Actress, producer, business owner
Granddaughter of John Barrymore and member of the Barrymore family of American actors, Drew Barrymore made her first appearance at 11 months old in an advertisement. Today, she is an actress, film producer and part-owner of Flower beauty products, a line of affordable, made-in-the-U.S. cosmetics and fragrances available at Walmart stores. Barrymore made her film debut as William Hurt’s daughter in “Altered States” in 1980 and she had her breakout role in “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Soon after, she became one of Hollywood’s most known child actors. After struggling with drugs, alcohol and two rehab trips, Drew wrote an autobiography called Little Girl Lost and successfully transitioned into an adult actress. Drew’s films include “Poison Ivy,” “Boys on the Side,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” Barrymore and business partner Nancy Juvonen began a production company called Flower Films in 1995 and its first production was Drew’s film, “Never Been Kissed." Flower Films has also produced “Charlie’s Angels,” “50 First Dates,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Donnie Darko.” More recently, she has been seen in “He’s Just Not That into You," “Beverly Hills Chihuahua," “Everybody’s Fine" and “Going the Distance.” Barrymore has been named UN World Food Programme’s Ambassador Against Hunger and has donated more than $1 million to this program. She is the recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her role in “Grey Gardens.” She supports many charities and foundations, including ASPCA, Declare Yourself, Much Love, Red Cross, Shop For Charity and The Rescue Train.
Carmen R. Bauza
Senior Vice President and General Merchandising Manager
Consumables and Health and Wellness
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Carmen R. Bauza leads the merchandising strategies for baby, chemicals, paper goods, over the counter and optical for Walmart stores in the United States. Previously, she served as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of beauty and personal care. Bauza was instrumental in transforming the business by focusing on the customer, industry trends and direction, improving operational execution and leveraging supplier collaboration. Prior to joining Walmart, Bauza served as general merchandise manager of seasonal gifts and accessories at Bath and Body Works, a division of Limited Brands Inc. She also spent more than 10 years with the Walt Disney Company Theme Parks and Resorts Division in various roles, including vice president and general merchandise manager responsible for leading strategies for all aspects of merchandising. She has more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry, including store operations and start-ups. Bauza holds a bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising and business management from Seton Hill University. A native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, she has been active in various groups in support of Hispanics and the Northwest Arkansas community, including serving as executive sponsor of Walmart's Hispanic/Latino Resource Group. She is executive sponsor of Dress for Success of Northwest Arkansas and serves on the board of directors of Walmex, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Benton County Literacy Council. She has been honored by Latina Style Magazine as Latina Executive of The Year, as one of Drug Store News' Top Women in Pharmacy and as one of Mass Market Retailer's Most Influential Women of the Year. She received the Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna Award and The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families of NYC Abriendo Puertas para Mujeres Award (“Opening Doors to the Future”).
Kenneth Allen Charles
Vice President, Global Inclusion & Staffing
NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles is responsible for attraction, engagement and retention of talent in every diverse form and generating talent solutions that will provide winning results for General Mills around the world. Since January 2009, Charles has had responsibility for the development and execution of General Mills global diversity and inclusion strategy. He works closely with the CEO and senior vice president of human resources on business and people strategies to create value for each of the company’s stakeholders. Previously, as chief staffing officer, Charles led U.S. campus and experienced professional recruiting and was responsible for development of the General Mills employment brand and enhancing relationships with key university and community partners. Charles has been recognized as one of the 75 Most Influential People in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly magazine and as one of the Top Executives in Diversity by Black Enterprise. In 2013 and 2014, he chaired the UNCF Twin Cities Masked Ball and is a member of the Twin Cities UNCF Leadership Council. He serves on the Human Rights Campaign Business Advisory Council and the boards of the National Black MBA Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Threads Dance Project. He has chaired the corporate advisory board of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and received the organization’s Peter C. Thorp Corporate Leadership Award. Charles served as chairman of the 2008 Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by the UNCF and General Mills Foundation. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and the Executive Leadership Council.
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Ann Christensen directs the overall strategic and operational development of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and oversees its rapidly growing research programs. She also works closely with the board of directors to enhance the Institute’s impact and strengthen its strategic partnerships and resources. Prior to joining the Institute, Christensen worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market companies. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she was instrumental in establishing the Growth & Innovation practice by drawing on the theories of disruptive innovation to help clients create new growth businesses. Christensen led projects for clients in a number of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotech, telecommunications, travel, professional services and insurance. Earlier in her career, she was a strategic analyst for Elan Pharmaceuticals, an Irish biotechnology company. Christensen earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University, where she studied the political economies of developing nations, and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Founder and CEO
Sustainable Leadership Advisors
Christy Consler is founder of Sustainable Leadership Advisors, a consortium of experts dedicated to creating a more sustainable future through the development of leaders driven by performance, passion and purpose. She recently served as senior vice president, human resources and corporate sustainability for Jamba Juice, responsible for culture, talent development, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Prior to joining Jamba Juice in 2012, she was Safeway’s first vice president of sustainability, developing the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy across the enterprise. Consler also served as Safeway’s vice president of leadership development and planning, where she led a team to develop and drive Safeway’s leadership bench strength and talent initiatives. Prior to joining Safeway, Consler held a variety of brand management and strategy roles, including at General Mills, and ran her own leadership consulting firm specializing in women’s leadership development. She was named one of Progressive Grocer’s Top 100 Women in Grocery in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She is a founding member of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council for Menus of Change, a joint initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health. She has served on the NEW Board and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development. In 2012, Girl Scouts of America named Consler one of the top 100 women for “greening” the future of Northern California and presented her with the Forever Green Award for her contribution to the arts, economic development, environment, equal opportunity, health, science and social justice. Consler is a graduate of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her master of business administration degree, and Cornell University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in applied economics.
Consultant and Coach
Hill Enterprises Inc.
Previously a top-performing sales leader at Procter & Gamble, Jan Hill is an executive and leadership team coach, focusing on talent development, culture change, and emotional and gender intelligence. She is experienced in sales and marketing, the development of high-performing teams, courseware development, recruiting and selection, and performance. For more than 20 years, Hill has worked with leaders and teams who are already successful, but want to drive personal and team success to an even more significant level. As a strategic thinker, Hill is skilled at understanding the complex systemic, interpersonal, economic and cultural challenges that plague today's organizations. She is particularly adept at working with leadership teams who possess the desire and commitment to make a long-term “legacy” contribution to their organizations. She works with clients in the fields of consumer goods, technology, pharmaceuticals and engineering under various business conditions, including startups, mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurial organizations and Fortune 100 companies. Hill has created and coached various leadership, team and high-potential development programs at Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, The Hershey Company, Intuit and Zynga. She is the co-author of Smart Women, Smart Moves and is writing a book about major life transitions. Hill graduated cum laude from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and is a Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara Professional Certified Coach.
President and General Manager
Drug Delivery Systems Division
Cindy Kent is president and general manager for the Drug Delivery System Division of 3M, a $30 billion diversified technology company. She is a member of 3M’s Executive Leadership Conference. Prior to joining 3M in October 2013, she served as vice president and general manager of the gastro/urology therapies business unit for Medtronic, where she was appointed chair of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, which aimed to increase the representation of women at the executive level. Previously, she worked for Eli Lilly and Company in manufacturing, human resources, sales and marketing. She has been honored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal with its Diversity in Business Award and has appeared on its “Top 40 under Forty” list. She is the recipient of one of the Society of Women Engineers’ highest honors, the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award, and was name a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin and River Valleys. In 2014, she was named one of the Top 35 Women Leaders in Healthcare for the state of Minnesota by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. Twin Cities Business magazine named her one of six 2015 Wonder Women, professionals who use their influence to help others. In February, Kent received the President’s Award from the Informational Technology Senior Management Forum for exemplary achievement in a STEM-related field. She is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. Kent has served on the board of directors for many not-for-profit organizations, including the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s Board of Overseers for the Decade of Discovery and the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. She also served as chairperson for the American Heart Association of Minnesota’s Education Committee. She is a member of The Committee of 200, a by-invitation organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. She holds a master of business administration degree and a master of divinity in pastoral care and leadership, both from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and has completed Six Sigma Green Belt training.
Chief Executive Officer
The Langford Company
Debra Langford is a consummate senior media executive with expertise in development, production, executive search, inclusion and business diversity. Her experience includes high-profile positions in startup, independent and global companies. Prior to launching The Langford Company, she served as vice president, inclusion and business diversity for NBCUniversal, responsible for setting and advancing the inclusion and business diversity strategy across the company. Previously she was vice president, strategic sourcing for Time Warner, where she specialized in identifying top-tier, diverse executives, internally and externally, for senior positions across all divisions of Time Warner on a global basis. Earlier in her career, she held senior positions at UrbanEntertainment.com, Essence Entertainment and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment. She began her career in the entertainment industry as director of development with Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1986. Langford was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the USO board of governors in 2011. She also served as California vice president of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and is a member of the advisory boards for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). She is a co-founder of Colour TV and Colour Film, the organizations of top diverse creative executives in television and film. Langford was named to the Network Journal magazine’s 2008 Top 25 African-American Women in Business list and Black Enterprise magazine featured her as one of four top African-American women in corporate America in 2004.
Chief Operating Officer
Marne Levine is chief operating officer of Instagram, a community of more than 300 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally. Levine joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as vice president of global public policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Levine led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. She also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs. Prior to Facebook, Levine served in the Obama administration as chief of staff of the National Economic Council at the White House and special assistant to the president for economic policy. Previously, she was director of product management for Revolution Money and chief of staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers. Levine began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton, where she held a number of leadership positions. Levine holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Miami University and a master of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of directors for Chegg and for several not-for-profits, including LeanIn.org, the Urban Institute, Women for Women International, LIFT, National Endowment for Democracy and the American Council on Germany. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Senior Vice President
PepsiCo Warehouse Sales
As senior vice president for PepsiCo Warehouse Sales, Trish Lukasik leads the company’s sales organization with a $10 billion portfolio of brands including Gatorade, Naked Juice, Quaker Propel, Rice A Roni, Tropicana and Izze. She has previously served as the senior vice president of PepsiCo Beverages, region vice president Frito-Lay and general manager of the PepsiCo Costco team. Before embarking on her career at PepsiCo, Lukasik spent five years with Procter & Gamble, before joining The Coca-Cola Company, where she gained significant global experience working across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. In 2013, Lukasik joined the Committee of 200, a by-invitation organization of the world’s most successful female business leaders. In 2011, she was named a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. Lukasik is a board member for Junior Achievement Chicago, and has formerly served on the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and board of directors for the Orlando Day Nursery. She has supported numerous organizations including Women in Distress, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida and The Children’s Home Society of Florida. Lukasik completed her undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and holds a master of business administration degree from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
Management guru and best-selling author
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five books about the changing world of work, including the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind, the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Drive; Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself; The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need and To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others. Pink hosts the National Geographic Television series “Crowd Control,” a problem-solving exploration of unique design, technology and behavioral science principles. His articles on business and technology have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR and other networks in the United States and abroad. Pink served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.
American Express OPEN
Denise Pickett is president of American Express OPEN, the leading card issuer for small businesses in the United States. She is responsible for supporting business owners and entrepreneurs with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This includes business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards and savings on business services from a wide variety of partners. OPEN also supports small business owners and entrepreneurs with a number of programs, including OPEN Forum, a go-to online resource and social network, and Small Business Saturday, a grassroots movement that encourages consumers to shop at the independent businesses in their community. Pickett joined American Express in 1992 and has held a series of senior marketing positions in the consumer, small business, commercial card division and U.S. Loyalty division. She has served as executive vice president and CEO, U.S. Loyalty, where she led the strategy to explore loyalty program opportunities in the United States and, earlier, executive vice president of product management and acquisition for American Express OPEN. She also served as senior vice president and country manager for American Express Canada, leading the consumer and small business divisions and serving as president and CEO of American Express Bank of Canada. Pickett sits on the board of directors of Hudson’s Bay Company, parent company of Hudson’s Bay in Canada and Lord & Taylor and Saks in the United States. She also serves on the board of directors of the United Way of New York City and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. She is the former chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. Pickett holds a master of business administration in marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University and earned her honors bachelor's degree in human biology and physiology from the University of Toronto.
Technical Advisor to CEO Jeff Bezos
Maria Renz is a vice president at Amazon and currently serves as technical advisor to CEO Jeff Bezos. Renz was previously CEO of Quidsi, an Amazon.com subsidiary with 10 unique shopping sites, including Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com. Before joining Quidsi, Renz served in various leadership positions at Amazon, including vice president of physical media and Canada, where she led the company’s physical media categories and oversaw Amazon’s retail business in Canada. Prior to that, Renz led Amazon’s consumables group and launched popular customer categories such as beauty, health and personal care and grocery. In 2011, Renz launched MYHABIT.com, an online private sale fashion site from Amazon, and served as president of MYHABIT and vice president of jewelry and watches, shoes and Endless.com. Prior to joining Amazon, she worked in brand management at Kraft Foods Inc. and for Hallmark Cards Inc. and Nelson & Associates. Renz holds a master of business administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree in interior design from Drexel University. She has spoken about leadership to students and alumni at the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Columbia University Business School and is a member of the Vanderbilt University Business School Alumni Board.
Debra A. Sandler
Debra A. Sandler serves on the board of directors of Gannett Co. She previously served as chief health and wellbeing officer for Mars Inc., where she helped accelerate progress in the company’s priority of food security, safety and quality through cross-segment strategy, and president for Mars Chocolate North America, overseeing management of 10 chocolate manufacturing plants and leading the opening of the first chocolate factory in the United States in more than 30 years. Prior to her career at Mars, Sandler was worldwide president of McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She joined Johnson & Johnson in 1999 as vice president of marketing and was co-chairperson of the company’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, representing the views and needs of women across the globe. She started her career at PepsiCo Inc., where she spent 13 years in a number of marketing leadership positions. Sandler holds an undergraduate degree in international business from Hofstra University, a master of business administration from New York University and an honorary PhD from the Long Island University School of Pharmacy. She was named one of Fast Company’s 2011 Top 100 Most Creative People in Business, an Advertising Age Top 25 Marketer and Black Enterprise Person of the Year.
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Marcus Shingles is a partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP and a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Innovation Group. Shingles works with corporate executive teams to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation driven by “exponentials” — the exponential pace of discovery, invention and technology. He is responsible for Deloitte’s alliances and ecosystem strategies, which includes partnerships with the X-Prize Foundation, Singularity University and 3D Systems. He represents Deloitte’s role in the Innovation Partnership Program. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Shingles has primarily worked in consumer products, retail and media and entertainment industries. He recently led a major initiative that Deloitte was selected to conduct by and for the Grocery Manufacturers Association focused on capitalizing on innovation by harnessing big data and analytics to drive top- and bottom-line growth. Prior to joining Deloitte, Shingles ran his own management consulting business working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on innovation and analytics initiatives. He began his career at Kellogg Co. in sales and marketing, global IT and customer strategy. He is a recognized thought leader and is published on topics key to corporate management teams. In his spare time, Shingles works with the public school system in Los Angeles to bring “exponential entrepreneurial” training and contemporary thinking to the opportunities that new technologies potentially bring to underserved communities.
Senior Vice President
Softlines and General Merchandise Sourcing
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
NEW Vice Chair Karen Stuckey joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2004, with 25 years of experience in the retailing and manufacturing industries. She serves as senior vice president for softlines and general merchandise sourcing. In this role, Stuckey leads teams responsible for delivery of private brand product offerings aligned to the "save money, live better" mission. Prior to her current position, Stuckey led merchandising, brand and product development disciplines within the apparel and home business units. Stuckey gained manufacturing experience with Sara Lee Corporation from 1997, and was president of the casualwear business unit of the branded apparel division before joining Wal-Mart in 2004. Beginning her career in store operations with the Limited Corporation in 1980, she held retail merchandising leadership roles with the Cato Corporation, Montgomery Ward, Target Stores and Hart, Schaffner & Marx. She is chair of the Walmart Women’s Officer Caucus and active in community efforts, serving as board president of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County. Stuckey serves as an advisory board member for Enactus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisc.
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 to advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for its programs and services, and works closely with the Network’s 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 is a mission-driven organization with nearly 9,000 members, more than 100 national partners and 20 regional groups in the United States and Canada. NEW hosts two national conferences and more than 100 regional events annually, is an industry leader in diversity research and best practices, supports a national scholarship program and provides leadership opportunities and career development for thousands of executives each year. 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. She is a frequent speaker at industry organization events such as Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), among others. She recently completed board service for Foundations of Music (formerly Rock for Kids), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music education to underserved children in Chicago public schools. She is active in Sister Cities International.
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