Founder and President
Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell, Ph.D. is the founder and president of ASCENT — Leading Multicultural Women to the Top and an associate professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is considered to be one of the leading experts in the management of race, gender and class in the workplace. Her clients include PepsiCo Inc., American Express, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Booze Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Department of Labor. Bell is the coauthor of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed book Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity. She has written several articles for Essence magazine. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Black Enterprise, Newsweek, Working Mother and Fast Company. Her latest book, Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape offers proven techniques for all women wishing to advance their careers in the fast-changing world of corporate America. Bell received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She has served on the faculties of Yale’s School of Organization and Management, the Sloan School of Management, MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a visiting fellow‐scholar in residence at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.
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 2014 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.
Vice President, Customer Solutions
The Coca-Cola Company
As vice president, customer solutions for Coca-Cola Refreshments, Martha Buffington leads functions that develop customer service capabilities and value chain improvements in collaboration with key customers. Throughout her more than 20-year career, she has held a broad range of roles in supply chain operations, strategy, procurement, product commercialization and customer service. Buffington was responsible for the creation and implementation of Coca-Cola's global Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program. A founding member of The Coca-Cola Women’s Forum in 2000, she served on its board for four years (2006-2010). Buffington continues to support women’s leadership and development as a member of Coca-Cola women’s linc, the company’s business resource group that provides a community where women can lead, inspire and connect. She received her MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and holds a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown University.
Chief Executive Officer
Vision Quest Consulting
As one of the top leaders in the field of leadership development, Wendy Capland inspires women to create their ideal vision for life, then boldly step into it. She dedicates herself to inspiring women to find their purpose and reinvent themselves personally and professionally. Capland has been CEO of Vision Quest Consulting, a firm that provides executive coaching, corporate training and facilitation services to Fortune 500 corporations and entrepreneurial firms, for more than 20 years. Capland and her team have worked with industry leaders in technology, finance, healthcare, insurance, professional services and consumer products in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. In 2011, her peers nominated and elected her for induction into the International Coach Federation New England Hall of Fame for her contributions to the coaching profession. She is a founding member of the ICF-New England. Capland is one of the world’s first master certified coaches, the highest international certification awarded by the Internal Coach Federation, the largest membership association of coaches worldwide.
President, Digital and Chief Marketing Officer
As president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreen Co., Sona Chawla leads the retailer’s digital and marketing division, including e-commerce, enterprise-wide marketing, and customer loyalty and insights. In this role, Chawla is charged with advancing Walgreens’ vision for an omni-channel “well experience” by developing and leveraging its corporate brand, integrated portfolio of marketing assets, web and mobile offerings, Balance Rewards loyalty program and customer insights. Her team has been responsible for the company’s digital strategy and implementation to support the health and daily living businesses across the Walgreens portfolio of websites, mobile and stores. Previously, Chawla served as senior vice president and, later, president of e-commerce. Prior to joining Walgreens, she was vice president of global online business at Dell Inc. She also worked at Wells Fargo’s Internet Services Group, where she held several roles, including executive vice president of online sales, service and marketing. Earlier in her career, Chawla worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Mitchell Madison Group. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and computer science from Wellesley College and a master of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. She serves on the board of directors of Express, Inc. and on the board of trustees for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Civiello Communications Group
Mary Civiello is president of Civiello Communications Group, a leading executive communication consultancy. As a coach, Civiello has provided presentation and media support to top executives at some of the world’s largest organizations, including Accenture, American Express, Merck, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Siemens and Time Warner. She also supports leaders of not-for-profit groups, such as the United Nations, March of Dimes and United Way. Dubbed the corporate executive’s “Communications Guru” by the New York Times, Civiello is the author of Communication Counts: Business Presentations for Busy People. She regularly contributes to a Fortune.com blog aimed at top executives. In her two decades as a journalist, reporting and anchoring the news for NBC New York, Civello won six Emmys. She has led communication seminars for Columbia University and is in demand as a TV news guest commenting on candidates’ and CEOs’ communication styles.
Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School of Business
Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future. A former Howard Dean presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a branding expert by the Associated Press and Fortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients such as Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity and the World Bank. She is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and appears in worldwide media including NPR, The Wall Street Journal and BBC. She is the co-chair of the Board of Visitors for Fenway Health, the nation’s leading LGBT health center.
Regional Development Manager
Network of Executive Women
Christina Cole is regional development manager for the Network of Executive Women. Cole joined NEW in March 2014 and oversees day-to-day operations of the Network’s 20 regional groups, including officer and committee onboarding, programming support and volunteer engagement. Prior to joining the Network, Cole was associate director of chapter, member and university relations at the National Black MBA Association. Previously, she served for 10 years in alumni affairs, annual giving and student outreach roles at the University of Chicago and in membership marketing for nearly five years at the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois and master’s degree in health administration from Seton Hall University. Cole supports youth development, women’s health and breast cancer survivorship programs.
Senior Vice President, Walmart Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Daniel Eckert leads Walmart Services for Walmart U.S., which includes Walmart’s food, fuel, home, personal care, amusement and experience and financial services business lines. Prior to joining Walmart in January 2010, Eckert served as senior vice president, HSBC card and retail services, where he founded and led HSBC’s venture development and payment products group. He also led business development, market intelligence and card network management for the North American card organization. While at HSBC, Eckert was recognized by Source Media publications as the Outstanding Payments Executive of the Year in 2008 for his contributions to the industry. Earlier in his career, he held positions at JPMorganChase and Accenture and was an entrepreneur and president of an early-stage investment banking concern. Eckert also served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat logistics officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Flynn Heath Holt Leadership
As founding partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL), Jill Flynn’s goal is to move women leaders forward, faster. She specializes in creating and implementing company-specific pipelines for high-potential women. Prior to co-founding FHHL, Flynn was senior vice president at the nation’s fourth-largest bank, First Union (now Wells Fargo), where she established leadership development, diversity, organizational consulting and employee satisfaction initiatives. The corporation grew exponentially during her tenure, with more than 100 mergers. Flynn and her team prepared more than 100 high-potential leaders to assume senior positions; within a three-year timeframe, the number of women in these roles increased from 9 percent to 26 percent. Flynn received her bachelor of arts degree from Salem College and master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
Vice President, Multicultural Strategy
Hallmark Cards Inc.
As vice president, multicultural strategy for Hallmark Cards Inc., Tara Jaye Frank is responsible for partnering across product development, marketing and retail to drive growth with an increasingly diverse consumer base. Frank began her Hallmark career as a greeting card writer in 1996 and has held creative and business leadership positions since. She was the youngest person in Hallmark’s history to be promoted into executive management and its first African American female vice president. Over a decade of leadership coaching has made Frank a known source of guidance and inspiration for leaders who aspire to create a professional vision they can believe in and achieve. She passionately guides people toward recognizing their own professional power and the inherent value in others. Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and is a published children’s book author.
Executive Vice President, Consumables
U.S. Manufacturing Lead
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
As executive vice president of the consumables division and U.S. manufacturing lead for Walmart U.S., NEW Past Chair Michelle Gloeckler drives merchandising strategies in areas such as beauty; pets; household paper and chemicals; and baby and personal care. She also leads a team responsible for Walmart’s investment of $250 billion in products that support American jobs. Gloeckler joined Walmart in 2009 as vice president of candy, seasonal food gifts and impulse items for Walmart U.S. She later served as vice president of merchandise execution, where she led a team responsible for implementing merchandising strategies at store level across Walmart U.S. operations, and senior vice president of the home division, where she oversaw buying, branding, product development and collaboration across functions. Prior to Walmart, Gloeckler spent 21 years at The Hershey Company, working in the field and at the home office in vice president roles overseeing sales, marketing and category development for all of Hershey’s U.S. retailers and brands. She also served as general manager of The Hershey Experience, leading the direct-to-consumer business that included the Hershey’s Chocolate World visitors’ center, New York and Chicago flagship stores, web and catalog business, including fulfillment and call center, manufacturing and product licensing. Along with her service to NEW, she is a board member of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and an advisory member of the Northwest Arkansas American Heart Association. She previously served on the board of directors for the United Way Capital Region. She has been honored as one of the “Top 40 Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer. Gloeckler is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a consultant, author, gender strategist and president of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership issues. Halter is the former director of diversity strategy for The Coca-Cola Company. For the first 14 years of his 26-year career at The Coca-Cola Company, his work focused on franchise relations, sales management, customer management and regional marketing. He later led a series of initiatives focused on senior and mid-level leadership development, sales management and creating integrated diversity leadership strategies. Halter is 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. His next book, Winning with Women, the Complete Organization Guide will be published in 2015. Halter is a certified Insights Discovery and Insights Sales Effectiveness practitioner and a certified sales trainer with a master certification from Carew International’s Dimensions of Professional Selling. He is certified in Miller-Heiman’s Strategic Selling and Conceptual Selling, DDI’s Targeted Selection and Maximizing Performance and PDI’s 360 Feedback and holds a master certification in Achieve Global’s Leadership for Results. He 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. Halter holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master of science degree from Georgia State University.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Strategy
NEW Regional Activities Chair Marla Thompson specializes in building brands. She joined Catalina in 2002 and now serves as senior vice president, U.S. strategy. In this role, she drives strategic alignment among sales, marketing, product, technology and operations, ensuring that Catalina is positioned to help marketing leaders address their brand’s needs today and in the future. She previously led Catalina’s mobile and online teams globally, with full P&L responsibility, integrating a large acquisition into the organization and launching new products across the globe. Earlier in her career at Catalina, she and her team represented clients with U.S. revenues in excess of $65 billion. Her enthusiasm for innovation and creativity allowed her to develop several new products, such as a loyalty initiative that incorporated one client’s entire portfolio of brands, delivering a 300-percent ROI. Prior to Catalina, Thompson worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and Campbell Soup Company. She built C-level management teams as an executive recruiter for Russell Reynolds Associates and developed conglomerate strategies at WPP for the WPP holding company. Thompson received her bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and her master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. She completed three terms on the board of directors for the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago.
General Manager Procurement, DM&S
NEW Chair Betsy Hosick serves as general manager procurement, downstream and chemicals, midstream and gas, and technology and services for Chevron Corporation. Downstream, technology and services procurement is a corporate procurement function that provides stewardship and procurement services for the embedded procurement departments within the downstream and chemicals business units, technology companies and corporate groups. Hosick joined Chevron in August 1996 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility, including global group category manager, marketing; vice president of Foodini’s Inc.; manager of c-store retailing; general manager of midstream procurement; and general manager of strategic capability. Hosick has received numerous awards, including the coveted Chairman’s Award recognizing her as “Better than the Best,” and industry awards recognizing her as an innovative leader in category management. Hosick holds a bachelor of science degree in integrated supply chain from University of Phoenix and a supply chain certificate from Arizona State University.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Network of Executive Women
Nancy Krawczyk has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and category management of consumer goods. She began her marketing career at McCormick & Company in Baltimore. In 1990, she joined the marketing team at Campbell Soup Company, where she spent the majority of her career in brand management and sales strategy. In 2007, she joined the Network of Executive Women. As the director of client services, she worked with Network sponsors and regional groups to bring to life NEW’s mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry through education, leadership and business development. In the last six years, Krawczyk has overseen efforts resulting in the Network doubling its revenue, sponsors and regional groups. In her current role, Krawczyk leads the Network's marketing and sales team and works closely with the NEW marketing committee to develop strategies, programs and resources to better meet the needs of sponsors and members, while growing the NEW brand. She was a founding member of the Women of Campbell’s Network and served as a board member for the YWCA of Camden County, N.J., for seven years. Krawczyk holds a master of business administration degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Boston College.
Author and faculty member
Sarah Lewis is a rising intellectual star. Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, has been hailed by a who's who of creative thinkers. Lewis Hyde calls it a “welcome departure from standard accounts of artistry and innovation.” The New York Times calls it “strikingly original.” Kirkus Reviews writes: “Creativity, like genius, is inexplicable, but Lewis’ synthesis of history, biography and psychological research offers a thoughtful response to the question of how new ideas happen." Lewis appears on Oprah's “Power List,” served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee, has been profiled in Vogue and is a faculty member at Yale's School of Art. She has held positions at the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her essays have been published in Artforum and The Smithsonian. Her second book, Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, The Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War, will be published in 2015. Lewis received her bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University, an MPhil degree from the University of Oxford and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She was a speaker at TED2014 in Vancouver.
Vice President, Consumer Sales North America
Global Walmart Team
Arist Mastorides joined Kimberly-Clark in 1989 and has held progressively larger leadership roles in sales, brand management and category management. He is passionate about developing talent and working with customers to accelerate business results. As vice president, consumer sales North America for the Global Walmart Team, he leads Kimberly-Clark’s overall engagement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. globally, driving category growth, sales, market share and profit. He previously served as vice president of strategic grocery, U.S. customer development, responsible for executing brand strategies and driving growth at the largest 10 U.S. food retailers. In other assignments with Kimberly-Clark, he led the Kroger business team and the Sears Holdings business team, executing business growth strategies and developing best-in-class customer teams. Arist received his bachelor degree in finance at Miami University of Ohio. He serves on the boards of the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and the Walton Arts Center.
Author of Working with Wisdom
Tricia Molloy loves reminding women how wise they are! She is an acclaimed corporate leadership speaker, mentor and the author of Working with Wisdom. Known as “The Queen of Serene,” Molloy is renowned for her wise, peaceful presence and common-sense advice. Through conference keynotes and employee development programs for organizations such as GE, AT&T, Deloitte and The Home Depot, she inspires professionals to make conscious choices so that they can improve their work-life balance and achieve their goals faster and easier. She is a regular contributor to the Network of Executive Women’s blogging community and serves on the NEW Atlanta marketing committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc.
Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc., is the creator of the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system. Used successfully by thousands of emerging women leaders worldwide, the system identifies the key steps women must take to advance into positions of leadership and influence. Miller created the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system after interviewing more than 1,000 women and recognizing a common set of challenges encountered by women wanting to advance their careers, especially in industries long considered “a man’s world,” such as technology, finance and energy. The Women’s Leadership Coaching® system covers specific strategic and tactical skills needed to break through those roadblocks and move ahead. Miller delivers more than 60 speaking presentations annually to audiences of up to 1,200 women. She has traveled widely in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East to deliver keynotes and teach workshops for women’s conferences, women’s professional associations and Fortune 1000 corporate women’s initiatives. Miller was named one of Silicon Valley’s “Women of Influence” in 2008 and serves on the board of advisors for Global Tech Women.
Category Director, Pets
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
As category director, pets for Walmart U.S., Amy Parton is responsible for developing strong merchant and merchandising strategies, fostering supplier relationships and leading a team of three buyers. She previously held roles in both human and pet foods. In 2013, Parton was recognized as Buyer of the Year and received the People’s Choice Awards for Walmart’s consumables division and Buyer of the Year for Walmart U.S. Parton has spent valuable time in international marketing and store operations. Parton earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Central Arkansas. She serves at her local food bank and in her church, teaching third grade boys each Sunday.
Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
As chief sustainability officer for The Coca-Cola Company, Beatriz R. Perez is responsible for creating and overseeing an integrated, global sustainability strategy; setting goals and commitments; assessing and driving scaled investments; and managing and tracking key global partnerships and projects. Perez stewards the company’s global sustainability agenda by driving focus, collaboration and scale within a framework anchored on four priorities: water stewardship, sustainable packaging, climate protection and fostering sustainable communities through economic empowerment, strategic philanthropy and a commitment to well-being. Previously, Perez served as chief marketing officer for the company’s North American division, where she was responsible for knowledge and insights, integrated marketing communication, brand programming, media, sports/entertainment, interactive marketing, consumer marketing, digital marketing, marketing capability and the university marketing recruitment program. Earlier in her career, she served as senior vice president of integrated marketing for Coca-Cola North America and has been responsible for negotiating and leading efforts with film, music, television, interactive and sports partnerships. Perez launched the Coke Digital Network (CDN), an innovative media communication tool, and developed the company’s award-winning Motorsports marketing platform, which launched Coca-Cola as the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR, created the Coca-Cola Racing Family and secured a partnership with International Speedway Corporation, which includes the prestigious Daytona 500. She served as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council from 2007-2009, advising Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent and the senior leadership team on ways to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, specifically focusing on general management. Perez has been inducted into the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the SportsBusiness Journal’s Hall of Fame. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Larry King Cardiac Foundation’s Gerald S. Snyder Heart Award, the SportsBusiness Award by SportsBusiness Journal, the Industry Career Achiever award by the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Center, and the “Most Promising Manager of the Year” by the National Hispanic Employees Association. She was recognized as an "Ad Age Media Maven” and was named one of SportsBusiness Journal’s "Top 25 Women in Business." She is chair of the GRAMMY Foundation and sits on the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, The Victory Junction Gang Camps, the United Service Organizations (USO) and HSBC North America Holdings Inc. Perez holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Maryland.
V.P. Merchandising, Beauty
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Jody Pinson leads the beauty division for Walmart U.S., responsible for developing merchandising strategies, managing supplier relationships and operational alignment for 4,000 stores and overseeing a team of six buyers. Prior to this role, Pinson was vice president, merchandising, pet care, leading the Walmart U.S. merchandising pet strategy and a team of buyers. She has also held buying roles in sporting goods and stationery. She began her Wal-Mart Stores Inc. career as a cashier at Sam’s Club. Pinson is co-chair of programs for NEW Northwest Arkansas. She also serves on the Walmart Women’s Economic Council to help educate women and small business owners. In 2009, she was awarded the Walmart Strategic Excellence Award for developing a winning strategy that delivered exceptional performance. Pinson is a 1992 graduate of The University of Arkansas School of Business in Accounting.
Executive Vice President
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
The Home Depot
Teresa Wynn Roseborough is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of The Home Depot. Before joining The Home Depot in 2011, Roseborough served as MetLife’s deputy general counsel. Prior to MetLife, she was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Roseborough’s career includes government service as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department, service as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James Dickson Phillips of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and service in West Germany as a Department of Defense civilian. She is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. and a member of the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Roseborough earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in education from Boston University and a juris doctor with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Law Review.
Vice President, Talent and Organizational Development
Publix Super Markets Inc.
Alison Midili Smith is the vice president, talent and organizational development for Publix Super Markets. Publix, privately owned and operated by its 169,000 employees, is a $28.9 billion dollar company, operating 1,080 stores in six Southeastern states. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction to the talent management functions across retail, manufacturing, distribution and support office business areas. The talent management functions include leadership development, succession planning, talent acquisition and assessment, diversity, performance management and human resource policy development. Smith began her Publix career in 1996 as manager of selection. She was promoted to director of employment and staffing in 1999 and director of organizational development in 2004. Before joining Publix, Smith worked as a consultant with multiple companies to develop assessment systems, employee engagement surveys, training needs assessments and performance management processes. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of South Florida in industrial/organizational psychology.
West Region Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Managing Principal, Leadership Center for Inclusion
Christie Smith has a track record of breaking boundaries, including her past career as a professional golfer, her leadership in fostering growth of the life science sector and her experience as one of Deloitte’s most senior inclusion leaders. Smith has spent the last 24 years consulting, focusing on aligning business strategy with the requirements of organizational structure, talent, leadership development and global workforce planning. She is the west region managing director, consulting, as well as the lead consulting partner and advisory partner for many of Deloitte’s largest life sciences companies in the west region. She recently drove the formation of Deloitte’s collaboration with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences to spur bioscience innovation and convert that innovation into a catalyst for jobs, companies and better health in California. Smith also serves as the managing principal for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, where Deloitte engages their people, clients and thought leaders to redefine inclusion for the 21st century workplace. She previously served as the west region’s Women’s Initiative leader and diversity leader, where she spearheaded Deloitte’s relationship and activities with MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge media labels to realize their potential. She has been recognized as one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times. Smith has a masters of social work from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology from New York University.
Director, Talent Management Insights and Solutions
Network of Executive Women
As the director of talent management insights and solutions at the Network of Executive Women, Robert F. Solomon Jr. designs and implements large- and small-scale initiatives for NEW sponsor companies. The customized solutions allow companies to successfully balance the push/pull of managing the operational components of a business, while developing the critical human capital necessary to thrive in today’s hypercompetitive marketplace. Prior to joining NEW in April 2014, Solomon was the director of learning and development for CVPH Medical Center, responsible for developing and implementing the learning and leadership development platform for the hospital system, which included two hospitals and a regional network of affiliated physicians. Prior to this role, he designed, managed and facilitated leadership development programs and conducted research for The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). In connection with this work, he regularly coached executives and designed programs for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, he was senior project manager at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was the principal liaison between CCL and several large clients. While at CCL, Solomon contributed to the Leadership Across Differences project and authored articles on a variety of subjects, including “Understanding Race & Ethnicity from a Global Perspective” and “Coaching for Career Advancement.” He is member of the American Sociological Association, Association for Talent Development and Society for Human Resource Management. He has been an instructor for the State University of New York-Plattsburgh’s department of management, international business and Information. He earned both bachelor and master degrees in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is finishing his doctorate degree in sociology at George Mason University.
Manager of Learning
Network of Executive Women
As manager of learning for the Network of Executive Women, Eileen Tarjan manages and helps develop new and existing learning programs for NEW sponsors and members, plus manages the Network’s webinars and programming. Prior to joining NEW in April 2014, Tarjan served as human resources manager for NCH Marketing Services, a Valassis Company. Earlier in her career she held human resources positions of increasing responsibility at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Forsythe Technology and ARAMARK Corporation. Tarjan serves on the board of managers for the MLK Jr. Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and is involved in various community and professional organizations, including Chicago Cares, a non-profit organization that responds to critical human service, educational and environmental needs of Chicago. She earned her undergraduate degree from National-Louis University.
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 has 8,300 members, 100 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.
Senior Vice President, PepsiCo Sales
As senior vice president, PepsiCo sales, Lisa Walsh is responsible for leading a One PepsiCo agenda across the sales organization, managing multiple customer teams and developing sales strategies for new businesses, such as e-commerce. In this role, Walsh is charged with advancing PepsiCo’s strategic partnership with retailers and third-party suppliers while ensuring mutual growth and revenue objectives are achieved. She also leads PepsiCo’s Grocery Retail Advisory Council, which is responsible for collaboration and engagement with strategic regional grocery customers. Walsh also has responsibility for driving PepsiCo’s equity within the industry by collaborating with industry associations and communicating PepsiCo’s vision through a comprehensive engagement strategy. Walsh joined PepsiCo in June 1999 and has served in various field and headquarter management roles, in the areas of category management, channel strategy, business development and franchise development. Prior to PepsiCo, she held strategy, sales and category management roles at Reckitt Benckiser and spent time at Nielsen and IRI. Walsh serves as NEW Chair of Marketing and Communications, represents PepsiCo on Food Marketing Institute’s Collaboration Council and sits on the board of directors for National Grocers Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College.
As a principal with Whitaker Associates, Alicia Whitaker partners with top leaders to initiate and execute bold changes in how global talent is managed and developed. She assists executive teams to change their organizations, specializing in executive coaching, team building, talent assessment and development and succession management. Whitaker previously served as managing director at Credit Suisse, where she created the investment bank's learning and development and diversity functions, built a global team and established the bank's first Leadership Institute, significantly impacting how talent was managed and developed. Whitaker began her corporate career with the Xerox Corporation, focusing on employee involvement and has led talent development initiatives at AIG, Pitney Bowes, Colgate-Palmolive and Warner Amex Cable Communications. She worked for a decade in the not-for-profit sector as a general manager of a community development agency and consultant. She has been a board member of the New York Human Resources Planners, Human Resources Planning Society and the Kennedy Child Study Center and served as membership chair of the Global Organization and Management Council of the Conference Board. She holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree in urban studies/sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Whitaker serves as a board member of the Caring Community in Greenwich Village and the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons.
Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Stop & Shop
As vice president, human resources and labor relations for Stop & Shop, Doug Whitney is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the retailer’s HR strategy supporting a multi-billion dollar supermarket operation of more than 220 stores in the Northeast. Whitney provides thought leadership and personalized coaching for the division and regional leadership teams supporting 12 markets, which represent more than 35,000 field and store colleagues. He previously served as senior director of human resources for CVS Caremark Corporation (now CVS Health) and regional human resource director in California and Chicago for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Whitney holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University and a master’s degree in human resource development from Indiana State University. Along with his academic accreditation, he holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers. Whitney was an adjunct professor at Purdue University instructing human resources and labor relations. He serves as an advisory board member of the Philadelphia Urban League.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Family Dollar Stores Inc.
Jocelyn Wong joined Family Dollar Stores Inc. as senior vice president, marketing and chief marketing officer in October 2012. Wong is responsible for giving Family Dollar customers a consistent, relevant and differentiated shopping experience that drives brand loyalty, profitable sales and shareholder return. With 16 years of marketing and leadership experience, and a dedication to consistent execution coupled with strategic vision, Wong successfully fuels the organization with customer insights that drive action; drives brand awareness; drives efficient and effective marketing that drives trips through traditional print media, OOH and digital marketing; and innovates the in-store experience. Before joining Family Dollar, Wong served as group vice president, shopper marketing for Safeway Inc., where she led the creation of a newly formed shopper marketing organization. Her areas of responsibility at Safeway included marketing planning, loyalty marketing, regional marketing, health and wellness marketing, improving the in-store experience, and CPG partnership development. Earlier in her career at Procter & Gamble, Wong held a variety of roles, beginning as a chemical engineer and ending in oral care brand management.