Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal; Author of New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS
She is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a brand. Named by Forbes as "Fashion's New Phenom," Amoruso's rising success and business savvy was touted for being "up with retail's most profitable ventures."
KEYNOTE SPRING 2015: CARRIE RICH
Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. Built by and for social entrepreneurs, The Global Good Fund was created in 2012 based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. Carrie tested the theory behind The Global Good Fund while working as Senior Director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. There she co-authored, Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative, a Handelsblatt's Top 5 Business Book.
Carrie is the recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, Entrepreneur.com Top 30 Start-ups to Watch, Stevie Award for Women in Business, Asian Social Innovation CEO of the Year, Social Enterprise Alliance 50 under 40, and Empact100. Carrie has been published in media outlets such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, HuffingtonPost, The Founder Institute, Under30CEO, and Philanthropy News Digest. She sits on the boards of Chalant Health, Women in Business, Ibasho, and the Halcyon House. Carrie teaches entrepreneurship to nurses at George Washington University as well as fundraising and governance at the Amani Institute in Kenya. For fun, Carrie volunteers with the elderly, enjoys photography, other people's cooking, and voluntary running.
KEYNOTE SPRING 2015: KATE WHITE
Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times bestselling author of several influential books on work and careers, including, most recently, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. Her advice is based on her extraordinary career running five major magazines. For 14 years she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, which was the best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand during her tenure and was published in 64 countries. Kate’s career in the magazine business began when she won Glamour magazine’s Top Ten College Women contest and appeared on the cover. She earned a position at the magazine and quickly rose from editorial assistant to feature writer and columnist. After holding major jobs at several other magazines, she was tapped to be an editor-in-chief, first for Child Magazine and then later Working Woman and Redbook. She took the helm at Cosmopolitan in 1998. Under her leadership at Cosmo, guaranteed circulation grew by 700,000. She also oversaw Cosmo Books, Cosmopolitan.com, many digital projects, and the Cosmo fashion line introduced at J.C. Penney.
She regularly speaks at conferences and events around the country and was recently named one of the 15 Best Career Experts to Follow on Twitter by CEOworld.com
In addition to writing non-fiction, Kate is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bailey Weggins mystery series (including If Looks Could Kill—which was selected as Live with Regis andKelly’s first Reading With Ripa book-club pick and shot to #1 on Amazon) and four stand-alone suspense novels: Hush, The Sixes, Eyes on You, and the upcoming The Wrong Man.Her books have been published in 13 languages. She is also the editor of the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, which will be released in April 2015.
Head of North America, Global Funds for J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Julie Rollauer is the Head of Industry for Consumer Packaged Goods at Google in NYC. Her team is responsible for helping brand marketers drive more effective and efficient digital advertising solutions by utilizing Google's vast search, display and online video platforms. Julie has been at Google for nearly 8 years, working with some of the biggest brands in the world such as IBM, Verizon, Net-a-Porter, L'Oreal, and Colgate-Palmolive. Early in her Google career, she joined the YouTube team educating brands how to embrace the power of sight, sound and motion. In her "20% time", Julie is a Presentation Skills Trainer helping Googlers become more dynamic in front of their customers. She has also recently become a facilitator for a new program for Women@Google focused on career growth called "Stretch". Julie is currently serving her 3rd year as a Board Member for Advertising Women of NY (AWNY). Before joining Google, Julie managed sales teams in the Telecom and Hedge Fund industries. She holds a BS in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College ('97) and resides in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ with her husband (BC'97) and two children. Julie met her husband at her 5 year BC reunion.
President, Your Voice Your Vision
Dr. Earlene Avalón grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and attended Boston Public Schools. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Suffolk University where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Secondary Education. Dr. Avalón completed her Master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to completing her PhD in Health Professions Education at Simmons College, Dr. Avalón held positions at the Latin American Health Institute, Bunker Hill Community College and the EdwardM.KennedyAcademy forHealth Careers. Dr. Avalón is an active member of The Boston Club and the Board of Directors of the YWCA. She is the former President of the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni Association at Tufts University School of Medicine. She lectures at Northeastern University and has lectured at Simmons College. Dr. Avalón is currently the Director of Nursing Diversity Initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital where she oversees a workforce diversity initiative designed to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of its nursing staff by targeting incumbent workers. Dr. Avalon is deeply committed to issues pertaining to Massachusetts’ diverse and low-income residents includingincreased access to quality education and health care services, community empowerment and workforce development.
The first American female to run 7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days
Former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, Certified life coach, speaker, creative collaborator, and global adventurer
Speaker, Writer, Sports & Career Strategist
TANIA A. BAKER
Tania A. Baker is the Edwin C. Whitehead Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University in 1988. Her graduate research was carried out in the laboratory of Professor Arthur Kornberg and focused on mechanisms of initiation of DNA replication. She did postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Kiyoshi Mizuuchi at the National Institutes of Health, studying the mechanism and regulation of DNA transposition. Her current research explores mechanisms and regulation of enzyme-catalyzed protein unfolding, ATP-dependent protein degradation and remodeling of the proteome during cellular stress responses. Professor Baker has served terms as both the Associate Head and Head of MIT’s Biology Department. Professor Baker received the 2001 Eli Lilly Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology. In 2000 she was awarded the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Undergraduate Education and in 2008 she was elected as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for her contributions to education. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology. In 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stanford Medical Center Alumni Association. Professor Baker is coauthor (with Arthur Kornberg) of the book DNA Replication (2nd edition) as well as of the 5th, 6th and 7th editions of Watson’s influential text Molecular Biology of the Gene.
SANDRA M. MOORE
President of Urban Strategies
DARCEL D. CLARK
The Honorable Darcel D. Clark was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division First Department, New York’s second highest Court, in November 2012. Justice Clark was elected to the Supreme Court, Bronx County, in 2006 where she was assigned to the Criminal Term. She began her judicial career in 1999 as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Clark worked at the Bronx District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney from 1986 to 1999. During her time there, she was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court bureau from 1997 to 1999 and Supervisor of the Narcotics Bureau from 1993 to 1997. Justice Clark has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Boston College since 1998, and serves on the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee. She is a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College and Co-Chair of the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council of Boston College. She was the First recipient of the Boston College Martin Luther King Scholarship. Justice Clark is the Immediate President of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and she has served as the Personnel Liaison to the National Board. Justice Clark coordinates the NAWJ “Color of Justice” Program in Bronx County. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Monroe College School of Criminal Justice in the Bronx and Past President and Chair of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County. Justice Clark received a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 1983 and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1986. She is married to Detective Eaton “Ray” Davis and they reside in the Bronx, New York.
Kathleen Corbet, BC Class of 1982, is the founder and principal of Cross Ridge Capital, LLC. She serves as a board director for MassMutual Financial Group and was formerly President of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) from 2004-2007 and at asset-manager AllianceBernstein LP, as Executive Vice President and CEO of the firm’s fixed income division from 1993–2004. Kathleen was appointed and served on the Board of Finance in New Canaan, Connecticut from 2006 – 2010. In 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Ms. Corbet to serve on the board of directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, a position she held until 2014. In 2013 she was elected to serve as Councilman for a four-year term. She also serves as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut. Ms. Corbet was elected to the Boston College Board of Trustees in 2000 where she served as Trustee, chair of the Advancement Committee and member of the Buildings & Properties and Nominations & Governance Committees. She now serves as Trustee Associate for Boston College. Kathleen serves on the board of trustees for The Jackson Laboratory, and formerly as a director of Pro Mujer International where she now serves as a senior advisor. Ms. Corbet graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Marketing and Computer Science and received her M.B.A. in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. She is the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Pro Mujer International; the James F. Cleary Master Fundraiser Award from Boston College; the Nichols Award for integrity from the NYU Stern School of Business; the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in business leadership. Kathleen and her husband, Randy, have two sons in college.
Kelly Crowther currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer, North America, for GE Capital Real Estate. In this role, Kelly provides financial leadership for a portfolio of over $20B in assets and 18 million square feet of owned real estate across the United States, Mexico & Canada. Kelly leads a global finance team, including Financial Planning, Tax & Controllership, focused on supporting the origination of multi-tenant financing, fixed & floating rate first mortgage debt, and traditional and niche property types, including multifamily, office, industrial, retail, self-storage, manufactured housing and hospitality.
Prior to joining Real Estate, Kelly served as the Financial Planning & Analysis Leader for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). GECAS is a leading global player in commercial aircraft leasing and financing, with over 1,570 owned and serviced aircraft and over 230 customers. In this role, Kelly provided leadership for planning sessions, analytics on business and portfolio performance, and the monthly and quarterly closing processes for $43B in aircraft assets.
Kelly spent six years on GE’s Corporate Audit Staff, rising to the ranks of Executive Audit Manager based in London UK, with primary responsibility of GE Capital’s consumer finance units and international businesses. Kelly started GE as part of the Financial Management Program at NBC Universal.
Kelly received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Boston College.
Christine Duvivier is a speaker, leader, and mentor for Positive Leaders LLC. For Christine, discovering the strategies and power of positive change and, conversely, releasing what holds us back, has been the defining journey of her life and work. Today, drawing on her 20 + years of mentoring business executives, parents, and leaders from around the world, along with her research in positive psychology, she guides people to unleash the best within—no matter where they stand currently.
It is her passion to inspire—and be inspired by– people across the globewith her messages about uncovering talents frequently squelched, boosting positive emotion, building resilience, and using these strengths to live successful, positive lives.
ILEANA JIMENEZ GARCIA
Ms. Jiménez García is a senior professional with extensive experience in operations, strategic and general management in nonprofits and healthcare settings. She is a well-established and highly effective leader of multi-cultural teams with a proven track record in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder initiatives and policies in clinical, non-profit and academic settings. Ileana is the Former Administrative Director of the Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In that capacity she worked with the academic departments and residency training programs in diversity recruitment and retention initiatives, and provided career guidance and support for the professional development, mentoring and academic advancement of physicians, scientists, trainees and students underrepresented in medicine. She also established a comprehensive Department of Interpreter Services for spoken and sign languages at Brigham and Women's Hospital and developed policies and initiatives to ensure patient access, quality care and effective communication in health care settings. Ms. Jiménez García was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. She earned her MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1987. Currently, she serves as a member of the Boston College Alumni Association Board.
NICOLE DEBLOIS GREENE
Nicole’s accomplishments can be traced back to her early years at State Street Corporation, which she joined in 2002 as a project manager. While in the Integrated Financial Systems department, she led a team charged with supporting the firm’s corporate and local financial and management reporting needs. Nicole accepted the role of vice president of business development Boston Financial Data Services.In 2010 Nicole joined a newly formed Initiatives Committee, headed by the CEO. Nicole has transitioned into a role at Boston Financial’s parent company, DST Systems as a Global Relationship Executive. Mrs. Greene is a 1999 graduate of the Boston College School of Arts and Sciences. She has been a very active alumna, volunteering for both the Boston College Fund and Boston College Alumni Association. She was elected to the Boston College Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2010. Nicole was the 2010 recipient of the Philip J. Callan ’25 Young Alumni Award presented to the graduate whose early volunteer career has established a reputation for exceptional leadership, dedication, and perseverance on behalf of Boston College.
Nicole continues her volunteer leadership at BC as Inaugural Chair of the Neenan Society and a member of the Council for Women of Boston College, where she co-leads the Athletics Initiates Committee tasked with raising the profile of the extremely competitive and successful women's athletic program at Boston College. As a member of the Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey team during her tenure at BC, this role allows her to remain an active part of the BC athletics community.
Supriya Hobbs is an engineer at Eli Lilly and a recent Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout college, she was actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers and, through that organization, discovered her passion for empowering girls. Supriya is driven to overcome the imbalance in the number of women in influential roles and in the visibility of these women, especially to young girls. She is taking that passion to her role as the Co-Founder of Miss Possible, a start-up toy company that works to inspire girls to make a difference in the world.
Danielle was born and raised in San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1988. Since Danielle joined Teach With Africa’s Board of Directors in 2011, she has played an active role in growing the organization. As a passionate supporter of global education, she is inspired by the work of Teach With Africa and the LEAP Schools in South Africa. For the past seven years, Danielle has been a been a volunteer for The Sumba Foundation, a non-profit organization deeply committed to lessening the consequences of poverty on the island of Sumba (Indonesia) by providing humanitarian aid through village-based projects that impact health, education and income generation. Additionally, she currently serves on the Leadership Council at Boston College. She has an extensive philanthropic and development background, including work with The Hamlin School Annual Fund, The Branson School, Boston College Graduate School of Social Innovation, Sunset Youth Services, Freedom in Creation based in Uganda, and Save the Children. Danielle currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, George, and three children, Isabella (22), Fouad (20), and Alexandra (17).
Jeffrey Hoch received an A.B. in Chemistry from Boston University (1976), and A.M. in Chemistry (1978) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (1983) degrees from Harvard University, working with Christopher Dobson and Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus. From 1983 to 2003 he headed the Biophysical Chemistry group at the Rowland Institute for Science in Cambridge, MA. In 2003 he moved to the University of Connecticut Medical School, where he is Professor of Molecular Biology and Biophysics and Director of the Gregory P. Mullen NMR Structural Biology Facility. His research interests are in the application and development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for investigation of biologically important molecules. He was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012.
Born in San Francisco, but the Midwest is now her home. She is 25, bilingual,and a freelance Radio Journalist who works consistently with KCUR, Kansas City Public Media. My radio work has also been published by PRX, KALW and Harvest Public Media.
Through community based reporting she produces features that examine current issues and events in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Using unique and unexpected angles, she tries to tie in national conversations while still highlighting the local discussion. As part of the next generation in radio journalism, She's expanding on my abilities as a reporter. Through video production and web design my goal is to create new ways of distributing radio journalism for online platforms.
A national leader in the gay civil rights movement, Cheryl Jacques was the first openly gay State Senator in Massachusetts history. She served as the President of the Human Rights Campaign and successfully spearheaded the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Cheryl Jacques is a sought after national speaker on gay civil rights and politics. She appears frequently as a commentator on such shows as the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s World New Tonight, The O’Reilly Factor, CrossFire, ABC’s Good Morning America, Nightline, Fox News, CNN, NPR, and many other television and radio broadcasts.
She and her spouse, Jennifer, are the proud parents of Timmy, Tommy, and Matthew. Jennifer Chrisler is the executive director of The Family Equality Council.
Beauty Editor for Autostraddle
Founder of The Prettygirl Revolution
Catherine Tucker Marshall is the Director of Global Business Development at Reebok Intl. and moonlights as a senior barre and fitness teacher at Exhale Spa Boston. Catherine graduated from the Carroll School of Management in 1999 with a BS in Finance and Marketing and jumped right into sales for a Fortune 500 Consumer Products company, Philip Morris USA. She was promoted to managing a sales team and looking for a change in industry, she started working as an account manager for Reebok Int. in 2005. Catherine started selling apparel, moved into footwear sales, managing multiple National Accounts and ultimately landed in the role as Director of Sales for the East Coast. Catherine began her studies as a barre and fitness teacher in 2007 and put weekends and early mornings into this passion. She studied multiple times at the Functional Anatomy of Injury and Movement program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai learning in the Gross Anatomy Lab in the interest of adding quality to her teaching. Straddling both the corporate world at Reebok and the fitness industry has been unique, so Catherine was delighted when she found the perfect role in business development at Reebok that blends her two passions. Her expertise as a teacher and exposure to the fitness industry compatibly serve her role in pursuing B2B relationships and partnerships for Reebok on a global level. Catherine resides with her husband (also at Reebok) in downtown Boston.
Anne Morris has over 25 years experience in not-for-profit business development, financial and project management, grantmaking and resource administration. Prior to that time, she spent 7 years in the corporate sector in financial management and human resources.
Currently Ms. Morris the CEO of the Susan G. Komen Connecticut & Massachusetts. As CEO, she provides leadership, vision and direction to the organization in order to achieve strategic objectives as defined in partnership with the Board of Directors. For each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut & Massachusetts have funded over has funded over $7 Million in community grants to local breast health organizations providing services to women in need. Komen is currently funding approximately $26 million in research in Massachusetts.
Morris, a tireless advocate for the cancer cause in Connecticut and Massachusetts, resides in West Hartford CT with her husband.
JESSICA ANN MORRIS
Jessica is a 20-year strategic communications and public relations veteran in the higher education/non-profit, B2B/B2C, and technology arenas. With direct in-house, agency, and freelance experience, Jessica manages on-message traditional and social media programs, for public and private organizations, that drive business objectives. She’s a leader trusted by the C-suite to the front line for strategic counsel, integrity, and results-oriented execution; always making creativity and enthusiasm key components of a proactive service philosophy.
Jessica is also a freelance journalist and published children’s eBook author. In addition to many industry and volunteer affiliations, she is co-founder of the Food Allergy Network, an organization that increases awareness, education and support for individuals with food allergies.A cum laude graduate of the Carroll School of Management, Jessica remains an active Boston College alum and recently served as Secretary for the Western MA Chapter.
Wendy Murphy is adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law Boston where she also co-directs the Women's and Children's Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for many years. In 1992 she founded the first organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to crime victims. Wendy is an impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts has improved the law to protect the constitutional and civil rights of victimized women and children. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the rights of women, children and criminal justice policy. She is a contributing editor for Women's eNews and writes a regular column for The Patriot Ledger. Wendy has published numerous scholarly articles on issues including the first law review article to describe the legal relationship between sexual assault on campus and Title IX. Wendy's impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault includes a first of its kind case against Harvard, which led to widespread awareness and reforms in the redress and prevention of campus sexual assault. Wendy is also a well-known television legal analyst. Wendy has worked for NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. She regularly provides legal analysis for network and cable news programs. Her first book, "And Justice For Some," was published by Penguin/Sentinel in 2007.
Elly Nedivi received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University Medical School and completed her postdoctoral training at The Weizmann Institute in Israel. After two years as a Visiting Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in NY, she joined the faculty of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT in 1999. She is currently Professor of Neuroscience, with joint appointments in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Biology, and is a member of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Dr. Nedivi’s lab studies the cellular mechanisms that underlie plasticity of the developing and adult brain. She is a recipient of the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award, National Science Foundation Powre Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Middleton Career Development Professorship, Dean’s Education and Student Advising Award, and AFAR Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research.
The co-host of Magic 106.7's Morning Magic is one of Boston's most loved radio personalities. Candy O got her start at Magic 24 years ago as the secretary to the program director. She got her shot on the air unexpectedly when an overnight jock fell asleep and got fired. She’s been on the air ever since. A singer since childhood, Candy has performed at the Agganis Arena, Boston’s historic Hatchshell and Holiday Tree Lighting, the Emerson Majestic, Shubert and Wilbur Theatres, TD Garden and at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Her singles The Gift, You Are The Only One and Silent Night have received airplay in both the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan. Candy is a judge on the Emmy award winning TV talent show Community Auditions and has acted in three independent feature films. She is the creator and co-host of Magic 106.7's Exceptional Women show, winner of 41 local and national awards for excellence in women's programming and has been profiled in the books Boston Inspirational Women by Bill & Kerry Brett and Boston Radio, 1920-2010 by Donna Halper. She is the President and co-founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment and is a member of the board of directors of the Boston College Women’s Council, Dream BIG and Strong Women, Strong Girls. A warrior in the fight against breast cancer, she is the radio spokesperson for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk . A single mom for 15 years, Candy married Tom Gaffny in 2006.
Deborah Re has more than 20 years of management, entrepreneurial, and organizational development experience. Before joining Big Sister in 2006, Deb worked for City Year Boston where she served as Executive Director. Prior to her management of City Year, Deb was President and Founder of Bridges to Business, a company that specialized in training and placing young adults with non-traditional backgrounds in the workforce. In addition, she has 16 years of experience in the private sector as Vice President of Administration for Keyport Life Insurance Company. As a testament to her commitment to the community, she received the 2001 LeadBoston Community award, the Heroes Among Us award from the Boston Celtics, the 2011 Changing People’s Lives award from Grand Circle Corporation, and the 2015 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Management of a Nonprofit. In addition, New England Minority Enterprise Development recognized her for helping companies develop a more inclusive workforce in the Greater Boston area. She serves on the Advisory Board for the West End House Boys and Girls Club, and the Selection Advisory Council of the Greenlight Fund, is co-chair of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Leadership Council, serves on the Boston’s Women’s Commission, and was recently a member of Governor Baker’s Transition Committee. Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Ashley Reid is Co-Founder at Wellist, a Boston-based startup building a personalized online patient navigation tool to help patients and family caregivers connect to non-clinical support outside the hospital. Previously, she was a Director at Philips Healthcare where she led various strategy and global transformation teams. Ashley has also held positions at Bain & Co., Bridgespan, Staples and Hill Holliday.
VICTORIA A. STAEBLER
Vicki is a seasoned financial planning professional. She began her career in 1984 at one of the big eight accounting firms, ultimately becoming a director in the personal financial planning practice. In 2000, she opted to join the financial services industry so that she could help clients with implementation in addition to planning. Following 4 years working in a private bank, she joined Merrill Lynch in early 2005. Vicki’s primary responsibilities are coordination and implementation of planning strategies, along with overall client relationship management.
Vicki received her Bachelor's of Arts degree from Middlebury College in 1977 and studied accounting at the University of Vermont. She holds Series 7 and 66 licenses, as well as her insurance license. Within Merrill Lynch, she is a Wealth Management Advisor. She is also a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. She has also holds the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM from the College of Financial Planning.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received their designation as a Personal Financial Specialist in 1995. She belongs to the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the board of directors of The Boston Club, a women’s business and professional organization, and is a trustee of the Bedford Research Foundation. Vicki is also an honorary board member of both PCI, Media Impact and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
In 2003, Kim Valentini stepped away from a career as a high-powered corporate public relations and marketing executive to evaluate what was missing in her life. Fueled by a desire to find meaning and to be a voice for women and children, she launched a 5-hour a week “project” that would quickly become a global force. Twelve years later Kim’s “project”, Smile Network International, has resulted in the creation of 24 medical surgical sites on four continents. More than2,500 children have received the gift of a life-altering surgery as a result of the work of the organization she founded. Incandescent Magazine named Kim "one of the the 100 Truly Amazing Women who are changing the world.
Kim travels the U.S. speaking to corporate and civic organizations, educational institutions and leadership conferences. Her stories of her life experiences inspires audiences to dream big, take risks, and listen to that little voice inside of yourself to identify your true purpose. Attendees laugh and cry in equal measures, always walking away inspired and motivated with the lessons they’ve learned.
UNICEF's Director of Global Partnership - Ending Violence Against Children
Founder of VocalID, Speech Scientist, Professor and Lab Director at NEU, TED Talk.
Managing Director at State Street
End Trafficking Officer for UNICEF
Director, Women Investors at Fidelity
Former Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
Director of National Partnerships for the American Red Cross
VP Deputy General Counsel for Lenovo
Specialist, Tech Student Development
Founder and CEO of MULXIPLY
ELLEN van BEVER
Founding Member of Mothers Out Front
2009 BC alumna with a degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Works as an Account Executive for Travelers Insurance, National Accounts managing large casualty deals. At Travelers, also acts as the co-chair for the Emerging Professionals Network. Looking forward to getting married to a fellow BC alum in June!
Chief Orthopedic Resident at Brown University
Registered Nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Author
Graduate Assistant for the Boston College Women's Center
Emily Kaiser graduated from Boston College in May of 2014 from CSOM. Prior to graduation, she was signed on to attend Law School with the hopes of getting a dual degree (MA in Diplomacy and JD in Public Policy law). However, she received a job at Apple in New York City and decided to put off graduate school for a couple of years. After a few months at Apple, she accepted a job at EMC where she is now a Project Manager. Emily is also currently working on starting a business with two friends and classmates from BC. At Boston College, Emily studied abroad in Venice, Italy, was involved in UGBC for 4 years, an RA for 3 years, a Portico TA, and a Campus School marathon runner.