Private Equity: The Path to Success - From a Woman's Perspective
Location: Aldrich 109

Many of us are familiar with Private Equity funds as they are constantly mentioned on the front page of many newspapers or on TV, but only a few know what working in Private Equity really means. This year’s panel "Private Equity: The Path to Success - From a Woman’s Perspective” will try to shed light on this topic with the help of four outstanding women in the private equity industry who have managed to achieve the highest levels of success in very diverse organizations and roles. They will share with us their experience following different career paths and talk about the professional opportunities available in the industry as well as provide their view on what it takes to succeed in such a competitive industry.


Kristin Mugford

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.


Beth Clymer

Executive Vice President | Bain Capital

Beth Clymer joined Bain Capital in 2009 and serves as an Executive Vice President in the Portfolio Group, working alongside company management teams to drive value of the Bain Capital investment including, most recently, Burlington Stores and Bob’s Discount Furniture.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Beth was a consultant at the Parthenon Group where she advised clients in the publishing, information services, education, and manufacturing industries.

Beth received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 2009 (Section G) and a BSE in Operations Research & Financial Engineering in 2003 from Princeton University, where she was also a member of the women’s crew team. Beth serves on the Board of Trustees for UP Academy Schools of Boston & Dorchester and on the New England Advisory Board of Facing History & Ourselves. She lives in Newton with her husband, Brian (HBS ’09H) and they are expecting their first child this spring.

Boriana Karastoyanova

Director in Strategic Partners | Blackstone

Boriana Karastoyanova is a Director in Strategic Partners, Blackstone’s secondary private fund of funds business, which was acquired from Credit Suisse in August 2013. Ms. Karastoyanova focuses on originating, evaluating, structuring and negotiating secondary private equity transactions and co‐ investments, as well as various fund monitoring activities. Ms. Karastoyanova sits on the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners Funds.

In early 2006, Ms. Karastoyanova relocated to Strategic Partners’ London office to lead Strategic Partners’ European operations until her return to New York in late 2008. Before joining Strategic Partners, Ms. Karastoyanova worked in the Financial Sponsors group at Citigroup Investment Banking in New York, where her experience included equity and debt financings, and leveraged buyout transactions. Ms. Karastoyanova received a B.A. cum laude with a
major degree in International Politics & Economics and a minor degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2001. Ms. Karastoyanova is fluent in English, Spanish and Bulgarian and proficient in Russian.

Polina Yampolska

Principal in the Private Investments Group| CPPIB

Polina is a Principal with the Private Investments group of CPPIB and is based in the Toronto office. She is part of the Portfolio Value Creation team, and her responsibility is to help portfolio companies identify and implement value creation opportunities. Polina also leads the thinking about the Private Investments team’s approach to board effectiveness for direct investments (Infrastructure and Direct Private Equity). Polina’s past areas of focus have included Day 1 / Day 100 planning and scoping and implementation of a range of value creation programs.

Prior to joining CPPIB, Polina was a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group, where she spent 10 years advising clients on organizational effectiveness, large-scale transformations, and design and implementation of strategic initiatives. She served clients in Health Care, Financial Services, and other industries. Polina was also a topic expert on public-private partnerships. Prior to BCG, Polina worked in Ukraine with a local consulting firm developing and implementing World Bank and European Union-sponsored infrastructure and restructuring initiatives.

Polina holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS Economics from the Wharton School at
the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Noon

Partner | Riverside Partners LLC Michelle Noon is a Partner at Riverside Partners LLC, a Boston-based technology and healthcare private equity firm with $1B in assets under management. Michelle joined Riverside Partners in 2008 and focuses on technology investments. She brings more than 12 years of experience in private equity and finance to her role. Michelle has added significant value to Riverside's portfolio companies including board roles on Thinklogical, Pilgrim Quality Solutions and GEMCITY Engineering. Prior to joining Riverside, Michelle focused on software and business services investments at Thoma Bravo (aka Thoma Cressey Equity Partners) in San Francisco. Michelle also worked in the investment banking group of Morgan Stanley in New York where she focused on the energy and utilities industries. Michelle holds a bachelor in business administration in finance and business economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband reside in Boston with their two children.


Operations and Supply Chain: Emerging Trends Shaping the Future
Location: Aldrich 110

With ever increasing globalization across value chains, operations and logistics dominate strategic decision making. With considerations of increased digital capabilities, international trade, environmental and social concerns, and changing customer preferences, supply chain issues are complex and transformative. And the impacts vary greatly across business types and geographies, from the very local to the global, from B2B, to B2C and non-profit. The Operations and Supply Chain panel welcomes a host of senior women from some of North America's largest companies to discuss the emerging trends shaping this space and the future of global and local operations.


Janice Hammond

Professor, Technology and Operations Management | 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 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.


Bobbi Wells

Managing Director, Air Operations Planning & Analysis | FedEx

As Managing Director for Air Operations Planning & Analysis, Ms. Wells is responsible for overseeing the planning and asset utilization of FedEx Express Air Operations. These activities include creating the framework for the airline strategic plan and associated objectives. She is also responsible for effective fuel management through the execution and sustainment of Air Operation’s fuel efficiency improvement projects. In addition, she leads an industrial engineering group focused on highly-leveraged process improvement initiatives supporting airline operations.

Similarly, Ms. Wells’ group centrally develops, maintains and analyzes performance metrics as part of the airline’s continual improvement projects. Finally, her group oversees the airline capital, facilities and human resource requirements planning to ensure timely and effective deployment of critical assets. Ms. Wells was selected for the exclusive FedEx EXCEL DRIVE Program designed to develop targeted executives. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the International Aviation Women’s Association.

Ms. Wells joined FedEx in 1993. As Senior Manager for Global Operations Control, she had responsibility for the command and control of the FedEx line-haul (aircraft) system worldwide, as well as providing training, standards, and ATC support of GOC. Prior to GOC, she served as a Senior Manager in Domestic Ground Operations in New York and New Jersey and as Manager for the transport engineering and planning team in Memphis. In 2000, 2006 and 2013, Ms. Wells received the Five Star Award, FedEx’s highest recognition for achievement.

Before joining FedEx, she served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a Logistics Officer. Her assignments included command of Alpha Company, Main Support Battalion in the 3rd Armored Division located in Germany. Ms. Wells is the recipient of several awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal

She was born and raised in Pinedale, Wyoming and holds degrees from the University of Memphis (MBA) and University of Notre Dame (BA). She is married and has two sons.

Anne-Marie Renaud

VP of Supply Chain | PepsiCo Foods Canada

Anne-Marie Renaud, Vice President of Supply Chain joined Frito-Lay Canada in 1984 as Quality Supervisor for the Lauzon plant located on the south shore of Quebec city. Through the next 16 years, she occupied several different roles of increased responsibilties at that same location including leading a large site expansion in 1997. From 2001 to 2005 she served as the first Eastern Canada Operation Director. In 2006 she moved with her family to the US, South Boston, to become the Region Vice President of Northeast Operations. In June 2007 she moved to Toronto to become Vice President of Operations – FLC, PepsiCo Foods Canada. In February 2012 she took additional responsibility for the Quaker supply chain and was appointed as VP of Supply Chain for PepsiCo Foods Canada.

Anne-Marie holds a Specialized Bachelors degree in Food Science from Laval University with a Major In Chemistry. She is actively involved with Guelph University developing a unique partnership between this school and PepsiCo. Since 2011 Anne-Marie has been involved with the United Way of Peel and serves as a member of the Campaign Cabinet. For the 4th year she is also the PepsiCo Captain of the walk for the cure for women’s cancer.

Anne-Marie and her husband André have four daughters, Catherine, Alexandra, Stéphanie and Laurence and they live in Oakville Ontario. She is also a grand mother to Samuelle who lives in Quebec city with her parents. In her spare time she likes to travel, golf, and enjoys cooking.

Janice Whaley

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer | LifeShare

Janice Whaley has been involved in organ and tissue procurement for 22+ years. Whaley served the Birmingham based Alabama Organ Center for 11 of those years, joined the Houston- based LifeGift Organ Donation Center for ten years and in February 2014 joined the LifeShare team.

As the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating officer, Whaley is responsible for the overall operational direction of the organization, providing leadership, management, and the vision necessary to ensure LifeShare has the proper operational controls, operational administrative and reporting procedures and people/systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure operating efficiency.

A committed advocate for donation, Whaley has served on several national boards and committees related to organ and tissue donation and recovery. She is a member of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and served as president in 2003. Whaley is also a member of the North American Association of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO), the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Association of Tissue Banking (AATB). She was also appointed by HRSA to serve as a faculty member for the National Learning Congress (NLC) in 2012 and she currently serves on AOPO’s COO council and planning committee for the annual meeting.

Whaley graduated from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She received a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and most recently completed a post graduate certificate from Harvard Business School, Executive Management Program. Whaley currently is certified in both organ and tissue recovery through ABTC and the AATB, respectively.

Social Enterprise

Creating New Models in Social Enterprise
Location: Aldrich 111


Matt Segneri

Director | Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

Matt Segneri is the Director of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative.
The mission of the Social Enterprise Initiative is to inspire, educate, and support leaders across all sectors who make a difference in the world. Matt oversees the Initiative's strategic and operational goals, including MBA and executive education programming, alumni and practitioner engagement, and social enterprise faculty research and curriculum support. He manages the Initiative's operations, staff, and budget.

Prior to joining HBS, Matt served as a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where he led initiatives to promote public sector innovation and spread ideas among cities. He co-led the inaugural Mayors Challenge, a $9 million prize competition to inspire American cities to develop bold solutions to common challenges that expanded to Europe in 2013. He also developed and oversaw initiatives on cross-sector collaboration, evidence-based government, and innovation teams in governments around the world.

Previously, Matt served as a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He joined the Mayor’s Office as an HBS Leadership Fellow and focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, service and civic engagement, and safety and security. He also worked in the Special Advisor Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and led projects at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and Bennett Midland for clients across the private, public, and social sectors.

Matt holds an A.B. with honors in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he served as Co-President of the Social Enterprise Club. He serves on the board of directors of Generation Citizen and is a Truman National Security Fellow and a Fuse Corps Advisor. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.


Jarasa Kanok

Senior Manager | Monitor Institute (Deloitte)

Jarasa is a senior manager with the Monitor Institute, Deloitte's consulting practice focused surfacing and spreading next practices in addressing social and environmental challenges. She works with mission-driven organizations and their leaders on issues of strategy, innovation, and aligned action. In addition to her client service responsibilities, Jarasa also serves in a Chief of Staff role for Monitor Institute to coordinating its operations. Her previous experience includes leading a major part of Deloitte’s acquisition and integration of Monitor Group, coordinating Monitor’s capability and thought leadership activities, and corporate and marketing strategy work for clients across a wide range of industries.

Casey Littlefield

Director | Social Finance

Casey Littlefield is a Director at Social Finance, previously serving as Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Advisor to the CEO. Casey leads projects in advisory services, and structures Pay for Success and Social Impact Bond transactions across issue areas, working with clients and stakeholders to develop and execute successful initiatives. Committed to supporting efficient scaling and impact in the social sector, she has experience in management consulting, financial services, and the nonprofit sector. Before joining Social Finance, Casey was an Education Pioneers Fellow at Education Growth where she provided transaction support for organizations that offered compelling solutions to unmet needs in education. Earlier in her career, Casey worked at New Leaders where she was responsible for strategic planning initiatives,assisted in the launch of Teach For India in Mumbai, and worked in management consulting at Oliver Wyman Group. Casey holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in history from Yale University.

Elizabeth Brown

Cofounder of Uncommon Union | Partner of Collaboration Quests

With degrees in Anthropology from Columbia University and Design from Parsons, Elizabeth Brown represents a brand development vanguard uniting global, technological, and social concerns. She has introduced leading international brands, like Sony Ericsson, into the North American market. Additionally She was a driving force in founding some of the first public/private partnerships of their kind, such as Choose Haiti and Maiden Nation.

By harnessing the power of social media, coordinating diverse businesses and artisans, and expanding access through global commerce, Elizabeth is focused on how new consumers think about and choose products. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Time, Glamour Magazine, BBC, CNN and Mashable.

She is a co-founder of Uncommon Union, a new kind of agency serving social business, which is entrusted to manage brands for responsible companies associated with luminaries like Hugh Jackman, Paul Farmer and Matt Damon. Uncommon Union is always developing new public/private relationships and products with organizations such as the United Nations and Partners In Health.

Most recently, Elizabeth joined the Good Mind Hunting team to partner on producing the world's first mass collaboration platform to be launched in 2015.

Mariam Alsikafi

Executive Director | The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America

Mariam Alsikafi is the Executive Director for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to Cultural and Historic Preservation and Educational Outreach in South Asia and the US. She brings with her a unique perspective from time spent in finance and management, allowing her to refine and develop a sustainable and ambitious strategy for the organization that includes raising funds and developing access to cutting edge education policy and tools. With a deep understanding of the higher education landscape, an orientation to building partnerships and an emphasis on learning and growth, she has led Exchange for Change projects between schools in Pakistan and North America and a pilot history and culture project with the Google Cultural Insitute.

She has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at the Harvard Business School, the Silk Road Theater Project and the Women's Steering Committee for CARE USA. She is currently a Chicago host for Free the Children, a member of the Founders' Board at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the President's Circle at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Mariam Alsikafi was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. She attended Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School.

Analisa Balares

CEO and Founder | Womensphere Analisa Balares is the founder and CEO of Womensphere, and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation ( She put together the plan for Womensphere while she was at HBS, and launched it two years after graduating. She is one of a few HBS alumni who is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, for her global leadership with Womensphere. She is also the founder of the new Womensphere Global Network: which brings together influential leaders across society, and “inspires, connects, and invests in women leaders, innovators, scientists, creators, entrepreneurs, and the next generation of women leaders - to boldly envision, to achieve, to transform our world, and to create our future.”


Marketing and Consumer Goods: Trends Shaping the Future
Location: Aldrich 010

Companies have more access to customer data than ever before: How can companies find new avenues for collecting data and how can they best analyze and use it to identify customer trends? Also, how has digital marketing helped to create campaigns which are targeted and relevant to the lives of specific customers? In addition, the panel will cover the role of social media/Viral advertising/ Instant messaging in order to produce the best and least expensive marketing campaigns.

Lauren Murphy

Director of Career and Professional Development | Harvard Business School

Lauren Murphy is Director of Career and Professional Development serving MBA students and Alumni at the Harvard Business School. She leads the team managing 42 Career Coaches and developing over 150 career programs. She is the Sector Manager responsible for career-related relationships with Consumer Packaged Goods companies. Over her 10 years at HBS, Lauren has been Sector Manager for Retail & Luxury Goods, Health Care and Manufacturing industries.

Lauren began her marketing career as an Assistant Buyer and Department Manager for Dillard’s of Houston. She spent 8 years with Procter and Gamble where she held various marketing management positions on familiar brands including Crisco Oil and Duncan Hines. Lauren has also coached students and executives at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Kennedy School, HBS Executive Education programs and Wellesley College.

Ms. Murphy holds a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Columbia University.


Amanda Burlison

Associate Marketing Manager | General Mills

Amanda Burlison (HBS ’14) is an Associate Marketing Manager (AMM) for General Mills, Inc. Amanda’s early career in CPG has focused on building brands that serve the expanding consumer needs for wholesome food, wellness, and sustainability. Before joining General Mills, she interned in Nike’s Corporate Strategy & Development group, where she developed recommendations for further engaging the Nike+ Running app community and facilitated strategic planning for the Women’s Training division. In her first role at General Mills, she led commercialization of all new products for Cascadian Farm Organic, a brand committed to organic farming principles, healthful ingredients and partnership with nature. In her current role, she is working to expand and build the brand equity of two growing yogurt brands in the General Mills portfolio - Liberté and Mountain High. Both brands focus on consumers who value simplicity, authenticity and health, allowing Amanda to translate her insights from prior CPG experiences into the dairy category.

Jessica Deckinger

Vice President, Head of Marketing | Merchant Customer Exchange

Jessica Deckinger is currently the Vice President, Head of Marketing for Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consumer-focused tech start-up based in Boston. She works closely with leading retailers in the mobile wallet space. Early in her career, Jessica made the challenging leap from global finance at JPMorgan to operations at the National Football League before finding her true passion in consumer marketing. Jessica’s marketing roles have included global positions with Keds, Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Avon Products. Jessica holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jessica currently lives in Weston, Massachusetts, with her husband and three amazing little girls.

Sara Bergson

Global Lead - Energy Category and Brands | PepsiCo

Sara leads the marketing, innovation and business strategy for PepsiCo’s fastest growing portfolio of beverage brands with a revenue exceeding $1 Billion. During her time at PepsiCo, Sara has driven transformational change across some of the company’s most challenging strategic problems in areas as diverse as Pepsi brand innovation, making tap water relevant and securing over $3Bn of investment for China growth. Before joining PepsiCo, Sara worked as a strategy consultant at Booz & Co where she specialized in helping consumer packaged goods and retail clients create sustainable competitive through shelf-centered collaboration. Sara began her career at Procter & Gamble where she was responsible for designing and deploying sales, marketing, competitive and go-to-market plans for laundry & home care for Canada’s largest customer in Ontario and then was responsible nationally for the feminine care business. Ms. Bergson is a graduate of York University (Canada) with a B.A. in Psychology and History and holds a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University (UK). She also received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is an active Board member of Natural Areas Conservancy a non-profit that conserves and protects NYC’s green and blue spaces. Sara lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Gary, their son Ryan and their spoiled dog Charlie.

Liqi Peng

Director, Gillete Global | Procter & Gamble

Liqi Peng is a Brand Director leading Gillette Premium line’s global business (US$2billion Revenue) in Procter & Gamble (P&G) company, in charge of growth, innovation and brand building. She is the first P&G China-grown brand director coming to U.S. to lead global business in P&G China’s history. She worked in P&G for 19 years. Before the current role, she led 4 billion$ brands for P&G in various markets including Gillette Mach3 for Global Emerging market (US$1.5billion) , Always/Whisper ($500million P&L), Olay and Ariel for China. She turned around Gillette Mach3 in Emerging Market, created new marketing and business models delivered the fastest growth in Whisper/Always’ history in Greater China. She doubled brand equity and won the first Cannes Lion on digital for P&G. Before joining business and marketing, from 1995 to 1999, she spend 4 years in running large manufacturing site with hundreds of people responsibility at P&G Beijing, restructuring and transforming the then newly acquired state-owned company into P&G system and culture. Her expertise lies in P&L, strategy, innovation, cross-culture global brand building as well as transforming organization and culture. She is also a passionate leader in diversity and women’s development in the past 12 years. Right now, she is the co-leader of Boston Women’s Network at P&G. During the past 5 years, she also devoted herself into global leadership development helping Asians on global leadership skills and helping western business leaders with better understanding of Chinese talents and markets. She is a frequent speaker on Asia and China business matters at Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Columbia business school, Babson College and University of Southern California. Liqi has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from HUST, China. She also graduated from HBS’ Advanced Management Program (AMP182) in the spring of 2012. Liqi is married with 2 children. Her family resides in Boston, MA.

The C-Suite Perspective

The C-Suite Perspective: Managing a Fortune 100 Company
Location: Aldrich 011

While women have made significant progress in reaching the upper ranks of leadership positions, there are still only 24 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. This panel will provide insight into the keys to a successful career for women looking to make it to the top.


Rebecca Henderson

John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University | Professor, General Management and Strategy at Harvard Business School

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Professor Henderson is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work explores how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the environment. She teaches Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment and Reimagining Capitalism in the MBA Program.

From 1998 to 2009, Professor Henderson was the Eastman Kodak Professor of Management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she ran the strategy group and taught courses in strategy, technology strategy, and sustainability. She received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a doctorate in business economics from Harvard.

Professor Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen and of IDEXX Laboratories, and she has worked with both members of the Fortune 100 and small, technology-orientated start-ups. She was retained by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the remedies phase of the Microsoft trial, and in 2001 she was named Teacher of the Year at the Sloan School. Her work has been published in a range of scholarly journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, The RAND Journal of Economics, andOrganization Science.

Her most recent publication is Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors, edited jointly with Richard Newell and published by the University of Chicago Press for National Bureau of Economic Research.


Mojgan Lefebvre

SVP & CIO, Global Specialty | Liberty Mutual Global Specialty

Mojgan Lefebvre is SVP & CIO for Liberty Mutual Global Specialty. In this role, she drives technology strategy and execution globally, for Global Specialty’s three business entities.

Prior to joining Liberty in 2010, Mojgan was EVP and Global CIO for bioMerieux, a medical device company with 8000 employees across the globe. She has also held various leadership positions in both business and technology at Teletech, eRoom, and Bain.

Mojgan is a lecturer with MIT Sloan's CIO development program, and an active advisory board member of Women In Insurance Leadership.

Mojgan earned her Bachelors in Computer Science, summa cum laude, from Georgia Tech and her MBA
from Harvard Business School.

Tracey Belcourt

EVP Strategy | Mondelez International

Tracey Belcourt is Executive Vice President of Strategy for Mondelēz International, Inc., and has functional responsibility for global strategy, strategic planning and mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Tracey joined Kraft Foods just prior to the spinoff of the company’s North American grocery business in 2012.

Prior to joining Kraft Foods and Mondelēz International, Tracey was a partner with Bain & Company in Toronto for a number of years. At Bain, she specialized in the design and implementation of growth strategies to improve business performance across a variety of consumer industries. Before that, Tracey was an economic consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in Africa, and was an assistant professor of economics at Concordia
University in Montreal.

Tracey has worked in Asia and Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. She has a
master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Queen’s University in Canada, and a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta.

Kristie Juster

President, Writing | Newell Rubbermaid

Kristie Juster is a global leader and entrepreneur with proven experience building businesses for long-term sustainable growth. Kristie has been with Newell Rubbermaid since it acquired the company she co-founded in 1995. Currently, she is President of Newell Rubbermaid’s Global Writing segment, where she was promoted in early 2014 to lead the accelerated growth model for the Sharpie, PaperMate, Expo, Waterman, Parker and Dymo brands in both developed and emerging markets. Among her previous roles at Newell Rubbermaid: - President of the company’s Baby & Parenting business for three years, delivering the business to top performing segment servicing the Graco, Aprica and Teutonia brands. - President of the company’s Calphalon business for eight years, during which she doubled sales and income, launched innovative new product categories, grew the brand’s retail outlet operations and built new strategic customer partnerships. - President of the company’s Décor business unit leading the Levolor and Kirsch brands. - In addition, Kristie held various sales leadership roles earlier in her career. Before joining Newell Rubbermaid, Kristie co-founded and built PC Compatibles, a U.S. maker of computer accessories for office environments, which was acquired into Newell Rubbermaid’s office products portfolio. She began her career in specialty food sales. Kristie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Hotel Administration.

Jennifer L. Weber

Executive Vice President,External Affairs and Strategic Policy | Duke Energy

As executive vice president of external affairs and strategic policy for Duke Energy, Jennifer Weber leads the federal affairs, public affairs, environmental and energy policy, corporate communications, and sustainability functions. Her communications responsibilities include strategy and services: support for the company's businesses, brand management, media relations, social media and Web presence. In addition, Jennifer has responsibility for The Duke Energy Foundation and community affairs. Previously, Jennifer served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Duke Energy, where she led the human resources and communications functions. This included human resources policy and strategy, talent management and diversity, employee and labor relations, total rewards strategies and programs, and delivery of business partner services. In addition, Jennifer had responsibility for the administrative services function, which included aviation, enterprise protective services, real estate, support services and land services. Jennifer joined Duke Energy in November 2008 from Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 2005 to 2008, she served Scripps, and then Scripps Networks Interactive when the company was spun off, as senior vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Scripps in 2005, Jennifer worked at the consulting firm Tower Perrin for 12 years - as a partner and as managing principal of the firm's Cincinnati office. In that role, she participated in the design and implementation of total rewards strategies and programs for many large clients. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Jennifer received a master's degree form Carnegie Mellon University. She also earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Ohio, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Jennifer currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the United Way of Central Carolinas. Prior to her relocation to Charlotte, she served on the boards of the Dan Beard Boy Scout Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Salvation Army. She also participated in Leadership Cincinnati. Jennifer and her husband, Eric, have two daughters and a son.


Entrepreneurship: The Real Deal
Location: Aldrich 012

This panel will tackle tricky situations that entrepreneurs (female entrepreneurs in particular) face. We will explore a broad range of issues, including whether to found with a spouse or friend, what personality traits matter (and which don't), and how to navigate raising capital as a woman in an extremely male-dominated field (hear stories such as the VC asking you out on a date after your pitch). Furthermore, we will learn how experienced female entrepreneurs handled many of these challenges.


Meredith McPherron

Director, 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,, 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.


Renata Mutis Black

Founder, Seven Bar Foundation and Empowered By You

Renata M. Black founded Seven Bar Foundation in 2009 after having studied microfinance under Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus in 2006 and launching a microfinance program in India for over 800 women in 2007. To reach a critical mass back in the US, she created luxury lingerie shows in the top 15 cities including Lingerie New York, Lingerie Miami, and Lingerie London. These shows have redirected the power of the luxury industry to the empowerment of women with over 4 billion media impressions and yielding half a million dollars in microfinance funding, impacting 2,500 women globally. In October of 2012 Black launched the social enterprise Empowered By You lingerie brand with the ethos – What Empowers You, Empowers Women Everywhere. 20% of every sale goes to the Seven Bar Foundation to fund small business loans for women. Empowered By You makes the perfect everyday seamless panty collection that repositions lingerie as a tool for empowerment rather than one of seduction, creating inner armor for outer strength. The lingerie is produced in Sri Lanka at a facility that has won UN Awards for championing the UN’s Women Empowerment Principals. Each Empowered By You package includes an insert with a personal testimonial from a woman who has received a loan from the Seven Bar Foundation to start her own business. The product, found in over 125 stores, is a lifestyle brand now expanding into designer collaborations. Renata is an expert in female entrepreneurship, women empowerment and paradigm shifts. She has spoken about female empowerment and women in business at numerous institutions, most recently at the United Nations and Harvard Business School. Deepak Chopra has dedicated a chapter to Renata in his book, "The Soul of Leadership." She writes a blog for the Huffington Post called, "Paradigm Shifters" and is featured as a MAKER on AOL.

Pam Randhawa

CEO and Founder | Empiriko

Pam Randhawa is Founder and CEO of Empiriko, a biotechnology company that has developed biomimetic platforms -- Biomimiks™-- a game-changing chemosynthetic livers that mimics the in vivo metabolism mediated by liver enzymes (cytochrome P450). Ms. Randhawa has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Having worked in executive management, business development, product management, marketing and consulting, Ms. Randhawa is uniquely qualified to set corporate direction, guide product evolution and grow successful businesses. Prior to founding Empiriko, Ms. Randhawa served as VP of Strategic Development at Sermo, the largest US Physician Online Community, where she was responsible for identifying and developing new markets in the areas of clinical development, analytics and international expansion. Prior to joining Sermo, she served as VP of Global Marketing at Phase Forward (now Oracle), a leader in Electronic Data Capture, management and safety. Previously, Ms. Randhawa was Director of Analytical Development at McKesson Corporation, where she effectively developed healthcare technology products that leveraged healthcare longitudinal data to assess the effectiveness of various drug therapies and disease severity. She also served as an independent consultant to the Ohio Department of Health, where she led a statewide taskforce for the Health Status of Ohioans for the State Health Plan, and other major projects. In addition to her current role as CEO and Founder of Empiriko, Ms. Randhawa served as co-founder of AgroGreen Biofuels, an alternative biofuels technology company that produces alkanols from plant waste and MedSilico, a healthcare technology company. Ms. Randhawa holds a Bachelors Degree in economics from the University of Rajasthan, India, and received a Masters Degree from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie-Mellon University. She also served on the MIT blackjack team (basis for the movie “21”) as a player (card counter) and an investor.

Iva Teixeira

SVP Operations | par8o

Iva Teixeira is Senior Vice President of Operations at par8o, a Boston-based healthcare technology company, which matches the right patient to the right resource at the right time. At par8o, Iva is charged with building the organization’s infrastructure and culture, managing and growing par8o’s client base, and providing counsel that improves par8o’s ability to optimize the patient’s experience as a consumer of healthcare. Prior to joining par8o, Iva worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in the Healthcare, Private Equity and Organization Practices. There she evaluated and advised clients on their acquisition and partnership strategies to gain competitive advantages in the marketplace. She has also helped develop strategies to drive client and consumer engagement at Good Measures, LLC and developed partnership strategy at Kala Pharmaceuticals. Before HBS, Iva spearheaded the launch of the Supply Chain and Operations Six Sigma program at Johnsonville Sausage, LLC. In addition to her HBS degree (MBA’11), Iva holds a MS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from University of Michigan, and a BS in Mathematics and Business from Marian University. Iva, her husband and their two young children live in Somerville, MA. Apart from building businesses, she loves to cook for family and friends, and is currently working on getting back to her daily Yoga practice after giving birth in October 2014.

Jules Pieri

CEO and Co-Founder | The Grommet

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of She completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform. This extension of the Grommet business connects Makers with Main Street Retailers--by bridging the gap between the two and helping to ensure The Grommet’s goal that within five years 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail originate from independent small-scale Makers. Jules is frequently tapped to speak on consumer trends and technologies, design, and entrepreneurship and has done so at many such institutions as HBS, SCAD, and MIT and at conferences, such as Internet Retailer and SXSW. She’s been featured in media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. Jules writes a personal blog on these subjects at and posts as @julespieri on Twitter and Instagram.

How Star Women Succeed

Case Discussion: How Star Women Succeed
Location: Aldrich 112

We’re delighted to welcome last year’s keynote speaker Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, back to the WSA Conference. Ms. Harris is an HBS graduate who has built a successful career over the span of 25+ years both on and off Wall Street. She is also a celebrated vocalist and author. In this workshop we will launch a brand new HBS case featuring Ms. Harris as the protagonist. We will have a mini-case discussion followed by a conversation with Ms. Harris. The session will be facilitated by Professor Lakshmi Ramarajan.


Lakshmi Ramarajan

Assistant Professor | Harvard Business School

Lakshmi Ramarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Her research examines the management and consequences of identities in organizations.

Lakshmi's research examines how people can work fruitfully across social divides, with a particular emphasis on identities and group boundaries. Her research addresses two broad questions: 1) How does the work environment shape people’s experiences as members of particular groups and of their multiple identities? 2) What are the consequences of multiple identities and group differences in organizations? She investigates professional and work identities alongside other identities that are important to people, such as ethnicity, community and family. She examines consequences such as employee engagement and commitment to work, career success and satisfaction, quality of interpersonal and intergroup relations, and performance. In recent work, using experiments, surveys and interviews, she has examined how individuals’ manage their organizational, cultural and personal identities, and how these identities interact to influence engagement and performance.

Lakshmi earned her B.A. (Honors) in International Relations from Wellesley College, her M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her PhD in Management from The Wharton School of Business. She was awarded the State Farm Foundation Dissertation Proposal Award in 2008. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School from 2008 to 2010.

Prior to her academic career, Lakshmi worked in international development, managing conflict resolution programs in West Africa with a focus on gender and workforce development. She was also a professional dancer for several years.


Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Wealth Management | Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”

She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Ms. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee on University Resources, Harvard University. She has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She is also the author of the newly released book, Strategies to Win and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).


Finance: Redefining the Status Quo
Location: Aldrich 108

It is no secret that "the status quo" in the field of finance has historically translated to a male dominated situation. This year's panel comprises four outstanding women in the industry who are helping to change that reality. The panel will explore what it takes to forge a successful career as a woman in finance as well as what the new paradigm may look like. Specifically, we hope to address the questions of if, and how, being female in a male dominated industry impacts women’s ability to be completely authentic in the workplace.


Kristin Mugford

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.


Coventry Edwards-Pitt

Chief Wealth Advisory Partner | Ballentine Partners

Coventry Edwards‐Pitt is the Chief Wealth Advisory Officer of Ballentine Partners, LLC, a firm that specializes in providing investment and wealth management advice to wealthy families and entrepreneurs. Covie leads the firm’s wealth advising practice and several of the firm’s large family client engagements. She began her career at Goldman Sachs after graduating from Harvard University.  

Covie has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” (Wealth Manager/ 2008‐2011) and one of the “20 Rising Stars of Wealth Management” (Institutional Investor News 2008).

Ms. Edwards‐Pitt serves on the Professional Advisor Committee of the Boston Foundation and on the board of Emmanuel Music.  She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.  Visit the author online at

Reena Pally

Chief of Staff to CIO | MetLife Investments

Reena Pally serves as the Chief of Staff to MetLife’s Chief Investment Officer. In this role, Reena is responsible for supporting MetLife’s Chief Investment Officer and the Investments’ leadership team. She oversees a number of critical areas and projects for Investments, including executive communications on investment strategy, portfolio positioning and asset sector performance to the Board of Directors, its Investment Committee, and the Executive Group. She works closely with Finance, Treasury, Investor Relations and Government Affairs on key messaging to MetLife’s stakeholders, including Wall Street analysts, rating agencies, regulators and the financial media.

Reena joined MetLife’s Investment Management Program in 2002 and has developed her investment skills in multiple asset sectors. Prior to her current role, she was the Trader and Assistant Portfolio Manager of the Leveraged Loan portfolio, where she was responsible for all secondary market opportunities, as well as for contributing to the underwriting of new transactions. Prior to this, Reena was the Portfolio Manager of the Middle Market Leveraged Loan portfolio, where she successfully led MetLife’s re-entry into the asset class and generated attractive relative value. While she served as a director in Corporate Distressed Investments, Reena led several restructurings and helped to negotiate successful outcomes for MetLife on a number of high profile transactions.

She received an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a BS from New York University Stern School of Business. Reena is a member of the Women’s Bond Club, a professional organization focused on women in finance.

Jaime Wall

Partner | WJ Partners

Jaime Wall joined WJ Partners, LLC in 2010 and is responsible for deal sourcing, executing investments, and portfolio management. Prior to joining WJ Partners, Ms. Wall worked at Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity investment firm with more than $3.0 billion in capital under management, and at Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill, a New York-based private equity investment firm with approximately $1.4 billion in capital under management. Ms. Wall has significant expertise evaluating and working with businesses in the consumer products and services sector, including McCormick & Schmick, Remington Arms, and Pet Valu.

Ms. Wall currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pet Valu. Ms. Wall started her career at Bowles Hollowell Conner, a leading middle-market investment bank focused on merger and advisory services. Ms. Wall graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College with a B.A. in Economics and received a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Liberty Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Jaime is also a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).

Competing Globally

Competing Globally: Women Leading International Businesses
Location: Aldrich 109

A global perspective is key nowadays. This panel will explore how leaders are adapting their businesses to a shrinking world, and turning global agility into a competitive advantage.


Robyn Ely

Professor, WSA Sponsor | 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 published work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial diversity on retail bank performance, and a framework for the design and delivery of women’s leadership development programs.

Professor Ely is presently conducting research on how women can be effective leaders in the face of gender stereotypes and the so-called “double bind” (the well-documented phenomenon whereby women leaders face a trade-off between being liked and being seen as competent); a study of how cultural beliefs about work and family limit both men’s and women’s ability to thrive professionally and lead whole, fulfilled lives; and a comprehensive, longitudinal study of HBS alumni career and life decisions.

In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Professor Ely is leading 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 School’s mission. Professor Ely has taught MBA courses in leadership, diversity, teams, and statistics and doctoral courses in gender and race relations and in field research methods; she has also taught in HBS’s executive education programs, including leadership programs designed specifically for women.


Leah Stearns

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations | American Tower

Leah Stearns is currently the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and was appointed Treasurer of American Tower Corporation in December 2013. Leah joined American Tower in 2001 and has held various roles throughout the corporate finance department including tax, financial planning and analysis and investor relations. In 2014, Leah was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as the Top IR Executive in Telecom, as ranked by the buy-side for the second consecutive year.

Leah holds a BS in Management and Finance from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Leah currently serves on the board of a local non-profit, The Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and also serves as their Treasurer.

Sara Bergsen

Global Lead - Energy Category and Brands | PepsiCo

Sara leads the marketing, innovation and business strategy for PepsiCo’s fastest growing portfolio of beverage brands with a revenue exceeding $1 Billion. During her time at PepsiCo, Sara has driven transformational change across some of the company’s most challenging strategic problems in areas as diverse as Pepsi brand innovation, making tap water relevant and securing over $3Bn of investment for China growth.

Before joining PepsiCo, Sara worked as a strategy consultant at Booz & Co where she specialized in helping consumer packaged goods and retail clients create sustainable competitive through shelf-centered collaboration. Sara began her career at Procter & Gamble where she was responsible for designing and deploying sales, marketing, competitive and go-to-market plans for laundry & home care for Canada’s largest customer in Ontario and then was responsible nationally for the feminine care business.

Ms. Bergson is a graduate of York University (Canada) with a B.A. in Psychology and History and holds a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University (UK). She also received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is an active Board member of Natural Areas Conservancy a non-profit that conserves and protects NYC’s green and blue spaces.

Sara lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, Gary, their son Ryan and their spoiled dog Charlie.

Janice Semper

Manager, Executive Development - GE Corporate | GE

Janice L. Semper is Manager, Executive Development in GE Corporate. She is responsible for the performance management, talent management and other corporate leadership development processes and the Senior Executive Leadership curriculum at Crotonville. Prior to her current position, she was appointed as the HR Director for GE Capital Solutions Europe in 2006 based in London. GE Capital Solutions provided asset-based financing and services including equipment financing programs, fleet leasing and inventory finance. It employed over 5000 employees across Europe and had $25B in net earning assets. She also served as the HR Director for European Equipment Finance from 2004-2006.

Janice has been with GE for 17 years. Before moving to Europe, she held the position of HR Director for GE Capital Aviation Services in Stamford, Connecticut. She also served as the HR Director for GE Equity and GE Capital Markets Services in addition to two roles in GE Capital Corporate - HR Specialist, Diversity and HR Leader for GE Capital Risk and Sourcing.

Janice began her career with Pepsi-Cola Company where she worked for six years holding a number of positions in Human Resources including Management Development, Organization Development and Training Specialist.

Janice earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University in New York.

Evangelia Papoutsakis

Leader of Partner Marketing Communication | Pinterest

Leading in Times of Crisis

Leading in Times of Crisis: Moments of Truth
Location: Aldrich 110

The “Leading in Times of Crisis: Moments of Truth” panel will feature outstanding women who have demonstrated crucial leadership as well as personal and professional growth. Each panelist will share with us her own Moment of Truth experience, and her key lessons learned. This panel will be moderated by Mitchell Weiss, who guided the Mayor's Office response to the Marathon Bombings in April 2013. This panel will illuminate key elements for success in change management during periods of volatility. We will uncover building blocks to assemble a framework for change and understand critical questions that leaders must ask themselves in times of crisis. Please join us if you would like to hear more about how to maintain your vision, how to harness the energy to move forward and how to communicate and motivate others in times of crisis.


Mitchell Weiss

Senior Lecturer, Public Entrepreneurship | Harvard Business School

Mitch Weiss is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. He created and teaches the school's course on Public Entrepreneurship—on public leaders and private entrepreneurs who invent a difference in the world. He also teaches Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development, an experiential, field-based course in the first year of the MBA Program. His research interests in addition include digital transformation, peer production, innovation ecosystems, and relationship-based leadership.

Prior to joining HBS in 2014, Mitch was Chief of Staff and a partner to Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino. Mitch helped shape New Urban Mechanics, Boston’s municipal innovation strategy, and make it a model for peer-produced government and change. He also championed Boston’s Innovation District as a regional platform for entrepreneurship and growth.

Mitch contributed to Boston’s educational reform agenda, including its District-Charter compact. He led speechwriting for the Mayor’s Inaugural and State of the City addresses. In April 2013, he guided the Mayor’s Office response to the Marathon Bombings and played a key role in starting One Fund Boston.

Mitch has presented on government innovation at 10 Downing Street and the World Bank. He was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “Top 40 under 40” and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.”

From 2006 to 2009, Mitch was the first Executive Director of the Tobin Project, a catalyst for transformative research in the social sciences. Prior to his roles in the public and social sectors, Mitch worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions for many well-recognized food companies.

Mitch holds an A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George Baker Scholar.


Sue Thirlwall

CEO | MiniLuxe

Sue Thirlwall joined MiniLuxe in 2011 as Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Engagement Officer to transform the manicure, pedicure and waxing business. Sue has previously specialized in foodservice, retail and franchise arenas. Prior to joining MiniLuxe, Sue was the Chief Brand Officer for Baskin-Robbins (Dunkin' Brands) and CEO of Franchise Concepts and Ventures. Sue held a variety of senior executive, operations, concept development at the territory and national level at PepsiCo/ Tricon/ YUM! Brands. Additionally, Sue was a Senior Manager at Deloitte's management consulting practice where she worked with leading retail and consumer product companies.

Sue received her BS from the University of Southern California and her MBA from Harvard.

Taran Swan

CEO | R2T2 Laboratories

Taran Swan is a general manager and business advisor.

Taran’s career and business choices have rewarded her with rich experiences. Early in her career, Taran was exposed to high-powered business leaders and learned from their management methods, strengths and weaknesses, and successes and failures. Since those early days Taran has developed business strategies, built teams, and launched and run businesses.

Taran is known for her ability to identify talent, inspire and motivate people, improve the effectiveness of organizations and operations, and drive organizations to deliver strong business results. She is also known as a trusted advisor to senior executives seeking to accelerate the development and effectiveness of their people, teams, and organizations.

In 2011, Taran became a Co-Founder and CEO of R2T2 Laboratories Inc. R2T2 develops and sells products that help athletes and active people relieve pain, recover faster, reduce injury risk and reach their personal best performance. The company’s first product, Therma4 (, launched in the institutional markets in December 2013, and is being used by pro sports teams and elite healthcare professionals. Therma4 was recently featured on a segment of The Dr. Oz Show to strong critical reviews. R2T2 plans to launch Therma4 in the consumer market in 2015.

Taran has held senior executive P&L positions at the Walt Disney Company, Viacom (MTV Networks/Nickelodeon), and Salomon Brothers. Taran has also served on the boards of a venture capital fund and an early-stage multicultural multimedia business backed by Goldman, Sachs & Co.

As an Executive Vice President at Nickelodeon, Taran’s work at Nickelodeon was chronicled in the Harvard Business School case study, Taran Swan at Nickelodeon Latin America.

Taran received an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, attended NYU’s Courant Graduate School of Mathematics as a Bell Laboratories Fellow, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Margaret Hudlin

SVP, CMO | UMass Memorial

Dr. Margaret Hudlin is the Chief Medical and Quality Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. She received a BSN from Simmons College and M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Surgery residency and Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care were completed at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Hudlin completed a Master’s in Health Care Management at HSPH. She has spent 36 years in health care in a variety of roles, including as Physician Quality Officer and Vice President of Perioperative Services. She has demonstrated leadership in process improvement, communication and team work in health care throughout her career. Balancing organizational focus on the provision of safe, quality care during a major financial turnaround has been the focus of her work over the past few years. She resides in Central MA with her husband, has two children and the pleasure of five grandchildren .

Juliana Farrell

Director of Operations, Founding Member | Evolving Wisdom

Juliana Farrell is a conscious business leader and entrepreneur deeply committed to leading initiatives that uplift and inspire personal and global transformation and change. Juliana is currently the Director of Operations at Evolving Wisdom, a leading edge, nationally acclaimed personal growth and online education company, recognized in 2013 as #83 on Inc’s list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Promoted to this role during a major re-organization of staff and re-alignment of business strategy in June 2014, Juliana’s responsibilities include maintaining the day-to-day revenue generating activities of the company while also leading new strategic initiatives and supervising a major technology platform shift planned for later this year. The complexity of the changes to the business model in the past 9 months has also required Juliana to take the lead on managing the associated human capital changes and to hold center on maintaining a strong, success-oriented and mission-driven company culture.

Juliana joined Evolving Wisdom when it was founded in 2010. Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in Film & Television, including working with Producer Michael London to launch his independent production and finance company Groundswell Productions.

During her time as Vice President of Groundswell Productions, Juliana oversaw the creative development of scripts, supervised the company’s production finance department, and served as the production executive for The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Visitor, and Smart People.

Juliana has also worked at Creative Artists Agency, produced documentaries for A&E and BRAVO, taught screenwriting for Writers Boot Camp, and has been a return featured panelist at The Austin Film Festival.
Juliana received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her Masters in Education from Columbia. She has co-authored two non-fiction books for teens and holds multiple certifications as a transformational coach and facilitator.

Diversity and Inclusion

Designing Diverse Organizations
Location: Aldrich 111

The panel will explore some of the levers that organizations can use to promote greater gender diversity from an HR function's perspective. The panelists will discuss and highlight from their experience the development and implementation of organizational initiatives that could increase the numerical representation of women as well as empower them to participate fully in organizational decision-making and generally in every aspect of organizational life. The discussion will be also around best practices in diverstity management strategies and what are the organizational benefits of having such strategies in place.

Amy Edmondson

The Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management | Harvard Business School

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society.

Edmondson is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and more than seventy articles on leadership, teams, innovation, and organizational learning. Number 15 on the 2013 Thinkers50 list of the worlds’ most influential management thinkers, Edmondson teaches on topics including leadership, teamwork, and innovation at HBS and around the world.

Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design change programs in large companies. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.


Tracy Welch

Managing Director | Credit Suisse Investment Banking

Tracy Welch is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in Boston. Within the Equities department, she is responsible for relationship management and equity sales into asset managers in the Northeast. Ms. Welch serves as the Co-Chair of the Credit Suisse Americas Women's Network Client Committee and is a member of the Equities Global People Committee Diversity & Inclusion Workstream. 

Ms. Welch joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 2000 as an Associate in the Equities department. Prior to that position, she practiced corporate law in Boston for two years at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP. 

Ms. Welch holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Welch received her A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and was the captain of the Dartmouth Women's Golf Team. She is married and lives in Boston with her husband and three children.

Katie McNerney

Founder, Leadership Consulting | LeaderFit

Katie McNerney is the founding Partner of LeaderFit, an executive search and leadership development firm focused on increasing and diversifying the pipeline of talent for the social sector. Today, Katie advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, performance evaluation, leadership development, and succession planning. Katie’s previous experience includes managing a B2B marketing program at eBay, advising high net worth individuals on their international philanthropic investments at The Endeavor Group, and leading client engagements for financial services firms at Corporate Executive Board. She also served as the founding CEO of EdFuel, a nonprofit that attracts and trains new talent for leadership roles in the education reform sector. Katie earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a BA at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was President of the University’s oldest honorary society. Katie has been an active volunteer in the Washington, D.C. Harvard Business School Alumni Club, where she led the Social Enterprise Scholarship program for 5 years. She volunteers with Girls on the Run, serves on the board of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014.

Julia W. Davis

Human Resources Business Leader for Global Research, Development and Quality | Mondelez International

Ms. Davis is currently the Human Resources Business Leader for Global Research, Development and Quality at Mondelēz International, a new $36B company officially launched in 2012, comprising the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods, Inc.. She partners and supports the EVP and her staff in driving global people and organizational strategies and initiatives that are critical to the tremendous growth plans of this new company. Ms. Davis brings to Mondelēz International more than two decades of global leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies, including Baxter, Motorola and General Electric. Her leadership and talent management experience is in the areas of human capital planning, leadership and high potential development, team effectiveness, organization design and action-oriented succession management. Ms. Davis joined Kraft Foods, Inc. from Korn/Ferry International, where she was a Principal in the Leadership and Talent Consulting group based in Chicago. Her journey leading up to and since graduating from Harvard Business School has been filled with a variety of functional assignments. Ms. Davis started out as an engineer fresh out of college. She joined General Electric in 1986 as a Sales Engineer. Post MBA, she joined Index, Inc. as a management consultant “re-engineering” companies. From consulting, she made a move to Motorola, Inc. and ultimately ran Worldwide Learning Services, a customer training business for Motorola that was part of R&D. She also managed to get her Master Black Belt certification at Motorola (not in Karate). Ms. Davis continues to build her career in HR, an area she first became interested in while at HBS.

Theresa Tribble

Senior Director of Clinical Market Development | SynapDx

Theresa Tribble has been with SynapDx since its inception and remains motivated by the goal to transform autism diagnosis via cutting edge science. SynapDx is a venture-backed early stage company focused on developing tools for earlier autism diagnosis. She currently serves as Vice President Commercial Strategy. Theresa started her career at Putnam Associates, consulting to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She graduated from Wellesley College and holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of the New England Autism Speaks Chapter.


E-Commerce: Starting Your Online Business
Location: Aldrich 009

The convenience of E-Commerce has disrupted traditional shopping models in both B-B (business to business) and B-C (business to consumer) worlds. Customers may research and shop from the convenience of their own home or shop. Expectations have been raised about the delivery cycle. Internet retailers who are unable to deliver within a 24-72 hour window are not able to compete. Customer loyalty is reaping great dividends, as customer spending rises considerably based on incentives. Mobile shopping is impacting the retail landscape. Expectations for merchandise quality are very high, with retailers who fall short having to absorb two-way shipping costs. Current speculation is that successful internet retailers will now add brick and mortar stores, raising the bar even further in customer expectations for convenience. In this panel, the panelists will discuss the latest consumer trends, success factors and future opportunities in e-commerce. The panelists will also share their experience and insights to help entrepreneurs understand potential challenges and opportunities while starting an online business.


Lora Hyler

CEO | Hyler Communications

Lora Hyler is a communications expert who has worked as a journalist and executive speechwriter, and held managerial positions at both media and utility companies. She currently serves as CEO of her 13-year-old PR and marketing company, Hyler Communications, based in Glendale, WI. She provides strategic communication plans, media outreach campaigns, media interview & public skills training, workshops, public relations and marketing programs to corporations, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. She’s worked with companies as diverse as Northwestern Mutual, Archer Daniels Midland, Quad Graphics, Girl Scouts, and the University of Wisconsin.

She also connects consumer product suppliers with major retailers. She is a writer of screenplays and novels, and has written hundreds of articles. She began her career as a journalist, working for NPR and ABC radio affiliates. Lora has also written articles for Time Inc. She appeared weekly for two years on Milwaukee NBC affiliate, Today’s TMJ4 as a guest panelist. She has also appeared on QVC home shopping channel. Lora offers professional voice-over services for audio books, videos, commercials, and various corporate projects. She is a native of Southeastern Wisconsin, and is busy saving for her own private Caribbean island.


Tiffany Niver

Senior Product Manager | Amazon

Tiffany Niver is currently a Senior Product Manager at Amazon launching a new business called Amazon Local Services, a marketplace connecting providers and customers. Prior to that, she managed the Baby Food and Beverages business at Amazon, launching Coke and Pepsi as retail vendors. Her prior work experience includes management consulting, Lehman Brothers, the Gallup Organization, and Young & Successful Interactive. Tiffany holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a A.B. in Psychology and Economics cum laude from Harvard College. In addition to her professional interests, Tiffany is also passionately dedicated to providing opportunities and environments for women to succeed. Tiffany was a founding partner of SWS, served as the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Alumni Board President, founded a Harvard alumni Shared Interest Group for women in business, was chosen as an MBA Forte Foundation Fellow and Edie Hunt Inspiration Award Recipient, and currently serves on the HBS Women's Student Association Alumni Board.

Jude Al-Khalil


Jude Al-Khalil is the CEO and founder of BIKYNI, an online swimwear lifestyle brand expected to launch in the spring of 2015. Jude has extensive retail experience, having previously served as COO of Reformation, where she oversaw the growth of the company’s online business and managed retail store operations. Additionally, she has served as an e-commerce adviser to a number of companies, including Dear Kate, S.W. Basics and Bling Jewelry. Jude began her career in finance with roles in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Barclays, The Prescott Group and Wachovia Securities. Jude graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Economics and Computer Science and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sara Beth Zivitz

VP, Business Development | Shoprunner

Sara Beth Zivitz is a sales, marketing and business development executive and a Broadway Producer. Sara Beth is currently VP, Business Development at ShopRunner, focused on building out the partner network with contemporary and luxury brands. Prior to ShopRunner, she spent over three years at Groupon, leading the Arts & Theatre business for GrouponLive, developing partnerships with major arts and cultural institutions all over the U.S. and as a member of the business development team, she managed relationships with such media partners as Time Inc., ESPN, MSNBC, Bravo, ABC, and Tribune Company. Sara Beth has also held roles in marketing, strategy and business development at NBCU Digital Media, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, and 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. On Broadway, Sara Beth co-produced the adaptation of John Grisham’s A TIME TO KILL and will co-produce the new musical comedy IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU this spring. She also raised capital for this season’s revival of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and Off-Broadway’s WIESENTHAL. 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.

Bailey Hardin Carson

VP of Finance & Operations | Willa

Bailey is the VP of Finance & Operations at willa, a social selling start-up that empowers young women to develop their own businesses selling healthy skin care formulas. Prior to willa, Bailey was a Product Manager at Urban Compass, a real estate tech startup. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Washington & Lee University. She began her career in finance, first at Lehman Brothers in M&A and the Office of the Chairman, and then as an Associate of Irving Place Capital, a retail-focused private equity firm. Bailey resides in NYC with her husband, Kevin.

Women on Boards

Women on Boards: The Path to the Boardroom
Location: Aldrich 010

Research shows that companies with women on boards perform better: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results, across all industry sectors. Yet today only 17% of Fortune 500 Boards include women members. This panel includes a variety of women who have served on both corporate and nonprofit boards. We will discuss what it takes to get to the board room as well as learn how to be most effective inside it.


Myra Hart

Professor of Management Practice, Retired| Harvard Business School

Myra Hart's research focus is high potential entrepreneurship. She has taught MBA and executive programs, co-chaired the entrepreneurship unit, and led several HBS initiatives. As a founding member of the Diana Group, Hart and a team of four other professors began a collaboration in 2000 and subsequently developed an international research consortium focused on female entrepreneurship. She and her colleagues have co-authored Clearing the Hurdles: Women Building High Growth Businesses, Women Business Owners and Equity Capital: The Myths Dispelled, and Gatekeepers of Venture Growth: A Diana Project Report on the Role and Participation of Women in the Venture Capital Industry, as well as numerous journal articles, reports, and two edited books. In 2007, the founding team was recognized with the FSF Nutek International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business research. She has also developed more than 60 HBS cases and teaching notes.


Brenda Gaines

Director | Fannie Mae, Tenet Healthcare, AGL Resources, Office Depot

Ms. Gaines served as president and chief executive officer of Diners Club North America, a financial services company and a division of Citigroup Inc., from 2002 until her retirement in March 2004. She also served as president of Diners Club, the nation's oldest credit card company, from 1999 to 2002 and held a number of senior management positions within Citigroup from 1988 to 1999.

From 1983 to 1987, she worked in various management positions for the City of Chicago, including Commissioner of Housing and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Harold Washington. Ms. Gaines received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her master's degree in public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Ms. Gaines is a director of AGL Resources, Fannie Mae, Office Depot Inc., Tenet Healthcare, and former director and Audit Chair of CNA Financial Inc. She chairs the Compensation Committee at Fannie Mae and is the former Audit Chair at Office Depot. Ms. Gaines also serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and on the Advisory Board of Women Corporate Directors and the Compensation Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Gaines was named by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Directorship 100 honoree. She has also been featured in the New York Times “The Boss” column.

Kate Kohler

Principal (Financial Services) | Korn Ferry

Kate Kohler is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Korn Ferry, where she specializes in the Financial Services Sector.

In delivering integrated talent management solutions, Ms. Kohler partners with a diverse client-base as an advisor focused on building and developing effective leadership teams at the C-suite, Board and senior executive levels.

Ms. Kohler’s experience spans the financial services, defense and nonprofit sectors. Prior to entering the talent management profession, Ms. Kohler worked as an executive in the financial services industry, most recently at the PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of active duty, veterans and their families. As Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President, Ms. Kohler led the executive management in partnership with PenFed Credit Union, a $16 billion financial services organization.

Previously, Ms. Kohler served in business development roles in Institutional Business Development and Fund Marketing at Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC and in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.
Ms. Kohler is a U.S. Army veteran, with command experience at the platoon and company level in Kuwait, Bosnia and South Korea, culminating in the leadership of United States and South Korean soldiers as a company commander.

Ms. Kohler holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She earned a bachelor of science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point.

Paula Price

Former CFO, Ahold | Director of Accenture, Dollar Tree, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Paula A. Price was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Ahold USA (then a $26B supermarket company in Quincy, MA) from May 2009 to January 2014. She transformed the Finance function; delivered a $1 billion cost savings program to fund strategic growth initiatives; and led a team of over 1,000. For these accomplishments, she was recognized as “CFO of the Year” by the Boston Business Journal in 2012 and featured in CFO magazine.

Ms. Price’s career includes senior-level finance, general management and strategy roles based in New York, London and Chicago in retail (grocery and pharmacy), financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Prior to joining Ahold in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer of Stop & Shop/Giant Landover, she was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Caremark Corporation, and a key player in the $26 billion CVS Caremark merger deal. Previously, she worked in the financial services industry at JP Morgan Chase and Prudential Insurance Co. of America; and in the consumer packaged goods industry at Diageo and Kraft Foods.

Ms. Price currently serves on the corporate boards of directors of Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN), Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG), and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC). She is also a board director of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay; and on the board of overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On these boards, she serves on the Audit, Finance, Healthcare, and Communications committees as applicable. Ms. Price was a board director of Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRS) from March 2011 until it was sold, and a board trustee of Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Ms. Price earned her MBA in Finance and Strategy from University of Chicago Booth School; and her BSc in Accountancy from DePaul University. She is a certified public accountant. In addition, Ms. Price is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Women’s Forum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Corporate Directors.

Carol Kellermann

President | Citizens Budget Commission Carol Kellermann is President of the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization whose mission is to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government. Kellermann has over 25 years experience in leadership positions in non-profit, philanthropic, and government settings. She has served as Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and as a consultant to City University of New York, where she initiated a pilot program to improve graduation rates and job outcomes at CUNY’s six community colleges. As Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund she oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund, which provided grants and assistance for the short and long term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools. Kellermann has been chief of staff to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.


Consulting: New Service Models Impacting the Future
Location: Aldrich 011

Over the last few years consulting has been undergoing subtle changes and consulting companies have been bringing new, flexible approaches to their management. In this panel, you will hear from the leaders from top consulting companies about how these changes are impacting their careers and what is the role of women leaders in helping to shape the future of the industry. Finally, we will talk about the panelists’ experience with specific challenges women in the industry may be facing.


Derek van Bever/h4>
Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School | Director of the Forum for Growth and Innovation

Derek van Bever is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. He is also the Director of the Forum for Growth and Innovation, a research project sponsored by Professor Clay Christensen that is focused on discovering, developing and disseminating predictive theory on management and innovation.

Derek is a co-founder of The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm serving hospital and university executives, and was a member of the founding executive team of The Corporate Executive Board a global thought leadership and advisory network, which spun out of the Advisory Board Company in a highly successful 1999 Initial Public Offering. The Corporate Executive Board is now the world’s largest executive advisory network, with annual revenue over $800 million and a membership spanning over 50 countries and including executives from 85% of the Fortune 500 and 50% of the Dow Jones Asian Titans.

In his role as Chief Research Officer for the Corporate Executive Board, Derek directed teams studying best practices in strategy, innovation, talent management, finance and governance in the large-corporate sector worldwide. He oversaw the development and launch of the firm’s new practice areas following the IPO, and he led the development of the firm’s internal corporate academy.

Derek is a 1988 graduate of HBS and a 2011 graduate of Harvard Divinity School. His current interests include both environmental and personal sustainability, and he has taught on the connection between sustainability and faith in Boston University School of Management’s MBA program. Derek lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. He was a founding board member of the Firefly Children’s Network and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.


Jung Paik

Associate Prinipal | McKinsey

Jung Paik is an Associate Principal in the Boston office of McKinsey & Company. Her client work is focused on operational transformations in the public and private sector. She is a core member of McKinsey’s Corporate and Business Support Functions Practice and the State and Local Government Practice. Jung also leads women’s recruiting for McKinsey’s Northeast offices. Prior to transferring to the Boston office in 2010, she was a Social Sector Fellow in McKinsey’s Washington D.C. office focusing on education and economic development. Jung holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a George Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. She received a B.A. with honors in biochemical sciences from Harvard College.

Elizabeth Lyle

Project Leader | BCG

Elizabeth Lyle joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2007 in Washington D.C. and is now a Project Leader in the Boston office. At BCG, she has done work in the retail, biopharma, social impact and finance industries in our Strategy, People & Organization, and Operations practice areas. Prior to BCG, Elizabeth spent a summer as a Bondline Analyst for Morgan Stanley. While attending business school, she spent a summer at New York Road Runners in New York City directly supporting the CEO, COO and Director of Strategic Planning. Elizabeth graduated with her MBA from HBS, where she was the VP of Academics of the WSA. She also graduated with Distinction from UVA.

Ann Stanberry

Principal | ATKearney

Ann Tansamrit Stanberry is a Principal at A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm focused on helping clients drive immediate impact and growing advantage. Ann has over ten years of experience with deep domain expertise in organization and large-scale transformations. She has worked closely with financial institutions, consumer product companies, and information service providers across all aspects of transformation including business model design, organizational structure, process optimization, and largescale program and change management. She has also developed industry specific expertise with financial service companies, helping them define their customer and portfolio strategy as well as streamline operating practices. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Ann worked with GE Financial in Corporate Audit and as part of their leadership development program. Ann holds an M.B.A. and B.S. from Duke University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking Thai food and exploring new places with her husband and six-month old daughter.

Katherine Londergan

Senior Business Design Lead | IDEO

Katherine Londergan is a Senior Business Design Lead at IDEO Boston, where she brings experience in business and marketing strategy and her entrepreneurial mindset to every client challenge. Katherine thrives when helping grow her clients’ businesses by designing new value propositions, business models, and services spanning digital and physical experiences. She works across industries, from consumer products and electronics to Pharma and non-profit - and on high-level business strategies as well as specific product design and business model challenges. Clients include MassMutual, Sanofi, GM, ColgatePalmolive, Tempur Sealy and local disruptor PillPack. Her experience prior to joining IDEO is a blend of agency life and entrepreneurial ventures. At Arnold Worldwide her hybrid role combined business strategy and account management for multinational brands. Later, she helped a small digital agency scale rapidly, leading client engagement and strategy, business development and HR departments. Of Katherine’s entrepreneurial experiences, the most meaningful was co-founding, developing and bringing to market a probiotic-enhanced flavored water, distributed in Whole Foods and other natural stores. Katherine holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and an undergrad liberal arts degree from Georgetown University. Outside of work, she’ll be off the grid on a beach (any time of year), cooking, or nerding out on friends’ and acquaintances’ business plans over a cocktail.

Networking Workshop

Networking Secrets from an Ex-Wallflower
Location: Aldrich 012

Networking is a major part of achieving any career or business goal. Yet introverts and others are apt to avoid it, even at the expense of their dreams. It’s time to change that. Learn from a former wallflower how to make networking easy, fun, and more effective at the same time. This is an interactive workshop, but there’s nothing scary and nothing forced on you. You’ll get to practice the simple concepts and realize that networking is actually fun and easy.

Val Nelson

Career - Business - Life Coach

Val Nelson is a former wallflower who faced her fear of self-promotion and self-employment and now enjoys having a thriving business as a career/business/life coach. Her specialty is helping others find their authentic clarity, confidence, and momentum too. She even enjoys networking now... in her own introverted way that works for her.

Val helps people find their unique path for doing what they love and being true to themselves. No mask required. She does this through coaching, groups, teaching, and her advice column for introverts. Learn more and subscribe at

Energy and Manufacturing

Fitting In While Standing Out
Location: Aldrich 109

Low-carbon energy and clean tech present a new phase of the energy industry. The Energy Panel will discuss this evolution. Particularly the panel will address the current trend and future opportunities for higher female representation in this new side of energy versus the traditionally male-dominated fossil fuel energy industry. The panel comprises women involved in clean energy transmission and financing, and development in emerging economies.


Wendy Jacobs

Clinical Professor, Emmett Environment Law & Policy Clinic | Harvard Law School

Wendy B. Jacobs is a Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School and Director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. In the Clinic, she and her students work on a variety of complex environmental and energy law and policy projects, with a focus on renewable energy, climate change adaptation, sustainable aquaculture, microgrids, hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and sequestration, strategies to shift public perception and response to climate change, mountaintop removal mining, improved oversight and management of offshore drilling, and protection of the Arctic. Ms. Jacobs also teaches a course she designed to expose students to the practical skills they will need and the controversies they will face practicing environmental law. This year, the course is taught through the lens of an off-shore wind farm controversy.

In 2014, Ms. Jacobs wrote a chapter on carbon capture and sequestration for inclusion in the book Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, published by the American Bar Association. Ms. Jacobs participated in and chaired a session at the Sixth International Energy Agency Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Regulatory Network Meeting, and presented at several insurance industry seminars on risks related to hydraulic fracturing.

Prior to coming to Harvard Law School to create the Clinic in 2007, Ms. Jacobs practiced administrative and environmental law as a partner in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP for nearly 20 years, and before that as an appellate attorney and special litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Ms. Jacobs received her J.D. with honors in 1981 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.


Tara Shirvani

Energy Specialist | World Bank

Dr. Tara Shirvani currently works for the Energy and Transport Unit of the World Bank Group, with a focus on designing climate-resilient and low-carbon transport and energy policies for developing countries. Through her diverse work experience at the Climate Policy Unit of the World Bank, the United Nations office in Iran, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, she strengthened her practical understanding for the need to transform oil-based economies into information-based ones as finite fossil fuel resources are being depleted. Dr. Shirvani is fluent in German, English, French and Farsi and has experience working in low to middle income countries such as Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, China and Georgia. In 2012 she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper for her passion and contributions to the field of energy policy and sustainability. Dr. Shirvani has several featured articles in The Economist, The Times of London and New Statesman magazine on a variety of topics ranging from Alternative Fuels to the Arab Spring movement. She holds a MPhil degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the
University of Cambridge and a DPhil degree in Fuel Technology from the University of Oxford.

Diana Rivera

Director, Market Development and Regulatory Affairs | Clean Line Energy Partners

Diana Rivera is Director, Market Development and Regulatory Affairs for Clean Line Energy Partners, an independent developer of long-distance, merchant transmission lines to connect the nation’s most affordable wind resources to larger markets. For nearly four years, Diana managed the development of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a 750-mile, direct current transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas to states farther east. In her current role, Diana represents Clean Line among electricity market participants and advocates for policies favorable to renewable energy and transmission development with regulators, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Previously, Diana was certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at GE Energy and completed GE's Operations Management Leadership Program in the aircraft engine business. She transitioned into clean energy development at Horizon Wind Energy. Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Leslie Samuelrich

President | Green Century Capital Management

Ms. Samuelrich leads Green Century Capital Management, directing the firm’s investment strategies, business development, communications and shareholder advocacy. Prior to joining Green Century, Ms. Samuelrich served as the Chief of Staff at Corporate Accountability International and Executive Director of Green Corps, where she was responsible for strategic planning, increasing revenue sources and building strong brand awareness. Leslie earned a BA in economics from Boston College.

Pam Hegarty

CFA | Vice President and Global Equity Analyst | Boston Common Asset Management

Pam is a vice president and global equity analyst at Boston Common Asset Management, a firm that integrates fundamental investment analysis within a proprietary environmental, social, and governance (ESG) framework.

Pam has over fifteen years of experience in equity research and portfolio management, specializing in the technology and energy sectors. She previously held positions with State Street Global Advisors, Baring Asset Management and Janus Capital. In addition, she served as Director of Investor Relations for First Solar, a developer of solar energy systems based on a proprietary thin film panel technology. Pam earned her A.B. from Harvard University and an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. She is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. In her free time, Pam enjoys playing ice hockey and has completed eight marathons.

Mariko Meier

Senior Manager, Energy Markets | EnerNOC Mariko McDonagh Meier is a Senior Manager of Energy Markets at EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software and services for commercial and industrial customers, as well as electric power grid operators and utilities. EnerNOC chiefly provides demand response services that maintain real-time balance between electricity supply and demand. Its energy management services and software provide solutions for energy conservation and efficiency, in addition to consulting services for energy supply management. Mariko manages EnerNOC’s Demand Response business in the PJM Interconnection, currently the world's largest competitive wholesale electricity market. Mariko and her team are responsible for the reliability of EnerNOC’s 6,000+ sites and 3,500+ MW in PJM and the associated $200MM+ P&L. Prior to EnerNOC, Mariko worked at Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company in Southern California, where she managed strategic projects related to renewable resource integration, energy storage, and long-term grid planning. She also spent three years at McKinsey and Company’s New York and Los Angeles offices. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Comparative International Political Economy from Stanford University.


Women Innovators in Healthcare
Location: Aldrich 110

The “Women Innovators in Healthcare” panel will feature women who are effecting change and demonstrating leadership in the evolving healthcare industry. These women are at the forefront of new healthcare innovations, care management programs, and patient-focused initiatives. The panel will explore contemporary trends in the industry and how women are uniquely positioned to lead organizations into this next phase of healthcare delivery. We will also touch upon ways to further promote the professional development of women in healthcare and how to overcome certain challenges that women specifically may face.


Ariel Stern

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Technology and Operations Management | Harvard Business School

Ariel Dora Stern is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Technology & Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Stern’s research focuses on the empirical analysis of health-care markets, health-care policy, and innovation incentives faced by medical technology firms. She is particularly interested in the intersection of regulation, firm strategy, and the economics of health care, together with topics related to the determinants of health-care spending, productivity and innovation in health care, and the adoption of health technology. Her research has been cited by Bloomberg, The New York Times, and National Public Radio.

Professor Stern received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard, where she was a National Bureau of Economic Research Predoctoral Fellow in the Economics of Health and Aging and was honored with the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Award for excellence in student teaching. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Dartmouth College, where she was a Presidential Scholar and a two-time U.S. national collegiate figure skating champion. Before beginning her academic career, she worked as an economist on Wall Street and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the German Development Bank (KfW), and LeapFrog Investments, an impact investment fund.


Rebecca Steinfort

COO | Paladina Health (DaVita)

Rebecca joined Paladina’s parent company, DaVita, in mid-2009 as its Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer. During her first year at DaVita, she facilitated a strategy effort to identify expansion markets that would enable DaVita to profitably grow outside of its core dialysis business and catalyze positive changes across the broader healthcare system. Rebecca is now COO at Paladina Health, a wholly-owned DaVita subsidiary that was launched from the above strategy work. Rebecca spent the two years prior working with a private equity-backed turnaround team at Quiznos. During this tenure, she played multiple roles, including SVP of Corporate Strategy, SVP of Delivery & Catering Services, and finally as Chief Marketing Officer. Rebecca also spent seven years at Level 3 Communications, a $5B provider of next-generation communications services with the mission of disrupting the incumbent Bell companies following the 1996 Telecom Deregulation Act. While there, she led the integration of six acquired competitors, managed a variety of products and led the company’s corporate strategy efforts. Earlier in her career, Rebecca held positions with a number of strategy consulting firms, including Bain & Co. and The Boston Consulting Group. In these positions, she helped clients across financial services, consumer products, manufacturing and technology industries drive superior performance by recommending and implementing growth initiatives and cost reduction strategies. She also implemented planning processes and performance management systems in more than a dozen companies. Rebecca earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS in Political Science with Distinction from Princeton University. She lives with her husband and three children in Broomfield, Colorado and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and mogul skiing.

Denise Kruzikas

Senior Director, Market Access | GE Healthcare

Denise Kruzikas leads the GE Healthcare Market Access Data Modeling team, developing a global strategy applying big data analytics and gaming visualization to guide investment planning with region governments and private investors. In her previous role at GE, Denise led and successfully accelerated the validation program under the GE healthymagination initiative, establishing a portfolio of 100 innovations, including care area solutions, with evidence-based improvements on quality, access, and affordability. Prior to GE, Denise served as the US Health Outcomes Director at GlaxoSmithKline and established the first health economics support team for the Vaccines business . She also led the Health Outcomes and Policy program at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Center for Pharmacoeconomics, and served as a consultant at NDCHealth, and at Thomson Reuters Healthcare under contract with AHRQ. She has delivered more than 35 lectures at scientific meetings including SMDM, AMCP, ISPOR, HTAi, SGO and IDSA, and her publications appear in peer-reviewed journals including Stroke, Vaccine, Pharmacoeconomics, and the Journal of Pediatrics. Denise currently serves as an advisor to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), representing the Diagnostics Industry on the panel for the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Denise holds a Doctorate in Health Services Research and Policy and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

Lesley Solomon

Executive Director, Innovation Hub | Brigham & Women's Hospital

Lesley Solomon is Executive Director of Brigham’s Innovation Hub and Director of Strategy and Innovation in the Brigham Research Institute. In these roles Lesley is leading Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s effort to deepen its relationship with the biotech and pharmaceutical industry while at the same time increasing awareness of the depth and breadth of the hospital’s research and innovation. Within the iHub she helps to foster innovation through collaboration to help transform ideas from creation to commercialization. She leads a team that supports internal and external innovators across areas of care redesign, health IT, and therapeutics/devices/diagnostics. Lesley has 20+ years of experience as an executive doing work in business development, strategy and marketing at start ups, early stage, and large companies such as the Food Network, Barnes &, and Yoga Works. Lesley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in English from Cornell University. Lesley sits on the board of Primary Care Progress and is a founding member of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, one of USAgainstAlzheimer’s networks aimed at mobilizing specific groups to battle the disease.

Andrea Ippolito

Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Department of Veterans Affairs | Co-founder of Smart Scheduling | Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women's Hospital Innovation Hub | Co-leader of MIT's Hacking Medicine

Andrea Ippolito is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Andrea is a PhD student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and co-leader of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. Recently, she served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth and completed her M.S. in Engineering & Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University. Her major skill area is systems engineering combined with her knowledge surrounding innovation in healthcare and her infectious energy. Andrea Ippolito is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area.


Differentiating Your Brand
Location: Aldrich 111

This panel will feature female leaders from some of the top brands in the retail industry. Our discussion will cover recent trends in retail, from increased competition and changing preferences to innovation and e-commerce. We will discuss how, within this context, retail brands are differentiating themselves to consumers. In addition, we will cover how a female professional in this industry can shape her own personal brand to support her career success.


Joseph Fuller

Joseph Fuller is a Senior Lecturer in General Management and co-leads The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the MBA program. He is also a member of the faculty group overseeing the school’s ongoing project on U.S. competitiveness. A 1981 graduate of the school, Joe was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of its commercial consulting operations from 1994 to 2006 and remained a Senior Advisor to firm until its acquisition by Deloitte in 2012. During his three decades in consulting, Fuller served clients in a wide variety of industries, especially those with a heavy reliance on technology. He has particularly deep experience in life sciences, ICT and the defense and aerospace industries. He has also served a number of national and regional governments in developing policies for enhancing competitiveness. He has particularly rich experience in two of the world’s most dynamic regions, greater China and the Middle East.



TBD | Bain & Co.

Noria Morales

Director of Design Partnerships | Target

Noria Morales is the director design partnerships at Target Corporation, where she oversees marketing strategy and execution of multiple collaborations for the retailer. Recent collaborations include fashion collections with award-winning designers Phillip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra and Peter Pilotto, a holiday gift collection with Toms Shoes, and a forthcoming lifestyle collection with Lilly Pulitzer. Her career in fashion and design began at Lucky Magazine, where she served as fashion market editor, and continued with stints at Popsugar, Wall Street Journal, and the Improper Bostonian. Noria is a Boston native, and graduated with a B.A. in English from Boston College in 2001. Today she lives with her partner and two children in New York City.

Stephanie Kramer

Executive Director, Skincare | Chanel

Stephanie Kramer is an Executive Director of Marketing at Chanel responsible for the US Skincare portfolio. Her team manages the full range of Chanel skincare products including the superpremium franchise, Sublimage. Prior to her role in Skincare she was responsible for the women’s & limited distribution brands fragrance business including top US brands Coco Mademoiselle, N˚5 and Chance. She joined Chanel in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Mrs. Kramer was Global Marketing Director at L’Oreal for both the Professional Products and Luxury Products divisions. In these roles, she was responsible for new product development and global multi channel marketing strategy of the brand portfolio for the Biolage hair-care brand and Ralph Lauren Fragrances. Prior to L’Oréal, Mrs. Kramer was an Account Manager at Quest International and a participant in their European Graduate Development Program (EGDP) and worked in Quest’s New York, UK, and China offices in marketing, financial strategy and consumer insights. She also has studied and worked in Havana, Cuba and Zurich, Switzerland. In 2004, Mrs. Kramer graduated with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Spanish from Wake Forest University. Stephanie completed her Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and graduated in 2011 as Valedictorian and Department Medal Recipient. In addition, she completed her Digital Media Marketing Certificate at NYU in 2012. Mrs. Kramer is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and the Vice President of the FIT MPS Alumni Association (CAFAA). She has been featured as a speaker on digital marketing and branding at several colleges and universities including a keynote at Wharton’s Retail Conference in 2013. She lives in New York with her husband, Cooper and their new baby, William.

Jennie Baik

CEO & Cofounder | Orchard Mile

Jennie Baik is a Harvard Business School 2008 graduate and is currently the CEO and Cofounder of Orchard Mile, a newly launched online platform to experience the world’s top luxury brands in one beautiful place. She is a market-leading expert on the intersection between marketing strategy, omnichannel retail, and consumer technology. Previous to her role at Orchard Mile, she served as the Head of Strategy for Burberry Americas from September 2012 to July 2014, where she focused on creating powerful brand experiences to position the company for multi-national growth. She also served in various positions in her four years at Omnicom Group; including as Director of Strategy & Business Development from 2010-2012 where she was responsible for the development and execution of a strategy to harness the power of big data to create targeted marketing campaigns for the firm’s Fortune 500 clients. In her tenure at Omnicom as an MBA resident from 2008-2010, she led teams in architecting integrated marketing strategies: developing rich brand identities, and communicating these brand stories through awareness advertising and direct marketing both online and offline. Jennie also spent time as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Co. as well as in leveraged finance at Goldman Sachs prior to entering business school. She holds a BBA/BA in Business Honors and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin. She sits on the St. Francis Board of Advisors Incubator, the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Entrepreneurship Council, and the Harvard Women's Student Association's Advisory Board. She is a mentor and advisor to numerous start-ups in the NYC area.

Career Break Panel

Career Breaks: Anticipating Them, Staying Connected During Them, Returning to Work After Them
Location: Aldrich 009

Are you contemplating “Going Beyond” the typical career path and taking a career break at some point? Are you currently on a career break and looking for strategies to return to work? Join us for an exciting session on how top MBAs triumphed professionally following a career break.


Carol Fishman Cohen

CEO and Co-Founder | iRelaunch | 11 Year Career Break

Carol Fishman Cohen is CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, the comprehensive resource for career reentry tools, strategies, events, products and services. iRelaunch is a strong advocate for the unique value that returning professionals bring to the workforce, and for the employers that hire them. Carol is the co-author of acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track, a returning professional herself, and a practitioner immersed in the career reentry space for nearly 15 years. A graduate of Harvard Business School and mother of four, Carol’s return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Carol has connected with thousands of professionals who have successfully returned to work after a hiatus, and has engaged with hundreds of hiring managers to understand their biases, and the risk they associate with hiring people returning from career break. Carol speaks globally about career reentry strategy. She has been tracking career reentry programs of all types since 2008 and has been studying the use of "professional internships" as a top career reentry strategy since that time. Returning professional internship programs are emerging as a special category of progressive action for reintegrating professionals back into the workforce at a later life stage. Carol’s 2012 research report about returning professional internships was the first to recognize the emergence of the internship as a powerful return-to-work strategy for both employers and returning professionals, and was the basis for a series of articles Carol wrote on the topic for Harvard Business Review. Her article "The 40 Year Old Intern," was selected as an "HBR article that changed the way I think" as part of HBR's 90th anniversary recognition of HBR articles that made the biggest difference in readers’ and contributors’ lives. Carol made her second appearance on the Today Show in a segment on this article. Back on the Career Track was one of Library Journal's Best Business Books of 2007 and received 4 out of 5 stars from Business Week. To this day, it continues to receive excellent reader reviews. Originally published by Hachette, it is now published by Amazon and has been translated into Dutch and Korean.


Liz Thorne

Women's Leadership Fellow: Treasury and Education Policy Analyst | Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts | 14 Year Career Break

Liz Thorne joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the first cohort of Women’s Leadership Fellows in September 2014. She is a Fellow working as a Treasury and Education policy analyst in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. This return to work followed 14 years in the unpaid workforce during which she cared for family members old and young and served as a foster parent. For the last six years Liz has worked on a number of pro bono management consulting engagements for Boston-area non- profits through Community Consulting Teams (CCT Boston). Prior to her career break, Liz was a Vice President& Director at TD Securities in New York. At TD Securities, Liz was a senior member of the Paper & Forest Products Group advising companies on capital structure, acquisitions and divestitures, and managing a portfolio of bank loans. Over her 12 year career in investment banking Liz focused on non-investment grade debt, story paper and derivatives linked finance. Prior to joining TD Securities Liz worked for Bankers Trust Company for 6 years both in the U.S. and Canada. She began her career with Oppenheimer & Company. Liz earned her MBA at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and her BA with honors at Wellesley College. She has 4 children, a great dane and lives in Concord.

Kerry Anne Carter

Vice President of Sales at Staples Business Advantage | 5 Year Career Break

Kerry Anne Carter is Vice President, Sales at Staples Business Advantage. Her team is responsible for driving sales in the lucrative Northeast market managing a $750m portfolio focused on enterprise and mid-market commercial accounts. In addition to her sales experience, she has held positions as Vice President of eCommerce, Vice President of Merchandising and Vice President of Acquisition Integration. From 1996 - 2000 Kerry Anne worked at Staples in a variety of positions and thoroughly enjoyed the challenging environment. Upon the birth of her twin boys in 2000, she became the mother of three children under the age of 19 months (her boys joined her toddler daughter). At that time she made the decision to leave Staples and stay at home. During the five years in which Kerry Anne was home with her children, she did a variety of things to “keep her hand in the game” professionally. Her former company, Staples, hired her to do several part time consulting positions over the course of the last three years she was home. Many of these projects would be considered “at a lower level” than the one she had before leaving the company. Additionally, she continued to subscribe to business journals such as The Harvard Business Review and would occasionally send pertinent articles to former colleagues. Finally, she made a concerted effort to stay in touch with colleagues at various levels by getting together occasionally for coffee, lunch or dinners. All of these contributed to Kerry Anne “being on the radar” when she was ready to come back to work full time. In April of 2006, Kerry Anne returned to Staples as VP, eCommerce for the business-to-business division, working for a former boss with whom she had maintained a close relationship. Kerry Anne received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michele Browne

Principal of Skip Barber Racing School | 2 Career Breaks: 8 Years and 2 Years

Michele Browne is a Principal of Skip Barber Racing School. Skip Barber Racing School is the premier motorsports education company in the world hosting racing schools, driving schools, professional race series and corporate events across the country. One out of every three professional racecar drivers in motorsports today has been trained by Skip Barber Racing School. Michele and her husband are majority owners, and Michele heads Marketing, Sales and Business Development. Skip Barber Racing School is Michele's second relaunch since leaving Wall Street in 2004, where she was a Director in Institutional Equity Sales at both Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi) and JP Morgan. Wall Street was her first stop after graduating from HBS. She left finance after her first child was born and spent several years on the Board of Directors for two not-for profit organizations. As a board member, she served on the finance, audit and personnel committees. Michele’s first relaunch experience was to build and head the New York office of a boutique commercial real estate company. That experience solidified her desire to pursue leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities while raising her family. Michele holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Andrea Chermayeff

Business Manager - Executive Wealth Group | J.P. Morgan Private Bank | 15 Year Career Break

Andrea Chermayeff started her career in the private equity industry in 1993 as a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, LLC (later Stonington Partners). She joined J.P. Morgan in September 2013 as part of the ReEntry program. She is the Business Manager for one of the largest groups in the Private Bank with $15 billion assets under management Prior to joining, she worked as a consultant assisting prominent executives to secure additional corporate board appointments and providing on-going financial and strategic analysis to prepare for board meetings. In recent years, she co-found, marketed and coordinated an annual drive for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to benefit the working poor in Bridgeport, CT. Andrea graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a double major in finance and economics and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She was born and raised in Guatemala and in addition to English she speaks Spanish and German fluently. Andrea and her husband, Nick, live in Rowayton, CT with their four children aged 16, 14, 10 and 6. Andrea is an avid reader, passionate digital photographer, energetic community volunteer and traveler.

Media and Entertainment

Building a Successful Digital Strategy
Location: Aldrich 010

The entertainment and media industries have undergone significant change as digital channels have increased in both prominence and importance. This panel will feature women with a broad range of industry experience and provide insights into how media strategies have shifted in the digital age and how to best leverage these new platforms for success.


Kathleen Murray

Founder | McMorran Strategists Kathy Murray is an experienced and creative business growth executive, angel investor, and advisor. She is able to apply her sales and operational skills in order to achieve significant cooperation, operational efficiencies and revenue to execute on, and impact the development of, each firm’s strategy. Kathy is currently Founder & Owner of McMorran Strategists, LLC, Founder & Co-Chair of Executive Forum Angels and President of Harvard Business School Women's Association of NY. Kathy has held senior management roles at publicly-traded firms and partnerships including PwC, Aetna and FARO in sales, business development and operations. Other affiliations include being Advisor to TempBuddy, Trustee on the University of Rochester (UofR) Board, Chair of the UofR Nominations & Governance Committee, Board Member at Schenectady Daily Gazette, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Member of the Executive Forum and co-chair on consulting initiatives for the Harvard Business School Club Community Partners. Kathy is also a frequent speaker/instructor on business development, angel investing, strategic thinking and building relationships. Kathy received a BA in Math and General Science from the University of Rochester and the Advanced Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School. She also holds these professional designations: CPCU (Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant).


Amy Aronoff Blumkin

Strategy Impact Group | NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee

Amy Aronoff Blumkin was most recently the CMO for the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl held in the NY/NJ region at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014. Proclaimed as a highly successful event, Amy, together with her team, led the Host Committee’s marketing efforts which included designing, launching and maintaining the website, social media efforts and the record-breaking NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee Social Media Communications Center; creating all necessary planning, communications and regional décor elements and developing the breakthrough “Join the Huddle” mobile tour, a first-ever mobile tour associated with a Super Bowl. Amy’s marketing and strategy career spans over 25 years working for some of the top tier marketing and sales organizations in the world. Her experience includes positions within AT&T, American Express and the Walt Disney Company. Prior to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, Amy had her own consulting firm focused on marketing strategy and leadership development. She was on staff as an adjunct professor at both Rutgers Center for Management Development and the American Management Association. Known for her ability to lead, inspire, crystallize and execute, Amy developed marketing and sales plans for some of Walt Disney World’s biggest initiatives including Animal Kingdom, new business ventures and annual press junkets. She also led the annual operating plan process and developed programs to improve the strategic process and coached senior management. Amy is a member of board of trustee at Oheb Shalom Synagogue and the alumni board of the University of Vermont Business School. Amy and her family live in Short Hills, NJ. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont and will travel for skiing, football and Ben & Jerry’s.

Liz O'Donnell

Double Forte | Bibliomotion

With her ability to create highly effective communication programs, and her experience as both a blogger and author, Liz O’Donnell is adept at combining traditional and social media strategies that track to business objectives and drive measurable results and impact. A PR agency veteran, Liz has counseled technology start-ups as well as Fortune 50 companies. Her clients have ranged from enterprise and consumer technology companies to large commercial banks to mainstream consumer products. Prior to joining Double Forte, Liz was a vice president at Emanate, an Omnicom company, where she led public relations for two divisions of Bank of America. Before Emanate, Liz was the vice president of marketing for a large flooring distributor. As the author of Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman (Bibliomotion 2013), and the founder of one of the top 100 websites for women according to Forbes, Liz is particularly tuned in to the growing demographic of working mothers and the unique challenges and opportunities they face. She is passionate about helping women thrive and helping companies reach and mobilize this powerful resource. Her opinions on the topic have been sought by Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, and Liz holds a BFA in Writing from Emerson College. Active in her community, she serves as a Town Meeting Member and cofounded a non-partisan group dedicated to encouraging and supporting women’s involvement in local politics.

Fadzi Makanda

Strategic Affairs | iHeartMedia

Fadzi Makanda works in the Strategic Initiatives Office at iHeartMedia, where she partners with key stakeholders from the company's private equity owners to the executive team in developing strategic initiatives that target critical value drivers for the company. iHeartMedia is a multi-billion dollar media and entertainment company, with greater reach than any other radio or television outlet in the U.S and operations that span radio broadcasting, live concerts, and online products such as the iHeartRadio app. Prior to iHeartMedia, Fadzi worked at iROKOtv, the largest distributor of African content online. As Head of International Content Acquisition, she led the start-up's international content strategy and structured licensing deals with major Hollywood studios. Fadzi began her career at Credit Suisse within the Equities division. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2012 and AB in English from Princeton University.


Building Advocates for Gender Equality in the Workplace
Location: Aldrich 011

A common challenge in addressing gender inequality is finding the right support from within an organization. Join us as we explore how to find advocates for gender equity in the workplace, how to be a better advocate, and how these efforts impact one’s leadership style. This panel is hosted by Manbassadors, a program started by WSA in 2013 to create a platform for ongoing conversations with men on the topic of gender inequality.


Robyn Ely

Professor, WSA Sponsor | 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 published work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial diversity on retail bank performance, and a framework for the design and delivery of women’s leadership development programs. Professor Ely is presently conducting research on how women can be effective leaders in the face of gender stereotypes and the so-called “double bind” (the well-documented phenomenon whereby women leaders face a trade-off between being liked and being seen as competent); a study of how cultural beliefs about work and family limit both men’s and women’s ability to thrive professionally and lead whole, fulfilled lives; and a comprehensive, longitudinal study of HBS alumni career and life decisions. In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Professor Ely is leading 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 School’s mission. Professor Ely has taught MBA courses in leadership, diversity, teams, and statistics and doctoral courses in gender and race relations and in field research methods; she has also taught in HBS’s executive education programs, including leadership programs designed specifically for women.


Jeff Barth

Program Director, MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) | Catalyst

Jeff Barth is the Program Manager of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), an online learning community created especially for professional men who are committed to building inclusive workplaces. In this role he is principally responsible for the development, implementation, and marketing of MARC’s strategy and initiatives aimed at empowering individuals to become inclusive leaders and powerful forces for change in the workplace. As an expert on engaging men, Mr. Barth also provides external training, does speaking engagements, and takes part in creating and expanding Catalyst’s engaging men programs. He currently sits on Catalyst’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and has served on the Catalyst Canada Honours evaluation committee. Prior to his current role, Mr. Barth was the European Marketing Manager, where he developed strategy for member engagement and worked with the communications and branding teams to leverage Catalyst’s presence across platforms within Europe. Prior to assuming his role as European Marketing Manager, he was an Associate in Catalyst’s Public Affairs department. Before joining Catalyst, Mr. Barth managed political campaigns for candidates running for federal and local office in Utah. He also taught English in Tianjin, China. Mr. Barth received a joint Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Utah Valley University and is currently studying Mandarin.

Bill Proudman

CEO & Founder | White Men As Full Diversity Partners

Bill Proudman pioneered white-men-only workshops in the ’90s after noticing white male leaders disengaging from diversity efforts. Bill’s provocative work led to founding White Men As Full Diversity Partners. For over 35 years, he has served as a leadership development consultant, coach and facilitator to countless organizations on issues of team effectiveness, cultural competency, and diversity. He is the founder and first board chair of the Experiential Training and Development Alliance and was twice president of the Association for Experiential Education. Bill is a sought after speaker and co-author of a three-volume field guide on white men leadership and diversity partnerships. His blogs are available on and on (Men Advocating Real Change), an initiative of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. Bill is working towards the day when all people view diversity and inclusive work environments as vital to a company’s competitive edge.

Steve Stall

Leader for Culture of Inclusion, Control Products & Solutions, and Global Sales & Marketing | Rockwell Automation

Steve is the leader for Culture of Inclusion, Control Products and Solutions (CP&S) and Global Sales and Marketing (GSM) businesses within Rockwell Automation. His responsibilities include leading the diversity and inclusion efforts across CP&S and GSM by partnering with the Rockwell Automation Culture of Inclusion team, along with leaders and employees, to develop initiatives that enhance the ability of CP&S and GSM to build an inclusive workplace. Over the past several years, Steve has played a key role as a leader and a change agent in helping Rockwell Automation build a strong foundation for culture of inclusion. His passion around diversity, inclusion and engagement has sparked constructive dialogue and set the stage for creating a place where our employees feel comfortable saying what’s on their mind and raising tough issues. Steve joined Rockwell Automation in 1993 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in our Services business. Most recently, he served as business manager, Operations, Customer Support & Maintenance (CSM). Steve has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Charles Stromeyer Jr.

Innovator, Investor, and Mentor

Charles helped some with pioneering 7 industries such as programmatic marketing, the "intercloud" which is a global network of interconnected clouds, crowdfunding for clean energy projects, and more. Since 1997, Charles has been an advocate and mentor for women founders and executives, starting with the Mariner Equity Fund, a top performing hedge fund founded and run by a woman. Later, Charles mentored the 3 women founders of Her Campus which is the leading online community for college women and the number one college marketing company, the 2 women founders of Snapette - the first location or physical retailer-based mobile commerce smartphone app (focused on luxury women's fashion) and which was acquired by PriceGrabber. Charles also mentored some WomenLEAD which is an online and cloud-based many-to-one personal advisory and development platform for professional women. Companies that Charles has helped have won roughly 35 awards, and he previously mentored 2 finalists and one winner of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. Charles majored in Cognitive Science and English Writing at Oberlin College and minored in Women's Studies, and then studied Applied Mathematics at Harvard University.


Going Beyond the Plan
Location: Aldrich 012

"In business and technology, plans evolve. This panel will explore how women leaders in technology have changed their plans (both personal and professional) over their careers to adapt to new technologies, new challenges, and new goals."


Peggy Yu

Associate Director, Rock Center for Entrepreneurship | Harvard Business School Peggy is the Associate Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. The Rock Center serves as a hub for entrepreneurial activities on campus and interfaces with entrepreneurial alumni throughout their careers. As the Associate Director, she leads the student initiatives. Her interest in technology and entrepreneurship is longstanding, starting from her days in the transportation industry where she worked in sales, operations, and logistics at NOL Group and helped implement new technologies to expedite container delivery. After business school, she worked for her first start-up, Communispace (sold to Omnicom Group in 2011), turning customer insights via online communities into actionable brand and product strategy. She then moved to San Francisco and joined CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, where she was responsible for the monetization strategy and business development partnerships of CNET, the highest trafficked CBSi site. After CBSi, she has continued consulting for and working with start-ups. Peggy holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.


Christine Feng

Director of Corporate Development | Microsoft

Christine is a Director on the Corporate Development team at Microsoft, evaluating and executing acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments across all of Microsoft’s business units. Prior to Microsoft, Christine worked in private equity at Rhone Capital, where she focused on middle market leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and partnerships. Christine started her career in investment banking as part of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions team at JPMorgan. Christine holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE, cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University.

Roya Mahboob

CEO | Afghan Citadel Software Company

Roya Mahboob is an entrepreneur, technology expert, and a brave woman who, although only 27, has lived an incredible life of challenges and success. Roya was born in Iran, as her Afghani parents were refugees. She is one of 6 children. In 2013 she moved back to Afghanistan and began her schooling there. Roya received her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Herat University and is studying Information Technology at World Wide Science Academy in Malaysia. Roya worked as an IT Coordinator at Herat University from 2007-2010 and founded the Afghan Development Program Organization (AYDPO) in 2008. She was also a project coordinator in the IT department of the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education. More recently, Roya is the Founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC) and founder of EdyEdyLLc. She was selected in 2013 as Time 100s Most Influential People in the World. Roya is a Co-founder and Board member of the Women’s Annex Foundation, and is a Member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and NDI Democracy Award. Further, Roya is part of different advisory boards such as Jelly and Global Thinkers Forum. Roya has tremendous passion for educating and empowering women in technology.

Deborah Jackson

Founder & CEO | Plum Alley

Deborah’s expertise comes from a two decade long career after Columbia Business School raising capital for companies, governments and other issuers in both the public and private markets. Her investment banking career began at Goldman Sachs and over the course of 20 years, she worked in several areas including with technology and internet companies. In 2012, she founded Plum Alley to increase the economic strength of female-founded companies and to provide greater access to capital. Prior to that, she co-founded the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator for women building new mobile-first technology. She has made several early stage investments in technology, mobile and health-related initiatives, and is a Limited Partner of the Golden Seeds Fund 2. Deborah has been recognized as a leader, entrepreneur, CEO and funding expert by numerous groups and publications, including TechCrunch, Forbes, and Inc. magazine. She was also a member of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women 2012, and most recently was named as one of the 100 of the most prominent people in technology by Techweek. Her story was also a chapter in the recent book "Innovating Women" released in September 2014.