Speakers

 
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Ziad Ahmed
CEO, JUV Consulting 

Ziad Ahmed is a 22-year-old entrepreneur, student, and speaker. He is the CEO of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z consultancy that works with clients to help them understand young people. JUV has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has launched major purpose-driven TikTok campaigns. Because of JUV, Ziad was named to the 2019 Forbes #30Under30 list when he was 19 years-old. Ziad is also a full-time student at Yale. Additionally, Ziad is the Founder of Redefy, a youth-run non-profit committed to furthering equality. He speaks often on the power of his generation, and he seeks to use his voice to push the envelope forward wherever/however possible. Overwhelmingly though, he’s just another Gen Zer spending way too much time on TikTok.   

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Tish Archie-Oliver
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for North America, Unilever

Tish Archie-Oliver is the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for North America at Unilever.  In this role, she oversees the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy to attract, engage, develop, and retain a powerfully diverse, talented workforce. She has over 20 years of talent acquisition, talent management, and diversity and inclusion experience in the financial services, consumer-packaged goods, and luxury retail industries.   

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Sarah Alter
President and CEO, Network of Executive Women 

Sarah Alter is President and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, a nonprofit learning, leadership and gender equality advocacy organization of 13,500+ members (representing nearly 900 organizations), over 300 national and regional corporate partners, and 22 regional groups in the United States and Canada. NEW advances gender equality and diversity across many industries, including retail, consumer goods, financial services, and technology. Alter joined NEW in 2017, and has wide-ranging executive leadership experience in the markets NEW represents.   

Mary Barnard
President of U.S. Sales, MondelEz International 

Mary Barnard is President of U.S. Sales for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2020 net revenues of approximately $26.5 billion. In her role, Mary is responsible for leading all aspects of Sales for the U.S. business unit, including Customer Management and both Direct-Store-Delivery (DSD) and Warehouse Routes to Market, for Power Brands such as OREO and belVita biscuits; Ritz and Triscuit crackers; Trident gum and Halls cough drops.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Christina Bieniek 
Chief Commercial Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Audit Chair, NEW Board 

Christina is a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP and Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving profitable growth across all of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s offerings and industries. She oversees Sales, Marketing, Client Excellence, and Ecosystems & Alliances – four essential areas that fuel the organization’s business strategy and empower Deloitte account leaders and engagement teams to win and differentiate in the marketplace. 

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Maurice Biriotti
Founder and CEO, SHM 

Maurice Biriotti is founder and CEO of SHM, a firm that specializes in using innovative approaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences to solve business and organizational problems. SHM was built on the insight that human motivation is at the root of all business success and is critical to business innovation and the delivery of competitive advantage. Maurice has personally been senior advisor to a number of senior executives in the C-suite of major global corporations. He is Professor of Applied Humanities at University College, London, and has jointly pioneered work in neuroscience at Yale, looking at the scientific underpinnings of good relationships and of conflict. 

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Kimberly Blaeser
Poet

Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, is the author of five poetry collections most recently Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Indigenous activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also edited Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Her book Copper Yearning won the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award and was named one of the best Native Books in 2019 by the Tribal College Journal. A Professor at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and MFA faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, in 2020 Blaeser founded the literary organization In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets. 

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Mary J. Blige
Grammy award-winning, Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter
Actress, producer, philanthropist

Mary J. Blige is a Grammy award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter, actress, producer and philanthropist. She’s an R&B and hip-hop legend who started her career in 1991 and who -- over the course of 30 years in the entertainment business -- has made major waves in both music and TV/film.Her long-list of accolades includes being nominated for three Golden Globes, winning the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, named Icon of the Year by Billboard Women in Music, nominated for two Academy Awards, and this year alone she has earned a NAACP Image Awards nod for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “Power Book II: Ghost” on Starz, as well as receiving a 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. She was recently inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame and her new documentary “My Life” was released on June 25.

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Álvaro Cárdenas
President, Latin America & Caribbean, Diageo

Álvaro Cárdenas joined Diageo in 2007 as Finance Director for Colombia. During these 13 years, he gained operational, market and global experience across several markets within Latin America & Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Global Functions. He established the Commercial Tower within Diageo Business Services as Global End to End Commercial Director, based in Budapest and leading a team of over 500 to unlock greater commercial value. Much of his Diageo career saw him progress within the Finance function, including three years in Asia Pacific as Finance Director South East Asia, where he also served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Halico (Vietnam) and GAB (Malaysia).   

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Dean Cox, PCC
Executive Coaching Leader & NEW L&D Partner 

Dean Cox has more than 30 years of experience in the world of learning and in his work as a coach. He has helped build learning plans for individuals and teams to enhance job skills, build strengths, and increase awareness of different working and thinking styles. Dean has a proven track record of coaching and consulting for those who are designing, developing, and implementing their own programs. His specialties include coaching facilitation skills, leadership skills, and helping individuals overcome personal barriers that keep them from reaching their true potential. 

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Toni Clayton-Hine 
Chief Marketing Officer, EY Americas 

Toni Clayton-Hine is the Chief Marketing Officer for EY Americas, the $17bn professional services firm globally known as Ernst & Young LLP.  She is a seasoned B2B global marketing executive who has helped companies of all sizes create new revenue streams from new markets, new offerings, and new channels of distribution by combining creative ideas with data and analytics to unlock opportunities in highly competitive markets. Joining EY in Jan 2019, she is responsible for defining and implementing a strategic marketing vision across industry sectors, geographies and service lines to drive revenue, relationships and reputation for the firm.   

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Clarione
Artist, Designer

Clarione is an artist + designer currently based in Las Vegas, NV. With over 20 years of professional art experience, Clarione specializes in character design, illustration, and painting - incorporating his skills in graphic design to provide a mixed-media effect in his work. Clarione combines his passion for comics, color, graphics, and fashion to create bold, stylized images that highlight the beauty in his subjects. 

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Wendy Davidson
President of the Americas, Glanbia Performance Nutrition

Wendy Davidson is a global executive with over 25 years of experience in the branded CPG, retail, and foodservice industries, with a record of accomplishment in innovation, turnaround and profitable growth of mature businesses. As the President of the Americas for Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Wendy is responsible for leading the $1.2B business across North America and Latin America for leading brands in sports and lifestyle nutrition including Optimum Nutrition™, Slimfast™, Think!, Amazing Grass™, and Isopure™.

Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.  
President and CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health   

Dr. Delgado serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Labs (Chair, Compensation). She also serves on the Board of the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute (Vice Chair, Chair Nominating); and, the U.S. Soccer Foundation. She served on the boards of the Board of Health Care Services for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Kresge Foundation (16 year term); and, publicly traded companies (Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc. makers of Mucinex® and Vestar, Inc. the biotechnology company that developed AmBisome) until they were acquired. She was appointed by the DHHS Secretary to the National Biodefense Science Board and was appointed by the Senate majority leader to the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC) authorized by Congress. Dr. Delgado served on the national advisory council for Mrs. Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health and is a member of BankInter’s Future Trends Forum in Madrid, Spain. 

 
 
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Mark DiMassimo 
Creative Chief, DiMassimo Goldstein (DiGo)

Mark DiMassimo is the creative chief of DiMassimo Goldstein (DiGo), the industry-leading agency in positive behavior change brand-building and advertising, which he founded in 1996 in New York City. A highly sought-after and award-winning expert on positive behavior change, he is a pundit on issues in advertising creativity, branding, behavioral science and their relationship to popular culture, frequently contributing to CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, FoxNews, Fox5NY, and other media.  

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Thomas Foley, Esq.
Social Entrepreneur, Attorney, and Professor

Developing, launching, and strategically building businesses is the common thread tying together Tom’s 25 years of professional work. Tom started his career practicing law in New York, handling large civil litigation, mergers & acquisitions, as well as real estate and land use matters. After actively practicing law for 15+ years, Tom decided to become a “recovering attorney” and founded Indigo Group, LLC, a business consulting practice. This transition was more than a new business opportunity though – Tom founded Indigo on the belief that businesses must drive social justice. Tom regularly speaks and facilitates workshops for corporations aiming to advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including partnering with the Network of Executive Women focusing on driving male allyship in the workplace (and beyond).  

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Archelle Georgiou, MD  
Chief Health Officer, Starkey Hearing Technologies 

Dr. Archelle Georgiou is the Chief Health Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies, a global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is responsible for the company’s commitment to improve individuals’ overall wellness and quality of life through products that deliver better hearing. She develops and maintains strategic relationships within the medical community, oversees the Healthable features embedded in the company’s hearing aids, and brings hearing health to the forefront of overall health. 

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Pilar Gerasimo
Health Journalist, Author, “The Healthy Deviant

Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of a new book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World (North Atlantic Books, 2020). Best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than three million people with each issue, Pilar has also served as top health editor for The Huffington Post, and as visiting faculty for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today, Pilarco-hosts a top-rated podcast called The Living Experiment, and teaches online courses through her digital learning platform, Healthy Deviant Academy.  

 
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Michelle Gethers-Clark
Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility, Visa, Inc.

Since May 2021, Michelle Gethers-Clark has served as Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility for Visa, Inc. She leads the company’s global strategy for growth in inclusive and diverse talent, social impact, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Visa, Inc, Michelle served as the President and CEO at United Way of Greater Greensboro where the team focused on partnerships to end poverty. She led business transformation and fundraising by galvanizing community leaders, businesses, and not-for-profits

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Ben Hasan
SVP and Global Chief Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Walmart Inc.

Ben Hasan joined Walmart’s Global People team as Senior Vice President and Chief Global Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer in July 2015. In this role, Ben and his team are responsible for the activation and strategic evolution of Walmart’s culture; the development of behaviors that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels; and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work.

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Jeremy Hunter, PhD
Founding Director, Executive Mind Leadership Institute

Jeremy Hunter, PhD is a global authority on mindfulness and leadership as well as the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler. He serves as the Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute as well as Associate Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.  He leads the Mindfulness and Effective Leadership certificate for the Weatherhead School of Management’s Executive Education Program and is also co-founder and partner of Transform LLC in Tokyo, Japan. 

Hillary Leisten
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Walgreen Co.  

Hillary joined Walgreens in 1998 and spent the first 10 years of her career in Learning and Development, ultimately working as the director of the department. She has held leadership roles in multiple groups within Human Resources, including Shared Services, Centers of Expertise, and HR Business Partnering. Hillary also has led several multi-year, wide-scale initiatives, including an HR transformation and a workplace modernization program at Walgreens. In 2018, Hillary went to London to lead   the global HR business partnering team for Walgreens Boots Alliance(WBA). She also led the HR team supporting WBA and Pharmaceutical Wholesaling central teams. She was promoted into the Chief Human Resources Officer position at Walgreens in September 2020 and returned to Chicago. 

Karen Jones 
Head of Learning, Development, and DEI, Network of Executive Women 

Karen Jones has more than 15 years of experience in Organization Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Inclusion Strategy Design and Execution, Change Leadership and Organizational Process Improvement. She currently serves as Head of Learning, Development, and DEI for the Network of Executive Women.  She has worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Sara Lee Corporation, U.S. Cellular, and Ulta Beauty. Her key strength is the ability to design and implement human capital strategies which realize desired and sustained outcomes. Karen has been commended for her ability to create an emotionally safe discussion environment in service to the achievement of strategic goals. 

Tracy Layney 
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Levi Strauss & Co 

Tracy Layney is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. Tracy is responsible for LS&Co.’s people strategy on a global scale, including recruiting, employee engagement, talent management, compensation and benefits, HR technology and HR communications. Tracy brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and organization strategy to her role.  

Jenn Lim 
CEO, Delivering Happiness (DH) 

Jenn Lim is the CEO of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (the late CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to create happier company cultures for a more profitable and sustainable approach to business. Delivering Happiness started as a book (New York Times and WSJ Bestseller which sold one million copies worldwide) and evolved into a business consultancy and global movement that has impacted and inspired companies and organizations around the world.   

Angelica Lisk-Hann 
Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Performer, and Actor 

Angelica Lisk-Hann is the first black female stunt coordinator in Canada and the most prominent in the world. She’s been a stunt performer for over 24 years, actor for more than 27, and stunt coordinator for 10. In those 10 years she’s managed to coordinate more than 40 shows with a career total credits over 160+. Her credits include the award-winning Book of Negroes Series, Kick Ass 2, Alien vs Predator, X Men: Dark Phoenix, and Shazam. She’s currently stunt coordinating a new TV Series for CBS, CLARICE. Angelica has received the Black Canadians “Role Model Award” among many others for her work and volunteerism in Film & Television including the 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Mary Kill People. 

 
 
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Beth Marrion
Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture 
Secretary, NEW Board

Beth Marrion is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Global Retail Consulting Practice. Beth has client and market responsibility for Accenture’s Midwest Retail portfolio across Strategy, Consulting, Digital, Technology and Operations. In this role, she is responsible for the P&L and go-to-market strategy for the Retail business in the Midwest. As a leader on the North America Retail team, she also contributes to the overall vision, thought leadership, and strategy for the Global Retail Consulting practice. Key elements of the role include defining the portfolio of clients, sales and growth strategy, offerings and the makeup of the talent needed to serve the retail industry. 

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Anitra Marsh 
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Citizenship, and Brand Communications, Procter & Gamble Beauty 

Anitra Marsh is the vice president of global sustainability, citizenship, and brand communications for P&G’s iconic skin care and personal care brands including Olay®, Safeguard®, Old Spice®, and Secret® reaching over a billion consumers in 100+ countries. Anitra was appointed sustainability and citizenship leader shortly after being named communications leader to improve the environmental and social impact of P&G’s skin and personal care brands. In this role, she leads a multi-functional team of dedicated and passionate employees committed to responsible beauty practices across packaging, ingredients, supply chain, and community development. With 20+ years of experience leading communications and partnerships for P&G’s brands, Anitra thrives on finding common ground, new ideas, and strategic connections that deliver results. 

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Tameka McBride
Vice President of Sales, Sports & Fitness Business Unit
PepsiCo Beverages North America 

Tameka currently serves as the Vice President of Sales and Strategy for Gatorade and Propel, located in Chicago, IL. In this role, she is responsible for leading our Warehouse Sales Team and leading the Commercial Sales Strategy and Planning efforts for Gatorade and Propel for PBNA. Prior to moving into this role, Tameka was the VP/GM for the North Division and prior to that she held the role of Vice President of Sales and Execution based in White Plains, NY.  

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Janese McClellan
Sales Category Director at Procter & Gamble

Janese McClellan currently serves as the Category Sales Director located in Cincinnati, OH. Janese has worked for P&G for 6 years, with most experience working with Target. Janese is heavily involved in her Sales African-American affinity network and the NEWGen Board Committee. 

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Heather McGhee
Author, “The Sum of Us”

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her upcoming book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” is now available for pre-order from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” reached 1 million views in just two months online. In 2020 she will launch two original podcasts on the economy and on how to create cross-racial solidarity in challenging times. For nearly two decades, Heather helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president.  

Kathryn McLay
President and CEO, Sam’s Club

Kathryn McLay is President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club. A division of Walmart Inc., Sam’s Club had revenues of $64 billion for fiscal year 2020, 100,000 associates and nearly 600 clubs. Kathryn has held a number of leadership roles at Walmart since joining in 2015 as vice president of U.S. Finance & Strategy. In 2018, she was named Executive Vice President of Neighborhood Markets for the Walmart U.S. business, where she led the overall operations of nearly 700 of the small-format stores across the country.  

 
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Sarah Moe
Founder and CEO, Sleep Health Specialists

Sarah Moe started her career in Sleep Medicine in 2006 and is the Founder and CEO of Sleep Health Specialists, which provides sleep education to local businesses and corporations. She was also an Adjunct Professor in the Polysomnography (Sleep) Program at Minneapolis College. Sarah sat on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Sleep Society and the Educational Products Committee for the American Association of Sleep Technologists.  

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Jennifer Moss
Journalist, Author, “The Burnout Epidemic” 

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist, author, and international public speaker. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist and writes for Harvard Business Review. Her first book, Unlocking Happiness at Work, received the distinguished UK Business Book of the Year Award. Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year, an International Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. She also sits on the Global Happiness Council. Her new book, The Burnout Epidemic, published by Harvard Business Press, is available to order.

Huda Mu’min
Chef

Telly Award-winning Chef Huda Mu’min is blazing a new trail in the culinary world. A multi-talented culinary influencer who is the Record-Setting Champion of Food Network’s "Cutthroat Kitchen” and a favorite from ABC’s Emmy nominated show "The Taste” with Anthony Bourdain. As the host of the award-winning series, “The Kitchen Table” Chef Huda is a culinary powerhouse to watch. She is the Founder and Executive Chef of Chef Huda’s Kitchen (CHK), an innovative and culturally conscious culinary company specializing in Healthy Comfort Food. Her mission is to educate, empower, and inspire people through food. See more about Chef Huda and her Just Savor spices at www.justsavor.com.

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Valerie Ntinu
D&I and Communications Specialist, Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia

Valerie Ntinu is the D&I and Communications Specialist at Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia. In this capacity, Valerie is responsible for accelerating the company’s global diversity and inclusion ambition across its European and Indonesian brands. In her time in the role, Valerie has lead the delivery of a diagnostic tool intended to canvas the varied D&I landscapes of brands within the European and Indonesian community. As a Black woman, Valerie’s expertise in the space of diversity & inclusion is also informed by her own lived experience.  

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Helene Pamon 
Head of Personal Care, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare 

Helene Pamon is the Head of Personal Care at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare. She’s also a seasoned brand builder who has led her businesses to earn several industry awards and recognition. She is currently leading the transformation of a portfolio of classic personal care brands including Gold Bond® skincare. Helene has a deep passion for health & wellness and driving business with a meaningful purpose. She credits her parents, a 2nd generation Tuskegee Airman and an educator and a community service advocate, as the fuel behind her personal mission to be a champion for good.  

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Justin Parnell
Senior Director, Oreo Brand, Mondelez International

Justin Parnell has over 15 years of experience building some of the world’s most iconic food & snack brands during his roles at Grey Advertising, Kellogg’s, and Kraft/Mondelez.  He considers himself incredibly fortunate to lead the OREO brand team at Mondelez, which is made up of a talented group of marketers and agency partners responsible for innovation, equity building and commercial delivery for the $1.5 billion US OREO business.  Justin is passionate about big, growth-generating ideas that deliver financial results, effect industry change, and make a positive impact on our society.  

Andrea de la Piedra 
CEO, Co-founder, Aequales 

International speaker, gender specialist and entrepreneur. Holds a certificate in Gender Studies from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Was selected as one of the 101 people, ideas and things changing how we work today by the BBC (2019) and in the list of “Most Creative People” by Fast Company magazine (2020). Graduated from the Competitive Leadership program at Georgetown University and from the Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America Program at the University of Columbia Business School. Speaker at TedxLima and TedxWomen. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mary Ann Reilly
Senior Vice President, Head of North America Marketing, Visa Inc. 

Mary Ann Reilly is responsible for driving all aspects of Visa’s consumer and client marketing in the United States and Canada, including building brand preference, performance marketing, digital marketing, sponsorship activations, client marketing and consumer-driven efforts. Reilly joined Visa from American Express, where she most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Global Brand, Integration and Insights. Reilly was also instrumental in driving the business development and marketing for American Express’s small business brand, OPEN, establishing Small Business Saturday as a national movement that supports local small businesses.   

Victoria Russell
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Beam Suntory

In January 2021, Victoria Russell was named the first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits. In this newly created role, Russell joined the company’s Senior Leadership Team and leads diversity and inclusion across talent acquisition, career development and employee retention, marketing, community relations, and building organizational capability to better recognize bias and further drive inclusive mindset. Russell also supports the development of diversity guidelines for the company’s supplier base and champions Employee Impact Groups and leaders across the business. 

Eva Sage-Gavin
SEnior Managing Director, Talent & Organization/Human Potential, Accenture 

In her Advisory role at Accenture, Eva Sage-Gavin helps clients harness digital technologies and evolve their workforces to innovate, unlock human potential, and drive transformation. Sage-Gavin is also a faculty member and mentor at Santa Clara University for the Corporate Board Ready Program to prepare women and racially diverse candidates for Board Director opportunities. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), the highest honor granted in the Human Resources profession.  

Gloria Samuels
Senior Managing Director, and Lead of the Workday Business Group, Accenture

Ms. Samuels is a Senior Managing Director, and Lead of the Workday Business Group at Accenture. She is focused on driving sustainable growth and value-led transformation for clients with Workday by bringing together strategy & consulting, industry, innovation, markets, talent and Accenture’s global delivery and thought leadership capabilities. She is a member of Accenture’s Global Technology Management Committee. Ms. Samuels brings extensive experience leading and delivering global technology solutions to deliver business value. Over her 25+ year career as a consultant and Senior Technology Executive for Fortune 100 companies, Ms. Samuels has developed deep experience leading teams through large scale business transformation and technology implementation programs.   

Spags
Electric Violist

Electric Violinist, Spags, is a master at creatively merging the classical violin world with the modern music world.  Her unique artistry keeps her in demand throughout the United States, as well as internationally, where she can heard performing at all types of events, including Charity Galas, Corporate Receptions, Award Presentations, Luxury Weddings, and Social Parties. Spags is known for her sophisticated-yet-cutting-edge performance style, and whether she's floating throughout your cocktail reception or commanding the stage with a dynamic performance that can include dancers, choreography, aerial violin, and lasers, one thing is for certain: Spags knows how to engage an audience. 

 
 
 
 
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Eric Schuetzler
Vice President – Global R&D for Beam Suntory

Eric Schuetzler currently serves as Vice President – Global R&D for Beam Suntory, the world’s 3rd largest premium spirits company, based in Chicago, IL. In this role he is responsible for Beam Suntory's Global Research & Development team which includes RTD & Flavored Spirits Development, Applied Technical Research, Sensory, Regulatory and Project & Portfolio Management. Eric and the team of 60+ professionals across Chicago, Kentucky, Madrid, Scotland, Australia & Singapore bring Innovation and Renovation projects and products to life from seed to sip, across all categories and brands in support of Beam Suntory’s $4B+ NSV product portfolio.  

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Martina Spinatsch
Vice President, Beauty Care R&D, Henkel North America

Martina Spinatsch has been with Henkel for 27 years. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the development of consumer products including air fresheners, household cleaning products, laundry products, and personal wash products. Martina has a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Pamela Stewart  
President, West Zone Operations – North America, The Coca-Cola Company  

Pamela Stewart has dedicated 20 years across The Coca-Cola System in key senior leadership roles in the areas of global, national and regional sales; operations; finance; foodservice on premise and B2B retail business segments. She is currently President, West Zone Operations for North America at The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, she is responsible for operations – customer partnerships, franchise leadership and all routes to market – for the West geography of the North America Operating Unit (west of Dakotas and Texas).  

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Carolyn Tastad
CEO for P&G Health Care and Gender Equality Executive Sponsor

After six years of leading P&G’s largest and most profitable region - North America - and delivering record results, Carolyn will be taking on a new role as CEO of P&G’s Health Care Sector.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Kellogg Company and Consumer Brands Association, and as executive sponsor for Gender Equality at P&G. Named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list for four consecutive years, Carolyn is known inside and outside P&G for her high standards, huge capacity and sense of curiosity—which enable her to see possibilities in even the biggest business challenges.

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Colleen Taylor
President, U.S. Merchant Services, American Express   

As the President of U.S. Merchant Services at American Express, Colleen Taylor leads the organization that acquires and manages the relationships with the millions of merchants that accept American Express across the U.S. With 30 years of experience in banking, merchant and B2B payments, Colleen is a seasoned, strategic leader who leverages her in-depth knowledge of the industry to capitalize on growth opportunities and deliver results.  She is also a passionate people leader who believes in empowering and inspiring her teams. 

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Monica Turner
President – North America, P&G
Chair, NEW Board

Monica leads P&G’s North America business, the Company’s largest and most profitable region which accounts for 47% of net sales.Her organization serves 370 million consumers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, spanning sales offices, technical centers, manufacturing plants and mixing centers across the region. In this role, Monica builds on her track record of transformational results in businesses, organizations and the CPG industry. Monica joined P&G in 1987, progressing in sales, strategy and planning roles and making a significant impact across categories, channels and customers. In her prior role as President of Sales for North America, she led market growth and value creation across 10 categories and 65 brands.”come.

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Pat Wadors 
Chief Talent Officer, Procore 

Pat Wadors currently serves as Chief Talent Officer for Procore, the digital workflow company focused on improving the lives of everyone in construction. That purpose, as well as Pat’s longtime focus on building healthy companies that scale, drives her vision to create amazing employee experiences for Procore’s people around the world.  

J. Christopher Ward
EVP, Head of Treasury Management Product Management and Operations, PNC 

J. Christopher (Chris) Ward serves as the executive vice president and head of product for the treasury management line of business at PNC. In this role, he manages the development and operations of PNC’s treasury management product line. Ward is focused on continuous payments modernization and application of the latest technology to enhance the client experience and drive new business growth. In addition, he provides a critical role in client relationship management with high-value clients. Ward also brings his wealth of experience to The Clearing House, where he serves as Chairman of the Board. 

Justin Whitmore
Chief Strategy Officer, Keurig Dr. Pepper

Justin Whitmore serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Keurig Dr Pepper. Prior to joining the Company in 2021, Justin held enterprise strategy, venture, general management and operations leadership roles at Tyson Foods, most recently as Executive Vice President, Alternative Protein, and previously as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Venture and Sustainability Officer. He has also worked extensively with leading consumer packaged goods companies as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.   

Libby Saylor Wright    
Chief Of Staff - Us Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft 

Libby Saylor Wright is the Chief of Staff for the US Retail & Consumer Goods Operating Unit at Microsoft.  As Chief of Staff, Libby is responsible for the organization’s strategy, performance management, operations, and culture. Prior to her role at Microsoft, Libby was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the food industry’s thought leader on gender equity providing research, insights, and best practice solutions to enable some of the world’s most recognized brands in the food ecosystem to close the workplace gender gap.  In her role as COO, Libby lead a cross-functional team, with P&L responsibility, to deliver WFF’s mission of accelerating the advancement of women leaders in the food industry.