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

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 “PE 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


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).

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.


Operations and Supply Chain: Emerging Trends Shaping the Future
Location: TBD

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


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.

Kaitlin Wolfe

VP, Small Format Operations (Neighborhood Markets) for the Northeast | WalMart

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: TBD


Matt Segneri

Director, Social Enterprise Initiative | Harvard Business School


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

Analisa Balares

CEO and Founder | Womensphere


Marketing and Consumer Goods: Trends Shaping the Future
Location: TBD

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


Amanda Burlison

Associate Marketing Manager | General Mills

Jessica Deckinger

Vice President, Head of Marketing | Merchant Customer Exchange

Sara Bergson

Global Lead - Energy Category and Brands | PepsiCo

Liqi Peng

Director, Gillete Global | Procter & Gamble

The C-Suite Perspective

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

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

Professor, General Management, Strategy | Harvard Business School


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.


Entrepreneurship: The Real Deal
Location: TBD

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

Jules Pieri

CEO and Co-Founder | The Grommet

How Star Women Succeed

Case Discussion: How Star Women Succeed
Location: TBD

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. Please sign up for the workshop to receive advance copies of the case.


Lakshmi Ramarajan

Assistant Professor | Harvard Business School


Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Wealth Management | Morgan Stanley


Finance: Redefining the Status Quo
Location: TBD

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.



TBD | Goldman Sachs

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.

Katherine Collins

Founder & CEO | Honeybee Capital

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, pollinating ideas that reconnect investing with the real world. She is author of the book, The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry.

Katherine has over twenty years of professional investment experience. At Fidelity Management & Research Company, she served as portfolio manager for a number of multi-billion dollar equity funds and as head of equity research, leading one of the largest buy-side research teams in the world. Every fund that Katherine managed outperformed its benchmark during her tenure.

As her interest in sustainable and regenerative finance grew, Katherine set out to reintegrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying the natural world and biomimicry as guides for investing in a more integrated way, in service to our communities and our planet.

Katherine serves in numerous board and advisory positions with groups such as Wellesley College and its Business Leadership Council, the Biomimicry Group, Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Council, the Santa Fe Institute, Last Mile Health, Sustainable America, Sprout Lenders, BELLE Capital USA, Ethical Markets Media, and Criterion Institute.

She is an alumna of HDS and Wellesley College, and is a CFA charter holder. Her closest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees.

Competing Globally

Competing Globally: Women Leading International Businesses
Location: TBD

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.




Leah Stearns

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations | American Tower

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: TBD

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 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 | MinuLuxe

Taran Swan

CEO | R2T2 Laboratories

Margaret Hudlin

SVP, CMO | UMass Memorial

Juliana Farrell

Director of Operations, Founding Member | Evolving Wisdom

Diversity and Inclusion

Designing Diverse Organizations
Location: TBD

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


Lori Massad

Head of Human Capital & Chief Talent Officer | AllianceBernstein LLC

Lori Massad was elected Head of Human Capital and Chief Talent Officer in February 2009. She joined the firm in 2006 as senior vice president and Chief Talent Officer. Previously, Massad was chief talent officer and COO at Marakon Associates, a strategy consulting firm. Before Marakon, she was a founding member of two start-ups—Spencer Stuart Talent Network and EmployeeMatters, a human resources outsourcing firm. Prior to working on the start-ups, Massad spent eight years at the Boston Consulting Group, where she became a senior manager on the consulting staff and leader of the firm’s recruiting, training and development programs. During her tenure at the Boston Consulting Group, she was also an adjunct professor at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, teaching the graduate courses “Competitive Analysis” and “The Fundamentals of Management Consulting.” Massad earned a BS at the University of Delaware and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Location: New York

Katie McNerney

Founder, Leadership Consulting | LeaderFit

Julia West

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

Theresa Tribble

Senior Director of Clinical Market Development | SynapDx

Monica Ward

Director, Talent Management | World Fuel Services


E-Commerce: Starting Your Online Business
Location: TBD

In this pannel, the pannelists 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



TBD | Amazon

Carolyn Childers


Sara Beth Zivitz

VP, Business Development | Shoprunner

Women on Boards

Women on Boards: The Path to the Boardroom
Location: TBD

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


Brenda Gaines

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

Kate Kohler

Principal (Financial Services) | Korn Ferry

Paula Price

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


Consulting: New Service Models Impacting the Future
Location: Aldrich 209

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.


David Fubini

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration | Harvard Business School

David Fubini is Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, Inc., and currently a senior lecturer with a full time faculty appointment at Harvard Business School, teaching courses on Strategic Leadership, Organizational Design and Mergers & Acquisitions.

During his 33 years with McKinsey, David led McKinsey’s efforts in the strategic repositioning of several global organizations and held various roles guiding the Executive leadership of McKinsey.

David is the founder and leader of the Firm’s global practice supporting transactions, mergers, and integrations; focusing on helping clients architect and execute the major transformational programs critical to large acquisitions, divestitures and mergers. David led the efforts of nearly a dozen of the 25 largest global transactions and has deep knowledge of the leadership and operational challenges that accompany these major strategic programs.

David has also been an active leader within McKinsey, where he re-energized McKinsey’s New England operations in the early 90’s, leading the Firm's successful expansion in the region for over a decade and co-chaired and was a member of many of the Firm-wide Committees responsible for McKinsey’s governance structure.

Prior to joining McKinsey, David was an original member of a small group that was to become the McNeil Consumer Products Company of Johnson & Johnson, helping launch the Tylenol family of products into the OTC marketplace.

David serves on a number of Boards of Directors of several prominent Boston civic organizations. David is a graduate of UMass Amherst with High Honors and Harvard Business School with Distinction. He has authored two books; “Mergers, Leadership Performance, & Corporate Health” and “Let Me Explain” a biography of his father outlining Eugene Fubini’s many contributions to the Defense Department from 1960 onward.


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: TBD

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: TBD

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


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

Geeta Aiyer

President and Founder | Boston Common Asset Management

Geeta Aiyer, CFA, President and Founder of Boston Common Asset Management, combines training and experience in finance with passion for the environment and social justice. Under Geeta's leadership, Boston Common, now over $2 billion in assets under management, has built a strong investment record and substantially improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through shareowner engagement since the firm's inception in 2003.

Geeta previously served as the President of Walden Asset Management, and has worked at both the United States Trust Company of Boston and Cambridge Associates, Inc. In addition, Geeta has founded two previous companies, Walden Capital Management and East India Spice, as well as an NGO, Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN).

Geeta was honored with the 2013 SRI Service Award at the SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing) Conference and was the 2010 recipient of the Women's Venture Fund's Highest Leaf Award. In 2013, Boston Common received a Human Rights Award from Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) and was named one of the top 100 women-led firms in Massachusetts.

Geeta serves on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation, Earthworks, YW Boston, and Ubuntu at Work, a global non-profit for women. She was formerly on the boards of the Worldwatch Institute and the New England Foundation for the Arts. An activist in her personal life, Geeta attended the Keystone Pipeline Rally in 2013 and engages for peace, immigration reform and chemical safety. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and BA (Hons) and MA degrees from Delhi University, India.

Mariko Meier

Senior Manager, Energy Markets | EnerNOC


Women Innovators in Healthcare
Location: TBD

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.


Differentiating Your Brand
Location: TBD

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: TBD

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 $750 million portfolio focused on mid-market enterprise level business customers. 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.

Michelle 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 - Ultra High Net Worth 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: TBD

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


Amy Blumkin

Strategy Impact Group | NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee

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: TBD

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


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 & Co-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.


Going Beyond the Plan
Location: Aldrich 009

"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


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.

Shereen Khanuja

Media Ecosystem Manager | Twitter

Shereen Khanuja is the lead for product innovation in Platform Partnerships at Twitter. As part of the Business Development team, Shereen works with companies ranging from early to late stage start-ups to develop Twitter-based products for media companies. Such products include tools to get the most relevant tweets to television, detect breaking news stories via tweets, and tweet-based voting. Prior to Twitter, Shereen attended HBS where she also worked on co-founding a digital media and entertainment start-up. She also holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and worked at Intel in finance, focused primarily on mobile devices.

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.