Angela Lee, Assistant Dean, Columbia Business School
Angela Lee is Assistant Dean at Columbia Business School where she teaches strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship courses. She is also the founder of 37 Angels, an organization that evaluates 2000 startups annually and teaches women how to angel invest through a month long bootcamp.
Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business Network and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and Alley Watch named her as one of 100 NYC Tech Influencers You Need to Know.
Ariam Mogos, Education Innovation Specialist, UNICEF Office of Innovation
Ariam Mogos is an Education Innovation Specialist with the UNICEF Office of Innovation. She was previously Director of Online Leadership Programs for Global Kids, a non-profit educational organization focused on global citizenship, digital learning and youth development. Prior to that she led the implementation of mobile and web based technologies for problem-based learning across Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa, the State Department’s TechGirls MENA program and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology. She received her masters degree from Columbia University in Human Rights and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Brinda Ganguly, Managing Director of Capital, Living Cities
Brinda Ganguly is Managing Director of Capital at Living Cities. She was previously a Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s Program Related Investments (PRI) portfolio; this portfolio of loans, equity investments and guarantees have been made to address social challenges and generate financial returns. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Ms. Ganguly was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Corporate Bank, where she provided corporate finance solutions to healthcare clients. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Soros Foundation, originating and executing PRIs, and at Charles River Associates as an economic consultant. Ms. Ganguly serves on the Executive Committee of Mission Investors Exchange, an organization that promotes impact investing, and on the Board of Neighbors Together, an anti-poverty organization in east Brooklyn. Ms. Ganguly received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Cara Berkowitz, Senior Director of Government Relations, The Jewish Board
Cara Berkowitz is the Senior Director of Government Relations at The Jewish Board, the largest non-profit social services provider in New York City. She raised over $2 million dollars last year from her lobbying efforts at City Hall and in Albany and has a strong background in behavioral and health policy. Cara has published several articles on the topic of public health and policy reform and is a guest lecturer at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received her Juris Doctor from Washington College of Law, American University. In her free time, she likes to travel internationally and conduct genealogical research.
Carlotta M. Arthur, Director, Henry Luce Foundation
Carlotta M. Arthur, Ph.D., is the Director of the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program, the nation’s most significant source of private support for women in STEM in higher education. Diversity, philanthropy, education, and health are Carlotta’s passions. Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, she directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and Diversity Initiatives at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Carlotta earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and worked for ten years in industry before completing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a W.K. Kellogg post-doctoral fellowship in health disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is as adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth and owner of Tranquility Psychological Services, PLLC, a consulting firm.
Giorgia Favaretto-Illig is Chief Operating Officer of Leopard Solution. She was previously Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Practical Law at Thomson Reuters Legal. Giorgia started at Practical Law in 2008 where she built the marketing operation and demand generation engine that was directly responsible for the successful launch of Practical Law in the US Legal market. After the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters in 2013, Giorgia became the head of both the Product Marketing and Operation teams for Practical Law and Legal Ed.
Prior to Thomson Reuters, Giorgia worked in the dot-com and software industries leading digital marketing projects as well as software development, analytics and data projects. Giorgia was born and raised in Venice Italy where she attended the University of Venice and graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Giorgia has lived and worked in Italy, the South of France, California, and now New York City.
Erica Frontiero, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Carlyle Global Credit, The Carlyle Group
Erica Frontiero is Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Carlyle Global Credit, The Carlyle Group. She was previously a Managing Director in Capital Markets at Antares Capital, formerly a division of GE Capital. With over 15 years in leveraged finance, Erica raises debt capital for corporations and private equity clients; structuring, selling and trading, commercial loans, across a spectrum of industries to investors including, banks, hedge funds, pension funds and other financial institutions. Erica previously worked as an Account Executive at NBC Universal where she created and sold advertising and sponsorship campaigns nationwide. She began her professional career at Banc of America Securities, now Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in leveraged finance, in New York and London. Erica holds a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University and is an active volunteer with Dress for Success and is President Emeritus of Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success) an executive fundraising and volunteer platform of Dress for Success and was featured in ForbesWoman magazine for her efforts. Erica is also a member of the inaugural class of the Pipeline Fellowship, which aims to increase the number of women angel investors and social entrepreneurs in the US.
Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, Presidential Leadership Scholar, Journalist and Content Specialist
Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker was most recently the Deputy Editor at Billboard, the world’s leading music news and entertainment content brand. For three years she oversaw breaking news, produced celebrity cover stories and feature franchises and managed lifestyle coverage across platforms. Her politics coverage has included securing exclusive content and interviews with President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. Isabel also launched the popular Style channel on Billboard.com, which includes celebrity lifestyle video franchises; she co-produced other video programs including the official Grammy red carpet live stream (viewed 9M times); she executed revenue-generating content partnerships with adjacent brands; and she appeared frequently on national television on behalf of Billboard. Prior to Billboard, Isabel was the features editor at InStyle, the leading women’s lifestyle and celebrity content brand, where she wrote and produced celebrity cover stories (including Beyoncé and Britney Spears), fashion features and philanthropy franchises across platforms. She also oversaw and produced five InStyle books and the brand’s monthly commercials. Isabel was previously the Editor in Chief of Tu Vida, a Latin women’s lifestyle publication for Hearst Magazines and before that she was Special Projects Editor at Teen People. Isabel is the co-author of the award-winning cookbook Latin Chic (HarperCollins) and has appeared on Iron Chef America twice as a judge. Isabel is Cuban American and a graduate of Tulane University. She has written numerous culture and lifestyle articles for Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post among other national outlets. Isabel is in this year’s class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership program created by the Clinton, Bush, Johnson Presidential Centers that nurtures social impact projects, which in her case is the establishment of the first Hispanic park in Georgia: the Sara J. González Memorial Park.
Justine Bloome is the Chief Strategy Officer of VaynerMedia. She was previously EVP, Head of Innovation and Strategy for media agency Carat in the USA. In 2010, Justine was the Founder of a dynamic collective of marketing and advertising experts called The Village Agency in her native home of Australia. Justine sold her business in 2014 to move to New York and further her career. Since joining Carat, Justine has established the Catalyst group – a multi-disciplined group of communications, content, creative and technology specialists. Justine has over 20 years experience in digital, brand and content strategy.
Neha Gandhi is COO and Editor in Chief of Girlboss. In her last position, she was the Vice President of Editorial Strategy at Refinery29, one of the largest global media companies focused on millennial women. She has previously held posts at Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, LHJ.com and More.com. In her life as a magazine editor, you could find her doing anything from shooting home décor stories to writing cover stories and producing b-roll on movie sets. Her work has appeared in Foam, In Style, Women’s Health, and ReadyMade, but her favorite byline of all time remains an interview with Donald Trump, from her first internship at People. She holds a BA in English literature from Princeton University — and harbors a fondness for em dashes along with a very real antipathy to emoticons.
Paula Glickenhaus, Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing, Bacardi Martini Inc
Paula Glickenhaus is currently the Vice President of Global Sourcing at the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world: Bacardi Martini Inc. Paula a native of Colombia, is a senior executive with global perspective adquired during multiple experiences in consumer products (Colgate and Mondelez) and media (Viacom – parent company of Paramount and Nickelodeon) companies before joining Bacardi in the summer of 2015. Paula has been fortunate to have had a cross functional career in the fields of Procurement, Supply Chain, IT and Finance while maintaining a solid track record of consistently exceeding corporate goals through strategic planning, business expansion, change and project management execution. Paula holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, and is a regular yoga and mediation practitioner.
Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw
Yasmin Green is Director of Research and Development for Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Alphabet Inc. focused on solving global security challenges through technology. Yasmin was previously Head of Strategy and Operations for Google Ideas. At Google, Yasmin served as Head of Sales Strategy and Operations for Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa as well as Africa Operations Manager. Before joining Google, she consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton. Yasmin has experience leading projects in some of the world’s toughest environments, including Iran, Syria, UAE and Nigeria. In 2012, she led a multipartner coalition to launch Against Violent Extremism, the world’s first online network of former violent extremists and survivors of terrorism. Based on her own interviews with ISIS defectors and jailed recruits, last year Yasmin launched the Redirect Method, a new deployment of targeted advertising and video to confront online radicalization.
Sara Higgins, Managing Director, American Financial Exchange
Sara Higgins is a Managing Director at American Financial Exchange, an electronic marketplace for interbank lending between small and mid-sized financial institutions. Sara is a member of the AFX senior management team and focuses on expanding participation in this new platform that provides liquidity to America’s community banks. Formerly a Managing Director at Sandler O’Neill Partners L.P., a full-service investment banking firm, she led the Interest Rate Products Desk working with financial institutions on wholesale funding and interest rate risk hedging using derivatives. Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill, Sara spent 7 years on the Global Rates desk at Lehman Brothers structuring and marketing interest rate derivative strategies to middle market institutions. She also worked with institutional and high net worth investors on fixed income investments at Barclays Capital. Sara graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in the History of Art.
Wall Street veteran Jamie Moy is a financial executive with expertise in the full complement of mortgages and securitized products.
Her experience spans institutional account management, investor relations, operations, credit, and risk, at investment and commercial banks like JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ).
Jamie invests in women entrepreneurs and in startups with social impact. She is a startup advisor who thrives on connecting people and building community in NYC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She sits on the advisory board of ViiV.tv, a new media company that empowers the $20 trillion global female economy. ViiV.tv curates, produces and publishes media content designed to spark social change and gender education.
A born and bred New Yorker, Jamie has always prioritized community and the “for-purpose” world. As a teenager, she managed programs connecting students with elderly hospital patients and ran classroom-based sponsorships for foster children. Her efforts won the Mayor’s Volunteer Youth award and the Foster Parent Plan award for her high school. As a young adult, she mentored and tutored inner city children through Apex For Youth. She raised awareness for foster children in NYC through Heart Gallery NYC, which showcased the childrens’ portraits in art galleries.
Jamie also sits on the advisory board and is a core member of Back on My Feet (BoMF), a national for-purpose organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness feel empowered and make changes in their lives that results in employment and independent living. The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency and transformation in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. You can find Jamie running with BoMF at 5:30 am throughout the week, or in Central Park with fellow runners from around the world.
Janna Oberdorf, Vice President of Strategic Communications, Echoing Green
Janna Oberdorf leads the communications efforts at Echoing Green, a nonprofit organization that unleashes next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Working closely with the organization’s leadership, staff, and the social entrepreneurs who receive Echoing Green support, she creates and implements a strategy that leverages traditional and new media for brand development. Before joining Echoing Green, Janna was the Director of Communications and Advocacy at Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization working to advance the health and rights of girls and women around the world, and prior to that served as an editor and freelance journalist for major US magazines, newspapers, and online media outlets.
Kristy Sundjaja, Chief of Staff & Global Head of People, LivePerson
Kristy Sundjaja is the Chief of Staff and the Global Head of People at LivePerson, the Global Leader in intelligent online consumer engagement. In her role, Kristy integrates and aligns people and business strategies to deliver the company’s mission of creating meaningful connections to consumers and brands. Prior to LivePerson, Kristy functioned as an industry strategist for the Bloomberg Administration and was responsible for leading the Industry Transformation Team and implementing citywide policy and programs to strengthen New York’s position in the financial services, media and technology, fashion and retail and other economic sectors. Before joining the administration, Kristy was an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman and advised some of the world’s leading media and technology companies. Kristy holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an EMBA degree from Columbia University.
Katie Thompson, Communications Director, OVO Energy
Katie Thompson is the Communications Director of OVO Energy. In her last position, Katie served as VP of Communications for Guardian News & Media, where she led PR and communications activity for the US edition of one of the world’s most influential news organizations. Previously Katie worked for The Coca-Cola Company, leading communications efforts for the company’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics, and for Portland Communications, directing campaigns for brands including Google and Facebook.
Jessica Weber, Executive Director, Consumer Sector, Russell Reynolds Associates
Jessica Weber is a leader within the Consumer Practice of Russell Reynolds Associates, where she advises Fortune 500 companies and startups alike on how to create transformative leadership solutions and leverage talent to improve the customer experience. She recruits CEOs and general managers in addition to functional executives with expertise in marketing, e-commerce, emerging media platforms, operations and strategy. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, she drove innovation at Time Inc. as the Director of Digital Strategy and as a member of the firm’s Corporate Strategy group. Jessica also served as the Director of Business Planning for Next Issue Media, a digital startup funded by major content companies including Conde Nast, Hearst and News Corp. Her experience is rooted in marketing, including her work at Limited Brands and Grey Global Group. Jessica received her B.S. in Marketing from New York University and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ursula Wynhoven, Senior Advisor, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel and Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the UN Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. She is a member of its Executive Committee and manages legal affairs and governance matters. She founded and is overall responsible for the office’s work programmes on the various dimensions of social sustainability, including human rights and labour, women’s empowerment, children’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and the rule of law. Ursula has worked with the UN Global Compact since 2002. Previously, she worked with major law firms in San Francisco and Melbourne (Australia); for government human rights agencies; and for the Secretariat of the OECD. Ursula has degrees from Columbia University (LLM) and Monash University (BEc/LLB (Hons), BLitt, LLM)(Australia).
Qichen Zhang, Director of Product Management, Splice
Qichen Zhang is the Director of Product Management at Splice, a cloud platform for music creation. Previously, she worked as a product manager at Spotify, leading product for Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix, focusing on personalization and machine learning. Before that, she led international products at BuzzFeed, launching BuzzFeed in Mexico, Canada, Spain, and Japan, and worked at Google in New York. Qichen received her M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and her B.A. from Harvard College. Her interests include the philosophy of technology, new technologies’ effect on the economy, and internet cats.
Jessica Desjardins, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jessica Desjardins is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where she is changing the way financial advisors interact with the firm and their clients through technology. Jessica is on the leadership team of Ellevate Network’s NYC chapter, where she runs skills-based programing, creating opportunities for women to connect in authentic ways over relevant career topics and become a little braver in the process. As the beneficiary of advice from seasoned professionals and mentors herself, Jessica is passionate about sharing the skills she has learned by writing professional development articles and mentoring young professionals within and outside of Morgan Stanley. Jessica graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in Economics. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband Chip.