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Karen Sherman
Karen Sherman

President; Board Chair of Everywoman Everywhere and on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College
Akilah Institute
http://www.akilahinstitute.org

Karen Sherman brings more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, strategist, and executive level manager to her role as President of the Akilah Institute. Throughout her career, Karen has combined her expertise, passion, and transformative leadership skills to affect lasting change for women in conflict-affected countries and those in transition.

Prior to joining Akilah, Karen served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director for Global Programs, and, from Kigali, Rwanda, as Africa Regional Director at Women for Women International (WfWi)?, an organization that enables women war survivors to restart their lives. Under her leadership, WfWi tripled the number of women served, expanded field office staff to over 600 employees across eight countries, and grew from $5 million to over $20 million in total revenue in four years.

Previously, Karen served as the Executive Vice President at Counterpart International?, a $130 million
global development organization, (Show Full Bio)where she was responsible for increasing the depth, scale, and impact of programs. Over her ten-year tenure, Karen worked to promote and strengthen small businesses, micro-enterprises, and women’s entrepreneurship globally. Additionally, she launched Counterpart’s for-profit subsidiary making equity investments in environmentally sustainable enterprises.

Across her different roles, Karen has worked with stakeholders at all levels, from community groups to corporate leaders and heads of state, to take programs from concept to scale. Most importantly, her work has resulted in measurable impacts on women’s income, health, decision-making, and social networks.

As a thought leader and spokesperson on global women’s issues, Karen has been featured on CNBC
Africa, Al Jazeera English, BBC, and Voice of America, and in numerous outlets including Bust Magazine, ABCNews.com, Council on Foreign Relations, International Educator, Banker Africa, Huffington Post, Medium, and Africa.com. She served as Executive Producer of The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, published by National Geographic.

Karen is a frequent panelist and conference speaker. Recent appearances include: Harvard Africa
Development Conference, International Center for Research on Women, Woodrow Wilson International
Center, Artisan Alliance, Unite For Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference, American Enterprise
Institute, Open Square Summit, Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Womenetics Conference, Aspen Institute, and American Jewish World Service.

Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington
University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon. She serves as the Board Chair for
Everywoman Everywhere?, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College. She lives in
Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three sons.

Twitter - @karsherman | @akilahinstitute

Episode: 7/12/2018 @8:30 AM


Jeff King
Jeff King

Sr. Director Sustainability, CSR, and Social Innovation
The Hershey Company
http://thehersheycompany.com

Jeff King is the Sr. Director for Sustainability, CSR, and Social Innovation for the Hershey Company. In this position he is responsible for Hershey’s environmental sustainability, farmer livelihoods programming, philanthropic giving and community programs, as well as leading Hershey’s commitment to childhood nutrition programs that expand economic development in underserved communities. Additionally, he led building Hershey’s Energize Learning program in Ghana, opening a factory that produces the nutritional supplement snack ‘ViVi’, that supports the health and nutrition of Ghanaian children through a partnership with the Ghana School Feeding Program.

Prior to this position King has held various commercial roles, most recently responsible for the strategic direction and regional execution for the Hershey Company’s two biggest franchises, as the Sr. Director Global Hershey and Reese’s. He has also been the Director of Disruptive Innovation expanding the company innovation(Show Full Bio) portfolio into new businesses and business models. He has also been Sr. Brand Manager for the U.S. Reese’s Franchise, where he was responsible for managing all brand activities for the $1.2 billion Reese’s franchise.

King joined the Hershey Company in 2008 from Procter and Gamble, where he held multiple marketing roles of increasing responsibility across brand management, innovation, and shopper marketing. While at P&G, he was noted for restoring growth to P&G’s original brand, Ivory soap, reversing decades of decline.

He has a BBA for the University of Toledo, and a MBA from Indiana University.

Episode: 7/5/2018 @8:30 AM


Meredith Ferguson
Meredith Ferguson

Managing Director
DoSomething Strategic
http://dosomethingstrategic.org

Meredith Ferguson is the Managing Director of DoSomething Strategic – the consulting arm of DoSomething.org (the largest organization for young people and social impact). TMI gleans data-driven insights from DoSomething’s 6 million members to help clients harness the power of young people for good. Meredith’s career has spanned both client and agency roles, where she spearheaded youth-focused engagement strategies for ILostABet.org, YourChemistry.org, and GiveThemTen.org, as well as led business-driving strategies for national health, retail, and restaurant brands. Meredith is an adjunct professor of Public Interest Marketing at Fordham University and has served as a judge for the Positive Change Effie Awards and the D&AD Impact Awards.

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School where she was a founding member of the Vanderbilt Child & Family Law Clinic and later served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). When not striving to bake the perfect chocolat(Show Full Bio)e chip cookie, Meredith can be found watching a musical or play and exploring every nook and cranny of New York City with her husband and two girls.

Twitter- @DS_Strategic

Episode: 7/5/2018 @9:00 AM


Jennifer Coombs
Jennifer Coombs

Associate Professor; Founder of GradMoney.org
The College for Financial Planning
https://www.cffpinfo.com/faculty.html

Jennifer N. Coombs is an Associate Professor at The College for Financial Planning in Centennial, Colorado and is the lead author, creator and lead instructor for the new Chartered SRIC Counselor (CSRIC) designation – the product of a partnership with US|SIF to create the first and only professional designation specifically focused on SRI in the United States. She is also the lead instructor of the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) and the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) programs. Jennifer is the founder of GradMoney.Org – an investment blog with daily posts providing advice and insights for novice investors.

Jennifer has given two TED talks on the topic of sustainable and responsible investing: "Investing for a Better World: Using Wall Street to Implement Social Change” (November 2015 at TEDx Jersey City) and “Stopping the Rebuttal: Millennial Investors & the Future of Sustainability” (April 2018 at TEDx Clarkson University).

Prior to relocating to De(Show Full Bio)nver, Colorado she spent seven years working in the financial services sector in New York City, namely in equity research analysis and trading.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from Clarkson University where she earned a B.S. in Financial Information Analysis and Political Science, with minors in Economics and Law.

She is a former member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), a current member of the Colorado Chapter of the Financial Planners Association (FPA), and a current member of the US SIF Foundation for Socially Responsible Investments. Jennifer holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI) designations.

Originally from Brandon, Vermont, she is also an avid golfer, painter, singer and world traveler.

Twitter- @JNCoombs
Company Site- www.gradmoney.org

Episode: 7/5/2018 @8:00 AM


Catarina Schwab
Catarina Schwab

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
NPX Advisors
https://npxadvisors.com/

Catarina Schwab is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of NPX where she is leading the charge to transform the way impact is financed in the nonprofit sector with her Co-Founder & Co-CEO Lindsay Beck.

Before NPX, Catarina was the VP, Development at the global nonprofit buildOn. During her five-year tenure, she significantly expanded and diversified the donor base and raised awareness for buildOn’s U.S. service learning program and international school construction program. Despite her great passion for the work, she was frustrated by the inefficient fundraising model and felt motivated to explore a new approach.

Prior to buildOn, Catarina was the Co­-Founder & Co­-Owner of Flicka Boutique, a Scandinavian fashion and design store in San Francisco selected as a must-visit destination by InStyle and Lucky magazines. As Co­-Owner, she led the financial analysis & execution to optimize profitability, as well as PR & marketing efforts that secured placement in over 25 global publications.<(Show Full Bio)br>
Catarina’s desire to start her own business came from her previous experience at the transatlantic venture capital firm, Arts Alliance. As an Associate, she invested in early stage technology companies in Europe and the United States and assisted portfolio companies by refining business models, identifying business development opportunities, securing additional investors and hiring key people. She worked in Arts Alliance’s London and NYC offices and then moved to San Francisco to join one of the portfolio companies as the Director of Strategy in order to deepen her operating experience.

Throughout Catarina’s career she has dedicated her time to her alma maters, Princeton University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and various nonprofits. She currently serves on the buildOn West Coast Board, Common Sense Media Bay Area Council, GreenLight Fund Selection Advisory Council, Katherine Delmar Burke School, and NationSwell Council.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. In her “down time”, she enjoys yoga, skiing, photography, visiting her extended family in Europe and traveling to new places.

Twitter- @npxadvisors

Episodes: 6/21/2018 @8:30 AM, 3/23/2017 @8:30 AM


Lindsay Beck
Lindsay Beck

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
NPX Advisors
https://npxadvisors.com

Lindsay Beck is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of NPX where she is leading the charge to transform the way the impact is financed in the nonprofit sector with her Co-Founder & Co-CEO Catarina Schwab.

Before NPX, Lindsay earned her MBA at Wharton, where she explored the disconnect between funding and impact in the nonprofit sector. The financial acumen garnered at Wharton, combined with her deep experience in the nonprofit space, inspired Lindsay to develop the Impact Security — the foundation of NPX.

Before Wharton, Lindsay founded Fertile Hope, a nonprofit organization that addressed the reproductive needs of young adult cancer patients in the U.S. With her vision and leadership, Fertile Hope positively changed the standard of care in two fields of medicine – oncology and fertility – and catalyzed the establishment of a new medical discipline coined “oncofertility.” She has co-authored a book titled 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer and Fertility, published several papers on(Show Full Bio) the topic, most notably ASCO’s Fertility Preservation Guidelines, presented extensively around the world, and appeared in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and SELF magazine.

Fertile Hope was acquired by the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2009. Lindsay served as the founder of its Fertility Advisory Committee as well as led a groundbreaking initiative that convinced major insurance providers to reform healthcare benefits for cancer patients facing sterility from their treatment.

Lindsay currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, and the Rwanda Girls Initiative, where she recently helped develop and launch a novel college loan program with AtlasMara. Lindsay is also an active member of the NationSwell Council.

Lindsay earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs & Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Company Twitter- @npxadvisors

Episodes: 6/21/2018 @8:30 AM, 3/23/2017 @8:30 AM


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Executive Director; Co-Founder, Stanford Center for Women's Leadership
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
http://gender.stanford.edu

As Executive Director, Lori Nishiura Mackenzie leads the Institute's efforts to build impact with gender research. She is co-founder of the Institute's latest initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership. Mackenzie is creator of the workshops the Language of Leadership and the Dyanmics of Hyper-Effective Teams. She is founder of the online Voice & Influence program aimed at providing people with the skills, information and inspiration to be as effective as possible. This curriculum has been widely viewed through the Clayman Institute's partnership with LeanIn.org, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Darden Graduate School of Business and INSEAD.

Mackenzie frequently speaks about Women's Leadership and Seeing | Blocking Bias at leading companies and organizations. Conference presentations include Beyond Talk, Mt. St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference, Girls Alliance Keynote, the MAKERS Conference, Professional Business Women of California, eBay WI(Show Full Bio)N Summit, Cisco CTSO Women's Conference, Amelia Earhart Society, VMWorld, the Latina Coalition, HR People & Strategy Global Conference, and the Grace Hopper Celebration Technical Executive Forum.

Mackenzie is executive editor of the See Bias | Block Bias Toolkits, which turn research into useful guidelines and worksheets to empower leaders to be more effective and inclusive. She is also founding editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRising. Her articles has been published on Stanford news outlets, Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post and other media.

Mackenzie joined the Institute after working in marketing and business management for 20 years at leading companies such Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (WG'93) and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Mackenzie was a member of the Avon Global Women's Strategy Think Tank, the Launch Team of LeanIn.org, and the Gender Equity Principles working group at the City of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She is currently on the boards of the Women's Foundation of California and the Alliance for Girls.

Twitter- @LoriNMackenzie | @Clayman_Inst | @SVLeadershipLab

Episodes: 6/21/2018 @9:00 AM, 5/12/2018 @11:30 AM


John Sideris
John Sideris

Co-Founder; Managing Partner; Creative Director
Blueprint NYC
http://www.blueprintnyc.com

John Sideris is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of BlueprintNYC, a powerhouse agency that specializes in audience engagement. BlueprintNYC helps their clients connect with their employees and customers by producing engaging and innovative experiences through live meetings and events, training, and employee communications.

Sideris has extensive experience as a multi-media producer, creative director and writer, who has also worked in Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing on both the agency and client side. Prior to launching BlueprintNYC six years ago, he ran his own company Sideris Creative. “Early in my career I learned of the importance of first impressions and the customer experience. That has never left me, and we infuse that into everything we do at BlueprintNYC,” says Sideris. “We have a passion for creating immersive experiences that effect audiences in new and powerful ways. Our tagline is Dare Us…and that’s because we want to push boundaries with our clients.”<(Show Full Bio)br>
Additional info on John Sideris:
• Double major in Film and Communications - Boston University
• Born, raised and remains a true New Yorker!
• Special interest in self-reflection and spiritual growth
• Sideris says his super power is the ability to instantly share a thought, feeling or story through images rather than words.

Episode: 6/21/2018 @8:00 AM


Bryan Bloom
Bryan Bloom

Partner & CFO
ENODO Global, Inc.
http://www.enodoglobal.com

Bryan Bloom became the CFO of ENODO Global in 2015. In addition to his traditional CFO role, Bryan works with partners and staff to help governments and private sector clients understand, measure, and forecast Social Risk impacts.

ENODO takes a non-traditional approach to risk mitigation in order to proactively prevent protests, strikes, litigation, and violence that arise from unaddressed Social Risk. ENODO specializes in developing Social Risk applications for the security, mining, oil & gas, political campaign, development, and marketing industries. Bryan’s passion, however, is to integrate population-centric solutions into financial institutions’ business models. He has worked across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the U.S. to create programs where clients increase profits and communities receive enduring security and sustainable economic development.

Prior to 2015, Bryan was an investment banker at Barclays and consultant at IBM Global Busin(Show Full Bio)ess Services. Bryan earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance and Management from The Wharton School.

Twitter- @EnodoGlobal

Episodes: 6/14/2018 @9:00 AM, 12/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/18/2017 @8:30 AM


Daniela Terminel
Daniela Terminel

CEO
Global Health Corps
https://ghcorps.org/staffs/daniela-terminel/

Daniela Terminel is the CEO of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes the movement for health equity by building the next generation of health leaders. Since 2009, GHC has placed and developed creative young professionals from diverse backgrounds into high-impact health positions in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. GHC’s vibrant, global community of emerging leaders is nearly 1000-strong and growing.

Daniela pairs extensive global strategic and operational expertise with a strong commitment to the principle that leadership can change the world. For more than 15 years, she has worked with leaders around the world to transform entrepreneurial ecosystems and create long-term economic development in the for-profit and non-profit spaces. Before joining GHC, she served on the executive team at Endeavor, where she led the organization through a period of expansion across five continents and multiple industries. She was responsible for launching offices in Euro(Show Full Bio)pe and Africa and managing operations in 10+ markets. She has also held executive roles in the private sector, serving as Managing Director at Biblomodel-Allsteel, a multi-national furniture enterprise.

Daniela was born and raised in Mexico City, where she learned the importance of being an active part of society in order to catalyze change. She’s devoted her career to fostering strong leadership in social innovation, which is critical to sustainable development and transformation.

Daniela holds a BA in International Business from Universidad Anahuac Norte in Mexico City, and has completed executive leadership programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Alongside living her life with purpose, she loves to cook and is passionate about sports, especially soccer and tennis. Daniela is based in New York City.

Twitter- @ghcorps, @dterminel

Episode: 6/14/2018 @8:30 AM


Regina Jaslow
Regina Jaslow

Chief Revenue Officer
Amplicare
https://amplicare.com/about-us/our-team


Regina Jaslow has more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and customer success experience. She is currently the Chief Revenue Officer of Amplicare, a B2B SaaS healthcare tech startup based in New York City. She had previously led marketing at RapidSOS, a VC- backed public safety tech startup that was named “startup of the year” in 2016 by Consumer Technology Association which runs CES.

She is also the co-founder of Dove Tree Style that operates several brands including Perfectly Invited, which is recognized in The Knot’s Hall of Fame for wedding invitations. During the dot-com boom days, she served as Director of Consumer Marketing at SmartMoney.com, a joint venture between Dow Jones and Hearst Communications.

Regina enjoys contributing as startup advisor to two tech startups, one in Boston and another in London. Regina serves as President of the Wharton Club of New York, the largest alumni club of the Wharton School globally. In addition, she serves as Vice Chair & (Show Full Bio)Treasurer of the Board of Trustees at The Floating Hospital, New York City’s largest provider of primary healthcare services for families living in family shelters and domestic violence safe houses.

Regina graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in marketing, entrepreneurial and strategic management.

Organizations- https://www.whartonny.com/ | https://www.thefloatinghospital.org/

Episode: 6/14/2018 @8:00 AM


Blair Duncan
Blair Duncan

President; Chief Operating Officer
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
https://www.umez.org/staff-leadership#duncan

Mr. Duncan is the President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ), a federal initiative to revitalize underdeveloped urban communities. Duncan began at UMEZ in 2003 as General Counsel. He subsequently increased his levels of responsibility and led UMEZ’s financing to redevelop the Victoria Theater in Harlem and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Duncan played a key role in providing capital access to small businesses in the neighborhood, and structuring grants to cultural institutions in the area.

With extensive experience as a legal, finance, and nonprofit executive, Mr. Duncan draws upon his financial insights and community commitment, from previous roles as General Counsel to North General Hospital and on various not-for-profit boards, to develop financially healthy neighborhoods. Prior to joining UMEZ, he was Vice President and Senior Counsel at Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he practiced as an attorney with two nation(Show Full Bio)al law firms. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Duncan was a Vice President at an international bank.
UMEZ investments have leveraged over $1.1 billion of private capital investments and this commitment has created nearly 10,000 direct jobs. The organization since its inception has provided $87 million in loans for real estate projects, $57 million in tax-exempt bonds for real estate development and $94 million in grants focused on arts, culture and workforce development. In 2017, UMEZ became a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Duncan has served on several boards of directors and committees including the Harlem YMCA, the Helene Fuld College of Nursing, and Lawyers Alliance for New York. He currently is a member of the executive committee of the Wharton Club of New York. He received a BS in mathematics from the University of Michigan, an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Twitter- @umez_dc

Episode: 6/14/2018 @9:15 AM


Tawan Davis
Tawan Davis

CEO, Managing Partner
The Steinbridge Group
http://steinbridge.com/

Tawan Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of The Steinbridge Group, which has structured, executed and invested nearly $1 billion in commercial and residential real estate. Under Mr. Davis’ leadership—which includes managing the investment program and overseeing the day-to-day operations and transaction pipeline—Steinbridge is now investing more than $400 million in the urban single-family home market.

The strategy—with a long-term hold commitment—is to acquire and renovate middle income family residences in close proximity to transportation and employment as rental units, helping foster success among working residents in transition neighborhoods.

Passionate about making a positive contribution in each neighborhood in which he invests, Mr. Davis works with a dedicated team to supply high quality housing at ‘rent reasonable’ rates in urban settings, while joining with non-profit organizations and local members to form community partnerships in further(Show Full Bio)ance of these goals.

Throughout his career Mr. Davis has held several high-level positions both in the private and public sectors, including as President and CIO of a private developer, as a US and European real estate private equity investor with Prudential Real Estate Investors, as an investment banker Goldman Sachs, and as Head of Public-Private Real Estate Partnerships with the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Michael R. Bloomberg administration.

An adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate from 2011 – 2015, Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Sociology & Economics from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School.

Episode: 6/7/2018 @8:00 AM


Patrick Marrinan
Patrick Marrinan

Co-Founder, Managing Principal
Marketing Scenario Analytica
http://www.msabrandrisk.com/

Patrick Marrinan is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Marketing Scenario Analytica, a company that helps brands and investors measure, monitor and mitigate socio-economic risks. Patrick has over 30 years of executive level marketing strategy and management experience and has held previous executive management positions at BBDO, McCann-Erickson and Young & Rubicam. BA Boston College, MBA NYU Stern.

Episode: 6/7/2018 @8:30 AM


Andy Rachlin
Andy Rachlin

Managing Director for Lending and Investment
Reinvestment Fund
http://Reinvestment.com

Mr. Rachlin currently serves as Managing Director for Lending and Investment. In this position, Mr. Rachlin oversees business development, credit analysis, and transaction structuring across the asset classes in which Reinvestment Fund invests, with a particular focus on short and medium-term debt instruments. He also takes an active role in new product development. Prior to this role, Mr. Rachlin served as Reinvestment Fund’s Vice President and Market Leader for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Before coming to Reinvestment Fund in 2012, Mr. Rachlin served as Interim Chief of Staff for the School District of Philadelphia, where he was responsible for crafting and initiating implementation of a strategy to restore the District to fiscal balance in the face of a $1.35 billion shortfall. Mr. Rachlin has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development for the City of Philadelphia, where he developed and oversaw a portfolio of over $40 million in innovative investment product(Show Full Bio)s, with a focus on energy efficiency. He has also served as an aide to the Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ and as a policy advisor to the transition team of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Mr. Rachlin holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in International Security from Saint Andrews University.

Twitter - @reinvestfund

Episodes: 5/31/2018 @8:00 AM, 7/27/2017 @8:00 AM


Justin George
Justin George

Washington Correspondent
The Marshall Project
http://www.themarshallproject.org/

Justin George is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Marshall Project. He previously worked at the Baltimore Sun, where he embedded with the local police department to cover the internal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, part of a body of work that made the Sun a Pulitzer Prize finalist. George grew up in Littleton, Colo., and graduated from Columbine High School and the University of Colorado. He began his career at the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., before moving to the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., and the Tampa Bay Times, where he exposed sexual abuse of the developmentally disabled and covered Hurricane Katrina.

Twitter - @justingeorge

Episode: 5/31/2018 @8:30 AM


Pedro Ramos
Pedro Ramos

President, CEO
The Philadelphia Foundation
http://www.philafound.org/

Pedro A. Ramos has been President and CEO of The Philadelphia Foundation since August 2015. The Philadelphia Foundation is the region’s first and largest community foundation. In its 99th year, it is poised to launch a new era of philanthropy, collaboration and innovation that will drive broad civic engagement and lasting positive change for all residents. Pedro has a long history of service in law, business, government, and nonprofit organizations in the region. He practiced law in Philadelphia-based national law firms for more than two decades, was Vice President and Chief of Staff to Penn’s former president, and has been Managing Director, City Solicitor, and Chair of the School Board and School Reform Commission in Philadelphia. Throughout his career, he has been active in a number and variety of boards and governance matters generally. Among his nonprofit boards are the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, CFLeads, the Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadel(Show Full Bio)phia Award, and Independence Blue Cross.

Episode: 5/31/2018 @8:00 AM


Swapna Reddy
Swapna Reddy

Clinical Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
https://chs.asu.edu/swapna-reddy

Swapna Reddy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions. She is also currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas School of Public Health. At Arizona State University, Ms. Reddy teaches students in undergraduate, graduate and executive education coursework and serves as the Program Coordinator for the Master and Undergraduate programs in the Science of Health Care Delivery. Ms. Reddy is also faculty at Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College (Medical Studies). Additionally, Ms. Reddy is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Care Administration at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine- Arizona.

Professor Reddy’s primary research interests are how law and policy can be utilized as tools to improve population health and health outcomes, reduce health disparities and inequities. She currently serves as the faculty lead on partnering with elected officials to (Show Full Bio)increase health equity in at-need and underserved communities in the Phoenix area.

Ms. Reddy has presented at various international, national and local conferences and published on issues related to the health care of high need populations. She regularly comments to the media on issues related to health policy and disparities and has been featured on PBS, NPR, KJZZ, NBC News, Bloomberg News, Phoenix Business Journal, ABC 15 Phoenix, Cronkite News and ASU Now.

Prior to joining Arizona State University, she has held a variety of health policy and equity positions related to improving the health of low income communities, particularly affecting women, children and working families. Prior experience includes: Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital- Women's Health Policy and Advocacy Program; CASA at Columbia University; The Children's Defense Fund-New York; the Texas Senate; Texas Health Institute; and The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Education
• Dr.PH. University of Texas School of Public Health (c)
• M.P.H. Boston University School of Public Health
• J.D. University of Houston Law Center
• B.A. University of Texas-Austin

Twitter - @swapnareddy01

Episode: 5/31/2018 @8:30 AM


Elizabeth Cushing
Elizabeth Cushing

President
Playworks
http://www.playworks.org

Elizabeth Cushing, president, has been with Playworks for 13 years and has taken on ever-increasing responsibility in strategic growth planning, development, foundation relations, communications, and spearheading Playworks’ partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to achieve scale. Elizabeth has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience with youth development and children-serving organizations. As president, Elizabeth leads the senior management team and is responsible for ensuring that all strategic targets are met across the organization.

Episode: 5/17/2018 @8:00 AM


Iam Simmons
Iam Simmons

Co-Founder and Principal
Blue Haven Initiative
http://www.bluehaveninitiative.com/

Ian Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, where he oversees a portfolio focused on investments that generate competitive financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. This portfolio spans asset classes, including private and public equity, fixed income, direct investments, alternative investments and philanthropic programs.

A champion and practitioner of impact investing for two decades, Ian advances Blue Haven's investment, research and policy strategies. He is particularly passionate about pursuing solutions to complex challenges, such as clean energy and affordable housing. Ian also advocates for policies that facilitate long-term investing and promote corporate and political transparency and accountability.

Committed to initiatives and corporations that advance investing and strengthen democracy, Ian is the President of the Foundation for Civic Leadership and Chair of the Youth Engagement Fund. Ian serves on the board of di(Show Full Bio)rectors of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Social Finance, Issue One, Organizing for Action, the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College, and Karibu Homes, an affordable-housing company in Kenya.

Ian graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2000. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Blue Haven Co-Founder Liesel Pritzker Simmons, and their daughters.

Twitter - @_bluehaven; @isimmons

Episode: 5/17/2018 @8:00 AM


Ashley Bittner
Ashley Bittner

Principal
Owl Ventures
http://www.owlvc.com

Ashley is a Principal at Owl Ventures. Ashley has played a leading role across a variety of education organizations, ranging from schools, to a school district, to startups, to the Federal government. Before joining Owl, Ashley served as a White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Education where she worked in the Office of Innovation and Improvement to support the development and scaling of innovative approaches to improving student outcomes across the country. Specifically, Ashley led the Department’s efforts to expand access to early college experiences for over 20,000 low-income students per year. Ashley has also worked as a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she advised retail companies, philanthropic institutions and conducted due diligence for private equity funds. Ashley began her career as a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America.

Ashley earned a MBA from the Wharton School and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy(Show Full Bio) School. She holds a BA in Political Science and History, with minors in economics and Latin American Studies, from the University of Florida Honors Program. Ashley is a Truman Scholar for the state of Florida (2006).

Episodes: 5/12/2018 @11:15 AM, 8/25/2016 @9:00 AM


Samra Haider
Samra Haider

National Director
Center for Employment Opportunities
https://ceoworks.org/

Samra Haider is Executive Director of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) National where she oversees all key programmatic, operational, financial and strategic aspects of CEO’s operations outside of New York City; including expansion into new markets. Samra ensures that the CEO National portfolio is not only meeting all programmatic goals and outcomes, but is also positioned to grow capacity and continue achieving scale efficiencies. Prior to CEO, Samra most recently worked for Next Street Financial an advisory firm focused on assisting small businesses and nonprofits in urban markets. At Next Street, Samra oversaw the firm’s brick and mortar technical assistance business unit, where she helped deploy over $6M in financing to small businesses in New York City. Prior to Next Street, Samra was Portfolio Director at REDF, a venture philanthropy fund based in California that invests in employment-focused social enterprises. Samra oversaw REDF’s portfolio investments and led the (Show Full Bio)organization’s expansion and presence in Southern California. Samra was also a strategic management consultant at Oliver Wyman where she primarily focused on client engagements in the healthcare, technology, and aviation sectors. She was also an Investment Banking Analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Samra holds an MBA from the Wharton School (WG'08), an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Columbia University. Samra serves as a Trustee of the FHI Foundation, which supports FHI 360 (formerly Family Health International), an international NGO with an operating budget of over $673M.

Episode: 5/12/2018 @11:00 AM


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Executive Director; Co-Founder, Stanford Center for Women's Leadership
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
http://gender.stanford.edu

As Executive Director, Lori Nishiura Mackenzie leads the Institute's efforts to build impact with gender research. She is co-founder of the Institute's latest initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership. Mackenzie is creator of the workshops the Language of Leadership and the Dyanmics of Hyper-Effective Teams. She is founder of the online Voice & Influence program aimed at providing people with the skills, information and inspiration to be as effective as possible. This curriculum has been widely viewed through the Clayman Institute's partnership with LeanIn.org, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Darden Graduate School of Business and INSEAD.

Mackenzie frequently speaks about Women's Leadership and Seeing | Blocking Bias at leading companies and organizations. Conference presentations include Beyond Talk, Mt. St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference, Girls Alliance Keynote, the MAKERS Conference, Professional Business Women of California, eBay WI(Show Full Bio)N Summit, Cisco CTSO Women's Conference, Amelia Earhart Society, VMWorld, the Latina Coalition, HR People & Strategy Global Conference, and the Grace Hopper Celebration Technical Executive Forum.

Mackenzie is executive editor of the See Bias | Block Bias Toolkits, which turn research into useful guidelines and worksheets to empower leaders to be more effective and inclusive. She is also founding editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRising. Her articles has been published on Stanford news outlets, Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post and other media.

Mackenzie joined the Institute after working in marketing and business management for 20 years at leading companies such Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (WG'93) and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Mackenzie was a member of the Avon Global Women's Strategy Think Tank, the Launch Team of LeanIn.org, and the Gender Equity Principles working group at the City of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She is currently on the boards of the Women's Foundation of California and the Alliance for Girls.

Twitter- @LoriNMackenzie | @Clayman_Inst | @SVLeadershipLab

Episodes: 6/21/2018 @9:00 AM, 5/12/2018 @11:30 AM


John Tourtelotte
John Tourtelotte

Managing Director
Rivermoor Energy
http://www.rivermoorenergy.com

John Tourtelotte is the founder of Rivermoor Energy and leads the company's renewable energy and energy solutions development and investment initiatives. Mr. Tourtelotte's experience includes general management, marketing and sales management positions in the technology industry with i2 Technologies, Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corporation) and MCI Communications. In addition, Mr. Tourtelotte has experience in entrepreneurial commercial real estate and sustainable development. Mr. Tourtelotte holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (WG'98) and is an honors graduate of Georgetown University.

Episode: 5/12/2018 @11:45 AM


Kyle Robertson
Kyle Robertson

Founder, Editor-In-Chief
StartU
https://thestartu.com

I am a second-year MBA student at Wharton.

My focus is on helping early-stage entrepreneurs progress through incubation, testing, and growth. In that capacity, I co-planned Wharton's annual Entrepreneurship Conference, advise several startups, work at the Techstars insurance accelerator, and blog about promising Penn-founded startups.

Upon launching my personal blog on Penn-founded startups, I discovered the value that my stories can bring to early-stage founders - as they often lead to explosive customer growth, strategic partnerships, or even VC investments. That is why I launched StartU, a web publication that features content on campus-founded ventures. At StartU, I have assembled a team of 36 talented School Leads and Scouts to identify, interview, and feature the most promising startups at Harvard, Penn, MIT, Berkeley, and Stanford. Check us out here: https://thestartu.com/

Outside of Wharton and StartU, I have a background in working with startups as a tec(Show Full Bio)h banker and as a management consultant. At Morgan Stanley, I had the opportunity to help late stage startups address strategic questions as they prepared to enter the public markets. Prior to that, I worked at Accenture, where I helped large organizations use cloud technologies to improve their data management and analytics capabilities. In addition to working with large incumbents like Salesforce, I had the opportunity to partner with a VC-backed enterprise software startup called WalkMe in my time as a consultant.

Outside of work and school, I am passionate about furthering LGBT equality and have served as the DC LGBT Pride Festival Coordinator.

I'm also an avid traveler, political junkie (former White House intern!), social media addict, and fitness enthusiast.

Twitter - @readstartu; @kylerobertson41

Episode: 5/10/2018 @9:30 AM