Education Reform Challenges and Solutions from All Angles
Location: Aldrich 007
Panelists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives will share their opinions on pressing topics including innovation and educational technology, efficient resource allocation, teacher retention, and the importance of bringing a business lens to education. Come to learn how business leaders and newly minted MBAs can positively impact K-12 education and fueled reform.
Karen Hawley Miles
Founder and Executive Director | Education Resource Strategies, Inc.
Karen Hawley Miles is the founder and Executive Director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources—people, time, technology, and money—so that every school succeeds for every student. Under her leadership, ERS has pioneered a process for quantifying, comparing, and realigning district and school resources for more strategic use. This includes deep work to revise school funding systems, create strategic school designs and improve districts’ professional growth and human capital strategies. Since 2004, ERS has partnered with more than 20 school systems, grown from three to over 40 employees, and now regularly publishes research and practical tools to help education leaders across the country redesign urban systems.
Karen co-authored The Strategic School: Making the Most of People, Time and Money with Stephen Frank, and has authored numerous articles. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute Education and Society Program, and served on the Equity and Excellence Commission for the U.S. Department of Education. Karen frequently presents to local and state leaders, including for the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association and the Council of Great City Schools.
Prior to ERS, Karen worked at Bain & Company as a strategy and management consultant. She has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on the drivers of increased education spending over the past two decades.
Executive Director | Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning
Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry | Brown University
Kathy Takayama is the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. She holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rutgers Medical School. She has carved out an interdisciplinary, international career trajectory, merging her scientific expertise with initiatives in science education, online education and interdisciplinary learning. In 2002, she led the first international online inquiry course in genomics for students across several continents to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled "Visualizing the Science of Genomics". She currently directs Brown’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative together with Brown’s experimental ventures in digital pedagogies.
Dr. Takayama is a Carnegie Scholar and a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). In 2005 she co-founded the National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Professional Development Program for life science educators. She is the recipient of several national and international teaching awards, including the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the US National ResearchCouncil. She has delivered numerous keynotes on e-learning, interdisciplinary learning, integration of art + science education, and visualizations in learning. She is also an International Advisor to the Board for Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
She is Co-Principal Investigator on a 2-year study funded by the Teagle Foundation on Engaging Evidence to Improve Student Learning, and Principle Investigator on an NSF-funded study to develop computational methods for the analysis of effective scientific visualizations.
Chief Administrative Officer | Unlocking Potential
Tim Nicolette has worked in a variety of roles in school management organization and school district leadership, city government, nonprofit management, and strategy consulting. He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Unlocking Potential, a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. He has served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the district and as an Advisor to Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Tim has worked as a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting and led Inspire, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on serving education and youth development nonprofits. Tim received his B.A. from Columbia University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chief of Staff | Boston Public Schools
Melissa Dodd serves as Chief of Staff for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In this role, she provides leadership and direction on organizational development, strategic planning, and the successful delivery of district priorities. Prior to assuming the Chief of Staff role in September 2013, Melissa served as the BPS Chief Information Officer for three years, leading a team of talented professionals to deliver a technology vision and foundation that empowers students in learning everywhere and prepares them for college and career success in the 21st century. Under her direction, BPS expanded access to digital tools, resources, and opportunities for students, including mobile devices, digital media courses, robotics, a new student information system, and now Google’s email and collaboration platform. Melissa began her career in the BPS technology office in 2003, where she has conducted professional development, led strategic planning efforts, and successfully projected managed major district initiatives Melissa sites on the MA Board of Education Digital Learning Advisory Council and plays an active role with the Council of Great City Schools. Prior to joining BPS, she worked at Tufts and Harvard Universities managing academic programs and designing online communities of practice. Melissa has presented nationally on the role of technology in education and published on the use of digital simulations to teach problem-solving in the social sciences. Fluent in Spanish, Melissa has worked and traveled globally, including Spain, Latin America, and South Africa. A resident of Boston, she earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Vice President of Advocacy & Communications | NCTL
Blair Brown leads NCTL’s advocacy and communications teams. She develops the organization’s communications strategy and works with national and state media as the momentum for expanded learning time grows. In addition, she is the National Director of the Time to Succeed Coalition and works closely with key national organizations to build support for expanding learning time.
Prior to her current role, Blair served as the Associate Director of Public Policy for Massachusetts 2020, a state affiliate of NCTL. In that position, Blair helped grow state support for the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative from $6.5 million to $17.5 million in three years. She also has served as legislative director for Massachusetts State Representative Alice K. Wolf and is a veteran of many Massachusetts political campaigns.
Blair earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA in Political Science from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.
Driving Innovations in Technology
Location: Aldrich 009
How does next wave of innovation look like? What are new ways to create value thru innovation? What are key success factors in translating innovative ideas into viable business models? How to build a career around the theme of driving innovation in technology sector? How can female leaders do so by leveraging our own strengths?
Karim R. Lakhani
Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration | Harvard Business School
Karim R. Lakhani is the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities. His research is on distributed innovation systems and the movement of innovative activity to the edges of organizations and into communities. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. Currently Professor Lakhani is investigating incentives and behavior in contests and the mechanisms behind scientific team formation through field experiments on the TopCoder platform and the Harvard Medical School.
Corporate Development Team | Microsoft
Christine is a member of the Corporate Development team at Microsoft, where she focuses on evaluating and executing acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments across all of Microsoft’s business units. Prior to Microsoft, Christine was at Rhone Capital, where she worked on private equity opportunities in middle market leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and partnerships. Christine started her career in investment banking as part of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions team at JPMorgan in New York.
Christine holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University. She currently lives in Seattle and is an avid tennis player.
Director Product Management & Head | Qualcomm ImpaQt
Navrina Singh is Director Product Management and is the head of Qualcomm ImpaQt – Qualcomm’s global innovation program. In this role, Singh is responsible for creating, managing and operationalizing the corporate-wide innovation program with a mission to serve as a catalyst for creating global connections for innovative ideas to flourish and a channel for all employees to bring new ideas forward to impact future technology, product roadmaps and patent portfolio. Singh partners with technology leaders within and outside Qualcomm to ensure the corporation is focused on the right forward-looking challenges and their intersections with emerging technologies to create compelling solutions.
Singh also leads the charter for Qualcommlabs@EvoNexus, the business incubator of CommNexus™, a leading non-profit high-tech trade organization based in San Diego. EvoNexus’s mission is to stimulate the growth of new high technology companies in San Diego region. Singh is an avid supporter and advisor of startup incubators, volunteering in business plan competitions, hackathons and educational workshops.
Singh is also the founder of QWISE (Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering), an organization focused on professional and personal development of women in technology at Qualcomm and in the community.
Head of Brand & Agency Strategy | Twitter
Christine Cuoco leads agency development efforts at Twitter; she focuses on the team's strategy, analytics, marketing, and relationships with independent media and creative agencies. Prior to joining Twitter, Christine spent more than six years at American Express, where she was most recently a director of Global Brand Strategy & Implementation. Other highlights include a short-term stint with Global Merchant Services in London and her brand marketing and customer advocacy work with small businesses at American Express OPEN. Before joining Amex, Christine ran new subscriber marketing for In Style, Parenting, and Real Simple magazines at Time Inc. She began her career at J.P. Morgan Securities, where she developed fixed income investment strategies for institutional clients. Christine has a BA in Math from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Director for User Experience Design | PayPal
Karen is a Senior Director for User Experience Design at PayPal. She’s been working on the intersection of payments & commerce through the design of their online products. Karen has been leading their transformation to customer centered design methodologies to drive innovation more broadly. She brings cross-functional teams together to develop design solutions that balance customer needs with the optimal technology to meet those needs across mobile devices and browsers.
Currently, Karen leads design for products that support mobile transactions for merchants and small businesses. She also is leading the broader design strategy for products that connect consumers & merchants via offers, loyalty and other engagement methods. Karen is expert in designing experiences that are intuitive ways of transacting for global customers.
Previously, Karen led product design for a global division of JPMorgan where her team revamped an entire generation of technology used by the firm’s global client base to perform critical business functions. Before going “client side”, she spent over 10 years in consulting & startup environments from the early days of ecommerce. She is also a deep domain expert in financial services.
Karen has a long track record of helping businesses realize their strategic objectives through design.
Women on Boards
Making it to the Top: Womens’ Path to the Boardroom
Location: Aldrich 011
Few senior women reach the Board of Directors. Our panelists, with extensive experience serving on boards, will talk about their paths to the boardroom, any difficulties they encountered, and how they overcame them. Hear their expert advice on how to advance in your career and eventually reach the Board.
Senior Faculty | Harvard Business School
Myra Hart is a member of the senior faculty at Harvard Business School. She held the MBA Class of 1961 Chair of Entrepreneurship, served as the co-chair of the Entrepreneurship unit, launched the HBS Models of Success initiative, directed major case-writing programs and authored more than 60 cases. She received Harvard Business School’s Greenhill Award for faculty leadership and its Apgar Award for innovative teaching and course development. She co-founded Diana Project and with her colleagues is the recipient of the 2007 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research, the foremost global award for entrepreneurship research. She has also been a visiting scholar at Babson College (2007) and Stanford University (2008).
Prior to joining Harvard in 1995, Professor Hart was an executive in retailing. She began her career with the Jewel Company, and left in 1986 to join the founding team of Staples the Office Superstore where she served as VP of Growth and Development from launch through IPO.
She has served on public and private company boards in the US and Europe. She currently serves as a director of Kraft Foods Group Inc. and Nina McLemore Inc. She is trustee emeritus and Presidential Councilor of Cornell University, retired trustee of Babson College, and a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Elaine Eisenman, Ph.D.
Dean | Babson Executive Enterprise Education
Elaine Eisenman is Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, the number one school in the world for entrepreneurship education.
Currently, Dr. Eisenman is a member of the Boards of Directors of DSW, Inc., Active International and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She is also a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services. For nine years, she served on the board of UST Inc. She is a founding member and member of the boards of Women Corporate Directors and The Belizean Grove. In 2011, Dr. Eisenman was selected by Agenda Magazine as a top 100 Diversity Board Member, and was recently named a “Director to Watch” by Directors and Boards Magazine.
Dr. Eisenman has held senior executive positions at both public companies such as American Express, Enhance Financial Services Co., and The Children’s Place, and private companies such as PDI International, a global consulting firm, & Capital Partners, a retained executive recruitment, management consulting, and venture capital firm, where she was chairman. She has consulted with a number of global companies including BMW, CSFB, Citibank, Marsh, ToysRUs, AT&T, Colgate Palmolive, Pepsi, and others.
Dr. Eisenman’s career includes experience as a business leader and general manager, HR executive, private and public Board member, and organizational consultant. She has written articles in Directorship and Boards and Directors magazines among others, and is co-author of I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business.
Dr. Eisenman earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, and an MS from Columbia University.
Elise Walton, Ph.D.
Senior Partner | CLG
Elise Walton, Ph.D., has consulted to large, global organizations at the highest levels on the critical business challenges they face. Her clients, which include several on the Fortune 500, span a diverse range of industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, telecommunications, software, manufacturing, construction, and education. Her work and engagements focus on:
- Governance evaluation and advisory
- Executive and leadership development
- Strategic organization assessment, design, and alignment
- Large-scale change initiatives and change management
- Innovation and learning strategies and management
Elise holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Bowdoin College. She has served as a Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and as an Associate Professor at the Stern Graduate School of Business.
As a published author, Elise’s work includes books and contributed book chapters, as well as articles in publications such as The New York Times, American Psychologist, The Corporate Board, Harvard Business Review and Annual Review of Psychology. She has presented at several conferences, meetings, and forums, including those of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Yale Governance Forum, and the American Bar Association.
Corporate Board Member and Advisor | Orbitz, Core Logic, Pinnacle Entertainment, & Western Asset
Today Jaynie Studenmund is a corporate board member, serving on four public boards, Orbitz, Core Logic, Pinnacle Entertainment, and Western Asset. In addition, she is on the board for Forest Lawn and chairs their $500 million endowment fund. She is Vice Chair and life time trustee for Huntington Hospital, a regional teaching hospital. Previous boards include public aQuantive (sold to Microsoft) and eHarmony.
Jaynie brings to these boards over 30 years of executive management operating experience and an excellent track record across a diverse set of business environments, including start-up, rapid growth, turnaround, consolidating, internet, regulated, and traditional businesses. She has the reputation for delivering bottom line results and building teams.
Her internet operating experience includes COO for Overture Services Inc. (sold to Yahoo!), the pioneer in paid search, which grew from $100 million to $1.2 billion during her tenure. She gained extensive operating experience during her ten years at First Interstate of CA where she began as the CMO and ultimately became one of the top executives with responsibility for retail and business banking and managed 5000 people and billions in revenue.
Jaynie has a BA in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Wellesley College and an MBA from HBS. She and her husband of 33 years reside in Pasadena, CA. They have two children, a daughter at Dartmouth College and a son in the US Army.
Wenda Harris Millard
President & Chief Operating Officer | MediaLink, LLC
Since 2009, Wenda Harris Millard has been President & COO of MediaLink LLC, a leading strategic advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction to the media, marketing and entertainment industries. She was previously Co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., Chief Sales Officer at Yahoo!, President of Ziff Davis Internet, and a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick. She spent 20 years as a magazine executive at Family Circle, New York Magazine and Adweek. Ms. Millard was named in 2012 one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising in the Last 100 years.” Other awards include: 2011 Springboard Oracle Award; 2009 ad:tech Lifetime Achievement Award; 2006 “Advertising Person of the Year”; AAF Silver Medal and 2005 Matrix Award for “Women Who Change the World.” She has a BA from Trinity College (Hartford) and an MBA from Harvard.
Advisory Partner | Bain and Company, Inc.
Phyllis Yale joined the firm in 1982 and was elected to the partnership in 1987. She has been a leader in building Bain’s health care practice for 30 years.
Ms. Yale has served in a number of leadership roles at Bain, including Chair of the worldwide Compensation and Promotion Committee, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and member of the firm’s Management Board. She ran Bain’s Boston office for six years. She now devotes all of her time to client work.
She has served on 6 corporate boards, and currently serves on the boards of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE); ValueOptions, Inc.; National Surgical Hospitals, Inc; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; The Bridgespan Group; and Cradles to Crayons. She also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Harvard College Visiting Committee, the Advisory Board for the HBS Healthcare Initiative, and the Governing Board of the John Adams Innovation Institute, an economic development institute chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Ms. Yale was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by Consulting Magazine, and was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the top 25 working mothers in 1999. She holds an A.B in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard/Radcliffe College, and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Media / Entertainment
Careers in Entertainment Demystified: The ebbs and flows of working in this fast-paced industry
Location: Aldrich 107
Given that careers in entertainment, be it news, sports media, music, TV, film etc, are so difficult to break into, there is much mysticism surrounding the types of opportunities available for MBA candidates. Our panel today will seek to explore the various ways to pursue a career in entertainment and why our panelists chose the fields they did. Our questions will get at the heart of the dynamics of their work and unpredictable nature of the business. The panel will also highlight challenges facing the industry, such as the decline of print media or brick and mortar record sales with the onset of various digital distribution channels, with the intention of learning how each panelist deals with these very real and quickly-evolving challenges in her respective industry. Finally, we will ask our panelists to speak a little about how what they have learned working in the industry can be applied to the audience and probe them for action steps they think the audience can take in order to find a job that is meaningful to them and hugely meaningful to the companies they join.
Vice President of Children’s Programming | PBS
As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.
Linda’s efforts in transforming PBS KIDS’ lineup for preschool- and school-age children over the past several years have brought PBS to the forefront of the children’s media space. The American public rates PBS KIDS as the most trusted educational media brand for children, and PBS KIDS programs consistently rank number one with moms and in the top five with preschoolers.
Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows that now reach 80% of all kids ages 2-8 in the U.S. Building on PBS KIDS’ mission to offer educational media content to kids across all platforms, Linda also works closely with PBS KIDS’ interactive team to build a cross-platform media experience for kids across all PBS KIDS media properties.
Before joining PBS, Linda was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of "The Powerpuff Girls," among others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series "Rugrats," "Doug" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show."
Head of Digital Marketing and New Business | Interscope Records
I started my career at Sony Music in NYC, as a coordinator in Global Digital Business. I quickly moved up to become an integral part of the team and helped launch SACD; I was the most junior member sent to Austria to oversee the manufacture of the first SACDs (Super Audio Compact Discs). Thus was born my love of the intersection of music and technology, and I have been building my career ever since.
I moved from Sony to FilmMagic, where I handled all paid photographer bookings as an assignment editor, focusing mostly in music. I won the house rights for the first ever CMA in New York City and due to that assignment and the revenue generated, our business reconfigured the business model and we began focusing on paid assignments rather than speculative assignments. FilmMagic was bought out by Getty Images, sparking my interest in business school. I was accepted into the USC Marshall School of Business, where I got my Masters in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduating I came to work at Interscope Records in the digital department, where I have been promoted 4 times in 4 years, and now currently run the department as Head of Digital Marketing and New Business. I am the youngest senior executive at Interscope.
Manager of Musician and Affiliate Programs | Google Play
Caren Kelleher is the manager of musician and affiliate programs for Google Play. As part of the brand launch team, Caren led the development of the Google Play artist hub, which allows musicians to directly distribute their music to over 20 countries without a record label or middleman. She is now building the Google Play affiliate network.
An East Coast native, Caren showed an early interest in the music business. By junior high she had her first big idea: a Beatles' themed restaurant called The Octopus' Garden. (It was such a good idea that The Beatles lawyers threatened to sue her over it). This interest, and a lot of college internships, led her to a career at Paste magazine, where she served as Director of Marketing and grew Paste from a small-run publication to the third-largest music magazine in print. More recently, Caren led business development for the start-up Songkick.
Caren lives in San Francisco and holds a BBA from Emory University. In 2010 she received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she co-authored a case study with Professor Anita Elberse and spent a year helping Sony Music with its digital sales strategy. HBS is also where Caren and her sister founded their band management firm, which currently represents two clients: The Family Crest and The Lighthouse & the Whaler.
Sara Beth Zivitz
Sara Beth Zivitz is a sales, marketing and business development executive and a Broadway Producer. In fall of 2013, she co-produced the Broadway adaptation of John Grisham’s A TIME TO KILL and will co-produce a new, soon-to-be-announced Broadway musical in fall 2014.
Most recently, Sara Beth spent over three years at Groupon, leading the Arts & Theatre business for GrouponLive and developed partnerships with major arts and cultural institutions all over the U.S., including Broadway, touring theatre, dance, symphony, opera and many others. Prior to this role, as part of the business development team, she managed relationships with such media partners as Time Inc., ESPN, MSNBC, Bravo, ABC, and Tribune Company. Before joining Groupon, Sara Beth worked in marketing and business development for NBCU Digital Media where she focused on e-commerce partnerships. Sara Beth has also held roles in strategy and business development at Victoria’s Secret Beauty and as Director of Marketing for PINK Magazine. She began her career in the Business Leadership Program at The Home Depot, focusing on multi-channel marketing and strategic partnerships and leading the Grand Opening marketing efforts for The Home Depot’s first-ever Manhattan stores.
Sara Beth holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics from Duke University. She is a passionate sports fan, foodie, traveler, and frequent Broadway and Off-Broadway theater attendee.
Using Technology to Personalize Travel
Location: Aldrich 108
The Hospitality panel will explore the impact that technology has had on the hospitality and travel industries and how technology can be used to personalize consumer experiences. Panelists will discuss the effect that technology has had on consumer, employees, and business owners, particularly women. They will also consider how customer bases have changed over the years, especially with increasing numbers of women in the workplace.
McMorran Strategists LLC.
Kathy Murray leads a portfolio via McMorran Strategists LLC, which includes business development consulting and angel investments, e.g., Verity Wines LLC, the mid-tier $30M+ wine distributor (Board member 2010-2013) and Legal Simplicity, technology for law firms. She is Chair of Executive Forum Angels, a group of C-Suite level investors. She continues as a Partner of BoardmyBiz.com LLC.
Some of her other affiliations include being a Trustee on the University of Rochester (UofR) Board, Chair of the UofR Nominations & Governance Committee, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Board Member of Harvard Business School Women's NYC Association and Member of the HBS Club of NYC andCommunity Partners.
Her prior work has been primarily at FARO Technologies, PwC and Aetna in sales, marketing and operation roles. She is a graduate of HBS AMP 1993 and the University of Rochester as well as Ellis School for Girls. Kathy's passions include baking and cooking, playing squash, traveling, exploring technology and enjoying time with family and friends.
B.J. Wiley is developing a travel-related business concept that focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She also consults, writes travel articles, and is a manager at lululemon athletica where she helped launch the Chestnut Hill store. Previously, B.J. worked at HEI Hotels & Resorts, a private equity firm specializing in hotel properties. Other professional experiences include Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Citigroup Private Bank. B.J. received a B.A. in History from The University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she was the CEO of SA Ventures - the only student-run business on campus - and where she received the Assistant Dean's award for her leadership. She is an active Board Member of the John F. Kennedy Library’s New Frontier Network and My Sister’s Keeper -- a women led, women-focused, humanitarian group that supports the aspirations of women in the Sudan. She loves to travel, eat quality food, and spend time both in the snow and sun with family and friends.
Laurie Smith Wooden
Chief Marketing & Development Officer | Hostelling International USA
Laurie Smith Wooden is the Chief Marketing & Development Officer for Hostelling International USA (HI-USA), a social enterprise with a mission to build intercultural understanding through its national network of hostels as well as education and community engagement programming. She is responsible for building the HI-USA brand, modernizing its marketing approach, and establishing a fundraising capability to enable HI-USA to expand its reach and influence.
Prior to joining HI-USA, Laurie led the evolution of The Ritz-Carlton’s brand strategy and guest experience to ensure that the brand remain relevant to the needs of the global affluent consumer. She led the evolution of Ritz-Carlton’s proprietary CRM technology, Mystique. She also identified and created new experiences to extend the Ritz-Carlton, including the ultra-luxury Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Laurie also served as Vice President, Luxury Brand Management for Hilton Worldwide, where she was responsible for global marketing and guest experience for the Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands. Laurie began her hospitality career with Marriott Senior Living Services, where she was responsible for developing differentiated programs to meet the needs of seniors and their adult children.
Laurie holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from State University of New York at Buffalo. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Joe. An expatriate Buffalo Bills fan, Mrs. Wooden has season tickets for the Baltimore Ravens.
President & Founder | Bettina Network
Marceline Donaldson is the President and Founder of Bettina Network, a lifestyle community which allows guests to stay at carefully selected private homes across the country, as well as facilitates estate sales and runs a School for Entrepreneurs. Donaldson, the product of five generations of women entrepreneurs, was as one of the first women in Harvard Business School's Executive Programs in 1971, in addition to her affiliations with New York University, University of Minnesota, the Episcopal Divinity School, and Boston University's School of Theology. Donaldson started her adult working life as a concert pianist and, realizing that was not going anyplace for an African American woman at that point in time in the United States, then began a search for something where race and sex did not play the deciding role in her economic future. She worked across a range of industries – a consulting firm in Minneapolis, Minn, a short-term stint as an Architect, an Auction Gallery/Design Studio/ Antique Shop, a dog kennel devoted to breeding and showing Pekingese – before landing on her current venture, a Lifestyle Community which brings all of her past learnings and experiences together.
Trish Perez Kennealy
CEO | Artistry Boston
After graduating from Harvard (1992) and HBS (1997), Trisha pursued a career in investment banking. She served as Vice President at Roberson Stephens in London, and then left investment banking to pursue her lifelong dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu. She received her Le Grand Diplôme and threw herself into sharing her enthusiasm for food and hospitality with others. Her first foray into culinary entrepreneurship was with a catering and event-planning business called Artistry. Since then, she has developed new food and hospitality ventures. This year she opened two new businesses: The Inn at Hastings Park, a boutique luxury inn and fine-dining restaurant in Lexington, MA, and Artistry Kitchen, a bistro-style restaurant and gourmet market in Franklin, MA.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Trisha is very involved in her community. She has served as a Lexington Town Meeting Member since 2003 and recently joined the town’s Tourism Committee. Trisha is also passionate about education and cancer research philanthropy. She is Vice Chair of this year’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party and is a Year Up Mentor. Trisha married one of her HBS classmates, Mike Kennealy, and lives with Mike and their three children in Lexington, MA, the same town that Trisha grew up in.
Reunion 1 | Life at W51: Students Discuss the State of Gender at HBS today
Location: Aldrich 110
A unique opportunity for alumni to hear what life as a woman is like at HBS today. Want to know if the NY Times article about gender was an accurate reflection of life at HBS today? Come ask students whatever is on your mind!
Founder & CEO | Mavens & Moguls
Paige Arnof-Fenn is the Founder & CEO of Mavens & Moguls, a global marketing firm she started 13 years ago and is the subject of 2 HBS case studies. Previously she was the first ever CMO of Zipcar as well as Inc.com before it was sold to Bertelsmann and Launch Media before it went public and was sold to Yahoo. Paige started her marketing career in brand management at Procter & Gamble and was the Asst CMO at Coca-Cola under Sergio Zyman. She was also Director of the 1996 Olympic Coin Program at the Dept of the Treasury and won the prestigious Hammer Award there. Paige is a founding board member for Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology and is the first woman ever to Chair the Board of Trustees at the Sports Museum at the TD Garden. She is the past Chair of the Stanford Alumni Board and currently the Appointed Director from HBS on the Harvard Alumni Board. She is serving her second term on the HBS Alumni Board and is a record 3 time President of the Stanford Club of New England. Paige currently Chairs the WSA Advisory Board and is a popular speaker and writer. She has written monthly columns for both Entrepreneur and Forbes. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford and received her MBA from HBS.
Career Switching 101: Taking the First Step
Location: Aldrich 008
Business professionals are more likely than ever to switch jobs and careers over their lifetime. What inspires individuals to switch careers? How did they determine what they want to do next? How does one successfully 're-start' in a new role, job, or industry? Panelists will share their personal experiences switching their careers.
Director of Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship | Harvard Business School
Meredith McPherron is the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. The Center serves as a hub for entrepreneurial activities on campus and interfaces with entrepreneurial alumni throughout their careers. Meredith’s focus on entrepreneurship has spanned her 20 year career in business. Early in her career, she worked on new ventures within core and emerging franchises of established corporations, such as Goldman Sachs, General Mills, and Guinness Import Company to expand their service and product offerings with new sources of revenue. Later in her career, she also worked within and as a consultant for several start-ups. Meredith served as the VP of Marketing for Direct Hit Technologies, a search engine start-up that employed unique algorithms to find relevant and accurate information based on the activity of users. When Direct Hit was sold to Ask in 2000, Meredith established her own consulting practice and worked closely with several start-ups focused in the internet and mobile space including Trip Advisor, Catalyst Online, Salary.com, Buzzwire, Open Ratings and several others on marketing strategy, product development, and go-to-market planning and execution. Meredith has also worked on her own internet application in the digital identity and edtech space.
Meredith received her A.B. from Harvard College (1989) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1993). She is an active mentor for several entrepreneurial teams in a variety of industries and serves on the Board of Trustees at The Meadowbrook School. Meredith lives in Weston, MA with her husband and three children.
Barbara McGill is a management consultant who implements strategic initiatives by working with executives who have a vision for strategic change but need help driving it down the organization. She brings order to chaos producing fast superior results. Barbara’s work is targeted at end-to-end process improvement, complex program management, and addressing internal barriers that affect the customer experience. She has consulted to leading corporations from a wide variety of industries including American Express, HP, Humana, Gale Cengage and Zales. In one assignment at Colchester Consulting Group, she helped introduce business experimentation and Behavioral Economics into a Fortune 100 health insurer to significantly change consumer health and reduce costs.
Previously Barbara was Director of The Concours Group’s Custom Education Group, specializing in creating and managing custom executive education programs, as well as directing customer experience research and analysis, financial analysis and best practice research. She managed several multi-client executive leadership programs on issues of interest to senior executives.
Before consulting she had cross-industry experience in the healthcare and insurance fields and built her own multi-million dollar national nutritional supplement marketing and distribution company. She is past President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB) and the Harvard Business School Women's Association (HBSWA), and is currently on the Alumni Board of the Harvard Business School Women's Student Association.
Founder & Chief Instigator | Jennifer Suarez & Associates
Jennifer Suarez is the Founder and Chief Instigator of her own firm, Jennifer Suarez & Associates, specializing in executive coaching and business consulting. She works with executives and entrepreneurs to help them across a range of career issues from charting their career to building the roadmap for their legacies. She also works with businesses to help them implement strategies, fix their operations, and grow their business. Her passion is realizing the potential in people, ideas, and companies. She is currently finishing her first book.
Prior to launching her own firm, Jennifer was recruited by CBS to be their Senior Vice President, Workforce Development, a position created for her by the CEO and EVP of Human Resources and Administration. In the new role, she led and oversaw the functions of recruiting, succession planning, learning & development, performance management, and diversity initiatives across all CBS businesses.
While at CBS, Jennifer also supported helping causes dear to her heart: women, minorities and students. She led CBS’s corporate relationship with The Emma Bowen Foundation for Minorities in Media, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NYC, and The Harlem Children’s Zone.
Before joining CBS, Jennifer was a leader in Deloitte’s Media & Entertainment practice where she headed the firm’s relationship with CBS and Viacom. Previously, she led national executive-level recruiting teams for Accenture and founded a Corporate Strategy Practice for Smith Hanley Associates.
Jennifer began her career as a corporate, banking & taxation attorney at Thompson Hine LLP in Columbus, OH and remains a member of the New York & Ohio State Bar Association. She graduated from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University with a Juris Doctorate, Order of the Coif, and a B.A. in Business Administration, with Honors, from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.
Vice President & Transformation Leader | IBM Global Services
Kris is an experienced executive with 25 years of management consulting, auditing and financial analysis experience. She currently leads IBM’s Transformation Center of Excellence, as an expert in large-scale business transformation associated with business process and system integration efforts. Expertise and focus includes strategy consulting, business development, Value Realization/financial engineering, change leadership/organization change, and technology-driven transformation/IT strategy.
Kris has held numerous leadership roles within IBM’s Global Business Services organization. Prior, she was a Management Consulting Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which was acquired in 2002 by IBM. Past roles include: IBM Internal Transformation Programs Leader, Midwest Region Consulting Leader, Global Value Creation Leader, North Americas Strategy and Market Development Leader, Global Organization and Change Leader, and Practice Area Leader.
Prior to IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Kris was a Managing Consultant with Gemini Consulting, and before that, an Internal Auditor with Consolidated Electrical Distributors. Industry focus includes high technology, consumer products, industrial products, retail, telecommunication and banking.
Kris currently serves as a director on two corporate boards, Great Western Bank, where she is also on the audit committee, and Windward Reports, as a board member. She is the Programs Chair and on the Compensation Committee for ASME (Association of Mechanical Engineers), serves on the Harvard Business School Women’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the White House Commission for Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Kris received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, Psychology and Business Administration, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).
Libbie MacEvoy Fritz
Manager | Deloitte Consulting LLP
Libbie Fritz is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She has 5 years of experience consulting Fortune 500 companies in strategic planning, innovation, business operations and human capital strategy. Her work spans across a range of industries including consumer products, tech media & telecom, healthcare, and financial services.
Ms. Fritz is founding member and 3-year board member of Pencils of Promise (PoP), a for-purpose 501(c)(3) that builds schools through an innovative, local community sustainability model across Asia, Central America, and Africa. Since its inception in 2009, PoP has built and opened over 200 schools, numerous of which were the result of Ms. Fritz's direct fundraising efforts.
Ms. Fritz holds a master's degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School (HBS), second year honors, and a bachelor's degree from Brown University, magna cum laude.
While at HBS she served as Co-President of the Women’s Student Association (WSA). She is a current member of the HBS WSA Alumni Advisory Board and active alum for the Friends of Brown Field Hockey Board. Ms. Fritz has run in five marathons in which she raised over $20,000 for charity and enjoys volunteering her time through pro bono consulting, female mentoring, and charter school tutoring.
CFO | Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
Cynthia has recently joined the Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. as their CFO. The Environmental Defense Fund has a staff of over 450 and budget of nearly $150 million – an increase of over 50% in the last three years – and currently operates in 4 countries. This follows her move to the non-profit world in 2010 when she joined the Council for Economic Education as their Interim CFO/COO partnering with Nan Morrison, HBS MBA ’87, CEO, in a turnaround situation. Previously, Cynthia spent over 14 years at Merrill Lynch and almost 7 years at Citigroup both in a variety of finance, treasury and operations roles.
In addition to her role at EDF, Cynthia is a member of the board and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) where she was the impetus for forming a now very dynamic women’s initiative. She is also a member of the audit committee of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the board of the Wellspring. Finally, Cynthia was a founding member of the HBS Women’s Association of NY and is a past president of the organization.
Cynthia has BA from Smith College and an MBA from HBS. She has two daughters – one a registered nurse working in a hospital in Rochester, NY and one a Fulbright Scholar working in Dubai.
Attracting and Retaining Customers in a Dynamic Landscape
Location: Aldrich 007
As the retail industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, attracting, retaining and satisfying customers is more important than ever. Join us to learn how retailers think about understanding and connecting with their customers and how they leverage these insights to build successful businesses.
Avni Patel Thompson
Senior Marketing Director | Julep, Inc.
Co-Founder | Papaya+Post
Avni Patel Thompson (@APatelThompson) is a chronically curious brand marketer, with over 14 years of experience in brand management, retail and strategy consulting across North America, Europe and Asia. She is passionate about companies that innovate in their connection with consumers. Currently the Sr. Marketing Director at Julep Inc., her love of building enduring brands has taken her from Procter and Gamble and the Boston Consulting Group to adidas and Starbucks, with a highlight of her experience being a year spent in Shanghai, China.
Avni is also the co-founder of papaya+post (papayaandpost.com), a lifestyle e-commerce brand that is reimagining how cultural heritage is shared with the next generation, simply and beautifully.
Avni has an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BSc. Chemistry from the University of British Columbia. She lives with her husband and 2 year old daughter in Seattle, WA.
Founder & President | MLC Enterprises
Grace has nearly 20 years of experience and has spent the majority of her career in consulting. She is the Founder and President of MLC Enterprises, a marketing consulting firm based in NYC. Prior to founding MLC Enterprises, Grace worked for Kantar Retail as a Managing Director for the Americas Consulting Practice, where she sourced, negotiated and sold engagements to a number of Fortune 500 clients across industries and geographies. Her specialty lies in leveraging customer loyalty data to market more effectively at retail. Her consulting career also spans stints at Deloitte and at Viant, a start-up Internet consulting firm. Prior to Harvard Business School, Grace worked in investment banking and at PepsiCo.
Principal | Bain & Company
Liza Lefkowski is a Principal in in Bain & Company’s Boston office and a member of the Global Private Equity and Retail Practices. She joined the firm in 2003 as an Associate Consultant, but has also held positions at Bain Capital and Talbots, Inc.
Both Liza’s Private Equity and corporate experience has focused in retail and consumer packaged goods. She has led over 30 diligence and portfolio assignments on assets in grocery, restaurants, apparel and consumables; evaluating growth prospects, profit improvement opportunities and portfolio strategies. She has advised retail and consumer-goods corporate clients on general strategy issues (growth, mergers & acquisitions, competitive tactics) and long-term implementation engagements (post-merger integration, operational improvement).
Liza has also worked in the non-profit space, most recently on developing a strategic and operational plan, grounded in multiple funding scenarios, for a local education organization.
Liza graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a degree in Computer Science and Economics. While at Brown, she played Varsity Lacrosse and studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. After four years at Bain, Liza attended Harvard Business School, graduating with her MBA in 2009.
DMM of Beauty | CVS Caremark
Maly’s career has been shaped by opportunities to advise and to do. Originally from Canada, she started at Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group in Toronto, then moved into retail operations as the Director of Non-Fiction at Indigo Books & Music Inc., before joining McKinsey & Co in their Retail Practice. As part of McKinsey’s Global Rotation Program, she has advised retail and FMCG clients on Marketing & Sales opportunities in Canada, US, UK, Europe, Russia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In August 2013, she joined CVS Caremark to run the Cosmetics & Skincare businesses. With her team of Category Managers, she is responsible for the Strategy, Assortment, Pricing / Promotions, and Customer Experience in Beauty. She is highly motivated by collaborating with colleagues who inspire her, defining strategic differentiation, and bringing ideas from concept to shelf. She has an MBA from Harvard and an undergraduate Honours Business Adminstration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Maly lives in the Greater Boston Area with her husband Ethan and 1.5-year-old son Covell. She loves making appetizers and desserts, reading historical non-fiction and biographies, skiing downhill and cross-country as well as cycling long distance.
Failure to launch – why more women don’t start business and why they should
Location: Aldrich 112
Today women earn almost 60% of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 51% of doctoral degrees. Female participation in MBA programs has grown fivefold since the 1970s. Yet women still own less than 30% of all businesses and only 16% of businesses with paid employees. What gives? There are a lot of real obstacles to starting your own business, but why are women particularly underrepresented when it comes to entrepreneurship? We’ll speak with successful (and at times unsuccessful) female entrepreneurs and ask them how to survive at every stage in the daunting lifecycle of a startup. How do you win the fight for funding? How did you make it through the growing pains? How can we leverage our unique traits as women to stand out and succeed? And finally, at the end of all the struggle, why is being an entrepreneur so rewarding and so worth it?
Faculty | Harvard Business School
Janet is on faculty at the Harvard Business School where she teaches entrepreneurship in both the MBA program (Field 3) and in Executive Education (A New Path). She is also the faculty chair of the Women’s Founders Forums, a group dedicated to helping women found and grow start ups.
Janet Kraus is also CEO of Peach, a company that is changing the way women feel about themselves by bringing them better fitting and more thoughtfully designed intimate and basic apparel in the comfort and privacy of their own home.
Janet is also on faculty at the Harvard Business School where she teaches entrepreneurship in both the MBA program and in Executive Education. She is also the faculty chair of the Women’s Founders Forums, a group dedicated to helping women found and grow start ups.
Prior to her role at Peach and HBS, Janet co-founded and sold two companies in the high-end travel and leisure industry. Circles (sold to Sodexo in 2007) is a concierge and events company, and Spire (sold to Perfect Escapes in 2010) was a high end travel and leisure social resource of curated and user generated content
As an entrepreneur and CEO, Janet has been involved in every stage of the entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.
She and the companies she has lead or advised have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times. She has been a speaker at conferences and educational institutions on the subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, building teams, vision, values leadership, happiness and life planning.
Janet is a recipient of Boston's 40 under 40 and was a finalist of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Circles was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce.
Her background prior to entrepreneurship included a stint in consulting in the technology practice at Temple Barker and Sloane and a year working in Brazil for a non-profit educational organization.
Janet received a BA from Yale University in Political Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
An entrepreneur's advocate, Janet sits on the board of directors of three start-up companies and the Board of TABL (The Alliance for Business Leadership). She currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and twin 6 year old daughters.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer | Plum Alley
Deborah Jackson is the founder and CEO of Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women’s innovation, and a Founder of Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies. After graduating from Columbia Business School and joining Goldman Sachs, Jackson started her finance career focusing on health care clients and moving into health-care focused internet and tech companies. Jackson’s time on Wall Street fueled her desire to see more women succeed and her experience evaluating software and technology companies, forging partnerships and raising capital were each instrumental in building the online properties she has launched in the last two years. Over the past decade, she has invested in early stage companies in the tech and healthcare fields, many of which are founded by women. Jackson’s initiatives and properties have a common goal: to champion women to become builders of technology, companies and their own wealth.
Chairman | Springboard Enterprises
Chairman & CEO | Koplovitz & Company
Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network and the Sci-fi Channel and the first woman network president in television history. She is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas, which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. In 2000, Kay co-created Springboard Enterprises, a national organization that fosters venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies. Companies selected and presented by Springboard Enterprises have raised over $6.2 Billion and have had positive liquidity events for investors, including IPOs. Kay counts among her accomplishments the Presidential appointment as Chair of National Women’s Business Council (1998-2001). She is the recipient of numerous awards and inductions for her leadership accomplishments in the areas of Media and Entrepreneurship. Kay presently serves as Chairman and CEO of Koplovitz & Company. She also serves as a board member of Fifth & Pacific Cos. (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.), CA Technologies and a board member of ION Media. She serves as trustee of The Paley Center for Media as well The University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters & Science. She holds a master’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Emerson College, St. John’s University, Michigan State University and Canasius College.
CEO & Founder | BlackLine Systems
Therese Tucker started BlackLine in 2001 when she merged her two talents and passions, technology and finance, into a successful business endeavor. She was the sole initial investor in the company – a true entrepreneur! Therese’s passion, persistence and effort paid off with BlackLine ranking No. 15 on the annual list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal. BlackLine also was named to Software Magazine’s annual list of the 500 largest software providers in the world three years in a row and to the Inc. 500/5000 for the past six years, joining the ranks of Microsoft and Patagonia.
Therese was originally focusing on providing a wealth management solution to First National Bank of Nebraska when they expressed frustration over the manual process of reconciling the books. Therese went to work developing an automated solution for account reconciliations and re-shifted the company's focus to address the need in this un-served market. In 2008, Therese led the company’s shift to a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) business model. BlackLine revenues have since been up by more than 50 percent annually under Therese's direction.
When she founded BlackLine, Therese brought more than 25 years in financial accounting and technology development experience to the company, having previously served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at industry giant SunGard Treasury Systems. As CTO at SunGard, Therese headed up product development for SunGard’s five corporate treasury systems, managing over 200 people in six locations, in four countries. Outside of her career with SunGard, Therese developed a tax/wealth planning software tool that has been marketed to tax preparers and CPAs (certified public accountants) since 1998. Therese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois.
Founder & Creative Director | Clare V.
As is custom with most good things, Clare Vivier began making bags in response to a need. While working for French television and busy traveling, she noticed a lack of functional yet fashionable laptop cases. She decided to fabricate her own, which quickly parlayed into the creation of her now eponymous handbag line. Since then, she has collaborated with Theory, Steven Alan, Wren, & Other Stories, GOOP, and Apple, among others. Clare attributes her sense of chic simplicity to her strong connection to France, where she spends a significant amount of time every year with her son and French documentarian husband, Thierry Vivier.
Clare's designs marry classic French glamour with minimalist L.A. cool in a line of handbags and clutches that are utilitarian while still being stylish. Clare has developed a design principle that is timeless and yet her aesthetic is bold, always taking into consideration the elegant tension between modern detail and classic shapes. The result is a collection full of must-own creations season after season.
While her bags are available globally, Clare Vivier roots herself in the Los Angeles fashion community. With a nod to socially conscious construction, each bag proudly bears the moniker, “Locally Made." From conception to fabrication, her line has been made exclusively in Los Angeles since 2008.
After opening her first store in the Silverlake neighborhood of L.A. in 2012, the designer opened her second store in Manhattan’s NoLita in October, 2013 under the new name, Clare V.
Windsor Hanger Western
Co-Founder | Her Campus Media
Windsor Hanger Western is a co-founder of Her Campus Media and a 2010 graduate of Harvard College where she majored in the History of Science with a citation in French. Windsor is a native of Asheville, NC and was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta during her undergraduate years. At Her Campus, Windsor serves as President, leading all operations, business development, marketing, and event execution and has been responsible for bringing on clients including Victoria's Secret PINK, Kotex, Merck, Microsoft, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, UGG, American Express and Intel. Windsor enjoys getting dolled up, dancing, reading, meeting new people, the barre method, and cooking with her husband Alex (HBS'15 - Section F). Her passions also include chocolate ice cream, hanging out on her mom's farm with her three younger sisters, sushi, digital media, and entrepreneurship. Windsor has been named to BusinessWeek's 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine's 20 Amazing Young Women, The Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians, and UsTrendy's 50 Most Fashionable Bostonians of 2014. Her Campus has been named one of the 100 Best Websites for Women by Forbes, was a $50k Gold Winner and named Best All Around Team at MassChallenge in 2011, and was named Small Business of the Year by the Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Location: Aldrich 011
Senior Lecturer, Finance | Harvard Business School
Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School where she currently teaches "Creating Value through Corporate Restructuring” and previously taught "Venture Capital and Private Equity”.
In 2013 Kristin retired from her position as Managing Director of Bain Capital, one of the world's leading private investment firms. Kristin joined Bain Capital's private equity business in 1994 and at the age of 32, became the first female Managing Director in the firm's history. Kristin helped start Sankaty Advisors, Bain Capital's credit affiliate, and prior to her retirement was responsible for the oversight of Sankaty’s high yield investments and a senior member of Sankaty's management team and investment committee.
Kristin began her career at the Walt Disney Company, where she worked in corporate strategic planning and the consumer products division. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard College.
Research Analyst | Fidelity Asset Management
Nidhi Gupta is a research analyst for Fidelity Asset Management. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. Ms. Gupta is currently responsible for coverage of US internet and media stocks.
Ms. Gupta assumed her current position in the Equity Research division in 2008 and began managing Select Multimedia Portfolio in January 2013. In her role, she makes buy and sell recommendations on equity stocks for the firm’s equity-based portfolio managers. She joined Fidelity in the summer of 2007 as a global equity research analyst intern.
Prior to joining Fidelity Investments, Ms. Gupta was an analyst at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago from 2005 to 2006, where she was responsible for coverage of U.S. and European large- and mid-cap pharmaceuticals. From 2003 to 2005, she was a business analyst for McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, and began her finance career in 2002 as summer analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Company, also in San Francisco.
Ms. Gupta received her bachelor of science degree in management science and engineering, and her bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Stanford University in 2003. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2008.
Senior Advisor | Credit Suisse
Kris Klein is a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group in Investment Banking. She is based in San Francisco and is focused on senior level coverage of global technology companies. She has advised on a broad range of capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions for these clients. Kris has served as a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation. She is also served as a member of the Investment Banking Division's Banking on Women Steering Committee.
Kris is actively involved in her community, particularly with organizations focused on education. Kris is a member of the Alumnae Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School Women’s Student Association and serves as a Trustee of Marin Academy, an independent college preparatory high school. She is a member of the Duke Alumni Association Board and co-founder of the Duke Women’s forum on Northern California. Kris earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School and graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.S. from Duke University. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Vice President, New York Office | PIMCO
Ms. Dua is a vice president in the New York office and an account manager focusing on corporate clients. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, she worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking team covering the telecom, media and technology (TMT) sector. She also worked at HSBC in London and as a consultant with Accenture and The World Bank in India. She has eight years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Nancy Mueller Handal
Managing Director | Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Nancy Mueller Handal is the Global Head of Structured Finance within the Investments Department at MetLife. Nancy is responsible for a $70 billion portfolio of Domestic and International ABS, CMBS, RMBS and Residential Mortgage Loans. Ms. Handal oversees a team of Structured Finance professionals, responsible for credit and convexity analysis, trading, risk management, strategy and surveillance. Additionally, Ms. Handal initiated and manages a $6B high yield RMBS Opportunity fund. Nancy is very active in providing the Structured Finance Investor viewpoint and working to improve Investor rights and alignment in both legacy and new issue securities. Prior to leading the Structured Finance group, Ms. Handal was the head of the RMBS group at MetLife. She has held various roles within Structured Finance including trading and analyzing Agency and Non Agency CMOs and Pass Throughs and trading, analyzing and monitoring Domestic and International ABS.
Ms. Handal earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan and her master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, from The University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the NYSSA. Nancy is a member of the Women’s Bond Club and currently the President Elect of the Women’s Investment Network within MetLife.
The Changing Landscape of Operations
Location: Aldrich 208
A panel focused on the ways in which the world of Operations has evolved in recent years. With constant advances in technology and innovation, Operations managers need to stay ahead of the curve and adapt to new challenges. In addition, the panel will focus on how opportunities for women have changed over the years and what it is like in this field today. Panelists will provide tactical advice on navigating Operations management and addressing the changing environment.
Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing | Harvard Business School
Janice H. Hammond is the Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing at Harvard Business School. She currently teaches Technology and Operations Management in the HBS MBA program. She also serves faculty chair for the HBS MBA Pre-matriculation Analytics Program; and program chair for the HBS Executive Education International Women’s Foundation and Women’s Leadership Programs.
Professor Hammond has previously taught courses in Supply Chain Management, Business Logistics and After-Sales Service, Decision Support Systems, Quantitative Methods, and Managerial Economics in the MBA program, and has taught in several of the HBS Executive Education courses for general managers, including Managing the Supply Chain; Manufacturing in Corporate Strategy; Retailing; and Managing Orders, Vendors, & Customers. She has previously served as Senior Associate Dean, Director of Faculty Planning; Unit Head for the Technology and Operations Management Unit; Course Head for the Required Technology and Operations Management Course; and as Faculty Chair of the January Cohort of the Harvard MBA Program.
Professor Hammond's current research focuses on speed and flexibility in manufacturing and logistics systems: specifically, how these systems develop the attributes necessary to respond quickly and efficiently to changing customer demand. An important component examines how coordinating mechanisms within organizations and along supply channels affect those channels' ability to compete. In particular, much of her work focuses on the interface between manufacturing and retail organizations. A portion of this research has been conducted in the textile and apparel industries under an industrial competitiveness grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She is co-author with Fred Abernathy, John Dunlop, and David Weil of A Stitch in Time: Lean Retailing and the Transformation of Manufacturing -- Lessons from the Textile and Apparel Industries, published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Hammond has an active interest in the field of e-learning. She has completed two on-line learning courses: a global supply chain management simulation and a twenty-hour on-line quantities analysis course.
Professor Hammond holds an Sc.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Hammond has published widely on the topics of logistics and channel coordination. She consults and teaches at several major multi-national corporations.
President & COO | Kiva Systems
Amy has overall responsibility for Kiva, from solution design through development, manufacturing, deployment and ongoing customer support. Amy played an instrumental role in the company’s acquisition by Amazon and in overseeing the seamless integration process and rollout that followed. Amy brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, operations, and client management to her role at Kiva.
Prior to joining Kiva, Amy was the Executive Vice President, Marketing, Strategy and Product Innovation for Cross Country Automotive Services where she was instrumental in doubling the size of the company over her 7-year tenure. She has also held roles as General Manager and VP of Strategic Business Development at Cross Country. Prior to Cross Country, she was a consultant with the Parthenon Group where she developed corporate strategies for multi-national conglomerates and entrepreneurial clients. Previously, Amy spent 13 years in the auto industry, in a number of leadership, operational and account management positions.
Amy has participated on numerous panels and as a guest speaker at universities and industry events on topics ranging from woman in leadership to supply chain strategy. Amy’s writing has been featured in nationally recognized publications and magazines and her commitment to the supply chain community was recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, by appointing her to its prestigious list of ‘Pros to Know’.
Amy holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a BS from Clarkson University.
Executive Director, Global Supply Planning | Actavis plc
Jen is Executive Director, Global Supply Planning with global responsibility for supply and demand planning, S&OP, network capacity management, and inventory optimization for Actavis plc. Actavis is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products with over $11B in revenue. Prior to her two years with Actavis, Jen was with Johnson & Johnson for 10 years in the Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical sectors in NJ and the Bay Area. She held a variety of leadership roles in areas such as new product commercialization, project management, and supply chain planning.
Jen has a BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. A native of Boston, she lives outside of Princeton NJ with her husband and two children, age 4 and 7.
Jennifer Altarriba Jenkins
Director, Remote Production Operations | ESPN, Inc.
Jennifer Altarriba joined ESPN in February 2004 as their first international Assignment Editor, managing the flow of content between the U.S. SportsCenter and the newly launched U.S. Spanish-language network, ESPN Deportes. Her role allowed her to travel and manage the content for major events such as the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2008, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In February 2011, Altarriba joined ESPN’s Remote Operations department. As the current Director of Operations over Crewing and Logistics, her team is responsible for the scheduling, administration and communication among their event workforce. Altarriba’s team manages the vendors and contract arrangements for the 10,000 freelancers employed on events, ranging from Monday Night Football and College Football, to NCAA Basketball and NBA, and including global events such as XGames and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Altarriba graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2003, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and American Literature. A native of Weehawken, New Jersey, Altarriba currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, Adam, and son, Enrique.
Director of North American Operations | Amazon
Vickie joined Amazon in 1998 when music was the breakthrough product line and there were only two Amazon fulfillment centers across the world. Since then Vickie has led numerous fulfillment centers both in the United States and German and supporting the launch of a variety of new initiatives during the last 15 years from new product lines and processes to new technology. As the Director of North America operations focused on new builds, Vickie supports the onboarding and ramp of each new center ensuring operations can successfully manage the steep ramp from green field to full capacity. Aside from that, Vickie spends a good portion of her time mentoring MBA Pathways leaders as they learn to navigate their way towards more senior leadership positions within Amazon.
Vickie has a BS degree from Albertus Magnus College and is a graduate of American Intercontinental University’s MBA program.
Vickie resides in New Castle, Delaware with her family. When not traveling, Vickie enjoys spending her time working around the house and in the yard enjoying the novelty of downtime with loved ones.
Leading the Social Charge: Implications for Women Leaders
Location: Aldrich 108
As compared to traditional business, a disproportionate number of women hold leadership roles in social enterprise organizations. In this panel, we hope to explore the reasons women are leading the social enterprise charge, as well as discuss the implications for women of owning this space, in both the traditional for-profit, as well as nonprofit and social good sectors. What does it mean for the overall cause of furthering women in business that many successful women leaders work in organizations with social missions? How does the continued association of women with socially-driven organizations affect attitudes towards professional women more broadly?
Managing Director of Initiatives | Harvard Business School
Laura Moon is Managing Director of Initiatives at Harvard Business School. She oversees seven initiatives that cut across a broad spectrum of topics including Business and Environment, Business History, Digital, Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Leadership, and Social Enterprise. Each initiative, grounded in the HBS mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, applies innovative management practices to advance opportunities and address business and societal challenges
She joined the Harvard Business School in April 2005, serving as Director, Social Enterprise Initiative for nearly nine years. Laura managed the Initiative’s strategic and operational goals, including working with faculty members to oversee research projects, managing a portfolio of MBA career support programs, overseeing executive programs, and creating methods to communicate the work of the Initiative.
Prior to joining HBS, Laura served as Executive Director of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, a leading provider of pro bono management consulting services to the nonprofit sector. She has also worked as an independent strategy and marketing consultant serving medium- and small-sized firms in the non-profit and high-technology industries. Additionally, she held positions with Age Wave LLC, Social Venture Network, and the San Francisco Food Bank. Laura received her BA from Harvard and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she served as student co-chair of the Public Management Program.
Founder | ONEXONE & Industrial Revolution II
CEO | DIESEL Canada
Innovative entrepreneur and humanitarian seeking to reinvent the business of philanthropy.
Joey Adler, President and CEO of Diesel Canada, is an innovative entrepreneur and passionate humanitarian seeking to reinvent the business of philanthropy through groundbreaking sustainable models.
Her latest vision — Industrial Revolution II (IRII) — is not just a new environmentally and socially responsible business model for apparel manufacturing but a complete paradigm shift designed to raise the standard of living for the industry’s workers and their communities.
IRII began with the recent launch of a state-of-the-art garment factory to produce high-end clothing and improve the lives of its employees in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The hope is that this first project will be a model for the entire industry and take root globally.
Joey’s history of service to others is impressive. For example, in 2005 she set up the ONEXONE Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world with programs dedicated to the fundamental pillars: food/nutrition, health, water, education, play. With important initiatives operating in South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Haiti and in North America, ONEXONE’s reach is wide. The foundation’s success has been due in large part to Joey’s ability to build partnerships with local communities as well as with major corporations.
IRII is the just latest of Joey’s efforts to help people in Haiti, one of the hemisphere’s poorest nations. An active member of the Clinton Task Force on Haiti, she made sure that, after the devastating earthquake in 2010, ONEXONE team members were on the first non-military flight to land. They delivered $5 million worth of medicine and medical equipment. ONEXONE remains active in Haiti and helped fund the construction of a state-of-the-art paediatric ward in the new Partners In Health hospital in Mirebalais.
Joey Adler currently lives with her family in Montreal, Canada.
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown
Founder | Uncommon Union
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown represents a brand development vanguard uniting global, technological, and social concerns. She began her career developing brands for clients including Sony Ericsson, Google and the UN. Following the 2010 Haitian earthquake she began to focus her efforts on the social enterprise. Elizabeth has produced and sold handicrafts made in Haitian tent camps from trash to the GAP and founded the ethical fashion network Maiden Nation. She is currently a founder of Uncommon Union, an new kind of agency serving the social enterprise, which is entrusted to manage brands for responsible companies associated with luminaries like Hugh Jackman and Matt Damon.
Sarah E. Endline
Mastermind and Chief Rioter (Founder & CEO) | sweetriot
Sarah is the Founder and CEO of sweetriot in New York City and a self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’
Sarah grew up in a small town in Michigan close to her grandparents’ farm. Since then, she has also traveled, lived, or worked in more than 60 countries.
Today, Sarah is creating sweetriot, an activist candy company, which is creating a sweet movement to fix the world. sweetriot sources dark chocolate directly in Latin America, features art on every package, and uses all-natural, healthy ingredients.
sweetriot’s award-winning products are sold in over 2,000 stores including Whole Foods and can be enjoyed at 30,000 feet on board Virgin America. Sarah’s work has been covered by the WSJ, New York Times, The Today Show, Forbes, Fortune, & more.
Before sweetriot, Sarah launched products, created brands, and shared her energy at places like Yahoo!, Microsoft, the World Bank, AIESEC, and The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Sarah also supports non profits such as The University of Michigan, EO (The Entrepreneur’s Organization), Net Impact, NFTE, and AIESEC.
Sarah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor with Distinction from The University of Michigan. Sarah lives with her French better half artist in Greenwich Village, NYC.
Founder & CEO | SMPLCT Lab
Cynthia Hellen is a Peruvian-American, entrepreneur, writer, producer, director and speaker of Spanish, Asian, and African descent. In her role as Founder and CEO, at SMPLCT Lab, Hellen is involved in all aspects of the company’s social and environmental impact. SMPLCT Lab is a for-profit R & D lab located in NY, New York, with a mission to create cross cultural collaboration between sectors; artists, designers, technologists, scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and citizens worldwide; design simple solutions for those living on less than $2 a day; and better educate society on sustainable living. SMPLCT Lab believes that with technology jobs can be created, society educated and our natural resources protected while living sustainably.
Cynthia produces shows, conferences, panels and workshops in the US, Latin America, and Europe. She is a speaker on socentech, a community for social entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets. She is a mentor at Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College & Columbia University. She is curator of Explorers Festival 2013, a one-week startup and innovation. She is a global ambassador and co-author Innovating Women: Past, Present, and Future, a campaign to crowd-create a book featuring research, stories and perspectives about women’s global participation in the innovation economy. She serves on the leadership team of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit promoting young women social entrepreneurs by providing training, development, resources, networking opportunities, and general support for members. She volunteers at Project Sunshine.
She began her career as a journalist in New York, and management consultant for International Nonprofits. In 2010, she co-founded, directed, and produced GIRLS WHO ROCK, a crowd-pleasing, change-making concert during Internet Week NY sponsoring girls’ education worldwide from. In 2012, she became the recipient of a Bloomberg Businessweek and Sandbox Network Fellowship for empowering women in a remarkable way. Her work has been profiled by Bloomberg Businessweek, and been fortunate to receive a 2012 Big Ideas Festival Scholarship. She is fluent in English, Spanish, intermediate in Portuguese and French. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Founder & Chief Instigating Officer | Sustainable Health Enterprises
Currently, Elizabeth is Founder and Chief Instigating Officer of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of socio-economic change. SHE's first initiative, SHE28, addresses girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads resulting in significant costs to their reproductive health, educational achievements, work productivity, and dignity. SHE is stemming these costs by developing a franchise model to manufacture and distribute affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads for girls and women by sourcing local, inexpensive raw materials (e.g., banana fibers) and leveraging existing networks. Coupling these new businesses with public health and hygiene education and advocacy will have a significant social and economic impact on these communities. Elizabeth innovation has be recognized by Bill Clinton, Nick Kristof as a feature in the The New York Times, Harvard Business School, and many others.
Reunion 2 | Update on Gender Initiatives at HBS
Location: Aldrich 110
Professor Robin Ely conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity. In this hour long session for alumni, she will discuss the latest iniatives by HBS to address gender equality both on campus and in society at large.
Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration & Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community | Harvard Business School
Robin Ely is Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community at Harvard Business School. She conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity. Her recent work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial diversity on retail bank performance, and presently, a study of how professional women experience holding positions of power. In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Professor Ely is heading a culture change initiative at Harvard Business School to ensure that all members of the HBS community are able to thrive and reach their potential for advancing the mission of the School. Professor Ely has taught MBA courses in leadership, diversity, teams, and statistics and doctoral courses in field research methods; she has also taught in HBS’s executive education programs, including leadership programs designed specifically for women.
For the past several years, Professor Ely has maintained an active faculty affiliation at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management, in Boston. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, she taught at Columbia University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Professor Ely received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a member of the Academy of Management, has served on numerous editorial boards of academic journals, and is a past associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.
Women Leading the Transition in Healthcare
Location: Aldrich 008
We would like to invite women who are on the forefront of the changes happening in healthcare today. We would like to include a variety of sub-industries/focuses such as payor/providers, entrepreneurs/VCs/start-ups, pharma, IT/digital, consumer-driven health, hospital administration and social enterprise. The panel will focus on how these successful women have and are navigating the current transitioning system. As a subtopic we may want to explore challenges that women may have faced in a potentially scientist/engineer/politician-dominated industry.
Amy W. Schulman is an accomplished business leader, widely recognized for growing and stabilizing global businesses, commitment to people, strategic judgment, and efforts to advance women and promote inclusive workplace cultures. Most recently, Ms. Schulman led Pfizer Inc.’s $4 billion Consumer Healthcare business, which operates in 90 countries and includes well-known brands such as Advil, Centrum, and Chapstick. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pfizer Inc. In 2009, she spearheaded an innovative approach to engaging outside counsel and became recognized as a leading voice for transforming the billable-hour model and for redefining the value of legal services.
Ms. Schulman accomplishments have earned her accolades from leading publications and organizations. In 2013 Fortune magazine named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” That same year, The American Lawyer named her one of the “Top 50 Innovators,” and The National Law Journal named her one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” She also has been recognized by The American Bar Association, which honored her with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement award in 2012. In 2009 Forbes magazine included her on its inaugural list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”
Ms. Schulman has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale Law Schools and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Tsinghua University in Beijing, among others. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Ms. Schulman earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. She serves on the Boards of Directors of The Brookings Institution and Wesleyan University.
Executive Vice President, Local and Regional Businesses | Aetna
Karen S. Rohan is Executive Vice President, Local and Regional Businesses for Aetna. She leads the company’s Individual, Small Group and Middle Market businesses; the field organization; local network strategy; regional sales and distribution infrastructure; and Group insurance businesses. She also leads Aetna’s integration efforts for its acquisition of Coventry Health Care, Inc.
Ms. Rohan joined Aetna from Magellan Health Services, where she served as president. At Magellan, she was responsible for the development and operational execution of the company’s business strategy, as well as the profit and loss for all of Magellan's business units. Prior to Magellan, Ms. Rohan was president of CIGNA’s Group Disability, Dental and Vision Care businesses. This role was the culmination of a career with CIGNA that included a number of positions with increasing responsibilities in business strategy, operations and finance.
Ms. Rohan was recently named a finalist for the Female Executive of the Year in the American Business Awards competition known as "The Stevies," and in 2012, she was named the “Most Influential in Specialty Health” for 2012 by the National Association for Specialty Health Organizations.
Ms. Rohan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University.
Principal | Aisling Capital
Ms. Seltzer serves as a Principal of Aisling Capital. Previously, Ms. Seltzer was at Schering-Plough, where she held roles in business development, marketing and sales, most recently serving as the US Schering-Plough Brand Lead for Zetia. While in business development, Ms. Seltzer was involved in the structuring and negotiation of several deals with an aggregate value in the billions, ranging from in-licensing deals to broad development and commercialization alliances. Prior to Schering-Plough, Ms. Seltzer was the Director of Business Development for Akceli, a biotechnology company developing cell-based microarrays. Ms. Seltzer began her career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Ms. Seltzer serves as a director of Miramar Labs, acts as the Aisling representative for its investment in Precision Dermatology and serves as a board observer for Durata Therapeutics and Agile Therapeutics. She was previously a board observer for Zeltiq Aesthetics (NASDAQ: ZLTQ).
Ms. Seltzer received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Palmer Scholar. She received her M.S. and B.S. from Yale University, awarded cum laude in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
Chief Executive Officer | SimulConsult, Inc.
Lynn K. Feldman is the Chief Executive Officer. Lynn brings significant sales and marketing experience, including as president and a founding partner of a startup in one-to-one marketing and as a senior vice president at Digitas, managing interactive marketing relationships and strategy development across a range of industries. Lynn spent a decade at the Boston Consulting Group as a member of the Health Care practice focusing on payors and hospitals. She had previously focused on the securities industry and how to use information for strategic advantage. Her work was detailed in her article, “Stay Small or Get Huge: Lessons from the Securities Industry,” published in the Harvard Business Review. She received her M.B.A from Harvard Business School, awarded with distinction and her B.A. from Radcliffe College, with magna cum laude honors. She currently serves on the board of the Susan G. Komen Massachusetts Affiliate.
Martha R. Temple
President, New England Market | Aetna
Martha R. Temple is President of the New England Market for Aetna, where she is responsible for the profit and loss for the six New England states. She has responsibility over relationships and contracting with hospitals and physicians, all legislative and regulatory relationships, as well as oversight for the sales and service organization for middle market, small group, public sector, and individual businesses. Ms. Temple has offices in Hartford, CT and Medford, MA.
Ms. Temple graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries (FSA). She has been with Aetna since 1990 in various roles both in the actuarial field as well as in the businesses. She ran Aetna Global Benefits for nine years before moving over to her current role in the New England Market.
Ms. Temple sits on the Boards of the Middlesex County United Way in Middletown, Connecticut; Achieve Hartford!, an education fund helping to close the education gap in Hartford, Connecticut schools; the New England Council; MetroHartford Alliance; and Connecticut Business and Industry (CBIA). Ms. Temple also is on the board of the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation in her home town of Durham, Connecticut.
Director, Corporate Strategy | athenahealth
Emily Tyson is Director, Corporate Strategy at athenahealth. She leads strategic initiatives for the company’s “Lite Services” Division, which includes the Epocrates brand as well as other athenahealth products and services. In her role, Emily is responsible for defining a vision for new and existing service offerings and developing metrics by which to drive and measure the success of those offerings. She also has led M&A transactions and strategic integration initiatives for the company.
Ms. Tyson joined the healthcare IT industry after serving in various leadership roles in the financial services industry. Based in Hong Kong, she helped drive capital markets expansion efforts across the Asia Pacific region for GE Capital. Prior to her time at GE Capital, Ms. Tyson led leveraged finance transactions in her role within Merrill Lynch Capital’s Corporate Finance and Healthcare Syndications teams in New York. Her role involved structuring, underwriting, and syndicating leveraged loan transactions with a particular focus on the healthcare services industry. She began her career as an Analyst in the International Portfolio Management group at Wachovia Securities.
Ms. Tyson holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder & Chairperson | Affinity HealthCare Solutions
Guelmana Rochelin is the co-founder and Chairperson of Affinity HealthCare Solutions, a home care agency based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Affinity Healthcare Solutions provides personalized home care services to seniors and those living with disabilities throughout the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Under Ms. Rochelin’s leadership, Affinity HealthCare Solutions, established in 2011, became profitable within its first year and by December 2013, had over 100 employees. Ms. Rochelin also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Mana S.A., an organization established to invest in Haiti’s agri-business sector.
Prior to these roles, Ms. Rochelin worked in various capacities in the financial services industry, including investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and Strategy and Operations roles at the Vanguard Group. Ms. Rochelin currently resides in Port-aux-Prince, Haiti.
Alyna T. Chien, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of General Pediatrics | Harvard Medical School
Division of General Pediatrics | Children’s Hospital Boston
Alyna T. Chien, MD, MS—Dr. Chien is a health services researcher based at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is an expert in the use of performance incentives in health care. Her research focuses on building the evidence-base for designing quality improvement interventions and payment reforms (e.g., pay for performance, global payments) to help improve care for patients generally, but also for medically or socially complex patients like children with special health care needs or children with disabilities. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Chien had nearly a decade of experience in community-based direct service. As a physician, she has always cared for vulnerable patient populations, working almost exclusively with patients insured by Medicaid or receiving care in a free or federally qualified health center setting. Her work has been funded by AHRQ, NICHD and a variety of private foundations.
Women in Consulting: Evolution and Equality
Location: Aldrich 010
As a top recruiter of women at HBS, the consulting industry continues to grow and define the limits in terms of equality. Hear first-hand how the profession is evolving to provide new opportunities and advancement for women and how firms are working to foster women's success and retention. What does it really take to succeed in consulting and how attainable are the top positions for women?
Mel Tukman Faculty Fellow & Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurial Management Unit | Harvard Business School
Shikhar Ghosh is the Mel Tukman Faculty Fellow, Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. He teaches and co-leads The Entrepreneurial Manager (TEM) in the MBA program. Shikhar has been a successful entrepreneur for the last 20 years. He has been the founder and CEO or Chairman of eight technology-based entrepreneurial companies and was the past Chairman of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MTLC) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) - two leading entrepreneurial organizations. He was selected by Business Week as one of the best Entrepreneurs in the US, by Forbes as one of the ‘Masters of the Internet Universe’ and by Fortune as the CEO of one of the 10 most innovative companies in the US. Companies he founded were selected as both the ‘hottest’ and ‘coolest’ emerging companies by business publications.
Shikhar joined the Boston Consulting Group after getting his MBA from HBS in 1980. At BCG he focused on organization and innovation in large organizations. He was elected a worldwide partner of the firm in 1987. Shikhar left BCG in 1988 to become CEO of Appex, an early-stage venture backed company that built the inter-carrier infrastructure for the US mobile phone industry. Appex provided centralized services that enabled independent mobile carriers to operate as a single seamless network. Appex’s services included call forwarding across carriers, fraud prevention services, billing and customer service. Appex was bought by EDS in 1990. By the time Shikhar left in 1993, Appex’s revenues exceeded $100 million with an order backlog of over $1 billion. It was selected by Business week as the fastest growing private company in the US.
Shikhar founded Open Market in 1993. Open Market was one of the pioneering companies in the commercialization of the Internet. It built the first commercial infrastructure for enabling secure commerce on the Internet and provided the software and services that enabled companies like Time Warner and AT&T to offer their services on the Internet. Open Market was one of the first Internet companies to go public. It was selected by numerous business publications as one of the companies that helped to make the Internet what it is today.
After leaving Open Market Shikhar has been the founder, CEO or Chairman of several companies in the wireless, payment, Internet marketing, and on-line retailing industries. He has worked in all facets of the entrepreneurial process – starting companies with technical teams, providing and raising capital with venture capitalists, buying and selling companies, or taking them public and closing down unsuccessful companies. He has been a keynote speaker in numerous conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital media and on the future of the Internet.
Principal | BCG
Nithya Vaduganathan, Principal, Boston, joined BCG in 2005 as an Associate in the Houston office where she worked primarily in the telecom and education sectors. Nithya returned to BCG in the San Francisco office in 2009 after earning her MBA from Harvard Business School and has been primarily working in consumer technology and education. She is also a member of the U.S. Education Leadership Team and recently co-authored the BCG report, Adapting to Enrollment Declines in Urban School Systems.
Nithya transferred to the Chicago office in 2011. During business school, she interned as a Product Manager in Microsoft’s System Center/Virtualization Group. Nithya holds a B.A. with honors in Economics and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Nithya enjoys running, dancing (trained in Indian classical dance), hiking, and traveling.
Principal | Monitor Deloitte
Holly Darov is a Principal with the Monitor Deloitte strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting. Holly’s focus is healthcare and she has advised leading pharmaceutical, medical technology, consumer health, and managed care companies. She is based in the Boston office.
Holly has extensive experience launching products, including marketing strategy development and commercial execution. She helped build the firm’s Marketing Excellence offer and frequently coaches brand teams on strategy development and planning.
Sample project experience includes:
- Developed growth strategy for leading OTC consumer health product resulting in growth rates from flat-to-down to +15% following first year of implementation
- Worked with leadership team on global launch of two pharmaceutical products in US, EU, and LATAM
- Developed a lifecycle management strategy to maximize long range potential of a specialty pharmaceutical product
- Worked with executive team to develop a corporate strategy for a small biotechnology company
- Designed and led several global initiatives to strengthen organizational capabilities at leading health care companies
Holly leads CMO Services within Monitor Deloitte, focused on helping CMOs navigate disruptive customer and market dynamics. She also serves as Life Sciences Industry Champion for the Boston office. Holly received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA from Cornell.
Fellow | McKinsey
B.S.B.A., Washington University – General – Marketing
M.B.A., Harvard University – Graduate School of Business Administration – Management
Recent Engagement (Industry-Practice-Function:
Healthcare Systems and Services – M&S – Marketing & Sales – Go-to-market strategy & transformation
Healthcare Systems and Services – BTO – Business Technology – Go-to-market strategy & transformation
Healthcare Systems and Services – STR – Corporate Strategy – Corporate strategy
Pre-McKinsey Work Experience:
Embodi Beverages – Director of Operations and Development
Zagreb School of Economics & Management – Assistant Lecturer
Principal | A.T. Kearney
Chui Lee is a Principal with A.T. Kearney’s Consumer Industry & Retail Practice based out of the New York office. Chui has advised leading Consumer Goods companies on growth strategy, business transformation and supply chain strategy. Her career with A.T. Kearney started in Singapore in 2002 and has spanned multiple countries over the course of her career with the firm.
Chui’s focus is on helping her clients work through challenges related to becoming high growth and high performing companies with a global footprint. She has helped build the firm’s Sustainability and Reliability offerings and frequently participates as a subject matter expert advisor on this topic.
Principal | PwC
Carla is a Principal within PwC’s Retail and Consumer Goods Industry Group. Her client experience covers a broad range of sub-segments within apparel and footwear, sporting goods, food & beverage, beauty/cosmetics, HPC, and pharmaceuticals industries as well as industrial and commercial products, telecommunications, medical devices and services industries. She has led detailed client engagements to address a range of issues, including go-to-market strategies, customer experience, merchandising, distribution and supply chain management, network design, innovation, product development, and portfolio management. She has experience executing engagements in North American, Europe, and Asian. Carla also has industry experience in both specialty retail as well as apparel and footwear retail, working in strategy and functional positions at Gap, Inc., Lord & Taylor and Victoria’s Secret.
Carla earned her B.A. in government from Harvard University and received her M.B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, with a concentration in strategy and product management.
Women in Energy: Risks & Rewards
Location: Aldrich 209
The energy landscpae is changing and evolving continuously. Career prospects for women in the industry have improved in recent years and an increasing number of women are taking advantage of those opportunities.This year we are focusing on Women in Energy: Risks & Rewards. This panel will focus on the journey of dynamic women in the energy space who have made a mark. What worked well for them? What did not? What executable advice they have to offer to women in energy today who are looking to enter the C-Suite?
Chief Financial Officer | Nine Energy Service, Inc.
Vice President | SCF Partners
Ann graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelors of Science in Diplomacy and Security in World Affairs. Ann joined the private sector immediately following graduation as an Investment Banking Analyst for both Prudential Securities and Warburg Dillon Read in New York.
Ann then joined the United States Marine Corps, where she served several tours of duty in Iraq on a team that reported directly to General David Petraeus. Ann left active duty to complete her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ann joined SCF Partners in 2008 where her responsibilities included the evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities as well as the support of ongoing portfolio company initiatives.
In February 2013, Ann joined Nine Energy Service, Inc., SCF Partners’ largest completion services company, where she oversees the execution of a range of strategic initiatives, including new business line concept development and strategic acquisitions. Ann’s focus, knowledge, impeccable credentials and broad worldview of finance and opportunities give her the perfect portfolio to serve as CFO and Vice President of Strategic Development at Nine Energy Service.
Vice President and Director of Appraisal | Gulf of Mexico, BP
Cindy Yeilding earned her MSc from the University of North Carolina after receiving a BS in Geology from SMU. She has worked as an exploration, production, appraisal and well site operations geoscientist and is currently BP's Vice President and Director of Appraisal, Gulf of Mexico. Her most recent roles include Vice President for Exploration for GoM, Chief Geoscientist for the GoM, Global Geoscience Technology and R&D Manager, and she has held numerous other Exploration and Technology leadership positions in the Americas.
Cindy has developed and led short courses and geological field seminars, chaired numerous technical sessions and presented many technical talks. She has served as an AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Distinguished Lecturer and was named a “Legend in Exploration” by AAPG in 2003. Cindy is also a member of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors. She is BP’s Executive Sponsor for the Katy Relay for Life, and serves as the sponsor for BP’s Working Parents and Parents to Be Business Group. She is one of the founding members of BP’s AAPG’s Women’s Committee (PROWESS), and initiated and implemented the Women’s Networking Session (WISE) at OTC.
Senior Vice President, Strategic University Relations | BP America
Crystal E. Ashby is a Senior Vice President, Strategic University Relations for BP America. Crystal represents the company’s businesses with multiple external stakeholders. On behalf of BP, Crystal serves as a Trustee for the National Urban League, a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership Committee. She helps guide the policy pursuits of these influential organizations so that their efforts in the public, legislative, and regulatory spheres are aligned with the interests of BP. Crystal is the BP Executive Sponsor to the University of Michigan, her alma mater and was appointed last year to the University of Michigan College of Engineering Advisory Council (EAC).
Crystal has a long and distinguished career with BP. Most recently, Crystal was the Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, leading a team of 70 government, regulatory, and public affairs experts across the United States responsible for advocating on behalf of BP and its businesses to inform public policy and enhance BP’s reputation. Crystal’s team supported BP’s business activities by working with state and local stakeholders, including government officials and business and community leaders, to help create the best environment for business success. Crystal previously held prior roles, including the Vice President for Government and Public Affairs for Refining and Marketing, the Head of Change Management for BP Legal, and the Managing Attorney for all US Retail business activities. Before becoming a senior leader, Crystal was on BP’s legal team managing litigation in eight states and also a commercial business attorney. During her twenty plus years with BP, Crystal has served as a legal advisor and counselor on matters ranging from advertising, antitrust, commercial business, compliance, contract and franchise law, and litigation. Before joining the Amoco / BP legal team, Crystal was a litigation attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago, Illinois and served as a law clerk to Judge Odas Nicholson in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Creating a culture of courageous leadership founded upon ethical behavior and inclusion is of paramount importance to Crystal. In 2004, she was named the first Senior Advisor for BP’s newly-appointed Global Compliance and Ethics Officer for the corporation, based in London. While in that role, Crystal assisted in developing the infrastructure to support the company’s new, global Code of Conduct. She continues to champion the development of leadership built upon a strong foundation of ethics, not only within BP, but in the broader corporate and education realms.
Crystal’s position gives her the opportunity to mentor employees growing into their professional careers, and she participates enthusiastically in their development. She regularly attends developmental sessions for BP Challengers, a group of future leaders beginning their professional careers, and Senior Level Leaders. Crystal shares her career experiences and lessons on leadership with the next generation of BP’s executives and challenges them to approach their careers with authenticity, courage, and excellence.
As part of her internal leadership role, Crystal is the Executive Sponsor for the Houston Women’s Network and BPAAN, the African American Business Resource Group. In 2012 Crystal was honored by the LINKS, in 2013 she was named as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women for 2012. Most recently she was named as one of the Oil & Gas Diversity Council’s 2014 Influential Women Leaders.
Crystal obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and Psychology and earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
John and Natty McArthur University Professor | Harvard University
Rebecca Henderson is one of 24 University Professors at Harvard and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also faculty co-chair of HBS’s Initiative for Business and the Environment.
Her research focuses on the economics of R&D, technology strategy, and the difficulties large organizations encounter in attempting to innovate and change, particularly in response to the challenge of sustainability. She has worked in a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, information technology, materials and consumer goods. Her current work focuses on the strategic and organizational underpinnings that are likely to be fundamental to building sustainable firms and on the role of “relational contracts” in sustaining superior performance. Her recent publications include Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Other Sectors, University of Chicago Press and, with Robert Gibbons, “What Do Managers Do? Exploring Persistent Performance Differences among Seemingly Similar Enterprise”.
Professor Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen, Inc and of Idexx Laboratories. She and has been the recipient of a number of academic prizes and awards, including the Dan & Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize and the ASQ Award for Scholarly Contribution. She teaches the MBA electives “Reimagining Capitalism” and “Innovation in Business and the Environment” and in a variety of executive programs.
President & CEO | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Energy Institute
Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. In this capacity, Ms. Harbertleads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action through policy development, education, and advocacy. Ms. Harbertis the former assistant secretary for policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She was the primary policy advisor to the Secretary and to the department on domestic and international energy issues, including climate change, fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. She also previously served as Vice Chairman of the International Energy Agency and deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. Harbert received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University.
Socially aware investing
Location: Aldrich 107
Socially Aware Investing: how socially aware investment today can drive drastic, positive change throughout the world.
Annette K. Rodriguez
Principal | Warburg Pincus LLC
Annette Rodriguez is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2008 and focuses on investments in the consumer, industrial and services sectors. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Ms. Rodriguez worked at JPMorgan Partners (nka CCMP Capital), the private equity arm of JPMorgan, as a generalist. Ms. Rodriguez is involved with the firm’s investments in Neiman Marcus, Scotsman Industries and Consolidated Precision Products. She received a B.S. magna cum laude, in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Caitlin Reimers Brumme
Director | Social Finance US
Caitlin Reimers Brumme is a Director on the Capital Markets Team where she leads the financial structuring and capital raising activities to drive social impact at scale. She brings investment insight to the Product Development Team to create optimized financing solutions tailored to achieve our public and private partners’ desired social and financial outcomes for each transaction. Specifically, she drives the development of outcomes pricing, financial projections and risk/return models, builds relationships with investors, and manages the execution of outcomes-based financing transactions. Prior to Social Finance, Caitlin worked in strategic management consulting and asset management. While at Strategic Value Capital Management, she led due diligence and valuation analysis and made investment recommendations, including timing and portfolio weighting, to the fund manager.
During her time at The Parthenon Group, Caitlin drove in-depth market research and best-practice analyses to provide strategic support for prominent education and financial services clients. Committed to supporting enterprise development in low-income communities, she has also had experience facilitating the structuring of offering memorandums for an impact investing fund and assessing microcredit loans for low-income women. From 2010-2012 she served as the pro-bono Director of Finance and Strategy for a start-up fair trade fashion organization. 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.
Executive Director | PRIME Coalition
Sarah Kearney is the founder and Executive Director of PRIME Coalition Inc, a nonprofit whose mission is to encourage and facilitate program-related investments that address climate change by supporting technology innovation. PRIME’s vision is to help create a new, impact-first asset class that complements existing finance-first investors, but which is optimized for solving global social problems. This vision is rooted in Kearney's prior experience in the philanthropy sector and her research at the MIT Energy Initiative.
While at MIT, Kearney served as Content Director for the MIT Energy Conference, Graduate Student Chair for the inaugural DOE Women in Energy (C3E) Symposium, and teaching staff for the interdisciplinary course “Energy Ventures.” Based on her extracurricular and teaching contributions to MIT, she was awarded the Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award in 2011.
Previously, Kearney served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Chesonis Family Foundation. She managed all accounts, investments, and crafted the foundation grantmaking strategy alongside Chesonis family members. The Foundation focused its grants and investments on science and engineering research and development to address climate change, poverty alleviation, economic development, and environmental degradation.
Kearney currently sits on the board for Community Water Solutions, a social enterprise bringing civil services to rural Africa. She holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division.
Principal, Consumer/Retail | Bain Capital Private Equity
Tricia Patrick joined Bain Capital in 2004 and is a Principal in the Private Equity business, focused on North American investments in the consumer and retail sectors. She plays a leadership role in sourcing new Retail transactions; other responsibilities include evaluating new investment opportunities in the consumer and retail sectors as well as working with management teams of existing portfolio companies. Tricia has closed transactions across a number of sectors including healthcare, media, real estate and business services since joining Bain Capital in 2004. She serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Burlington Coat Factory, as well as the Finance Committee of Toys R Us. Within Bain Capital, she is a leader on the recruiting and training teams.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Tricia was an investor with Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Private Equity Group. Tricia received an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar. She graduated cum laude with an AB in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College.
Tricia serves on the Trust Board of Boston Medical Center, the Venture Capital and Private Equity Leadership Council of the United Way, the Marian L. Heard Scholarship Committee of the United Way, and is a member of the Steering Committee for Lemonade Day Boston. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband Liam and son Kieran.
Associate | CPPIB Direct Private Equity
Devon is an Associate in CPPIB’s Direct Private Equity group, focusing primarily on transactions in the TMT and FIG sectors. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2011, Devon was an Associate at Linklaters LLP in London, where she practiced US corporate law. Previously, she was an M&A analyst at Bank of Montreal.
Devon has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B. Comm. from McGill University.
Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era
Location: Aldrich 109
A panel investigating the ways in which marketing strategy have had to adapt to media/digital developments in both B2B and B2C companies. How can companies do it well, and how have their strategies changed (have B2B companies changed at all)? And in general what defines a successful social media strategy?
Uma R. Karmarkar
Assistant Professor of Business Administration | Harvard Business School
Uma R. Karmarkar is an Assistant Professor in the Marketing Unit of the Harvard Business School. She holds dual Ph.D.’s, in Neuroscience from UCLA, and in Consumer Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to entering the field of consumer behavior, she held an NIH-supported postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Karmarkar’s current research examines the neural and psychological factors that underlie consumer decision-making. In particular her recent work targets how the timing and availability of information (such as product attributes, or price) influences perceptions of value.
Her work has been published in several leading academic journals such as Neuron,
Learning and Memory and the Journal of Consumer Research. In addition, it has
received coverage from media outlets such as Newsweek, Reuters, Scientific American and the New York Times.
CEO | Brodeur Partners
For 25 years Andy Coville has developed and executed high-performing global communications campaigns for organizations in the business-to-business, consumer products and healthcare markets. Her agency’s extensive client roster has included the American Cancer Society (ACS), IBM, MasterCard, Corning, Phillips, Bio, 3M and GE Plastics.
In addition to overseeing Brodeur’s strategic direction and operations, Andy specializes in helping organizations achieve relevance, an elevated brand state that fully engages the market’s emotions, senses and community-minded impulses.
Andy joined Brodeur in 1986. Since being appointed CEO in 1999, she has since diversified Brodeur Partners from a PR firm specializing in technology to a multidisciplinary communications agency focusing on full-service communications, digital strategies, social change and business consulting. She also developed a consulting practice focusing on leadership for women.
Under her stewardship, Brodeur has won several awards, notably PR Week’s “Agency of the Year” as well as “Best Non-Profit Branding Campaign.”
Her new book, Relevance-The Power to Change Minds and Behavior, will be available in March 2014.
Vice President, Strategic Marketing | Ricoh Americas Corporation
Terrie Campbell is a veteran of the document and information technology industry with a focus on designing solutions that enable customers to have more effective and secure use of critical business information.
Currently, Campbell is Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation, and is responsible for the strategy, direction and execution for Ricoh’s Managed Document Services approach, as well as key vertical marketing strategies and programs, for both direct and dealer channels. She also focuses on generational workforce behavior, mobile and remote user collaboration, secure data access and shifting corporate dynamics.
Campbell is the Global Lead for the development of tools and processes to ensure consistent execution of Ricoh Managed Document Services globally. Previously, she served as Vice President, Managed Document Services for Ricoh USA. She was Vice President, Management Services Operations for 10 years at IKON, including a special focus on service delivery and customer satisfaction for IKON’s on-site managed services. In her career with IKON, Campbell was promoted through the organization beginning at the site level in operations, and progressively moving through area management, regional roles and national leadership opportunities.
Vice President, Global Marketing Planning and Programs | Cisco Systems, Inc.
Marie Hattar brings more than 18 years of industry experience to her role as Vice President for Global Marketing Planning and Programs with Cisco. In this role, she leads a team that develops marketing strategies and plans to accelerate customer, influencer and partner adoption of Cisco’s product, solution, services and Capital portfolios. Previously Ms. Hattar has served in a variety of leadership roles within Cisco, including enterprise, vertical and CXO marketing, as well as product and services marketing for switching, routing, mobility, security, policy and management, and applications.
Prior to Cisco, Ms. Hattar worked at Nortel Networks, Alteon WebSystems, and Shasta Networks and has has held leadership roles in product marketing, product management, software engineering, competitive intelligence, and finance. She is recognized as an industry expert in data communications, convergence, and security, and has been instrumental in building security and network architectures for leading Fortune 500 companies. She previously chaired the prestigious Broadband Content Delivery Forum and is co-author of “IP Services at the Network Edge” published by Addison-Wesley.
Marie Hattar received a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Marleta Y. Ross
Vice President, Customer Relationship Strategy, US Consumer Products & Services | American Express Company
Marleta Ross is Vice President, Customer Relationship Strategy within the US Consumer Services division of American Express, an expanded role she assumed in October 2013.
In this role, she leads the design of marketing strategies across the customer lifecycle and ensures seamless coordination across all channels and business functions.
Most recently, Ms. Ross was Vice President, Digital Marketing Strategy & Capabilities Development within the Global Corporate Payments division of American Express. In this position, she focused on the development of strategic roadmap and delivery of key capabilities to advance digital marketing globally, drive profitable growth and increase client engagement and retention. In 2008, she was promoted to VP, Global B2B marketing where she was responsible for end-to-end marketing initiatives supporting B2B product suite including: development of a global brand identity, deployment of effective go-to-market strategies and identification of new channels to increase awareness and drive profitable growth in the global B2B marketplace. Since 2002, Ms. Ross has contributed in several roles across the Interactive and Global Advertising groups within American Express with a focus on digital acquisition and cross-channel optimization.
Ms. Ross began her career with Exxon Chemical Company where she was a technical account manager responsible for oil company clients with annual sales over $20MM.
A New York native, Ms. Ross holds an MBA degree in General Management from Harvard Business School and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union. She currently resides in Long Island, New York with her husband Aaron and two children.
Building Champions: Developing Advocates for Gender Equality in the Workplace
Men Want to Help You Start a Culture Change
Location: Aldrich 009
For the first time that we know of, male students organized a panel for the Dynamic Women in Business conference. Members of Manbassadors, a group of male students who are active in promoting gender equality, have organized a panel on building champions to initiate a culture change.
How can we use advocacy to change the environment at a manufacturing plant, an off-shore drilling rig, a military submarine, and a trading floor? Hear from individuals who have worked in those environments and have been active in changing their cultures to become more inclusive of gender and race.
Business Manager for Operations, Customer Support, & Maintenance | Rockwell Automation
Steven Stall is Business Manager for Operations, Customer Support and Maintenance (CSM) at Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.
In his current role, Stall is responsible for delivery and operational support of the company's CSM business including Information technology, productivity and employee safety. He has 21 years of service at Rockwell Automation, and over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and technology industries, during which he has held many positions of increased responsibility. Stall has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
For the last 5 years, Stall leads Rockwell Automation initiatives to spark “emotional dialogue” and set a stage for a comfortable space where employees can say what’s on their mind and express their fears and concerns. Stall’s leadership is pivotal as Rockwell Automation continues to build a Culture of Inclusion where employees everywhere can do their best work every day.
Managing Director and Head | National Healthcare Group
Joan manages Morgan Stanley’s not-for-profit healthcare investment banking group, ranked as one of the sector’s leaders. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in June 2008, Joan was co-head of the healthcare group at UBS and had worked there since 1979 where she spent her career focused on providing Investment Banking services to the healthcare industry. In her career, Joan has senior managed over $25 billion of healthcare financings covering the largest multi-state systems, academic medical centers, regional systems, free standing hospitals, and long-term care providers. She has also worked on many merger, acquisition and divestiture strategies for her clients. Her recent experience includes financings for Catholic Health Initiatives, SCL Health Systems, Inova Health System, Temple University Health System, Catholic Health Services, Virtua Health, North Shore Long Island Jewish, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. She also covers other 501(c)3 entities including cultural organizations and higher education institutions. Recent financings include Emory University, the New York Public Library, and she acted as advisor to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. for their major campus renovation. Prior to UBS, Joan was with the American Hospital Association in Chicago. Joan received a B.S. cum laude from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where she graduated with honors in finance and health services management.
Court Administrator | Massachusetts Trial Court
Lewis H. “Harry” Spence was appointed in April 2012, as the first Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court by the Commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court. In this newly-created position, he works in collaboration with the Chief Judge of the Trial Court to oversee the operation of seven Trial Court departments with a budget of $560 million, 379 judges and 6,400 court staff across 101 court facilities. He is focused on providing the support and systems to ensure that the Massachusetts Trial Court becomes the outstanding state court system for the twenty-first century.
Most recently, Spence served on the faculties of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education, where he was a Professor of Practice and faculty co-director of the Doctorate in Education Leadership Program.
From 2001 to 2007, Spence served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the state’s child welfare program. In that role he oversaw a budget of $750 million, 3,400 employees and the welfare of 40,000 children. From 1995 to 2000, Spence served as Deputy Chancellor for Operations for the New York City Public Schools, the nation’s largest school system, which has a budget of $10 billion and 120,000 employees serving 1.1 million students
Prior to his work in New York, Spence was appointed by then-Gov. William F. Weld to the post of Receiver for the bankrupt city of Chelsea, Massachusetts, where he served for four years. From 1989 to 1991, Spence was Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; from 1980 to 1984, he served as the Court-Appointed Receiver of the Boston Housing Authority, which became a model for public housing intervention across the nation; and from 1975 to 1978, he held the position of Executive Director of the Cambridge Housing Authority. A lawyer by training, Spence also has worked in private real estate development and as a consultant to the College Board on the Advanced Placement program.
Spence, a resident of Boston, received a J.D. in 1974 from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Harvard College in 1969.