10.27.17

10 On The Park Conference Center

Time Warner Center
New York

10.27.17 Time Warner Center, New York

10 On The Park Conference Center

Speakers

Groundbreakers is known for its inspiring, standout speakers. Check out this year’s program to learn more about our 2017 speakers.

Anne F. Ackerley

2012

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Anne F. Ackerley

Luvvie Ajayi

2017

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Luvvie Ajayi

Cheryl D. Alston

2012

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Cheryl D. Alston

Timicka Anderson

2013

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Timicka Anderson

Helen Aronova

2016

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Helen Aronova

Michelle Bachelet

2012

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Michelle Bachelet

Diahann Billings-Burford

2014

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Diahann Billings-Burford

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

2013

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Stacy Blake-Beard

Cynthia H. Bowman

2016

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Cynthia H. Bowman

Donna Brazile

2015

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Donna Brazile

Jeanne Brett

2017

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Jeanne Brett

Sheri Bronstein

2014

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Sheri Bronstein

Solange F. Brooks

2014

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Solange F. Brooks

Erika Irish Brown

2011

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Erika Irish Brown

Candace Browning

2014

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Candace Browning

Mary L. Cahill

2014

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Mary L. Cahill

Elizabeth A. Caldas

2012

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Elizabeth A. Caldas

Robin Camarote

2016

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Robin Camarote

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

2013

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Christine Carter

Connie Cassidy

2012

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Connie Cassidy

Antoinette Chandler

2012

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Antoinette Chandler

Douglas K. Chia

2012

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Douglas K. Chia

Toni Cornelius

2015

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Toni Cornelius

Janet Cowell

2013

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Janet Cowell

Linda C. Crompton

2011

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Linda C. Crompton

Julie Hembrock Daum

2011

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Julie Hembrock Daum

Brooke Deterline

2013

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Brooke Deterline

Marcia Diaz

2013

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Marcia Diaz

Dina DiLorenzo

2014

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Dina DiLorenzo

Abigail E. Disney

2012

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Abigail E. Disney

Suzanne Donohoe

2017

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Suzanne Donohoe

Natalie Eckford

2012

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Natalie Eckford

Raudline Etienne

2011

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Raudline Etienne

Gail Evans

2014

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Gail Evans

Carey Fear

2015

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Carey Fear

Nailah Flake-Brown

2015

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Nailah Flake-Brown

The Honorable Lucy Flores

2014

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Lucy Flores

Jody Fink

2012

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Jody Fink

Adena T. Friedman

2014

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Adena T. Friedman

Stew Friedman

2015

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Stew Friedman

Vicki L. Fuller

2012

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Vicki L. Fuller

John Gerzema

2013

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John Gerzema

Nili Gilbert

2011

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Nili Gilbert

Elizabeth Greenwood

2012

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Elizabeth Greenwood

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

2013

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Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

Maria Hackley

2013

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Maria Hackley

Leslie D. Hale

2011

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Leslie D. Hale

Deborah Harmon

2012

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Deborah Harmon

Carla Harris

2011

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Carla Harris

Tiffany Hawkins

2015

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Tiffany Hawkins

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

2013

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Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

2014

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Elizabeth M. Hewitt

Anita Hill

2013

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Anita Hill

Janet Hill

2012

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Janet Hill

Seema Hingorani

2013

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Seema Hingorani

Maria Hinojosa

2015

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Maria Hinojosa

Susan Hodgkinson

2017

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Susan Hodgkinson

Christy Holden

2016

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Christy Holden

Linda Houston

2015

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Linda Houston

Jane Hyun

2011

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Jane Hyun

Gwen Ifill

2012

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Gwen Ifill

Erika James

2014

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Erika James

Sheri Jeavons

2016

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Sheri Jeavons

Henry Jones

2012

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Henry Jones

Jill Rosenberg Jones

2015

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Jill Rosenberg Jones

Jacki Kelley

2015

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Jacki Kelley

Nancy Lashine

2012

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Nancy Lashine

Nina Lawrence

2013

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Nina Lawrence

Amy Lesch

2016

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Amy Lesch

Ginger Lew

2011

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Ginger Lew

Sophie L’Hélias

2012

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Sophie L'Helias

Monica Lozano

2013

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Monica Lozano

Terri Ludwig

2011

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Terri Ludwig

Julie Lythcott-Haims

2016

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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Maybel Y. Marte

2011

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Maybel Y. Marte

Roxanne M. Martino

2014

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Roxanne M. Martino

Jerilyn McAniff

2014

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Jerilyn McAniff

Ana Duarte McCarthy

2011

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Ana Duarte McCarthy

Debbie McCoy

2012

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Debbie McCoy

Terri McCullough

2014

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Terri McCullough

Tara Sophia Mohr

2016

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Tara Sophia Mohr

Robert A.G. Monks

2012

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Robert A.G. Monks

Carol Moody

2013

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Carol Moody

Melissa Morales

2012

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Melissa Morales

Linda Naiman

2016

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Linda Naiman

Ana Navarro

2017

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Ana Navarro

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

2012

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Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Natalia Oberti Noguera

2013

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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Jacqueline Novogratz

2011

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Jacqueline Novogratz

Amy O’Brien

2015

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Amy O’Brien

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

2017

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Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Engin Okaya

2013

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Engin Okaya

Windy Oliver

2013

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Windy Oliver

Kristie Paskvan

2014

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Kristie Paskvan

Christine Phillpotts

2014

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Christine Phillpotts

Paula B. Pretlow

2016

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Paula B. Pretlow

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

2014

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Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

Lisa Garcia Quiroz

2011

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Lisa Garcia Quiroz

Sanaz Raczynski

2017

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Sanaz Raczynski

Cristina M. Regalado

2014

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Cristina M. Regalado

Charlotte Relyea

2011

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Charlotte Relyea

Gretchen Remmers

2016

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Gretchen Remmers

Lisa Rickert

2011

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Lisa Rickert

Rosie Rios

2011

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Rosie Rios

Melody Rollins

2011

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Melody Rollins

Nicole Pullen Ross

2012

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Nicole Pullen Ross

Yolanda Ruiz

2011

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Yolanda Ruiz

Judith Samuelson

2011

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Judith Samuelson

Kathryn Schulz

2014

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Kathryn Schulz

Suzanne Shank

2012

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Suzanne Shank

Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

2016

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Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

Anne Sheehan

2012

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Anne Sheehan

Tessie Shih

2012

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Tessie Shih

Anne Simpson

2011

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Anne Simpson

Anne-Marie Slaughter

2012

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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Elizabeth M. Smith

2013

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Elizabeth M. Smith

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

2014

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Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

Gloria Steinem

2016

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Gloria Steinem

Jeanne M. Sullivan

2012

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Jeanne M. Sullivan

Susan E. Tannehill

2014

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Susan E. Tannehilln

Felicia Taylor

2011

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Felicia Taylor

Sandye Taylor

2016

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Sandye Taylor

Geri Thomas

2012

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Geri Thomas

Erika Trautman

2012

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Erika Trautman

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

2014

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Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Sharon Vosmek

2012

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Sharon Vosmek

Carra Wallace

2014

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Carra Wallace

Anne B. Walsh, CFA

2013

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Anne Walsh

Liz Wamai

2017

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Liz Wamai

Jody R. Weiss

2013

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Jody R. Weiss

Ali Wentworth

2017

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Ali Wentworth

Fredricka Whitfield

2015

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Fredricka Whitfield

Kay Willcox

2016

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Kay Willcox

Kelly M. Williams

2011

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Kelly Williams

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

2011

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Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Melissa Winter

2017

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Melissa Winter

Maysoon Zayid

2016

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Maysoon Zayid

Penny Zuckerwise

2012

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Penny Zuckerwise

Anne F. Ackerley

Anne F. Ackerley

Chief Marketing Officer
BlackRock

Anne F. Ackerley, Managing Director, is the Chief Marketing Officer of BlackRock, and the COO for the Marketing and Communications Group. In these global roles, she drives BlackRock’s marketing and communications strategy, including the Firm’s ongoing efforts to build the BlackRock brand. Ms. Ackerley also manages all aspects of marketing operations. Prior to her current roles, she was the Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock’s Global Client Group, developing and driving strategy across BlackRock’s client businesses from 2009 – 2011 and she held various key roles in BlackRock’s US Retail Group from 2000-2009. Ms. Ackerley is a member of the Global Operating Committee and the Human Capital Committee. Additionally, she is co-chair of BlackRock’s WIN East. She has also served as the business liaison to the mutual fund boards and was President of BlackRock’s open- and closed-end mutual funds.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2000, Ms. Ackerley spent 15 years at Merrill Lynch, most recently as the chief operating officer for the mergers and acquisitions department.

Ms. Ackerley served on the board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute from 2002 to 2005. She serves on the Harvard-Radcliffe Alumni Schools Committee and on the board of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

Ms. Ackerley earned a BA degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in economics from Harvard College in 1984, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1988.

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

Social Media Expert; New York Times Best-selling Author;
Pop-culture Critic

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A twelve-year blogging veteran, she’s the voice behind the respected and hilarious AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit.

With a passion for social justice and a love of shoes, Luvvie co- founded The Red Pump Project in 2009 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. She serves as Executive Director and the organization’s work has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois State Governor, the Black AIDS Institute and more.

Luvvie has been called the Olivia Pope of Social Media for fixing eLives and inspiring students at her popular, frequently sold-out classes. She is a noted speaker on topics related to blogging, branding, digital marketing, nonprofit communications and activism. She’s spoken at numerous colleges and conferences including: SXSW, BlogHer, Social Media Week (Chicago, Lagos and Johannesburg), SAG/AFTRA Broadcast Conference, Chicago Social Media Summit, New Media Expo, FOCUS100, Blogalicious. She launched AwesomelyTechie.com in April 2014 as a resource for writers, small business owners and everyday people looking to use technology to make their lives easier.

Her first book I’m Judging You released by Henry Holt & Co. (division of MacMillan) debuted at #5 on the New York Times best-seller list and has gained major media mentions including NPR, Chicago Tribune, Mashable, and NBC News. Her book was recently optioned by Shonda Rhimes for television. Luvvie has spoken at the UN’s Social Good Summit, Consumer Reports, MAKERS Conference, Twitter, Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Facebook, among others.

Cheryl D. Alston

Cheryl D. Alston

Executive Director
Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas

Cheryl D. Alston is the Executive Director for the Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas (“ERF”), a $2.9 billion pension plan for the City’s civilian employees. Cheryl began her term as Executive Director in October 2004 and provides leadership for the Fund’s staff in implementing the programs necessary to achieve the mission, goals and objectives established by the Board of Trustees. Cheryl also serves as a Board member and Chair of the Investment Committee for CHRISTUS Health. Ranked among the top 10 Catholic health systems in the United States by size, the CHRISTUS Health system includes more than 40 hospitals and facilities in seven U.S. states and in Mexico.

In 2011, Cheryl was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee. The PBGC protects the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers in 27,500 private-sector defined benefit plans. In 2010, Cheryl was selected as one of the Rising Stars of Public Funds by the editors of Institutional Investor News as one of the up-and-coming professionals poised to be future leaders of the industry.

In addition to serving as Executive Director for the Fund, she is a member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), the National Council of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS), the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP). Cheryl serves as Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Volunteer Center of North Texas.

Cheryl has over twenty years of expertise in the financial services industry. She served as an Executive with CIGNA Retirement & Investment Services. Prior to CIGNA, Cheryl has served as a Corporate Banking Officer at Chase Global Services, providing investment banking services for Fortune 500 clients. Cheryl has an M.B.A. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Timicka Anderson

Timicka Anderson

Director, Global Consumer Group, Corporate and Investment Banking

Timicka Anderson is a Director within Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. As a Banker in the Global Consumer Group focused on corporate finance, she leverages a comprehensive knowledge of Citi’s product and services to originate new business and manage client relationships, such as Pepsi, Hershey, Staples, and Owens Corning. Timicka also provides managerial oversight to the group’s Analyst and Associates.

Timicka joined Citi as a Corporate Banking Associate, in 2001 after receiving her MBA from The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is knowledgeable of global markets having worked with US multinationals and clients based in The Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden, and India. She also spent four years advising and structuring on cross boarder financings in Citi’s Capital Market Structured Asset Finance Group. Through both of these assignments Timicka gained broad client based exposure across many industries.

Before entering her current role, Timicka was a part of Citi’’s Transaction Services division. During her four years, she had a variety of experiences. As a Product Manager in Securities Fund Services, Timicka led several strategic projects for the development of a hedge fund of funds offering. Under the Trade Finance product she structured global supply chain finance solutions for US multinationals and foreign subsidiaries.

In addition to an MBA, Timicka earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University

Timicka has been married to Byron Anderson for 12 years. They reside in South Orange, NJ with their three sons, fraternal twins Brisco Luke and Bryce Logan (age 8) and Bauer Larkin (age 4 year). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. UNC Alumni Association. Florida A&M Alumni Association. Council of Urban Professionals and Jack & Jill of America

Helen Aronova

Helen Aronova

Managing Director
Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Helen Aronova is the Managing Director, Human Capital for the Investments business within Guggenheim Partners. She joined Guggenheim in June 2011 to help build close business partnerships with the business unit leaders. Her focus has been to attract top talent, develop Guggenheim Investments associates at all levels by providing skills and tools to build individual and organizational capability, and aligning the HR systems and processes that support a high performance culture. Women’s Innovation and Inclusion Network (WIIN) Steering Committee member and Head of Education and Career Development Subcommittee at Guggenheim.

Before Guggenheim, Mrs. Aronova spent nearly 6 years with Nuveen Investments, where she was a key member in establishing a shared services platform to support multiple entities under the Nuveen umbrella. She began her HR career at Roxbury Capital Management, LLC.

Mrs. Aronova received her BS in Business Administration from CSUN, CA and her Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University, Villanova, PA.

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director
UN Women

Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which was established on 2 July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. UN Women works with the entire UN system, governments, civil society and the private sector to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality worldwide.

Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career.

One of her major successes as President was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on pension reform, social protection programmes for women and children, and research and development, despite the financial crisis. Other initiatives included tripling the number of free early child-care centres for low-income families and the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres.

She also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health. As Defence Minister, Ms. Bachelet introduced gender policies to improve the conditions of women in the military and police forces. As Minister of Health, she improved primary care facilities with the aim of ensuring better and faster health care response for families.

Diahann Billings-Burford

Diahann Billings-Burford

Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility
Time Warner Inc.

Diahann Billings-Burford recently joined the Time Warner Inc. family as Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility. In this newly created role, Diahann serves as a senior member of the Corporate Responsibility management team and has have primary responsibility for the strategic direction and implementation of our company-wide college internship program, the programs and resources we provide to stimulate and support employee community engagement, and our community investments in New York City.

For five years as Chief Service Officer for the City of New York, Diahann headed NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office with the mission of tapping the power of the people to meet pressing challenges. NYC Service met the Mayor’s State of the City pledge for New York City to lead the way in answering President Obama’s nationwide call to service. The NYC Service program had three main goals: help more New Yorkers connect to service opportunities more easily, target volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs, and promote service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen in the greatest City in the world. NYC Service implemented 25 initiatives to meet these goals. NYC Service initiatives targeted six impact areas: strengthening communities, helping neighbors in need, education, environment, health, and emergency preparedness. Since its inception in April of 2009, NYC Service had engaged over 1.3 million New Yorkers in a wide range of volunteer activities, from beautifying neighborhood blocks, to providing tax assistance to low-income families, to volunteering to teach fitness classes at City recreation centers, to coating rooftops with reflective white paint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to this appointment, Diahann served as Deputy Executive Director of External Affairs for City Year New York, a nonprofit organization. In that position, Diahann established and maintained relationships with politicians, community leaders and stakeholders and oversaw recruitment and communications.

Diahann is a very proud Brooklyn native and currently lives there with her husband and their two children. She serves as a board member for buildOn and the New York City Housing Authority.

Stacy Blake-Beard

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

Professor of Management
Simmons College School of Management

Stacy Blake-Beard is a Professor of Management at the Simmons College School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior. She is also Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons and Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has also worked in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and in the corporate human resources department at Xerox. Dr. Blake-Beard holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Blake-Beard’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. She is particularly interested in the issues women face as they develop mentoring relationships. She also studies the dynamics of formal mentoring programs in both corporate and educational settings. Dr. Blake-Beard has published research on gender, diversity, and mentoring in several publications including the Journal of Career Development, the Academy of Management Executive, the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Management Development, the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Journal and The Diversity Factor. Dr. Blake-Beard is co-editor of a volume focused on women’s careers (Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers) and a forthcoming volume on mentoring (Mentoring and Diversity in a Global Context). She has received a 2010-2011 Fulbright Award to support her project, entitled “Systems of Sustenance and Support: Exploring the Impact of Mentoring on the Career Experiences of Indian Women,” in partnership with the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Blake-Beard’s most recent collaboration is with Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research on their Voice & Influence videos; her video on mentoring will be released Fall 2015. She is also starting a three year term as a Representative for the Board of Governors for the Academy of Management. Dr. Blake-Beard sits on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including MentorNet, Teen Voices, the Harvard Project on Tenure, and the Harvard Medical School Center for the Study of Diversity in Science. Dr. Blake-Beard has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Robert Toigo Foundation. She has given seminars for and consulted on a wide range of topics, including effectively leveraging diversity, implementing formal mentoring programs, gender and leadership, bystander awareness training, unconscious bias, managing visibility, career action planning and team-building. Organizations with which she has consulted include Infosys, EMC, Hewlett Packard, Jobs for the Future, The Partnership, IBM, Cisco, The Robert Toigo Foundation, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Swissotel, PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Linkage, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Conference Board, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Boston University, Connecticut College, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, University of Texas, University of California, Harvard University, Boston Public School District, The PhD Project, The Compact for Faculty Diversity, New Leaders for New Schools and Working Mother Media.

Cynthia H. Bowman

Cynthia H. Bowman

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bank of America

Cynthia H. Bowman is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bank of America. In this role, she serves as the chief strategist for diversity and inclusion globally, focused on leading programs, initiatives and policies that actively support the bank’s diverse and inclusive workplace—in thought, style, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, culture and experience.

As part of her role, Cynthia serves on the bank’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, comprised of senior leaders from across the company responsible for keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront for managers throughout the company. She leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion organization (GDIO), which supports enterprise-wide diversity initiatives, diversity conference planning, strategic partner management and sponsorships, diversity awards and recognition, and diversity metrics and data reporting. The GDIO also provides strategic oversight to the bank’s 11 Employee Networks, made up of nearly 80,000 employees and allies around the globe.

Cynthia joined Bank of America in 2007 and has served in various leadership roles throughout Global Human Resources. Prior to her current role, she was the Learning and Leadership Development and Diversity and Inclusion executive for the Global Wealth and Investment Management businesses. She also served as Global Diversity & Inclusion executive. She started at Bank of America in Executive Leadership Development and later served as the Leadership Development executive for the Global Human Resources organization, leading enterprise efforts in Performance Management, Survey and Engagement, Cultural Assessments and Integration, and Organizational Development.

Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a Partner at Accenture where she was responsible for the deployment of performance sales and consulting projects.

Cynthia has been recognized by the Georgia National Diversity Council as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women 2013,” and by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the top “50 Senior Executives Under 50.” She was also awarded a “2014 Trailblazer Award” by re:gender and in 2016, she was recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity.

Cynthia graduated from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Organization Behavior and Operations. She also has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. Cynthia is married and the mother of four children.

Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

Democratic Political Strategist

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” Race Relations in the Age of Obama, Why Diversity Matters, Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet.

She first got involved at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC’s This Week. Her secret passion is acting; she has recently made two cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife. Ask her and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.

In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s firstever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

She is currently on the board of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of the two catastrophic hurricanes that made landfall in the Gulf region, Brazile was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to work for the rebuilding of the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage. Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.

Jeanne Brett

Jeanne Brett

DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr. Distinguished Professor
of Dispute Resolution and Organizations
Kellogg School of Management

Jeanne Brett is the DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Brett’s research focuses primarily on culture and negotiation strategy. She is the author of numerous journal articles, negotiation teaching materials, and award winning books: Getting Disputes Resolved with William Ury and Stephen Goldberg and the single authored Negotiating Globally, now in its 3rd edition. She initiated Kellogg’s MBA courses in negotiations in 1981 and in cross-cultural negotiations in 1994. She was a founder in 1986 and the director of Kellogg’s Dispute Resolution Research Center until 2016.

Sheri Bronstein

Sheri Bronstein

Global Human Resources Executive
Bank of America

Sheri Bronstein is the Global Human Resources Executive for Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. In this role, Bronstein leads a global team of human resources professionals responsible for recruiting, leadership development, learning, compensation, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations for employees in more than 40 countries.

Bronstein joined Bank of America in 2000 and has held various roles supporting Global Markets, Global Investment Banking and the International regions. She served most recently as Global Human Resources Executive for Global Banking and Markets. Prior to joining Bank of America, Sheri worked at JP Morgan in a variety of human resources capacities.

Bronstein actively promotes the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion internally and externally, including serving as a member of the company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. In addition, Sheri spearheads domestic violence awareness initiatives for the company.

Sheri is based in New York City and holds an undergraduate degree from Colby College and an MBA from Cornell University. She is a member of the Governing Board of Directors of the Robert Toigo Foundation and was selected as a 2015 participant in Next Women 50, an executive development network for female leaders around the world.

Solange F. Brooks

Solange F. Brooks

Portfolio Manager
California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Mrs. Brooks is a Portfolio Manager within CalSTRS’ Private Equity Program. Among her responsibilities are reviewing, analyzing and recommending private equity investments. She manages a portfolio of limited partnerships, including emerging manager funds. Prior to joining CalSTRS in 2004, Mrs. Brooks has served in various leadership positions within California state government – Chief Deputy Inspector General and Executive Director for the California Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has served as an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College. Her undergraduate education is in international business and economics, and has earned a Master in Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento.

In October 2008, Mrs. Brooks was bestowed the Award of Excellence by the National Association of Investment Companies Board of Directors. In 2012, the New America Alliance honored her with the Pension Leadership Award for Promoting Latino Advancement. Mrs. Brooks has been a long-time supporter of the efforts of the Robert Toigo Foundation by being part of the Advisory Committee and serving as Chair from 2009 – 2014.

Erika Irish Brown

Erika Irish Brown

Diversity Recruiting & Program Management Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Erika Irish Brown is Bank of America’s Diversity Recruiting and Program Management Executive. In this role, she is responsible for enhancing Bank of America’s employment brand in diverse communities, managing strategic partner relationships, recruiting diverse senior executives and on-boarding, developing and retaining diverse senior executives throughout the Enterprise.

Irish Brown background includes over 15 years of investment banking and capital markets experience in both the public and private sectors at organizations including Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Treasury and Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Bank of America in December 2009, Irish Brown served as Senior Vice President and Head of Diversity Lateral Recruiting at Lehman Brothers where she established a strategic, diversity branding, coaching, recruiting and retention initiative for experienced hires firm-wide.

Irish Brown received her MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. She is Vice-Chairperson and Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Nation’s first community development corporation, a Director of the Council of Urban Professionals and served on the Obama-Biden Treasury Transition Team. Irish Brown resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband Frank and their three sons, Frank III, Evan and Bradford.

Candace Browning

Candace Browning

Head of Global Research
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research

Candace Browning is head of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, a group that provides clients and employees of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management with top‐quality investment insights and ideas, industry and company overviews and asset allocation recommendations.

The BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research division has nearly 700 analysts located across more than 20 countries. The team provides recommendations on more than 3,300 stocks and 1,200 credits globally as well as economic forecasts for nearly 60 countries, forecasts for 20 commodities, and recommendations on 40 currencies.

From February 2003 to November 2008, Ms. Browning served as head of the Global Research Securities and Economics group at Merrill Lynch. She was named head of Global Research of the combined Bank of America Merrill Lynch organizations post the merger of the two firms.

The research division was named Top Global Research Firm of 2013 by Institutional Investor magazine for the third consecutive year; No. 1 in the 2014 Institutional Investor All‐Europe survey and No. 2 in the 2014 All‐Europe Fixed Income survey; No. 1 in the 2014 Institutional Investor All‐Asia survey for the fourth consecutive year; and No. 2 in the 2013 Institutional Investor All‐China and No. 4 in the 2014 All‐Japan survey. The group was also named No. 1 in the 2014 Institutional Investor Emerging EMEA survey; No. 2 in the 2013 Institutional Investor All‐Latin America and All‐America Fixed Income team surveys; and No. 2 in the 2013 Institutional Investor All‐America Research Team survey.

Additionally, the group was named the No.1 Broker overall in the 2014 Thomson Reuters Extel EMEA Survey.

Previous to her position as head of Global Research, Ms. Browning served as director of Equity Research for the Americas region, with responsibility for all research coverage in Canada, the United States and Latin America. From June 2000 to November 2001, she was based in London, serving as deputy director, Global Research Product, Pan‐Europe, for Merrill Lynch EMEA Research Management.

Before joining research management, Ms. Browning covered the airline industry in the United States and was ranked in Institutional Investor’s all‐star analyst survey for 17 consecutive years.

Named as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker for the past four years, Ms. Browning joined Merrill Lynch in 1990 as a research analyst. She holds an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brandeis University. She is a member of the St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices, and is a Bank of America Global Ambassador.

Mary L. Cahill

Mary L. Cahill

Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer
Emory University

Mary L. Cahill is Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Emory University overseeing investments of all endowment, trust, operating, and employee benefit funds of the University and related medical facilities. Prior to joining Emory, Ms. Cahill was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Xerox Corporation.

Ms. Cahill has 30 years of investment experience with prior positions including Deputy Director of the Virginia Retirement System, Director of the SmithKline pension fund and pension management positions with BellSouth and Merck. Mary has overseen internal equity portfolios, invested fixed income and futures portfolios, developed performance measurement systems, and designed investment options. Mary has served as President of Pension Group East, President of Pension 21, an executive member of the Financial Executive Institute’s Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, and a member of the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments, The Institute For Quantitative Research in Finance, The Woodruff Arts Center, and the Robert Toigo Foundation. Mary is an advisor to the Zeist Foundation, a member of the NCAA Investment Committee, and a member of the Economic Club of New York. Mary has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Elizabeth A. Caldas

Elizabeth A. Caldas

Director of Private Markets
New York City Office of the Comptroller

Elizabeth A. Caldas is the Director of Private Markets at the New York City Office of the Comptroller John C. Liu. In this capacity, she helps to manage the Private Equity program on behalf of the New York City Retirement System (“NYCRS”), an over $8 billion private equity portfolio with more than $14 billion of commitments across 170+ funds. Investments include buyout, mezzanine, distressed, secondary and special situation funds. Ms. Caldas serves on the LP Advisory Boards of 40+ private equity funds. NYCRS overall assets are in excess of $120.0 billion.

Prior to her tenure at the NYC Comptroller’s office, Ms. Caldas served as an associate for a media niche private equity fund called Platform Equity. Before that she held two leadership positions under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Administration first as Deputy Director of the New York Empowerment Zone and later as the founding Executive Director of the NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Commission. Prior to the NYC Mayor’s Office, Ms. Caldas served as business strategy consultant to various social venture and media enterprises including, Latina Magazine, Dorado Entertainment, Emerging Venture Network, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, to name a few. She launched her initial career in business strategy consulting and economic development first as a consultant with the Monitor Company Country Competitiveness Practice, where she was part of a team that advised the Heads of State of developing nations on economic development initiatives, and later as an Investment Associate with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. She received her B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

Robin Camarote

Robin Camarote

Author & Coach, OWN IT: Drive Your Career to a Place of Happiness and Success; Getting Leaders to Follow

Robin Camarote is a communications strategy consultant, meeting facilitator, and writer. She is intent on helping leaders get more done with fewer headaches by outlining clear, creative strategies and solutions that build momentum and buy-in at all organizational levels. In addition to consulting, she writes regularly for Inc.com and Bloomberg Government on leadership and how to increase your positive impact at work. She is the author of a best-selling book on organizational behavior entitled, Flock, Getting Leaders to Follow. Flock offers a universal framework for helping people connect with others, articulate their vision, and gain the kind of support needed to see the solution through to completion. She lives with her husband and three children in Falls Church, Virginia.

Christine Carter

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Author and Lecturer

Dr. Christine Carter is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Ballantine, 2010). Her blog is syndicated on the Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com. In 2013 she won the Red Tricycle awards for the “Most Influential Blog” and “Best Parent Education;” twice she has been nominated for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and the recipient of multiple honors and awards, Dr. Carter was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth before she began work in marketing and brand management and later, school administration. After completing her masters and doctoral degrees in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Carter lead the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) as the executive director. After five years in this role, she hired a new executive director so that she could pursue her writing and speaking career full-time. She remains a faculty affiliate and science writer at the GGSC.

A keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups, Dr. Carter loves to share her work with new audiences. She regularly keynotes at large conferences and fundraisers and is a popular commencement speaker.

Dr. Carter has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, as well as Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Real Simple, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Dr. Oz Show”, the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”, “Fox Business News,” PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio.

Dr. Carter has helped thousands of people find more joy in their lives through her books, online classes, coaching, and speaking engagements. She teaches happiness classes online throughout the year to a global audience on her website www.christinecarter.com.

She lives with her family in Northern California.

Connie Cassidy

Connie Cassidy

Partner, Transaction Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Connie Cassidy is a Partner in Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP. With over 25 years of advisory experience of which sixteen years is dedicated to transaction support in mergers and acquisitions, she has led EY teams assisting clients on nearly 200 transactions with values ranging from $100M to exceeding $15B. Connie works primarily with private equity investors and strategic corporate clients in acquisitions and divestitures within the Financial Services Industry.

She also has significant experience in aerospace and defense, aviation and related services, infrastructure and engineering and construction industries. Connie has extensive experience with transaction structuring as well as analyzed, structured and supported purchase price adjustments and disputes. Connie’s transaction experience includes leveraged recapitalizations, management buy-outs, PIPE, carve-outs, going private transactions, and public financings.

Based in New York, she is the Global Transaction Leader on several of Ernst ’ Young’s largest corporate and private equity clients and has significant experience advising on large, complex, multinational transactions and coordinating the firm’s network specialists for successful execution. Connie has led several cross border transactions into a number of countries in Western and Eastern Europe, India, South America, Middle East and Asia.

Connie has held advisory positions within EY’s Transaction Advisory Service line, including two years on the Global Markets Advisory Board, a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force and is currently the Operations Leader for the Financial Services office sub-area.

Connie is a CPA in New York, Virginia and Maryland and is a member of the AICPA and the Maryland and Virginia Associations of CPAs. Connie graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She resides in New York with her husband and their daughter.

Antoinette Chandler

Antoinette Chandler

Chief Deputy Treasurer
County of San Diego Treasurer – Tax Collector’s Office

Ms. Chandler is the Chief Deputy Treasurer for the County of San Diego Treasurer - Tax Collector’s Office. As Deputy to the Treasurer, she is responsible for overall management of the Treasury and Investment Division and for the management of the County’s $7 billion fixed income investment portfolio. Prior to her role at the County, Ms. Chandler was a Senior Institutional Consultant with Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, California. While at Morgan Stanley, Ms. Chandler provided strategic investment advice to public and private foundations, endowments and institutional corporate pension plans in the areas of investment policy, asset allocation and portfolio construction. In 2001, Ms. Chandler was a Senior Vice President with the Private Banking Group at Bank of America in San Francisco. In 1995, Ms. Chandler worked at Citigroup (formerly Smith Barney) as an Assistant Vice President in the Public Finance Division in both New York and Chicago. There she was responsible for structuring bond financings for municipalities throughout the Midwest.

In 2006, Ms. Chandler was appointed to the Scholarshare Investment Board for the State of California’s $4 billion 529 College Savings Program. Additionally, Ms. Chandler served on several non-profit boards and was also the Secretary of the United Way of the Bay Area Investment Committee.

Ms. Chandler received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University in 1988. She received a Masters degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies, from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995. Ms. Chandler holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (“CIMA”) and the Certified Financial Planner (“CFP”) designations and is a Level II candidate for the Charter Financial Analyst Program. Ms. Chandler is a Robert A. Toigo Fellow (Class of 1995).

Ms. Chandler is married with two children and enjoys reading, traveling and playing golf with her family.

Douglas K. Chia

Douglas K. Chia

Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Johnson & Johnson

Douglas K. Chia is Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Johnson & Johnson, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer of health care products, headquartered in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His responsibilities include providing legal counsel to the corporation on matters of corporate governance, securities regulation, public company disclosure, and Dodd-Frank Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Chia was Assistant General Counsel, Corporate at Tyco International. In private practice, Mr. Chia was an associate at the law firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, practicing in the New York and Hong Kong offices of each firm. While in private practice, Mr. Chia provided legal counsel to issuers and underwriters on securities offerings and cross-border transactions.

Mr. Chia is a member of the Corporate Practices, Membership and Policy Advisory Committees of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. Mr. Chia is a former member of the Society’s Board of Directors and Executive Steering Committee and previously served as Chairman of the Society’s Membership Committee and Chairman for the Society’s 2012 National Conference. Mr. Chia is also a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association, the Corporate & Securities Law Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, as well as a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

In 2008, Mr. Chia was the recipient of Corporate Secretary magazine’s “Rising Star” award and named by NAPABA as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40.” In 2010, Mr. Chia was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. Mr. Chia was recognized by Directorship magazine as one of the 100 “most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Chia was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance for 2012 by Treasury & Risk magazine.

Mr. Chia received his AB from Dartmouth College and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Chia currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children.

Toni Cornelius

Toni Cornelius

Managing Director
Inclusion and Workforce Strategy

Toni Cornelius is the managing director of inclusion and workforce strategy at Mesirow Financial. She is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies that support and enhance a diverse and inclusive environment at Mesirow Financial. Her focus includes organizational readiness, talent acquisition, retention, workforce management, business development and supplier diversity.

Formerly Mesirow Financial’s director of human resources, Toni joined Mesirow Financial in 2012 with over 20 years of experience in human resources and project management. She has also operated as an independent consultant, providing guidance in the areas of change management program development, executive career coaching, website and media relations management, as well as general human resources.

Toni holds her B.S. from Creighton University and her M.S. from Loyola University. She is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator qualified instructor and a certified coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, Executive Dimensions program.

Janet Cowell

Janet Cowell

State Treasurer of North Carolina
Department of State Treasurer

As State Treasurer, Janet Cowell brings over two decades of private and public sector financial leadership to the people of North Carolina. Treasurer Cowell, who holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the prestigious Wharton School of Business, blends her experience as an international stock analyst with her insights as a local elected official and legislator to serve all North Carolinians.

She was first elected as Treasurer in 2008—the first woman to hold the post, and she was re-elected in 2012 with 54% of the vote.

Under Janet Cowell’s leadership, the state is recognized as one of the most fiscally-sound in the nation, with AAA ratings from all three bond agencies.

As Treasurer, she ensures retirement security and affordable health care for thousands of teachers, public employees, retirees and their families.

Treasurer Cowell oversees the state’s $80 billion pension fund, which is one of the top-funded in the country. She is also a member of the State Board of Education and the Community College Board.

The daughter of a Methodist minister and public school teacher, Cowell is committed to public service. She works hard to find bipartisan solutions to keep North Carolina on strong financial footing.

Linda C. Crompton

Linda C. Crompton

President & CEO
BoardSource

Linda C. Crompton joined BoardSource in the fall of 2007. She has more than 25 years of experience in business, finance, and organizational strategy and a strong commitment to social responsibility and exceptional governance. Before joining BoardSource Linda served as President and CEO of the Washington-based Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), the leading source of independent, impartial research on corporations and shareholder issues.

In 1996, she founded Citizens Bank of Canada, Canada’s first branchless bank. Linda was a federal Commissioner on the 2001–2002 “Canadian Democracy and Corporate Accountability” Commission.

Over her career Linda has served as a director of more than 20 organizations in the nonprofit, for-profit, and public sectors. She was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia, the chair of the governance committee of Encorp Pacific, a Canadian nonprofit dedicated to recycling, and an advisory board member of Ethical Funds, Canada's first family of socially responsible mutual funds.

She holds an MBA from the University of Kent Canterbury (UK), a MA from the University of British Columbia (CAN), and a BA from Simon Fraser University (CAN).

Julie Hembrock Daum

Julie Hembrock Daum

Co-Leader for the North American Board & CEO Practice
Spencer Stuart

Julie Hembrock Daum is the practice co-leader for the North American Board & CEO Practice of Spencer Stuart, the leading executive search firm in the boardroom. She consults with corporate boards, working with companies of all sizes from the Fortune 10 to pre-IPO companies and has worked on over 850 director assignments. Her recent work includes recruiting outside directors for AOL, Delta Air Lines, Fannie Mae, Global Hyatt, The Home Depot and State Street. She serves on the board of directors of Spencer Stuart, Citymeals on Wheels and The James Beard Foundation and as a Commissioner for the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Julie helped found and develop Wharton’s Corporate Governance: Fresh Insights and Best Practices for Directors program. A recognized expert on governance topics she is regularly quoted in The New York Times, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal and is the co-author of You Need a Leader, Now What? How to Choose the Best Person for Your Organization, which will be released widely in October.

She has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Governance by Directorship Magazine every year since its inception and one of the 100 Most Influential Women in New York by Crain’s New York Business.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Julie was the executive director of the corporate board resource at Catalyst. She managed all board of directors’ activities and worked with companies to identify qualified women for their board. After graduating with an M.B.A. in corporate finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Julie began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.

Brooke Deterline

Brooke Deterline

Founder and CEO
Courageous Leadership, LLC

As CEO of Courageous Leadership, LLC, Brooke and her colleagues help boards, executives, and teams develop the understanding and skills to act with ethical courage and ingenuity in the face of challenging situations. Building on her experiences as the founding Corporate Director for the Heroic Imagination Project, she combines social and cognitive psychology and a strategic focus with a passion for leadership, empowerment, collaboration, and social and environmental justice. Previously, Brooke co-founded Street Smart IR, a San Francisco-based investor relations firm, focusing on leadership candor and credibility, and corporate social responsibility. A former journalist at Smart Money Magazine and trained mediator, she focuses on building relationships, surfacing individual and systemic challenges that interfere with collaboration, and helping teams achieve structural, team, and individual patterns that supports long-term success. Brooke has completed numerous courses in leadership and social entrepreneurship, including certification programs in CSR and corporate board training at UC Berkeley’s Haas School; mediation training at the Justice Center of Atlanta, and executive finance at Stanford.

Marcia Diaz

Marcia Diaz

Managing Director
Prudential Mortgage Capital Company

Marcia joined Prudential in 1990 and has held a variety of positions within the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, the Prudential Realty Group and Prudential Securities. She oversees loan production nationally. In this role, she oversees the origination platform of commercial mortgage loans across all major capital sources and property types.

Marcia received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Prudential Mortgage Captial Company is a national full-service, commercial, multifamily and agricultural mortgage finance business. Leveraging a 135-year history of real estate finance the company offers one of the most comprehensive lines of real estate finance products and originates loans for Fannie Mae DUS™, Freddie Mac Program Plus® and specialized affordable housing programs; FHA; Conduit; Prudential’s general account and proprietary balance sheet program; and other institutional investors.

Dina DiLorenzo

Dina DiLorenzo

Co-Head of Business, Chief Operating Officer,
Head of Client Services
Guggenheim Investment Advisors, LLC
Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Ms. DiLorenzo is a Senior Managing Director for Guggenheim Partners, and serves as Co –Head, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Client Services for Guggenheim Investment Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisor. Ms. DiLorenzo is also Head of Guggenheim Investor Services, a FINRA registered broker/dealer and a board member of Guggenheim Investment Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited. She has over 20 years of experience in investment advisory services, with an emphasis on developing operational infrastructures for transaction management, trade processes, fund administration, performance reporting, compliance and client service. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2005, she was a partner on wealth management teams at prominent financial institutions including Smith Barney, UBS and JP Morgan. Ms. DiLorenzo has broad experience in integrated business planning, handling restricted securities, coordinating and managing large-scale corporate stock plan services and managing concentrated equity positions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lehigh University. Ms. DiLorenzo holds the FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 32, 53, 63 and 65 licenses.

Abigail E. Disney

Abigail E. Disney

Filmmaker and Philanthropist

Abigail E. Disney is an executive producer of Women, War & Peace, producer of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell and writer on Peace Unveiled, the third film in the series about Afghanistan. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding led her to producing films. She has executive produced films that address various social issues, including Family Affair, Playground, Sun Come Up (Academy Award® Nominee 2011, Best Documentary Short) and Return, and is involved in several more films in various stages of development and production.

Disney, also, along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work in philanthropy, women’s engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized through the Epic Award from the White House Project, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

In addition, Disney holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the advisory board of ITVS’s groundbreaking initiative, Women and Girls Lead, and is a sought-after public speaker. She frequently travels around the country and across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, commencement speeches and lectures, and has participated in panels in diverse locations such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and at dozens of universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Natalie Eckford

Natalie Eckford

Senior Investment Consultant
Cambridge Associates

Natalie is a Senior Investment Consultant at Cambridge Associates in Arlington, VA. She works with a variety of clients, including foundations, independent schools, private families, and religious institutions, on investment issues such as asset allocation strategy, manager selection, and investment program evaluation. She also serves as a non-marketable specialist for select clients constructing and overseeing private equity, venture capital and private real estate portfolios. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates in 2006, Natalie divided her time between internships with BlackRock Realty Advisors’ acquisitions team and the real estate investment team at CalSTRS while in business school. At BlackRock, she evaluated opportunities for equity acquisitions in development, stabilized, and value-add investments for the firm’s real estate portfolios. At CalSTRS, she performed due diligence, research, and valuation analysis for potential investments in the plan’’s real estate portfolio. Prior to business school, Natalie spent three years as a financial analyst with MCI/WorldCom and two years as an analyst with Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group. She earned a BA in Economics from Spelman College and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Raudline Etienne

Raudline Etienne

Senior Director
Albright Stonebridge Group

Etienne joined the Albright Stonebridge Group in October 2011 to focus on expanding the global strategy firm’s ability to respond to market dynamics and opportunities in the investment sector.

In her previous employment, Etienne served as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF). Selected by the New York State Comptroller, the Honorable Thomas DiNapoli, to become his Deputy Comptroller for Pension Investment and Cash Management in March 2008, Etienne managed the nation’s third largest public pension fund with assets of approximately $140 billion. In her capacity as CIO, Ms. Etienne had decision-making responsibilities on all aspects of the CRF’s investment strategy and operations. These responsibilities included asset allocation, investment policy and governance, partner selection, and risk management. Her management responsibilities included the oversight of 60 professionals responsible for the daily management of a portfolio invested across the globe, and inclusive of equity, fixed income, hedge funds, real estate, and private equity. She also had oversight responsibility for CRF investment operations, including internal portfolio management, custodial services, and securities lending, as well as management of external investment managers, and investment consultants. Her team was also responsible for the College Savings Program with assets of $8 billion, and the State’s short-term investment pool of $9 billion that consists largely of tax-revenue collections and federal aid.

Prior to the CRF, Etienne was a Managing Director at Rogerscasey in Darien, Connecticut, responsible for investment consulting for a series of both large and small public retirement systems. During her more than 11 year tenure with Rogerscasey, she developed broad experience in a wide variety of asset classes and investment strategies. Etienne has a Bachelors of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also holds an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a Robert A. Toigo Foundation Fellow, and President of the Black Business Student Association.

Etienne was instrumental in the creation of the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association where she formerly served as a board member, as well as the Robert A. Toigo Alumni Endowment Board where she was elected the first president and is a former board member. Ms. Etienne was also appointed to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)’s “Financial Crisis Advisory Group (FCAG)” which was created to consider how improvements in financial reporting could help enhance investor confidence in financial markets.

Gail Evans

Gail Evans

Vice President, Organization Development
and Chief Talent Officer
Hospira, Inc.

“Love the Game”—With those words Gail Evans concludes one of the most successful and influential books about women in the workplace. Ironically, many women did not even know the game existed before Evans taught them how to win in the workplace with her book “Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman.”

The book was listed on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. “Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman” has been translated into 21 languages and has been a bestseller around the world. When it comes to the success of women in the workplace, Evans is a leading source. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, CNN and has been featured in Business Week, People Magazine, The New York Times and USA Today.

Evans’ status has been enhanced by her newest book, “She Wins, You Win.” She has spoken and given lectures to many of the world»s leading companies including AT&T, Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Microsoft, JP Morgan , Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, KPMG, Cisco, IBM, Thompson Reuters, Deloitte, Intel , Wal Mart and Textron to name a few.

Since her retirement from CNN Evans has been an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech»s School of Management teaching “Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Global Organizations.”

She began working at CNN at its inception in 1980. By the time she retired in 2001, she was Executive Vice President of the CNN Newsgroup. During that time she was responsible for program and talent development at all of CNN»s domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year.

In addition to speaking and teaching, Evans has served on numerous charitable boards including the Radio Television News Directors, Georgia Public Broadcasting, The Society for Women»s Health Research, Atlanta Girls School, Ga. State University Law School, Womens Advisory Board of the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University and the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. She was also appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on White House Fellows. Evans is the former chairperson of the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Early in her career, she worked on both House and Senate staffs and at the White House in the Office of the Special Counsel to the President during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration. During her tenure at the White House she was part of the team that created the 1966 Civil Rights Act and the Presidents Committee on Equal Employment opportunity.

Gail Evans lives in Atlanta and is the mother of three and the grandmother of seven.

Carey Fear

Carey Fear

Senior Managing Director Guggenheim Treasury Services, LLC

Ms. Fear is a Senior Managing Director and head of the Transaction Compliance Group at Guggenheim Treasury Services (Institutional Finance).  Ms. Fear is an attorney who is responsible for the documentation and execution of asset purchases by Treasury Services’ programs. Ms. Fear is a member of Guggenheim’s Human Capital Committee and Chair of Guggenheim’s Women’s Innovation and Inclusion Network. Prior to joining Treasury Services in 2001, Ms. Fear was an attorney at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham where she handled structured finance and corporate transactions. Ms. Fear received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Nailah Flake-Brown

Nailah Flake-Brown

Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

Nailah Flake-Brown is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Coverage for the Commercial Real Estate Lending Group in the Fixed Income Division.

Nailah started her career as an analyst at Morgan Stanley in 2000 and has served in numerous roles within her group, specializing in principal real estate debt transactions ranging between $100 million to $2 billon in size. Nailah is regarded as one of the top producers on her team and in 2014 originated over $5 billion in transactions for her clients who include institutional owners of real estate such as REITs, private equity firms, hedge funds, and high net worth individuals.

Beyond Morgan Stanley, Nailah is the director and founder of InnerVisions Theater Arts Center, a non-for-profit organization that provides dance and fitness programs to students in South Jamaica Queens. She is also a Board Member of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Nailah received an undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Management and Organization.

Lucy Flores

The Honorable Lucy Flores

Nevada State Assemblywoman

Lucy Flores is a Nevada State Assemblywoman and former candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the November 2014 election.

The daughter of immigrants, Lucy grew up in a challenging community and experienced many hardships. Like many kids in Nevada, she fell through the cracks and eventually dropped out of high school, but through hard work and the investment of people who believed in her, she got her GED, enrolled in community college and eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from USC.

From there, she worked her way through UNLV Law School and ran for office to represent the community she grew up in. Upon her election in 2010, Lucy joined three other Hispanic females in becoming the first Hispanic women to serve in the Nevada legislature. She was promoted to a leadership position prior to the start of the 2013 legislative session, serving as an Assistant Majority Whip and also serves as Vice-Chair of the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

Lucy has successfully passed landmark legislation to improve the way young people are tested in high school, to protect consumers from predatory unauthorized practice of law, and to protect victims of domestic violence from their abusers.

Lucy doesn’t have the background of a typical politician, but she has experienced firsthand the difference making an investment in people can make. It is what inspired her into public service and it is what fueled her campaign for Lt. Governor.

Jody Fink

Jody Fink

Co-Director of Consulting
Cambridge Associates, LLC

Jody is the firm’s Co-Director of Consulting and a Managing Director in the Boston office. In her role as Co-Director of Consulting, she works closely with the Boston, Dallas, London, and Menlo Park office group heads in areas such as staffing and professional development as well as in cross-office coordination for the firm’s consulting practice as a whole. She also manages the firm’s consultant recruiting efforts and our consultant performance evaluation and compensation process. In addition to her management responsibilities, she works with a select number of clients on general investment issues such as asset allocation strategy, manager selection, and investment program evaluation.

Before Jody re-joined Cambridge Associates in 1999, she was Manager of Team Operations with the National Basketball Association. In this role, she directed the league-wide Revenue Assistance Program, provided strategic consulting to the front offices of all 29 professional basketball teams, and helped to create the operational and strategic plan for a new developmental league now called the National Basketball Developmental League. Prior to this, she was an Associate with McKinsey & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm, in their Boston and New York offices. Prior to business school, she began her career with Cambridge Associates as a consulting analyst, eventually being promoted to senior consulting analyst and team leader. In these roles, she worked with a variety of clients, advising on investment and financial issues.

Adena T. Friedman

Adena T. Friedman

President
NASDAQ

Adena T. Friedman currently serves as President for NASDAQ (NASDAQ: NDAQ). In this role, Ms. Friedman is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations as well as having financial responsibility for the company’s Corporate Client Group, Information Services and Technology Solutions business segments.

Prior to rejoining NASDAQ, she was Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm based in Washington, DC from March 2011 to June 2014.

Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of NASDAQ’'s management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company’s data products business, head of corporate strategy, as well its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Friedman is credited with significant contributions to the strategy and expansion of the organization, helping to create one of the most diversified exchanges in the world today. She was a central driver of the company’s acquisition strategy, helping orchestrate the acquisitions of INET, OMX, Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined NASDAQ in 1993.

Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Stew Friedman

Stew Friedman

Practice Professor of Management
Wharton

In 1984, Stew Friedman joined Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 1991, he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on academic leave) at Ford Motor, as the senior executive for leadership development. Stew’s most recent book is Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

His Total Leadership program is used worldwide, including by the 135K students in his MOOC. The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 business thinkers, and by HR Magazine as one of the Most Influential Thinkers 2014. The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award.

Follow on LinkedIn and Twitter @StewFriedman and tune in to Stew’s show, Work and Life, on SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Vicki L. Fuller

Vicki L. Fuller

Chief Investment Officer
New York State Common Retirement Fund

Vicki L. Fuller is Chief Investment Officer for the $150 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund and is responsible for managing the Fund under the executive supervision of the Funds’ Trustee, the State Comptroller. Fuller was previously a managing director of AllianceBernstein, a global investment advisor. Before that she served as the firm’s co-head of the Global High Yield Group and as a portfolio manager for high yield, emerging markets and global high yield portfolios for institutional and individual investors.

Fuller has lectured extensively in the United States on issues of financial planning for young adults and business development for women of color. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University and an MBA at the University of Chicago. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

John Gerzema

John Gerzema

Author of The Athena Doctrine

The New York Times best selling book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And The Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule The Future, documents the rise of feminine traits and values in leadership and society.

The book is the result of a two-year survey of 64,000 people in 18 nations and 80 on-the-ground interviews in 13 countries with start-ups, political leaders, NGO’s, educators and more. Along with Pulitzer-Prize winner Michael D’Antonio, John Gerzema explores how the most innovative women and men are breaking from traditional structures to influence new ways of leading and solving today’s challenges.

Nili Gilbert

Nili Gilbert

Co-Founder
Matarin Capital Management

Nili Gilbert is a Co-Founder of Matarin Capital Management and a member of its Investment Team. In this capacity, she is responsible for model development, portfolio construction and management of Matarin’s Global Macro strategies.

Prior to joining Matarin, Nili was a Senior Director and Research Analyst at Invesco Quantitative Strategies, and was responsible for development of the firm’s global multi-asset models. While attending graduate school, Nili worked in Institutional Equities at Morgan Stanley and focused on derivatives trading. Prior to graduate school, Nili began her career in development at the Synergos Institute, an organization aimed at reducing poverty globally. Nili is now a member of the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute, and Chairwoman of the Board’s Finance and Investment Committees.

Nili received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and received her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University, with a fellowship from the Toigo Foundation. Nili holds a CFA Charter and speaks English, French and German.

Elizabeth Greenwood

Elizabeth Greenwood

Commissioner
Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System

Commissioner Elizabeth L. Greenwood was elected as Employee-Member to the LACERS Board of Administration by active LACERS members on July 1, 2009 for a five-year term ending June 30, 2014. She serves as the Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Commissioner Greenwood is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles in the Safe Neighborhoods Division, Neighborhood Prosecutor Section, and has worked at the San Pedro Branch of the City Attorney’s Office in the Homeland Security and Gang Units. She has taught Micro and Macro Economics, International Trade Theory, Labor Economics, and Law at the college level. Commissioner Greenwood holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Current Term: July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2014

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

Founder
Harlem Vintage

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield is not a beer drinker, but don’t hold that against her. She has taken the one beverage she likes and turned it into a $1.5 million dollar business. Seven years ago, she left her trading post at Morgan Stanley to found one of the first wine boutiques in Upper Manhattan. Called Harlem Vintage, it led the entrepreneurial rebirth in the historic neighborhood. Edible Manhattan called Jai Jai Greenfield an entrepreneur “thinking outside the jug,” while the Wall Street Journal cited her as one of “Harlem’s new entrepreneurs providing a template for blacks in other cities.”

Jai Jai distinguishes herself with a keen sense for noticing a need and providing a solution. While consulting with Vino Volo, a firm that develops high-end wine bars in airports, she noticed the lack of wine bars in her Harlem neighborhood. Building on the success of Harlem Vintage, she opened Nectar Wine Bar next door in April 2008. It was soon selected by Time Out Magazine as one of the best new wine bars in New York City. Though both businesses have closed, Jai Jai continues her work in the wine industry focusing on sales and marketing for an importer / distributor.

Behind Jai Jai’s success as an entrepreneur is a solid background grounded in finance, marketing, and consulting. As a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jai Jai proudly sings the red and blue colors of her alma mater. She was awarded the Althea K. Hottel award, the highest honor given to a female graduate, as determined by faculty and voted on by the graduating class. As a college student, Jai Jai held her first board membership position in 1992 as the Undergraduate Member-at-Large for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc.

After graduation, she joined Smith Barney as a Financial Analyst in the Utilities sector. Jai Jai’s transition to the trading world was bridged with a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. That began a seven-year career at the firm’s institutional sales desk. Soon after her promotion in 2001, she was asked to build a specialized cross-divisional desk solely covering the needs of funds investing in small cap stocks. This laid the foundation for her later involvement in organizations focused on funding for small business.

In 2005, she jumped fully into the entrepreneurial world with the retail outlet, while continuing other projects under her strategic marketing and advisory firm, Greenfield Consulting, including the development and funding of a wine e-commerce platform called VinoMobile. Jai Jai has spoken at numerous organizations about small business issues. She host corporate wine tastings, and was recently hired by legendary Harlem restaurant Sylvia’s to select and create their first wine list in the establishments 50-year history. She has taught a wine class at the City College of New York, and was the first wine writer for the online properties of the historic Ebony magazine.

Active in the community which she is proud to call home, Jai Jai volunteers at church and her children’s schools. She is a former board member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her home life is happily chaotic with two young boys running around. She and her husband, Timothy Greenfield try to keep up as they raise these future Quakers (or Wolverines) with all of New York City as their playground.

Maria Hackley

Maria Hackley

Managing Director
Financial Institutions Group, Global Banking

Maria is a Managing Director in Citi’s Financial Institutions Group responsible for originating a broad range of Corporate Finance transactions against a portfolio of Global Managed Care, Life Insurance and Specialty Finance clients. She originates a wide array of financial services solutions focusing on Capital Management, Capital Raising, Exposure Management, Fixed Income and Equity Derivative Hedging, Securitization and Acquisition Finance.

Maria joined Citibank as a Management Associate in the Latin American Financial Institutions Group covering banks. After completing a study of Citicorp’s Mergers and Acquisitions experience, then joined the US Financial Institutions Group covering banks and thrifts in New Jersey. Maria began covering middle market insurance and managed care companies, and then she expanded coverage to larger market cap companies in the FIG sector. Five years ago, she began covering General Electric and General Electric Capital Corp. globally as well.

Maria is a graduate from Georgetown University (Major: Finance) and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Maria is on the Global Banking Diversity Committee Steering Committee and Citi’s Woman Initiative. She is the Team Captain of Citi’s recruiting efforts for Georgetown University. She was inducted into the 2011 YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders and the 2012 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year. Maria is married with two daughters and lives in New York City.

Leslie D. Hale

Leslie D. Hale

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
RLJ Lodging Trust

Leslie Hale is a seasoned real estate investment and finance executive, whose career spans nearly 20 years and involves more than $20 BN in transactions.

Ms. Hale has served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Real Estate for RLJ Development, LLC, since 2007. The firm was a privately-held real estate investment firm with more than $2BN of institutional capital under management. RLJ Development became RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ), a publicly traded company, in May 2011. Ms. Hale is responsible for all financial matters across RLJ. As CFO, she is intricately involved in the company’s investment decision-making, daily operations and long-term strategic planning. In addition to her CFO responsibilities, Ms. Hale oversees the execution of all asset and corporate level transactions.

She joined RLJ in 2005, as its Director of Real Estate and Finance, with responsibility for obtaining financing for all assets and managing the execution process for each financing and real estate transaction. Ms. Hale was promoted to Vice President in 2006 and her responsibilities were expanded to include all treasury functions. In this role, she successfully created and oversaw the portfolio management arm of RLJ. Prior to her tenure at RLJ, she held several positions within General Electric Capital Corp. (GE), including as a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of GE Commercial Finance, and as an Associate Director in the GE Real Estate - Strategic Capital Group. Before GE, Ms. Hale was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising clients across industries on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Hale worked for GE Real Estate in both the Large Transactions Group and the European Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Ms. Hale earned a BBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Howard University, graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Hale earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Goldman Sachs and Robert F. Toigo Fellow.

Deborah Harmon

Deborah Harmon

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC

Ms. Harmon is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC, a real estate investment firm that manages institutional, third party capital in a variety of real estate strategies. She is responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction.

Ms. Harmon has over twenty-five years’ experience in the real estate industry. Prior to co-founding Artemis, Ms. Harmon spent 17 years with the J.E. Robert Companies (“JER”), a real estate investment firm where she was last President and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to JER, Harmon was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company in New York City where she worked in both the corporate finance and real estate groups.

Ms. Harmon currently serves on the Boards of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange publicly traded national real estate development company.

In June 2009, Ms. Harmon was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Commissioner for the White House Fellows program.

Much of Ms. Harmon’s philanthropy is directed toward improving the lives of women and children. She currently serves on the board of Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that supports women and children in war-torn countries. From 2008-2012, Ms. Harmon served on the Advisory Board of the School of Advanced International Studies Advisory Council, The John Hopkins University. From 2002 through 2010, Ms. Harmon served on the Board of Trustees for Sidwell Friends School (SFS) in Washington, DC, and was chairperson of Sidwell’s Investment Committee. She is currently a member the SFS Investment Committee. From 1999 to 2001 she served on the Board of Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School. From 1995 to 1998 she sat on the board for the National Children’s Research Center. She was also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization from 1997 to 2002. Ms. Harmon is a member of Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and Wharton Real Estate Center.

Ms. Harmon earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Managing Director
Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Carla Harris is a Managing Director and heads the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley Investment Management where she also provides investment advice to corporations, public pension plans, foundations and endowments. Prior to this role, she led Morgan Stanley’s equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for equity private placements. Carla has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors.

For more than a decade, Carla was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi

Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history.

Carla was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Non-Bank Finance (2009), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. She is also the author Expect to Win and a new CD entitled “Unceasing Praise”.

Carla began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB in economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard University. Carla has received Honorary Doctorates of laws, humanities and business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College and Jacksonville University, respectively.

Tiffany Hawkins

Tiffany Hawkins

Head of Private Investments (PI) and Business Development
Momentum Advisors

Tiffany Hawkins is the Head of Private Investments (PI) and Business Development for Momentum Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm with nearly $100 million dollars under management. She has over 12 years of expertise in the creation, market engagement and distribution of top brands and consumer businesses, globally.

The firm’s PI division is responsible for all investments that do not trade on exchanges, such as real estate, private equity and, most notably, franchising. Momentum Advisors has identified franchising as an emerging source of high-risk/high-reward investments for a very specific segment of its high net worth clients. Tiffany oversees the operations, infrastructure, and management of each franchise opportunity. Her investment universe includes everything from restaurants to non-food areas such as fitness gyms, dry cleaning, and wellness; which have proven consumer appeal and great ROI to the client. Tiffany focuses on investing in brands that have a unique value proposition and sustainable competitive advantage.

To-date, Momentum Advisors has led the development and acquisition of three multi-million dollar franchise units and is under contract to develop an additional 11 units in the next five years.

Tiffany Hawkins holds two Bachelors’ degree from Morgan State University specializing in Communication Studies and Statistical Research. She has also served on several boards driving awareness of the lack of diversity in high-profile strategic positions throughout the United States. Tiffany Hawkins is based out of the New York City office.

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

Chief Investment Officer
Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF)

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez is the Chief Investment Officer at the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF). She is responsible for the Fund’s ~$10 billion investment portfolio. She provides oversight of the global, internally and externally managed multi-billion portfolio of equities, fixed-income, real estate and alternative investments.

Prior to assuming her current responsibilities at the CTPF, Carmen was an Investment Analyst at the ~$25 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. At IMRF she led the Fund’s use of emerging minority and female owned investment management firms and emerging investment management firms owned by a person with a disability. She also oversaw the Fund’s use of minority owned and female owned broker/dealers and broker/dealers owned by a person with a disability.

She started her career in asset management in 1993 and has held roles in investment research, business development, client servicing and operations. She has worked for Fortaleza Asset Management (Chicago), Hotchkiss Associates (Chicago), and JP Morgan Investment Management (London, New York).

Carmen was awarded her CFA charter in 2001 and is a past member of the Board of Directors of CFA Society of Chicago. Furthermore, she is an alumna of the Robert A. Toigo Foundation and is a current Board member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Foundation.

Carmen graduated magna cum laude in international management and marketing from Georgetown University. She also studied at the London School of Economics and earned an International MBA from the University of Chicago in 1997.

Carmen, her husband, Juan and their daughter Isabel live in the Chicago land area since 2000.

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

Managing Director, Public Investments
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Elizabeth Hewitt, who joined The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2006, oversees the Foundation’s public investment portfolio with a focus on hedge funds. Under Hewitt’s leadership, the Foundation’s public team analyzes, selects and monitors investments with managers as part of RWJF’s overall investment strategy.

Hewitt has also served as a Director and a senior investment officer with the Foundation’s public investment team. In this capacity, she led global sourcing of new managers, conducted due diligence, and proposed new investment strategies.

Previously, Hewitt was Senior Vice President and Long Short Strategy Head for Lazard Asset Management, New York. She helped manage the firm’s long/short multi-manager hedge fund portfolio, and assisted with the marketing of existing products. She was also active in the development of new investment products. She held positions as Vice President, Long Short Equity Strategy Specialist and Research Associate. Hewitt was also a hedge fund analyst for The Torrey Funds, and a Family Wealth Management Associate with the U.S. Trust Corporation.

She holds a BA and an MA (with honors) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Madeira School, McLean VA where she chairs the Investment Committee.

Anita Hill

Anita Hill

Senior Advisor to the Provost, Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies – Heller Graduate School
of Policy and Management, Brandeis University / Of
Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma, Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. Currently, at Brandeis University, she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy and legal history. Along with Provost Steve A. N. Goldstein, Hill is responsible for implementing Fulfilling the Promise: The Brandeis University Strategic Plan. As counsel to Cohen Milstein, she advises on class action workplace discrimination cases.

Hill’s latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011). She has also co-edited with Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, Race, Gender and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill- Thomas Hearings (Oxford University Press, 1995). As well, over the course of her professional career, she has authored numerous law review articles on commercial and banking law, bankruptcy and civil rights law. In addition, she has made presentations to hundreds of academic, business and civic audiences in the United States and abroad. Hill is also a regular interviewer for the City Arts & Lecture Series of San Francisco. Her onstage conversations with filmmaker Spike Lee and author, Anna Quindlen, and law professor, Stephen Carter, were broadcasted by 160 public radio stations around the country. Time, Inc., Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Ms. Magazine have published Professor Hill’s commentary and she has appeared on national television programs.

Professor Hill is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and honorary degrees. She recently received the Ford Hall Forum’s First Amendment Award for her promotion of gender and race equality. She is especially proud of receiving the Fletcher Fellowship for her work aimed at ending educational disparities among poor and minority students. That award was created in 2004 on the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education and is given to institutions and individuals working to fulfill the goals of that landmark decision.

Hill’s professional and civic contributions include chairing the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association, and membership on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

In 1998, Hill wrote her biography, Speaking Truth to Power, which was published by Doubleday Press. She has been profiled by a number of national media outlets including CNN, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour and Essence. More recently, she is the subject of Freida Lee Mock’s documentary, ANITA, which premiered in January of 2013 at the Sundance Film festival.

Janet Hill

Janet Hill

Principal
Hill Family Advisors

Mrs. Janet Hill is a principal in Hill Family Advisors, where she oversees the family’s assets and investments. She retired as the co-owner and Vice President of Alexander & Associates, Incorporated, a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C after 30 years in management and ownership. She provided corporate planning, advice and analyses to directors, executives and managers in the areas of human resource planning, corporate responsibility, corporate communications and government consultation. Mrs. Hill is a member of the Boards of Directors of Sprint Nextel, Inc.; The Wendy’s Company; Dean Foods, Inc. and the Carlyle Group. Mrs. Hill is also a Vice President of Hill Ventures, Inc., her son’s real estate investment business. Mrs. Hill has served on three boards from which she retired at the time of the sale of the underlying companies: Tambrands, Inc. (which was sold to Proctor & Gamble); Security Capital Group, Inc. (which was sold to G.E. Capital); and Houghton Mifflin Company (which was sold to Vivendi International). She served as a public member of the New York Cotton Exchange for 4 years ending in 1992. Mrs. Hill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University. She also serves on the Board of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She is also a member of the board of the Military Bowl, A BCS-sanctioned football bowl series. From 1978 until 1981, Mrs. Hill was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Prior to this period, she was a scientist with a private consulting firm in Virginia where she was responsible for data analysis regarding ambient noise levels and shipping distributions; coordination and analysis of technical evaluations of noise levels in the perfection of sonar detection systems; design of ship movement models under contract to the U.S. Navy; the research and editing of environmental regional assessments in the Northeast Pacific and Northeast Atlantic for various Navy intelligence units; and the development of computer programs to evaluate data on Soviet submarine surveillance. She graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She attended the University of Chicago Graduate School and received a Masters of Arts in Mathematics.

Seema Hingorani

Seema Hingorani

Interim Chief Investment Officer, Head of Public Equities
& Hedge Funds – Bureau of Asset Management
New York City Office of the Comptroller

Ms. Seema R. Hingorani currently serves as the Interim Chief Investment Officer, Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds with the Bureau of Asset Management in the New York City Comptroller’s Office, which manages NYC’s pension fund assets of approximately $140BN. Ms. Hingorani is a veteran investor and asset manager with 20 years of U.S. and global public market investment experience. Ms. Hingorani has served as the Global Director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments Company in Boston with $150BN in institutional assets under management; as a General Partner, Portfolio Manager and Senior Equity Analyst with Andor Capital Management, a Hedge Fund; a General Partner and Senior Equity Analyst at Pequot Capital Management, a Hedge Fund; and as an Equity Analyst with the T. Rowe Price Group. Ms. Hingorani has also had significant entrepreneurial experience having co-founded Mirador Capital Management, a Hedge Fund and a start-up Internet media company as its Chief Financial Officer earlier in her career.

Ms. Hingorani is an active member of the Board of Directors of Project Enterprise, a non-profit microfinance organization dedicated to supporting and to developing entrepreneurs and small businesses (most of which are Women and Women-owned) in under-resourced communities in New York City. Ms. Hingorani has worked with several organizations focused on issues concerning Women and Girls and is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of Women in the corporate sector. She has also served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. Ms. Hingorani is also a member of the Managed Funds Association’s Institutional Investor Advisory Council and a member of The Economic Club of New York.

Ms. Hingorani earned her BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Yale College and her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa

Journalist

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning trailblazer in news and investigative journalism. Her over 25-year history reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad have won her the highest levels of recognition in journalism, including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for “Child Brides: Stolen Lives,” among other awards.

In April 2010, Hinojosa took her mission of reporting on stories ignored or overlooked by mainstream media to another level by creating the Futuro Media Group, a multimedia nonprofit production company based in Harlem with the mission of giving voice to the social and civic justice issues facing a more diverse America. In addition to producing Latino USA, Futuro Media is also developing America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a series for public television to be distributed spring 2014.

America by the Numbers will be the first national programming dedicated to documenting and demystifying the dramatic demographic changes that are occurring in the U.S. and examining the new American mainstream – the growing numbers of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, mixed race, immigrants, women, youth and LGBTs who are increasingly determining the outcomes of elections and influencing arts, culture, and commerce. Futuro Media is also committed to training the next generation of journalists to become reporters, filmmakers, and multimedia producers, and using its media products to expand public space, staging civic engagement events to further democracy and enlarge the national conversation about policy and priorities.

Hinojosa has worked as an anchor and reporter for PBS’ Need To Know series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, as senior correspondent at Now on PBS and for NPR, and for eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent. In October 2011, she was the first Latina to anchor a Frontline report, “Lost in Detention,” exploring abuse at immigrant detention facilities. Hinojosa has documented hundreds of important stories - from immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of on-the-job sexual harassment, to the poor in Alabama, and youth violence in urban communities.

She is currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Peabody-Winning weekly program, Latino USA, celebrating its 20 year anniversary and considered the program of record for Latino news, culture and issues of critical importance to the Latino community and that impact the US population.

Hinojosa has a weekly syndicated column for King Features/Hearst and is author of two books including a motherhood memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son. She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College.

Throughout her career, she has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast. Her investigative journalism and presentations press for truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in.

Susan Hodgkinson

Susan Hodgkinson

Principal
The Personal Brand Company

Susan Hodgkinson is a trailblazer in personal branding, and founded The Personal Brand Company in 1994. She is a leadership development expert, award-winning executive coach, and professional speaker.

Hodgkinson was the first practitioner in the US to create a learning model that incorporates the needs and issues of women and people of color into corporate leadership development curricula.

She is the author of The Leader’s Edge: Using Personal Branding to Drive Performance and Profit. She received the India’s 2016 World HRD Congress Leadership Award. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times. She holds her MBA from Simmons School of Management.

Christy Holden

Christy Holden

VP of Human Resources
TGAM Distribution and Marketing

Christy Holden has over 16 years of experience in Human Resources and the Global Financial Services industry. Her roles and experience span multiple areas including Compensation, Leadership Development, Corporate Workplace, and as a HR Business Partner. Christy is currently the VP of Human Resources for TGAM Distribution and Marketing. Prior roles at TIAA include Senior Director for Corporate Compensation, Senior Director for Business Compensation, and HR Business Partner roles. Christy has also worked at Bank of America and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

Christy has a BSBA in Marketing and a BSBA in Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Appalachian State University. Christy has volunteered on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools pay for performance task force, with Appalachian State University’s Martha Guy Summer Institute, Appalachian’s Wilson Scholar Program, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Linda Houston

Linda Houston

MLWM Division Executive

Linda Houston is currently the New England Division Executive for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.  Linda oversees 1,500 Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors across 11 wealth management markets with $175 billion in assets under management and $1.3billion revenue.

Prior to her current role, Linda was the Regional Managing Director for the New Jersey Region where she was responsible for the execution of the vision and mission of US Wealth Management across eight complexes.

Linda served as the Director/Managing Director for 5 different Merrill Lynch complexes including the Fifth Avenue office and the flagship World Financial Center complex in New York City. In 2008, Linda was named the National Marketing Director for US Wealth Management.

Linda joined Merrill Lynch in 1984 as a Client Associate and became a Financial Advisor in 1986. During her 12 year tenure, Linda became a member of the Circle of Excellence. Linda attended the Merrill Lynch Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and was selected as a participant in the Six Sigma Program.

In 2013 Linda was named the Chair of GWIM Diversity and Inclusion Council and serves on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council for Bank of America. In 2014 Linda was named Women of Merit for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Linda currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Zicklin Business School of Baruch College. Linda graduated from Southern Illinois University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Linda resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband Tom and their two children, Trent and Kristen.

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

Founder and President | Hyun & Associates
Leadership Strategist, Author | Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

Jane Hyun, Author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, Founder and President of Hyun & Associates, is an executive coach and leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, schools, and professional associations. Prior to starting this consulting firm, she was a Vice President of HR at JP Morgan, and Director of Recruiting at Deloitte & Touche and Resources Global. Her programs (Bamboo Ceiling® Leadership Series/The Art of Cultural Fluency™) have received international acclaim from Fortune 500 companies, who seek to leverage the cultural capital of their talent pool to compete in today’s global marketplace. She has advised senior management teams of a variety of organizations on the importance of leading effective teams.

Her firm is sought after for their expertise in the talent management of women and multicultural professionals. Her clients range from small companies to large multinationals in financial services/banking, consumer products, consulting and professional services, technology, retail, nonprofit, and academic sectors, who seek to adopt next generation leadership practices.

Her work has received international recognition, and Jane appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio, Marketwatch, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Chief Executive, and other national media. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics/International Studies, she serves on the Women’s Alumnae Council, and is an advisor to the Hidden Brain Drain Taskforce/Center for Work Life Policy, the organization which authored recent Harvard Business Review studies, On-Ramps/Off Ramps, Sin Fronteras/Advancing Latina Women, The Athena Factor: Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and The Sponsor Effect.

Her groundbreaking book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling released by HarperCollins, opened up a critical dialogue for the need for a culturally grounded talent approach. She has a passion for helping individuals realize their fullest potential in the workplace, community, and marketplace. Jane lives in New York City with her family.

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Moderator and Managing Editor | Washington Week
Senior Correspondent and Co-anchor | PBS Newshour

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debates during the 2008 and 2004 elections.

Ifill joined both Washington Week and the NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In 2010, Ifill received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

Before coming to PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday, 2009).

She has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the Matrix Award.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the News Literacy Project.

Erika James

Erika James

Dean, Goizueta Business School
Professor of Organization & Management

Erika James was appointed Dean of Goizueta Business School on May 19, 2014 and joined the school on July 15, 2014.

Prior to this prestigious appointment, James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). She introduced the Women’s Leadership Program at Darden, which has the top-ranked faculty for open enrollment programs (Financial Times, 2014). Open enrollment programs at Darden are currently ranked No. 3 in the world (Financial Times, 2014).

James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics including decision making under pressure, trust and change management.

Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Pomona College (Calif.). While fulfilling coursework James started in the field of organizational psychology and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. in the subject at the University of Michigan. She served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. James also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.

In more than a decade of service at Virginia, James worked in various roles including Associate Dean of Diversity—the first to hold the position. She was also course head for the MBA core organizational behavior course and served as area coordinator for the Leadership and Organization Behavior unit at Darden. For the university, James was a member of the executive council of the Faculty Senate.

Sheri Jeavons

Sheri Jeavons

Founder
Power Presentations, Inc.

When Sheri Jeavons founded Power Presentations, Inc. in 1993, she had two goals in mind. The first was to empower business professionals to look and sound dynamic while communicating in any situation. The second was to deliver training that professionals would leave saying, “That was the best training I’ve ever attended. Ever.” Since then, Power Presentations has successfully trained more than 22,000 professionals from a variety of Fortune 500 Companies and industry leaders such as FedEx, McDonald’s, Goodyear, Qualcomm and NASA.

Sheri is the author of Tips for your Talk® and Master your Virtual Communications: A Webinars that Wow® Training Guide.

Henry Jones

Henry Jones

Elected representative of retired CalPERS members
California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Mr. Jones retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer overseeing the $7 billion dollar annual budget. He also headed the Annuity Reserve Fund Board overseeing the pension fund for 7,000 schoolteachers and administrators.

Mr. Jones serves as a Personnel Commissioner for the Los Angeles Community College District. Mr. Jones is a CalPERS representative of the Advisory Council of California All, a nonprofit organization focused on closing the achievement gap from preschool to professional careers in law, financial services and technology. He has also served as State Finance Chair for the Association of California Schools Administrators; Treasurer for the National Council of Institutional Investors; and Chairman of the Schools Federal Credit Union.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Governing Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a non‐profit organization which encourages minorities to pursue careers in finance.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Partners, a non‐profit organization which works with social entrepreneurs, grant makers, and civic leaders to design solutions, foster, launch and sustain powerful initiatives for change.

Mr. Jones served as a Business Development Executive for IBM Business Consulting Services and Principal Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Jones has also served as an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

Mr. Jones has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in business administration and finance.

Jill Rosenberg Jones

Jill Rosenberg Jones

(Toigo Alumna, Cornell Johnson 1994)
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Jill is the global co-head of Regulatory Operations. She serves as co-chair of the Operations Regulatory Reform Steering Group and as a member of the Operations Risk Council. Jill is also an advisor to the Operations Black Network Steering Committee and the Operations Women’s Network Steering Committee. Previously, she was the global head of Business Architecture & Project Delivery in Operations. Jill has also held roles as the global business unit head of Operations Technology Strategy and the global functional head of Margin Lending in Operations. Jill joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Jill worked at Morgan Stanley in the Operations and Firm Management divisions, where she held global strategy and project management roles. Before that, Jill was a management consultant working exclusively with financial services clients on long-term assignments in Melbourne, Hong Kong, London, New York and Atlanta.

Jill is the executor of the James Weldon Johnson literary estate and served on the Board of Teachers Network from 2003 to 2010.

Jill earned an AB in American History from Harvard University and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Jacki Kelley

Jacki Kelley

Chief Operating Officer
Bloomberg Media Group

Jacki is Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.’s global multi-platform media organization that comprises web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms. Jacki, who joined Bloomberg L.P. in September 2014, leads the business operations of Bloomberg Media, with a focus on driving global revenue growth, brand strength and developing the company’s new media strategy under CEO Justin B. Smith.

A dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience, Jacki is widely credited with disrupting traditional business models to successfully meet client objectives across the publishing and advertising industries. She served as CEO for IPG Mediabrands North America and President of Global Clients, most recently dedicating all of her time to leading IPG’s successful bid for all of Microsoft’s creative and deployment work globally. Jacki helped lead a massive expansion of IPG’s global advertising network, which now buys $36 billion in media for clients, including ExxonMobil, Sony and BMW.

Jacki has been honored time and again throughout her career for her extraordinary work. She was named a Matrix Award Honoree by New York Women in Communications; Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York; and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. She was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York in 2013, one Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising and was number one on Business Insider’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising list.

In her role as CEO, IPG Mediabrands North America, Jacki oversaw and integrated tools, technologies and services for all clients based in North America and across the IPG Mediabrands agencies, including Universal McCann, Initiative and bpn, and was responsible for global clients headquartered in North America. Previously, she served as President, North America and Global CEO at Universal McCann, where she helped lead a transformation of the agency, including the introduction of a pay-for-performance model, that led to a major expansion in client base and revenue.

Jacki has also held various business roles at Yahoo!, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and USA TODAY. At Yahoo!, she served as Global Head of Strategy and Solutions, where she oversaw the integration of the search and display sales teams into an enhanced sales force. She integrated four sales forces into one while in the role of Executive Vice President, Media Sales at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, earning the honor of min’s “Sales Team of the Year.”

Jacki started her career at USA TODAY, where she rose from an intern to Senior Vice President of Advertising, overseeing advertising and marketing for all international and domestic editions of the newspaper. In the late 1980s, she was a part of the team that led USA TODAY’s hotel distribution, an innovative marketing strategy at the time that greatly increased the paper’s influence and advertising proposition.

Nancy Lashine

Nancy Lashine

Managing Partner and Founder
Park Madison Partners

Nancy Lashine is a Managing Partner and Founder of Park Madison Partners, a boutique real estate private equity placement firm. Over the past 6 years, Park Madison has raised funds of over $4 billion of equity for investment strategies in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. In the past year Park Madison has closed a US$500 M “club deal” for a domestic multi-family manager, performed a top off for a EUR317 M Nordic focused fund, and closed a US$500 M comingled fund for a Brazilian manager.

Ms. Lashine has over 25 years of real estate and investment marketing experience. Prior to Park Madison Partners, Ms. Lashine was a strategic consultant advising leading institutional real estate investment managers on product development and the implementation of institutional marketing initiatives. Clients included Lehman Brothers, ING Clarion, Sentinel Real Estate and JER Partners. Ms. Lashine spent ten years with The O’Connor Group and four years at LF Rothschild, Unterberg and Towbin.

Ms. Lashine earned her MBA at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a BFA, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve in Dance Theatre. She is a member of ULI, WX (Executive Women in Real Estate) and is a past board member of PREA.

Nina Lawrence

Nina Lawrence

Vice President of Global Marketing
The Wall Street Journal, New York

Nina Lawrence is vice president of global marketing, advertising sales for The Wall Street Journal, a position she has held since October 2012. Ms. Lawrence oversees client-focused marketing and business development efforts for all of the Journal’s products globally—newspapers, magazines, websites, tablet, mobile products, and events. Additionally Ms. Lawrence heads up WSJ Custom Content Studios, an in-house ad agency and primary research group.

Prior to joining the Journal, Ms. Lawrence served as vice president and publisher of W magazine, a position she held since 2005. During her seven year tenure, she drove a still standing all-time record year in advertising pages in 2007 and launched wmagazine.com, integrating the sales team in 2010. Ms. Lawrence concluded her leadership at W with 10% growth in revenue in 2012 and delivered 100% growth in a 40th anniversary issue. Conde Nast named W second top performer of 2012. Also in that year, Ms. Lawrence was named one of Luxury Daily’s “Luxury Women to Watch.”

Previously, Ms. Lawrence served as vice president and publisher of the Condé Nast Bridal Group, which included the leading bridal magazines—Brides, Modern Bride, and Elegant Bride, their respective web sites, 17 regional magazines known as Modern Bride Connection and Your Prom and yourprom.com. Over a three year period from 2002-2005, Ms. Lawrence drove double-digit revenue growth across all of the magazines and their corresponding web properties. In 2004, she was recognized by Folio as a “Person to Watch.”

Ms. Lawrence served as the publisher of Brides from 1999 to 2002. During this time, the magazine maintained the highest circulation in the field, experienced record-breaking ad page gains, and was awarded four successive Guinness World Records for publishing the “largest magazine in the world.”

Before joining Brides, Ms. Lawrence served as publisher of Mademoiselle. From 1996 to 1998, she was the publisher of Modern Bride, where she grew the magazine’s profits 24 percent over a two-year period and oversaw the launch of modernbride.com. As associate publisher of Mademoiselle, Ms Lawrence was a key member of the winning team that successfully re-launched the title. Prior to Mademoiselle, she was publisher of Disney Adventures, and delivered double digit ad revenue growth every year. From 1987 to 1990, she was with Hearst Publishing as advertising sales director of Diversion magazine and as publisher of Hearst Professional Magazines, a custom publishing operation. Her first advertising sales job was with Time magazine in 1986 and she started her career at Benton & Bowles, Inc.

She is a cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, and currently resides in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their two children.

Amy Lesch

Amy Lesch

Managing Director, Client and Partner Group
KKR

Amy Lesch (New York) joined KKR’s Client and Partner Group in 2009. She leads the North American relationship management team and is Global Head of Consultant Relations. As such, Ms. Lesch is closely involved with fundraising, investor relations, and consultant relations across the Firm. Prior to joining KKR, she was a Managing Director and global head of consultant relations for Citi Capital Advisors (formerly Citi Alternative Investments). Ms. Lesch has more than 23 years of experience working directly with investors and the consultant community. Her prior experience also includes Deutsche Asset Management and State Street Global Advisors. She holds a B.S. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from New England School of Law.

Ginger Lew

Ginger Lew

Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council and the SBA Administrator

Ms. Lew is Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council and the SBA Administrator. She provides economic policy advice on a broad range of matters that impact small businesses, innovation and entrepreneurship. She co-chairs the White House Interagency Group on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the White House Interagency Cluster Group, and the White House Interagency Commercialization/Tech Transfer Group. In addition, Ms Lew successfully led the White House efforts to include women’s economic issues as part of the 21 nations Leaders Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit negotiations.

Ms. Lew brings extensive financial experience to her position. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Lew was

the managing partner of a communications venture capital fund, TDF, and a venture advisor to Amplifier Venture Partners. From 1999 to 2009, Ms. Lew was a board member and chairman of an investment fund, SAEF, based in Europe. She also was a member and Co-Chair of the NASDAQ Listing Council. She served on the boards of publicly traded companies, private companies and not for profit organizations. She was also the co-founder of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers.

Under the Clinton Administration, Ms. Lew was the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration where she provided day to day management and operational oversight of a $42 billion loan portfolio. Before joining SBA, Ms. Lew was the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she specialized in international trade issues. Ms. Lew was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate for both positions.

Sophie L'Helias

Sophie L’Hélias

Senior Fellow of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman
Center on Corporate Governance
Principal | L’Hélias, LLC

A corporate governance expert, Sophie L’Hélias began her career as an M&A and corporate finance attorney in New York and Paris with leading international law firms before founding a corporate governance consulting and proxy solicitation firm in France in 1993. Her firm represented global institutional investors that sought to monitor and improve governance practices in companies in which they invested.

In 1998, she became managing director of a leading activist hedge fund in New York where she ran several investor campaigns targeting underperforming companies with poor governance practices. Upon leaving the hedge fund industry, she founded a strategic governance and communications firm where she developed investor risk tools and strategies for CEOs and CFOs to help them engage with investors.

In 1995 she joined leading international governance experts to found the International Corporate Governance Network (www.icgn.org). The London-based NGO has an investor membership with assets under management that exceed $10 trillion. A frequent speaker on governance and board diversity, issues she has been retained by the OECD and the Conference Board to address these issues in emerging financial markets such as Poland and China.

Ms. L’Hélias has published more than a hundred articles on corporate governance in Europe, Canada and the United States as well as a book on comparative governance in France, the UK and the United States (“Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” – Ed. Gualino 1996).

Sophie L’Hélias was admitted to practice law at the Paris and New York bars. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and a DEUG degree from the European Law Institute at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

Sophie is Senior Fellow at the Samuel Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Cardozo School of Law in New York; Senior Fellow, The Governance Center, Conference Board in New York; and Adjunct Fellow, European Studies at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

She was a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa, on the Board of Directors of C3E, Canada’s first Center of Excellence dedicated to new clean technology investment and product development, and was on the Corporate Governance Advisory Board formed by Ketchum Communications, a leading global public relations firm.

Monica Lozano

Monica Lozano

Chief Executive Officer
ImpreMedia, LLC

Monica Lozano is Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of impreMedia, the leading Hispanic News and Information Company in the United States. She has served as the Company’s CEO since May 24, 2010 and prior to that she was the Senior Vice President overseeing its publishing group. She has over 25 years of experience in Hispanic media having started with La Opinión in 1985 working her way up to the position of Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, a title which she continues to hold.

Lozano is leading the transformation of impreMedia to a fully-integrated multi-media Hispanic content company leveraging the distinct brands, audience engagement and influence of their products. impreMedia publishes the most highly respected and influential Spanish language newspapers and websites including La Opinión in Los Angeles and El Diario La Prensa in New York. impreMedia products reach over 11million Hispanic adults.

Lozano is widely regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in the country serving on the boards of corporate and non-profit boards Bank of America, the Walt Disney Company, the University of Southern California, the Weingart Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She recently served on President Obama’s President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Terri Ludwig

Terri Ludwig

President and Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Terri Ludwig is president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit provider of development capital and expertise creating affordable homes and rebuilding communities. Enterprise has pioneered neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships and invested more than $11 billion to create more than 280,000 affordable homes. Terri is vice chair of the Enterprise Community Investment Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Directors of Enterprise Community Loan Fund, and serves as a member of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees.

With more than 23 years of experience in investment banking and nonprofit leadership, Terri joined Enterprise in 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She was named president and CEO a year later, beginning her tenure in January 2011.

From 2002 to 2009, Terri served as president of the Merrill Lynch Community Development Company, where she led community development, committed over $2 billion in loans and investments, launched a successful social investment platform for Merrill Lynch’s private clients and served as a senior advisor on diversity issues. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Terri was the president and CEO of ACCION New York, the largest nonprofit micro-lender in the United States, whose mission is to lend small business owners the capital and support they need to achieve success. Following the Sept. 11 tragedy, Terri mobilized a team to establish the American Dream Fund, a disaster relief fund delivering loans and technical assistance to small business owners who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Prior to her work at ACCION, Terri launched a highly successful international sales effort for Global Foreign Exchange at Credit Suisse First Boston with offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. In addition, Terri spent eight years with Merrill Lynch in the Structured Investment and Global Foreign Exchange groups, creating global investment strategies for institutional clients, including hedge and mutual funds, central banks and corporations.

Terri is a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Advisory Board for Community Development and Financial Institutions and the co-chair of ACCION USA. She serves on numerous executive and advisory boards and was selected for the Social Innovation Fellowship for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. Terri holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author, How to Raise an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims spent a decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen where she was known for both her fierce advocacy for students and her equally fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure she received Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for defining “the” undergraduate experience at Stanford and began speaking and writing widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting. Her New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success was released in June and is being translated into several languages for publication in other countries. Her work has also appeared on TEDx talks, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, New York Times, Slate, and Time. She hosts the brand-new podcast “Getting In,” produced by Slate and Panoply, which offers students and parents sound advice about the college application process and serves as an antidote to the college admission “arms race” mentality. She also spoke at the first-ever TED Talks Live event held this fall in Manhattan.

In addition to non-fiction, Julie writes poetry, plays, and short fiction. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and since leaving Stanford in 2012 she has been pursuing an MFA in creative writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty five years, their two teenagers, and her mother.

Maybel Y. Marte

Maybel Y. Marte

Vice President and Institutional Client Servicing
Account Manager
PIMCO

Maybel Marte is a Vice President and institutional client servicing account manager at PIMCO, a premier fixed income and equity investment manager. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2010, she held positions in fixed income institutional sales at Goldman Sachs and FBR Capital Markets, working primarily with credit hedge funds. Prior to joining Goldman, she was an equity research associate at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Smith Barney Asset Management.

She has 14 years of investment experience and received an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a bachelor»s degree in Economics from Wellesley College. She was awarded a number of academic scholarships for her graduate and undergraduate studies, most notably the Robert A. Toigo Graduate Fellowship and Andrew Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship.

Maybel’s first exposure to Wall Street came in the summer of 1993 when she was accepted into the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Investment Banking Program. Over the past eighteen years, Maybel has remained very close to the pulse of SEO—currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Chairperson of the Scholars Program Committee. Additionally, she is a founding member of the New York Needs You—an organization focused on closing the opportunity gap for first-generation, high potential college students.

In her free time, Maybel enjoys traveling, cooking for friends and attending Yankee games. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her golden retriever, Goldfinger.

Roxanne M. Martino

Roxanne M. Martino

Chief Executive Officer, Investment Committee Chair and Partner
Aurora Investment Management L.L.C.

Roxanne M. Martino is Chief Executive Officer, Investment Committee Chair and a Partner of Aurora Investment Management L.L.C. Aurora manages over $9 billion in hedge fund assets for onshore and offshore entities including customized portfolio solutions and a registered mutual fund. The Firm»s alternative asset investment business was established in 1988 with the launch of Aurora Limited Partnership.

Ms. Martino spent the first seven years of her career at Coopers & Lybrand where she was a Senior Manager focusing on the commodities and securities area. She then spent over six years at Grosvenor Capital Management, where she was a general partner.

Ms. Martino has served over the years on many civic, professional, community and philanthropic boards. Ms. Martino is a Council Member of the Chicago Booth School of Business, member of The Economic Club of Chicago, the Business Advisory Council (past chairperson) of the Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame and has served three terms as a Director of The Investment Analysts Society of Chicago. She is also Director of Thresholds, a Chicago based not-for-profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization, serves on the Investment Subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services, and serves on the board and investment committee of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children»s Hospital of Chicago and its Research Center. She is a Life Trustee of Fenwick High School. She is also a member of The Chicago Network. She is also a contributing author of a chapter titled ‘The Due Diligence Process» in the book, Evaluating and Implementing Hedge Fund Strategies: The Experience of Managers and Investors, Third Edition, and has been profiled and quoted in leading industry publications. In 2014, Ms. Martino was honored by DePaul University as the “DePaul University Financial Executive of the Year” based on her lifetime of professional achievement.

Ms. Martino received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame in 1977 and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago in 1988.

Jerilyn McAniff

Jerilyn McAniff

Senior Vice President
Oaktree Capital

Ms. McAniff is a Senior Vice President with Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles. She is an Investment Analyst in Oaktree’s U.S. High Yield Bond Group where she is responsible for investments in the Retail, Apparel, Consumer Products and Building-related sectors.

Prior to joining Oaktree in 2008, Ms. McAniff helped manage The Circinus Group, an advisory and executive training firm, where she developed curricula and led M&A, valuation and corporate finance training programs for investment banks and asset management firms. While at The Circinus Group, Ms. McAniff co-authored The Practitioner’s Guide to Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance. Before that, Ms. McAniff worked for JP Morgan within the Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions group. While there she worked primarily on M&A deals within the Power and Energy related sectors. Ms. McAniff received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. McAniff serves on the board of the Friends of Foothill Family Service, a non-profit based in Pasadena. She also serves as a director of Hope Street Friends, a pre-school and day care based in Los Angeles and serves on the finance council of St. Andrew Church in Pasadena.

Ana Duarte McCarthy

Ana Duarte McCarthy

Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer
Citi

Ana Duarte McCarthy is Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Citi. Appointed to the role in 2002, Ana is responsible for the development and integration of Citi’s workforce diversity strategy for attracting diverse talent, workforce development, fostering an inclusive work environment, and ensuring management accountability.

Ana joined Citi in 1995. Her roles at Citi have been within global diversity, including five years as Vice President, Diversity Management, Citibank, Director of Diversity, Global Consumer Group and her current role as head of diversity for the corporation.

Before coming to Citi, Ana held leadership position within educational opportunity and higher education at Passaic County College and the new School for Social Research culminating in her appointment as Assistant Dean of Parsons School of Design of The New School in 1992. Ana left the New School in 1994 when she joined Kidder, Peabody, Inc. as Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Diversity Programs.

Ana received her bachelor of arts degree in biology from Lafayette College in 1981 and a master of education degree in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in October 1983 and is as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Ana serves on the member of the board of directors of the Families and Work Institute, the PhD Project, and the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council on Research for Women. Among other recognitions, Ana was recently chosen as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 25 Elite Women for 2009 and in 2007 received Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Champion Award for her support and advocacy of workplace equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Ana currently resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with her husband and 15-year-old daughter.

Debbie McCoy

Debbie McCoy

Director
SEED Institute, Stanford University

Debbie McCoy is a Director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (“SEED”), an institute working to advance economic opportunities for people living in poverty in developing economy countries through growth businesses. Ms. McCoy’s role at SEED is to increase available capital for enterprises with significant growth potential in these markets. Her professional background is global, with expertise in operating and advisory work in emerging and frontier markets. Prior to joining Stanford University, McCoy was a Vice President at a global infrastructure company, where she served as deputy chair of the Africa Steering Committee and supported Middle Eastern, Asian, and European operations. McCoy also worked at Citigroup. For two years at Citi, she was based in New Delhi leading portions of the firm’s Indian retail operations. Prior to that role, McCoy worked in Citi’s New York headquarters as an investment banker and as special assistant to the offices of the CEO and President & COO. She was also responsible for defining financial and execution strategies for a large scale infrastructure and real estate investment in Vietnam sponsored by a diversified holding company in the United Arab Emirates. McCoy’s expertise in global markets is broad and deep. Prior to attending business school at Harvard, she independently ran an advisory business that worked with entrepreneurs in distress and startup situations in the U.S., Central America, and sub-Saharan Africa, including Zephyr Management, L.P. as it assumed management of a pan-African private equity portfolio. She began her career at Bain & Company’s San Francisco office focusing on turnarounds, business restructuring, and private equity due diligence and later worked in the firm’s Johannesburg office improving operations for an apartheid-era state owned enterprise undergoing privatization.

McCoy graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Robert A. Toigo Fellow. She was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006 – 2011 and serves as an advisor to the African Leadership Network.

Terri McCullough

Terri McCullough

Director
No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
The Clinton Foundation

Terri McCullough is the Director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative led by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. No Ceilings brings together partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and chart the path forward for full participation in political, civil, economic and cultural life for women and girls in the 21st century. Terri joined the Foundation from the Tory Burch Foundation, which works to support women entrepreneurs in the U.S. through small loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education. She previously served as Chief of Staff, advisor on women’s issues and in a number of other roles in the office of Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her non-profit experience includes positions at NARAL Pro-Choice America, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning), and Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. She has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr

Creator
Playing Big

Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and wellbeing. She’s creator of the Playing Big leadership program and author of Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message, named an Apple iBooks best book.

Her writing on leadership and careers has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, on The Today Show and in numerous other publications. She’s been a speaker at venues ranging from BlogHer to TedxWomen to Emerging Women.

Tara received her MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale. She is trained and certified as a coach. Tara’s unique approach to leadership training combines transformative inner work and practical skills training.

Tara is the creator of the popular 10 Rules for Brilliant Women Workbook and she was named a “Girl Champion” by the Girl Effect organization, in recognition of her work supporting education of girls in the developing world.

Robert A.G. Monks

Robert A.G. Monks

Founder
Institutional Shareholder Services and GMIRatings

Robert A.G. Monks is a pioneer in the field of corporate governance. He is a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services and GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library), and was an administrator for the Department of Labor under President Reagan. He is the author of several books including New Global Investors and Corpocracy, and with Nell Minow, Watching the Watchers and Power & Accountability. He was featured in the documentary, The Corporation, and is the subject of the biography A Traitor to his Class. He blogs regularly at www.ragm.com and is currently at work on a new book.

Carol Moody

Carol Moody

Interim Chief Operating Investment Officer
CalPERS Investment Office

Carol Baldwin Moody is Senior Portfolio Manager for Investment Compliance and Operational Risk for CalPERS, responsible for developing and monitoring investment management compliance and operational risk programs.

Ms. Moody has extensive U.S. and international experience in legal, compliance and risk management in banking, insurance, pension, private equity and mutual fund sectors. Prior to CalPERS she was Chief Risk Officer for Wilmington Trust overseeing all aspects of risk management. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Nationwide Insurance and TIAA-CREF.

Ms. Moody started her career as a corporate associate at Debevoise and Plimpton where she focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and securities laws. She went on to become a Senior Attorney at Citicorp. During her 12 years at Citicorp, she became the Head of Compliance for the Global Relationship Bank overseeing compliance programs in over 90 countries.

Ms. Moody is active in many charitable and educational activities and served on the Board of the New York Chapter of INROADS and Board of Trustees of Germantown Friends School. From 2003-10, she also served as a director of Carver Bancorp (NASDAQ:CARV), the nation’s largest African American-operated bank.

Ms. Moody earned her BSE in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and her JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1982. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Melissa Morales

Melissa Morales

Vice President
H/2 Capital Partners

Melissa Morales is a Vice President at H/2 Capital Partners, a multi-billion dollar AUM institutional investment manager focused on commercial real estate fixed income assets. At H/2, Melissa focuses both on new investments and on the asset management of a portfolio of performing and nonperforming commercial real estate debt. During her career in real estate finance, Melissa has been involved in structured real estate transactions totaling over $6 billion. Prior to joining H/2, Melissa spent six years at Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation in New York, where she also focused on commercial real estate and held a variety of roles originating, structuring, underwriting, and syndicating debt.

Melissa earned an MBA with concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School and earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California. She is an alumni of the Robert Toigo Foundation, and she is a founding member and former President of Columbia Business School’’s Hispanic Alumni Association.

Melissa lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan.

Linda Naiman

Linda Naiman

Corporate Alchemist
Co-author of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork

Linda Naiman is founder of Creativity at Work and helps organizations develop creativity, innovation, and leadership capabilities, through coaching, training and consulting. Linda brings a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and development based on her background as an artist and designer: She leverages arts-based practices to spark creative inspiration in business, and design thinking to manage the creative process for innovation. Organizations that have sought out Linda for her expertise include Amex Bank of Canada, HSBC, RBC, the US Navy, and GE.

Her work has been documented or cited in several books including: Artful Creation: Learning Tales of Arts-in-Business (Darsø 2004), Artbased Approaches: A Practical Handbook to Creativity at Work (Chemi 2006), and Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results (Silverman 2006).

She currently serves on the board of directors of The Vancouver Biennale, a non-profit charitable organization that exhibits great art in public space, creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement, dialogue, and social action.

Linda holds a BFA degree from California College of the Arts and is a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. Her mission is to liberate creativity at work, and make life, and work, a work of art.

Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro

Republican Strategist;
Political Analyst, CNN

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She is also a political contributor on ABC’s The View. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few. “Ana speaks the truth, and she is willing to speak the truth to power without reservation...She has the ear of lots of elected officials,” said Republican consultant Brett O’Donnell. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed.

Political Expertise. Navarro most recently served as the national Hispanic co-chair for Governor Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign and the national co-chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, where she was also the national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. She has played a role in several federal and state races in Florida. She served on Governor Jeb Bush’s transition team in 1998 and was his first director of immigration policy in the Executive Office of the Governor.

In 2001, she served as ambassador to the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission, devoting much of her energy to condemning human rights abuses in Cuba. In 1999, she worked in the private sector, representing private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. In 1997, she was a special advisor to the government of Nicaragua and was one of the primary advocates for NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act).

Education and Immigration. Navarro is a graduate of the University of Miami. In 1993, she obtained her BA in Latin American studies and political science. She obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1997. She was born in Nicaragua, and in 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States.

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Partner, Customized Investment Fund Group
Credit Suisse

Mina Pacheco Nazemi is a partner of Credit Suisse’s Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG), which manages over $26 billion of client commitments to private equity, venture capital and real estate funds, and specializes in designing tailored private equity portfolios for investors. Pacheco Nazemi and her team work on a number of different client mandates but also invests for clients that have a specific interest in investing in emerging managers (women and minorities managers or companies) and the underserved sector. As head of Credit Suisse’s Los Angeles office Mina guides her team on all aspects of the business from investments, client management to business development. In the emerging market practice CFIG has approximately $5 billion of assets under management. Additionally, she is a senior investment professional on the co-investment team where CFIG invests directly in companies where the firm manages approximately $2.5 billion.

Pacheco Nazemi sits on the board of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). She is both an alum and mentor for the Robert Toigo Foundation, whose mission is to bring increased diversity to the financial industry. She also actively supports the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She is an active member of Credit Suisse’s Women’s network and has been instrumental in recruiting Latinos.

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO
Pipeline Fellowship

Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women. The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech,” and she was selected as a Readers’ Pick for HuffPost Tech’s “27 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list “The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30.”

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Acumen Fund

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund aims to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen Fund has invested more than $60 million in companies in South Asia and East Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor in Pakistan, India and Kenya. Prior to Acumen Fund, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She is currently on the advisory boards of Stanford Graduate School.

of Business, MIT’s Legatum Center, and Innovations Journal published by MIT Press. Jacqueline serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation. She was recently named to Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. Jacqueline is a frequent speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and TED.

She has an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world.

For more information on Acumen Fund, please visit www.acumenfund.org.

Photograph by C Joyce Ravid

Amy O’Brien

Amy O’Brien

Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment
TIAA-CREF

Amy Muska O’Brien is Managing Director and the Head of Responsible Investment at TIAA-CREF. She provides overall strategic leadership to Asset Management and across the organization on the implementation of TIAA-CREF’s overall responsible investment commitments and key environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches, including ESG-focused funds, ESG integration frameworks, and the firm’s impact investing portfolios.

Ms. O’Brien has worked on a wide range of ESG and impact investing initiatives across TIAA-CREF since 2005. She has 19 years of professional experience in the responsible investment field. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in 2005, Ms. O’Brien served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Pension Boards - United Church of Christ, where she developed and implemented socially responsible investment strategies including social screening policies, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder activism for the denomination’s pension fund and foundation. Previously, she was Research Manager at the Council on Economic Priorities, the non-profit research firm that pioneered the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility ratings for investors and consumers. Ms. O’Brien served as CEP’s representative to the inaugural Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative, an international initiative charged with developing a standardized reporting format for corporate sustainability indicators.

Ms. O’Brien earned a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From 2006-2011 she served on the Board of Directors of the USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. In 2008, Ms. O’Brien joined the board of directors of The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility. In 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. In 2012, Ms. O’Brien became a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York. In 2014 she was named to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative’s Reporting and Assessment Steering Committee.

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

CEO, Flywheel Sports
Former President, Equinox and Former Global President, Gatorade
Author, Extreme You: Step Up, Stand Out, Kick Ass, Repeat

Described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to “The Pied Piper of potential,” Sarah Robb O’Hagan is an executive, activist, entrepreneur, and currently the CEO of fast-growing indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports. She formerly served as the president of luxury health club Equinox, the global president of Gatorade, a GM and marketing director at Nike, and the marketing director of the Virgin Entertainment Group. The founder of the “Extreme Living” movement, she is a rare blend of fierce businesswoman, cheer leading Mom passionate women’s advocate, and high-energy motivator. In her new book Extreme You, due out in spring 2017, Sarah lays out a roadmap for becoming the most “extreme” version of yourself by operating at the edge of your potential and by building highly-collaborative, focused, and successful teams and corporations. Drawing on her decades experience at some of the world’s most influential brands, she shares practical takeaways including how to make failure your fuel, discover your most competitive playing field, get out of line rather than always following conventional wisdom, and bring out the “extreme” in others.

Sarah personally oversaw the development of several breakthrough innovation efforts throughout her career, including: the Virgin Atlantic Airways-Austin Powers movie collaboration in which the airline was rebranded “Virgin Shaglantic,” the roll-out of the game-changing Nike Plus technology developed alongside Apple, the transformation of Gatorade from a declining sports drink into an innovative sports performance company exemplified by the highly-successful G Series line, and Equinox’s revolutionary shift from a bricks-and-mortar gym to an always-on, digital-first fitness business. She also experienced what she calls a “canyon of career despair” in her 20s, using major back-to-back failures to learn, to grow and to motivate herself forward to eventually lead a $5 billion global business by the age of 38. She shares first-hand accounts of these peaks and valleys—pairing stories of firings with a behind-the-scenes look at Gatorade’s transformational turnaround under her stewardship—to illustrate what it truly takes to be successful, why you learn more when play for all or nothing, the importance of humility, and why you must always “play your own game.”

Robb O’Hagan has been named twice to Forbes magazine’s list of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports,” named a “Woman to Watch” by Ad Age magazine, dubbed one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, and named to “40 Under 40” lists by Sports Business Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Sports Goods Business.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improve performance in the work place. She has served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports, and is a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She is an active member of the World Class New Zealand Network, as she remains committed to helping the country’s development, international competitiveness and economic growth. In 2014, she was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust Award for outstanding leadership.

Engin Okaya

Engin Okaya

Senior Vice President
Prudential Capital Group

Engin Okaya is a Senior Vice President in Corporate Finance for Prudential Capital Group, located in New York. She leads a team responsible for marketing, originating and managing private placement and mezzanine investments in Eastern Canada, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Engin joined Prudential Capital Group in 1998 as an Analyst. In 2001, she was promoted to Associate and transferred to the Prudential Capital Partners mezzanine team in Chicago. She also worked in Corporate and Project Workouts, restructuring various distressed credits. In January 2006, Engin returned to the New York office as a Director and was promoted to Vice President in June 2007 and Senior Vice President in 2011.

Engin received a BS from Boston College.

Windy Oliver

Windy Oliver

Vice President Consumer Risk, ALLL Process
GE Capital

Windy recently moved back to the US after a five 5 year global assignment as Chief Risk Officer for GE Capital - Artesia Bank in Amsterdam and GE Money Bank in Riga, Latvia. As CRO Windy was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Risk Management which included Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Treasury, Fraud and the organization that supports each process.

In April 2013 Windy accepted the role of Vice President Consumer Risk, ALLL Process at GE Capital Head Quarters in Connecticut. Windy joined GE Consumer Finance Risk Management team in 1997 supporting the Home Depot credit card program. In 2005 Windy was promoted to VP, Underserved/Underbanked. In this assignment Windy was responsible for creating g credit programs for the Underserved/Underbanked segments for GE Money Americas. This responsibility entailed developing end-to-end solutions for customers that did qualify due to little or no credit history. Prior to joining GE Windy worked for Commercial Factors-Nations Bank. Windy attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a B.S. in Marketing Management.

Windy is single and lives in Connecticut. While in Europe Windy lead the GE Women’s Network for the Netherlands and the European Co-Leader for AAF. In her personal time she enjoys traveling, tennis, art and spending time with family and friends. Windy is also a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority and Co-Leader of the GE/AKA Leadership Fellows Program. She also mentors many developing future leaders.

Kristie Paskvan

Kristie Paskvan

Chief Financial Officer
Mesirow Financial

Kristie Paskvan serves as Mesirow Financial’s chief financial officer and is a member of the firm’s board of directors. Kristie is responsible for the company’s overall financial plans including financing, acquisition analysis, capital usage, risk management and business profitability.

Before her promotion to chief financial officer in 1999, Kristie established the planning and analysis department within the firm. She joined Mesirow Financial in 1997 through the acquisition of Stein & Company, where she served as chief financial officer.

Kristie is registered as an Allied Member and holds a FINRA Series 27 license. She has been a member of the FINRA Financial Responsibility Committee since 2004. Kristie is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Illinois CPA Society. Currently, she is an active member of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, serving as co-chair of the professional committee, a mentor in the New Leaders Circle Group Mentorship Program and a member of the finance committee.

Kristie also serves as a governing board member of Gilda’s Club of Chicago, and is a member of the board of directors of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and the James C. Tyree Foundation. She was named 2012 CFO of the Year in the large private company category by the Chicago chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).

Kristie received her BS from the University of Illinois and her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Christine Phillpotts

Christine Phillpotts

Vice President and Equity Research Analyst
AllianceBernstein

Christine Phillpotts is a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst covering sub‐Saharan Africa for AllianceBernstein’s Emerging and Frontier Markets portfolios, including the Next 50 Emerging Markets Fund. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, she was the Global Portfolio Manager for the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), which invests in privately held companies in emerging and frontier markets. While at GBF, Phillpotts sourced, structured and supervised investments across several countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Rwanda and Mozambique. As a member of the fund’s internal investment committee, she also assessed and approved transactions in Latin America and Asia. Before that, Phillpotts was an equity research associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Phillpotts holds a BA in economics from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received first‐year honors. She is also a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Phillpotts serves as co‐chair of AllianceBernstein’s Black Employee Resource Group.

Paula B. Pretlow

Paula B. Pretlow

Former Senior Vice President
The Capital Group

Paula B. Pretlow is a former Senior Vice President of The Capital Group, a $1.4 trillion dollar privately held investment management firm. While there, she headed up the firm’s public fund business development and client relationship group and was also responsible for large client relationships. Since leaving Capital, Ms. Pretlow has focused her energies on board work and community engagement.

Prior to joining Capital in 1999, Ms. Pretlow worked with Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), Montgomery Asset Management, and Chancellor LGT. Her investment industry experience also includes fixed-income sales with Credit Suisse and as a portfolio engineer with AXA/Rosenberg, a quantitative investment management firm. Ms. Pretlow has spent her entire career in finance, which began in corporate banking at Wells Fargo Bank.

Ms. Pretlow is actively and passionately involved on several boards. In the private sector, she is an independent board member of a registered investment company under the umbrella of one of the largest publicly traded global alternative asset managers. In 2015, she was elected to the board of trustees of The Kresge Foundation, a $3.6 billion national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities, including Detroit, through grant-making and social investing in six program areas. In June of this year, she was elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, where she is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Pretlow also serves on the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors and is a member of the board of directors of her synagogue in San Francisco, Congregation EmanuEl. She has served as a mentor and is a former board member of The Robert Toigo Foundation. Professional affiliations include the Association of Black Foundation, Executives (ABFE) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

Ms. Pretlow is a recipient of the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. She was the convocation speaker at Northwestern’s Weinberg College Class of 2016 graduation ceremony. Her commitment to service will be recognized this year in her hometown, where she will receive the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award.

In January, 2017, Ms. Pretlow will become a Fellow at Stanford in its Distinguished Careers Institute, a year-long program designed to allow intellectual exploration and personal growth.

Ms. Pretlow is the proud mother of two adult children, Neil and Alison, and mother-in-law to Tanya. In addition to world travel, especially to developing countries, Ms. Pretlow loves music, theatre, and urban hiking.

Ms. Pretlow received her BA in political science and her MBA, both from Northwestern University.

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

Vice President, Organization Development
and Chief Talent Officer
Hospira, Inc.

Pam is a business leader, thought leader, and OD practice leader with over 25 years of experience including 10 years in the real estate investment advisory industry, 12 years as an external Organization Development consultant, and 5 years leading an Organization Development practice in a Fortune 100 company. She has worked and consulted globally and across a number of different industry sectors including financial services, healthcare, professional services, consumer products, insurance, and education.

Pam’s professional passion is performance excellence, and from her diverse professional experiences, she has developed a unique perspective on what creates and sustains excellence. She has worked with individuals, teams and organizations to excel by assessing needs, and offering solutions that impact performance and productivity. With an MBA and a Ph.D., she considers financial and human factors and how to manage both using sound organizational management thinking and focused business metrics.

In 2014 Pam was profiled and appeared on the cover of the February issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine and was honored to be selected as an award winner in the Business Impact category for the 2014 Learning in Practice awards sponsored by Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2012 Pam was the recipient of the 2012 Rising Star Award by HR Executive magazine. Pam is a frequent speaker at human capital conferences.

Through LinkedIn and her website JoinDrPam.com, Pam seeks to develop a virtual community of practice to keep current on how individuals, teams and enterprises work, thrive and drive toward excellence.

Pam holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Yale University.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz

Lisa Garcia Quiroz

Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
and Chief Diversity Officer
Time Warner Inc.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc. In this role, Ms. Garcia Quiroz oversees the company’s community outreach and philanthropic programs in education and the arts. She is also responsible for ensuring that Time Warner attracts, retains and develops a talented, diverse workforce, and she leads company-wide efforts aimed at better serving and reaching a more diverse marketplace.

Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Garcia Quiroz was the catalyst for two of Time Inc.’s successful brand extensions—People en Español and Time for Kids. Active in civic issues, Ms. Garcia Quiroz was nominated by President Obama to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She also serves on the executive committee of the board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Ms. Garcia Quiroz, of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, was born and raised in New York City and received both her undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Cristina M. Regalado

Cristina M. Regalado

Founder
Cristina M. Regalado Workshop

Cristina M. Regalado currently advises on philanthropy, leadership and innovations to promote the social good. She applies an integrated approach when working with leaders and their organizations helping them embody their vision, lead with courage, amplify their authentic voice, and design creative and sustainable solutions. Cristina brings extensive social sector leadership and service: 20 years as an executive in philanthropic institutions and seven years as a fundraiser. Cristina’s most recent position was Vice President of Programs at The California Wellness Foundation where she managed a combined grants portfolio of over $500 million. Cristina is also a seasoned board member in leading civic and nonprofit organizations including the Durfee Foundation, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Feed the Hunger Foundation, and the Executive Advisory Council of Asian Americans for Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. She also served on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, Southern California Grantmakers, Women’s Funding Network, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Bloom Again Foundation. Cristina has an Executive MBA degree from Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Philanthropy is about restoring wholeness and dignity to people and communities. It’s about building democracy and full participation.

Charlotte Relyea

Charlotte Relyea

Partner
McKinsey & Co.

Charlotte Relyea is a Partner with McKinsey & Company’s New York office. Charlotte leads McKinsey’s Women’s Initiative for the Northeast office complex, whose mission is to create an exceptional experience, foster a close community and increase recruiting and retention of women. Charlotte is a leader of McKinsey’s Tech, Media, Telecom practice, focusing on media and information services; and of McKinsey’s Marketing and Sales practice, where she focuses on sales and advertising. Prior to joining McKinsey, Charlotte spent two years at an internet strategy consulting firm and a year at an internet service provider. She also spent two years as an investment banking analyst. Charlotte holds a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School.

Gretchen Remmers

Gretchen Remmers

Playing Big Facilitator
and Women’s Leadership Coach

Gretchen Remmers is a Playing Big Facilitator and Women’s Leadership Coach who uses the pioneering Playing Big model to empower women who want to speak up, create and lead. As the Director of Partnerships for Tara Mohr’s Playing Big program, Gretchen helps company leaders bring Playing Big—the book, courses and speaking events—to their organizations. As a Human Resources partner for pioneering companies, including Genentech, Young & Rubicam and Wells Fargo, Gretchen has facilitated leadership development programs in 11 countries, led EEO and major diversity & inclusion initiatives, and collaborated with senior managers and their teams to develop their greatest talent. Gretchen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the Outward Bound Instructor Development Program and is an ICF Certified Coach.

Lisa Rickert

Lisa Rickert

Director
Clinton Global Initiative International

Lisa Rickert spent almost 10 years on Wall Street as a corporate finance professional advising environmental service and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and capital-raising transactions. Following her time on Wall Street, Rickert served as deputy national director of Women’s Outreach for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 presidential campaign. She joined the William J. Clinton Foundation in the spring of 2005, serving as an integral member of a task force focused on exploring the issues of water and sanitation in the developing world. She continued this work as a senior member of the team that launched the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi in 2006. In 2007 she moved to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to launch CGI’s expansion as the Director of CGI International. In addition to her work at CGI, Rickert is a member of the advisory board of St. Jude school. Rickert received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master's in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios

United States Treasurer

Rosie Rios serves as Treasurer of the United States. The U.S. Treasurer advises the Secretary on matters relating to coinage, currency and the production of other instruments by the United States. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor and representative of the Treasury on behalf of the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement.

Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. Last November, Rios took

a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team.

Most recently, Rios was a Trustee of the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA) in California and served on the boards of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED), the Unity Council and the Toigo Foundation. In addition, she is a Fellow with the Royal Society for the Arts. Rios received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Melody Rollins

Melody Rollins

Executive Vice President – Client Facing – Institutional Corporate Practice
PIMCO

Melody Rollins Downes is an Executive Vice President and client servicing account manager at PIMCO, one of the world’s leading fixed income investment managers. She joined PIMCO in 2000, previously having held positions in Debt Capital Markets at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank. She has 15 years of investment experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, focusing on financial engineering.

Outside of work, Melody is very active in the New York community, as a mentor to high school students, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Future Leaders Institute Charter School, a board member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of

Harlem, and a girls’ softball coach for Harlem Little League. Melody also currently serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University and is a founding member of the Council for Urban Professionals. Melody is an alumni of the SEO Career Program, Toigo Foundation Fellowship, and the Coro New York Leadership Program.

Nicole Pullen Ross

Nicole Pullen Ross

Managing Director – Mid-Atlantic Region Head
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Nicole heads the investment management business for the Mid-Atlantic Region for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Previously, she advised wealthy family groups and institutions in New York for 12 years before relocating to Philadelphia. Nicole joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as a summer associate in Private Wealth Management in New York. She was named managing director in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole worked at J.P. Morgan providing strategic financial reporting and analysis to the Executive Office.

Nicole serves on the executive board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a President’s Advisory member of the Smithsonian National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. She is a founding board member of Girls Prep Charter School in New York City and also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation. She also serves on the board of the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center.

Nicole is also a corporate member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC.

Nicole earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Accounting from Hampton University.

She and her husband, Brent, have two children and live in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Yolanda Ruiz

Yolanda Ruiz

Partner
Pacific Community Management

Yolanda Ruiz is a Partner at Pacific Community Management, an affiliate of Pacific Community Ventures. She is involved in several aspects of the fund including analyzing and structuring transactions and helping manage the fund investments. She currently sits on the boards of PCV portfolio companies Freshology, New Leaf Paper, and on the board of Opportunity Fund.

Yolanda’s background includes roles in finance and strategy roles. Before PCM Yolanda worked for an M&A advisory firm focusing on acquisitions and growth financings in the food and beauty sectors. Previously, Yolanda worked for Gap Inc. in Financial Planning and Analysis and in Business Development in the International Division. Before joining Gap Inc., Yolanda was part of the founding team of Punto Com Holdings (PCH), a Mexican venture capital fund led by Cemex. At the start of her career, Yolanda worked as an associate consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.

Yolanda received an MBA degree from Stanford Business School and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from ITESM (Monterrey, Mexico).

Judith Samuelson

Judith Samuelson

Executive Director
The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program

Judith Samuelson is a leading public policy advocate with a background in business, public-private partnerships, and philanthropy. Since the mid-1980s, her work has focused on the role and impact of business in society.

In 1998, Judith created The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), which employs research and dialogue among business leaders to build a sustainable global society. Aspen BSP targets innovators and works with business managers at all levels, from MBA students to Fortune 500 CEOs. Among its signature programs are Beyond Grey Pinstripes (a global data base and report card on MBA business education), CasePlace.org (a teaching case clearinghouse), and the Corporate Values Strategy Group (a forum for business leaders to promote change in policy and business practice in pursuit of long-term value creation). Judith recently helped spearhead the creation of the Aspen Principles, a set of guidelines for long-term value creation for companies and institutional investors.

From 1989 to 1996, Judith led the Ford Foundation’s office of Program Related-Investments and created the Corporate Involvement Initiative, a comprehensive effort to encourage private-nonprofit partnerships and facilitate social “intrepreneurship.” From 1982 – 1989 Judith managed a sales and lending team at Bankers Trust Company. From 1974 – 1980 she worked in Sacramento as a lobbyist and legislative aid on California state health and education issues and in the Governor’s office of Planning and Research.

Judith holds a BA from UCLA and Masters Degree from the Yale School of Management. She was a member of the Advisory Board to ACCION-New York and is Chair Emeritus of Net Impact, a network of business students.

Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn Schulz

Journalist, author and public speaker

Kathryn Schulz is a journalist, author, and public speaker. She is the book critic for New York Magazine; her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, the Boston Globe. The Nation, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times Book Review, among many other publications. In 2012, she won the National Book Critic Circle’s Nona Balakian Prize for Excellence in Reviewing. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and the Middle East. A graduate of Brown University and a former Ohioan, Oregonian, and Brooklynite, she currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Suzanne Shank

Suzanne Shank

Vice Chair, President and CEO
Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC

Ms. Shank has served as Vice Chair, President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC. since its inception in October 1996. She is a founder of the firm, co-owner and member of the Board of Directors.

Siebert Brandford Shank is the top-ranked minority- and women-owned municipal bond underwriting firm in the country and is the only minority-owned firm nationally ranked in the top 10 among all such firms in the country. With 21 offices nationally, the firm has managed deals for state and local governments across the country totaling over $800 billion.

A 25-year veteran of the industry, Ms. Shank has led financings for large-scale infrastructure projects for a variety of issuers across the country. Ms. Shank has structured a variety of types of transactions including transportation projects, redevelopment projects, water and sewer projects, convention centers, sport facilities, jails and education facilities.

Ms. Shank has received numerous awards and honors throughout her years in the public finance industry, including being voted one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management for 2010” by WealthManagerWeb.com and by US Banker magazine as one of the “Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance” October 2009 and 2010. Ms. Shank was also recognized by Essence magazine in its “2008 Power List;” by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.” Ms. Shank was also selected by the Wharton School of Business from among 100,000 graduates as one of its “125 Influential People and Ideas” and was named the National Entrepreneur of the Year by the Madame CJ Walker Center. She has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV promoting the strength of the municipal bond market, and was featured in “The Boss” column in the New York Times in April 2011.

Ms. Shank has been a municipal industry advocate, having formerly served as a board member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). She is currently serving on the Municipal Executive Steering Committee for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). She is active in numerous industry and civic organizations and serves on several boards, including the Spelman College Board of Trustees, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board to the President, the New York Citizens Budget Commission, the New Economy Initiative, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, among others.

Prior to her public finance career, Ms. Shank was an engineer with General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, where she worked as a Design Engineer on various design projects.

Ms. Shank is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

Mary (Molly) K. Shannon

Senior Managing Director, Partner and Director
Americas Institutional Group
Wellington Management

As director of the Americas Institutional Group, Molly oversees the firm’s efforts to serve and grow institutional client relationships in North and South America. Prior to this role, she led our global consultant relations team and served as a senior contact to our largest consultant firm relationships. Molly is president of Wellington Management Advisers, Inc. (WMA), a limited purpose US broker-dealer registered in August 2010, and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors of Wellington Trust Company. In addition, she chairs the firm’s Retirement Benefits Committee and the advisory board for the Wellington Management Foundation, and is also a Diversity Committee senior ambassador and a member of the Product Panel.

Before joining Wellington Management in 2003, Molly held a senior position in consultant relations at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2002 – 2003) and spent six years at DuPont Capital Management in positions as director of Institutional Sales and director of World Wide Pensions (1996 – 2002). She began her career in 1988 as a strategy consultant in the financial markets division of Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting.

Molly received her JD from Villanova University School of Law (1995) and her BA in economics, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame (1988).

Anne Sheehan

Anne Sheehan

Director Corporate Governance
California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Ms. Sheehan is the Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest teacher’s public pension fund in the USA, where she is responsible for overseeing all corporate governance activities for the fund including proxy voting, company engagements and managing $3 billion placed with activists managers. Prior to that, she served as Chief Deputy Director for Policy at the California Department of Finance. During her tenure at Finance, Ms. Sheehan served on both the CalSTRS and CalPERS Boards as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Post-Employment Benefits Commission. Ms. Sheehan serves as the Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, is a member of the NASDAQ Listing Council and serves on the Board of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Sheehan was recently named to the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Sheehan was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Tessie Shih

Tessie Shih

Senior Associate in Strategic Development and Investor Relations
Welton Investment Corporation

Tessie Shih is a Senior Associate in Strategic Development and Investor Relations at Welton Investment Corporation, where she plays a key role in positioning the firm’s systematic flagship and carve-out funds in front of institutional investors around the world.

Immediately prior to joining Welton, Tessie attained an MBA from the Harvard Business School as a Robert Toigo Foundation and Eugene Sit AAAIM Fellow. Starting her career in Institutional Sales and Relationship Management at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Tessie spent several years working with senior client advisors to deliver tailored alternative and traditional investment strategies to institutional investors. Tessie also worked as a Strategy Associate within J.P. Morgan Chase’s corporate office, partnering with senior business executives in the development of cross line-of-business strategic initiatives.

Tessie graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and International Relations from the University of Southern California, where she also served as Vice President of the student body. She currently serves as Chair of San Marino High School’s Class of 2001 Reunion committee, Vice President of the University of Southern California Alumni Board of New York, and a Fundraising member for the Harvard Business School. Tessie is also actively involved with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the Robert Toigo Foundation, organizations that promote career development for underrepresented women and professionals of color in the finance industry.

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Senior Portfolio Manager, Director of Corporate Governance
California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Anne Simpson is the Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments and Director of Corporate Governance at CalPERS. It is the largest public pension system in the United States with approximately $240 billion under management. The corporate governance program includes CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS actively managed corporate governance investment strategy. She is leading CalPERS work to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund.

Anne is on the Advisory Board of the Capital Markets Project at Columbia University School of Law and Business. She sits on the Council of Institutional Investors Board and is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Anne sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal “Corporate Governance: An International Review” published by Blackwells. She is also the co-author of “Fair Shares: The Future of Shareholder Power and Responsibility”, published by Oxford University Press. Her former roles include: Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network, head of the World Bank-OECD Global Corporate Governance Forum and Joint Managing Director of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants, Ltd.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor of Politics
and International Affairs
Princeton University

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 – 2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 – 2009, where she rebuilt the School’s international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs.

Dr. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for over 40,000 followers on Twitter. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS, lectures widely, and has served on boards of organizations ranging from the Council of Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation to the McDonald’s Corporation and the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has written or edited six books, including A New World Order (2004) and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

From 1994 – 2002, Dr. Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

Elizabeth M. Smith

Elizabeth M. Smith

Senior Managing Director – Public Funds
AllianceBernstein

Elizabeth M. Smith is Senior Managing Director of Public Funds at AllianceBernstein. She joined the firm in 1986 and was initially responsible for advertising, public relations and marketing for Alliance Mutual Funds. Smith moved to the institutional division in 1990 to work with public retirement systems. She was previously VP of investor relations at J & W Seligman & Co. and director of corporate communications at the Lionel Corp. Smith is on the Foundation Board of the National Association of Security Professionals (NASP) and is an associate board member of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA). She earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed courses in finance and economics at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. Location: New York

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

Director of Investments
Employees’ Retirement Fund (EFR)
of the City of Dallas

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell is the Director of Investments for the $3.4 billion Employees’ Retirement Fund (EFR) of the City of Dallas. Natalie is responsible for the design and implementation of the overall investment strategy and policy for the Fund.

Her career in finance began in the mergers & acquisitions group in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York City where she specialized in real estate and media transactions. She later joined GE Equity, GE Capital’s private equity arm based in Stamford, CT, focusing on $10 to $25 million investments in both the healthcare and finance sectors. After graduate school Natalie worked in both global strategy and finance director roles at publishers McGraw-Hill in New York City, and Voyager Expanded Learning based in Dallas, Texas.

She joined Dallas ERF in 2006 and has spearheaded efforts to fulfill new private equity, private real estate, global equity, and master limited partnership (MLP) allocations of more than $600 million collectively. Most recently she has led the effort to build the Next Generation Manager Program at ERF allocating ten percent of the Fund to smaller, newer, and/ or minority owned investment managers across asset classes.

Natalie was a selected as a German Marshall Fellow in 2009, and as the recipient of the 2011 Rising Star of Public Funds Award from Institutional Investor News. More recently she was selected as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, and one of the highlighted 40 Under Forty Investment Officers in the financial publication aiCIO. Natalie serves as Chair of the Investment Committee of Big Thought, a Dallas based non-profit organization focused on creative learning solutions for at-risk youth, and is active in the capital campaign for The Methodist Health System Foundation in Dallas. She is also active in the community through the Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc. where she is spearheading efforts to educate young minority students in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Natalie holds an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania where she was a Robert A. Toigo Fellow, and a BA with honors from Spelman College.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Iconic Visionary of the Women’s Movement
Co-Founder, National Women’s Political Caucus
Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine

Gloria Steinem remains an iconic and inspiring voice, and one of the most visible symbols of the women’s movement. Ms. Steinem continues to be an ever-present and sought-after speaker on all fronts of social activism. Steinem now produces and hosts WOMAN, a new tv series that explores human rights and violence against women around the world, with a focus on first-person accounts and support systems. It is aired on Vice TV where Steinem offers its millennial audience, newly awoken to her legacy, ways to get involved. “What I hope is, seeing it will be the closest thing to being on the ground yourself,” she said. “It is being a witness. And people in hard times need a witness, and somebody who can help.”

Jeanne M. Sullivan

Jeanne M. Sullivan

General Partner
StarVest Partners

Jeanne M. Sullivan is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management and invests in technology-enabled business services companies. Jeanne has over 20 years of venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies and with AT&T and Bell Labs.

Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket”. Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Board of Trustees. Her credentials also include: lousy golfer, baseball fanatic, sports addict, and oldest of eight kids where she learned the most about managing people and getting results. She was recently cited by Forbes as one of the VCs and entrepreneurs changing the world.

Susan E. Tannehill

Susan E. Tannehill

Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB

Susan E. Tannehill is Senior Managing Director of TIAA-CREF Trust Company – Investment Management Group and Chief Investment Officer of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB. Working in partnership with the Trust Company’s leadership, she is responsible for establishing the company’s investment philosophy for its entire range of products and also manages the delivery of customized products and services to the firm’s high-net-worth clients, small endowments and foundations.

Susan is Chair for the Trust Company’s Officers Investment Committee. She is a member of the TIAA-CREF Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the SLT Product Client Governance Committee and the SLT Charlotte Leadership Council. She is a Director of the Regional Board of the American Heart Association, Greater Charlotte. Susan is a board member of The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in Raleigh, NC and she is a member of the Strategic Advisory board CFA Society North Carolina. She is a member of the Women Executives of Charlotte.

Susan has more than 36 years of portfolio management experience, specializing in global fixed-income and active currency management. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in 2005, she worked as Head of Investments at American Express Bank and as Regional Director at New England PNC Advisors.

Susan has an A.B. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University. She holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 registrations.

Felicia Taylor

Felicia Taylor

Business News Reporter
CNN

Felicia Taylor is a business news reporter for CNN.com’s live video feed. She previously reported business news for CNN from late 2006 until becoming the co-host of Retirement Living TV’s “Daily Café,” a 90-minute program produced in Washington, D.C., a position she held through November 2008.

Before her previous stint with CNN, she was the co-anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news on WNBC-NewsChannel 4 in New York City, from September 2003 to September 2006. She originally joined the TV station in October 1998 as the co-anchor for the station’s weekend morning news program, “Weekend Today in New York.” In addition to a broadcast role at CNBC, Felicia was a London correspondent for the Financial Times. She also has worked as an anchor, producer and writer for Financial News Network. Felicia holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University.

Sandye Taylor

Sandye Taylor

Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion
RBC Capital Markets

Sandye Taylor is the Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) at RBC Capital Markets. She is responsible for providing the framework for diversity and inclusion, developing business specific strategies and partnering with internal stakeholders to implement key tactics.

Before joining RBC, Sandye was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she was Senior Vice President, Head of D&I, Global Wealth & Investment Management. During her 12 years at BAML, she held other roles as Global Head of D&I, Global Banking & Markets, head of Global Supplier Diversity; and Global Supply Chain Management, Acquisitions & Divestitures. Prior to that, she practiced law within large and small size firms.

She holds her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is married with two children.

Geri Thomas

Geri Thomas

SVP, Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive,
Georgia Market President
Bank of America

Geri Thomas is global diversity and inclusion executive and Georgia market president for Bank of America. She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion globally and serves on the ban’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. As Georgia market president, Thomas is responsible for driving business integration opportunities across Georgia to grow market share and deliver the full power of Bank of America to individuals, companies and institutional investors. She also oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy locally, including philanthropic grants, community development lending and investing and volunteerism activities.

Thomas joined Bank of America in 1970 in Consumer banking support. Progressing through a number of Human Resources leadership roles, she became global diversity and inclusion executive in 2002, and was named the Georgia market president in 2009.

She is a member of the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University, where the country’s first diversity masters program resides. In 2012, Thomas was elected to the board of trustees of Georgia State University Foundation.

She served as a member of the State of Georgia Personnel Board for over 14 years, and is currently a member of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, the Buckhead Coalition, the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Leadership Atlanta. In addition, Thomas is a member of the executive committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Leadership Council and serves as a trustee of Woodruff Arts Center.

The YWCA of Greater Atlanta recently inducted Thomas into their Academy of Achievers. She was also the recipient of the Atlanta Business League’s 2010 Millennium Pacesetter Award and was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans.

An Atlanta native, Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University.

She resides in Atlanta with her husband Ronald, has two children and is the proud grandmother of three.

Erika Trautman

Erika Trautman

CEO and Co-Founder
FlixMaster

Erika Trautman is the CEO and Co-Founder of FlixMaster, a web-based technology company that lets content creators easily build video experiences that are dynamic, interactive and deeply immersive. Trautman co-founded FlixMaster in 2011 with the premise that video experiences should take advantage of web-like functionalities and that content creators should be free to imagine and create in this new frontier. The company completed Boulder Tech Stars in August of 2011 and today has major media and eRetail customers like NBC Universal and One Kings Lane utilizing the platform to drive viewer engagement and sales.

Before founding FlixMaster, Trautman founded the Emmy-Winning production company Outlier Films, and worked as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, television producer and editor. Her work has aired on major networks, cable and PBS, and has shown at various film festivals.

She has a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University where she studied theater and biology and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley. She was also named one of Inc Magazine’s “15 women to Watch in Tech” in 2012.

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Chief Diversity Officer
and Global Co-Head of Talent Development
Goldman Sachs, & Co.

Anilu is the firm’s chief diversity officer and global co-head of Talent Development in the Human Capital Management (HCM) Division. She is also a member of the Global Talent Leadership Team. Previously, Anilu was the Americas head of Global Leadership and Diversity and before that she was the global chief of staff for HCM from 2011 to 2013. Anilu joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as an Employee Relations advisor, providing advice to the Services, Finance, Operations, Investment Management and Investment Banking divisions. She is the HCM senior sponsor for the Returnship Program. From 2009 to 2011, Anilu served as co-head of the Black and Hispanic/Latino Network in HCM. She was named managing director in 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Anilu worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP as an attorney in the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits group. While at Shearman & Sterling, she was a founder of the firm’s women’s network, WISER, and served on the firm’s diversity committee.

Anilu earned a JD from Fordham University School of Law in 2002 and an AB, cum laude, in History and Latin American Studies from Princeton University in 1998.

Sharon Vosmek

Sharon Vosmek

Chief Executive Officer
Astia

Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007, previously joining as COO in 2004. As CEO of Astia, Sharon has an unwavering passion and a uniquely well-suited background to drive forward the organization’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic. Under her guidance, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has grown ten-fold and now spans North America, Europe and India.

Previously, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates and held management positions at American Express and in the office of U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini. Ms. Vosmek currently serves as founder and lead of the We Own It Collaboration, an effort of over 65 organizations globally committed to exploring women’s participation in high growth businesses and identifying solutions to move us forward. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Cherie Blair Foundation, the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Experts Advisor Group, Illuminate Ventures Advisory Board, and the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Commission on Biotech (MayBAC).

Sharon has a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University.

Carra Wallace

Carra Wallace

Chief Diversity Officer
New York City Comptroller’s Office

As the first Chief Diversity Officer appointed by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Carra Wallace is responsible for delivering innovative solutions to increase contract opportunities for minorities and women across New York City’s agencies and the private sector. Her initial focus was developing and launching the Comptroller’s transparent, easy-to-understand letter grading system for City agencies to measure their Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) utilization in public contracts. She also works with Comptroller Stringer’s corporate governance team on supplier, workplace and board diversity initiatives and leads the Comptroller’s M/WBE Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, Ms. Wallace served as Managing Director of the Office of Executive Initiatives at DASNY, New York State’s public finance and construction authority. There she was responsible for DASNY’s successful strategic efforts in program and policy development, including significantly increasing M/WBE utilization, promoting sustainable design and construction practices, and marketing and communications. During her tenure at DASNY, Ms. Wallace was awarded a Gubernatorial Citation from Governor David A. Paterson for Excellence in Leadership for her role in promoting fairness and equity in State procurements.

Prior to joining DASNY in 2008, Ms. Wallace was an Executive Vice President at Telwares, the leading provider of telecommunications expense management services to the Fortune 1000. Ms. Wallace’s career began in Los Angeles where she spent ten years in engineering, operations and general management of large cable television systems. She went on to run U.S. West Communication’s New Mexico statewide operations organization of 1,100 union employees responsible for voice, data, long distance and video services. Ms. Wallace earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. She currently serves on the board of Eagle Academy Foundation, an organization committed to solving the educational crisis facing Black and Latino young men through the development of public all-boys schools modeled with an innovative academic and social comprehensive approach. Ms. Wallace is a golfer and an avid marathoner who has crossed the finish line in New York, Dubai, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Paris, France.

Anne Walsh

Anne B. Walsh, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Assistant Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
Guggenheim

Ms. Walsh joined Guggenheim in 2007 and in her role as Assistant CIO-fixed Income, she is head of the Portfolio Construction Group (“PCG”) where she oversees more than $100 billion in fixed income investments including Agencies, Credit, Municipals, Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities and Asset Backed Securities across several Guggenheim affiliates. The PCG is responsible for sector allocation, risk management and hedging strategies for client portfolios, and conveying Guggenheim’s macro-economic outlook to Portfolio Managers and fixed income Sector Specialists. Ms. Walsh specializes in liability driven portfolio management. With more than 29 years in the investment management industry, including roles as a money manager and as a selector of money managers, Ms. Walsh is well suited to understand the needs of institutional clients and how to address them. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Ms. Walsh served as Chief Investment Officer at Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, a recognized leader in the global life reinsurance industry. Prior to joining RGA in 2000, Ms. Walsh served as Vice President and Senior Investment Consultant for Zurich Scudder Investments. Earlier, she held roles at Lincoln Investment Management and American Bankers Insurance Group. Ms. Walsh received her BSBA and MBA from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. She has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Jody R. Weiss

Jody R. Weiss

Founder and CEO
Wisdom Says…Inc. / PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics

Ms. Weiss launched PeaceKeeper™ Cause-Metics™ in April 2002 and serves as the company’s lead voice and salesperson. PeaceKeeper is the first cosmetics company to give donations to urgent human rights issues for women and has been selling into 500 stores across the country including Whole Foods, Sprouts & Wegmans, etc. PeaceKeeper was nominated as finalist as “Best Lip Product of the Year” and launched a lip gloss with the United Nations called PeaceKeeper UNIFEM Lip Gloss. PeaceKeeper sources certain raw ingredients from developing world farmers and gives micro-credit loans to the families of those farmers. PeaceKeeper’s slogan Transform You. Transform The World reflects Weiss’s understanding that we are a microcosm of our planet and what we do affects us all. PeaceKeeper’s key focus is the funding of women who have been trafficked or indentured into a sustainable trade. Ms. Weiss began her professional career in sports marketing for International Management Group’s Athletics Division, rising to become an agent for 45 elite athletes. Weiss has raised over $15 million for events and charities during her career. Ms. Weiss lives in NYC with her eleven pound fierce-beast-of-love Shih Tzu, Lucy Marshmallow.

Ali Wentworth

Ali Wentworth

Actor, Comedian
and New York Times Best-Selling Author

A multitalented performer, Ali Wentworth brings a wealth of experience to all her endeavors, including writing movie scripts, her column in Marie Claire magazine, and acting in notable movies and television shows. Wentworth made a name for herself as a regular on two seasons of In Living Color. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno over 100 times. Other television credits include her memorable role as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, Schmoopie, in the series’ classic “Soup Nazi” episode. She is the creator, star and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Starz series Head Case. Wentworth was a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She also portrayed Meryl Streep’s best friend in the Nancy Meyers film It’s Complicated.

Also an author, Wentworth’s first book, The WASP Cookbook (Warner Books), details the culinary the lack of taste in the puritanical culinary history with hilarious commentary on WASP culture. Her second book, Ali in Wonderland (HarperCollins), a comedic look at bad advice her mother has given her, was a New York Times best seller. Her latest book, Happily Ali After, premiered June 2015.

Wentworth is the founder of BabyLove DC and is a devoted children’s advocate. She also sits on the boards of the Children’s Defense Fund and Baby Buggy. She resides in New York City with her husband George Stephanopoulos and their two daughters Elliott and Harper.

Fredricka Whitfield

Fredricka Whitfield

News Anchor
CNN Newsroom

Fredricka Whitfield is an anchor for CNN/U.S. She is based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.

Since joining CNN in 2002, she has reported from all over the world including the Persian Gulf region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and Washington, D.C. during the 2009 presidential inauguration.

Prior to CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News, TODAY and Dateline NBC. She covered stories such as the highly contested 2000 presidential race and the resulting ballot recount as well as the 1996 Olympics, the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and the manhunt for bomber Eric Rudolph. Whitfield also reported on the 1999 refugee crisis in Macedonia during the Kosovo War.

Before her time at NBC, Whitfield was a reporter and anchor at WPLG-TV in Miami, an evening anchor for News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., and a general assignment reporter at KTVT-TV in Dallas as well as at WTNH in New Haven, Conn. She began her professional career as a reporter and morning anchor for WCIV in Charleston, S.C.

In her nearly three decades long career, Whitfield has garnered multiple awards and honors for her broadcasting. In 2000 she earned an Emmy award nomination for long form storytelling. Her other notable awards include the 2002 Howard University School of Communications Alumna of the year, 2004 Alfred I. DuPont Award winning team for CNN’s coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, 2005 George Peabody award for the network’s live coverage of Hurricane Katrina and aftermath, 2005 Ebony award for Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, 2007 Emmy award for outstanding live coverage of a breaking news story long form, 2008 NAMD Communicator of the year, 2008 Howard University postgraduate achievement in the field of Journalism, and 2009 NYABJ long form feature. Whitfield was also a part of the network’s Peabody Award winning coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the 2011 Arab Spring.

Whitfield earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University.

Kay Willcox

Kay Willcox

Head of Women’s Initiatives
PGIM

Kay Willcox is the Head of Women’s Initiatives for PGIM. In this role, she is focused on developing employees, offering training and networking opportunities and building relationships with key external organizations.

Kay recently completed a 27 year career in Prudential Fixed Income (PFI) where she was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for PFI’s Core Fixed Income Strategy and other multi-sector fixed income strategies for institutional clients. She was also Senior Investment Officer for Prudential Fixed Income (PFI), which is among the largest fixed income managers in the United States (as of September 30, 2014)* with $534 billion in assets under management. Kay has also managed mutual fund fixed income portfolios and several mortgage-backed securities portfolios for Prudential. Prior to joining Prudential, Kay worked in the futures division of Shearson Lehman Brothers.

Kay received a BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Kelly Williams

Kelly M. Williams

Managing Director and Head of Customized Fund Investment Group
Credit Suisse

Kelly is a Managing Director and Global Head of the Customized Fund Investment Group. CFIG manages over $27 billion of client commitments to private equity and venture capital funds, and specializes in designing tailored portfolios for investors. In addition, CFIG provides portfolio management services for over $90 billion of client commitments to private equity, including customized reporting and back office solutions. Ms. Williams was an Executive Director with Prudential’s private equity group where she co-founded CFIG in 1999. At Prudential, Ms. Williams was responsible for the management of the fund investment group as well as investing in private equity funds on behalf of Prudential and its clients. Ms. Williams was primarily responsible for product and business development, as well as legal support for the Private Equity Group from 1996 to 1999 during which time she was responsible for the development of eight global private equity funds. Ms. Williams joined Prudential in 1993 as counsel for a Prudential unit that specialized in providing private debt and equity for global infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Williams was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, where she specialized in global project finance.

Ms. Williams graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mathematics and received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1989. Kelly has served as a mentor to fellows of the Robert Toigo Foundation since 2006; and was elected to the Board of the Toigo Foundation. Kelly was elected to the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in 2007. She is a member of the Metro Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Board of Trustees for Union College. She is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Professionals and the advisory board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers. She is also the chair of the LP Advisory Board to the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. She is a member of the advisory board of EX-IM Bank. Kelly was recognized in 2011 and 2012 by American Banker magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance. Kelly will be honored as this year’s recipient of the 2012 Woman of Power and Influence Award given by the National Organization for Women.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer
Gilt Groupe

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has over twelve years of international experience in luxury goods and retail. She is Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination that launched in November 2007 and has revolutionized the fashion industry and ecommerce in general. Gilt Groupe has grown to become a $500 million business. It offers its 5 million members the most coveted brands, including fashion for women, men and children, home décor, hotels and travel experiences on every continent, and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations.

Prior to co-founding Gilt Groupe, Alexandra oversaw retail operations at Bulgari, managing 15 North American stores. Before that she managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She began her career workingfor three years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch predominately based in London. She subsequently worked as a consultant for retail guru Marvin Traub at Financo Inc. Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Alexandra speaks five languages.

Alexandra has been featured in many print publications including: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Crain’s, Women’s Wear Daily, The Associated Press, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Vogue, Town and Country, O Magazine, InStyle and several Niche Media magazines. She also makes frequent on-air TV appearances on: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, FOX, Telemundo and E!.

Alexandra is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and events. She is articulate on a range of topics from luxury, to retail, to entrepreneurship, to digital media, to social media. Speaking engagements of note include: Deutsche Bank’s “Women on Wall Street”, Liberty Media’s “Net Leaders Conference”, “Media Dealmakers Summit”, “Ladies Who Launch”, “Women Mean Business”, “New York Entrepreneur Week”, “Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit”, “Women Entrepreneurs Festival” and “The Business of Fashion” hosted by Republic National Bank. Alexandra has been invited by established corporations including Pepsi to address employees on effective marketing strategies. Alexandra has given lectures or been keynote speaker at conferences at universities including Harvard Business School, Harvard College, Wharton, MIT, Columbia Business School, NYU, Parsons and FIT.

  • Alexandra has won a number of awards and recognitions including:
  • Ernst and Young Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award for eCommerce, 2010
  • Crain’s The Next Generation: Emerging Leaders Under 40, 2009
  • Endeavor Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010
  • Member of the Vogue 100, since 2009
  • Ranked #4 of the Silicon Alley 100, 2009
  • Huffington Post Style Game Changer, 2009
  • NY Daily News “Fashion’s 50 Most Fashionable”, ranked #18, 2010
  • Voted in top 10 Most Powerful Moms: Entrepreneurs by Working Mother, 2011

Alexandra is involved in not for profits including: Dress for Success, Pro Mujer, Endeavor Global, Robin Hood Foundation. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. Alexandra is on the Board of Fashion Group International. She also serves on several New York start-up Advisory Boards including: Behind the Burner, Rent the Runway, Loosecubes and Birchbox. She is an official mentor for Tech Stars and an unofficial mentor for many budding entrepreneurs. She lives in New York City, her hometown, with her family.

Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid

Actress, Comedian, Disability Advocate, and Writer

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, disability advocate, and writer. She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Network’s In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and The Meredith Vieira Show. Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and is the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled refugee children. Maysoon walked in New York Fashion Week and is proud to be an ambassador for Kara Ross’s Diamonds Unleashed. She was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy NYC’s Women Who Care Awards and is honored to sit on their planning committee.

Penny Zuckerwise

Penny Zuckerwise

Senior Managing Director, Head of Institutional Distribution
Guggenheim

Ms. Zuckerwise joined Guggenheim in 2011 as Senior Managing Director and Head of Institutional Distribution. In this role, she is responsible for the expansion of the firm’s institutional distribution business as well as consultant and client relationship management. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Zuckerwise served as CEO of Russell Investments’ Americas Institutional division, where she managed the business and was a member of the Russell Executive Committee and Global Risk Management Committee. She successfully re-invigorated Russell’s relationships with over 100 institutional clients and led efforts to re-build Russell’s brand in the marketplace. Ms. Zuckerwise has over 35 years of industry experience which includes: President and CEO at Utendahl Capital Management, L.P.; President and COO of Chancellor LGT Asset Management (currently Invesco Institutional); and President, COO and CAO of Chancellor Capital Management (formerly Citicorp Investment Management). A pioneer and entrepreneur in the asset management industry, Ms. Zuckerwise was the founder and principal of Wiserock, LLC, which provides strategy management oversight and business advice to a select group of companies, CEOs, management teams, pensions and private equity funds. She also co-founded and was general partner of Boldcap Ventures LLC, the first New York women’s venture capital fund targeting early- to mid-stage private investments across the media, technology and health care industries. Ms. Zuckerwise is a member of several boards and councils, including UCM Partners, Boldcap Ventures LLC and Springboard Enterprises. She previously served on the boards of Automated Collection Control, Inc., Boston Advisors, LLC, Lebenthal & Co., Miavita, Liechtenstein Global Trust Asset Management, Chancellor LGT Asset Management and Chancellor Capital Management. She also held advisory roles for Stanfield Capital Partners and BBR Partners. Ms. Zuckerwise holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College.

Suzanne Donohoe

Suzanne Donohoe

Member & Head of Client and Partner Group, KKR

Suzanne Donohoe joined KKR in 2009 and is the global head of KKR’s Client and Partner Group and a Member of KKR. She also serves on the firm’s Risk Committee and its Inclusion and Diverstiy Council. Suzanne is also President and the Chairperson of the Board of KKR’s Income Opportunities Fund, a closed end fund which trades on the NYSE.

Prior to joining KKR, she was with the Goldman Sachs Group, serving as a Partner and head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management International. Suzanne also led Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s client businesses in North America and co-headed GSAM’s EMEA business. She holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Suzanne also serves on the New York Board of The Nature Conservancy, and is a member of the Board of Directors Georgetown University.

Liz Wamai

Liz Wamai

Recruiting Director of Global Business Functions
and Recruiting Learning and Development, Facebook

Liz Wamai is the Recruiting Director of Global Business Functions and Recruiting Learning and Development at Facebook. She joined Facebook in June 2016. She brings over 20 years of Human Resources leadership experience having worked at leading finan-cial, media and technology organizations. Prior to Facebook, she was the Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Bloomberg for six years. While at Bloomberg, she led the com-pany’s resourcing efforts across all markets including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2009, Liz was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Global Head of Campus Recruiting and Diversity Recruiting. Before Merrill, Liz was Vice Presi-dent at Credit Suisse and an Associate at Goldman Sachs. She served as a Human Re-sources consultant to The New York Times and a travel manager with Let’s Go Travel in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Moi University in Kenya and a Masters of Business Administration from Baruch College in New York City. She remains actively involved in Africa through organizations such as the African Leadership Network and Ongoza organization.

Sanaz Raczynski

Sanaz Raczynski

Head of Sustainability, Natural Resources Organization, Nuveen

Sanaz Raczynski is the head of Sustainability for the Natural Resources organization and other private markets at Nuveen. In her role she is responsible for making sustainability a core part of Nuveen’s operations and value proposition.

Prior to the integration of the TIAA and Nuveen Investments asset management organizations, Sanaz was the Chief of Staff and Head of Business Management for TIAA Global Asset Management. She joined TIAA in 2015, supporting the CEO of the Asset Management business in planning, coordinating and executing the company’s strategy.

Before joining TIAA, Sanaz held various roles at Voya Financial, including Investor Relations, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Strategy and M&A positions. She started her career in sell-side equity research at Bank of America.

Sanaz earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and her master’s degree from New York University.

Melissa Winter

Melissa Winter

Chief of Staff, Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Melissa Winter is a veteran Washington insider who has worked at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. She is currently Chief of Staff to Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and is Mrs. Obama’s longest-serving advisor.

While in the White House, Melissa served as the First Lady’s Deputy Chief of Staff and was instrumental in the strategy and design of Mrs. Obama’s core policy initiatives: Let’s Move, Joining Forces, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn. As Deputy Chief of Staff, she oversaw the East Wing operations, including the Social Office, Scheduling & Advance, Correspondence, and all facets of Mrs. Obama’s briefing process. Further, she worked continuously to ensure the First Family’s private time was safeguarded and in coordination with the Executive Residence, strived to keep the Obamas’ home life protected.

Mrs. Obama hired Melissa in 2007 as her first staff member on then Senator-Obama’s newly launched presidential campaign.

In a Washington Post profile, Mrs. Obama said, “Melissa has been by my side from Day One. There is truly no one I trust more completely to make order out of chaos and take an idea from inception to execution. For the past decade, she has been one of my most trusted advisors and dearest friends.”

Before working for Mrs. Obama, Melissa worked for then Congressman Norman Y. Mineta for seven years as his Staff Assistant and Executive Assistant before working for Senator Joseph Lieberman. She was Senator Lieberman’s Traveling Aide during his 2000 Vice Presidential run, as well as his Director of Scheduling on his 2004 Presidential race, and served as Senator Lieberman’s Senate Executive Assistant.

Melissa first became interested in politics when she moved to Washington D.C. for a summer internship while an undergraduate at Skidmore College. She made Washington her home the day after she graduated in 1989 with a degree in art history, and has been in D.C. ever since, making public service her profession of choice, and also a core value of who she is.


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