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Adeola I. Adele, J.D. leads the development of employee solutions within Willis Towers Watson’s Cyber RiskSolutions group, which delivers integrated consultancy designed to help organizations achieve cyber resiliency across people, capital and technology. Adeola also oversees the firm’s global thought leadership strategy for Cyber.
Prior to her current role, Adeola was the National Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Thought and Product Leader, and Cyber Thought Leader within Willis Towers Watson’s Financial & Executive Risk (FINEX) Practice. In that capacity, in addition to developing employment practices liability risk solutions, Adeola was responsible for FINEX’s Cyber thought leadership strategy.
Before joining Willis Towers Watson in November 2014, Adeola worked with Marsh LLC from 2007-2014 where she served as the National EPL Product Leader. Adeola led the development of an award-winning insurance and risk management product for wage and hour claims. The prior eight years, Adeola was employed at two highly respected law firms, Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan LLP and Sedgwick, LLP, where she represented domestic and global insurers in coverage-related disputes, and defended private companies, non-profits and municipalities in employment litigation matters.
Adeola is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was on the editorial staff of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She received her BA degree from Howard University.
She is a member of the American and New York Bar Associations and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Adeola was a recipient of Business Insurance Women to Watch award in 2016, and, in 2011, was honored as a Black Achiever in Industry by the Harlem YMCA.
Pina Albo joined Hamilton Insurance Group as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018.
Pina began her career as a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. After practicing in real estate, corporate finance and M&A, she accepted a position at Munich Re as a claims expert. During her 25-year career at the Company, Pina held increasingly senior positions which included Head of Casualty Unit, North America/UK and International D&O/EPL; Head of Casualty Operations at Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company; Executive Head of Department UK and Ireland; President, National Clients Division, Munich Re America; and President, Reinsurance Division, Munich Reinsurance America. Pina’s most recent position at Munich Re was Member of the Board of Executive Management where her responsibilities have included P&C business and operations in Europe and Latin America.
Pina currently sits on the Board of Directors for the IFG Companies, Blue Marble Micronsurance and Attune Insurance. She also serves as an ambassador for the Insurance Supper Club, an international organization that aims to improve networking opportunities for women across the finance and insurance industries.
Pina has been a member of many industry boards including the Board of the Insurance Information Institute, the Board of the Reinsurance Association of America and the National Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.
She has been recognized for her contributions to the insurance industry and has received numerous awards including the Association of Professional Insurance Women’s “Woman of the Year” (2011). She was designated a “Top Influencer” in Insurance Business America’s List of “Hot 100” (2014) and placed in Intelligent Insurer’s list of ‘Top 100 Women in Re/insurance” (2014 and 2015).
Pina holds the Maîtrise en Droit, International and European Community Law, from L’Université d’Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France; Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Nina Boone is Co-Sales Leader, US, Mergers & Acquisitions, Transaction Solutions Group at Aon. Nina is recognized for her expertise in sales process and discipline that have created year over year record revenue generation. Nina has over three decades’ experience leading both new and expansion revenue generation strategies. In her current role, Nina co-leads the sales strategy in the private equity space for Aon. Introducing buy and sell side solutions that are both traditional, as well as innovative in ways to utilize capital that can place a buyer or seller in a stronger position for a particular asset purchase. Nina also works in the advisor space, such as law firms, creating the best deal strategies possible.
Nina was also named US Board Chair for Aon’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts in early 2017. Nina is passionate about women’s leadership and the positive effects great women leaders can have on revenues and engagement, both externally and internally at Aon. Nina believes in a direct correlation between diversity and revenue generation. Nina’s enthusiasm for empowering women at Aon led her to establish the “Engaging Men to Empower Women” mentoring program in August 2015, focusing on business acumen and career progress through cross-level business expertise, and highlights the value of gender diversity in the workplace.
In her free time, Nina is a coach and mentor for women entrepreneurs and young women future leaders in several countries. She is also a VIP member of Women in the Boardroom, an organization that prepares women to serve on corporate boards. Nina holds an Executive board position with Savvy Ladies, a non-profit organization providing financial education and resources for women to inspire them to plan for the future. She completed the Class of 2016-2017 International Women’s Forum Fellowship, the leading women’s executive development program in the world. Nina participated in the both the Harvard Women’s Executive Leadership program and the INSEAD Women in International Business program.
Personally, Nina is an entrepreneur herself, currently involved in the patent process for a new idea foran everyday utility. She is an avid traveler and lover of New York City.
Celia Brown is an Independent Public Company Director and Management Consultant with an extensive global HR and corporate law background and deep experience at times of business and leadership transition, integration and expansion. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of 1-800-Flowers.com, serving on the Compensation Committee and Governance Committee. She previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Willis Group Holdings and Head of HR and Public Relations at XL Capital Ltd. She has worked for many years in the areas of CEO transitions, succession planning, talent identification and development, executive compensation, M&A, climate assessment and culture change, including thirty years of service as a trusted advisor to senior leaders.
Celia has also served for many years in the non-profit arena, currently as a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer New York! and as a senior strategic advisor to the Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business. Celia has a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Kelsey Brunette is an Ideation Analyst at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.’s (Munich Re) Incubator, a strategic business unit within New Strategic Markets. Her main responsibilities are vetting and analysis of new products and services within the Mobility Domain. She is currently on rotation with the Law Department to explore the future of state relations and regulatory issues.
Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Michigan State’s College of Law as well as a member of the New Jersey Bar. She also spent time at the Michigan Department of Insurance, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance, Ford Motor Company and GMAC. Speaking engagements include the Missouri Director’s Regulatory Summit The Innovation Imperative and NAIC CIPR Regulatory Evaluation 2.0 – Meeting the Challenges of Innovation in addition to authoring, Back into the sandbox: How assumptions are the cornerstone of innovation, THE REGULATOR, Winter 2016.
Barbara Bufkin nearly four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry has spanned executive leadership roles on a global platform encompassing operational and strategic responsibilities including underwriting, claims, risk management/corporate governance, ceded and assumed reinsurance, and business and product development,while fostering a culture of innovation, mentorship, sponsorship and diverse talent.
In her current role, Barbara is responsible for developing growth strategies, originating and fostering strategic partnerships, and creating innovative product solutions. Prior to joining Assurant, Barbara served in leadership positions at Guy Carpenter & Company LLC and Argo and was one of the founding members of the U.S. leadership team of Hamilton USA. In addition, Barbara is the Chair of the International Board of Governors of the IICF and on the Board of Trustees of Gamma Iota Sigma, among other philanthropic activities.
Gabrielle Cappadona is an Analytics Consultant at Swiss Re. She works within the Digital & Smart Analytics team, which is committed to digital transformation by providing analytical insights, enabling data driven automation, and innovation.
Prior to assuming this role, Gabrielle worked in Client Markets as an Associate Treaty Underwriter with the Regional & National team at Swiss Re. She was responsible for interpreting actuarial and economic value analysis, and assisting in the development of key treaty features for assigned treaties. Additionally, during her time as an Associate Treaty Underwriter, Gabrielle successfully completed the Swiss Re Graduate Program – which was an 18 month accelerated development program for recent college graduates.
Prior to her work as an Associate Treaty Underwriter, Gabrielle completed two internships at both Swiss Re and AmWINS. During this time, she acquired basic re/insurance knowledge before launching into her career.
Gabrielle is a graduate of St. John's University.
Mary Cirillo-Goldberg is a former senior banking executive who has most recently served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a privately held company. Mary has had a nearly 25-year career with Citibank and Bankers Trust. She was Chief Executive Officer of Bankers Trust Company’s Global Institutional Services. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Mary spent 20 years at Citibank, held a variety of senior positions, including responsibility for the Global Relationship Banking Operations and Technology Group, which supported the operations and information technology needs of the North America, Europe and Asian capital markets, transaction services and corporate finance businesses. Early in her career, which began in 1968, Mary worked as a management consultant at Ernst and Ernst, a product manager for Programming Methods, Inc. and a programmer/analyst at ATT.
Mary currently serves as a director of Chubb, Zurich Switzerland, and is on the Advisory Board of Hudson Venture Partners, NY. She has served as a Director on the Boards of Quest Diagnostics (DGX), New York; Thomson Reuters (TRI), Toronto NY; Dealer Track (TRAK), Lake Success, NY; Cisco (CSCO),San Jose, CA ; Digital Island and HCPI (HCPI) Long Beach, CA. She serves on the Foundation Board of Hunter College and the Palm Beach Board of the Miami City Ballet. She was a long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Roundabout Theatre Company and the cancer Center of the Alert Einstein College of Medicine.Mary resides in New York City with her Husband Jay.
Brandon Davis serves as Director of Public Relations and Social Responsibility, Corporate Communications, for CNA. In this role, he is responsible for leading and advancing CNA’s strategic public relations, media affairs, social media and corporate social responsibility initiatives and activities. Brandon joined CNA in 2014.
Prior to CNA, Brandon worked at Jasculca Terman, where he supported several clients, including the Chicago Community Trust, Urban Prep Academies, the Ford Foundation, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and Advocate Christ Medical Group on strategic communications, event management and public relations efforts.
Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University’s College of Communication.
Jessica DeCanio is Head of Claims Training for Farmers Insurance. In this role, she is responsible for leading the training team, which develops the technical expertise and leadership capabilities for the company’s more than 11,000 Claims employees. Recently, Jessica led an initiative at Farmers to use Virtual Reality (VR) to transform employee training, pioneering the practice in the insurance industry, to train new claims adjusters on how to evaluate claims within a VR experience.
Jessica joined Farmers Insurance in 2007 as a training consultant in Independent Agent Operations where she onboarded new account managers and changed the mindset around individual development plans. In 2011, she took on an enterprise learning role within the University of Farmers on the Learning and Organization Development team. In this capacity, she was focused on building professional, management and leadership development programs for the company.
With more than 17 years in the learning and development field, Jessica first started her career as a public relations manager for a training company. She specialized in developing communication and leadership skills where she got a deep immersion into learning and consulting by filling roles in marketing, operations, sales and coaching.
Jessica was born and raised in West Michigan. She attendedGrand Valley State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration in 2004. In 2015, Jessica, her husband, Dave, and two sons, Jackson and Brady, made the move to Southern California where they enjoy an abundance of sunshine and year-round outdoor activities.
Mr. Dowling is Managing Partner of Dowling & Partners Securities (D&P). He began his career with A.J.B. Zunser and Co. in 1982 as a junior insurance stock analyst and joined Fox-Pitt Kelton, Ltd. in 1983. He was admitted to the FPK partnership in 1986. Dowling co-founded Dowling & Partners in 1990.
Dowling & Partners Securities is a Hartford based institutional stock brokerage firm specializing in property/casualty (re)insurance, life (re)insurance, as well as title, mortgage, and financial guarantee (re)insurance.
Dowling & Partners property/casualty research team follows 40+ (re)insurers and writes the IBNR Weekly published each Thursday. D&P has been consistently ranked # 1 in annual surveys of institutional investors by the Greenwich Survey and Best of Boutiques by Institutional Investor. The firm’s fundamental analysis pays particular attention to loss reserves, balance sheets, and areas of sustained competitive advantage.
Mr. Dowling is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. He has three children and lives in West Hartford, CT.
Dr. Susan S. Fleming is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Management and Organizations at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Susan began her career on Wall Street, where over a period of twelve years she held various positions in the investment community, including that of Analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co., Vice President of Insurance Partners, L.P., a $540 million private equity fund and Partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners, a $1.85B private equity fund. After retiring from Wall Street in 2003, Susan began work as an educator, teaching executives, investment professionals, MBAs and undergraduates in the areas of corporate finance, insurance, valuation, and gender bias. She also enrolled at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to pursue a Ph.D. in Management where her research focused on better understanding the factors contributing to a dearth of women in leadership positions in U.S. society.
In addition to Susan’s work as an educator, researcher and business consultant, Susan helped to found a start-up company in Ithaca, NY; has previously served on the board of directors of five publicly traded insurance and reinsurance companies, two private companies and three non-profit organizations; and currently serves on the board of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded asset management firm. She is also a frequent speaker on issues of gender bias and entrepreneurship, having spoken to organizations such as Facebook, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Selective Insurance, The Conference Executive Board, Transatlantic Reinsurance, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, the Fingerlakes Women’s Bar Association and The Venetian/Palazzo/Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
Diane Gallacher is the Head of Talent, Performance and Leadership at Validus Group, a global (re)insurance organization. She is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience consulting across a wide range of industries. Diane started her working life as a professional violinist in a touring orchestra, learning to recognize how both individuals and groups achieve exceptional performance.
Diane now helps organizations accelerate their workforce’s diverse talent. She identifies the unique levers that empower each person to be the best that they can be, working from graduate to C-suite levels. Diane is recognized for her pragmatic approach to enabling people to challenge both themselves and the context in which they are operating.
Prior to joining Validus Group, Diane was a Partner at one of the UK’s leading firms of I-O psychologists. As a member of the leadership team, she was responsible for setting and delivering the strategy, whilst growing key, international accounts. This experience underpins Diane’s commercial mind-set and understanding of what it means to operate in a pressurized environment.
Jenna Hageris a contributing correspondent on NBC's Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.
She is also the author of The New York Times best seller Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana's Story is based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV, who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect.
Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.
Hager holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children's books Read All About It! and Our Great Big Backyard. Hager also co-authored Sisters First, a New York Times best seller.
Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager. Jenna and Henry are the proud parents of their daughters, Margaret Laura "Mila" and Poppy Louise Hager.
Kevin Johnson is Head of Insurance Programs Underwriting - Brokers/Banks and member of the Specialty Markets Leadership Team. In this role he is responsible for the profitability and growth of the Brokers and Banks underwriting portfolio written within the Munich Re, US primary insurance business.
During his 9 years with Munich Re, Kevin held roles in Specialty Markets programs underwriting overseeing inforce and vetting new program opportunities, as well as serving as Chief of Staff to the CEO, with responsibilities including leading and participating in strategic projects on behalf of the Office of the CEO, as well as facilitating the development, monitoring and implementation of initiatives from the CEO and U.S. P&C Operation’s balanced scorecard. Kevin began his career as part of the Risk Analyst Rotational Training Program in 2009.
Kevin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business where he majored in Risk Management and Insurance, as well as Finance. He also has an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University and has completed the CPCU, ARM and ARe designations.
Susan Johnson is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at The Hartford, responsible for leading enterprise-wide D&I initiatives and aligning them with business strategies. She partners with leaders across the organization to ensure that The Hartford's workforce reflects their customer base, that they drive successful acquisition, development and retention of talent, and that they focus on the right internal and external business and operational activities related to diversity.
Prior to her role at The Hartford, Susan was at Pitney Bowes Inc., where she was most recently Vice President, Executive Succession and Diversity Strategies. Under her leadership, Pitney Bowes was selected the #1 company for diversity by DiversityInc. She has also held HR management positions at Pepsi-Cola and Campbell Soup Companies. Additionally, Susan has participated in local, state and national political campaigns and has worked on domestic policy and management issues in the public sector.
She is on the Board of Trustees for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, a member of the Board of Directors of the National African American Insurance Association, and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Greenwich Country Day School. She served as a Regional Officer for Jack and Jill of America, and is an active member of The Links Inc., and First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Connecticut. She has been actively involved in community, government and academic organizations and has spoken at national conferences on managing diversity, executive succession and leadership, career development and talent management. Susan received the BRAVA! Award from the Greenwich YWCA in recognition of her professional and community service work, was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America, and as a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2014 and 2016.
Susan received her BA degree from Spelman College and a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She and her husband Randy Kinder live in Stamford, Connecticut with their son Cameron and their black Labrador, Langston.
Martha Notaras is a Partner at insurtech venture capital fund, XL Innovate, where she invests in startups focused on data and analytics and new business models. Martha serves on the board of Pillar Technologies, a real-time risk management platform for general contractors; Notion, an IoT home awareness solution provider reducing risk for insurers and homeowners, and GeoQuant, creator of a revolutionary platform for measuring political risk in real time, using machine learning. She is a board observer at Cape Analytics, a machine learning company focused on property data. XL Innovate’s investments also include Lemonade, Slice Labs, New Energy Risk, Embroker and Stonestep.
Previously, Martha ran corporate development for DMG Information, the business data and analytics division of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc. Of the 20 investments she made at DMG Information, two achieved and maintained valuations over $1 billion. She has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, including 10 years on the board of Risk Management Solutions, which provides catastrophe models to the insurance industry. Her prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse.
She received her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, awarded for graduating in the top five percent of the class.
Jessica Palmer is a Manager with Everest Re, specializing in treaty reinsurance. Jess joined Everest's Structured and Specialty Products team in 2014, working on customized reinsurance solutions for traditional and non-traditional clients. Jess transitioned into treaty reinsurance in 2016, where she enjoys working closely with brokers and clients to craft property and multi-line reinsurance solutions. In addition to underwriting, Jess has experience working in claims, legal and compliance, and business development. Jess has served on the Everest's Women's Networking Group Steering Committee, and currently serves as Membership and Communications Chair on the U.S. Reinsurance Under 40s board. In addition, Jess is a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women and the CPCU society.
Jess is passionate about recruiting younger, diverse talent for the industry, and helping more experienced colleagues better understand and recognize the value of diverse talent base. Jess is a graduate of Cornell University. She holds her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance designations.
Omar J. Powell prides himself onbeing an inclusion advocate and a future leader within the insurance industry. A Florida native, Omar recentlygraduated from Howard University where he attained a B.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in Risk Management& Insurance.After completing his 2ndsummer with AIG in 2016, Omar received and accepted his full-time offer with AIG and currently works as a Commercial Property Production Associate. Prior to his timeat AIG, Omar was heavily involved with his university community and diversity & inclusion efforts within the insurance industry. He served as Howard University’s chapter President of Gamma Iota Sigma, theinternational risk management, insurance, and actuarial science fraternity.On the national level of GIS, he created and developed Gamma Iota Sigma’s center of expertise on diversity and inclusion, formally known as GammaS.A.I.D. (Solutions for Authenticity, Inclusion, & Diversity) and had the opportunity to present at the 2016 Llyod’s of London Dive-In Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Recognized for his involvement, Omar was asked to author an articlefor the September 2016 edition of the AAMGA Wholesale Insurance News magazine where he discussed “Optimizing Industry Standards through Diversity and Inclusion”. Omar maintains his connection to insurance at Howard University by continuingto serve as amember of the Howard University Center for Insurance Education Advisory Board. Omarhas been recognized for his work by Howard University as a two-time Maximillian Wallach Most Outstanding Student Award Recipient. On a national level, Omar was the 2016 recipientof the National African-American Insurance Association’s Jerald L. Tillman Endowed Scholarship, the 2016 Gamma Iota Sigma Warren L. Weeks Leadership Awardand 2016 Griffith Education Foundation’s Elizabeth A. Kocur Scholarship.Omar has taken his love for D&I and insurance international as well by being recognized as a Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative (YAALI) Fellow and traveling to South Africa to explore the regulatory environment and its impacts on various demographics within the country. In any of his pursuits, Omar keeps in mind that“if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Margaret Regan is the President and CEO of The FutureWork Institute, a global consulting firm that translates future trends to transform organizations. Operating on four continents, North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, The FutureWork Institute is a certified women-owned business (WBE) that serves as an incubator of innovation and change in addressing current and future workplace and marketplace issues. Its focus is on helping clients achieve a MindShift, a HeartShift and a SkillShift in creating a more inclusive, future-focused and flexible work environment.
In her global work, Margaret has studied human resource practices in Japan, keynoted generational conferences in Asia and North America, worked in Paris on French-American mergers and global diversity summits, educated executive teams on cross-cultural differences, and conducted women's studies in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She has led projects that conducted employee research, focus groups and training in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Beijing, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sydney, Mexico City, Frankfurt, London, Paris and other major cities.
Margaret operates at the cutting edge of change, using research and consulting expertise to help clients envision the manager, employee and customer of the future. She works with her clients to co-create an inclusive and flexible work environment that will give them a competitive advantage in the war for talent and provide the market insight to target products and services for an increasingly diverse customer base.
Recently, she has developed FutureWork Island in Virtual Reality to engage clients in education and simulations in the immersive virtual world. She also created the content for Cisco's Connected Women's Island in Virtual Reality and developed the first Virtual Global Diversity Summit for 1,000 people on the Unisfair platform and virtual D&I training in Unconscious Bias on the ON24 platform.
As a member of the World Future Society, Margaret is often asked to bring to her keynote presentations and consulting assignments a perspective on the next 10 years and their implications for workforce change management. Her keynote presentations, See the Future to Be the Future are visual journeys into the next 10 years as ESIs and AI change the nature of how we work and serve clients. Her clients include 3M, Abbott Labs, Ahold, AMD, American Express, AstraZeneca, AT&T, Baker & McKenzie, BASF, Baystate Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, BlueCross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Boehringer Ingelheim, BP, Burson-Marsteller, Coach, Continuum Health Partners, Danbury Hospital, Deutsche Bank, DLA Piper, DTCC, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Fluor, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Marriott, MD Anderson Hospital, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, New York Hospital, New York Stock Exchange, Northrop Grumman, NYCMTA, Ogilvy & Mather, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Phillips, Pitney Bowes, Proskauer Rose, Raytheon, Reuters, Schering-Plough, Simmons College, Sodexo, Sony, Susquehanna University, Time Warner, UBS PaineWebber, Union Carbide, Verizon, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Y&R.
Margaret was formerly a Partner and the Global Diversity Practice Leader for Towers Perrin, where she founded the diversity and work/life practices and led those practices, as well as the Global Reinventing HR Practice and the Global Human Capital Management Practice. In her earlier career, she was the first woman executive at two organizations: The New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Con Edison in New York City.
Margaret established the New York City Private Industry Council to provide training programs for "at risk" youth and the New York Business Group on Health, a coalition of local employers, to address spiraling health care costs. Margaret has also been a member of the Governor's
Commission on Child Care, YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Workforce Task Force of the New York City Board of Education, former Chair of the Business Committee for the Special Placement of People With Disabilities and the Board of Education's Advisory Council on Occupational Education.
Margaret is also the Chair of the International MultiCultural Institute (iMCI), a private, non-profit organization with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the not-for-profit, healthcare, education, government and small business sectors. In addition to providing education, training, advocacy and research in diversity and inclusion, social justice and cultural competency, iMCI offers innovations in the not-for-profit world such as training and collaboration in 3D immersive virtual reality, and webinars conducted on virtual platforms.
Margaret has appeared on NBC-TV's Today Show, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, to comment on emerging workforce trends. She has been frequently quoted in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the South China Morning Post. She is featured on Close-Up TV as the CEO of "one of the most innovative businesses in the US," in Diversity Journal as a pioneer of the profession, in CNN/Money Magazine as the expert on future workplace trends and in Business Week for FWI's creative approach to "my-job my-way", "my-business our way" and "my perks my-way." Recently, she was awarded the Promise of Diversity Innovation Award for these innovative approaches to work and for her ground-breaking work on diversity education in the virtual world.
Margaret received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Brooklyn College, CUNY and completed her doctoral work at Fordham University.
Julie Richardson is a former partner of Providence Equity Partners, aleading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, education and information companies around the world. Prior to becoming a senior advisor in 2012, she was a partner and head of the firm’s New York Office from where she also led the firm’s global communications investment practice. Ms. Richardson is a member of the Board of Directors of VEREIT, Inc.; YEXT, Inc.; Arconic Inc.; and UBS Group AG. From 2009 until 2012, Ms. Richardson served as a member of the Board of Directors of Stream Global Services, Inc. Before joining Providence in 2003, Ms. Richardson served as vice chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s investment banking division and head of its telecommunications, media and technology group. Earlier in her career, Ms. Richardson was a managing director at Merrill Lynch & Co.
With over 25 years of financial services experience as a banker and investment professional at some of the world’s largest financial services firms, Ms. Richardson has demonstrated skills in key management disciplines that are relevant to the oversight of the Company’s business, including capital markets, finance and operational expertise.
Bill Ross: In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation.
Bill comes to the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Bill has a broad background in marketing, communications, planning and development and external relations. He is a chairman emeritus of the Orange County Business Council.
He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout California such as the California Golden State Museum, Children’s Hospital Orange County and Cypress College Foundation. He is a strong advocate of education and completed his undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University Fullerton. In 1989 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to his business career he lectured at California State University, Fullerton for five years.
Jena B. Singleton is a growth-minded strategist with nearly 10 years of experience helping companies source, train, develop, and retain top talent. She has focused her career on 21st century skill building and behavioral change for students and corporations. She has worked with Fortune 500’s, non-profits, education institutions and small to mid-sized growth companies. Her consulting includes, talent building, performance management and aligning cultures with long-term strategic goals. She is also a knowledgeable trainer and facilitator, able to design content and programs that drive engagement and bottom line value. She is an influential communicator known for cultivating effective relationships will all levels of stakeholders and building consensus around complex cultural and generational diversity topics.
Jena is known in the collegiate space as the author of the college and career readiness book: Super Qualified: Maximizing Your College Experience To Get The Job You Want. She is often leveraged for her unique understanding of Millennials and Generation Z and serves as a guest speaker at top Universities and Colleges.
She holds a B.S. from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is a as a board member for HBCU Career Development Marketplace. Jena is certified in Human Resources (PHR) and the art of Gamification, the process of infusing fun game-like mechanics to motivate human behavior.
Karyn Twaronite is a Partner and Global Diversity & Inclusiveness (D&I) Officer at Ernst & Young LLP, and is a member of the EY Global Practice Group, the EY Global Talent Committee and Ernst & Young LLP US Executive Committee. She is responsible for driving innovations that maximize the strength and effectiveness of the EY network’s diverse workforce of 250,000 employees serving clients across 150 countries in the Americas, Asia Pacific, EMEIA, and Japan. EY is ranked #1 on DiversityInc’s 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity.
Karyn and her team oversee the strategic implementation of our integrated approach to D&I – the EY Culture Change Continuum: a road map for success – which enables member firm’s leaders to foster an inclusive environment, one in which all EY people can better leverage their own diverse skills, experiences, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Her insights have been featured in numerous media outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Karyn began her EY career as a tax professional more than 20 years ago, before then shifting her focus to help shape the organization’s talent, human resources, and inclusion management practices. She holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio, a Master’s in Taxation from Fordham University, a certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Harvard Business School, and is a licensed CPA of New York.
Sophia Yen is the Insurance Strategy & Innovation Leader in EY’s Insurance Advisory practice, focused on market trends & insights, innovation, and digitization and emerging technologies.
Sophia has nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance Industry with deep experience in disruptive technologies and digital transformation. She has led global initiatives focusing on growth, M&A integrations and separations, integrated business and financial strategy planning and streamlined target operating models.
Sophia joined EY from KPMG, where she was the Head of U.S. Insurance Strategy & Operations. Before KPMG, Sophia drove the transformation at UBS Investment Bank achieving more than 30 million in cost savings. Prior to UBS, she was at Swiss Re and held several senior leadership roles, including running their Americas Client Solutions team, SVP of Financial Services Origination, Chief of Staff to the CEO and COO and Head of Operations and Reporting, where she was responsible for the strategic financial planning and operations of a $2.5 billion portfolio and was a member of the Americas Executive Committee.
Sophia holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science (dual major: Finance & Computer Science) from Boston College and graduated both with honors. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
Ellen S. Yoon is IBM’s Global Cognitive & Analytics Insurance Leader with 25 years’ experience in the insurance and health industries. Ms. Yoon delivered one of IBM’s first cognitive insurance engagements in 2013. She has an extensive track record in selling, building, and delivering outcomes- based transformation programs worldwide. Ms. Yoon has deep subject matter expertise in life & health, group, and commercial property & casualty; focusing in global target operating models, portfolio planning, underwriting, claims, medical management, and service operations.
She has advised many insurers and health care companies worldwide on their strategy to build competitive advantage by leveraging information, analytics and/or technology. Ms. Yoon has also helped both multinationals and emerging market insurers in their transformational efforts to introduce new products & services, promote innovation, change business models, and expand globally. She has successfully led many initiatives at her clients to leapfrog their capabilities in underwriting and claims.
Ms. Yoon has her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Northwestern University.