Kathy Baird   Managing Director, Content & Social  Ogilvy   Kathy serves as the Managing Director of Content & Social, North America at Ogilvy. Kathy oversees large integrated programs that incorporate digital and social channels across the disciplines of consumer marketing, reputation management, public relations, and advertising. Her client experience at Ogilvy includes integrated strategy for Five Guys, Medela, MetLife, Intel, State Street, McGraw Hill Education, Mozilla Firefox, CSL Behring, Merck, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BP, DuPont, Cree, Motorola, UN Foundation and USAID among others. She also sits on the board and serves on the Executive Committee of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), and is the chair of the PR Council’s New Media Committee. She is a recent recipient of ColorComm’s Circle Award, 2017, championing women of color in the marketing and communications industry, and also the Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Professional Network at Ogilvy.  Prior to joining Ogilvy, Kathy worked at FleishmanHillard where she led the integrated marketing team and some of the agency’s largest global integrated accounts. Her client list included Visa, Inc. where she led digital marketing and reputation initiatives across consumer, small business and corporate audiences a trade association-based issues campaign for the snack foods industry and a $20m paid media program for an energy association. Additional clients included Frito-Lay, Bloomberg, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sandoz, National Confectioners Association, Federal Trade Commission, Smithsonian Institute and Saudi Aramco among others. She also worked at Mindshare Interactive Campaigns where she led digital strategy programs for Easter Seals, Human Rights Campaign, UNICEF, Georgetown University, Pfizer and Novartis. Her work has earned several awards, including the Cannes PR Lion Shortlist Award, American Marketing Association M Award, the Pollie Award, and the Addy Award. Kathy has also held global positions at several telecommunications companies, including MCI, WorldCom, UUNET, and WorldSpace, where she managed and executed large-scale branding and online marketing programs. These included digital crisis communications through the WorldCom bankruptcy, the development of corporate digital strategy and several large global rebranding initiatives, including the rebrand of WorldCom to MCI.  Kathy is the co-founder of The Unified Scene Theater, an improv comedy studio in  Washington, DC. She is also a Board Member Emeritus of Story District, a Washington, DC based storytelling organization. Kathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from  The George Washington University, and an International Master’s in Business  Administration from Georgetown University. Kathy has been an adjunct professor for Digital Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communications and Leadership at Georgetown University for the Public Relations and Corporate Communications Graduate School, creating the school’s first digital strategy curriculum and teaching classes at the University since 2008. Kathy is Lakota/Oneida, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of Indians and a member of the Native American Journalists Association. She studied theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. In her spare time she enjoys music, storytelling, improv comedy and fitness activities.

Kathy Baird

Managing Director, Content & Social
Ogilvy

Session - Fostering Inclusive Conversations

Kathy serves as the Managing Director of Content & Social, North America at Ogilvy. Kathy oversees large integrated programs that incorporate digital and social channels across the disciplines of consumer marketing, reputation management, public relations, and advertising.

       Yanit Balachew   Brand Manager  Nutricia    Yanit Belachew is the Brand Manager for products covering Rare Metabolic Disorders at Nutricia North America, the medical division of Danone. She fell in love with brand marketing while completing a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Her career spans multiple industries from medical marketing, CPG and federal consulting during her time with Booz Allen Hamilton. In her spare time, Yanit serves on the board of directors and volunteers as the Director of Communications for Your Ethiopian Professionals, a local NGO created to Ethiopian professionals transition their careers to the US market. When she's not in a marketing role, she loves to travel, run and and get her hands dirty with DIY projects.

Yanit Balachew

Brand Manager
Nutricia

Session - Fostering Inclusive Conversations

Yanit Belachew is the Brand Manager for products covering Rare Metabolic Disorders at Nutricia North America, the medical division of Danone. She fell in love with brand marketing while completing a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

       Nilam Patel Borrelli   Engineering Fellow  Raytheon Company - Space Airborne Systems   Nilam Borrelli   is an Engineering Fellow at Space Airborne Systems, within Integrated Communications System business supporting Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) product line with a revenue of approximately $200M per year.  IFF product lines serves US and international armed forces market.  Nilam received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Masters in Engineering from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.  Nilam joined Allied Signal as a Patriot Fuze Test Engineer. After 5 year, she took a 7 year sabbatical from engineering to raise her children.  During this time Nilam consulted as an engineer and ran a successful small business. She reentered the engineering work force as a digital design engineer and has recently been promoted to Engineering Fellow.  Nilam is a technical expert in the digital design and system architecture of Identification Friend or Foe systems. With extensive experience in Field Programmable Gate Arrays in the area of Fuzing, Combat Identification and Civil Air Traffic Control, she has provided valuable leadership and innovative solutions in the pursuit of next-generation common architecture for the IFF product line. She has been nominated by mentees for successfully advancing their careers at Raytheon, and received Mentor Appreciation Awards for each of the last three years. She promotes science and technology to high school students through community STEM programs and is a proactive role model for middle and high school minority and female students who are considering an engineering career.  Outside of work, Nilam enjoys cooking, cycling and skiing with her family.  Nilam resides with her family in Towson MD.   

Nilam Patel Borrelli

Engineering Fellow
Raytheon Company - Space Airborne Systems

Session - Salary Negotiations

Nilam Borrelli is an Engineering Fellow at Space Airborne Systems, within Integrated Communications System business supporting Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) product line with a revenue of approximately $200M per year.  IFF product lines serves US and international armed forces market.

       Jen Dalton   CEO  Brand Mirror   Jen Dalton has 15 years’ experience in brand strategy. In 2012, she launched BrandMirror, becoming a certified master personal brand strategist. In 2016, Jen published The Intentional Entrepreneur, a bestselling book that shares her process for building your personal brand as an entrepreneur. She has spoken to and coached thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs about how to stand out. She is an international speaker, working with the Navy, GE, IBM, Capital One, 1776, and more.

Jen Dalton

CEO
Brand Mirror

Session - Entrepreneurship

Jen Dalton has 15 years’ experience in brand strategy. In 2012, she launched BrandMirror, becoming a certified master personal brand strategist. In 2016, Jen published The Intentional Entrepreneur, a bestselling book that shares her process for building your personal brand as an entrepreneur.

       Debbie Feinberg   CFO  PFF LLC   Debbie Feinberg has 20 years of experience in financial, human resources, and business processes. She started her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP. She then moved to Arthur Andersen LLP in the role of Operations Manager for the Risk Consulting practices in the Mid-Atlantic region. After that, she served as Director of Operations for Internosis, Inc. Most recently, she has worked as a consultant focusing on human resources, strategy, and implementation projects, including serving as interim COO/CFO for several organizations. Currently she is CFO of PFF, LLC, a $40 million private lending company which specializes in providing working capital to government contractors.  Debbie earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland Honors Program. She also has her Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification. She serves on the board at Temple Rodef Shalom and is an active alum with the QUEST Program at the University of Maryland.

Debbie Feinberg

CFO
PFF LLC

Session - Executive Perspectives

Debbie Feinberg has 20 years of experience in financial, human resources, and business processes. She started her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP. She then moved to Arthur Andersen LLP in the role of Operations Manager for the Risk Consulting practices in the Mid-Atlantic region.

       Emily Golenberg   Director, M&A Integration / Separation Advisory (ISA) Practice  KPMG   Emily is a Director in KPMG’s M&A Integration / Separation Advisory (ISA) practice, based in San Francisco. Emily has over 14 years of experience in strategy, corporate and business development, operations and IT project management, in both corporate and advisory settings. During the past 6+ years, Emily has worked for both the US and UK practices providing transaction related services including buy-side integration, carve-out separation, strategy, due diligence and project finance advisory support to corporate and private equity clients, primarily in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.  Before joining KPMG, Emily spent four years at a London-based healthcare start-up where she was a member of the original management team.  She holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Golenberg

Director, M&A Integration / Separation Advisory (ISA) Practice
KPMG

Session - Salary Negotiations

Emily is a Director in KPMG’s M&A Integration / Separation Advisory (ISA) practice, based in San Francisco. Emily has over 14 years of experience in strategy, corporate and business development, operations and IT project management, in both corporate and advisory settings.

       Rob Gormly   Partner  PwC   Rob is a partner with PwC and has over 20 years of experience specializing in Capital Markets, Banking, and Investment Management with a focus on Governance, Risk and Compliance issues and its associated technology. He has deep industry experience with financial services firms, having spent time on the fixed income trading floor, back office, and technology organizations in several managerial positions.  At his core, Rob is an innate problem solver who can often see a path to success where others cannot. He continues to bring these skills to help many organizations tackle very difficult and high profile problems, such as assisting in the bank bail outs during the financial crisis, or recovering from a significant rogue trading incident.  Rob’s thirst for life has led him across the world and across the nation in his travels. He has trekked in the jungles of Indonesia to see firsthand an orangutan with her baby. He is also methodically working his way through visiting every major league baseball stadium in North America with one of his teenage sons.  Rob has spent the last 10+ years at PwC focusing on helping his clients envision and “make real” the next evolution of performance and risk management. He is passionate about a future where the use of information will transform how businesses identify and manage their risks. This transformation is already being felt at his clients both within their business units as well as within their risk functions like enterprise and operational risk management (ERM and ORM). A big part of what makes Rob successful navigating this difficult transformation is his ability to find a practical approach to change. The combination of his hands on experience gained in the years he worked in a multitude of positions in the FS industry, coupled with his consulting experience and innate problem solving capability has led to a string of successful work and happy clients.

Rob Gormly

Partner
PwC

Session - Men as Allies

Rob is a partner with PwC and has over 20 years of experience specializing in Capital Markets, Banking, and Investment Management with a focus on Governance, Risk and Compliance issues and its associated technology. He has deep industry experience with financial services firms, having spent time on the fixed income trading floor, back office, and technology organizations in several managerial positions.

       Alexandra Gurney   Principal, Government and Public Sector  EY   Alexandra (Alex) Gurney is a Principal in EY’s Government and Public Sector based in Tysons, VA. She has been in the consulting business for over 20 years and brings specialization in strategy, business transformation, and performance management. She joined EY in 2011 to help expand the firm’s footprint in the Federal government market and currently leads several accounts within the Civilian Agency sector.  She resides in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters.

Alexandra Gurney

Principal, Government and Public Sector
EY

Session - Supporting Working Partnerships and Families

Alexandra (Alex) Gurney is a Principal in EY’s Government and Public Sector based in Tysons, VA. She has been in the consulting business for over 20 years and brings specialization in strategy, business transformation, and performance management.

       Jennifer Heflin   Senior Manager  Accenture   Jenny Heflin is a member of Accenture’s Health & Public Service (H&PS) Leadership Team. As part of this role, Jenny leads business development efforts and projects across Accenture’s Health, Nonprofit, Education and State and Local Government clients. Jenny is committed to furthering the mission and vision of Accenture’s clients and passionate about assembling high performing teams to achieve those outcomes.    Jenny is a proud double Hoya, having attended Georgetown University for both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  She is committed to inspiring and developing female leaders and co-authored an article in Forbes titled,  If you want to be the boss, don’t act like the secretary . Outside of work, Jenny enjoys going to local parks, museums and sporting events with her husband, Dan, and two-year old daughter, Elise.

Jennifer Heflin

Senior Manager
Accenture

Session - Men as Allies

Jenny Heflin is a member of Accenture’s Health & Public Service (H&PS) Leadership Team. As part of this role, Jenny leads business development efforts and projects across Accenture’s Health, Nonprofit, Education and State and Local Government clients.

       Katelin Kennedy   Senior Program Manager, Sustainability   Amazon   Katelin is a Senior Program Manager on the Sustainability team at Amazon where she works with private label businesses to monitor working conditions in Amazon’s supply chains. Prior to joining Amazon, Katelin spent five years on the sustainability team at Hilton Hotels where she published the company’s first sustainability report and developed global strategies for waste reduction and responsible sourcing. Katelin started her career working on local economic development projects in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Katelin holds an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Katelin Kennedy

Senior Program Manager, Sustainability
Amazon

Session - Salary Negotiations

Katelin is a Senior Program Manager on the Sustainability team at Amazon where she works with private label businesses to monitor working conditions in Amazon’s supply chains. Prior to joining Amazon, Katelin spent five years on the sustainability team at Hilton Hotels where she published the company’s first sustainability report and developed global strategies for waste reduction and responsible sourcing.

       Allison Koester   Assistant Professor of Accounting  Georgetown University   Dr. Allison Koester is an assistant accounting professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she conducts research on corporate taxation and financial reporting. She has published scholarly articles in  The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science ,  Review of Accounting Studies , and the  Journal of the American Taxation Association.  Her research been featured in the  Wall Street Journal , the  Huffington Post ,  Inside Investor Relations , and  Tax Notes , and she has been invited to present her research at more than 40 academic institutions and conferences.  Koester was selected as one of the 2016 “40-under-40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors” by  Poets & Quants , and was featured in the Financial Times’ 2014 ‘Women in Business’ series. Koester is the 2014 recipient of the McDonough School of Business’ Ronald L. Smith Distinguished Service Award. Koester teaches financial reporting and analysis to all first-year daytime MBA students (≈275/year) at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.  Koester received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, a Master of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Arizona (summa cum laude with honors). Prior to entering academia, she was a senior tax associate in KPMG, LLP’s Washington National Tax office and a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia (currently inactive). She can be reached at  allison.koester@georgetown.edu .   

Allison Koester

Assistant Accounting Professor
Georgetown University

Session - Supporting Working Partnerships and Families

Dr. Allison Koester is an assistant accounting professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she conducts research on corporate taxation and financial reporting. Her research has been published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.

       Christine Kuppens   Principal Consultant  Korn Ferry   Christine Kuppens is a member of the Korn Ferry Talent Management and Leadership Development Consulting Team, based in the Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Kuppens possesses over twenty years’ professional experience in talent strategy, talent acquisition, leadership development, strategic account management and leadership roles. Her work includes leading client and account management for large, complex executive and professional recruitment programs, as well as, leadership development programs. She works seamlessly across the private and public sectors including client work in Life Sciences, Financial Services, and Cyber Security.  Ms. Kuppens also enjoys coaching leaders to accelerate their success through leadership transitions. Her coaching experience includes working with senior executives, high potentials preparing for the next level, and military leaders transitioning to private sector leadership positions. She is certified in multiple 360° assessments, as well as, leadership potential, team, interview, learning agility and strategic effectiveness assessments.  Ms. Kuppens is an experienced account and client development leader adept at facilitating strategic and productive outcomes at all levels of the organization. Preceding her work at Korn Ferry, Ms. Kuppens was a senior executive in a variety of strategic programming roles in the entertainment sector including leadership roles at National Geographic Channel and Discovery Communications.  Ms. Kuppens holds both a Master of Business Administration degree and an Executive Organization Development certificate from Georgetown University. Additionally, she has served a three-year term with the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Alumni Advisory Council. Ms. Kuppens earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and political science from Boston College, summa cum laude.

Christine Kuppens

Principal Consultant
Korn Ferry

Session - Executive Perspectives

Christine Kuppens is a member of the Korn Ferry Talent Management and Leadership
Development Consulting Team, based in the Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Kuppens possesses over twenty years’ professional experience in talent strategy, talent acquisition, leadership development, strategic account management and leadership roles.

       Karima Ladhani   Founder and CEO  Barakat Bundle   Founder and CEO, Karima Ladhani is committed to ending the injustice of preventable child and maternal mortality in South Asia. Ladhani is a Doctor of Science candidate in Global Health & Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, from which she also holds a Master of Science. Ladhani has made contributions to global health through her research and implementation work in countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and Tajikistan. Prior to Harvard, Ladhani’s nontraditional path to public health began by obtaining bachelors in Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo.  Venture: Barakat Bundle is a nonprofit that provides life-saving bundles to mothers and newborns in South Asia. We take 1) low-cost, evidence-based health items that target causes of preventable infant mortality; 2) curated health information that teaches safe childcare practices; and 3) package them together in an innovative, demand-generating bamboo cradle.  Website:  http://barakatbundle.org/    

Karima Ladhani

Founder and CEO
Barakat Bundle

Session - Entrepreneurship

Founder and CEO, Karima Ladhani is committed to ending the injustice of preventable child and maternal mortality in South Asia. Ladhani is a Doctor of Science candidate in Global Health & Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, from which she also holds a Master of Science.

       Susan Lavington   CMO and COO  HR Certification Institute (HRCI)   Susan Lavington has 20 years of marketing experience with major consumer companies as well as start-ups. Susan started her marketing career by launching the first online booking engine for usairways.com. She then moved on to lead the marketing effort that built usatoday.com into one of the top national news websites and was promoted to the first SVP of marketing for USA TODAY, overseeing the entire portfolio of products – print, online and mobile. After 11 years with USA TODAY, Susan took her knowledge of the evolving publishing industry to lead marketing for Sterling Publishing, a book publisher that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes and Noble, where she revamped Sterling’s marketing strategy, resulting in significant digital and retail sales growth.  After many years with big companies, Susan decided that she wanted to apply her entrepreneurial instincts to smaller companies in high-growth mode. This interest led her to take the role as the first CMO for Carr Workplaces, a national provider of shared office space for small to medium-sized businesses. In this role, Susan reimagined Carr Workplaces’ marketing strategy, placing a heavy emphasis on digital marketing, which drove significant growth in the business. Susan then joined FedBid (a Revolution Growth company) where she successfully launched their new Commercial division and flagship website, B2Buy.com.  In 2015, Susan decided to leave corporate life and launched her own consulting business. As the Founder and President of Lavington Strategies, Susan lends her expertise to companies who need help through a transformation. The engagements are long-term, so that she can become a part of the team, which allows her to transform the business operations as well as the culture. Her goal is to leave her clients in a place where the transformation is successful, the team is engaged, trained and able to maintain success. Her engagements include roles as the Interim CMO at George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies, Interim CMO at HR Certification Institute, and as a Strategic Advisor to New York Career Institute, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Environics Communications.  Susan received her B.A from Rice University with a double-major in Economics and English and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, and four children.   

Susan Lavington

CMO and COO
HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

Session - Executive Perspectives

Susan Lavington has 20 years of marketing experience with major consumer companies as well as start-ups. Susan started her marketing career by launching the first online booking engine for usairways.com. She then moved on to lead the marketing effort that built usatoday.com into one of the top national news websites and was promoted to the first SVP of marketing for USA TODAY.

       Timothy Lewis   2nd Year MBA Student  Georgetown University   Timothy Lewis is a 2nd year MBA candidate at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business pursuing a career in real estate private equity. This summer, he interned in Hatch’s Urban Solutions team in New York City as a Real Estate Development and Finance consultant. Prior to attending Georgetown, Tim worked for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon and the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Mexico. Tim started his began his career at Jones Lang LaSalle where he served as a tenant representative for federal agencies and financial analyst advising the U.S. Army on a public-private partnership for military housing. Tim holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business from Howard University and lives in Bowie, MD with his wife Erika and their three children.

Timothy Lewis

2nd Year MBA Student
Georgetown University

Session - Supporting Working Partnerships and Families

Timothy Lewis is a 2nd year MBA candidate at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business pursuing a career in real estate private equity. This summer, he interned in Hatch’s Urban Solutions team in New York City as a Real Estate Development and Finance consultant. Prior to attending Georgetown, Tim worked for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon and the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Mexico.

       Fiona Macaulay   Partner  Powerhouse Women   Fiona Macaulay learned about the challenges women face in the professional world when she launched her own international development company at the age of 26. It was trial by fire—she was often the only woman in meetings and typically the youngest, sometimes by twenty years. She navigated ups and downs and was able to achieve her vision of increasing economic opportunities for others. She helped over ten million people in some 60 countries—especially disadvantaged youth and women—gain access to education, finance and business mentorship before selling what had become a multimillion-dollar company, and thriving social enterprise, in 2016. Now with her founding of Powerhouse Women, Fiona has committed herself to supporting other female leaders and change-makers navigate interpersonal power dynamics with increased agility, communicate effectively and negotiate with confidence  as they pursue their own unique visions. Fiona also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where she works with undergraduates, MBA students and others launching start-ups and growing their businesses.  www.Powerhouse-Women.com   @F_Macaulay  @TweetWithPowerH

Fiona Macaulay

Partner
Powerhouse Women

Session - Salary Negotiations

Fiona Macaulay learned about the challenges women face in the professional world when she launched her own international development company at the age of 26. It was trial by fire—she was often the only woman in meetings and typically the youngest, sometimes by twenty years.

       Cady North   Founder and CEO  North Financial Advisors   Cady North is an entrepreneur, investment advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. She comes from a family of small business owners and learned to balance a business checkbook at the age of 13. Now she uses her knowledge and experience to help new entrepreneurs succeed. She founded North Financial Advisors in 2015 after a career as an analyst in the financial services industry.  North Financial specializes in helping women find personal financial freedom and become financially ready to start businesses. In her spare time, Cady provides free financial literacy talks to the public. Her work has been featured in Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and Forbes. She has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.  www.northfinancialadvisors.com   

Cady North

Founder and CEO
North Financial Advisors

Session - Entrepreneurship

Cady North is an entrepreneur, investment advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. She comes from a family of small business owners and learned to balance a business checkbook at the age of 13. Now she uses her knowledge and experience to help new entrepreneurs succeed.

       Ellen Patterson   Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer  Everfi   Ellen Patterson is the Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer of EVERFI, a leading education technology company focused on teaching learners of all ages the critical skills that life and work demand.  A former educator, Ellen has over two decades of business development and operations experience in both Fortune 500 and start-up environments. Following an early career teaching and mentoring at-risk youth in Gulf Coast, Boston, and San Francisco schools, Ellen began her business career in Silicon Valley at the height of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. In 2001, Ellen joined AOL, where she ran several business lines and incubated consumer products as they took their online form – photos, video, ecommerce and app stores – shaping how we use them today.  Ellen arrived at EVERFI in 2012 and developed the company’s first customer success organization, which has grown to serve several thousand customers today. As Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer, she has overseen the organization through two years of 50%+ year-over-year revenue growth, elevating the company’s profile to help secure over $230 million in new funding during her tenure.  Ellen is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, Psychology), Notre Dame/U. Of Portland (MA, Teaching) and Boston College (MA, Counseling Psychology). She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and as a Director on multiple education-focused and non-profit boards.

Ellen Patterson

Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer
Everfi

Session - Executive Perspectives

Ellen Patterson is the Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer of EVERFI, a leading education
technology company focused on teaching learners of all ages the critical skills that life and
work demand.

       Marisa Porzig   Manager, Vendor Management for Bedding & Bath  Amazon   Marisa Porzig is currently the Manager, Vendor Management for Bedding & Bath at Amazon. In nearly four years at Amazon, Marisa has taken on a variety of roles within Amazon's North American Retail business. Prior to joining Amazon, Marisa worked in strategic planning at PetSmart after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009. Prior to business school, she worked in non-profit. Marisa is a Hoya at heart, having earned her BSFS at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 2002.

Marisa Porzig

Manager, Vendor Management for Bedding & Bath
Amazon

Session - Supporting Working Partnerships and Families

Marisa Porzig is currently the Manager, Vendor Management for Bedding & Bath at Amazon. In nearly four years at Amazon, Marisa has taken on a variety of roles within Amazon's North American Retail business. Prior to joining Amazon, Marisa worked in strategic planning at PetSmart after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009.

       Laura Morgan Roberts   Teaching Professor of Management  Georgetown University   Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, and leadership and career development as a faculty affiliate of University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, and AVT (Copenhagen). Laura is a co-founder of RPAQ Solutions, Inc., a research and consulting firm that brings strength-based practices to leaders who seek extraordinary performance and personal fulfillment.  Laura’s research examines how leaders cultivate positive identities in diverse work organizations. She has published research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves in workplaces and communities. Her publications, “How to Play to your Strengths” and “Creating a Positive Professional Image” are among the most popular articles from Harvard Business Publishing and have been featured in several media outlets. Laura is an editor of Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity-building and Inclusion (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson) and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation (with Jane Dutton). Her forthcoming books include: Leadership, Race, and Work (with David Thomas) and Seven Conversations (we should be having) about Diversity, Inclusion and Positive Organizing (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson). She is currently a Visiting Scholar of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative, researching the influence of African American business leaders. Laura earned a BA in Psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and an MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Laura Morgan Roberts

Teaching Professor of Management
Georgetown University

Session - Fostering Inclusive Conversations

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change.