The 26th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference 2017

Boston MA

Feb 25, 2017

Welcome to the 26th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference!  We are honored to welcome over 1,000 business professionals, thought leaders, and students from around the world who have chosen to come to campus today for this event.  We are excited to share this day with you and hope you take the opportunity to make new connections, share your experiences, and be inspired by some amazing female leaders.

The 2017 Conference theme is “Women, Empowered.”  We have found keynote speakers and panelists who we see as women who are powerful, who have been empowered, and who empower others.  It is my hope that when you hear their diversity of experiences, or when you realize the different types of power these women each wield within their chosen careers, that you will be re-inspired and re-energized, and that you will pick up on some of their clever strategies.  

This theme will be felt throughout today’s wide array of industry and topic panels, whether you are hoping to learn more about transforming our healthcare system, or about what to look for in a mentor.  We also have a workshop series to allow you to focus on tactics for unlocking your own power, from noticing and curbing gender biases, to managing your personal finances, to managing your self-confidence.  We hope this day allows you a chance to reflect and converse on both what you personally need to be more empowered and how you can empower others, and that these conversations later lead to action.

Please share your thoughts, pictures, and insights throughout the day via Twitter at @HBSWSA and #WomenEmpowered.


Monica Jackman

WSA Conference Chair

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Afsaneh Beschloss

Founder and CEO, Rock Creek

Bio: Afsaneh M. Beschloss is Founder and CEO of Rock Creek, a leading global investment and advisory firm. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group and Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank. Ms. Beschloss has a long history working on global public policy and financial policy advising governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies.

Alex Friedman

Co-Founder, LOLA (

Bio: Alex is the co-founder of LOLA, a feminine care brand for women, by women. Along with Jordana Kier, she introduced LOLA in July 2015 to modernize the industry. The pair initially set out to create a subscription service for existing tampons, but it soon became clear that the more pressing issue was lack of available information about ingredients. So, they sourced their own products and created LOLA to give women peace of mind by being transparent about what’s in your feminine care. Prior, Alex led analytics at Flurry Analytics (acquired by Yahoo in Aug 2014) and was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in New York. She received her MBA at Wharton and attended Dartmouth College for undergrad. Over the years, Alex been actively involved in the Young Women’s Leadership Network.

Amanda Burlison

Sr Associate Marketing Manager - Cheerios, General Mills

Bio: Amanda Burlison (HBS ’14) is a Sr Associate Marketing Manager for Cheerios. Amanda specifically manages the Honey Nut Cheerios brand, owning the P&L for one of America’s favorite cereals and working with creative agencies to develop marketing that drives the business. In her previous roles, Amanda focused on growing several emerging wellness brands in the Mills portfolio, including Cascadian Farm, Liberte, and Mountain High Yoghurt. Before General Mills, Amanda was a consultant in Deloitte’s Atlanta office and interned in Nike’s Corporate Strategy group. A lifelong athlete from Nashville and avid yogi, Amanda is energized by incorporating wellness trends into food and building deep consumer empathy to grow brands.

Amara Suebsaeng

Vice President, TA Associates

Bio: Amara Suebsaeng is a Vice President at TA Associates, a $7Bn global growth private equity firm. Amara joined TA in 2010 and focuses on investments in business, technology-enabled and information services companies in North America. She previously worked at Morgan Stanley in Investment Banking in the Power & Utilities Group and at Logi Analytics in Product Management and Business Development. Amara graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master in Business Administration and Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. TA Associates is a global growth private equity firm with offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. The firm leads buyouts and minority recapitalizations of profitable growth companies in a variety of industries. TA Associates has raised $24 billion in capital since its founding and manages over $7 billion in actively investing funds. The firm invests with the intent to help companies increase their long-term value and realize management teams’ ambitions.

Ambika Singh

CEO, armoire style (we're hiring!)

Bio: Ambika Singh, Sloan MBA 2016, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Armoire. A wardrobe-as-a-service company, Armoire rents and delivers high-end clothes for busy professional women. With a growing waitlist, the company aims to serve what it calls the “boss lady.” Ambika’s past experiences include marketing & sales roles at Microsoft, two consumer facing web startups, and a mid-sized systems integrator that was recently acquired by Harman Kardon. Ambika graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a double major in History and Asian Studies modified with Economics; she completed a thesis about microfinance risk models in rural India. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, eating, hiking, camping, soccer, spending time with friends & family, and thinking about startups.

Andrea Blankmeyer

VP Finance, SoFi

Bio: As SoFi’s Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development, Andrea Blankmeyer is responsible for treasury and liquidity management, FP&A, corporate development, and institutional investor relations. She’s been with SoFi since June 2015, when she joined the company as Director of Strategy and Business Operations. Before SoFi, Andrea was at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, where she focused on the financial services and technology sectors. Previously, she worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in New York. Andrea graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Anna Auerbach

Cofounder and Co Chief Executive Officer, Werk Inc.

Bio: Anna Auerbach is the Cofounder and Co-CEO of Werk, a job marketplace that allows ambitious job seekers to discover career-building opportunities, all with pre-negotiated types of flexibility. Werk’s goal is to keep talented women in the workforce by updating traditional work structures to create life-compatible work arrangements. Prior to founding Werk, Anna was a strategy consultant for 10+ years, most recently as the COO of a philanthropy catalyst firm. She began her career at McKinsey & Co. Anna is an alumna Brandeis University and Harvard Business School.

Anna Maria Chavez

Chief Executive Officer, Inspirational Speaker & Author, Anna Maria Chávez Consulting

Bio: Anna Maria Chávez is an attorney and one of the world’s top experts on women’s leadership and youth development. Most recently, Anna was the Chief Executive Officer of the iconic Girl Scouts of the USA from 2011 – 2016. Anna was the first woman of color to lead the organization in their 104-year history. Previously, Anna held numerous posts in President Clinton’s administration, including senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater. Lauded for her leadership, Anna has been named one of FORTUNE’s World’s Greatest Leaders of 2016. Also in 2016, Anna was inducted into the U.S. News & World Report’s STEM Leadership Hall of Fame. Anna was awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s highest honor, the 2016 Medallion of Excellence Award, during its Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. with U.S. President Barack Obama. Anna attended Yale University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree before pursuing a juris doctorate at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Anne Myong

Chief Financial Officer, Walmart Global eCommerce

Bio: Anne Myong is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart’s Global eCommerce business across 11 countries. In this role, Anne leads Walmart eCommerce finance, accounting, strategic planning, M&A and integration activities. She joined Walmart China in 2011 as its Chief Administrative Officer and became CFO the following year. She is a member of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders at Walmart and on the Board of Goodwill Industries International and Walmart Mexico (WALMEX). Anne was previously Agilent Technologies’ China CFO for five years, based in Beijing, China. Prior to China, Anne spent 12 years in Silicon Valley across a spectrum of large companies and start-ups; at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard Company, she held a variety of roles in corporate M&A, finance transformation, and corporate venture capital, investing in early stage start-ups. Anne started her career with McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC and New York, serving retailing, consumer goods, and pharmaceutical clients. Anne received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.

Anushka Sunder

Principal, The Blackstone Group

Bio: Anushka Sunder is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and is based in New York, where she focuses primarily on the healthcare and technology sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Ms. Sunder has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in JDA Software, NCR, Optiv, Outerstuff, and TeamHealth. She serves on the Board of Directors of JDA Software and Optiv. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Sunder was an associate at TPG Capital, where she evaluated and executed private equity investments across several industries. Prior to that, she worked in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group. Ms. Sunder received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Anya Boutov

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Capital Markets, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Bio: Anya is a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she advises senior officials on policy decisions that influence domestic and global capital markets. Her areas of focus include financial regulation, market structure, and housing finance. Prior to joining Treasury, she was a Vice President in interest rate products sales at Goldman Sachs in New York. Anya received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Columbia University.

April Underwood

Vice President of Product, Slack

Bio: April Underwood is VP of Product at Slack, where she oversees product vision and strategy. April also drives key growth initiatives, including the development of platform products, API integrations, and developer relations. A technology industry veteran, prior to Slack April was at Twitter for nearly five years. During this time, she was part of Twitter’s growth from groundbreaking startup to IPO, and led the development and launch of both the Tweet Button and Twitter API. April also managed strategic partnerships with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Prior to joining Twitter, April was a product manager and software engineer at Travelocity and a senior partner technology manager at Google. April has an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Berkeley, is a co-founder of #Angels—an angel-round investment group consisting entirely of former and current female Twitter executives. She was named one Fortune’s “40 Under 40”, as well as one of the “Most Creative People of 2015” by Fast Company magazine.

Asha Keddy

VP and GM, Standards and Advanced Technology, MCG, Intel Corporation

Bio: Asha R. Keddy is Vice President in the Communications and Devices Group and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for investigating and delivering the technologies, business use cases, collaborations and trials that will usher in the era of 5G wireless connectivity as well as broadly fostering innovation in mobile communications and ecosystem intelligence for future products. Asha is also responsible for wireless standards at Intel including 3GPP and IEEE. The organization’s focus areas include designing and developing the full systems needed and also building blocks such as RF, BB ASICs, hardware, algorithms, systems, modems, early prototypes and platforms to also scale to industry verticals. Ms. Keddy has more than 20 years’ experience leading and managing wireless and mobile broadband areas and multiple patents. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, painting, hiking, biking and kayaking with her husband, and spending time with her beloved dog, Henna.

Becky Miller

Global Business Manager | Industrial Adhesives and Tapes, 3M Company

Bio: Becky Miller is currently a Global Business Manager at 3M in the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes division. She is responsible for leading the global business and cross functional operations of select single-coated specialty tapes valued at nearly $250M. With a background in product development, marketing, and business operations, Becky brings strategic vision, focused leadership, and passion to the organizations she leads. Since joining 3M in 2007, Becky has held a variety of positions in corporate strategy, marketing, new business development, and lean six sigma. Prior to 3M, Becky worked in engineering and supply chain for SC Johnson and Eli Lilly. Becky holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Becky is married with two children and enjoys the beach, traveling to different countries and experiencing the local culture, and participating in her family’s activities.

Beth Bovis

Partner, Global Organization & Transformation Practice Leader, A.T. Kearney

Bio: Beth Bovis is an A.T. Kearney partner and the global leader for our Leadership, Change and Organization practice. She also plays a critical role as the leader of the firm’s Women’s Network and sits on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion council. Her consulting focus includes organizational strategy, design and governance, global business services, change management, leadership effectiveness and large scale transformation. She works across industries with a focus on global business models, highly decentralized cultures, and non-profits. Beth has passion around her clients and her firm. She has served on the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team of A.T. Kearney. Beth was selected as one of the Top 25 Consultants in 2014 in recognition for her leadership. She was also honored by the Girl Scouts of Greater NY as a Woman of Distinction in 2014. In addition to working with non-profits as clients, Beth is also actively engaged with multiple non-profits. She currently sits on The Conference Board’s Advancing Women in Leadership council. She is the former Chair and current Emeritus Board member for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the A.T. Kearney liaison for the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, has collaborated with the Network of Executive Women on key research in diversity. Beth’s also worked at, where she was the Vice President Product Management and General Manager for Work Life Products. She earned a B.S. in economics, finance and multinational management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Beth has worked part-time for the past 16 years. She lives in Madison Wisconsin and is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 11.

Catherine Allegra

Global Head - Markit Digital, Markit

Bio: In 1991, Catherine Allegra co-founded Wall Street On Demand with James Tanner in New York City and moved the company to Boulder, Colorado in 1996. Wall Street On Demand, now called “Markit Digital”, is part of IHS Markit (ticker: INFO), and with more than 500 team members, is the leading provider of design, development and hosting services for the brokerage industry. Catherine grew the company through at least seven different owners, both private and public. In 1998, she sold the company to Bridge, which went bankrupt in 2000. After a year of being part of Reuters, the couple bought the company back with the help of Charles Schwab, its largest customer, and two Boulder private equity firms. In 2006, after three years of being independent again, she sold the company to Goldman Sachs, for five times their purchase price; and after managing the company through the financial crisis, she helped Goldman Sachs sell the company to Markit in 2010, yielding Goldman three times their investment. Catherine continues to head the organization she founded. Catherine’s work and passion is creating innovative and collaborative cultures and developing the managers to lead them. In addition to her career at IHS Markit Digital, Catherine was the National Executive Director of Plays for Living, a non-profit theater company in New York focused on social and health issues; she worked as a professional actress in Boston and Chicago and taught high school in the Chicago Public Schools. Catherine has served on many non-profit and corporate boards including the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees where she has served as Vice-Chairman, Special Representative and Co-Chair of the Two College Joint Council with Haverford College. Catherine is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and majored in history. She is married to James Tanner who is the Chief Innovation Officer at Morningstar. They live in Chicago and have three sons: Xan Tanner, Co-founder of Panorama Education; Zac Tanner, Paralegal Casehandler at The Legal Aid Society and Jackson Tanner, a sophomore at Latin School of Chicago.

Chiara Farronato

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Bio: Chiara Farronato is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. She draws from the fields of industrial organization and technology to study the economics of innovation and the Internet. In her research, Professor Farronato focuses on the market design of peer-to-peer online platforms. Her work has been cited by media outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, The Economist, and FT Magazine. Professor Farronato received her PhD in economics from Stanford University. She earned an MSc in economics in a joint program of Bocconi University in Italy and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium; her bachelor’s degree is also from Bocconi University.

Cynthia Ingols

Associate Professor, North American Case Research Association

Bio: Cynthia Ingols is a Professor of Practice, consultant and researcher, who specializes in the ways individuals lead and organizations change and negotiate with their environments. At the Simmons School Management, she teaches in the Undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education programs. She is the faculty director of Strategic Leadership for Women, an executive education program that strengths the leadership skills, attitudes and motivations of its women participants. Ingols focuses her consulting work in three areas: developing interactive executive education programs, particularly using cases and simulations; coaching women managers and executives to enhance their leadership capacities and careers; and conducting diagnostic work to promote change in organizations. Her research on executive education programs has been published in leading journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Training. She has published articles about women’s careers in the Journal of Career Development, Human Resource Development Quarterly and Gender in Management. She co-authored two practitioner books on careers: Take Charge of Your Career, and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing. Ingols co-authored a textbook on leading change, Organizational Change: An Action-Oriented Toolkit (2012 & 2016). She received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Daisy Dowling

Principal Consultant, Kiddy & Partners

Bio: Daisy Dowling is a human capital practitioner, advisor, and thought leader. Her work focuses on maximizing individual and organizational performance in demanding, high-stakes business and commercial contexts. She currently serves as Principal Consultant at Kiddy & Partners, the human capital advisory firm, where she works with U.S. and multinational organizations on talent strategy, leadership assessment and development, board effectiveness and organizational design issues. Separately, she is the founder and CEO of Workparent, which provides advice and solutions to working parents and to the organizations that employ them. Before joining Kiddy in 2016, Daisy served as Managing Director and as the first Head of Talent Development for Blackstone Group, where she created the firm’s leadership development, training, and diversity initiatives. In addition, as COO of Blackstone’s Human Resources function, she held global responsibility for human capital strategy development, budget, and communications. Previously, she served as Global Head of Leadership Development for Morgan Stanley; Vice President of the Pine Street senior leadership development team at Goldman Sachs; and Associate, Acquisition Finance at JP Morgan. She earned her B.A. from Brown University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Daisy lives in New York City with her husband, Luc, and two young daughters. Daisy publishes regularly on leadership-related topics. To date, she is the author of 14 articles in Harvard Business Review magazine, for which she created and wrote a column on CEO-level leadership. Her feature article “Why Did We Ever Go Into HR?”, an examination of the value of strategic human capital development, became a top-10% HBR bestseller. Her book, Remember Who You Are (Harvard Business School Press, 2004) became an international bestseller and has been published in ten languages. She has also published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Additionally, she and her work have been featured in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal online.

Deborah Singer

VP of Marketing & Communications, Girls Who Code

Bio: Deborah Singer is the VP of Marketing and Communications for Girls Who Code, the national non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Through it’s summer programs and after-school clubs, Girls Who Code educates, equips, and inspires girls to pursue careers in technology. Prior to Girls Who Code, Deborah was the VP of Marketing at Lulu, a mobile app for women to research and review men. She helped grow the Lulu user base 10X in 2 years to reach 1 in 4 US college women and launched the app in dozens of countries. Deborah started her career at Google, where she worked on the communications team in New York and Sydney, Australia. Deborah received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she served as the co-President of the Women’s Student Association. She received a BA in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband Sam.

Deborah Sundal

SVP of Operations, UnitedHealth Innovation Group, UnitedHealth Group

Bio: Deborah Sundal is Vice President of Product Architecture, Enterprise Research and Development, UnitedHealth Group. A noted health care industry product and operations expert, Deborah works collaboratively with corporate leadership, internal partners, academic leaders and external industry partners to bring new care delivery models, chronic care management programs, and transparency solutions to the market. Deborah has substantial experience developing and implementing transformational health care products and services that transition quickly from academic research into business settings. Deborah’s expertise allows her to effectively lead the design and implementation of an extensive portfolio of programs that engage consumers, improve health care quality, reduce costs and modernize the health care system. In addition to leading a portfolio of transformational projects, she also leads the UnitedHealth Group Corporate Innovation Council. This council communicates corporate wide innovation goals and successes, builds collaborations inside and outside of the company, facilitates innovation challenges and partners with internal businesses through the delivery of consulting support, tools and capabilities. These assets enable the delivery of innovations for consumers and customers alike. Deborah goal is to bring evidence-based innovations to the marketplace quickly, so that people can live healthier lives. Deborah previously served as Director of Wellness Operations at OptumHealth, where she spearheaded the initial development of consumer wellness products including Healthy Weight, Telephonic Wellness Coaching and Quit Power. In this capacity, she also led operational development and management at the organization. Before joining UnitedHealth Group, she co-developed MYnetico, a patent-pending online weight management program for families and children. Deborah earned a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Decorah, IA. She resides in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

Diane Paulus

Artistic Director and CEO, American Repertory Theater

Bio: Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). A.R.T.: Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World, Waitress (currently on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater), Crossing (a new American opera with music and libretto by Matt Aucoin), Finding Neverland (currently on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), Witness Uganda, Pippin (Tony Award, Best Revival and Best Director), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival, NAACP Award, Best Direction), Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, The Donkey Show. Her other recent work includes Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, currently on tour in Europe, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, among others. Diane is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. She was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014.”

Dianne Ledingham

Partner/Director, Bain & Company

Bio: Dianne Ledingham is a Director in the Boston office. She is one of our senior partners in Bain’s Telecom, Media and Technology Practice Areas and had deep expertise in Sales and Channel Excellence. Dianne joined Bain in 1990 and has played a number of leadership roles across the firm. Over her tenure with Bain & Company, Dianne has led a number of client relationships focusing on profitable growth strategies and transformation programs in technology and telecom markets, including clients participating in the software, IT services, mobile and networking equipment industries. In addition, Dianne has been the Global Leader of Bain’s Sales and Channel Excellence practice. Dianne has led a number of sales transformation efforts for clients in a variety of industries including technology, industrial and medical equipment. Dianne has published articles in Harvard Business Review and other business journals on the topics of sales effectiveness, customer relationship management and product-to-services migration. In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Dianne has been an active participant in firm governance and is currently a member of Bain’s Global Nominating Committee. She has previously been elected to Bain’s Global Board of Directors and also has been Chairperson of the Global Compensation and Promotion Committee. Dianne is actively involved in consulting recruiting, and has led several talent initiatives locally and globally. Prior to joining Bain & Company, Dianne worked for IBM as an engineer designing integrated circuits and circuit boards. She also held positions in marketing and sales at IBM. During her Bain tenure, Dianne also pursued an externship for a client and was acting Sales and Marketing VP for a software division while the company conducted an executive search. Dianne earned her MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Dianne was elected to the Pegasystems Board of Directors in October 2015 (NASDAQ: PEGA). Dianne is the Chairperson of the City Year Boston Board of Directors, as well as treasurer for Ventures for Hope. She been on the Advisory Board of MyDials, a software start up. Dianne is married, has three children, and resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Emily Liu Filloramo

Founder, Soar to Greatness Now, LLC

Bio: Emily Liu Filloramo is the Founder of Soar to Greatness Now, LLC. Emily is a Self-Leadership Expert, Mentor, Trainer, a Transformational Executive Coach and the author of “How to Permanently Erase Negative Self-Talk: So You Can Be Extraordinary.” Emily guides leaders and teams to master the deepest inner game of success, leadership and life. Emily facilitates lasting transformation, utilizing an evidence-based model of accelerated self-awareness and personal growth, Internal Family Systems (IFS). Results achieved with IFS include greater levels of executive presence, confidence, self-awareness, courage, collaboration, creativity, productivity and success. Emily is a graduate of Cornell University and her professional trainings include Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) and Internal Family Systems modality of Self-leadership. Emily’s combination of challenging life experiences, 27-year pharmaceutical sales career, holistic nutrition expertise and passion in peak performance psychology, gives her a unique platform to help clients soar to greatness from the inside-out and cross the finish line of their ambitious goals. Emily’s website is

Frances Taplett

Global People Team Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Bio: Frances Taplett, Director, joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2008. She has been in our Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, and Boston offices working primarily in our Healthcare Practice Area. Frances currently leads the Global People Team serving as Chief of Staff and managing people processes globally. She is tasked with creating core strategy & execution including Women@BCG and PTO. She also develops priorities for BCG’s future strategy including evolving our People Operating Model, strategic placements and other core topics. Frances received her MBA in 2008 from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she was a Tuck Scholar with Distinction. Frances graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has two daughters aged 2 and 5 and enjoys teaching them to ice skate, bake cookies and to sail.

Geraldine Keefe

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Bio: Geraldine is a managing director in the Industrials Group within the Investment Banking Division. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an analyst on the UK Advisory team in London and transferred to the Industrials Group in San Francisco in 2004. After leaving in 2006 to pursue an MBA, Geraldine rejoined the firm in 2008 as a member of the Americas Special Situations Group in the Securities Division in New York, where she worked on minority equity investments in privately owned businesses. Geraldine returned to the Industrials Group in 2009 and was named vice president the same year. She was named managing director in 2013 and partner in 2016. Geraldine earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Bristol University in 2000 and an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School in 2008.

Neo Gim Huay

Managing Director for Enterprise Development and Managing Director for Sustainability, Temasek

Bio: Ms. Neo Gim Huay is the Managing Director for Enterprise Development and Managing Director for Sustainability in Temasek. Temasek is an investment company, headquartered in Singapore with a net portfolio value of S$240 billion. Gim Huay is responsible for seeding new businesses as well as working with Temasek’s existing portfolio of companies to develop strategy and build new capabilities. She also spearheads and promotes Temasek’s sustainability strategy and initiatives across the organisation and within the community. Prior to joining Temasek, Gim Huay was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co in the Lagos, New York and San Francisco offices. She also served in the Singapore Public Service as an Administrative Officer, with stints in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Singapore Embassy in the United States. Gim Huay holds a Masters in Business Administration (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University and a Masters of Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from Cambridge University. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2015.

Heidi Cruz

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Bio: Heidi Cruz is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management business of Goldman Sachs. She recently returned to the firm in a newly created role advising key US clients after spending time on the presidential campaign trail with her husband, Senator Ted Cruz.

Helen Bui

Founder and CEO, Skylet

Bio: Helen Bui is an entrepreneur, media & advertising veteran, coder, advisor, mentor and economic empowerment champion. Helen is the Founder and CEO at Skylet, a lifestage focused financial education platform helping young women become smarter about their money. Members get access to education, apps & tools, product reviews, and community support. Skylet Campus, Skylet’s college platform, is helping thousands of young women in over 20 college campuses across the US become smarter about their money. Skylet is committed to effective financial education for all. For every new member of Skylet, Skylet donates a membership to a young woman in an underserved community. Skylet is made with love by immigrants, refugees, minorities and women from all backgrounds and religions in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to Skylet, Helen was the Head of Innovation at News Corp where she was in charge of establishing and managing the Innovation program that developed, incubated, tested and launched new digital products and businesses. Prior to News Corp, Helen held numerous leadership roles at The Wall Street Journal. Helen is dedicated to bringing more women into entrepreneurship and technology, and empowering others through her advisory and mentorship work. She is the co-founder of Women in FinTech, a guest lecturer in communications at NYU Stern, on the advisory board at Dream Project Incubator Vietnam, and a mentor at The Product School and VietChallenge.

Helen E. Clement

Managing Director and Consultant Relations Manager, Global Consultant Relations

Bio: Helen is part of a dedicated team responsible for developing and enhancing the firm’s working relationships with investment consulting firms. This work encompasses close engagement with business development, product management, and relationship management teams as they interact with the consultant community. Helen is a member of the firm’s Hedge Fund Oversight Committee and the Alternative Products Advisory Group. Helen was previously the business manager for Wellington Management Funds Global (WMF Global), the group responsible for the development and operation of the firm’s non-US mutual fund businesses. In this role, she oversaw the management of WMF and played a leadership role in a variety of fund-related initiatives and activities. Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2007, she was a vice president for Strategic Marketing for two years at Fidelity Investments (2005 – 2007) and a director of Product Management at iPhrase Technologies, a privately held software company acquired by IBM Software in 2005 (2003 – 2005). Earlier, she worked in the asset management and financial services practices of McKinsey & Company for four years (1996 – 1998 and 2001 – 2003). Helen received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2001, and her BA in politics, philosophy, and economics, with First Class Honours, from Oxford University in 1996. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

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