Simon T. Bailey
Brilliance Institute

Simon T. BaileySimon T. Bailey is a "new normal” era thought leader who teaches audiences how to creatively release leadership and organizational brilliance. He has worked with more than 1,000 organizations through the Brilliance Institute, which he founded in 2003, and is a former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute. Bailey is the author of The Vuja de Moment! (pronounced voo-ja-day) Shift from Average to Brilliant, the sequel to the best-selling Release Your Brilliance. Bailey holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key International Honor Society. He is a graduate of Rollins College Executive Management Program and is a certified speaking professional, the highest earned designation for the National Speakers Association and International Federation of Professional Speakers. Wells Fargo, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Certified Management Accountants, MetLife, The Conference Board and Verizon are just a few of the companies who have adapted Bailey’s best thinking.

Dr. Bertice Berry
Author, Lecturer and Sociologist
Bertice Berry Productions Inc.

Dr. Bertice BerryNo one defies stereotypes, generalizations or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Del., the sixth of seven children, Berry was told by a high school teacher that she was "not college material.” Fortunately, another teacher believed she was destined for more. Berry applied to several colleges without any idea how she would pay the tuition if accepted. The day Berry’s application arrived at Jacksonville University in Florida, a wealthy benefactor called the admissions department looking for a potential student "who could swim if they had the right backing” and might sink without it. Berry graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University, where she was awarded the President's Cup for leadership. At age 26 she earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State University. Berry taught sociology and statistics at Kent State and realized that by using humor in her lectures to address difficult subjects, such as racism and sexism, she would make a more profound impact. Berry left the university to become an award-winning entertainer, lecturer and comedienne. From 1991 through 1994, she won the national Comedian of the Year Award and was named Campus Lecturer of the Year and Campus Entertainer of the Year. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live, a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Network. She’s been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and ABC’s 20/20. Berry is the best-selling author of I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head; Sckraight From the Ghetto: You Might Be Ghetto If and its sequel You STILL Ghetto. Her novel Redemption Song was praised by critics for its ability to entertain, inspire and educate. Berry followed with another bestseller, The Haunting of Hip Hop. She also wrote the award-winning Jim & Louella's Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy;  When Love Calls, You Better Answer; and The Ties That Bind, which traces the history of her family. Berry’s CD, Breathe, is a mix of meditation and song. Berry has taken an active role in supporting organizations that benefit those in need. She has donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships and provide resource information to low-income families.

Nadia Bilchik
Greater Impact Communication

Nadia BilchikNadia Bilchik is an internationally recognized television news anchor, media and presentation skills expert, author and keynote speaker. She hosts CNN's Weekend Morning Passport and has anchored and hosted feature programs for CNN International, CNN Airport Network and MNet Television (South Africa). She has extensive experience in coaching business professionals, delivering keynote addresses and training workshops to a broad range of audiences in the United States and globally. Bilchik’s clients include ESPN, Saks, Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, Accenture, The Women’s Food Service Forum and others. She received a licentiate in speech and drama from Trinity College, London, and a degree in drama and English from the University of Cape Town. She was awarded the Community Award for Meaningful Broadcasting in 1995, and has been profiled in publications including Atlanta Business Chronicle, Piedmont Review, Atlanta Life/Times, Fair Lady, Flair, Life, Style Magazine and The Sunday Times.

Irene Chang Britt
President, Pepperidge Farm
Campbell Soup Company

Irene Chang BrittIrene Chang Britt was appointed senior vice president, global baking and snacking at Campbell Soup Company in April 2012 and became president of Pepperidge Farm in August. She is responsible for developing Campbell’s global baking and snacking strategy for Pepperidge Farm and Arnott’s, reporting to President and CEO Denise Morrison. Britt joined Campbell as vice president and general manager of sauces and beverages in December 2005, responsible for the U.S. beverage portfolio, as well as the Prego and Pace businesses. Under her leadership, the sauces and beverages business delivered three consecutive years of outstanding top and bottom line growth, including consistent gains of net sales, market share and profit in the company's U.S. beverage business. In 2008, Britt was named president of North America foodservice, leading the company's traditional foodservice business and the retail perimeter business across the United States and Canada. In 2010, Britt was appointed Campbell’s chief strategy officer and directed the company’s global strategy and marketing services, including global advertising and design. Previously, Britt spent eight years with Kraft Foods, including roles as senior vice president and general manager of the salted snacks division and Post cereal division. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where she held a variety of marketing positions and key assignments in sales and research and development leadership. As director of the washroom systems business, Britt played a central role in integrating the Scott Paper Company business after its acquisition by Kimberly-Clark. Britt was elected a director to the board of Sunoco Inc. in December 2011, and serves on the Catalyst board of advisors and on the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) U.S. executive advisory board. She has been honored with several awards for her business and community accomplishments, including a 2011 Woman of Distinction award from The Philadelphia Business Journal and as a laureate in the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. In 2008, Britt was recognized by NJBiz as one of the "Best 50 Women in Business,” by PINK magazine as a "Top 15 Innovator” and by Progressive Grocer as one of the  "Top Women in Grocery.” Britt received the  2002 Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans for corporate and community achievements. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and her master of  business administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Yvonne Camus
High-performance motivator

Yvonne CamusOne of North America's most popular speakers on teamwork and performance, Yvonne Camus has shown hundreds of organizations how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. Camus interweaves her personal experiences as a business executive and a mother of three to show audiences how to rise to the challenges of training, preparation and execution. Among her goals: helping people to realize the potential for greatness in themselves, in their co-workers and in their entire organization. Camus was a participant in the Eco-Challenge, the world championship of adventure racing conceived by Mark Burnett of "Survivor” fame. Hers was the first rookie team to complete the grueling competition.

M. Susan Chambers
Executive Vice President, Global People Division
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

M. Susan ChambersWith more than 25 years of manufacturing and retailing industry experience, M. Susan Chambers serves as the executive vice president of the Global People Division for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is responsible for managing, attracting and retaining the nation’s largest private workforce. Chambers oversees compensation, recruiting, development and retention initiatives, and benefits and communications for more than 2 million Walmart associates worldwide. Her responsibilities include human resource technology, culture and regulatory issues, as well as Walmart’s Global Ethics Office and Global Diversity Office. Chambers worked for 14 years with Hallmark Cards Inc., where she was the director of applications development, before joining Walmart in 1999. At Walmart, she trained for six months as a store and club manager before advancing to various senior positions, starting in the information systems division. There, Chambers served as vice president for applications and development merchandising and later senior vice president of risk and benefits. She was promoted to executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration, with additional responsibilities for global security and aviation. In 2006, Chambers was named to her current role, reporting to President and CEO Mike Duke. Chambers was named to Fortune magazine’s "50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list for four consecutive years. She serves on the board of trustees of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and on Duke University’s board of visitors for The Fuqua School of Business.

Melissa Donaldson
Director, Diversity Networks and Communication
Walgreen Co.

Melissa DonaldsonMelissa Donaldson is director of diversity networks and communication for Walgreen Co., the nation's largest drugstore chain based in Deerfield, Ill. Donaldson joined Walgreens in February 2012. Previously, she held several positions of increasing responsibility at technology solutions firm CDW, including the first director of inclusion practices in the company's history. Melissa’s thought leadership has been featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. She is a recipient of the Diversity Officer Leadership Award by Diversity Best Practices. In 2008 she was named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s "Women Worth Watching” and was recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of its "Top 100 Under 50 Diversity Executive Leaders.” She serves on the Junior Achievement of Chicago Northern Division board, and is an executive board member of North Shore, Ill. chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Donaldson earned her bachelor’s degree in management science from Wright State University and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University.

Thomas J. Falk
Chairman and CEO
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Thomas J. FalkA 29-year Kimberly-Clark Corporation veteran, Thomas J. Falk is the architect of the company's Global Business Plan, which is positioning Kimberly-Clark to lead the world in essentials for a better life. Falk was elected chief executive officer in 2002 and chairman of the board in 2003, and is one of only eight CEOs in the history of the company. Under his leadership, Kimberly-Clark has grown annual sales to $20.8 billion, with approximately 57,000 employees worldwide and operations in 36 countries. Before joining the internal audit staff of Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisc. in 1983, Falk was with the accounting firm of Alexander Grant & Co. He became senior auditor at Kimberly-Clark in 1984 and senior financial analyst in 1986, then was promoted to director of corporate strategic analysis in 1987. In 1989, under Kimberly-Clark sponsorship, he earned a master of science degree in management as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Following graduation, he became Kimberly-Clark operations manager for infant care at the Beech Island, S.C., diaper plant. Falk was elected vice president of operations analysis and control in 1990. In this role, he negotiated the divestiture of Spruce Falls Power and Paper, a newsprint subsidiary jointly owned by Kimberly-Clark and The New York Times, by transferring ownership control to its employees. Falk was elected senior vice president of analysis and administration in 1991, reporting to chairman and CEO Wayne R. Sanders. In 1993, Falk was elected group president of infant and childcare with responsibility for Huggies diapers, the company's best-selling product, and for Pull-Ups training pants. He became group president of North American consumer products in early 1995. In this role, Falk led the company's consumer and professional tissue businesses, U.S. consumer sales and U.S. consumer business services. In 1996, he took on additional responsibilities for the company’s pulp and newsprint operations, its premium business and correspondence papers business, wet wipes business and the staff functions of human resources and environment and energy. Falk was elected group president of global tissue and paper in December 1998, adding global oversight for the company's consumer and professional tissue and wet wipes businesses to his existing responsibilities. He was elected president and chief operating officer and to the company's board of directors in November 1999. Falk serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin, Global Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and as a national governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin in 1980.

Michelle Gloeckler
Senior Vice President, Home
Walmart US

Michelle GloecklerMichelle Gloeckler leads the home business for Walmart US. She and her team are responsible for categories that include cook and dine, bed and bath, décor, home organization and outdoor living. Her responsibilities include buying, branding, product development and collaborating across functions. Previously she was vice president of merchandise execution. Her team led the implementation of merchandising strategies at store level across Walmart US operations and developed all communication and localized assortments for stores, including unique assortments for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The team consisted of resources in merchandising and operations. In addition, the visual merchandising team (signage and fixtures) and the corresponding budget reported to her. Gloeckler joined Walmart in February 2009 as vice president leading candy, seasonal food gifts and impulse items at the front end for Walmart US stores. Prior to this, she spent 21 years at The Hershey Company. During her time at Hershey, she held field and home office positions, including vice president positions in sales, marketing and category development across all U.S. retailers and brands. She also served as general manager of The Hershey Experience, where she led the direct-to-consumer business, which included Chocolate World Visitors Center, New York and Chicago flagship stores, web and catalog business, including fulfillment and call center, manufacturing and product licensing. Gloeckler serves in a broad array of community and industry leadership roles, including outgoing Network of Executive Women Board chair. She is a board member of the Northwest Arkansas Komen chapter and an advisory member of the Northwest Arkansas American Heart Association. She served as a board member for United Way Capital Region for more than two years and was honored as one of the "Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer. Gloeckler is a graduate of University of Michigan.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Founding President
Center for Talent Innovation

Sylvia Ann HewlettSylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly the Center for Work-Life Policy), a nonprofit think tank where she chairs the Task Force for Talent Innovation (formerly Hidden Brain Drain Task Force), a task force of more than 70 global companies focused on fully realizing the new streams of talent in the global marketplace. She also directs the Gender and Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Hewlett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Council on Women's Empowerment. She is the author of 10 Harvard Business Review articles and 11 critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Off-Ramps and On-Ramps and Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets. Hewlett is ranked number 11 on "Thinkers 50,” a list of the world's top 50 business thinkers. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs and the International Herald Tribune, and she is a featured blogger on Harvard Business Online. In 2011, Hewlett received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women's Bond Club and Woman of the Year Award from the Financial Women's Association. She has appeared on Oprah, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, the Today Show and CNN Headline News. She has taught at Cambridge, Columbia and Princeton universities. A Kennedy Scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, she earned her Ph.D. in economics at London University.

Cathy Horgan
Group Vice President, National Retail Sales
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Cathy HorganCatherine B. Horgan is group vice president, national retail sales for Coca-Cola Refreshments. She is responsible for the company’s global specialty retail and acquisition growth strategy and directly leads the company’s value creation efforts with more than 60 national retailers. Horgan joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 and has held variety of sales management positions in key channels and with strategic customers such as Papa John’s, Home Depot and Compass. She previously served as vice president of on-premise and customer service operations, where she was instrumental in linking the company’s on-premise strategy to its customer service capability. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Horgan was successful in a variety of field and customer sales positions at General Mills and The Dial Corporation. Throughout her accomplished career, Horgan has served on numerous customer and industry advisory committees and work groups. She is a member and active supporter of The Coca-Cola Company’s Women’s Linc, The Women’s Foodservice Forum, The Network of Executive Women and Hope Luncheon. Horgan is a graduate of Mount Mercy College, where she earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in administrative management and marketing.

Catherine Lindner
Former Vice President of Retail Marketing
Walgreen Co.

Catherine LindnerCatherine Lindner, former vice president of retail marketing for Walgreen Co., was most recently responsible for marketing strategy, planning and execution for the $22 billion retail business. Lindner joined Walgreens in 1999 as category manager for the hair care category. In 2000, she was promoted to divisional merchandise manager for the beauty division and, in 2004, was promoted to divisional vice president, general merchandise manager of beauty, fashion and personal care. Two years later, Walgreens leadership tapped Lindner to create a marketing division as vice president of marketing development. She held this role until 2008, when she was named vice president of retail marketing. Lindner led Walgreens’ participation in the Retail Commission on Shopper Marketing. The commission of 28 retailers, manufacturers and agency partners developed a process for shopper marketing engagement designed to streamline the development of programs between retailers and manufacturers. Before joining Walgreens, Lindner spent 11 years at Information Resources Inc. (IRI). She held several positions in marketing mix modeling, client services and category management consulting. Clients included Pepsi-Cola, Campbell Soup Company, Johnson & Johnson, Ocean Spray, Safeway and Procter & Gamble. In her last position at IRI, she was vice president of tactical sales consulting, managing a team responsible for creating fact-based category plans for both manufacturers and retailers. Lindner helped found NEW Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master of business administration degree in marketing from DePaul University. She is the incoming NEW Board chair.

Krystin Mitchell
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
7-Eleven Inc.

Krystin MitchellAs senior vice president of human resources for 7-Eleven Inc., Krystin Mitchell is responsible for learning, development and staffing, compensation, benefits, human resources systems and corporate human resources teams. Before joining 7-Eleven, Mitchell was vice president of learning and development for FedEx Office and an officer of the company. Previously, she worked for Home Depot Inc. as director of The Leadership Institute. In this role, she developed leadership curricula for every level of the organization, including executive leadership programs. Previously she served as manager of leadership and organization development for Yum! Brands in the Pizza Hut and KFC divisions and was promoted to director of people development. She created and implemented a number of leadership and development programs that ultimately helped the company retain high-potential talent. Mitchell also served as a training consultant for the Regents College of New York and the United States Air Force and worked as an instructor at the University at Albany. Her education includes a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and a doctorate from the University of Albany in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Julie Gilbert Newrai

Julie Gilbert NewraiJulie Gilbert Newrai spent 16 years in corporate America creating and leading several large industry-changing businesses at Best Buy and Deloitte. While a senior vice president at Best Buy, Newrai developed WOLF, a powerful customer segmentation strategy. The strategies she implemented generated an incremental $4.4 billion revenue increase by women consumers, along with many other significant financial and cultural wins. During her Best Buy tenure, she led the creation and scale of Magnolia Home Theatre, the largest home theater business in the world. Prior to this, she was the co-leader of a new business serving teenagers and youth, bringing Virgin Mobile into the United States. Her focus throughout has been building business and creating sustainable capabilities. Her innovations have garnered many awards for Newrai and her teams. Her recent honors include "Entrepreneur of the Year” by Huffington Post, PINK magazine’s "Top 15 Women in Business in the United States,” the EPIC Award from The White House Project and "100 Most Successful Women in Business” by Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine. In 2009, Newrai founded WOLF Means Business (WOLF). As company CEO, she helps transform companies to serve the largest markets in the world. Newrai has both her master’s degree in business and bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. Newrai frequently teaches at New York University, IMD in Switzerland, Cass Business School in London and the University of Minnesota. She is a Minnesota certified public accountant. Newrai served on the board of directors for the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and The White House Project. She is active on an international scale with Susan G. Komen. Newrai has been profiled in publications including Harvard Business Review, Time Magazine, IMD Switzerland, Business Week, Global Pulse and USA Today. Newrai is a noted speaker and has appeared on CNN, ABC News and Fox Business News and in Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Alison Kenney Paul
Vice Chairman, US Retail Leader and Principal

Alison Kenney PaulNetwork of Executive Women Past Board Chair Alison Kenney Paul is vice chairman, US retail leader and principal for Deloitte. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she began her career with Procter & Gamble sales in Boston, where she progressed through a variety of management positions, including district field representative, unit sales manager and sales technology manager for New England. In 1988, Paul joined Information Resources Inc. (IRI) as director of sales for the Apollo Space Management Division. Her clients included Kraft, Kroger, Procter & Gamble and HEB. She was promoted to vice president of sales at IRI and led a team of consultants and technologists focused on assisting consumer packaged goods and retail companies to leverage data and applications to build their market share and improve operational efficiencies. During the 1990s Paul served in leadership roles at a variety of start-up firms, including Efficient Market Services, TCI and Encirq, each of them focused on leveraging emerging technologies and information to drive growth. Paul joined Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in consulting in the Consumer Business Practice in 2002. There she led a variety of strategy and operations excellence engagements at such clients as Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac), Illy Coffee, Mikasa Outlet Stores and European Imports. Paul is co-founder and vice president of the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association, a neighborhood group that promotes quality of life and safety awareness on the near west side of Chicago, and is an active volunteer at the Hazelden Foundation, a not-for-profit substance abuse program. A long-time leader in the Network of Executive Women, she was integral in the launch of NEW Chicago.

Rebecca Shambaugh
President and CEO
Shambaugh Leadership

Rebecca ShambaughA nationally known leadership strategist, Rebecca Shambaugh has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations and executives respond to critical leadership challenges and opportunities. Shambaugh founded Women In Leadership and Learning (WILL), dedicated to the research, advancement and retention of women leaders and executives. Throughout her career, Shambaugh has coached and worked with senior executives on crisis and change management, communications strategies, executive presence, culture transformation and human capital development. She has worked for organizations such as General Motors, Fairchild Industries and Amax Inc. as a senior executive in leadership and human resources. She has been featured in publications such as Leader to Leader, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today, Washington Business Journal, Fortune magazine, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, PINK magazine, American Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Management Association, Computer World and Professional Woman’s Magazine. Shambaugh is the author of two books, Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton and It’s Not A Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor. Her books illustrate her unconventional and results-focused approach to creating great leaders and draw upon her experience coaching hundreds of executives and leaders. Shambaugh partners with clients such as Accenture, Marriott International, IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Cisco, the Department of the Interior, Ernst and Young, Fannie Mae, Fidelity, Freddie Mac, IBM, Microsoft, MTV Networks, Pfizer Corporation, Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority and many others. She is a member of the National Press Club and serves on the boards of visitors for Marymount and George Mason universities. Shambaugh served as chairperson for the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Human Resource Advisory Board and the Board of Trade’s Leadership and Retention Board. Shambaugh holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial relations from Purdue University and a master of arts degree in organizational development from Marymount University.

Bhavdeep Singh
Executive Vice President of Operations
Ahold USA

Bhavdeep SinghBhavdeep Singh has a diverse and rich career spanning two decades in multiple geographies and disciplines. He joined Ahold USA, the fifth largest food retailer in the country with 800 stores, in January 2011. Prior to his current role, Singh was executive vice president of human resources and labor for Ahold USA, where he led the human resources function for the organization and its 100,000-plus associates. Previously, Singh spent five years working in Asia in two industries. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the chief executive officer for Fortis Healthcare, a leading healthcare provider in Asia and one of the largest private hospital operators in the world, in New Delhi, India. From 2006 to 2009, Singh was the chief executive officer for Reliance Fresh in Mumbai, India, the country’s largest grocery chain, with nearly 1,000 stores. At Reliance, Singh led a store rollout plan that saw the organization open 700 new stores in less than two years. Before relocating to India from the United States, he spent several years in diverse leadership positions with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), including business head for A&P’s largest region, and president of the company’s Superfresh division, as well as president of The Food Emporium and Super Foodmart. Singh also served as the head of human resources for A&P’s Atlantic region, covering almost 400 stores.

Laura M. Underwood
Area Vice President, Retail Field Operations
CVS Caremark Corporation

Laura UnderwoodLaura Underwood is a seasoned retail executive with more than 22 years of retail experience in specialty, mall based, big box and chain drug retail environments, holding executive positions in both corporate and field roles. As an area vice president for CVS Caremark Area 4, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, Underwood manages more than $5 billion in revenue. She has been with CVS Caremark since 2002, when she began her career with CVS Pharmacy as a district manager in Manhattan. Shortly after that, she was promoted to region manager based in New Jersey. Prior to leading Area 4, Underwood was an area vice president based in Rhode Island covering seven states in New England. Underwood is an active member of the company’s Corporate Diversity Management Leadership Council. In addition, she represents CVS Caremark on the board of Students In Free Enterprise, is a governing board member for Easter Seals, North Texas and serves on the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Advisory Board. Underwood received her bachelor of art degrees in government and sociology from University of Texas - Austin. She holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Cy Wakeman
Cy Wakeman Inc.

Cy WakemanCy Wakeman is author of Reality Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace &  Turn Excuses Into Results. Her background includes four successful business startups. For 18 years, she has worked and consulted in areas such as manufacturing, government, high-tech and healthcare. She has led strategic planning efforts, culture change initiatives, talent assessment and succession planning projects and ensured the business readiness for multi-million dollar enterprise resource planning and IT project implementations. Wakeman has created and implemented management development programs, provided executive coaching and conducted business process reengineering programs. Clients include the National Institutes of Health, Federal Reserve Bank, Hewlett Packard, New York Presbyterian, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Scripps Networks Interactive, TD Ameritrade, First Data Resources, ConAgra Foods, Cabela’s and many others. Wakeman’s revolutionary approach to leadership and groundbreaking ideas have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post and SHRM.com. She is known for her entertaining podcasts and is an expert blogger on FastCompany.com and Forbes.com. She was honored in Mumbai, India, where she was awarded the World HRD Congress Outstanding Leadership Award for her achievements as a global thought leader. Wakeman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in social work. She also received her master’s degree of science in health administration with an emphasis on organizational development.

Madelyn Yucht
Vice President, Performance Excellence

Madelyn YuchtMadelyn Yucht has more than 20 years of experience working with leaders to implement and drive organizational change initiatives to deliver system-wide excellent performance. Yucht is the co-chair of Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute, an immersion learning experience for high-potential women leaders. Her career has been guided by the belief that "Individuals cannot accomplish alone the magnitude of what can be achieved if vision, resources and energy are joined together. The constant challenge for individuals is learning how to work together, powerfully and effectively.” Yucht has dedicated her career to understanding and mastering the art and science of collaboration. She has developed frameworks and tools to assist individuals and organizations in successfully engaging in cross-divisional initiatives, multi-stakeholder and multi-team initiatives, customer/supplier relationships, and strategic alliances and joint ventures. A hands-on entrepreneur, Yucht has grown and sold three businesses. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government with joint studies at the Harvard Business School. She studied international relations in England.

Kim Zilliox
Vice President, Leadership Development
Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc.

Kim ZillioxKim Zilliox has 20 years of leadership development experience in executive coaching, training, sales, management and career development counseling. Her expertise includes leadership effectiveness, talent development, team building, change management, employee engagement, culture creation and goal achievement. She specializes in working with current and future leaders to achieve the highest results in today’s challenging transitional business environment. Clients include ConAgra Foods, Safeway, The Gap, Chevron, Nestlé, Deloitte, Yahoo!, Google, eBay, Cisco, Intel, Apple, Symantec and other large firms. Zilliox has created and led experiential teambuilding, leadership, change, culture, accountability, communication, emotional intelligence and sales seminars across the country. Zilliox has held sales leadership positions in communications and high-tech organizations. She earned a master of business administration degree from University of California-Irvine, a master of counseling degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelor of arts in psychology degree from University of California-Santa Barbara. She is a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute; qualified in the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory; certified in the Lominger 360, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and Hogan assessments; and an expert in the DiSC instrument and StrengthsFinder. Zilliox has been an advisor to the California Career Development Association. Her other association affiliations include The South Bay Organizational Development Network, American Society for Training and Development and The Bay Area Association for Psychological Type.


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