DSWIL Spring 2014 – Bio
President, Springboard Enterprises
Amy Millman is a the founder and president of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit venture catalyst which sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion. Springboard has assisted hundreds of women entrepreneurs in raising billions in investments and connecting with thousands of expert resources.
During Ms. Millman’s career in Washington, DC, she served as a representative for several industry groups and was appointed as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council during the Clinton Administration. Ms. Millman served on the boards of many organizations, including her current service with JumpStart Inc. and Enterprising Women Magazine. Ms. Millman graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a Masters degree from The George Washington University.
President and Co-Founder, The New Agenda
Amy Siskind is the President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Ms. Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, TheStreet.com, NPR, and Marketplace Radio. Ms. Siskind is also a featured contributor as The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. Ms. Siskind speaks on college campuses and to young women about economic empowerment, and delivers inspiration keynotes and speeches to professional women on how to succeed. She serves on Cornell University’s President’s Council of COrnell WOmen and Cornell University Council.
Senior Vice President, Richards & Mwanza Group (UBS)
Angela Mwanza is the Senior Vice President of Wealth Management for the Richards & Mwanza Wealth Management Group of UBS. The Richards & Mwanza Wealth Management Group is committed to the practice of private wealth management through critical assessment of all aspects of client financial matters and a customized client focused strategy. Ms. Mwanza has over 13 years of experience in advising clients on sophisticated investment strategies. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. Mwanza was a Private Banker at Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management and J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
Ms. Mwanza serves on the Advisory Boards of the Johnson school at Cornell University as well as Entrepreneurship@Cornell. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Board of Grassroot Soccer and the MDG Health Alliance. She is a founding Member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and a member of both the Social Investment Forum and the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Mwanza received an M.B.A. from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Konstanz, Germany.
Co-founder and Vice Chairman, BlackRock
Kickoff Keynote Speaker
Barbara Novick is the Co-founder and Vice Chairman of BlackRock, one of the world’s largest asset managers. BlackRock strives to help individuals and institutions from all over the world build better financial futures. BlackRock has been recognized by PLANSPONSER as one of the 20 most influential institutions in the retirement industry over the past few decades. BlackRock’s board of directors has been included in Fortune Magazine’s Fortune 500 issue as people behind some of the biggest and most important organizations in America.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms. Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation where she became head of the Portfolio Products Team. Prior to this position Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley. Ms. Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. Ms. Novick is a member of CFA Institute’s Future of FInance Advisory Council and Reuters’ Editorial Advisory Board. She currently serves as a Trustee of Cornell University and coaches in the Westchester Youth Soccer League. Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University in 1981.
Associate, Flybridge Capital Partners
Caitlin Strandberg is an Associate at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience broadly cover companies and technologies across the information technology sector including ad tech, digital media, fin tech, and consumer interest. Flybridge is an early-stage venture capital firm with $560 million under management. Their goal is to find talented entrepreneurs and then partner with them to build exceptional and valuable companies. Caitlin joined the firm in August 2011 from LearnVest, a personal finance start-up in NYC where she served as Director of Business Development.
Previously, Ms. Strandberg was the Associate Director of Business Development at Behance, a platform for showcasing and discovering creative work online. Ms. Strandberg was also the President and Co-founder of Slope Media Group, a student-run media organization based out of Cornell University that includes internet radio, internet television and a digital magazine. Ms. Strandberg holds a BA in History from Cornell University with a minor in Science and Technology Studies.
Professor, Cornell University
Debra Perosio is a senior lecturer at Cornell University. Professor Perosio’s areas of expertise include Food Merchandising and Marketing, as well as Teaching and Advising undergraduates. Professor Perosio teaches courses on Marketing, Marketing Plan Development, and a Retail Speaker Series.
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
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.
Founder of YFS Magazine
Closing Keynote Speaker
Erica Nicole is the founder and CEO of YFS magazine,Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed (yfsmagazine.com) an internationally acclaimed and award-winning small business news site – the definitive digital magazine for startup, small business news and entrepreneurial culture. Ms. Nicole makes headlines as a small business expert source by serving up fresh, provocative, and insanely addictive behind-the-scenes business know-how. Ms. Nicole helps world-class global brands break through the clutter, build small business thought leadership and leverage influencer engagement. Representing the selective and optimistic eye of entrepreneurship culture, she’s committed to empowering entrepreneurs via her Fortune 500 Simplified business approach.
As a renowned serial entrepreneur, Ms. Nicole leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries. Ms. Nicole is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and National Association of Professional Women, and former Business Insider and a VISA Business Network contributor. Her prior achievements include the North America Small Business Influencer Nominee, Media Achievement Award, Cameron School of Business Leadership Award, and certification from the University of Bremen, Germany in Money & Capital Markets. Ms. Nicole has been featured in media outlets including Forbes.com, Fox Business, MSN Business on Main, and The Huffington Post.
Business Development Manager, Intel
Hannah Choi is the business development manager for Intel. Prior to working with Intel, she worked with Detecon INternational as a management consultant; Rwandatel as a network consultant; SITA as a solution consultant; and Spring as a Network Engineer. Ms. Choi received her BS in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, and her MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Senior Manager of Product Solution, PayPal
Jennifer Delaney is the Senior Manager of product solution in clothing, shoes, and accessories at PayPal. Her previous work experience focused on product management, marketing, and entrepreneurship with a passion for consumer focused technologies. Ms. Delaney also worked with the BR Venture Fund as a fund manager and associate, where she managed associate teams conducting due -diligence on potential investments, source deals, and facilitated exchanges between the Johnson school and other institutions at Cornell University. The BR Venture Fund is a student run $1.2 million evergreen venture capital fund investing up to $250,000 per opportunity
Ms. Delaney received her B.A. in economics from Stanford University and her MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.
Jenn Vargas is the founder of Accompl.sh, an online community dedicated to helping individuals become even more awesome and reach their goals. They have currently tracked 1049 goals for 162 people, and have together completed 52 goals. Before starting Accompl.sh, Ms. Vargas worked as a project manager for Yahoo!, Flickr, Etsy, and Birchbox. As a product manager, Ms. Vargas strives to take her passion for building consumer-faced products to provide an amazing experience for users.
Ms Vargas teaches workshops and offers presentations at the General Assembly in NYC. Her workshops focus on the essentials of product management and are geared toward arming new Product Managers with the tools they need to make fast, informed decisions. Ms. Vargas received her B.A. in information Sciences from Cornell University.
Senior Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, Stony Brook University
Government and Non-profit Panelist
Jonelle Bradshaw is the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Stony Brook University. Ms. Bradshaw is responsible for implementing a comprehensive strategy to develop corporate and foundation relationships on behalf of Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Hospital and Medical Center in order to obtain philanthropic support. Some of Ms. Bradshaw’s key projects include the building of a new Computer Science Building, Children’s Hospital as well as multiple faculty projects in diverse areas such as Economics, STEM, Energy, and Technology.
For over 20 years Ms. Bradshaw has dedicated her life to improving the lives of human beings through various platforms. Ms. Bradshaw has worked with individuals, groups, and institutions to meet their internal goals while impacting social change. Ms. Bradshaw has given many speeches and presentations on impacting social change throughout the country. Ms. Bradshaw received her Masters of Art in Social Organizational Psychology from the Teachers College of Columbia University, her B.S. in Human Service Studies concentrating in Social Policy and Community from Cornell University, and her Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University.
President, Shore Fire Media
Marilyn Laverty is the founder and president of Shore Fire Media, a PR firm that specializes in entertainment and pop culture. Shore Fire is known for its blue chip roster of acts from almost every genre (including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Kenny Chesney, and Lana Del Rey) as well as venues, businesses, charities, websites, books, dance troupes, and non-music events. Under Laverty’s leadership, Shore Fire has redefined their function as serving not only their clients, but the industry.
Ms. Laverty worked in the media industry for 15 years prior to founding Shore Fire. After graduating Cornell University, she started as a writer for Trouser Press, Crawdaddy, and New York Rocker. Following, she handled publicity for RCA and moved on to a 13 year career at Columbia records, where Ms. Laverty rose to the role of VP of publicity. Ms. Laverty was an honors graduate in philosophy from Cornell University. Ms. Laverty has been honored with Advertising Age’s Top Campaigns of the Year, an honoree for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund’s Annual Gala, and a nominee for Billboard Magazine’s top 40 Women in Music.
Licensing Specialist, Microsoft
Mary Fuller is a licensing specialist at Microsoft. Ms. Fuller in responsible for evaluating, negotiating, and structuring complex licensing deals between Microsoft and regionally based enterprise customers. Prior to working at Microsoft, Ms. FUller has worked with Hewlett-Packard as a marketing manager; an associate to the BR Venture Fund, manager for SmartSign, and a sales consultant for Seamless
Ms. Fuller is a recipient of the Forte Fellow Merit scholarship awarded for excellence in leadership, academics, and service. Ms. Fuller received her B.A. in government and French studies from Smith College, and her MBA in strategic marketing from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
WNBA Basketball Operations and Player Relations, NBA
Megan Hughes is a Basketball Operations and Player Relations Coordinator, where she is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing player development initiatives, collegiate prospecting efforts, and basketball operations procedures. The WNBA is the pentacle of professional basketball and a global leader in the sports and entertainment industry. Ms. Hughes’ experience of at the NBA has provided her with an unparalleled knowledge of basketball and business operations from both the league and team perspective.
Prior to joining the WNBA, Ms. Hughes led a successful career playing Division 1 Basketball for the Cornell University Women’s Basketball team, where she helped lead her team to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and Ivy League Championship. Ms. Hughes earned her degree from Cornell University in Marketing Strategy and Management.
Co-Founder, Ithaca Institute
Paula Peter is a co-founder of the Ithaca Institute. The Ithaca Institute strives to provide practical solutions to the current and future need for leadership development in the field of advancement and the not-for-profit sector. THey draw on the collective wisdom, creativity, and professional knowledge of successful practitioners to foster stronger leadership, and better quality of life for advancement and non-profit executives. The ithaca institute seeks to develop a curriculum that provides training on the functions truly required by the job, and that integrates personal growth with professional development in order to better serve the needs of individuals, organizations, and society.
Ms. Peter has over three decades of experience working with not-for-profit organizations in the areas of fundraising and board development. A graduate of Cornell University, Ms. Peter has an interest of non-traditional learning, having participated in Napier and Associates’ Group Leadership Intensive,The Temagami Experience, the Hoffman Institute Quadrinity Process, the Gestalt Institute, and Outward Bound. Ms. Peters has extensive experience in retreat design and facilitation.
Director of Partner Operations, Yext
Rachel Martin is the director of Partner Operations at Yext, a company that provides local cloud-computing services for marketers to manage their geodata and local content and connect it everywhere. Yext enables marketing organizations to seamlessly deliver relevant geodata, pictures, posts, prices, inventory, offers, updates and more on any service connected to their local cloud.
Ms. Martin received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, and her M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford
National Finance Co-Chair, Ready for Hilary
Shelly Porges is the Co-Chair of the National Finance Council for Ready for Hillary, an independent political action committee advocating for Hillary Clinton’s leadership of the United States in 2016 and beyond. Prior to this position, Ms. Porges was the former Senior Advisor for the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department. As head of the GEP program, Ms. Porges increased GEP’s reach to over 150 countries and institutionalized entrepreneurship as part of the Department’s Economic Statecraft policy initiative launched by Secretary Clinton. Prior to GEP, Ms. Porges launched the State Department’s Global Women’s Business Initiative working through multilateral relationships to promote women’s entrepreneurship worldwide.
Ms. Porges’ career highlights include both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. Ms. Porges worked with American Express as the executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and previously worked as the chief retail marketing officer for Bank of America. Ms. Porges also held executive positions in a number of start-up ventures including Third Age Media, the leading internet portal site for baby boomers; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners; and Zurich Scudder Investments, one of the largest asset managers in the world. Ms. Porges holds both a BS and MPS degree from Cornell University.
Stacey Hawley is the founder of Credo. Ms. Hawley is passionate about helping others achieve career happiness and personal fulfillment. As an executive compensation consultant at the premier HR consulting firm for 14 years, she consulted in most industries for all types of companies at all stages of growth. Three years ago, Ms. Hawley launched her own business to further help individuals achieve their career goals. Ms. Hawley’s expertise has been cited in resources such as Money Magazine, MSN Careers, CareerBuilder, The Chicago Tribune, and LinkedIn.
Ms. Hawley is also a frequent contributor to Forbes, BusinessInsider.com, LearnVest, Working Mother, and The Glass Hammer. Ms. Hawley actively participates in Cornell’s alumni network, and chairs the Chicago Cornell Alumni Ambassadors Network. Ms. Hawley graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and received her Masters from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Senior Lecturer – School of Hotel Administration
Susan Fleming, Ph. D., is a senior lecturer in the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she is also a senior lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. She is an educator, researcher, businesswoman, and mother with deep expertise in the areas of finance, investing, business strategy, organizational behavior, and gender diversity. She has held various positions in the investment community, including Morgan Stanley & Co.; Insurance Partners, L.P.; and Capital Z Financial Services Partners. After retiring from Wall Street in 2003, Fleming became an educator and earned her PhD in management from JGSM and conducted research on the factors contributing to a dearth of women in leadership positions in U.S. society. She currently serves on the boards of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.; Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd.; and Educate the Children, which works with women and children of Nepal through literacy education, scholarships, and microfinance
HR Director, IBM
Susan Youngblood has held HR leadership roles in multiple business units at IBM including software, technology development and manufacturing, services, and sales. She currently serves as the Head Director of HR for the Tivoli software division at IBM, which includes 8,000 employees worldwide.
Ms. Youngblood received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Vasser College and her master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Terry Swack is a pioneer in the design and technology industries, and an Internet and environmental entrepreneur. In 2007, Ms. Swack co-founded Sustainable Minds, a software and information services company enabling product design organizations to create innovative and sustainable products. The company’s mission is to bring sustainable product design into the mainstream in an accessible empowering and credible way. Prior to founding Sustainable Minds, Ms. Swack founded Green Building blocks and the Beam, a venture backed Web 2.0 media company and marketplace for consumers, manufacturers, and service providers to power the demand for clean and green products and services. In 2002, Ms. Swack became a founding team member of StillSecure, a network security software company. Ms. Swack’s first company, TSDesign, was founded in 1985 as a graphic design firm and became an Internet Strategy and product design firm in 1994. Clients ranged from startups to Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Dell, BankBoston, and Tripod.
Ms. Swack has been a frequent speaker to business, technology and design audiences on designing effective digital business systems and the brand experience; and increasingly, on the intersections of sustainability, business innovation, and the future of engineering software. Ms. Swack graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in graphic design, and received her BFA in graphic design from the University of the Arts.
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Valisha Graves is a senior technology product manager with hands-on experience in corporate finance, and is an executive director in the institutional securities technology group at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Graves focuses on financial analytic applications for global markets, and her areas of expertise include corporate finance, financial statement analysis, and leveraged buyout analysis. She is the current product manager for IRIS (Interactive Derivatives Investment Strategies), a Flex data visualization application that allows users to model and analyze equity derivatives strategies.
Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, Ms. Graves was a senior analyst with RateFinancials, a private, independent equity research firm that ranks and rates the financial reporting, quality of earnings and corporate governance of S&P 500 companies. Ms. Graves also worked with Accordia, Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young, and The National Westminster Bank in roles including asset/liability management, financial modeling, data analysis, and consulting. Ms. Graves received her AB in government from Cornell University and her MBA from Columbia.
Founder, Human Intonation
Verneda White is the founder and Creative Director of Human Intonation, a unisex apparal brand dedicated to raising social awareness while giving 20% of the proceeds from each sale to growing non-profits. The brand hopes to show us a new purpose of fashion, and Verneda gets her inspiration from her family’s survival through Hurricane Katrina and the loss of her 22 year old cousin to AIDS five months later. Human Intonation has celebrity supporters such as Usher, Wyclef, and Ne-yo as well as non-profit partners such as Darfur, Advocates for Youth, Hands on New Orleans, and YeleHaiti.
Ms. White began designing T-shirts for Hands on New Orleans, making it the point of inspiration for Human Intonation. Prior to design, Ms. White worked in product development for Macy’s. Ms. White is a graduate from Cornell University with a B.S. in textiles and Apparel Management and received an M.B.A. from the European Business School in International Business and marketing.
Campus Inclusiveness Recruiting Consultant, Ernst & Young
Yos Bugallo is the Campus Inclusiveness Recruiting Consultant for Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services. Prior to working at Ernst & Young, Ms. Bugallo worked with ALPFA New York. Ms. Bugallo received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, and her masters from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Yve Car Momperousse
Yve-Car Momperousse is a multitalented Haitian-American public servant, institutional strategist, and solutions engineer with a transnational focus on issues effecting the next generation of global citizens. As an experienced professional, YveCar has consulted for international non-profits, humanitarian aid organizations, corporations, top-tier colleges and universities, and political action committees. More specifically, she has remained dedicated to service in the public interest as an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, AIDS awareness and research, educator of K-12 students in business and entrepreneurship, and activists for immigrant support with a focus on socio-political and socio-economic empowerment of the Haitian/Haitian-American community. As a member of the PennGSE Haiti Education Initiative, Ms. Momperousse focuses on Fundraising Development and Strategic Initiatives. Current and past work, positions, and key assignments include:
As a result of her commitment to excellence, Yve-Car has been bestowed numerous honors, awards, citations, and certifications including the Orphans International Worldwide Global Citizen Award, Newark NJ’s Excellence in Teaching Award from the Mayor’s office, Certificate of Excellence from the Rutgers Center for Women and Politics, and named Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership. Yve-Car holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a Master’s at the University of Pennsylvania. Yve-Car is the 1st Haitian-American elected to the Democratic State Committee. Her rise to election was fueled by long-term involvements with the Philadelphia Young Democrats and the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund.