Helayne Angelus harnesses her extensive global experience and passion for creating a competitive advantage through diverse, high-performing teams as a principal with Kalypso, a professional services firm. The former vice president of customer business development global diversity with Procter & Gamble and past president of the Network of Executive Women. Angelus is graduate of Barnard College, part of Columbia University. She began her sales career with Procter & Gamble in Boston. She was a pioneer for women in sales and progressed through a variety of P&G sales management positions, including unit sales manager, district manager in New York, division sales manager in Cincinnati and manager of worldwide sales training and development. In 1992, Angelus was transferred to Caracas, Venezuela, where she was director of customer business development until 1998. Her general management responsibilities have included leading P&G’s Kmart/Sears, wholesale, military and direct technology businesses. Her local and national activities include the President’s Circle and alumnae regional leader for Barnard College. She was a P&G leader in fundraising efforts for the Fine Arts Fund of Cincinnati from 1999 to 2005 and was a founding member of the NEW. Angelus is married to Kalypso principal Michael Friedman.
Kimberly Betts is a senior manager in Deloitte’s retail practice and has worked in retail for most of her career. As a retailer, Betts worked in store operations, merchandising, supply chain, human resources, information technology, finance, sourcing and manufacturing. As a consultant, she partners with retail clients to solve business problems and challenges through practical and sustainable "people” solutions. For the past six years in consulting, Betts has worked with clients in organization design and implementation, workforce transition, international employment regulations, strategic talent development, change, training and communications — all in the effort to streamline transitions to new business processes and technologies.
Chief Executive Officer
Genevieve Bos has started and sold multiple venture-backed and privately held corporations in the technology and media sectors. Today, she is CEO of IdeaString, an online collaboration and "ideation” platform that enables employees and their network to deliver valuable business insights and sustainable innovation. Most recently, Bos co-founded PINK magazine, which she co-owns. Under her leadership, readership of the print publication has grown to more than 650,000, the magazine has won multiple national industry awards and the website continues to positively impact professional women. Earlier in her career, Bos founded multiple technology companies and specialized in developing international sales, distribution and marketing teams in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, while based in the United States and Switzerland. Bos has created profitable partnerships with hundreds of influential decision makers with more than 100 of the world’s top companies. She is a sought-after expert and speaker on professional success and entrepreneurship as it relates to women in business and has been featured by numerous media outlets, including Forbes, CBS, NBC and CNBC. Bos sits on multiple company boards, including those of BLiNQ Media and TripLingo.
Robert "Mike” Brooks
Senior Director, Drug and General Merchandise
The Kroger Co.
Mike Brooks has been employed by The Kroger Co. for 34 years, having held a variety of positions in store management, merchandising and Kroger manufacturing. His merchandising and marketing experience extends to the drug, general merchandise, grocery and perishables categories. He has served in several Kroger divisions, including the general office, Delta, MidSouth and Southwest. As senior director, drug and general merchandise, Brooks is responsible for the development and support of the Kroger divisions’ marketing efforts of drug and general merchandise. He also has been instrumental in the development of the Corporate Brand Wireless Mobile Program. Brooks and his wife Lauren reside in Hebron, Ky., and have one daughter, Hayley.
Vice President of Sustainability
As vice president of sustainability at Safeway, Christy Consler is responsible for developing the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. She works to ensure that Safeway takes a leadership position in the grocery retail industry, including coordinating, developing and driving the CSR position and efforts. Her responsibilities include providing strategic input, benchmarking, goal development, helping forge relationships with external entities and ensuring that the company’s leaders and employees approach their roles with a broader mindset that includes corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Consler joined Safeway in October 2006 as vice president of leadership development and planning, when she led a team to develop and drive Safeway’s leadership bench strength and talent initiatives. She moved full time into her sustainability and CSR role in August 2010. 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. Consler serves on the board of the Network of Executive Women and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development. She is a graduate of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her master of business administration, and of Cornell University, where she received a bachelor of science in applied economics.
Senior Buyer, Dry Grocery
As senior buyer of dry grocery at Target Corporation, Teresa Christenson is responsible for developing the merchandise, promotion and adjacency strategy for the dry grocery portfolio in 1,800 Target stores. She is co-chair of the newly founded Women’s Business Council, committed to engaging, retaining and connecting women at Target. In her 13 years with the retailer, Christenson has spent time in several roles, including merchandise planning manager, buyer, merchandisingpresentation division group manager and senior buyer. She has worked across the home, electronics, household commodities and grocery businesses. Christenson grew up in the Midwest and received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. She is married and the mother of two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, boating, biking and crafts.
Author and Speaker
Co-founder, Age Wave
Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author, co-founder of Age Wave and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives. She spent 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle marketing and retirement implications of the age wave and is an authority on the economic ascent of women, including its impact on various industries, such as financial services, healthcare and consumer marketing. Dychtwald is the author of three books: her newest, INFLUENCE: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better (2010) explores how women are the major change agent of the decade to come. She also wrote Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy (2004), the winner of the 2004 Book of the Year Award from the National Community Colleges Association, and co-authored an illustrated children's book on personal reinvention titled Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (2008). In 1986, Dychtwald co-founded Age Wave, the country’s thought leader on population aging and its profound business, lifestyle and cultural implications. The company provides breakthrough research, award-winning communications and marketing and consulting initiatives to more than half of the Fortune 500. During her career, she has addressed more than 300,000 business and social service leaders for organizations such as Allegiance Healthcare, Allstate Insurance, Blue Cross of California, Chevron, the Direct Marketing Association, Fidelity Investments, Lincoln Financial, LPL Financial, the National Association of Educators and the World Future Society. Dychtwald has been regularly featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, TIME and U.S. News & World Report magazines, as well as on Fox Business News, CNBC and NPR. Dychtwald is a popular contributor to The Huffington Post. A graduate of New York University, she has been married for more than 25 years and has been a working mom living in the San Francisco area for much of her adult life.
Senior Vice President, Home
Michelle Gloeckler leads the home division for Walmart US. She is responsible for cooking/dining, bed/bath, home management, home decor and outdoor living across Walmart US stores. Included in this division are creative and design, strategy and product development. Prior to this role, Gloeckler was senior vice president of merchandise execution, responsible for implementation of merchandising strategies at store level across Walmart US stores. Her team led all communication, signage, fixtures and localized assortments for stores, including unique assortments for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. She joined Walmart in February 2009 as the vice president leading candy, seasonal food gifts and impulse items located at the front end for Walmart stores. Previously she spent 21 years with The Hershey Company. During her time at Hershey, she held both field and home-office positions, including vice president positions in sales marketing and category development across all U.S. retailers and brands. Gloeckler was general manager of The Hershey Experience, where she led the direct-to-consumer business, which included Chocolate World Visitors Center, New York and Chicago flagship stores, web and catalog business, including fulfillment and call center, manufacturing and product licensing. She serves in a broad array of community and industry leadership roles. She is chair of the Network of Executive Women. Over the past five years, she’s served as the Network’s president elect, chair of sponsorship and board member. She is a board member of the Northwest Arkansas Susan G. Komen chapter and an advisory member of the Northwest Arkansas American Heart Association. She served as a board member for United Way Capital Region for more than two years and has been honored as one of Progressive Grocer magazine’s "Top Women in Grocery.” Gloeckler is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She is a regular speaker at industry and women in leadership events. Gloeckler and her husband, Scott, and their two boys reside in Bentonville, Ark. They enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
Partner, Retail and Consumer Goods
Mike Gorshe is focused on client engagements throughout the world, supporting manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and sales agencies in the effective management of business change to optimize consumer satisfaction, channel strategy and shareholder value. He is part of Accenture’s worldwide innovation and value creation client teams for global brand positioning and leads the business development practice for the United States. Gorshe also manages Accenture’s worldwide industry trade association initiatives, focusing on consumer products and services and food retail. A frequent industry speaker and an academic guest lecturer, Gorshe is a founding member of the Network for Executive Women and continues to serve on the NEW board. Gorshe is an active member of the GMA Associate Member Executive Advisory Committee and FMI’s Joint Executive Advisory Board. Prior to joining Accenture, he spent 19 years with the Kroger Company, serving in store operations management, division merchandising management and corporate leadership roles. Gorshe earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a degree from the University of Cincinnati Executive Program. He and his wife Diana reside in the Chicago suburbs with two of their four children.
Barb Hartman is a consumer products executive with more than three decades of experienceacross the industry, including several general management and entrepreneurial assignments. During her 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. During her service in Procter & Gamble’s human resources organization, Hartman led structural changes and career pathing with full- and part-time personnel. She also was responsible for training and development within the organization and held leadership roles in several diversity groups. Hartman now works with manufacturers and retailers in the areas of building outstanding businessrelationships and partnerships, mentoring, executive coaching, structuring for success and diversity as a competitive advantage. Hartman has served on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores advisory board and the NACDS Foundation board of directors. In 2006, she was honored with the industry’s Robert B. Begley award. She resides in Inverness, Ill., with her husband Rick. They have two children.
Speaker, Consultant and Personal Coach
Founder, Hill Enterprises Inc.
Jan Hill is a dynamic speaker, facilitator and personal coach who is dedicated to helping people recognize their unique genius and use their gifts to lead satisfying lives. She works with successful leaders and teams who want to drive personal and team success to an even more significant level. Her global work experience spans startups, mergers and acquisitions, mature company challenges, business turnarounds, talent development and leadership succession. Hill founded her consulting and coaching company, Hill Enterprises Inc., in 1990 following a successful 10-year career with Procter & Gamble, where she led her diverse sales team to a year-over-year number-one ranking, with annual revenues of $300-plus million, in the competitive paper products business. Hill has created and coached various leadership, team and high-potential development programs at companies who are leaders in their field. Clients include Microsoft Corp., Procter & Gamble, Intuit, IBM, Verizon, 3M, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Quaker Oats, AstraZeneca, Conoco, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Motorola, KPFF, Territory Ahead, the U.S. Department of Defense and various entrepreneurial organizations. Hill graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s of degree in business and marketing and received her coaching certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. Hill is certified in Management Research Group’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360 and Personal Directions, the Grove's Strategic Visioning Process, the EQ in Action Profile, Behavior Styles, Global Teams Online and Gender Intelligence. She is a member of the Network of Executive Women and the author of Smart Women, Smart Moves.
Mary Davis Holt
Flynn Health Holt Leadership
Mary Davis Holt is a partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL), whose goal is to move women and organizations forward, faster. She is an executive coach and keynote speaker on business, women and leadership. As an in-demand voice, Holt shares her hard-won insights and promotes FHHL’s new rules for success to a wide range of audiences. Prior to joining FHHL, Holt held executive positions at Time Warner, overseeing finance, information technology, marketing, human resources, manufacturing and distribution. She held a number of leadership roles in the publishing group, including senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Life Inc. Among her many career highlights, Holt led the management of worldwide manufacturing distribution for all of Time Inc.’s magazines (e.g., Time, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated). She also served as president of Time Life Books and Time Life Kids. Holt earned a bachelor of arts degree from Salem College and a master of business administration from New York University. Like her partners, she serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. Holt is based in the Washington, D.C. area. Her new book, Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Path To Power, is co-authored with partners Jill Flynn and Kathryn Heath.
Boston Consulting Group
Steve Knox enjoys seeing how word of mouth can positively impact lives and how it can connect and build consumer relationships. Knox believes bringing cognitive science and discipline to world advocacy marketing is necessary to best align both consumer and brand interests. A 33-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, Knox retired in 2010, after serving as CEO of Tremor, Procter & Gamble’s word-of-mouth marketing capability, since 2003. He joined Tremor at its inception in 2000 as vice president of business development. Prior to Tremor, Knox built a base of deep consumer sales and marketing experience in a variety of capacities at Procter & Gamble, most notably serving as the director of customer marketing, where he led the global development and early implementation of shopper marketing. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1977 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing. Recognized as an expert in the field of word-of-mouth marketing, Knox was honored in 2008 as a thought leader by the Marketing Leadership Council. He is a frequent speaker at prominent industry conferences, including Marketing to Moms, CMO Roundtable and the CMO Council. Knox is frequently quoted on the topic of word-of-mouth marketing in publications such as Forbes, Businessweek, AdAge, BrandWeek and CMO magazines. Since retiring from P&G, Knox has joined Boston Consulting Group as a senior advisor. In this role, he helps major global corporations in establishing new marketing capability. His specialty is the creation of advocacy marketing capability within companies. Knox has served as a member of the board of directors of Cancer Family Care and as an advisory board member for the Northern Kentucky School of Business. He is the proud father of five and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife.
Alison Levine is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed the highest peak on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. In May 2010, Levine completed the Adventure Grand Slam, climbing the Seven Summits and skiing to both poles, which fewer than 30 people in the world have done. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy, as she has had three heart surgeries and suffers from a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather, leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite. Levine’s expeditions have been documented by more than 450 media outlets. She is the subject of the PBS documentary "Living Courageously "(2007) and has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News and other national programs, as well as on CNN, CNBC and FOX. She is featured prominently in the book More Than 85 Broads, which captures the efforts of women on Wall Street to find success and take risks on their own terms. Levine’s accomplishments also are featured in Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads and In Extremis Leadership. Levine has spent more than two decades in the business world. Her professional career has encompassed healthcare, technology and finance. After earning her master of business administration from Duke University, she moved to New York to work for Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left Wall Street to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid for governor of California. Levine serves as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she teaches in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She is the founder of consulting firm DareDevil Strategies, which focuses on organizational effectiveness. Levine addresses the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders who can succeed in times of uncertainty. She serves on the advisory board of Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. In 2005, Levine founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains.
Karen Mazer is a principal at Deloitte Consulting in Philadelphia. Mazer is the national managing principal, U.S. industries, and serves on Deloitte’s U.S. board of directors and the U.S. operating group. Previously, she was the Oracle service line leader for Deloitte’s U.S. Oracle practice, with sales and operations responsibility. Prior to this, she was managing director of the Philadelphia area consulting practice, Central Atlantic regional manufacturing lead, the Central Atlantic Regional WIN/Diversity Champion and the global service line leader for Deloitte’s enterprise applications practice (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft and Baan), where she had global responsibility for the development and deployment of the firm’s methods and tools, including IndustryPrint, FastTrack and the establishment of the Business Support Exchange. Mazer specializes in serving manufacturing industry clients, with a focus on large-scale transformation efforts, including technology implementations and operations improvement. Her clients include Fortune 500 manufacturing and consumer products companies, including Lockheed Martin, Textron, General Motors, Digital Equipment Corp. (now HP), Bank of America, Kao Brands and World Kitchen. Mazer joined Deloitte Consulting in 1989 in the Boston office, after graduating with her master of science degree in management from the MIT Sloan School. She has her bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in decision sciences and organizational behavior. Prior to Deloitte, Mazer worked as a business analyst for American Management Systems, implementing large-scale custom systems.
As a psychologist, corporate coach, author and motivational speaker, Barbara McFarland is well known for developing powerful programs for all types of organizations. From individual coaching and train-the-trainer to leadership and team solutions, she has trained thousands of clinicians, counselors and executives. McFarland’s consulting and training programs have developed change agents who must meet the challenges of effective leadership, team performance, mentoring, diversity, negotiation and conflict management. She has worked with small organizations and global corporations, including Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Cinergy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Jones New York, The Health Alliance of Cincinnati, the Nebraska Office of Women’s Health, Ernst & Young and the Xavier Consulting Group. She has designed and developed programs related to diversity and work-life balance and change management throughout North America, Asia, South America and Western Europe. McFarland’s most recent leadership program at Procter & Gamble, Women as Life Mentors, will launch in October 2011. As a means of improving retention, the program addresses the challenges women face in supporting each other. Her body of work includes seven books. The most recent, The Balanced Life (2006), serves as the core curriculum for the FlexLife seminar Choices & Strategies. McFarland, who holds a doctorate in education, has been invited to present her clinical work as a psychologist at Harvard University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. McFarland has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show and The Diane Rehm Show on NPR and PBS. She resides with her husband Hal in Burlington, Ky.
Director of Sales-Kroger
The Wrigley Company
Tiffany Menyhart has worked in various positions for The Wrigley Company for the last seven years, including roles in sales, supply chain and new product innovation. Previously, she served as a senior manager for Accenture, focusing on cpg/retail clients. As director of sales-Kroger, Menyhart is responsible for all of the retailer’s business development needs. She has been affiliated with NEW Cincinnati since its inception in 2007 and serves on the NEW Cincinnati executive committee. Menyhart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and English. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband Mike and son Maxton.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Angie Morgan served for her nine years as a Marine Corps officer. Following that, Morgan pursued a career in pharmaceutical sales, where she was quickly promoted and recruited within the industry based on her exceptional sales performance and leadership. After working with corporate giants like Pfizer and Novartis, she changed course to dedicate her efforts toward working to build strong teams through the leadership skill development of their members. Morgan co-founded Lead Star with Courtney Lynch and co-authored their best-selling book Leading from the Front to share leadership best practices with professionals everywhere. Since 2004, Lead Star has become one of the foremost leadership consulting firms in the United States. Her entrepreneurial efforts and expertise have been highlighted by AOL, where she is a business coach, and by the Marine Corps, where she served as a fellow to the Lejeune Leadership Institute. Morgan is an active board member for the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and volunteers in her community to help develop leaders. She is the wife of an active-duty Marine and the mother of two boys. Morgan believes her strong leadership skills allow her to embrace change and challenge with an open mind and a positive attitude.
Vice President, Strategic Initiative
Kelly Nakasone is the vice president of strategic initiative at PepsiCo. Her role is to lead change initiatives to reach new levels of growth through innovativepartnerships, strategic planning and creative retail marketing. Previously at PepsiCo, Nakasone served as vice president and general manager of the Target Team, sales director, strategy lead and category management senior manager.Prior to joining PepsiCo, Nakasone gained sales and brand strategy experience at ACNielsen and Kendall Jackson Winery.
Corporate Trainer and Performance Coach
Human Performance Institute
As a corporate trainer and performance coach with Human Performance Institute, Theresa Robinson delivers Corporate Athlete courses to executives from a wide range of Fortune 500 companies. She also provides one-on-one performance coaching to business leaders and executives. Robinson has worked with large companies and educational institutions delivering training, developing training materials, designing curricula and conducting classroom and Web-based instruction and facilitation. As a trainer and dynamic keynote speaker, she has partnered with organizations such as Women Unlimited, a national organization for women leaders in business; the National Conference for Community & Justice; the National Conference on Race & Equality; and INROADS, a national mentoring and intern program. Robinson holds a bachelor degree in English from Howard University and a master degree in English from Cornell University, where she also completed her doctoral course work. She is an instructor with the University of Phoenix Online and teaches courses in effective communication and literature. Robinson is a member of the American Society of Training and Development and the National Black MBA Association. She is an avid reader and writer whose book reviews have appeared in The Orlando Sentinel; she is currently writing a motivational book.
Global Customer Category Director for Skin
Kimberly Senter is the Global Customer Category Director for Skin at Unilever. Unilever produces world-leading brands including Dove, Axe, Vaseline, Lipton, Knorr and Hellmann’s, alongside trusted local names such as Suave, Q-Tips and Slim Fast. Ms. Senter joined Unilever in 2004 as the Director of Category Management and Shopper Insights for the Foods division and has enjoyed increasing levels of responsibility during her tenure. In 2008 she was promoted to Directory of Category Management, US overseeing all internal and field-based category management activities for the Foods, Home & Personal Care and Ice Cream businesses in the United States. In 2010, Kimberly transitioned into her current role, Global Customer Category Director where she champions customer-centric thinking and embeds shopper, customer and channel input into strategic, brand development projects and forums for the skin portfolio. Prior to joining Unilever, Ms. Senter held various positions in business development, market research and category management with Warner Lambert, ACNielsen, Seagram’s and Catalina Marketing. Ms. Senter also launched the Solution Senter in 2003, an independent consulting firm that specialized in business development and strategic analysis of market and consumer trends. Ms. Senter has been featured in numerous industry trade publications and she has been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal’s "Women Worth Watching”, the YMCA of Greater New York’s Black Achievers in Industry, Consumer Goods and Technology Visionaries, and Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery. Ms. Senter is a member of the Network of Executive Woman, Co-chairperson of the Unilever Women’s Interactive Network, the Unilever African American Business Network and an active volunteer in her community. Ms. Senter, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and lives with her husband in New York City.
Senior VP of Strategy, Chief Financial Officer
Cathy Smith is the senior vice president of strategy and chief financial officer for Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart's overall operations, with more than 4,000 stores, 664,000 associates and sales of $100 billion in 27 countries outside the United States. Smith is responsible for accounting and control, business planning and analysis, cash management, tax, treasury, investor relations in markets with public listings, merger and acquisition support and other business decision support. She also leads the international division’s strategy, playing an important role in shaping the strategic direction of the company’s business around the world. Smith came to Walmart from GameStop, the world's largest video game retailer with locations in 17 countries. At GameStop, she was the executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to that role, she was the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Centex Corp., one of the leading U.S. homebuilders. Prior to Centex, she served as the executive vice president and CFO for Kennametal, a global industrial tool manufacturer. She has held various finance roles for 18 years in aerospace/defense companies. Smith has been involved in a number of SAP conversions, process re-engineering and financial shared service establishments. She has led and been involved in a number of acquisitions and divestitures. Smith is a member of the board of directors for Walmex, Walmart’s Mexico and Central America operations. She is also a member of the Walmart Foundation board of directors. She serves on Walmart’s President's Global Council of Women Leaders. Smith served on the board of directors for Dick’s Sporting Goods prior to joining Walmart. She was a member of the public advisory board for the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. She actively supports breast cancer awareness and economically disadvantaged women and girls. Smith has a master of business administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California. She is six sigma green-belt certified. Smith and her husband, Ryan, have two sons and reside in northwest Arkansas.
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Jerry S. Wilson is a board-elected senior vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, where he serves as chief customer and commercial officer. As a member of the Coca-Cola senior leadership team, he leads a worldwide organization responsible for growing sales and profits with 20 million customers who serve 1.7 billion consumers a day. He and his team collaborate directly with global customers while building commercial strategies and customer capabilities across the global franchise bottler system. During his 23 years with Coca-Cola, Wilson has risen from an area account executive, to regional management, to strategic brand and planning director, to vice president of the western U.S. foodservice business. Within the McDonald’s division, he served as vice president of U.S. operations and global chief operating officer before being named operating president. He has distinguished himself as an inclusive leader who is committed to developing people, enhancing strategic alliances and driving innovative growth platforms. Wilson takes great pride in helping others understand their gifts and developing them into successful leaders. Before his career with Coca-Cola, Wilson spent more than eight years with Volkswagen of America, where he held a variety of positions. He joined the company as a distribution analyst, moved up to district sales manager and was developed through business management, sales training, marketing management and franchise management responsibilities. He was promoted to brand manager for the United States, where he was responsible for developing strategies while liaising with the franchise leadership and company worldwide headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. Prior to joining Volkswagen, Wilson gained invaluable retail experience by leading a fleet sales department of a nationally recognized Ford agency. He earned his master of business administration in marketing from Mercer University and his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Georgia. Wilson is a noted speaker and co-author of Managing Brand You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Most Successful Self. Wilson and his wife, Virginia, have an adult daughter, Abby, and reside in Atlanta, Ga.
Kristen Wood received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and received her master of business administration in management consulting and entrepreneurship from Rice University. During her second year of business school, Wood teamed with bioengineering students and spent her vacation days in Rwanda helping to make sustainable gains in solving global health problems and alleviating poverty in poor regions. Her career has included a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, real estate development, advertising and magazine publishing, as well as a range of functions, including sales, advertising, public relations and strategy development. She is advising clients on innovation as a senior consultant for Kalypso. Most recently, Wood has been working on innovation strategy, implementation and new product development. While working at Kalypso, she helped develop and leads the Kalypso Women’s Program and participates in the leadership team for the retention and development initiative for the firm. Wood brings a diverse set of experiences, including a state championship in swimming, professional acting experience, volunteer work with local outreach programs and extensive travel across four continents.
Vice President, Leadership Development
Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc.
Kim Zilliox is vice president of Women’s Leadership Coaching, with has nearly 20 years of leadership development experience in executive coaching, training, sales, management and career development counseling. Zilliox brings with her a wealth of knowledge of leadership effectiveness, talent development, teambuilding, change management, employee engagement, culture creation and goal achievement. She specializes in working with current and future leaders to be successful in leading organizations and teams to achieve the highest results possible in today’s challenging transitional business environment. Zilliox’s current and past clients include ConAgra, Safeway, The Gap, Chevron, Nestlé, and Deloitte, as well as Yahoo!, Google, eBay, Cisco, Intel, Apple, Symantec, Synopsis, Medtronic, CompHealth, Expedia and HP and other large firms. Zilliox has created and led experiential teambuilding, leadership, change, culture, accountability, communication, emotional intelligence and sales seminars across the country. She partnered with the Network of Executive Women on its Leadership Academy webinars in 2010 and 2011. Zilliox’s prior experience includes sales leadership positions in communications and high-tech organizations. While pursuing her master of career counseling degree, she provided leadership in the Santa Clara University Career Center as a counselor to undergraduate and graduate business and engineering students. Zilliox earned a master of business administration from University of California-Irvine, a master of counseling from Santa Clara University and a bachelor of arts in psychology from University of California-Santa Barbara. She is a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute qualified in the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory; certified in the Lominger 360, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and Hogan assessments; and an expert in the DiSC instrument and StrengthsFinder. Zilliox has been an advisor to the California Career Development Association. Her other association affiliations include The South Bay Organizational Development Network, American Society for Training and Development and The Bay Area Association for Psychological Type.