Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote

 Women s Student Association

Sheila Marcelo

Founder and CEO,

Sheila founded in 2006 and today, the Company is the largest online care destination in the world with 7 million members in more than 15 countries. allows families to connect with millions of caregivers to manage the lifecycle of care challenges families face:  childcare, including special needs, senior care, pet care, housekeeping, tutoring, and more.  The Company also offers its suite of services as an employee benefit to Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions, technology and service companies, and a variety of industries. Sheila’s passion for technology developed during her time as a management consultant at Monitor Company and a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School.  Her growing appreciation for the power of technology led her to positions at Internet companies, including VP, Product Management and Marketing at, a service helping families save for college, and VP and General Manager of, an executive job search engine.

Sheila is a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that regularly works with the Philippine government on education, innovation and entrepreneurship.  In addition, she is a finalist judge for Harvard Business School's annual Business Plan Competition. A frequent speaker on female entrepreneurship, women in technology, and female leadership, Sheila founded to increase women’s roles in the global economy by providing mentorship, skill-building and inspiration to female leaders and entrepreneurs. Sheila graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Economics and received her M.B.A. and J.D. degrees with Honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard University.  She resides in the Boston, MA area with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Lunch Keynote

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Melanie Healey

Group President North America and Global Hyper-Super-Mass Channel, Procter & Gamble

Melanie runs the overall operations for P&G in North America, P&G’s largest region and a $30 billion dollar business. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Verizon; CVG (Cincinnati) Airport; the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA); and is a trustee at her Alma Mater, University of Richmond. Brazilian by birth, she began her career in Brazil in 1983 and worked at S.C. Johnson & Sons and Johnson & Johnson before joining P&G in Brazil in 1990.

Over the course of her career, she has led different businesses across Baby Care, Beauty Care, Fabric Care, Health Care and Feminine Care during assignments in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and the US.  In 2005, she was promoted to President of the Global Feminine Care business, adding Global Health Care responsibilities in 2007. She has been in her current role leading North America since October 2009. Melanie is also the leader of P&G’s North America Diversity and Inclusion Team as well as the Global Corporate Women’s Leadership Team. Since 2007, Melanie has been recognized in multiple business leadership lists, including Fortune magazine’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Forbes magazine’s “The 100 Most Powerful Women,” and the Wall Street Journal’s “The 50 Women to Watch.”

Closing Keynote Panel

Women s Student Association

Nancy Barry

Founding President, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty

Nancy Barry is the founder and President of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. ESP works with about 150 leading companies and banks in India, China, Kenya, Colombia and Mexico to build inclusive businesses and finance. ESP works deeply in agribusiness and agri-finance, recently completing guidelines on preparing agri-finance operations for IFC. Nancy is recognized as a global leader in building enterprise and financial systems that work for the majority. She was President of Women's World Banking from 1990 to August 2006. With Nancy’s leadership, WWB network members dramatically increased outreach of financial services to low-income women and households, with over 23 million clients being served in 2006. WWB shaped the microfinance industry, mobilizing other key actors to build new paradigms, policies, and performance standards, globally, and in the major emerging markets to provide financial services for the majority. Prior to joining WWB, Ms. Barry spent 15 years with the World Bank, where she pioneered the Bank's small enterprise programs, led the World Bank’s work on industry, trade, and finance, and managed several Bank-wide initiatives.

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Kristin Mugford

Managing Director, Sankaty Advisors

Kristin Mugford joined Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm, in 1994.   She currently serves as a Managing Director and member of the Credit Committee of Sankaty Advisors, Bain Capital’s credit and distressed debt affiliate. She is also currently an Executive in Residence at Harvard Business School, where last spring she taught the EC course “Venture Capital and Private Equity”. Ms. Mugford has been a senior member of the management team of Sankaty since it started. Today, Sankaty has over 180 employees in offices in Boston, Chicago, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne and New York and approximately $19.0 billion in committed assets under management.  Prior to the formation of Sankaty, Ms. Mugford worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business.  Ms. Mugford began her career at The Walt Disney Company, where she worked in corporate strategic planning and the consumer products division.

An active participant in charitable organizations, Ms. Mugford is outgoing Chair of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Board of Overseers and a member of the Board of Fidelity Charitable, the nation’s largest donor-advised fund, and The Sage School. Ms. Mugford is also an active supporter of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Ms. Mugford received an M.B.A., from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar, and an A. B., magna cum laude from Harvard College. She resides in Wellesley, MA with her husband and three daughters.

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Victoria Ransom

Founder and CEO, Wildfire

Victoria has been an entrepreneur since her early twenties and has developed three successful companies. As founder & CEO of Wildfire (, Victoria led the company to profitability in just one year and has built the company to tens of thousands of customers, 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide. Clients include major brands and agencies such as Pepsi, Unilever, Sony, AT&T, Ogilvy, Publicis and Digitas. Wildfire was acquired by Google in August 2012 for a deal rumored to be worth between $350-$450M. Wildfire is a two-time winner of the fbFund; investors include Summit Partners, Accel Partners and the Founder's Fund.

Victoria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts degree from Macalester College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is #19 on Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list. In addition, she was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2012, one of the '25 Women to Watch in Tech' for 2011 & 2010, was a 2012 finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the United States, and was named the Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Zealand in 2011. In her capacity as an entrepreneur, Victoria has been featured in several publications including The New York Times’ Corner Office, Bloomberg TV, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Victoria has spoken at numerous events including SXSW, OMMA, AlwaysOn, Ad:tech, Web 2.0 and the g8. In her spare time she is an avid snowboarder and surfer and a passionate adventure traveler who once spent six weeks living with a remote Amazonian tribe and five months living in a favela in Brazil!

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Leigh Gallagher, Moderator

Asst. Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of subjects and has responsibility for multi-platform Fortune editorial franchises including the “Best Companies to Work For,” the “40 Under 40” ranking of the most powerful young people in business, and Fortune’s lifestyle coverage. Leigh is a frequent speaker at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit and Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH conferences; she also serves as co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Leigh is also a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and Erin Burnett OutFront and a variety of other outlets; she can also be heard every other Friday on public radio’s Marketplace. She is currently at work on a book about the future of suburbia to be published by Portfolio in 2013. Leigh was recently named a visiting scholar for the Business and Economic Reporting program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

Before joining Fortune in 2007, Leigh was a senior editor at SmartMoney, where she edited the magazine’s consumer-oriented coverage and appeared regularly on morning television shows including the CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today and Fox News’ Cavuto on Business. Prior to SmartMoney, she worked for six years as a writer and reporter for Forbes. Leigh is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York.