DSWIL Fall 2014 – Bio



Suzy Welch

Author, Television Commentator and Public Speaker, Suzy Welch Communications

Suzy Welch is a best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist.

Her New York Times bestselling book, 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and friendship. 10-10-10 became an instant success and is now published in 29 countries worldwide, and an updated version has been released in paperback. In addition she has been widely featured in major media outlets including The Today Show and Time Magazine.

Together with her husband Jack Welch, Suzy is also co-author of the #1 international bestseller Winning, and its companion volume, Winning: The Answers. Suzy and Jack share their business advice in their LinkedIn column as influencers. Since 2005, they have written business columns for several publications, including Business Week magazine, Thomson Reuters digital platforms, Fortune magazine, and the New York Times syndicate.

The Welches have also launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving students around the world and at every career level the tools to transform their lives and the organizations of the future.

On her own, Suzy has written extensively about work-life balance and other cultural issues for publications ranging from O, The Oprah Magazine to The Wall Street Journal. In addition, her candid and incisive commentary has made her a popular commentator on television programs including Good Morning America, The View, Morning Joe, Your World With Neil Cavuto, and Power Lunch.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Suzy received her BA from Harvard University in 1981 and then joined The Miami Herald as a reporter. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. Suzy joined theHarvard Business Review in 1995 and was named editor-in-chief in 2001. During her tenure at HBR, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.

Suzy is the mother of 4 children, including a son who is a senior at Cornell, and lives in New York City.

Sherece West-Scantlebury

President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial and social justice.

Involved in philanthropy for over to 20 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.

In addition to running the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. West is active in a number of nonprofits and philanthropy organizations.

Angie Kamath

Executive Director of NYC at Per Scholas

Angie Kamath ’97 joined Per Scholas in March 2013 as the Executive Director of New York operations. Prior to joining Per Scholas, Angie spent 7 years working at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, overseeing the City’s Workforce1 Career Center system. During her tenure in the Bloomberg administration she oversaw the growth of the system from 6 Career Centers to 15 throughout the five boroughs serving over 120,000 individuals per year and placing over 25,000 in employment annually. She also implemented several successful Center for Economic Opportunity initiatives focused on improving the income and advancement prospects for working poor New Yorkers, including nationally recognized Workforce1 Sector Career Centers in healthcare and transportation.

Before working in City government, Angie was the Executive Director of StreetWise Partners, a community organization focused on training and job placement to help low income individuals succeed in the workplace. In this role she worked directly with Per Scholas on advancement and mentoring initiatives.

Angie holds a B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, two kids, and poorly behaved dog.

Ashley Feinstein

Founder, Knowing your Own Worth

Ashley Feinstein is the founder of the life coaching company, Knowing Your Own Worth. It is her mission to empower people to break out of the status quo and live the life they truly want. Previously, she was an investment banker, working long hours, making the big bucks but at the end of the day she felt she had nothing saved to show for it. With the help of a life coach, Ashley has spent the last period of her life challenging her own status quo and crafting an authentic vision for herself by aligning her passions, values and priorities.

Ashley is so passionate about her mission that she decided to dedicate her life to helping others do the same. Ashley is a certified life coach, specializing in personal finance and leadership coaching as well as an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. She also started a blog, The Fiscal Femme, to empower young women with personal finance knowledge in a fun and accessible way. Additionally, Ashley enjoys guest writing about personal finance for other websites. She worked in the financial services industry for over five years: first as an investment banker and more recently in corporate finance. Ashley graduated with a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bridget Lowell

Vice President of Strategic Communications and Outreach at Urban Institute

Bridget Lowell ’96 joined the Urban Institute as vice president for strategic communications and outreach in 2012, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience across the nonprofit and private sectors, Capitol Hill, and the media industry. Bridget is overseeing an organization-wide effort to boost the visibility and accessibility of Urban’s research with innovative communications strategies, digital platforms and features, and engagement approaches with new audiences.

Before joining Urban, Bridget served as director of strategic communications at Change.org, a fast-growing digital platform for social change. She held the same position at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization. In this capacity, she was known for her work in media relations, reputation management, and strengthening organizational brand identity.

Bridget also worked for nearly five years on Capitol Hill as communications director for a senior member of congress from North Carolina; during that time, she completed stints for local and national political campaigns. She began her career as an on-air television news reporter, working first at a cable network in New York’s Hudson Valley and later at the ABC affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Bridget graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of science degree. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and young son.

Caroline Kim Oh

Executive Coach for Nonprofits

Caroline Kim Oh ’95 is an executive coach to nonprofit leaders, focusing on executive directors and aspiring leaders. A former executive director herself, Caroline helps her clients leverage their natural strengths, navigate complex challenges, and overcome their fears to become confident, authentic leaders. Caroline also partners with boards and nonprofit organizations for effective executive leadership transition.

Prior to coaching, Caroline worked for more than 12 years with iMentor, serving as its first director of programs, before becoming the executive director and then president. During her tenure, Caroline helped steer iMentor from a startup pilot phase to national expansion and rapid growth.

Under her leadership, iMentor’s budget grew from $350,000 to more than $10 million, mentor / mentee pairs increased from 180 to 2,600 annually, and the staff grew from four to more than 80 full-time employees.

Caroline is a frequent speaker and advisor on the issues of board development, fundraising, volunteer management, and staff development. As a mother of two young children and a nonprofit leader, Caroline has firsthand experience juggling multiple priorities and responsibilities. Caroline is a passionate advocate and ally for professionals who want to excel in their careers AND live their lives to the fullest.

Caroline received her B.A. from Cornell University and M.P.A. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Carol Rattray

Founder at Zoomdojo

Carol Rattray ’78, co-founded Zoomdojo, a college to career readiness company, after conversations with her partner about their shared concerns over the challenges facing millenials preparing for the 21st century job market prompted them to take action. They decided to apply their combined professional and philanthropic experiences in finance, consulting, startups and education to start Zoomdojo. In January 2013, they launched their website,www.zoomdojo.com and offline organizing workshops and events. More recently they began international livestreaming of selective programs and launched what is believed to be the first bilingual ezine on WeChat.

Prior to Zoomdojo, Carol has been investing and advising startups primarily in China and in the US and was previously Vice President in the Capital Markets Group at Bankers Trust Company. Carol is also co-founder of The Rattray Kimura Foundation and currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Bates College, The Asian Cultural Council, and the Re Foundation and a member of The College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.

Carol received a BA from Cornell University and an MIA and MBA from Columbia University.

Deborah Arrindell

Executive Director Global Safety, Amgen

Deborah Arrindell ’79 has been in the pharmaceutical industry since 2000 when she joined Roche Laboratories as Medical Director of Versed. Since that time Deborah has held various positions at Wyeth/Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson. Currently, Deborah is the Executive Director / Therapeutic Area Head of Safety Oncology at Amgen located in Thousand Oaks, California.

Deborah attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where she received a BS in biology. She then attended Yale University School of Medicine where she received her MD-MPH degree. Following two years of training in pediatrics, Deborah completed an anesthesiology and critical care training program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After spending a brief time in private practice anesthesia, Deborah returned to join the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital as an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. During this time Deborah also obtained her law degree from the University Of Maryland School of Law. Deborah is admitted to the bar in New York, Maryland, and New Jersey. Deborah was born and raised in Staten Island, New York.

Deborah Streeter

Bruce F. Failing Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management, The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Deborah Streeter is the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management in the Department of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Entrepreneurship and small business management are the focus of Dr. Streeter’s teaching business planning, small business management, gender and leadership and entrepreneurial leadership. Her research interests include: models of entrepreneurship education, the role of entrepreneurship and small business in economic development, the impact of business training on firm sustainability, and commercialization of university technology.

A major project of Dr. Streeter’s has been the development of Cornell’s eClips, the world’s largest collection of digital video clips on Entrepreneurship, Business and Leadership, in use in over 1000 universities and more than 75 countries. She has created a variety of educational materials built on a database of digital video interviews with entrepreneurs from across the country.

In 2008, Dr. Streeter started Prendisimo, a business resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners as a channel through which companies can broadcast their brand to prospective customers, employees and partners.

Dr. Streeter holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is a member of a university wide program in entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurship@Cornell program.

Diane Burton

Associate Professor in Human Resource Studies, Cornell University

Diane Burton is an Associate Professor in the Human Resource Studies Department at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she teaches courses in entrepreneurship, business strategy, and research methodology. Professor Burton studies employment relations, organizational change and white-collar careers. She has published articles in a number of academic journals including American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization Science. Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Burton taught at MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Professor Burton earned degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Harvard Universities before receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology at Stanford University.

Diane Sakach

Executive Director, Leading Women Executives, at Corporate Leadership Center

Diane joined Corporate Leadership Center in 2008 to co-develop Leading Women Executives, a multi-dimensional leadership program designed to strengthen and sustain female advancement in business. The program develops more effective leadership behaviors in participants, while partnering with companies to examine cultural norms and business practices that unintentionally hold women back. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the program’s strategic direction, marketing, relationship management, delivery, and ongoing metrics.

Previously, Diane spent 20 years in the investment management industry, primarily with Northern Trust Corporation where she was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director within its $290 billion AUM institutional investment division. Diane structured and ran the business platform that provided client and regulatory support for investment sales and servicing and oversaw compliance as a Series 24 investment principal. Earlier, she was an investment advisor to the firm’s Fortune 500 client base and led her peers in sales and client satisfaction metrics. Diane began her career as a portfolio manager and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Diane was honored with the Chairman’s Diversity Award by Northern Trust Corporation in 2001 for development and implementation of a corporate mentor program. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Sharing Connections, a nonprofit that provides furniture and household items to low-income families, and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. Diane lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Mike, and teen daughters, Elena and Julia.

Erin O’Connor

President, Cammack Health LLC

Erin O’Connor ’85 joined Cammack Health (formerly Cammack LaRhette) in 2004 as a member of the executive team. In 2013, Erin and her business partner purchased the organization from the majority shareholder and incorporated Cammack Health LLC. As the leader in the firm’s Accountable Care Solutions area, Erin has helped evolve the firm’s hospital centric services beyond traditional employee benefits. Through strategic business partnerships, Cammack Health helps transform the business of healthcare for clients who are migrating to population health management and value based care. She works with industry leaders, clients and partners to develop best practices for accountable care and is a frequent speaker at industry event.

Key areas of Erin’s expertise are organizational development, engagement, and change management. She has developed engagement and communications programs targeting physicians, organizational leadership, and employees. Erin excels at creating and embedding processes to overcome barriers to change. She is currently leading engagements with several healthcare systems in the Northeast.

Erin has 25 years of experience in human resources and health care operations. Prior to joining Cammack Health, she was the chief HR executive at two large healthcare organizations for over seven years, one of which operated several health plans.

She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Fordham University School of Law. Erin is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, current serving as Chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee.

Joy Higa

Vice President, Health Care Reform at United Healthcare

Joy Higa ’89 is the Vice President, Health Care Reform Implementation for UnitedHealthcare’s Employer and Individual Business. In this role, she manages United’s federal and state regulatory advocacy related to health care reform, working with stakeholders to address important implementation issues. Before assuming this role in 2010 after the ACA was enacted, she led Government Affairs and Regulatory Affairs activities for United’s West Region. Prior to joining United in 2006, Joy spent seven years in leadership roles in California state government and she worked for several years in private industry in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., advocating on health care issues for insurance companies, hospitals and physicians.

Katherine Amos

Vice President of Transfer Pricing Strategy, Eaton

Katherine Amos ’92 is the Vice President of Transfer Pricing Strategy at Eaton, an Irish-based multinational focused on power management products and services with sales to customers in over 175 countries. Previously, she was the global head of transfer pricing for Tyco International, a Swiss-based multinational operating in a variety of markets. Katherine also spent 17 years in transfer pricing consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Ernst & Young LLP working with companies in a variety of industries with transfer pricing planning, documentation, and controversy needs.

Marie Van Deusen

Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Marie graduated from Cornell in 1974 with a degree in biological sciences. After earning a Masters from Binghamton University in population genetics, she joined Johns Hopkins as an Associate Staff Biologist in the Chesapeake Bay Institute. Much of her work there involved terrestrial field studies for the Maryland Power Plant Siting Project. In 1981, after earning a degree in business from Johns Hopkins, she joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. In 1993, she joined Morgan Stanley (then Smith Barney) as a Senior Vice President. Her work involves helping individuals, families and small businesses achieve financial security and success. Many of her clients are retirees or divorced people who have finite pools of funds that need careful management to achieve the best tax efficient cash flows within their risk parameters. She is recognized for her expertise in Social Security claiming strategies as well as retirement rollovers and inherited IRAs. She holds CFP ™, CRPC ®, ADPA ® and CDFA ™ certifications. She was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from CALS in 2006. She was National Chair of the Cornell University Quadrangle Society from 1993-2003 and recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee for the University of Baltimore. In 2012, she was inducted into the Circle of Excellence, recognizing her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for the third time. She is admitted to the practice of law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mary Sutton

Senior Director of Human Resources, LEGO Systems, Inc.

Mary has been with the LEGO Group, the leading manufacturer of play materials,for over 25 years. The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrowand the Company believesthat the value of learning through play will help children become the leaders of tomorrow who will be capable of solving the world’s complex challenges and building a better world. With this, the LEGO Group feelsa significant obligation to ensure they create play experiences for millions of children around the worldin aresponsible manner with the aim that only the best is good enough for children.

Mary feels very fortunate to work for this highly reputable Company where she has been provided withvarious opportunities globally. Her primary responsibilities have focused onTalent Recruitment & On Boarding,Compensation and Reward, Work/Life Initiatives, Performance Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Talent development, Executive and Middle Management coaching, and Succession Planning. For the past eight years, she has been theHeadof Human ResourcesforAmericas/Pacific where she ispart of a global HR Leadership teamresponsible for setting the strategic People & Culture agendafor the LEGO Group. She is also a key member of the Executive Leadership Team comprised of a team of 11, three whoare women. Furthermore, Maryhastheresponsibility for leading the HR functions within US, Canada, Mexico, Australia/New Zealand, and within the last year, has taken on Latin America. She leads a team of 27HR professionals who work in the Human Resources Business Partner and Services areaswhereapproximately three quartersof the team are women.

Mary’s primary passions are todevelop and drivePeople & Cultureinitiativesthatstrategicallysupportthe overall global business objectives. Notably, she has been instrumental in creating the initial strategies for Leadership and Development, Succession Planning, Signature Recruitment,Strategic Workforce Planningand most recently, Diversity. The LEGO Group is extremely diverse having presence in over 30 countries. A key focus is to ensure the nuances of people and cultures across the world are appreciated as the Company deliver’s theirvision and mission. Theinitialapproach is to focus on gender diversity as an important milestone to ensure the Company creates ahealthy and sustainable organization. Mary is alsoinvolvedin employee motivation initiativesfocused onbuilding and maintaininghigh employee engagement which is key to the sustainable success forthe LEGO Group.

Mary currently holds a BA in Psychology from Stonehill Collegeand aMasters Degree in Social Workand Group Dynamicsfrom Adelphi University. She also worked for aFoods Distribution Company in Human Resources prior to working for the LEGOGroup.

Mary lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children, Bryan and Brittany. She is proud to say that Brittany is currently a senior at Cornell University and well on her way to succeeding in the business world as female executive!

Michele Williams

Senior Director of Human Resources, LEGO Systems, Inc.

Michele Williams, Ph.D., has taught negotiations to executives, MBAs and undergraduates at leading schools of management for over 10 years.
The research and work of Dr. Williams, which began with a focus on Trust and Relationships at work, now intersects with work on Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She addresses two challenges that faced by a wide variety of organizations including for-profit, non-profit, family-owned and entrepreneurial firms: Trust and Relationships-Building, maintaining and repairing trust across demographic and organizational boundaries; Sustaining high performing, cross-boundary relationships.Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship- Social construction of gender; Gender equity within and across firms; Gender equity in performance.

Michele is currently an assistant professor at Cornell University.Before joining the faculty at Cornell, she was a member of the faculty at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has authored papers and case studies, published in notable academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science and the Journal of Business Venturing. She speaks at academic and professional conferences on her topics of research and produced a unique, full-semester course offering in 2014 called Women in Leadership, Negotiation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University, her Master of Arts degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Professor Williams has consulted on effective relationship development and collaboration for public and private organizations such as Booz•Allen & Hamilton and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also co-author of the Four Capabilities Leadership Assessment (4-CAP)-an online 360° assessment used by organizations to enhance the leadership potential of managers.

To learn more about Michele Williams, visit her Cornell web site: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/directory/mw326/

Moly West

VP, Global Business Operations at ESPN

Molly West ’97 was promoted in 2007 to Senior Director, Business Operations supporting Advertising Sales. Molly manages the NY and CT ad sales operations team to provide best in class customer service for the ESPN multimedia sales force. Her responsibilities include driving effective post-sales processes for day to day book of business, improving cash flow by millions of dollars by decreasing outstanding bills, maximizing staffing for the growing marketplace, and hiring entry level talent that feeds into next level and beyond Sales and Marketing positions.

In addition to her core responsibilities, Molly serves on a leadership team that created the first ESPN Sales Development Program in 2008. The resulting one-year rotation was designed to provide top notch candidates a global view of the divisions in sales and marketing at ESPN. Ultimately, the result of the program is that participants have the perspective to determine what division best suits their interests and skills.

Molly is passionate about employee development and was selected as both a Mentor and Mentee in the ESPN Mentoring Program. She also initiated a more effective internal process to integrate & welcome new hires and interns.

In 2004, Molly transitioned to ESPN as an Associate Director managing the NY advertising sales operations team. She was promoted to Director in 2006 and focused on implementing the process and technical changes needed to support a growing multimedia sales support team. Over the past 6 years, Molly’s team has grown from 12 to 40, and expanded from supporting Broadcast media to also supporting Digital, Magazine, and Mobile media. Her team’s focus on collections, improving process, and agency relationships increased the company cash flow by $34 million in 2009.

Molly began her career at International Family Entertainment in 1997 as a Sales Assistant. She quickly mastered her position and moved into inventory planning. Seeing a need for process improvements, training, and efficiencies within the department, she developed the first Manager of Sales Assistants position at the Family Channel/Fox Family Channel. After 5 years, she moved into planning management at the newly formed ABC Family Network to work on maximizing commercial inventory.

Molly started her team development/ leadership skills early in her life. She graduated from Cornell in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a certificate in Social Work. Molly was a goalie and elected team captain of the women’s field hockey team, garnering first team All-American honors and Second team All-Ivy League honors. She led her team to their first time bid to the ECAC tournament.

Molly lives in Jersey City, New Jersey with her husband Brian and her 4 year old son Logan.

Natalie Grillon

COO and Co-Founder, Project JUST

Natalie is the COO and co-founder of JUST, an ethical fashion tech start-up, bringing transparency to fashion supply chains. She has worked at the intersection of business and development in Africa for the past five years, most recently as the operations manager of GADC, an organic and fair trade agribusiness in EA and as an Acumen Global Fellow. Natalie has an MBA from Cornell, a BS from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and is an RPCV from Mali ’07-09.

Nicole Cramer

Senior Vice President, Global Chief Creativity Catalyst, McCann WorldGroup

In 2010, Nicole joined McCann Worldgroup as global chief of staff-charged with organizing a sandstorm of key initiatives into a highly organized, action-oriented sand castle. In the fall of 2011 she switched focus to serve as McCann’s global chief creativity catalyst, responsible for developing the network’s creative excellence initiatives as well as launching and managing the global Creative Leadership Council.

Prior to McCann Worldgroup, Nicole held similar advertising agency posts at DDBWorldwide Communications and J. Walter Thompson and operations roles working with biotech and pharmaceutical leaders and building entertainment companies.

Nicole believes strongly in opening doors for the brilliant but under-recognized, and makes it a top priority. She donates as much time as possible to mentoring programs through various industry organizations and her alma maters. She is a board director for Practice Makes Perfect (an education non-profit), a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women (a prestigious women’s board appointed by the university president), the immediate past national co-chair of Interpublic Group’s Black Employee Network and a member of both the Advertising Women of NY (AWNY) and The Advertising Club.

Nicole holds a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and is a graduate of Mannes College of Music and the United Nations International School. An
entrepreneur turned ‘in-trepreneur’, Nicole has also served as managing partner for Cramer Consultants, founder of NicNic Productions (a theatre production and training program), and most recently founded a new cookie brand. She enjoys splitting her time between her home-island of Manhattan, the Pennsylvania
mountains and airplanes to international destinations.

Rachel Trimarco

Founder & CEO at Bride & Blossom

Rachel Trimarco ’02 was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Economics & Management and a minor in Communications. Prior to founding Bride & Blossom in 2008, Rachel’s diverse career included financial sales, public relations and television news production. After gaining experience in the corporate world, Rachel decided to pursue her true passion, floral design and décor. She combined her business acumen, production experience and flair for design to start Bride & Blossom.

The true inspiration for a wedding flower boutique was Rachel’s own 350 person wedding where she planned and meticulously executed every detail. After receiving exorbitant quotes from Hampton florists, Rachel was determined to find a way to avoid paying premium prices while maintaining the elegant floral décor she envisioned. She chose a beach chic design, assembled a skilled team and negotiated with distributors. Upon returning from her honeymoon, Rachel received a call from her venue coordinator saying they had a few brides interested in using “her florist”. Rachel knew this was the perfect opportunity to start her own business and pursue her passion for design.

Rebecca Joffrey

Director of Interactive Services, CALS/Cornell

Rebecca Joffrey is Director of Interactive Services at Cornell University and is responsible for redefining the way that students engage with alumni, faculty, staff, and peers in both physical and online spaces. Prior to this role, she was Director of the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where she led one of the first university implementations of Chatter for students. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter, @RebeccaJoffrey.

Sharee Umpierre

Associate Professor and Director of Gynecologic Oncology at University of Puerto Rico Medical School
Principal in Medens

Ms. Sharee Ann Umpierre-Catinchi, M.D. ’81 has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1993 and also a Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology of the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Medicine since 1993. Ms. Umpierre-Catinchi has been a Director of First BanCorp. from 2003 until May 29, 2012. She is a Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She served as a Director of FirstBank Puerto Rico of First BanCorp. until May 29, 2012. Ms. Umpierre-Catinchi holds a Doctor of Medicine.

Sharon Dauk

President, Sharon M. Dauk Coaching, LLC

Sharon Dauk ’89 combines her extensive business experience with coaching skills and expertise to help business executives, entrepreneurs and key managers in developing leadership skills, enhancing business operations and attaining personal empowerment. Sharon provides a highly focused approach acting as an independent objective confidant to help her clients address opportunities and challenges, and develop the tools needed to navigate demanding and fast-paced business environments, all designed to reach specific measurable goals.

Sharon has 20 years of diverse professional experience as an investor, board member, financial advisor and business executive, which gives her a unique perspective on key issues facing a variety of business leaders. Her experience in the Corporate Finance Departments of Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney working with large clients on complex financial and corporate control issues provides a balance to her 12 years of involvement with early stage company investing, managing and mentoring, which she has done through her investment company, Dauk/Wagner Investments, LLC. This background gives Sharon great insight into the opportunities and challenges of business leaders of large and small companies in many industries.

Her clients have included entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries at differing stages of development; and business leaders working in the fields of finance including asset management, private equity and investment banking, management consulting, marketing and advertising. In her coaching engagements she has helped her clients navigate critical junctures in business development, achieve personal and professional transitions, and improve management and leadership skills.

Susan Fleming

Senior Lecturer, Cornell School of Hotel Administration

Dr. Susan S. Fleming is an educator, researcher, businesswoman and mother with deep experience and expertise in the areas of finance, insurance, business strategy, organizational behavior and issues of gender diversity. Susan began her career on Wall Street, where over a period of twelve years she held various positions in the investment community, including that of Analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co., Vice President of Insurance Partners, L.P., a $540 million private equity fund and Partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners, a $1.85B private equity fund.

After retiring from Wall Street in 2003, Susan began work as an educator, teaching executives, investment professionals, MBAs and undergraduates in the areas of corporate finance, insurance, valuation, and gender bias. She also enrolled at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to pursue a Ph.D. in Management where her research focused on better understanding the factors contributing to a dearth of women in leadership positions in U.S. society. In addition to Susan’s work as an educator, researcher and business consultant, Susan helped to found a start-up company in Ithaca, NY; has previously served on the board of directors of four publicly traded insurance and reinsurance companies, two private companies and two non-profit organizations; and currently serves on the board of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded asset management firm; Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded global insurance and reinsurance holding company, and The New Agenda, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women.

Susan currently is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Management and Organizations at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies (Highest Distinction) from the University of Virginia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Management from Cornell University.

Tasha Lewis

Assistant Professor, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Tasha Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design.

Her research interests include the disruptive impact of technology in the apparel industry, the behavior of fashion brands, global and domestic apparel production (“glocalization”) issues, and the significance of social responsibility and sustainability throughout the global apparel supply chain.