Panels and Speakers
Keynote AddressSpeaker: Sallie Krawcheck CBS MBA ’92, President of Global Wealth and Investment Management for Bank of America
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Fifteenth Annual Distinguished Alumnae Award & SpeechJoan Hornig, CBS MBA '84, Owner and Creative Director, Philanthropy is Beautiful
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Session I: Mapping Your Career Path
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Dynamic Environments: Successful Women in Media and Entertainment
With the business world focused mainly on the financial industry, how can one pursue and attain a successful career in media and entertainment? This panel will focus on women with successful careers in the industry and look at the paths they took to get there. We will also look at the challenges they currently face in continuing to deal with the economic crisis as well as operating in an increasingly digital world.
Moderator: Shirley Wang, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Nicolina Kuh O’Rorke, Vice President of Finance, NBC Universal
- Kelly Leach, General Manager, Wall Street Journal
- Teal Newland, Vice President and Group Director, Digitas
- Alissa Peck, Account Director, SapientNitro
- Juliana Siqueira, International Marketing Solutions Director, ESPN
Support on the Way Up: Enlisting Men to Help Break the Glass Ceiling
How can companies do a better job of enlisting men to help break the glass ceiling? Without support from men at the top, it can be difficult for women to rise through the ranks as quickly as their male counterparts. This panel will discuss how companies can encourage men to sponsor and mentor women and how women can do a better job of building support outside of traditional networks and constituencies.
Moderator: Lisa Vura-Weis, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Eric Dinallo, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLC
- Connie Kim, VP Strategic Talent, Thompson Reuters
- Greg Stoskopf, Director, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Jackie Telfair, Vice President of International Compensation, WalMart
- Paula Keve, Head of Strategic Marketing, Global Equities & Commodities, BNP Paribas
The Value of an MBA: Creating your own success in Non-MBA Concentrated Industries
Banking and consulting are not for everyone. How can business school graduates succeed in industries that don’t typically value MBAs? This panel has pulled together women from various functions to share experiences, tips and behaviors that have helped them leverage their MBAs to succeed in non-traditional fields.
Moderator: Sonali Johri, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Irina Avtsin, Founder, Personal Confidantency
- Heather Segal, Managing Director, Exec-Comm
- Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Senior Vice President of Marketing, iVillage
Policing Wall Street: How Women are Shaping Financial Reform
At a symposium last spring, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner reflected upon an article he had read questioning what the world would be like if women ran Wall Street. "It's an excellent question. But kind of a low bar," Geithner joked, "How, you might ask, could women not have done better?" Financial regulation reform will have broad reaching implications. This panel will showcase how women are shaping the process. Our panelists come from a variety of professions: policymakers, lawyers, journalists, and the rating agencies all with different insights and perspectives on proposed policies.
Moderator: Clara Sheets, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Rita Bolger, SVP, Global Regulatory Affairs, Associate GC, Standard & Poors
- Holly Gregory, Corporate Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Susan McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Markets Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Abigail Field, Financial Writer, DailyFinance
- Martha Lees, Deputy Superintendent, GC, New York State Insurance Department
Charting a New Path: Managing Your Career Through Uncertainty
This panel will explore how women have managed their careers through times of change, both anticipated and unanticipated. The panel includes women across different industries who will share their experience of managing their career through economic downturn or organizational changes. Panelists will also be invited to provide guidance on how they managed personal changes which impacted their careers. The goal of the panel will be to identify successful tools for managing change and how to best position oneself to minimize negative impacts of a changing economy or organization on one’s career.
Moderator: Elizabeth Adams, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Rebecca Friese Rodskog, Rodskog Change Consulting
- Rachel Thebault, Founder, Tribeca Treats
- Claire Steichen, Clear Strategy Coaching
- Casey Spezzano, Director, RBS Securities
Session II: Blazing New Trails
11:35 - 12:35 p.m.
Follow the Leader: Women in Power
The rise of women into society's most significant leadership roles - across sectors all around the world - is one of the most profound social transformations of the last decades. This panel will look at the career path of successful women who have been able to display their knowledge and skills while wielding power in societies. Panel members will give their opinion about how to develop effective leadership strategies as well as how to enhance influence and authority in different contexts.
Moderator: Helene Sifakis, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Valia Glytsis, Personal & Executive Leadership Coach
- Jodi Kahn, Executive Vice President, iVillage
- Janet Riccio, Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group
- Susan Shapiro Barsch, Renowned Gender Expert & Bestselling Author
- Monica Hanson, Managing Director, Barclays Capital
Going Long on Charity: Women in Business & Philanthropy
Women in business are emerging as a fundraising force, with a focus on more hands-on causes that support women and children. What are some of the key challenges facing the economic empowerment of women today, and how can we address these issues? What are the various approaches to philanthropy and how can we better promote volunteerism at a grassroots level? This panel will feature speakers who have contributed to the growth in female philanthropy both globally and locally in the New York region.
Moderator: Anyi Lee, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Tai Beauchamp, Founder and CEO, The BluePrint Group
- Sarah Buitoni, Senior Associate, Center for Microfinance Leadership, Women’s World Banking
- Lisa Hernandez Gioia, President, The Esler Group
- Alexandra Poe, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
- Angie Wang, Outreach Director, Women, War & Peace, Fork Films
- Angelie Singla, Assistant Director for Program & Resource Development, Fund for Public Health in NY
The Art of Negotiation: Powerful Positioning for Success
This panel examines the art of negotiation for women through various practiced-professional and academic lenses. Our panelists are leaders in their respective industries and will address best practices across a full negotiation spectrum - from deal negotiation to personal development and, especially, career progression negotiation.
Moderator: Nicole Molofsky, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Ann Bartel, Merrill Lynch Professor of Workforce Transformation, Finance and Economic Division, Columbia Business School
- Karen LaRochelle, Executive Director, Strategic Transitions Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Michelle Tillis Lederman, Founder, Executive Essentials
- Prem Parameswaran, Managing Director and Americas Head of Telecom in the Global Telecommunications and Media Group in the Investment Banking Division, Deutsche Bank
Winning the Board Game: Successful Women on Boards
As ambitious businesswomen, we may one day want to make it to that "coveted spot" in a boardroom. What does this path to the top look like? How does a woman looking to make a difference identify a personally and professionally rewarding board opportunity? Learn from a group of prestigious women about the experience and skills boards require and different paths one can take to serve on a board. Panelists will also share advice as to how women can best showcase their contribution potential and establish connections to land the board opportunities they desire.
Moderator: Audrey Betts, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Deborah Jackson, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
- Eunice Salton, Principal, Eunice Salton Associates
- Nicole Sandford, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
- Ellen Stafford-Sigg, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
- Faye Wattleton, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Changing Landscapes: How CSR is Shaping the Future
This panel will explore how women in "non-traditional" industries - from the food/beverage industry to beauty - are shaping policies related to the important and growing field of corporate social responsibility.
Moderator: Dara Heller, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Meredith Fontecchio, Manager, National Community Involvement, Deloitte Services LP
- Sandra Seru, Manager, Global Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diageo
- Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, Principal, Framework:CR
- Norma A. Menis-Croxall, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Hershey Company
Session III: Navigating Through Industries
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Women Around the World: How Investing in Women Pays Off in Emerging Markets
The latest thinking in the field of international development is that investing in women yields significantly larger social benefits. This panel will discuss innovative models in economic development that focus on empowering women to change the future of their families and communities. Attendees will gain a global vision of how the tools of business are achieving poverty alleviation and greater gender equality across cultures and continents.
Moderator: Jennifer Lynch, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
- Rhett Morris, Director, Center for High Impact Entrepreneurship, Endeavor
- Jennifer Field, 10,000 Women Programme Manager, Goldman Sachs
- Jo-Ann Tan, Business Development Marketing Manager, Acumen Fund
- Eugenia McGill, Professor, SIPA
- Catherine Gill, Managing Director of Investor Relations, Root Capital
- Abby Cohen, Partner and US Chief Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs
- Madelyn Miller, Vice President, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
- Meagan Nace, Senior Analyst, Artisan Partners
- Elizabeth Philipp, Executive Vice President & Account Manager, PIMCO
- Laurie Shahon, President, Wilton Capital Group
- Jill C. Anderson, Director, Supply Acquisition & Renewable Energy, New York Power Authority
- Kimberly E. Diamond, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler PC
- Kathleen A. McGinty, Operating Partner, Element Partners
- Angelique Mercurio, Vice President, Cora Capital Advisors
- Heather Smith, Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors
- Katrina Fritz Intwala, Government Business Development, UTC Power Corporation
- Modupe Akinola, Leadership Professor, Columbia Business School
- Sheila Wellington, Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations, NYU Stern
- Nancy Lashine, Managing Partner and Founder, Park Madison Partners
- Sara Meyer Davis, Managing Partner, Strategic Diversity Advisors
- Lisa Hsia, Senior Vice President, Bravo Digital Media
- Lauren Goldberg, Founder and CEO, Lauren Merkin
- Maia Josebachvili, Founder, Urban Escapes & Global Director, LivingSocial Adventures
- Michelle Kedem, On-Ramps
- Shiva Mirhosseini, Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Dow Jones
- Melissa Muller Daka, Founder and Head Chef, Eolo
- Alexa von Tobel, Founder, LearnVest
- Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder, Gilt Groupe
Paving the Way: Inspiring Women in Investing
Investing has long been regarded as one of the most intellectual challenging yet rewarding profession within high finance. This panel presents a unique opportunity to learn from the highly successful and inspiring women investors who established their reputation in this competitive and male-dominated industry. They will share with us their wealth of experiences, their take on the market, how they embraced challenges and opportunities in their career development, and more importantly, how they influenced and strengthened the business women community by committing to education and dispensing valuable advice. Come to learn the dynamic and exciting industry, to meet its trend setters and thought leaders, to get inspired and be inspiring!
Moderator: Yuan Wang, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
Industrial Evolution: Female Perspectives on the New Energy Economy
Although the energy industry is one of the largest in the US, and is central to the operation of the economy, women are still very much a minority in this sector. The objective of the panel is to expose young women in business to new developments in energy markets and their relevance to a wide range of industries.The panel will cover topics driving this changing market, such as clean technology development, an evolving regulatory environment, and financing challenges in the current economic climate. The panelists will discuss the challenges they've faced, the choices they've made, and the rewards of having a successful career in energy. The goal will be to illustrate the relevance of changes in energy markets to the entire economy and to engage audience members who are not familiar with the energy industry.
Moderator: Molly Aeck, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
A Woman's Rights: Practical Insights from Modern Female Leaders on Navigating Today’s Work World
This panel will bring together female business leaders across industries in an academic setting to discuss and debate real, practical challenges that women uniquely face in the workplace. Attendees will learn about the latest research surrounding women in business, engage with senior professionals on industry-specific issues, report proposed solutions to some of today’s problems, and listen to a lively panel discussion amongst top female business leaders.
Moderator: Lauren Jezienicki, CBS '12, MBA Candidate
From the Ground Up: Building a Successful Business
This panel will showcase how women have chosen and navigated the world of entrepreneurship. Our panelists will share their experiences and stories about how they developed their business ideas and brought these ideas to reality. Following a brief panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to interact directly with the panelists in small groups to network with panelists and discuss meaningful questions about the advantages and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Moderators: Avani Patel, CBS '12, MBA Candidate