Katy S. Barclay
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
The Kroger Co.
As senior vice president of human resources for The Kroger Co., Katy Barclay leads all aspects of human resources, including leadership development and talent management, associate engagement and total reward programs for Kroger’s 339,000 associates. Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, operates 3,700 supermarket, convenience and jewelry stores under two dozen names across the country. With more than $90.4 billion in annual sales, Kroger ranks number 23 on the Fortune 500 list. Barclay has more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field. She previously served as vice president of global human resources for the General Motors Corp. During her time with GM, she led the automaker’s global human resources organization with a strong focus on building the company’s strategic HR capability worldwide, redesigning domestic health care and pension programs, organizational restructuring in mature markets, and building a strong footprint in emerging and growth markets. Barclay was a board member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Henry Ford Health Care System and serves on the board of directors of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She was installed in the National Academy of Human Resources 2000 Class of Fellows and serves as a director of the Academy. She is a three-time recipient of the Automotive News "100 Leading Women” honor and has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s "HR Honor Roll.” Barclay earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Fellows Program. She served in leadership roles for both of her alma maters, including president of Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business and the MIT Sloan Fellows alumni board.
As managing partner of Thanatopsis Consulting, Susan Bean focuses on effectively aligning talent with business strategy to enable business results for clients such as Cabela’s Outdoor Outfitters, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Winn-Dixie Stores and CSX Transportation. She partners with her customers to develop talent management strategies that target the organizational, team and individual level. Bean brings a multi-cultural perspective to her work with organizations and the people that make them. Having lived on four different continents and worked with leaders from around the world, she has developed a unique perspective on how to develop the individual, understanding their role within the organization, the team in which they function and the values by which they operate. Her work has spanned a broad spectrum of industries, including Fortune 500 corporations, family-owned businesses, government and non-profit organizations. She has coached business and government leaders from nations as diverse as Azerbaijan, Germany, Colombia and Benin. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she completed undergraduate research in Latin America before spending two years in Japan working for the Toyama Provincial government. While living in Italy, she consulted for the state governor of Treviso and various cabinet ministers on cross-cultural business skills and international relations. After moving to the United States in 2001, she provided cross-cultural business skills training and multi-cultural team effectiveness to BMW Manufacturing. The following year she served as manager of executive development for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where she worked with the executive leadership team to create development programs for the global officer population and partnered with incoming country presidents to orient them to the corporate culture and leadership values. In 2005, Bean joined the Soderquist Center, a values-based leadership development group and worked with numerous companies, many of which were family-owned and growing beyond their founding values. Her professional experience is complemented by a master of science degree in human resource management and organizational development from the University of London, with a focus on international HR, expatriate selection and measurement.
Founder and CEO
The Center for Workforce Excellence
A renowned and respected authority on leadership development and diversity, Trudy Bourgeois is the founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence. Her company focuses on providing individuals and organizations with strategies and solutions to achieve their best performance and realize positive change. Bourgeois, designer of the 2013 NEW Executive Leaders Forum, left an 18-year corporate career after serving as vice president of national accounts at a Fortune 100 company, where she managed a $3 billion business unit. Once recognized by Dollars and Sense Magazine as one of the "Best and Brightest Women Leaders,” Bourgeois uses her expert management and interpersonal skills to help businesspeople understand what it takes to unleash talent in others. Her client list boasts Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, national associations and educational institutions, including Intel Corp., Kraft Foods Group Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kellogg Company, The Kroger Co. and the University of North Texas. Bourgeois is the author of two leadership books, Her Corner Office, A Guide to Help Women Find a Place and a Voice in Corporate America, and The Hybrid Leader: Blending the Best of Male and Female Leadership Styles. She writes for numerous trade publications and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Network of Executive Women. She is active in Special Olympics and served on the boards of the Network of Executive Women, National Association of Women Business Owners, the University of North Texas and Southwestern University. Bourgeois is a graduate of Loyola University.
Cynthia Loy Darst
The Inspiration Point
A passionate pioneer in the coaching industry, Cynthia Loy Darst is a partner, with her husband David Darst, in their company The Inspiration Point. Darst works with people to move them past limitations and into action and fulfillment. She was one of the first to receive the designation of master certified coach from the International Coach Federation and was named "One of the Top Ten Most Influential Coaches in the U.S.” As a founding course leader for both CTI and CRR Global, she delights in traveling the world training others in the skills of co-active coaching for individuals, partnerships and organizational systems. Leader development is her specialty. She was instrumental in the selection, training and development of leaders at CTI for many years and is a key player in leader development for CRR. Based in Los Angeles, Darst maintains a full roster of private clients, including corporate execs, entrepreneurs, creative types (actors, writers and others in the entertainment industry), people in transition and other coaches. The Darsts work with individuals, teams, couples, partnerships and organizational systems. Darst was the life coach on Discovery Health’s "Star for a Day” and the pilot of "Life’s Too Short” on the Discovery Channel. She is president of the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO).
Brad J. Davidson
Senior Vice President
President, Kellogg North America
Brad J. Davidson was served as senior vice president of Kellogg Company since 2003 and president, Kellogg North America since 2008. He joined Kellogg Company as a Canadian sales representative in 1984 and held numerous positions in Canada before transferring to Kellogg USA as director of trade marketing. He continued to expand his experience with promotions to vice president of channel sales and marketing and national teams sales and marketing. In 2000, he was named senior vice president, sales, for the Morning Foods Division, Kellogg USA. Two years later he rose to executive vice president and chief customer officer of the division. He was promoted to president, U.S. Snacks in 2003 and assumed responsibility for Kellogg Canada in 2007. Davidson serves on the Grocery Manufacturers Association Industry Affairs Council and the Food Marketing Institute Associate Member Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Windsor.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Academy Award winner Geena Davis is founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in media made for children. Davis’ role in the 1991 film "Thelma and Louise” inspired her campaign for advocacy. For the past decade Davis has been recognized for her efforts on behalf of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She was recently appointed special envoy for women and girls in information and communication technologies for the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union. In this role, Davis promotes the "Tech Needs Girls” campaign, which seeks to raise global awareness of the role information and communication technologies can play in empowering women. Davis also is an official partner of UN Women, working to promote gender equality and empowering women worldwide. She is chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the board of the White House Project, which targeted leadership roles for women. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Davis has appeared in many memorable roles. In 1989, she received the Academy Award for best supporting actress in "The Accidental Tourist.” She earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actress in a television series – drama for her groundbreaking portrayal of the first female president of the United States in "Commander in Chief.” Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.
Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail Practice
Ann Dozier is a vice president in the consumer goods and retail practice at Capgemini Consulting, a deeply multicultural organization with more than 125,000 employees in 44 countries, headquartered in France. Capgemini was recently recognized as one of the "World’s Most Ethical Companies” with core values focused on honesty, integrity, and trust. Prior to joining Capgemini, Dozier served as vice president of IT at Dean Foods for the fresh dairy and supply chain business units. Previously she spent 19 years in various roles at The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises, focused globally on customer collaboration, capability building and superior service. Her accomplishments include leading the effort to create a joint venture across Coca-Cola’s North American bottling system to provide a "single face to the customer” for the Coca-Cola system. Dozier also spent several years leading ecommerce at Colgate-Palmolive. She began her career in high tech and consulting working with EDS and IBM. Dozier sits on the board of directors for iControl Systems and has held various leadership and board roles in the industry with the Consumer Goods Technology Advisory Board, the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the GS1 global standards body.
Vicki L. Felker
Vice President of Pet Specialty, Customer Development Group
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Vicki Felker is vice president of pet specialty for the Customer Development Group at Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Previously she served as managing director of the cat, litter and snacks category within the Market Development Organization at Nestlé Purina, where she led the translation of brand equities into retail strategies that elevated the pet category with strategic retailers. During her 27-year career at Nestlé Purina, Felker developed expertise in leading and managing organizational change, strategic planning and building a high-performance culture. She has a passion for unleashing the greatest potential in others. During her tenure in NestéPurina’s Customer Development Group, she led numerous organizational initiatives. Beginning in 2006, she served three terms as president of Nestlé Purina’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), with a mission to positively influence the organization’s culture and support the development of a diverse workforce for the purpose of driving business results. WLF delivered breakthrough results in the areas of enhanced customer engagement, leadership enrichment and mentoring, which ultimately supported the development of value-added leaders within Nestlé Purina. Felker is a Network of Executive Women board member at-large. She received her master of business administration degree from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in 2012.
Director, Global Sales Excellence
As director, global sales excellence at SC Johnson, Patrice Feltes is responsible for shaping the strategy to accelerate the capabilities of the company’s worldwide sales organization. She also serves on the SC Johnson North American Sales Leadership Team and the Global Executive Sales Committee. Feltes has held a number of positions at SC Johnson, including developing and leading the company’s inaugural category management team, which won consecutive Best in Class industry awards and was named Category Captain by all major retailer customers. She previously led the drug division of the SC Johnson sales organization, delivering results and winning a Vendor of Year award from a major drug store retailer. Feltes also collaborated on the launch of a new product line during a customer marketing assignment and was later promoted to the vice president of sales at The Caldrea Company, which was acquired by SC Johnson in 2006. Prior to her current position, Feltes was selected for a highly sought-after marketing rotational assignment at SC Johnson. While acting as brand manager for the SC Johnson Home Cleaning Team, she led the launch of Smart Twist via ecommerce and direct response television. Feltes began her career at Kraft Foods Group, where she held roles of increasing responsibility, consistently won national sales contests and was selected to be a pioneer in the emerging field of category management. Earlier in her career, she led the U.S. Midwest sales organization of Information Resources Inc., responsible for selling to and consulting with major consumer products goods retailers, manufacturers and brokers. Feltes graduated with honors, earning a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. She has served as elected director and treasurer on the board of directors at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, a hotel operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was a founding committee lead of Network of Executive Women Chicago and serves as an executive leader to the Women’s Business Council at SC Johnson.
Senior Vice President, PepsiCo Sales
As senior vice president of PepsiCo Sales, Anne Fink leads strategic customer management for all retail channels with responsibility across PepsiCo's lines of business, including Pepsi Beverages, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Tropicana and Quaker Foods and Snacks. She leads a One PepsiCo, cross-functional approach to the company's Top 50 customers in the United States and leads PepsiCo’s Global Sales Leadership Council with responsibility for the company’s global approach to sales, capability and retail customers. Fink previously served in various leadership positions at PepsiCo Inc., developing broad and diverse business experiences in retail sales, marketing, foodservice, new business, bottling operations and franchise management. Fink is a member of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation Board of Trustees and a past Network of Executive Women Board member. She is an executive sponsor for the Westchester PepsiCo Asian Network, the Women's Inclusion Network and PepsiCorps. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Fine worked in the E&J Gallo Winery's management development program. She earned a degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
President, Ralphs Grocery
The Kroger Co.
As president of Ralphs Grocery, Donna Giordano is responsible for all aspects of the business, which includes nearly 250 stores in Southern California that employ more than 25,000 associates. Giordano’s retail career began in Denver when she joined Kroger’s King Soopers chain in 1972 while earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She was named store manager in 1982 and later held director-level positions in several key areas. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at King Soopers in 1999. In 2002, she was named president of Kroger’s Quality Food Centers division in Seattle. While living in Washington, The University of Washington Women’s Center named Giordano among the 100 women who have broken barriers in the state. She has held her current position since July 2011.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Declared one of the "World’s Most 100 Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine, Mindy Grossman is chief executive officer of HSN Inc. and a member of the company’s board of directors. Grossman oversees a retail portfolio that generates more than $3.2 billion in revenue and encompasses HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer that offers an assortment of exclusive products and top brand names, and Cornerstone, a dynamic multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands, including Frontgate, Grandin Road and TravelSmith. Since joining the company in 2006, Grossman has been responsible for transforming HSN into a lifestyle network, diversifying its portfolio of brands and personalities and spearheading efforts to evolve the linear network into a multiplatform business. Her extensive retail experience includes leadership roles at Nike Inc., where she led the company’s $4 billion apparel business from 2000 to 2006 as global vice president. She also was responsible for the development and growth of Nike's global women’s business and served as co-chair of its Women's Leadership Council. Prior to Nike, Grossman served as president and CEO of Polo Jeans Company from 1995 to 2000. In 2011, Grossman was recognized by Fast Company as one of its "Top 100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2010 and 2011 Grossman was named one of the Financial Times "Top 50 Women in World Business.”
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a consultant, author, gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create integrated women’s leadership strategies. Halter is the former director of diversity strategy at The Coca-Cola Company. In this role he managed the integration of the company’s strategies regarding diversity and multiculturalism in relationship to the marketplace, the community and the workplace. He is the author of Selling to Men, Selling to Women. His work regarding gender differences in the sales process has been used in Tom Peter’s work Xellence Always. He has been a contributing writer to the Tom Peters Times, Women2Women Link and PINK Magazine. He has led best practice work with companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, SuperValu Inc., Kraft Foods and The Clorox Company. During his time at The Coca-Cola Company, he served on the Diversity Advisory Council and held senior committee and consulting roles in strategic planning with multiple employee resource groups. Halter serves on the Simmons Business School’s Business Advisory Board and has held national advisory board positions for Women’s Food Service Forum, The Network of Executive Women and Linkage Inc. Halter has taught business communications at Georgia State University and has been a guest lecturer at The Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. He was a panelist at the World Diversity Leadership Summit at Harvard University and led workshops at the Global Summit of Women in Athens, Greece.
Barb Hartman is a consumer products executive with more than 30 years of experience across the industry including several general management and entrepreneurial assignments. In 2008, Hartman founded GoBeyond LLC, a consulting practice that encompasses manufacturers and retailers in the areas of building outstanding business relationships and partnerships, mentoring, executive coaching, structuring for success and diversity as a competitive advantage. Her clients have included CVS Caremark Corporation, Pepsico Inc., L’Oreal, Nielsen, PromoWorks LLC, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and others. During a 33-year career with Procter & Gamble, she served in a variety of capacities across sales, human resources and general management. In her final assignment, Hartman was named vice president, customer business development, North America. She was responsible for a variety of Fortune 500 customers across multiple channels, including drug, mass, dollar, club, pet specialty and global military. Prior to her general management responsibilities, she served in several capacities across the Procter & Gamble human resources organization, leading structural changes and career pathing with full- and part-time personnel. She was responsible for training and development within the organization and held leadership roles in several diversity groups. Earlier in her career, she led multiple organizations in the household care and health and beauty care sales organizations. Hartman has served on the Nielsen North America Sales Advisory Board and the Rite Aid Executive Advisory Board. Hartman served on both the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Advisory Board and Foundation Board of Directors. In 2006, Hartman was awarded the Robert B. Begley award for service to the industry.
Janel S. Haugarth
Executive Vice President
President, Independent Business and Supply Chain Services
As executive vice president and president of independent business and supply chain services for SUPERVALU Inc., Janel Haugarth oversees the company’s relationships with 1,900 independent retail grocery stores across the United States. She is responsible for identifying and executing strategies to make SUPERVALU a more streamlined, effective organization. She has been with SUPERVALU for more than 35 years; her primary leadership roles began in 1985 when she was named controller for the Bismarck division. Following a number of roles across the organization, she was named executive vice president of SUPERVALU’s northern region in 2000, becoming the first female region president. She later served as executive vice president, and president and chief operating officer for SUPERVALU’s Supply Chain Services organization and executive vice president of merchandising and logistics. She was promoted to her current position in October 2012. Haugarth serves on the board of directors for Valspar, IGA-USA and the National Grocers Association. She is active on the Food Marketing Institute Wholesaler Advisory Board and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Round Table.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Muhtar Kent has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company since April 2009. Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978, holding a variety of marketing and operations leadership positions over the course of his career, including general manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia, president of the company's East Central Europe division and senior vice president of Coca-Cola International. In 2005, Kent was named The Coca-Cola Company’s president and chief operating officer of the North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group, an organization serving a broad and diverse region that included China, Japan and Russia. Less than a year later, he became president of Coca-Cola International, leading all of the company's operations outside North America. He also served as The Coca-Cola Company’s president and chief executive officer and, earlier, as president and chief operating officer. Active in the global business community, Kent is immediate past co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and a member of the Business Roundtable. He was recently appointed a member of the Eminent Persons Group for ASEAN by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Client Group American Express
An innovative business leader with more than 20 years of experience managing profit and loss and leading global customer-facing teams, Suzan Kereere is responsible for managing relationships and strategy with merchants in the travel, retail, restaurant, lodging, entertainment and every day spending sectors at American Express. Kereere and her team are tasked with finding innovative solutions to improve the merchant experience and drive growth. Previously, she led the American Express Global Network Business as senior vice president. With a team of more than 500 employees in 21 markets, she was responsible for monetizing network assets and developing emerging technologies. Kereere led the American Express decision to launch EMV smart card technology in the United States, keeping pace with competition and creating a foundation for future innovation, and has been the driving force behind several digital pilot launches. She has played major roles in the company’s World Service sector in the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region and Japan Asia Pacific and Australia region. Previously she served as senior vice president for Global Business Travel in Europe. Kereere is a member of the board of the New York chapter of the Red Cross, of Zawadi Africa Education Fund and Dataposit, a technology start-up in Africa. She co-led the American Express European Diversity Council and Women’s Interest Networks and devotes much of her personal time to furthering the education and advancement of women in developing countries. Kereere holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.
Senior Consultant and
Director of Business Development
As senior consultant and the director of business development for CultureSync, Carrie Kish specializes in leadership training for executives, small businesses and nonprofit leaders. As one of the senior tribe members at CultureSync, she works to upgrade cultures to create legendary teams, companies and organizations. Kish has more than 20 years of experience as a coach and a trainer, including working as a coach for Anthony Robbins. She is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold several businesses over the last 20 years. Kish is the founder of Leadership Lab International and Leadership in Action and co-founder of Io Consulting. She is a graduate of CTI Leadership, Mastery University, Leadership Mastery and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a certified professional co-active coach and the executive advisor of the International Coach Federation. She is a youth minister, a confirmation teacher and a retreat team leader at her church and volunteers as a youth mentor with Step Up Women’s Network.
Nina Leigh Krueger
President, Golden Products Division
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Guiding a cultural vision of innovation, Nina Leigh Krueger serves as president of the Golden Products division of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. She began her career with the former Ralston Purina Company in 1994, working on key global brands and initiatives in the cat food marketing division, holding various positions of increasing responsibility. When Nestlé acquired Purina in 2001, Krueger was selected to help lead the marketing organization integration. She has been instrumental in bringing innovation to market for several successful brands, including Beneful dog food, soon to be a billion-dollar brand. In 2010 she was named vice president of Golden Products marketing and was called upon to lead the successful integration of a newly acquired brand of dog treats. Krueger is active in her community, having served on multiple boards and executive committees of various nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Miami University and a master of business administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.
John Lewis is president, Americas of Nielsen, with responsibility for leading Nielsen’s Watch and Buy growth strategy in Latin America as well as the management, business performance and strategic direction of Nielsen's Buy strategy in the United States and Canada. He was appointed to this position in May 2013. Prior to his expanded role, Lewis led Nielsen’s North America Buy business since 2006, where he oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions to build Nielsen’s analytic and insights capabilities, integrated Watch and Buy offerings across the client base, and championed the global growth of Nielsen’s major consumer packaged goods clients in North America. From 1994 to 1999, Lewis also served as executive vice president, marketing, ACNielsen USA. During this tenure, he improved the marketing function, accelerated product development, helped restore ACNielsen's competitive leadership position and successfully launched new products. Between these two roles, Lewis was president and CEO of Knowledge Networks, a venture-backed marketing information company and leader in the online marketing survey research space. He led the company from start-up. Prior to Knowledge Networks, Lewis ran another venture-backed start-up as president and CEO of SMS Technology. Earlier in his career he was one of the first employees of The NutraSweet Company, where he held a number of executive positions including general manager of the consumer products division and chief marketing officer. Lewis holds a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in political science from Princeton University.
NEW Board Chair Catherine Lindner is managing partner at Sagres Consulting. She is past vice president of retail marketing for Walgreen Co., responsible for marketing strategy, planning and execution for the $22 billion retail business. She joined Walgreens in 1999 as category manager for the hair care category and was promoted to other roles of increasing responsibility. In 2006, 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. Prior to 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, including 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.
Ancella Bickley Livers, Ph.D
Center for Creative Leadership
As senior faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Ancella Bickley Livers works with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to design and deliver leadership solutions. She has interacted with thousands of managers and executives over the past 18 years, fine-tuning her expertise on diversity issues, particularly those focusing on African Americans and women. Livers returned to CCL in 2011 after three years working for the Executive Leadership Council, where she served as the executive director of the Institute for Leadership Development and Research. Previously, she worked at CCL for 12 years, holding a number of leadership roles, including global director of open enrollment programs and global program manager of the Leadership Development Program. Livers also has served as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at West Virginia University. She spent a decade as a newspaper journalist, gaining valuable experience as a Capitol Hill reporter for the Gannett News Service. Her other writing credits include co-author of Leading in Black and White: Working across the Racial Divide and "Dear White Boss” in Harvard Business Review. She is the author of "Coaching People of Color” in The CCL Handbook of Coaching: A Guide for the Leader Coach and "Black Women in Management,” published in the three-volume Gender, Race, & Ethnicity in the Workplace. She co-authored "Miasma: The Dynamics of Difference” in the casebook Leading Across Differences. In 2011, Livers was named one of the nation’s "Top 90 Women Mentor Leaders” by Women of Wealth magazine. She is a member of the Antioch University board of governors. Livers earned a bachelor of science degree in mass communications from Hampton Institute, a master of science in journalism from Northwestern University and a master of arts and a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University.
Into the Fire Leadership
Karen Pery is an experiential executive leadership coach and trainer and work/life balance revolutionary who believes that play is as important as work. Passionate to serve others, she spent the first 15 years of her career recruiting talent and managing people, programs and thousands of volunteers as an executive in the nonprofit sector before taking a professional hiatus to focus on being a mother. Pery works with a global clientele of leaders committed to living creative, fulfilled lives. In 2012, Pery launched Wake UP Wednesdays, a creative community play date for freelancers, consultants and entrepreneurs, and is co-founder of Into the Fire Leadership, home of the Into the Fire Sessions: Surf + Leadership Retreat and the Into the Fire Living blog. Pery earned a bachelor's degree in political science from University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She is a graduate of CTI's Leadership Program, is a certified professional co-active coach and holds an ACC credential awarded by the International Coach Federation. She is president of International Coach Federation.
Navigator Sales and Marketing
In September 2012, Subriana Pierce left corporate America to become managing partner of Navigator Sales and Marketing. Her family-owned business assists clients in navigating consumer goods and retail through consulting, coaching and product representation. She previously served as senior vice president, sales and merchandising for Albertsons Southern California division. Prior to joining SuperValu, Pierce spent more than 10 years in sales and marketing roles with PepsiCo Inc.’s Frito-Lay division. She has been recognized throughout her career for outstanding achievements, including being named one of the 2013 "Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer and one of the 2012 "Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine. In 2011, she was named one of the "Top 25 Influential Black Women” by The Network Journal. Pierce serves as a committee leader for NEW Southern California. She previously served as co-chair of NEW Dallas and served as co-chair of the NEW Consumer Products and Retail Diversity Forum. She is a member of the Food Industry Circle Board for City of Hope. Pierce is a graduate of Spelman College, where she majored in economics and has been honored as a "Distinguished Alumnae.” She received her master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago.
As president of the Quintana Group, Marie Quintana directs the work of a full-service management consulting firm working with leading companies and brands to define, refine and implement business strategies to maximize sales results. Specific areas of expertise include retail and go-to-market strategies and execution; consumer, shopper and customer insights; multicultural marketing, with a focus on winning with Hispanics; and collaboration across organizations to achieve corporate goals. She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker on the topic of developing female leaders. Previously, Quintana spent 14 years with PepsiCo Inc. Most recently, she served as the senior vice president of PepsiCo multicultural sales and marketing. She led the customer strategy for PepsiCo’s multicultural markets, taking an integrated approach to align brands, retail activation programs and community initiatives. She also developed strategies to enhance consumer loyalty and strengthen community partnerships with PepsiCo’s strategic customers. Quintana served as PepsiCo vice president of global IT strategy and capability and vice president of technology, where she directed the PepsiCo IT technology organization and was instrumental in creating PepsiCo IT shared services. Quintana served in executive sales and consulting roles at Perot Systems and IBM. At IBM, she served in sales and marketing leadership positions leading integrated business solutions for customers in the consumer packaged goods industry. A past Network of Executive Women Board member, Quintana also chaired the Corporate Board for Latina Style. She was named one of the "Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer and is featured in the book The New Woman Rules. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and master’s degree from Tulane University.
Lori Raya is the first woman president in the 107-year history of Vons grocery stores and only the second woman to lead a Safeway division in North America. She began her career with the grocery giant in 1987 as a courtesy clerk. Today she is responsible for 277 Vons and Pavilions stores, which employ more than 25,000 people in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Raya’s responsibilities steadily expanded as she progressed through the retail ranks at Safeway, from running store operations in several of the company’s key operating divisions to cross-training in the merchandising department at the senior level. Her past assignments include district manager at Vons and vice president of retail operations in the company’s Northern California division. She later joined the perishable marketing team as group vice president of deli/food service, Starbucks and bakery and was promoted to senior vice president, with added responsibility for dairy/refrigerated and frozen food. In 2011, she assumed the position of senior vice president of main meals, beverages/snacks, before being named president of Vons in January 2012. Raya was named one of Progressive Grocer’s "Top Women in Grocery” for three consecutive years. She is a graduate of the Western Association of Food Chains Food Industry Executive Program at the University of Southern California. A strong supporter of volunteerism, she serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
Kim K.W. Rucker
Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Kraft Foods Group Inc.
Since August 2012, Kim Rucker has led the legal, corporate governance and corporate affairs functions for Kraft Foods Group Inc. Previously, Rucker served as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Avon Products Inc., where she advised the company’s board of directors, executives and business leaders around the world. At Avon, Rucker led a nearly 200-member organization directing Avon’s legal operations, including corporate governance, transactions, compliance, litigation, government affairs and intellectual property. Earlier, Rucker served as senior vice president, corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Energy Future Holdings Corp. She played a key role in the company’s $45 billion private equity transaction and guided its board of directors and senior management on numerous legal business and policy-related matters. Prior to that position, Rucker served as corporate counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and was a partner in one of the world’s largest law firms, Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. Rucker was awarded her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a master of public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned a bachelor of business administration degree in economics from the University of Iowa.
Sue Stanek, Ph.D
Sue Stanek is a successful leadership development consultant, bringing 30-plus years of experience in sales, marketing and management. Among her clients are The McGraw-Hill Companies, Synovus Financial and Societe Generale Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray and Medtronic. Stanek also serves on the consulting staff of Menttium Corporation and as an adjunct professor for Concordia University. Previously, she was managing director of the learning systems division of BI Performance Services, where she was responsible for a 36-percent increase in revenue and increases in productivity and customer satisfaction. She also served as a product manager for Wilson Learning Centers and manager of training and development at United HealthCare Corporation, where she was responsible for 2,500 employees in 25 states. Stanek earned a doctorate degree in training and organization development from the University of Minnesota, where she served as an adjunct instructor. She holds a master’s degree in community and adult education from the College of St. Thomas and a bachelor of science degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota. Stanek has won numerous awards, including Consultant of the Year from The McGraw-Hill Companies. She is a contributing author of 50 Activities for Achieving Excellent Customer Service and The Princess Principle:Women Helping Women Discover their Royal Spirit. Stanek is chairperson of Young Life, a nonprofit youth organization, and serves as a national alumnae leadership consultant for Delta Gamma sorority.
President and CEO
Network of Executive Women
Joan Toth is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, the largest diversity organization serving the consumer products and retail industry. Toth, who was named executive director shortly after the association’s establishment in 2001, was appointed president and CEO in 2011. She is responsible for executing the Network’s mission of attracting, retaining and advancing women in this multitrillion-dollar business sector. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for its programs and services, and works closely with the Networkʼs Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Champions and Committee Chairs to develop and execute strategy. Toth has presided over the organization’s rapid growth. The Network now has nearly 7,000 members, 90 national sponsors and 20 regional groups in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the Network, Toth launched Go-To-Market Strategies, a retail industry consulting firm, and led print, event and web business development activities for the retail/food industry publications of Bill Communications. Toth previously served as vice president and publisher of Convenience Store News and group publisher of the retail and distribution publications of Macfadden Trade Communications. Toth has served on numerous industry boards and committees, including the Supplier Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores. In 2012, she was elected to the board of directors of Rock for Kids, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music education to underserved children in Chicago public schools; she currently leads the fundraising committee.
President, Acosta Mosaic Group
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Aidan Tracey is president of Acosta Mosaic Group (AMG), a full-service, integrated marketing agency designed to add value at every point along the path to purchase. Tracey is responsible for directing the vision of the company and delivering innovative and holistic solutions that connect brands with consumers in their community, online and in-store at both a national and local level. He has extensive experience helping brand marketers combat the growing erosion of traditional forms of mass media by combining experiential marketing, digital and social media and shopper marketing to reach consumers. Previously Tracey was CEO of Mosaic, which now operates as AMG following Mosaic’s acquisition by Acosta Sales & Marketing. He joined Mosaic in 2003 to establish and grow the experiential marketing division in North America. Prior to Mosaic, he was the vice president of interactive media for North America at Labatt-Interbrew (now AB InBev). Throughout his seven-year tenure, Tracey enjoyed a variety of assignments, including general manager of the interactive marketing business unit, which was responsible for all web-based consumer activity and database marketing. Previously, Tracey held the position of director of marketing, Atlantic Region, where he was a member of the regional management team that supervised two breweries and more than 250 personnel and managed the marketing activity for 15 brands in the Atlantic provinces. Prior to joining Labatt, he was a brand manager at Procter & Gamble on leading brands such as Crest and Ivory Bar. Tracey received an honors business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Vice President, North America Market Strategy and Planning
Procter & Gamble
Monica Turner joined Procter & Gamble as a sales representative after serving as a summer intern in 1987. During her tenure, she was promoted to increasing levels of responsibility across multiple channels of trade, including healthcare, mass merchants, food, dollar and emerging channels. In her current role, she leads the company’s market strategy and planning organization in North America. The company’s largest regional business organization globally has 300-plus employees and represents more than $33 billion in sales. Turner is responsible for delivering the go-to-market strategies and plans designed to keep consumers as the central focus to drive accelerated growth. A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, for the past three years Turner has led the African American affinity group for P&G’s customer business development (CBD) group in North America. She also serves as the CBD functional leader for P&G’s corporate multifunctional affinity group, consisting of senior African American leaders. Turner has served as the North America leader for the Global Women’s Network, where she helped define the early stages of P&G’s Global Flex @ Work program. She was a charter member of Network of Executive Women Charlotte and served as the region’s first treasurer. Today, she is a NEW Board member at-large. Turner graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing.
Certified Life Coach
Natalie Vartanian is a certified life coach and personal development expert specializing in communication in relationships. Graduating high school at 16, she attended the University of Southern California, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business communication. Her passion for challenging herself has become a passion of helping others to challenge themselves and become their best self through her personal coaching practice, speaking tours, workshops and blog. Vartanian’s recent projects include working with Google to create and facilitate personal development workshops for teachers and education outreach professionals and the coordination of a summer camp program to expose kids to the possibility of creating whatever you want in the world through technology. Vartanian created Girls Gone Moto, a pursuit of happiness project, whereby she and her partner-in-crime traveled the United States in an RV inspiring people to take action toward their dreams and committing random acts of kindness along the way. They filmed the entire trip and created weekly webTV episodes available on YouTube.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
The Hershey Company
As senior vice president, chief human resources officer, Kevin Walling is chief architect for human resources, talent retention, development and recruitment, and total rewards strategies for The Hershey Company. He has 24 years of experience in human resources. Walling previously served as vice president and chief human resources officer for Kennametal Inc., a global technology and manufacturing company. He was instrumental in building a successful customer-centric, global organization that delivered record financial results. Under his leadership, the company achieved global improvements in talent and diversity. He was responsible for human resource strategy and operations in more than 60 countries. Prior to joining Kennametal Inc., Walling was vice president, human resources, North America for Marconi Corporation and served as vice president, human resources for Acclaim Entertainment. He also held several management positions with PepsiCo Inc. Walling served on the State of Pennsylvania Workforce Invest Board for five years and was an adjunct professor in the business school at Saint Vincent College. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial labor relations from LeMoyne College.
Vice President, PepsiCo Customer Management
Network of Executive Women Board Member At-Large Lisa Walsh has served as vice president, PepsiCo customer management for PepsiCo Inc. since early 2010. In this role she is responsible for multiple grocery customer teams and industry relations, as well as advancing PepsiCo’s Power of One agenda across PepsiCo’s sales organization. She is charged with advancing PepsiCo’s strategic partnership with customers while ensuring the PepsiCo sales teams deliver against mutual growth and revenue objectives with their customers. In addition, Walsh leads PepsiCo’s Grocery Retail Advisory Council, which is responsible for collaboration and engagement with strategic regional grocery customers. Walsh has responsibility for driving PepsiCo’s equity within the industry by collaborating with industry associations and communicating PepsiCo’s vision through a comprehensive trade media engagement strategy. Prior to this role, Walsh served as vice president and general manager of the PepsiCo Delhaize team. She joined PepsiCo in June 1999 and held a number of roles of increasing responsibility, including field sales and headquarters management roles for the Pepsi division in the areas of category management, channel strategy, business development and franchise development. Prior to PepsiCo, Walsh held strategy, sales and category management roles at Reckitt Benckiser, where she was responsible for launching the category management function and developing strategic plans with national customers. Walsh represents PepsiCo on the Food Marketing Institute Associate Member Advisory Council and sits on the National Grocers Association board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College.
President, Community Relations
As president of community relations for Target Corporation, Laysha Ward oversees the corporation’s wide-reaching domestic and international grant work, community sponsorships, cause marketing initiatives, volunteerism and other civic activities. She also is responsible for the Target Foundation, which supports arts and social services organizations based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Ward’s career with Target was launched in 1991 in store sales and management with Marshall Field’s in Chicago, later serving as community relations manager. In 1998, she was named director of community relations for Target in Minneapolis. She was elevated to vice president of community relations in 2003 and to her current role in 2008. Ward serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grant maker for volunteering and service; the Executive Leadership Council, a national membership organization for African American executives; and Denny’s Corporation. She is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind and The Links, an international women’s service organization. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master in social services administration from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President and Artistic Director
OPI Products Inc.
In 1989, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann began to make nails not only relevant, but exciting and fun when she created the first 30 OPI colors, including OPI Red, Malaga Wine and Coney Island Cotton Candy, helping to make nails a fashion accessory. As executive vice president and artistic director of OPI Products Inc., Weiss-Fischmann ignited the "dark nail” revolution with Lincoln Park After Dark (deep purple), was the first to add real diamond dust to nail lacquer and pushed nail art into the fashion mainstream with Shatter by OPI. She has composed thousands of iconic OPI colors and names including, You Don’t Know Jacques! (deep taupe), My Private Jet (shimmery black), Bubble Bath (soft pink) and Here Today Aragon Tomorrow (dark shimmering green). She produced I’m Not Really a Waitress, a rich, shimmery red that was heralded as the "best shade of red” by women across the globe. Allure magazine inducted the lacquer into its Beauty Hall of Fame in 2011. Known worldwide as "The First Lady of Nails,” Weiss-Fischmann is a go-to authority for beauty editors and fashion designers. Born in Hungary, Weiss-Fischmann began her fascination with beauty at an early age. She cultivated her instinct for color and style in the New York City garment industry, where she attained a degree from Hunter College. Today, she is revolutionizing the salon manicure with GelColor by OPI, a professionally applied, LED-cured gel system available in OPI’s iconic nail lacquer shades.
Division Vice President, Customer Marketing
Network of Executive Women Vice Chair Annie Zipfel is division vice president, marketing for REI, a leading sporting goods retailer based in Seattle. She is responsible for leading customer insights, marketing planning, and customer acquisition and retention strategies. Prior to this, Zipfel served as vice president, owned brands and packaging for Target Corporation, responsible for driving growth strategies and innovation for the multi-million-dollar owned brand portfolio.. She has spent her entire career in consumer products brand management and retail, including brand management roles at General Mills Inc. She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her master of business administration degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is a member of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Alumni Council and has served as a guest speaker or panelist at Northwestern University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolfus College and Food Marketing Institute. Zipfel volunteers at ARC and Sharing/Caring Hands.