Samantha Saperstein


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.



Minyon Moore

Principal of Dewey Square Group , Former Director of White House Public Affairs, Former CEO of the Democratic National Committee  and co-author of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway and Leah Daughtry. 

Minyon is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers with extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy. She leads DSG’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices with clients ranging from the Fortune 100 to startup non- profits seeking counsel for developing strategies that address emerging consumer markets and achieve public policy goals. She specializes in building coalitions and brand awareness strategies for corporations while at the same time effectively addressing their state and local public policy issues. Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, Minyon served as Assistant to the President and Director of White House Political Affairs, in this capacity, she served as the principal political adviser to the President, Vice President, First Lady and senior White House staff, with primary responsibility for planning outreach and directing the political activities of the White House. She also developed and coordinated legislative strategy, Administration policy, and communications planning with senior White House staff. As CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Minyon was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Democratic Party. Minyon serves as a member of the board of directors for Writers Guild Foundation, the NCNW, and is a board member and co-convener of Power Rising Summit. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, a Most Influential Leader by Rainbow PUSH; Minyon has been honored with numerous awards including the Uncommon Height Award for excellence in service to others. Minyon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the Boston University Digital Filmmaking Program(DC). A noted speaker and filmmaker, Minyon has continues to serve as a guest lecturer and has lectured at Yale University and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2018 Minyon was awarded the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the AAPC Hall of Fame.  Her book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, co-authored with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway and Leah Daughtry, was awarded the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary work, Non- Fiction.


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.


Mandy Ansari

digital marketer, brand strategist, the lifestyle blogger behind Girl & The Bay, founder of the digital agency 9 to Thrive

Mandy Ansari is a digital marketer, brand strategist, the lifestyle blogger behind Girl & The Bay, founder of the digital agency 9 to Thrive. When she’s not consulting for Fortune 500 brands and female-founded companies, the tech nerd is leveraging technology to make the world a smaller and more connected place. Mandy fuels her passion for creativity and social commerce through public speaking, social media and advising entrepreneurs and start-ups on how to grow their digital footprint and influence. She has been lucky enough to have her work featured in publications such as Huffington post, Forbes, GQ magazine, Vogue, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and a few others. Most recently, she was able to share her love for social media with the world by helping pen the book Read This If You Want to Become Instagram Famous. She currently live in New York City, but remain a self-proclaimed bay area enthusiast. Her love for all bay area sports teams (especially the golden state warriors and San Francisco Giants) runs deep. She is extremely proud of her Persian culture and has a special place in her heart for her birthplace, France. She can't get enough of laughter, tech, travel, musicals, bleacher report, reality television, glitter, fantasy sports, memes, sequins, gold, reading, gangsta rap, fashion, children, uni and palm springs. 


Yxa Bazan

Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

Yxa is an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she is a Wholesale Payments Product Manager in the Corporate and Investment Bank division. Yxa also served as Americas Regional Head for the Bank Network Management group and as the Global Head of Relationship Management and Americas Regional Sales Head within the Depositary Receipts business. Additionally, Yxa worked as a Client Experience and Compliance Program Manager at the firm. Before joining JPMorgan Chase Bank in 1999, Yxa worked as an Equity Research Analyst and as an Investment Banker at Credit Suisse in New York and as a Fixed Income Research Analyst at Crédit Agricole Indosuez in Paris and in London. Yxa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business, where she also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, where she teaches a course in Negotiation and serves on the Alumni Advisory Committee. Yxa is a Board member of the New York Peace Institute and has served as a volunteer judge in negotiation competitions that form part of the American Bar Association program for law school students. She speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and resides with her family in New York City, where she is actively involved in her community.


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.


Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Academic Director of the WIN Summit and Vice Chair of the Faculty of Professional Studies and the Academic Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program.

Beth Fisher-Yoshida is the Vice Chair of the Faculty of Professional Studies and 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).


Katia Beauchamp

Co-founder of Birchbox

Katia co-founded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the beauty destination for the everyday woman who is not passionate about beauty. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, has more than 2.5 million active customers, 500 beauty and grooming brand partners, and operations in six countries.

Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achiever’s Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. In 2016, Katia was featured as an investor on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway: Fashion Startup” series.

A native Texan, Katia lives in New York City with her husband and four children.

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Tanya N. Blocker

President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys

Tanya N. Blocker recently accepted an offer to join the law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani as a Senior Counsel in their employment law group. Prior to joining Gordon Rees, Ms Blocker served as an employment attorney for the firm Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT) and served as Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department, Office of Corporation Counsel.  At the Law Department, Ms. Blocker’s practice concentrated on management side employment matters, including state and local wage and hour, federal/state anti-discrimination laws, and class and collective actions.  Ms. Blocker also has extensive experience in all facets of the litigation process, both in federal and state court, from the pleadings stages through to trial.  Prior to serving as Senior Counsel, Ms. Blocker worked at the law firm Kaye Scholer LLP., as an associate in the Complex Commercial Group of the firm’s New York office.  During her tenure at Kaye Scholer, Ms. Blocker focused her practice on complex commercial litigation matters, which also included white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and government and corporate investigations.

Ms. Blocker’s  pro bono practice includes successfully second-chairing a trial with the New York City Law Department involving Section 1983 claims brought against city police officers.  The defense verdict resulting from this trial was recognized in the “Verdicts and Settlements” section of the New York Law Journal.  Ms. Blocker also volunteered a significant portion of her time serving  as a mock trial coach for a public school in Harlem, New York.  Notably, Ms. Blocker led the students to the championship in the citywide Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

Ms. Blocker has spent a significant portion of her time in West Africa engaging in diversity, governance, and emerging market work as well as presenting on international employment law. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s (MBBA) Labor and Employment Law Section, is a former board member of After- School All-Stars (ASAS) NY/NJ Chapters, is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee, and is a Council of Urban Professionals Executive Leadership Program (CUP ELP) participant.

On November 1, 2017, Ms. Blocker was installed as the twenty-second President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), a non-for-profit bar association, established in 1976, committed to promoting and supporting both the personal and  professional development and growth of Black women attorneys. Notably, on October 11, 2018, the New York Law Journal recognized Ms. Blocker as a Distinguished Leader in the 2018 edition of the journal’s Professional Excellence Awards for her exemplary leadership of the organization.


Yvette Burton

Academic Director of the Master of Science in Human Capital Management Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

Yvette C. Burton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Practice and the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Human Capital Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. She is also the founding CEO for Silent Partner Solutions LLC, a digital talent and workforce consulting firm. As seasoned executive with more than 20 years of global experience in high impact, integrated human capital strategies for the media, consumer, industrial product, and defense industries, Dr. Burton is a leading scholar-practitioner in new models for the “New World of Work” in a competitive global market. Dr. Burton also served as Vice President, Workforce Solutions and Intelligence, for Lockheed Martin. In that role, she accelerated the world’s leading defense company’s global approach to the next generation design of enterprise-wide integrated talent and workforce strategies. As a trusted advisor and strategist to Lockheed Martin’s Chief Human Resources Officer and executive leadership team, she was the innovation architect for internal and sector excellence across core human capital capabilities, including talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning, HRIS/analytics, leadership development, talent management, M&A, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to her tenure at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Burton was Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital Consulting Practice for the consumer and industrial sectors, where she led the provision of advisory services to senior executive leaders on sustainable solutions to critical human capital performance and opportunity gaps for growth and innovation goals. In addition, Dr. Burton served as interim CEO of The Arcus Foundation, a multinational charitable organization, where she reduced expenses by 30 percent, repositioned $25 million in programming investments, and improved operational efficiencies. From 1999 until 2010, Dr. Burton held senior roles at IBM, including Senior Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach, Senior Business Strategist and Global Product Market Analyst, and Managing Business Research Director. Also during that time, she was Senior Executive for IBM’s Global Diversity-Driven Innovation Platform, which she created and led to generate more than $200 million in new business. Earlier in her career, Dr. Burton held roles as a senior managing B2B solutions consultant, Healthcare Managing Consultant and Lead for Change Management at Ernst & Young, and National Organizational Development Director for the National League for Nursing. Dr. Burton received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master’s in Criminal and Procedural Law from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and Human Development from the Fielding Institute, and an Advanced Management Program certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joya Dass

Founder, LadyDrinks Womens Networking

Joya Dass was one of the first South Asian females to be seen on mainstream television in the US. She's been a business anchor for major networks for the last 15 years, delivering live hourly reports from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NY1 News.


Joya is currently using her 20 years in television to build programming for her global women's initiative. LadyDrinks is a networking platform cultivating the ultimate South Asian female leader. She leads the movement by hosting monthly events, bringing like minded professional women into a room so they may find support systems for success in each other. LadyDrinks today numbers 1800 members strong. www. ladydrinks.com


Joyce Chang

Founder of From the Get Go

Joyce Chang is the founder of From the Get Go, a happiness start-up, and a brand advisor. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of SELF Magazine. She has also held positions at Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, People Magazine, The New York Times, and Allure. Joyce attended Princeton University and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She's a first-generation Asian-American and lives in NYC. Follow her on Instagram @thegetgo.


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.


Denise Horn

Director of Communications, Turner

Denise Horn is a communications and media professional with corporate, political, and government experience who has been featured as a spokesperson in national outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and ESSENCE.

Currently, Denise is the Director of Corporate Communications for Turner in New York and is responsible for managing corporate partnerships and overseeing communications strategy for executive leadership.

She credits her jump start in communications to the positions she held in NBC Universal’s highly competitive page program where she worked on shows such as Mad Money with Jim Cramer and Dr. Oz. In 2012, Denise served as the assistant traveling press aide for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, affording her the opportunity to travel across the country to work with national and local reporters. Shortly after the campaign she worked on Facebook’s Policy Communications team in Washington D.C., before joining the U.S. Department of Education as the Obama Administration’s primary spokesperson on higher education. In 2016, Denise was tapped as the as the Director of African American Media on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign—producing ads, developing messaging and leading communications outreach to the Black community.

Today she remains an active member of New York Women In Communications, ColorComm and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications; and is a board member of the Global Media Project.

A New Jersey native, Denise graduated cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and earned her Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.


Kathy Holub


Kathy Holub is a strategist, negotiation teacher, mediator and former lawyer with 20 years of experience in conflict resolution. She has taught Negotiation at Columbia Law School for nineteen years and at Harvard Law School for more than a decade. Through her firm, Holub Consulting, she helps clients navigate high-stakes conflicts of all sorts. Many of Kathy’s clients are individuals and families facing tension over estate planning issues, inherited property and family enterprises. Her mantra is: “Divide the stuff, not the family.” No matter what the issue, she helps families have necessary conversations in an atmosphere of safety so they can make informed decisions with everyone on board. She knows from personal experience that conversations related to inheritance can be uniquely challenging, even for the most close-knit of families. Her work focuses on helping clients solve practical problems while supporting the relationships that will endure long after the estate issues are settled. Kathy is also a seasoned negotiation coach who has trained thousands of senior executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs from fields such as finance, government, communications, health care, and law. Her trainings are highly interactive, using roleplays and discussion to help participants hone their skills. She also works one-on-one with CEOs and other senior decision-makers on managing difficult conversations with clients, employees and business partners. She has delivered Continuing Legal Education programs on “Women and Negotiation” at the New York City Bar Association and other organizations. Kathy is a former journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner who continues to use her writing and editing skills. She has edited four books, including “Bargaining With the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” by Harvard Law Professor Robert H. Mnookin (Simon & Schuster 2010). She holds an AB in Government from Harvard University and a JD from Yale Law School. She clerked for The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor in the Southern District of New York and practiced law for two years before moving into teaching and consulting.


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.


Dr. Tamar Z. Kahane

Founder and Clinical Director of The Kahane Center, LLC

Tamar Z. Kahane, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over 25 years treating adults, couples, families, adolescents and children.   She is the founder and clinical director of The Kahane Center, LLC an integrated mental health center providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological services. Dr. Kahane is an expert and clinical pioneer in the field of social cognition, social skills groups, and has a subspecialty in executive functioning.  She frequently treats depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, ASD, as well many other disorders.   In addition to lecturing nationally, Dr. Kahane supervises and trains teachers in multiple public and private schools to help them become increasingly more effective in the classroom.  She has developed a curriculum to remediate executive function deficits (The POWER Program) that is being piloted in multiple public and private schools as well as a curriculum to train shadows (aides and SIETS).  Dr. Kahane also lectures regularly to parent groups, as a big proponent of integrating parents into the children's treatment and providing them with effective tools and strategies to partner in helping their children.  Dr. Kahane has appeared on National Television as a clinical expert in Aspergers and is a frequent psychological expert in the media. To learn more about Dr. Tamar Z. Kahane and The Kahane Center, visit www.thekahanecenter.com


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.


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.


Michelle Maidenberg

President/ Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works

Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R. I am the President/Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, a Center for Group Therapy in Harrison, NY (www.westchestergroupworks.com) and maintain a private practice (www.michellemaidenberg.com). I am also the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of “Thru My Eyes” (www.ThruMyEyes.org) a nonprofit 501c3 organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones. 

 I am Adjunct Faculty at New York University (NYU) in their graduate program in the Silver School of Social Work and currently teach a graduate course on Mindfulness. I created and coordinate the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Camp Shane, a health & weight management camp for children and teens in NY, AZ, GA, CA, TX & WI and Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, a resort focusing on health & weight management for young adults and adults in NY & TX. 

I am a Board of Directors member at The Boys & Girls in Mount Vernon and created a voluntary group program for teens for them. I am on the American Red Cross Crisis Team and serve on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Trauma Network (WTN) in Westchester NY.  

I am the author of the book “Free Your Child From Overeating" 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health” (https://www.amazon.com/Free-Your-Child-Overeating-Handbook/dp/1615192700). My blogs can be found at: http://www.michellemaidenberg.com/blog/). 

I am a consultant and trainer and often present at conferences and publish on the topics of mindfulness, health and weight management, parenting, childhood development, socialization, general health related issues, trauma, assertiveness training, and group treatment. I recently contributed to articles in The New York Times, The Daily News, Fitness, Shape, Parents, Current Health and Ladies Home Journal magazines and many others.  

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Laura Manyweather

Founder and CEO of Tetracore consulting

Dr. Laura Manyweather received her Bachelor of Sciences from California State University Dominguez Hills. She possesses her MBA in Finance from Argosy University. Dr. Manyweather earned her terminal degree from California State University Long Beach in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on Social Justice for Formerly Incarcerated Students on California Community College Campuses, May 2018. 

She recently, partnered with her sister Dr. Nicole Johnson, the founder of TetraCore Consulting, LLC a high touch consultancy firm. TetraCore provides executive inside out coaching, soft skills, and leadership development to senior leaders and high potential employees (HiPOs). Our business model provides instant consulting, whereby clients get results and see tangible benefits from day one.

Dr. Laura Manyweather is a college professor and consultant. Laura specializes in program, fund, and non-profit development. With 29 years of experience with private corporations and 11 years in academia, she brings systems, processes and organizational structure to small and micro businesses, in order for them to thrive in an ever-changing economic environment. In addition Dr. Laura Manyweather also shows positivity, inclusiveness, emotional intelligence and restorative leadership skills to organizations. Presently, she teaches business courses to emerging leaders and aspiring business owners. Dr. Manyweather’s teaching style and approach to Adult Learning is innovative and intuitive. Laura describes herself as a servant and transformational leader, who is willing to lead from any chair.

Dr. Laura Manyweather received an award and was recognized as a Women of Influence (WOI) in 2018. She served as the President of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Gardena Chapter (2009-2013). She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with her family. Laura resides in Southern California with her husband Brian of 20 years and three beautiful children, Lauren, Brianna and Brian II.



Bonnie Marcus

Founder and CEO of Women’s Success Coaching

Award winning entrepreneur, speaker, Forbes columnist, and published author, Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully position and promote themselves to advance their careers. Her book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead provides a road map for women to navigate the complexities of their workplace to get the promotion they deserve. With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies. Forbes.com honored Women’s Success Coaching three years in a row as one of the Top 100 Websites for Professional Women stating, “Women’s Success Coaching weighs on the many building blocks of empowering women in business, from assertive communication to self promotion to sensitivity training.” In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Global Gurus honored Bonnie as one of the World’s Top 30 Coaches. In 2019, Databird Research Journal cited Bonnie as one of the Top 100 Keynote Speakers. In addition to Forbes, Bonnie has been published in many publications including Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Women in HR, Daily Worth, Reader’s Digest, Intercontinental Finance, Careers in Government, Diversity MBA, Upstart Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and CIO Magazine. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Crain’s NY Business, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Fortune, Psychology Today, Men’s Health, and more. Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University.

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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.


Alexis McGill Johnson

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Perception Institute

Alexis is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Perception Institute, a consortium of social science researchers, law professors, and culture makers focused on the role of the mind sciences in developing interventions to address issues of bias and discrimination in workplaces and other key domains.  She has co-designed and authored original research and reports in the mind sciences and regularly delivers presentations and facilitates workshops in the private and public sector on the role of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat.  Alexis has led in the design of diversity and inclusion strategies for national organizations and developed empirical metrics to determine efficacy. Currently, Alexis is a Board member and former Chair of the Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Previously, she has served on the boards of New York Civil Liberties Union, Center for Social Inclusion, and Citizen Engagement Lab. She is a founder of the Culture Group as well as a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and in the press. During the 2004 election cycle, she served as Executive Director of Citizen Change.  She holds degrees from Princeton and Yale Universities has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan Universities.


Alyssa Menz

Senior Analyst at DAI

Alyssa Menz is a Senior Analyst at DAI, an international development firm headquartered in Washington, DC. As a member of the DAI Sustainable Business Group (SBG), she supports private companies to be smarter corporate citizens in their local business operations and assists public authorities to development policies that grow sustainable industries. Throughout her SBG tenure, Alyssa has worked on projects related to corporate and government local content strategy, energy sector supply chain analysis, government and community engagement, and energy policy development. Ms. Menz is the DAI SBG technical lead for the Mexico Foreign Commonwealth Office Energy Strand Programme, a 4-year programme funded by the UK government aimed at generating inclusive, socio-economic growth in Mexico’s energy sector and transitioning Mexico to a low-carbon economy. Ms. Menz oversees development and roll- out of the DAI Local Content Masterclass, a 3-day course geared at enabling energy operators, contractors, and governments to leverage local content in a way that maximizes benefits and minimizes risk. She also leads industrial baseline studies that analyse demand-supply gaps amongst small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the energy sector, and local content tracking, monitoring and reporting for companies in developing and emerging markets. At SBG she has cultivated field experience working on projects in Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, the UK, and USA. Prior to DAI SBG, Ms. Menz worked with Synergy Global, an international sustainability consulting firm headquartered in Oxford UK that specializes in social impact and risk assessments, community relations management, and community benefit creation. She holds a Masters in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford, UK where she graduated with distinction on her dissertation. Ms. Menz also has an Honours B.A. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York City. She speaks intermediate Spanish and beginner Turkish.


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.


Adrienne Nolan-Smith

Founder of WellBe

Adrienne is a board certified patient advocate, speaker and the founder of WellBe (getwell.com, @getwellbe), a media and education company and community focused on bridging the large gap between the healthcare system and the wellness movement. Her mission is to help people prevent and reverse chronic health issues naturally.

From her 20-year journey through the conventional healthcare system as a patient, caretaker and then technology professional working with hospitals, Adrienne has seen how empowering patients through integrative health and wellness is key to preventing and reversing the chronic disease crisis.

Adrienne received her BA from Johns Hopkins University, her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and her board certification in patient advocacy. She lives with her husband in New York City. WellBe is her greatest passion and her life’s work.


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.


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.


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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Jodi Schwimmer

Partner at ReedSmith

Jodi began her career in 2001 and has spent the last 18 years representing investment banks, specialty lenders, real estate investors and participants in the secondary debt market. She is well-known in the industry for “closing the deal”, and has personally closed hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of commercial mortgaged-backed securities (CMBS) and similar debt securities. Jodi has extensive and broad structured finance skills across a variety of underlying debt obligations.

Specifically, Jodi focuses on CMBS, real estate finance, asset-based finance and structured finance, concentrating on esoteric structures, debt issuances, preferred equity raises, repurchase/warehouse facilities, and bridge-to securitization structures. In connection with these structures, Jodi has developed expertise in REMICs and also organizes private REITs. Jodi structures public and private commercial mortgage securitizations, including SFR and NPL assets, the re-packaging of securities in re- securitizations, CRE CLOs and other structured transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and investors.

Jodi also focuses on federal securities law issues relevant to these types of securitizations, including Regulation AB, Regulation AB II, Risk Retention and Dodd Frank, and advises on related securities compliance matters.

Additionally, Jodi has broad-based knowledge experience in structuring real estate related junior notes/participation interests and mezzanine loans, and regularly represents clients in the purchase and sale of commercial and multifamily mortgage loans, mezzanine debt, subordinate debt and structured real estate debt instruments.
Jodi has been praised for “knowing how to get deals done” and “overcoming roadblocks with other parties” by her clients.


Jillian Sanders

Senior Director of PR, Events and Social Media for Zeel

Jillian Sanders has worked for some of the top lifestyle and media companies in the country. She is currently Senior Director of PR, Events, and Social Media for Zeel, the country's leading and largest Massage on Demand® wellness company. In her role at Zeel, she works closely with the company CEO to implement and lead a team to execute a robust PR strategy each quarter. Previously, as Senior Manager of Public Relations for Hearst Magazines, she oversaw PR and events for their top food and decorating magazines including Food Network Magazine, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home Veranda, and The Pioneer Woman Magazine. Before that, at DeBartlo & Co., she handled public relations for a wide variety of authors and newsmakers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss. Prior to her time at DeBartlo & Co. she was a publicist at Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, where she helped manage PR for health and wellness authors, including New York Times bestseller Gabrielle Bernstein. Earlier, at Hachette Book Group, she helped manage the book publicity for Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurie David, among others.  Jillian also spent several years as a theatrical and commercial talent agent, at Don Buchwald and Associates, and worked for R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series of young adult fiction.


Jordan Siev

Partner at ReedSmith

Jordan is the leader of our non consumer Financial Services Litigation team. His representation of financial institutions and hedge funds focuses on litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He also regularly handles arbitrations before FINRA, JAMS and AAA arbitration panels, and defends financial institutions in major class and derivative actions. Additionally, Jordan has represented financial institutions and hedge fund groups in some of the most hotly contested bankruptcy litigations in recent years.

Jordan's practice is at the cutting edge of structured products litigation, including representing liquidators in the largest CDO fund litigation in history, as well as multiple financial industry players in other structured products litigations and out of court disputes, including disputes related to structured investment vehicles. Jordan also routinely counsels clients regarding potential risks and rewards relating to their structured products investment strategies.

Jordan's practice also includes representation of high net worth individuals and public figures, including in the entertainment and sports fields, in courtroom and out-of-court disputes.

Jordan is a frequent writer and speaker on financial services litigation matters, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


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.


Mallory Stevens

President, MAllory Stevens LLC

Mallory Stevens provides mediation and conflict resolution consulting services. Her mediation practice covers divorce, commercial, workplace, tenant-landlord and interpersonal disputes. As a consultant, she provides corporate workshops in basic conflict resolution skills and effective communication. Mallory cares deeply about how individuals and groups communicate with one another — and about the tremendous benefits of mediation, conflict resolution skills and alternative dispute resolution methodologies and resources. Mallory is on the Mediator Roster of the American Arbitration Association, and holds an M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a B.A. in Spanish (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Hofstra University. She mediates and consults in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has capacities in four additional languages.

Mallory has also been an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), teaching the Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Additionally, she has served as substitute mentor for law students in Brooklyn Law School’s Mediation Clinic and volunteers at the New York Peace Institute, from where she received her mediator certification. She’s made presentations on mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution to the New York County Law

Association (NYCLA) and the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM). Her articles include “The Impact of Emotion in Negotiation,” published in the ADR Resolver section of the Federal Bar Association newsletter (March 2017).

Previously, Mallory enjoyed a career in the financial services industry, lastly as senior vice president, head of corporate communications and spokesperson at IDB Bank. Earlier in her career, she held the position of vice president in the bank’s international investment products department. In this capacity, as well as in prior positions as an international private banker and international correspondent banker, she traveled extensively to Latin America, her area of expertise. Her master’s thesis at Columbia, “How International Private Bankers Perceive and Experience Doing Business in the Post-9/11 Regulatory Environment,” coalesced her conflict resolution studies with her financial background. Mallory studies classical piano, and she and her life partner reside in Manhattan.


Meredith Stockman DiGiovanni

People Operations Director at Pace Gallery

Meredith is currently the People Operations Director at Pace Gallery. She is a mediator, strategist and leader having applied her expertise across a range of industries including ADR, luxury fashion, and AI technology. She believes her mediation background and diverse industry exposure is the key to being an effective solver of organizational obstacles large and small. In her current role, she oversees projects aimed at cross-gallery efficiency and harmony. Prior to joining the gallery, she held the position of VP of People at an AI tech company where she designed and built infrastructure from the ground up. At Kate Spade & Co. Meredith took ownership of organizational development for the corporate side of the business. She designed and launched a multifaceted learning and development curriculum, managed large scale OD projects, coached executives across the organization and partnered with senior leadership on succession planning. Meredith began her career at JAMS where she learned the commercial ADR business whilst realizing her true proclivity towards organizational problem solving. Meredith has a Master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.


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.


Lisa Skeete Tatum

Founder and CEO of Landit

Lisa Skeete Tatum is founder and CEO of Landit, a personalized career pathing technology to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a turn-key "one size fits one" solution that enables companies to attract, develop, and retain high-potential diverse talent. Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal Partners, a $350M+ early stage healthcare venture capital firm. Lisa also worked for Procter & Gamble, GE Capital, and founded her own consulting practice. Lisa serves on numerous high growth, public, and non-profit boards including Surgical Care Affiliates (NASDAQ), Union Square Hospitality Group, Cornell University Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, The Lawrenceville School, The Princeton Area Community Foundation, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. Lisa received her BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Inc., CNBC, BBC Business and named one of the Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Landit was named one of the Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better by Fast Company.


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.


Kristy Wallace

CEO of Ellevate Network

Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission of changing the culture of business from the inside out by providing professional women with a supportive community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate’s Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate’s impact. Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.  Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, an organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute. Kristy is an expert on many of the issues facing women in business, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the year. Prior to joining Ellevate, Kristy was a founding team member of Zeel.com, where she oversaw operations, business modeling, brand development, partnerships, and fundraising. Kristy also served as VP of North America Ad Sales and GM of International Operations at Vault.com. Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University and began her career as a financial analyst at KeyBank. A passionate runner, reader and world traveler, Kristy lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband and three wonderful children.


Louisa Wong

Chief Operating Officer for Carat

As Chief Operating Officer for Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network’s flagship media agency, Louisa is responsible for the agency’s digital strategy, product and automation agenda. Louisa leads the digital transformation of the agency by adopting and embracing new technologies that are disrupting the media ecosystem, with a focus on integrating capabilities such as data sciences, AI, machine learning and block chain. 

Prior to joining Carat’s leadership team, Louisa served as the Chief Digital Officer for Amplifi, Dentsu Aegis Network, overseeing digital activation, ad operations and investment and works closely with agency partner executives and client leaders to deliver first-class digital solutions.

 In 2010, Louisa joined Dentsu Aegis Network as the Global Chief Commercial Officer for Amnet, Dentsu Aegis Network’s global programmatic group. As a founding member of the team, she developed the Amnet business across 13 territories in EMEA before taking on the global role in London.

Louisa’s passion and “move the dial” mentality have led her to become a highly respected industry thought leader. Her broad experience working across publishers, broadcaster and ad technology companies (CNET, AOL/ADTECH, BSkyB) allow her to address topics across the digital advertising eco-system.

Now based in New York, when she’s not immersed in all things digital, you will likely find her at the nearest tennis court advising Novak Djokovic on how to improve his backhand.