“This is How We Rise: How to Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women & Lead Change in the World”
Claudia Chan is the CEO and Founder of S.H.E. Globl Media Inc., the multi-platform women’s empowerment media company behind the renowned global women’s conference, S.H.E. Summit. As a women’s empowerment expert and social entrepreneur, Claudia’s life passion is to help women unleash their potential in career and life while igniting them to drive change for other women. By making empowerment content, conferences and programs accessible to all women on the planet, Claudia believes women can change the world. In 2015, Claudia became an official U.S. State Department Speaker on Women’s Empowerment visiting countries like South Korea for country-wide speaking tours to educate women on how they can empower themselves. She was also recently announced as the global spokesperson for Gillette Venus #UseYourAnd empowerment campaign, a movement encouraging women to celebrate their multi-dimensionality. Claudia has been widely quoted and featured in top media outlets. She is referred to as the “Richard Branson of Women’s Empowerment” by FastCompany and “SHE Who Must Be Obeyed” by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Born and raised in Manhattan, Claudia graduated from all-women’s Smith College.
“Leading With Values”
Cynt Marshall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Mavericks and is leading the charge for a culture transformation.
Cynt is also the Founder of Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Prior to retiring from AT&T in 2017 as the Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Cynt was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit HR support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation initiatives, EEO and Affirmative Action. Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies. During her tenure, she also served as the President-AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce.
Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done, in 2017 Cynt was honored by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2017 and 2015 she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2014, industry analysts and members of the press conferred on Cynt the HR Executive of the Year – Best in Biz Award.
Cynt grew up in Richmond, California and is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. She also holds three honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from Livingstone College, Bennett College and Grambling State University. Cynt is currently on the board of Dallas CASA and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). She lives in Dallas with her husband, Kenneth Marshall and they have four young adult children.
“PUSH – Ellen’s Three Keys to Living an All-Out Life”
With more than 40 years in the fitness industry, Ellen Latham, M.S., has built a billion-dollar brand out of a lifelong passion.
Ellen’s no-nonsense approach whips devoted fans into shape, both in life and the fitness studio. Within the pages of her inaugural book, PUSH, Ellen shares three keys to living an ‘All Out’ life; her mantra is to “look at what you have, not at what you don’t have.”
Drawing inspiration from her father and mentor, Arthur Calandrelli, Ellen speaks passionately about overcoming life’s inevitable ups and downs. Her story begins as a single mother having little more than a fitness certification and an internal drive to succeed. An unexpected career setback motivates Ellen to open her first pilates studio in South Florida. There, she created The Ultimate Workout, which quickly became a local phenomenon.
In 2009, Ellen co-founded Orangetheory Fitness, an international franchise licensed in 20 countries. Forbes named Orangetheory one of “The Fastest Growing Woman-Owned Businesses” in 2017, and it has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., Bloomberg, and the New York Times for its disruptive science-backed exercise concept.
Ellen was born to a large Italian family in the small town of Niagara, NY. Her family, including her growing “Orange family” is still the driving force behind everything she does. Ellen lives in South Florida, where she coaches pilates classes in Davie, FL.
Regional President, North America Bacardi
Pete Carr is responsible for commercial operations for Bacardi in North America. Pete has worked in the spirits, wine, beer and non-alcohol beverage industry for nearly 25 years.
Prior to joining Bacardi in September 2014, Pete was most recently Executive Vice President for privately held Glazer’s Distributors, one of the country’s largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt beverages. Prior to joining Glazer’s, Pete held various senior management roles with Diageo including President of U.S. Spirits, President of Sales for Diageo-Guinness USA, and President of Control States. Pete is based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Chief Compliance Officer,
Crescent Grove Advisors
Megan Burke Roudebush values authentic relationship building above all else. She is the Founder of keepwith, a networking advisory firm that empowers people to network well.
She understands the importance of deliberately choosing one’s key advisors and building and maintaining strong and authentic, reciprocal networking relationships. Not only has Megan spoken to an array of audiences about networking well (including Albany Law School, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and the Guild Board of the Lyric Opera), she has also written several articles on networking and finds great joy in helping people to network well.
By day, Megan Burke Roudebush is Chief Compliance Officer of Crescent Grove Advisors, a registered investment adviser with $2.7B assets under management. With over 14 years of financial services experience, Megan oversees the firm’s compliance program. Throughout her career, Megan has handled Anti-Money Laundering compliance matters at BMO Financial Group, advised global financial institutions on regulatory and compliance matters while at Deloitte, and worked in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations.
Megan received her BA degree from Bryn Mawr College and her JD/MBA from Albany Law School and Union Graduate College. Megan is engaged with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, serves on the Guild Board at the Lyric Opera and sits on the Board of the Bryn Mawr College Chicago Club. She is a member of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and the National Society of Compliance Professionals. Megan enjoys volunteering, mentoring and, most of all, networking well.
“What’s Your Story”
Nationally recognized journalist Shelly Slater has twenty years of experience getting to the point. As a news anchor and reporter, she has won multiple Emmy Awards and a National Edward R. Murrow Award. Shelly knows how to engage an audience. Her career has taken her from live breaking news to interviews with everyone from President George W. Bush to Jimmy Kimmel and Amal Clooney.
Shelly knows the importance of storytelling to convey a message. Non-profits, law firms, police associations, hedge funds, convention speakers, family offices, and CEOs, among others are turning to her to craft their points. Shelly has extensive experience in public speaking and presentation trainings to help both individuals and teams deliver a message that sticks. Before you can influence, inspire or change the behavior of people, you need to tell them a story. Yours.
Trademark Attorney / Munck Wilson Mandala
Amanda Greenspon works by day as Munck Wilson Mandala’s Eastern most trademark attorney, leading MWM’s trademark practice. Her team helps clients protect, maintain, acquire and enforce their trademarks and copyrights. This spring, Amanda passed the Florida Bar Exam and will soon open MWM’s first Miami office.
Amanda has been an avid supporter of the S.H.E. movement and an advocate for her law firm to be involved with S.H.E. Summit Bacardi. Last fall, she invited some of her fellow MWM attorneys to join her in Miami and attend S.H.E. Summit Bacardi. They were so inspired by the experience that they told Claudia Chan they would bring S.H.E. Summit to Dallas. Since then, Amanda has led a team responsible for all of the components that make a successful S.H.E. Summit happen–speakers, sponsors and attendees.
Amanda is the product of 18 years of all female education, culminating in her graduation from Bryn Mawr College, a Seven Sisters college. Her senior thesis was titled “Gender Difference in Judicial Decision Making.” During her schooling, she interned for the re-election campaign for Rosa DeLauro (U.S. Representative, Connecticut), Chief Judge H. Robert Mayer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Judge Judith Barzilay of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Since beginning her career as an attorney, she has frequently been the only woman in the room. It was not nearly as much fun as college. Amanda’s ardent aspiration is to bring more women into the room where it happens.
Senior VP Revenue Management / Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Amy Grantland is the Senior Vice President, Revenue Management for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor. She is responsible for leading the strategy and deployment of revenue management capabilities through a consistent and holistic approach to pricing and promotions supported by enterprise solution tools, processes and policies to drive sustainable growth.
Amy has 20 years of supplier and wholesaler experience in the alcoholic beverage industry as a finance business partner for the commercial teams. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Commercial Finance for Southern Glazer’s, focusing on standard enterprise-wide tools and processes for annual sales planning, business performance review and the management of supplier contractual obligations. She began her career in the beverage alcohol industry with Diageo and held roles with increasing levels of responsibility before joining Glazer’s in 2012 as Corporate Director, Commercial Performance where she provided financial and decision support for the dedicated Diageo/Moet Hennessey team. Amy was also a part of the Enterprise Project Management Office and led the implementation of a price planning platform for key states.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University. She currently resides in Frisco, TX with her husband, Eric, and two children, Courtney and Jackson.
Entrepreneur, CEO, Certified Executive Life Coach, CASPR
Gail Warrior Suchy is an accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, thought leader, certified executive life coach, fitness enthusiast, and board member with more than 25 years of success in the health and wellness, executive coaching, construction, and oil industries. Gail has leveraged her experience in raising capital and leadership guidance in order to be a valuable asset for mid-to-late growth phase startups in industries seeking strategic planning, team building, cash flow forecasting, and financial strategy. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, contract negotiation, team building, startups, public speaking, PR, business development, marketing strategy, budgets, and project management.
Throughout her executive career, Gail has held leadership positions with CASPR Group, Warrior Elements, Warrior Group, and Mobil Oil Corp. Currently, Gail is CEO of CASPR Group, which offers indoor surface and air purification solutions that eliminate pathogens such as mold, bacteria and other infection causing agents such as MSRA, C-diff, etc. from commercial environments. CASPR systems are designed to work in various industries such as hospitals, various food facilities and restaurants, and schools. Gail has built a dynamic leadership team to embrace the vision of the company, built on key relationships with clients to execute the company’s mission and vision to eradicate HAI’s in the healthcare industry.
Previously, as founder and CEO of Warrior Group, a commercial general contracting firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Gail developed the company into one of the largest woman/ minority-owned general contractors in the U.S. and one of the country’s leading experts in permanent modular construction. Under Gail’s leadership and with her ability to build dynamic work teams and establish key strategies and work flow processes, Warrior Group was able to transform the permanent modular construction industry.
Her successful professional career has allowed her to have time for her other passions: fitness and motivation other executives to achieve their own personal greatness. Through Warrior Elements, Gail shares the Warrior360Way™ to executives embarking on their lifelong journey of building a dynamic business life while maintaining a healthy lifestyle by “Cultivating the Warrior Within.”
Gail and the companies she has led have won more than 45 national, regional and local awards, and have been nominated for many others, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, INC magazine’s prestigious “INC 500,” and ranked 32nd in the Black Enterprise list of Top 100 Industrial Service Companies.
A frequently sought-after public speaker, Gail speaks on a variety of topics including “Growing and Scaling your Business,” “How to Determine if Debt Capital is Right for You,” and “Creating Work-Life Balance by Cultivating the Warrior Within.” She currently serves on the board of Accion, the Dallas chapter of IWF, and has previously served on Boards of the Entrepreneur Foundation of North Texas, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, University of Dallas Alumni Board, UNT Foundation of North Texas board, DFW Minority Business Development Council board, Women’s Business Council Southwest board, and the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) board. She also founded and was Chairperson of the Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation (HOAW), a public nonprofit, and the Young Warriors Summer Learning Program. Gail is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and earned a B.A. in accounting as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. She is married to Christopher Suchy and together they have one teenage son, Corey.
Founder & CEO, Pipeline Angels
Creator & Host, Pitch Makeover
Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia is also creator and host of Pitch Makeover, a podcast on startups, pitching, investing and #morevoices (women, non-binary people, and men of color). She holds a BA in comparative literature and economics from Yale, as well as an MA in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Natalia serves on the boards of Walker’s Legacy, Women 2.0, and iRelaunch. Inc. Magazine selected Natalia as one of “The Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016,” Latina.com included her in their list of “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech,” and Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012. StartOut, a network of LGBTQ entrepreneurs, honored Natalia with the 2017 Nixon Peabody Trailblazer Award, “recognizing an entrepreneur whose pioneering approach or vision has set a trend for an entire industry.” You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).
Attorney and Co-founder of the Buried Alive Project; Founder of Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM)
As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, Brittany knows first-hand the impact of mass incarceration is far reaching, devastating families and entire communities.
She is co-founder of the Buried Alive Project, an organization that works to end unfair and inhumane life without parole sentencing handed down under federal drug laws through transformative litigation, legislation, and humanization.
While working several years as a corporate attorney, Brittany was committed to pro bono representation of clients in federal prison. Her dedication to this life changing work paid off tremendously – resulting in executive clemency from President Obama for seven of her clients, as well as freedom for several additional clients through the federal court system. She was a leading member of the legal team that represented Alice Johnson, who was recently granted clemency from President Trump after serving 21 years of a life without parole sentence for federal drug offense.
Inspired by her own difficult experience as the daughter of an incarcerated mother, Brittany is also founder of Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) – a nonprofit empowering woman in prison and their daughters to break the cycle of incarceration and lead successful lives with vision and purpose. Since 2013, GEM has partnered with the Texas prison system and works to lessen the impact of maternal separation by strengthening the mother-daughter relationship and equipping girls with the tools to make positive life choices.
Brittany recently left corporate law to devote herself fully to criminal justice reform. She has been named one of America’s most Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association for her professionalism, commitment to serving the community and dedication to helping others through her pro bono work. Brittany is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. She previously served as the Associate General Counsel at ORIX USA Corporation focusing on mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to her legal career, Brittany earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant and worked for international accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting.
CEO / Genesis Women’s Shelter
Jan Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women for the last 27 years. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Jan oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education.
Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Jan provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. She conducts training, keynote, and workshop programs for numerous local and national conferences, social and civic organizations, and corporations, and is an adjunct faculty member of AEquitas, The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.
In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jan co-founded the annual National Conference on Crimes Against Women, which trains law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocates on the most advanced, cutting edge techniques and strategies in the investigation of crimes against women.
In 2009, Jan concluded a Presidential Appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice on Violence Against Women (OVW). Jan is the recipient of numerous local and national awards and recognition, including the FBI Director’s’ 2012 Community Leadership Award.
President, Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS)
Debbie Hurst is President of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS). In that capacity her focus is on advancing and enhancing business opportunities between women-owned businesses, corporations and the government. Serving as the chief staff officer for WBCS, she plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs all Council programs and activities throughout a four-state region including central and north Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico.
Under her leadership, WBCS has grown to over 1,200 Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE) and Sustaining (Corporate) Members, and was named the Partner Organization of the Year in 2006 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Additionally, WBCS received the Partnership Award from TXU in 2007, the 20th Anniversary Award from Energy Future Holdings in 2011 for “Consistent and Continuous Service & Support for Inclusion and Supplier Diversity,” and the Women Entrepreneur Advocate Award from the Small Business Association in 2012. Initiatives developed under Debbie’s guidance include the tracking of growth in procurement among Council members; executive level business education in finance, marketing, and e-commerce, and WBE mentoring.
Debbie joined WBCS in October of 1997. She currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). In addition, she has served on the DISD Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee. Debbie has been named a Woman of Excellence by Women’s Enterprise Magazine & the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Minority Business News and Women’s Enterprise, and the WBENC Applause Award. In 2012, Debbie was inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame.
Throughout her career in non-profit management, Debbie has addressed social and health related causes ranging from women’s issues to community health programs. Prior to joining WBCS, she served as the Executive Director for a Dallas based non-profit, AIDS Arms, Inc. Promoting empowerment and a solid business approach to non-profit service delivery, Debbie has enabled significant growth within the organizations with which she has been professionally affiliated.
Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. She has a daughter, Nettie, and resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.
CEO / James Pogue Enterprises
Leadership and training are at the core of who Dr. Pogue is and the work he does. Beginning with his military service and overseas deployment where he learned the critical importance of leadership, ‘followship’ and training for the benefit of both himself and his teams.
With over 25 years as a Researcher, Professor and Administrator focusing on issues of Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Pogue recently expanded his work to include Multi-Generational Intelligence and Leadership, with the goal of helping companies connect across the multi-generational workforce.
Having worked with leaders of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Leaders from around the globe, he understands the necessary skills to lead in difficult circumstances, while continuing to develop the capacity of a team. Through the lens of leadership and organizational assessment Dr. Pogue works with Teams and Leaders to identify gaps and fulfill their potential.
His work has put him in front of professionals at all levels of organizations where he uses his unique ability to connect with people individually and in groups. This connection allows for an intense and productive training experience for anyone seeking to improve their leadership ability and better engage today’s workforce.
As an Executive Coach, Dr. Pogue helps Leaders realize breakthrough outcomes by helping them identify and overcoming what is getting in their way. His work helps executives achieve optimal working relationships and achieve organizational expectations through both Personal and Corporate Executive Coaching.
James’s recent clients include The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), Dallas Convention Visitors Bureau, The Association Forum, Panda Foods, Brinker International and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices).
In his spare time Dr. Pogue continues his martial arts training where he has won 5 National Championships and both Silver and Bronze at the World Championships. James has two daughters, 4 granddaughters and resides in Plano, Texas.
Vice President, Human Resources – Americas Bacardi
Ryan Bibbo oversees the Human Resources (HR) function across North, Central, and South America for family-owned Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world.
As a senior HR executive with extensive cross-functional and geographic experience, Ryan has proven leadership across a variety of businesses and markets – both domestically and internationally. In the alcohol beverages industry for nearly 15 years, Ryan has a unique blend of functional HR expertise and a comprehensive understanding of the commercial environment within the spirits sector.
Since joining Bacardi in early 2015, he has overseen significant organizational changes including the industry-changing Bacardi North America commercial Route-to Market initiative that transformed the way Bacardi distributes its products in the region. Ryan played a major role in designing and executing the new organizational structure of Bacardi and its North America distribution partners.
As an HR leader, Ryan has nearly 20 years of business expertise in the key disciplines of employee relations, training and development, recruiting and talent acquisition, organizational development, and organizational design throughout North America. He has been recognized by both employers and business leaders as a strategic partner who brings a strong sense of urgency and an ability to lead teams and organizations through change. He is a candid, decisive, and creative problem solver with a track record of developing and implementing initiatives to support overall business objectives across multiple businesses and functions.
Previously, he worked at Glazer’s Distributors (now Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits) and was responsible for all HR field operations, as he led the HR Business Partner function for 7,000 employees in 15 states, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to joining Glazer’s, Ryan spent more than seven years with drinks giant Diageo in multiple HR positions of increasing responsibility. During his time at Diageo, he held multiple HR leadership roles, including leading the HR agenda for the U.S. Spirits and Wine Sales teams, as well as Head of HR for the Guinness USA business. His early career includes various positions with global HR consulting and executive search firm Banister International that grounded Ryan’s business experience in strong fundamentals and effective communication and leadership capabilities.
Ryan’s ability to lead and motivate along with his analytical approach to problem identification, assessment, and resolution have created significant value for the businesses he has supported. His mature business instincts and demonstrated track record to analyze HR performance, reduce costs, and increase profits speaks for themselves.
Shareholder; SVP; Executive Committee Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Section Godwin Bowman & Martinez
Jenny Martinez represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes involving, banking, real estate, insurance, employment, contracts and collections. Notably, Jenny was a key team member in the firm’s successful defense of Halliburton, in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP’s Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon) blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the United States.
Reflecting the excellence of her legal practice, she has been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, recognized by D Magazine among “The Best Lawyers in Dallas”, a three-time choice by Thomson Reuters to its list of Texas Super Lawyers and has received a 10.0 rating by AVVO, its highest attorney rating.
Jenny received a J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1999 and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in 1995. While at SMU, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was the Publicity Chairman of the Political Science Symposium. She was also a Chief Counsel at the SMU Legal Clinic, a research assistant to Professor Ellen Smith Pryor, Law School Director for Texas Women Lawyers and the Treasurer of the SMU Women in Law.
VP for Global Technology Infrastructure
Texas & Houston Co-Chair for Women on the Move – Interactive Network
Jessica Maxwell is a Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering in the Global Technology organization at JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest consumer and commercial finance firms in the world.
Jessica is a proven leader as the Regional Co-Chair for an internal JPMorgan Chase Business Resource Group called “Women on the Move – Interactive Network” where she oversees all networking and programmed events for the major markets in Texas. One of the largest annual successes is called “Dress for Success” during Women’s history month where over 500 pieces of professional dress items are collected for women in need. Jessica continues to expand her knowledge of different aspects of the company and keeps her networking pools open by staying involved in the organization and execution of other programs within the firm.
Jessica is an active member in the Toastmasters organization as a way to help develop leadership and public speaking skills, which ultimately contributes to more effective networking and overall communication.
Vice President-Commercial Finance at Patron
Kris Reedy most recently became the Vice President-Commercial Finance at Patron. Previously, she was Vice President-Commercial Performance/RGM at Bacardi, where she was responsible for leading a team of valued partners to the commercial organization, providing business insights to drive growth, while ensuring financial stewardship. In her current and prior role, she is responsible for managerial reporting and forecasting, Revenue Growth Management (RGM) and pricing, business analytics and strategy across the United States.
Prior to joining Bacardi, she was the Finance and Revenue Management Director at Miller Coors, where she worked for 7 ½ years. She was responsible for financial processes, volume and value forecasting, pricing, and revenue/margin growth.
Before joining the beer and spirits industries, Kris worked at Verizon in various finance and internal customer support roles. In her role at Verizon, she managed the expense budgets for multiple organizations and was responsible for Sales Force Optimization for a workforce of 18,000 employees. She was also responsible for leading a team in reengineering the corporation, delivering company-wide cost savings and efficiencies.
Kris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University, is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits. Kris lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is the proud mother of two sons, Nathan and Brendan.
Executive Chocolatier/ Owner of Kate Weiser Chocolates
Kate Weiser began her sweet journey early in life. As she grew, so did her extensive dessert cookbook collection. Kate enjoyed baking in her family kitchen and sharing her creations with friends and neighbors.
She continued her passion by attending California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduation in 2005, she returned to her hometown and worked in various restaurants including Pachamama’s of Lawrence, Kansas and Kansas City’s 4 star restaurant, Bluestem under pastry chef Megan Garrelts and James Beard Award winner, Colby Garrelts.
Her move to Dallas brought many new and exciting experiences. After a brief stint at Stephen Pyles and an Executive Pastry Chef position at Nobu, Kate decided to hone in her skills on one thing: chocolate.
Kate began her chocolate career with an Executive Chocolatier position at Chocolate Secrets in Highland Park. While there, she was able to experiment and create a style of chocolate making that was new to the Dallas area. Her Handpainted Chocolate Collection and artistic style quickly gained attention and excitement through the DFW metroplex.
After 4 years of perfecting her chocolate craft, Kate created her own chocolate company – Kate Weiser Chocolate, in Trinity Groves in August, 2014 and has since expanded her brand to Northpark Center and coming soon to the Shops at Clearfork in early fall 2018. She is also partnering with Neiman Marcus for the 2018 Holiday season.
She was named Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional Magazine in 2014 and will continue pushing boundaries to create new and unexpected ways of enjoying chocolate.
Vice President of Sales, CareerBuilder
Founder, CareerBuilder Women’s Alliance, CareerBuildHer
Puja Rios is the vice president of sales, new client acquisition for CareerBuilder. In this role, Puja is responsible for SAAS sales strategies and revenue growth through her teams that partner with the country’s top organizations. By leveraging an in-depth understanding of hiring trends and worker behavior, Puja and her teams are able to effectively meet client needs and make their businesses more profitable. Puja brings 20 years of account strategy and sales experience, helping clients utilize long-term strategies to drive business development and create a measurable ROI. Puja joined CareerBuilder in 2007 and quickly moved into sales management in 2009. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Puja enjoyed a seven year career at Xerox Corporation in both sales and strategic planning as well as a consultant position with Price Waterhouse Coopers. In addition, Puja is the founder of CareerBuilder Women’s Alliance, CareerBuildHer. Her passion for women in the workplace led to her executive board seat for Bright Pink. She is the author of the Huffington Post feature blog, ‘Me vs. Fibromyalgia,’ as well as a contributor to TheMighty.com, NewLifeOutlook.com and Thrive Global.
Senior Associate / Munck Wilson Mandala
Jessica Spaniol is a senior associate in the complex litigation/ dispute resolution and technology/ intellectual property law groups at Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP. Her law practice focuses on claims of trade secret misappropriation and theft of confidential information.
Jessica received her J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, graduating magna cum laude. She also holds a B.A. in German and Political Science from Tulane University. While in law school, Jessica was a member and a senior editor of the Louisiana Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Jessica served as intelligence battle captain in the U.S. Army in the 1st Infantry Division Tactical Operations Center in Tikrit, Iraq and was responsible for keeping the commanding general and senior division staff informed of insurgent threats and activity in Division’s area of operations in central and northern Iraq.
Jessica is passionate about serving her community. She is a board member for Genesis Young Leaders, a member of Junior League of Dallas and volunteers regularly for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. Jessica also serves as Client Advocate Liaison on the Genesis Alliance board, attending protective order court with clients and coordinating support for women seeking protective orders against abusive partners. Furthering her community involvement, Jessica was recently accepted into the 2019 Leadership Dallas class – the Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership development program aimed at cultivating the next wave of diverse leaders for the greater Dallas area.
VP & Executive Consultant / Leadership Worth Following, LLC
Cara Wade serves as Vice President and Executive Consultant for Leadership Worth Following, LLC. She consults with clients to help address key talent needs including assessment, succession planning, coaching, team alignment and training. Established in January 2004, LWF is a premier provider of services, tools and processes that help organizations identify, select, develop and retain exemplary leaders. In her role, Cara serves as an executive coach, client manager and lead assessor for LWF’s core service offerings.
Cara works with executives across a variety of industries and businesses. These include high-tech, retail, financial services, manufacturing, direct sales and transportation. Her goal in working with leaders is to help them become the leader they intend to be. She has experience coaching leaders who want to develop skills in the following areas:
· Effective Communication
· Increasing Self-Awareness
· Developing, Coaching and Motivating Others
· Performance Management
· Influence and Impact
· Building Collaborative Relationships
· Fostering Team Alignment
· Work-Life Balance
Prior to joining LWD, she spent time at PepsiCo where she managed core people processes (including the performance management process, organization health survey, 360-survey, and people development systems) for the corporate client group globally. Additionally, she was responsible for managing several existing leadership assessment processes and centers, as well as co-creating the process by which the top 200 leaders globally within the organization would be assessed and coached. As part of this work, Cara assessed and coached many of the senior most leaders within the organization.
In terms of research interests, Cara actively contributes to the field in several ways. Her research on the topics of Breaking the Assessment Glass Ceiling (assessment in the C-Suite) and Learning from Developing a High Potential Assessment Program was presented at SIOP in the Spring of 2014. Cara was a co-author of the landmark article, “The Search for Worthy Leadership,” published in December 2008 by the Consulting Psychology Journal and “A Meta-Analytic Review of the Relationship between Emotional Dissonance and Emotional Exhaustion” in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2011). Cara was a co-author of a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Family (2015), which addresses the issues of work-life balance form the organization’s perspective.
Cara earned her B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University in 2006 and her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology (2008) and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (2011) from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently affiliated with the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology and Society for Consulting Psychologists.
Product Management & Strategy Leader, Amazon Business
Author, An Immigrant’s Guide to Making it in America
Virgilia Kaur Pruthi is a product management and strategy leader at Amazon Business and author of “An Immigrant’s Guide to Making it in America.” Previously, she held various product and marketing positions at several tech companies, including Bazaarvoice, Audible, and Weight Watchers. Virgilia is a recognized expert across multiple industries, including e-commerce/m-commerce, health, wellness and fitness, retail, media, education, government, and consumer product goods. Virgilia has started two for-profit companies—one in the wellness industry and the other in media (acquired)—and a community-led organization focused on improving the health and wellness of millennial women. She is committed to serving vulnerable communities in the United States and globally—with a special focus on women and girls. Virgilia’s interests and experience span mental/physical wellness, public policy, entrepreneurship, and grassroots advocacy in the realms of education/immigration, and access to health care.
“Success is a Team Sport; Choose Your Best Team”
William (Bill) A. Munck is the managing partner of Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP, a technology law firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Bill is a member of the executive committee and chairs the firm’s technology/intellectual property law practice. He leads a team of more than 60 attorneys, representing global clients in technology and defense as well as middle market corporations and garage startups. Bill is frequently quoted in the news on technology and patent law and his firm is considered an IP Powerhouse in the legal industry. When not working, Bill serves on the executive committee of Hunger Busters, a non-profit organization focused on providing meals for food-challenged students in the Dallas ISD. He previously served on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and on the executive committee for the Dallas chapter and he is currently a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Legal Advocacy Program that helps individuals with diabetes who experience discrimination at work, at school, and in other areas of their lives. Bill is actively involved in local and national bar associations and he is a distinguished alumnus of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
Executive Director, Step Up
Cordelia Tullous is the Executive Director of Step Up in Dallas. Step Up’s mission is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential. Prior to her role at Step Up, Cordelia served in leadership roles in education and human resources for organizations including KIPP, Leading Educators, and Accenture. Cordelia is involved with several community organizations including Junior League of Dallas, Leukemia Texas, and she serves on the advisory board for New Leaders Council-Dallas Chapter.
Regional Vice President, Caliber Home Loans
Kay Wilkinson is the Regional Vice President for Caliber Home Loans. She currently leads the teams in Texas and Oklahoma. She has over 30 Years working with Mortgage lenders, Realtors, Builders and Homebuyers for Residential Lending. She has been a Joint Venture, Partnership Realtor Builder specialist speaking and mentoring in local Real Estate Companies, RESPRO, METROTEX Realtors, Fannie Mae, Condo Associations and many Home Buyer Seminars. Kay has been active in many Professional Associations and has received the coveted Affiliate of the Year award by MetroTex Realtor Association. Kay loves working with all people to own their own home and all those who want to enhance neighborhoods. She has worked and chaired many Tour of Homes and neighborhood revitalization focused mostly in East Dallas, Oak Cliff, Oak Lawn and intercity lending.
Kay is a tenured volunteer. Her Presbyterian Preachers kid upbringing instilled a life-long commitment to give back to her community. She was a Red Cross swimming instructor and Head Start Volunteer In the summers. Helping at Risk Children, Literacy, working for inner city schools like Rosemont in North Oak Cliff and working that every child has the tools to excel is a passion. She strongly believes that early childhood education makes the difference.
Kay has been active in many LGBTQ Organizations and is an advocate for equality for all. She has served on many community boards and been an active volunteer. These organizations include AIDS Services of Dallas where she organized volunteers to provide home cooked meals to the residents beginning in 1984, The Dallas Way, The Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, The Human Rights Campaign and Dallas Fort Worth Federal Club. She was recently named the 2018 Raymond Kuchling Award Recipient from the Black Tie Dinner Committee.
Kay loves her Book Club of 25 years, her Bridge Club, gardening and Petals, her Pug.
Global Human Resources Director, McAfee
Jannie Kinsey-Goods is the global HR director for McAfee. She has 20+ years of experience in human resources, supporting recruiting, employee relations, performance management, training, succession planning, and coaching in domestic and international markets. Jannie has previously worked at JC Penney, Kraft Foods, Dr. Pepper Seven Up, and State Farm Insurance. Jannie is married to Terence Goods, who is also an HR professional and they have an 11 year old son Christopher. She resides in Frisco Texas.
Associate, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Jordan Strauss is an attorney in the complex litigation/dispute resolution group at Munck Wilson Mandala, focusing her practice on intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation. Jordan’s accomplishments include serving as the lead associate on a trial team that obtained a $10.1 million dollar patent infringement verdict. Jordan received her J.D., graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.