Panel Session 3

10X10 10x10 Sneak Peek Screening           

 

Tara Abrahams, Moderator Deputy Director, The Documentary Group
Tara Abrahams currently serves as the Deputy Director of 10x10. 10x10 is a first-of-its kind global campaign to educate girls. The campaign combines the power of a groundbreaking feature film with the reach of a global, digitally-integrated social action initiative. Both elements drive home a simple message: a global commitment to educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change, economic growth and development. In her capacity as director, Tara manages 10x10’s partnerships with leading NGOs, corporations, and policy-focused organizations, connecting best-practice, girl-focused programs around the world to the 10x10 film production and campaign strategy.

 

Tara began her career in the nonprofit sector as the founding New York director of Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH,) an organization that mobilizes undergraduate volunteers to partner with hospitals and implement programs that will improve the health of low-income children and families. Tara has served as managing director at Acelero Learning, a company that works in partnership with Head Start programs around the country to improve early childhood education for low-income children, and as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a firm that works with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to develop strategies and build organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Prior to her role with 10x10, Tara was the founding director at the Maverick Capital Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on education and youth development in New York City. Tara graduated from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School. She serves as a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

 

Anne Hurd     Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel

Ann S. Hurd is Massachusetts/East Coast Corporate Affairs Manager for Intel, responsible for government affairs, education programs, community engagement, and media relations. She oversees Intel’s Community Engagement Programs worldwide including Intel Involved, Intel’s global corporate volunteer program.

 

Prior to joining Intel in 1998, Ms. Hurd worked with Digital Equipment Corporation as U.S.State and Local Government Relations Manager after several years leading the company’s community affairs group. Ms. Hurd is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College.

 

Jennie Riley   Lesotho Project Coordinator, Partners Health Group

Jennie Riley is the Lesotho Project Coordinator for Partners In Health (PIH), an international health non-governmental organization operating in ten countries. The goal of PIH is to provide impoverished people the highest level of clinical care, while helping to alleviate the social and economic obstacles to health. Jennie earned her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2009, focusing on Global Health and Development Economics. She joined PIH in January 2010, and in her current role acts as a representative of and advocate for the Lesotho field team in the global PIH office, supporting communication, program planning, financial and administrative management, as well as representing PIH externally to partners and supporters. She splits her time between PIH’s Boston headquarters and the PIH office and clinics in Lesotho.

 

Prior to joining PIH, Jennie earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Smith College and spent eight years in the field of immigration law, working primarily with scientists and scholars. Additional information about the Partners In Health programs and mission can be found on the web site, www.pih.org.

 

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

 

Lorraine Fox  Head of Palo Alto Office, ClearRock Capital

Lorraine Fox currently holds the position of Senior Investment Advisor at Palo-Alto-based finance and investment firm, Clear Rock Capital. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at a private Bay area-based investment advisory firm where her clients included individuals, non-profits, and corporations. Her deep experience over the past 25 years in the Silicon Valley private equity and asset management community also includes positions as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse, a consultant to Pequot Ventures, and a General Partner at Crescendo Ventures.

 

Lorraine is a member of HiPower, a select group of senior women professionals uniquely focused on supporting each other and others in the community to lead from success to significance. HiPower is organized under Leading Women in Technology, a non-profit dedicated to unleashing the potential of professionals who advise technology businesses and executives.

Elinor L. Hoover        Vice Chairman, Capital Markets Organization, Citigroup Global Markets

Elinor L. Hoover is a Vice Chairman of Capital Markets Origination, Americas at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and serves on the Management Committee of Citi’s North American Capital Markets Origination Division. She is responsible for originating the full range of capital markets based solutions for the Firm’s corporate clients to include equity and equity related financings, debt financings, hybrid securities, derivatives, foreign exchange and other structured risk solutions. She covers a number of the largest multinational corporations as well as some of the Firm’s most important capital markets clients.

 

Elinor graduated from Yale University with honors where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a minor in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. She also received a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Elinor is an avid musician, and during high school, studied piano and music performance, graduating from The Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division. Elinor currently resides in New York with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Philip. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as an Advisory Director for The Bloomingdale School of Music and is actively involved with The Dalton School.

 

Joan Marron  Executive Director, Head of Healthcare Group, Morgan Stanley

Joan Marron, Executive Director and Head of the National Healthcare Group. Joan manages Morgan Stanley’s not-for-profit healthcare investment banking group, ranked as one of the sector’s leaders. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in June 2008, Joan was co-head of the healthcare group at UBS and had worked there since 1979 where she spent her career focused on providing Investment Banking services to the healthcare industry. In her career, Joan has senior managed over $20 billion of healthcare financings covering the largest multi-state systems, academic medical centers, regional systems, free standing hospitals, and long-term care providers. She has also worked on many merger, acquisition and divestiture strategies for her clients. Her recent experience includes financings for Catholic Health Initiatives, Inova Health System, Temple University Health System, Catholic Health Services, Virtua Health, North Shore Long Island Jewish, and Memorial Sloan

Kettering. She also covers other 501(c)3 entities including cultural organizations and higher education institutions. Recent financings include Emory University, the New York Public Library, and she acted as advisor to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. for their major campus renovation. Prior to UBS, Joan was with the American Hospital Association in Chicago. Joan received a B.S. cum laude from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where she graduated with honors in finance and health services management.

 

Jennifer Nason          Managing Director and Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom, J.P. Morgan

Jennifer Nason is a Managing Director and Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom, (TMT) Investment Banking at JP Morgan. Ms Nason is a Global Chairman of TMT Investment Banking based in New York. Ms Nason has been with J.P. Morgan for 27 years having joined the Melbourne, Australia office in 1986. After an initial period working in Asia as part of the Project Finance team she relocated to New York where she spent several years in the M&A Group. Today as the Global Chairman of the TMT Investment Banking practice, Ms Nason is personally responsible for traditional and emerging clients across the technology, media and telecom sectors globally including Cisco, SAP, Verizon, Xerox, Nokia, Sony, Comcast and Facebook. Ms Nason is also responsible for the firm’s world-wide commitment of capital in these sectors.

 

Ms Nason has been involved an many prominent transactions in TMT including the IPO of Facebook, GE’s sale of NBCU;Xerox’s acquisition of ACS; Frontier’s acquisition of access lines from Verizon; HP’s acquisition of EDS; Verizon’s spin of Idearc; MCI’s sale to Verizon; and News’ acquisition of DirecTV. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ms Nason spent three years with the department of Management and Budget in Australia. Ms Nason sits on the boards of the American Australian Association and the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of New York. Ms Nason has a B.A. and B.Com (Honors) from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

 

 

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General Management General Management in an Interconnected World 

 

Alnoor Ebrahim , Moderator           Associate Professor, HBS

Alnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor in the General Management Unit, and in the Social Enterprise Initiative, at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of performance management, accountability, and governance facing social sector organizations. He is also a principal of Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.Professor Ebrahim is author of the award-winning book, NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2003 and 2005). Through his research and case writing, Ebrahim examines the challenges of performance measurement and accountability facing social sector organizations, impact investors, and their boards. He is currently involved in research with a range of social sector organizations, from new socioeconomic hybrids to well-established global NGOs and foundations.

 

His professional work has included commissioned reports on civil society relations with the World Bank, on NGO accountability at the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as projects with a number of nongovernmental organizations over the past two decades, such as CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., the Tata Energy Research Institute in New Delhi, and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in western India. Prior to joining the faculty of the Harvard Business School, Alnoor Ebrahim was the Wyss Visiting Scholar at HBS, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also taught at Virginia Tech for several years. He holds a BSc degree from MIT (1991) in civil and environmental engineering, and a PhD from Stanford University (1999), where he studied environmental planning and management.

 

Nancy Altobello        Vice Chair, People, Ernst & Young

Nancy is Americas Vice Chair, People, for the global Ernst & Young organization. She previously held several leadership roles at Ernst & Young LLP, including Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Business Services in the Northeast, Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Area Practices, National Director of Human Resources for the Assurance and Advisory Practice, Area Director of Human Resources for Connecticut and Audit partner in the firm’s Stamford, CT office. Nancy has worked in several Ernst & Young LLP offices – including New Haven, Stamford, Boston and New York – serving clients in the technology, consumer products, and insurance industries. Nancy and her team focus on the recruiting, retention, learning and development of people across the Ernst & Young organization’s Americas region, which includes North and South America, Mexico and Israel. They are committed to reinforcing leadership around inclusiveness and related diversity issues, and in building and supporting career mobility. Nancy is a member of the Ernst & Young organization’s Americas Executive Board and its Global People Executive Committee.

 

Nancy is actively involved in the community. Nancy currently serves on the board of Fairfield University, is both a board member and Treasurer for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership as well as The Business Council for International Understanding, and is a committee member for the Greg Wolfe Fund. She served as Chairperson of the 2008 Fairfield University Awards Dinner for Multicultural Scholarships.

 

Terrie Campbell        VP of Strategic Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation

Terrie Campbell serves as vice president, strategic marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation. In this role, she has responsibility for the strategy, direction and execution for Ricoh’s Managed Document Services approach, as well as key vertical marketing strategies and programs, for both direct and dealer channels. Campbell is also the global lead for the development of tools and processes to ensure consistent execution of Ricoh managed document services around the globe.

 

Prior to this, Campbell served as vice president, managed document services for Ricoh USA. She was vice president, management services operations for 10 years at IKON, including a special focus on service delivery and customer satisfaction for IKON’s on-site managed services. During her career at IKON, Campbell was promoted through the organization beginning at the site level in operations, and progressively moving through area management, regional roles and national leadership opportunities.

 

Lorin Cassidy            GM, Portescap, Danaher

Lorin Cassidy is the General Manager for Portescap North America, an operating company within Danaher’s Industrial Technologies Group, where she oversees the Slotted Brushless DC Motor Business supplying precision medical solutions to surgical hand tool OEM’s. In this role, Cassidy is responsible for exceeding the growth and profit goals for her multi-site manufacturing operation, increasing the customer and market focus of the organization, and ensuring the success of the Operations, Marketing, Finance, and HR teams.

 

Prior to graduating HBS with her MBA in 2008, Cassidy led a Midwestern sales region for BMW North America. She spent her early career with Ford Motor Company contributing in various leadership development roles in Engineering, Product Marketing, Manufacturing, and Motorsports Technology. Cassidy earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia in 2000.

 

Brenda Dennis          Director of Strategy, Cisco

Brenda Dennis has been with Cisco for 15 years and is currently the senior director of Strategy and Planning for Cisco’s $32B Global Enterprise business. Dennis is responsible for the growth strategy, new business and investment programs, fiscal year planning and market and business intelligence. Prior to her current role, she was global sales director, leading a more than 100 person sales and engineering team with revenue responsibility in excess of $.5B. Prior to Cisco, Dennis spent 8 years at Sprint in Sales Leadership and also as a Sales Trainer/Coach.

 

With a passion around developing people, creating inclusive work environments and giving back to the community, Dennis is an Executive Sponsor for the Cisco Women’s Advisory Group, does many internal and external speaking engagements, is chairperson of the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters NJ, and is co-founder of the HSC Soccer Club. She earned an MBA from Marymount University, a BS in International Management from Oregon State University and studied at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

 

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Hospitality Managing a Different Kind of House:  Women in the Casino and Gaming Industry

 

Robin Ely, Moderator           Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, HBS

Robin Ely is Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community at Harvard Business School. She conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity. Her recent work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial diversity on retail bank performance, and presently, a study of how professional women experience holding positions of power. In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Professor Ely is heading a culture change initiative at Harvard Business School to ensure that all members of the HBS community are able to thrive and reach their potential for advancing the mission of the School. Professor Ely has taught MBA courses in leadership, diversity, teams, and statistics and doctoral courses in field research methods; she has also taught in HBS’s executive education programs, including leadership programs designed specifically for women. 

 

For the past several years, Professor Ely has maintained an active faculty affiliation at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management, in Boston.  Prior to joining the HBS faculty, she taught at Columbia University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Professor Ely received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a member of the Academy of Management, has served on numerous editorial boards of academic journals, and is a past associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.

 

Marybel Batjer           VP of Public Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Ceasar's

Marybel Batjer is vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility for Caesars Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest gaming-entertainment company. In this role, she develops and promotes corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy and initiatives for the company and counsels its senior executive team on issues pertaining to reputation-management, public policy and government relations.

 

Before joining Caesars in January 2005, Batjer held senior leadership posts in the executive branches of two state governments, as well as key advisory roles in two U.S. presidential administrations and at the Pentagon. From 2003 to 2005, she was Cabinet Secretary to the Governor of the State of California, where she served as chief policy advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed the activities of the governor’s 13 cabinet secretaries. Earlier, Batjer was Chief of Staff to Gov. Kenny Guinn of Nevada. She has also served as Undersecretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In the George H.W. Bush administration, Batjer was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, a position she attained after a successful tenure in the Reagan White House, where she served as the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council, and as Assistant to Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. Batjer received her bachelor’s degree from Mills College in California and studied international public policy at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins University. She also studied national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She currently resides in Las Vegas and Reno.

 

Virginia McDowell    CEO, Isle Corp Casinos

Among the top ten publicly-traded gaming corporations, Virginia McDowell is the only female president and chief executive officer. Virginia’s achievements include combining nearly thirty years of casino experience with strong business skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate at every level. Over the past ten years, Virginia has analyzed corporate strategy, researched customer trends and studied competitive markets resulting in a unique perspective among gaming operators. Since July 2007, Virginia has served as president and chief operating officer for Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Her proven leadership experience in both regional and destination markets are coupled with success in the areas of operations, information technology, business development, and marketing, including sales, corporate communications and branding. She spent sixteen years working in the Atlantic City market before joining Argosy Gaming Company in Alton, Ill. as a member of the turnaround management team. From 2005 through 2007, Virginia served as executive vice president and chief information officer for Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

 

Within the gaming industry, Virginia sits on the Board of Directors for the American Gaming Association, and serves as the co-chair of the newly launched Global Gaming Women initiative. A 1980 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Virginia is a former member of Temple's Presidents Advisory Board, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Isle of Capri Casinos, and the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University. She is also a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis; a board member at Churchill Center & School and an advisory board member of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

 

 

Debra Nutton SVP of Casino Operations at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, MGM

Entertainment

Debi Nutton serves as the Senior Vice President of Casino Operations at Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In her position, she is responsible for all table games, slots, poker and race & sports book operations. This includes staffing, training and career development for a team of more than 1,300 employees.

Nutton began her career in hospitality in 1975 in food and beverage and hotel operations before finding a passion for gaming in 1979 when she became one of the first female craps dealers in Las Vegas. Nutton joined MGM Grand Resorts International in 1989 as a Pit Manager at the Mirage, where she was part of the pre-opening team. After a series of promotions, she joined the MGM Grand in 2001 as the Vice President of Casino Operations. Nutton holds an Associate’s Degree in both Nursing and Medical Office Assisting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Bellevue University. In 2010, she graduated from Leadership Las Vegas, an intensive, 10-month program sponsored by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce that is devoted to strengthening and educating 48 community leaders. A volunteer for the Assistance League of Las Vegas, Nutton is active in community volunteer programs, including those that assist in cancer research and support education opportunities for at-risk children. She was recently selected to be the 2011 and 2012 corporate walk chair for Light the Night, a walk to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research.

 

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Marketing Go New or Go Home: A New Age of Innovative Marketing      

 

Thales S. Teixeira, Moderator         Assistant Professor of Business Administration - Marketing, HBS

Thales Teixeira is an assistant professor in the Marketing Unit. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in statistics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Before joining HBS, Professor Teixeira was an independent quantitative marketing consultant to technology and financial services companies, among them Microsoft, HP, and Prudential. He researches the Economics of Attention. His research domain comprises advertising and the Economics of Attention, particularly within TV and Internet videos. With developments in information technology and telecom, videos – both commercial and noncommercial – will become pervasive in many activities of daily life. Discovering how to communicate effectively through videos will therefore become increasingly important over time. 

Professor Teixeira is also a proponent of using eye-tracking and facial-tracking technologies to engineer the design of video communications moment-to-moment in order to attract and retain viewer attention. Among his most recent findings, published in Marketing Science, is the optimality of what he terms brand pulsing (brief and frequent insertions of the brand logo on-screen) in TV commercials as a means to minimize ad skipping.

 

Jason Harris  CEO & Founder, Mekanism

President and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism, Jason works closely with brands to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Under his leadership, Mekanism was twice named an Ad Age “Small Agency of the Year” and has been profiled by the New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s “Nightline.”  Harris is on the board of directors for Advertising Week and a member of the Brand 50. His methods have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School. When not working or spending time with his family, Jason loves to play music and pretend he will write the next great pop song.

Cassie Lancellotti-Young    Vice President, Marketing and Analytics, High Table

Cassie is VP of Marketing and Analytics for HighTable.com, a division of Gerson Lehrman Group. HighTable is a new platform for startup leaders to connect with one another and share their experience and expertise. Cassie was formerly VP of Marketing at Savored.com, a discount website for top restaurants which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. In that role, she managed acquisition, retention and business analytics and helped to grow annual transaction volume from $5 million to $35 million in one year.

 

Previously, Cassie worked as a digital strategy and marketing/revenue management analytics consultant for a variety of online companies, including AOL and SapientNitro (where her principal client was Hawaiian Airlines). Prior to that, Cassie was an early employee at TheLadders.com, where she held a variety of marketing roles within the company's consumer subscription business and was responsible for tremendous growth in readership and revenue. Cassie began her career as an analyst on the technology, media and telecommunications coverage team at Citigroup Global Corporate & Investment Bank. Cassie holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is also a Master Teacher with Skillshare.com and has taught lean marketing practices to over 500 startup leaders across the country.

 

Tara Levine    Managing Director, EMEA, Ocean Spray
Tara Levine is the Vice President, EMEA for Ocean Spray, overseeing the beverage and foods business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Levine directs all commercial aspects of this multi-brand portfolio, including business development, marketing, innovation, finance and operations. She also leads efforts to introduce cranberries and the Ocean Spray brand into new and emerging markets. Prior to her current international role, Ms. Levine was the Director of Marketing for Ocean Spray's North American business, overseeing double-digit growth driven by innovation and base business expansion. She formerly worked at Procter & Gamble, where she managed the Gillette global male shaving preparations business, the Right Guard business in North America, and launched the Oral-B / Disney Stages toothbrush line.

 

Previously, Ms. Levine was the Director of Research and Advisory Services at Catalyst, a non-profit research and consulting promoting the advancement of women in business. In that capacity, she partnered with Fortune 500 corporations and firms to develop strategies to capitalize on the talents of women in organizations and wrote the book, Creating Women’s Networks: A How-To Guide for Women & Companies. Ms. Levine graduated from Harvard Business School in 2001 and earned a B.A. from Brown University. She resides in London, with her husband Jim and two sons, Josh and Matt.

 

Devon Pike    CEO of U.S. Business, DeBeers

Devon Pike is the CEO of De Beers Diamond Jewellers US, which is a 50:50 joint venture between De Beers and LVMH that sells luxury diamond jewelry direct to consumer. Prior to De Beers, Ms. Pike has worked in key roles with iconic retail brands including SVP Digital and SVP/GMM North America at Juicy Couture and VP/GMM at Ralph Lauren. She is responsible for the launch and development of the Juicy Couture digital business, as well as the Rugby Ralph Lauren retail concept.

 

Earlier in her career, Ms Pike was a Director at the Federated Merchandising Group and a Buyer at May Department Stores. Ms Pike holds a BA in Literature from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She resides in Rowayton, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

 

Bethany Poole           Google Creative Lab, Google

Bethany Poole is a Group Marketing Manager with Google’s Creative Lab. She is responsible for creating and leading innovative marketing and branding projects for Google-- from traditional TV ad campaigns to scrappy but ingenious product hacks. Prior to the Creative Lab, Bethany spent several years ushering the book publishing industry into the technological age at Random House, Inc.l Bethany holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia.

 

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Retail Brand Transformations in Retail         

 

Elie Ofek, Moderator            T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of Business Administration, HBS

Elie Ofek is a Professor in the Marketing unit at the Harvard Business School. At HBS he currently heads the first year MBA required course in marketing. In the past he taught an MBA elective and an Executive-Education course on the relationship between Marketing and Innovation. Professor Ofek's research focuses on new product strategies in technology-driven business environments as well as in consumer-oriented companies. He explores interactions between R&D and marketing decisions, and is particularly interested in how firms integrate marketing input when formulating innovation strategy at the new product planning phase. He also examines the implications of information technology and digital media on product/content offerings.

 

He received his Ph.D. in Business from Stanford University, holds an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University and earned his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion. Prior to entering academics, he worked as a development engineer in the audio/video multimedia division at an IBM research center.

 

Brenda Andolina       Director of Public Relations and Brand Marketing, Fisher-Price

As Director of Public Relations and Brand Marketing, Brenda Andolina oversees corporate and brand communications for Fisher-Price, the leading maker of infant and preschool toys and Mattel Inc.’s largest brand. In her role, Andolina is responsible for managing external enterprise communication and building product plans and launch strategies—many of which have been replicated internationally. Her department also manages event marketing and strategic partnerships in the U.S., connecting Fisher-Price with other iconic brands, such as Royal Caribbean, Sherwin Williams, Loews Hotels and many of the nation’s premier zoos.

 

 

Prior to joining Fisher-Price, Andolina served as the Senior Director of Sales Operations for the eyewear division of Luxottica, the world’s largest manufacturer of eyewear, and before that was Director of Customer Marketing for Polaroid Corporation. A native of the Philadelphia area, Andolina received her B.A. in English and History from Rollins College and completed graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Communications. Married with a daughter and three step sons, Andolina counts running, traveling, home-improvement work, reading and doting on her handsome Australian Sheppard, Cowboy, among her favorite hobbies.

 

Shari Hatch    Senior Director-Global Marketing, Levi's

Shari heads up consumer marketing for the Levi’s® brand in the Americas, responsible for all aspects of marketing, strategic planning and campaign execution in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. In her time at Levi’s®, Shari has assumed various marketing, strategy and operational roles, including leading marketing for the Levi Strauss Signature brand and launching the Denizen™ jeanswear brand in Asia and the U.S.

 

Originally from Canada,  Shari spent time working in the U.K. and France for Habitat U.K., before moving to San Francisco to work for Bain & Company. She has an M.B.A. from Harvard and attended McGill University in Montreal. She currently lives with her husband Jason and four-year old daughter, Kate, in San Francisco.

 

Nancy Richardson    Vice-President, Digital & Brand Strategy, Lululemon

Nancy Richardson is the Vice-President, Digital & Brand Strategy at lululemon athletica, based out of their store support center in Vancouver, BC. She received her MBA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and began her marketing career at Starbucks Coffee International in Seattle, Washington. Nancy's passion is 'making digital human' in a world full of technology, and powering the experiences she creates by developing high performing teams through a people-first strategy, grounded in trust, integrity, and authentic relationships. She is an avid goal-setter and has recently set a goal of crushing a series of 30-day challenges. She embraces failure and places importance on rebounding from them. Nancy has been married for 11 years and has two children, ages 9 and 5. Originally from Hawaii, her favorite way to sweat is paddle boarding or any type of open water sport. Twitter handle: @asiandragonlady.

 

Christina Wallace      Founder, Quincy Apparel

Christina Wallace is an interdisciplinary professional with experience in strategy, business development, communications, consumer products, technology startups, and nonprofit management. She was the founding CEO of Quincy, a modern apparel brand for ambitious young women. Before Quincy she was a management consultant for BCG, an arts manager at the Metropolitan Opera, and a freelance theater director and classical musician in the Atlanta area. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and theater studies from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christina has been profiled in Marie Claire at Work and Cosmopolitan and was named by Mashable as one of "44 Female Founders to Know". She's also been interviewed on Fox News and Bravo TV as well as the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Crains New York, and more for her work as an entrepreneur. She's been a guest blogger on The Daily Muse, Women 2.0,
Forbes.com, and contributed an essay to "Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders" published in 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press.

 

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Social Media What’s Trending: Why Social Media Is Your Network Now  

 

Julie Battilana, Moderator   Associate Professor of Business Administration, Marvin Bower Fellow, HBS

Julie Battilana is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School. She currently teaches the second-year Power and Influence course and in previous years has taught the first-year Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program. She also teaches in executive educationofferings, including the Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning and the High Potentials Leadership Program.Professor Battilana's research examines the process by which organizations or individuals initiate and implement changes that diverge from the taken-for-granted practices in a field of activity. In times like these, when the question of how to reform deeply rooted systems such as healthcare and financial systems has taken on great urgency, understanding how actors can break with the status quo is crucial. Aiming to do so, Professor Battilana first studied the implementation of healthcare reforms in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Her work examines (1) the conditions that enable actors to initiate organizational change that diverges from the institutional status quo, and (2) the key factors of success in implementing such change.

 

A native of France, Professor Battilana earned a B.A. in sociology and economics, an M.A. in political sociology and an M.Sc. in organizational sociology and public policy from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. She also holds a degree from HEC Business School, and a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior from INSEAD and in management and economics from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.

 

Mallory Blair & Bianca Caampued Social Media consultants/entrepreneurs, Small Girls PR

Mallory & Bianca are co-founders of Small Girls PR, where they execute social media strategy, influencer partnerships, digital PR & press-worthy events. As an agency that enables their clients to be more personable with consumers, it's fitting that Small Girls PR is eponymously named. Since opening shop 2 years ago, they've had Pinkberry, Flavorpill and Google all join their client roster. The NY Post deemed Small Girls PR the "reigning prom queens of the NY tech scene" and Glamour agrees they're "two PR girls who clearly have a knack for building buzz."

 

Sara McKinley           Project Manager, Google +

Sara joined Google in 2007 after graduating from Harvard Business School. Currently a Product Manager on the Google+ team, Sara oversees the design and technical implementation of consumer profiles, business pages and local place pages. Previously, as a Product Manager on the Google+ Platform team, she led the Google+ API strategy and partnership efforts. Prior to Google+, she managed sales and product strategies for Google Asia and then Google globally.

 

Before HBS, Sara worked at the World Bank on health sector reform in South Asia. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Sara remains active at Harvard by serving as a member of the College Fund West Coast Council, overseeing the McKinley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Grant and as founding sponsor of the Harvard College Innovation Challenge (i3).

 

Laurie Ruettimann    Blogger/HR consultants, The Cynical Girl

Laurie Ruettimann is an influential speaker, writer and social media expert focused on HR, careers, and the human capital management industry. She created Punk Rock HR, which was recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 blogs for women. Laurie is listed as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.

 

Amanda Pouchot      Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer, Levo League

Amanda is Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Levo League, the first professional network designed to inspire and enable Gen Y women to build amazing careers. Pouchot graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology. Her interest in Organizational Psychology and understanding of academic business research on women women’s issues lead her to the pursuit of elevating women into the leadership pipeline. While at McKinsey, Amanda spearheaded a weekly Centered Leadership reader for the women of McKinsey, for which she was thanked in Joanna Barsh's How Remarkable Women Lead. At Levo League Pouchot drives community growth, user engagement and research as well as company relationships. She launched the Ask For More workshop to over 1000 Gen Y women and she also lead the creation of the #Ask4More campaign around Equal Pay Day 2012 which can be found at www.ask4more2day.com

 

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Work/Life Balance The Many Paths to Success Both at Work and in Life 

 

Janet Kraus, Moderator       MBA Class of 1954 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS

Janet Kraus is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. She will be teaching Building Businesses in the Context of a Life (BBCL) and Founders' Dilemmas' both in the Winter Term of the 2012/2013 academic year. She is also Co-chair of the Executive Education Program, A New Path designed for women in transition. She is also faculty member in Executive Education Program, CrossRoads. She also runs two Women's Entrepreneurial Forums in the I-Lab. A two time business founder, Janet has been involved in every stage of the entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.

 

In 1997, Janet co-founded Circles, a concierge and events company which grew to be a $60 million company, with nearly 1000 consultants. In November 2007, Janet left Circles to lead Spire, a company designed to create social resource sharing platforms specializing in travel and leisure. Janet sold Spire to Perfect Escapes in 2010. An entrepreneur's advocate, Janet sits on the board of directors of five start-up companies and the Board of TABL (The Alliance for Business Leadership). She currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and twin 5 year old daughters.

 

Debbie Hidalgo Culligan      COO, Multi-Pak Packaging

Debbie Culligan is the Chief Operating Officer of Multi-Pak Packaging, a full service contract packager for vitamins, nutritional supplements and OTC products. In her role, she is responsible for business development, client services and marketing innovations. She is also actively involved with the currently facility expansion planned for 2013. She runs the business with her husband, John Culligan, President and CEO.

 

Debbie graduated from Harvard Business School in 1983, after which she worked in Brand Management for

General Foods. Debbie is also very active in the community, tutoring and advising local high school students on college applications. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband.

 

Victoria Davis            Second Year Student, HBS

Victoria Davis is a second year MBA student at Harvard Business School. She is co-president of the Aerospace and Aviation Club and VP of Conference Panels for the Women's Student Association. Prior to HBS she worked at Orbital Sciences Corporation for 7 years as a lead engineer on a satellite development program. She spent her summer as a Logistics intern in Operations at Audi of America.

Victoria earned a B.S.in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. She is an active alumna member of Alpha Chi Omega and is a past-president of the National Alumnae Council for Columbus School for Girls, an all-girl K-12 preparatory school in Columbus, OH.

Nicole Gardner          Head of General Consulting Group, Oliver Wyman

Nicole Gardner leads Oliver Wyman’s General Consulting Group, which comprises the firm’s global consulting staff who have not yet affiliated to industry or functional practices. She focuses on creating exceptional career development opportunities and experiences for the firm’s junior consultant talent, as a lever for firm growth. Nicole began her career with Oliver Wyman as consultant, consulting primarily to communications and technology companies and utilities. Mid-career she shifted into firm management, focusing primarily on strategic topics in human resources. Nicole served as the firm’s Chief Human Capital Officer for three different CEOs; in this capacity she also served on Oliver Wyman Group’s Management Committee and Global Leadership Team. Nicole is the Executive Sponsor of Gays & Lesbians of Oliver Wyman (GLOW); she is proud that GLOW was a finalist at Out & Equal for an “Outie” as ERG of the Year in 2011, and that she was a finalist for an “Outie” as Executive Sponsor of the Year in 2012.Nicole holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council and the Academy of Women Leaders. Nicole and her husband are currently “peak bagging” the 48 mountains in New Hampshire that are higher than 4,000 feet. They have three adult children and two adult cats.

 

Madelyn Miller           Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Securities

With over 20 years of financial services industry experience, Madelyn is a Managing Director and Financial Advisor at J.P. Morgan Securities. Madelyn specializes in providing wealth management strategies to her clients, which include high net worth individuals and their families, private foundations and endowments, and privately held companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Madelyn was a Principal and Financial Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management where she worked since 2008. Previously, she held various positions in finance with the Caisse Des Dépôts et Consignations, Bellemead Development Corporation and Salomon Brothers. Prior tothat, Madelyn was a Certified Public Accountant in the tax and audit departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

Madelyn earned a B.S.E. in Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She resides in Manhattan with her husband of 33 years and two teenage daughters.