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2018 Conference


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2018 Conference


 
 
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February 4th, 2018

LOCATION: ROONE ARLEDGE AUDITORIUM, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
ALFRED LERNER HALL, 2920 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10027

 
 
 

2018 Keynotes


2018 Keynotes


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Morning Keynote

 
 

Chanel DeNnis

Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Chanel is a Vice President on the New York Management Team within Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Her team oversees a group of more than one hundred Private Wealth Advisors and works with clients to implement customized investment strategies to meet their unique goals.  She joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 as an Associate on the Environment, Social and Governance team where she managed environmental policy and community partnerships on behalf of the firm.  In 2014, she assumed her current role in the Investment Management Division.

Chanel also serves as COO of the Investment Management Division Black Employee Network where she leads efforts to attract, retain and promote exceptional diverse professionals.

Prior to her career at Goldman Sachs, Chanel served as a Foreign Service Officer and worked abroad in Egypt and Sierra Leone. She earned her BA in Political Science from Temple University and holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Chanel is a volunteer for iMentor and a founding member of The iMentor Project.

 
 

AFTERNOON KeynotE

 

Melanie katzman

Founder, Katzman Consulting

Melanie Katzman has led pioneering efforts at the intersection of individual, enterprise and system change for over three decades. As the founder of Katzman Consulting, she has served as a trusted advisor to the leaders of public and private companies, family businesses, entrepreneurial and educational organizations, governmental agencies and non-profit institutions worldwide. Combining psychological expertise, global experience and business acumen she provides strategy, coaching and facilitation that enhance personal and organizational performance during periods of transition, growth or crisis.

Melanie began her career as a research scientist documenting the effect of modernization and globalization on emotional well-being in 17 emerging and developing markets. She has co-authored five books, dozens of peer reviewed articles, and helped bring the findings of non-English speaking colleagues into mainstream literature to stimulate social policy.

While living in Asia and England, Melanie built two commercial and two social enterprises (in the UK, US, and Hong Kong). Her work bridging academic and corporate worlds led to the development of competency-based predictors of future success which catalyzed inclusive and diverse recruitment and promotion programs at 6 leading global financial firms. When Melanie returned to the US in 1999, many of her international collaborators from overseas became Katzman Consulting associates, thus creating an intimate yet global consortium of advisers. In 2005, she became an early partner of the social enterprise Leaders’ Quest, which employs immersive experiential learning to develop adept influencers across sectors and different levels of society, who are capable of leading in volatile, disruptive environments with competing priorities and interconnected challenges.

A faculty member of Weill Cornell Medical School since 1987, Melanie has also been a visiting professor at the Bocconi Business School in Milan, the Henley School of Management in Henley-on-Thames, England, Kings College in London, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2001, she has been a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and most recently, she joined The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management as a Senior Fellow and is part of the joint venture team delivering Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. Melanie is the co-creator, former co-host and now frequent guest on a weekly nationally broadcast radio show called Women@Work on SiriusXM Channel 111.

A member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, she has co-chaired the committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty while serving on the advisory boards of Carleton College, the Fundação dom Cabral (Brazil’s leading executive business school), the Resolution Project (supporting social entrepreneurship for young adults) and Women’s Voices for Change (a physician-lead nonprofit providing medical information to de-stigmatize and redefine aging). Melanie holds a PhD in Psychology and is certified in the US and chartered in the UK.

Whether in the corporate boardroom, the lecture hall or a remote village, Melanie unleashes the potential of individuals and supports them in creating cultures that provoke and sustain personal and group advancement in a mutually reinforcing system. She challenges people to recognize the potency of their position and to amplify their influence with intention, purpose and joy.

 
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2018 Schedule


SCHEDULE

 

9:30am - 10:00am Registration & Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am Morning Keynote

11:00am - 12:15pm Entrepreneurship/Integrating Interruptions Panels

12:15pm - 12:45pm Lunch & Panel Networking

12:45pm - 1:30pm Afternoon Keynote

1:30pm - 2:45pm Social Responsibility/The Science Behind Trends Panels

2:45pm - 4:00pm Networking Session & Raffle

 

2018 Schedule


SCHEDULE

 

9:30am - 10:00am Registration & Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am Morning Keynote

11:00am - 12:15pm Entrepreneurship/Integrating Interruptions Panels

12:15pm - 12:45pm Lunch & Panel Networking

12:45pm - 1:30pm Afternoon Keynote

1:30pm - 2:45pm Social Responsibility/The Science Behind Trends Panels

2:45pm - 4:00pm Networking Session & Raffle

 

2018 Morning Panels


2018 Morning Panels


MORNING PANELS

Entrepreneurship Panel

Come hear Wendy Xiao Schadeck, Jessica Lin, Sarah Rizkalla, Emily Sycz and Dee Poku discuss the entrepreneurial experiences in their careers. Topics range from funding your own business to coming up with an initial idea. Additionally, there will be a discussion around finding an entrepreneurial spirit in a big company. Audience-members will leave the panel with a better understanding of entrepreneurship and how to approach the field, starting from the ground up.  

 

Prior to joining Northzone, Wendy worked at A. T. Kearney and Accenture, a time she often refers to as “speed reading for corporate America” and took away two main themes: 1. Outsiders create truly disruptive innovation, and 2. Work requires purpose. This propelled her towards the world of startups.

While studying for her MBA at Columbia, she became a mother and became deeply enthralled in the dichotomy of roles women are expected to play, without much societal support in the U.S. In pursuit of work-life integration for all parents (herself included) she founded CoHatchery, a co-working space with onsite childcare.

Currently at Northzone, she is really tuned into the human side of founding a startup and is looking for technologies that create huge societal efficiencies by dramatically and fundamentally altering human behaviour. She has spent a lot of time studying the fundamental issues in blockchain tech as well as what makes digital brands thrive.

WENDY XIAO SCHADECK

INVESTMENT MANAGER, NORTHZONE

Jessica is a Co-Founder and Partner at Work-Bench, focusing on investments in future of work and teams. Jessica previously was a Learning and Development Manager at Cisco Systems, where she worked with the Engineering org on Agile transformation, innovation and culture. Jessica is a graduate of Harvard University and developed Harvard’s first aspirational design and experiential education summer fellowship program in Cape Town, South Africa & Paris, France.

Jessica is actively involved with the education and workforce development community, as an advisor to LaGuardia Community College and a longtime GED educator.

Jessica received a BA from Harvard University in Government and African Studies.

JESSICA LIN

CO-FOUNDER, WORKBENCH

Sarah Rizkalla is the founder and editor-in-chief of New York Minute Magazine (NYMM), an online publication empowering women and promoting equality, while also shedding light on the effects of inequality around the world. NYMM began in May of 2012 as a one-woman show after Sarah left a promising Wall Street career. She now leads over 50 hardworking interns, who span the entire globe. Sarah and the New York Minute team believe that being a woman is a strength, never a deficiency, and constantly work to promote the inherent badassness of women.

She recently took new headshots but haven't received them yet. I'm attaching another photo that can be used as a place holder in the meantime, though I'm not sure she'll receive her new headshot before the event.

SARAH RIZKALLA

FOUNDER OF NEW YORK MINUTE MAGAZINE

 
 
Kara Brewer is an Associate at Oliver Wyman where she works with Financial Services and Public Sector clients to address strategic and operational issues. At Oliver Wyman, Kara has led projects with Fortune 100 banks and insurance companies, government agencies, and leading NGOs. Kara is also the founder of The Active Citizen, a social enterprise that she launched in 2016. The Active Citizen engages and educates young professionals on a range of social impact topics. Through their events, The Active Citizen builds connections and community among socially-minded individuals. Since its launch in 2016, Kara has organized over 55 events that have been attended by thousands of young professionals, and has partnered with a range of innovative organizations, including The Gates Foundation, Crisis Text Line, Kiva, among many others.

Kara Brewer is an Associate at Oliver Wyman where she works with Financial Services and
Public Sector clients to address strategic and operational issues. At Oliver Wyman, Kara has
led projects with Fortune 100 banks and insurance companies, government agencies, and
leading NGOs. Kara is also the founder of The Active Citizen, a social enterprise that she
launched in 2016. The Active Citizen engages and educates young professionals on a range
of social impact topics. Through their events, The Active Citizen builds connections and
community among socially-minded individuals. Since its launch in 2016, Kara has organized over 55 events that have been attended by thousands of young professionals, and has
partnered with a range of innovative organizations, including The Gates Foundation, Crisis Text Line, Kiva, among many others.

KARA BREWER

ASSOCIATE, OLIVER WYMAN

Dee Poku-Spalding is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential women’s leadership network. WIE connects emerging and established women leaders, and works to equip the next generation with the tools to succeed. The organization has attracted an incredible range of speakers to its global symposiums and salons, including Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, Queen Rania, Melinda Gates, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Jill Biden, Tyra Banks, Lauren Bush, Elizabeth Banks, Iman, Rosario Dawson and Christy Turlington. She is also the founder of The Other Festival, a first of its kind all female festival that showcases talented founders, makers and creators. A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures), working with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Emily Blunt and Penelope Cruz. Dee began her career in brand marketing and promotions and over the years has worked with renowned brands such as Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, Crème de la Mer, Stella Artois and London Fashion Week. Dee is a Huffington Post blogger and a contributor to Forbes. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Dee Poku-Spalding is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential women’s leadership network.
WIE connects emerging and established women leaders, and works to equip the next generation
with the tools to succeed. The organization has attracted an incredible range of speakers to its
global symposiums and salons, including Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, Queen Rania,
Melinda Gates, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Jill Biden, Tyra Banks, Lauren Bush,
Elizabeth Banks, Iman, Rosario Dawson and Christy Turlington. She is also the founder of The
Other Festival, a first of its kind all female festival that showcases talented founders, makers and
creators.
A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at
Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures), working with the likes
of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Emily Blunt
and Penelope Cruz. Dee began her career in brand marketing and promotions and over the years
has worked with renowned brands such as Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, Crème de la Mer, Stella
Artois and London Fashion Week. Dee is a Huffington Post blogger and a contributor to Forbes.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

DEE POKU

FOUNDER, WIE NETWORK

Ritu Banga is co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career initiative. She is a trustee of Marymount School, New York; serves on the Advisory Board of SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action); and is an advisor to Virtual Enterprises International, a Dept. of Education affiliated non-profit, and to the South Asia Business Association, Columbia University.

Ritu has been a guest speaker at Cornell University’s “Women, Leadership and Entrepreneurship” seminar. She has also been a speaker at various conferences at Columbia University, NYU, Vanderbilt University, and at the University of Toronto’s Rottman School of Management.

Past affiliations include: Advisory Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York; Trustee, International School of Brussels; and President, Joint Schools Association, New York. She was a board member of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (2007-11).

Ritu is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

RITU BANGA

CO-FOUNDER, ZOOMDOJO

 
 

Integrating Interruptions Panel

The business world isn’t always as well-oiled as it may seem. Business-women can be faced with diverse challenges, experiences, and changes that require minor or major adjustments to their lives in order to continue along their path. Sometimes interruptions are self-imposed and sometimes they are completely out of one’s control. Today we have a panel of three incredible women willing to discuss their career and life “interruption” and the ways in which they navigated it. These women come from diverse backgrounds and experienced diverse interruptions, however, the common denominator is the impressive methods these women used to integrate challenges and experiences. Certain interruptions can include developing families, working through business school, and changing careers. Each woman dealt with her experiences in a certain way, which led to growth and new opportunities.

 

Marcie began working with MUFG in May 2013 to build the Commodity Finance business in North America for the US Corporate Banking division. Since arriving at MUFG, Marcie has built a team of 16 professionals dedicated to the CF business. Prior to joining MUFG, Marcie was Head of Commodity Finance NA for BNP Paribas where she worked since 1979. While at BNP Paribas, Marcie developed a franchise business for Commodity Finance ultimately becoming the lead bank in the industry. She worked to lead arrange, structure and syndicate secured CF transactions; a role which continues at MUFG. Marcie is involved with Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and also serves on the board as a Director for LICADD (Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence). Originally from New York, Marcie lived in France for two years prior to joining BNPP and is fluent in French. Marcie received her bachelor’s Degree in French Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. 

MARCIE WEISS

MD & HEAD OF COMMODITY FINANCING, MUFG

Kathy Kriskey initiated the commodity investor business at the Royal Bank of Canada as the Head of Commodity Investor Solutions four years ago. She has over 20 years of commodity derivatives experience. Her primary focus is commodity indices and other structured products for asset managers, pension plans, endowments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and retail investors. In addition to her role as a Managing Director at RBC, Kathy is Co-Chair of RWomen USA, the 600+ women’s employee resource group. 

Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Kathy created the institutional Commodity Investor Business at another Canadian bank. She also initiated the investor effort within the commodities group at UBS in 2006, marketing innovative commodity investor products to a large client base. Earlier Kathy helped to promote an actively managed commodity fund at Jefferies Asset Management. 

Kathy also worked at JP Morgan and Bankers Trust in London, New York and Houston as the lead marketer of commodity derivatives for producers and consumers. Kathy began her career in finance at Oppenheimer as an analyst after graduating from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in finance. 

KATHY KRISKEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OF COMMODITY INVESTOR SOLUTIONS, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

In 2018, Kim was promoted to Director of Business to Business Strategy at Verizon Wireless after launching a new global business unit within Verizon for which she won two Stevie Business awards, the world's premier business awards.  She is an 18-year global technology sales veteran with diverse experience in nearly all areas High Tech spanning Networking, Telecom, Big Data Analytics, mobile chipsets, 4G LTE mobile infrastructure, security software, IOT, cloud, storage hardware, as well as voice, video, and data networking equipment.  Past companies include Intel, Ericsson, and Cisco as well as a Silicon Valley startup.

 

Kim earned a BA in Biology from Columbia College of Columbia University in 2000, and her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2017.

 

She has been a competitive runner since 1992, has run a sub-5 minute mile, and has completed 10 marathons.  Kim is married and has a 4-year-old son.

 

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Kim is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 18 years of success spanning security, big data analytics, IoT, computer networking, telecommunications, financial services, and private equity.  Leveraging extensive experience identifying new global revenue streams, Kim is a valuable asset for a company requiring advisory related to stagnant sales, rapid growth, or global expansion. Her broad areas of expertise include negotiations, market analysis, revenue optimization, GTM strategy, operational strategy, and cost containment. Kim excels at revenue stream development and partner relationships to build national and international brands and increase sales.

 

Throughout her executive career, Kim has held leadership positions with Verizon, Intel Corporation, Guavus Inc., Ericsson Inc., Exenet LLC, and Cisco Systems, Inc.  She just accepted a role as the leader of wireless business strategy for Verizon and prior to that, she was responsible for delivering 131% of quota within three months of launch, building a new global sales team and division for Verizon, and closing $50M of new business in three months.  An industry visionary, Kim specializes in innovative strategies to solve problems. She is an expert in Big Data analytics, partnership solutions, and talent optimization.

 

Kim won both a team and an individual Stevie Award last year.  She is a leader in customer engagement strategies devising cross-functional plans to drive sales and improve customer retention rates. In a previous role, she worked with Intel Corp and McAfee teams to provide next-generation solutions for Verizon. Kim is a leader in operational intelligence, strategic partnerships, sales processes, and competitive analysis.

Kim attained her MBA with Honors and her BA in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration both from Columbia University. As a seasoned board member, she has held positions with Elevacao Foundation, Inc.
 

KIM FISHER WARREN

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, VERIZON WIRELESS

 
 
Larissa Liburd is a strategy, marketing, growth, and partnerships professional with experience in strategic planning, facilitating marketing and social media campaigns, consulting entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures from ideation through early stage growth, writing for and editing digital/print publications, fundraising, and general business development. Currently, she works at Venture for America – a nonprofit entrepreneurship Fellowship program for recent college graduates – as their Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At VFA she tackles strategic national partnerships, recruiting and supporting Fellows from diverse backgrounds throughout the Fellowship, and advising/supporting Fellow-founded companies. Prior to VFA, Larissa was the Social Responsibility Coordinator at White & Case LLP, a global law firm. She attended Yale University, and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Larissa Liburd is a strategy, marketing, growth, and partnerships professional with experience in strategic planning, facilitating marketing and social media campaigns, consulting entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures from ideation through early stage growth, writing for and editing digital/print publications, fundraising, and general business development. Currently, she works at Venture for America – a nonprofit entrepreneurship Fellowship program for recent college graduates – as their Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At VFA she tackles strategic national partnerships, recruiting and supporting Fellows from diverse backgrounds throughout the Fellowship, and advising/supporting Fellow-founded companies. Prior to VFA, Larissa was the Social Responsibility Coordinator at White & Case LLP, a global law firm. She attended Yale University, and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

LARISSA LIBURD

MANAGER OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION, VENTURE FOR AMERICA

Carol began her career In New York at Bankers Trust Company where she specialized in private capital raising for corporate and sovereign clients. Following BT,  she was Managing Director in Tokyo for The Whitney Group, an international executive search firm. During her years in Hong Kong, she was advisor and angel investor to AsiaInfo which became the first China-based tech company to go public on the NASDQ. Since returning to New York, she has been investing and advising startups  and founded the Rattray Kimura Foundation. Carol is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bates College, The Asian Cultural Council and the Re Foundation. She is an advisory board member of the Columbia Business School's Lang Center for Entrepreneurship and South Asia Business Association, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Advisory and Cornell University Councils, The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program and Global China Connection.  Carol received a BA from Cornell University and an MIA and MBA from Columbia University.  

 

CAROL RATTRAY
MD & CO-FOUNDER, ZOOMDOJO

2018 Afternoon Panels


2018 Afternoon Panels


AFTERNOON PANELS

Social ResponsibilityPanel

Corporate social responsibility is the movement aimed at encouraging companies to realize their effects on environmental and social wellbeing. The discussion of this panel will be centered around how companies can grow and be profitable, while simultaneously making local and global social impact that is both lasting and meaningful. As the technological landscape changes, so too will the way companies can make an impact. Thus, our panelists will share opinions on the trajectory and future of social responsibility in the years ahead. This panel will also teach millennials and young adults in attendance how to be both socially responsible consumers and citizens, as the world and firms alike become increasingly socially conscious. The time for social responsibility is now, and it starts with the next generation of women leaders.

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MONA SAFABAKHSH

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, DIG INN

Exposed to design and travel from a young age, Jessica Hendricks Yee was born in Paris and grew up outside Manhattan with eyes glued to the cases in her mother’s jewelry shop. Fascinated by indigenous cultures and spirituality, she uses design as a platform to tell powerful stories and connect people to ancient wisdom and faraway places.

Hendricks Yee was selected as a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30, and invited to the White House as one of 60 young entrepreneurs to witness President Obama’s speech encouraging support of Emerging Global Entrepreneurs. Her jewelry brand The Brave Collection has been featured by Vogue, Glamour, MSNBC and Refinery29. Her new line, Zahava is set to launch 2018.

JESSICA HENDRICKS YEE

FOUNDER, BRAVE COLLECTION

Sarah Friedman Hersh is a senior analyst on Vanguard’s Investment Stewardship team, covering companies in the energy, utilities, industrials, materials, and telecommunications sectors. Sarah joined Vanguard in 2016 through the MBA leadership development program and rotated through the institutional retirement plan business and the analytics consulting group. She graduated from the Yale School of Management, where she led the Responsible Investing Group and Net Impact’s career development team. Sarah previously worked in donor development and government and external relations for UJA-Federation of New York, a philanthropy serving 4.5 million people annually. She received her BA in International Studies with concentrations in the Middle East and religion from Kenyon College.

SARAH HERSH

SENIOR INVESTMENT STEWARDSHIP ANALYST, VANGUARD

Ritu Banga is co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career initiative. She is a trustee of Marymount School, New York; serves on the Advisory Board of SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action); and is an advisor to Virtual Enterprises International, a Dept. of Education affiliated non-profit, and to the South Asia Business Association, Columbia University.

itu has been a guest speaker at Cornell University’s “Women, Leadership and Entrepreneurship” seminar. She has also been a speaker at various conferences at Columbia University, NYU, Vanderbilt University, and at the University of Toronto’s Rottman School of Management.

ast affiliations include: Advisory Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York; Trustee, International School of Brussels; and President, Joint Schools Association, New York. She was a board member of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (2007-11).

Ritu is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

RITU BANGA

CO-FOUNDER, ZOOMDOJO

 

The Science Behind Trends Panel

The Science behind Trends panel seeks to uncover the myriad of factors that contribute to making trends go viral. Pulling from the varied experiences and visions of prominent industry women Stephanie Fried, Julie DeLoca, Mallory Blair, and Dr. Fern Halper, this panel will delve deep into the inner-workings of media, branding, and advertising in cementing social phenomena. In doing so, panelists will discuss the ever-evolving role of technology in this field. Further, panelists will examine themes such as work-life, brand management and analytics, and the future of both their industry and positions. Finally, this conversation will touch on pivotal moments in each woman's career, the challenges involved in gender disparities or pay, and the evolution of brand marketing and analytics as these two elements become increasingly more valuable in everyday life.

Stephanie Fried is executive vice president of research, analytics and audience development at Condé Nast, leading custom insights, sales research, analytics, digital marketing and social/newsletter/SEO across Condé’s portfolio of brands.  Fried, who acts as co-chair of the IAB Research Council, joined Condé Nast from Discovery Communications were she was vice president, digital insights and marketing, and oversaw all research and marketing functions across the digital organization. 

Prior to Discovery Communications, Fried served as vice president, research insights and analytics at VEVO.  She has also held senior positions at NBCUniversal and BuzzBack Market Research, an online consumer market research firm. Stephanie has a BA with honors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

STEPHANIE FRIED

EXECUTIVE VP OF RESEARCH, CONDÉ NASTE

Mallory Blair is the 29-year-old CEO and cofounder of Small Girls PR, a 45-person creative agency headquartered in NY and LA. Clients of the firm range from popular startups (Rent the Runway, Outdoor Voices, TaskRabbit) to household names (GE, L'Oreal, Malala) who turn to the company for brand communications, media relations, experiential, and influencer marketing. The team is known for engineering viral campaigns and their tight-knit company culture, traveling on #SGPRetreats together and hosting annual spirit weeks. BuzzFeed has called SGPR "one of the most successful boutique PR firms."

 

Mallory cofounded the agency upon graduating college and has since graced lists such as Forbes 30 under 30, Marie Claire's Top Young Guns, Business Insider's Top 50 PRs, BuzzFeed's Top Role Models for 20-Somethings, PR Week's Innovation 50 and her mother's fridge. 

Mallory is also hiring for entry-level roles. Apply at http://smallgirlspr.com/#careers-section

MALLORY BLAIR

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, SMALL GIRLS PR

Julie is an innovative marketer, storyteller and brand builder with expertise in retail, luxury, fashion, tech and beauty marketing and advertising. Via her consultancy, LOCA Marketing, Julie enables brands and start-ups to tell their stories to consumers, investors and customers. Before launching LOCA, Julie developed ad campaigns for global luxury brands and mass-market companies at agencies on both coasts, she was president of MODCO Creative and built successful teams at Gotham, AR NY, Roberts + Langer DDB and FCB SF. Julie led the marketing departments at Rebecca Minkoff and Eli Tahari, two of the most inspired and growth-oriented accessories and apparel brands. In addition to championing brands through LOCA Marketing, Julie mentors companies within the retail and fashion-tech space via The New York Fashion Tech Lab and Springboard Enterprises. She speaks about fashion-tech, women’s entrepreneurship and the future of retail. Julie is the mother of two young entrepreneurs, Olivia @Whistlingbaker and Ray the Sneakerhead.

JULIE DELOCA

FOUNDER, LOCA MARKETING

Dr. Fern Halper, TDWI VP and Senior Research Director for Advanced Analytics, has
over twenty-five years of experience in data analysis, business analysis, and strategy
development. She is a recognized expert in the field of analytics and has authored
hundreds of reports and articles on data mining and information technology. She is
frequently quoted on the subject in the press. Prior to joining TDWI, Fern was a Partner
at Hurwitz & Associates, an industry analyst firm where she focused her research
primarily on analytics and cloud computing. She also spent eight years at Bell
Laboratories leading the development of innovative approaches and systems to analyze
data for AT&T marketing and business teams. Fern has taught at both Bentley College
and Colgate University. She is the co-author of numerous Dummies publications
including Cloud Computing for Dummies, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies and Big Data for
Dummies (Wiley Publishing). Fern received her BA from Colgate University and her
Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

FERN HALPER

VP & SENIOR DIRECTOR, TDWI RESEARCH

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2018 Conference Volunteers


2018 Conference Volunteers


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Conference Committee

Alexandria Parkhurst

Claire Mildren

Clare MacNamara

Courtney Heller

Hannah Ko

Helena Lustig

Jennifer Harchut

Jessica Ling Yan

Jessica Ye Seul Kim

Julienne Jeong

Lauren Zahm

Lilly Kallman

Melanie Pfetsch

Nicole Ho Nig Chong

Paige Berlin

Riya Desai

Salome Tkebuchava

Shambhavi Chadha

Sharon Kavjian

Sharon Zhang

Sheri Weingarten

Tess Kim

Thu Hai Pham

Victoria Yang

Vivian Liu

Yoon Hyun Kim

External initiatives committee

Caroline Jobson

Alana Anderson

Isabella Monaco

Eva Steinman

Jas Singh

Maria Avila-Franklin

Kavya Tewari

marketing committee

Erinn Lee

Paraskevi Xenophontos

Yijun Xia

Natalie Voll

Gianna Raimo

Rebecca Zhou

Hannah Russell

Nicole Rebecca Scheck

Amee Assad

Susanna Scarlatti

Pallavi Chintam

Ciara O'Muicheataigh

Theadora Lamprecht

Madison Murphy

Carolyn Mann

Amy Zhang

Genices Batista Inoa

Angela Liu

Olivia Grace Contratto

Sophie Battat

membership committee

Kiana Mendes

Michelle Anglin

Nichas Sophonpanich

Kriti Kumar

Sanam Jalinous

Nia Marie Coke

Katherine (Katie) Berdy

Marsye Suppiger

Gabrielle (Gabby) Lewis