Panelists

Check out the bios of our impressive panelist lineup below!

 
 

Transforming Society: Women in Emerging Technology

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Minnie Ingersoll - COO, Code for America

Minnie Ingersoll is currently Chief Operating Officer at Code for America because she believes that everyone deserves access to basic human services like food, jobs and justice. And she believes that government can build digital services that are simple, easy to use, and serve the people trying to use them.

She started her career as an early product manager at Google where she co-founded the Access team; across-functional product, policy, and engineering team that spun off Google Fiber. She left Google after 11+ years to become COO of Shift, a Goldman Sachs and DFJ-funded company that she founded and scaled to $90M run-rate. In her spare time she volunteers for the city of San Francisco, surfs baby waves, and raises baby people.


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Stephanie Hannon - Chief Product Officer, Strava

As Chief Product Officer at Strava, the social network for athletes, Stephanie drives innovation and connects people with data that inspires them to lead healthy, active lives. Working at the highest levels of Silicon Valley since the 1990s, Stephanie has developed some of the most influential and ubiquitous products of our time. From expanding Google Maps across 80 countries and helping communities around the world respond to natural disasters through innovative tech as a Product Manager at Google, to launching over 100 voter engagement tools as CTO for the Hillary campaign, Stephanie’s roles leverage technology and innovation to build impactful communities. Stephanie began her career launching Gmail, transitioned to Facebook where she built tools for safe communication, and most recently served as Executive-in-Residence at Greylock Partners. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, an M.S.E.E. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


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Andrea Coravos - CEO/Co-founder, Elektra Labs

Andy Coravos (@andreacoravos) is a software engineer and the CEO/co-founder of Elektra Labs, which is building a pre-competitive digital measures projects, and a member of the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Sciences. Formerly, she was a Fellow at Boston Children's Computation Health Informatics Program, and worked as a software engineer at Akili Interactive Labs, a leader in digital medicine and digital biomarkers.

Before HBS, Andy was previously an associate with KKR Capstone where she spent most of her time with National Vision, RigNet, and Sunrise portfolio companies. She also supported KKR’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team, which focuses on driving profitable environmental and social impact programs in KKR's portfolio companies. Andy also worked for McKinsey & Company in Houston and Washington DC, where she focused on small business banking, energy, and healthcare companies.  
She holds a B.S. in high distinction in Economics from Duke University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was the co-founder of CODE@HBS. Along with the executive team, she published two pieces on CODE in HuffPo. One on the importance of digital literacy for MBAs and another on the rise of technical student groups at HBS. She writes about healthcare, software/tech, digital biomarkers, data privacy and governance rights, and more on her blog and in WIRED.


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Dara Treseder - CMO, Carbon

Dara Treseder is the chief marketing officer of Carbon, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company.

Previously she was CMO of GE Ventures, GE’s venture capital arm, and GE Business Innovations, focused on new business creation, new market development and technology licensing. Before joining GE, Dara led marketing and growth efforts at Apple and Goldman Sachs.

As an expert on marketing and technology, Dara has been noted for her knowledge and achievements. In 2018, she was named to Forbes’ “CMO Next” list, which identified 50 individuals redefining the CMO’s role and shaping the future of marketing. Dara was also named by AdAge as one of 2018’s “Women to Watch.” She was called one of the “30 Inspirational Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. magazine in 2017.

A sought-after speaker, lecturer and advisor on the topics of marketing, innovation, growth and creating more diverse workplaces, Dara has delivered presentations and keynotes at several premiere industry conferences, such as those hosted by the Forbes, Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen, INBOUND, the Association for National Advertisers (ANA), and AfroTech, among others. She is a frequent contributor to leading publications, including Adweek, MarketingProfs, The Marketing Insider, CMO.com, and Marketing Daily.

She is also a champion of public health and women's issues, serving on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute.

Dara graduated with highest honors in African and African American Studies from Harvard University and holds an MBA from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two young children.


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Nina Sodhi - Founder/CEO, Bookshelf Builder

Nina is a seasoned startup executive who has built and scaled several early-stage companies.  She is the Founder and CEO of Bookshelf Builder, a recommendation site for children's books.  Nina was recently the COO of Spatial, an augmented reality startup in NYC.  She is an investor and advisor to several startups in Toronto and NYC, spent a few years as an investment banker and was the Founder/CEO of Blu Trumpet, a mobile advertising company.  Nina has an MBA from Harvard University and an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.  


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Julia B. Austin - Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Julia is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. She teaches Product Management 101 and Product Management 102 in the second-year MBA program.

Julia is a board member, advisor and angel investor to several early stage companies and is often called upon as a leadership coach with a focus on the engineering process, staffing and functional operations.

Most recently, Julia was the CTO at DigitalOcean. Prior to DigitalOcean, Julia was the VP of Innovation and the Cambridge Site Director for VMware, Inc., the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other startups and mature companies. She also serves as a Trustee for the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA and is a volunteer for both BUILD and Year Up in Boston. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University's School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.


Journey of Women Leaders

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Wei Moline - VP, Economy Forum Initiative, 3M

Vice president of 3M’s New Economy Forum Initiative, she works across the company to bring 3M’s science and expertise to challenges facing the New Economy. Wei has been with 3M for more than 20 years and has led business teams across diverse markets including health care, industrial and electronics – including serving as vice president of 3M’s Separation and Purification Sciences Division.



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Milan Prilepok - Co-Founder, Negotiations Service Line, McKinsey & Co.

Co-Founder and Global Leader of McKinsey’s Negotiations Service Line, Milan has extensive experience as a coach for C-suite and Executives on negotiation strategies – leading client workshops for 10,000+ participants in over 30 countries globally. Also a faculty at Wharton’s Negotiations course, he conducts research on behaviors that influence negotiations for new offers and promotions, his area of interest including how professionals think about securing mentors and sponsors – particularly on gender related disparities.



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Laura Tulchin - Director, Exiger

Laura is a Director at Exiger, a risk, governance and compliance consulting firm in New York, where she specializes in investigations and financial crime. In addition to her work at some of the world's largest banks and corporates, Laura co-founded the company's women's group, Women's Initiative Networks (Exiger WINs), which is committed to accelerating the career path of female talent at the firm. Prior to joining Exiger, Laura lived in Brazil doing research as a Fulbright scholar and earning her Masters in International Political Theory.



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Dagmar Bryant - Transformation Coach

Dagmar Bryant is a transformational coach with experience driving positive changes across multinationals such as BHP Billiton, Orica and Rohm & Haas. With empowerment as one her key focus areas, she helps clients drive transformation by fostering a sense of purpose, values and facilitating dialogue on actions they can take to have control over a myriad of professional and personal situations.


Diversity in Investing

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Caroline Sherman - Managing Director, Head of Enterprise

Caroline is the managing director and head of enterprise at Quantopian. Prior to joining Quantopian, Caroline was director of product management at InsightSquared, a Boston-based startup where she directed product management of data analytics software and led the launch of new software products. Previously, Caroline worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Prior to joining Treasury, Caroline worked in Goldman Sachs Asset Management's Quantitative Investment Strategies team. While there, she managed global asset allocation strategies in mutual funds, interfaced with institutional clients on hedge funds and separate account investments, and helped identify and launch new strategies and funds. Caroline holds a B.A. in Mathematics-Economics from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


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Edith Dorsen - Managing Partner, WomensVCFund ll

Edith is a Founder of Women’s Venture Capital Fund and the Managing Partner of its successor, WomensVCFund ll. At a time when there was little interest in women entrepreneurs, Edith and team recognized the capital gap existing for female founders and launched the Women’s Venture Capital Fund-- driven by the belief that leadership diversity is a major competitive advantage. It was the first VC fund in the country to focus on Series A stage companies in which senior leadership included both women and men. The funds invest in early stage companies that have previously raised significant angel capital, developed their core technology and are demonstrating market traction across enterprise SaaS, consumer internet and educational technology. Portfolio companies include Nvoicepay, Newsela, HopSkipDrive and The Riveter. Previously, Edith was a management consultant at McKinsey, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and senior executive responsible for international business development at Physicians’ Online and Children’s Television Workshop.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government. A native New Yorker, Edith now happily resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest though travels regularly to California and the Northeast to meet with entrepreneurs and investors.


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Suzanne Norris, General Partner, Victress Capital

Suzanne Norris is a General Partner at Victress Capital, a venture capital fund that discovers and invests in companies with diverse management teams. Founded in 2016, Victress Capital currently manages a portfolio of 17 companies, and we continue to actively identify investment opportunities across multiple consumer industries. Prior to joining Victress Capital, Suzanne held several ecommerce and marketing leadership positions at apparel and accessories brands including Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne and Ellie Kai.

Ms. Norris has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Harvard University.  She lives in Cohasset, MA with her husband and three children.


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Payal Agrawal Divakaran - Principal, .406 Ventures

Payal is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she focuses on digital health investing. .406 Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$650M under management. The firm invests in enterprise-oriented startups in sectors including digital health, cybersecurity, and data & cloud. Payal’s portfolio includes Annum Health, Axial Healthcare, Better Life Partners, CloudHealth (acquired by VMWare), ChaosSearch, Event Farm, Jisto (acquired by Trilio Data), Nomad Health, Redox, Trilio Data, WelbeHealth, Wellist, and Virtudent.

Prior to joining .406, Payal was at Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. Prior to her entrepreneurial stint and also while in business school, Payal spent time in Corporate Development at Eventbrite.

Prior to HBS, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston. She sourced and executed on deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, security, and internet spaces. Payal started her career pursuing technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in NYC.

Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT. She is a Boston native, and she and her husband, who is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and daughter live in Cambridge.


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Pavithra Mahesh, Vice President, Apax Partners

Pavithra Mahesh is a Vice President at Apax Partners, where she focuses on investing in healthcare services and IT globally. Prior to joining Apax, Pavithra was a healthcare investor within Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investing Area and started her career within Goldman’s investment banking division. Pavithra holds a BA in Behavioral Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


The Rise of FemTech: Finally a Focus on Women’s Health

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Terry Stone - Managing Partner, Oliver Wyman HLS

Terry Stone is a Managing Partner in the Dallas office of Oliver Wyman and leads the firm’s Global Health & Life Sciences Practice. She is also the Global Chair of the firm’s Inclusion and Diversity efforts and a member of the Oliver Wyman Executive Committee. Terry specializes in developing strategies to transform clients for the shift to value and consumer-centric healthcare across health payer, provider, pharmaceutical and biotech clients, as well as health enablement companies. Terry also oversees Oliver Wyman’s Health Innovation Center.

Relevant experience

  • Post-merger integration re-design for a healthcare company. A client initially “integrated” a healthcare services acquisition and subsequently purchased additional smaller complimentary companies, but had largely left them operating independently as part of a larger portfolio of capabilities. Our work focused on driving true integration including leadership and product line integration and rationalization, sales and solution integration and design options and planning for call center consolidation, workflow integration, and preliminary recommendations for next-generation systems/platform integration needs

  • Launched a new line of business for one of the 3 largest banks in the world. This project created a new consumer direct investing business and needed to be seamlessly integrated into the retail and investment banking operations. The project involved the design of new consumer-direct capabilities and the selection of a range of 3rd party solutions as well as overseeing integration into core bank transaction systems and customer platforms. The project ran over 20 months and I oversaw a team of 250 which included bank employees, new hires, 3rd party vendors and 3 consultancies.

  • Led multiple strategy assignments across lines of business including Medicare Advantage, Commercial Accts (NA and small group/mid-market, as well as individual lines). Have done work on product design, care management redesign, and channel strategies.

  • Developed multiple value based healthcare provider and payer collaboration strategies. Extensive value-based contracting, network design, and also created JVs between a provider system and a payer. Also have led work to help providers implement ACOs and associated care model redesigns.

  • Led work for multiple health systems focused on developing a transformation roadmap to enable them to compete in a value-based healthcare environment. Work included designing and standing up ACOs, supporting contracting, clinical redesign, physician alignment, and prioritizing  market segments and developing commercial strategies for “productizing” their value-based solutions.

  • Developed value based care strategies for a range of HIT and consumer services companies. Project work included market trends and opportunity space identification and prioritization, as well as offering/solution development, identifying future points of strategic control and developing an investment business case. Client is actively implementing and has used the immediate work product to protect current accounts against new competitors.

Terry has a BA in Chemistry from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at The University of North Carolina.


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Monica Belsito - VP, Product Development, LOLA

Monica Belsito is VP, Product Development at LOLA. In this role, she is responsible for the brand's evolution from a tampon subscription service to the first lifelong brand for women.

Prior to LOLA, Monica was Sr. Brand Manager at Dollar Shave Club (DSC) where she developed and launched new sub-brands, categories, and products to execute on DSC's mission of owning the men’s bathroom, culminating in DSC's $1B acquisition by Unilever.

Monica began her brand management career at Colgate-Palmolive through the Global Management Development Program (GMDP). Following her rotational programs with the Walmart sales team and Global Homecare team, she managed various pieces of the US Oral Care and US Personal Care businesses.

Monica holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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Kate Torgersen - Founder & CEO, Milk Stork

Kate Torgersen is founder and CEO of Milk Stork®, the first breast milk shipping service for business traveling, breastfeeding moms. Launched in August 2015, Milk Stork provides working moms with everything they need to ship or tote their “liquid gold” home to their babies. For progressive, family-friendly companies, Milk Stork provides an in-demand employee benefit that helps attract, retain and supports working mothers.

As a full time, working mom of three kids, Kate was committed to breastfeeding all of her children for the recommended 12 months despite the many challenges of pumping at work. In 2014, when faced with a four-day business trip, she struggled to get her breast milk home to her eight month-old twins. After returning from her trip with two gallons of breast milk and eight pounds of melting ice, she was determined to create a solution. Within a year, she launched Milk Stork, effectively lightening the load—both physically and emotionally—for countless hardworking, business traveling, breastfeeding moms across the U.S. Fueled by grassroots word-of-mouth among moms, Milk Stork quickly became in-demand, employee benefit with many of the country’s leading companies and firms.

Kate’s mom-led innovation and entrepreneurship have been chronicled in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, Lifehacker, Fortune and Travel + Leisure. In 2016, Kate was named one of Red Tricycle’s “Power Moms of the Food World” and, in 2015, Business Insider named Milk Stork, one of the “19 Coolest Companies in San Francisco”.

While launching Milk Stork, Kate was senior executive communications manager at Clif Bar & Company. From 2000 to 2007, she served as the company’s national field marketing manager. Prior to joining Clif Bar, Kate chased her wanderlust to the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she worked as an archaeologist and wild land firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. In the winter, she was a professional ski instructor at Squaw Valley–Alpine Meadows ski resort.

Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and she earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. When she isn’t working, playing with her kids or picking up Hotwheels, she is running or pursuing her quest for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.


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Kat Stillman - VP of Operations, Prelude Fertility

Kat Stillman serves as vice president of operations for Prelude Fertility, the fastest-growing network of fertility centers in the US.  Prelude is on a mission to educate women and men about their reproductive health and provide them with the best options, science, and care so everyone can have the opportunity to be a mom or dad when they are ready.

Prior to Prelude, Kat worked as the director of operations for DaVita’s home-based dialysis clinics in the San Francisco area, and at PwC as a consultant in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences practice. She received her MBA from Harvard Business school and her BA from Dartmouth College.


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Gina Nebesar - Chief Product Office, Ovia Health

Gina Nebesar is the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Ovia Health. Trusted and loved by millions, Ovia is the daily companion for women and families as they navigate their reproductive health and motherhood journeys. 

Gina is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur. She started her career as a production line manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and went on to found Automatic Apparel, an automated retail company selling electronics and basics through vending machines located in transportation hubs. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gina is also a mother of two and an avid Ovia user and ambassador, connecting with millions of Ovia moms and empowering them to take control of their health and lives.


Diversity in the Public Sector

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Cynthia Orellana - Director, Office of Community Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Cynthia K. Orellana’s professional trajectory is reflective of her passion and commitment for inclusive and collaborative practices, bridging the opportunity divide, and driving systems change.  She is the Director of the Office of Community Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which seeks to identify, strengthen, and create collaborative, high impact, reciprocal community partnerships that advance the university’s mission as Boston's public research university. Previously, she served in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration in the roles of Assistant Commissioner for Access and Success Strategies at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and as Director of the Commonwealth Corps and managing grassroots initiatives in the Governor’s Office. Cynthia has nearly fifteen years of experience as a public servant at the state and federal level.  Professional experiences include community organizing, advocacy, community development, voter engagement, cross-organizational partnerships, policy and planning, and developing startup initiatives.

Cynthia serves on City Year Boston’s Board of Directors, and was a Founding Board Member of Chica Project, created to grow the pipeline of inter-generational Latina leaders. Most recently, Cynthia was recognized by Get Konnected’s 25 Influential Millennial Leaders of Color and Amplify Latinx’s list of 30 Amplifiers for the Latino community in Massachusetts in 2018; and among 100 most influential people in Massachusetts to the Latino community in El Planeta Newspaper’s 2017 Powermeter list.

She is the youngest of four children, the first generation born in the United States, daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and first in her family to attend college. She holds a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University. She is a doctoral student in the Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She was born and raised, and still resides in Cambridge, MA.


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Paola Ramos - Host, Latin-X and Weekly Contributor, Telemundo News

Paola Ramos is the host of VICE’s new digital show, “Latin-X,” and a weekly contributor for Telemundo News. Throughout these platforms, Ramos uses media and digital outlets—both English and Spanish language—to spotlight the voices of young Latinos, break down stereotypes and mobilize the community towards civic engagement. Ramos is also a fellow at Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs’ foundation. In this role, she has spearheaded various grassroots campaigns that use art, media and organizing to target young Latinos.

Prior to this, Ramos was the former Deputy Director of Hispanic Media for Hillary Clinton, as well as a former political appointee in the Obama White House and an Obama 2012 Campaign staffer. Ramos received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Remezcla, VICE.com and PopSugar.


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Jenifer Pinkham - Founding Partner, Phifer Pinkham, LLC

Jenifer Pinkham is a founding partner in the law firm of Phifer Pinkham, LLC.  Jenifer's areas of expertise include employment law, civil, business and probate litigation, probate administration, including guardianships and conservatorships, special education advocacy and appeals, and intellectual property, including licenses, trademarks and copyright.

Jenifer advises privately owned, closely held, family owned and non-profit businesses on employment related matters, including hiring, wage issues, leave issues, employee classification, discrimination and termination.  She also drafts and reviews employment contracts and restrictive covenant agreements, including non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements.  Auditing employment documents and employment practices is a large part of her practice.  She has successfully represented business clients before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Division of Unemployment Assistance, Department of Revenue, Division of Professional Licensure and Department of Labor.

On behalf of individuals, estates, corporations, partnerships and non-profit organizations, Jenifer has successfully handled litigation matters involving real estate, business contracts, partnership disputes, consumer protection, will contests and employment related claims.  She has successfully tried many cases before the Superior and Probate Courts in Massachusetts, and argued before the Appeals Court several times. She has also practiced before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  Jenifer also successfully resolves disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Jenifer is a frequent lecturer and speaker on various employment law topics.  She also is hired to conduct training sessions and seminars for businesses to instruct owners and their staff how to handle various employment law issues in the workplace.

Jenifer currently serves on the Board of Directors at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the Board of Directors at South Shore Stars.  She is also active in political campaigns, including as Treasurer for a State Representative’s campaign committee.

Jenifer worked in state government for five years prior to entering private practice, and continues to be active in political campaigns.


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De’Ara Balenger - Co-Founder, Maestra

De’Ara is a disruptor, creative, and strategist for brands and organizations on social impact, partnerships, philanthropy, and community engagement. She recently co-founded Maestra, a women’s thought leadership cooperative and social impact agency.

Prior to Maestra, De’Ara spent over a decade in public service, she worked in the criminal justice system in South Florida, ran the Philadelphia Youth Commission, worked on two Presidential campaigns, and was a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State, primarily serving as Special Assistant and then Senior Advisor to Cheryl Mills, Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In the last presidential election cycle, De’Ara was the Director of Engagement for Hillary for America, where she forged strategic and creative alignments. She was the spark to activating the creative community, leading to creative fundraising opportunities and cemented a roster of millennial influencers, celebrities, activists, entrepreneurs, designers and artists that the campaign tapped into for support.

De’Ara was a National Organizer and Strategic Advisor to the Women’s March,  and named a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year for her role in the Women’s March. She is co-chair of the Board for the Lower Eastside Girls Club, active supporter of the Women’s Prison Association and a fundraiser for progressive political candidates. 

De’Ara has a B.A. in Black Studies from Macalester College and  J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Paola Ramos.


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Monique Dorsainvil - Public Policy, Facebook

Monique Dorsainvil works in Public Policy at Facebook, leading engagement to third party think tanks, advocacy organizations, and civil and human rights organizations. Prior to joining Facebook, Dorsainvil served in the Obama Administration for seven and a half years, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. During Dorsainvil’s tenure at the White House, her responsibilities ranged from working with grassroots advocates, private sector leaders, celebrity influencers, and local and federal elected officials to lead outreach efforts and create social impact campaigns with communities across the country.

Prior to this role, Dorsainvil served as the Director of Planning and Events for the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs where she planned international travel and strategic, large scale engagements for former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. In this capacity, she developed campaigns to advance engagement priorities for signature issue-based initiatives, including Criminal Justice Reform, Health Care Access, Women’s Leadership, LGBTQ Rights, and Stem Education.

Before joining the White House, Dorsainvil worked  in the Georgia General Assembly as a legislative aide to former Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Dorsainvil is a native of Los Angeles, CA, and matriculated from Emory University with a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Global Health.


The Gender Experience

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Marc Grau-Grau - WAPPP Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Marc Grau-Grau is a WAPPP Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He has a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Using mix methods, he explored the benefits of fatherhood involvement for fathers themselves and their jobs. He has obtained a MA in Political and Social Sciences from University Pompeu Fabra and a degree in Business Administration from ESADE Business School. Marc also serves as a researcher at Universitat International de Catalunya. His research interests focus on work-family balance, gender equality, fatherhood involvement and flexible policies. He is a coeditor of the forthcoming books: The New Ideal Worker (Springer) and Elevating Fatherhood (Springer).As a WAPPP Fellow, he is examining how men and women negotiate and use flexible work arrangements in their organizations and how structural, gender dynamics and social norms affect the use of such policies.


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Lacey J. Hilliard, Ph.D. - Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University

Lacey J. Hilliard, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Hilliard’s research takes an applied developmental approach to helping children navigate difficult topics. She has worked with children, families, educators, and practitioners in lab- and community-based partnerships. Specifically, she studies children’s gender development and how adults can help children think about and respond to gendered (and other social group) biases. Her work also examines the potential for programs to promote prosocial development via conversations through media and technology. She was a principal investigator on the Arthur Interactive Media Buddy Project, a collaboration with WGBH-Boston, and is currently leading the Quandary Curriculum Project, which is designed to help educators facilitate challenging conversations about ethical decisions through digital game play.


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Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. - affiliated faculty member, Stanford University

Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is an affiliated faculty member at Stanford University where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development in the Program in Human Biology. Her research highlights boys’ relational strengths and boys' healthy resistance against gender norms that undermine their connections to themselves and to others. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys (New York University Press, 2014), which focuses on boys at early childhood, and co-editor of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (New York University Press, 2004). She is an ambassador for The Representation Project, which works to create a world free from gender stereotypes and social injustices, and she is chair of the Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee at the Movember Foundation, which helps boys and men to live healthier, happier, longer lives. She is also the mother of a fifteen-year-old boy.


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J.G. Boccella, EdM - Co-Founder, FierceWomen, and author of Bring Your Strength

J.G. Boccella is on a mission to support women leaders. His work describes a new paradigm for leveraging the “hidden demographic” of men in leadership positions who are ready to actively support women leaders. Co-Founder of FierceWomen, and author of Bring Your Strength, J.G. Boccella is a consultant, speaker, facilitator, artist, musician, and social change catalyst with over 15 years of experience at the nexus of art, education, and advocacy.

Bring Your Strength Is an epic call to men to co-lead and co-create with amazing women leaders, and to do it from a place of true strength.

J.G. holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. He is a recipient of the YWCA Pittsburgh Racial Justice in the Arts Award and has appeared at an diverse array of organizations including The Consortium for Public Education, The CORO Center for Leadership, The Mayor’s Council on Youth, Presidential Classroom, universities, corporations, high schools, churches, as well as on radio and television.


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Dr. Christin L. Munsch - Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

Dr. Christin L. Munsch is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut and an expert on gender, work, and family. In particular, her work examines contemporary constructions of masculinity and critically investigates how men live gendered social lives in the context of gendered power relations. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and the Journal of Marriage and Family, as well as covered in mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, CNN and The Huffington Post. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University, and held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.


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Colleen Ammerman - Director, Gender Initiative

Colleen works with the faculty leadership of the Gender Initiative to support a research community and a platform for disseminating practice-relevant insights for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations. She oversees the Initiative’s staff, operations, and activities, including student and alumni engagement, programs for companies, and research conferences. She is a member of the Life & Leadership After HBS research team, an ongoing longitudinal study of Harvard Business School alumni which examines the influence of gender and race on their life and career outcomes. She has authored various teaching materials and articles and is currently at work on a book manuscript about gender and career in the 21st century.


Building an Executive Team

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Rudina Seseri - Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies. With over 17 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in enterprise SaaS, IT software and data, marketing technologies and robotics. Rudina’s portfolio of investments include AUTIT, Celtra, CHAOSSEARCH, CrowdTwist, Inrupt, Plannuh, SocialFlow, Talla and Zylotech. Rudina is a Harvard Business School Rock Venture Capital Partner and Entrepreneur-In-Residence, serving for 5 consecutive years. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College.

Rudina serves as a member of the advisory board for GSK Consumer and the Philanthropy Board for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.


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Martha Goldberg Aronson - Corporate Board Director, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., Methode Electronics and CONMED Corporation

Martha Goldberg Aronson is a Corporate Board Director currently serving on the board of directors of Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSII), Methode Electronics (NYSE: MEI) and CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD). Goldberg Aronson also served on the board of directors of Hutchinson Technology (NASDAQ: HTCH) from 2010-2016. Previously, Goldberg Aronson was executive vice president and president of Global Healthcare at Ecolab, a $500 million business.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2012, Goldberg Aronson was senior vice president and president, North America, at Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the healthcare industry. In this position, she was responsible for a $1 billion business.

Earlier, Goldberg Aronson served as senior vice president at Medtronic, a $20 billion company with 85,000 employees. Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through medical technologies, services, and solutions. Throughout her 18 years with Medtronic, she held numerous positions in general management and led several functions both in the

U.S. and Europe. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association where she is the President.

In 2009, she received the Women in Business Industry Leader Award from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. In 2014, she was named one of the 35 Most Influential Women in Healthcare in Minnesota. Recently, she was named one of Minnesota’s outstanding corporate directors for 2016 by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Goldberg Aronson graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. At Wellesley she was named All-American in Division III tennis, as well as Academic All-American. She earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Goldberg Aronson lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Dan, and their three sons.


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Laila Partridge - Serial Entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive

Laila is a serial entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast growing technology companies. Over the past 12 years she has founded and lead a range of start-ups from communications technology spin-outs out of Caltech and MIT to innovative mobile and SaaS companies in retail and sustainability.  Laila has strong operational and technology innovation training from her tenure at Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital arm.

Laila was an investor and group manager during Intel Capital's formative years, investing in early enabling technologies such as RIM (the first mobile email provider) and in Red Hat and VA Linux (early leaders in the Linux/Open Source market).  While at Intel, she was also part of the executive team that launched Itanium® microprocessor family; her formation of the Intel® 64 Fund provided the basis for a Harvard Business School's case study.  Since leaving Intel in 2006, Partridge has led four technology start-ups as CEO. She specializes in inception to $10M in revenue, in SaaS business models, and in IP licensing.  Her board experience reflects this focus with extensive experience representing Intel Capital's investment interests and as the operating executive board member.


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Christine Spadafor - CEO, SpadaforClay Group, Inc.

Christine Spadafor is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, Inc., a Harvard Square management consulting firm. She is an Independent Director of a $3B NYSE-listed corporation and is the Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Christine also is Managing Director of Coltala Holdings, a diversified holding company. 

A former partner in The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Christine has extensive experience building and developing executive teams in domestic and global corporations. In collaboration with the Business Section of the American Bar Association, DirectWomen selected Christine as one of the nation’s top 20 female attorneys with business expertise.


Christine is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars—lecturing on board governance, gender equity, adaptive leadership, and other issues central to the empowerment of women. She is a Visiting Executive at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she lectures on Strategic Leadership. Other recent engagements include Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and an international women’s leadership conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School. 

A lifelong advocate for vulnerable and at-risk populations, Christine has deep expertise in nonprofit governance, leadership, and team building—developed as a not-for-profit CEO, board member, and advisor. For nearly 10 years, Christine directed a nonprofit serving abused, abandoned and homeless children. Earlier in her career, she served as a United Nations advisor in China—consulting on public health and sustainable environmental issues. She currently is advising Synapse—an early-stage nonprofit providing social support networks for individuals with brain injuries. 

Christine received a JD from Harvard Law School and a ScM from Harvard School of Public Health. In recognition of her professional accomplishments and community contributions, Christine recently was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Connect with Christine Spadafor on LinkedIn and @cjspadafor on Twitter 


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Mei-Mei Tuan - Managing Director, Trewstar Corporate Board Services & Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Notch Partners LLC

Mei-Mei Tuan is a Managing Director of Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a boutique search firm that specializes in increasing board diversity. Mei-Mei Tuan is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Notch Partners LLC, a leading provider of human capital services for institutional private equity funds. Prior to founding Notch Partners, Ms. Tuan built a successful career leveraging expertise in finance and general management.  As a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, she structured and arranged billions of dollars in financings for infrastructure and real estate projects both in the US and in developing countries. While obtaining her MBA, Ms. Tuan was awarded a public management fellowship to work at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington DC, a US government agency that provides equity investment in developing countries.

In the mid to late nineties, Ms. Tuan served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Sierra Club Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank, both major non-profit organizations based in San Francisco.

Ms. Tuan has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College. She currently serves on the Boards of: The Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBBK), Fintech Acquisition Corp. III, The Clara Maass Medical Center and its Foundation and Montclair Kimberley Academy. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia Care New Jersey. In the past, she has served on the Boards of: Friends of Thirteen (WNET), the Museum of Chinese in America (Co-Chair), the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, the New Jersey Women’s Forum, the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Network (NJN). 

A native of New York City, Ms. Tuan is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School.  She resides in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two children.


Technology for Social Impact

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Lucy Caldwell, Chief Strategy Officer + Executive Vice President, Crowdskout

Lucy Caldwell is Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Crowdskout, a CRM and data analysis platform for driving civic engagement. Crowdskout was founded in 2014 with a vision to empower people and organizations to amplify their voices and organize around issues through better use of data and better platforms. A veteran of the campaigns and advocacy industry herself, Lucy has run grassroots, legislative and ballot initiative campaigns in over thirty states and on the national level. She frequently speaks and writes on the collision of technology and issue-moving and what it means for today's campaign and advocacy professionals. A graduate of Harvard University, Lucy resides in Washington, DC.


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Nicole Isaac, Director of North American Policy, LinkedIn

Nicole Isaac is the Head of North America Policy at LinkedIn and manages strategic
engagement with local, state, provincial and federal governments across North America.
Nicole has been with LI for almost 4 years and previously served as Director of U.S. Public Policy where she managed day to day policy and government affairs portfolio, taking on primary responsibility for engaging with the Administration, Congress, and policy-oriented NGOs on issues ranging from privacy and security to workforce policy issues. Nicole joined LinkedIn as the head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships and worked with local, state, federal and international electeds on leveraging strategic information for investments in the 21st century workforce and to provide critical labor insights. Nicole taught international business and geopolitics at Georgetown, and also founded a social impact accelerator, Code the Streets, to increase resources to inner city communities.

Nicole was previously a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Prior to
serving as a legislative advisor to the President, Nicole was Deputy Legislative Director for the Office of the Vice President. Nicole completed her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and also a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, respectively, in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She also completed a Master of Studies (LLM equivalent) in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.


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Patricia Martone Carrolo - Vice President, IBM Global Markets

Patricia Martone Carrolo is Vice President, IBM Global Markets. In this role, she heads IBM's $1.2B Travel and Transportation Industry and serves as Executive Sponsor for one of IBM's largest healthcare clients. Ms. Carrolo is accountable for client success and profitability for the entire IBM portfolio consisting of IBM Watson, Blockchain, services, hardware, and software.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Carrolo was Director of IBM's Integrated Healthcare Services and was responsible for serving IBM's largest Healthcare clients with revenue responsibilities exceeding $1.1B.

As one of the early executives on the IBM Watson team, Ms. Carrolo has held roles as Director of Global Public Sector and Director of Emerging Technologies where she led efforts to develop early partnerships with global IBM Watson clients.

Prior to joining the Watson team, Ms. Carrolo was Global Enterprise Competitive Leader and Territory Manager for IBM General Business, Executive Consultant at IBM's Corporate Headquarters, and Global Alliances Executive for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Carrolo was Product Manager for Medical Imaging Solutions at Hewlett-Packard’s Medical Products Group (now Philips Medical), Senior Consultant at CSC Corporation / Index Group, and Product Manager at Sun Microsystems. As a Dean’s Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, she published several case studies and teaching materials on the subject of Customer Relationship Management.

Ms. Carrolo holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with high distinction, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

She and her husband live in Newburyport, MA and have two daughters.


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Carolina Huaranca, Principal, Kapor Capital

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza is a Principal at Kapor Capital, an early stage venture capital firm. She is passionate about ensuring that people from all backgrounds know how to navigate getting access to capital and advice to ensure their businesses scale. Carolina is a generalist, but the sectors she is most excited about investing in are future of work, future of housing, education, and GovTech.

Carolina began her technology career as a Sales & Product Marketing Manager at SchoolNet; which was sold to Pearson for $230MM. In 2012, she founded Spriggle, a marketplace that helped parents identify science and math inspired products for children ages 3-9. Outside of investing, she is proudest of launching one of the top performing charter school networks in the country now serving over 10,000 kids and scaling the Clubs division of Girls who Code to teach computer science to 2,000 girls in its first year.

Her passion for the Latinx in tech community is evident in her ecosystem building work. She co-founded the first ever Startup Weekend: Latinx in Tech Edition in 2016. Now, in its third year the  Weekends are held in 10 states. The culmination of these national activitations resulted in the first LTX Summit in November 2018 which had 300+ Latinx tech professionals attend.

To date, Carolina has shared her impact investment experience on over 50 stages, including SXSWEdu, SOCAP, Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program, and NPR: How I Built this Summit. She has also been recognized by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) as a Latino Leader and a Cosmo Latina Fearless Award Winner alongside Jessica Alba. She has also been featured in TechCrunch, CNN Money, SF Chronicle, and USA Today.

You can always find Carolina on Twitter @carohuaranca.


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Mina Hsiang, Head of New Market Development, Devoted Health

Mina Hsiang is the Head of New Market Development at Devoted Health, a high growth Medicare Advantage startup, which uses insurance, clinical, and technological capabilities to ensure that seniors get the right care in the right place at the right time, all while being treated like family.      

She has focused throughout her career in applying technology to social issues.  Prior to this role she spent several years in government service- most recently as the Head of strategic technology and a senior advisor to the Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Prior to that she was at the White House where she was an advisor to the US CTO, and led a team of technologists who helped agencies solve mission critical technology problems- including the Precision Medicine Initiative at NIH, The Million Veteran Program at the VA, and was a key player in the turnaround of HealthCare.gov.

Prior to government she led new products for Optum’s Analytics division and before that was a venture investor at General Catalyst.  She started her career building medical devices for developing countries and revamping operations with the Clinton Foundation in Malawi.


Building Businesses from the Ground Up

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Trudie German - Trainer, Author, & Health & Fitness Expert

Trudie supports busy women in reaching their healthy body goals by training ONLY 30 minutes, 3 times per week from home through her Body Envy app.

She's a certified personal trainer who believes that EVERY woman should make time for their health and fitness because without their health, they are useless to things and people whom they care about.

She’s the author of the E-book “How to Finally Get a Flatter Tummy in 4 Weeks” and the creator of "Trudie's 30 Day Abs Jumpstart"

She’s also a Health & Fitness Expert & Speaker, Corporate Wellness Specialistthat offers lunch and learn and workshops. 

PS, she’s a horrible cook 😄


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Jody Greenstone Miller - Co-Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group

Jody Greenstone Miller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Business Talent Group, the leading provider of on-demand business talent for project-based work. BTG enables companies to work smarter, faster, and more flexibly by accessing a curated network of thousands of the world’s best consultants, industry experts, and project leaders.

Previously, Jody was a venture partner with Maveron and served as acting president and COO of Americast, Disney’s digital television venture. She was also Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Deputy to David Gergen, Counselor to the President. She began her career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and was a White House Fellow under President George H. W. Bush.

Jody currently serves on the board of directors of LKQ (NASDAQ) and Imbellus (a privately-held assessment company reinventing the way we measure human potential). She served on the board of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ) for over 15 years until its merger with Strayer Education in 2018; and served on the board of TRW (NYSE) for 10 years until their acquisition by ZF in May 2015. Ms. Miller serves on the advisory board of the Drucker Institute, and on the board of Peer Health Exchange, Inc. She is also a co-founder and board member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy.

An outspoken thought leader on the future of work, Jody has been featured in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Business Insider, The Economist, The Financial Times, CNN, Stanford University, Fox Business and Bloomberg. Clay Christensen in the Harvard Business Review cited BTG as a “disrupter” of the traditional consulting model and Fast Company referred to Miller as a “workplace innovator.” Along with her husband, Matt Miller, Jody wrote the “Big Idea” feature for the Harvard Business Review, “The Rise of the Supertemp” which observers cite as the definitive analysis of the independent professional talent trend. In 2018, she was named to the SIA Global Power 150 list of the top women in staffing. View Jody’s media highlights.

She holds a BA from the University of Michigan with highest distinction and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and winner of the Lile Moot Court competition.


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Annie Scranton - President & Founder, Pace PR

Annie Scranton is President & Founder of Pace PR. She has 8+ years experience as a TV producer at major networks including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC & ABC, where she booked guest appearances for popular shows like Good Morning America. For the past 7 years, Annie has been leveraging this experience and expertise to grow her own agency, Pace PR, where she focuses on getting her clients regular TV and media coverage to build their brands.


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Felice Friedson - President & CEO, The Media Line

FELICE FRIEDSON has been at the forefront of creative media and communication for two decades. A communications major, Felice created a decade-long, nationally-syndicated radio program that brought her in contact with reporting from the Middle East. A seasoned television, print and radio journalist, Felice prides herself in presenting her story in context –whether reporting from Jerusalem, Sana’a or Ramallah.

In 2000, Felice developed the concept for The Media Line Ltd., an American news agency specializing in coverage of the Middle East which became one of the most prolific content providers to the region and around the world. Under Felice’s direction, The Media Line has become a primary source of reliable news and information to both the public and private sectors with a strong emphasis on economic coverage from Israel and Palestine.

Capitalizing on The Media Line’s reputation for credibility and complete reporting, Felice in 2005 established The Mideast Press Club, which has brought more than 200 Israeli and Palestinian journalists together as professionals. Felice has been recognized as a leading proponent of press access. In 2010, Felice foresaw the need for an initiative to support and empower Women in Mideast Media – an effort that became enormously important with the onset of the “Arab Spring.”

Felice has interviewed the leaders of the Middle East, from Mahmoud Abbas, Salam Fayyad and Riad Malki; to Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres; to officials of the Yemeni government. She served for a year as interlocutor between Israeli and Palestinian government officials negotiating the issues of press freedoms.

Passionate about journalistic standards, Felice has since launched the Press and Policy Student Program, two-track initiative in partnership with colleges and universities world-wide to provide the next generation of journalists and policy-makers the experience of working one-on- one with a mentor who is a seasoned pro in a working newsroom in one of the world’s most contentious regions.

Recognizing her role in creating an agency of unsurpassed credibility in one of the world’s most volatile and untrusting regions, Felice was honored to be named a delegate to the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Conference in New York. She has been twice nominated for the Charles Bronfman Prize – notably pursuant to a nomination submitted jointly by both Israeli and Palestinian journalists; and is a 2010 recipient of the Global Citizen Award from Orphans International.


Thriving in a Dual-Career Relationship

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Demeatria Boccella - Independent Global Arts and Philanthropy Professional

Demeatria Boccella, independent global arts and philanthropy professional, supports creative excellence by pursuing fresh ideas and programmatic innovation. She instigates, commissions, convened and otherwise seeks to build communities at the intersection of arts conceptualization, funding, management, performance and education. As founder of FashionAFRICANA, Ms. Boccella is focused on Broadening the Standard of Beauty and cultivating a more life-giving and globally aware approach to African-inspired fashion and culture. Ms. Boccella provides the artistic vision for FashionAFRICANA, which has grown from a regional event to one with national and international reach and appeal. Her most recent work includes the production of Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter on Black Cinema in 2018 at the Heinz History Center - and the curation of Costumes of The Wiz Live exhibition celebrating the work of Tony Award winning costume designer, Paul Tazewell. Designers, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and many other artists have joined the FashionAFRICANA fold.


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J.G. Boccella - Co-Founder, FierceWomen, and author of Bring Your Strength

J.G. Boccella is on a mission to support women leaders. His work describes a new paradigm for leveraging the “hidden demographic” of men in leadership positions who are ready to actively support women leaders. Co-Founder of FierceWomen, and author of Bring Your Strength, J.G. Boccella is a consultant, speaker, facilitator, artist, musician, and social change catalyst with over 15 years of experience at the nexus of art, education, and advocacy. 

Bring Your Strength Is an epic call to men to co-lead and co-create with amazing women leaders, and to do it from a place of true strength.

J.G. holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. He is a recipient of the YWCA Pittsburgh Racial Justice in the Arts Award and has appeared at an diverse array of organizations including The Consortium for Public Education, The CORO Center for Leadership, The Mayor’s Council on Youth, Presidential Classroom, universities, corporations, high schools, churches, as well as on radio and television.


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Lauren Coyle - Division Vice President, DaVita

Lauren Jobe Coyle is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Business School who graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.  Before earning her MBA, she worked as an associate consultant at Bain and Company and in operations at SCORE! Educational Centers, a division of Kaplan, where she worked to revolutionize education, one child at a time.

As a Division Vice President at DaVita, Lauren manages three regions of 42 clinics, a book of business worth over $155M.  She leads over 700 teammates and has the privilege of serving nearly 3,200 patients.

Although she is a seventh generation Texan, Lauren moved to North Carolina in July 2010, with her husband, John, a law professor at UNC Chapel Hill.  Lauren and John have three young children, two daughters and a son, whom Lauren is trying to get to love the Dallas Cowboys as much as she does.


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Meghan Fennell - Founder, The Spark Collective & Senior Manager, Global Sponsorships Marketing at Deloitte

Meghan is the founder of The Spark Collective, a hyper-local, intergenerational organization whose programs educate, inspire and build community among women.  She brings a deeply held passion for supporting women in business, leadership and society. 

Currently a senior manager on Deloitte’s brand strategy and platforms team, Meghan leads the creation and activation of key global sponsorship investments. Previously, Meghan managed Deloitte’s Women in Leadership strategy for the UK and also managed Deloitte's global strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum out of the London office.  For nearly six years she worked with the Monitor Group in Cambridge, MA where she helped build and grow Monitor Talent, a global network of cutting-edge academics, authors and executives.  She was also the co-lead of the Monitor Women's Network in both Cambridge, MA and London.  

Meghan was a public relations specialist with the Racepoint Group in Boston and, previously, helped launch the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative event in New York, convening more than 1,000 global executives, heads of state and non profit organizations. She is also a CTI-trained coach. With a long standing commitment to advancing gender equality in the world, Meghan’s ambition is to build communities that empower women and girls.  Meghan lives north of Boston with her husband, two children and their dog Pippa.


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Pooja Kumar - Partner, McKinsey & Company

Pooja Kumar, a Partner in McKinsey’s healthcare practice, focuses on health systems multi-lever operational transformations as well as growth and partnership strategies in markets experiencing payment reform. She also co-leads the firm’s knowledge development on physician strategies, including improving access to care; alignment strategies between physician practices and systems; and assessing physician behavior and attitudes on innovative payment models and risk.

Over the past 10 years, Pooja has worked with nationally-leading academic health systems and medical schools as well as a range of national for-profit and regional non-profit health systems. For example, Pooja has recently led a comprehensive cost- and revenue-side transformation for a nationally-renowned academic health system and a broad multi-market growth strategy for a for-profit system, including service line growth, partnerships, and capital investments. She also supported a top-tier medical school in developing a portfolio of cost and revenue opportunities to achieve financial sustainability, and developed an initial business plan for a large public healthcare agency focused on innovative care delivery and payment models.

Pooja holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, interned at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and earned degrees from Oxford and Duke universities. She has worked extensively in refugee health with UNHCR (Congo-Zambia border), Save the Children (East Timor), UNICEF (India), the International Rescue Committee (Azerbaijan), and Doctors without Borders. She remains active on non-profit boards in the international health space.


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Marilou McFarlane - President, North America, STATSports Ltd.

Currently leading the launch of N. Ireland-based STATSports’ new consumer GPS tracking technology in North America, Marilou is a successful leader and startup veteran in the sports tech business, passionately building brands, partnerships, revenue and shareholder value for innovative solutions that change the game. Inspirational coach and teammate, putting new businesses in new markets on the map with a competitor’s fire, as a 3:06 marathon runner and former UNC varsity athlete. Founder of Women in Sports Tech, a nonprofit formed in 2017 to drive growth opportunities for women at all stages of their careers throughout the sports tech and innovation landscape. Happy wife of a fire captain and proud mother of 2 daughters who captained their UNC soccer teams and played professionally, one now at Harvard Medical School and the other a brand manager at Microsoft.


Who owns Diversity and Inclusion?

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Yai Vargas - Diversity & Inclusion Strategist

As a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building marketing strategies and community engagement programs, Yai spearheads opportunities for Fortune 100 corporations seeking to develop programming among their diverse employee resource groups.

She is passionate about sharing her industry knowledge, as a public speaker, on various topics such as executive presence, personal branding, LinkedIn and Latina leaders in the workplace. Yai’s extensive corporate and agency experience in diversity, public relations and multicultural communications have allowed her to add tremendous value to the automotive, sports, non-profit, health and financial services sectors. Some of her current clients include: NBC, HBO, S&P Global and CNBC.

Yai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Marketing Certification from New York University. Her philanthropic initiatives include sitting on the board of The Latino Commission on AIDS’ Business Leadership Council where she consults on fundraising, social media and marketing.

Yai has also successfully leveraged her education and professional experience to establish herself as a self- proclaimed LinkedIn and networking ninja teaching others how to develop strong relationship management skills. This includes establishing The Latinista where she gathers and empowers Latina professionals in New York City, Miami and Chicago to upskill in career and leadership development via dynamic workshops.


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Dominica Groom Williams - Vice President, Office of Inclusive Engagement at Freddie Mac

As Vice President, Office of Inclusive Engagement at Freddie Mac, Dominica Groom Williams leads the company’s Inclusion, Diversity and Community Engagement functions. Her oversight includes diverse employee and supplier recruitment, engagement, development and retention as well as community outreach targeting underserved affinities. As a seasoned and passionate inclusion and diversity practitioner, Dominica focuses on innovative practices to deliver favorable business outcomes. Most recently, she integrated the workforce and supplier diversity functions into one cohesive function, creating a more unified focus, fostering more effective management and driving streamlined execution across the company.

Dominica has more than 15 years of proven experience leading inclusion and diversity programs, as well as global marketing and communications initiatives most recently as Senior Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability (Global Operations) at Marriott International, the world's largest global lodging company. In this role, she led the company to elevated Supplier Diversity performance and global recognition. Prior to this position at Marriott, she also oversaw marketing, change management and communications for various highly-visible company initiatives. Prior to joining Marriott, Dominica worked in the nonprofit sector in a program management capacity.

Dominica is a graduate of University of Michigan. She was named one of Black Enterprises’ “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity,” recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland, by The Daily Record, and recognized as one of Maryland’s top "Leading Women" under the age of 40. She was also named a "Top Influential Leader in Diversity" by the National Association for Minority Companies for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


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Lorie Valle-Yanez - Head of Diversity and Inclusion, MassMutual

Lorie likes to say that her diversity training began at birth. A first-generation American with parents from two different countries; her father was from the Philippines, and her mother is from Nicaragua. She was raised in Hawaii, where multiculturalism and inclusion are a way of life.

Lorie has focused her career on helping companies be more inclusive, more successful, and better prepared to compete.  For the last decade, she has held the position as head of diversity and inclusion at MassMutual, and previously, led diversity and inclusion at ESPN and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Under her guidance, MassMutual has increased the diversity of its customers, employees, financial advisors, and suppliers, and diversity and inclusion results are now measured as part of company performance.

One of Lorie’s key strengths is the ability to translate the "do the right thing" impulse that often drives diversity initiatives into real business benefits, measured by metrics and propelled by clear roadmaps. Serving as an internal diversity and inclusion advisor and partner, she has helped companies like MassMutual, ESPN and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory leverage human capital, solve challenges, grow in new markets, and innovate.  She builds comprehensive leadership-driven strategies from the ground up, and has successfully established these companies as leaders in the diversity and inclusion space. 

Lorie has been fortunate to work among the country's top thought leaders for diversity and inclusion, contributing as an expert panelist to the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and as a former member of the Diversity Collegium to advance the field of diversity and inclusion.

Lorie holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.  She is the recipient of several awards, including Latina Style Top 10 Latina Executives, Black Enterprise Top 100 Executives in Corporate Diversity, and Uptown Professional Top 100 Executives.


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Josette Robinson - Managing Director, Prosek Partners

Josette Robinson has nearly 20 years of experience in Public Relations, working across a variety of industries with a current focus on financial and professional services.

At Prosek Partners, she is responsible for a multi-million-dollar portfolio of clients in insurance, wealth management, real estate and consumer finance, overseeing their public relations, investor relations, crisis communications, thought leadership and social media programs.  

Robinson began her career in the consumer and luxury/fashion PR industries, working on large-scale B2B and B2C campaigns for some of the world’s most well-known brands.

Robinson also leads Prosek’s Culture, Diversity & Inclusion strategy as its D&I Chair, spearheading internal programming and providing insights to clients on their initiatives.  She plays an active role in efforts aimed at increasing diversity within the PR industry and helped lead the communication efforts for the recent book “Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership,” an effort by the PRSA Foundation and Museum of Public Relations, featuring the stories of multicultural executives in the industry.

Robinson is a graduate of The Arthur W. Page Society’s Future Leaders program and a current member of its Page Up organization where she serves as an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She has a passion for philanthropy and is on the board of The HOPE Program, a workforce development program that empowers New Yorkers with significant barriers to employment to lift themselves out of poverty through training, jobs and career advancement. She also founded Prosek’s Corporate Volunteer and Giving initiative.

Robinson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University.


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Kathryn Sayko - Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, PGIM

Kathy Sayko leads globally coordinated inclusion and diversity efforts at PGIM, the global investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for raising PGIM’s profile as an inclusive workplace, and collaborating with senior leaders to foster an environment that  attracts and retains a diverse pool of talent. PGIM’s office of inclusion and diversity oversees strategic inclusion initiatives, collaborates with PGIM’s CEOs and human resource leads on recruiting and retention efforts, works with internal and external advocacy and affinity organizations, and partners with investment industry leaders to accelerate an inclusive culture and diverse talent pool across the asset management industry.

Before assuming this role on September 12, 2018, Sayko served as a managing director on the Prudential Client Management team, maintaining relationships with senior executives at some of Prudential’s largest clients and financial partners. Kathy established a pension de-risking dialogue with large corporate prospects, and managed Prudential’s enterprise-wide objectives with some of our largest financial partners.

Prior to joining Prudential in 2011, Kathy was with J.P. Morgan Chase for 17 years, most recently in their Diversified Investment Banking Coverage group. Here she delivered banking services to clients and was focused on strategic and capital-raising advice, including M&A, capital structure, shareholder and rating agency management, equities, convertibles, bonds and loans. Prior to that, Kathy held leadership roles in J.P.’s Debt Capital Markets, Acquisition Finance, and Loan Capital Markets businesses.

Kathy holds an MBA in finance from New York University, Stern School of Business, and a BBA in computer science from James Madison University. She holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.


Beauty In Diversity

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Natalie Neilson Edwards - Global Director, Inclusion & Diversity at The Estee Lauder Companies

Natalie Neilson Edwards is the Director, Inclusion & Diversity, for The Estee Lauder Companies. Natalie joined ELC in May 2018 upon graduation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MBA in May 2018, becoming the school’s first African-American woman to graduate with the newly established and highly competitive concentration on Business Analytics, which coursework includes coding and statistical computing to solve our world’s top business challenges.

While at Wharton, Natalie was most known for her impact on diversity. Working with the Dean as the Wharton Graduate Association’s VP of Diversity and as one of the only student members of the Diversity Strategy & Policy Task Force, she drafted the school’s first official diversity plan, served as an advocate for underrepresented populations, and doubled the black student population in one year as a result of her student leadership & outreach innovation within admissions. Broomstick Weddings, the award-winning startup Natalie incubated at Wharton, provides wedding planning resources to multicultural couples, and was the only startup interviewed in the New York Times about the multiculturally-focused wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Natalie’s leadership landed her a spot on Poets & Quants’ “Best & Brightest MBAs 2018” list, which profiles the top 100 graduating MBAs globally. Natalie was one of three Wharton students on the list, out of her graduating class of 850.

Prior to attending Wharton, Natalie launched her career in HR strategy at Deloitte Consulting where she implemented HR technology and Diversity and Inclusion strategies for the United States Government.

In addition to her Wharton MBA, Natalie holds a bachelors in finance from Howard University, where she graduated as Female Graduate of the Year.


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Amanda E. Johnson - Co-Founder & COO, Mented

Amanda E. Johnson is the Co-founder & COO of Mented Cosmetics, a digitally native beauty brand targeting women of color. Launched in January 2017, Mented has turned the traditional beauty model on its head by placing women of color at the forefront. The company has been featured in several publications including Essence, Allure, Vogue and Forbes as shepherding a real change in beauty diversity.

A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School, Amanda is excited to be an entrepreneur focused on digital strategy and brand building. With a myriad of experiences in finance, consumer marketing, and digital experience Amanda is excited to craft brand stories and build customer communities.

Amanda is very involved in her community through involvement in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, The Junior League of New York, and The Howard University Alumni Association.


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KJ Miller - Co-Founder & CEO, Mented

KJ Miller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mented, a premium cosmetics brand championing beauty inclusivity.  Since its launch in January 2017 Mented has taken the beauty industry by storm by unapologetically placing women of color at the forefront. The company has been featured in several publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour, and was hailed as having the "best nude lipsticks we've ever worn" by Essence Magazine. Prior to founding Mented KJ spent most of her career working in retail, with a two-year hiatus to attend Harvard Business School graduating in 2014.

While leading Mented's product development and fundraising efforts, KJ has overseen the launch of four successful product lines and led the company in securing $4M in funding. She is passionate about helping women and minorities develop their entrepreneurial visions and navigate the often murky startup world.


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Meghan Maupin - Co-Founder & CEO of Atolla

Meghan has a background in experience design, with focus on making technology accessible to everyday users at companies like Formlabs, Patagonia, and the MIT Design Lab. As the Creative Lead at Formlabs, she worked on the launch of multiple products for mass customization in 3D printing. Meghan is a graduate of MIT’s Integrated Design and Management Program, where she wrote her thesis on the “Social and Environmental Impact of the Skincare Industry.” During grad school at MIT, she co-founded the personalized skin health brand Atolla, along with a data scientist and dermatologist. Atolla leverages machine learning to deliver personalized skincare products using an individual's actual skin data.


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Rooshy Roy - Co-Founder & CEO, aavrani

Rooshy Roy is the Co-Founder and CEO of aavrani, the Indian inspired luxury skincare company.  As a first generation Indian-American, Roy’s upbringing was enriched by gatherings of her community, creating the ancient skincare rituals of India. As a working professional, Roy struggled to find skincare solutions such as these, that were highly effective, yet gentle and non-toxic. In search of an easier way to access all-natural treatments, Roy was inspired to create aavrani.

In Hindi, “rani” means “queen” which is intentionally central to the brand’s broader mission: cross-cultural female empowerment. A Wharton MBA turned globetrotting skincare expert and explorer, Roy is focused championing women by encouraging them to embrace their natural beauty.

Prior to aavrani, Roy was a Private Equity Associate at Warburg Pincus in New York, focused on fundraising, co-investing, and investor relations. Prior to Warburg Pincus, she was an investment banking analyst within the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs, focused on Mergers and Acquisitions of banks and specialty finance companies. Roy is pursuing an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


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Felicia Walker - Founder of ThisThatBeauty

As life-long beauty enthusiast, after 13 years in Corporate Human Resources, Felicia Walker turned her passion into her profession. In 2006, she founded ThisThatBeauty, a top-rated beauty blog and social media platform that extols the virtues of achieving and maintaining good skin. As a highly sought after beauty & skincare authority, Felicia has appeared on daytime television shows such as Dr Oz, The Wendy Williams Show and The Today Show, and she regularly partners with brands to host beauty segments for HSN, QVC and e-vine. Known for her honest, fact-based, and thorough approach to beauty, Felicia has been featured in numerous publications including WWD, The New York Time, Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Ebony, Essence, Elle, In Style, Marie Claire, and NEW BEAUTY. Her skincare expertise is regularly highlighted on trending fashion & beauty sites like Manrepeller, The Coveteur, Byrdie and The CUT. In addition to ThisThatBeauty, in 2015, Felicia co-founded Face Flawless Skin, a digital platform that addresses the specific skincare needs of Women of Color. This platform delivers science-backed skincare information and regularly hosts skincare “clinics” throughout the US.

Felicia often lends her talent to various beauty and lifestyle brands as a consultant and brand ambassador. She exuberantly shares her expertise through social media campaigns, seminars, on-air beauty segments, master classes and speaking engagements.

Felicia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.


Forging a Career in the Energy Industry: A Fireside Chat

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Laila Beavogui - Lead Engineer, National Grid

Laila Beavogui-Koma has accumulated 10+ years of experience in power systems strategy definition, project planning, design and management as well as business process design and improvement. In her current role, she monitors and evaluates Key Performance Indicators, prepares reports and advises the VP of Control Center Operations. She also engages business streams to drive improvements in efficiency and productivity. Prior to this role, she held various roles as a Performance/Process Excellence champion, a distribution asset management and substation engineer.

Laila received her Bsc. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and her Msc. in Power System Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently pursuing her Global Executive MBA at Hult International Business School in Cambridge MA.

During her undergraduate experience, Laila was part of the team that established Binghamton University Engineers Without Borders (EWB) collegiate chapter. Today she is the chair of IEEE Power and Energy Society Women in Power Boston and the clerk of the Greater Boston American Association of Black in Energy. Her areas of interest include: Reliable and Sustainable Energy, fostering a wave of empowered girls and an Africa one day free from energy constraints – a continent she calls home.


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Carine Tamasang - Diversity Specialist, National Grid

Carine Tamasang has 8 years of experience in Inclusion and Diversity. She received her BS in Sociology from the University of Delaware and is currently pursuing her JD at Suffolk University Law School. Carine has worked as a diversity specialist both in the utilities sector and higher ed. At National grid, she oversaw National Grid’s 11 Employee Resource Groups as well as other Diversity related initiatives within the organization aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of diverse employees. Prior to National Grid, Carine worked at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she honed her skills and experience in Diversity recruiting, Equal Employment Compliance and Inclusive workplace practices.


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Barbara Scalia - Senior Principal Nuclear Engineer, Framatome EDF

Barbara has 34+ years of experience with process automation, discrete manufacturing and nuclear power generation.  Barbara is an Electrical Engineer, a TUV-Certified Functional Safety Engineer, and a Nuclear Engineer. Barbara has 20+ years of experience with verification and validation, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in the nuclear power industry.  She has worked extensively with various Nuclear Regulatory Bodies such as NRC, NNSA, STUK, and others, in multiple countries. In that capacity, she has shared her expertise in hazard analyses and mitigation for nuclear power generation and reactor controls-both of Safety Integrity Level (SIL) III, and Safety Integrity Level IV.   

Barbara has worked for several market leading automation suppliers, several major pharmaceutical companies, and with most of the nuclear power producers around the world.  Barbara has led her teams of V&V engineers in their efforts performing control systems verification and validation for multiple nuclear power generating facilities in countries spanning the globe.  She currently is leading teams of Nuclear V&V engineers from the Paris headquarters of the dominant nuclear power supplier in the world.

Throughout her career Barbara has placed mentoring young engineers, both female and male, as one of her highest priorities.  She believes that it is only by living the example she projects, and nurturing and growing similar behaviors in those less experienced than herself, that an organization and its people can thrive.


Woman Entrepreneurs: Why? When? How?

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Helen Lo - Founder and CEO, Lo & Sons

Helen Lo is the founder and CEO of Lo & Sons, a designer and online retailer of premium travel bags and accessories. She started the company with her two sons, Jan and Derek, after becoming frustrated in her search for a lightweight, stylish and functional carry-on.

Born in southern Mainland China and brought up in Macau, Helen earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in Social Welfare Administration from Brandeis University. While raising her sons, and moving frequently with her husband, the noted astronomer Fred Lo, she pursued a career as a community health administrator, consultant and activist. After moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Fred was director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Helen retired and began accompanying her husband on his international travels.

Her futile quest for a fashionable yet practical carry-on bag prompted her son Jan, a product design researcher, to suggest she create one of her own. Helen eventually recruited both Jan and Derek to join her at Lo & Sons, which she self-funded and launched in 2010 at the age of 65.

While she had no prior experience designing travel bags, a commitment to user-centered design became the driving force behind the company’s product development approach.  She and her oldest son Jan spent days in airports observing female travelers struggling with shoulder bags that swung off roller board handles, and fumbling with pocketless black hole totes.  This field research guided the creation of their first products, and this thoughtful design approach is a major reason for the growing popularity of their travel products, which also now includes men’s weekender bags and backpacks.


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Addie Swartz - Founder and CEO, reacHIRE

Addie Swartz is the founder and CEO of reacHIRE and a leading voice on how to support and advance professional women at all stages of their careers. Under her leadership, reacHIRE has grown from a pioneering Boston-based company focused exclusively on the return-to-work market, to a national, broad-reaching platform offering Fortune 500 companies solutions for engaging and retaining early-career women, mid-career women and returning women.

Prior to reacHIRE, Addie founded two female-focused businesses at the intersection of media, technology, and education. The Beacon Street Girls® book series provided positive role models and empowerment for ‘tween girls and was purchased by Simon & Schuster. BrightIdeas® was the first company to leverage an all stay-at-home-mom salesforce to sell children’s educational software and was acquired by a division of Pearson Education.

Addie’s proven track record of identifying early market needs for women has made her an outspoken thought leader, regular media contributor and a compelling speaker at high-profile events and industry conferences. She has been featured in top tier media including Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Time, Boston Globe, Working Mother, NBC News, Thrive Global, Reader’s Digest, as well as many other outlets.

Before becoming a serial entrepreneur, Addie started her career at Bain & Company and built new businesses within Disney, Reebok, and Lotus Development (acquired by IBM). Addie is a graduate of Stanford University, and received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is the proud mother of two daughters currently on their own exciting career journeys through Silicon Valley.


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Edith Dorsen - Managing Partner, WomensVCFund II

Edith is a Founder of Women’s Venture Capital Fund and the Managing Partner of its successor, WomensVCFund ll. At a time when there was little interest in women entrepreneurs, Edith and team recognized the capital gap existing for female founders and launched the Women’s Venture Capital Fund-- driven by the belief that leadership diversity is a major competitive advantage. It was the first VC fund in the country to focus on Series A stage companies in which senior leadership included both women and men. The funds invest in early stage companies that have previously raised significant angel capital, developed their core technology and are demonstrating market traction across enterprise SaaS, consumer internet and educational technology.

Portfolio companies include Nvoicepay, Newsela, HopSkipDrive and The Riveter. Previously, Edith was a management consultant at McKinsey, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and senior executive responsible for international business development at Physicians’ Online and Children’s Television Workshop.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government. A native New Yorker, Edith now happily resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest though travels regularly to California and the Northeast to meet with entrepreneurs and investors.


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Dolores Hirschmann - Strategist and Coach

Dolores is a STRATEGIST & COACH. She helps clients clarify their “idea worth sharing”, design their communication strategies, and implement business growth systems. Her clients become speakers and authors and take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond. She works through group coaching, workshops, one on one coaching, as well as public speaking. Dolores is a writer, TEDx Organizer, and participant in TED conferences. She is a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English, and French and lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.


Beyond Financial Returns: Impact Investing in the 21st Century

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Fran Seegull - Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.  The Alliance works to increase awareness of impact investing in the United States, foster deployment of impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem.

Seegull was the Chief Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—an impact investing donor advised fund.  Seegull also oversaw product development and managed the Global Sustainable Agriculture and Microfinance Plus Notes.

Previously, Seegull was Managing Director at Funk Ventures, an early-stage impact venture capital firm. She also served as Vice President of Business Development at Novica, an online retailer of products made by artisans in developing economies.

Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Investment Committee of Align Impact and on the Investment Advisory Committee of RSF Social Finance.  She tweets at @franseegull.


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Kavita Gupta - Consensys Ventures

At ConsenSys Ventures, Kavita heads a unique VC-Hedge Fund, investing in next-generation Ethereum Blockchain technologies revolutionizing our current systems. Kavita is a recipient of the UN Social Finance Innovator Award in 2015 for being an integral part of the founding Green Bond team at The World Bank. Over her 16 year career she has set up innovative investment funds across East Africa, Middle East, South Asia and most recently in the US through World Bank, IFC, McKinsey and The Schmidt Family Office. Previously she ran a $250M fund aligned with UN SDGs, infusing capital into projects that would provide first-time or low-cost access to technologies around the world. She also founded and headed the World Bank's first innovation fund in 2010, and led mission investing for the family foundation of Alphabet Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt. She sits on the board of advisors of various accelerators and foundations across the world including Google's Social Track accelerator, MIT Solve, Vatican's Right Now Foundation for Impact Investments, the Mandela Foundation and others.


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Anna-Marie Wascher - Founder and CEO, Flat World Partners

Anna-Marie Wascher is the founder and CEO of Flat World Partners, a global investment firm launched in 2015. Flat World builds customized investment portfolios focused on sustainability and impact investments that deliver a competitive market return. She has worked as a member of investment teams for several family offices and investment firms in the US and Europe with over ten years’ experience evaluating investment opportunities in venture and hedge funds.  

She is a venture partner to Aera, a venture fund investing in high growth early stage ventures defined by both purpose and profit, and an advisor for NYU Summer Launchpad for graduating student entrepreneurs and an advisor to TechStars Food to Fork Incubator. Anna-Marie started her career with Accenture as a financial consultant in their London investment banking practice as well as supported Accenture’s socially responsible business arm. In 2009 Anna-Marie left Accenture to co-found Malaika For Life, a non-profit based in Tanzania focused on women’s development and malaria. Previously she also served as a Director at Cantor Fitzgerald. She has an MBA in corporate finance from Boston College, graduating with honors and an BA in finance with honors from University of Miami.


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Kate Ahern - Director, ESG and Communications, Bain Capital

Kate Ahern is Director, ESG and Communications at Bain Capital, where she oversees environmental, social and governance (ESG) implementation; social impact measurement; communications strategies; and citizenship and philanthropy initiatives across the firm. Prior to her work at Bain Capital, Kate was Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of initiatives, including programs focused on impact investing, social enterprise, and corporate responsibility. Previously, Kate managed international development, employee engagement, supply chain development, and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies and US government agencies in emerging markets worldwide. She has a master's degree from American University's School of International Service.


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Cait Reimers Brumme - Director of the Impact Collaboratory at the Harvard Business School

Cait Reimers Brumme is Director of the Impact Collaboratory at the Harvard Business School, a research-led effort to understand and advance issues around “Investing in the 21st Century” including sustainable, ESG and impact investing. Prior to joining HBS, Caitlin was a Director at Social Finance US where she led the first state-issued social impact “bond,” among other financings and projects. Prior to her role at Social Finance, Caitlin worked in management consulting at the Parthenon Group and as a financial analyst at Strategic Value Capital Management, a value-investing hedge fund.  Caitlin holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and a B.A. with honors from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Caitlin Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Excel Academy Charter Schools, a charter management organization serving East Boston and Chelsea. She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.


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Lee Harper - Principal at Southeastern Asset Management

Lee Harper is a Principal at Southeastern Asset Management, an investment counseling firm that manages over $17 billion for global institutions and the Longleaf Partners mutual funds and UCITS funds.  Lee joined Southeastern in 1993. During her tenure, Lee has overseen the management of client relationships, the expansion of the mutual fund business and external communications. She also has served as an Institutional Portfolio Specialist.  Prior to Southeastern, Lee was a consultant at IBM in Memphis and a business analyst in McKinsey & Co.’s Atlanta office.

Lee serves on the Regional One Health Foundation Board as well as the Pyramid Peak Foundation Board in Memphis.  She has been involved with various education-related organizations including serving on the boards of her child’s elementary school and of Bridges, which focuses on leadership and diversity training for youth.

Lee has remained an active alumna of the University of Virginia.  She served on the College of Arts and Sciences Foundation Board for six years and has been involved in each of the Class of 1985’s reunions.  She participated for many years on the Memphis area regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars program, also serving as co-chair.  

Lee graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1985 with a double major in History and Rhetoric and Communications Studies.  She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989.


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Frances Brooks Taplett - Leader, Global People Team and Women@BCG, Boston Consulting Group

Frances leads BCG’s Global People Team, serving the Global People Chair across BCG's four regions.  As part of this remit, she has overall accountability for Women@BCG.

Selected relevant experience in this role includes:

    • Creating the core strategy and overseeing execution for Women@BCG and People Teaming Open & Communications (PTO)

    • Developing priorities for our future HR strategy including diversity, the People Operating Model, strategic placements  

    • Implementing globally consistent programs and tracking results to ensure accountability

Frances has co-authored several pieces looking at Gender, Diversity and has lead a TED workshop on gender and engagement

    • Dispelling the Myths of the Gender "Ambition Gap"

    • Getting the Most from your Diversity Dollars

    • Five ways Men can Improve Gender Diversity at Work

    • How Millennial Men Can Help Break the Glass Ceiling

    • Measuring what Matters

    • Why Women Owned Start-ups are a Better Bet

    • Making the Workplace Work for Dual Careers

    • Winning the Race for Women in Digital

Frances' client work covers a wide range of topics including:

    • Developing diversity and inclusion strategies and empowering women in the workplace

    • Improving support and retention of an evolving talent pool

    • Organizational design, change management and data and metrics  

    • In addition she has spoken at a wider range of conferences and programs including Ted Women, Mass Challenge, The International Bar Association and others

She received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she was a Tuck Scholar with Distinction.  Frances graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics


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Dr. Kathryn Smerling - Clinical Instructor, Mount Sinai OBGYN

Dr. Smerling provides individual adult therapy, as well as comprehensive couples and family therapy. She also specializes in family systems, with an approach that is both inclusive and supportive of children and their needs within the greater picture of the family.  Having begun her career as a nursery school teacher, Dr. Smerling has always been an advocate for children and their education and emotional development. She is an authority in aiding families going through divorce, both as a parent coordinator and as a child advocate, and she is a known expert with families who have children in the autistic spectrum, especially when it comes to working with their siblings.

With extreme commitment to her outside work, Dr. Smerling currently serves as a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai in the department of OBGYN and on the Dean’s Council at the New York University School of Social Work. Previously, she was on staff at Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and was an instructor at Fordham University in the department of Early Literacy. She also served on the Auxiliary Board of Mount Sinai Hospital, on the Council Against Substance Abuse as co-chairperson of the Women’s Leadership Forum-Education Committee in New York, on the Child Care Action Campaign, on the Concerned Parents for AIDS, on the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and on the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She serves on the board of the African Dream Academy, a school in Liberia providing free education and meals to children.

Dr. Smerling completed a Ph. D. from Fordham University, an M.S.W. and advanced training in both analytic and family therapy from New York University, and an M.A. from Cornell University.  Following her M.S.W., she continued her studies with the Extern Program at The Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the National Institute for Psychotherapies (NIP). She is also trained in Jungian Sand Play and Emotionally Focused Therapy. At the Northside Center for Childhood Development in New York City, Dr. Smerling was a Family Therapist where she utilized play therapy with children and their families, while coordinating access to community resources.


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Autumn Manning - Co-Founder, YouEarnedIt

Autumn Manning is a successful entrepreneur and leading expert on employee engagement and building high-performance cultures and teams.

In 2013, Autumn co-founded YouEarnedIt, the award-winning SaaS platform, offering a new approach to the market to enable organizations to prioritize engagement, productivity, and the overall experience for their employees. Autumn led the company as CEO through multiple strategic investments, a 500+ global customer base with hundreds of thousands of end-users impacted through the platform, and finally a strategic acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in 2018. YouEarnedIt is now the world’s most robust employee experience platform.

With a background in human capital management and organizational design, Autumn works with organizations on go-to-market strategies, establishing scalable operating practices, and implementing practices that empower organizations to scale effective organizational cultures to support the pace of operational growth.

Profiled in The New York Times and HuffPost, Autumn’s thoughts on culture and leadership have been featured in Inc., Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and the Economist. Recent honors include being awarded Austin’s Best CEO in 2018, receiving the 2018 Stevie Award for Best Female Executive of the Year, and being named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Best Company Cultures in 2017.


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Ashley Whillans - Assistant Professor, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, Harvard Business School

Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, teaching the Negotiations course to MBA students. Broadly, she studies how people navigate trade-offs between time and money. Her ongoing research investigates whether and how intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect employee motivation and well-being. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service. She is currently part of the Global Happiness Thematic Council in the UAE, the Workplace & Well-being Initiative at Harvard University, and she consults on well-being strategy for various companies and non-profits including The Incentives Research Foundation, Edelman, and Maritz Solutions. Professor Whillans' research has been published in numerous academic journals and she had written about her research for popular press outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She is currently writing a popular press book entitled "Happier Time," which will is set to be published by Harvard Business Publishing early next year.

Professor Whillans earned her BA, MA, and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor Whillans has also enjoyed an acting career, attending London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and appearing most notably in the 2007 comedy film Juno.


Diversity in the Great Outdoors

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Dr. Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT - Founder, Destination Rehab

Carol-Ann's love for the outdoors began during her years growing up in Oregon. She has enjoyed backpacking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hiking and running in mountains and rivers across the country. While in graduate school, she realized her passion to utilize physical therapy to help people with disabilities and chronic conditions engage in the outdoors and in their local community. In 2016 she founded Destination Rehab, a nonprofit organization that takes physical therapy principles out of the clinic walls and into the outdoors. Their focus is to build confidence, independence and improve quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities and chronic conditions.

Carol-Ann received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University and practiced in the Neuro Recovery Center at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital before returning to her home state of Oregon in 2015. She specializes in treating patients with a variety of complex neurologic conditions including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis. Carol-Ann serves as Vice President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Neurologic Section. Carol-Ann and her husband have four year old twins, a four month old baby girl, and an energetic border collie. Carol-Ann is passionate about helping others dream big and gain the confidence they need to enjoy being active and outdoors.


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Courtney Holub - Member, Board of Directors and Adaptive Coach, New England Disabled Sports

Courtney Holub is a member of the Board of Directors and Adaptive Coach for New England Disabled Sports (NEDS). Throughout her five years with NEDS, Courtney has led the peer to peer fundraising efforts of the annual fundraising campaign. She is also an active contributing member of the NEDS Grant Committee, authoring and editing awarded grant applications.

Understanding the importance of sports, Courtney values opportunities to get people of all abilities and backgrounds experiencing the transformative power of the outdoors. Her passion for inclusion was shaped while working alongside teens and adults living with developmental disabilities, spectrum disorders and mental illness.

Courtney has rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu and successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro- bringing both learnings of these cultural and physical experiences to her daily life. Courtney holds a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University in Nonprofit Management with a focus in Leadership. Over the last seven years, she has held multiple roles within nonprofits throughout New England working with vulnerable populations; and continues to hike throughout the White Mountains, surf the Maine coast and coach adaptive sports.


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Gale Straub - Founder, SheExplores.com

Gale Straub is the founder of She-Explores.com, a media platform for curious, creative women who are inspired by time outside. Founded in 2014, She Explores takes the shape of an award winning podcast, blog content, and a namesake book to be released in March. Before starting She Explores, Gale worked in finance and accounting at a venture capital firm in Cambridge and audited at an accounting firm in downtown Boston. Gale lives in New Hampshire and enjoys photography, editing audio, and walking in the woods.


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Shiona B DeCarvalho - Director of Impact and YES Academy, Youth Enrichment Services in Boston

Shiona B DeCarvalho is a Boston native who is dedicated to serving the community. Shiona’s path to youth work started when she spent several months working with children and families in Cuernavaca Mexico. While at Casa Tatic she provided English and Spanish translation services to indigenous language speakers as well as basic math and hygiene lessons for children ages 4-15.

Upon leaving Mexico Shiona moved to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois graduate program. She became 1 of 9 students in the inaugural Youth Development cohort. While in the Midwest she provided program assessments and improvement plans for out of school time organizations and summer camps throughout the Midwest. She graduated with a Master’s in Education Psychology in 2010.

Shiona returned to Boston as the teen director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. During her time with the Club she served on national and regional committees, hosted a youth conference for 500 young people from the Northeast region, and served on the Lower Roxbury Community Youth Workers Committee. She has spent several years educating young people about India and has taken over 20 students abroad. In the winter of 2013 she received the Boston Celtic’s A Hero Among Us Award for her efforts.

Shiona is currently the Director of Impact and YES Academy at Youth Enrichment Services in Boston. Through her work with YES she oversees teen leadership development programming that encompasses outdoor activities including rock climbing, kayaking and skiing as well as all outcomes measurement for the organization.

Shiona, who is a mother of 2 active boys, also serves on several community and academic committees and boards.


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Danielle Williams - Founder, DiversifyOutdoors.com

Danielle Williams is the founder of DiversifyOutdoors.com, a coalition of 29 outdoor digital media influencers and the home of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge; she’s also the founder and senior editor of MelaninBaseCamp.com.

Williams has been a strong advocate for diversity in outdoor adventure sports since 2014 when she co-founded Team Blackstar Skydivers. Since launching Diversify Outdoors in January 2018, she has been busy building a network of organizations, advocates and influencers around the hashtag #DiversifyOutdoors which has since been used over 28k times on Instagram.

As a disabled African American skydiver with over 600 jumps, she's happiest while expanding traditional narratives of who is active in the outdoors. Her love of adventure sports began in 2006 when the Army threw her out of her first plane. Williams graduated from Harvard in 2008 and spent the next 10.5 years in the U.S. Army with deployments to Iraq and the Philippines. During that time, she was influential in growing Team Blackstar Skydivers from six African American parachutists to a diverse, international group of 270 skydivers. She’s been featured in Outside Magazine, SELF, Backpacker, and The Globe and Mail.


Design: Creativity, Production, Impact

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Sabrina Dorsainvil - Director of Civic Design, City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, touch, interact and experience objects, environments and each other. She brings this curiosity to her work as a designer and illustrator. From playful drawings to projects centered around the experience of being human, Sabrina’s work aims to improve the practice of everyday life by working to address complex issues we face daily within areas like housing and healthcare or social and emotional well-being. She has worked with international and local community based organizations, non-profits, large institutions and startups on issues regarding social, spatial and environmental justice. Sabrina currently works for the City of Boston as a Civic Designer with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons the New School.


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Rosa Ji Yoon Hyun - Product Designer/ User Experience Designer, PillPack Pharmacy

Rosa Ji Yoon Hyun is currently a Product Designer/ User Experience Designer at PillPack Pharmacy, designing pharmacy software systems for pharmacists—a radically different approach taken to help people manage multiple daily medications. Born in Korea, raised in Egypt; she’s an artist, maker, traveler, lover of people and diversity, and a proud MassArt Alumna. She not only designs products that balances technical functionality and visual elements to create systems usable and adaptable to user needs, but also seeks out to find creative ways to solve problems that have not yet been solved and ties her work into human rights, sustainability, and social justice. When she’s not designing, she can be found searching for indietronica music to dance to, meeting new people to hear stories they have to share, photographing, camping in the wilderness with her partner, walking around galleries and museums, reading countless books in her indoor plant jungle in Cambridge, or planning her round-the-world trip.


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Sarah Kettles - Director of Research, The Zebra

Sarah Kettles is the Director of Research at The Zebra, an Austin, TX based auto insurance comparison platform. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Texas 4000 for Cancer, and leads an employee resource group for women at The Zebra. Prior to The Zebra, Sarah worked at Airbnb and Facebook where she focused on developing research operations processes for growing research teams and building out a team focused on accessibility of Airbnb's desktop and mobile platforms. Sarah's expertise includes UX research and research and design operations. Sarah earned her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her furry companions Woolly, Tako and Belle and spending time outdoors training for triathlons or backpacking expeditions.


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Emily Rawtisch - Product Design Lead, Spotify’s Personalization Team

What does it mean to be a designer? It means a great many things… more than could be covered in a panel discussion or even a life’s work. For Emily Rawitsch, her career is a great example of how a passion for design can hugely impact a broad number of areas. Rising to the rank of Product Design Lead for Spotify’s Personalization Team (bringing you cool features like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix), her beginnings were rooted in a fine arts degree that she blended with technology in areas ranging from graphic design to user experience design to product design and more. This evolution derives from Emily’s dedication to apply design thinking across all possible domains — business operations, business organizations, and life itself. Everything we do or achieve, or anything we create, happens by and through people. Emily has always centered her work around people. Buying, selling, managing, relationships, parenting… the list is endless. When approached thoughtfully, Emily believes all of these are design problems that present an infinite number of possibilities. She encourages all designers to think big and look beyond the obvious so they can discover meaningful ways to apply design for the greater good.


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Katie Swenson - Vice President of Design & Sustainability, Enterprise Community Partners

Katherine W. Swenson is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer, and educator.  Katie is the Vice President of Design & Sustainability at Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit organization that invests over $1 billion annually in community development. Her work investigates how critical design practice can and should promote economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, and healthy communities. A member of the second class of Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Swenson was tapped to grow and lead the program in 2007, after completing her fellowship with the Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville, Va. Under her leadership, Swenson has recruited and mentored 75 fellows who have gone on to be the next generation of leaders in architecture and community development.  The Enterprise Rose Fellowship has been showcased at Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Center for Architecture and the National Building Museum and recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its groundbreaking work. Katie has 20 years of experience in the theoretical and practical application of design thinking and is a talented global public speaker and thought leader. She co-authored the book Growing Urban Habitats and is a contributing author to Activist Architecture: Philosophy and Practice of Community Design and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. Swenson founded the Charlottesville Community Design Center and has received numerous design and social innovation awards and is on the Board of MASS Design Group.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from The University of Virginia and is currently a member of the Loeb Fellowship class of 2019 at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Her forthcoming memoir, In Bohemia, will be released in the Spring of 2020.


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Jha D Williams - Senior Associate, MASS Design Group

Jha D Williams received her B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University, taught for two years at the Boston Architectural College, and then pursued her M. Arch I at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she returned to her home city of Boston to continue curating and co-hosting her monthly open mic, 'if you can Feel it, you can Speak it' Open Mic Movement, and began working at Sasaki Associates. As a spoken word artist and event organizer, Jha D exclaims that there is pure art is speaking your own truth, and is dedicated to creating spaces for artists, particularly those that are of the LGTBQIA communities of color. As a designer, she urges that design and the built environment are vehicles for equity, justice and social change. In February of 2018, she joined the non-profit organization MASS Design Group where she currently works as a Senior Associate.


Workshop - Communicating with Purpose: Tips for Handling Media Interviews and Delivering Presentations that Make an Impression

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Kirsti McCabe - Managing Director, Finsbury

Kirsti McCabe specializes in crisis and reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, financial communications and strategic media outreach. She has experience helping companies work through complex corporate issues, including financial and regulatory issues, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support. She also has experience developing proactive communications strategies, including strategic positioning, employee communications and thought leadership campaigns. Prior to joining Finsbury, Kirsti spent a dozen years working as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com and Dow Jones Newswires, including eight years as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also has lived and worked in Paris, Brussels and Taipei. Kirsti holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. She speaks fluent French and conversational Mandarin Chinese.


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Amy Gross - Managing Director, Finsbury

Amy Gross is a Principal at Finsbury, where she specializes in developing and implementing public relations campaigns and communications programs for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, health care, nonprofit, technology and media. She has been a member of the firm since 1999. Amy counsels clients on a range of communications strategies incorporating digital and traditional media relations, executive visibility strategies and thought leadership programs. Amy also provides media and presentation training to help senior executives and spokespersons improve their ability to convey key messages in a variety of situations. Prior to joining Finsbury, Amy worked for the Penguin Group where she coordinated national book tours and media campaigns for hardcover and paperback titles from the Viking and Penguin imprints. Prior to that, she worked at Putnam Berkley Inc. where she managed special sales and event logistics for in-store author signings. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College.