course, themselves. The magic of the curriculum is a combination of stretch and execution, of inspiration and practical advice. We want you thinking about what you heard months (years!) from now; at the same time, we want you applying the insights at work the next day.

Each year we identify and curate speakers who together offer a robust, relevant learning experience. In 2020, we’re delivering the experience online—as distancing restrictions prevent us from gathering—and have built in elements to get you connected with other Groundbreakers. Join us and discover more about yourself and your leadership potential.

Featured Speakers

Each year, Toigo curates a line up of inspiring speakers from business, academia, the arts and more to offer insights, proven strategies and lessons learned. Their stories and shared knowledge help us all navigate forward at work and in our communities. Here’s our 2020 line-up.

Sylvia Bell, CPA

2020

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Sylvia Bell

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

2020

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Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

Joanna Bloor

2020

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Joanna Bloor

Gina Baker Chambers

2020

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Gina Baker Chambers

Krystal Cobb

2020

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Krystal Cobb

Ann Compton

2020

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Ann Compton

Helene Cooper

2020

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Helene Cooper

Joy Crenshaw, CIMA

2020

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Joy Crenshaw

Vernita Exum, CFA

2020

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Vernita Exum

Sue Hodgkinson

2020

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Sue Hodgkinson

Cristina Jones

2020

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Cristina Jones

Tina Renee McCall

2020

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Tina Renee McCall

Tina Opie

2020

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Tina Opie

Sheila Peluso

2020

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Sheila Peluso

Jennifer Porter

2020

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Jennifer Porter

Paula Campbell Roberts

2020

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Paula Campbell Roberts

Janice Cook Roberts

2020

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Janice Cook Roberts

Dina Santoro

2020

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Dina Santoro

Dhvani Shah, CFA

2020

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Dhvani Shah

Maura Thomas

2020

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Maura Thomas

Summer Turner

2020

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Summer Turner

Past Speakers

Each year, Toigo curates a line up of inspiring speakers from business, academia, the arts and more to offer insights, proven strategies and lessons learned. Their stories and shared knowledge help us all navigate forward at work and in our communities.

2019

Stacey Abrams

2019

Stacey Abrams

Yamiche Alcindor

2019

Yamiche Alcindor

Joanna Bloor

2019

Joanna Bloor

Susan David, Ph.D.

2019

Susan David, Ph.D.

Liza Donnelly

2019

Liza Donnelly

Saleena Goel

2019

Saleena Goel

Judith Jamison

2019

Judith Jamison

Susan Jankowski

2019

Susan Jankowski

Kwanza Jones

2019

Kwanza Jones

Jennifer Karam

2019

Jennifer Karam

Joanne Lipman

2019

Joanne Lipman

Stacie Olivares-Castain

2019

Stacie Olivares-Castain

Anne Robinson

2019

Anne E. Robinson

Kathryn Sayko

2019

Kathryn Sayko

Courtney M. Sembly, AVP

2019

Courtney M. Sembly, AVP

Lauren Hochfelder Silverman

2019

Lauren Hochfelder Silverman

Desiree Thomas

2019

Desiree Thomas

Denise R. Wilkins

2019

Denise R. Wilkins

Kelly Williams

2019

Kelly Williams

2018

Orly Avidan

2018

Orly Avidan

Sharon Bazbaz

2018

Sharon Bazbaz

Ruha Benjamin

2018

Ruha Benjamin

Patti Solis Doyle

2018

Patti Solis Doyle

Moira Forbes

2018

Moira Forbes

Naomi Garvin

2018

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Naomi Garvin

Angela D. Harrell

2018

Angela D. Harrell

Sue Hodgkinson

2018

Sue Hodgkinson

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi
MD, FACP

2018

Lucy Kalanithi

Liz Kaplow

2018

Liz Kaplow

Randi Liodice

2018

Randi Liodice

Maria Cristina González Noguera

2018

Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera

Yvonne Orji

2018

Yvonne Orji

Cokie Roberts

2018

Cokie Roberts

Anne Robinson

2018

Anne E. Robinson

Kathryn Sayko

2018

Kathryn Sayko

Emanuela Scura

2018

Emanuela Scura

2017

Luvvie Ajayi

2017

Luvvie Ajayi

Jeanne Brett

2017

Jeanne Brett

Suzanne Donohoe

2017

Suzanne Donohoe

Kwanza Jones

2017

Kwanza Jones

Kate Lehman

2017

Kate Lehman

Erica Madrid

2017

Erica Madrid

Barbara Mariniello

2017

Barbara Mariniello

Cheryl A. Mickel, CFA

2017

Cheryl A. Mickel

Ana Navarro

2017

Ana Navarro

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

2017

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sanaz Raczynski

2017

Sanaz Raczynski

Nogie Udevbulu

2017

Nogie Udevbulu

Christina Villa

2017

Christina Villa

Liz Wamai

2017

Liz Wamai

Ali Wentworth

2017

Ali Wentworth

Melissa Winter

2017

Melissa Winter

2016

Helen Aronova

2016

Helen Aronova

Cynthia H. Bowman

2016

Cynthia H. Bowman

Robin Camarote

2016

Robin Camarote

Christy Holden

2016

Christy Holden

Sheri Jeavons

2016

Sheri Jeavons

Amy Lesch

2016

Amy Lesch

Julie Lythcott-Haims

2016

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Tara Sophia Mohr

2016

Tara Sophia Mohr

Linda Naiman

2016

Linda Naiman

Paula B. Pretlow

2016

Paula B. Pretlow

Gretchen Remmers

2016

Gretchen Remmers

Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

2016

Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

Gloria Steinem

2016

Gloria Steinem

Sandye Taylor

2016

Sandye Taylor

Kay Willcox

2016

Kay Willcox

Maysoon Zayid

2016

Maysoon Zayid

2015

Donna Brazile

2015

Donna Brazile

Toni Cornelius

2015

Toni Cornelius

Carey Fear

2015

Carey Fear

Nailah Flake-Brown

2015

Nailah Flake-Brown

Stew Friedman

2015

Stew Friedman

Tiffany Hawkins

2015

Tiffany Hawkins

Maria Hinojosa

2015

Maria Hinojosa

Linda Houston

2015

Linda Houston

Jill Rosenberg Jones

2015

Jill Rosenberg Jones

Jacki Kelley

2015

Jacki Kelley

Amy O’Brien

2015

Amy O’Brien

Fredricka Whitfield

2015

Fredricka Whitfield

2014

Diahann Billings-Burford

2014

Diahann Billings-Burford

Sheri Bronstein

2014

Sheri Bronstein

Solange F. Brooks

2014

Solange F. Brooks

Candace Browning

2014

Candace Browning

Mary L. Cahill

2014

Mary L. Cahill

Dina DiLorenzo

2014

Dina DiLorenzo

Gail Evans

2014

Gail Evans

The Honorable Lucy Flores

2014

Lucy Flores

Adena T. Friedman

2014

Adena T. Friedman

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

2014

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

Erika James

2014

Erika James

Roxanne M. Martino

2014

Roxanne M. Martino

Jerilyn McAniff

2014

Jerilyn McAniff

Terri McCullough

2014

Terri McCullough

Kristie Paskvan

2014

Kristie Paskvan

Christine Phillpotts

2014

Christine Phillpotts

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

2014

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

Cristina M. Regalado

2014

Cristina M. Regalado

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

2014

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

Susan E. Tannehill

2014

Susan E. Tannehilln

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

2014

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Carra Wallace

2014

Carra Wallace

Kathryn Schulz

2014

Kathryn Schulz

2013

Timicka Anderson

2013

Timicka Anderson

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

2013

Stacy Blake-Beard

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

2013

Christine Carter

Janet Cowell

2013

Janet Cowell

Brooke Deterline

2013

Brooke Deterline

Marcia Diaz

2013

Marcia Diaz

John Gerzema

2013

John Gerzema

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

2013

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

Maria Hackley

2013

Maria Hackley

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

2013

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

Anita Hill

2013

Anita Hill

Seema Hingorani

2013

Seema Hingorani

Nina Lawrence

2013

Nina Lawrence

Monica Lozano

2013

Monica Lozano

Carol Moody

2013

Carol Moody

Natalia Oberti Noguera

2013

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Engin Okaya

2013

Engin Okaya

Windy Oliver

2013

Windy Oliver

Elizabeth M. Smith

2013

Elizabeth M. Smith

Anne B. Walsh, CFA

2013

Anne Walsh

Jody R. Weiss

2013

Jody R. Weiss

2012

Anne F. Ackerley

2012

Anne F. Ackerley

Cheryl D. Alston

2012

Cheryl D. Alston

Michelle Bachelet

2012

Michelle Bachelet

Elizabeth A. Caldas

2012

Elizabeth A. Caldas

Connie Cassidy

2012

Connie Cassidy

Antoinette Chandler

2012

Antoinette Chandler

Douglas K. Chia

2012

Douglas K. Chia

Abigail E. Disney

2012

Abigail E. Disney

Natalie Eckford

2012

Natalie Eckford

Jody Fink

2012

Jody Fink

Vicki L. Fuller

2012

Vicki L. Fuller

Elizabeth Greenwood

2012

Elizabeth Greenwood

Deborah Harmon

2012

Deborah Harmon

the late
Gwen Ifill

2012

Gwen Ifill

Janet Hill

2012

Janet Hill

Henry Jones

2012

Henry Jones

Nancy Lashine

2012

Nancy Lashine

Sophie L’Hélias

2012

Sophie L'Helias

Debbie McCoy

2012

Debbie McCoy

Robert A.G. Monks

2012

Robert A.G. Monks

Melissa Morales

2012

Melissa Morales

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

2012

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Nicole Pullen Ross

2012

Nicole Pullen Ross

Suzanne Shank

2012

Suzanne Shank

Anne Sheehan

2012

Anne Sheehan

Tessie Shih

2012

Tessie Shih

Anne-Marie Slaughter

2012

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Jeanne M. Sullivan

2012

Jeanne M. Sullivan

Geri Thomas

2012

Geri Thomas

Erika Trautman

2012

Erika Trautman

Sharon Vosmek

2012

Sharon Vosmek

Penny Zuckerwise

2012

Penny Zuckerwise

2011

Erika Irish Brown

2011

Erika Irish Brown

Linda C. Crompton

2011

Linda C. Crompton

Julie Hembrock Daum

2011

Julie Hembrock Daum

Raudline Etienne

2011

Raudline Etienne

Nili Gilbert

2011

Nili Gilbert

Leslie D. Hale

2011

Leslie D. Hale

Carla Harris

2011

Carla Harris

Jane Hyun

2011

Jane Hyun

Ginger Lew

2011

Ginger Lew

Terri Ludwig

2011

Terri Ludwig

Maybel Y. Marte

2011

Maybel Y. Marte

Ana Duarte McCarthy

2011

Ana Duarte McCarthy

Jacqueline Novogratz

2011

Jacqueline Novogratz

the late
Lisa Garcia Quiroz

2011

Lisa Garcia Quiroz

Charlotte Relyea

2011

Charlotte Relyea

Lisa Rickert

2011

Lisa Rickert

Rosie Rios

2011

Rosie Rios

Melody Rollins

2011

Melody Rollins

Yolanda Ruiz

2011

Yolanda Ruiz

Judith Samuelson

2011

Judith Samuelson

Anne Simpson

2011

Anne Simpson

Felicia Taylor

2011

Felicia Taylor

Kelly M. Williams

2011

Kelly Williams

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

2011

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Stacy Blake-Beard

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

Tuck School of Business

Stacy Blake-Beard has been faculty at Simmons University’s School of Business and Management and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Blake-Beard has also served as Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India and Visiting Faculty with the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women in New Delhi, India. Blake-Beard holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Blake-Beard has advised a number of organizations on the challenges and opportunities offered by a discerning examination of workforce relationships and the forces affecting them. The processes of mentoring and unconscious bias have been two areas in which Blake-Beard has concentrated her research and practice. Her work on the impact of diversity and inclusion in organizations is exemplified in her collaboration with Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender (Mentoring: Creating Mutually Empowering Relationships) and her TEDx talk on mentoring (The Power of Mentoring as a Transformational Process|TEDxUrsulineCollege). Blake-Beard is also co-editor of a volume dedicated to mentoring (Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Changing People, Processes and Paradigms).

Blake-Beard has expertise in exploring the intersection of diversity and inclusion in an international context. She received a Fulbright Award to support her project, entitled “Systems of Sustenance and Support: Exploring the Impact of Mentoring on the Career Experiences of Indian Women,” in partnership with the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

Joanna Bloor

Joanna Bloor

Potentialist & Adventurer | The Amplify Lab

Joanna Bloor believes that it’s time for us humans to rethink how we take on the modern working world. The what, where, when, and how of work is changing, a shift that technology and business have embraced yet people haven’t.

Bloore is on a mission to help us prepare for the big leap into the working future. To identify and articulate our human value and our place in the next chapter of the working world. And while we’re at it, have a great time in the process. “Imagine our careers were more like an adventure than a climb?”

A perpetual adventurer and self-described “startup junkie,” Bloor spent her early career scaling and building brands like Ticketmaster, Cars.com, OpenTable, and Pandora. Known for building teams, infrastructure, and revenue strategies through their moments of accelerating growth and rapid change, Bloore did so in environments where there were no rulebooks, no career paths, no precedents of how things “should” be done. Bloore’s a veteran of playing in the undefined future.

Then life threw a surprise at her, and she found herself at the beginning of a new adventure. The new journey led to a fateful conversation in line at the TED 2016 Conference that planted the idea for everything you see today and the idea that every one of you IS awesome and “that we just need to tell everyone else.”

“Joanna shines a light on long-forgotten ingredients that make up our secret sauce, reminding us that we’re not awesome by accident.” — Cristina Jones, EVP Trailblazer Marketing Salesforce.com.

Ann Compton

Ann Compton

Legendary ABC News’ White House Correspondent (1973 – 2014)

Ann Compton has always been a pioneer. As the first woman assigned to cover the White House on network television and with 41 years on the air for ABC News, her longevity and impact are unparalleled. After retiring from daily coverage in 2014, Compton reignited her legendary career by returning to ABC to cover the 2016 political conventions, as well as accepting a fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government focusing on media coverage of the 2016 election. She now combines her personal experiences on the White House beat with fresh scholarship from the prestigious Miller Center for presidential studies in Virginia.

Compton’s career at ABC News spanned seven presidents and 10 presidential campaigns. Assigned to the White House in 1974, she reported for ABC News broadcasts from Washington and around the globe, traveling with Presidents, Vice Presidents, and First Ladies. President Barack Obama announced her retirement when calling on her at a West Wing news conference saying, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a pleasure to get to know.”

Compton was traveling with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001, and was the only broadcast reporter to remain on Air Force One to report on behalf of all the press during the chaotic hours following the terrorist attacks, when the President was unable to return directly to Washington. For that coverage, which she considers the most significant story of her career, Compton received special recognition in the awards bestowed on ABC’s coverage, including an Emmy, a Peabody, and the Silver Baton from the DuPont awards at Columbia University.

Her colleagues elected Compton as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association for 2007 – 2008. She was chairman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association on Capitol Hill in 1987 – 1988. The Commission on Presidential Debates selected Compton to serve as a debate panelist in 1988 and 1992. Additionally, she has been inducted into six halls of fame and has received five honorary university degrees.

Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, D.C., and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter and the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Compton says her most valued award is a golden statuette bestowed by the National Mothers’ Day committee naming her a “Mother of the Year” in 1988.

Helene Cooper

Helene Cooper

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Pentagon Correspondent
New York Times Best-Selling Author of the House at Sugar Beach & Madame President

Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times. Prior to this assignment, she covered the White House and was The Times’ diplomatic correspondent. She joined the newspaper in 2004 as the assistant editorial page editor, a position she held for two years before she ran out of opinions and returned to news. She has reported from 64 countries, from Pakistan to the Congo.

Previously, Cooper worked for 12 years at the Wall Street Journal, where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter, and editor, working in the London, Washington, and Atlanta bureaus. She is the winner of the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting (2000), the Sandy Hume award for best reporter under the age of 35 (2001), the Missouri Lifestyle award for feature writing (2002), a National Association of Black Journalists award for feature writing (2004), and the Urbino Press Award for foreign reporting (2011). In 2015 she won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, an Overseas Press Club Award for International Reporting, and a George Polk Award for Health Reporting, all three for her coverage of the Ebola crisis.

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Cooper is the author of The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood (Simon and Schuster), a New York Times best seller and a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, she appeared on the TV quiz show, Jeopardy!, as a clue. She has also appeared on Meet the Press, Washington Week, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Chris Matthews Show, and This Week.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sue Hodgkinson

Sue Hodgkinson

Principal | The Personal Brand Company

Susan Hodgkinson is a trailblazer in personal branding, and founded The Personal Brand Company in 1994. She is a leadership development expert, award-winning executive coach, and keynote speaker. Hodgkinson was the first practitioner in the US to combine 15 years of a corporate marketing and branding approach to developing leaders, and the first to build a leadership development model—“The 5 P’s of Leadership Brand®” —fusing the two disciplines.

Hodgkinson was the first practitioner in the US to create a leadership development model that incorporated the needs and issues of women and people of color into the mainstream framework, vs. creating a ‘separate’ framework for these talent pools.

She works with thousands of professionals in a diverse array of businesses who know they must strategically manage their own professional learning, leadership development and personal brand to succeed—for their company and themselves. She is the author of The Leader’s Edge: Using Personal Branding to Drive Performance and Profit. The book has sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide and received the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The Leader’s Edge is now considered to be the defining textbook on personal branding for leaders in the US and abroad. Her second book, addressing a new vision for Inclusion for Women, will be published in 2019.

Hodgkinson is a recipient of India’s World HRD Congress Leadership Award, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Her work has most recently been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Indian Express, The Detroit Free Press, Essence Magazine, The Boston Globe, and other major electronic media and syndicated business columns. She holds her MBA from Simmons School of Management and is on the Executive Education faculty there, at Boston’s The Partnership, and at other business schools and Leadership Institutes.

Tina Opie

Tina Opie

Founder & Consultant | Opie Consulting Group

Dr. Tina Opie, the founder of Opie Consulting Group LLC, brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic management and organizational behavior. An award winning researcher, consultant and Associate Professor of Management at Babson College, Opie advises large firms in the financial services, entertainment, media, beauty, educational, and healthcare industries.

As a consultant, she provides organizations with strategic direction on how to create more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces. Her consulting work has helped organizations such as American Express, Hulu and the NFL. Opie’s work has appeared in such outlets as O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Harvard Business Review. She is also a regular commentator on Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast and Greater Boston’s NPR affiliate television station WGBH. As a thought leader who combines practice and theory, her work has proven to generate high-impact solutions that unleash the power of authenticity in organizations.

Jennifer Porter

Jennifer Porter

Managing Partner | The Boda Group

A seasoned leader and operations executive, Jennifer Porter thrives in fast-paced and complex environments. She started her career with The Boston Consulting Group and, knowing she wanted to lead an organization, joined Einstein Bros Bagels shortly after they were founded, serving as the VP of Operations Support and leading a 450-store rollout over 18 months. Two more senior operating roles in high-growth organizations followed: COO of Circles (now part of Sodexo), a corporate concierge service, and COO of Sentient Jet, a private jet membership company. After seven years as an executive coach with Spencer & Bean, she founded The Boda Group, where she serves as Managing Partner.

Porter is committed to bridging the art and science of leadership and helping leaders become more self-aware, authentic, and effective. Her sweet spot is very smart, driven, senior leaders and their teams. She knows that better leaders create and inspire more successful teams and generate better business results. She brings 20+ years of experience as a business leader and her significant and growing understanding of how great leaders think, behave, and change to help her clients transform their leadership.

Porter earned her BA, Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Bates College and her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas

Founder | Regain Your Time

Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. Her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System has been embraced by the likes of the U.S. Army, L’Oreal, and Dell. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of three books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker in Inc. Magazine. Maura is frequently featured in major business outlets including Business Insider, Fast Company, and Huffington Post, and she’s also a regular contributor to both Forbes and the Harvard Business Review, with articles there viewed over a million times. Follow her on Twitter @mnthomas.

Summer Turner

Summer Turner

Partner and Director of Coaching | The Boda Group

Summer Turner has deep expertise in executive communication and coaching. Working for nearly 20 years with executives in the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA to identify their personal leadership brand and create authentic ways to share it, Turner has developed a unique approach to help people forge meaningful connections that inspire followership and get results. She has worked in public relations (Ruder-Finn), investor relations (Pfeiffer High), and technology and e-business development (Viant). In 2000, Turnerstarted True Voice Leadership, where she focused on change management, leadership, and management development for technology, financial services firms, and nonprofits. From there, she joined Omgeo to create their organizational development function and eventually lead internal communication and change management. As a Partner and the Director of Coaching at The Boda Group, Turner is responsible for executive coaching quality, including assessing the capabilities of all Boda coaches, understanding clients’ executive coaching needs, determining the best coaches for each engagement, and ensuring each executive coaching engagement is set up for success.

Turner is known for a balance of strongly supporting her clients and holding a high bar and vision of what is possible. She believes clients truly thrive and do their best work when they dig down below roles and responsibilities to tap into what truly drives them. An entrepreneur and global business leader herself, Turner partners with clients to define what success and fulfillment look like and create plans to get there.

Turner earned her BA, Journalism, summa cum laude from University of Northern Colorado and an MA, Communication from Emerson College.

Dina Santoro

Dina Santoro

Head of Product and Marketing Strategy | Voya Financial

Dina Santoro is a senior managing director and head of product and marketing strategy for Voya Financial, responsible for leading and executing the strategic product and marketing agenda including product development and management, messaging and strategy for institutional and intermediary channels. Voya Financial is the asset management business of Voya Financial and manages approximately $238 billion* in assets across fixed income, senior loans, equities, multi-asset strategies and solutions, private equity, and real assets. Drawing on over 40 years of experience and the expertise of 250+ investment professionals, the firm’s capabilities span traditional products and solutions as well as those that cannot be easily replicated by an index. At Voya Financial, a heritage of partnership and innovation serves clients at every step. Our award-winning culture is deeply rooted in a client-centric approach to help investors meet their goals.

* As of 06/30/20. Voya Financial assets are calculated on a market value basis and include proprietary insurance general account assets of $65 billion.

Sylvia Bell

Sylvia Bell, CPA

COO | TRS Investment Management Division
Teachers Retirement System of Texas
Governing Board Member | Toigo Foundation

Sylvia Bell is the Chief Operating Officer of the TRS Investment Management Division where she is responsible for all aspects of investment operations including trade operations, investment information systems, talent management and budget and accounting services. From 2015 to 2019 she served as Director of the TRS Emerging Manager Program where she was responsible for a $1.6 billion portfolio of small and diverse managers.

Prior to joining TRS, Sylvia was with JPMorgan. In that role, she advised clients on a variety of investment strategies including equity, fixed income, and alternative asset strategies as well as advising institutional clients on investment operations and reporting solutions. Sylvia also worked with Oracle Consulting Services where her responsibilities included implementation of Oracle financial applications. She started her career with Deloitte and Touche, where she performed audit and consulting services for corporate, government, and not-for-profit clients.

Sylvia currently serves a Board member for the TOIGO foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to foster the career advancement and increased financial leadership of underrepresented talent.

Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vernita Exum

Vernita Exum, CFA

Principal, Head of Equities, Europe | Vanguard

Vernita oversees the portfolio management of Vanguard’s European domiciled equity index funds, and equity execution in the European, African and the Middle Eastern markets. She began her career at Vanguard as a senior portfolio manager on the US equity trading desk in 2016.

Before joining Vanguard, Vernita was an Equity Market Specialist for Bloomberg L.P., and broadly engaged the client base through markets related training and thought leadership events. Prior to Bloomberg, she was a Director, Senior Trader on Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Equity Portfolio Trading Desk, specializing in developed and emerging Americas. Her responsibilities included marketing the firm’s program trading platform and execution consultation services, as well as basket trading and risk facilitation.

Vernita received an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Norfolk State University. She also holds the CFA designation.

Paula Campbell Roberts

Paula Campbell Roberts

Director, Global Macro and Real Estate Americas | KKR

Paula Campbell Roberts (New York) joined KKR in 2017 and is a member of the Global Macro and Real Estate Americas teams, where she is responsible for leading macro research for real estate investing opportunities. As the Head of Alternative Data within the Global Macro team, Roberts also leads efforts to incorporate big data in due diligence, as well as in identifying demographic and consumer-driven investment themes. Prior to joining KKR, Roberts was an executive director at Morgan Stanley and the U.S. Consumer Economist, where she managed coverage of the U.S. consumer sector, advised Fortune 500 CEOs on their consumer strategy, and used big data to predict inflections in key sectors of the economy. Before Morgan Stanley, Roberts was a management consultant leading case teams and advising Fortune 500 companies at Bain & Co. Roberts earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. Currently, she serves on the boards of The Brearley School, the Northside Center for Childhood Development, the American Friends of Jamaica and the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association. She is also a Compass Charter School Advisory Board member.

Krystal Cobb

Krystal Cobb

Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking Chief Risk Officer | Bank of America

Krystal Cobb is the Chief Risk Officer for Consumer Lending, Financial Center Channel, Community Banking and Consumer Client Care lines of business. In this role, she is responsible for assessing the strategic and holistic oversight of all risk types.

An experienced executive, Krystal has been with Bank of America since 2004. Prior to her current role, Krystal was the Consumer and Small Business Operational Excellence lead. She also previously managed all significant issue remediation and project management activities impacting the Retail and Preferred channel. Prior to 2013, Krystal served in a variety of other roles, including operations, vendor oversight and regulatory management.

Krystal is a member of the Black Executive Leadership Council (BELC), Global Risk Management’s (GRM) ALIGN network of Black/African American & Hispanic Executives and the GRM Black/African American Advisory Group. She is also a member of the National Association of Female Executives and participates in a number of community volunteer events and mentoring activities.

Krystal obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications from Bowling Green State University. She is a native of Cleveland, OH and currently resides in the New York City area.

Sheila Peluso

Sheila Peluso

Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Legal Officer | Cerberus Capital Management

Sheila Peluso is Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Legal Officer for Cerberus. In her role, she oversees human resource management and talent acquisition globally for the firm and its affiliates.

Sheila joined Cerberus in 2005 and prior to that, she was an Associate with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York, where her practice focused on representing private equity clients in M&A and securities and general corporate matters.

Sheila graduated from Binghamton University and received her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She is a member of Cerberus’ Securities Compliance Committee.

Janice Cook Roberts

Janice Cook Roberts

Managing Director, Client and Partner Group | KKR
Toigo Foundation Board Member

Janice Cook Roberts (New York) joined KKR in 2007 and is a member of KKR’s Client and Partner Group. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Roberts was co-CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, a social civic venture fund. Previously, Ms. Roberts was with MCA/Universal’s Home Entertainment Group (now owned by Comcast) and at Bankers Trust in its corporate finance department. Ms. Roberts earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Roberts serves on the board of directors of The Robert Toigo Foundation, The Public Theater and Deerfield Academy.

Gina Baker Chambers

Gina Baker Chambers

Principal and Portfolio Manager | Artemis Real Estate Partners

Gina Baker Chambers is a Principal of capital raising, the Co-Portfolio Manager for the New York City Retirement Systems co-investment separate account, and the Portfolio Manager for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund separate account. These separate accounts are focused on identifying and investing alongside emerging managers in major markets across the US. Gina is based in the firm’s headquarters in metropolitan Washington, DC.

Prior to Artemis, Gina worked at Fannie Mae in Corporate Finance, managing the revenue and expense planning process, variance analysis and financial reporting for the Single Family business, and in Housing and Community Development serving as a junior product manager for mortgage products serving people with disabilities.

Gina earned a BA in Economics and in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School. While attending business school, she was recognized as a Robert A. Toigo Fellow, a PREA/Toigo Fellow and a Real Estate Executive Council Fellow.

Dhvani Shah

Dhvani Shah, CFA

CIO | Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
Governing Board Member | Toigo Foundation

Ms. Dhvani Shah, CFA joined the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) as the Chief Investment Officer in December 2011 and oversees a program with approximately $41.1 billion in assets as of April 30, 2020. $9.6 billion or 23.3% of the total Fund is managed by firms owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.

Ms. Shah’s investment background includes managing an institutional portfolio across domestic equities, international equities, fixed income, private equity, real estate, agriculture, timber and infrastructure.

Previously, Shah was the Managing Director of Private Equity, an Executive Staff position, for the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) and oversaw a program with more than $13 billion in commitments across 64+ managers and 140+ partnerships. Ms. Shah was a member of the Internal Investment Committee at NYSTRS that considers and votes on all investment actions and considers key issues in the asset allocation for the $86 billion Retirement Plan. Prior to joining NYSTRS, Shah spent seven years investing in private equity and real estate funds in the Chicago office of Bank of America, serving as Vice President of the bank’s Strategic Investment Group. Ms. Shah started her career with five years at Northwestern University’s Investment Office, where she was part of a team that managed the University’s $2.5 billion endowment fund.

MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University, Magna Cum Laude.

Ms. Shah serves as a Board of Director on four organizations. Ms. Shah is a member of the Board of Directors of CFA Society of Chicago (July 2018, elected for a three year term), a member of the Board of Directors of The Robert Toigo Foundation (December 2013 through Present), Treasurer (February 2018 to Present) and a member of the Board of Directors of the PREA Foundation (Pension Real Estate Association) and a member of the Board of Directors of PREA from March 2018 to present.

Ms. Shah is an ILPA Education Committee Member (2009 through May 2019), and served as a Board Member of ILPA (Institutional Limited Partners Association from November 2010 through November 2014. Ms. Shah is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of Chicago, PE-WIN (Private Equity Women Investor Network) and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).

Cristina Jones

Cristina Jones

SVP, Customer Marketing, Brand Partnership & C-Suite Engagement | Salesforce

As Salesforce’s Senior Vice President of Customer Marketing, Brand Partnership, & C-Suite Engagement, Cristina Jones is humanizing the conversation around technology.

A storyteller at heart, Cristina launched and produces Salesforce’s “Leading Through Change” series, with weekly episodes reaching millions of viewers and featuring leaders in business and other industries sharing their stories of how they are using their platforms to transform their companies and the world around us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2018, Cristina created Salesforce’s “Make Change” series to highlight stories of ‘action leaders’ who are driving change in areas that need it most. By empowering these leaders to share their authentic stories, the “Make Change” series reflects Salesforce’s core values in action, reaches wider audiences with partnerships with the likes of Variety, and inspires others to embark on their own trailblazer journeys. In 2020, Cristina was named to the Ebony Power 100.

Cristina joined Salesforce in January 2018 from 20th Century Fox, where she held senior roles in marketing, technology and franchise distribution. She led Fox’s Technology & Creative Strategy group where she focused on user behavior research, exploring how technology can help deepen connections between storytellers and audiences.

Cristina spends her leisure time watching classic Italian films in the home her husband built on their farm.

Tina Renee McCall

Tina Renee McCall

Managing Director, Asset Management | Bridge Investment Group

Tina Renee McCall is the Managing Director at Bridge Investment Group where she oversees the Acquisition, Asset Management and Disposition teams nationally.

She draws inspiration from Winston Churchill’s words of wisdom “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” With this mindset, McCall has emerged as a proven problem-solver in an incredibly competitive arena, is a leader in asset management, leasing, capital markets and portfolio management, and has cultivated tenant relationships with executives at Fortune 500 companies. In 2019 alone, she played an integral role in Bridge’s acquisition of more than 2 million square feet of commercial office space ($400 million), and also oversaw disposition transactions totaling more than 2.1 million square feet ($370 million). Despite unforeseen challenges related to COVID-19, her teams have continued to generate positive results.

McCall currently co-chairs the Bridge Women’s Network and CREW Atlanta’s 2020 Leadership Program. A Certified Commercial Investment Member, she is a former Director for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors in 2018 and was named to Bisnow Atlanta’s 2018 “Atlanta Power Women” and Real Estate Forum/GlobeSt.’s 2019 Women of Influence as a “Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.”

Prior to joining Bridge, McCall has served as the Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate, Vice President of Asset Management for Columbia Property Trust, Investment Officer at Wells Real Estate Funds.

She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Georgia State University. Based in Atlanta, she volunteers her time as a guest lecturer at Georgia State University, a mentor to students at the University of Georgia and with her daughters’ Girl Scout troops.

Joy Crenshaw

Joy Crenshaw, CIMA

Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Learning & Development | Nuveen

Joy Crenshaw is a Senior Managing Director at Nuveen for US Advisory Services, leading the Global Learning & Development team. In this role, she is responsible for the knowledge and skill development for Nuveen’s client facing distribution teams across the globe. She oversees the strategic direction for the advisor education team responsible for thought leadership and value-add programs for financial advisors and home offices. Data analysis has become an increasing important factor used to drive short and intermediate decisions to drive efficiency, effectiveness and connectivity with key stakeholders. As a result, Crenshaw created a Business Strategy function to establish processes to measure and analyze top initiatives that inform the direction of future plans. As a member of the Nuveen Leadership team, Crenshaw serves as a key enterprise leader responsible for executing the firm’s strategic initiatives and taking accountability for business results. Prior to this role, she held several leadership positions in the Global Private Client group, most recently as the Head of Sales Development and Business Solutions. She served in key roles in the Organizational & Educational Development and Distribution teams. Crenshaw was a founding member of Nuveen’s first ever business resource group, focused on leading, connecting and developing personal and professional growth for women in the asset management profession. Crenshaw joined Nuveen in 1997 after holding positions at CHAC as a housing specialist and Goldman Sachs in the Global Security Services Division. Outside of work Crenshaw enjoys traveling, watching football (Bears and Seahawks), working out and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite type of vacation is on a beach in a warm climate.

Attendees

Toigo welcomed rising leaders from the following organizations to Groundbreakers 2019—we expect the same (and more) in 2020.

  • Abbott Capital Management, LLC
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Advant Enterprises
  • AllianceBernstein
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • Angelo Gordon
  • Argand Partners
  • Artemis Real Estate Partners
  • Association of Washington Cities
  • Assurant, Inc.
  • Aster Talent Partners
  • Atago Global Advisors
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Barings
  • BASF
  • Bellcast Partners
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg LP
  • BMO Global Asset Management
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bridge Investment Group
  • Bridgewater Associates, LP
  • Bridgeway Capital Management
  • Brightwood Capital Advisors
  • Callan
  • CalSTRS
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Campbell Lutyens
  • CBRE Global Investors
  • Clarion Partners
  • ClearBridge Investments
  • Clearlake/Supercharged
  • Commonfund
  • D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Eaton Vance
  • Ellevate Network
  • Everstrong Capital
  • Executive Doula Agency
  • Falk Marques Group
  • First Reserve
  • Gartner, Inc.
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Hall Capital Partners
  • Harvard Business School
  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
  • Impact Capital Managers
  • Investment Company Institute (ICI)
  • Jennison Associates
  • J.F. Lehman & Company, LLC
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Kinzie Capital Partners
  • KKR
  • KPMG
  • Kupanda Capital
  • Lambert & Co.
  • Landmark Partners
  • Laurea LLC
  • Lord Abbett
  • Mayborn Group
  • McDowell Properties
  • Mercer
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nuveen
  • NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Office of the NYC Comptroller
  • Palladium
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • PGIM, The Global Investment Management Business of Prudential, Inc.
  • PIMCO
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • SEO
  • Sheffield Haworth
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Silver Lake Partners
  • Societe Generale
  • State Street Global Advisors
  • Stone Point Capital
  • T. Rowe Price
  • TCW
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas
  • The Lawrence Advisory
  • The Prince Houston Group
  • The Vistria Group
  • TorreyCove Capital Partners
  • Trilantic Capital Partners
  • Vanguard
  • Viking Global
  • Voya Financial
  • Voya Financial
  • WCAS
  • Wellington Management
  • Western Asset Management
  • William Blair
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
  • World Bank Group

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