2020 Women Spanning the Globe - Women Spanning the Globe





For 14 years, the Women Spanning the Globe Leadership conference has been the premier destination for curious, talented, and ambitious female professionals from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The World Trade Center Institute curates unique and inspiring conferences where female leaders and innovators share ideas, stories, and lessons with the goal of connecting and educating rising female leaders.

September 29, 9am-5pm
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8:30 AM
How to Maximize Your DayMaggie Pringle, Programs & Events Manager, WTCI
9:00 AM
Courageous Women and Our Unfinished WorkSusan Aplin, CEO, World Trade Center Institute
Together – We Will Make ProgressSusan Owens, SVP, Wells Fargo
The Year of the WomanKelly Schulz, Maryland Secretary of Commerce
9:30 AM
Keynote: Turning Curiosity into CourageDominique Dawes, Olympic Champion (Interviewed by Monica Mitchell, Vice President of Community Development, Wells Fargo)
10:30 AM
Choose your session:
1. Leading During a Crisis: Finding Your Breakout Moment Linda Singh, former CEO, Tedco and retired Major General, Maryland National Guard
Sheela Murthy, President & CEO, Murthy Law Firm
2. Harnessing the Three C’s: Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage to Find Opportunities in Challenging Times – Panel + Q&AMeagan Rogers, Director of Development, Under ArmourErika Nolan, International CEO, The Agora CompaniesWendy Taylor, Vice President, Technical Leadership and Innovation, Jhpiego
Dr. Astrid Schmidt-King, Executive in Residence, Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland Jill Green, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Experience, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
3. Five Ways to Keep Moving Forward & Lead (from home) | Workshop + BreakoutJen Dalton, President, Brandmirror
11:30 AM

Choose your session:
1. Business After COVID – Speed by Design: Reimagining the Post-Pandemic WorkforceLois Schonberger, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.
2. Thriving or Surviving: Stories from the Couch – Panel + Q&ASarah Goldhirsch, Director of Category Management and Experiential Retailing, Total Wine Spirits, Beer & MoreElizabeth Mygatt, Assosciate Partner, Mckinsey & co.Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee ServiceKimberly Davis, Chief Accounting Officer, Versant

3. Marketing in the New Normal – Workshop + BreakoutGina Ramsey, CEO, Pink Dog Digital

12:15 PM
Team or Small Group Lunch
12:50 PM
Welcome Back Afternoon Kickoff
Susan Aplin and Eddie Resende, Co-CEOs, WTCI
1 PM
Choose your session:
1. Think like a CEODiane Hoskins, CO-CEO, Gensler(Interviewed by Liz Robinson, SVP Retail Sales and Product Marketing, TESSCO)
2. Leading with Purpose: National and Global Community Service – Panel + Q&ABarbara Stewart, CEO, Corporation for National and Community ServiceJody Olsen, Director, Peace CorpsLeslie Mancuso, President & CEO, JhpiegoJennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Kitty Block, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
2 PM
Choose your session:
1. Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Kelley Cornish, SVP, Strategy and Integration Leader Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion, Wells Fargo(Interviewed by Lynn Manthy, Vice President, Wells Fargo)
2. Companies & Brands Driving Change: Embracing D&I To Make a Bigger Impact – Panel + Q&A
Tracey Griffin, CFO & COO, FramebridgeLaToya Superville, Supply Chain Project management Officer, McCormickManjushree Badlani, Chief HR and Administrative Officer, Jhpiego
3. Mentorship in ActionMaricka Oglesby, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute Women’s Leadership Institute of Baltimore Dr. Marylou Yam, President, Notre Dame University of Maryland
2:55 PM
Finding Your Passion Through Curiosity: How Raw Chocolate Changed My Life | Master Class + TastingJinji Fraser, Owner, Pure Chocolate by Jinji
3:30 PM
Leading Through Courage | Speaker Q&AMarc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter and Gamble
Deb Kielty, Executive Chair, WTCI
4:20 PM
Closing RemarksSusan Aplin, Co-CEO, World Trade Center Institute 
Liz Robinson, SVP Retail Sales and Product Marketing, TESSCO
4:30 PM
Happy Hour + Special ConcertNelson Emokpa, Owner, Nelly’s Echo

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Dominique Dawes is an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time Olympian, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and motivational speaker. She is the only American gymnast to medal at three different Olympic Games in the team competition and the first African-American gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal. Dominique paved the way for other young African-American gymnasts to strive for Olympic glory, including the last two reigning Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist Simone Biles (2016) and Gabrielle Douglas (2012). At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Dominique became the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal, capturing bronze with her floor exercise performance, helping solidify her place in the USOC Hall of Fame. Today, Dominique is a highly requested keynote speaker who delivers powerful and inspiring messages on leadership, personal drive, building your foundation for success and living a healthy lifestyle.

Dominique Dawes

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

Framebridge is an omni-channel retailer disrupting the traditional custom framing industry. Prior to Framebridge, Tracey served as CFO at fashion and lifestyle brand Kendra Scott and CFO and COO at Pandora jewelry. Tracey was previously a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she focused on retail and consumer goods clients. Tracey currently serves on the Boards of ADT and Partnership for a Healthier America, and has previously served on the Board of United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Tracey Griffin

Jennifer Morris is The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Executive Officer.

For the past 25 years, Morris has dedicated her life to protecting the environment for people and nature. She brings decades of global leadership, proven management skills, and a passion for conservation to the organization and its ambitious mission—conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Almost 30 years ago, Jennifer was teaching in Namibia, with an eye on a career in public health. Years of working and living in a small community showed her that the health of each individual and each family was inextricably linked to the health of the environment. This realization propelled her to serve by working in economic development, and she went on to receive a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with a focus on business development and micro-finance. After a short stint at Women’s World Banking, she joined Conservation International.

Jennifer was previously president at Conservation International, where she oversaw all programs across 29 countries and more than 600 million hectares of protected land. She developed some of CI’s most enduring programs, partnerships, and innovative strategies using business development as a tool to protect nature for the well-being of humanity. She led more than 1,000 staff comprising scientists, policy experts and passionate conservation professionals to implement cutting-edge initiatives and work with more than 2,000 diverse partners, from indigenous communities to multinational corporations.

Prior to her role as president, she was the chief operating officer and oversaw significant growth in budget and staff. At CI she also worked on the conservation enterprise team, oversaw the Global Conservation Fund, and managed the Verde Ventures program, whose business partners today employ nearly 60,000 local people in 14 countries with half a million hectares of important lands protected or restored. Jennifer has also led Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership and Business, which partners with corporations to amplify conservation efforts and increase sustainability throughout supply chains.

Jennifer is a passionate storyteller, avid outdoors enthusiast, and mentor to the future generations of conservation leaders. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

Jennifer Morris

Kitty Block is one of the most powerful women in animal protection. She was named president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States in February 2019 – the first woman in that position in the organization’s 64-year history. She is also the CEO of Humane Society International, the global affiliate of the HSUS. Kitty joined the HSUS in 1992 as a legal investigator, became vice president of HSI in 2007 and became president of HSI in 2017.
An attorney, Kitty has testified on animal protection issues before the U.S. Congress, worked with international governments and agencies to draft and enforce conservation and animal protection laws, and built coalitions with nongovernmental organizations around the world. She has served as an advisor to the White House on Trade and the Environment, and held multiple elected terms on the International Dolphin Conservation Agreement International Review Panel. She has worked on major policy reforms including European Union and U.S. bans on imports of dog and cat fur, and bans on slaughtering horses for human consumption. She has traveled to over 75 countries to fight for the protections of animals including work for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and to close down dog meat farms in South Korea.
Kitty received her BA from the University of New Hampshire and her JD from George Washington University National Law Center.

Kitty Block

Kimberly Davis, MBA, CPA, is the Chief Accounting Officer for Versant Health,one of the nation’s leading managed vision care companies. She is responsible for overseeing a team of more than 30 accounting professionals working to ensure GAAP and statutory compliance, safeguarding the company’s assets and driving financial initiatives and strategies. Prior to joining Versant Health in 2018, Kimberly was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for JENSEN HUGHES. She received herbachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland University College and MBA from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. In addition to her duties as Chief Accounting Officer, Kimberly is passionate about providing mentorship to women who are aspiring leaders. She is active with severalprofessional and charitable organizations. As Treasurer and board member of the Executive Alliance, a prominent organization for connecting accomplished women on professional and personal levels to expand their impact and influence, she advocates for the advancement of women on corporate boards and other leadershiproles. Kimberly is also on the board of directors of the Baltimore Chapter of Finance Executives, Inc. where she helps provide a forum for peer networking among CFOs and other senior financial executives.Additionally, Kimberly serves on the BaltimoreChapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women executive leadership team and has been named the Chair for the 2020-2021 campaign. Recently, Kimberly joined the JHU Carey School of Business Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board.Kimberly has been recognized for her successful leadership, most recently as a “Successful Before 40 VIP” by The Daily Record and is frequently invited to speak about women empowerment, diversity and the power of mentoring.

Kimberly Davis

Barbara Stewart was unanimously confirmed in February 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for national service and volunteering.
CNCS is home to AmeriCorps, which engages people of all ages in up to a year of service, and Senior Corps, which connects adults 55 years and older with volunteer opportunities.
Barbara is passionate about the agency’s service mission and the ways it strengthens communities, develops individuals, and fosters civic engagement. During her time at CNCS, Barbara has focused on transforming the agency by modernizing its business operations and raising awareness for service opportunities in order to position the organization for future growth.
Prior to joining CNCS, she held leadership roles in the private sector, including more than a decade as a senior vice president in government relations and external affairs at JPMorgan Chase, and in state government. In addition, Barbara has spent many years helping nonprofits better fulfill their missions. She has chaired multiple not-for-profit civic organizations and helped found a charter school in Chicago.
Following her retirement from JPMorgan Chase in 2010, Barbara co-founded the Bowe-Stewart Foundation with her husband, Peter Bowe, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap for urban residents of Baltimore, Md., and Chicago, Ill.
Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. When not at work in Washington, she and Peter split their time between their hometowns of Chicago and Baltimore.

Barbara Stewart

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

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

Jinji began her chocolate journey through the lens of assisting people with their health pursuits. After establishing Pure Chocolate by Jinji as a dairy & gluten free business, the focus shifted to sourcing and social awareness. Through extensive travels & research, Jinji has dedicated herself to the work of aligning with direct trade and minority community funding objectives within the chocolate industry.

Pure chocolate by Jinji was founded in 2012 by Jinji Fraser, and her father, Guy. Since the beginning, the priority has been maintaining a high level of sensitivity to the farmers who grow & harvest the cacao, and to the earth that yields the fruits. Along with local, seasonally selected ingredients, the chocolates also pay tribute to the ancient art of storytelling, creating rich flavor profiles that are both complex and memorable. In order to preserve the integrity of the chocolates, they are each handcrafted, and free from dairy, gluten and all refined sugars.

Jinji Fraser

Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, PhD, MSW, was sworn into office as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps in March 2018.
Dr. Olsen began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Tunisia from 1966-1968. She has since served the agency in multiple leadership positions—as Acting Director in 2009; Deputy Director from 2002-2009; Chief of Staff from 1989-1992; Regional Director, North Africa, Near East, Asia, Pacific from 1981-1984; and Country Director in Togo from 1979-1981.
Prior to returning to the Peace Corps in 2018, Dr. Olsen served as Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and Director of the University’s Center for Global Education Initiatives. In this capacity she developed and directed inter-professional global health projects for students in dentistry,
law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. She also oversaw health research projects in Malawi while teaching courses on international social work, global social policy, and global women and children’s health.
Throughout her career, Dr. Olsen has championed the expansion of service, learning and international opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds.

Jody Olsen

Elizabeth S. Robinson
Liz Robinson is Senior Vice President of Retail Sales and Product Marketing leading at TESSCO. For more than 12 years, Liz has served in several executive management roles at TESSCO. She currently leads the vendor partnerships, go-to-market strategies and services for the Retail market. Previously, she held several leadership positions in Sales, Business Development and Product Management. Prior to joining Tessco, Ms. Robinson served in leadership positions at AT&T Capital Corporation, both in sales management and affinity program development.
Liz currently serves on World Trade Center Institute Board of Directors and St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees. She received her BA from Washington and Lee University.

Liz Robinson

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

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

Susan is the Commercial Banking Market Executive for Maryland, based in Baltimore. Her teams provide advice and a wide range of financial services and advice – including lending, capital markets, treasury management, and deposit products — for businesses with annual sales between $5 million and $2 billion. Susan has more than 30 years of experience with Wells Fargo and predecessor banks. She has held senior positions in credit underwriting, in risk and portfolio management, and as a relationship manager. Before relocating to Maryland in 2016, she was responsible for business development initiatives within the Central and Eastern regions of Virginia. She is currently the President of the Paul’s Place Board, is the Vice-Chair of United Way of Greater Maryland’s Women United Executive Council and is a Board member with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. Previously, she has served as Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman for the Association for Corporate Growth in Richmond, the Secretary for the Annual Giving Board at The College of William and Mary and President of both the Carolinas-Virginias Chapter & Richmond Chapters of the Risk Management Association. Susan and her husband have three grown children and enjoy golf and traveling

Susan Owens

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

Maricka Oglesby is the Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute of Baltimore at Notre Dame of Maryland University and Producer of the Women of the World Festival Baltimore. She focuses on issues pertinent to gender equity for women and girls.
She has curated and executed engaging, entertaining events focused on women in collaboration with global and local partners including the WOW Foundation in London. As a convener of women in the Baltimore region and beyond, Maricka works to expand authentic conversations, actions, and connections.
She is committed to women’s issues, operational excellence, and inspirational leadership.

Maricka Oglesby

Liz Mygatt is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Boston office and a leader in the Organization practice with a focus on operating model transformation and organizationalredesign. She has a wide base of experience across sectors on topics including organizational and performance transformations, governance and decision rights, leadership and cultural transformations. She is leading the firm’s work around Organizing for the Future, helping organizations reimagine themselves in ways that allow them to quickly adapt, foster emergence more than control, and manage value centrally while empowering the edges. One thread of this is Organizing for Speed, examining around organizations are responding in a COVID world and how they can turn the behaviors of this moment into a muscle. Prior to joining McKinsey, Liz was a consultant with an environmental strategy firm, focusing on corporate strategy, energy and carbon management. She holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Williams College. In a former lifetime she was an elite rower, but has transitioned to competing in an occasional marathon or triathlon

Elizabeth Mygatt

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

Krish is the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. She previously served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Krish has committed her career to public service because she knows how differently life could have turned out. Krish was 9-months old when she and her family escaped a country on the brink of civil war and built a life in Maryland. Her parents came to this country with no jobs and $200 in their pockets.
Krish is a graduate from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County and then attended Yale College, where she earned a Master’s degree in Political Science and a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she received an M.Phil. in International Relations, before returning to Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal.
Krish’s interest in public service and grassroots politics began at an early age. In elementary school, Krish went knocking door to door with her mother in support of Senator Barbara Mikulski when she won her historic first race for the Senate. In college, Krish worked for another great public servant when she spent her summer back from college working for Senator Paul Sarbanes.
At the White House, Krish served as Policy Director for Michelle Obama and led the First Lady’s signature Let Girls Learn initiative. At the State Department, she coordinated development and implementation of multiple programs including those concerning refugees and migration, engagement with religious communities, the legal dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, and regional issues relating to Africa and the Middle East. She worked closely with PRM, Consular Affairs, Health & Human Services and the Department of Defense.
Before joining the White House, Krish worked at McKinsey & Company, where she consulted for Fortune 100 companies, practiced law at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct.
Krish and her husband, Collin O’Mara are the parents of a young daughter, Alana.

Krish Vignarajah

Manjushree (Manju) Badlani is a senior human resources and administrative professional with over forty years of international experience. Her expertise is in aligning HR and administration to the strategic direction of the organization. Manju has a Master’s in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional since 2003.
Manju is currently Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer with Jhpiego, an affiliate of John’s Hopkins University that works with health care providers in 144 countries around the world. She leads the organization in the strategic implementation of the global human resources, field operations, security and travel management functions. As member of the senior leadership team and reporting to the CEO, she exercises a prominent role in influencing organizational objectives, strategy, and operations with respect to the utilization of human resources and administrative service for Jhpiego’s headquarters and 32 country locations.
Manju currently serves on the international board of directors of IPAS, North Carolina. She recently served a 6 year term on the board of directors of the Human Resources Certification Institute, USA and nine years on the board of InsideNGO, USA. She served on the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Global Special Expertise Panel for 3 years.
In 2007, she was showcased as an outstanding HR professional at the Society for Human Resources Management Conference. In 2010, she received the international Pride of the HR Profession award at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, India. In 2013, she received the InsideNGO Operational Excellence in HR award for her strategic contribution to HR in Jhpiego and in the community of international NGOs. Manju obtained a certification in Coaching from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, UK in 2017.

Manjushree Badlani

What’s in a name? Everything! Nelly’s Echo is based on the premise that music is a two-way street; “It’s a give and take” says lead singer Nelson Emokpae. “Nelly” refers to the musician creating the ambiance and “Echo” refers to the audience’s response to, and appreciation of the ambiance. Relying on lessons learned from his childhood in Africa and everyday experiences, Nelson’s captivating storytelling and high energy performances have made him a sought- after musician in not only the college tour circuit but also all across the United States and overseas. Nelly’s Echo has self-released five albums (Live Love ‘N Laugh (2007), Secrets to a Happy Life (2009), Journey (2013), Voices (2015) and I’m Okay (2017); in addition to hit record “Voices of the People” being named a World Cup 2014 Super Song Top 20 semi-finalist and his NBC’s The Voice cover of Bill Withers Classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine” reaching #7 on the iTunes R&B charts.
Nelly’s Echo has performed in well over 500 establishments since 2010, in addition to countless performances including Andretti Autosports, The Baltimore Grand Prix, The Democratic National Convention; and has shared the big stage with the artists such as Trombone Shorty, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, & Boyz II Men to name a few. In addition, Emokpae has had the privilege of not only entertaining soldiers stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba but delivering a TedTalk at TedX Wilmington in the summer of 2016; and participating in Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Christina where she quotes:
“I had so much fun listening to you right off the bat…I find you so interesting and compelling. I would love to be able to collaborate ideas. It seems like with you the sky is the limit…I want to go to a concert; I want to see the whole show.”
“Make good music the soundtrack to your life,” is one of Nelson’s favorite saying, and it sure seems like with Nelly’s Echo music, that saying rings ever true.

Nelly’s Echo

Jen has over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing and coaching. In 2012, she made a gutsy move into the entrepreneurship space, launching her branding business and became a certified brand strategist. She enables individuals and companies to define their brand and differentiate themselves in authentic, credible, and relevant ways to their target audience and market.

She is an active member in the entrepreneur community in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Partnering with many organizations to develop their marketing strategy as well as working with individuals to help them both articulate their core values, mission, vision, and ultimately their brand.

She is committed to giving back to the community through board service at Homestretch, where she leads the Strategic Planning Committee. Jen is focused on serving homeless families in the Northern Virginia area through building sustainable business practices and creating innovative strategic partnerships. Jen is also a member of Her Corner, a women’s entrepreneur network that started a few years ago and enjoys meeting monthly with her circle of entrepreneurs and providing (and receiving) coaching and support.

Jen attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, where she double-majored in Human Resource Management and International Management. She recently completed her Executive MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in the spring of 2012. Prior to Georgetown, Jen worked at Capital One for 10 years in operations, marketing, customer management, and more. She was an active member on the Environmental Council and received several Circle of Excellence Awards for her contributions individually and as a team member. Jen is a REACH Certified Personal Branding Strategist, helping individuals define their authentic brand to achieve career and life success. She is a mom to two boys, wife to a husband as introverted as she is extroverted, loves singing, dancing, and laughing.

Jen Dalton

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Gina Ramsey is the President of Pink Dog Digital. She has been involved in digital media since 2006. Her role allows her to help businesses grow through their digital footprint. Her services include website development, search engine optimization, content creation, social media management and consulting and digital ad campaigns. Gina is a two-time Maryland Top 100 Women, BRAVA, Executive Management Award, Women of Influence and most recently the BBB Spark Award winner for corporate culture. Additionally, Gina gives back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors for There Goes My Hero, a local blood cancer support non-profit and the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority. She was just asked to sit on the Stevenson University Marketing Program Advisory Board. Gina also co-chairs Women In Business and the Executive Forum at The Center Club as well as the Marketing and Communications Committee for Executive Alliance. Mom of three fur babies and step mom of three, Gina enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and friends and family.

Gina Ramsey

With over 30 years of leadership, consulting and systems integration experience, having served in various senior executive level positions, Dr. Linda Singh offers a blend of public and private sector experience that spans health, defense, state and local government.
Dr. Singh previously served as interim CEO of Tedco. Prior to that, she was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC providing leadership and strategic advisory services for a variety of clients. Prior to that she served as a Major General in the Maryland National Guard, dedicating more than 38 years of service. As the Adjutant General and a Cabinet Secretary she was responsible for the Maryland Military Department. As part of her military role she worked with senior level officials at ministerial and ambassador levels in Estonia and Bosnia developing country strategies under the Department of Defense State Partnership Program. Dr. Singh retired from Accenture in 2016, she was a Managing Director in the Health and Public Service North America Operating Unit where she served for 21 years.
Dr. Singh personally mentors, coaches and speaks on leadership, diversity, adversity, career transition and issues that plague women and veterans in the workplace. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Strategic Studies and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is the author of “Moments of Choice: My path to leadership” and “What’s in Your Box” which is scheduled for early 2020 release.
She has received numerous awards, among them are the 2013 DiversityMBA Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders, The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award for 2014 and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for 2015. She was also inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015. She was also featured on the Today Show for her history-making leadership team and named as one of InStyle’s Badass 50 in July 2019.

Linda Singh

Maggie Pringle joined WTCI in September as Manager of Programs & Events. In her current role, she is responsible for the development and execution of WTCI’s programs and events.

Maggie was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland where she currently resides. She graduated from The University of Tampa in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Her professional experience includes experience in marketing, interior design, real estate, visual merchandising and product development for e-commerce as well as corporate event planning.

Outside of work, Maggie spends her time cooking, garage sale hopping, practising yoga and enjoying live music.

Maggie Pringle

Lydia joined the World Trade Center Institute as an intern in 2012, gaining valuable experience and insight into international trade and networking. Her commitment to WTCI’s mission, lead her to return to WTCI part-time in November 2013 as an Assistant Manager of Business Development & Sales. She is responsible for managing new accounts in order to provide guidance to clients seeking international business services, as well as growing capital region presence and assisting in implementation of WTCI events and programs.
Lydia grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland and has lived in Baltimore City since 2010. She graduated from Towson University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies. Her past experience includes Business Development & Marketing within the Architectural Industry, Radio Broadcasting, Conference Coordination for Women in Higher Education, and various types of volunteer work for children and families in need. A combination of Lydia’s adept communication skills and diverse extended family has given her the valuable cross cultural sensitivity needed to accomplish her work with WTCI. Ms. Yodie enjoys spending her free time with her close friends, seeing movies, exploring new restaurants, and taking in the many different attractions Baltimore has to offer. Lydia also highly values the time she gets to spend with family.

Lydia Yodie

Meagan is a Sourcing and Project Management leader with 15+ years of global merchandising, marketing, product development, and sourcing management experience. She has served in various management roles at Under Armour for more than 11 years. Prior to Under Armour, she held management positions in emerging business units at New Era Cap.
Meagan has a MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo – School of Management and a BA in Business Management, Marketing and International Business from State University of New York at Buffalo – School of Management.

Meagan Rogers

ois Schonberger has spent her career creating products that work – from innovative wireless networking hardware to data aggregation and monitoring software for the renewable energy, financial services and edtech industries. Lois is currently an Expert Associate Partner at McKinsey where she is a leader in the Agile and Product Management Guilds and drives large scale digital and Agile transformation work for clients across a broad range of sectors including global energy, material manufacturing, public sector and fast growth tech.
Prior to joining McKinsey Lois spent 15 years building Agile Product organizations in Silicon Valley including founding her own startup, raising 100M+ in Venture Capital investment and supporting two other startups to successful exits

Lois Schonberger

Wendy Taylor, Vice President for Technical Leadership and Innovation, directs a multidisciplinary team of more than 70 staff focused on driving impact across a wide range of health areas. She is be responsible for working across technical teams and nearly 40 country teams to prepare the organization for transformational innovations, from technologies and systems innovations to data science and actionable insights. She joined Jhpiego following a two-year fellowship with The Rockefeller Foundation, where she explored how to leverage advances in artificial intelligence, digital health and data technologies to transform global health, including how advanced outbreak analytics can be used to better prepare for and respond to a global pandemic.

Prior to the fellowship, Ms. Taylor worked for two decades within and outside of government, catalyzing innovations to tackle some of the world’s toughest global health challenges and scaling up market-based solutions for impact. At the US Agency for International Development, she founded and led the Center for Innovation and Impact, which applies innovative, business-minded approaches to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health innovations. There she spearheaded multiple strategic partnerships, including Saving Lives at Birth, a $100 million, multi-stakeholder Grand Challenge; created the agency’s first advance purchase commitments to stimulate investments in vaccines and diagnostics; and built multiple public-private partnerships with corporations to expand and strengthen health markets.

Previously, she held senior positions with several global health nonprofits—including Bio Ventures for Global Health, which she founded—and served in both the executive and legislative branches of the US Government, including the Office of Management and Budget and the US House Committee on Ways and Means.

Wendy Taylor

Sarah Goldhirsch

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

Diane is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs whose collaborative leadership is fundamental to setting the company apart as a leading design firm. For her innovative leadership, Diane, along with Co-CEO Andy Cohen, ranks on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. As a hands-on leader, Diane oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 6,300+ people networked across 50 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries. Diane is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance, and organizational development to ensure that we serve our clients with the world’s top talent. She is Board Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and the catalyst for Gensler’s Research program, for which Diane is committed to delivering value to clients through strategies and innovations like Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI).
A registered architect, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Diane received an Outstanding Impact Award from the Council of Real Estate Women and is both a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her insights have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and The Economist; and she was a featured speaker at Bloomberg Businessweek’s CEO Conference.
In her role, Diane serves as a key contributor to what is acknowledged, by its peers, as the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century and acknowledged by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies.”

Diane Hoskins

Astrid Schmidt-King is an Executive in Residence in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland and teaches various international business and law courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  In addition, she is the Director of the International Business Program, the Academic Director of the Sellinger Scholars Program, and chair of the Building a Better World Through Business initiative. Prior to pursuing a field in higher education, Astrid practiced law in the fields of immigration law, business compliance, and health care in Washington, DC and New York. She earned her B.A. in International Relations from New York University (1999), J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2002), and LL.M. in Law and Government from the American University Washington College of Law (2006) and her M.A. in International Relations and Global Politics from Freie University in Berlin, Germany (2017), where her thesis examined globalization’s socioeconomic impact on developed democracies. Astrid was a Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminar (Germany) recipient in 2010, a participant in the American Council on Germany’s immigration delegation in Berlin in 2012 and was named a Presidential Fellow by the Association of International Education Administrators in 2013. Most recently, she was named an 2019-2020 Emerging and Developing Global Executive Bowe Fellow by the World Trade Center Institute.

Dr. Astrid Schmidt-King

Kelley Cornish is a diversity and inclusion executive, author, and speaker and serves as the Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Integration Leader for Wells Fargo. In her role, she leads a team of D & I
Consultants focused on coordinating the timing and administration of our enterprise D&I strategies and processes as well as line of business-specific D&I deliverables across Wells Fargo. She works closely with the Enterprise D&I leadership team and key partners to ensure the successful design, delivery, communication and administration of our D&I program. Prior to this role, Kelley served as the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the TD Bank Group and the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Most recently Kelley was recognized as one of the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business for 2019, received the 2019 Sojourner Truth Award by the National Congress of Black Women, and was acknowledged in 2018 for her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career by receiving the 2018 Career Mastered Award. She has also been recognized as a member of the top team of distinction for the American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking Award. Under her leadership, TD Bank was received honors for the first time by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity and received the Urban League of New York’s Diversity Champion Award. Additionally, the bank moved up considerably in their ranking as a top company on the Diversity Inc. Top 50 list.
Accomplishments include the publication of her first book in 2014, “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she shares professional, personal and very practical tips on navigating the workplace and your career. Her next book is slated for 2021. In addition, Kelley was honored in 2017 as a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Peirce College for the City of Philadelphia, is a Certified Diversity Professional by Cornell University (CCDP) and has completed course work at the Harvard Kennedy School in strategies for leading and building diverse organizations.
Kelley consults and speaks for various organizations. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina – Aiken in Business Administration and her Masters from Webster University in Human Resources.
Kelley resides in Greenville, SC with her husband Douglas Slaughter and they have five adult children.

Kelley Cornish

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

The world of publishing has changed drastically since The Agora started as a direct mailing company, nearly 40 years ago, in a small office in Baltimore. For the past three years, Erika has been at the helm of the international group of the Agora Companies, leading her vision for further global expansion and positioning. What began as a simple idea driven by a small group of passionate people has grown into a publishing powerhouse with a global footprint covering all corners of the world — Australia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to Agora, Erika served as CEO & Managing Partner of 1291 Group of Americas, Executive Publisher of the Agora Companies and other management positions. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Erika has deep roots in Maryland. Erika serves on the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center Institute and is very active with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Baltimore-Washington chapter.

Erika Nolan


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