#WeKnowHer: Our Community Makes Us Different
This past September, Ellevate highlighted the incredible professional women who make up our network. A community is nothing without its people, and the women of Ellevate are diverse, motivated, and powerful.
Margaret Keane is president and CEO of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. Her passion for emerging technology and employee development has solidified her reputation as a leader in the field. She has been recognized as one of American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for eleven consecutive years, and one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for four years running. Fortune also named her to their “Businessperson of the Year” list in 2016. She is a member of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (CT Chapter) Board of Trustees, and the buildOn National Board of Directors. She was a panelist at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed the need for female role models in the corporate world.
Raphaela Browne helps women courageously transition to a career and life they love. She is a certified transformation and career coach, speaker, and nonprofit organization strategist, committed to empowering professional women and organizations to not just live and think “outside of the box,” but to demolish the box. As a motivator,"extreme encourager," and results-driven coach, she supports professional women and organizations with change management through a positive psychology and strengths- and solution-based approaches. She is a member of Ellevate’s Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, and Philadelphia chapters. You can experience her unique coaching style in her upcoming Jam Session, Learn How to Set Boundaries and Still Be Successful in Work and Life.
Magali Mathieu is the co-founder and chief partnership builder of AtlasGO, a social media and fitness tracking app with the goal of building a global community of sweaty change-makers. A certified B Corp, Atlas runs community engagement campaigns for corporates in the form of digital charity runs and walk-a-thons. They have developed a community where engaged runners, non-profits, and corporations join forces to create positive awareness around social and environmental issues and to accelerate impactful change.
Kimberley Jutze is the founder and chief change architect at Shifting Patterns Consulting. She transforms teams for greater social impact by helping change-maker leaders working at the intersection of civc engagement, local economy building, and environmental sustainability to identify what’s really getting in the way of effective teamwork, build skills to address these challenges, and put a support system in place to maintain improved performance. She has helped social enterprise accelerators, social responsible business associations, and social justice networks determine their strategic direction, build stronger teams, and mobilize resources for greater impact.
Kate Jakubas is the founder and COO of Meliora Cleaning Products, which uses better ingredients and discloses 100% of them - including their recipes. She first asked the question: "What's in our cleaning products?" while studying for her Masters in 2012. After winning the Quinlan School of Business's “Sustainable Enterprise Competition” in the spring of 2013, Meliora was born. She is a member of Ellevate’s Chicago chapter.
After sailing around the world as a documentary filmmaker with a UN Global Climate Expedition, Jacqui Hocking realized humanity has the solutions already. Now her life's purpose is sharing and scaling these visionary solutions through powerful storytelling. With the realization that in the next three years, 80% of internet traffic will be video, her focus is now as the founding and managing partner of VSS: Vision Strategy Storytelling, to enable visionary companies get more visibility. She has shared her own story twice at TEDx, and continues to capture stories all over the world, from Maasai warriors in Tanzania, to carbon offset projects in the Amazon rainforest, to supply chains near Mount Everest.
Alisa Herr is a thinker, maker, and doer with a knack for creative problem solving. She is passionate about using technology to bring people together and make the world a better place, and loves flexing her skills in strategy, data analysis, writing, empathy, design, and development. She found her calling when she established Unity Digital Agency, which connects mission-driven technologists, designers, and strategists to the organizations that need them the most. She is a public speaker, open source evangelist, and judge for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. She is a member of Ellevate’s NC Triangle chapter.
Anne Chambers believes that business is key to making profound societal changes by leveraging networks, investment portfolios, and corporate supply chains. She is the co-founder and CEO of Red212, an agency focused on content strategy. She also founded Bright Future Foods to launch Ma-Me, an edamame snack brand with a commitment to raising awareness of adoption. She is a member of Ellevate’s Cincinnati, Miami, and Austin chapters.
Neha Gandhi is the editor in chief and COO at Girlboss, where she oversees editorial, video, social, audience, and marketing—as well as being responsible for overseeing people, culture, and process. Equal parts news and entertainment junkie, she's interviewed luminaries ranging from Hillary Clinton to Madonna—and appeared everywhere from MSNBC to Katie Couric Live to Social Media Week to SXSW. She has previously held editor posts at Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, LHJ.com, and More.com. Her work has appeared in Foam, In Style, Women’s Health, and ReadyMade. She was a featured panelist at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed leading, changing, and innovating in today’s workforce.
Nell Derick Debevoise
As founder of Inspiring Capital LLC, Nell Derick Debevoise uses practical experience, a broad and deep network, analytical insight, and theory from diverse fields to help socially-minded donors, investors, and entrepreneurs to plan, fund, and grow world-changing ventures. She lives and works according to her conviction that investment of financial and human capital in for-profit businesses - driven by enlightened self-interest and supported by public policy and strategic philanthropy - can solve most contemporary problems. She is a member of Ellevate’s Washington, D.C. and New York chapters.
Hina Chawdhry specializes in corporate and pass-through taxation for clients in various industries, including technology, communication, real estate, and restaurants. Her past experience includes clients with multi-state nexus and planning issues, international tax compliance, trusts, non-for-profits, and gift taxes. She is the membership lead for Ellevate’s Pittsburgh chapter.
Melissa Orozco is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for adapting innovative PR solutions to campaigns that solve social and environmental issues. In 2011, she founded Yulu Public Relations, a PR agency mandated to champion socially innovative organizations that are making positive social and environmental impact. With the belief that stories have the power to drive behavior and social change, she embarked on the development of a new industry – an evolution of public relations. She was ranked by Marketing Magazine as a “30 Under 30” marketing professional. In 2015, Yulu became Canada’s first PR agency to be a certified B Corporation.
Sharon Rowe is the founder and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, which has been recognized as “Best for The World” by B Corp for social and environmental commitments and standards. She is recognized as a thought-leader in social innovation, sustainability, and responsible production. She speaks regularly on building profitable mission- and value-aligned businesses. She believes that business can be a force for good and a currency for ideas that shape culture. Her speaking engagements have taken her far and wide; locations include Yale University, Sing-Sing Prison, the Nairobi Center for Innovation in Kenya, and the Social Venture Institute Conference in the Hudson Valley. She is a member of Ellevate’s Northern New Jersey, New York, and Fairfield-Westchester chapters.
Kabira Stokes is the founder and CEO of Homeboy Electronics Recycling, a full-service e-waste recycling social enterprise that provides permanent employment opportunities for people who have come out of the criminal justice system. She has also consulted for the nonprofit Green For All and worked for the City of Los Angeles as Senior Field Deputy for City Council President Eric Garcetti. Her honors and awards include the inaugural "Smart on Crime" award by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and "Sustainable Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Los Angeles Sustainable Business Council.
Jennifer Piette founded Out of the Box Collective in 2010, with the goal of inspiring people to get back into their kitchens with amazing ingredients and around the table with their loved ones, creating lasting memories and building their health at the same time. Out of the Box delivers locally-sourced, small-batch organic food, pastured meats, and wild-caught fish across SoCal. The company has been honored as "Best for the World" for the past three years, and was awarded the B Corp Award by the Sustainable Business Council of LA in 2016. Jennifer is a member of Ellevate’s Los Angeles chapter.
Homaira Kabir is a women's leadership and well-being coach. She works with high-achieving women who feel stuck at work or unfulfilled in their lives. Her work is grounded in years of research and coaching experience, and is about helping talented women get out of their own way by building a lasting sense of belief in themselves. She is currently focused on taking her work to organizations where she feels it's needed the most. Her program - Lead with Authentic Presence - is based on her research on women's confidence in the workplace, and has shown positive outcomes in controlled trials on hundreds of professional women. She is a member of Ellevate’s Toronto chapter.
Harsha Jalihal is VP of Human Resources - Future of Work at Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and maker of iconic brands such as Dove, Ben & Jerry’s, and Hellmanns. She is responsible for developing strategies that define how Unilever prepares for the future of work and employment across its multinational business. She is currently on secondment to the World Economic Forum. Her career speaks to her passion for helping people and organizations write their stories, and she believes in seeking experiences that push one outside one’s comfort zone, instead of career paths. She was a panelist at Ellevate’s recent event, Forming Alliances to Propel the Career You Want. She is a member of Ellevate’s New York, Northern New Jersey, and Central New Jersey chapters.
Kathryn Montbriand combines strategy and analytics with an understanding of human needs and behavior to drive strong business results. She takes on big problems - whether that means figuring out how a bank can help people succeed with credit, imagining how to keep people’s money safe by deploying real-time data solutions, or pushing for inclusion. She starts with a vision of how the world could be and works back to changes we can make today. She is regarded as a change agent who finds unique ways to bring people along and get buy-in at all levels of an organization. She is a member of Ellevate’s Minneapolis - St. Paul chapter.
Anna Colibri is the founder and CEO of Colibri Digital Marketing, San Francisco’s first and only full-service B Corp certified digital marketing agency. She provides clients with access to personalized support given in clear, simple language and the tools and resources to gracefully achieve professional and personal goals on time and on budget. Her primary focus is helping develop lifestyle businesses that support clients as they reach their unique personal and professional potentials. As a yoga teacher certified in the Iyengar tradition, she respects the transformative process and our human ability to learn new skills and adapt to change. She serves on the board of the Golden Gate Business Association.
Indra Gardiner Bowers
Indra Gardiner Bowers is the founder and CEO of I.D.E.A. For more than twenty years, she has led clients through creative thinking and executions in the fields of public relations and social media. She is a strategist, a writer, and a realist. She focuses on the integration of social media, digital thinking, and marketing strategy. She has spoken nationally about the subject of social media and public relations, trained agencies on social media and digital techniques, and written prolifically about the subject and its evolution. She has guided strategic teams for a diverse group of brand partners, including Qualcomm, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, BillMyParents, Hilton Hotels, and many others.
Elena Lipson is committed to professional and personal growth and has intentionally designed her life and business around this passion. She is the principal and founder of Mosaic Growth Partners, a consulting and coaching firm in Washington, D.C. Her firm helps organizations and entrepreneurs in the healthcare and aging industries with business growth strategy consulting. She also coaches professional women to take control of their careers and build professional lives that are congruent with their personal aspirations and natural talents. She is a frequent Ellevate content contributor, and two of her articles are featured in our Move Up and Get Paid More Playbook. She is a member of Ellevate’s Washington D.C. chapter.
Katica Roy is an ambassador for gender equity in the workplace and beyond. She is the CEO and founder of Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS platform that leverages artificial intelligence to drive economic gains by closing the gender equity gap. She is a board member of Booktrust and the University of San Francisco's Women in Leadership and Philanthropy; a member of the CU Leeds Women’s Council and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado; and a 2018 Colorado Governor’s Fellow. She was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology Association and a 2018 Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business finalist. She is featured as an Ellevate Expert in our Become a More Confident Negotiator Playbook. She is a member of Ellevate’s Denver, New York, and Boulder chapters.
Jennefer Witter is the CEO and founder of The Boreland Group, a boutique public relations agency. In 2013, she was recognized by Madame Noire Magazine as one of the nation’s top black CEOs. She is the author of“The Little Book of Big PR: 100+ Quick Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed,” and has been quoted in the Associated Press, Crain's New York Business, and The Huffington Post. She is an active advisory board member for"Women in Power," an organization that assists senior-level women reach the C-suite level. She was the keynoter for Brown Brothers Harriman's"Women's Summit" and the Communication Exchange Leadership's annual conference. She has presented at the United Nations, American University, the 92nd Street Y, New York University, and Ellevate. One of her Ellevate presentations is featured in our Get the Most Out of Ellevate Playbook. She is a member of Ellevate's New York, Washington D.C., London, Austin, and Northern New Jersey chapters.
During her years as a San Jose State University biology lecturer and fear researcher, Mary Poffenroth has made innovation in science education and communication a passionate priority. She gives science a soul by advising growth-driven individuals and organizations on how to reshape their relationship with fear to cultivate better communication and innovation strategies. Her original work can be seen in TEDx London, Science magazine, Wiley & Sons, Inbound, TEDed, National Geographic, and Forbes. She is the author of"Write Present Create: Science Communication for Undergraduates," and has taught nearly 20,000 students in-person and online. She is featured as an Ellevate Expert in our Move Up and Get Paid More Playbook, and is a member of our Los Angeles chapter.
Zulmarie Padín is passionate about activating women's power to lead change in the world. She is a TV personality who impacts millions of hispanics as a career expert with her segment in the morning shows of NBC Universal - Telemundo and Univision's Network. Her company, ZP Global Business Consulting, develops innovative strategies for small businesses to grow organically with coaching and mentoring programs focused on communication, media, and leadership skills. She is the founder of the groundbreaking Latinas Power movement, the mission of which is to close the gender achievement gap by empowering the success of one million Latinas in the United States. Her best practices experience stems from working with Fortune 500 companies in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, and the United States. She is a member of Ellevate’s Madrid, London, Northern New Jersey, Sao Paolo, and Miami chapters.
Kendra Cunningham is a Boston-born stand-up comic, comedy writer, actress, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post and the comedic relationship blog Beauty and the Beast. Her short films have been screened at a number of festivals; Lonelygirl48, which she wrote and acted in, won the Boston Comedy Festival and the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival. She has been featured in Time Out New York and on CNN Money, among other publications. She is a member of Ellevate’s New York chapter.
Heidi Nazarudin is a former high-flying international banker and CEO of a Nasdaq-listed company. In 2013, she launched The Ambitionista, a fashion, beauty, travel, and lifestyle website for smart and sophisticated working women. With her corporate background, she knows the unique challenges and needs of professional, business-minded women. She uses her blog as a sounding board for those who love looking good without compromising credibility. She helps women to amplify their corporate and business strengths through their wardrobe choices. She has been featured by and mentioned on CBS, BBC News, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fox News, and many other media outlets and blogs. Recently, she participated in an Ellevate Twitter chat, giving her best branding advice to women worldwide. She is the marketing lead for Ellevate’s Los Angeles chapter.
Ruthie Ackerman is the deputy editor at Women@Forbes, where she curates the site's content, community, and events. She has spent her career focused on women's leadership as a journalist, editor, and communications strategist. When she's not catching up on the stacks of magazines sitting on her coffee table, she is working on a memoir. She was a panelist at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed changing demographics in the modern workplace.
Carmen Perez has been an activist nearly her entire life. In her early career, Carmen was dedicated to the pursuit of advocating for young men and women and providing comprehensive leadership training and opportunities for individuals in and out of the criminal justice system. Her work in Santa Cruz became well-known in the community and across the country. She created and supported the “Youth Summit” concept, where young people came together to discuss solutions on serious topics such as drug and alcohol reform, detention alternatives, gangs, and violence. Recommendations that came out of the group discussion were presented and adopted by community and state-wide policy makers throughout California. In 2013, Carmen co-founded the taskforce Justice League NYC towards criminal justice reform. In May of 2014, she had the opportunity to share her life’s work and delivered her first TEDx Talk inside Ironwood State Prison. In line with her history of criminal justice advocacy, Carmen co-chaired the March2Justice in 2015, a 250-mile journey on foot to deliver a justice package to end racial profiling, demilitarize police, and demand the government invest in young people and communities of color. Carmen’s most recent work is her role as the national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, where over five million people across the globe marched in resistance of hatred and bigotry, affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings. After the first Women’s March, Ellevate hosted a Twitter Chat with Carmen under the hashtag #EllevateYourself.
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate's Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate's impact. Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business, and is also a regular speaker and thought-leader on leadership, diversity, social entrepreneurship, networking, and entrepreneurialism. She was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal. She strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an angel investor with Pipeline Angels, an organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; a member of the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; co-chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a board member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute. You can watch her speak at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed diversity, inclusion, and equality in the modern workforce.
Jamia Wilson is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. She joined the Press in July 2017 after serving as Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media. Previously, she served as TED Prize Storyteller and VP of Programs at Women’s Media Center. A thought-leader and writer, she has contributed to The New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29, Rookie, Al-Jazeera, and the Guardian. In 2016, Jamia was honored as a Black Feminist Human Rights Defender by Black Women’s Blueprint and was recognized by Refinery29 as one of “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism“ in 2013. She is the author of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” co-author of “Road Map for Revolutionaries,” and wrote the introduction and oral history to “Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around The World.” She serves on the board of directors for the Omega Institute and the Groundswell Fund. She was a featured panelist at Ellevate’s event, How To Effect Change In The World Today.
Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of three, KR Liu has spent the last two decades as a technology executive and strong advocate and voice championing new products that enhance the way we hear the world. She spent the last two years as the Vice President of Advocacy and Accessibility at Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One. She was the driving force behind Doppler Labs’ policy efforts around hearing access. She developed Doppler Labs’ accessibility go-to-market strategy on hearing health. She collaborated with Senator Warren’s team on new legislation called the OTC Hearing Aid Act of 2017, which was signed into law on August 8, 2017. She is on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Deaf Kids Code, the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, and World Wide Hearing Foundation (Arm of the UN). She has been awarded a U.S. Congressional award, Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40 and 2017 Women of Influence, and 2015 Women on the Move by Women's Business Journal for her advocacy work in hearing health and technology. She was a speaker at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed technology and accessibility.
Courtney Connley is a careers reporter for CNBC Make It, a platform that aims to help young people be smarter and more successful in their careers and financial lives. As a reporter, Courtney has covered a range of career and financial topics with a focus on wage disparity, diversity in the workplace, and women in the c-suite. Prior to CNBC Make It, Courtney worked as a general assignment reporter at ABC News and as the careers editor for Black Enterprise magazine, where she covered content for both print and online. Courtney is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and she’s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and ColorComm. She spoke with Beth Brooke-Marciniak at Ellevate’s Courageous Conversations event, which we will be replaying on September 20.
Vanessa Chan loves doing things she's never done before, which has led to an eclectic career. She started as an insecure overachiever who got a Ph.D. from MIT, then climbed the corporate ladder to become a partner at McKinsey & Company. She left her lucrative paycheck to bring her invention, Loopit, to life. She inspires the next generation at the University of Pennsylvania as an Engineering Entrepreneurship Professor and the Undergraduate Chair for Materials Science & Engineering. At Robin Hood Ventures (an angel investment group), she invests in start-ups. She loves to share her energy as a speaker. Vanessa's approach to life has been covered in various news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She is co-president of Ellevate’s Philadelphia chapter.
Beth Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice-Chair - Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. She has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in over 150 countries. She is also the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named ten times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women," and was named Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. In 2017, Beth received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the top individual honor bestowed by the NCAA. She has also been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. During the Clinton Administration, she worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts. Beth chairs the Board of Vital Voices and co-chairs of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, both founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She serves on the Advisory Board for Out Leadership, as well as the Boards of The Conference Board, The Aspen Institute, and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute, the Committee of 200, and the International Women's Forum. She recently spoke at Ellevate’s Courageous Conversations event, which we will be replaying on September 20.
Tiffany Dufu is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of “Drop the Ball,” a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany was a launch team member to Lean In and is Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest-growing millennial professional networks. Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, Major Gifts Officer at Simmons College in Boston, and Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School, an institution committed to giving all girls the power to be innovative, confident critical thinkers. Tiffany is a member of Women's Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., and is a Lifetime Girl Scout. In addition to being a part of TARA, a sister group of the Belizean Grove focusing on the next generation of global leaders, she serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons College. She discussed redefining success with Jennifer Romolini at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit.
Rana Nawas is a quad-lingual businesswoman on a mission to inspire women to shine. Over the course of her seventeen-year corporate career spanning McKinsey & Company’s London Office, the Dubai Government, and GE Capital, she pioneered new markets, launched new products, led diverse and virtual teams, won business all over the world, and developed strong relationships. She led the charge in rewriting corporate policies that impact women, championed pay parity, and helped women rise in their professional and personal lives. She is the creator and host of the podcast “When Women Win” - a weekly show that inspires and educates women everywhere by exposing them to powerful female role models who share practical tools and eye-opening stories. “When Women Win” is currently downloaded in 67 countries and is the #1 podcast in the Middle East. She is the president of Ellevate’s Dubai chapter.
Lenore Horton is a critically-acclaimed corporate and litigation attorney. As a partner in the New York and Washington D.C, offices of FisherBroyles, LLP, she provides executive-level legal counsel to businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and startups, often serving as Chief Legal Counsel of their enterprises. In 2016, Black Enterprise magazine ranked Lenore #3 in its listing of the Top 10 Black Female Attorneys You Should Know in recognition of her work on international litigation and corporate matters worth over $100 million. In 2017, Washington Business Journal recognized her prior practice as one of the Top 25 LGBT-owned businesses in Washington, DC. In 2018, Crain’s New York listed her as on one of the Top 100 Leading Women Lawyers in New York. She has a longstanding pro bono commitment to human rights, international humanitarian law, and criminal sentencing reform issues, and previously taught courses on these issues at law schools in New York and Germany. She will be a panelist at Ellevate’s upcoming event, Forming Alliances to Propel the Career You Want. She is a member of Ellevate’s New York, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Washington D.C. chapters.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Carly Patterson became the first American woman in 20 years to win the all-around Olympic gold medal. Since the Olympics, Carly appeared on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She was featured on an NBC special and adorned the front of a Wheaties box. Carly presented an award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, was recognized by Glamour Magazine at the 2004 "Women Of The Year” Award, and was honored as the March of Dimes’ “Sportswoman of the Year.” In 2005, Carly was selected as one of Teen People’s "20 Teens Who Will Change the World,” walked the runway at New York Fashion Week to promote “The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection” to prevent heart disease, was nominated for the Sullivan Award honoring the best amateur athlete, and was nominated for an ESPY Award in the “Best Olympic Performance” category. Carly published a children’s book called “Be Strong” and made an appearance in the movie “Stick It.” She has been involved in many charitable causes, such as the Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, and Taylor’s Gift Foundation. She was a featured speaker at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit.
Ariel Hyatt has been a fierce entrepreneur for twenty-two years, and is the founder of Cyber PR, a long-term planning, social media, and content strategy company based in New York City. She is an expert in online marketing and crowdfunding, and creates effective content marketing strategies for her clients, getting them added to blogs and key social sites for better exposure. She has spoken in twelve countries and is the author of four books on social media and marketing, two of which have hit #1 on Amazon. Her latest book is "Crowdstart: The Ultimate Guide to a Powerful and Profitable Crowdfunding Campaign.” She is a member of Ellevate’s New York chapter.
Amy Tsang is a tax partner at PwC's Private Company Services/Personal Financial Services group in San Francisco. She has more than fifteen years of public accounting experience, specializing in individual income tax for high net worth individuals and executives of privately owned companies. She completed an international assignment at PwC-Japan from late 2011 through April 2014. She was brought in to develop the Personal Financial Services department, providing cross border estate/inheritance and gift tax solutions to US citizens/residents living abroad. She also advises on residency status (green cards) from a tax perspective and assists expatriates in getting current with US compliance matters. She is able to scope out the necessary tax filings in complex, multi-jurisdiction environments, and can provide parallel solutions to tax matters so that clients can easily make an informed decision. She is a member of both Ellevate’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley chapters.
As a baby, Anjali Forber-Pratt contracted transverse myelitis, which left her paralyzed from the waist-down. She was introduced to the world of disabled sports at age five, and by the age of nine, she was competing at the national level in track and field. As a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping others recognize their potential. She co-wrote a book aimed at educating young children and aspiring Paralympians. Dr. Forber-Pratt is now an Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation research about synthesizing identities and becoming a role model has earned recognition from the American Educational Research Association. She is involved with disability advocacy efforts related to access to education, employment, and sport. She has appeared on NPR, The Stream, and Sesame Street, and has been quoted in The Boston Globe, New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World. She was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2013. She was a featured speaker at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit.
Avil Beckford is a storyteller. As Chief Communications Officer of Ambreck Enterprise, clients hire her to interview their clients. She crafts the interviews into success stories, which clients use to market their services. She has been conducting interviews for over twenty years, and is passionate about the power that success stories bring to businesses. She created the Strategic Reading Challenge to help other professionals learn key skills needed to thrive in their careers. She has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, where she spoke about the importance of reading broadly. She is the co-president of Ellevate's Toronto chapter.
Jenna Kerner, co-CEO of Harper Wilde, is passionate about building companies and communities from the ground up. When she realized she wasn’t the only woman walking around with a five-year-old underwire poking her in the side, Jenna saw an unmet need in the market: quality intimates that were easy to find and shop without breaking the bank. Together with her co-founder and co-CEO Jane Fisher and their team of Wilde Women, she’s on a mission to disrupt the $16 billion intimate apparel industry by changing the design of the everyday bra and the process of shopping for intimates. Harper Wilde was created based on an innovative business model and product design to empower women with its comfortable, fairly-priced bras and free home try-on program. You can hear more about her mission when she speaks at Ellevate’s Los Angeles chapter event, Female Founder Series: Harper Wilde (The Answer to the Victoria Secret Slump).
Jane Fisher, co-CEO of Harper Wilde, is passionate about driving change and empowering women in the workplace. That passion combined with her personal frustration over bra shopping and intuitive talent for business operations led her to create Harper Wilde. Together with her co-founder and co-CEO Jenna Kerner and their team of Wilde Women, she’s on a mission to disrupt the $16 billion intimate apparel industry by changing the design of the everyday bra and the process of shopping for intimates. At Harper Wilde, Jane oversees supply chain management, manufacturing, and operations. From her previous experience as a consultant and an internal strategist, Jane was able to take learn first-hand how to solve complex operating problems within organization, as well as take a leading role with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative to help empower women in her workplace. You can see her and Jenna together at Ellevate’s Los Angeles chapter event, Female Founder Series: Harper Wilde (The Answer to the Victoria Secret Slump).
Jessica Maroney Shillito
Jessica Maroney Shillito is the Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Shearman & Sterling. She works across the firm’s global platform to develop diversity and inclusion strategies that recognize and advance the firm’s talent, and to identify new opportunities, strengthen existing partnerships, and foster productive relationships with clients, students, diversity organizations, and other diversity stakeholders. In her past work, she has supported and facilitated diversity and gender-related initiatives, focusing on mentorship, professional development, and the promotion and retention of women and diverse attorneys. Jessica has been a member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) since 2015, an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) since 2008, and has served as a mentor to law students and legal professionals in various capacities since 2004. She will share her experiences at Ellevate’s event, Secrets HR Professionals Will Only Tell You After a Glass of Wine.
Patrice Banks, founder of Girls Auto Clinic, is committed to disrupting the automotive industry. She owns a full-service auto repair shop that caters to women and hires female mechanics. An engineer and automotive technician, she created a movement that motivates women to change the relationship they have with their car by offering automotive buying and repair resources, products, and services. Through her car care workshops, TEDx talk, OP-ed in the Washington Post, and appearances on NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, and Harry Connick Jr., Patrice has reached millions across America with her passion and commitment for educating women and closing the gender gap in the automotive industry. She has been featured in publications such as O Magazine, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Elite Daily, ABC Today, and Black Enterprise. She is a member of Ellevate’s Philadelphia chapter.
Tiffany Pham is the founder and CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform connecting women to trending content. She was named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in Media, Business Insider "30 Most Important Women Under 30" in Technology, ELLE Magazine "30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World," the Recipient of the Cadillac "IVY Innovator" Award, a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Fellow, and the Recipient of the SmartCEO Magazine "2016 Smart CEO Award." Tiffany has spoken at the United Nations, Microsoft, Bloomberg, AOL, Prudential, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Scripps Research Institute, Northeastern, Columbia, SXSW, Panama, and Dubai. She served on the Board of Directors for No Limits Media, Board of Trustees for Provincetown Film Society, the Interactive & Technology Committee for WNET New York Public Media, and the Business Committee for the New York City Ballet. She was a panelist at Ellevate’s 2017 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed information accessibility and the necessity of using your voice to promote change.
Joanna Curran is the Director of People Operations at Ellevest, which helps women take control of their financial futures through investing. Ellevest’s platform is unique in taking into account a woman’s longer lifespan and different salary curve, combined with her current financial picture, to construct highly-customized investment portfolios for each of her goals. Joanna leads all human resources, talent acquisition, and employee experience efforts. She has expertise in building teams, scaling culture, management and leadership coaching, talent development, and customer success. She will be sharing this expertise at Ellevate’s event, Secrets HR Professionals Will Only Tell You After a Glass of Wine.
Adrianne Haslet is a survivor of the terrorist bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, where she lost her left leg below the knee. A full-time professional ballroom dancer at the peak of her career, she became an inspiration through her positive attitude in the wake of the marathon. She has since returned to the dance floor(winning her first competition back) and has run the 2016 and 2018 Boston Marathons. She has appeared on CNN, Dancing With The Stars, and The View, among others, and was honored at the Kennedy Center Concert Against Hate by the ADL for her work against terrorism, extremism, and bigotry. Recently, she was the closing speaker for Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit.
Mai Ling Chan
Mai Ling Chan stands at the forefront of technology and exceptional services, channeling her passions into her work as co-founder and CEO of YappGuru, an online resource offering professional education from highly-respected industry thought leaders in special education and rehabilitation services. A certified speech-language pathologist, Mai Ling is a practicing clinician and consultant to public school districts, private schools, therapists, and parents in Arizona, with expertise in the areas of iPad integration in special education, speech/language services, and adult rehabilitation. She co-leads the membership team of Ellevate’s Phoenix chapter.
Iriet Schulman combines her extensive experience and finely-honed abilities in talent acquisition, talent partnership, and candidate management to contribute toward the success of employee engagement at Condé Nast. In 2016, Iriet was given the Corporate Business Accelerator Award. Having changed careers in her mid-30s, from running a women’s home in LA to placing professional talent in their dream jobs, Iriet finds her passion in helping others and guiding them on their path to success. You can see her in action at Ellevate’s upcoming event, Secrets HR Professionals Will Only Tell You After a Glass of Wine.
Financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck is the Chair of Ellevate Network. She is also CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform for women, and Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, of Smith Barney and of Sanford Bernstein. You can find her influence throughout Ellevate, but most recently, she headlined our 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she spoke both individually and in a fireside chat with Catt Sadler.
Chelsea Von Chaz
In 2015, Chelsea Von Chaz founded #HappyPeriod, a non-profit organization providing menstrual products to individuals who have low income and/or may be experiencing homelessness. Today, she helps fight the stigma surrounding menstruation. Under Chelsea’s guidance, #HappyPeriod’s philanthropic efforts have been praised by media outlets like Elite Daily, KCRW, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. She was a featured panelist at Ellevate’s 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit, where she discussed activism and advocacy.
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