Speakers 2013

Timicka Anderson

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Timicka Anderson

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

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Stacy Blake-Beard

Mary Cahill

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Mary Cahill

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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Christine Carter

Janet Cowell

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Janet Cowell

Brooke Deterline

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Brooke Deterline

Marcia Diaz

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Marcia Diaz

John Gerzema

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John Gerzema

Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

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Jai Jai Ramsey Greenfield

Maria Hackley

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Maria Hackley

Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

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Carmen A. Heredia-Lopez

Anita Hill

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Anita Hill

Seema Hingorani

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Seema Hingorani

Nina Lawrence

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Nina Lawrence

Monica Lozano

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Monica Lozano

Carol Moody

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Carol Moody

Natalia Oberti Noguera

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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Engin Okaya

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Engin Okaya

Windy Oliver

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Windy Oliver

Elizabeth M. Smith

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Elizabeth M. Smith

Anne B. Walsh, CFA

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Anne Walsh

Jody R. Weiss

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Jody R. Weiss

Kelly M. Williams

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Kelly Williams

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

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Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Stacy Blake-Beard

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

Professor of Management
Simmons College School of Management

Stacy Blake-Beard is a tenured 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. She 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 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 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.

Mary Cahill

Mary 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, Mary was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Xerox Corporation where she was responsible for developing, recommending and implementing investment alternatives for pension and savings plan assets in excess of $12 billion. Mary was also Chief Investment Officer of the Xerox Canada pension plan.

Mary has 20 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 and an executive member of the Financial Executive Institute’s Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets. She is a member of the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Committee, a board member of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments, a board member of The Institute For Quantitative Research in Finance and a trustee of the Greenwich Roundtable. Mary has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Co-Founder
Gilt Group

Alexandra is co-founder of Gilt, an innovative e-commerce company founded in 2007, offering highly-coveted luxury lifestyle products and experiences to over 8M members. Gilt has over 1,100 employees, ships to 180 countries and sells over 4,000 international brands. As a member of the Leadership Team of Gilt, Alexandra plays an integral role in shaping merchandising, business development, sales, branding, marketing, and social media for the company.

As co-founder of Gilt, Alexandra has assumed multiple roles, taking the company from a start-up to a more mature global enterprise. Initially as Chief Merchandising Officer, she developed a large team of buyers that built out a nimble inventory pipeline to meet increasing consumer demand. Alexandra was Head of National Sales for Gilt City, the division of Gilt that offers daily deals on experiences in entertainment, retail, and hospitality. Currently, as Head of Strategic Alliances, she leads a team that develops and executes strategic brand partnerships and complex B2B programs.

Prior to founding Gilt, Alexandra worked in the luxury goods industry. At Bulgari, she oversaw all retail operations, managing fifteen North American stores. At Louis Vuitton, she managed sales planning and supply chain for the leather goods business, accounting for 70% of revenues for North America. Alexandra’s first job in the retail industry was at Financo, an investment bank dedicated to retail, where she worked as a consultant under Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales.

Alexandra began her career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Based in New York and London, she covered telecom, media, and technology companies throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Alexandra, together with her Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).

Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Alexandra speaks five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian). She has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Japan.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has established herself as an executive, leader, and pioneer in digital commerce, retail, merchandising, sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of three not-for-profit organizations: Dress for Success Worldwide, Fashion Group International, and the Harvard Business School Club of New York. She is dedicated to philanthropy and is involved with charities including: Pro Mujer, Endeavor Global, and the Robin Hood Foundation. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.

Alexandra is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and Women’s Forum, Inc. She has actively participated over the past five years, on several Advisory Boards in technology, fashion, beauty, real estate, mobile, and retail analytics. Alexandra is a mentor for Tech Stars, an incubator for technology start-ups.

Alexandra lives in New York City, her hometown, with her husband and two children.

Alexandra has been featured in many international print publications including, but not limited to: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vogue.

Alexandra makes appearances in English and Spanish on business and consumer news programs on TV networks including: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and Telemundo.

Alexandra has won numerous awards and recognitions, among them:
NBC Latino: Top 20 Innovators, 2013
Cosmopolitan for Latinas: Fun Fearless Latina Award Winner, 2013
Ernst & 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


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