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Member Spotlights.

Get to know Ellevate members — women who are leading the charge — and learn from their stories.


Madeline Schwarz

Communication + Career Coach Madeline Schwarz Coaching

I’m Madeline. I help quiet leaders speak up in a world of loud talkers and I help organizations articulate their vision in clear, concise messaging.

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Cherie Werner

Co-Founder and Chief Kindness Officer KOYA Innovations

I'm the CKO at KOYA Innovations. Currently, I'm focused on building community, research, user growth, and retention. Our vision is to be a catalyst that ends the relational poverty one connection at a time. I enjoy reading and conversing about kindness, brain health, neuroplasticity, digital health & wellness, parenting, Enneagram, and Strenght Finder. I'm a lifelong learner, educator, administrator. plus a certified Life Breakthrough Coach (2015). It brings me great joy helping others pursue their dreams and passions in life. Hobbies: Spending time with my family and others = connecting, sipping cortados, and drinking Clean-Crafted red wine.

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Kseniya Samsonik

Human Resources Coordinator Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

My name is Kseniya Samsonik. I am the Executive HR Coordinator at Quest Diagnostics. I am currently working on a Leadership Development program for Emerging Professionals. I am focused on growing my experience and knowledge in Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion. I am also working on growing my knowledge and experience in HR Analytics and Reporting.

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Angela Gillespie

Chief Operating Officer Real Chemistry

Hello wonderful women of Ellevate. My name is Angela Gillespie and I currently serve as chief operating officer of Real Chemistry, a purpose-driven global health innovation company working from the bench to the bedside to make the world a healthier place. We provide expert services in digital marketing, creative and communications, along with clinical trial, health economics and outcomes, and value, pricing and access advisory expertise – all powered by proprietary data and technology that deliver comprehensive health solutions. In my role as COO, I lead with empathy and humanity as my North Star and act as the connective tissue between my organization's people and our business operations. I'm also an evangelist for accelerating gender economic equality and advancing the role of women in leadership. I'm honored to serve as Vice Chair of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s Global Board of Directors where I work together with a cadre of amazing women to transform the healthcare industry via practices that help female talent realize their full potential. As a working mom in an executive role at an organization whose workforce comprises nearly 70 percent women, I use my voice and position to support women in staying in or returning to the workforce in full force – with a means to achieving both professional success and personal well-being.

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Diana Damyanova

Growth and Performance Coach Diana D Coaching LLC

Hello Ladies! I am a former quant, turned strategy and management consultant with experience in variety of industries, most recently financial services. After 10 years in corporate, I took the leap and left that world to start my own Growth and Performance coaching practice where I help people be Satisfied Achievers!

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Anisa Mohammed

Clinical Trial Leader II Rutgers Center for Women in Business

Hi all! I'm Anisa Mohammed and i'm originally from the Boston area, currently living in the outskirts of NYC. I'm a Pakistani-Scottish-American (closely identify with all 3 ethnicities) woman who's spent the last 9 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and life sciences consulting across various therapeutic areas including oncology, neurology and rare disease. I'm currently a Clinical Trial Leader at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where I oversee the development and execution of global early phase oncology clinical trials. In addition, I'm pursuing my Executive MBA at Rutgers Business School and a member of the class leadership team, serving as Class Vice President. I have a passion for mentoring others, giving back to society, making a difference in the lives of patients and advancing women's initiatives.

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Melissa Lawrence

Certified Career & Leadership Coach Melissa M. Lawrence Coaching

My name is Melissa Lawrence, I'm a Career Coach for STEM professionals, host the Navigating Your Career podcast, and have a long history of developing and advancing others in the pharma/biotech industry. I'm passionate about advancing women in the workplace and advocacy of marginalized groups. It's what my life's work has been about. I'm also a mom, wife, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, avid kitchen dancer, and wannabe contestant on Star Search (aka American Idol of the 80s). When I'm not dreaming of badly singing and dancing, I'm coaching people 1-1 and in groups in my program: The Career Passion Project.

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Heather Cassell (She/Her)

Content Writer/Journalist/Travel Writer Self-Employed

I am a freelance journalist working on transitioning into content writing and digital marketing. As a journalist I've covered local and international news and I've been a travel writer for more than a decade. I also have experience in being a market specialist and brand ambassador for brand name appliances, most recently I represented Coravin, a wine preservation technology system, for nearly five years.

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Meeghan Salcedo

Chief People Officer IPC Systems, Inc.

I am Meeghan Salcedo; IPC's Chief People Officer. I have extensive experience creating transformational Human Resources programs that enable business growth and strategy, with a focus on every organization’s most important asset - their people. I utilize operational problem solving and strategic business analysis to drive the entire employee life cycle to set employees up for successful careers at IPC. I work with the Executive Leadership team and partner extensively with the global organization; cultivating employee support initiatives, leading the design of learning and development programs, creating a thriving organizational culture, and driving talent development programs. I have been pivotal in launching and managing the Diversity and Inclusion program at IPC in 2018, fostering a sense of belonging among employees and creating a connected workplace.

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Melanie Hicks

Founder InPursuit

Hello Lovely Ellevate Ladies! My name is Melanie Hicks, Founder of InPursuit, a coaching and consulting firm helping people link their careers with their purpose. I have nearly two decades of experience in the education, nonprofit and social enterprise space. Over the course of my career, I have worked with over 100 clients nationwide in the areas of professional growth, career change, strategic planning, employee engagement and organizational culture. Using my custom 3E Method of Change© along with my unique style of coaching or group facilitation, I create collaborative future strategies that bring actions congruent with values and purpose. I am the author of the upcoming book Incongruent; My misaligned life and the trek to becoming congruent. Writing me first book at 10 years old, she has now been published in numerous magazines and websites including, Humanity Wine Co., The District, Doctor’s Life, Journal for Research Administration and Moc Ideja, a grassroots policy manual for lawmakers in Bosnia funded by the US Department of State.

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Morgan Martin

CEO and Founder CoApt Projects

I'm a connector. My goal is to empower the people around me by supporting them with the skills and resources they need to be successful leaders in their communities. My current focus is on the Future of Work and Reinveinting Work. I believe organizations that are decentralized and self-managed are the future, and the key to equity. I've joined this global movement and co-organize the Washington DC Chapter meetups to advocate for change.

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Tonya Davis

5th Dimensional Success Founder / Owner

I am a business strategist who helps alternative medicine and holistic health professionals to build and scale 6-Figure businesses that feel authentic and in alignment with their purpose, passion, and values.

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