Girl Scout Leadership Institute 2014 - Instructors & Pitch Panelists

Meet Our Instructors and Pitch Panelists

Dominique Aubry
Dominique Aubry is President of Lean Leadership, Inc., a team of lean practitioners providing training & services to the start-up, non-profit, social good and government sector. She previously worked at the Lean Startup Machine, wheresheOversee LeanStartup Machine workshops and volunteers in New York City & Milan, Italy and identified and confirmed speakers, mentors, workshop logistics and built sponsorship opportunities with Paypal, Elance, Eventbrite, Intuit and Yesware. Aubry’s expertise is in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness & efficiency, communications, leadership & talent development and network management. She has a far-reaching experience in Government, Education Administration, K-12, Higher Education, non-profits and startups. She is co-founder of JiMa GF, an Organic Gluten-Free Granola Bar Company that sells bars throughout the tri-state area. She is a graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Adam Berk currently serves as the Director of Entrepreneurial Science at Lean Startup Machine. A self-described “Lean Entrepreneur” and “Lean Teacher,” Adam has travelled the world teaching entrepreneurs and working with corporations and government agencies to apply the concepts of being “Lean”—identifying and testing the most unknown factor to a potential business and the most crucial element to that business succeeding. He has founded and launched many startups including neigh*borrow, a website that makes it easy and worthwhile for people to borrow things they need but don't need to own and 26smiles, a photo-sharing app where multiple people or guests at an event can contribute and shares photos in the same album. Adam has previously founded and worked as a trader at financial services companies and has served as a consultant for other startups. He is a graduate of Emory University with a BA in Economics.
 
Rachel Braun Scherl is a dynamic, seasoned business executive and entrepreneur, with a proven flair for building consumer products, with a particular emphasis on women’s-driven businesses. As co-founder of SPARK Solutions for Growth, a marketing and strategy consultancy, Rachel has developed strategies for market leaders including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Disney and American Express since 1998. Rachel brings strategic, marketing and operational savvy to drive growth for both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, including multiple divisions of Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Bayer. With SPARK co-founder Mary Wallace Jaensch, Rachel became a "vagipreneur", building and growing Semprae Laboratories, Inc., a venture-backed female sexual health company, providing clinically-proven sexual satisfaction products for women. As an entrepreneur, Rachel and her products have been featured on leading media outlets including CBS News, ABC News Nightline, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, The New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN, Bravo and E!. Rachel regularly blogs for Huffington Post on issues of women, business, life, and relationships. Rachel lectures annually at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, as well as at other business schools and universities.
 
Andrea Davila currently works as a Senior Associate at Echoing Green, managing the portfolio of Echoing Green's over 500 alumni. In this role, Andrea supports Echoing Green funded social entrepreneurs to continue to make big, bold impact in the world. Prior to Echoing Green, Andrea was a consultant at the Blue Ridge Foundation, a nationally recognized social innovation fund and incubator, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Dodd-Frank created federal regulatory agency. For five years prior to business school, Andrea was the director of finance and operations for Let’s Get Ready, a Goldman Sachs funded college-access organization. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
 
 
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Emma Defelice is an associate in brand strategy based in Lippincott’s New York office. Emma’s work at Lippincott has addressed a range of client and business needs, from brand positioning and brand story development through to naming and naming architecture, brand voice and messaging, corporate communications, and customer experience design. She has particular experience and expertise in verbal strategy — helping brands use language to express a clear, compelling identity. Emma’s clients have included Comcast, Condé Nast, Delta Air Lines, InterContinental Hotels Group, ITT Corporation, and Samsung. Emma holds a B.A. in creative writing and philosophy from Vanderbilt University and has completed postgraduate coursework in American English linguistics.
 
 
Alejandra Duque completed her degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at Columbia University on May 2014. She is passionate about creating new and transcendent theatre that is relevant and personal, connecting to communities and providing them with a forum and art form that allows them to express both their needs and vigor. She has been teaching children and adults of all ages for 8 years and is the founder and director of Theatre That Transcends, an educational and community theatre organization that teaches local, underserved communities how to express themselves and address community issues through the art of theater (www.theatrethattranscends.org). She is also a Stage Manager and Director having worked in productions alongside Austin Pendleton, Kristin Linklater, Melanie Joseph, Joanna Haigood, Lear DeBessonet, Ken Rus Schmoll and the Columbia University School of the Arts, among others. Selected credits include: Bronx Revolution and the Birth of Hip Hop, The Fall, The Feast, The Wilde Kane Project, PASEO, Looking for Beethoven, Takarazukah!!!, Birthday Triage, Man of Rock (NYMF), Highway Blue, FUREE in Pins and Needles, Medea, El Regalo Perfecto, For the Love of Three Oranges. She is currently the Production Manager for Zaccho Dance Theatre Company as well as Dancing In the Streets Mott Haven Block Party and Dancing Through The Bronx Productions. She recently acted as associate Director to Jaime Mattaredona in the off-broadway production of Los Monólogos de la Vagina. 
 
Alli & Jen (Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula) are Co-Creative Directors of Lively Productions, a nonprofit arts organization that explores the influence of new media on storytelling, with a focus on promoting women’s voices and co-creators of Blogologues. Allison and Jen co-conceived, produced and performed in Blogologues beginning in May 2011, and have subsequently created and performed in fifteen new versions of the show throughout lower Manhattan. Blogologues has been featured in Time Out New York (“Your Perfect Weekend”, print + online, April & November 2013), The New York Times (Aug. 2013 Critics’ Pick), CBS (5 best things to do in NYC), The Guardian, The Huffington Post and more. They have created content for brands such as The Guardian, Mashable and Time Out New York, and lead comedy + public speaking workshops for companies and high school and college student groups and have spoken and performed at conferences nationwide.
 

Elise Hernandez Santora recently starred as Abuela Claudia in the first national tour of In The Heights as well as its Broadway company. Other Broadway credits include Paul Simon's The Capeman and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Additional national tours include Man of La Mancha with John Cullum and A Chorus Line starring Bebe Neuwirth. Toured internationally as a vocalist for such legends as Bowie, Julio Iglesias and Danny Kaye's Unicef in Africa tour. She was one of the first Latina dancers on the nationally syndicated program, Soul Train. In addition to extensive commercial/voice-over work, she has recently been seen in national commercials for Bank of America and Aleve.  Elise has served as teaching artist, acting/voice coach and audition coach for such varied venues and participants as Manhattan Theatre Club, Henry Street Settlement Center, Theatre Development Fund, Frank Sinatra H.S., Professional Performing Arts H.S. and York College.  She is currently a professional speech coach for various entrepeneur and corporate executives including coaching the TED talk for Barnard College's Athena Center candidates and the Entrepeneurs in Training 2013 summer session.​

 
 
Angela Lee is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on education. She is a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies and started her consulting career at McKinsey. She teaches Strategic Problem Solving and Executive Communication at Columbia Business School and NYU. Angela holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-founder of 37 Angels.
 

 

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Su Mathews Hale is a senior partner in design based in Lippincott’s New York office. For over two decades, Su Mathews Hale has thrived at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy. Su has worked with a broad range of notable clients including Disney, eBay, Hershey’s, Hyatt, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library, the U.S. Department of State, and Walmart. As a senior partner, Su works on global projects spanning the full gamut of brand creation and identity development. She served as creative director on the famed Walmart rebranding – a massive repositioning and brand revitalization engagement that contemporized the global retail giant while retaining the values of its heritage. Recently, Su led the creative team for the refreshed brand identity of eBay that signaled strategic changes of eBay Marketplaces and a cleaner, more contemporary experience. A frequent speaker and design judge, Mathews was selected by Graphic Design USA as one of the 2013 “People to Watch.” Su holds a B.F.A. in graphic communication and an associate degree in advertising design, both from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently serves on the AIGA National Board of Directors where she is President elect, and co-chairing a Women’s Leadership Initiative.
 
Nathalie Molina Niño, together with the Office of Pre-College Programs, developed Entrepreneurs in Training as part of the Entrepreneurship mission of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. She launched her first startup at the age of twenty. A global business expert with over a dozen years deep in the globalization industry, she’s advised Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Disney, Mattel, MTV and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Nathalie is a frequent speaker on the topic of international SEM, global crowdsourcing and multicultural marketing, is featured in Keith Ferrazzi's updated "Never Eat Alone" (2014) and contributed to Tim Ferriss' “The 4-Hour Work Week” (2009). 
 
Michaela Murphy's work as a writer, playwright and storyteller has been featured on NPR, Off-Broadway, The Moth Mainstage, the Clinton White House and in The New Yorker, while her talents as a digital storyteller and social media guide have produced both happy clients and measurable results. Michaela is an expert in how to effectively engage and connect with an audience. For the past 18 years, Michaela has served as a brand conduit, drawing on her audience expertise to help companies create brand loyalty, forge new markets, and meaningfully convey a brand’s message through dynamic and interactive engagement. Michaela has a long list of happy clients. They include Quest International Fragrances, Estee Lauder, Yale University, The 52nd Street Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theater, The Taunton Press and Track Research.
 

Samantha Thornhill is a poet, published author, and educator from Trinidad and Tobago, who has been invited to perform her works across the US, as well as Africa, Europe and elsewhere. Since she arrived in New York City a decade ago, she has taught poetry to actors in training at the Juilliard School. Additionally, she teaches non fiction seminars to high school youth at the Bronx Academy of Letters, as well creative writing workshops to senior citizens for Poets & Writers Inc. Numerous literary journals and anthologies have featured her poems, and she has published two books for children with Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. She is currently at work on her debut poetry collection, a third children’s book, as well as a documentary film project about the prison system’s impact on youth. Samantha holds a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia, where she received a Henry Hoyns fellowship. She is the founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, a dynamic collective of poets and performers that enlivens public spaces with surprise literary events. You can learn more about Samantha at her website:  www.samanthaspeaks.com

Meet our Expert Pitch Panelists

Elaine Barsoom is the Executive Vice President at Eleven James. Most recently, Elaine was at American Express where she was responsible for launching and growing a joint venture at American Express, vente-privee. Vente-Privee was the original pioneers of the online flash sale from France where they grew to a $1BN company with over 16mm members, In less than 2 year, Elaine helped grow the company to over $50mm and approximately 1mm members in the US. Elaine also spearheaded the partnership with Inspirato and American Express and launched the first brand licensing agreement for American Express.Prior to her tenure at American Express, Elaine led sales and marketing at Exclusive Resorts in NYC, and Europe, the first luxury destination club owned by Steve Case.. Elaine holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from SIPA, Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College. Elaine is also a philanthropist and co-founder of a non-profit organization, Global Fund for Widows - http://www.globalfundforwidows.org-  an organization that provides micro-finance and training to widows in Egypt, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.
 
Yxa Bazan is a Compliance Program Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Prior to her current role, Ms. Bazan served as Americas Regional Head for the Bank Network Management division and as the Global Head of Relationship Management and Americas Regional Sales Head within the Depositary Receipts business. Before joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 1999, Ms. Bazan worked as an equity research analyst and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York and as a fixed income research analyst at Crédit Agricole Indosuez in both Paris and London. Ms. Bazan holds a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from Hofstra University. Ms. Bazan speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and is based in New York. She is a member of the World Policy Institute, Women in International Trade and the Microfinance Club of New York. 
 
Over the past two decades, Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as a  respected human rights advocate in the field of journalism, lecturer and educator.  Through extensive travels to countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the St. Louis, Missouri-native and graduate of Morehouse College has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists and the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism,  his book on child soldiers and war-affected children Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won him accolades in 2005, and took readers into the personal journeys of war-affected youth. Further, Briggs has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research, and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. A regular contributor to the daily news website, Loop 21.com, his upcoming book Blood Work, is a personal memoir of transformation and re-defined manhood. For his work with Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011. 
 
Gwenn L. Carr retired from MetLife as Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, for MetLife, Inc., and was responsible for the shareholder services, corporate communications, executive services and corporate contributions organizations. She also was chairman of the board of MetLife Foundation. Ms. Carr worked closely with MetLife’s board of directors over the course of her more than 10-year tenure at MetLife to provide counsel and direction on a number of strategic, corporate governance and communications initiatives. Prior to joining MetLife, Ms. Carr served as Vice President, Secretary and Associate General Counsel of ITT Corporation. She joined ITT, as senior counsel, corporate development, providing legal advice with respect to ITT’s corporate acquisitions, divestures and mergers before being elected vice president and Secretary of ITT. Ms. Carr has been a member of the law departments of AT&T and American Natural Resources Company. She also served as Vice President and Secretary of American Natural Resources. Earlier in her career, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Carr has spoken frequently about corporate governance issues at seminars and conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Pace University Law School. Ms. Carr is a former Chairman of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, a former chairman of the Investor Responsibility Research Center and a former president of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York. She also previously was a director of the YWCA of the City of New York and the United Way of New York City. Ms. Carr is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Michigan State University College of Law. She lives in New York City.
 
Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, motivational speaker, author and media entrepreneur. She is the creator of the Clean Foods Diet Method an online weight loss program that focuses on cleansing, nutrient-rich foods for natural weight loss. After more than a dozen years climbing the corporate ladder, Jovanka left a lucrative career to follow her passion and inspire people to adopt a healthier, more conscious way of life, and motivate them to embrace ideas that inspire action and positive change. Jovanka studied nutrition with best-selling author and Cornell University professor emeritus, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and coaching at the Spencer Institute. She has spent over 10 years studying and experimenting with alternative therapies, nutrition and herbalism. Her journey towards self-healing, peace and happiness became her motivation to inspire and support others to do the same. A native of Puerto Rico, Jovanka is a featured expert at Whole Foods, Veria Living, Fox News LA, NPR and CBS Radio. She’s also a regular contributor in Spanish-language media outlets like Telemundo and a contributing guest expert at The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, BlogHer and Everyday Health and SheKnows.com. Jovanka has authored 3 books and is currently developing a lifestyle and wellness show for network TV.
 
Peta Clarke is a Senior Technical Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has over 10 years of expertise as an Information Technology Professional with a background primarily in web design and development. Peta is also the Co-Lead for the NY Chapter of Black Girls CODE. As a beneficiary of a STEM development youth program and having years of experience in the tech industry, Peta has seen firsthand the need and the benefits of STEM programs for women and youth. As a result, in July 2013, Peta joined forces with founder of Black Girls CODE, Kimberly Bryant to initiate, spearhead and launch the NY chapter. Peta shares responsibility for overseeing the local chapter by setting the chapter vision and the strategic plan. Peta is a native New Yorker of Jamaican born parents. She resides in Queens with her daughter, Rochelle. Find her on Twitter here: @madampeta.
 
Brian Cohen is the Chairman, Board of Directors of NY Angels. He created iFluence PR a strategic behavioral-based communications consultancy for the new earned influence/social media community. Its focus is on understanding determinant business success factors and using qualitative customer research matched with highly aggressive guerrilla communications techniques to achieve client marketing objectives while providing the greatest financial value possible.  Brian also developed Good Cause Communications, the first full-service not-for-profit PR firm designed to meet the needs of struggling non-profits. Its planned newswire, GoodCauseNews.org will be the first free newswire for struggling non-profits and PublicRelationsCares.com will be the first social responsibility volunteer program for public relations professionals. 
 
Nancy Glaser is a senior communications professional with broad experience in: public relations and corporate communications; executive positioning and speechwriting; crisis management and corporate spokesperson; internal and global organizational communications; corporate reputation management and corporate social responsibility; advertising, cause-marketing, consumer affairs, corporate identity and branding. Ms. Glaser recently retired from Avon Products Inc., where she served as Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Chief Communications Officer with responsibility for all of Avon’s communications strategies involving the news media, company employees and Avon’s over 6 million Representatives in more than 100 countries. A 26-year Avon veteran, Ms. Glaser was a direct report to the Chairman and CEO and a member of the corporate executive committee. Under her leadership, the Avon Foundation grew to become the world’s largest corporate philanthropy for women with almost one billion raised and awarded to programs focused on improving the lives of women around the world. Prior to her tenure at Avon, Ms. Glaser was Senior Vice President and a member of the executive committee at Carl Byoir & Associates, a top-three public relations firm which has since merged with Hill & Knowlton. She has also held positions as Public Affairs Officer of the American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Hospital Center. Ms. Glaser received the Silver Anvil award in Marketing Communications from the Public Relations Society of America. She served on the Board of Directors of the Avon Foundation for Women and also served for more than a decade on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Ms. Glaser is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
 
Pooja Goradia is the Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Muchness, a search engine to find designer clothing on sale. Based in NYC, Muchness brings together the sale inventory from luxury online and offline stores for shoppers. Prior to Muchness, she worked in Fixed Income Sales at Barclays. Pooja received her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from MIT Sloan. Find Muchness on Twitter @WantMuch. 
 
 
 
Baylee Greenburg is a Business Development Manager at DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change. She's passionate about providing unique value to brands and forming impactful partnerships. While at DoSomething.org Baylee has worked with partners including: American Express, H&M, JCpenney,The Wireless Foundation, and WWE. Previously, Baylee worked with children with communication disorders. She holds an expert ranking in eating dairy-free desserts as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Michigan.
 
 
Molly Hayward is a social impact entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate. She is the Founder and CEO of Cora, the world's first subscription company supporting women's health, reproductive justice, and education globally. Molly is a proponent of for-profit social businesses leveraging market forces to alleviate poverty and solve other social and environmental crises. Molly has spent the last 8 years traveling to countries around the world studying and working for women’s rights and socio-economic empowerment with NGOs, non-profits, and for-profit social businesses and social enterprises.
 

Kavita Mehra has spent over 10 years working in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the Chief Transformation Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. Kavita is a Lead New Jersey Fellow, an Executive Board Member for the New Leaders Council’s New Jersey Chapter, a Board Member for LadyDrinks, a Board Member for the Foundation for the Home Health Care Workers’ Association, an Advisory Council Member for She’s The First, and, is a Steering Committee Member for the South Asian American Caucus for the Democratic Party of New Jersey. In 2014, Kavita will be featured in the forthcoming book “Roshni: Emerging Indian Global Leaders” for her work in the not-for-profit sector. Kavita completed her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a double major in both History and Gender Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in South Asian Studies, from Columbia University.​

Amy NederlanderAmy Nederlander is an advisor to corporations and non-­‐profit organizations in matters related to strategic business development, branding, marketing and revenue growth and a producer in the entertainment industry. Consulting has included development and implementation of global strategy for the live entertainment division of a multi-­‐platform entertainment company; content strategy for brand extension; overall marketing and revenue growth strategies for an entertainment services     company; financial advisory for strategic acquisitions to create a multi-­‐platform entertainment content development and distribution company, including live theatrical opportunities; development of a global community service program for an international non-­‐profit organization. As member of the third generation of the Nederlander family in the entertainment business with experience on Wall Street and an MBA from Columbia Business School -­‐ Columbia University, Ms. Nederlander has a keen understanding of artistic, commercial and financial aspects of consumer engagement    and revenue generating opportunities. Production includes award winning Broadway and Off-­‐Broadway theatre, filming of live content for digital distribution, immersive theatrical production and television production. 
 
Svetlana Ni is the VP of Business Development at Nlabs, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Svetlana was an Associate at Goldman Sachs, in the healthcare investment banking group, where she worked on a number of strategic transactions ranging from financings to M&A with a focus on medtech and biotech.  Before joining Goldman, Svetlana worked at Westbrook Partners, a real estate private equity firm based in New York.  Svetlana received an MBA from Harvard Business School.  She holds a BS from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
 
 
Binta Niambi Brown is a corporate/tech lawyer, startup advisor, human rights advocate, nascent angel investor, and bass player. After working for a technology start-up, Binta worked on technology and internet IPOs and transactions at Cravath. She advised (and advises) senior management and corporate boards of media, technology, telecom and entertainment companies, and was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis, before leaving to undertake innovation research at Harvard. Binta has advised Hillary Clinton, among others, on a variety of policy matters. Binta has been recognized as one of the Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She sits on a handful of advisory and philanthropic boards (including Barnard College), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
 
Lida Orzeck ’68 holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College. After heading several research projects for the City of New York, Lida received a serendipitous birthday gift thirty-six years ago which led to the founding of Hanky Panky, an internationally renowned intimate apparel brand, coveted by celebrities and Barnard students alike. Hanky Panky is based in New York where Lida is C.E.O. The company remains committed to sourcing and manufacturing in the United States.
 
 
 

Roberta Pereira is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Dress Circle Publishing, the premiere publisher of theater-themed books, including best-seller The Untold Stories of Broadway by Jennifer Ashley Tepper. In addition, she is a Producer with Bisno Productions, where she has worked on shows such as the Tony-nominated Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly; the Broadway revival of Annie; the Olivier-winning West End revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along; the Broadway premiere of Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner; and Tony Award-winning smash hit War Horse (also Toronto and US tour). Roberta is Chair of the Board of Directors of nonprofit theater company Studio 42 and she is a founding ensemble member of Tilted Field. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama’s Theater Management program. She is originally from Brazil and currently lives in New York City. 

Amanda N. Persaud is Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen& Katz, which is widely recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. She is based in New York City and heads Wachtell’s private funds formation practice. Amanda has been named a leading private funds lawyer in, among others, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to Women in Business Law and Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers. Amanda advises prominent sponsors of international private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds on their alternative investment management businesses.  Over the past decade and a half, she has helped sponsors raise funds totaling in excess of$30 billion.  She regularly provides counsel on a wide variety of operational and regulatory matters a rising at the private fund and sponsor levels, for instance, regarding governance, internal economic arrangements, restructurings and other corporate transactions. She serves on the New York City Bar’s Committee on Private Investment Funds and is actively engaged with other industry groups.  Amanda has authored numerous articles on private funds and is a frequent speaker at global conferences and seminars. She also sits on the advisory board of Third Way’s Capital Markets Initiative where she educates policymakers on the complexities of the global financial markets and provides guidance on laws affecting the investment management industry. Amanda takes great pride in the outcomes she has helped clients achieve: from defining their business strategies to navigating the many laws governing investment management, and ultimately creating successful businesses that provide attractive returns to endowments, foundations, public pension funds, governmental entities and other institutional investors while providing companies with efficient access to capital that can be used to fund acquisitions,operational improvements and innovation. Amanda holds a BA from Duke University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.  She resides in New Jersey with her husband, son and daughter.


Adam Quinton is Chief Financial Officer of Nopsec and is responsible for financial planning and forecasting, budget management and investor relations. He is Founder/CEO of Lucas point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. His investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook and Snaps. Adam is a Board member at Thrive Metrics. He serves on the Advisory Boards of leading Board and executive search firm RSR Partners and San Francisco based SwoopTalent. He is and member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and sits on the Astia Global Advisory Board. In the not for profit space he is a Trustee of International House New York and a member of their Executive Committee. He is a Board member at the Center for Talent Innovation. Adam has over 25 years of investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management and Gender & Policy faculties. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
 

Janice K. Smith is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of NLabs Inc., a New York based incubator founded by Allen Salmasi. NLabs  is currently incubating two mobile app companies and a biopharma company. Prior to joining NLabs, Ms. Smith worked at Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, and Head of Government Affairs where she lead  the company’s enterprise risk management function. Ms. Smith also managed the company’s “internal review board,” a senior level management committee with oversight over multi-billion dollar strategic projects, and directed the company’s political lobbying activities. Prior to OSG, Ms. Smith was a Corporate partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP where her practice focused on representing public and private company and private fund clients in all aspects of corporate transactional activities, including mergers, acquisitions, financing and joint‐ventures. Prior to joining Proskauer, Ms. Smith was a Counsel in the Corporate Department of O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell, LLP and an Associate  in the Corporate Finance  Group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. Ms. Smith earned her juris doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York where she was a member of the Environmental Law Review and a bachelor of business administration degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.  Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in New York and Washington D.C.   Ms. Smith has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of Corporate Finance.

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Jeanne Sullivan has more than 20 years of private equity experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies.  Over the past 20 years as a founding principal of StarVest and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of multiple private and two public companies and has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, an understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Ms. Sullivan holds a BS from the University of Illinois and a JD from Creighton University School of Law. She was part of the founding group for the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program, one of the first Angel groups in NYC and this is the predecessor to the current New York Angels. She is active with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit New York City-based organization that lobbies for environmental reform, and established the New York area Environmental Entrepreneurs group comprised of business and technology leaders. She serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA) and has a passion for supporting and mentoring rising stars as entrepreneurs and investors and is a member of the Astia Board of Trustees. 
 
As Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships, Kerry Tatlock oversees the global partnership business for the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball, working closely with corporate partners in developing integrated, season-long marketing programs to drive their businesses and showcase the NBA.  Prior to serving in her current role, Tatlock managed the group’s global infrastructure and identified global efficiencies and best practices across the league’s international offices, with a focus on driving business opportunities for new and existing partnerships.  Tatlock has worked within the Global Marketing Partnerships group at the National Basketball Association since 2005. Before joining the NBA, Tatlock served as Vice President of Television and New Media at the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as a senior member of the corporate launch team. She was responsible for introducing the WUSA brand to the national marketplace, developing and implementing strategic direction for the league’s television plan, and collaborating on sponsorship marketing, communications, and operations planning. Prior to her role at WUSA, Tatlock worked as Director of Marketing and Development at SFX Sports, where she managed the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team relationship, including all sales and marketing for the team’s post-Women’s World Cup (1999) and post-Olympic (2000) soccer tours. She was also a member of the company’s executive committee responsible for integrating SFX subsidiaries. Prior to joining SFX Sports, Tatlock was Manager of International Communications at Nickelodeon, serving as a member of the international launch team, relocating to select markets to introduce and launch Nickelodeon channels outside of the United States. In addition, she worked with existing channels in the U.K., Germany, and Australia on short-term and long-term public relations priorities and communications strategies. Tatlock graduated from Vassar College, with a B.A. in political science. She serves on the board of directors at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband and two daughters. 
 
Pamela Teagarden works at the intersection of business and psychology, seeing the business drivers in behavior measurement and using them to ensure organizations get real results.  Starting her career as a banker, and with the addition of post graduate studies in corporate behavioral psychology, she developed a ROI for people practices.  She is certified in over 35 psychometric tools, partnering this with expert selection and use.  She is recognized for making sense of data, marrying authentic behavioral strengths with good strategy, and communicating information in a simple, meaningful way. For equity funders and entrepreneurs, through her business offering at Architects of Business, Pamela sits beside the leadership team or founders to create a blueprint of the culture that will give measurable competitive advantage, through their people.  This provides a way forward through a crisis point for an entrepreneur and/or a translatable piece of behavioral due diligence to the strategy for the funding opportunity through to exit.  It gives predictive information, including the ROI that can be attributed to the people in the investment. Having lived in Nizhneyvartovsk, Moscow, London, Beijing, New York City, Washington DC, Dallas and St. Louis, Pamela has a diverse and global perspective on human capital. Her clients include Microsoft, ABN-Amro, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Yum Restaurants International, Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte and Unilever, among others.  She also works across small-to-medium companies, equity funders, entrepreneurs and individuals. Pamela also serves on the Wall Street Journal Task Force on Women in the Economy and as faculty to the Global Thought Leadership Institute to the Fortune 100 on talent.  She is a consultant, coach, published author, widely read blogger, and sought-after keynote speaker.
 
Matthew Tollin is a founding member of wireLawyer. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Matthew joined the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. There he worked on complex derivative transactions, intellectual property licensing and film finance and distribution. After leaving Cleary, he became General Counsel of NYC Media Group in New York City. He also co-founded Channel Production Films and The Solarium Group, both new media production and financing companies. He has won several Emmys®and Tellys®for his work in new media.
 
 
Alex Woo has been designing jewelry for over a decade to much acclaim and success. With her father, a master bench jeweler, serving as her mentor, Alex has grown up learning an appreciation for gems, precious metals and fine craftsmanship. From studying fine arts and jewelry design at an Ivy League university and abroad in Paris, to winning the National Women’s Jewelry Association’s design competition in 1998, art and form has always been her passion. Born and raised in New York City, with her midtown Manhattan showroom and work space, Alex embodies the spirit and passion of a true New Yorker. She draws inspiration from her travels around the world and has been awarded by a panel of experts from the JCK Show Design Center as one of the Rising Stars - one of the most prestigious and coveted accolades in the industry. Alex Woo delicately balances the trendy “must have” and the classic into sleek and stylish designs that evoke the bold strength of today’s women, while keeping intact their natural femininity. Challenging herself to find unique and intriguing ways to accessorize, each piece is handcrafted often signed by the designer, so the quality is unsurpassed. As a direct result, Alex Woo has attracted an established client list of fashion editors, stylists, trendsetters and celebrities, and was named to Crain’s Business’s “40 Under 40” list of rising stars and successful people in New York. Alex Woo jewelry is sold at Henri Bendel, select Bloomingdale's, fine boutiques and jewelry stores nationwide.