[Past Event] Women & Worth Virtual Summit: The Importance of Powering Forward Now More Than Ever
The world has changed dramatically since our Women & Worth Power Forward Summit in March 2020—from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effect on the global economy to the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing worldwide rallying for social justice—which is why we’re reconvening this September to not only pick up where we left off but to also explore how life has changed over the past six months and discuss why now more than ever it is important that we power forward to create a more inclusive and equal economy for the benefit of everyone.
Join Worth over three days for a live online summit to learn, share, support and connect with attendees and speakers who’ve forged ahead during this tumultuous time and continue their work to impact change, lead with purpose and overcome the systemic barriers holding women and minorities back from access to pay equity, promotion, board positions, wealth accumulation and capital. Now, more than ever, the issues of equality and inclusiveness need to be addressed, and through interactive panels and sessions, Worth will share strategies, resources and calls to action so that we can continue to power forward as we gear up for 2021.
Watch highlights from 2020 Women and Worth Summit:
- September 15-17 - Afternoon
- Three-Day Virtual Event
Composer-performer Leila Adu has firmly carved her name into the space where electropop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter meet. Hailing from New Zealand, Britain and Ghana, Leila has performed her original piano songs and improvisations alongside international artists at festivals and venues in the UK, mainland Europe, the US, Russia, Ghana and Asia. She has released five acclaimed albums, including two for Italian National Radio and ‘Dark Joan’ (recorded by Steve Albini); was voted MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week, and has performed on BBC’s World Service solo and produced a short-film and documentary soundtrack with screenings on BBC Knowledge TV channel and the NZ Film Festival, as well as performing in Luscious Jackson on ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’
Leila Adu’s music has been compared to Nina Simone and Joanna Newsome and she has been described by WNYC’s John Schaefer as “a genuinely good singer, with a velvety, soulful voice.” 2019 was big for Leila, as she did everything from being featured in the song “Asylums for the feelings” as heard in the Playstation 4 game Death Stranding, to getting featured on Giles Peterson’s BBC 6 radio show with her band, Lucked In.
She has composed for Bang on a Can, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Orchestra Wellington, as well as performing and having compositions performed at Ojai Music Festival and acted as a co-composer on the 2020 opera Magdalene. She received BMus from Victoria University of Wellington, and her doctorate in music composition at Princeton University, and is currently and assistant professor in the music technology program in the music and performing arts professions department at Steinhardt, New York University. Adu taught music to prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility as a faculty member of Musicambia – music for social change, and currently sits on the board of directors for Die Jim Crow Records the country’s first record label for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Dr. Lilian Ajayi Ore is a Chief Learning Officer, Data Scientist with over 17 years of industry experience, and the Founder/CEO of the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), a not-for-profit organization that believes in women and girls and their ability to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. GC4W is the recipient of several honorary awards including the Best Manhattan Charity for the past 6 consecutive years since 2015.
Lilian professional experience includes working as the Digital Marketing Strategist and Big Data analytics expert for Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. She is a current University Faculty at NYU and was named Faculty Innovator and is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Dean’s Innovation Scholar in Learning and Teaching. Lilian received her Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, GSE with Double Distinctions, a Harvard Graduate and holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, GSE.
As a global shaper and learning leader, Lilian has been invited to give a keynote address on topics related to economic empowerment, gender equality and women empowerment, and business leadership. She has given an address at the United Nations (headquarters in New York), The World Bank, United Nations Development Program, UNFPA, Toronto World Leadership Forum, Social Media Week (New York), Microsoft, among others. Lastly, Lilian sits on a few executive boards including Clinton Foundation 20/30, Mirai Partners, Penn Alumni, to name a few, and she is a proud member of the Female Founder Collective and the GC4W Circle Network.
Nisa Amoils is a partner at Grasshopper Capital investing in fintech/Blockchain and has been an early stage investor for the past decade. She was named one of Business Insider’s Women VC’s to watch and top 100 Women in Fintech, and top 50 global Blockchain thinkers. She is a former securities lawyer and on the Boards of several institutions including Wharton Entrepreneurship and Girls Who Invest. She contributes for Forbes and Hosts the Coinscrum Markets show. Prior to investing, she was an entrepreneur and spent many years in business development at companies like Time Warner and NBC Universal. She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vanessa Barboni Hallik is the Founder and CEO of Another Tomorrow, a new ready-to-wear brand operating at the intersection of sustainability, ethics, and design, launched in January 2020. Vanessa is also an investor in early-stage companies with strong ESG commitments and potential to catalyze positive change. Prior to Another Tomorrow, Vanessa was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she held several leadership roles in the emerging markets fixed income business. While at Morgan Stanley, Vanessa served as a trustee on the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and chaired the Fixed Income Philanthropy Committee where she initiated and subsequently led the firm’s mentoring program with East Side Community High School, a public school in the East Village of Manhattan, in partnership with PENCIL.org.
Vanessa currently serves on the New York Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land, for which she chairs the Playgrounds Committee. Vanessa holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and is an M.S. candidate in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Vanessa resides in New York City with her family and two dogs.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 30 May 2019 today the appointment of Anita Bhatia of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Ms. Bhatia has had a distinguished career at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at Headquarters and in the field. She brings extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilization and management. Ms. Bhatia has served for several years as Director of Global Partnerships for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She developed and expanded innovative partnerships with public and private sector partners to support IFC strategy in key areas, including fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, financial inclusion, support to women-owned businesses and other priorities critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, she has served as Director of Development Partner Relations for the World Bank in which she led efforts to ensure strategic alignment between institutional priorities and resource mobilization across the World Bank Group.
In various positions she focused on enhancing sustainability, institutional effectiveness and impact through strategic partnerships. As Head of IFC’s Latin America Advisory Operations, based in Lima and La Paz, she successfully grew the Corporation’s reach and impact in the region. As Director of Partnerships and Advisory Operations, she oversaw financial management, risk management, portfolio management, knowledge management and learning for Advisory Services across the globe. She has led diverse teams, including as Global Head of Knowledge Management, Head of Business Process Improvement and Head of Change Management. In addition to Latin America, she has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South and East Asia.
Ms. Bhatia holds a BA in History from Calcutta University, an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University.
An international speaker and strategic marketing leader, Carmen Bryant motivates action by translating insights and cultural shifts into compelling stories. Carmen joined Indeed in 2016, bringing more than 20 years of marketing, insights and thought leadership expertise. She has since spoken on recruiting insights and best practices globally, having presented in boardrooms and conference venues worldwide, and been featured as a speaker by organizations including SHRM, SHRM India, and the Human Capital Institute.
In her current role as Director of US Marketing, Carmen develops and executes the integrated marketing plan and go-to-market strategies in the US. She also directs global programs, overseeing the Indeed executive briefing centers in Austin and Dublin, as well as a team of recruitment evangelists who use Indeed platform data and industry trend analysis to identify recruiting strategies that get results, and communicate them to business leaders.
A graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology and African American Studies, Carmen is a cultural ambassador who is proud to support Indeed’s mission to help people get jobs by developing scalable strategies that companies can use to find talent, which helps bring the opportunity of employment to everyone.
Before joining Indeed, Carmen was Director of Trends and Insights for the Content Innovation Agency at NBCUniversal, where she shaped marketing campaigns and content initiatives, including building an internal brand that encompassed a semi-annual publication, films, and a website. Prior to this, she held other strategic leadership and insights positions at top-tier companies including Time Inc. and L’oreal USA.
Fernanda Carapinha is a serial media/tech entrepreneur, former senior entertainment execu7ve, execu7ve producer and writer, with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment/technology business. Fernanda’s deep experience and insight both in the crea7ve entertainment/media business of content development, produc7on, distribu7on, and promo7on, as well as in the data science/soAware business, has afforded her a unique perspec7ve that has enabled her to be ahead of the curve in the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries.
Carapinha is the founder and CEO of 4Digital and 4Digital Entertainment, two Los Angeles based companies at the heart of the content/technology movement. 4Digital is an AI/Machine Learning driven technology company focused on the development of behavior data analy7cs soAware applica7ons that straddle the media and cybersecurity sectors. Selected to be part of the MicrosoA and Google Start Up Programs, 4Digital’s offerings include social media metrics fraud detec7on and human verifica7on soAware (the Bo7nator), social media content sen7ment analysis, predic7ve audience behavioral modeling, and brand business intelligence solu7ons.
Carapinha founded 4Digital’s sister company, 4Digital Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based mul7-plaUorm digital content company, that develops high impact narra7ve content that challenges tradi7onal boundaries of storytelling, produc7on, and distribu7on by simultaneously developing organic cross-plaUorm tech driven proprietary soAware developed in order to fully exploit the 360-content experience.
Women Entrepreneurs Global, is Carapinha’s latest endeavor. We Global is the first virtual Innova7on studio by and for women entrepreneurs dedicated to powering the success of women from profitability to IPO through business disrup7on, tech innova7on and adop7ng the Hollywood Studio business model to drive innova7on success.
Previously, as senior vice president of television at Brillstein Grey Communica7ons, Carapinha co-ran all aspects of the television development and produc7on process with a focus on developing star-driven vehicles. She developed series for Jim Belushi, Tea Leoni, Elizabeth Perkins, Brian Benben, and Steve Harvey among others, and also oversaw an elite roster of showrunners.
As the execu7ve director of development at Paramount Studios, Carapinha developed numerous award winning comedy series (Frasier), drama series (Deep Space Nine), and many television movies. Her responsibili7es included developing series with the studio’s premier roster of show runners with overall deals at Paramount. Prior to that, Carapinha was Life7me Television’s (NYC) vice president of program planning and scheduling.
Carapinha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in Communica7ons and Marke7ng minor from the Wharton School. Carapinha also holds a Masters degree from Pepperdine University, in Psychology. Carapinha is a published author of young adult science fic7on/fantasy graphic novels.
Originally from Portugal, Fernanda resides in Los Angeles, California with her family.
Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving as an independent director for both public corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, and Frontdoor, Inc. She is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a board member and Program Co-Chair for the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter. In the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Catalano is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Houston Grand Opera, and Co-Founder of The World Innovation Network.
With over 30 years of corporate experience including eighteen years of service on public boards, Ms. Catalano is an expert on the topics of board governance and leadership, and an outspoken champion of women in business. Her extensive career spanned three continents in marketing, operations, and international business roles. Her executive background in the downstream oil business included establishing Amoco’s refining and marketing operations in China, overseeing Amoco’s entire US retail business, and leading BP’s effort to reposition the corporate brand in its “beyond petroleum” campaign.
Ms. Catalano is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and has been recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”, Directors and Boards “Directors to Watch”, and Women Inc “Most Influential Board Directors”. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including board governance, leadership, innovation, and the advancement of women in business. Her thoughts on various aspects of leadership can be found on her blog, www.shades-of-leadership.com.
Emily Cegielski is an award-winning multimedia journalist and editor based in New York City, who recently joined Worth Media as Senior Editor.
Prior to joining the Worth team, she worked as a Senior Editor at the New York Observer, where she built out its Business, Tech and Innovation vertical—refining beats, recruiting expert contributors and leading a team of staff reporters and freelancers. Previously, she worked as Director of Digital Media at High Times, where she drove creation of cannabis-related stories; programmed content; managed social media; planned and executed marketing campaigns for High Times events; covered breaking news; edited content; and led a site redesign.
In the past, she has worked as a staff writer, photographer, designer, copy editor, fact-checker, section editor, managing editor and senior editor for a wide array of newspapers, magazines and websites.
Arsha Cazazian is a seasoned real estate executive with over 2 decades of experience planning, executing and leading teams for large-scale public and private development projects.
In her current role as Director of Global Real Estate for Shearman & Sterling, LLP., she is responsible for the firm’s workplace strategy, technology integration, delivery and management of the partnership’s 1 million sq.ft global real estate portfolio spanning 23 offices across 5 continents.
Prior to her role at Shearman & Sterling, Arsha worked across all asset classes with positions as the Commercial Sector Lead at Stantec, a publicly traded AEC firm, to Managing Director- Head of Innovation at Jones Lang LaSalle to her work with smaller organizations and founder of a WBE-certified design & delivery firm in New York City.
Throughout her professional career, Arsha has also been involved with sustainable development initiatives and projects in emerging markets. She was as an active member of the United Nations Development Programme coupled with various pro bono commitments to the Impact Network, building schools along Zambia’s Copperbelt with deep focus on alternative energy solutions. She also served as Associate professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology for 8 years.
Arsha is a Board member of the Global Nomads Group (Bezos Family Foundation partner), KMJ Consulting and Council member at Nationswell.
She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, GSAPP and a notable women’s scholarship from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School with a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation.
Fumbi Chima is an accomplished senior executive and NED with extensive experience leading digital transformations within establish, global corporations across multi-industries. Fumbi as a Chief Information Officer & Business Leader focuses on driving business outcomes through the use of technology and digital solutions. Deep experience in leading organizational change, global transformational programs and inspiring an organization to embrace a new future
Prior to joining Adidas in 2019, Fumbi has been the transformational CIO for several global organizations, she was most recently the CIO of Fox Network Group; CIO at Burberry Corporation, CIO of WalMart Stores Inc Asia business operations, and CIO of American Express’ Global Corporate Technologies. She has a proven track record of successfully partnering with business leaders and building world-class teams.
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is an educator and advisor on gender, race, and orientation equality, and currently the VP of Inclusion for Product at Netflix. Wade was the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant where he worked at the intersection of sexism, racism, and homophobia to build inclusive leadership strategies and national engagement initiatives. Before joining Netflix, Wade consulted for Google, P&G, Viacom & Bacardi. Wade is a United Nations Women Global Impact Champion, a Ms. Foundation for Women board member and strategic partner to the MeToo Movement and Times Up. He’s a former NYU and Rutgers adjunct professor, 2012 President Obama surrogate, and feminist.
Linda Davis Taylor is the host of Money Stories with LDT, a podcast at the intersection of money wellbeing, gender, and storytelling. Each week, she interviews today’s top thought leaders and CEOs about their money stories — exploring how our family, race, economic status, gender, and personality affect our financial lives.
Linda is the former CEO and Chairman of Clifford Swan Investment Counselors in Pasadena, California, and a champion for women’s economic independence and strength. She is a frequent speaker on wealth transition, family governance, and philanthropy. Linda wrote The Business of Family with an objective to educate families on multi-generational financial sustainability, and the power to affect change that comes with wealth.
Linda became CEO and Chairman of Clifford Swan Investment Counselors in 2010, after serving as President of Philip V. Swan Associates since 2002. Clifford Swan is the nation’s oldest investment advisory firm. In addition to managing the firm, she advised clients on wealth transition, family governance, and philanthropy.
Her prior experience also includes twenty-five years in senior management positions in philanthropy and college admissions for several distinguished educational institutions, including Amherst College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College and Emory University.
Linda is currently a trustee of Morningstar Funds Trust in Chicago and is a Director for San Pasqual Fiduciary Trust Company in Los Angeles, CA; The College Futures Foundation in Oakland, CA and a member of the Board of Governors for The Huntington Library, Botanical Gardens, and Art Museum in San Marino, California. She is also a Former Trustee of Scripps College in Claremont, CA (Chair, 2009-2014), The Thacher School, and The Pasadena Symphony.
Linda has been featured in numerous media outlets including SELF, CNBC, Forbes, U.S. News & World Reports, Worth, PBS, Bloomberg, and more. She and her husband are the parents of two adult daughters.
Nell Diamond is the Founder and CEO of Hill House Home, a New York based direct-to-consumer fashion and home business.
Since launching in 2016, Hill House Home has been featured in The New York Times, VOGUE, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal and more, shipping to customers in over 30 countries.
Nell developed the concept for Hill House Home as part of Yale’s Start-Up Founder Practicum, an incubator for companies conceived by students of the School of Management from which she graduated in 2015.
Nell graduated with a BA in English Literature from Princeton University in 2011.
Ashley Etienne is the senior adviser for strategic planning for the Joe Biden Presidential Campaign. A creative, strategic, and enterprising big thinker, Ashley Etienne has more than 15 years of experience specializing in brand development, crisis communications, social activation and storytelling. She has served as a trusted advisor to President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, consulted Fortune 500 executives, and launched national campaigns that leveraged top entertainers, professional athletes and civil rights icons.
Ashley was appointed Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of Communications for the Cabinet in 2014. There, she spearheaded Cabinet-wide communications efforts on high-stakes Administration priorities, including the JCPOA, the Paris Climate Accord and the response to protests against police violence and brutality. Ashley also led communications on President Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Ashley has been profiled by all the major national and political newspapers, including the New York Times Magazine. She was named to Politico Playbook New Guard Power list, Essence Magazine’s 29 Powerful Black Women Running Obama’s White House, and Marie Claire’s New Guard List as “Obama’s bad-news fixer.”
Ashley received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s Degree in Political Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
Joy Falotico is president, The Lincoln Motor Company and Ford chief marketing officer, effective March 1, 2018. She is responsible for leading the evolution of Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand and overseeing Lincoln operations globally, including product development, marketing, sales and service, as well as all team members supporting the brand. Falotico leads efforts to connect more closely with customers by identifying new opportunities to serve them. She reports to Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company.
Falotico has been a group vice president of Ford Motor Company since 2016. She was previously chairman and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Credit Company, with worldwide responsibility for this leading global financial services business that supports Ford dealers and customers, along with the sale of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
Prior to this, she was chief operating officer, leading Ford Credit’s global operations in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and Africa, as well as marketing, sales and brand, business center operations and insurance operations.
Previously, Falotico was executive vice president, Ford Credit marketing, sales, Americas and strategic planning. She was responsible for marketing and sales globally and, since January 2013, business operations in North America and South America, with global strategic planning responsibilities added in January 2015.
With Ford Credit since 1989, Falotico served in a number of senior positions, including executive vice president, North America. She was vice president of U.S. sales operations and vice president of global marketing. Before that, Falotico had pan-European responsibility for customer and dealer service operations and risk management for Ford Credit Europe.
Falotico is involved in American Financial Services Association, a U.S. financing industry trade organization, previously serving on its board of directors and executive committee, and as chair of its vehicle finance division board.
Falotico was selected as MediaPost’s 2019 Automotive Marketer of the Year. She also was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 leading women in the North American auto industry in 2010 and 2015. Born in 1967, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Truman State University and a master’s in business finance from DePaul University.
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., a healthy lifestyle brand that produces the leading, award-winning, unsweetened flavored water, as well as a scented sunscreen that is oxybenzone and paraben-free.
Kara has received numerous accolades, including being named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, one of In Style’s 2019 Badass 50, one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
Previously, Kara was at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its shopping and ecommerce business to over $1 billion.
In 2016, she launched The Kara Network, a mentoring platform to help other entrepreneurs, and she recently launched the podcast Unstoppable, where she interviews disruptors across various industries.
Alison is the founder and President of Daintree Advisory LLC. With more than twenty years experience helping business leaders of major companies, she provides expertise on commercial opportunities related to reputation and brand positioning. Using thought leadership in the development and implementation of institutional relationships, she guides strategic planning for revenue growth through fostering institutional relationships on industry platforms.
Before founding Daintree Advisory she directed strategic engagements that included global external industry relationships and branded client gatherings for Willis Towers Watson and was responsible for the company’s partnership engagement with the World Economic Forum. She spent ten years producing investor events for ABN AMRO, ING Barings and the investment bank Furman Selz. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of events, from the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS) to sports marketing programs including the Volvo Round the World Ocean Sailing race and the ADT Golf Skills Challenge with NBC Sports.
Born in Manchester, England, where she graduated from Manchester’s UMIST with a BA (with honors), Alison started her business career in the fashion industry, moving to New York to work on Seventh Avenue. In the UK she bought private label fashion for well-known high street stores, and on Seventh Avenue she was the national buyer of ladies knitwear for Macy’s. She shares her interests @DaintreeGross on Twitter.
Gina Hadley does not like the status quo–if something doesn’t work, fix it. As co-founder of The Second Shift, making change is her daily mission. She works in close partnership with companies to design working cultures that support and retain women. By demonstrating how even small changes ripple into big impact, Gina helps businesses of all sizes shift their workplaces forward into more flexible, nimble working structures.
In addition to being co-founder, Gina is in charge of new business at The Second Shift. In this role, she takes a consultative approach, nurturing close relationships with business partners and remaining connected to them from onboarding through ongoing engagements. Together they create solutions that best support their business needs and identify opportunities to incorporate on-demand expertise into their human resources strategies. Gina is known for helping move clients from talk to action. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences as a leading expert on the future of work, gender equity as good business, and flexibility as a talent pipeline solution.
Prior to founding The Second Shift, Gina was Worldwide Creative Coordinator at Ogilvy & Mather on the IBM business, and later pursued an entrepreneurial path as a founder of ads.com and Urban Monkeys in Seattle. Gina is an expert in being flexible and nimble, having moved her family cross-country four times in five years as a freelance consultant herself. She is now settled back in New York City with her husband and teenage daughter and son. Gina holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and a MFA from New York University.
Alexia Hefti, Esq. is a Swiss-Canadian, New York-qualified lawyer and is based out of Dubai. Alexia is CEO of eGovern, which advises governments globally on transitioning to e-government delivery models using blockchain and companies seeking to explore blockchain uses within their industries. Alexia is also an Advisor on the FinTech Advisory Board of the Government of Bermuda.
Previously at Deloitte, Alexia co-founded the blockchain tax practice in Canada, and in Dubai, worked on improving the delivery of tax administration services using digital solutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Prior to this, she worked in international human rights, transitional justice and international criminal justice in the Middle East and Africa for a number of organisations and governments, including the United Nations.
Chris Hyams is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indeed. Chris joined Indeed in 2010 as VP of Product, responsible for technology strategy and innovation. In 2015, Chris became President, assuming additional responsibility for Indeed’s revenue growth and client success. Chris was appointed Indeed CEO in April 2019, leading Indeed’s mission to help people get jobs. Before Indeed, Chris was Founder of B-Side, a technology platform for independent film analytics, marketing, and distribution. Prior to B-Side, he was Vice President of Engineering at Trilogy Software. Chris holds a Masters in Computer Science from Rice University, and an A.B. in Architecture from Princeton University.
Dr. Angela Jackson leads New Profit’s Future of Work Initiative, which seeks to close the career-readiness gap for Americans from low-income backgrounds. Angela’s career started in the private sector leading business development for organizations like Viacom and Nokia. While working internationally, she began to wonder: if multinational companies can deliver their products consistently and with quality at scale, what would it take to deliver social interventions like education and health in a similar manner?
She began to tackle this question by founding Global Language Project, a social venture that aimed to transform how we prepare students with skills to succeed in a global economy and workforce. Angela completed a Doctoral degree at Harvard University, where her focus was on this question, along with the role of scale and strategic capital deployment and philanthropy in systems change initiatives.
Angela’s work with New Profit allows her to marry her research interests with practice. She currently leads New Profit’s $15M Future of Work global fund to invest in entrepreneurs and companies developing innovative technical solutions to upskill low-income and entry-level workers at scale. Angela recently launched a $6 million Future of Work Grand Challenge, powered by XPRIZE and MIT Solve, to rapidly reskill 25,000 displaced workers into living-wage jobs in the next 24 months.
Her work and writing has been featured in CNN, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and Harvard Business Review. You can read her thoughts on the intersection of race and the Future of Work on Medium and follow her on Twitter at @angjack.
Jennifer Justice is an entertainment and live-experience executive known for her expertise in building artists’ careers and business portfolios by marrying art with commerce. JJ, as she is known, made her mark as an entertainment attorney at Carroll, Guido and Groffman LLP, where she was made partner in only three years. With a roster of clients that included Jay-Z, Outkast, Slipknot, and Mark Ronson, as well as having negotiated massive joint venture agreements which included the partnerships of Jay-Z and Roc Nation with Live Nation.
JJ parlayed her experience to join Jay-Z to build Roc Nation in 2010. As general counsel and EVP at Roc Nation, she helped structure the vision and growth of Roc Nation and oversaw the expansion of Roc Nation’s portfolio offering to include TV, film, branding, sports, and media entertainment. She served on the board of Roc Nation’s joint venture companies Three Six Media and Steam Engine; aided the creation of major strategic partnerships including Stance, Skullcandy, Puma, and Budweiser. JJ served as Jay-Z’s personal entertainment attorney for a total of 17 years and Beyonce’s personal attorney for one year while at Roc Nation. She joined Superfly in 2016 as the president of corporate development and during her two-and-a-half-year tenure, Superfly doubled their ownership of live music experiences, increased revenues by 65%, and raised a Series B round of financing.
In 2019, JJ founded The Justice Dept. – a management, strategy and legal firm that works with female (and woke male) entrepreneurs, executives, talent, brands and creatives to build and maximize their value focusing in the areas of tech, consumer product, finance, media, entertainment and fashion.
From the beginning of her career, JJ has championed gender equality and diversity in the workplace. She serves on many boards with the same initiatives, including as a founding advisory board member of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, on the board of the innovative domestic violence organization, Freefrom and on the inaugural board of the WNBAPA. In addition, JJ serves on the board of One Hope Wines, advisory board to Loop & Tie, MyMoneyMyFuture and Buho. JJ has been named a “Game Changer” by Goop, one of the 50 Badass Women Changing the World in 2020 by InStyle, and has been listed on Billboard’s Women in Power three times. She has been featured on the TODAY Show and is a regular contributor on NBC News.
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals (or, put more bluntly, to get more money into the hands of women), thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy. To that end, she is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women. Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investment platforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 “Disruptor” list, #14 on LinkedIn’s 50 “Most Sought-After Startups” (and #2 in New York), and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Ideas. Krawcheck is also Chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network; she is Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, a fund that invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women; and she is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”
Krawcheck, one of few executives to find success in large complex companies and as a startup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recognized by Inc . as a “Top Female Founder”, called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune magazine, was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, was #9 on Fast Company‘s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” She has been called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur magazine and has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”
Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Krawcheck was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.
Krawcheck received a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. She has two children and two cats.
Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. This 15,000 square foot meeting space in New York City includes a rooftop deck and two floors of open workspace, conference rooms and meeting space, a fitness studio, a beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, prayer/meditation room and much more. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programming from office hours with dynamic leaders to a pioneering speaker series. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc.
Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing roughly $2 billion in revenue and teams in 72 countries. Cate also served as a Managing Director and Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan. She has received numerous recognitions including being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times and Heroes Global Diversity Champion in 2017, 2018 as well as Yahoo Finance Heroes Role Model in 2019. Cate was named to Inc.’s 2019 Female Founders 100 List and has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, NowThis News, Cheddar, WWD, Robb Report, Women’s Health and more. She is a Forbes and Fast Company contributor.
She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland. She’s a global traveler having visited more than 114 countries. Cate also sits on the Advisory Board of Girls Inc. NYC as well as the National Board of WaterAid.
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Valarie J. McCall is the Chief of Communications, Government & International Affairs for the City of Cleveland and Mayor Frank G. Jackson. McCall serves as the Jackson administration’s primary liaison to local and state government, federal agencies and international organizations. She also oversees the administration’s appointments to internal and external boards and commissions, and helps implement the Mayor’s policies to promote regional growth and cooperation. McCall also oversees the City of Cleveland’s communications strategy, media relations and brand identity.
McCall is the Mayor’s primary representative to several national organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Black Caucus of Local and Elected Officials. She is also past chair of theAmerican Public Transit Association’s Executive Committee (board member emeritus).
McCall serves on the board of several Cleveland-based organizations including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame andMuseum, Destination Cleveland, The Downtown Cleveland Improvement District, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Global Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and was the City lead for the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee. She is also on the board of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and served as the first African American female president – with a second term as chair in 2019. She was also a member of the 2014 GayGames Cleveland host committee.
McCall serves as the Jackson administration’s representative to the Ohio Municipal League, Cuyahoga County Mayor’s &Managers Association and the Northeast Ohio Mayors & Managers Association. She is also a member of the MaxineGoodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee, a former member of the Cleveland State University Center forNonprofit Policy & Practice advisory board and is a current member of the Cleveland State University (CSU) Center forPopulation Dynamics.
In addition to her domestic responsibilities, McCall represents the Jackson administration and the City of Cleveland overseas, including many of Cleveland’s sister cities. She is as a former panel member at the United Nations International Development Organization’s Conference on Urban Agglomerations and a former member of the Rouen Business School International Panel. McCall has traveled to Europe, meeting with leaders in the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece,Belgium, and Italy. She has also represented Cleveland in China and Japan. She is an American Council of Young PoliticalLeaders Fellow and an American Marshall Fellow.
Prior to her roles in the Jackson administration, McCall served as Cleveland City Council’s youngest City Clerk and Clerk of Council. As its chief administrative officer, she streamlined the legislation process, installed a strong management team and increased the efficiency of office operations.
McCall is also the City’s former Director of the Empowerment Zone, overseeing a more than $200 million budget. She successfully supervised the distribution of funds for job training and placement programs, as well as direct lending programs to assist neighborhood businesses.
McCall is a recipient of numerous accolades including the prestigious Cleveland State University Alumni Emerging Leadership Award, Ebony Magazine Young Leader of the Future award, Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 under 40 award, Kaleidoscope Magazines 40/40 Club, Rotary Club of Cleveland International Service award, Lifetime Achievement award from the Liberia Economic Development Initiative, U.S. Secret Service Appreciation award, Cleveland State University Young Public Administrator of the Year award, Smart Business Magazine Progressive Woman award, the Sales & Marketing Executives Distinguished Marketing and Sales award, and the Conference of Minority Transportation ‘Women Who Move the Nation’ award. She is also a member of the ‘Best Leadership Cleveland Class Ever’ and is theWoman of Color Foundation’s “STAR” Professional Woman of the Year.
McCall is the former host of “Government Affairs: A Closer Look” a public affairs television show about local community issues. She served as chairwoman of Mayor Jackson’s 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 inaugural committees, overseeing all planning aspects of the inaugural activities and ceremonies.
McCall held several jobs early in her career which helped prepare her for future positions. Her first was at McDonald’s where she learned the value of customer service, leadership, punctuality and preparedness.
McCall is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Martin Luther King Law & Public Services Magnet High School. Sheholds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University.The university awarded her with an honorary doctor of public service degree honoris causa (with all rights, privileges and honors).
McCall resides in the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio, USA with her dogs Kapono and Barack.
Jim McCann is a successful entrepreneur, business leader, author, media personality and philanthropist whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. Jim’s belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., which he has grown into one of the world’s leading floral and gourmet gifting companies.
Jim’s willingness to embrace new technologies that enhance customer engagement, such as 800 phone numbers and e-commerce, often long before other retailers, has consistently kept 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. ahead of the curve and positioned it as a leading innovator in the marketplace. These innovations have played a vital role in strengthening customer engagement, something that has always been a key element of Jim’s business philosophy.
Jim’s strategy for growth has included an effective combination of birthing and acquiring new businesses and brands that resonate with customers for their gifting and celebratory occasions. The company’s gift offerings include iconic brands such as Harry & David®, Wolferman’s®, Cheryl’s® Cookies and The Popcorn Factory®, as well as Simply Chocolate®, Personalization Universe® and 1-800-Baskets.com®, among others.
Jim is also deeply involved in philanthropy and is especially devoted to helping individuals with developmental disabilities. This includes his continued work as Founder and Chairman of Smile Farms, a 501(c)3 organization established in 2015. Smile Farms provides meaningful jobs in agricultural settings to young adults and adults with developmental disabilities, allowing them to master new skills, experience teamwork, contribute to their community and, importantly, take home a paycheck. As a result, Jim was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Long Island Business News 2019 Corporate Citizenship Awards.
In 2018, Jim established Clarim Holdings, a private holding company that expands market opportunities for clients by providing capital along with an extensive network of high-tier support partners. Jim also serves as a director for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Amyris and International Game Technology PLC, as well as a variety of private and not-for-profit boards.
Ms. Pici-Morris focuses exclusively on Board advisory engagements as a member of Spencer Stuart’s Board Practice in New York. She advises clients on Board Director recruitment, Board succession planning, Board effectiveness and other key governance and senior leadership issues facing Boards and CEOs. Her clients range from Fortune 50 to family to private equity-backed pre-IPO companies. Ms. Pici-Morris has conducted more than 500 Board Director searches and governance consulting engagements, including activist defense, spin-out Boards, composition analysis and benchmarking, CEO and senior leadership assessments, and Board candidate pipeline projects. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart in 2019, she worked for 13 years at another global executive search firm, where she founded a peer-to-peer network of nominating and governance committee chairs representing a cohort of Fortune 250 companies. She started her career in management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton and AT Kearney.
Ms. Pici-Morris serves on the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Board of Directors, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Society of Corporate Secretaries. In addition, she has authored a number of publications on Board composition and effectiveness, including “Investors Turn Up the Heat on boardroom Gender Diversity” (2018), “Board Effectiveness Reviews: What the Board Can Learn from Looking in the Mirror” (2017), “Evergreen Board Succession Planning” (2016), “Global Board Index” (2014) and “Gender Diversity on Boards; Breaking the Impasse.”
Kate Pratt serves as Head of Sales – Americas for Liverpool Football Club working under the stewardship of Fenway Sports Management. Pratt is responsible for all LFC commercial activities in the region and works in tandem with FSM to develop and execute LFC’s U.S. strategy. She is LFC’s first-ever senior executive liaison in the Americas and brings more than a decade of experience to her role.
Prior to joining Liverpool Football Club, Kate was Director of Team Sales and Marketing Partnerships at the Madison Square Garden Company. At MSG, she was responsible for finding new corporate partners through integrated marketing opportunities across MSG’s sports, live entertainment, and media properties. On the Team Sales side, Kate led the New York Knicks first-ever jersey patch partnership and was responsible for securing numerous brand partnerships across the company. Pratt began her sports career at the Breeder’s Cup and previously worked for the New York Yankees in corporate sales and sponsorship.
She was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 sports list in 2017 in recognition of her accomplishments and impact on the business of sports.
Kate is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH. Kate currently resides in New York City with her husband, Jay.
Leona Qi serves as President of VistaJet US. With her leadership, her team is responsible for growing the customer base in North America, the biggest and fastest growing market in business aviation. The North America region has seen double-digit year-on-year growth for VistaJet over successive years.
Ms. Qi has over a decade experience in capital markets and business aviation finance prior to joining VistaJet in early 2016. She held various roles at Global Jet Capital, Guggenheim Partners and BNP Paribas. She holds a master’s degree from Princeton University and resides in New York City with her family.
Dee Poku-Spalding is an entrepreneur and women’s advocate born in the UK and raised between London and Accra.
She is the Founder and CEO of The WIE Suite, a membership network and platform for women leaders and creators. In addition to providing its members with the community and tools to succeed in the workplace, The WIE Suite supports brands and corporations with their culture building and diversity initiatives. Over the years, Dee has attracted numerous business and cultural leaders to her global gatherings, including Queen Rania, Melinda Gates, Mellody Hobson, Shan-Lyn Ma, Naomi Campbell, Arianna Huffington, Thasunda Duckett, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Katia Beauchamp, Jill Biden, Jennifer Hyman, Alek Wek, Aileen Lee, Lauren Bush, Iman, Rosario Dawson and Christy Turlington.
Back in 2010 Dee co-founded The WIE Symposium – one of the early modern women’s conferences, created partly in response to the lack of diversity at traditional business forums. A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures. She has worked on numerous award-winning films including Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’; the Coen brothers’ ‘No Country For Old Men’ & ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’; Sofia Coppola’s ‘Lost in Translation’, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Babel’ & ’21 Grams’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’.
Dee began her career in brand marketing and communications and over the years has worked with renowned brands such as Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, Crème de la Mer, Stella Artois and London Fashion Week.
Dee has been named one of Marie Claire Magazine’s 50 women changing the world, a CUP Catalyst Changemaker, a Harlem Fashion Week Cultural Icon and one of TRUE Africa’s 100 Top Innovators.
Dee serves on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) and was previously on the Credit Suisse New Markets Women’s Advisory Board. She is also an advisor to Girl Gaze, Paint Box, The Female Founders Collective, The Wonder and Apres. She is also serves as a contributor to Forbes. Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math. Dee currently lives in New York with her husband and son.
Emma began teaching yoga in 2013 after receiving her 200-hour certification through Pure Yoga in Manhattan. She moved to New York City in 2011 with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and hopes to become an actor. About a year later, she found herself questioning what she wanted, drawn more to seeking meaning out of life than living a prescribed narrative. Now, with over 7 years of professional experience, yoga has taken her across the globe; from studios and gyms to corporate offices, retreat centers, and weddings.
A trained singer, Emma incorporates “nada” yoga, the yoga of sound, into her teachings. In 2018, she released an original album, “Bloom,” available on all major music platforms, as a love letter to her yoga practice. Her classes are challenging, inspiring, and introspective, meant to encourage mindfulness as an everyday practice. She currently teaches at Equinox Fitness clubs throughout Manhattan, and MindBodySoul, a boutique yoga studio in her local Washington Heights neighborhood. When she is not teaching, you can find her outside with her guru, a curvy pitbull named Robin, who she rescued 6 years ago. To learn more, visit www.emmapooleyoga.com!
Vanessa moved to New York in August 2020 following a decade as CEO of PRS Foundation (UK) which she transformed into an international advocate and go-to-partner for major music and artist development programs. She is founder of the international Keychange gender justice program and has received multiple awards for her work including from Classical Next, Royal Philharmonic Society, The Ivors Academy, and the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List 2018 which named her 3rd most influential woman in the music industry after Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Vanessa is excited to be leading a new phase of development at New Music USA where she is working towards a thriving and equitable ecosystem for new music. Follow her on @iamvanessareed
Etoy Ridgnal is a respected Social Impact Strategist, Advisor and Investor with a 20-year history of developing, advising on and leading large-scale social impact initiatives for some of the nation’s largest companies, organizations, influencers and leaders.
Through her social impact agency, Community Advocacy Partners (CAP), she has developed and led social action marketing campaigns for mission-driven film/TV projects like Concussion starring Will Smith (Sony Pictures), Oprah Winfrey’s Belief Series (OWN), Ava DuVernay’s Selma (Paramount) and Half the Picture featuring Ava DuVernay. She has also led civic engagement initiatives for national organizations such as Enroll America, AFL-CIO, the DNC, the DCCC, and Stand for Children.
She currently serves as the Global Head of Strategy & Partnerships for the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF) where she develops social impact strategy and global initiatives for the Smith family in the areas of Arts & Education, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, and Social Empowerment. Since 2016, Etoy has cultivated hundreds of relationships for the Smith Family with foundations, media companies, corporations, NGOs and civic leaders. Generating over $1 million to support the WJSFF’s programs and initiatives.
In 2018, she built strategic partnerships around #WillSmithTheJump which resulted in over $500 million being raised for charity partner Education Cannot Wait through Global Citizen partner country commitments and an Omaze campaign. In 2016, she co-developed and launched the WJSFF Careers in Entertainment Initiative (CIE), which seeks to build a pipeline of the next generation of entertainment leaders by providing access, opportunity, and inclusion to young people from traditionally underrepresented communities.
Etoy currently leads strategy and partnerships on several social impact initiatives within the Smith Family Foundation:
#TOGETHERFUND x WJSFF – a global fundraising campaign to support organizations engaged in critical racial justice work that aligns with the UN Global Goals 10: Reduced Inequalities and 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and global COVID-19 relief work. LFYTUp x WJSFF – a national initiative to provide free and reduced rides to those impacted by COVID-19 and recent uprisings to jobs and grocery stores in cities with the highest rate of unemployment for African Americans.
I LOVE YOU Restaurant, an initiative to spread love to communities experiencing food and/or housing insecurity by monthly offering items of need, sustainably sourced water, and fresh, high-quality and delicious vegan meals. Since July 2019, I LOVE YOU Restaurant has organized 11 service events on Skid Row and in NYC resulting in the donation of over 160,000 boxes of water in partnership with JUST Water; 10,000 fresh, high-quality, and delicious vegan meals in partnership with Impossible Foods; 1,000 pairs of shoes in partnership with New Balance; 1,000 PPE masks in partnership with New Balance and thousands of clothing items in partnership with MSFTSRep, LEVI’s and Stance.
She also advises on the 501cthree initiative which seeks to provide clean water and climate solutions globally. In 2018, 501cthree launched The Water Box, a mobile water filtration system that uses proven methods to reduce heavy metals like lead and eliminate harmful bacteria from contaminated water producing ten gallons a minute. To date, 4 water boxes have been deployed to Flint, MI with plans to launch its first off-road water box in Uganda in 2020.
A graduate of Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African-American Studies. Etoy is a student of life and an avid believer in the power of the collective to create the world we want to live in.
She divides her time between Laguna Beach and London with her two amazing children, Truth and Mercy.
Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce’s AppExchange. The Pipeline platform was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies. In 2020, Katica was named the Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2017 Katica was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology, in 2018 a Colorado Governors’ Fellow, in 2019 a Top 25 Most Powerful Woman in Business and a Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year, Gold Award. She is also an industry entrepreneur, thought-leader, and frequent editorial contributor and speaker. Katica’s articles have been published by Fast Company, World Economic Forum, NBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Salesforce, and Morning Consult. In 2019, her articles garnered over 1B impressions.
Sharon began her career in financial services in 1983 at Kidder, Peabody & Co., which was later acquired by Paine Webber Inc. and UBS. She is a long-standing member of the UBS Chairman’s Circle, comprising the firm’s top Financial Advisors. Sharon has garnered numerous accolades and recognitions from the industry throughout her career. Of note, she has been named to the Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors list every year since the list’s inception in 2006. Barron’s also featured her in an exclusive article titled “All in the Family” in its Best Advice Column in December 2012. Sharon has been recognized on Irish America magazine’s The Wall Street 50 list also every year since 2006 and was named to its inaugural Top 50 Power Women list in 2016. She was also named to Forbes’ inaugural list: Top Women Advisors in 2017 and again in 2018 and 2019, and Financial Times‘ Top 400 Advisers list in 2014 and 2017, Sharon has also provided industry insights on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and “Closing Bell,” and on Barrons.com and WSJ.com.
Sharon’s leads a 15 person team, spanning four generations. They have the training, global knowledge, diverse perspective and insight to serve successful families, individuals, family offices and institutions, navigating all aspects of complex, intergenerational wealth and challenging markets.
Sharon is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®). A native New Yorker, Sharon began her career in textiles and fashion upon receiving a B.A. degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY.
A dedicated philanthropist, Sharon is Chairman of the board of overseers of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), Secretary of the board of directors of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), and in the Chairman’s Circle of the James Beard Foundation. Sharon also spends time as a Sustaining Angel of 100 Women in Finance and a member of the Economic Club of New York. She was a key member of the UBS Small Business Advisory Program, a joint venture with the Clinton Global Initiative; and was previously chairman of the board of the Women’s Venture Fund.
Sharon enjoys family, cooking, gardening, golf and mentoring and sponsoring young women.
She and her husband reside in Manhattan and Remsenburg, Long Island
Juliet currently serves as CEO for media brand Worth, responsible for leading its transformation from a print magazine to a content platform that focuses on ‘Worth beyond Wealth’ and inspires and informs an affluent, influential and successful community of individuals to be their best selves.
Juliet began her career as a management consultant, learning to code at IBM Business Consulting Services, before focusing on business strategy and organizational change, working with clients to solve complex business problems across a variety of sectors through the use of technology.
Her experience in this area took her to a role at Boxwood (now KPMG) where she worked as a senior consultant in strategy and business change, with a focus on the media and technology sector. After working as a consultant with Guardian News & Media on its print to digital strategy, in 2012 she was confirmed in a permanent role to lead strategy and operations for the Guardian Media Group’s commercial division based in London.
Juliet joined the Guardian’s executive committee in 2015 and, as chief delivery officer; was responsible for the strategic implementation of the global three year turnaround plan and subsequent transformation and growth for the Guardian’s US operation, relocating to New York in 2016.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son, is a keen runner, yogi, and skier.
Jamie Sears is Head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, UBS Americas and leads the team that drives social impact through grant making, strategic partnerships, stakeholder engagement, employee volunteering and giving programs for more than 20,000 colleagues in the region. She was the architect of the firm’s corporate philanthropy strategy and oversaw the creation of UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs, a portfolio of programs focused on advancing inclusive entrepreneurship, including co-founding Project Entrepreneur. She also designed UBS NextGen Leaders, an initiative to increase college and career success for first-generation students.
Prior to UBS, Jamie held a variety of programmatic roles at Goldman Sachs’ Office of Corporate Engagement including launching the 10,000 Women and10,000 Small Businesses initiatives. Her previous experience includes establishing the New York University Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, and serving in key roles at Teach for America on the corps member selection and national development teams. She has a life-long commitment to education equity, community development, and social justice.
Jamie has a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Spanish from Penn State University. She is on the board of the National College Access Network, and a member of Entrepreneurship Funders Network, Conference Board Social Responsibility Council, and Social Innovation Summit Council. In her free time Jamie loves building her preschooler’s library, anything startups, and testing new recipes.
Joined the Adecco Group in March 2010.
Bettina Schaller oversees the Group Public Affairs activities of the Adecco Group, encompassing regulatory and policy issues, and the Adecco Group’s engagement in Employers’ Associations and Strategic Partnerships at global and European scale.
She is a Board Member of the World Employment Confederation (WEC) and President of WEC Europe. She is Vice-Chair of the OECD BIAC ELSA Committee and a Member of the B20 Future of Work and Education Task Force, as well as a Steering Group Member on the World Economic Forum (WEF) “Center for New Economy and Society” and a Steering Group Member of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN).
Bettina is a 2011 Young Leader of the American Swiss Foundation (ASF) and President of the ASF Young Leader Alumni Foundation Board.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Bettina was named a “Staffing 100 Europe Influencer” and into the International 50 of the “Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing”.
Elaine is the Digital Enablement leader for the IBM Leadership, Learning & Inclusion organization. She leads strategic programs with a focus on digital engagement across IBM. Most recently, she launched a series of live virtual sessions activating and motivating teams. This work was inspired by sessions conducted with the CEO and his leadership team, which Elaine supported in the development and execution of. Elaine is consistently identifying areas to transform Leadership, Learning & Inclusion at IBM. Some examples include, digitizing the quarterly prioritization process for the team and training 150+ team members on how to facilitate engaging virtual meetings leveraging Mural.
Prior to this role, Elaine was an experience consultant with IBM Digital Strategy & iX. She advised both national and international financial organizations on how they can transform their marketing capabilities to thrive in the digital age. She has experience with data analysis, financial reporting, marketing technologies, campaign development, and change management.
As a champion of change, Elaine has been recognized for igniting organizational transformation within IBM. She is the co-founder and leader of the Women at IBM NYC with over 1K community members, named top Business Resource Group in 2019. Elaine also led a team to develop a North America IBM iX onboarding program for early professional new hires in 2018 and 2019, with over 90 participants in the program and a record high NPS score. She also co-founded an internal global initiative, the IBM iX Ambassador Program, with the mission of connecting global teams to share work, best practices and failures to inspire collaboration. The Ambassador Program is now over 100+ members, across 41 countries and is a key culture initiative for the organization.
In late 2018, Elaine was deployed on an international assignment as a member of the IBM Corporate Service Corps Program, which is a corporate social responsibility and competitive leadership development program at IBM.
Outside of IBM, Elaine is a Board Member of Live2Ball, a non-profit, that to date as raised over $300K for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center.
Breen Sullivan is the Founder of The Fourth Floor, an innovative ecosystem reimagining the board room, investment and how we support female entrepreneurship. Women have a hard time getting board seats and they also have a hard time raising money to scale their companies. To solve for this, the Fourth Floor brings female founders and professionals together to increase the number of women on boards, be more competitive fundraisers, and create wealth for entrepreneurs and investors.
Breen is a C-Suite executive with concentrated experience in operations, commercial contracting, human resources and employment matters; organization, corporate and deal strategy; Board of Director communications and responsibilities; privacy and risk management; financial matters, and occasionally novel challenges. As a career general counsel, Breen has worked with startup and high growth companies for nearly a decade, specializing in technology, SaaS, energy efficiency and data science.
Breen and The Fourth Floor have been featured by Forbes, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Law.com, The American Lawyer, Above The Law, Women On The Record Podcast, and Her CEO Journey: The Business Finance Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs. She holds a JD from Tulane, and a BA from Yale University. She has earned certificates and completed coursework at Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Universita Degli Studi di Firenzi, and Humboldt-Universität Zu.
Breen also personally invests in startups and enjoys serving as a Board Advisor to startup and growth companies.
After graduating the University of Connecticut School of Business, I joined the IBM Performance Marketing Organization Development team. It allowed me to understand what B2B marketing looks like, as we ushered an enterprise-wide transformation and built our organization from the ground up – redefining tools, processes, metrics for efficiency, education, skills, culture and talent development. Currently, I am a Global Event Manager on our Corporate Marketing team, bringing the IBM brand to life across third party and proprietary events. In this role, I manage an array of events ranging from 600 – 30,000+ attendees end to end in the context of global marketing campaigns.
Passion and purpose have grown to be a huge part of my life inside and outside of IBM. As an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, I took an active part in the global Be Equal Campaign as a contributing author of the 2019 IBV study on Women in Leadership. I co-founded the Women at IBM NYC community of over 1,200 IBMers which was recognized as the Top Business Resource Group in 2019. I foster IBM Marketing culture through monthly professional development, networking, and community service events as an 88 University Ambassador. Outside of IBM, I have deepened my passion and commitment to making an impact as a Board Member of Live2Ball, a non-profit raising over $300,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center. When I am not planning an event, I am plotting my next international destination, trying a new restaurant in Brooklyn, or watching a UConn basketball game.
Lisa Witter is co-founder and executive chair of Apolitical, a global learning network used by public servants in 170+ countries. The tech company’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of government. Apolitical was named one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies in 2018 and Disrupt 100 said of them: “This new approach to solving common problems could potentially impact everyone on the planet.” She’s a World Economic Forum (not so) Young Global Leader, co-chairs the Forum’s Council on Agile Governance, and served for six years on the Brain and Behavior Council. She’s a serial entrepreneur, author, and former public servant. As a policy geek and lover of politics (yes, you read that right), she’s founded several political training institutes. She’s a regular advisor to start-ups, philanthropists, politicians and has held board or advisory seats for numerous purpose-driven companies such as Care.com and Stonyfield Farms. An American in Berlin, she’s worked in a pit crew, considers herself a Title IX baby, ran for ‘President’ on a reality TV show on Showtime, and is a self-proclaimed nature freak. Before COVID she was known to show up in the office sporting clothes ready for a disco and now she basically just wears baggy sweats and throws on a black blazer and red lipstick for Zoom calls.
Amy Wu is an award-winning writer for the women’s ag and agtech movement.
She is the Founder & Chief Content Director of From Farms to Incubators, a multimedia platform that uses documentary, video, photography and the written word to tell the stories of women leaders and innovators in agtech. It has a mission of expanding the profiles of women in food, farming, and tech.From Farms to Incubators includes a documentary and a forthcoming book that spotlights women leaders in ag and agtech. The documentary and stories have been screened and presented at SXSW and Techonomy.
Prior to starting From Farms to Incubators, Amy spent over two decades as an investigative reporter at media outfits including the USA Today Network, Time magazine, and she has contributed to The New York Times, HuffPost and Wall Street Journal. She reported on agriculture and agtech for The Salinas Californian in Salinas, Calif. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
In 2020, she made Worth’s “Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World” list.
After a successful 20-year career in technology, Alli founded The Forem to unlock opportunities for women across disruptive brands and Fortune 1000 organizations. As CEO, Alli oversees all aspects of The Forem, including corporate training and Executive Coaching.
In her last role, Alli led Americas at Turn, a tech company in the middle of a challenging transition and exit. In her most prominent role, Alli led various sales teams over an 11-year tenure at Google, where she focused on strategic partnerships and aligning customer goals with emerging tech solutions, including the development of a global programmatic strategy which drove several billion in revenue. Alli began her career at Yahoo! and went on to lead creative and marketing strategy at both Deutsch and Mediacom.
Throughout Alli’s career, she noticed a pattern — there are unwritten rules that men and corporations have been using for decades that women have not implemented due to lack of exposure and sponsorship, among other things.
Alli spent a year researching career advancement and launched a new curriculum that unlocks upward mobility for women, called the 5 Critical Skills. These skills are not gender specific, but they are often underutilized by women, and they are critical to navigating leadership within corporate culture. Alli’s unique curriculum is based on her experience at Google and can reach a wide audience via her platform at The Forem. These skills apply to young women starting their careers, all the way up to CEOs seeking board seats. Alli’s personal mission is to move 1M women into leadership by 2030.
The Forem’s Five Critical Skills are taught through talks, live workshops and a career advancement platform, which enhances ongoing learning. These skills can be leveraged at any stage of a career.
Shelley Zalis, known as the “chief troublemaker,” is a pioneer for online research, movement leader, and champion of gender equality. She is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, speaker, mentor, mother, and founder and CEO of The Female Quotient.
Zalis rewrites the rules and innovates solutions to impact real change. In 2000, she left the corporate world to found OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which became one of the fastest growing research companies in the world. She sold OTX to Ipsos in 2010, and then led global innovation in more than 80 countries at Ipsos OTX.
Today, as CEO of The Female Quotient, Zalis works with Fortune 500 companies to advance gender equality across industries. The FQ’s signature pop-up experience, the FQ Lounge (formerly the Girls’ Lounge), brings a Home of Equality to major conferences, companies, and college campuses around the world. The FQ Lounge is the gathering place for leaders of all levels at events such as the World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions, Consumer Electronics Show and the Milken Institute Global Conference. Through the destination-turned-movement, Zalis has connected more than 18,000 women in business and created the largest female-led community to transform workplace culture.
Zalis is an acclaimed speaker and member of the Washington Speakers Bureau. She is also a dynamic moderator who has interviewed influencers and leaders such as Katie Couric, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Arianna Huffington, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and David Schwimmer. Zalis authors a Forbes column that provides advice for women in the messy middle (middle management). She is the co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media. Zalis is also on the Board of Directors for MAKERS, ColorComm and Dress for Success.
A firm believer in giving back with generosity, Zalis is not only a mentor to women around the world, but also provides time and resources to educating girls in countries such as Rwanda. She has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Global Marketing Leadership Award, ARF Great Minds in Innovation Award, AWNY’s Game Changer Award, and the Matrix Award.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 pm ET
The Importance of Powering Forward Now More Than Ever (Members Only Session – Request an invitation)– 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT
Join Worth for an intimate community discussion on how life has changed over the past six months and how we can power forward to create a more inclusive and equal economy.
Opening Remarks – 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
What the Landscape Looks Like Right Now for Investing in Women and Minorities – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Cofounder of Ellevest
Activating Progress for Women in Politics – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Ashley Etienne, Senior Adviser for Strategic Planning, Joe Biden Presidential Campaign
The Lonely CEO: Using Your Mission to Innovate – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO, Luminary
Chris Hyams, CEO, Indeed
Why Women Are the Key to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Moderated by Alison Gross, President, Daintree Advisory
Bettina Schaller, Director Group Public Affairs, Adecco Group, Dr. Lilian Ajayi-Ore, CEO & Founder, Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W)
The Transformation of Work – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Gina Hadley, Cofounder, The Second Shift
Dr. Angela Jackson, Partner, New Profit, Dee Poku-Spalding, Founder and CEO, WIE Network
Closing Reflections – 4:45 PM ET / 1:45 PM PT
Wed, Sept. 16 at 2 pm ET
Mindful Moment – 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
Emma Poole, Yoga Instructor and Singer
Interrogate Yourself: The Importance of Self Reflection – Keynote
Wade Davis, VP Inclusion, Product, Netflix
Activating Progress for Women – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Anita Bhatia, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, UN System Coordination, Sustainability and Partnerships
Advance Your Career Through Self-Advocating – Panel
Moderated by Emily Cegielski, Senior Editor, Worth
Alli Young, Founder & CEO, The Forem, Jamie Sears, Social Impact & Corporate Responsibility Leader, UBS, Arsha Cazazian-Clement, Director, Global Real Estate, Shearman and Sterling LLP
How to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Industry – Panel
Moderated by Jennifer Justice, Co-Founder/CEO of The Justice Dept
Leona Qi, President, VistaJetUS, Kate Pratt, Head of Sales Americas, Liverpool Football Club, Joy Falotico, President, Lincoln Motor Company & CMO, Ford Motor Company
How to Get on a Board – Panel
Moderated by Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Anna Catalano, Board Director, Claudia Pici-Morris, Consultant, Board Practice, Spencer Stuart, Breen Sullivan, Founder, The Fourth Floor
Closing Reflections– 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT
The Importance of Financial Empowerment (Members Only) – Fireside Chat
– 5:45 PM ET / 2:45 PM PT
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Linda Davis Taylor, Author and Host of Money Stories with LDT Podcast, Etoy Ridgnal, Global Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), Sharon Sager, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS
Entertainment from Composer-performer Leila Adu and New Music USA
Moderated by Vanessa Reed, President and CEO, New Music USA
To become a member, request an invitation.
Thurs, Sept. 17 at 1 pm ET
Why Democracy is the Next Hottest Investment Space – Keynote – 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Lisa Witter, Co-founder and Executive Chair, Apolitical
Accelerating Change From Within Your Firm – Fireside Chat
Elaine Schwartz, Digital Strategy & Transformation Leader, HR, Caitlin Taylor, Global Event Manager, Corporate Marketing, IBM
Building a Profitable and Purpose-Led Business – Fireside Chat
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, Hint, Inc., Vanessa Barboni Hallik, Founder and CEO, Another Tomorrow, Alexia Hefti, Cofounder and CEO, eGovern
How to Use Tech and AI to Progress Equality – Panel
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Fumbi Chima, CIO, Vanessa Liu, VP, SAP.iO Foundries North America, Katica Roy, CEO, Pipeline Equity
Fueling Entrepreneurship and Female Founders – Panel
Moderated by Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth
Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Communications, Government & International Affairs for the City of Cleveland, Fernanda Carapinha, Founder and CEO at Women Entrepreneurs Global (WE Global), Nell Diamond, Founder and CEO, Hill House Home, Nisa Amoils, Managing Partner/VC, Grasshopper Capital
Closing Reflections – 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
Juliet Scott-Croxford, CEO, Worth, Jim McCann, Founder of 1-800-FLOWERS, Carmen Bryant, Director, US Marketing, Indeed
- Agenda subject to change