Panel Session 1

Education Still Waiting for Superman:  Enterprise Solutions in K-12 Education

Tom Kane, Moderator          Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Thomas Kane is professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research, a program that partners with states and districts to evaluate innovative policies. His work has influenced how we think about a range of education policies: test score volatility and the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the economic payoff of a community college education. From 1995 to 1996, Kane served as the senior staff economist for labor, education, and welfare policy issues within President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers. From 1991 through 2000, he was a faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government. Kane has also been a professor of public policy at UCLA and has held visiting fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Photeine Anagnostopoulos            Former CEO, Finance & Administration, Newark Public Schools / Former COO, NYC Department of Education

 Photo Anagnostopoulos is currently a senior advisor to New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education,  focusing on fiscal analysis of the state’s K-through-12 school districts . Photo recently served as Chief Executive for Finance and Administrative Operations for the Newark Public School District . Before this, Photo was the Deputy Chancellor for Finance and Technology at the New York City Department of Education. Her previous responsibilities at the NYC DOE included early development of a knowledge management system and work on an extensive revision of the district’s formative assessment program and the development of  a new data management and reporting system. Before moving to the NYC Department of Education, Photo led the McGraw-Hill Digital Learning team in the enhancement and development of effective K-12 technology-based programs that improve teaching and learning, as well as McGraw-Hill Education’s comprehensive strategy in the area of formative assessment. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Photo served as Senior Vice President of The College Board, where she managed the largest overhaul of the SAT, the college admissions exam taken by 2.2 million students each year. 

Photo currently serves on Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and on the Board of Trustees of Pace University in New York and served on the Board of two independent schools in New York City, The Dalton School and Fordham Prep . For nearly 20 years, Photo has been a committed board member  of SCO Family of Services, a non-profit organization providing vital social  services to more than 60,000 of New York’s most vulnerable  children and adults. Photo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Stacey Childress       Deputy Director of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Stacey M. Childress currently serves as Deputy Director of Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads the Next Generation Models team, which supports the creation and proliferation of technology-enabled content, tools, and learning models that support personalized paths to success for middle and high school students in the United States. Prior to joining the Gates foundation, Ms. Childress was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School where she wrote and taught on entrepreneurial activity in public education in the United States. 

Tonika Clayton          Regional VP, Wireless Generation 

Tonika Cheek Clayton is a Regional Vice President at Wireless Generation, part of Amplify Education – a new business dedicated to reimagining K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower teachers, students and parents in new ways . Wireless Generation currently serves more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students with mobile assessment software, adaptive curriculum solutions, and large-scale longitudinal data systems . Tonika currently leads a product development initiative in the New Curriculum division . Before transitioning to New Curriculum, she led Sales and the Account Management in the South Central Region where she focused on providing high-value implementation support to districts and schools to maximize use of products and services to improve teaching and learning.  

Prior to joining Wireless Generation, Tonika worked as a researcher on Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) where she advised district leadership teams and co-authored several case studies addressing the impact of systemic reforms in large urban school districts . Her case study on the New York City Department of Education and case series on Race, Accountability and the Achievement Gap are among the most popular PELP case studies requested by educators. Tonika started her career in marketing and public relations at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where she successfully promoted the NBA Store and NBA All-Star events. During her tenure at the NBA, she later transitioned to business development and worked to launch the NBA’s development league. Tonika graduated from Harvard College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Desoto, Texas. 

Jessie Woolley-Wilson         President & Chief Executive Officer, Dreambox Learning 

Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning®, the company that developed the Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ platform heralded as a “game changer” in the eLearning sector by nationally renowned academic and technology pundits. Jessie brings nearly two decades of experience in K–12 e-learning and education technology to DreamBox Learning. Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of the K–12 Group at Blackboard where she led the company’s growth and development for the virtual and blended online learning market. Prior to Blackboard, she was President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the schools division of LeapFrog Enterprises, where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in education technology and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the United States. 

Jessie has also held leadership positions at collegeboard.com, MyRoad.com, and Kaplan. As an education industry leader, Jessie serves on several boards for nonprofit organizations including iNACOL (International North American Council for Online Learning), Editorial Projects in Education (publisher of Education Week), the Education Innovation Network, Camelot For Kids and SIIA Software & Information Industry Association. Jessie has also served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education. She was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2012 “Women of Influence” and recognized as one of the “Best Leaders to Watch” in EdNET’s Best for 2011, a peer recognition program. Jessie received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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Energy Fueling Success: Leading Ladies of Energy 

Rebecca Henderson, Moderator     John and Natty McArthur University Professor, HBS

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Professor Henderson is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work explores how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the environment. She teaches Leadership and Corporate Accountability and the field study seminar Building Green Businesses in the MBA Program. From 1998 to 2009, Professor Henderson was the Eastman Kodak Professor of Management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she ran the strategy group and taught courses in strategy, technology strategy, and sustainability. She received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a doctorate in business economics from Harvard. 

Professor Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen and of IDEXX Laboratories, and she has worked with members of the Fortune 100 and small, technology-orientated start-ups. She was retained by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the remedies phase of the Microsoft trial, and in 2001 she was named Teacher of the Year at the Sloan School. Her work has been published in a range of scholarly journals including Administrative Science QuarterlyThe Quarterly Journal of EconomicsStrategic Management JournalManagement ScienceResearch PolicyThe RAND Journal of Economics, and Organization ScienceHer most recent publication is Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors, edited jointly with Richard Newell and published by the University of Chicago Press for National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Janet Clark    CFO, Marathon Oil 

Janet F. Clark is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Marathon Oil Corporation and serves as a member of Marathon's Executive Committee . She joined Marathon in January 2004 after having previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Nuevo Energy from 2001 through 2003. Before joining Nuevo, Ms. Clark worked at Santa Fe Snyder where she assumed the role of executive vice president of Corporate Development and Administration in 1999 . Ms. Clark joined Santa Fe in 1997 as chief financial officer. Ms. Clark began her career as an investment banker specializing in corporate finance, primarily with The First Boston Corporation, now owned by Credit Suisse. Ms. Clark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Clark serves on the Board of Directors of Dell . She is a board member for four nonprofit organizations:  The Houston Symphony, YES Prep Public Schools, Teach for America - Houston Regional, and Greater Houston Community Foundation . Ms. Clark serves on the Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Management Council of Overseers . She also is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Business and Community Advisory Council . Additionally, she was recently named to the Forbes One Hundred Most Powerful Women In The World and Best CFO of the Year for 2011 for a Large Public Company by the Houston Business Journal.

 Anne Pramaggiore   President and CEO, ComEd 

Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to an open and competitive energy market under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. She began with the ComEd legal team before moving into regulatory affairs and worked on significant components of the Consumer Choice Law, including a 2007 legislative agreement that ultimately placed power purchases in the market. Prior to her appointment as president and CEO of ComEd, Pramaggiore served as president and chief operating officer (COO) of ComEd, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Before being named president and COO, she served as executive vice president of Customer Operations, Regulatory, and External Affairs. In that role, Pramaggiore oversaw distribution and transmission rate making, customer operations, and state regulatory affairs and strategy for ComEd. Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.

Pramaggiore serves as a member of Babcock & Wilcox Company Board of Directors and also the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Urban League, Lincoln Park Zoo. She also is a member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 

Linda Sullivan           Vice President and CFO, SCE

Linda G. Sullivan is a senior vice president of Financial and Operational Services and Chief Financial Officer for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Sullivan is responsible for the company’s financial management and fiscal integrity. She directs all aspects of finance, including strategy, planning, treasury, accounting, risk management, and control functions . Sullivan also leads operational support functions for the company, including supply chain functions, transportation services and facilities management across SCE’s 50,000 square mile service territory . She was responsible for the company’s 2012 general rate case with the California Public Utilities Commission and a company-wide program to optimize the company’s cost structure.

Previously, Sullivan was vice president and controller for Edison International and SCE. She has held progressive management positions throughout the company and has worked at Edison’s unregulated business and parent company throughout her career. Prior to joining Edison, Sullivan performed financial audits with industry specialization in utilities. Sullivan is a California certified public accountant and certified management accountant. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Portland State University.

Pat Vincent-Collawn President and CEO, PNM

Pat’s extensive utility experience has helped her guide PNM Resources through a transformation from a partially deregulated entity into a pure electric utility, with a clear focus on reliability, safety and sustainability. She also has helped lead the company through development of strategies to meet growing requirements for renewable energy, along with completion of significant investments in existing plants and infrastructure. Pat joined PNM Resources in 2007 and served originally as Utilities President, overseeing the daily operations for PNM and Texas-New Mexico Power. In 2008, she transitioned to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. Pat became the President and CEO of PNM Resources in March, 2010 and Chairman of the Board in January 2011.

 Pat is chair for the United Way of Central New Mexico,   executive committee board member of Kirtland Partnership Committee and past chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, as well as a community board member of Wells Fargo of New Mexico, and the Economic Forum of Albuquerque. She is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors for the Edison Electric Institute, a member of the board of directors for the Electric Power Research Institute and CTS Corporation, where she serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee and chairs the Compensation Committee. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (magna cum laude) from Drake University and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Media/Entertainment/Sports Making the Cut: Women in Media, Sports and Entertainment

Christine Dreissen    CFO, ESPN

Kim Azzarelli        Senior Vice President , Newsweek & The Daily Beast

Kim K. Azzarelli is Senior Vice President, Newsweek & The Daily Beast and President, Women in the World Foundation. Ms. Azzarelli has held senior legal, public affairs and philanthropic roles in U.S. public companies, including Goldman Sachs, the Hain Celestial Group and Avon Products, seeking to combine her experience in law, business and philanthropy with her passion for women's legal and economic empowerment. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and serves on the Board of the Avon Foundation for Women. Ms. Azzarelli is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Cornell University and Friends Seminary in NYC where she was born and raised. She resides in Manhattan with her husband Mattia Filiaci.

Diane Darling            Founder, Water Cooler Football

Diane is the founder of Water Cooler Football. She was approached by an American man who said he had never played but wanted to “talk” football at the office and in social situations. Her entrepreneur brain went into action. During the 2008-2009 season she taught the workshops with a former New England Patriot. When not teaching football, she is a speaker, author, and expert on communication skills. McGraw-Hill has published her 3 books in 7 languages. She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street JournalSan Francisco Chronicle, and TheBoston Globe. She is a member of the CEO Club. Darling is also a blogger and random columnist for a variety of publications. She’s a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. She recently taught in the MBA program at Boston University. 

She has lived in the Philippines, Thailand, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama and now in Boston, MA. Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries. Her hobbies include watching football, reading, and attempting to play tennis. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes. 

Kim Moses     Sander/Moses Productions

Kim Moses is a principal in Sander/Moses Productions (which went independent in 2012 after eight years with ABC) where she has both developed and served as an executive producer on over 600 hours of prime-time television programming. Currently, Moses is executive producing the CBS drama pilot “Reckless”, written by Dana Stevens. “ Reckless” is a Sander/Moses Production in association with CBS TV Studios . The project reunites Moses with CBS, the network that aired “Ghost Whisperer”, the hit supernatural drama Moses executive Produced with her partner Ian Sander for ABC Studios and CBS Studios. Kim’s other television executive producer credits include “Profiler,” for which she wrote and directed episodes, as well as “The Beast,” “New York News,” “Brimstone” and “For The People.” Among her television movie executive producer credits are “Ali, An American Hero,” the Emmy Award-winning “Stolen Babies,” “Chasing the Dragon” and “How to Marry a Billionaire.”  Additional feature film script writing credits include “The Surgeon” and “Home of Champions.”

Unique for a woman in the Entertainment Industry, Kim operates at the intersection of Television and Digital Media . In doing so, she has created the Total Engagement Experience, a new business and creative model for television, which uses the television show as a component of a broader multi-platform entertainment experience that includes the internet, mobile, publishing, music, DVDs, video games, AOP (Audience Outreach Program) and more, establishing an infinity loop driving ratings and increasing revenue streams. Moses began her career in television at Ohlmeyer Productions where she made the transition from live sporting events (NFL Football; Major League Baseball,National Basketball Association, Olympics), to develop reality-based programs, game shows and music and awards shows -- specializing in live broadcasts . She also worked on Capitol Hill on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. Kim is married to her business partner Ian Sander, and they have two children Aaron and Declan . They live in a haunted convent built in 1928 in Encino, California.

 Linda Simensky        Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS

As Vice President of Children's Programming for PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners and distributors throughout development, production, post-production and broadcast for existing and new series including Curious George, Super Why!, Dinosaur Train, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Sid the Science Kid, Martha Speaks, WordGirl, The Electric Company, and Wild Kratts. Prior to joining PBS, Simensky was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw the development and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog and other major projects. Simensky began her career with a nine-year tenure at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch such popular series as Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show. 

Simensky is a past-president of ASIFA-East, and the founder of New York chapter of Women in Animation. She has lectured at numerous colleges and animation festivals, and has taught courses in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for numerous animation publications and has had several essays published in books including "Nickelodeon Nation" and "The Children's Television Community." Simensky holds a BA in Communications & History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Media Ecology from New York University.

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Finance (Morning) Standing Out and Staying Sane: Achieving Balanced Success as a Woman in Finance 

Clayton Rose, Moderator    Professor of Management Practice Chair, MBA Community Standards, HBS 

Clayton Rose teaches the second year MBA elective, Managing the Financial Firm, a course he created to examine the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of leadership in the financial services industry . He is also a member of the faculty design team and teaching group for the new first year required FIELD course. He has also taught the required first year course Leadership and Corporate Accountability and the second year elective The Moral Leader. Previously, he worked at J.P. Morgan & Co., where he headed each of the Global Investment Banking and the Global Equities Divisions, and served as member of the firm's executive committee . He was a founder and architect of the firm's equities business, and during his career at J.P. Morgan had management roles in various securities, derivative and corporate finance businesses, and worked in London. 

He received his Ph.D. (with distinction) in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He has also taught strategy at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and the Stern School of Business at New York University . In addition to his doctorate, he has earned an AB and MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a director of XL Group plc, a trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a director of Public/Private Ventures. He has served on a number of other boards, including Freddie Mac (post-conservatorship) and he chaired the Board of Managers of Highbridge Capital Management, a $22 billion hedge fund owned by JP Morgan Chase, during the financial crisis.

Kelly Chang   VP, Debt Capital Markets, Barclays

Kelly Cheng is a Vice President in Barclays’ Debt Capital Markets Group where she advises corporate and sovereign clients on liability management strategy and execution. Previously, she was with CM Equity Partners, L.P. as a member of a team that originated, executed and monitored private equity investments for the firm’s leveraged buyout fund. Kelly began her career in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division.

Kelly holds a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies with distinction from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is active on the committees of several non-profit organizations, including serving on the board of the Yale Alumni Fund. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer with the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Community Partners program.

Karen R. Korn    Director of Fundamental Research, Global Asset Allocation, Fidelity Investments

Karen Korn is Director of Fundamental Research in the Global Asset Allocation division of Fidelity Investments. With more than $400 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012, Fidelity’s Global Asset Allocation division is a leading provider of asset allocation solutions for retail and institutional clients. Karen leads a group of 25 analysts responsible for analyzing and recommending funds for inclusion in a variety of asset allocation and managed accounts. Prior to joining GAA, Karen served as a Managing Director of Research in Fidelity’s Equity division for six years, and was a Principal and director of research for Essex Investment Management Company for four years. In 1994, she joined Putnam Investments as an analyst. Over the next seven years Ms. Korn held a variety of positions at the firm including analyst, manager of Global Fundamental Research and portfolio manager. Before joining Putnam, she worked at Designs Incorporated from 1993 until 1994 as vice president and assistant to the president. From 1987 until 1993, she worked for Painewebber in the corporate finance division beginning as an associate and leaving the firm as vice president.

Ms. Korn received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Barnard College in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was named a Baker Scholar, in 1988.

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Negotiation Negotiations: Creating the Ultimate Win-Win

Francesca Gino, Moderator            Associate Professor of Business Administration, HBS

 Francesca Gino is an associate professor of business administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets Unit. She is also formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation. She teaches Negotiation in the MBA elective curriculum and in Executive Education programs at the School. She also co-teaches a PhD course on Decision Making and Ethics. Professor Gino's research focuses on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, social influence, and creativity. Her work has been published in academic journals including the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,Organization Science, and Psychological Science, as well as in numerous book chapters and practitioner outlets. Her studies have been featured in The EconomistThe New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, andPsychology Today, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. In addition to teaching, she advises firms and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of negotiation, decision-making, and organizational behavior.

Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, Professor Gino taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her Carnegie Mellon appointment, she spent two years at HBS as a postdoctoral fellow, lecturer, and senior researcher. A native of Italy, Professor Gino holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Trento.

Deborah Harmon      CEO and Co Founder, Artemis Real Estate Partners

Ms. Harmon is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, LLC, a real estate investment firm that manages institutional, third party capital in a variety of real estate strategies. She is responsible for establishing, implementing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction. Ms. Harmon has over twenty-five years' experience in the real estate industry. Prior to co-founding Artemis, Ms. Harmon spent 17 years with the J.E. Robert Companies ("JER"), a real estate investment firm where she was last President and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to JER, Harmon was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company in New York City where she worked in both the corporate finance and real estate groups.

Ms. Harmon currently serves on the Boards of Forest City Enterprises. In June 2009, Ms. Harmon was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Commissioner for the White House Fellows program. Much of Ms. Harmon’s philanthropy is directed toward improving the lives of women and children. She currently serves on the board of Women for Women International. From 2008-2012, Ms. Harmon served on the Advisory Board of the School of Advanced International Studies Advisory Council, The John Hopkins University. From 2002 through 2010, Ms. Harmon served on the Board of Trustees for Sidwell Friends School. She was also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization from 1997 to 2002. Ms. Harmon earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Julie Souza    VP Business Development, Time, Inc. 

Julie Souza is Vice President of Business Development for the Time Inc. Sports Group. Souza joined Sports Illustrated from CBS Sports Network, formerly College Sports Television, where she was Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development. She works with the Sports Illustrated leadership team to create long-term development strategies for SI Television and video production as well as create opportunities for revenue growth. While at CBS Sports Network, Souza developed the network’s business strategy, which included its rebranding initiative. She also worked closely with distribution, ad sales and programming to create development plans for VOD, programming, multi-platform syndication, new products, content acquisition and analysis. In addition to development, Souza served as General Manager of CSTV.com, the web business affiliated with CSTV Networks, Inc. In this capacity, she set the strategic direction for the division, focusing on increasing revenue, improving site metrics and enhancing the user experience. Prior to joining CBS Sports Network, Souza served as Director of Marketing and Business Development at American Express and consulted for various companies, including Accenture, PeopleSoft and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Souza earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in New York City with her husband, John, and their three children.

Lauren Tracy Senior VP, PIMCO 

Ms. Tracy is a senior vice president and account manager in the New York office, focusing on institutional client servicing. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, she was in fixed income research at AIG Investments, supporting analysts covering the financial sector. Before that, she was a vice president in credit risk management at Credit Suisse First Boston. She has 11 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. 

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Reunion Making Career Leaps: An Alumni-Exclusive Panel

Susan Good, Moderator      HBS 

Paige Arnof-Fenn     CEO & Founder, Mavens and Moguls 

Paige Arnof-Fenn is the founder and CEO of Mavens & Moguls, a global marketing strategy consulting firm whose clients range from early stage start-up to Fortune 500 companies including Colgate, Virgin and The New York Times Company . She was formerly VP Marketing at Zipcar heading all marketing and sales activity . She was responsible for all branding, corporate communications and corporate partnerships for the business and was instrumental in the fundraising efforts . Previously, she was VP Marketing at Inc.com and responsible for promoting the company to the business and media worlds, and also for driving E-commerce sales before the company was sold to Bertelsmann. Prior to that she held the title of SVP Marketing and was a key member of the IPO team at Launch Media, an Internet start-up that went public in early 1999 and was later sold to Yahoo. She built the marketing organization from the ground up, overseeing all marketing, advertising, corporate communications, market research and promotion as well as their in-house ad agency/art department. 

Arnof-Fenn is a founding Board member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology and she is the past Board Chair of the Alumni Board of Stanford University. She is the representative for Harvard Business School on the Harvard Alumni Association Board, which governs all the schools across the university. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is quoted regularly in the media, was a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur for several years, is on the IDC Technology Advisory Council, and a Time Magazine Opinion Leader. She currently has a monthly column for Forbes.com.

 Kathleen Clark          Managing Director, Carta Marketing LLC 

Kathleen Harrington Clark (HBS 90) has over 25 years marketing and branding experience. During her career, she has excelled in linking business and marketing strategies to drive success across a broad spectrum of industries. After HBS, Kathleen worked for Compaq Computer Corporation, where she held a variety of marketing roles from new product development to running the advertising for the North American business. She left to become the Vice President of Marketing for Tricord, a network storage company. Following Tricord, she was the Vice President of Marketing for Questia Media, a web start-up. Over the past last ten years, Kathleen has had a marketing consulting practice with clients spanning Fortune 500 companies to Texas Medical Center hospitals to start-ups. 

Most recently, Kathleen was the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for the Houston Astros. She launched the new ownership’s inaugural season campaign, which won the American Marketing Association Crystal Award as the top branding campaign in Houston. In November of this past year, she successfully launched the Astros new brand identity, uniforms and campaign . A Boston native, Kathleen is married to Andrew Clark, a Wharton graduate, and has two daughters, Caroline and Paige.

Kris Pederson           Vice President Transformation Leader, IBM Global Services 

Kris is a seasoned executive with 25 years of management consulting, auditing and financial analysis experience. She currently leads IBM’s Transformation Center of Excellence, as an expert in large-scale business transformation associated with business process and system integration efforts. Expertise and focus includes strategy consulting, business development, Value Realization/financial engineering, change leadership/organization change, and technology-driven transformation/IT strategy.

Kris currently serves as a director on two corporate boards, Great Western Bank, where she is also on the audit committee, and Windward Reports, as a board member . She is the Programs Chair and on the Compensation Committee for ASME (Association of Mechanical Engineers), serves on the Harvard Business School Women’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the White House Commission for Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Kris received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, Psychology and Business Administration, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). Her family, Rob and their daughter Jordan, keep her focused on activities such as skiing in the Boulder, CO mountains, and world travels through Rob’s golf travel business.

Vicky Tsai      Founder, TATCHA

Victoria Tsai has been a lifelong scholar of beauty. Her passion for skincare began at a young age when Victoria’s mother shared traditional Asian herbal skincare treatments with her as they sold skincare together at her family’s beauty boutique. Victoria’s love of discovery and learning then led her to Wellesley College and Harvard Business School, where she honed the talents which would lead her to become a sought-after expert in the field, developing products and brand strategies for the world’s largest beauty companies. Seeking a new approach to beauty, Victoria began traveling to Asia where a chance encounter in Kyoto with a modern day geisha changed her course. She was struck by a powerful memory of her mother telling her that all the Eastern world’s beauty secrets originated with the geisha, and Victoria realized her future. These keepers of the traditions of beauty, artistry and heritage could be her inspiration and guide to an enlightened approach to both beauty and life.

Along this path Victoria has discovered hidden workshops, unearthed Japan’s lost beauty bible and immersed herself in the traditions, science and community of the craftspeople she has met. And so, TATCHA was born to share the authentic past she discovers in her journeys, to a new generation.

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Social Enterprise Empower Women Through Social Enterprise

Lila Igram, Moderator           Founder, ConnectHer / GITW

Sarah E. Endline       Founder / CEO, Sweetriot

Sarah is the Founder and CEO of sweetriot, an activist candy company that sources cacao from Latin America, features artwork on packaging, and uses all-natural, healthy ingredients. sweetriot’s award-winning products are sold in 1,000’s of stores including Whole Foods and have been enjoyed at 30,000 feet on board Virgin America . Sarah’s entrepreneurial work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Forbes. Before sweetriot, Sarah shared her energy at places like Yahoo!, Microsoft and the World Bank. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor with Distinction from The University of Michigan. 

Alexis Jones  Founder, I Am That Girl

Alexis Jones grew up in Austin and moved to Los Angeles where she completed both her Undergraduate and Masters at the University of Southern California. Alexis discovered her passion for storytelling after starring in The Vagina Monologues, a progressive women’s play, written by Eve Ensler. Following that role she hosted a TV show on the Red Carpet, worked at Fox Sports, ESPN and was on the hit CBS reality TV show:  Survivor. Leveraging her entertainment background as a platform, Alexis founded the non-profit, I AM THAT GIRL whose mission is to remind girls of their innate worth. I AM THAT GIRL’s dedication to building community and creating healthy media earned them an invite to the White House to discuss a much needed, Healthy Media initiative.

As the host of the show, The Society, Alexis just wrapped her last two interviews with Hilary Duff and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. She also just completed a project with MTV that will airing February 25th and was recently asked to be a spokesperson for L’Oreal’s new campaign empowering girls in S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math). Her book entitled, I AM THAT GIRL will be released this June. Elizabeth Gore, head of the United Nations Foundation, sums Alexis up perfectly, “It is not often you come across a person who can transcend boundaries of celebrity, substance, business and doing good.”

Patience Marime-Ball           Principal Investment, IFC 

Patience Marime-Ball is a Principal Investment Officer in IFC’s Global Financial Markets. Patience is currently leading the efforts to scale up IFC’s investments in women-owned businesses in emerging markets, a role she assumed in November of 2010 . Patience has previously worked in Infrastructure project finance developing and structuring financing for IPPs and captive power generation transactions in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Patience has also worked for Mizuho Bank in New York as a Vice President in the Project Finance Group where she was involved in the acquisition of power generation assets and greenfield infrastructure developments across the United States and Mexican markets . She returned to IFC and joined the team focused on restructurings and settlements on IFC investments in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. Patience has a Juris Doctor in Law from Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business also at Northwestern University. 

Umaimah Mendhro   Founder / Managing Director, thedreamfly.org / West 

Umaimah Mendhro is the Managing Director at West, a multidisciplinary creative collective that helps the world's most disruptive companies grow. Umaimah heads up the early-stage venture investments unit for the firm. Prior to West, Umaimah headed up strategy for Microsoft's incubation efforts, specifically in the consumer, mobile, and social space. In 2007, taking a leave of absence from Harvard Business School, Umaimah founded thedreamfly.org, a global endeavor to bring together communities in conflict around common causes, and built a school in her home-village in Pakistan. Today, dreamfly has operations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including in conflict-ridden West Bengal, India where Hindu and Muslim kids work in groups at the dreamfly computer lab, and post-genocide Rwanda where Hutu and Tutsi children will together attend the dreamfly school. Umaimah lives in San Francisco, CA, with her husband and their 2 year old daughter.

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Technology Ahead of the Curve: Staying Competitive in Tech

Kathy Murray, Moderator    VP Global Market Development, FARO

At FARO, Kathy is exploring new markets for the firm’s value disruptive and innovative 3D products. Other affiliations include being a Board Member of Verity Wines LLC, a Trustee on the University of Rochester Board, a Partner in BoardmyBiz.com, a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Membership Chair for Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of NY, a Board Member of Harvard Business School Women’s NYC Association, Member of the Executive Forum, Chair of Executive Forum Angels and has leadership roles at other organizations. Via McMorran Strategists LLC, she has angel investments.


Previously, Kathy was at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) as Managing Director of Operations and at Aetna Inc as SVP of Aetna Retirement Services and as COO of Aetna Business Resources. Kathy was able to apply her sales skills to market the operational functions within these firms in order to achieve significant cooperation, operational efficiencies and savings. Kathy received her BA in General Sciences from the University of Rochester and the AMP degree from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband in Croton on Hudson, NY and New York City, NY.

Karen Appleton         VP, Business Development, Box

 Karen Appleton is the Vice President of Business Development at Box, where she initiates, evaluates, and structures new business opportunities, including strategic alliances and partnerships.

Prior to Box, Karen was Vice President of Development and a member of the executive team at Prosper Marketplace and was responsible for a full range of growth activity. She also served as National Marketing Director for the corporate group at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. At Lexis-Nexis, she launched the firm's internet product, managed top-tier accounts, and ran business development for the state of Hawaii. Karen earned a master's degree in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in international business from Towson University. She holds an advisory board seat with The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives and serves on the Board of Directors for SV2.

Julia Austin   VP, Innovation, VMWare 

Julia is VMware's Vice President of Innovation and Site Director for the VMware Cambridge research lab . Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations . Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

Carrie Householder  Senior Manager of Retail and Product Management at MyHabit

Carrie brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the MyHabit business. She was part of the original launch team for Amazon’s membership-based flash sale site specializing in apparel and home fashion. In her current role she leads the product management group as well as the retail home business, a culmination of her diverse experience in ecommerce. Before relocating to NYC, Carrie was based in Seattle where she worked on the Amazon registry and the wish list feature. Prior to Amazon, she worked in the home goods manufacturing industry first as an analyst and then in product development and importing. Carrie has her BA in communications from DePaul University and MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Kimber Lockhart         Director of Engineering, Box

Kimber Lockhart is Director of Engineering at Box, where she leads the web application engineering team that builds most new features on Box. Launched in 2011, Kimber was responsible for #newbox, a major redesign and rebuild of the Box user experience which marked a turning point in the company’s transition to the enterprise market. Overall, she’s focused on Box's virality and usability, dreaming up, testing and implementing countless improvements over the last three years.

Prior to Box, Kimber was co-founder and CEO of cloud computing startup Increo Solutions, funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. At Increo, she led the creation of Backboard, a web-based service that allows users to share and review documents in a secure space. Increo was later acquired by Box, in 2009. Kimber holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Julia White     GM, Office Division Technical Marketing, Microsoft

Julia White is responsible for technical product marketing for Office, Office 365 and Exchange . Julia oversees the product value proposition, product readiness, deployment programs, competitive intelligence, product evangelism and customer experience across Office, Office 365 and Exchange. Julia joined Microsoft in 2001 as a product manager within the Server and Tools Business Group . Julia spent four years within the Server product team holding multiple roles, followed by two years within the US Subsidiary leading the reseller marketing, channel rebates and sales incentive programs teams . Julia joined the Office Division in 2008 leading the Exchange Server and Online marketing team until early 2012. 

Prior to Microsoft, Julia worked at Intuit on the Quicken and Quickbooks products lines in product marketing and product planning functions. Julia holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with honors from Stanford University. Outside of work Julia enjoys cycling, skiing, traveling and spending time with her family.