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2018 Speakers

KATIE HARDING

HEAD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

ELLIOTT BROWNE INTERNATIONAL

Ms. Harding's focus is to build relationships with the brightest minds in the artificial intelligence space. She works in the midst of a technological revolution, of which the landscape of the market is evolving on an almost daily basis. Ms. Harding partners with some of the most interesting and fastest growing companies in the world, supporting their expansion in the artificial intelligence sector.

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DEBORAH PROFIT, PHD MS

VICE PRESIDENT,

OTSUKA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICALS

Dr. Profit has worked in pharmaceutical industry for over two decades and is currently the Vice President, Otsuka Information Technology (OIT) at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Profit is responsible for the R&D, commercial, and enterprise IT arms of the Otsuka organization. Dr. Profit also plays a key leadership role in transitioning pilots and prototypes to full-scale projects to leverage solutions globally that complement the business portfolio to include digital medicine, digital health and big data platforms. Dr. Profit also played a lead role in the clinical operations and development of digital medicine (“Abilify MYCITE”) to successful FDA submission and subsequent approval in October 2017; the first and only digital medicine approved by the FDA. Dr. Profit possesses undergraduate degrees in nursing and psychology, a Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs - Drugs, Biologics and Medical Device, and earned her Doctorate in Leadership Studies with a concentration in Innovation and Creativity.

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LETONYA F. MOORE, JD

PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY 360° BRAND PROTECTION STRATEIGIES™

Ms. Moore is an attorney-entrepreneur with almost twenty years of experience building and helping build successful enterprises. She is the visionary behind 360° Brand Protection Strategies™, developed to address the holistic needs of the entrepreneur. The 360° methodology enables brands to develop strategic growth and expansion to the national, international, and global marketplace. This year she introduced her brand protection methodology to the UK. She is the founding member of The Global Growth Group (G3), a society of experts collaborating to provide entrepreneurs, including speakers, authors, and coaches with a guided pathway to global protecting their brand both in the US and abroad. Through her work, she is now affectionately known as the Global Brand Protector ™.

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GWEN MURPHY, MS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, KPMG GLOBAL IT SERVICES KPMG

Ms. Murphy leads a team charged with strategy, architecture and delivery of new business services as well as driving the adoption of digital into KPMG client and corporate functions. Her team is responsible for embedding technology into everything at KPMG. Previously, Ms. Murphy was Global Director at Ernst & Young (EY) where she led a team of architects designing new services and technology solutions for EY client teams and internal IT Operations (across all service lines/portfolios). She’s been a representative for EY’s Women Fast Forward organization speaking at the W20 Conference as input to the G20/UN on the economic empowerment of women. As a result of the W20 conference, and at the request of the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, she led a policy study to address the impacts of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain on the lives of women and girls. ​ Ms. Murphy earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religion Studies from Hunter College, NY and Master’s Degree in IT Management from Polytechnic University (now NYU).

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ANNALIS NASH FERNANDEZ

OWNER BECAUSE CULTURE

Ms. Nash Fernandez is an intercultural strategist with thirty years of global business experience in corporate finance, investment banking, and consulting. She draws from a dual background as a corporate strategic planning director and socio-linguist to tackle the issues in cross-cultural communication and derive value from multicultural dynamics. Her expert quotes on language and world cultures are widely featured in the media, including CIO magazine and the BBC, and her articles have been published in academic journals and mainstream media. Ms. Nash Fernandez holds an MA in translation studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS in international finance from Georgetown.

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DEE BOWDEN

OWNER BCS SOLUTIONS

Ms. Bowden founder of BCS Solutions began her career in contracts administration. For nearly three decades she has perfected the science and art of contract closeouts/revenue recovery. Recovering more than $50 million in government contract debt, Ms. Bowden has achieved the highest performance level in returning money to publicly funded projects and private sector companies. While most debt recovery firms commit to marginal returns on outstanding debt, Ms. Bowden’s expertise in investigating unresolved debt audits has earned her awards and esteem over her lengthy career.

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ERIKA HOVLAND

MANAGING DIRECTOR IOLITE360

Ms. Hovland, Managing Director for IOLITE360, combines strategy, leadership development and branding expertise to navigate mission-inspired businesses from origin to destiny -- where customers, revenue, values and purpose connect for good. As VP, Sales and Marketing, she spearheaded the turnaround of a multi-million dollar business. Previously the Product Director for a Fortune 500 company, she led her team to reach sales of $500 million. Ms. Hovland holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Temple University. She teaches courses in marketing as Adjunct Faculty at Temple University and received a Silver Stevie Award in 2015.

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LIZ CARISONE

CEO GROUNDLINK

With her unique blend of financial and operational experience, Ms. Carisone leads GroundLink as CEO, guiding their mission to be the leading provider of tech-enabled black car services. She comes to this role following three years as CFO. Liz has been described by peers and team-members as “an innovative, demanding, and effective executive,” a “professional and thoughtful CFO,” and a “standout...executive” demonstrating her “passion, drive, and selflessness.” Her impressive CV prior to joining GroundLink in 2012 includes CFO of Kroll Consulting, CFO of Gullivers Travel Associates, and senior finance roles at Fisher Scientific, Warner Lambert, and Allied Signal. Liz holds a BA from The College of New Jersey, and MBA from Drexel University, and resides in New Jersey with her husband Tom.

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RUTH SARFATY

MANAGING DIRECTOR CLARITY PR

Ms. Sarfaty is a communications and public relations leader with deep experience working for established companies and startups in wide range of disciplines from ad technology and media to lifestyle. She has a specialty in media strategies and has led multi-city departments at corporations and PR agencies. Her skills include strategic planning, budgeting, messaging, media relations, issues management, thought leadership, content development and social media management.

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SHIMONA CHADHA

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING

HCL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

Ms. Chadha is a marketing and business strategy professional with around 20 years of experience. Passionate about nurturing client relationships, enhancing customer experience, driving tangible business outcomes and enhancing representation of women in leadership roles. Ms. Chadha heads marketing for Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecom, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Life sciences and Healthcare and Professional Services verticals for HCL, an $8.5B Technology company.

 

Ms. Chadha is a Gold Medalist Microbiologist, holds an MBA degree in marketing and finance from Symbiosis University and has attended executive leadership programs at Yale School of Management and Tuck School of Business.

Ms. Chadha is also a recipient of The Stevie Awards for Women in Business- 2017.

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SILVANA GAIA

VICE PRESIDENT, CUSTOMER SUCCESS BELATRIX SOFTWARE

Ms. Gaia has been instrumental in driving Belatrix Software’s success, as one of the fastest growing providers of software development services. She joined the company as its 9th employee in 2002, as a developer. She advanced through the ranks and in 2014, she setup Belatrix’s Technical Consulting practice. Today, she is responsible for Belatrix’s US headquarters in Silicon Valley, and jointly creating Belatrix’s new “Customer Success Management” function.

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JEANETTE MAISTER

MANAGING DIRECTOR - AMERICAS OLEEO

Ms. Maister lives and breathes talent acquisition having spent almost her entire two decade career as a recruiting practitioner. She began her career in recruitment at Lehman Brothers in regional and later global leadership campus roles, where Jeanette first used Oleeo. Jeanette went on to work for IBM, Gartner, and finally as the Global Chief Operating Officer of the Campus Recruiting function at Credit Suisse. Since joining Oleeo, this Wonder Woman drives growth, influences the product and ultimately helps clients transform their recruiting efforts.

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ALEX GONZALES

FOUNDER AND CEO

SAVVY MARKETERS, LLC

Ms. Gonzales is the CEO and founder of Savvy Marketers (SM). She has over 25 years of global marketing experience across different businesses including Private Equity, Healthcare, Consumer Goods, and Banking. ​ When she founded Savvy Marketers seven years ago, Ms. Gonzales wanted to create a marketing consultant firm that focused on marketing strategies that would ignite and unleash innovative tactics for businesses, their teams, and brands all over the world. ​ Ms. Gonzalez graduated from The University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico and followed it with an MBA from Harvard Executive Business Program.

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JESSICA ROVELLO

CEO AND FOUNDER ARKADIUM

Ms. Rovello is the CEO and co-founder of Arkadium, which provides interactive content to the world’s most well-known brands and publishers, including CNN, Comcast, Microsoft, The Washington Post and USA Today. Founded in 2001, Arkadium has developed more than 300 mobile and online games, including Microsoft Solitaire Collection, one of the most played games of all time. ​ Before founding Arkadium, Ms. Rovello pioneered digital viral marketing as the director of online services for Artisan Entertainment, where she produced the website for The Blair Witch Project. Ms. Rovello is the winner of the American Business Award for Executive of the Year, the Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of Year, was named one of SmartCEO’s Future 50 and is a Crain’s New York “40 Under 40” winner. In 2016 Ms. Rovello was featured on the cover of Inc. magazine when Arkadium was named its first ever "Best Workplace." Ms. Rovello is a graduate of Wellesley College and resides in New York with her husband Kenny and their three children Marco, Dean and Reed.

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WAAJIDA SMALL, PHD

CEO CAPITAL CONSCIOUS U

Dr. Waajida L. Small is founder and CEO of Capital Conscious U, a Human Capital Development firm.. Dr. Small is a Certified Purpose Leader (CPL), Certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and certified professional coach (CPC).. Dr. Small holds a doctorate in Human Capital Management with a research emphasis on women of color and leadership. She has served on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association Southern NY State Division Young Professionals and was its Director of Membership. She has also served as the inaugural Chair of the Board for the IMPACT Leadership 21 Emerging Global Leaders Circle. Dr. Small serves on the leadership team for the Black Doctoral Network (BDN) as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and is a member and staff blogger for the Black Women of Influence.

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OLIVIA JARAS

OWNER AND PRESIDENT SALARY COACHING FOR WOMEN

Ms. Jaras is internationally recognized on the gender wage gap and helping women feel confident when going into salary negotiations. She is also considered one of the top resume experts in the United States. Her work has been featured by Forbes, BBC, CNN, MSN, The World Economic Forum, Recruiter.com, Lifehack.com and hundreds of other media sources all over the world.

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V. JANCZ-URBAN-E. URBAN

OWNERS GROUNDED GOODWIFE

Ehris Urban is an herbalist, holistic nutritionist, flower essence practitioner, reiki master, and reflexologist. Velya Jancz-Urban is a zany teacher, public speaker, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women. Ms. Jancz-Urban's gregarious personality and Ms. Urban grounded energy enable this mother/daughter team to connect with audiences as Grounded Goodwife. Funny and frank, the duo believe in taking inner responsibility for one’s wellness, and share their “recipe” for wholeness through workshops, presentations, and seminars. Their mother/daughter memoir, How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal (Green Writers Press, May 2019), reveals how the duo were grounded, lost everything, became a powerful mother/daughter team – and better versions of themselves.

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MICHELE ROSEMAN

OWNER MICHELE P. ROSEMAN

For more than 25 years, Ms. Roseman has empowered professionals to write and speak effectively through dynamic speeches, specialized training sessions, and impactful one-on-one editorial coaching. The former Capitol Hill reporter inspires audiences in corporate settings, U.S. government agencies, and military bases. Heralded as a "beauty movement" by the Huffington Post, this world-class communicator authored Hairlooms: The Untangled Truth About Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty. Ms. Roseman's non-fiction book globally challenges women, teens, and girls to love themselves from the inside out. Ms. Roseman's media features include the Huffington Post; NPR-affiliated Wealthy Radio broadcast; TV Ontario's The Agenda; and CBS and ABC affiliate states throughout the U.S. Ms. Roseman earned an M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University and a B.A. in English (Minors: Spanish and Music) from Bucknell University.

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ANGELA RIVERA

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,

OPERATIONS CYNERGISTEK, INC.

Ms. Rivera plays an integral role in setting the strategic direction for the company and overseeing the execution and further development of CynergisTek’s cybersecurity and information management consulting services.

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MARYAM FAROOQ

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEW YORK ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (NYAI)

Ms. Farooq currently serves as the executive director for NYAI (New York Artificial Intelligence). She founded the group in May 2017, and has been running AI events since January 2016. She has served as the New York managing director and the global director of client experience for Machine Colony, a company that worked with governments and large enterprises to help them adopt AI at scale. Prior to Machine Colony, Maryam worked for a several tech start-ups focusing on business development, product consulting, account management, and special projects.

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CHARU RAHEJA, PHD MBA

CHAIR AND CEO TRIAGELOGIC AND CONTINUWELL

Dr. Raheja co-founded the TriageLogic Group about ten years ago. Most recently her experience in overcoming a life-threatening health event led her to launch the Continuwell brand. Dr. Rehaja's determination has been recognized and acknowledged by many leadership organizations and she has won numerous awards. She has a Ph.D. in Finance from New York University and she has taught finance to MBAs and executives. Her award-winning research and publications have influenced corporate policy and regulation. Dr. Raheja has also written articles for the public press such as the Harvard Business Review, and she presented her work in several highly regarded organizations, such as Harvard, Princeton, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank.

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CHERYL EISEN

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER INTERIOR MARKETING GROUP

Ms. Eisen is a celebrity interior designer, luxury home stager and founder of Interior Marketing Group, Inc. Known as “the reigning prop princess of New York’s luxury real estate,” Ms. Eisen is regularly featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Vogue and in real estate design shows on networks including NBC, CBS and Bravo. With over a decade of industry experience, Interior Marketing Group has become the largest luxury staging and interior design firm in New York City serving the most exclusive real estate in the world.

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TONYA MCKENZIE

PRINCIPAL SAND & SHORES PR

Ms. McKenzie, a California native, alumni of CSU Northridge is an author, public relations consultant, and youth advocate. Ms. McKenzie became the first African American elected to the Oakley Chamber of Commerce as a Director, was appointed and served on the Youth Council for Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover and moderated several political debates during her time in the Bay Area. In 2016, Tonya founded Sand & Shores PR. She is currently serving as the first African American women elected to the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and serves on the City of Redondo Beach GPAC (General Plan Advisory Commission). Ms. McKenzie is highlighted in Amazing Moms: Parents of the 21st Century and the author of A Child's Memories of Cartoons and Murder. Website: http://www.sandandshores.com/

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SAMANTHA SKEY

CEO SHE MEDIA

Ms. Skey is Chief Executive Officer at SHE Media, a media company providing content and community to 56 million women (comScore, September 2018). Formerly SheKnows Media, SHE Media operates its flagship digital property SheKnows.com; BlogHer, the largest conference for women content creators and entrepreneurs in the U.S.. Ms. Skey oversees the strategy for the consumer brands along with revenue, marketing and operations for all assets in the SHE Media portfolio. In addition, Ms. Skey leads vision and social mission for SHE Media. A frequent presenter and commentator for business and trade media, Ms. Skey’s speaking engagements have included: Women in Digital (2018); Endeavor Entrepreneurs (2018); Women in Innovation Forum (2017); SXSW (2012-2018); Advertising Week (2014-2017); and many more. Ms. Skey serves on the advisory boards of The Ad Council, the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau); SmartyPants Ltd., The Bronx Academy of Letters, and RewardOps. Ms. Skey holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Hamilton College.

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DIANA GEORGE

PRESIDENT BY GEORGE HR

Ms. George is the founder and president of By George HR Solutions. She has worked with global companies with an international presence such as BOSE and the luxury watch brand OMEGA. With her leadership she was able to put together winning teams that contributed positively to their organizations. Ms. George maintains that integrity is the most vital and strongest trait of any organization. With over three decades experience in a career that has encompassed leadership in retail, non-profit, health and wellness and the private sector Ms. George works with companies to realize and strengthen the resources they have in their employees.

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KARLY HALL

OWNER KARLY J. HALL

Ms. Hall, CPC (karlyjhall.com) is an award-winning marketer, certified coach, and speaker. She’s counseled a wide variety of clients from Fortune 100 companies to stay-at-home moms and start-up entrepreneurs. Ms. Hall believes in the limitless potential of others and the incredible impact they can have within their families, organizations, communities, and the world. Ms. Hall is passionately devoted to helping others maximize their potential--in both their personal lives and in business.

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