Listed below are the details of each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 1.


john cao

business analyst, kpmg cognitive automation lab 

John is a Business Analyst within KPMG’s Cognitive Automation Lab responsible for developing investment cases for first-of-its-kind AI enterprise solutions for KPMG and its clients. John graduated from Drexel University in 2013, where he studied accounting, management information systems, and minored in real estate. Outside of KPMG, John is an Advisory Council member to the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University supporting in student retention and curriculum strategies. He is also the Vice President of Student Affairs to the Ascend Greater Philadelphia Chapter, a Pan-Asian Leaders professional organization supporting student chapters such as Drexel, Lehigh, Penn State, and Temple University.





Anna clauss

senior associate, innosight

Anna is excited about corporate transformation and brings background experience in Marketing and Operations to help companies think expansively about overall strategic direction and tactically about how to get there. At Innosight, Anna has worked with a variety of healthcare and consumer product businesses. She believes in putting the consumer first and in helping companies think through complicated ecosystems in order to drive change. Prior to Innosight, Anna spent her MBA summer internship at Starbucks in Marketing. In addition to discovering a newfound love of coffee, she put her mix of analytical and creative skills to work understanding the consumer and developing a new product concept. Previously, Anna worked for S.C. Johnson on their Manufacturing Strategy and Supply Chain teams. Anna received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

annie Garofolo

analyst, Innosight

Annie is an Analyst at Innosight, where she helps companies develop customized strategies for innovation and growth. She is particularly interested in organizational behavior and decision making as it relates to a company’s ability to transform and innovate. Prior to joining the firm, she conducted consumer-behavior and decisions-neuroscience research at Harvard Business School. Annie graduated from Harvard where she studied Neurobiology with a focus on Behavioral Economics and completed a thesis proposing mindfulness meditation as an intervention to enhance cognition and decision making.


iris NaimarK

Technology Consulting analyst, accenture

Iris is originally from Israel with roots leading back to Russia and has been living in Boston for the past 16 years. She went to Boston University and graduated in May 2015 with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Since graduating, Iris has been working at Accenture in the Technology Consulting practice. She has been on several projects with exposure Medical, Insurance and Retail industries. She would describe herself as a foodie (crazy about Ramen!), a concert goer, and has an insatiable need to see the world. Her dream is to explore Southeast Asia and experience the varied infusions of culture and food, and she hopes to fulfill that dream this year!


Benny Belvin

Director of Alumni, Student Groups, and Employer Educational Programming and ASSISTANT Director of Career Services, Harvard University Office of Career Services

Benny has been working in career services for nearly 14 years. As Director of Alumni, Student Groups, and Employer Educational Programming, he is responsible for engaging with alumni in order to create connections and develop professional opportunities for students, working with Harvard student organizations on programming and other activities that impact the professional development of the student body, and conducts outreach to employers to cultivate job and internship opportunities as well as connect them to campus through innovative programming. Additionally, Benny delivers a full range of career development programs, which includes career advising, resume reviews, career workshops, and guiding students as they clarify and connect to their professional goals. Benny focuses on business careers helping students navigate fields such as marketing, advertising, public relations, retail, and sports management. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, he served as Assistant Director of Diversity Resources and Career Counseling at Boston College, where he developed programs and administered services focused on the career needs of diverse student populations. He also worked at Babson College as Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Internship Program where he administered a full range of experiential education programs for students and cultivated relationships with employers. Benny holds a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Professional Certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University. He completed the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program, has been designated a Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) by the National Career Development Association, and is currently in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Leadership Advancement Program.


Morra Aarons-Mele, Founder

Women Online and The MIssion List

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and The Mission List. She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, and has launched online campaigns for the world's leading organizations. Morra is also the host of the popular podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, found on PodcastOne and part of the Forbes Network. Her forthcoming book will be published by Harper Collins in fall 2017.



Sara Dickhaus de Zarraga

co founder, Flare Jewelry Inc.

Sara is the co-founder of Flare, which is working to make women safer by creating smart safety jewelry that can help women if they are assaulted and collect evidence for later. Visit to learn more! She is currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School (class of 2017). Before HBS, Sara worked at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) in Washington, DC financing private sector infrastructure projects in Africa and Latin America with the goal of helping to eradicate poverty in some of the world's poorest countries. She also worked in investment banking at UBS in New York on M&A, debt, and equity financing for industrial companies. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2009 with a BA in political science.

Shannan Monson

Founder, Nutrition Simply

Shannan Monson is a registered dietitian nutritionist, small business coach and personal branding consultant. A former Division I collegiate athlete, she has over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry as a high-performance coach, nutritionist, metabolic specialist and certified personal trainer. Shannan is the founder of Nutrition Simply, an online nutrition community of over 10,000 women, where she works with clients around the globe as a holistic nutrition coach and mentor for fellow entrepreneurs. She has been featured in Fox News Magazine, the Feed Feed, Athleta, Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine, Glitter Guide, Style Me Pretty and many other major media outlets.






Laurent Adamowicz

Founder and President, EcHo: Eradicate Child OBESITY Foundation

Born and raised in Paris, France, Laurent Adamowicz holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe, an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University where he created Bon’App. Laurent is a member of the Nutrition Round Table at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the Founder and President of EChO whose mission is to eradicate childhood obesity throughout the United States and build healthier lives using nutrition education. Laurent’s latest TED Talk: Secondary Sugar Kills (, translated in 35 languages, explains how. Laurent was Chairman and CEO of Fauchon, a gourmet food company based in Paris, operating 650 stores and restaurants in 34 countries. Laurent’s food experience is summarized in his first TED Talk: "What has your food been eating?" (

Sima Sistani

COO, Life on Air

As Life on Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Sima Sistani oversees the company’s growth and business operations. She leads the company’s strategy, which includes managing the business development, partnerships, marketing, communications and community teams. Currently, she’s spearheading the growth of the hot new group video chat app, Houseparty. Previously, she managed all strategy for Silicon Valley darling, Meerkat. In her role, Sistani is empowering a new paradigm of communication through live social video. Prior to joining Life on Air, Sistani was the Head of Media at Tumblr, leading the company’s global media strategy and initiative to develop comprehensive integrations and partnerships with entertainment properties and influencers. Sistani joined Tumblr from Yahoo!, where she served as Director of Mobile Growth Operations. Previously, she co-founded Rogue Paper, a first-mover in the social TV space, and has held roles at Creative Artists Agency and Goldman Sachs. Sistani is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She enjoys avocados, SoulCycle and a healthy dose of reality TV.

Joanna Lau

Founder and CEO, JEMMA

Biography to come.













Ayse Baybars

MBA Candidate, HBS Class of 2018 (Formerly Director of Fit and Experience Peach)

Ayse studied human evolutionary biology at Harvard College as a member of the Class of 2012. She first followed her passion for science into the development and research space, working for Harvard's Vice Provost for Research. After realizing that the Academy was not for her, she entered the private sector when she heard about peach, a venture-backed tech-meets-lingerie company, with a patented fit algorithm. There, she was able to combine her knowledge of the human body with using data modeling to find solutions and created the Fit & Experience team. She has recently left the world of bra fit tech product management for Harvard Business School, where she is an MBA Candidate.

Elizabeth Jones

ASSISTANT Director of Admissions, Duke University Fuqua School of BUsiness

Elizabeth is visiting from Durham, NC representing The Office of Admissions at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Originally from Florida, Elizabeth graduated from Florida State University and has been working in higher education since 2013. She enjoys helping people realize their goals as they pursue a graduate business education.








Kylie WIlcer

Senior ASSISTANT Director, Admissions for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Full-time MBA PRogram

Kylie joined the Chicago Booth Admissions team in March 2014, where she has influenced several areas of the Admissions cycle, including communications and social media, global recruitment, on-campus events, undergraduate outreach and programming, and yield. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Kylie was an Associate Consultant with a boutique public relations firm working with clients in the beauty and fitness industries. Kylie earned her bachelor's degree in communications and international studies from Indiana University, where she competed on her sorority's team in the largest collegiate bike race in the United States, the Little 500. A Chicago native and self-proclaimed foodie, when Kylie is not eating at local hotspots, she is more than likely talking about them. In her spare time, she also enjoys cycling and running along Lake Shore Drive, watching Sons of Anarchy, and attending Chicago sports games.

Grace Trewartha

VP Of Finance, Manhattan Prep

Grace Trewartha is currently the Vice President of Finance for Manhattan Prep, the number one GMAT test provider in the world. She also runs the company's Publishing department and International operations. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Manhattan Prep, Grace worked on Wall Street at Deutsche Bank and in Corporate Finance at The Estée Lauder Companies. She is also a GMAT instructor for Manhattan Prep. Grace is a graduate of Stanford University (AB, Communication) and Harvard Business School (MBA) and currently splits her time between New York City, home of the crankiest people on the planet, and Madison, WI, nexus of Midwestern Nice. In her spare time, Grace enjoys dispensing personal financial advice, witty repartee and kicking back with her husband and their three small children.


Kara Culligan O'Brien

Associate Director of Promotions and Registry, Wayfair

Kara is a director of merchandising at, a leading online home furnishings retailer. She oversees promotions, email marketing and curated campaigns for Housewares categories (including kitchen, tabletop, storage) and merchandising for Wayfair’s wedding registry. Previous to this position, Kara led the holiday campaigns team (managing the execution of large-scale promotions such as Black Friday) and the assortment planning team (Wayfair's centralized merchandising analytics function). Prior to joining Wayfair, Kara worked in management consulting at Oliver Wyman serving retail and consumer tech clients. Kara has her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Harvard College, where she studied Art History and Economics. She currently resides in Wellesley, MA with her husband.


Michael Kaplan

Founder and CEO, Fashion to Figure Stores

Michael Kaplan is the co-founder and CEO of Fashion to Figure, a leading plus-size fashion company dedicated to providing trend-driven fashion and accessories for women sizes 12-26. In his role, Kaplan oversees all aspects of the business, from corporate management and strategy to investor relations. Kaplan graduated from Harvard Business School, Brown University and studied Jazz Saxophone at Manhattan School of Music. He held positions in the venture capital and finance space before he and his brother came together to launch Fashion to Figure.

FTF provides on-trend clothing, jewelry and accessories based on a price, fit and quality model for the curvy woman. The company operates online at, its own retail stores across the country, third party online marketplaces, traditional wholesale partners and newer subscription businesses. FTF’s mission is to inspire both customers and employees through fashion, personal service, respect and creativity. The accessible collection provides the customer with of the moment style across all areas of her lifestyle. FTF has been named Best Plus-Sized Fashion Store by Time Out New York Magazine and Westchester Magazine. FTF has been featured in numerous publications such as Vanity Fair, Lucky, Oprah, Seventeen Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily as well as on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Nightline and Style Network’s Jerseylicious and The Glam Fairy.

Kaplan is the great-grandson of Lena Bryant, the revolutionary dressmaker who pioneered full-figured fashion over a century ago with the launch of Lane Bryant. Her quote, “Never ask women to conform their figures to fashion, but rather bring fashion to the figure,” inspired the company name. Kaplan believes strongly that civic-minded business can play a key role in making the world better. This is reflected in Fashion to Figure’s mission statement: To make people’s lives better through the ultimate full-fashion shopping experience and it has permeated through all aspects of the company’s development. He took an interest in family business from a young age, when he spent a great deal of time alongside his father who served as President and CEO of Lane Bryant.

Kaplan has served as a speaker at the annual Women’s Wear Daily Digital Forum and Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Forum. In the recent past, he has served as a guest speaker at The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Brown University, Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School.

Kaplan is passionate about giving back to the community and is actively involved in initiatives like The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research where is serves on the foundation's Leadership Council, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Directors for Dress for Success where he serves on the board of directors. Kaplan is also on the Board of Directors of The Lost Explorer, a modern adventure lifestyle brand.

Katie Lantz

Brand Strategy Analys, Reebok

Katie graduated from Harvard in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. She currently lives in Cambridge and works in Brand Strategy at Reebok, where she assists Reebok Brand President, Matt O'Toole, as well as the Senior Manager for Reebok Running, manage strategic brand projects to help drive efficiency and growth of the Reebok brand. Katie enjoys CrossFit and cycling classes as well as trying new bakeries in Cambridge and in Boston. On weekends in the spring, you can find her at Soldiers Field watching Harvard softball compete for the Ivy League trophy.


Hope FReiwald

Partner, Dechert, LLP

Ms. Freiwald is a trial lawyer whose practice includes a broad range of product liability, toxic tort, commercial and consumer class action cases. In 2013, Ms. Freiwald was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for defendants in product liability litigation by Best Lawyers in America. She also has been noted for her work in product liability law by US News & World Reports and has been cited by LMG Life Sciences as a “Life Sciences Star” and by EuroMoney’s Expert Guides as a leading woman in business law. Ms. Freiwald is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law. Prior to joining Dechert in 1991, Ms. Freiwald clerked for the Honorable Jan E. Dubois (EDPA). In addition to her law practice, Ms. Freiwald enjoys running, vegetarian cooking, outsider art and spending time with her three daughters.

Lauren Chan

Associate, TA Associates

Lauren is an associate at TA Associates and focuses on investments in financial services and technology companies in North America. Prior to joining TA, Lauren worked in Technology, Media & Telecom investment banking at Deutsche Bank in New York. Lauren holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from New York University - Stern School of Business.

Jasmine Burton

Analyst, Bain Capital Private Equity

Mrs. Burton joined Bain Capital in 2015. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mrs. Burton worked in healthcare investment banking at Credit Suisse. Mrs. Burton graduated phi beta kappa with honors from Harvard University with an MS and BA in applied mathematics and chemistry. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, running, biking and volunteering with various Boston philanthropic organizations including Boston Women in Private Equity, the YMCA, United Way, and her church group.





Elizabeth Stone, Associate, TPG Capital

Elizabeth Stone joined TPG Capital in 2015 as an Associate. As a member of the firm’s energy team, Elizabeth focuses on investments in the upstream oil & gas, midstream, downstream and oilfield services sectors. Prior to joining TPG, Elizabeth was an Analyst in the Energy Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley, where she focused primarily on oil & gas M&A and financing transactions. Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Business Honors & Finance.

Grace Mollard

Vice President, Private Equity, Bain Capital

Ms. Mollard joined Bain Capital in 2016. Prior to joining Bain Capital, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group advising clients in the retail and media industries. Ms. Mollard received an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar. She graduated with a BCom in Finance and a BArts in History from the University of Melbourne.



Ellen Gordon Reeves

Career and workplace advisor

Career and workplace advisor Ellen Gordon Reeves is the author of CAN I WEAR MY NOSE RING TO THE INTERVIEW? A CRASH COURSE IN FINDING, LANDING, AND KEEPING YOUR FIRST REAL JOB, featured in media including CNN, Essence, Extra!, Forbes and NPR. Trained at Second City, Reeves offers her interactive Extreme Professional Makeover and communications boot camps at universities across the country. Reeves has been a blogger for LearnVest and Jobs for Change/ and is now QuantNet’s career columnist. Formerly Executive Editor of The New Press and past president of the Harvard Alumni Association, Reeves serves on advisory boards at The American Repertory Theater and The Harvard Art Museums. She may be reached at caniwearmynosering@ or


Christian Stone

Editor IN Chief, Sports Illustrated Group

Chris Stone was named the editor-in-chief of the Sports Illustrated Group, a division of Time Inc., on June 30. Previously, he was Sports Illustrated's managing editor, the ninth individual to hold that title in the franchise's 62-year history. During his 24-year career at SI, Stone, 46, has overseen some of the biggest stories in the media company's illustrious history, including the 2009 report that Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs and the 2013 announcement in SI by NBA player Jason Collins that he was gay, thereby becoming the first active male player in a major North American team sport to come out of the closet. Most recently, Stone has overseen the transition of Sports Illustrated from the media world's 10th largest sports digital property to its second-largest.



nicolina o'Rorke

CFO, NBC Sports Regional Network

In July 2015, Nicolina O'Rorke was named CFO of NBC Sports Regional Networks, a division of NBC Sports Group consisting of nine regional sports networks delivering more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content, and original programming to over 43 million homes. She leads a team of more than 40 finance professionals, and her tenure at NBCUniversal (NBCU) has spanned a decade in eight finance roles, including CFO of NBC News and CFO of MSNBC, She has supported household names such as TODAY, Nightly News, USA Network, Syfy and Bravo. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, O’Rorke began her career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette. O’Rorke graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, and received her MBA from Columbia University. She resides in Larchmont, NY with her husband and children.

Marco Santini

Chief Optimist, Inclusion Table TEnnis

Marco Santini is the Founder and Chief Optimist at INCLUSION Table Tennis. INCLUSION combines Table Tennis and Racquetball by attaching Plexiglass side walls to any existing table. This allows skilled players to create advanced, angled shots while functioning as “bumpers” to help novices enhance their hand/eye coordination skills. INCLUSION has been featured at Google NYC, the 2014 Table Tennis US Championships, and the National Tennis Center. Recently, INCLUSION licensed it’s patent to Tamasu Butterfly for an international product launch slated for the end of 2016. Santini also created TT Stats, a scoring app to track Table Tennis players in match play. He graduated from Brown University in 2007 and worked with NBC at the Olympics in Torino and Beijing (where he fell in love with Table Tennis). Outside of work, Santini is also a painter and photographer.



Kelly Kaufman

Senior Vice PResident, Business OPERATIONS and CFO, Fenway Sports Management

As Senior Vice President, Business Operations/Chief Financial Officer for FSM, Kelly Kaufman directs all of the firm’s financial matters, including accounting, budget preparation, forecasting, payroll, and strategic planning. Simultaneously, Kaufman is responsible for the firm’s business administration including overseeing office management, HR, legal and IT matters as well as the firm’s Consulting and Events practice. Kaufman began her career with Fenway Sports Group (FSG) as an accountant in 2004 before taking on a full-time role with FSM in 2009.

Beth Schnitzer

Co-founder and PResident, Spritz Marketing

Beth's career spans the hospitality, sports and entertainment sectors beginning her career in New York working on Wall Street. She then pivoted to Sports marketing working with the NFL before moving to the west coast working with prominent clients such as the FIFA World Cup Soccer Organizing Committee, Atlanta Olympic Games, PIER 39, and more before co-founding Spritz in 2008. Spritz, an integrated marketing agency, combines interactive technologies with traditional marketing. Clients include brands in lifestyle, hospitality, sports, entertainment and tech and most recently the NFL experience/Super Bowl 50. Beth is a founding member of WISE Bay Area (Women in Sports and Events), board member of The Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, Dress For Success Advisory council and has mentored many millennials over the years. Beth lives in San Francisco and graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst with a Major in Business and Minor in Spanish. WEB: #spritzsf


Ann Fishman

President, Generational Targeted Marketing, LLC.

Ann Arnof Fishman is an expert in providing insights into the preferences, trends, workplace differences, and buying habits of each of America’s six generations. She was invited to Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Senate to study America’s generations. She received four research fellowships to research and write on generational trends. She introduced America to lifelong learning and intergenerational mentoring by creating Senate Information Papers, national workshops, and Federal legislation. Her diverse client list includes intelligence agencies, professional women’s groups, Fortune 500 companies, and educational institutions. She studied at Newcomb College, Tulane University, Harvard University, Loyola University and at the Institut de Francais and speaks three languages – French, Spanish, and Russian. For relaxation, she practices Tai Chi. A little-known fact about Ms. Fishman is her having to be evacuated by tugboat during Hurricane Katrina. She lives in New York City.