Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Introduction by: Geralyn McClure Franklin, Ph.D.
Linda Livingstone


Introduction by: Geralyn McClure Franklin, Ph.D. Consultant – Higher Education Leadership Search Linda Livingstone President – Baylor University

Dr. Linda Livingstone has now taken the helm to lead as the 15th President of Baylor University. It is an extraordinary moment in time for higher education in general, and for Baylor University, as a faith-based institution, to make its mark on higher learning. In this inspiring keynote address, Dr. Livingstone reveals the distinguishing impact she hopes to leave on this storied university. She will examine the leadership transformation taking place across academia, needed qualities and characteristics for today’s leaders, and how ‘up-and-coming’ next-gen leaders can best prepare themselves to enter a multitude of executive positions.



Peggy Alford

Bridging the Diversity Gap on Boards

Peggy Alford SVP, Core Markets – PayPal and Board Director – Facebook

A stubborn paradox exists within boardrooms across America: Companies are appointing more women to board seats than ever before, yet the overall share of women directors is barely budging. While business leaders have gotten the clear message that diversity matters in the workplace, it is equally clear that current methods of sourcing and selecting candidates is falling short. Peggy Alford, a senior executive with PayPal who has been elected as the first African American woman to join the nine-member board of social media giant Facebook, examines the disconnect between the business community’s intent to achieve greater equality on their boards and the realization of attaining that goal. Ms. Alford will explore why every company needs to cultivate a culture of inclusiveness and she will outline steps for companies and recruiters to take to boost diversification at a faster rate.




Networking Break


#MeToo Movement Sharpens Focus on Workplace Inequalities

How can it be that in 2019 American women have to work an extra 47 days each year to earn as much as men do? For starters: U.S. women earn 82 percent of what men earn. There is a lot happening on the pay equity front, and now that large companies are required to submit salary data – broken down by gender and race – new transparency rules will likely encourage big changes in how women are paid. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the wage gap is one of several gender-based issues this panel of high powered female talent leaders from the technology, media, private equity, social media, entertainment, and pharmaceutical sectors will take on. They will participate in a lively debate on the movement that sparked a nationwide conversation 18 months ago.

Ellen Shultz
Executive Vice President, Talent & Inclusion
The New York Times

Courtney Hagen
Chief Talent Officer

Christina Hall
Chief People Officer

Keesha Jean-Baptiste
SVP, Chief Talent Officer
Hearst Magazines

Kathy Mandato
WarnerMedia Entertainment

Dawn Rogers



Moderator: Amy Hayes
Umran Beba


Moderator: Amy Hayes Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates Umran Beba Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer – PepsiCo

Umran Beba is a strong champion of the development of professional women and young women in our communities. At PepsiCo, she has played a leading role in female and ethnic cohort development efforts that have made the company a workplace of choice for women. In her 24-year PepsiCo career, Ms. Beba has held general manager and president roles in both South East Europe and Asia, Middle East & North Africa, as well as leadership roles in HR and marketing. In this presentation, Ms. Beba will discuss PepsiCo’s diversity and engagement agenda, its aspiration to achieve gender parity at management levels by 2025, and key PepsiCo programs that support the career trajectories of next-gen leaders, including the Global Coaching Circle and Global Women’s Council.




Lunch Reception

Introduction by: Denielle Pemberton-Heard
Dale E. Jones

Diversity Starts at the Top

Introduction by: Denielle Pemberton-Heard General Counsel and Managing Director – Diversified Search Dale E. Jones President and Chief Executive Officer – Diversified Search

Diversity starts at the top of every organization—and so often that means it begins in the boardroom. It’s a proven fact that more diverse boards make better decisions and lead to improved company performance. In this special presentation, Dale E. Jones, CEO of Diversified Search, will discuss how executive search firms have helped to level the playing field for women, both at the board level and across the C-suite. According to Mr. Jones, progress begins with attracting proven talent with diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions, then building and nurturing an environment where everyone can perform their best work. That’s where recruiters like Mr. Jones come in – and it’s where they can make the biggest and most profound impact. Their success in helping to create more diverse, thought-provoking boards creates a competitive advantage like no other.




The Role Executive Recruiters Can Play in Advancing Women

Six distinguished executive recruiters examine tried and true pathways for women seeking entry to the C-suite.

Neela Seenandan
Co-CEO & Managing Partner 
Hanold Associates

Lisa Peacock-Edwards
Managing Partner 
Wilton & Bain

Rachel Davis
Deputy CEO 
Armstrong Craven

Valerie Frederickson
Founder & CEO 
Frederickson Partners

Kathy Ventura

Robin Toft
Founder & CEO
Toft Group Executive Search



Introduction by: Kelly Lewis
Valerie Camillo

A Pathway to the C-Suite

Introduction by: Kelly Lewis Director – Turnkey Search Valerie Camillo President Business Operations – Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center

Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers, followed a non-traditional path to the top of the sports industry. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a strategy and management consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton before transitioning into the sports sector, which was the fulfillment of a personal life-long ambition. Through senior roles at the NBA, Washington Nationals and now the Flyers, Ms. Camillo has effectively won battles to create change and developed an authentic leadership style that engenders loyal and high-performing teams. In this keynote presentation, she will share lessons learned on her journey to the C-suite and provide a guide to the best pathways for Next-Gen leaders to take in order to reach the top.



Deb Bubb

The AI Factor: Using Data & Neuroscience to Advance an Inclusive Workplace

Deb Bubb Chief Leadership, Learning & Inclusion Officer – IBM

In HR departments across the country, artificial intelligence has begun powering a range of strategic – and transformational – initiatives, including measuring employee sentiment, increasing engagement, and finding ways to acquire talent without bias. It is creating an environment where companies are spending less time searching for people and more time curating the right kinds of relationships with talent pools. The end goal isn’t to make human resources less human, but rather to make it more reflective of society as a whole. Deb Bubb – chief leadership, learning, and inclusion officer at IBM – sits at the leading edge of this evolving effort, deploying AI in a variety of new ways. In this informative presentation, she will discuss how companies can lean on AI to advance inclusive hiring strategies. “We’re using the best of behavior neuroscience and the best of data science to make better decisions and more inclusive environments,” she says. In this discussion, she tells us how – and reveals what’s in store for the decade ahead.



Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media is convening over 350 top business professionals from around the country on November 6, 2019 at the Harvard Club in New York to discuss a wide range of issues impacting women in the workplace.

Next-Gen Leaders: Advancing Women to the C-Suite’ will include leaders from across the field, including: Geralyn McClure Franklin Ph.D., a consultant at Higher Education Leadership Search; Linda Livingstone, president at Baylor University; Deb Bubb, chief leadership, learning & inclusion officer at IBM; Ellen Shultz, executive vice president of talent & inclusion at The New York Times; Courtney Hagen, chief talent officer at Littlejohn; Christina Hall, chief people officer at LinkedIn; Keesha Jean-Baptiste, SVP and chief talent officer at Hearst Magazines; Kathy Mandato, CHRO at WarnerMedia Entertainment; Dawn Rogers, CHRO at Pfizer; Umran Beba, chief diversity officer at PepsiCo; Dale E. Jones, president and CEO of Diversified Search; Neela Seenandan, co-CEO & managing partner at Hanold Associates; Lisa Peacock-Edwards, managing partner at Wilton & Bain; Rachel Davis, deputy CEO at Armstrong Craven; Valerie Frederickson, founder & CEO of Frederickson Partners; Kathy Ventura, partner at Caldwell; Robin Toft, founder & CEO of Toft Group Executive Search; Kelly Lewis, director at Turnkey Search; Valerie Camillo, president – business operations at the Philadelphia Flyers; Peggy Marie Alford, SVP of core markets at PayPal and board director nominee at Facebook; and others.

We invite you to take part in a full day of learning and inspiration from CEOs and top talent leaders from across a number of business disciplines, including technology, media, private equity, social media, publishing, recruiting, pharmaceutical, telecom, consumer products, retail, academia, and sports & entertainment, among others.

Our thought-provoking presentations and Q&A sessions exploring Next-Gen talent leadership issues is a must-attend event. Our formal sessions will include continental breakfast, a mid-morning networking break, a pre-lunch champagne reception and a delicious networking buffet luncheon.

Harvard Club of NYC 
35 West 44th Street, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 840-6600


Peggy Marie Alford, SVP Core Markets – PayPal and Board Director – Facebook

Peggy Marie Alford is senior vice president of core markets at PayPal. She leads the company’s commercial teams in its largest and most established markets, including North America, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Northern Europe and Australia. In this role, Peggy brings extensive experience leading high performing teams across product development, finance and growth strategy. She has thrived throughout her career by building and leading experienced and diverse teams, following a culture of collaboration that allows teams to develop scalable and effective solutions.

Peggy has held numerous senior leadership roles at PayPal, including senior vice president of people operations; chief operating officer for Asia Pacific and global cross border trade; and vice president and chief financial officer for the Americas region. In March 2019, Peggy returned to PayPal after two years as chief financial officer and head of operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization.

Prior to joining PayPal in 2011, Peggy worked at, a national internet real estate listing service and former subsidiary of eBay Inc., where she served in positions of increasing responsibility, including president, general manager and chief financial officer. She is currently nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and serves on the Board of Directors of Macerich (NYSE:MAC).

Driven by her passion to help others succeed, Peggy serves as an advocate for children, women, and minorities. She was an honoree at the 2018 Culture Shifting Awards which recognizes leaders and pioneers of diversity.

Umran Beba, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer – PepsiCo

Umran Beba is the global diversity, engagement and talent officer for PepsiCo, a consumer products company with customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Last year, the organization generated more than $64 billion in net revenue, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Umran leads PepsiCo’s global diversity agenda, working with sector leadership teams to execute a sustainable roadmap for the company’s performance with purpose-people goals. She is also responsible for overseeing talent management, including talent assessment & development, PepsiCo University, human capital management strategy & workforce analytics, enterprise organization development, change management, organization design, HR operations, core services, and PepsiCo’s labor center of expertise.

Umran has held a wide range of roles since joining PepsiCo in 1994. Her previous role was as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). Prior to that, she served as senior vice president and chief HR officer for PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and North Africa, based in Dubai. Earlier in her career, she served as business unit general manager of PepsiCo’s East Mediterranean business unit, comprising Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, and subsequently as president of two different regions – South East Europe and Asia Pacific.

Umran began her PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in Turkey, where she held positions including marketing director, HR director and ultimately general manager.

Deb Bubb, Chief Leadership, Learning & Inclusion Officer – IBM

Deb Bubb is an HR vice president and chief leadership, learning & inclusion officer at IBM. She leads the organization responsible for executive leadership succession, executive search and integration, management and leadership development, corporate learning, and diversity and inclusion. As part of the company’s transformation, Deb and her team are reinventing leadership and culture at IBM.

With her team, Deb guides IBM’s award-winning diversity and inclusion efforts, which have been recognized with four Catalyst Awards; 33 consecutive years in Working Mother’s Top 100 Companies; and a Hall of Fame award from the National Association for Female Executives, among many others. At the same time, Deb is an executive sponsor of the company’s Be Equal campaign—promoting gender equality in business leadership by engaging IBMers, our clients and communities, and society at large.

Deb and her team take a data driven, behavioral-science based, and human-centered approach to driving new insights and capabilities for IBM’s leadership team. By embedding inclusion and engagement into the company’s management system, they are co-creating a challenging and supportive environment, marked by clear purpose and strong IBMer engagement. Continuous learning is a longstanding company priority, and Deb and her team are harnessing IBM’s cloud and AI solutions to ensure IBMers have the skills to thrive in today’s marketplace and face the future with confidence.

Prior to joining IBM, Deb was a vice president and director of global leadership and learning at Intel Corporation. Her background in human resources and leadership includes deep experience in strategic business partnership roles, organizational and leadership development, as well as HR operations management.

Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations – Philadelphia Flyers

Valerie Camillo is president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center. In this role, Valerie oversees all business functions for the NHL franchise and one of the country’s busiest arenas.

In a prior role, Valerie joined Comcast Spectacor from the Washington Nationals, where she was chief revenue and marketing officer. Throughout her tenure there, she led the development and implementation of the Nationals’ strategies to maximize commercial opportunities and drive long-term growth. She was responsible for all revenue generation functions, including corporate partnerships, licensing, ticket & suite sales, broadcasting, marketing, brand management, retail, food & beverage, and non-baseball events at Nationals Park.

Prior to joining the Nationals, Valerie was a senior vice president in the NBA’s Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) group. In this role, she provided strategic advisory services to multiple NBA teams with regards to revenue generation, marketing, analytics, technology and property development. Before joining the NBA, she worked for 15 years as a consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Rachel Davis, Deputy CEO – Armstrong Craven

Rachel Davis is deputy CEO of Armstrong Craven. She was part of the team involved in the MBO of the firm in 2013. Rachel joined Armstrong Craven in 1998 and is responsible for business development and driving the sales performance of the business globally. She previously held roles as COO and practice lead, responsible for driving the global growth of the healthcare and life sciences practice.

Armstrong Craven is a global insighttalent mapping and pipelining specialist with offices in London, Manchester, Geneva, Singapore and New York. The firm works across a number of industry sectors including technology, healthcare and life sciences, professional and financial services, industrial and consumer. Armstrong Craven clients are some of the world’s most influential and respected businesses, and are often undergoing transformational change and need to identify and recruit high demand or specialized talent.

Geralyn McClure Franklin Ph.D., Consultant – Higher Education Leadership Search and Interim Business Dean – University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Geralyn McClure Franklin, Ph.D., is considered an innovative and experienced academic leader, having served as dean of business at three American institutions for over a decade and interim dean at another for two years. She led the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University from 2014-2016. Today, Geralyn consults with business schools and universities across the U.S. and globally through her start-up venture GMF Academic Advisors, LLC along with her work as a search consultant at Higher Education Leadership Search. This year, she also is serving as interim dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Geralyn has involved faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others to set new, and even transformational, directions for the business units she has headed. She has led efforts to secure external funding for scholarships, professorships, support of academic programming, faculty & staff development, building renovations, and general unit needs. As an academic, she has published more than 80 journal articles and 50 conference proceedings on human resource management, and employment law. She has co-authored five textbooks, including ‘Employment Regulation in the Workplace.’

Valerie Frederickson, Founder & CEO – Frederickson Partners

Valerie Frederickson, MS, CMP is founder and CEO of her eponymous company, Frederickson Partners, the largest independently owned people and HR executive search and consulting firm in the US.

As a people and talent thought leader and consultant for over 25-years, she guides some of the most important employers in the world with people, talent and HR executive searches, strategic HR consulting, and high-level interim HR support. Valerie places top HR executives in a variety of industries including high tech, software, wireless, insurance, pharma/biotech, and finance. Clients include Marqeta, Airtime, Dreambox Learning, ServiceNow, Workday, Autodesk, Uber and Alphabet.

Valerie is a leading human resource, people and talent executive search, and career management expert based in Silicon Valley. Recognized at a young age as one of “the top business thinkers in the country” (SF Chronicle), Valerie has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ABC News, Wired Magazine, MSNBC, SHRM Online, Elle Magazine, Diversity Inc., HR Executive, and HR Magazine.

Courtney Hagen, Chief Talent Officer – Littlejohn

Courtney Hagen is chief talent officer of Littlejohn, a firm that makes private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. In this role, she works to ensure the talent strategies of Littlejohn’s portfolio companies support the investment thesis through executive and board member recruitment, succession planning, merger and acquisition integration, and organization & culture development programs.

Previously, Courtney was senior vice president of human resources for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she worked across brands and functions in North America to create and execute strategic programs to support talent needs for LVMH and its portfolio of over 70 brands. Prior to joining LVMH, she led global executive talent acquisition for PepsiCo across sectors, functions and geographies. She joined PepsiCo from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she led searches for marketing, sales and HR executives.

Earlier, Courtney led business development and marketing strategy for cobranded card partnerships at American Express Co. She started her career with management consulting firm Bridge Strategy Group/Renaissance Worldwide, where she led strategy consulting engagements for Fortune 1000 companies in the U.S., Europe and South Africa.

Christina Hall, Chief People Officer – LinkedIn

Christina Hall is senior vice president and chief people officer at LinkedIn, where she leads the teams responsible for hiring, developing, and rewarding top talent, including all benefits and employee experience programs. She joined the company in 2013 to lead global compensation and HR M&A.

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Christina led the compensation team at Facebook during the company’s 2012 IPO. Before Facebook Christina spent six years at Intuit, where she held several senior positions in legal and HR, culminating in leading the total rewards organization. She is also an attorney who began her career practicing law in the areas of executive compensation and employee benefits, most recently at Latham & Watkins.

Amy Hayes, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Amy Hayes is a senior member of the Russell Reynolds Associates’ global leadership and succession practice. Amy advises boards and CEOs of leading global organizations on the creation and execution of leadership and succession programs to ensure high levels of corporate governance. Amy leads large-scale engagements across sectors and geographies for clients including Fortune 100, public and private companies. Her consulting centers around benchmarked talent assessments of and development planning for teams and high potential individuals. In addition, she leads talent assessments for M&A/Private Equity due diligence, hiring and promotions and advises companies on organizational change and culture initiatives. Amy is also a member of the firm’s diversity practice.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Amy worked as a consultant focusing on coaching and leadership development, succession planning, selection decisions and strategic change management.

Amy is a frequent guest speaker and her research has been cited in books and published in professional journals such as directors and boards and the American Psychological Association’s Small Group Research. She has presented her research and insights on personality and leadership success at several professional association meetings, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is a Director of the American Red Cross – Metro Atlanta Chapter and the Virginia Tech Foundation board.

Keesha Jean-Baptiste, SVP and Chief Talent Officer – Hearst Magazines

Keesha Jean-Baptiste is senior vice president, chief talent officer for Hearst Magazines, overseeing the division’s people and culture, including talent, engagement, leadership and employee experience.

Before joining Hearst in 2018, she was senior vice president of talent, engagement and inclusion at the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), the leading trade association representing the advertising agency industry. At the 4A’s, Keesha led the production of thought leadership for the industry and member agencies around recruitment, professional development, leadership and inclusion. She also oversaw diversity-focused initiatives for the 4A’s Foundation, including the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program.

Prior to 4A’s, she spent six years at Wieden+Kennedy beginning in 2011, first as a recruiting manager, and then as director of talent and human resources. During her tenure at Wieden+Kennedy, she executed a strategic reimagining of the agency’s human resources department. From 2005 to 2010, she held various senior-level human resources roles at Digitas. She started her career in marketing, also at Digitas, and previously was the business development director at Essence.

Dale E. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer – Diversified Search

Dale Elton Jones is president and CEO of Diversified Search, a key global partner of AltoPartners worldwide. His responsibilities include management of the firm and its global CEO advisory ‎services.

Before joining Diversified in 2013, Dale served as vice chairman and partner of the CEO and board practice at Heidrick & Struggles International, where he consulted with CEOs and corporate boards on human capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance. He also served as one of H&S’s leaders in its global telecommunications and global consumer practices.

Prior to entering search, Dale held a series of positions in business with increasing responsibility. He has also taken on special strategic roles to serve Steve and Jean Case, founders of AOL, as CEO of Revolution Ventures. Dale brings many years of longstanding relationships ‎to his clients from his involvement with YPO, the CEO Forum, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is an experienced and sought- after advisor on leadership issues for Fortune 500 companies.

Kelly Lewis, Director – Turnkey Search

Kelly Lewis is a director at Turnkey Search. She is responsible for leading the firm’s purposeful commitment to the development of people and culture across the sports, media and entertainment industries with particular focus on the identification and magnification of talent stemming from underrepresented groups. Throughout her career, Kelly has illuminated the positive implications that representation can have in the development of inclusive organizational cultures that drive significant business success. A member of the National Black MBA Association, Kelly partners with clients and executives alike to provide counsel on professional development and the execution of wholly inclusive recruiting and hiring processes in an effort to champion better representation across every aspect of our industry.

Kelly comes to Turnkey after serving as a research and recruiting associate for Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm in higher education. She also previously served at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and was a Teach for America educator in Houston.

Linda Livingstone, President – Baylor University

Dr. Linda A. Livingstone began her tenure as Baylor University’s 15th president on June 1, 2017. A distinguished scholar and academic leader, she previously served as dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business from 2014 to 2017 and as dean and professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2002 to 2014.

Linda’s presidency marks her return to Baylor after time on the Waco campus from 1991 to 2002. She served as a faculty member and was awarded tenure in the department of management before serving four years as associate dean of graduate programs for the Hankamer School of Business.

As Baylor’s president, Linda has overseen the development of its academic strategic plan, Illuminate, which details Baylor’s pursuit of becoming a preeminent Christian research university. Dr. Livingstone leads the $1.1 billion comprehensive campaign that undergirds Illuminate, called Give Light, which has impacted every aspect of campus life and has bolstered financial support for students, faculty, and the campus community.

Kathy Mandato, CHRO – WarnerMedia Entertainment

Kathy Mandato is chief human resource officer (CHRO) for WarnerMedia Entertainment which includes HBO and Cinemax, TBS, TNT, TruTV, and WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

Prior to joining WarnerMedia Group, Kathy advised technology startups, including Snap, Inc. where she served as its VP human resources. Before joining Snap, she was at NBCUniversal for six years, serving as executive vice president human resources for NBC Entertainment, Universal Television Studio, Universal Cable Productions, and HR shared services for NBCUniversal.

She joined NBC in 2011 from Comcast Entertainment Group, a programming division of Comcast Corporation, where she served as SVP HR for three cable networks (E! Entertainment Television, Style, G4), Comcast International Media Group, and E! Online. She had previously been at E! Entertainment in the late ’90s where she served as its head of executive search.

In 2001, Kathy became the head of human resources for DreamWorks SKG and was part of the team that took the animation division public in 2004. She then served as head of human resources for DreamWorks Animation for three years before joining Comcast and E! Entertainment again in 2007. She began her career in advertising in account management and business development with agencies including BBDO Worldwide where she served as vice president of new business development & communications for its Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta offices.

Lisa Peacock-Edwards, Managing Partner – Wilton & Bain

Lisa Peacock-Edwards is a managing partner at Wilton & Bain. She has over 15 years of global executive search and leadership advisory experience across the corporate markets sectors of financial services, commerce and industry. She has led practices in EMEA, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Lisa specializes in working with global businesses going through growth or transformation especially within technology, data, digital and commercial.

Denielle Pemberton-Heard

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the general counsel and managing director for Diversified Search, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She joined Diversified in 2018 following fifteen years as group counsel, programming and business affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise. There, she directed transactional work related to the production, distribution, and syndication of content across all platforms on behalf of PBS and its 300-plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on-air talent, program funders, and foundations. Before joining PBS, she served as group counsel for Thales, Inc., a French-owned communications concern, and as vice president, legal and business affairs at Time Life. She has also held in-house positions at Discovery Communications, Inc.

Denielle began her law career in private practice with Connecticut’s Wiggin and Dana, and was subsequently associated with the New York firm of Cowan Liebowitz and Latman, where she focused on intellectual property litigation. Pemberton-Heard also serves as a senior advisor to STEMconnector, a Diversified Search company committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool through its work with pioneering leaders across more than 200 organizations.

Dawn Rogers, CHRO – Pfizer

Dawn Rogers is executive vice president / chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Pfizer. Her experience spans Pfizer’s global business, including HR leadership roles in commercial in both developed and emerging markets; research & development; and enabling functions.

Dawn joined Pfizer in 1999 as senior director / HR Lead, for U.S. sales. From 2000 to 2006, she played a key role in the integration of the field forces during both the Warner-Lambert and Pharmacia acquisitions. From 2006 to 2008, Dawn served as vice president of HR for Pfizer’s European commercial operations, where she co-led efforts to establish business units in Europe. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the worldwide research and development leadership team where she led the Wyeth research and development integration and helped build a world-class team of scientific talent. In 2011, she was appointed senior vice president of HR for the primary care business unit, where she co-led restructuring of the commercial businesses and integration of the emerging markets sector. In 2013, she became the senior vice president of HR for the global innovative pharma business; and in 2016, senior vice president of HR for Pfizer essential health, global product development, and the legal and compliance divisions. In November 2017, Dawn was appointed senior vice president of HR for the chief operating officer with responsibility for commercial, global product development, Pfizer global supply, corporate strategy, and legal and compliance.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Dawn spent 11 years in human resources at Serono and three years at Kos Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company, where she built their commercial organization in preparation for the first product launch and an IPO.

Neela Seenandan, Co-CEO & Managing Partner – Hanold Associates

Neela Seenandan is the co-CEO & managing partner of Hanold Associates. She’s focused on leading senior level professional services and HR leadership assignments. Neela joined the firm from Nielsen where she was the senior vice president of human resources responsible for North America consumer. She was responsible for driving the strategic talent agenda including recruiting, compensation, talent management and diversity & inclusion.

Before Nielsen, Neela had a progressive career within Aon Corporation. Upon joining in 2006, she served as the vice president of executive talent acquisition and development where she focused on strategic senior level hires across Aon Consulting Worldwide and Aon Risk Services. In 2007, she was promoted to vice president, global head of human resources for Aon Re Global. After the acquisition of Benfield in 2008, Neela ran the global HR integration of the newly formed Aon Benfield. Neela was asked to lead the HR integration of Aon and Hewitt Associates and become the global head of HR for the integrated business, Aon Hewitt.

Starting in 2000, Neela was with McKinsey & Company where she ran recruiting and professional development for North America & the business technology office. Responsibilities included recruiting, training, succession planning, reviews, compensations and executive development. Neela also worked closely with the senior leadership team in the financial services and insurance practice and in the last two years at McKinsey focused on executive development and partner and director performance coaching.

Ellen Shultz, Executive Vice President of Talent & Inclusion – The New York Times

Ellen C. Shultz is executive vice president of talent and inclusion and a member of the executive committee at The New York Times. In this role, she provides strategic guidance to the CEO and has operational oversight of the global HR function. She is responsible for attracting, retaining, compensating, motivating and developing a diverse global workforce during a period of rapid change. Ellen also sits on the board of directors for the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization helping to build a more diverse media industry.

Previously, from 2015-2016, Ellen served as vice president and head of human resources at Media General, a broadcast and digital conglomerate. She led all HR functions and was tasked with integrating the cultures of the legacy broadcasters and digital acquisitions that made up the company’s portfolio.

Ellen worked for 15 years at Time Inc., joining as a manager in recruitment and serving in a number of successively senior roles in the HR department. From 2005-2010, she was based in London, where she led the company’s International HR operations. In her final role at Time Inc., she served as vice president, HR operations and systems, leading the operations and HR data functions, labor relations and the International HR department.

Ellen began her professional career in the retail sector before moving to human resources management and talent recruitment as a researcher and recruiter at The Barack Group in 1997.

Robin Toft, Founder & CEO – Toft Group Executive Search

Robin Toft is the founder and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search, where she combines a deep inside knowledge of the life science industry with a passion for building game-changing management teams. Robin has placed more than 500 executives at innovation-led companies in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, life science tools and digital health.

A champion of diverse executive teams, Robin has built a reputation for recruiting women and minorities into top roles and helping the life science industry overcome unconscious bias in hiring. Prior to founding Toft Group in 2010, Robin served 20+ years as a biotech executive. In 2019, Robin authored her first book, “WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement,” available on Amazon. WE CAN offers practical insight, wisdom and encouragement for women to realize the career of their dreams. It is recognized within the list of 100 Best CEO Books of All Time by BookAuthority. Robin serves on multiple non-profit boards, is an inaugural member of the Susan G. Komen San Diego Advisory Council, was awarded Woman of the Year in San Diego in 2017, and a finalist in Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2018 and 2019. She has been honored as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” and “Most Admired CEO” awards in multiple years.

Kathy Ventura, Partner – Caldwell

Kathy Ventura leads Caldwell’s marketing officers practice and recruits marketing, digital, growth and customer experience leaders for clients across all industries. She has extensive experience recruiting leaders to Fortune 500 and smaller, high-growth companies seeking to elevate the impact of marketing, digital and customer experience to drive growth. She also leads Caldwell’s corporate communications and investor relations practice. Kathy has clients in both established and emerging industries from retail and consumer, to professional services, healthcare, technology, fintech and life sciences/cannabis.

Prior to joining Caldwell, Kathy was a core member of the consumer, marketing and digital practices at Russell Reynolds and co-led the firm’s corporate communications practice. She started her career as a member of the Procter & Gamble team at Grey Advertising.


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Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-founded executive search firm in the world. It was ranked seventh by Forbes in its 2019 list of the nation’s 200 best executive search firms, the second consecutive year the firm landed in the top ten. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Southern California, and Washington, D.C., and is the exclusive U.S partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent executive search firms that spans more than 30 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit

Breakfast Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. The firm’s 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. Russell Reynolds Associates helps their clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment.

From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, their teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit

Gold Sponsors

At Caldwell, they believe talent transforms. As a leading provider of executive talent, the firm enables its clients to thrive and succeed by helping them identify, recruit and retain their best people. The firm’s reputation – nearly 50 years in the making – has been built on transformative searches across functions and geographies at the very highest levels of management and operations. They leverage their skills and networks to also provide agile talent solutions in the form of flexible and on-demand advisory services for companies looking for support in strategy and operations.

With offices and partners across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the firm takes pride in delivering an unmatched level of service and expertise to its clients. For more information, visit

Frederickson Partners recruits high impact human resources leaders for innovative companies. Frederickson matches growth-stage startups, thought-leading non-profits and think tanks, tech unicorns, and the Fortune 500 with world-class full-time and project-based talent. 

As the country’s leading people executive search firm for almost 25 years, Frederickson actively develops and nourishes meaningful, long-term relationships with over 20,000 rising and established people operations and HR executives worldwide. Frederickson’s deep network and unparalleled reputation have earned it the role of trusted career advisor and leading talent scout for even the most out-of-reach candidates, typically enabling Frederickson to present superstar candidates within only three weeks.  

Frederickson Partners unites technology and business leaders with people executives capable of shaping culture and attracting and retaining talent in dynamic, ultra-competitive marketplaces. These leaders know how to scale high-growth businesses, transform corporate culture, prepare for public offerings, manage public company compliance and provide trusted counsel to board members and senior leaders. 

Frederickson Partners is headquartered in Menlo Park with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Austin, Ohio and Florida. Clients include Alphabet, Facebook, Gartner, Gilead, Intel, Palantir, Pinterest, ServiceNow, Roche, Twitter, Uber and Workday. For more information, visit

Invenias is the world’s leading provider of software solutions to the executive search profession. More than 1,000 executive search firms, private equity firms and in-house executive recruiting teams rely on the Invenias cloud-based platform to transform the productivity of their search operations. Invenias serves thousands of users in over sixty countries across the globe, with customers such as Silver Lake, General Atlantic, Odgers Berndtson, ON Partners, Acertitude, Intel, and Tesla Motors at the forefront of recruiting leaders. For more information, visit

Established in 2001 Wilton & Bain, which provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services, has become the  market leader in the technology, professional services and converging digital markets. With offices in London, San Francisco, New York and Frankfurt, Wilton & Bain has developed an unrivalled expertise in technology to focus on digital transformation for clients across TMT, retail, consumer, financial services, insurance and utilities. For more information, visit

Corporate Sponsors

IBM is the global leader in helping businesses transform for the digital era with AI and hybrid cloud. IBM Watson is used in more than 20,000 AI engagements around the world to solve real-world problems and 47 of  Fortune 50 companies are using IBM’s Cloud to run their business. IBM is also a leader in the responsible stewardship of new technologies, guided by its Principles for Trust and Transparency and its programs to make the world a more inclusive place for all. Headquartered in Armonk, NY, the company employs more than 350,000 people and serves clients in 170 countries. With 26 consecutive years of patent leadership, IBM Research is the world’s largest corporate research organization with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. For more information, please visit

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is their vision to be the global leader in convenient foods and beverages by winning with purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects their ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit

Pfizer applies science and their global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. It strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Pfizer’s global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with its responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, they collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world.

For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on them. For more information, visit In addition, please follow them on Twitter at @Pfizer and @Pfizer_News, LinkedIn, YouTube and like on Facebook at

Lanyard Sponsor

Hanold Associates is a retained HR executive search firm focused on recruiting human resources officers and diversity & inclusion leaders. The firm understands the importance of talent and culture inside an organization and builds people-first organizations every day, one leader at a time. Although its client list is diverse, across industries, geographies and business scenarios, culture is at the core of everything they do. The firm is shaping organizations while changing the landscape of the human capital space through distinctive leadership.

Some of Hanold’s more recent top HR searches include those for Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, the National Football League, Patagonia, REI, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Heinz, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Silicon Valley Bank, T. Rowe Price, Wikimedia, Cargill, CNA Financial, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW and Nike, among others. For more information, visit

Social Media Sponsors

Armstrong Craven is a global talent mapping, pipelining and insight specialist with offices in the US, UK, Singapore and Switzerland. The firm works across a number of key sectors including technology, healthcare and life sciences, consumer, industrial, financial and professional services.

Its clients are some of the world’s most influential and respected businesses, often undergoing transformational change. They have a need to identify and attract high demand or specialised talent to senior and scarce roles.

Using their industry-focused specialists to identify and engage with key people in their sectors around the world, Armstrong Craven gains insight into their markets, organizations or individual motivations and aspirations. The result is bespoke, client-owned mapping, pipelining and insight services fully attuned to their business and HR priorities. For more information, visit

Established in 2001 Wilton & Bain, which provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services, has become the  market leader in the technology, professional services and converging digital markets. With offices in London, San Francisco, New York and Frankfurt, Wilton & Bain has developed an unrivalled expertise in technology to focus on digital transformation for clients across TMT, retail, consumer, financial services, insurance and utilities. For more information, visit

Exhibitor Sponsors

SGA Talent is the leading woman owned recruitment research and recruiting solutions provider nationally. In 2017 & 2018 SGA Talent was awarded the #1 Diversity Partner by a Big 4, 2 Fortune 100 companies and 3 others. SGA Talent is different than other firms simply because of their varied recruiting service offerings and the ability to customized the right solution to meet each client’s goals.

SGA Talent offerings include: recruitment research (talent mapping & organization chart development), recruiting, diversity (studies & recruiting), talent intelligence and succession planning. Dependable, fast, results driven and cost-effective, they continue to be the go-to, on-call partner to both hiring managers and talent acquisition leaders. For more information visit

Networking Sponsors

Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-founded executive search firm in the world. It was ranked seventh by Forbes in its 2019 list of the nation’s 200 best executive search firms, the second consecutive year the firm landed in the top ten. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Southern California, and Washington, D.C., and is the exclusive U.S partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent executive search firms that spans more than 30 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit

Since 1999, ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about how to find top talent. Today, ZRG is one of the fastest growing firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of executive, middle management, project, and interim search solutions globally through its offices in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. It’s time to stop searching and start building with ZRG. For more information, visit


Hunt Scanlon Media is convening over 350 top business professionals from around the country on November 6, 2019 at the Harvard Club in New York to discuss a wide range of issues impacting women in the workplace.

Price: $1,250

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after August 9, 2019 will not be refunded)