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Katie Chiurco
Co-Chair
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Ayesha D’Souza
Co-Chair
WWIB Conference

Kimberly Palermo
Co-Chair
WWIB Conference

Kim Posnett
Director of
Corporate Relations

WWIB Conference

Jennifer Connelly
Career Fair Director
WWIB Conference

Shaohong Zou
Director of
Alumnae Relations

WWIB Conference

Aparna Kommineni
Director of Marketing
WWIB Conference

Karen Premo
Co-President
WWIB

Laura Ross
Co-President
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Sarah Ryan
Co-President
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Katie Chiurco
cchiurco@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-Chair, Wharton Women in Business Conference

Catherine Chiurco, a co-chair of the Wharton Women in Business Conference, is a second year MBA student concentrating in Finance. Before business school, Catherine worked in restructuring and real estate private equity at Lazard Freres. She is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Ayesha D’Souza
ayeshad@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-Chair, Wharton Women in Business Conference
Prior to attending business school at Wharton, Ayesha D'Souza spent four years in investment banking, working for Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, a financial advisory and restructuring boutique and Broadview, focusing on technology mergers and acquisitions. Ayesha also spent time helping Narika, a non-profit organization that helps South Asian women in domestic violence situations develop a financial literacy and small business training program targeting post-crisis clients. At Wharton, Ayesha was involved in planning Welcome Weekend for the class of 2006 and Rebuilding Together, which refurbishes homes for low-income families with volunteer support. Ayesha enjoys cooking, hosting friends, traveling, working out, painting and the arts.

Kimberly Palermo
kpalermo@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-Chair, Wharton Women in Business Conference
Kim is a dual degree student at the Wharton School, majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As well as being one of the Co-Chairs for this year’s Wharton Women in Business Conference, she is also one of the Career Fair Co-Directors for the 1st Annual Marketing Conference and a Teaching Assistant for Marketing 101. Last year, Kim was the Co-Chair of the Wharton Business Plan Competition, which experienced a 40% increase in plan submissions. Over the summer, she interned at Ethicon, part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies, working in the marketing department. Prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania, Kim worked as Vice President of Operations for a number of start-up companies and as the Vice President of Strategy for a seed round venture firm in New York City. She received her Bachelors of Arts in History as well as her Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Miami. GO CANES!

Kim Posnett
kposnett@wharton.upenn.edu
Director of Corporate Relations, Wharton Women in Business Conference
After graduating Yale University in 1999, Kim-Thu Posnett worked as a professional actress in Los Angeles and New York. In 2001, she segued into the business side of entertainment by working as a manager at Lesly Kahn & Company. She came to Wharton to study finance — especially as it relates to the media and entertainment industry. While at Wharton, Kim has worked closely with WWIB to further build the women's network across various industries. This past summer, Kim worked as an investment banking summer associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She also got married to her college sweetheart, Michael Jordan Pastor.

Jennifer Connelly
connellj@wharton.upenn.edu
Career Fair Director, Wharton Women in Business Conference
Jennifer Connelly is the Career Fair and Tea Chat Director of this year’s conference. She is currently a second year MBA student at Wharton, where she is majoring in Finance and Marketing. In addition to the conference, Jennifer is involved in the Global Consulting Practicum where she serves as a Teaching Assistant. During the summer of 2004, Jennifer worked as a Summer Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to attending Wharton, she worked as an Analyst in Telecommunications Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College.

Shaohong Zou
szou@wharton.upenn.edu
Director of Alumnae Relations, Wharton Women in Business Conference
Shaohong Zou is Alumni Relations Officer for this year's conference. She is a second year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Finance and Strategic Management. She is actively involved in the Wharton Private Equity Club, after being a Career Representative for Cohort L in her first year. She is also involved with the Wharton Follies. Prior to Wharton, Shaohong worked at IBM and at BCG. She received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford.

Aparna Kommineni
aparnako@wharton.upenn.edu
Director of Marketing, Wharton Women in Business Conference

Karen Premo
kpremo@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-President, Wharton Women in Business
Karen attended the University of Michigan where she majored in French and Anthropology. After graduation, she joined the US Peace Corps and was stationed in Togo, West Africa where she worked at a microfinance bank and with other initiatives designed to promote entrepreneurship. After returning to the US, Karen worked for two years as an internal control officer at BNP Paribas in New York City. Karen is a dual degree student at Wharton and at the Lauder Institute, where her language specialty is French. In addition to serving as co-president of WWIB, she is a participant in the Wharton International Cultural Show and volunteer for the Wharton Tax Assistance program. She enjoys dance, art and running.

Laura Ross
loross@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-President, Wharton Women in Business
Before coming to Wharton, Laura Ross worked as an information technology consultant for IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Philadelphia and New York. She worked with SAP, a supply-chain ERP software package. At Wharton, she plans on majoring in Finance and Strategic Management. In addition to serving as co-President of WWIB, her other club affiliations include the Finance Club, the Consulting Club, Wharton International Volunteers Project, WHALASA, and WJGA. She enjoys speaking Spanish, listening to music and dancing (though not all at once) in her spare time.

Sarah Ryan
sarahrya@wharton.upenn.edu
Co-President, Wharton Women in Business
Sarah Ryan is a Co-President of Wharton Women in Business. She is a second year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Finance. She is also the Treasurer of the Catholic Club and is actively involved in the tennis club and wine club. Prior to Wharton, Sarah was an Associate at Merrill Lynch in London and, prior to that, in Chicago. She received an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University.

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