Speakers 2014

Diahann Billings-Burford

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Diahann Billings-Burford

Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD

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Stacy Blake-Beard

Sheri Bronstein

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Sheri Bronstein

Solange F. Brooks

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Solange F. Brooks

Erika Irish Brown

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Erika Irish Brown

Candace Browning

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Candace Browning

Mary L. Cahill

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Mary L. Cahill

Dina DiLorenzo

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Dina DiLorenzo

Gail Evans

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Gail Evans

The Honorable Lucy Flores

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Lucy Flores

Adena T. Friedman

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Adena T. Friedman

Elizabeth M. Hewitt

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Elizabeth M. Hewitt

Erika James

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Erika James

Roxanne M. Martino

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Roxanne M. Martino

Jerilyn McAniff

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Jerilyn McAniff

Terri McCullough

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Terri McCullough

Kristie Paskvan

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Kristie Paskvan

Christine Phillpotts

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Christine Phillpotts

Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

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Dr. Pamela Puryear, PhD

Cristina M. Regalado

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Cristina M. Regalado

Melody Rollins

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Melody Rollins

Kathryn Schulz

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Kathryn Schulz

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter

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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

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Natalie Jenkins Sorrell

Susan E. Tannehill

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Susan E. Tannehilln

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

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Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Carra Wallace

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Carra Wallace

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

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.

Melody Rollins

Melody Rollins

(Toigo Alumna, MIT Sloan ‘01)
Executive Vice President
Head of Institutional Client Management, PIMCO

Melody is an executive vice president and head of U.S. institutional client management for Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO), a global investment management firm with almost $2 trillion in assets under management. As an institutional client strategist, she has worked with corporate, multi-employer, and public pension plan sponsors as well as foundations, endowments and healthcare institutions to deliver customized investment solutions. Prior to her current role, she was head of the corporate client practice in New York. In addition to her client and management responsibilities, Melody is a member of PIMCO’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and on the Board of the PIMCO Foundation. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, Melody held positions in debt capital markets and liability management at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank. She has 19 years of investment experience and holds an MBA with a focus on financial engineering from MIT Sloan. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Melody holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Outside of work, Melody is very active in the community, focusing on organizations and programs that are eliminating educational and health disparities in underserved communities. Toward that end, she currently serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University as well as the Boards of Trustees of New York Academy of Medicine and Coro New York. Melody is an alumni and active supporter of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the Toigo Foundation, and the Council of Urban Professionals (founding member). In addition, she has previously served on the boards of Future Leaders Institute Charter School and the Neighborhood Defender’s Service of Harlem. Melody lives in Harlem, New York with her husband and two children.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter

President & CEO
New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation and the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 – 2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 – 2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994 – 2002. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World,” and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erika Irish Brown

Erika Irish Brown

Senior Vice President
Enterprise Executive and Diversity Recruiting Executive

Erika Irish Brown, Senior Vice President, is Bank of America’s Enterprise Executive Search and Diversity Recruiting Executive. She is responsible for managing the Bank’s external executive search activities and relationships globally, enhancing the Bank’s employment brand in diverse communities and recruiting, on-boarding and developing diverse talent and senior executives firm-wide.

Erika’s 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 2009, Erika 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.

Erika 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-Chairman and Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Nation’s first community development corporation, Director and Leadership Institute Advisory Board Member of the Council of Urban Professionals, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America and served on the Obama-Biden Treasury Transition Team. Erika was honored by the Toigo Foundation in 2011, recognized as one of the Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business in 2013 and a National Council on Research for Women Trailblazer in 2014. Erika resides in Teaneck, NJ with her husband Frank and their 3 sons, Frank III, Evan, and Bradford.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheri Bronstein

Sheri Bronstein

Human Resources Executive for Global Banking & Markets and International
Bank of America

Sheri Bronstein is the Human Resources Executive for the Global Banking & Markets businesses and the Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America regions. She and her team are responsible for the delivery of the human resources strategy and processes for GBAM. Sheri is a member of the Global Banking & Markets and Human Resources Leadership Teams.

Sheri also serves as a member of the company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council which works to keep diversity and inclusion at the forefront for managers. She was selected as a Global Ambassador for Bank of America’s partnership with Vital Voices in Poland. The program brings together influential global women leaders from public and private sectors to mentor women from emerging markets engaged in small businesses and social enterprises. In addition, Sheri is the Human Resources Executive sponsoring domestic violence awareness initiatives on behalf of Bank of America.

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

Sheri is based in New York City and holds an undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 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. Outside of work, Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as skiing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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