11.7.19

Cipriani South Street

New York, New York

11.7.19 Cipriani South Street | New York, NY

Program

On the Agenda: Thursday November 7, 2019 | Cipriani South, New York

8:00 – 9:00 am

Bank of America Café

Registration & Networking Breakfast
Start your day with handcrafted coffees, breakfast treats, and networking.

Sponsored by Bank of America

8:55 – 9:00 am

Welcome

Yamiche Alcindor
White House Correspondent, PBS Newshour
Toigo Groundbreakers 2019 MC

9:00 – 10:20 am

“In the Lead” | Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Different.

With diverse experiences and mindsets, each of our 2019 In the Lead speakers will share how they have personally navigated the highest of highs—and the darker days of overcoming challenges. Their lens will inform and inspire with a candid look at how they stepped into—and decisively own—their story and successes. Following their remarks, our Groundbreakers MC will lead an interactive discussion with the speakers.

Judith Jamison
Dancer & Choreographer Extraordinaire, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Kelly Williams
Founding Chair and Co-CEO of the Private Equity Women Investor Network; Toigo Foundation Board Member

Lisa Ling
Journalist; Executive Producer & Host – CNN’s This is Life

Sponsored by Bank of America

10:20 – 10:50 am

“In the Lead” | Meet & Greet

Networking Break
A chance to connect with other Groundbreakers, including our In the Lead speakers.

10:50 am – Noon

Amplification: Is Who You Truly Are Who the World Sees?

Joanna Bloor
Founder, The Amplification Lab

Introduction expert Joanna Bloor will take us on a remarkable journey—we’ll dive into questions about who we believe we are—and know ourselves to be—and how there is often a disconnect with how the world (your world!) sees you. Discussion and hands-on exercises will help you hone your message, identify missteps and set you on a clear and focused path. She’ll start this trek with one simple question of you: “What do you do?” A TED speaker and “TED experience” coach, companies such as GE, EY, 21st Century Fox, and Salesforce have brought Joanna in to work with employees from recent grads to executive teams—listen and learn. Following her session, Joanna will be available throughout the Groundbreakers day for “pop up” consultations.

Sponsored by T Rowe Price

12:10 – 1:15 pm

Power Lunch

Sponsored by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.
and the Kwanza Jones and José E. Feliciano SUPERCHARGED Initiative

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Humor—It’s a Powerful Thing

Liza Donnelly
Writer & Contract Cartoonist, The New Yorker Magazine; Resident Cartoonist, CBS This Morning; Cultural Envoy, US State Department

Using cartoons and humor, Liza Donnelly helps us hold up the mirror and see irony and humor in the every day. When she joined The New Yorker in 1982, she was one of only three women on the staff—and the youngest. Thirty-plus years later, she’s still there. Donnelly will share how she created the new genre of digital live drawing, a form of journalism where she draws using a tablet to share impressions and visual reports of events and news instantly on social media—and how her work gives her a perch to observe world events and more. In traveling around the world to discuss the political impact of cartoons, international women cartoonists and how cartoons can be used for peace she’s seen how humor can unite us.

1:45 – 2:30 pm

Leadership 360

Join these standout leaders as we explore a full-circle look at leadership—from strengths and blind spots, to drive and dreams. Here’s a look at how the conversation will unfold:

  • How do you lead, how has that changed over time (and why)?
  • Getting knocked down and getting back up—it’s never that simple. Share.
  • Juggler extraordinaire—how do you make decisions, assess trade-offs and move ahead without regret?
  • Difficult conversations—what’s your strategy and way forward through the discomfort and disconnect that often lingers?
  • Diversity vs inclusion—how do you define the difference? How do you lead within your definition

Sponsored by KKR, PGIM, and Vanguard

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Afternoon Lounge

Sponsored by Guggenheim & Wellington Management

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Emotional Agility: What Shape Are You In?

Susan David, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Harvard Medical School; Author, Emotional Agility

Dr. Susan David is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist—join her as she unearths one of the best kept secrets in business: Emotion can be a strength. As author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility and creator of a concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year, Dr. David will walk us through the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Her focus is on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change.

4:30 – 5:15 pm

Groundbreakers Spotlight: Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
Political leader, Nonprofit CEO, Author & Serial Entrepreneur

“Be aggressive about your ambition,” Stacey Abrams champions. And that’s just the start of how we’ll wrap up your Toigo Groundbreakers day. Abrams is living proof of the adage: How you respond to setbacks is what defines your character. An activist, entrepreneur, and author, she is the first black woman in the nation’s history to be nominated by a major party for governor and the first black woman and non-sitting public official to give the State of the Union response. She symbolizes the power women and African-Americans exercised in the midterms. By every measure, she is paving a new path for herself and other groundbreakers. Stacey will share her story and insights on moving forward and deciding what’s next.

5:15 – 5:20 pm

Closing Remarks

Yamiche Alcindor
White House Correspondent, PBS Newshour
Toigo Groundbreakers 2019 MC

Yamiche Alcindor

Yamiche Alcindor

White House Correspondent | PBS NewsHour

Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a role she began in January 2018. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters.

Alcindor is also a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC often appearing on a number of shows including Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on working class people and people of color.

Before joining The Times, she was a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled across the country to cover stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the police related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.

Alcindor’s overall goal is to be a civil rights journalist and she was inspired by the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill. In 2017, she won an award in a tribute to Ifill during Syracuse University’s Toner Prize ceremony. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and was named the organization’s "Emerging Journalist of the Year" in 2013.

Alcindor earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University. A native of Miami, Fla., Yamiche is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.

Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison

Dancer & Choreographer Extraordinaire

Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. During the 1970s and 80s, she appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. She returned to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1989 when Ailey asked her to succeed him as Artistic Director. In the 21 years that followed, she brought the Company to unprecedented heights—including two historic engagements in South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate the Company’s 50th anniversary.

Jamison is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them a prime time Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a “Bessie” Award, the Phoenix Award, and the Handel Medallion. She was also listed in “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event. Last year, she became the 50th inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance.

As a highly regarded choreographer, Jamison has created many celebrated works, including Divining (1984), Forgotten Time (1989), Hymn (1993), HERE . . .NOW. (commissioned for the 2002 Cultural Olympiad), Love Stories (with additional choreography by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris, 2004), and Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places) (2009). Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993. In 2004, under Jamison’s artistic directorship, her idea of a permanent home for the Ailey company was realized and named after beloved chairman Joan Weill. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy—using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams

Founding Chair & Co-CEO, Private Equity Women Investor Network

Kelly Williams is the Founding Chair and Co-CEO of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. She was a founder of the Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG) at Prudential Insurance Company in 1999. CFIG was a market leader in providing customized solutions in private equity, real estate and infrastructure, with more than $30 billion managed on behalf of clients. The business was moved to DLJ in 2000 (subsequently acquired by Credit Suisse AG) and Williams served as its Managing Director and Group Head until 2014, when the business was sold to GCM Grosvenor. At GCM Grosvenor, she served as President of Private Markets until June of 2015, and a Senior Advisor from 2015 to 2019. Prior to the founding of CFIG, she was an Executive Director with Prudential’s private equity group, where she specialized in product development. Prior to joining Prudential in 1993, Williams was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy specializing in project finance.

Williams is a member of the board of the Toigo Foundation, the Olana Partnership, and the National Philanthropic Trust and is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. She serves as President of the Board of the Nantucket Historical Association. She also serves on the board of trustees and executive committees of Union College and the NY School of Interior Design. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and an investment committee member of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She also serves as the chair of the Limited Partner Advisory Council to the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Williams was appointed in 2015 to the Board of Directors of The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). She has received many awards throughout her career in the financial services industry and was recognized by the National Organization for Women in 2012 with its Women of Power and Influence Award and was named in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine. Williams graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1986 and received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1989.

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling

Journalist; Executive Producer & Host, CNN’s This is Life

As Executive Producer & Host of CNN’s This is Life, Lisa Ling explores the scourge prescription pill addiction in Utah, the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown, and a town in the rural Midwest where young men aspire to be priests.

For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. She embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin, got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement, witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans of war, and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capitol. Ling has also profiled Americans living beneath the poverty line for the first time and people serving unimaginably lengthy prison sentences for crimes they did not commit.

As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21-years of age. As well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.

Ling is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She is a co-founder of www.SecretSocietyofWomen.com, and a contributor to www.iVolunteer.org.

Joanna Bloor

Joanna Bloor

Founder, The Amplification Lab
Executive Coach & TED Speaker

Introduction expert and LADYBADASS founder, Joanna Bloor’s on a mission to get people to talk about themselves in a new way. She asks if you have a great answer to the question “What do you do?”

A self-described “startup junkie” Bloor started her career by scaling the revenue strategies of brands such as Ticketmaster, Cars.com, OpenTable, and Pandora. A conversation in line at TED 2016 led to a realization that what we are known for has far-reaching impact as an individual and a leader.

Companies such as GE, EY, 21st Century Fox, and Salesforce have brought Bloor in to work employees from recent grads to the executive teams. A TED speaker and “TED experience” coach.

Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly

Writer & Contract Cartoonist | The New Yorker Magazine
Resident Cartoonist | CBS This Morning

Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, a contributing cartoonist on CBS This Morning capturing behind the scenes moments with guests and emerging news. Donnelly is also a featured weekly political cartoonist for Medium. Her writing and cartoons have also appeared on Politico, HuffingtonPost, DailyBeast, WashingtonPost, and Salon. She has been profiled globally in numerous publications and her work has been exhibited around the world. In 2014, Donnelly received an honorary doctorate from University of Connecticut, where she delivered the commencement address to the Graduate School ceremony.

Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights. As a public speaker, Donnelly has also spoken at TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, the Thurber House, and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention, Vassar College, Bard College, Brown University, The Omega Institute, The Society of Illustrators, The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art, The Norman Rockwell Museum, among other places. Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been interviewed on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. Donnelly’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: the NewYorker.com; CNN.com; HuffingtonPost.com; Salon.com; DailyBeast.com; WomensEnews.org; NarrativeMagazine.com. Her work has appeared in print publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review.

Donnelly is the author/editor of fifteen books. Her most recent book is Women On Men, a collection of her cartoons and writing which was a finalist for the well known humor award in 2014, The Thurber Prize. Donnelly conceived of and edited three collections of cartoons for Ballantine Books called Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons and Husbands and Wives (the last two with Michael Maslin). The book she wrote with her husband, Cartoon Marriage, has been optioned by Jennifer Garner for ABCStudios. She is at work on a new pilot.

She is a charter member of an international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding around the world through humor; and is one of the founding members of USA FECO, the US chapter of the international cartoonists’ organization FECO. She conceived of and is editor for World Ink, a site of international cartoons from contributors around the globe (WorldInk.com) and has curated several exhibits of international cartoonists, here and abroad. Donnelly taught at Vassar College and the School of Visual Arts and is a member of PEN, Authors Guild and the National Cartoonist Society. She is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Connecticut, received the Salon St. Just, France International Prize, the Woman of Distinction Prize from the American Association of University Women; and was a member the jury of the World Press Cartoon Prize in Lisbon, the Cartooning for Peace Prize in Geneva in 2012 and 2014, and the Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition in Istanbul, Turkey. Her cartoons are in the Library Of Congress Prints and Drawings Collection, the Society Of Illustrators Collection and private collections.

She lives in New York with her husband, New Yorker cartoonist Michael Maslin.

Saleena Goel

Saleena Goel

Member & Head of Customized Portfolio Solutions, KKR

Saleena Goel (New York) joined KKR in 2010 and is the Head of KKR Customized Portfolio Solutions, an investment team focused on strategic partnerships and other solutions. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Goel founded Goel Capital Partners to advise sovereign wealth funds and other limited and general partners. Ms. Goel spent approximately five years as a senior member of AlpInvest Partners, investing over $4 billion across private market funds including buyout, distressed debt, mezzanine and venture capital. At AlpInvest, she held over 20 advisory board seats, including KKR. Prior to AlpInvest, Ms. Goel was a vice president at Capital Z Investment Partners where she seeded new managers primarily in the U.S. and Asia. Ms. Goel also invested directly in private equity and venture capital investments at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Atlas Venture, respectively. Ms. Goel holds a bachelors degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Anne E. Robinson

Anne Robinson

General Counsel, The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Anne E. Robinson is general counsel of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and secretary of the Vanguard funds. She is managing director of the Office of the General Counsel, which includes Government Relations, Legal, Compliance, and Investment Stewardship. Ms. Robinson joined Vanguard in 2016. Previously she served as a managing director and general counsel in the Citigroup global legal department. She started her career in private law practice, and went on to serve as counsel with Deloitte Consulting before moving to American Express in 2003. She joined Citigroup in 2014, as managing director and general counsel of global cards and consumer services. Ms. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Hampton University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Stacie Olivares-Castain

Stacie Olivares-Castain

Chief Investment Officer, Lendistry

Stacie Olivares-Castain is the Chief Investment Officer of Lendistry, an asset manager that provides capital at affordable rates to support entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Lendistry in March 2019, Stacie served as the Senior Advisor on Impact Investment and Blockchain for the State of California from 2018 through 2019. From 2011 through 2018, Stacie was the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the California Organized Investment Network (COIN), an impact investment fund directing insurance company capital in investments that yield competitive financial returns and environmental or social benefits to California’s underserved and rural communities. During her tenure, the value of insurers’ COIN holdings more than quadrupled from $6.6 billion at the beginning of 2011 to approximately $29 billion at the end of 2018.

Building ventures and investments that yield strong social and environmental impacts is Stacie’s passion. Her career spans the private and public sectors across the areas of finance, economics and mobile technology. Prior to joining COIN, she worked at Morgan Stanley in portfolio management and financial advisory services. Before working on Wall Street, Stacie served as the former Executive Director of the State of California’s economic advisory board, the California Commission for Economic Development. She came to the State from Palm, Inc., where she led licensee business development and account management for the tech company’s top clients.

Stacie is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University.

Susan David, Ph.D.

Susan David, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Harvard Medical School
Author, Emotional Agility

Susan David is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility based on the concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change.

Her focus is on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change.

David’s TED Talk on the topic went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Named on the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, David is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations.

David is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse. She lives outside of Boston with her family.

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

Political leader, Nonprofit CEO, Author & Serial Entrepreneur

Stacey Abrams made history and captured the nation’s attention as the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, going on to win more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia’s history. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia in what was one of the most-watched and closest elections of the year. After witnessing the election’s mismanagement by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from TED, where her talk has racked up over a million views and counting, to college campuses, to the Commonwealth Club, Abrams is a powerful and passionate speaker heralded for her candid insights on politics, leadership, entrepreneurship, social justice, and being a true force for change. As TIME wrote of her, “People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why.”

Abrams’ New York Times bestselling book Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, is a personal and empowering blueprint for outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge. From her experiences launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, Abrams illuminates that finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action.

Dedicated to civic engagement, Abrams has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. A recipient of Harvard’s Institute of Politic’s John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Abrams has also been named a “Public Official of the Year” by GoverningMagazine.

Yamiche Alcindor

Yamiche Alcindor

White House Correspondent | PBS NewsHour

Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a role she began in January 2018. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters.

Alcindor is also a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC often appearing on a number of shows including Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on working class people and people of color.

Before joining The Times, she was a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled across the country to cover stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the police related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.

Alcindor’s overall goal is to be a civil rights journalist and she was inspired by the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill. In 2017, she won an award in a tribute to Ifill during Syracuse University’s Toner Prize ceremony. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and was named the organization’s "Emerging Journalist of the Year" in 2013.

Alcindor earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University. A native of Miami, Fla., Yamiche is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.

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