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REGISTER JUNE 9, 2021 Women Spanning the Globe

For 15 years, the Women Spanning the Globe Leadership Conference has been the premier destination for curious, talented, and ambitious female professionals. The World Trade Center Institute curates unique and inspiring conferences where female leaders and innovators inspire, connect, and learn.

June 9, 2021


Susan Aplin gets the day started off welcoming all attendees to the 15th Annual Women Spanning the Globe Leadership Conference.

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Susan Aplin
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Kelly Schulz
Lynn Manthy

CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin will share insights from her recent book, Huddle:  How Women Unlock Their Collective Power – an examination of this fascinating huddle phenomenon, periods of huddle ‘droughts” in America, ways that Black women have been huddling for centuries, the “secret sauce” that makes many things possible for women: success in the workplace, effective grassroots change, confidence in girlhood, and a better physical and mental health profile in adulthood.  

She will share her own personal journey of growing up in the South and climbing the ladder of a male-dominated industry. Like so many women in her field, she encountered many sharp elbows on her career path, but became an early believer in adding more seats to the table and huddling with other women for strength and solidarity. In the process of writing HUDDLE, Baldwin learns that this seemingly new phenomenon is actually something women have been doing for generations—a quiet, collective power she learns to unlock in her transformation from journalist to champion for women.  

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Monica Mitchell

The American Dream continues to resonate with immigrants from around the world. Millions of people hope to come to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families, often by creating and growing new ventures and companies. While not everyone succeeds, many do. Mei Xu is one of those successes. In Burn, entrepreneur and international businesswoman Mei Xu tells her story of ingenuity, determination, and luck. Spanning three decades, from 1991 when she arrived at Washington’s Dulles Airport, to today, Xu’s story is one of stunning success. She built a multi-million dollar company, met and counseled thousands of entrepreneurs and businesspeople, and even advised President of the United States Barack Obama on the topic of job creation.In this session, we will hear Mei’s inspiring story, from the successes to the failures, how she
navigated and lead, and the advisors who played a key a role.  This is a true Masterclass.

Mei Xu
Mei Xu

In this workshopIris will share ways in which business leaders and professionals can build strength and resilience when working under pressure. In the face of growing complexity and overwhelm, we all need to develop a new set of skills and capabilities to counter daily stress. And, with 30% of illness related to work stress, it is imperative that women understand this connection and develop methods for building and enhancing stress-resilience. 

Iris will teach you how to use a mind-body mindfulness method that leads to greater resilience, well-being, better immune response, and job satisfaction. In this workshop, we will THINK less and EXPERIENCE more.  

As one EVP of Salesforce said, “Mindfulness is a super-skill that brings out the best in people.” Also, Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, noted, “The main business case for mindfulness is that if you are fully present on the job, you become more effective as a leader, you make better decisions and you will work better with other people.” 

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Iris Newalu
Sheela Murthy, Murthy Law
Sheela Murthy

The workplace, an ever changing, ever evolving aspect of our daily lives. After COVID hit, every office in every city was forced to pivot, and pivot fast. As employees shifted to total or partial remote work, we saw changes happening everywhere as a result. Parents were working at home with children, extroverts were forced to adapt to an isolated environment, employee engagement and productivity was brought to the forefront. Now more than ever, our work has a profound impact on our mental health and well-being. Research shows that almost 50% of women believe that work contributed to their mental health and wellness – positively or negatively. In the ongoing battle for work-life- balance, flexible hours and location can promote employee engagement, satisfaction, overall productivity, and enhanced talent acquisition. As companies across the world analyze the effects of a mostly remote work environment, what does this mean for the current and future workplace? How are companies shifting in the aftermath of COVID and how are employers prioritizing employee engagement and company culture? 

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Sue Elias
Jody Costa
D. Jill Green is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Experience at the Johns Hopkins Carey
Jill Green

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to grow their roles and responsibilities more quickly than others?   Have you ever experienced frustration with communication you have had with your leader, where you just are not on the same page?   For those of you who lead teams, have you considered what characteristics in your team members make them most valuable to you and the business, and what you can do to encourage those?  

Join us for our session “Managing Up – The I’s Have It”.   In our time together, our experienced panelists will explore five key elements to unlock your power and influence in the workplace and beyond.   You will leave with new insight, strategies and thinking to supercharge your and your team’s performance! 

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Deena Ghazarian
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Jessica Finnefrock
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Liz Robinson

Financial wellness is built on a foundation of planning for your financial security, providing clarity and confidence to make the right decision today, tomorrow and years into the future.  Join us to gain insights on defining your tomorrow, your retirement price tag, and manageable steps to take now to maintain your current lifestyle needs as well as to reach tomorrow’s goals.

Lynn Manthy
Kate Belden Schoff
Tracey Gillespie

During lunch, join a group of 10 fellow attendees for an informal networking discussion about one of the following topics:


Working Moms

Women in Tech

Women in Supply Chain

Post COVID Bucket List

Streamers – Discuss streaming finds during COVID

Discuss Inspiration & Learnings from Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power

Discuss Increase Your Leadership Resiliency

Discuss Managing in a Politically Charged Era

Men Who Showed Up Early

Women in Marketing

In this session, Loren will give instruction and guide you through a modern, mantra-based meditation practice that will enable you to “tap into” and access your own personal power, leaving you feeling less stressed and more energized right away. No prior experience necessary! 

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Loren Piretra
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Susan Aplin
Eddie Resende
Eddie Resende
Leslie Mancuso President & CEO Jhpiego
Leslie Mancuso

In today’s business world, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are often treated as buzzwords. But the reality is, when you make DEI a priority, every facet of your organization benefits, including the bottom line.  There isn’t a one-size-fits-all DEI roadmap, which leaves many organizations struggling with where to start and how to achieve success through strategy.  In this session, you will hear from three leading executives who are advancing DEI within their organizations. 

Rohini Anand PhD
Rohini Anand PhD
Pradheepa Raman
Tchernavia Rocker
LaToya Superville
LaToya Superville
Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (
Jon Rambeau

We know that building a network of allies who can advocate and promote you within your career is important. And we know that your network can and should consist of both men and women. But have we ever stopped to think more deeply about what that means and how we go about achieving it?  What if we approached it from a more emotionally intelligent perspective rather than cerebral? This session will flip the lens that we’re traditionally used to looking through.  Building our female and male allies through information then application then transformation.   What motivates women and men to become allies? What can we do to expand one’s world by offering different perspectives? How can we use emotional intelligence to better understand each other? And lastly, how do we move these ideas into actions? 

Megan Christofield
Nancy Welsh
Josh Hotsenpiller
Susan Ganz
Marc Pritchard
Deb Kielty - CEO - World Trade Center Institute
Deb Kielty
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Liz Robinson
Mandy Harvey

Speaker Snapshot


During her time at CNN, Brooke was often sent into the field to cover the biggest breaking stories in the US and around the world. She has covered everything from natural disasters, mass shootings, and terror attacks. Brooke had the privilege of meeting Presidents and interviewing former first ladies, members of Congress, scientists, teachers, nurses, astronauts, actors, activists, rock stars and ordinary
Americans in extraordinary circumstances – from surviving mass shootings to hurricanes to COVID-19. She also anchored extensive coverage of the Obama and Trump administrations and has also reported on stories from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. (Ask her what it’s like to be catapulted off an aircraft carrier.) Since her show aired in the middle of the afternoon when news tends to break, she was often live on camera experiencing historic moments in real time along with the rest of the nation. In her last few years at CNN, Brooke created and hosted her own CNN Digital series American Woman where she shined a light on trailblazing women in politics and pop culture. Prior to joining CNN in 2008, Brooke worked at local TV stations in Washington DC, Charleston-Huntington, WV and Charlottesville, VA. She earned a double bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Brooke now makes her home in New York. She is dedicated to huddling, meditating, working out, traveling (in normal
times!), hiking, reading, and hanging with her family, which includes her husband James and their pug, Pugsley.

Brooke Baldwin

Tchernavia Rocker has been Chief Administrative Officer since June 2020. Prior to that she served as Chief People and Culture Officer from February 2019 to May 2020. Prior to joining our Company, she served more than 18 years in Human Resources leadership roles at Harley-Davidson, Inc., most recently as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from June 2016 through January 2019, as General Manager, Human Resources from January 2012 through May 2016, and in various other Human Resources leadership positions since joining the company in 2000. Prior to that, she served in various HR and operations roles at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire Inc.

Tchernavia Rocker

Kelly M. Schulz brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Commerce from her years of experience working in the government, in the private sector and as a small business owner. She had previously served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) since her confirmation in February 2015 and is also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
At DLLR, she was responsible for managing an agency with nearly 2,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $375 million. Under her leadership, Maryland’s apprenticeship program grew to its highest level since 2008, with more than 10,000 apprentices statewide. DLLR’s Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program received national recognition for both innovation and effectiveness and was named one of the Top 25 programs in the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award competition.
A former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County, she served on the Economic Matters Committee from 2011- 2015. In addition to local issues, then Delegate Schulz took special interest in legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions, business, occupations and professions, economic development, labor and employment, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation.
Prior to embarking on a career of public service, Secretary Schulz sold real estate, worked as a program manager for a defense contractor and was a part-owner of a cyber security firm. She has received several awards including the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award from Hood College in 2011, and is proud to participate as a member in many local community organizations including the Libertytown-Unionville Lions Club and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company. Kelly is also a past Board member of the Frederick County Habitat for Humanity.
Secretary Schulz obtained her Associates degree from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
A native of Warren, Michigan, Kelly currently lives in Frederick County, Maryland with her husband John Nowell and has two sons, Brandon and Bradley.

Kelly Schulz

Marc Pritchard is responsible for P&G’s brand building disciplines worldwide. He sets the Company’s multi-billion-dollar media, marketing and advertising strategies, and leads marketing innovations that guide communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands. Marc is a veteran of P&G for more than three decades, joining the company in 1982 as a cost analyst in the Paper Division, followed by a move into marketing in 1987 on the Sure antiperspirant/deodorant brand. He has 20+ years of progressive experience in the Beauty and Personal Care categories which earned his appointment to president of Global Cosmetics and Personal Care in 2003. Known for his pioneering approach to product, commercial and operational innovation, Marc served as president of Global Strategy for two years, driving expanded productivity for P&G. He was appointed P&G’s chief marketing officer in 2008. As P&G’s top brand builder, Marc believes in the power of brands to serve people with superior performing products, while being both a force for good and a force for growth through ethics and responsibility, community impact, diversity and inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability. He continually leads P&G’s brand building reinvention and is a leading voice in the media, marketing and creative industry.

Marc Pritchard

As VP of HR and Chief Transformation Officer for the Global Tools & Storage business unit at Stanley Black & Decker, Pradheepa leads the charge for delivering a best-in-class employee experience, building organizational resiliency through skills and leadership development and enabling growth and innovation.

Pradheepa approaches transformation through a people-centric lens, activating a multitude of focused initiatives to enable organizational performance and long-term health.

Prior to her current role, Pradheepa led innovative talent practices for more than 50,000 employees around the world. In her global talent role, she used neuroscience, AI, data analytics and a design thinking approach to reshape how Stanley Black & Decker attracts, develops and engages its talent.

Before joining the company in January 2018, Pradheepa was the Head of Talent, Diversity & Employee Experience for Samsung Electronics America. In this position, Pradheepa built the organizational infrastructure to support the talent needs of the Consumer Electronics and Mobile & Content businesses. Prior to Samsung, Pradheepa spent eight years with Avaya, where she was the Global Director of Talent & Diversity.

Pradheepa started her career as a software developer and transitioned into Strategic Human Resources Management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University in India and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. Pradheepa lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay area.

Pradheepa Raman

Loren knows first hand the importance of choosing to spend one’s time with purpose. As a global business leader, 12x full marathoner, and certified meditation teacher and practitioner Loren specializes in teaching other athletes and busy leaders how to balance their packed schedules without neglecting their core values or holistic health via a practical, modern approach to meditation. Loren leads interactive group retreats, corporate workshops, offers private 1×1 mentorship, brand partnerships and delivers keynote speeches. Loren holds three certifications to teach meditation including YACEP Meditation for Trauma and Nervous System Regulation, she is also certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University and is a Trauma Support Specialist student at Arizona Trauma Institute.

Loren Piretra

Monica Mitchell has over 20 years’ experience in banking and community development. In her role, Monica leads Corporate Philanthropy and Community Development work for the Maryland and Greater DC regions, responsible for affordable housing, workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial education efforts for low-to-moderate income communities, with a personal passion to address the intersectionality of these issues with public health outcomes.
Monica is the founding President of the Board of the all-girls Lillie May Carroll Jackson Middle School in Baltimore City. She also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, LISC DC, Baltimore Community Lending and Associated Black Charities. She was a founding member of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United Program to promote the professional development and community involvement of Maryland’s next generation of leaders.
Monica has received numerous awards including: Baltimore Business Journal 40 Under 40, Baltimore Chamber of Commerce Education Advocate of the Year, Associated Black Charities Icon Award for contributions in Corporate Leadership and Philanthropy, Girl Scouts Distinguished Women honors and was inducted into The Maryland Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence – the youngest inductee in the program’s 21 year history.

Monica Mitchell

Mandy Harvey is a singer, songwriter, author, and speaker who happens to be deaf. She is signed with SRG and managed by Kevin Jonas Sr. Mandy was Simon Cowell‘s “GoldenBuzzer” pickon America’s Got Talent. The video has collectively received over 500 million views. Mandy uses her talents and artistry to encourage others which can be seen by her many acts as part of nonprofit organizations such as No Barriers USA and work for “Music: Not Impossible” with Not Impossible Labs. Her heart is to help others achieve their dreams by encouraging them to “Try” and move forward as a community. Mandy Harvey was featured in NBC Nightly News, Great Big Story, Vacations of the Brave, Music: Not Impossible (Not Impossible Labs), the LA Times, Dr.Oz, Pickler & Ben, America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Access Hollywood, Steve Harvey, and more.”

Mandy Harvey

Susan Aplin joined the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore as Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Business Development in May 2018 after selling Bambeco, Inc., a sustainable home goods company she co-founded and served as CEO.

Susan’s international career has spanned 29 years, where she served in key executive roles within top global brands and companies.

At Bambeco, she shaped all facets of Bambeco’s multi-dimensional personality, including sustainability, brand principles, and standards driving product development, strategy and planning, innovation and sales, customer and e-commerce, and investor relations. Bambeco was a culmination of her international brand career and her passion for sustainability, a healthier planet, and a desire to support global communities.

Prior to Bambeco, Inc., Susan served as Senior Vice President at MODASolutions, a Canadian-based global alternative payments company which sold to Western Union; Vice President at I4Commerce, an alternative payments company which sold to eBay PayPal; Vice President of Direct-to-Consumer at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm brands; Director of Real Estate Strategy at Gap, Inc., including Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy; Vice President of Merchandising and Strategy at The Sports Authority, Inc.; Senior Manager of Supply Chain at Staples, Inc.; and Auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Susan continues to live her passion at WTCI, where she leads strategy, innovation and business development to drive global business growth and collaboration across the mid-Atlantic region.

She currently serves and has formerly served on several boards, including Capital Teas, Inc., Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Bambeco, and Summit Development and advisory board for MODASolutions.

Susan is a former Maryland International Leadership Award winner and has received many accolades throughout her career, including Top CEO awarded by SMARTCEO, Sustainable Luxury Brand Leader in Latin America and Internet Retail Top 100.

Susan resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her family and is active in the Annapolis community and regional environmental communities.

Susan Aplin

LaToya Superville has 18 years of experience as a product supply/supply chain professional. She is currently the Innovation Director for McCormick’s Americas Supply Chain. In this role, she is accountable for the supply chain’s strategic role in commercialization and innovation for the Consumer retail and branded food service businesses. LaToya has been with McCormick for almost 3 years.
Prior to McCormick, LaToya spent 15 years with Procter & Gamble across multiple businesses developing as a
well-rounded Product Supply professional with experiences in engineering, manufacturing, supply network
and project/initiative management. During that time, LaToya completed qualifications in supply network
design, initiative management, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).
LaToya has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.

LaToya Superville

Lynn S. Manthy is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader in Wells Fargo’s Maryland Office. Lynn manages a team of Relationship Managers who cover MD based companies with revenues of $75MM or more. Lynn has more than 20 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in January 2013, Lynn spent 8 years as a large corporate banker at M&T Bank, and 5 years as a Financial Consultant with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Lynn received her undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and her MBA from The Darden School of Business Administration at The University of Virginia.A Baltimore native, Lynn currently resides in Lutherville with her family and their rescue dog Cookie. Lynn enjoys reading fiction, traveling and walking. Lynn volunteers for several local organizations including Paul’s Place, their new start-up Groundwork Kitchen, and the Girl Scouts. Lynn is also is engaged with Executive Alliance, WTCI, The United Way, and the Baltimore chapter of CREW.

Lynn Manthy

Eddie’s first introduction to the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) was in 2004, when he joined the team as an intern. At the time, he felt a strong connection to the organization and was especially drawn to their mission, which, along with his pursuit of a better fit and more challenging professional role, led him to return in May of 2007 as their Manager of Sales and Business Development. Today, Eddie serves as WTCI’s Vice President of Operations and is responsible for annual budgets and financial forecasts, strategy, product development, and human resources. He also assists in managing WTCI’s Board of Directors, comprised of 40 regional business leaders.

Eddie’s diverse background and international knowledge have helped contribute to the success of many of WTCI’s programs and services. A native speaker of Portuguese and English, and fluent in Spanish, Eddie’s linguistic abilities lend themselves to the needs and demands of the international community, enabling him to offer something more to WTCI clients.

Prior to WTCI, Eddie worked with TESSCO Technologies Inc., a leading global supplier of wireless communications products. In addition to his experience in the corporate world, Eddie has played a central role in contributing to the development of the non-governmental organization Gems of the Earth, which promotes both social and economic development in the rural communities of Brazil by making modern technology accessible to all who seek it.

Eddie earned his bachelors from Towson University, MBA from Georgetown. Eddie has also studied culinary arts at L’Academie de Cusine in Washington DC.

Born in Brazil, Eddie has lived in Argentina and traveled to over 20 countries. He is also an All-American Soccer Player. Throughout his career, Eddie has sought out opportunities to make a greater impact in the community and the world. When he’s not at work, Eddie loves to spend time with his wife, family, and friends. He also loves to cook and makes a mean paella! Most of his favorite things happen outside: running, hiking, sailing, and visiting as many US National Parks as possible.

Eddie Resende

Jonathan (Jon) Rambeau is the vice president and general manager of the Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors (IWSS) line of business for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS). He has held this role since January 2021 and is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of missile defense, radar, shipbuilding, directed energy, and combat system integration programs that serve to increase customer capability and help achieve mission success. Mr. Rambeau is also responsible for the general management of eight domestic sites, as well as international locations in United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, comprising more than 9,500 employees.

Most recently, Mr. Rambeau served as vice president for Lockheed Martin’s C6ISR line of business within RMS. In that role, he was responsible for the execution and strategic growth of a multi-domain portfolio of capabilities covering command, control, communications, computers, cyber, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, with approximately 6,000 employees around the globe.

His prior leadership roles included vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Training and Logistics Solutions line of business within RMS; vice president of F-35 International Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and vice president for Technology Transition within Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Engineering and Technology organization.
Mr. Rambeau is a proven leader with 25 years of experience at Lockheed Martin. He has held critical roles in program management, engineering and operations. He served as director of credentialing programs and directed several key initiatives for the corporation including the corporate Nanotechnology Initiative, Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Strategic Airport Security Rollout program, and the TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.
Mr. Rambeau holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Technology Management from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Australia, the Lockheed Martin Employee Political Action Committee, and the World Trade Center Institute.

Mr. Rambeau is the author of the book Breaking Away from the Pack, a framework to accelerate professional success.

Jon Rambeau

Liz Robinson is Chief Operating Officer at VoiceComm. For over 15 years, she has served in executive level roles in Sales, Business Development, Product Management and Marketing in the distribution sector of the wireless industry. Having joined VoiceComm as part of an acquisition, her current focus is on business integration and creating a scalable platform to grow their manufacturing and distribution business. Prior to joining VoiceComm, Ms. Robinson held leadership positions at Tessco and AT&T Capital Corporation.
Liz has served on and lead non profit committees and boards, and currently serves on World Trade Center Institute Board of Directors. She is a longstanding speaker at trade and industry events, and also conducts training and mentorship programs. She was educated at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia and Washington and Lee University.

Liz Robinson

Suzy is Chairman and CEO of Lion Brothers, and is a passionate Entrepreneur, Board Director, Corporate Advisor and Public Sector leader. She brings an expertise in strategy, digital manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship. Over her twenty five + years at Lion, has transitioned Lion from one of America’s first embroidery companies into a leading material science and innovation company within the global apparel industry. Prior to joining Lion in 1988, Suzy’s early career was in Investment Banking. Suzy currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve of Baltimore, part of the Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She is also Vice Chair of Maryland’s Regional Manufacturing Institute, on the Board of Visitors of Towson University, is a Trustee of St. Timothy’s School and is a Director of Sustainable Health Enterprises, a social enterprise based in Rwanda. She is a member of Governor Hogan’s Regulatory Reform Commission and is recent past Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, responsible for the business strategy for the State of Maryland. Suzy is a member of YPO/WPO, Committee of 200 and Maryland’s Executive Alliance. She serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of Thames Technology/Barcoding Inc. and Credly, the leader in Digital Credentialing. She is a past Board member of Applica Inc. (NYSE: APN) and Hedwin Corporation. Suzy holds an MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida.

Susan Ganz

Iris Newalu is an accomplished leadership development professional and executive coach with over twenty years of experience. She is a sought-after thought leader by top-tier organizations to create effective leadership initiatives and sustainable learning programs, targeted to advance high-performing leaders to manage in today’s global workforce. She has presented programs in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, and Europe.

As a certified professional coach Iris acts as a thought partner, who collaborates with clients on their most critical issues, and helps to identify any professional or personal behaviors that might be holding them back from success. She seeks to empower her clients to accelerate their leadership capacity and team management effectiveness, increase emotional and social intelligence, and to lead with authenticity and heart. Her passion is in empowering leaders to develop the competencies and mindset needed to advance in their careers while finding balance in Life. Her areas of expertise are executive presence, strengths-based leadership, working under pressure, emotional intelligence, mindful leadership, communication and confidence building.

During her eighteen years as director at Smith College Executive Education, Iris designed and managed a portfolio of strategic leadership programs for high-achieving women. She is recognized for creating two highly acclaimed programs - From Specialist to Strategist for Women in Science, Technology, and Engineering and Directing Innovation for Senior Global Leaders.

Iris received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, completing a thesis on Work-Related Stress, from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst. Dedicated to being a life-long learner, she has taken numerous doctoral-level courses in organizational and leadership development, positive psychology, and neuroscience. She began her career as a psychotherapist before moving into the leadership development, coaching, and training field.

Iris resides with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts where she enjoys kayaking, organic gardening, nature photography, traveling, and reading books on leadership.

Iris Newalu

Deborah (Deb) Kielty joined the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore as President and Executive Director in 2001 following a 20-year international business career with Procter & Gamble. With business travel taking her to 50 countries, Deb’s global experience spans both operational and strategic leadership roles. She climbed the Brand Management ranks at P&G in the U.S. and internationally, including leadership roles as Brand Manager in P&G Mexico, Associate Ad Manager in P&G Italy, Managing Director in Health & Beauty Care Europe, GM Worldwide Strategic Planning and VP Global Alliances & Licensing for P&G Beauty Care based in Maryland.

Today, Deb leads WTCI — the largest international business network in the mid-Atlantic, focused on empowering globally-minded leaders with new ideas and valuable connections. In this capacity, Ms. Kielty works alongside a truly talented team and the WTCI Board of Directors, including C-suite and senior leaders from UnderArmour, McCormick, T Rowe Price, BD Diagnostics, Emergent BioSolutions, Tessco, Ciena, Constellation Energy, Hogan Lovell, Johns Hopkins (Jhpiego and Medicine Int’l), Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, and more.

Deb currently serves on several boards, including Johns Hopkins Jhpiego Advisory Board, P&G Alumni Foundation, the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, and Christ Church Foundation. Past board service includes roles as President of Families with Children from China in Maryland, Vice Chair of the P&G Alumni Network, Maryland Governor’s Sub-cabinet for Int’l Affairs, and the University of Maryland Smith School of Business CIBER.

Deb holds a Masters Degree in Int’l Management from the American Graduate School of Int’l Management (Thunderbird) where she was awarded the Barton Kyle Yount Award – given to the graduate who most exemplifies Yount’s ideals of scholarship, accomplishment, and character. She was the keynote student speaker at graduation and was later awarded Thunderbird’s Distinguished Graduate Award for Career Achievement. She holds a Strategy Facilitator Graduate Certificate from Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Deb resides in the historic district of Federal Hill in Maryland. She is the proud mother of two daughters born in China – with one currently attending Georgetown University and the other at Roland Park Country School. Deb enjoys international travel, sports of all kinds, film festivals, and international foods. She is passionate about leveraging diversity and gender balanced teams to drive business, innovation, economic empowerment and global good.

Deb Kielty

Dr. Jill Green is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Experience and adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She joined the Carey Business School in 2017 as Associate Dean for Student Development before taking over leadership of student recruitment and academic programs in June 2018.
Jill has more than 20 years of legal experience. Before joining Carey, she served as Assistant Dean for Career Development and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law where she led the career development team, oversaw the externship programs, and developed public interest and leadership initiatives. Prior to joining UB Law, Jill served as Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, Assistant Attorney General for the State Maine, Frank M. Coffin Fellow at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Staff Attorney at the Brooklyn Children’s Law Center, and Family Law Fellow at Penquis CAP.
Jill is a member of the BusinessCAS Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Baltimore Bar Foundation. She previously served on the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Board, as Section Chair for Council on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, Membership Co-Chair of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Chair of the Baltimore County Bar Association Professionalism Committee, and on the Civil Justice Board of Directors. Jill was honored by the Daily Record of Maryland with a 2016 Leadership in Law Award and named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2015.
A Maryland native, Jill earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a runner and proud mother of three amazing and spirited children.

Jill Green

With a resume of successful startups and exits, Josh offers a proven track record of managing top-performing teams. Under his leadership at Profits 4 Purpose, CrowdHub, Wisdom Capture, and JUNO, millions of users have connected to his community-based platforms. His clients have included, Unilever, UNICEF. HP, GoPro, Kaiser Permanente, among many others.

As a TEDx alum and U.S. Department of state speaker ambassador Josh travels globally equipping and inspiring people across all sectors to re-learn and resurrect the power of human connection and soft skills.

Josh lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Kim and two boys Kruise and Crosby.

Josh Hotsenpiller

Deena Ghazarian is an award-winning business executive with more than 25 years of experience driving top consumer technology and fashion brands. She has a proven record of successfully achieving hundreds-of-millions of dollars of sales growth while building corporate alliances and providing industry-leading sales management. As Founder and CEO of technology accessories company Austere, Deena has taken the next step in her career as an entrepreneur.

At Austere, Deena’s entire team shares her vision of bringing sleek design and unparalleled performance to market. Utilizing her years of manufacturing, sales and marketing expertise combined with her lifelong passion devoted to style, Deena is building Austere into a unique, singular brand within the consumer technology market. This aesthetic approach is a pillar of the brand and evident in every aspect of Austere, from impeccable product design to exquisite packaging, ensuring the pinnacle customer experience.

In addition to serving as CEO at Austere, Deena is also a managing partner at TargetPath LLC. Before founding Austere, she played an integral role in building a number of the world’s most recognizable technology brands, including Monster Products, Beats by Dre and AVAD. Prior to her consumer electronics career, she held management roles at Macy’s, where her experiences shaped her passion for fashion and design. Her diverse, cross-industry background helped develop her disciplined business acumen, which has shaped her vision for Austere.

Deena is a recognized expert and leader in the consumer technology industry. In 2016, Dealerscope named her one of the most “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology.” Deena is a member and serves on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and its sub-committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

In April 2020 Deena with her husband Artin, cofounded ChloeNickie, an online women’s shoe store that provides higher end designer brands at reasonable prices. A portion of the proceeds goes to children who are Autistic.

Deena graduated from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics. While at school, she worked as a Resident Advisor and competed on the CMS Swim team. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Deena Ghazarian

Jody Costa is the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Barcoding, Inc., where she drives
brand, design, and marketing strategy for the company across the US and Canada. During her tenure,
Barcoding has more than tripled in size and continues a strong growth path. Creative and professional, Costa
is also a writer whose poetry has won several industry and local awards.
In 2019, Jody Costa was recognized as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Leading Women, an award
granted to women 40 years of age or younger for the tremendous contributions they have made in their
careers. Costa was recognized for this accolade, in part, due to her active participation in several community
and charitable organizations.
Currently, Costa serves on the Board of Directors of the Kendall Burrows Foundation. In her role, she helps to
support the Harriett Lane Compassionate Care program at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center as well as
advocating for the American Red Cross and research into Evan’s Syndrome. She has also volunteered on the
boards of Fuel Fund Maryland, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and AgGateway Corporation.
Prior to Barcoding, Costa served as executive editor for Marketplace Books where she managed the print
and digital publishing program. Costa began her career as a proposal writer for SC&H where she wrote
and produced all technical proposals.

Jody Costa

Jessica Finnefrock is an experienced global operations and product development executive with extensive experience in strategic decision-making and M&A. Until recently, Jessica was the EVP of Global Operations at The Knot Worldwide responsible for multiple internal teams and the party marketplace, The Bash, and baby business, The Bump. Prior to joining The Knot Worldwide, Jessica was Senior Vice President of Product Development at Liaison International, a high growth graduate admissions software and services company. Jessica spent 11 years at Blackboard as the senior executive in charge of product development and product strategy for Blackboard’s flagship teaching and learning product. She has extensive experience managing large teams across multiple, global office locations and had the good fortune recently to live and work in Barcelona, Spain with her husband and two boys.
Jessica holds a B.A. in history from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. in history from George Mason University.

Jessica Finnefrock

Dr. Leslie Mancuso is the President and CEO of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. A nurse and American Academy of Nursing Fellow, Dr. Mancuso is a recognized international business leader with a track record of success in bringing accountability and navigating changes in the international nonprofit world. She has more than 30 years of experience in developing public/private partnerships with organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US government, GE Foundation, Merck, Laerdal Medical, and ExxonMobil.
Dr. Mancuso oversees Jhpiego’s longstanding and extensive relationships with international agencies, foreign governments and ministries of health, nursing, midwifery and medical schools, professional associations and local non-governmental organizations. Since her arrival at Jhpiego in 2002, the organization’s budget has grown tremendously—from $5 million to as high as $400 million—and the number of awards has expanded from 4 to 130 currently active awards. Jhpiego is now operating in 40 countries, with a staff that includes close to 1,000 nurses and midwives. During Dr. Mancuso’s 18 years at the helm, the organization has led four consecutive US government global flagship programs committed to improving maternal and newborn health in dramatic and measurable ways. Dr. Mancuso serves on numerous boards, including the Life Science Innovation Forum of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization, and the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center Institute. For the US-ASEAN Business Council, Inc., she is both secretary of the board and a member of the board’s executive committee.
She is a passionate advocate for the nursing profession, lending her expertise to the Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing as well as Sigma Theta Tau International’s visionary Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON). GAPFON included some of the world’s most prominent nurse leaders and is tasked with identifying global healthcare issues, specifically noting those related to a voice and vision for nursing, and developing corresponding solutions that would effectively address them. During her tenure leading Jhpiego, the organization was instrumental in helping the World Health Organization produce the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report.
Dr. Mancuso has also been the recipient of many prestigious business and professional awards—including the Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Smart CEO BRAVA Business Women Achievement Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute, and the Baltimore Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award—and was inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Under her leadership, Jhpiego has received numerous high-profile awards including the 2014 United Nations Population Award as well as the 2014 CLASSY Award for Health, the Sigma Theta Tau International Archon Award, and a 2017 Webby Award.
Dr. Mancuso received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, a doctoral degree in Education/Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Department of Community-Public Health and is an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and James Cook University in Cairns, Australia.

Leslie Mancuso

With 25 years of experience in financial services, I am
dedicated to helping individuals meet their financial needs
by developing investment plans around their long-term
goals and risk tolerance. My extensive experience –
throughout major shifts in the markets – enables me to help
my clients structure balanced portfolios to address their
specific financial goals. Whether you are planning your
retirement, saving for your children’s or grandchildren’s
education, or looking to preserve your wealth, I can help.
Before entering the financial services industry, I graduated
from Skidmore College with a Bachelor’s degree in History
and Business. I have worked as a Financial Advisor to both
individual and institutional investors since 1989. Now a
Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, I take pride in
working for a firm that puts you first.
My mission is to provide every client with targeted,
comprehensive financial advice and portfolio management –
delivered with the highest level of personal service and
professional integrity. This commitment to service also
carries over to my involvement with our local Annapolis
community. I served on the Board of the Annapolis
Lighthouse Shelter, a homeless prevention support center
for 9 years and continue to be activity involved. Away from
the office, I enjoy golfing and spending time with my two
sons, Peter and Henry.

Kate Belden Schoff

The American Dream continues to resonate with immigrants from around the world. Millions of people hope to come to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families, often by creating and growing new ventures and companies. While not everyone succeeds, many do. Mei Xu is one of those successes. In Burn, entrepreneur and international businesswoman Mei Xu tells her story of ingenuity, determination, and luck. Spanning three decades, from 1991 when she arrived at Washington’s Dulles Airport, to today, Xu’s story is one of stunning success. She built a multi-million dollar company, met and counseled thousands of entrepreneurs and businesspeople, and even advised President of the United States Barack Obama on the topic of job creation.

Mei Xu

Tracey joined Wells Fargo’s Private Bank in 2015 and is currently a Business Transition Strategist with Business Owner Planning. Tracey advises business owners on finding the right plan so they may successfully transition their company when the time comes. Integrating business value and dynamics, personal objectives, wealth and tax considerations, Tracey and her team help owners maximize their outcomes and minimize risk. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Tracey founded her own firm advising private businesses on growth, value creation and strategies for transitioning ownership. Relying on her over 25 years in finance (including First Union and Wachovia), and consulting, Tracey has advised clients on shareholder buy-outs, recapitalizations, acquisitions and the range of sale options. Tracey is a frequent speaker at business owner events, a former syndicated blogger and longtime advocate for owners who seek to maximize their exit outcomes. Tracey makes her home in Charlotte, NC.

Tracey Gillespie

Nancy Welsh is director of Marketing for the Information Management Services business at Collins Aerospace. In this role, she is responsible for leading a global team that is focused on developing and executing product and solution strategies across a wide range of markets, including business and commercial aviation, rail and airports.
Welsh began her career with Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) as a media relations manager and immediately set out to understand not only what makes the company special, but who she needed to know, both inside and outside of the company. Her ability to grasp technical details, turn complex topics into compelling stories and connect with people helped her move from individual contributor roles into leading teams. Today she guides the business’ marketing strategy and helps her team make the connections they need to be successful.
Welsh has a Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Behavior and Management from Iowa State University.

Nancy Welsh

Rachel Kutz, VP – Consumer Supply Chain & Global Logistics, is responsible for leading an organization of over 1100 diverse employees dedicated to innovative solutions that provide AT&T’s customers with connected products and services. In this role she assumes ownership for all AT&T’s logistics, supplier quality control, planning, and replenishment of AT&T’s consumer and business products and equipment such as mobile devices, tablets, video, and broadband gateways. Rachel also maintains ownership of two critical enterprise-wide programs: supplier diversity and sustainability, responsibilities from her previous role as VP – Strategic Initiatives.

As VP – Strategic Initiatives, Rachel set the overall supply chain strategy for purchasing operations and supply chain systems and tools to improve the efficiency of AT&T processes using data analytics and automation. She has prior experience in logistics support for consumer products from her prior role as AVP of Product Logistics and Quality where she led teams managing forward/reverse logistics and product quality. Rachel has also lead teams responsible for managing supplier and product selection, pricing, inventory and supply planning, procurement, and quality control for AT&T consumer products.

Rachel is an engaging, insightful and decisive leader who uses good communication skills to adapt to any situation. She joined AT&T as a wireless network radio frequency (RF) performance engineer and rapidly rose to Executive Director, Wireless Network of AT&T’s HQ market. In her progressive roles in AT&T’s wireless network organization, she successfully dealt with state and local governments resolving cell site zoning and RF spectrum issues. Rachel designed smarter cell site building plans that expanded networks and enabled local sales teams to more effectively market products and reduce customer churn.
Rachel has lived and worked in many markets and cities (Detroit, Chicago, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada and Georgia), and has invaluable local and regional perspective, as well as adaptive problem-solving experience.

Although she lives in Texas, Rachel calls Colorado home. She graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder with a degree in Astrophysics (obviously to create better ski jumps through math and science) but cooking and tennis are the only things she loves as much as work.

Rachel Kutz

Megan Christofield is a Project Director & Advisor at Jhpiego, a global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Megan leads and supports teams to introduce and scale access to contraceptives by applying evidence-based best practices, strategic advocacy, and design thinking. She is a creative thinker and recognized thought leader, published in the journal of Global Health Science & Practice, Conflict & Health, STAT, and interviewed in WIRED; she was also winner of the 2019 Future of Family Planning Thought Leadership award. Prior to her work at Jhpiego, Megan worked at the Center for American Indian Health and was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Peace Studies from the College of St. Benedict and her Master’s of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2019-2020, she was a Bowe Fellow in the World Trade Center Institute’s EDGE program.

Megan Christofield

Dr. Rohini Anand is Founder and CEO of Rohini Anand LLC providing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors. Widely considered a leading expert on organizational transformation, corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion, Rohini Anand is a sought after thought leader and a published author. Her upcoming book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, is available for pre-order on Amazon here and Bookshop.org and on book depository here for international orders. Most recently Rohini was SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo. She reported to the Global CEO and was a member of Sodexo’s North America Executive Committee. Rohini successfully positioned Sodexo as a global thought leader in DEI and CR. Sodexo’s remarkable global culture change, led by diversity and inclusion, is featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled Shifting the Diversity Climate: the Sodexo Solution. Rohini has been featured in several articles including in CNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Rohini has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg and CNN Money as well on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of many accolades including the Mosaic Woman Leadership Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award, the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Individual Leader Award, Webster University’s Women of Influence Award, the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award (WWAAC), Ascend’s inaugural Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, and the Diversity Leadership Star Award by Diversity Woman. Dr. Anand received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She serves on the boards of several organizations including Women Lift Health a Gates Foundation initiative, Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity initiative, Tent Partnership for Refugee sand Galt Foundation. She also serves on the Charter Communications External Diversity and Inclusion Council and chaired the Catalyst Board of Advisors. Rohini is a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board and is a member of their Diversity and Inclusion Institute.

Rohini Anand PhD

Sue Elias currently serves as the Executive Director of Moveable Feast, a nonprofit that improves the health of Marylanders experiencing food insecurity and chronic illness by preparing and delivering medically tailored meals and providing nutrition education. She has 30 years of experience working in human services, community development and community organizing. Prior to her role at Moveable Feast, Sue was the Executive Vice President at the Parks & People Foundation where she oversaw programs creating park equity in Baltimore by constructing parks and offering youth recreation programs in neighborhoods lacking active green space. Sue was the Director of Volunteer Resources at St. Vincent de Paul for 12 years where she engaged thousands of volunteers serving in homeless shelters, youth programs and job training programs. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Affairs from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is originally from Buffalo, NY and lives in Baltimore with her husband and three children.

Sue Elias

ounder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, Sheela Murthy completed her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, and has been admitted to practice as an attorney in New York, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Located in Baltimore County, Maryland, her firm of approximately 100 professionals concentrates in the area of U.S. immigration law. Murthy practiced with major law firms in New York and Baltimore before launching her own firm in 1994, then known as the Law Office of Sheela Murthy.
Murthy often travels to meet with senior officials of U.S. consulates abroad, as well as the different USCIS service centers in the U.S., to discuss policies and procedures. This enables the Murthy Law Firm to better serve and advocate for its clients. She is fluent in French and Hindi.
She presents papers and speaks on complex immigration law issues before the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and other national and international organizations, including the International Bar Association in London and the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees (2002-2009) and, for a number of years, co-chaired the American Immigration Council (AIC)’s Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards, which selects, recognizes, and honors outstanding immigrants who have made notable contributions to American life. The Murthy Law Firm continues to be a generous sponsor of that annual event.
A regularly featured writer, sharing information with her colleagues on consular matters and other immigration law topics, Murthy is often called upon by television network affiliates and newspapers to discuss immigration law, she is also featured in many international publications for her worldwide practice, for her leadership in the business community, and for her philanthropic work. She and her firm have been awarded the AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating for lawyers and represents a measure of esteem for which attorneys strive. It recognizes Murthy for her outstanding legal abilities, acknowledged by her peers, and signifies the highest professional ethics and conduct. A video introduction of Sheela Murthy is available on YouTube. Murthy also has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and a blog and video by The Story Exchange.

Sheela Murthy








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