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

Moderator
Tiffany Cross
Host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC;
Bestselling Author, Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy;
Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics;
Former DC Bureau, Chief, BET News; Liaison to the Obama Administration, BET Networks

Yvonne Garcia
Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO; Global Head of Communications;
Chairwoman of the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network, State Street
Naima Judge
Managing Director and Market Investment Executive, Bank of America
Laura Parrott
Managing Director, Head of Private Placements, Nuveen

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.

Sponsors confirmed to date

2:00 – 2:10 pm

Take a Break

2:10 – 2:40 pm

SPOTLIGHT: STRONG ENOUGH

Waneek Horn-Miller
Activist, Olympic Athlete

In conversation with
Janice Cook Roberts
Client & Partner Group, KKR
Board Member, Toigo Foundation

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.

Sponsored by

2:40 – 2:50 pm

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2:50 – 4:00 pm

BOARD EXCHANGE: Leadership at the Highest Level

Moderator
Tiffany Cross
Host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC;
Bestselling Author, Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy;
Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics;
Former DC Bureau, Chief, BET News; Liaison to the Obama Administration, BET Networks

Joanna Reiss
Co-Lead of Impact and Partner, Apollo Global Management
Caroline Cosby, J.D.
Principal, Institutional Investor Services & Risk Related Services Group, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado
Toigo Alumna
Divisional President / General Manager, Kohler Co
Board Director, Umpqua Bank & Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Board Advisor, Diligent Institute
Kathryn Koch
Co-head – Fundamental Equity (FE) Business, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Kristen Shanley
Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Head of US Benefits and Employee Engagement, Cerberus Capital Management

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

Jill Payne
Workplace Wellness Expert; Celebrity Trainer; Energy Management Guide

Interviewed by
Labhaoise Buckley
Vice President, Human Resources; Leader of Leadership & Organizational Development, PIMCO

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

1:00 – 5:00 PM EASTERN

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Straight Talk—With Yourself

Dr. Ethan Kross
Professor, University Michigan & Ross School of Business
Director, Emotion & Self Control Laboratory
Author, Chatter

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

Take a Break

2:25 – 3:15 pm

SPOTLIGHT: JOY REID – HOST OF “THE REIDOUT” ON MSNBC
BRAVE ENOUGH

Joy-Ann Reid
Host - “The ReidOut” and Political Analyst, MSNBC
Chanel Frazier
Managing Director, Head of Business Strategy, Portfolio Management Group (PMG); Head of the Atlanta Innovation Hub, BlackRock

Joy Reid has navigated it all—and thrived. As host of her own MSNBC program and frequent contributor to other national shows and publications, she offers a strong, clear voice on the issues. Speaking out (and up) is not always easy; she’ll share how she has braved internal politics, viewer sentiment and more to emerge as a go-to voice on national events. A one-on-one interview will provide an added opportunity to ask Reid what she sees ahead for herself—and the nation.

Sponsored by

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
Author, ConnectFirst
Founder, Katzman Consulting
Founding Partner, Leaders’ Quest
Mona Zielke
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Client Services and Claims, Voya Financial

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.

Sponsored by

Joanna Reiss

Joanna Reiss

Co-Lead of Impact and Partner, Apollo Global Management

Joanna Reiss is the Co-Lead of Impact and Partner at Apollo Global Management. She joined Apollo from Cornell Capital, a private equity firm where she was a partner since founding in 2013. At Cornell Capital, Reiss invested across the industrial, financial and consumer sectors and served as a member of the investment committee. In addition to her investing role, Reiss launched and led the firm’s ESG program, which included policy development and implementation across investment diligence and ownership. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking divisions, and subsequently served as an analyst at Merchants’ Gate Capital. Reiss serves on the board of directors of Smart and Final, and she has previously served as a member of the boards of Monolith Materials and Corelle Brands. Reiss is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Laura Parrott

Laura Parrott

Managing Director, Head of Private Placements, Nuveen

Laura Parrott is a managing director in Private Credit at Nuveen where she is the Head of Private Placements and oversees Greenworks Lending by Nuveen. She joined the company in 2005 in Fixed Income and spent the majority of her career in the private placement originations and portfolio management group. During her tenure on the Private Placement team, Laura was responsible for building the direct origination platform and was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Private ABS specialty. Laura also oversees Greenworks Lending which Nuveen acquired in 2021 and is part of the Private Credit platform. Prior to joining Nuveen, Mrs. Parrott worked at JPMorgan in various market-related roles in Equities and Corporate Strategy.

Mrs. Parrott holds a B.S. in business administration from Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Caroline Cosby, J.D.

Caroline Cosby, J.D.

Principal, Institutional Investor Services & Risk Related Services Grou, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Caroline Cosby is an attorney and Principal leading the Institutional Investor Services and Risk Related Services group in Vanguard’s Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Cosby’s organization provides primary legal support and counsel to Vanguard’s Institutional Investor, Financial Advisor Services, Information Technology, and Risk Divisions, as well as Marketing, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Governance support to the Vanguard enterprise. Cosby serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and as a board member of several Vanguard subsidiaries.

Prior to this role, Cosby served as Interim Head of Vanguard’s European Legal & Compliance team, led the Corporate & Commercial Transactions group in Vanguard’s US Legal department, and had various other roles supporting Vanguard’s corporate governance activities and providing strategic legal support to Vanguard’s global operations.

Prior to joining Vanguard, Cosby was an associate with the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canada, Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter) in San Francisco, California where her practice focused on corporate and securities matters.

Cosby received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law with high honors where she was named to the Order of the Coif. Cosby also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. with distinction in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

Political Analyst & Host of “The ReidOut” – MSNBC
NYTimes Bestselling Auhthor

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “The ReidOut” She is the author of three books: Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story – published in the summer of 2019, which spent four weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. Reid also co-hosts a podcast: Reid This-Reid That with veteran TV journalist Jacque Reid. She has worked in local and national TV news, as a talk radio producer and co-host, and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns, including for Barack Obama’s campaign in Florida in 2008. Her columns have appeared in multiple outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 and was a 2003 Knight Center for Advanced Journalism fellow. She has received media awards from The Newswoman’s Club of New York for the Front Page Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Media Center, the National Action Network and the National Association of Black Journalists, and her work has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and two NAACP Image Awards.

Waneek Horn-Miller

Waneek Horn-Miller

Activist, Olympic Athlete

The greatest lesson Horn-Miller ever learned was that “anything is possible.” Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after being stabbed, she could have recoiled from life. Instead, she embraced it like never before. On stage, she traces the powerful journey she took from beleaguered youth to star Olympic athlete to one of the most articulate and vibrant voices in Canada today. A model of perseverance, good-natured humour, and soulful wisdom, Horn-Miller inspires audiences to follow their own dreams, fight for their heritage, and achieve their full potential in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “Motivation is the biggest thing and the key to your success,” she says. “You have to figure out what it is that’s the trigger for your motivation and recruit people into helping you, and, as well, 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.”

Throughout her life, Horn-Miller has always stood up for what was right—as a mother, an activist, an athlete, and an entrepreneur. This has entailed hard choices, pain, and sacrifice. But this commitment has also made her one of Canada’s most inspiring figures. Previously, she assumed the role of Director of Community Engagement for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. By connecting the commission to victims’ families, as well as the public, she provided a recognizable and trusted face to an incredibly important initiative: one that seeks justice, raises awareness of violence against Indigenous women, and furthers the dual tasks of healing and reconciliation.

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

Author, ConnectFirst
Founder, Katzman Consulting
Founding Partner, Leaders’ Quest

For over three decades, across six continents, Dr. Melanie A. Katzman has focused on the science of human connections and the pivotal inflection points where individuals and institutions either coalesce or conflict. As a clinical psychologist, corporate advisor, research scientist, and entrepreneur, Melanie has the business acumen and psychological training that uniquely equips her to decode, diagnose and drive personal, organizational, and systemic transformation. A sought-after global speaker, #1 WSJ best-selling author, and motivational workshop leader, Melanie infuses her audiences with energy and possibility.

Melanie established Katzman Consulting 20+ years ago after successfully building non-profit and commercial organizations in Hong Kong and London. She serves as a trusted advisor to multi-national corporations, family businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies facilitating strategic discussions that clear conflict and engage multiple stakeholders. She coaches C-suite executives to operate with positive intention and achieve results while promoting inclusive cultures. She is also a partner for the social enterprise Leaders’ Quest which connects and develops recognized and invisible leaders to stimulate novel cross-sector solutions to shared business and community issues.

In parallel with her organizational consulting work, Melanie’s clinical psychology practice connects her one-on-one to the deep, daily challenges and triumphs of individuals in a range of industries and areas of responsibility. She has devoted her career to democratizing scientific information for immediate application. Melanie has authored/co-authored six books including several treatment manuals, a neurobiology textbook, and a guide to Feminist Psychology. Her most recent book Connect First: 52 Simply Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning and Joy at Work was an immediate best-seller. As co-creator and past co-host of Women@Work, a nationally broadcast radio show on SiriusXM, she offered guidance in response to listeners’ pressing concerns. Today she continues that tradition, providing a social media minute of video advice each week to help her followers deploy science-based techniques to stimulate success. She is a contributor to Psychology Today and has been featured in USA Today, Vanity Fair, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc., The Financial Times, The NY Post and on CNBC, ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Comedy Central, Lifetime, and numerous podcasts.

She earned her PhD in Psychology and has held faculty positions at the Weill Cornell Medical School and Wharton Business School, along with visiting professorships in Hong Kong, England, Italy, and China. Melanie is licensed in the US and chartered in the UK and sits on the advisory board of South America’s largest business school, Fundação Dom Cabral and The Resolution Project which develops young socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Since 2001, Melanie has been a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps. In 2021, she also joined the Medical Advisory Board of Estee Lauder Co and was recruited by the New York Yankees organization to advise staff on mental health issues.

Dr. Ethan Kross

Dr. Ethan Kross

Professor, University Michigan & Ross School of Business
Director, Emotion & Self Control Laboratory
Author, Chatter

Award-winning psychologist and author of the instant national bestseller Chatter, ETHAN KROSS studies how the conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives in surprising ways, from our health and our job performance, to our relationships and decision-making. His accessible, science-based talks reveal how we can harness our mind to improve productivity and well-being in our own lives, as well as help us become wiser leaders to others.

Giving into negative and disorienting self-talk—what Kross refers to as “chatter”—doesn’t just lead us to feel worse. It also undermines our ability to think and perform, creates friction in our social relationships, and degrades our physical and mental health—so much so, the World Health Organization has flagged anxiety and depression—which is fueled by chatter—as a trillion dollar problem. From sports stadiums to the corporate C-suite, the harmful effects of rumination have been well-documented. But the good news is that we have everything we need to make our inner voice work in our favor, says Kross. In his expertly researched debut book Chatter, as well as his accompanying talks, he shows us how we can strengthen our emotional fitness to find more meaning, satisfaction, and success, both at work and in our personal lives. Silencing your internal dialogue can also make you a better, more resilient leader, says Kross, whose concrete strategies have proven to be an invaluable resource for CEOs, managers, and small business owners confronting pandemic-related challenges and stress.

A professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, Kross is also the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. There, he explores how people can control their emotions in order to improve our understanding of self-control, and how to enhance it in our daily lives. Using an integrative approach to study these issues, Kross draws on multiple disciplines within psychology, including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience.

Kross has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His pioneering research has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Science. Kross completed his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at Columbia University.

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Toigo Alumna
Divisional President / General Manager, Kohler Co
Board Director, Umpqua Bank & Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Board Advisor, Diligent Institute

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado is a leading executive and board director at the intersection of consumer businesses and technology. Anddria is currently the Divisional President / General Manager for Kohler Co.’s consumer business, where she leads a full service business dedicated to providing premier products and services through marketing, customer care, product development, e-commerce and store operations. With previous experience in Head of Strategy and General Manager roles at Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s portfolio of brands, Anddria has overseen acquisitions, new brand and business developments, and critical business transformations. Anddria’s accomplishments include leading WSI’s historic acquisition of Outward, Inc., which expanded the company into “retail tech,” and launching WSI’s first microbrands. Previously, Anddria fostered in-depth consumer and commerce-based expertise across management consulting, investment banking and product management roles. Anddria extends her corporate engagements as a Board Director for Umpqua Bank (NASDAQ: UMPQ) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ: RRGB) and as a Board Advisor for Diligent Institute, the governance research arm of Diligent Corporation.

Anddria received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. As a committed champion of culture and talent development in her communities, Anddria volunteers with organizations such as Junior League, How Women Lead, The Links, Inc. and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and she contributes to pro-bono consulting engagements with local non-profit organizations through HBS Community Partners. Her professional work and development insights have earned recognition in several publications, including Forbes, Architectural Digest, Black Enterprise, and The Everygirl; and The San Francisco Business Times honored Anddria as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.”

Kathryn Koch

Kathryn Koch

Co-head – Fundamental Equity (FE) Business, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Katie is co-head of the Fundamental Equity (FE) business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. FE manages a broad range of equity portfolios on behalf of institutional and individual clients around the world. Katie also serves on the Board of Advisors for Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $1 billion investment strategy which aims to increase access to capital and facilitate connections for women, Black, Latinx, and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

Previously, Katie worked in the firm’s London office, where she led several businesses for 10 years. Most recently, she was head of the Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS) Group internationally, managing multi-asset class portfolios and serving on the GPS Investment Committee. Katie joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2002 and was named managing director in 2011 and partner in 2016.

In 2015, Katie was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named as one of the Top Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive and the Financial Times HERoes list, which recognizes champions of women in business.

Katie is on the Board of Directors for TIFF Advisory Services, Inc. which serves the investment needs of the nonprofit community. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Patton Veterans Project and is a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Wall Street Leadership Committee. Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

Jill Payne

Jill Payne

WORKPLACE WELLNESS EXPERT; CELEBRITY TRAINER; ENERGY MANAGEMENT GUIDE

Jill Payne lives her life at a 10! An energy-positive, highly trained motivational speaker and celebrity trainer, Payne isn’t one to tread lightly when it comes to transformation.

Payne first brought her unique brand of energy management to the public as Spiritual Athlete, a program she created that focuses on cultivating joy and vitality through functional movement and intentional exercise. With a master’s degree specializing in workplace wellness, she has continued to enrich and customize programs for companies internationally that want to motivate all levels of employees and management to be their best selves and subsequently improve productivity and morale. This culture shift starts with the individual and starts within. Jill’s core concept is to live life as a 10 out of 10. She motivates clients to discover what makes them feel creative, passionate, engaged and confident.


As seen in Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and SELF Magazine, her highly sought-after programs go beyond physical fitness by initiating a total wellness revamp to enhance individuals’ overall potential. Payne has brought her expertise to companies and organizations worldwide, including PepsiCo, Republic Services, Core Logic, NBC, Panasonic, Boeing, JPL, Western Union and Sony, to reinvigorate productivity and enhance corporate culture.

Payne trains our bodies and minds to unleash energy for optimal performance in all areas: creating impact at work, maintaining healthy relationships, eliminating anxiety and manifesting opportunities.

Marta Bezoari

Marta Bezoari

Vice President, Head of Strategy & Communications / Global Human Resources, Head of Inclusion & Diversity Strategy, PIMCO

Marta Bezoari is an executive vice president, head of strategy and communications for global human resources, and head of inclusion and diversity strategy globally. She is responsible for leading strategic initiatives to modernize the HR organization, including overseeing the integration of inclusion and diversity goals across business and talent strategy decisions, driving HR business continuity planning, and overseeing the global talent development team. Previously, she was head of strategy and business management for PIMCO Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong. Before that, she was an account manager in New York, focused on institutional investment consultants. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, she was an associate in the structured products and alternative risks group at Deutsche Bank, London. In 2016, Marta received the “Rising Star Award” from the Women’s Bond Club of New York. She is also on the board of directors of Mercado Global. She has 14 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from King’s College London.

Mona Zielke

Mona Zielke

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Client Services and Claims, Voya Financial

Mona Zielke is senior vice president of Enterprise Client Services and Claims for Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings—to get ready to retire better.

Mona leads the teams responsible for creating a simple, quick and transparent contact center and claims experience for customers across Voya’s Health Solutions and Wealth Solutions businesses. This has included the introduction of digital tools for employers and online claims submission, tracking and assistance for Voya’s Health Solutions business to complement the expertise of Voya’s claims and contact center representatives.

Additionally, Mona leads the newly acquired Health Account Solutions teams, which is focused on providing administrative services for COBRA, direct billing, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other services. Specifically, Mona is responsible for overseeing the efforts of the Health Account Solutions teams to onboard new employer-clients and renewals or expansion of relationships; assist employee-customers and their families in understanding and making the most of the benefits in which they’re enrolled; and monitor overall performance. She also represents the Health Solutions business in Voya’s enterprise-wide strategic initiatives.

Mona joined Voya in 2014 to advance the Voya’s Continuous Improvement (CI) efforts, and led the integration and sustainability of CI within her organization to create a high-performance culture and streamlined processes. Prior to that, Mona held leadership roles with Great Northwest Insurance Company, Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty Company, and Progressive.

Mona received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross

Host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC;
Bestselling Author, Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy;
Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics;
Former DC Bureau, Chief, BET News; Liaison to the Obama Administration, BET Networks

Tiffany D. Cross is an on-air political analyst and cable newsroom veteran. She is the bestselling author of Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy (Amistad/HarperCollins) and a Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (Spring 2020). Her broad experience across media, politics, and policy includes more than two decades of navigating newsrooms and campaigns while engaging different constituencies on the ground. Currently, Tiffany hosts The Cross Connection on MSNBC, airing on Saturdays. She previously served as the DC Bureau Chief of BET News and the Liaison to the Obama Administration for BET Networks where she covered Capitol Hill, produced political specials, and oversaw the daily operations of the news department. Tiffany cut her teeth in media at CNN where she worked as an Associate Producer covering Capitol Hill for the network’s weekend show unit. She also previously served as a Field Producer for America’s Most Wanted and Discovery Communications. No stranger to the campaign trail, Tiffany not only covered campaigns but worked on them as well. She has lent her expertise to numerous local, state, and federal candidates as well as issue campaigns across the country. Serving as a senior advisor to one of the country’s largest labor organizations, one of Tiffany’s many tentacles was organizing all communities of color on both a local and national level. Using her media background, Tiffany has helped shape the narrative around issues, individuals, and ideologies. Leaving the campaign stump, Tiffany transitioned from the control room to the green room when she co-founded The Beat DC, a national platform intersecting politics, policy, business, media, and people of color. With a readership comprising influencers across the country, Tiffany led a team that made the fast moving current affairs in a busy legislative climate digestible for the political connoisseur and novice alike. She quickly became a sought after voice in the progressive discourse and is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and SiriusXM. Known for her unique ability to engage audiences with digestible dialogue about some of today’s most complicated issues, she is a sought after effervescent voice in the progressive discourse.

Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne Garcia

Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO; Global Head of Communications;
Chairwoman of the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network, State Street

Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO & Global Head of Communications for State Street and Chairwoman of The Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Yvonne serves as Chief of Staff to State Street’s Chairman and CEO, Ron O’Hanley and as Global Head of Communications and Executive Engagement Program. Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as Director in Marketing and Distribution Strategy for Liberty Mutual and as Vice President for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance Program. In that role, Yvonne and her team created and implemented over five new Wealth Management Centers throughout China which resulted in over 80 centers currently throughout the country. Yvonne is a fully certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and applies that discipline, rigor, and process to every project on which she deploys. As an active leader of local and national communities, Yvonne served as the Chairwoman for the largest Latino Professional Organization in the country, ALPFA. Yvonne is also the co-founding Chair of Milagros para Niños, a board at Children’s Hospital in Boston, which has raised more than $14 million in funds for Hispanic children who can’t afford medical care. In addition, Yvonne was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s Latino Advisory Commission Board and was also appointed as the Chairwoman for the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Yvonne has been featured in Fortune magazine in partnership with ALPFA as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in the United States four years in a row and just last year was named Boston Business Journal’s Power 50. This year, Yvonne was recognized by the Boston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and by Yahoo Finance on their top 10 HERoes list nationally showcasing leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace. Yvonne holds an MBA from Boston University in Finance and Marketing and a BA from SUNY Albany and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Last year Yvonne was awarded an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts and most recently an honorary degree in Doctor of Commerce from New England School of Business.

Naima Judge

Naima Judge

Managing Director and Market Investment Executive, Bank of America

Naima Judge is a Managing Director and Market Investment Executive with the Bank of America Private Bank. In her role, she leads a team of dedicated investment and trust professionals, who work closely with high net worth individuals and families to provide customized wealth and investment management solutions. She has worked in investments and wealth management for over 20 years, beginning her career as an INROADS Intern on a commercial paper trading desk. Naima attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on a Division I full basketball scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance. She also has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Accounting from the University of Rochester’s, Simon School of Business. While living in her hometown of Rochester, NY, Naima cofounded a community service organization called Women In Service Excellence, or “W.I.S.E.” WISE focused on mentoring and educating inner-city young women on a host of topics such as etiquette, personal finance, and public speaking. She was a past recipient of the U.S. Trust “President’s Award” which is an annual honor awarded to the top performing associates in the organization. In 2017, Naima was inducted into her High School’s Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in basketball during her high school tenure as well as her personal and professional accomplishments after high school. Naima, in her capacity with The Bank of America Private Bank, has been a corporate partner with YearUp, a national not-forprofit organization focused on closing the opportunity divide for youth ages 18-24. She was featured in Bank of America’s 2019 diversity advertising campaign and often represents the firm as a host, speaker, or panelist for both internal and external events. Naima is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and currently serves on the board for several nonprofit organizations such as Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Raising Expectations Inc., and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Kristen Shanley

Kristen Shanley

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Head of US Benefits and Employee Engagement, Cerberus Capital Management

Kristen Shanley serves as Head of Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion, as well as Head of U.S. Benefits and Employee Engagement at Cerberus. She is responsible for leading Cerberus’ strategy and programming to help advance woman and minorities in the financial services industry, with a focus on gaps in education and access. Kristen also leads the Firm’s philanthropic efforts and since joining Cerberus in 2018, she has been instrumental in Cerberus becoming the top corporate sponsor for multiple non-profit organizations. Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Master’s Certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She also serves on the Young Professionals Board for Make-a-Wish Metro New York.

Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

Host - “The ReidOut” and Political Analyst, MSNBC

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “The ReidOut.” She is the author of three books: Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story—published in the summer of 2019, which spent four weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. Joy-Ann also co-hosts a podcast: Reid This-Reid That with veteran TV journalist Jacque Reid. She has worked in local and national TV news, as a talk radio producer and co-host, and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns, including for Barack Obama’s campaign in Florida in 2008. Her columns have appeared in multiple outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast. Joy-Ann graduated from Harvard University in 1991 and was a 2003 Knight Center for Advanced Journalism fellow. She has received media awards from The Newswoman’s Club of New York for the Front Page Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Media Center, the National Action Network and the National Association of Black Journalists, and her work has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and two NAACP Image Awards.

Chanel Frazier

Chanel Frazier

Managing Director, Head of Business Strategy, Portfolio Management Group (PMG);
Head of the Atlanta Innovation Hub, BlackRock

Chanel H. Frazier, Managing Director at BlackRock, is the Head of Business Strategy for the Portfolio Management Group (PMG) and the Head of the Atlanta Innovation Hub. In her business strategy role, she leads global teams in the execution of programs to identify and capture market opportunities for one of the firm’s largest investment teams. As the leader of the Atlanta Innovation Hub, Chanel is leading the expansion of the firm’s presence in the area, with a key focus on strengthening engagements with clients and the local community. Chanel is a member of the PMG Executive Committee, BlackRock’s Investment and Trading Portfolio Oversight Committee and BlackRock’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of her efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, she was named to the 2020 and 2021 EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models lists. She was the first BlackRock leader to receive the honor Chanel ’s prior roles at BlackRock have included Chief of Staff for Multi Asset Strategies and Global Fixed Income, and Corporate Tax Counsel. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, she worked at PwC and at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where her clients included private equity and hedge fund managers. She is also deeply committed to philanthropy and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gibney Dance, a social justice arts organization. She also previously served on the national board of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – the first alum to do so in the organization’s 30+ year history. As a result of her community involvement, Chanel has provided keynote addresses at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. She spoke during the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development and during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Chanel earned her A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Janice Cook Roberts

Janice Cook Roberts

Client & Partner Group, KKR
Board Member, Toigo Foundation

Janice Cook Roberts (New York) joined KKR in 2007 and is a member of KKR’s Client and Partner Group. Prior to joining KKR, Janice was co-CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, a social civic venture fund. Previously, she was with MCA/Universal’s Home Entertainment Group (now owned by Comcast) and at Bankers Trust in its corporate finance department. Janice 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.

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 2021 line-up.

Marta Bezoari

2021

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Marta Bezoari

Tiffany Cross

2021

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Tiffany Cross

Caroline Cosby, J.D.

2021

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Caroline Cosby, J.D.

Chanel Frazier

2021

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Chanel Frazier

Yvonne Garcia

2021

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Yvonne Garcia

Naima Judge

2021

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Naima Judge

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

2021

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Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

Kathryn Koch

2021

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Kathryn Koch

Dr. Ethan Kross

2021

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Dr. Ethan Kross

Waneek Horn-Miller

2021

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Waneek Horn-Miller

Laura Parrott

2021

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Laura Parrott

Jill Payne

2021

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Jill Payne

Joy-Ann Reid

2021

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Joy-Ann Reid

Joanna Reiss

2021

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Joanna Reiss

Janice Cook Roberts

2021

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Janice Cook Roberts

Kristen Shanley

2021

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Kristen Shanley

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

2021

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Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Mona Zielke

2021

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Mona Zielke

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.

2020

Sylvia Bell, CPA

2020

Sylvia Bell

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

2020

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

Joanna Bloor

2020

Joanna Bloor

Gina Baker Chambers

2020

Gina Baker Chambers

Krystal Cobb

2020

Krystal Cobb

Ann Compton

2020

Ann Compton

Helene Cooper

2020

Helene Cooper

Joy Crenshaw, CIMA

2020

Joy Crenshaw

Vernita Exum, CFA

2020

Vernita Exum

Sue Hodgkinson

2020

Sue Hodgkinson

Cristina Jones

2020

Cristina Jones

Tina Renee McCall

2020

Tina Renee McCall

Tina Opie

2020

Tina Opie

Sheila Peluso

2020

Sheila Peluso

Jennifer Porter

2020

Jennifer Porter

Paula Campbell Roberts

2020

Paula Campbell Roberts

Janice Cook Roberts

2020

Janice Cook Roberts

Dina Santoro

2020

Dina Santoro

Dhvani Shah, CFA

2020

Dhvani Shah

Maura Thomas

2020

Maura Thomas

Summer Turner

2020

Summer Turner

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

Joanna Reiss

Joanna Reiss

Co-Lead of Impact and Partner, Apollo Global Management

Joanna Reiss is the Co-Lead of Impact and Partner at Apollo Global Management. She joined Apollo from Cornell Capital, a private equity firm where she was a partner since founding in 2013. At Cornell Capital, Reiss invested across the industrial, financial and consumer sectors and served as a member of the investment committee. In addition to her investing role, Reiss launched and led the firm’s ESG program, which included policy development and implementation across investment diligence and ownership. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking divisions, and subsequently served as an analyst at Merchants’ Gate Capital. Reiss serves on the board of directors of Smart and Final, and she has previously served as a member of the boards of Monolith Materials and Corelle Brands. Reiss is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Laura Parrott

Laura Parrott

Managing Director, Head of Private Placements, Nuveen

Laura Parrott is a managing director in Private Credit at Nuveen where she is the Head of Private Placements and oversees Greenworks Lending by Nuveen. She joined the company in 2005 in Fixed Income and spent the majority of her career in the private placement originations and portfolio management group. During her tenure on the Private Placement team, Laura was responsible for building the direct origination platform and was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Private ABS specialty. Laura also oversees Greenworks Lending which Nuveen acquired in 2021 and is part of the Private Credit platform. Prior to joining Nuveen, Mrs. Parrott worked at JPMorgan in various market-related roles in Equities and Corporate Strategy.

Mrs. Parrott holds a B.S. in business administration from Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Caroline Cosby, J.D.

Caroline Cosby, J.D.

Principal, Institutional Investor Services & Risk Related Services Grou, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Caroline Cosby is an attorney and Principal leading the Institutional Investor Services and Risk Related Services group in Vanguard’s Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Cosby’s organization provides primary legal support and counsel to Vanguard’s Institutional Investor, Financial Advisor Services, Information Technology, and Risk Divisions, as well as Marketing, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Governance support to the Vanguard enterprise. Cosby serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and as a board member of several Vanguard subsidiaries.

Prior to this role, Cosby served as Interim Head of Vanguard’s European Legal & Compliance team, led the Corporate & Commercial Transactions group in Vanguard’s US Legal department, and had various other roles supporting Vanguard’s corporate governance activities and providing strategic legal support to Vanguard’s global operations.

Prior to joining Vanguard, Cosby was an associate with the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canada, Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter) in San Francisco, California where her practice focused on corporate and securities matters.

Cosby received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law with high honors where she was named to the Order of the Coif. Cosby also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. with distinction in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

Political Analyst & Host of “The ReidOut” – MSNBC
NYTimes Bestselling Auhthor

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “The ReidOut” She is the author of three books: Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story – published in the summer of 2019, which spent four weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. Reid also co-hosts a podcast: Reid This-Reid That with veteran TV journalist Jacque Reid. She has worked in local and national TV news, as a talk radio producer and co-host, and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns, including for Barack Obama’s campaign in Florida in 2008. Her columns have appeared in multiple outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 and was a 2003 Knight Center for Advanced Journalism fellow. She has received media awards from The Newswoman’s Club of New York for the Front Page Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Media Center, the National Action Network and the National Association of Black Journalists, and her work has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and two NAACP Image Awards.

Waneek Horn-Miller

Waneek Horn-Miller

Activist, Olympic Athlete

The greatest lesson Horn-Miller ever learned was that “anything is possible.” Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after being stabbed, she could have recoiled from life. Instead, she embraced it like never before. On stage, she traces the powerful journey she took from beleaguered youth to star Olympic athlete to one of the most articulate and vibrant voices in Canada today. A model of perseverance, good-natured humour, and soulful wisdom, Horn-Miller inspires audiences to follow their own dreams, fight for their heritage, and achieve their full potential in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “Motivation is the biggest thing and the key to your success,” she says. “You have to figure out what it is that’s the trigger for your motivation and recruit people into helping you, and, as well, 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.”

Throughout her life, Horn-Miller has always stood up for what was right—as a mother, an activist, an athlete, and an entrepreneur. This has entailed hard choices, pain, and sacrifice. But this commitment has also made her one of Canada’s most inspiring figures. Previously, she assumed the role of Director of Community Engagement for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. By connecting the commission to victims’ families, as well as the public, she provided a recognizable and trusted face to an incredibly important initiative: one that seeks justice, raises awareness of violence against Indigenous women, and furthers the dual tasks of healing and reconciliation.

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

Dr. Melanie Katzman, PhD

Author, ConnectFirst
Founder, Katzman Consulting
Founding Partner, Leaders’ Quest

For over three decades, across six continents, Dr. Melanie A. Katzman has focused on the science of human connections and the pivotal inflection points where individuals and institutions either coalesce or conflict. As a clinical psychologist, corporate advisor, research scientist, and entrepreneur, Melanie has the business acumen and psychological training that uniquely equips her to decode, diagnose and drive personal, organizational, and systemic transformation. A sought-after global speaker, #1 WSJ best-selling author, and motivational workshop leader, Melanie infuses her audiences with energy and possibility.

Melanie established Katzman Consulting 20+ years ago after successfully building non-profit and commercial organizations in Hong Kong and London. She serves as a trusted advisor to multi-national corporations, family businesses, academic institutions, and government agencies facilitating strategic discussions that clear conflict and engage multiple stakeholders. She coaches C-suite executives to operate with positive intention and achieve results while promoting inclusive cultures. She is also a partner for the social enterprise Leaders’ Quest which connects and develops recognized and invisible leaders to stimulate novel cross-sector solutions to shared business and community issues.

In parallel with her organizational consulting work, Melanie’s clinical psychology practice connects her one-on-one to the deep, daily challenges and triumphs of individuals in a range of industries and areas of responsibility. She has devoted her career to democratizing scientific information for immediate application. Melanie has authored/co-authored six books including several treatment manuals, a neurobiology textbook, and a guide to Feminist Psychology. Her most recent book Connect First: 52 Simply Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning and Joy at Work was an immediate best-seller. As co-creator and past co-host of Women@Work, a nationally broadcast radio show on SiriusXM, she offered guidance in response to listeners’ pressing concerns. Today she continues that tradition, providing a social media minute of video advice each week to help her followers deploy science-based techniques to stimulate success. She is a contributor to Psychology Today and has been featured in USA Today, Vanity Fair, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc., The Financial Times, The NY Post and on CNBC, ABC-TV, CBS-TV, Comedy Central, Lifetime, and numerous podcasts.

She earned her PhD in Psychology and has held faculty positions at the Weill Cornell Medical School and Wharton Business School, along with visiting professorships in Hong Kong, England, Italy, and China. Melanie is licensed in the US and chartered in the UK and sits on the advisory board of South America’s largest business school, Fundação Dom Cabral and The Resolution Project which develops young socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Since 2001, Melanie has been a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps. In 2021, she also joined the Medical Advisory Board of Estee Lauder Co and was recruited by the New York Yankees organization to advise staff on mental health issues.

Dr. Ethan Kross

Dr. Ethan Kross

Professor, University Michigan & Ross School of Business
Director, Emotion & Self Control Laboratory
Author, Chatter

Award-winning psychologist and author of the instant national bestseller Chatter, ETHAN KROSS studies how the conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives in surprising ways, from our health and our job performance, to our relationships and decision-making. His accessible, science-based talks reveal how we can harness our mind to improve productivity and well-being in our own lives, as well as help us become wiser leaders to others.

Giving into negative and disorienting self-talk—what Kross refers to as “chatter”—doesn’t just lead us to feel worse. It also undermines our ability to think and perform, creates friction in our social relationships, and degrades our physical and mental health—so much so, the World Health Organization has flagged anxiety and depression—which is fueled by chatter—as a trillion dollar problem. From sports stadiums to the corporate C-suite, the harmful effects of rumination have been well-documented. But the good news is that we have everything we need to make our inner voice work in our favor, says Kross. In his expertly researched debut book Chatter, as well as his accompanying talks, he shows us how we can strengthen our emotional fitness to find more meaning, satisfaction, and success, both at work and in our personal lives. Silencing your internal dialogue can also make you a better, more resilient leader, says Kross, whose concrete strategies have proven to be an invaluable resource for CEOs, managers, and small business owners confronting pandemic-related challenges and stress.

A professor at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business, Kross is also the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. There, he explores how people can control their emotions in order to improve our understanding of self-control, and how to enhance it in our daily lives. Using an integrative approach to study these issues, Kross draws on multiple disciplines within psychology, including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience.

Kross has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His pioneering research has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Science. Kross completed his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at Columbia University.

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Toigo Alumna
Divisional President / General Manager, Kohler Co
Board Director, Umpqua Bank & Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Board Advisor, Diligent Institute

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado is a leading executive and board director at the intersection of consumer businesses and technology. Anddria is currently the Divisional President / General Manager for Kohler Co.’s consumer business, where she leads a full service business dedicated to providing premier products and services through marketing, customer care, product development, e-commerce and store operations. With previous experience in Head of Strategy and General Manager roles at Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s portfolio of brands, Anddria has overseen acquisitions, new brand and business developments, and critical business transformations. Anddria’s accomplishments include leading WSI’s historic acquisition of Outward, Inc., which expanded the company into “retail tech,” and launching WSI’s first microbrands. Previously, Anddria fostered in-depth consumer and commerce-based expertise across management consulting, investment banking and product management roles. Anddria extends her corporate engagements as a Board Director for Umpqua Bank (NASDAQ: UMPQ) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ: RRGB) and as a Board Advisor for Diligent Institute, the governance research arm of Diligent Corporation.

Anddria received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. As a committed champion of culture and talent development in her communities, Anddria volunteers with organizations such as Junior League, How Women Lead, The Links, Inc. and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and she contributes to pro-bono consulting engagements with local non-profit organizations through HBS Community Partners. Her professional work and development insights have earned recognition in several publications, including Forbes, Architectural Digest, Black Enterprise, and The Everygirl; and The San Francisco Business Times honored Anddria as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.”

Kathryn Koch

Kathryn Koch

Co-head – Fundamental Equity (FE) Business, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Katie is co-head of the Fundamental Equity (FE) business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. FE manages a broad range of equity portfolios on behalf of institutional and individual clients around the world. Katie also serves on the Board of Advisors for Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $1 billion investment strategy which aims to increase access to capital and facilitate connections for women, Black, Latinx, and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

Previously, Katie worked in the firm’s London office, where she led several businesses for 10 years. Most recently, she was head of the Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS) Group internationally, managing multi-asset class portfolios and serving on the GPS Investment Committee. Katie joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2002 and was named managing director in 2011 and partner in 2016.

In 2015, Katie was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named as one of the Top Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive and the Financial Times HERoes list, which recognizes champions of women in business.

Katie is on the Board of Directors for TIFF Advisory Services, Inc. which serves the investment needs of the nonprofit community. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Patton Veterans Project and is a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Wall Street Leadership Committee. Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

Jill Payne

Jill Payne

WORKPLACE WELLNESS EXPERT; CELEBRITY TRAINER; ENERGY MANAGEMENT GUIDE

Jill Payne lives her life at a 10! An energy-positive, highly trained motivational speaker and celebrity trainer, Payne isn’t one to tread lightly when it comes to transformation.

Payne first brought her unique brand of energy management to the public as Spiritual Athlete, a program she created that focuses on cultivating joy and vitality through functional movement and intentional exercise. With a master’s degree specializing in workplace wellness, she has continued to enrich and customize programs for companies internationally that want to motivate all levels of employees and management to be their best selves and subsequently improve productivity and morale. This culture shift starts with the individual and starts within. Jill’s core concept is to live life as a 10 out of 10. She motivates clients to discover what makes them feel creative, passionate, engaged and confident.


As seen in Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and SELF Magazine, her highly sought-after programs go beyond physical fitness by initiating a total wellness revamp to enhance individuals’ overall potential. Payne has brought her expertise to companies and organizations worldwide, including PepsiCo, Republic Services, Core Logic, NBC, Panasonic, Boeing, JPL, Western Union and Sony, to reinvigorate productivity and enhance corporate culture.

Payne trains our bodies and minds to unleash energy for optimal performance in all areas: creating impact at work, maintaining healthy relationships, eliminating anxiety and manifesting opportunities.

Marta Bezoari

Marta Bezoari

Vice President, Head of Strategy & Communications / Global Human Resources, Head of Inclusion & Diversity Strategy, PIMCO

Marta Bezoari is an executive vice president, head of strategy and communications for global human resources, and head of inclusion and diversity strategy globally. She is responsible for leading strategic initiatives to modernize the HR organization, including overseeing the integration of inclusion and diversity goals across business and talent strategy decisions, driving HR business continuity planning, and overseeing the global talent development team. Previously, she was head of strategy and business management for PIMCO Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong. Before that, she was an account manager in New York, focused on institutional investment consultants. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, she was an associate in the structured products and alternative risks group at Deutsche Bank, London. In 2016, Marta received the “Rising Star Award” from the Women’s Bond Club of New York. She is also on the board of directors of Mercado Global. She has 14 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from King’s College London.

Mona Zielke

Mona Zielke

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Client Services and Claims, Voya Financial

Mona Zielke is senior vice president of Enterprise Client Services and Claims for Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings—to get ready to retire better.

Mona leads the teams responsible for creating a simple, quick and transparent contact center and claims experience for customers across Voya’s Health Solutions and Wealth Solutions businesses. This has included the introduction of digital tools for employers and online claims submission, tracking and assistance for Voya’s Health Solutions business to complement the expertise of Voya’s claims and contact center representatives.

Additionally, Mona leads the newly acquired Health Account Solutions teams, which is focused on providing administrative services for COBRA, direct billing, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other services. Specifically, Mona is responsible for overseeing the efforts of the Health Account Solutions teams to onboard new employer-clients and renewals or expansion of relationships; assist employee-customers and their families in understanding and making the most of the benefits in which they’re enrolled; and monitor overall performance. She also represents the Health Solutions business in Voya’s enterprise-wide strategic initiatives.

Mona joined Voya in 2014 to advance the Voya’s Continuous Improvement (CI) efforts, and led the integration and sustainability of CI within her organization to create a high-performance culture and streamlined processes. Prior to that, Mona held leadership roles with Great Northwest Insurance Company, Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty Company, and Progressive.

Mona received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross

Host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC;
Bestselling Author, Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy;
Resident Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics;
Former DC Bureau, Chief, BET News; Liaison to the Obama Administration, BET Networks

Tiffany D. Cross is an on-air political analyst and cable newsroom veteran. She is the bestselling author of Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy (Amistad/HarperCollins) and a Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (Spring 2020). Her broad experience across media, politics, and policy includes more than two decades of navigating newsrooms and campaigns while engaging different constituencies on the ground. Currently, Tiffany hosts The Cross Connection on MSNBC, airing on Saturdays. She previously served as the DC Bureau Chief of BET News and the Liaison to the Obama Administration for BET Networks where she covered Capitol Hill, produced political specials, and oversaw the daily operations of the news department. Tiffany cut her teeth in media at CNN where she worked as an Associate Producer covering Capitol Hill for the network’s weekend show unit. She also previously served as a Field Producer for America’s Most Wanted and Discovery Communications. No stranger to the campaign trail, Tiffany not only covered campaigns but worked on them as well. She has lent her expertise to numerous local, state, and federal candidates as well as issue campaigns across the country. Serving as a senior advisor to one of the country’s largest labor organizations, one of Tiffany’s many tentacles was organizing all communities of color on both a local and national level. Using her media background, Tiffany has helped shape the narrative around issues, individuals, and ideologies. Leaving the campaign stump, Tiffany transitioned from the control room to the green room when she co-founded The Beat DC, a national platform intersecting politics, policy, business, media, and people of color. With a readership comprising influencers across the country, Tiffany led a team that made the fast moving current affairs in a busy legislative climate digestible for the political connoisseur and novice alike. She quickly became a sought after voice in the progressive discourse and is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and SiriusXM. Known for her unique ability to engage audiences with digestible dialogue about some of today’s most complicated issues, she is a sought after effervescent voice in the progressive discourse.

Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne Garcia

Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO; Global Head of Communications;
Chairwoman of the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network, State Street

Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO & Global Head of Communications for State Street and Chairwoman of The Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Yvonne serves as Chief of Staff to State Street’s Chairman and CEO, Ron O’Hanley and as Global Head of Communications and Executive Engagement Program. Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as Director in Marketing and Distribution Strategy for Liberty Mutual and as Vice President for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance Program. In that role, Yvonne and her team created and implemented over five new Wealth Management Centers throughout China which resulted in over 80 centers currently throughout the country. Yvonne is a fully certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and applies that discipline, rigor, and process to every project on which she deploys. As an active leader of local and national communities, Yvonne served as the Chairwoman for the largest Latino Professional Organization in the country, ALPFA. Yvonne is also the co-founding Chair of Milagros para Niños, a board at Children’s Hospital in Boston, which has raised more than $14 million in funds for Hispanic children who can’t afford medical care. In addition, Yvonne was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s Latino Advisory Commission Board and was also appointed as the Chairwoman for the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Yvonne has been featured in Fortune magazine in partnership with ALPFA as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in the United States four years in a row and just last year was named Boston Business Journal’s Power 50. This year, Yvonne was recognized by the Boston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and by Yahoo Finance on their top 10 HERoes list nationally showcasing leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace. Yvonne holds an MBA from Boston University in Finance and Marketing and a BA from SUNY Albany and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Last year Yvonne was awarded an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts and most recently an honorary degree in Doctor of Commerce from New England School of Business.

Naima Judge

Naima Judge

Managing Director and Market Investment Executive, Bank of America

Naima Judge is a Managing Director and Market Investment Executive with the Bank of America Private Bank. In her role, she leads a team of dedicated investment and trust professionals, who work closely with high net worth individuals and families to provide customized wealth and investment management solutions. She has worked in investments and wealth management for over 20 years, beginning her career as an INROADS Intern on a commercial paper trading desk. Naima attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts on a Division I full basketball scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance. She also has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Accounting from the University of Rochester’s, Simon School of Business. While living in her hometown of Rochester, NY, Naima cofounded a community service organization called Women In Service Excellence, or “W.I.S.E.” WISE focused on mentoring and educating inner-city young women on a host of topics such as etiquette, personal finance, and public speaking. She was a past recipient of the U.S. Trust “President’s Award” which is an annual honor awarded to the top performing associates in the organization. In 2017, Naima was inducted into her High School’s Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in basketball during her high school tenure as well as her personal and professional accomplishments after high school. Naima, in her capacity with The Bank of America Private Bank, has been a corporate partner with YearUp, a national not-forprofit organization focused on closing the opportunity divide for youth ages 18-24. She was featured in Bank of America’s 2019 diversity advertising campaign and often represents the firm as a host, speaker, or panelist for both internal and external events. Naima is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and currently serves on the board for several nonprofit organizations such as Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Raising Expectations Inc., and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Kristen Shanley

Kristen Shanley

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Head of US Benefits and Employee Engagement, Cerberus Capital Management

Kristen Shanley serves as Head of Diversity, Equity,and Inclusion, as well as Head of U.S. Benefits and Employee Engagement at Cerberus. She is responsible for leading Cerberus’ strategy and programming to help advance woman and minorities in the financial services industry, with a focus on gaps in education and access. Kristen also leads the Firm’s philanthropic efforts and since joining Cerberus in 2018, she has been instrumental in Cerberus becoming the top corporate sponsor for multiple non-profit organizations. Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Master’s Certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She also serves on the Young Professionals Board for Make-a-Wish Metro New York.

Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

Host - “The ReidOut” and Political Analyst, MSNBC

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “The ReidOut.” She is the author of three books: Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, which she co-edited with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, and her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story—published in the summer of 2019, which spent four weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. Joy-Ann also co-hosts a podcast: Reid This-Reid That with veteran TV journalist Jacque Reid. She has worked in local and national TV news, as a talk radio producer and co-host, and as a press secretary during two presidential campaigns, including for Barack Obama’s campaign in Florida in 2008. Her columns have appeared in multiple outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine, and The Daily Beast. Joy-Ann graduated from Harvard University in 1991 and was a 2003 Knight Center for Advanced Journalism fellow. She has received media awards from The Newswoman’s Club of New York for the Front Page Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Media Center, the National Action Network and the National Association of Black Journalists, and her work has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and two NAACP Image Awards.

Chanel Frazier

Chanel Frazier

Managing Director, Head of Business Strategy, Portfolio Management Group (PMG);
Head of the Atlanta Innovation Hub, BlackRock

Chanel H. Frazier, Managing Director at BlackRock, is the Head of Business Strategy for the Portfolio Management Group (PMG) and the Head of the Atlanta Innovation Hub. In her business strategy role, she leads global teams in the execution of programs to identify and capture market opportunities for one of the firm’s largest investment teams. As the leader of the Atlanta Innovation Hub, Chanel is leading the expansion of the firm’s presence in the area, with a key focus on strengthening engagements with clients and the local community. Chanel is a member of the PMG Executive Committee, BlackRock’s Investment and Trading Portfolio Oversight Committee and BlackRock’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of her efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, she was named to the 2020 and 2021 EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models lists. She was the first BlackRock leader to receive the honor Chanel ’s prior roles at BlackRock have included Chief of Staff for Multi Asset Strategies and Global Fixed Income, and Corporate Tax Counsel. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, she worked at PwC and at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where her clients included private equity and hedge fund managers. She is also deeply committed to philanthropy and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gibney Dance, a social justice arts organization. She also previously served on the national board of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – the first alum to do so in the organization’s 30+ year history. As a result of her community involvement, Chanel has provided keynote addresses at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. She spoke during the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development and during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Chanel earned her A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Janice Cook Roberts

Janice Cook Roberts

Client & Partner Group, KKR
Board Member, Toigo Foundation

Janice Cook Roberts (New York) joined KKR in 2007 and is a member of KKR’s Client and Partner Group. Prior to joining KKR, Janice was co-CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, a social civic venture fund. Previously, she was with MCA/Universal’s Home Entertainment Group (now owned by Comcast) and at Bankers Trust in its corporate finance department. Janice 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.

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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