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Samantha Saperstein

MANAGING DIRECTOR, WOMEN ON THE MOVE

Samantha (Sam) Saperstein leads the firmwide Women on the Move initiative at JPMorgan Chase. In this role, Sam works on programs that are designed to make JPMorgan Chase the best bank for women-run businesses and women consumers, the best company for women to work at, and a strong partner for women in communities around the world. Sam collaborates with teams across the firm on planning and executing women’s programs, and messaging our efforts inside and outside the firm.

Prior to this role, Sam spent five years as Chief Marketing Officer of Chase Commercial Banking, where she led the marketing, communications, and client experience functions.  This included traditional and digital marketing efforts, media relations, employee communications, market research, and client satisfaction initiatives.

Sam joined the firm in 2012 as head of credit card strategy for Chase Consumer & Community Banking.  Prior to joining Chase, Sam was Group Head of U.S. Core Products at MasterCard.  She was responsible for the development and rollout of all U.S. credit, debit, commercial and prepaid card programs, and the management of the U.S. loyalty platform. 

Earlier in her career, Sam was a strategy consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company, where she served retail and wholesale banking clients.  She also worked in journalism and spent several years covering the U.S. Treasury market and macroeconomics for Dow Jones Newswires,
The Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s.

Sam serves on the board of Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victims’ services agency that supports victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, and youth homelessness.  She also leads the Marketing Committee of the board.

Sam has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She resides in Westchester, NY, with her husband and three children.

 
 

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Ava Abromowitz

Professor at George Washington University Law School

A former assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Ms. Abramowitz teaches negotiations at the George Washington University Law School and is the winner of its 2011 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. Formerly the deputy general counsel of The American Institute of Architects,

Ms. Abramowitz is the author of The Architect’s Essentials of Negotiation (2nd ed.) (John Wiley & Sons 2009). She is also the writer of more than dozens of articles on critical negotiation and mediation issues facing lawyers and clients, the most recent of which is “What Negotiators Can Learn from Modern Sales Theory” to be published by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution in its forthcoming Negotiator’s Desk Reference.

Additionally, Ms. Abramowitz has been serving as a mediator for the federal courts for the District of Columbia since the late eighties, mediating a diverse assortment of civil cases including international and domestic corporate cases, class actions, and disputes involving such issues as civil liberties, intellectual property and employment discrimination -- all of which have placed a premium on her negotiation skills.  

Currently she serves Long Range Planning Officer of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.  Previously she served as co-chair of its Mediation Committee. She has also served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, which in 2008 presented her with its Cornerstone Award, the highest award the Forum gives for long-term, exceptional service to the construction industry, the public, and the legal profession and, in 2013, its Service Award for developing with their, then 70 people, leadership team a revolutionary strategic plan that is still in use today.

When not resolving disputes, Ms. Abramowitz writes and lectures nationwide on negotiation, mediation and risk management.  Ms. Abramowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University and the George Washington University Law School.




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Danielle Bernstein

Fashion Blogger, Founder, and CEO of We Wore What

Danielle Bernstein is the founder and face behind world-renowned fashion blog @weworewhat.  A native New Yorker, Bernstein started her career 10 years ago - leading the influencer industry into what it is today. She was placed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list before the age of 25 and since then has started and invested in many new business ventures including her own line of swim and overalls.


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Avery Blank

CEO of Avery Blank, LLC

Avery M. Blank, JD strategizes with individuals and organizations worldwide to help them attain their business, leadership, career, and policy goals. Bloomberg Law, Stanford Law, and the National Association of Women Lawyers have recognized Blank for her work in strategy, women’s leadership, and policy. She has public sector experience at all levels of government including with the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the private sector at Johnson & Johnson, and non-profit consulting with the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security.

Blank has spoken at Campbell Soup Co., Delaware Bankers Association, Celebrity Cruises, U.S. Department of State, Oxford University’s Power Shift Forum, Women in Strategy Summit, and the National Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference. She has appeared on NPR, SIRIUSXM Radio, and CTV News Toronto and has written articles appearing in Forbes, The World Economic Forum, The Washington Post, TIME, Fortune, and LeanIn.Org. She speaks on leadership, strategic positioning, millennials, and women in business and politics.

She is a Board Member with the American Bar Association’s Legal Career Center and a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Lawyer. Blank sits on the Advisory Council with The Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project. She is a Tribeca Disruptor Innovation Fellow, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and SheSource Expert with the Women’s Media Center.
Blank graduated with a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and holds a B.A. from Colgate University.


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Elyse Burack

Director of Marketing, Boxed

Elyse Burack is Director of Marketing at Boxed and leads Integrated Marketing. In this role, she oversees campaign strategy across channels. Specifically, she is responsible for building and establishing the Boxed brand; connecting various initiatives across strategic growth pillars for the organization and integrating closely with the creative team and media teams to ensure all marketing programs are supporting larger business goals within the company.

Prior to Boxed, Elyse was a brand and marketing strategist at Interbrand leading projects for a number of clients including AT&T, UPS, YP (formerly the Yellow Pages) and Pfizer. Elyse started her career in market research at CTPartners and then Coleman Research Group. She graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a BA in Political Science and Psychology.


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Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Director of the WIN Summit + The Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at Columbia

Beth Fisher-Yoshida is the Academic Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida teaches classes in negotiation, conflict resolution, and conflict analysis. She is Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) and Director of the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) program, both housed in the Earth Institute at Columbia University. In her role at YPS she has been working to develop systemic approaches to building more effective communities through youth leadership in Medellín, Colombia, using a Social Lab approach. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida partners with clients to develop customized interventions aimed at improving organizational performance. She is able to blend the best of both worlds: the knowledge from academia with effective practices to apply successfully to real life situations. Her firm, Fisher Yoshida International, focuses on leading organizations through change by improving communication and creating shared goals and practices to align with the organization’s mission and vision. She received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and M.A. in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She received her M.A., with honors, from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received both a B.A. and a B.S. from Buffalo State College. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is also a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS).


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Lydia Frank

VP Content Strategy, PayScale

For more than a decade, VP of Content Strategy Lydia Frank has led a team of content creators and researchers at PayScale, a compensation data and software company, who work to understand all of the various factors that impact compensation and provide guidance to both employees and employers on how to have more effective pay conversations that lead to more equitable outcomes. On the topics of salary negotiation, pay equity and compensation best practices, she is a frequent speaker, is regularly cited in the media and has contributed content to various publications (e.g. Harvard Business Review, Money, Fortune, TechCrunch.) Additionally, she is a strong advocate for creating more accessible paths to power for women, people of color and other underrepresented groups in the labor market and economy.


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Dr. Nicole Johnson

Founder and CEO of Tetracore Consulting

Dr. Nicole Johnson earned the Degree of Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in 2012. She possesses a Master’s degree in Education Learning & Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of San Diego. Dr. Nicole Johnson is the CEO of TetraCore Consulting a certified woman owned small business based in Los Angeles, CA. TetraCore provides executive inside out coaching, soft skills, and leadership development to senior leaders and high potential employees (HiPOs).  

Nine years ago, Nicole took a major leap of faith resigned from the second largest school district in the country amidst the economic downturn, decided not to participate in it, and launched her own company. She navigated her career path of 17 years from higher education to women in defense. She made a decision, put steel in her spine, said no more, waited for her good to catch up with her, and turned her should do’s into must do’s.

In 2018, Dr. Johnson was nominated for the Black Business Leader Hall of Fame Pioneer in Education Ruby Bridges Award.Dr. Johnson claims women must negotiate her value and cultivate a positive entrepreneurial, anti-conventional, and outward mindset. As a returning speaker to WIN SUMMIT 2019, Dr. Johnson promises to help women unleash her inner #tigerwalk and develop powerful new mindsets to shift her from where she is to where she wants to be.


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Michelle Lee

Editor-in-Chief, Allure

Michelle Lee is the editor-in-chief of Allure. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. In September 2017, Lee and her staff declared the "End of Anti-Aging" in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term "anti-aging" from their own lexicon. It was a bold statement that challenged readers and brands to look at and speak about aging in a more positive way — and it has made ripples in the beauty industry and beyond. She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Adweek’s Magazine of the Year. Her work at Allure also earned her a place on the Glossy 50 “Modern Media” list in 2017. 

Prior to joining Allure, she was editor-in-chief and chief marketing officer at NYLON and Nylon Guys, where she was in charge of editorial content as well as the ideation and execution of native advertising. In that role, she worked on large 360-degree campaigns for global fashion, beauty, and tech brands and helped launch NYLON Studio, the company's in-house creative agency.

Prior to her tenure at NYLON, Ms. Lee was the chief content and strategy officer at Magnified Media, a branded-content agency for digital and print. Ms. Lee, who was featured as a "Thought Leader" by Google in 2013, has launched brands and digital projects both big and small. She was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly and The Daily Front Row, as well asCosmoGIRL, which won Adweek’s Launch of the Year. She has held senior staff positions at Mademoiselle and the ASME Award–winning Glamour and is the former editor-in-chief of In Touch Weekly and intouchweekly.com.

Ms. Lee was the SVP of Content at Hollywood.com and the creator and editorial director of the style site Beyond the Row. 

A prominent keynote and panel speaker, Ms. Lee has presented at SXSW, CES, ColorComm, Columbia University and has appeared on many TV outlets, including the NBC’s TODAY ShowGood Morning America, VH1, MTV, CNN, and MSNBC.


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Susan Lee

Chief People Officer at SeatGeek

Susan Lee is currently the Chief People Officer at SeatGeek. She is an HR Executive committed to the constant challenging, improving, and innovating of the talent function in companies. Her approach is to meld her experience at technology and media startups at various stages of growth, with her passions for employee branding, organizational development, social consciousness, and an entrepreneurial spirit, to make meaningful impact to the landscape of how work is being done.

Susan is an avid snowboarder, romance reader, bourbon drinker, and reality TV watcher…all of which she firmly believes makes her better at her job.



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Mina Malik

Lecturer on Law & Senior Advisor to Harvard's Fair Punishment Project

Mina Malik is a Lecturer on Law and Senior Advisor to Harvard's Fair Punishment Project. Most recently, Mina served as the Executive Director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the largest police oversight agency in the nation which investigates allegations of police misconduct. As Chief Executive Officer, she oversaw a staff of 180 and the agency's day-to-day operations, including several high-profile police brutality cases.

During her tenure, Mina and her team were responsible for spearheading change and improving the organization at all levels including: enhanced investigations and training, more proactive prosecutions, greater data collection and analysis, improved reporting on policing issues, and increased community outreach. In an effort to increase transparency and make the agency's wealth of data open and accessible to the public, Mina also launched the interactive Data Transparency Initiative (DTI), which was the first of its kind to be implemented by a police oversight organization. In conjunction with the University of Michigan, the agency continues to work on another ground-breaking initiative, the CCRB's Early Warning System, a predictive model for police misconduct.

Prior to her work in police oversight, Mina served as Special Counsel to the late Honorable Kenneth P. Thompson in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where she counseled and assisted the newly-elected Brooklyn District Attorney in the day-to-day operations of the agency consisting of 1,200 employees. Mina advised the District Attorney on the restructuring of the agency, personnel matters, policy issues, and cases involving sex crimes, wrongful convictions, child abuse and homicides.

In addition to her work in Brooklyn, Mina also served the Honorable Richard A. Brown in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted a broad range of felony cases and argued numerous appeals. Her concentration was in Special Victims where she oversaw the investigation, prosecution, and litigation of child homicides, child physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and adult sex crimes.

Mina also worked for the venerable D.C. Public Defender Service as a Criminal Investigator. She has been a visiting faculty member of the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop since 2010.


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Alli McCartney

Managing Director at UBS; Founding Partner, Alignment Partners

Alli McCartney is a Managing Director with UBS Private Wealth Management in New York City. She has 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry working with families, institutions, endowments and foundations. She is responsible for client relationship management, wealth advisory, private banking solutions, trust and estate planning strategies, and credit and lending. Alli specializes in philanthropic planning and governance for sophisticated families, often in partnership with the UBS Optimus Foundation. Alignment Partners, her seven member team, manages $1.5B for sixty families with a focus on Financial Professionals and Influential Women Executives and Entrepreneurs.

Alli joined UBS after spending seven years at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank where she advised ultra-high net worth clients on investments, balance sheet management, tailored lending, and wealth planning. Before JPMorgan, she spent seven years at Lehman Brothers in various roles including leading the equity and fund derivatives desk and running the MD Wealth Management Program for the global leaders of the firm. Prior to business school she worked with a Financial Planning practice in the D.C/Baltimore area.

Alli received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from NYU, and holds Series 7, 65, and 66 licenses. She lives in the West Village with her husband and two sons, is bi-lingual (Spanish) and is a founding member of the Advisory Board for Girl Rising and a member of the Development Committee for Friends of Hudson River Park. Alli is an avid traveler, a music enthusiast and used to run a Personal Shopping service outfitting women on Wall Street. Alli is a mentor for ERA, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator of NYC. Her passion for supporting women in finance culminated in her starting "Women 2 Women", a transparent and results oriented networking platform for entre- and intra-preneurial women to connect, share networks and support eachother’s financial and professional development. She is a global citizen, with ties to Spain, Australia, India and the US and is an active participant in TEDWomen, MAKERS and The Nantucket Project.  Alli frequently teaches classes on Effective Sales Practices, Sales Infrastructure and Relationship Management and is the first and only Financial Advisor to facilitate classes for the UBS/Rent The Runway Project Entrepreneur accelerator program.

Alli frequently appears on TV and in the press, specifically CNBC Halftime, Fox Businesses News and The StreetTV and is often quoted in Barron's, The Financial Times and The Wallstreet Journal on topics ranging from "Age-gapping" (establishing a successful and relevant team mirroring the structure, ages and needs of her multi-generational family clients) to empowering women financially, as clients and stewards of wealth, Financial Practitioners and business owners.


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Romy Newman

Co-Founder and CEO, Fairygodboss

Romy Newman is on a mission to improve the workplace for women by creating greater transparency. She is the Co-Founder and President of Fairygodboss, the largest career community for female professionals. Prior to founding Fairygodboss, Romy spent over ten years at The Wall Street Journal, Google, and Estee Lauder, where she held various leadership roles.

Romy is a frequent speaker, media personality, and contributor for Fortune, Huffington Post, and Inc. She has been featured in dozens of publications including Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CNBC, and USA Today. Romy earned her BA from Yale University and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a proud mother of two, wife to a very supportive husband, devoted yogi, and lover of crossword puzzles.


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Jennifer Parlamis

Associate Professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco

Jennifer Parlamis is an Associate Professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco where she has been teaching and conducting research for 12 years. From 2012-2016, she directed USF’s Master of Science in Organization Development program.  Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in negotiation research at Columbia Business School. Jennifer’s research interests include emotions in conflict, technology in negotiations, team dynamics, and leadership competencies. Jennifer is an associate editor at Group Decision and Negotiation. In addition to teaching and research, Jennifer is an organization development consultant and certified executive coach. When not working, Jennifer enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband and three kids.


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Matthew Richards

Director, Talent Acquisition at Cognizant Technology Solutions

Matthew Richards serves as Director, Talent Acquisition at Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ: CTSH), a Fortune 200 leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. Matthew provides leadership over executive talent acquisition across Cognizant’s Industry Solutions and Global Client Services groups. In addition, Matthew designs and implements digital and social media strategy for a progressive talent acquisition engine and candidate experience. Matthew is a speaker and blogger on all aspects of talent acquisition including a focus on diversity and inclusion, and serves on the advisory board for Fairygodboss, the largest career community for women.

Previously Matthew has served as search consultant in a global retained executive search firm, Managing Director of his own search firm, and as the Director of Recruiting and Operations at a high-growth technology startup. Matthew lives in the Boston area with his two sons, and is active in his community, schools, temple, fundraising and athletics.


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Laurie Rubiner

Former Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff

Laurie Rubiner has more than 25 years of experience in Congress and the non- profit sector. She was Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff where she managed the team of counsels hired for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. She served as U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s Chief of Staff for seven years, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant to the late Republican Senator John H. Chafee. She was Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, inaugural director of the Universal Health Care Program at the New America Foundation, and Vice President for Programs and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Over the span of her career, Laurie has been closely involved in a range of legislative and policy initiatives including the 1989 Title X Family Planning Amendments Act, the 1997 State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act, the 1999 Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, the 1999 Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, the 2009 Affordable Care Act where she helped secure critical protections for reproductive health care and women’s health, and the 2015 Women’s Health Protection Act.

Laurie received her B.A. in English from Barnard College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She was one of the founding board members of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She received the Felicia Stewart Award for Reproductive Health Advocacy from the American Public Health Association, The Child Advocacy Award from Catholic Charities, The Congressional Staff Award from the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

Laurie was born and raised in suburban Detroit and lives in Washington, D.C.


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Carol Sankar

founder and principal of The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership

With a successful career as a high level business strategist and consultant for the past decade, Mrs. Sankar recognized the lack of gender parity in the leadership community. As the "only one in the room," Carol made it her mission to create gender inclusion initiatives for c-level women and high performance business owners through facilitating leadership talks for organizations, corporations and businesses.

The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership is a platform that supports gender based initiatives for high level women leaders. Our goal is simple: if you give women the best tools and resources, they will shatter the glass ceiling in the c-suite. Our approach to creating value for women leaders is based on our 4-year in house research, which we crafted several solutions to the issue of gender normative roles in the workplace and business. From the leadership cliff, to self bias and belief; we cover it all in The Confidence Factor.

Carol Sankar is a highly sought after corporate keynote presenter. She has presented the Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership at TEDx, Verizon HQ, Affiliate Summit East, SXSW, San Jose State University, SHRM, BD Inclusion India, Inc., and many more. In addition, our research has made its way to Working Mother Magazine, Forbes, Thrive Global, CareerBuilder, Inc.,  Huffington Post and many more. We work with private executive level firms, organizations and companies who recognize the importance of implementing equilibrium in leadership, while supporting women leaders.


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Poupak Sionit

Chief Marketing Officer, Glamsquad

Poupak joined Glamsquad as Chief Marketing Officer in August 2016 and brings more than 18 years of experience across startups and large companies in the luxury and beauty space. She has a proven track record in building growth through innovative go-to market strategies that drive sales and build brand equity. She has had experience working at LVMH, IFF and L’Oréal and has launched over 150 products in market. Prior to Glamsquad, she was VP of Marketing for Keratase and Shu Uemura at L’Oréal. Poupak holds a business degree from Ivey Business School at Western University in Ontario, Canada and a Master’s Degree in Global Marketing from Emerson College.


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Janice Sullivan

CEO of CLG Brands, Brand president of Rebecca Taylor, and CEO of Parker

Janice Sullivan has a proven executive track record with over twenty-five years of experience driving sales and growth in the fashion industry. She currently serves as CEO of CLG Brands overseeing Rebecca Taylor and Parker NY. Having joined Rebecca Taylor as Brand President in 2015, Sullivan oversees all business operations and partners closely with the label’s founder, Rebecca, to refine and focus the brand. Under her leadership, Rebecca Taylor has launched new product divisions and expanded the business to reach new customers. LA VIE Rebecca Taylor, a casual line launched in 2016 and Tailored Rebecca Taylor, a new collection of feminine workwear that embodies the unique DNA of the brand with classic tailoring will be launching later this month.

Sullivan began her career in production management, then moved into product development and merchandising, overseeing the Women’s and Men’s divisions at DKNY Jeans.  She later became responsible for design, product and merchandising, developing product strategies for growth. Within a few years, Janice transitioned into overseeing sales, marketing and PR.  Her new role allowed her to drive brand creative vision from concept to store execution. After mastering her new position, she was promoted to President of DKNY Jeans. After her seventeen-year tenure at DKNY, Janice then served as President of Calvin Klein Jeans for both Women’s and Men’s categories. She oversaw the growth of Calvin Klein Jeans for several years.  Having worked for two iconic American brands, Janice was ready to embark on something interesting, small and experimental. Edun, a socially conscious brand owned by lead U2 singer Bono and LVMH was in search of a CEO that had strong experience in running all facets of the fashion business. At Edun, Sullivan spent the next five years working in Sub Saharan Africa, manufacturing high-end designer clothing which was sold at US and international boutiques and department stores.

The ability to balance product, design and brand vision while delivering strong financial results has led to her success in the fashion industry.

Janice Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in apparel production management from F.I.T., but she considers herself a lifelong learner, a self-professed business book nerd and a sucker for a great quote.


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Michelle Tillis Lederman

CEO & Founder, Executive Essentials

Michelle Tillis Lederman, named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of The 11 Laws of Likability, Heroes Get Hired, and Nail The Interview - Land The Job. Her next book, The Connectors Advantage will be released March 2019. Michelle is the founder and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership coaching and training programs.  Michelle believes real relationships lead to real results and specializes in teaching people how to communicate with confidence, clarity, and connection.  

Her clients include JPMorgan, J&J, Deutsche Bank, Target, MetLife, Sony, Ernst & Young, and Madison Square Garden. Passionate about education, Michelle served as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, on the faculty of the American Management Association, Lehigh Executive Education, and Rutgers Executive Education and the advisory board of Kean’s Global Business School.  

A regular in the media, Michelle has appeared on or been quoted by CBS, NBC, Fox, NPR, CNBC, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, US News & World Report, MSNBC, Forbes and USA Today among many others.

Michelle spent a decade in finance with positions in audit, M&A, financial consulting, VC, and hedge fund investing. She received her BS from Lehigh University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, and her coaching certification from iPec and holds the PCC certification from the International Coaching Federation. Executive Essentials is a certified Women Business Enterprise.