Listed below are the details for each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 2.
Listed below are the details of each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 2.
the world of entertainment in business
VP, Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Game Show Network (a Sony pictures Company)
Prapti is currently the Vice President, Strategy & Business Development and Head of M&A at the Game Show Network (GSN). A joint venture between Sony Pictures and AT&T, GSN is a multi-billion dollar, multimedia entertainment company that offers original and class game programming (with shows like Deal or No Deal) and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network, 8+ mobile games and OTT/VOD execution. Prior to GSN, Prapti was an Investment Partner at Terawatt Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital firm where served on the Board of BlueOak Technologies as well. Before Terawatt, Prapti worked as a data scientist at the World Bank and as a senior engineer at AECOM, serving clients such as Chevron and Shell.
Founder, Ratings SYstems and App Buy Up Index, and Soon-to-launch Gender Fair certification logo
Amy-Willard Cross is the Founder Buy Up Index, an app and ratings system that scores companies on gender equality. Prior to that, she created women’s news site, VITAMIN W Media, which rated women’s and co-ed colleges, conducted a rebranding contest campaign for feminism, and co-created the Add Feminism campaign. For 20 years, Cross worked as an editor and writer for national publications in Canada and the US, writing features, essays and reviews, as well as authoring two books and working on Discovery Channel documentaries. In her 20s, she developed the first magazine for midlife women for the publishers of SHAPE.
workshop: acing Case Studies
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.
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.
business careers in tech companies panel
Stphanie Kaplan Lewis
Co-founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief, Her Campus Media
Co-founder and coo, HousepartY (life on Air, INC.)
As Houseparty’s Chief Operating Officer, Sima Sistani leads the company’s strategy and operations. She manages the business development, partnerships, marketing, communications and community teams in addition to overseeing HR, legal and finance. In her role, Sistani is empowering a new paradigm of communication through live social video apps, which most notably includes hot new app Houseparty, and previously Silicon Valley darling, Meerkat. Prior to building Houseparty, Sistani was the Head of Media at Tumblr, leading the company’s global media strategy and partnerships with entertainment brands and influencers. Sistani joined Tumblr from Yahoo!, where she served as Director of Mobile Growth Operations. She also previously 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.
Principal of Service and Experience Design, Continuum
Lee Moreau is a Principal of Service and Experience Design at Continuum, a global design and innovation consultancy, based in Boston. As an architect turned strategist, he combines a unique capacity for complex systems thinking with a deeply empathic perspective, which he uses to critically engage and re-imagine the contemporary world. Lee has led service design projects for a diverse group of clients -- such as BBVA, Staples, P&G, Chili’s and Kaiser Permanente -- that blur the boundaries between content and experience. Through research, analysis, and imagination, Lee helps Continuum’s clients imagine their futures within a complex mix of cultural, material, and economic circumstances. Prior to joining Continuum, Lee was the Director of Environments at 2x4 and worked as a designer at IDEO and the Rockwell Group. Lee received his BA from Bennington College and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University.
Executive Director, Frog
Turi McKinley is an Executive Director at frog, a global design and strategy firm. Turi’s 15+ years in design encompasses design research, interaction and service design, and currently focuses on creative collaboration practices within innovative teams and organizations. In her role as the lead for frogCamp, Turi leads frog’s capability building and process design practice across frog’s global studios, and with frog’s clients. With clients, she had led transformation efforts for GE as they developed a user centered software capability; for health insurance companies seeking to develop new customer relationships and CPG firms developing ways of working faster and more iteratively. With a consistent focus on user-centered design and innovation, her clients at frog have spanned domains and include GE, Honeywell, ETS, Humana, Qualcomm, Mars, MTV, Telstra, Colgate and UNICEF. Her background is in anthropology, interaction design, design research, and experience strategy. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from the Parsons School of Design.
Head of User Product, Pymetrics
Priyanka is the head of user product at pymetrics, a New York based startup using neuroscience and big data to make hiring more diverse and effective. She received her B.S. from Stanford University in 2016, where she was one of 12 Mayfield Stanford Entrepreneurship Fellows. Passionate about increasing the number of women in leadership, Priyanka was President of Stanford Women in Business, is a Youth Champion for the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Campaign, and founded the Society of Women Leaders. Her previous experiences include working for IBM Watson, Shift Technologies, Canvas Ventures, and the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. She is a frequent speaker on the promise of entrepreneurship and the importance of girls’ & women’s empowerment globally.
Founder, Plum Perfect, and Digital Strategist, Capital One
Asmau founded a venture-funded tech start-up, Plum Perfect, whose groundbreaking visual search and recommendation engine evolved from idea to product embraced by top retailers, major brands and consumers in over 150 countries. In 2016, Asmau was listed as one of five “Top Women in Digital” entrepreneurs by Cynopsis Media and one of the seven “Black Business Tech Progressions Who Are Changing the Game” by Huffington Post. Prior to running a tech startup, Asmau led post M&A integration projects and structured joint ventures, primarily in the Financial Services Industry. Asmau holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS with Honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
workshop: market research
President, Acumen Marketing Research, Inc.
Steve Kalter is a dedicated marketing research professional with expertise conducting qualitative and quantitative research across a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Mr. Kalter established Acumen Marketing Research in 2002, and has served as president since its inception.
Mr. Kalter’s creative reporting style merges art with science to enable rapid absorption of research findings. His body of work encompasses customer and employee satisfaction, brand equity, concept testing, and advertising and packaging research for distinguished clients including Avery Dennison, CVS, and TJX.
Mr. Kalter served as President of the MRA’s New England chapter (NEMRA) in 2012 and 2013, and teaches a graduate-level course on Research Methods at Emerson College. He has been an Edison Awards Judge for Product Innovation annually since 2009, was a contributing author to a new textbook on Qualitative Research Methods, and presented excerpts from the book at the NEMRA conference last November. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Science.
Associate, Investmnet Banking, Goldman Sachs
Majla Custo works in the investment banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She covers tech, media and telecommunication companies within leveraged finance. Majla has worked at Goldman for the past 6 years, having previously been both in principal investing and M&A advisory roles covering financial institutions. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s issues, is active with the Goldman Sachs Women’s Network and was involved with the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business and The Seneca Inc. during her time as an undergraduate. Majla graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in Economics and citations in French Language and serves as the Co-Chair for her class’ fundraising efforts.
Ming Min Hui
Chief of Staff, Boston Ballet
Ming self-defines as a New Yorker having been born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and worked in Manhattan after college, but nowadays is adopting a new identity as a Bostonian after attending Harvard Business School and becoming the Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet. Nonetheless, she has retained her loyalty for Yale and aggressive walking / talking habits. Before getting her MBA, Ming spent a lot of time reading literature for her Bachelor degree in English, and a lot of time making powerpoint decks for her investment banking and corporate strategy analyst roles at JPMorgan Chase. She is equal parts business brain and arts enthusiast in both her professional and personal life.
Director of Active Equities, TIAA-CREF
Melissa has fifteen years of institutional equities investing experience in both long-only and long-short funds. She specializes in the Pan-Asia and the US regions with deep experience investing in Japan and the Consumer and Technology sectors. In 2000, Melissa began her career in the equities markets at Goldman Sachs. Since then, she has been investing actively in equities. Her ability to read and speak Japanese, took her to Japan for nearly four years, where she worked for GE Asset Management as a fund manager/analyst in their Tokyo office. After Japan, Melissa was with American Century Investments in New York City, where she was the senior investment analyst on the International and Global Growth funds. She joined TIAA-CREF in early 2010 as a Director in the Active Equity Department. She runs an active equity portfolio and provides detailed bottom-up and macro coverage of the Japanese market. She also invests in the global video games space. In addition to investing, Melissa also co-leads the +200-member Women of Asset Management (WAM) initiative at TCAM and appears regularly on CNBC. She is married to Hiro Shinohara and has a daughter.
Vice PResident, Public Policy Strategist, State Street
As a public policy strategist focused on financial markets, Amy analyzes the impact of and leads the development of State Street public policy positions on regulatory and legislative changes related to financial markets, trading, asset management, and market structure. Prior to her current role, Amy worked in corporate and business strategy at State Street in Boston since joining the company through the Professional Development Program. Amy has worked in the financial services industry since graduating magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a double major in Economics and Political Science. While working at State Street, she pursued her MBA part-time at the Boston College Carroll School of Management and graduated with concentrations in Leadership & Management and Strategy. Amy is passionate about giving back to the Boston community and most involved with the Inner-City Scholarship Fund as President of the Young Leaders Council.
Christina Mohr, Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions and Co-Chair, the Fairness COmmittee, Citi Corporate and Investment Banking
In her 36-year career as an investment banker, Christina has covered a diverse range of industries and led numerous high profile merger transactions. Prior to joining a predecessor firm in 1997, Ms. Mohr was a general partner of Lazard Freres in New York, where she was the first female partner in Investment Banking. She earned an AB degree from Harvard University in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982. She is married and the mother of two daughters.
Stephen C. Month
Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, Citigroup
In his 30-year career as an investment banker, Stephan has covered a diverse range of industries and led numerous merger transactions. Stephan also worked for several years in the Corporate Development Group of CA Technologies, an enterprise management software company. He earned an AB degree from Harvard University in 1981, a JD from Harvard Law School in 1986 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986.
business and healthcare
Vice President, General COuncil, Secretary and Government Relations, The WISTAR Institute
Jennifer Evans Stacey, Esq. has more than 20 years of broad experience as a senior legal executive who has managed public and private, small to mid-size companies primarily within the life sciences industry. Currently, Ms. Stacey is Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Government Relations at The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases. Prior to Wistar, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Human Resources and Secretary at Antares Pharma, Inc. Previously, Ms. Stacey served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Human Resources and Secretary at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, General Counsel and Secretary at Aventis Behring, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventis, predecessor to Sanofi S.A. She began her legal career at King & Spalding in Washington, DC.
Campus Growth Lead
Kalli White has two passions in life: health and education, which is why she joined Maven, the first digital clinic for women. She is overseeing the launch of Maven Campus, a new product designed to empower college students to take control of their health. Maven Campus provides young woman with the tools to access the best healthcare possible while in school and as they enter into the workforce. Through managing Maven’s Campus Ambassador program, Kalli also provides college students the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience and leadership skills. Kalli currently serves on the board of Kildonan School, a school in upstate NY for students with learning disabilities. She is based in Brooklyn, NY where she spends any free time training and racing as a sub-elite distance runner. She holds a B.A. in Government from Colby College in Waterville, ME.
CFO, Medical Segment, Cardinal Health, INC.
Jorge Gomez is the Chief Financial Officer of the Cardinal Health Medical segment. In this role, Gomez has responsibility for the segment’s global financial operations. As Chief Financial Officer of the Medical segment, Gomez has responsibility for all of the financial activities of the segment, including financial strategy, M&A analysis and execution, business planning and execution, performance tracking, and capital deployment. He also is responsible for the Global Strategic Pricing team. As a member of the company’s Executive Team, Gomez plays a key role in creating and executing the Medical Segment strategy. Gomez has an outstanding track record as a global finance executive with comprehensive knowledge of all corporate finance disciplines including treasury, tax, financial operations, global funding and extensive global M&A and capital markets experience. He has a proven ability to deal with complex business challenges through strong relationships and influence, negotiation skills, and effective leadership. Since joining Cardinal Health in 2006, Gomez has served as Corporate Treasurer, Corporate Controller, CFO Pharmaceutical Segment, and CFO Medical Segment. He also served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development during an interim period in 2009-2010. Previously he held positions at General Motors Corporation, including executive and managerial posts in New York, Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil. He began his career with Jefferson Smurfit in their finance development program. Gomez has served on the boards of Mount Carmel Health System, the executive board of Red Oak Sourcing and the Business Advisory Council at Miami University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Colombia and a master of business administration degree from the University of Hartford. Gomez is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Director of Special Projects at PillPack and Director of Acquisition at Bain
HBS, Bain, Analysis Group
an entrepreneurial mind
Tess Brooks, CEO, Confi
Tess is the founder and CEO of Confi (confi.co) – an online community for college women seeking advice on sensitive health topics, like gynecology questions, sexual health, mental health, and relationships. Tess graduated in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and loves doing research and understanding different cultures. She has always wanted to start a business and is passionate about women’s health and empowerment. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2016 and spent three years working in management consulting for Bain & Company in Brazil, Argentina, and California.
Founder, The Concordia Project
Renaissance woman and entrepreneur Jennifer Iannolo brings her insights and initiatives to audiences from Nepal to NYC to Washington, DC. As closing keynote speaker at Harvard’s Women in Business Week 2015, she unveiled The Concordia Project™ — designed to bring forth a global conversation of inclusive empowerment. A pioneer in digital media, Jennifer co-created Culinary Media Network®, the world’s first all-food podcast channel, in 2006. She’s been featured in international media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, a New York Times bestseller, and the documentary Eat. Cook. Love. While an undergraduate at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she built her second company and chaired a conference on social entrepreneurship (before it was an official major or a buzzword). Today she partners with leaders of social impact, including the U.S. State Department. Jennifer lives in NYC, and can be found in the ether as @foodphilosophy.
Director, Programming, Harvard Innovation Labs
Chris Colbert is the Director of Programming at the i-lab. He is responsible for working with the programming and operations teams to ensure that the content dimension of the i-lab experience is relevant and compelling while maximizing student access and impact. A serial entrepreneur in the marketing and innovation space, Chris has built and helped build many companies, ranging from the creation of Holland-Mark, the largest independent advertising agency at the time to a recent turnaround of a key division of Scholastic. His focus during the last few years has been on innovation in higher education, resulting in him founding FINIS, a start up platform to on re-invent the Career Services programming in colleges and universities. He sits on several boards and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in History from Connecticut College. He is passionate about teaching, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.
Max Meyer is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover (’08) and Harvard College (’12). Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he moved to China in 2012 to work for McKinsey & Company, becoming the fastest rising associate in the history of McKinsey Asia. He left McKinsey in 2015 to found two internet companies. His online financial comparison platform, Masii.com, is one of the top 20 fastest growing sites in Southeast Asia. His mobile app, Getmii, has been featured on Product Hunt, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, and is one of top new search apps on campuses in America.
Owner, Coastal Staging, Interior Designer
Lisa Ahlke grew up in Laguna Beach California, and she attended USC. She modeled while in college and subsequently started a small business called Shoppers Paradise, selling clothing that she bought from her modeling clients at very discounted prices and sold for wholesale prices at home parties. This later evolved into her selling home decor out of her own home. Lisa and her husband Robert, a General Contractor, have successfully remodeled and flipped countless homes. This gave Lisa hands on experience in construction, staging, real estate, and decorating. She started doing Real Estate Staging 15 years ago as a hobyb, but then she realized that this was a great fit for her and turned her passions and aptitudes into a career. She founded Coastal Staging 12 years ago and has been running it ever since. Her website is- www.coastalstaging.com When not working, Lisa enjoys travel, boating, scuba diving, skiing, shopping, beach activities, movies, decorating, and making new friends.
Owner, the R.M. Ahlke Co., a builder of fine custom homes
Robert has worked in construction for 35 years. Having grown up in Laguna Beach California, he has been a leading General Contractor in South Orange county, building landmark homes as big as 22,000 square feet for the past 30 years. He has forged long lasting relationships with many prominent Architects. In addition, he has built or remodeled over 100 high end custom homes, either on the water or close too it. Rob attended the University of Southern California and has been married for 36 years. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, boating, surfing, heli skiing, speedskating, and biking. Website R.M.AHLKECO.com
workshop: resumes and cover letters
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.
government, politics, law, and business
Senior Fellow, Committee on Capital Markets Regulation
Megan Vasios is a Senior Fellow at the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets and ensuring the stability of the U.S. financial system. Megan previously worked as a corporate associate at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. Her practice at Simpson included work in the firm’s mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, and banking & credit groups. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and her BA from Yale University.
Co-founder and CEO, iDisclose
Georgia P. Quinn is the co-founder and CEO of iDisclose, a legal technology company that automates the process of preparing the legal documents needed to raise money for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Quinn is also a securities attorney specializing in crowdfunding at the firm of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP. Quinn was recognized as a Top Female Attorney in New York City by Thomson-Reuters and a “Super Lawyer” featured in the New York Times. She is on the advisory board for NextGeneration Crowdfunding, and is a senior contributor to Crowdfund Insider, an online crowdfunding publication. Ms. Quinn advises on crowdfunding matters and has presented to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congressional staff-members, leaders of US and UK crowdfunding portals, the American Bar Association, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Alliance, the New York State Bar Association, and the Small Business Administration. Ms. Quinn received a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University.
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.
Jackie M. Lender
Mayor's Fellow, City of Boston
Phillips Academy Andover 2011; National Security Language Initiative State Department Scholarship Recipient (Kazan, Russia) 2011; Semester at Sea Presidential Scholar 2012; Harvard College Magna Cum Laude 2016; Harvard Business School 2+2; Harvard Presidential City of Boston Fellowship 2016-2017. In her free time Jackie enjoys reading the Pulitzer Prize fiction winners, long distance running, baking and going to see musical theater performances. She is interested in the intersection of technology and government and is a native of Boston, MA.