Panelists

 

Featured Panel: Women and Leadership... A Way to the Top

 
Helen Boudreau

Helen Boudreau

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Novartis Oncology

Helen Boudreau is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Novartis Oncology, a global business unit with sales of more than $8 billion in 2008. Prior to joining Novartis, Helen spent 9 years at Pfizer Inc., where she most recently served as Vice President, Finance for the Customer Business Unit and Commercial Operations. Previously at Pfizer, Helen held a series of leadership roles in Global R&D Finance, Research Finance and Procurement, Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis, and Strategic Management. Helen also worked in Strategic Planning in the restaurant division of PepsiCo/YUM Brands and as an Engagement Manager and Consultant at McKinsey & Co. She started her career in corporate and retail banking at Bank of America. Helen holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

 
Laura A. Liswood

Laura A. Liswood

Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

Laura is a senior advisor at Goldman Sachs. She was previously managing director of Global Leadership and Diversity.

In 1996, Laura co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland located at The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. In 1997, she co-founded The White House Project dedicated to electing a woman President in the United States.

From 1992 to 1996, as director of the Women’s Leadership Project, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, which is chronicled in her book and video documentary, Women World Leaders.

Laura’s professional experience includes, senior examiner – Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and executive positions in Fortune 500 Companies. She received the Westinghouse Award of Excellence for her contribution to women and minorities in the work place, and she is the author of a book on service quality, Serving Them Right.

Laura is the co-founder of the World Economic Forum’s Women Leaders Programme. In 2000, the Secretary of Defense appointed her to a three-year term of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She is also a member of the Washington, DC Reserve Police Force.

Laura earned BA from California State University, San Diego, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She earned a JD from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.

 
Jacqueline D. Reses

Jacqueline D. Reses

Partner, US Head of Media Group, Apax Partners

Jacqueline Reses is a partner responsible for media investments in the US. Recent investments include Cengage Learning (Thomson Learning), Nelson Education, Hit Entertainment, NEP Broadcasting, Learning Annex and Intelsat. Prior to joining Apax, Jackie served as the chief executive office of iBuilding, Inc., a real estate software business that was sold to Realeum. Previously, she was at Doughty Hanson & Co. and also worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Vice President in mergers and acquisitions and in the principal investment area.

Jackie received a B.S. in economics with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also on the Investment Committee for The Peddie School, and the non-profit Boards of Baby Buggy and City Meals on Wheels.

Apax Partners is one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups. It operates across the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia and has more than 35 years of investing experience. Funds under the advice of Apax Partners total $40 billion around the world. These Funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. Apax Partners Funds invest in companies across its global sectors of Tech & Telecom, Retail & Consumer, Media, Healthcare and Financial & Business Services.

 
Fay Shong

Fay Shong

Partner, North America Growth Strategy, Accenture

Fay Shong is the leader of Accenture’s North America Growth Strategy practice which provides M&A and growth strategy consulting services to Accenture clients across multiple industries.

Prior to joining Accenture, she spent twelve years with ExxonMobil holding various leadership positions in Refining, Supply & Trading, Marketing, and Corporate Finance & Strategy. Since joining Accenture in 2000, Fay’s main focus has been on developing and delivering corporate, business unit, and trading & risk management strategies. She has worked for a variety of global Oil and Gas, Utilities and Trading clients.

Fay holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Pennsylvania State University. She has published a number of articles on the Energy sector including “Pricing Excellence in Downstream Energy” and “The End of the Golden Age of Refining.” Her most recent research project explores the potential impact of carbon legislation on the refining industry.

 
Katherine Ferris

Katherine Ferris

Principal, KBF Consulting (Moderator)

Kate Ferris has over 20 years of consumer marketing and strategy experience. She has held marketing management positions at Take Care Health Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Kraft Foods, and has worked on some of the most successful brands in the US, including Take Care Health Clinics, TYLENOL brand pain reliever, Splenda brand sweetener, Kraft Singles cheese slices, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. In 2002, she launched KBF Consulting, a strategic marketing consultancy serving as an “external” arm to corporate marketing departments and start up companies.

Over her career, Kate has provided marketing guidance in a broad range of industries, including foods and beverages, nutritional supplements, prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals, health and beauty aids, and retail services.

In her most recent position, Kate was Chief Marketing Officer for Take Care Health, a leading operator of retail health clinics that was purchased by Walgreens in May 2007. A member of the original management team, Kate was responsible for defining the business opportunity, branding the concept and developing all consumer marketing and public relations to introduce the idea of in-store clinics to hundreds of thousands of patients in over 60 clinics across the country.

Kate holds an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Williams College. She is a Project Faculty for the Wharton School’s MBA Global Consulting Practice.

 

Walk Out a Winner — A Negotiations Workshop

 
Lynne Gold-Bikin

Lynne Gold-Bikin

Partner, Weber Gallagher, (Co-Facilitator)

Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce, custody, support, prenuptial agreements, and protection from abuse. She has authored numerous books including Divorce Trial Manual: From Initial Interview to Closing Argument and Divorce Practice Handbook, as well as authored or co-authored numerous articles on family law matters. She was named one of the 50 Best Business Women in Pennsylvania; named by Worth Magazine as one of the top 10 divorce lawyers in the country; named by the March of Dimes as one of the Top Business Women in Montgomery County; and named in Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2007. She is credited with developing The PARTNERS Program, an educational program used to teach relationship skills to teens. For the last six years, she has been an active board member of the National Adoption Center, Albright College and Philadelphia Education Fund. Ms. Gold-Bikin was named as a 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

 
Anne Libby

Anne Libby

Owner, Anne Libby Management Consulting LLC (Co-Facilitator)

Anne Libby is an expert management tactician who helps leaders to develop skills in the nuts and bolts of managing people and teams: hiring, managing performance, and finding solutions in challenging relationships between employees and managers. Anne has held roles as a general manager, consultant, and senior financial services relationship manager. Her management experience includes key turnaround roles in a major bank and in an entrepreneurial Lower Manhattan business following the World Trade Center attacks.

Anne has consulted in investment banking, asset management, insurance, software development, consulting, personal services and not-for-profit organizations.

Anne has an MBA from the Wharton School, and an AB from the University of Chicago. An active Wharton alumna, she has been a volunteer instructor in programs for students and executives. In 2009 she started an online group for alumnae, projected to reach 1000 members by year-end.

 

Finding Your Balance

 
Patricia A. Bell

Patricia A. Bell

Senior Vice President, Investments, Merrill Lynch

Patricia Bell is a Senior Vice President-Investments with Merrill Lynch in the Short Hills, New Jersey office. Pat and her team of three women currently manage $450 million in assets. Her business focuses on Extensive High-Net-Worth Wealth Management which includes: Estate Planning, Charitable Giving, Retirement Planning, Wealth Transfer and Tax Management.

Bell has made the Barron’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in the country from 2004 through 2007. She was ranked in the top twenty on Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors list from 2005 through 2009, and in 2008, Barron’s ranked Pat among the top 50 Financial Advisors in New Jersey. Bell was also featured in RJ Shook’s 2005 book, The Winner’s Circle IV, Wealth Management Insights From America’s BEST Financial Advisors.

Pat Bell, who joined Merrill Lynch in 1980, graduated from of the University of Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics.

 
Beth Bovis

Beth Bovis

Partner, A.T. Kearney

Beth Bovis is a Partner in A.T. Kearney’s Organization and Transformation practice. Based out of Chicago, Beth focuses on the insurance, pharmaceutical and consumer industries. She is also the North American leader for the Women’s Consulting Network at A.T. Kearney and the head of the Organization and Change expertise center within the firm. During her 17 year tenure at the firm, Beth has taken three breaks from her work both to pursue personal interests and to start a family. Beth has worked part time for the past 9 years and has maintained her career track within the partnership. Outside of her consulting work, Beth serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and as a Board member for the New Morning School and on the Advisory Board for the Feldstein Medical Foundation. Beth is married and the proud mother of two—Samantha (7) and Alexander (4).

Beth received a B.S. in Economics, Finance and Multinational Management from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

 
Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen

Co-Founder, iRelaunch

Carol Fishman Cohen is the co-author of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work and the co-founder of iRelaunch, a company producing career reentry programs, events and content for employers, universities, organizations and individuals.

Carol is a Harvard Business School graduate and the mother of four teenagers. Her return to investment firm Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in an HBS case about professional career reentry. She speaks internationally on the career reentry topic and is regularly quoted in the national press. Carol and her co-author Vivian Steir Rabin have presented their career reentry strategies to almost 4,500 people at 80 events since 2006. Carol can be reached at info@iRelaunch.com. Note that the next iRelaunch Career Relaunch Forum will be held in New Jersey on October 29.

 
Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Robin Jones is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice and has 12 years of organizational transformation consulting experience. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2007, Robin worked for iXL, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM. At Deloitte, she is a national leader for Deloitte’s Workforce Intelligence service offering and has consulted to some of the largest media players globally including Disney, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner, and Oglivy & Mather.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Robin is a member of Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative (WIN) leadership council and participates in talent programs to mentor new MBA hires and attract and retain experienced women from other firms, further expanding Deloitte ‘s position as the #1 place to launch your career.

Robin received her PhD from Georgia Tech in construction engineering and management , and her MS and BS degrees in Architecture and Interior Design from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She and her husband and three young children live in Brooklyn, New York.

 
Jill M. Michal

Jill M. Michal

President and CEO, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Jill is President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to spearheading the annual fund raising campaign, Jill helped change the United Way business plan to focus efforts that deliver measurable change and measurable results in Education, Income and Health.

Jill began her career with Arthur Andersen, LLP, before leaving to join United Way in December 2001. Jill is a graduate of Penn State University and a member of the AICPA and PICPA. Married with two children, Kylie 4 and TJ 3, Jill serves as a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success and Back on My Feet. She also serves on the Audit Committee of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation, the Advisory Board of Graduate!Philadelphia and the Finance Committee of the Delaware Valley Grantmaker.

 
Terri Blumenfeld Wein

Terri Blumenfeld Wein

Partner, Weil & Wein (Moderator)

Terri is a partner at Weil & Wein, a career coaching and consulting firm that advises professionals how to optimize their careers. In addition, Weil & Wein provides programming for organizations and educational institutions on managing and optimizing career transitions and reconciling professional and financial goals.

Weil & Wein recently completed a long-term research project that investigated current trends among Wharton undergraduate students about their plans for their future careers. They presented their research at the ASAC 2009.

Terri recently launched go-girl finance, a career planning and financial literacy program for undergraduate women.

Prior to founding Weil & Wein, Terri spent her career in investment banking and sales and trading at Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and Smith Barney, as a Managing Director and Head of Mortgage Derivatives Trading. She spoke extensively and became a published author on the subject of derivative products.

Terri received a BSE and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Terri lives in Westchester with her husband and four children.

 

Featured Panel: Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Women

 
Jane Atherton

Jane Atherton

Managing Director, Citi

Jane is a Managing Director at Citi with responsibility for Citi’s financial technology coverage. Jane joined Citi in 2001 from Schroders PLC and has a broad range of advisory experience from M&A, equity and fixed income transactions. Recent deals include KKR's acquisition of First Data, the IPO of Visa, Redecard and Mastercard, Ameritrade's acquisition of TDWaterhouse and subsequent inaugural bond offering, Silver Lake's acquisition of SunGard, NYSE’s acquisition of Wombat Financial, the sale of APT to SunGard and Algorithmics’ sale to Fitch. Jane received an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sheffield, graduated Chester College of Law with Honors and qualified as a solicitor with Lovell White Durrant before transferring to Investment Banking at Schroders in the UK.

She is a qualified skydiver with over 500 skydives.

 
Erika Karp

Erika Karp

Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank

Erika is a managing director and the head of global sector research for UBS Investment Bank. She serves as chair of the Global Investment Review Committee, managing the UBS global sector research effort encompassing analysts and strategists around the world. Erika is among the first winners of the UBS Investment Bank Leadership Award established in 2006 and is a member of the founding UBS Executive Diversity Council. She has been noted as a driving force behind the UBS diversity agenda through her efforts for the All Bar None women's network, her recruiting and mentoring, and as the business champion behind the creation of UBS Pride, the GLBT employee network.

Prior to joining UBS in 1999, Erika worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and IBM Corp. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Erika lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her partner Sari and their three young daughters.

 
Nisha G. McGreevy

Nisha G. McGreevy

Global Head of Consumer, Barclays Capital

Nisha G. McGreevy is a Managing Director and Head of Consumer Investment Banking at Barclays Capital. Her coverage universe includes leading household products, personal care, cosmetics, food & beverage and consumer goods companies globally. In addition to leading the global Consumer team, Nisha is a generalist banker who coordinates the firm’s broad capabilities to meet her clients’ needs in areas such as corporate finance, strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, enterprise risk management and investment management. Nisha has been an investment banker for over 17 years. Prior to her current position, she was a Managing Director and Head of Consumer North America Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Mrs. McGreevy joined J.P. Morgan after graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A. degree. Prior to graduate school, Nisha worked in marketing for Aetna Life & Casualty. She received a B.S. in Commerce concentrating in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia. Nisha chairs the Finance Committee of the Board of Film Forum, and is the Treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee and Head of the Finance Committee of the Board of St. Luke’s School in Manhattan.

 
Thalia Meehan

Thalia Meehan

Managing Director, Tax Exempt Group, Putnam Investments

Ms. Meehan is a Managing Director and Team Leader of the Tax Exempt Group. In addition to managing Putnam’s Tax Exempt Group, she is a Portfolio Manager of Putnam’s tax-exempt fixed-income funds. Ms. Meehan has served on the National Federation of Municipal Analysts’ Board of Governors and is a member of Putnam’s Diversity Advisory Council, the Boston Municipal Analyst Forum, and the Boston Security Analysts Society, as well as the Society of Municipal Analysts. In 2002, she received the Meritorious Service Award from the NFMA. Ms. Meehan, who joined Putnam’s Tax Exempt Bond Group in 1989, is a CFA charterholder and has been in the investment industry since 1983.

 
Thalia Meehan

Thalia Meehan

Peggy Bishop Lane - Deputy Vice Dean, Graduate Division, Adjunct Associate Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School (Moderator)

Professor Lane joined the Wharton School in 1997 and the Graduate Division in 2001. As Deputy Vice Dean, she directs the academic experience for the MBA program. Professor Lane teaches Financial Accounting to first year MBA and Executive MBA candidates. She won a Core Curriculum Teaching Award in 1998 and is proud of her four “Tough, but we’ll thank you in five years” teaching awards. Previously, Professor Lane was a member of the faculty at New York University’s Stern School of Business where she was awarded the Eli Kushel Accounting Education Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Lane is interested in firms’ incentives to use accounting accruals to manage their financial reports, particularly in the financial services industry, stemming from her experience as an officer and analyst for First RepublicBank (now part of Bank America).

Professor Lane earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1995 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University in 1985. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

 

Networking and Finding Strength in Numbers

 
Dana Hall

Dana Hall

Co-Founder, 100 Women in Hedge Funds

Dana Hall is a senior vice president and the director of consultant relations in the D. E. Shaw group’s investor relations group. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group in 2006, Ms. Hall was a managing director of Lighthouse Partners, L.L.C., a fund of funds management firm she co-founded in 1999. From 1996 to 1998, she was a senior vice president of Delaware Investments. Before that, Ms. Hall was director of product development at Zurich Investments, a quantitative fixed income insurance investment manager located in Bermuda. From 1990 to 1994, she was an investment management consultant and, prior to that, she worked in institutional international investment management at both JPMorgan Asset Management and Julius Baer Asset Management. Ms. Hall is a co-founder of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an organization created to advance the interests of hedge fund investors and practitioners. She is also a member of the National Constitution Center Board of Trustees, a member of the Financial Analysts Seminar Board of Regents for the CFA Institute, and a recipient of the National Council on Research’s Women Who Make a Difference Award. Ms. Hall graduated from Smith College in 1984 with a degree in government.

 

Janet Hanson

CEO and Founder, 85 Broads

Widely respected as a leading entrepreneur, Janet Hanson is recognized as a unique voice and champion for women globally. As CEO and Founder of 85 Broads, Janet has built a global network community of 20,000 trailblazing women who want to leverage their best personal and professional relationships to create greater success for themselves and each other.

After graduating from Wheaton College and Columbia Business School, Janet joined Goldman Sachs in 1977. In 1986, she became the first woman in the firm's history to be promoted to sales management. Following her 14-year career at Goldman Sachs, Janet founded Milestone Capital Management, a $2 billion institutional money management company. From 2004 to 2007, Janet was a Managing Director and Senior Adviser to the President of Lehman Brothers.

Janet is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and a current member of the Board of The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and serves on the Advisory Board of The Center for Work-Life Policy's Hidden Brain Drain Task Force. She has received a number of awards and honors, including an honorary degree from Middlebury College in 2007.

 
Mariska Morse

Mariska Morse

Director of Corporate Relations and Programs, Forté Foundation

Mariska Morse is the Director of Corporate Relations and Programs for the Forté Foundation. In this key leadership role, Mariska is responsible for managing all Forté Foundation’s corporate accounts, with a focused effort on member retention. She is instrumental in networking with Forté constituents, partnering with each organization to both understand its membership objectives, and promote the Forté value proposition. Mariska directs and develops the Corporate Best Practices Summit, the Network of Women’s Networks, and the Forté Financial Services FAST Track, including speaker recruitment, panel content, and workshop sessions. Prior to her current role, Mariska served as Forté Foundation’s Director of Marketing. From 2001 to 2003, Mariska led the Women in Business Initiative at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Mariska earned her B.A. degree from Boston College, graduating cum laude in Business and is currently pursuing an MBA degree from Rutgers University. A native of Indiana, Mariska now lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

 
Elizabeth Muskat

Elizabeth Muskat

President, New York Commercial Real Estate Women (NYCREW)

Elizabeth Muskat is a Director of Project Management at Ferzan, Robbins & Associates LLC. She is also President of New York Commercial Real Estate Women (NYCREW), an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for women to achieve success in commercial real estate. Elizabeth has been an architect in the City of New York, project manager in acquisitions for the Bank of New York, a contractor/developer and acquisitions and leasing project manager for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). She was recognized in 2006 by Grubb & Ellis as Innovator of the Year. In 2008, she was awarded the MacInnis Ward Professionalism Award by NYCREW. She has been published in Bisnow, New York Real Estate Journal, Crew Network’s “News You Can Use”, Real Estate Weekly, Buildings Magazine, Greenpearl, and www.entrepreneur.com.

Elizabeth has a Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, SCPS Certificate in the Masters of Real Estate Program at NYU and an MBA from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY.

 
Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Director, New York Women Social Entrepreneurs

Natalia, Director of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE), the NY metro area chapter of YWSE, holds a BA in Economics and Comparative Literature from Yale University and a MSc in International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy from Bocconi University. Although she has lived in several countries in Latin America and Europe, she considers herself a New Yorker at heart. Her interests include leadership development, public-private partnerships, change management, House and CSI (the original TV series set in Vegas). Natalia is currently pursuing an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a founding board member of Fast Forward Fund (FFF), a youth-investing-in-youth social venture fund.

 
Susan Zimmerman Weil

Susan Zimmerman Weil

Partner, Weil & Wein (Moderator)

Susan is a partner at Weil & Wein, a career coaching and consulting firm that advises professionals how to optimize their careers. In addition, Weil & Wein provides programming for organizations and educational institutions on managing and optimizing career transitions and reconciling professional and financial goals.

Weil & Wein recently completed a long-term research project that investigated current trends among Wharton undergraduate students about their plans for their future careers. They presented their research at the ASAC 2009.

Susan recently launched go-girl finance, a career planning and financial literacy program for undergraduate women.

Prior to founding Weil & Wein, Susan spent her career on Wall Street developing securitization programs and structuring commercial real estate loans for Credit Suisse First Boston, Fuji Bank, Resolution Trust Corporation, and Utendahl Capital Partners.

Susan received a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Susan lives in New York with her husband and twin daughters.

 

Global Careers — In a Flat World

 
Flavia Cortes

Flavia Cortes

Finance Manager, Worldwide Sales Business Insight Group, Microsoft

Flavia Cortes currently works in the Worldwide Sales Business Insight Group at Microsoft. She provides in-depth analysis and guidance to the COO and CFO on most of Microsoft’s $58 billion in revenue. Previously, she focused on the licensing of digital media technologies for the Entertainment & Devices Finance Division. Prior to Microsoft, Flavia worked in the International Division of Globo TV in Brazil, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America where she held a series of positions in Financial Planning, Operations and Strategic Management. She received her MBA from Wharton with a major in Multinational Management and holds a B.S. in Civil and Industrial Engineering.

 
Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew

Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Marisa Drew is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London and is currently Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group (GMSG) and Co-Head of the Debt Advisory and Restructuring Group (DA&R). Ms Drew joined Credit Suisse in 2003 to start up the firm’s Leveraged Finance Origination Group in order to complement the already successful European Financial Sponsors coverage effort. Since that time, her group grew more than fivefold in size and had the leading market share in Europe. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston, Ms. Drew was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for 11 years, responsible for the origination and execution of Leveraged Finance transactions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Drew worked with a private equity firm, the Trump Group, and the investment banking firm Kidder Peabody. She received a BA in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School.

 
Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett

Director of Corporate Development, M&A and Business Development, Bunge Limited

Jamie Garrett leads the M&A and Business Development team for Bunge Limited’s Food & Ingredients segment. Ms. Garrett has oversight of all global acquisitions and Joint Ventures for the multinational agribusiness concern, from strategic inception to integration. She received her MBA from Wharton and also participated in the Lauder program, earning an MA in Latin American studies.

 
Sharon Hodgson

Sharon Hodgson

Partner, Global Business Services, IBM

Sharon Hodgson is a top performing Partner in IBM Global Business Services, Distribution Sector with two decades of experience in managing our most challenging clients through large scale/global business transformations, system integration, and change management. Her program leadership experience includes guiding some of IBM’s largest (300 – 1000s of people) global, diverse teams of business, technical, and subcontractor resources through multiple stages of business transformation in multiple industries with clients including Merck, Nestle, Pitney Bowes, Marion Merrell Dow, Kodak, FMC, & GE.

Sharon is highly proficient in collaborating with clients and project teams to develop and implement value-based business improvements. She has demonstrated subject matter expert in the areas of: Managing and Mentoring with Executive Client Relationships; Guiding IBM and Client Teams in Successful Delivery of client desired results; Solutions management, commercialization and delivery; Performance measurement and business case development; Business process transformation and change management; System integration to support transformations with ERP and CRM based solutions and Global Resourcing.

 
Gail Marcus

Gail Marcus

Healthcare Partner, Tatum

Gail Marcus is a senior executive with over 25 years experience managing and growing domestic and international healthcare businesses. She currently serves as healthcare segment leader for the New England Office of Tatum LLC. Prior to Tatum, Gail was President and CEO of Caris Diagnostics. Prior to Caris, Gail was COO for UnitedHealth Europe based in London and SVP at Advance PCS Pharmacy Benefits Management, where she also led the post-merger integration with Caremark. Gail spent over twenty years at CIGNA HealthCare in various financial, product, operations and strategy roles. While based in the UK, Gail was assigned as a turn-around specialist for troubled overseas life and health businesses.

Gail holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and an MS in Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from Wesleyan University. She is an adjunct professor in Healthcare Management at the University of Connecticut.

 
Mary Ellen Lamb

Maryellen Reilly Lamb

Senior Associate Director, MBA Career Management, The Wharton School (Moderator)

Maryellen Reilly Lamb is a Senior Associate Director of MBA Career Management covering Investment Banking, Sales &Trading, and Diversified Financial Services. Maryellen began her career as a buy-side currency trader, in both London and NY, working for firms including Commodities Corporation and Capital Group. Most recently she was in client coverage at JPMorgan in the Financial Institutions and Governments group. Maryellen sits on the investment committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and she is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and Morganae, the alumnae organization of JPMorgan. Maryellen received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Scranton. She currently lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Bill and daughters Elizabeth and Katharine..

 

Going Solo: Women in Entrepreneurship

 
Jasbina Ahluwalia

Jasbina Ahluwalia

Founder and President, Intersections Matchmaking

Jasbina Ahluwalia, a former practicing attorney, is pursuing her entrepreneurial passion as the Founder and President of Intersections Matchmaking, the first and only Elite Personalized Matchmaking Firm in the country serving Selective Singles of South Asian descent.

Jasbina has received nationwide press including in Business Week and the San Jose Mercury News and serves as the Relationship Expert in the upscale Washington Masala magazine and ABCDLady.com.

Previously Jasbina practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago. Jasbina earned her B.A./M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

 
Julia Allison

Julia Allison

Co-Founder, NonSociety.com

New York Magazine named her “the most famous young journalist in the city” and her WIRED cover outsold every other issue in the last decade, save three. She's made over 400 TV appearances, including CNN, MSNBC, Vh1, E!, Fox, CBS, and NBC. The former Editor-at-Large for Star magazine and dating columnist for Time Out New York has written for Cosmopolitan, Maxim, New York magazine, The Huffington Post and others.

Co-founder of NonSociety.com, she also co-hosts the popular internet chat show TMI Weekly. She's been hired to speak to companies like A&E, Unilever, Microsoft, and MIT's Sloan School on new media and innovative marketing strategies, and is a frequent panelist at conferences.

She graduated from Georgetown with a degree in political science, and was the youngest legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill during the 107th Congress. Her father is still waiting for her to get a “real job” with health insurance.

 
Julie Gilbert

Julie Gilbert

CEO and Founder, WOLF Means Business

Julie leads WOLF Means Business, a global consulting company to create significant financial growth in Fortune 500 companies to serve the now dominant female market authentically. Today, WOLF is the only proven approach and global network comprising more than 40 countries that has significantly increased sales, market share, and cost savings by engaging employees and consumers in innovation. She created the highly acclaimed WOLF five years ago as a Senior Vice President at Best Buy and was able to increase female revenue by more than $4 billion, decrease female turnover by more than 5% each year and increase women in the company by more than 18%. Julie has been profiled in Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Business Week, Fox News, Global Pulse and others and received many awards for her highly successful entrepreneurial businesses. She holds a Masters in Business and Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota. She is also a CPA in the state of Minnesota.

 
Lucinda Holt

Lucinda Holt

CEO, ClickEquations

Lucinda Duncalfe Holt is CEO of ClickEquations, a paid search management software company located outside of Philadelphia. Prior to leading ClickEquations, Lucinda co-founded and led TurnTide, an anti-spam technology company. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec for $28 million only six months after founding. Lucinda also served as President & CEO of Destiny WebSolutions, a venture-backed Inc. 500 winner that provided Internet strategy and implementation consulting to large financial institutions. While growing Destiny from $250,000 to $25 million in revenue Lucinda received many honors. She was named America’s 17th Most Influential Consultant by Consulting Magazine, won the Eastern Technology Council’s Enterprise Award for CEO of the Year, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Philadelphia. She was recently named the Iris Newman Award Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

She graduated cum laude from University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from the Wharton School in Entrepreneurial Management. Lucinda blogs at www.CerealCEO.com and you can follow her @LucindaDH.

 
Ellen Yin

Ellen Yin

Co-Owner, Fork Restaurant and Fork:etc

Ellen Yin is Co-Owner of Fork, the acclaimed new American Bistro in Old City, and Fork:etc, the adjacent upscale gourmet prepared foods store, and author of Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro. Since opening Fork in 1997, Yin and partner Roberto Sella, WG ’93, have received credit for kindling the rebirth of Old City. Over the past 12 years, Fork has been featured by local press and national publications such as Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine as well as Travel and Leisure.

After earning her MBA at Wharton, Yin worked as a health care consultant as well as at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Her career also includes stints in advertising, marketing and special events management. Knowing all along that her real passion was to create her own restaurant, Yin left her career to start Fork in October 1996.

 
Emily Cieri

Emily Cieri

Managing Director, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, The Wharton School (Moderator)

As the managing director of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, Ms. Cieri leads all WEP student and outreach programs and administers the teaching program in entrepreneurship. This includes overseeing the Wharton Business Plan Competition, the Venture Initiation Program, Entrepreneur in Residence, Entrepreneurial Career Program and the Wharton Small Business Development Center. She also manages the Wharton Entrepreneurial Advisory Board activities and works closely with the Wharton entrepreneurial alumni community.

In addition, Ms. Cieri serves on the executive committee of the Wharton Global Family Alliance. Previously, Ms. Cieri served as director of corporate programs at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Ms. Cieri has also worked as a consultant for PKF specializing in the hospitality industry and as operations manager for Wharton’s Steinberg Conference Center.

She holds a BS and an MBA in Financial Management from Drexel University.

 

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Samantha Boulukos (WG '99)

Samantha Boulukos (WG '99)

Marketing Director, Colgate-Palmolive

Profile coming soon.

 
Caroline Chang (WG '09)

Caroline Chang (WG '09)

BD

Caroline Chang (WG '09) is a Manager in Corporate Strategy & Development Group at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) leading M&A efforts and international strategies in the med tech industry. Prior to BD and Wharton, Caroline spent five years in new business and product development at Johnson & Johnson providing insights on marketing strategies and forecast assumptions for new products and licensing and acquisition opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector. Prior to J&J, Caroline was an investment banking analyst at Citigroup conducting valuation of financial institutions. Caroline graduated from Wharton with a dual major in Healthcare and Management and from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics and Psychology.

 
Helen Chiang (WG '05)

Helen Chiang (WG '05)

Group Manager, Subscriptions, Xbox Live, Microsoft

Helen Chiang is a Group Manager at Microsoft leading business strategy for Xbox LIVE, the competitive differentiator for Microsoft’s gaming console business. Prior to Wharton, Helen spent three years leading Product Management at Bluemountain.com, the largest online greeting card company. Helen holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing from The Wharton School and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

 
Renata Coleman (W '98 WG '05)

Renata Coleman (W '98 WG '05)

Associate Brand Manager, Consumer Group of Companies, Johnson & Johnson

Renata Coleman (W’98 WG’05) is an Associate Brand Manager in the Consumer Group of Companies at Johnson & Johnson. She is currently responsible for strategic planning, advertising and media for the PEPCIDâ brand. In her four years at Johnson & Johnson she has also worked on the TYLENOLâ brand and on new product development for PEPCIDâ, MYLANTAâ & MYLICONâ. Prior to business school she worked for Deloitte & Touche as a public accountant and owned a small consulting business. Outside of work she is a coach for the University of Pennsylvania Varsity Women’s Track & Field team and lives in Center City Philadelphia.

 
Nadia Gil (WG '07)

Nadia Gil (WG '07)

Financial Analyst and Cost Center Controller, Siemens Healthcare

Nadia Gil (WG’07) is a Financial Analyst and Cost Center Controller at Siemens Healthcare. She also serves on the advisory board of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Mentoring Network, is a founding member of the Hispanic Network at Siemens Healthcare and is the VP of Education of Siemens Toastmasters.

Prior to Wharton, Nadia was a senior associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers Mexico in the restructuring and fraud investigation teams where she uncovered a fraud of over $300 million in unrecorded losses at an insurance company. She holds a Bachelors in Accounting from the National University of Mexico where she received the Gabino Barred medal, which is awarded to the most accomplished student from each class.

 
Joy L. De Jesús (WG '02)

Joy L. De Jesús (WG '02)

Development Director, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

As a Development Director at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, Joy De Jesús is responsible for managing the day-to-day acquisition and development activities of multiple retail projects. Prior to joining PREIT in May of 2005, Joy was Director of Navy Yard Development for Liberty Property Trust. She was also a project manager at Cooper’s Ferry Development Association in Camden, NJ. Joy has an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA from Brown University, and a BA from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Zoning Board of Collingswood, NJ and the Board of Directors of the Arden Theatre.

 
Sarah Hammer (WG '08)

Sarah Hammer (WG '08)

Associate Brand Manager, Unilever

Before business school Sarah worked in HR for Goldman Sachs, recruiting MBAs to work in Private Wealth Management. Her job at Goldman exposed her to the fabulous life of a business school student and in 2006 she enrolled at Wharton.

While at Wharton, Sarah was a Leadership Fellow, Co-President of the Marketing Club, and a Co-Chair for Wharton Welcome Weekend. Sarah interned at Unilever (working on Skippy peanut butter) and joined Unilever full-time as an Associate Brand Manager on Breyers ice cream after graduating in 2008. Sarah lives in New York City and commutes to Unilever (a 15 minute drive!) in New Jersey.

 
Molly Harper (WG '04)

Molly Harper (WG '04)

Merck

Profile coming soon.

 
Karen Li (WG '07)

Karen Li (WG '07)

Finance Leadership Development Program, Novartis

Karen Li (WG '07) is an Associate Director of Business Planning and Analysis at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She is responsible for overseeing Franchise P&L forecasts, management reporting, and performance analysis for Primary Care Marketing. Previously, she was the project lead for the Customer Planning initiative within Managed Markets Finance. Prior to Wharton, Karen was a consultant with the Monitor Group, where she focused on strategic marketing, lifecycle management, and business development and licensing in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Karen holds an MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School and a BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.

 
Amanda Lonsdale (WG '06)

Amanda Lonsdale (WG '06)

Manager, GeoGlobal Energy

As a Manager at GeoGlobal Energy (GGE), Amanda Lonsdale oversees geothermal acquisitions and greenfield development activities globally. Prior to joining GGE, Amanda worked in energy project finance for Akkadian Private Ventures and GE Capital Markets. Before Wharton, she spent 7 years working in international development, primarily in Southeast Asia. She also holds an MA in International Economics and Southeast Asia Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 
Jennifer Malatesta (WG '02)

Jennifer Malatesta (WG '02)

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Profile coming soon.

 
Marguerite Mugge (WG '06)

Marguerite Mugge (WG '06)

Assistant Vice President, Not-for-Profit Banking Group, M&T Bank

Marguerite Mugge, WG’06, is an Assistant Vice President in the Not-for-Profit Banking Group at M&T Bank. She focuses on new business development and relationship management with the Bank’s education clients, including charter schools, private schools, and colleges in Washington , DC and Maryland . She is a Co-President of the Penn Club of Baltimore and active with the Forte under-40 committee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the board of Community Concerts at Second, and the Vassar Club of Maryland. Prior to Wharton, Marguerite worked in the Securities practice at NERA Economic Consulting. She spent her Wharton summer in brand management at Campbell Soup and on a WIVP project in Chile.

 
Kirsten Saleh (WG '06)

Kirsten Saleh (WG '06)

Senior Marketing Manager, Consumer Card Services Group, American Express

Kirsten Milideo Saleh, a Senior Marketing Manager in the Consumer Card Services Group at American Express, focuses on converting applicants to Cardmembers within the interactive space. Previously, Kirsten managed Direct Mail and e-mail campaigns for Proprietary Lending, Charge and Co-branded Cards, developing strategies to increase the company’s share of customer spend. She began her career at American Express as a summer intern with the Membership Rewards loyalty program, where she assisted in the strategic development of Bonus Points Mall, an online experience that enables Cardmembers to earn bonus points at their favorite online stores. Kirsten received her MBA from The Wharton School with a focus in Marketing and Strategy and her BA in Economics and English from Rutgers University.

 
Elisabeth Wadsworth (WG '07)

Elisabeth Wadsworth (WG '07)

Associate Vice President, DTZ Rockwood

Profile coming soon.