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John Abt

Title: Vice President of Quality, Lannett Pharmaceuticals

Abstract Title: The Impact of Necessity on Consumer Behavior

John M. Abt joined Lannett Company, Inc. as Vice President of Quality in 2015. He has over 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and currently serves as the corporate head of Operations and Quality at Lannett and President of Cody Laboratories, an active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing business owned by Lannett.

Prior to joining Lannett, John served as vice president of global quality strategy at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he oversaw the development and implementation of global quality strategic planning for over 70 plants worldwide. During his 15 year tenure at Teva he held positions of increasing responsibility including site general manager, VP US Operations and VP North America Quality Systems and Compliance. Prior to Teva, Dr. Abt worked at Alpharma and RP Scherer in various positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and Quality.

John earned a Doctorate of Business Administration from Temple University, a Master of Administrative Sciences degree in management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Niagara University.

Tah Ahmed Meouloud

Title: Human Resources Manager, BAS Technologies

Abstract Title: The Internationalization Process of Firms From Francophone Africa

Tah Ahmed Meouloud is a Senior Economist and an Independent Consultant with numerous years of leadership experience, starting with a position at the Mauritanian Embassy of Doha – Qatar as an economist, followed by working on several development projects funded by the European Union in Mauritania. Currently, Tah is working as a Human Resources Manager for BSA technologies. Tah also has worked as an assistant professor at both the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania and Sorbonne University of Paris.

Tah received his Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania. Following his time at Nouahchott, Tah studied at the Sorbonne University, in Paris, France where he earned a Master’s Degree of Research in International Economic Development, and began a doctoral dissertation thesis in 2000. Because of his extensive multicultural work and academic study, Tah speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.

Leila Bouamatou

Title: Head of Treasury Department, General Bank of Mauritania

Abstract Title: A Qualitative Investigation of Female Family Business Succession in Francophone Africa

Leila Bouamatou has a background in banking, beginning with her role as a Senior Financial Analyst at BMCE International BANK of London, followed by a position as an Auditor at Deloitte &Touch in Tunis. Currently, Leila is head of the Treasury Department at GBM Bank of Mauritania, the leading Corporate and Investment Bank in Mauritania, focusing on developing long-term strategies of portfolio diversification through its partnerships with multilateral sponsors and correspondents.

Leila earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Business School Lausanne in Switzerland, a Master’s Degree in Finance and Audit at EADA Barcelona, and holds an Executive MBA degree from the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Leila serves on the board of many regional and international foundations including the Foundation Bouamatou, the Women for Africa Foundation, and the MHB 1953 Foundation, which support her passion to provide educational opportunities for young African Women.

Michael Bujnowski

Title: Co-Founder & CEO, Reliance Network

Abstract Title: Optimal Capability Maturity in Startup Software Companies

Michael co-founded the Reliance Network in 1999, a web-based application service company in the residential real estate sector, where he pragmatically grew the company using no outside capital to a seventy-person industry leader. From 1984 through 1998, Michael worked for John L Scott Real Estate, where he was the VP of Operations and Technology.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and an MBA, both from the University of Washington. Michael is also Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for Music-4-Life, and is the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Youth Music Association.

Diane Denny

Title: Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Outcomes, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Abstract Title: Medical Error Reporting and Patient Safety: An Exploration of Our Underreporting Dilemma

Diane Denny is the Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety and Innovation at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). In this role, Diane develops and directs various processes for achieving continuous quality improvement across the network’s five hospitals. This includes oversight of the clinical outcome, patient experience and safety initiatives, performance improvement, and regulatory readiness. Diane has over 25 year experience in measuring, improving and demonstrating healthcare quality. Prior to working at the CTCA, she served as the Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety for Catholic Health East (CHE), one of the nation’s largest faith based systems overseeing similar functions, where she oversaw the systems’ commitment to physician loyalty and diversity.

Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Planning and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s of Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Diane is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and certified in Six Sigma methodology by the American Society for Quality. She has completed fellowships in Patient Safety and Diversity, and served as a reviewer for the states of New York and Pennsylvania quality awards and on the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige Award.

Darrell Edwards

Title: Senior VP of Operations, La-Z-Boy Inc.

Abstract Title: What Matters Most, Culture or Process: Investigating the Determinants of High-Performing Global Supply Chain Teams

Darrell Edwards is Senior Vice President of Operations for the La-Z-Boy Branded Business at La-Z-Boy Incorporated, where he leads an operations team composed of over 5,000 employees in the areas of manufacturing, distribution, lean engineering, supply chain, and research and development. Darrell has worked for La-Z-Boy Incorporated for over ten years, holding various positions of increasing responsibility. His area of expertise includes organizational strategy, leadership, and team building, specifically in the area of supply chain operations. Additionally, Darrell has led business units to achieve national and state recognition for operational excellence, and he is a frequent guest speaker at both national and regional forums.

Darrell holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Dr. Diana Kyser oversees SWK’s entire consulting practice including client care, development, project management and implementation. Her talent for “growing people” cultivates an environment of strategic excellence and sustainability in her role as Chief Operating Officer at SWK. Previously, Diana has held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations and human resources at large firms like American Express, JPMorgan Chase and LexisNexis, as well as startups like TheLadders.com.

Diana is a dedicated entrepreneur and motivated achiever. Her accomplishments include the co-founding of C3i, Inc., a $100M venture funded global technology solutions firm that was sold to Merck. Diana was also a 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners finalist and a 2015 recipient of NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award.

Diana combines her passion for people, personal growth and hands-on management both in and out of the office. An avid runner, she leads her local running club in Summit, NJ, waking before dawn to run every day. One of Diana’s proudest accomplishments was raising over $14,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor her late father, also an avid runner, by participating in the Boston Marathon. Diana is also a mother of three boys and a rescue pitbull named Latte.

She earned an MBA in Information Systems from the NYU Stern School of Business and received her Doctorate of Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management in May 2017.

Jerry Miller

Title: Owner, MMCO Auto

Abstract Title: The Effect of Distance Decay: A Study of Automotive Retailing

Jerry Miller began his career in the retail automotive industry almost forty years ago, starting as a salesperson. Today, Jerry owns and manages dealerships in Wynnewood, Conshohocken and Reading, with an additional location set up open early next year. His dealerships sell brands such as Audi, Porsche and VW, and The Warehouse, a direct wholesale of pre-owned vehicles. Jerry’s company, MMCo, has won numerous awards including “Top Medium Size Business to Work For” in the Philadelphia area, ranked within the Top Twenty automobile dealerships to work for in the United States for three years, and was named by The Dealer Rater as the top Audi Dealership and the Top Porsche Dealership to do business with in the United States. Jerry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA, both from the University of Delaware.

Jerry is currently on the National Dealer Council for Audi of North America, and the National Service Council for Audi, previously serving as the chairman. He is also involved in many humanitarian projects for Hopeworks ‘N Camden and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Ofra Shoham-Bazel

Title: Sales and Contract Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries – Bedek Aviation Group

Abstract Title: Gender Effects on Firm Capital Structure

Dr. Ofra Bazel – Shoham is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and the Academic Director of Part-Time MBA Conshohocken. Her research explores the impact of gender on businesses risky activities such as capital structure, M&A, and R&D. She brings a wealth of professional experience in management and finance. She was a sales and contract manager at Israel Aerospace Industries and a director of operations and finance at a successful Israeli Startup company. Ofra earned her Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business, where she also attained a Master of Science in Finance. She received a LL.M. in Commercial Law from Israel’s Bar Ilan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

John Alarcon

Title: Chief Financial Officer, LoanLogics

Abstract Title: Emerging Capabilities and Firm Performance in the Cloud Computing Environment

JL “John” Alarcon is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LoanLogics, a cloud-based financial technology company headquartered in the Philadelphia area. LoanLogics is a recognized leader in loan quality management and performance analytics software for mortgage lenders, investors, loan servicers and other financial institutions.

John oversees financial operations, planning and human resources for LoanLogics. He recently completed his doctoral degree in business administration (DBA, 2018) at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, with more than 20 years of executive management experience in the software, IT, and financial services industries. He holds an MBA from the University of South Florida and an advanced degree in strategic planning and control from the University of Paris Dauphine, in France.

John is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Treasury Professional. His research explores the resource allocation patterns of software firms in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud environment and their effects on firm performance.

Christopher Ayanruoh

Title: High Pressure, High Temperature/Exploration Well Engineering Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company

Abstract Title: The Nigeria Diaspora and Investing in Nigeria:Motivators and Inhibitors

Kris Ayanruoh, DBA, is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ruskat Medical Equipment Corp., a startup involved in the manufacture of hospital in a box, a portable innovative medical diagnostic device. With hospital in a box, quality healthcare is accessible to remote areas of the world. Kris is also the chairman of Dafpal Constructs Nigeria Limited, a construction company involved in construction activities for private and government agencies.

Before now, Kris worked for Shell Petroleum Development Company for 28 years where he held several leadership positions including Head of Well Engineering Business Planning, Head of Conceptual Engineering, Head Well Intervention, and Regional Completion and Well Intervention Manager. During his career, Kris setup the decommissioning and restoration department and the HPHT front end Well Engineering department of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Kris received a B.Sc. (first class), M.Sc., in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria a MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and holds a DBA from Temple University. He is member of the Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Iris Burrell

Title: Program Delivery Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Abstract Title: Examining the Effect of Devops Adoption Capability on Organizational Agility

Iris Burrell is currently a Program Delivery Leader with Perspecta and has over 20 years of experience in a variety of Information Technology (IT) leadership roles across various industries. Her career began in the telecom industry leading technology development for several next generation wireless communications systems. She has served in various project leadership roles in the financial services, healthcare, and insurance industries managing multi-year, multi-million dollar IT transformation and development portfolios and programs. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor in the Philadelphia region teaching business and information technology courses.

Iris earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from National American University in Colorado Springs and her Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from Regis University in Denver. She also received her Doctorate of Business Administration from Temple University. Additionally, she is a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt distinction.

Lisa Caruso

Title: Associate Director, Business Planning & Management, Strategy & Operations, Enterprise Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Abstract Title: Employee Promotability: The Effect of Manager/Subordinate Work Proximity

Lisa has spent the past twenty-seven years in various capacities within the Information Technology (IT) organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). She began her career as an IT developer, and during her tenure at BMS, increased her scope of responsibility to include the management of the enterprise-wide electronic mail systems, datacenter operations, client support, telecommunications, engineering, process & project management and infrastructure qualification teams. Currently, she provides strategy and operations leadership for the enterprise wide IT portfolio. This includes financial and contract planning, management & governance, strategic roadmaps, business case analysis and development, business outcomes value framework, data analytics, and benchmarking & metrics.

Lisa earned her MBA from the University of New Haven, and graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and a minor in Information Systems.

Brian Downey

Title: Senior Director of Product Management, BMC Software

Abstract Title: Impact of Lifecycle Stage of New Technology Based Firms on Existing Management and Innovation Theories

Brian has over fifteen years of experience in the technology industry, specifically in the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure hardware and software space. Brian’s experience has spanned engineering, operations, strategy, and sales in the IT field. , Currently Brian is running the product management organization for one of the main lines of business at BMC Software. Prior to his role at BMC, Brian spent ten years working at EMC corporation in multiple senior management and individual contributor roles, and worked on projects including launching EMC’s mid-range hardware business, establishing key alliances to support EMC software products, and driving the operations for an incubated new business.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Babson College.

Emiliano Finocchi

Title: General Manager, East Africa, Bluegreen Holdings

Abstract Title: Frogs in Hot Water: MNCs Responses to Crisis in the Frontier Market of Mozambique

Emiliano Finocchi is the General Manager for East Africa at Bluegreen Holdings (BG), a Swiss based oil and gas service provider. He is also the Founder of Indico Dourado, a Mozambican company used to provide a strong local content to BG and other partners within the same industry. Prior to BG, Emiliano worked for more than six years for the government of Mozambique. He began this employment first as the Advisor for the Minister of Transportation and Communication, and later as the first National Director at ENH Logistics, a subsidiary of ENH EP (ENH, EP), the Mozambican government company whose principal activity is the exploration of Oil and Gas.

Emiliano received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at La Sapienza University, located in Rome, Italy, following a post-graduation degree in Business Administration at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Emiliano is a citizen of both Italy and Mozambique, and speaks fluent Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Anthony Flammia

Title: VP of New Business Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Medicines Company

Abstract Title: Breakthrough Innovation in the Biopharmaceutical Industry: An Examination of Strategic Network Alliances and the Impact on Shareholder Value

Anthony (Tony) Flammia brings a wide range of experience from both the biopharmaceutical and consulting industries including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, integration, and manufacturing & supply chain. Tony is the founder and President of Bridge Life Science Advisory, LLC, which focuses on connecting global supply strategy to operational execution for biopharmaceutical companies.

During his fifteen-year tenure at The Medicines Company (MDCO), Tony served as the Senior Executive of Global Manufacturing & Supply and Financial Strategy. Before joining MDCO in June 2003, Tony was with Bristol Myers Squibb serving in a multitude of capacities at both the manufacturing site & corporate levels and served on both the Technical Operations group for Worldwide Medicines and the Medical Device business units. Tony also worked with Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain practice and Colgate Palmolive in the Oral Care business unit. Tony earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and had an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Irene Graff

Title: Senior Manager, Business Operations

Abstract Title: Essays in Information Privacy: Defining & Analyzing Online Equivocation

Irene Graff is currently a Senior Manager for a High Technology company in Silicon Valley. In her role she directs global programs for expansion worldwide, including preparation for advances in new software and hardware products. Prior to this role, Irene has led the complete redesign and replacement of global electronic commerce platform across 30+ countries, as well as the re-engineering of product availability messaging for new product introductions worldwide. Irene has developed a reputation for herself as a “driver” and is often called upon to lead initiatives directed from senior executives across the company. Irene has served in both management and director roles in a variety of software/hardware start-ups in the San Francisco Bay area. She has over 35 years of experience in software development and process engineering.

Irene has completed a B.A. in Organizational Communications, an M.A. in Computer Resource Management, a Masters in Project Management and M.B.A.

Michael Hagy

Title: Managing Principal, Pinnacle Performance Group; Adjunct Professor, Temple University and Philadelphia University

Abstract Title: Trust At No Sight: Establishing Trust in the Process Rather Than in the Individual Members of a Global Virtual Tea

Michael R. Hagy is the co-founder and Managing Principal of the Pinnacle Performance Group. Pinnacle helps CEO’s achieve a workable balance between their professional and personal lives. As an executive coach, he provides leadership development knowledge, sharing practical tools and real-world experiences to individual leaders, as well as to their organizations. As an educator, he teaches graduate and undergraduate business courses.

He served as the Senior Vice President, Eastern Division of Vistage, International, a CEO membership organization with over 14,000 members meeting in 12 to 16-person peer groups. He led the efforts of employees and contractors for the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Midwestern and Southern Regions of the organization.

In 1995, Mr. Hagy was responsible for defending the Naval Air Warfare Center at Lakehurst, NJ before the President’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. After completing in-depth assessments and data analysis of the facilities’ material and operational readiness, he led the defense case before the BRAC Commissioners and Staff. Lakehurst was 1 of the 5 facilities (out of some 170 slated for closure) to be removed from the list.

Michael teaches at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Jefferson University, and Rowan University’s Rorher College of Business.

Ron Hetrick

Title: Senior Vice President, WITF, Inc.

Abstract Title: The effects of accumulated wealth and corporate governance quality on nonprofit performance

Ron Hetrick is a business and finance executive at WITF, an educational non-profit, with a passion for lifelong learning and a love of technology. After earning his BS in Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University and MBA in Business and Finance at Villanova University, Ron pursued a senior level position of integrating business, finance, and technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of non-profit, education, and media organizations. During his seventeen-year tenure at WITF, Ron improved business, financial, technical, and philanthropic operations and participated in numerous projects which expanded the scope and reach of WITF programs and services in the community. Currently, Ron Hetrick is chair of the Public Media Business Association (PMBA) board and has recently completed his Doctorate in Business Administration at Temple University. Ron’s research explores the effects of corporate governance practices on nonprofit financial performance in institutions with accumulated wealth.

Melinda Hubbard

Title: Vice President, Insurance Operations Support, Ohio National Financial Services

Abstract Title: Where are the women?

As Vice President of Insurance Operations Support at Ohio National Financial Services, Melinda leads several diverse areas of operations for the Cincinnati-based corporation. She has been leading transformational efforts in areas including Claims, Reinsurance, and Distributor Compensation. With nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, Melinda has presented at multiple industry events highlighting these efforts.

Melinda earned her MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and holds a BA and a BM from Illinois Wesleyan University. She holds several industry designations including the ChFC, CLU, and FLMI.
Melinda is highly involved in her community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, serving as an active member of the WINGS committee of the United Way, and as a member of Zonta International. In 2014, Melinda was recognized as a Rising Star by the YWCA of Cincinnati.

Maggie Jordan

Title: Director, CRM Strategy, BioPharm Communications

Abstract Title: Player-character Congruity and Immersive Experiences: Impact on Loyalty in Gaming

Maggie Jordan possesses over twenty years of marketing experience in healthcare, entertainment, and media industries. After completing her Doctor of Business Administration, Maggie accepted a full-time visiting faculty position at Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics as well as joined Temple University’s Fox Business School as an adjunct faculty member. She also established a new marketing consultancy, focusing on marketing innovation in the VR/AR/MR space.

Prior to her current roles, Maggie held management-level careers at Sirius XM Radio; IAC, Vimeo; Omnicom Health Group, BioPharm Communications; GE Healthcare, Oncura; and similar companies. Maggie also served as a strategic marketing consultant for over ten years. She taught several marketing classes as an adjunct faculty member at New York University, as well as appearing as a regular speaker for marketing events on campus.

Maggie earned an M.B.A. Saint Joseph’s University, a Master’s Degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Villanova University, and a Marketing Certificate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University with her Doctor of Business Administration in May 2018. Her research interests include consumer behavior and decision-making, brand loyalty, global marketing, cross-cultural communication, VR/AR and the psychology of digital environments.

Caitlin Kane

Title: Finance Director, Fidelity Investments

Abstract Title: Does Generation Matter? Understanding Employee Turnover Intentions and the Millennial Worker

Caitlin Kane is a Finance Director for Fidelity Investments in Boston, supporting the Chief Information Officer of Corporate Technology. Prior to joining Fidelity, Caitlin worked at EMC Corporation providing financial decision support to the Corporate Strategy and New Business Development businesses, as well as supporting the Chief Technology Officer and his organization. Caitlin began her career as a Financial Analyst at JPMorgan within Investment Management, Global Technology. With over ten years of experience, Caitlin has spent most of her career working within Technology Finance and in the Financial Services Industry.

Caitlin earned her MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Boston College, with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing.

John Knighton

Title: Vice President, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Abstract Title: Biosimilars: New Look on Process Innovation and the Impact on Competitive Dynamics

With over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience, John Knighton has held a number of roles with increasing responsibilities within the biopharmaceutical field. Currently, John is a Senior Scientific Director at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, leading a diverse and dedicated team of managers, scientists, and engineers in biopharmaceutical process development, global technology transfer, and technical commercial product support. John started his career at SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline working there for 14 years in various roles in biopharmaceutical research and development.

John earned his MBA from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin Mahoney

Title: Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Executive Vice Dean for Integrative Services, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract Title:
The Rise of Healthcare Consumerism, Self-Triage and the Impact on the Healthcare Delivery System

Kevin B. Mahoney is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Executive Vice Dean for Integrative Services for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founding Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation. Kevin’s responsibilities include information technology, strategic planning, primary care network, human resources and capital planning. Prior to joining UPHS, Kevin worked at Johnson & Higgins focusing on risk transfer and alternative risk management strategies. He also worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Episcopal Hospital.

Kevin earned an MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Millersville State College. He is active in community activities including Community Volunteers in Medicine, the United Way, Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart Association.

Dennis Martin

Title: Chief Financial Officer/ Budget Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

Abstract Title:
Financial Literacy and the Financial Decision making of Individuals in Undeserved Communities

Dennis has more than twenty five years of experience in leadership and financial management in the federal government, military, and corporate America. He served as a Finance Officer/Comptroller in the U.S. Army and served as Chair, Supervisory Committee of a billion dollar credit union serving military members and their dependents throughout the world. Dennis currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service. He previously served as a Deputy CFO (Executive Officer) and Director of Resources in Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis component.

Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Alabama A&M University, a Master’s degree in Finance, and an MBA both, from Webster University. He completed a Doctorate in Business Administration from Temple University. He maintains a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition specialty (CDFM-A) and completed the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) program from Harvard Kennedy School.

Curtis Smith

Title: Senior Director, Commercial Innovation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Abstract Title:
The Role of Feedforward-Enabled Predictive Analytics in Changing Mental Models

Curtis Smith is the Senior Director of Commercial Innovation at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In that role he focuses on nurturing emerging capabilities in response to the changing external environment, and oversees the development and deployment of critical value-generating analytic capabilities. Prior to joining Janssen, he led the analytics function for McKinsey & Company and Henry Rak Consulting Partners. Curtis has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing analytic plans to address complex, critical business issues across multiple industries, and extensive expertise in growing and leading Business Analytics functions within organizations.

Throughout his career, Curtis has developed a track record for translating analytic plans and research into clear business insights and strategic direction, resulting in significant business transformation. Curtis earned a Master’s degree in applied research and evaluation in Psychology from Hofstra University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bucknell University.

Karl Spinnenweber

Title: Executive Vice President and General Manager, AECOM

Abstract Title:
Prepare and Perform in a Dangerous World – Two Studies of Organizational Performance in Hazardous Contexts

Karl is an Executive Vice President and General Manager (VPGM) at AECOM a $19B firm. Karl has profit and loss responsibility for a $1B global organization of 8,300 employees providing clients with engineering and logistics solutions. Prior to AECOM, Karl held executive positions at CSC including VPGM of Maritime, VPGM of Army, Vice President of Intelligence, and VP of Strategic Business Development.

Karl earned an MBA from Duke University’s Global Executive Program, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, received an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences from George Washington University, and holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering Systems from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Engineering License and served as a Naval Reserve Officer. Karl was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, VA Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors of multiple businesses and charities.

William Spudis

Title: Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant, Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc.

Abstract Title:
Building New Innovation Capabilities through Knowledge Creation and Strategic Alliances in Healthcare Research and Development

William S. Spudis has nearly fifteen years of sales, marketing, and business development experience, and currently serves as a Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant with Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc. Bill is responsible for supporting corporate clients in realizing their maximum growth capabilities by providing creative sales and marketing strategies for his company’s products. Through the development and maintenance of several large corporate accounts, combined with the implementation of inventory control practices, he has led profit growth for his company. Bill has also served as Project Manager on several successful social media campaigns. Possessing a background in lean manufacturing, he brings a full-scope perspective in operations and process management.

Bill earned his MBA from Marywood University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from University of Scranton.

Thomas Stone

Title: Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Abington

Abstract Title:
Lean Accounting Comes to Lean Software Development

Thomas (Tom) Stone recently joined the full time faculty at Penn State Abington after 23 years at Siemens Healthcare IT. At Penn State, Tom teaches undergraduates in microeconomics, corporate finance, strategy, as well as healthcare policy and finance. While at Siemens, Tom served in various capacities, most recently as Director of Strategy and Finance where he was responsible for benchmarking activities and competitive analysis. Previous roles at Siemens included Compliance Officer, Financial Officer for International Operations, and Director of the Strategic Projects Office. Tom also led the Siemens Healthcare unit in recruitment of finance and accounting undergraduates into the highly competitive Finance Leadership Development Program, representing Siemens on various campuses throughout the US.

Tom has an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from La Salle University. Tom also serves as President of the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association.

Geraldo Vasquez

Title: City University of New York, Instructor of Business Administration, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College

Abstract Title: Does a Venture Capitalist Influence Auditor Going Concern Decisions?

Geraldo (Gerry) Vasquez is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Finance of the School of Business and Information Systems of the City University of New York-York College. Dr. Vasquez previously taught entry- and advance-level accounting courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Queens College and Guttman Community College.

His research interests include auditor behavior, board affiliations, financial reporting transparency, going concern opinion determinants and experiential learning in Accounting education.

Prior to joining the faculty at the City University of New York, Dr. Vasquez was employed in the private and public sectors. He has considerable financial and administrative management, technology project management and auditing experience. Dr. Vasquez served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable South Bronx, Inc., the Founding Director of Finance and Administration of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a Senior Auditor for the Office of the New York State Comptroller in the public sector. In the private sector, Dr. Vasquez was responsible for various finance, budgeting, accounting and technology project management functions as a Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc. Dr. Vasquez currently serves as the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of Emblaze Academy.

Dr. Vasquez holds a D.B.A. from the Fox School of Business and Management (AACSB accredited) of Temple University. He also holds a M.Sc. and B.A., cum laude in Accounting from the City University of New York-Queens College. Dr. Vasquez is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and a C.P.A. Candidate.

Sandi Webster

Title: Principal and Founding Partner, Consultants 2 Go, LLC

Abstract Title: Flexible work arrangements: technology enabling emerging populations of millennials and baby boomers

Sandi Webster, DBA is the former owner and managing director, of C2G Partners, formerly Consultants 2 Go, LLC (C2G) – a management consulting firm that provides marketing and analytics consultants on an interim basis or as an outsourced project to Fortune 500 companies mainly in the Financial Services, Telecom, and Insurance industries along with Retail, Restaurant and CPG. The award-winning C2G is on the Inc. 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for six of the last seven years. She is now the co-founder of Pandi, Inc., a holding company for publishing and technology assets.

Sandi holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Temple University, researching technology’s impact on flexible work arrangements for millennials and baby boomers, an MBA in Management (General) from Dowling College, and a BS in Marketing from Marymount College at Fordham University. She is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO-NY1 and Platinum V), Committee of 200, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Sandi volunteers with The Carter Burden Center for the Aged in Manhattan, walk for American Cancer Society, is a mentor to two charter schools in NJ, as well as supports scholarships and food programs for underprivileged children in Jamaica, West Indies.

Lisa Renee Barbaccio

Title: Director of Business Development for Anthem Inc.

Abstract Title: Consumerism in Health Insurance

Lisa Barbaccio is a marketing and administration professional with multi-state experience in business services. Her experience includes over eight years of senior management consulting, six years of insurance administration, and over two years of public relations consulting. A New Jersey native, Lisa currently lives and works in New York, serving as Vice President within the sales division of the Ambrose Group, a TriNet (TNET) company. Previously, Lisa served as an executive in departmental development at Independence Blue Cross, managing the Affordable Care Act changes within the Consumer Market Department. With end-to-end ownership of project and policy updates, she helped manage the largest regulatory overhaul in healthcare since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid.

Lisa is a Temple University alumnus, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. She is an active member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society.

Carla L. Cabarle

Title: Chair, Department of Accounting and Finance, Minot State University

Abstract Title: Predicting the Risk of Fraud in Equity Crowdfunding Offers and Assessing the Wisdom of the Crowd

Carla Cabarle is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in public practice, industry, and academia where she currently teaches accounting full-time. Carla has operated her own accounting practice, been employed as a tax accountant for both small and large accounting firms, and held a position with a “Big 4” accounting firm. Previously, Carla served as the Chief Financial Officer for a mid-sized manufacturer in Virginia, and held academic appointments such as Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Carla specializes in teaching taxation, managerial accounting, and controllership, and has also taught courses in financial accounting, energy accounting, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship.

Carla earned a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Colorado State University, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Georgian Court University.

Michelle Crouthamel

Title: Digital Project Leader, GlaxoSmithKline

Abstract Title: The Rise of Patient Centricity in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Michelle Crouthamel is the managing director of the Clinical Innovation Unit at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Michelle’s passion for driving patient-centricity in the pharmaceutical industry led her to become an ‘Intrapreneur’ at GSK, and the founding member of the Clinical Innovation Unit, which focuses on harnessing digital technologies and platforms to improve patient engagement and clinical trials. Michelle is currently leading the strategy and pilot programs of e-Recruitment and m-Health platforms, and is involved in the industry-wide consortium, TransCelerate, an eSource work stream. Over past 15 years, Michelle led many successful programs in discovery and development at both Merck and GSK, is an inventor who holds multiple patents, and has published extensively in the areas of Neuroscience, Oncology, and Digital Health.

Michelle has a Master’s degree from the Institute of Neuroscience, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.

Ivan Diaz-Molina

Title: Head of Strategy Department, Universidad de los Andes

Abstract Title: The Role of Strategic and Operational Absorptive Capacity in Organizational Ambidexterity

Ivan Diaz-Molina holds the Grupo GTD Chair of Innovation and is the Head of the Strategy Department at the ESE Business School in Santiago, Chile. Ivan also serves as a board member for several publicly listed companies, and is a current member of the Advisory Board of ISquared Investment Fund. Previously, Ivan served as the Vice President, Latin America for Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), the President of electrical distribution companies in Chile and El Salvador, and the Vice President of PPL companies in Bolivia. Ivan also served as a director for both the General Electric Company the Association of Electric Companies of Chile.

Ivan hold a Master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University

Vincent Boyd Ford

Title: Vice President, Digital Media & Strategic Initiatives, New York Philharmonic

Abstract Title: Digital Engagement as a Mechanism For Digital Transformation in the Performing Arts

Vincent “Vince” Ford is Vice President, Audiences & Innovation for the New York Philharmonic. In his current role, he leads Marketing, Customer Experience, Digital Business, and Media teams. Vince has more than 20 years of professional experience developing ecommerce platforms and digital campaigns, building high-performing teams, and leading complex, enterprise projects. Prior to his position at the New York Philharmonic, Vince led digital marketing for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and worked in various digital capacities for Rollins Inc., NetVendor, and Autodata Inc.

Vince developed and teaches the course “Digital Strategy in the Arts” for Columbia University’s Arts Administration Master’s program and is regularly engaged to speak about strategy and trends across the performing arts. Vince completed his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia in French Horn and Music Education.

Saravana P. Govindasamy

Title: Director – Enterprise PMO (Project Management Office), Pocono Health System (PHS)

Abstract Title: Scaling Innovations in Healthcare

Saravana “Samy” Govindasamy is a success-driven, entrepreneurial leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in management, strategy and technology, and specializes in consulting for the areas of strategic planning, project/program management, process improvement, and systems implementations in healthcare, finance, and manufacturing industries. Samy currently serves as the Director of Strategic Project Management for Pocono Health System, and provides leadership oversight to Data Analytics/Business Intelligence and applications services groups. Prior to joining PHS, Samy served as the head of the Project Management Office at Reading Health System, and was instrumental in the enterprise wide implementation of a fully integrated Epic Healthcare Information System (HIS). He has also served as a management consultant at both IMS Health and Ernst & Young LLP.

Samy earned his MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering, both from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), India. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare certifications.

Tamas Horvath

Title: Operations Sergeant, U.S. Army

Abstract Title: Organizational Resilience in a Quasi-Total Institution: The U.S. Army Engages the Millennial Generation

Tamas “Tom” Horvath has served in the United States Army for 21 years, and currently serves as the Operations Sergeant, a position closely related to a civilian Director of Operations, where he is the principle operations supervisor for over 900 personnel. His notable past assignments include First Sergeant (second in charge) of a 160-man organization, Director of Security for a Forward Operating Base of over 700 coalition occupants, and Program Manager for over 500 personnel.

Tom received his Executive MBA from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix with honors. Tom is a top graduate of the United States Army Master Gunner School, as well as recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star medal.

Helen Thien Huynh-Horvath

Title: Financial Planner, David White & Associates

Abstract Title: The Changes and Contributors to the Perception of Retirement Income Adequacy

Helen Huynh has more than 10 years of experience in both commercial and residential real estate and lending, with a strong focus in serving small businesses and families, allowing her to expand her breath of services to provide financial planning for her clients over the last four years. Helen has held various positions in the financial industry from business development to chief operating officer, and currently serves as the Executive Director and on the Board of Directors for the Vietnamese American Business Association.

Helen holds an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from California State University, East Bay.

Christos Kelepouris

Title: Owner and General Manager, Evros Properties, LLC

Abstract Title: The Strategic and Not So Strategic Evolution of Franchise Ownership Patterns. A Study of Optimal Proportions.

Christos Kelepouris is an Assistant Professor of Law and Management at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. Christos has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in United States and abroad, and has held numerous leadership positions including Chief Policy Officer.

Christos earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Florida International University, and an Executive Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law from Boston University. Besides his law degrees, Christos also holds a Master’s in Strategic Management from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development & Finance from the University of Southern California, and earned his Bachelor’s in International Business and Management from Northwood University.

Duane Kirk Little

Title: Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Apogee Solutions

Abstract Title: Exploring the Impact of Nearly Complete Market Data on Small Businesses in the Government Professional Services Market

Duane “Kirk” Little is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apogee Solutions, Inc., where he provides broad guidance and oversight to fulfill corporate goals while following up on individual efforts to ensure strategic objectives are met. Prior to his work in the commercial sector, Kirk completed a career as a Space Operations Officer in the Air Force, where he amassed over 4,200 satellite contacts on a variety of surveillance, navigation, communications, and early warning satellites as well as spending over nine years working heavily classified national security programs.

Kirk holds a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Kirk has also been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute for over 15 years.

Kenneth Joseph Mawritz, Jr.

Title: Adjunct Professor, Drexel University, Lebow College of Business

Abstract Title: An Examination of Intra-Team Rivalry Effects on Individual/Team Performance, and Team Member Deviance

Kenneth “Ken” Mawritz is an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business where he teaches undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and leadership, and graduate courses on ethics. Prior to becoming an adjunct professor, Ken had a 10 year management career which began with a position as a retail store manager at a Fortune 500 organization where he was responsible for customer service, sales, operations, training, and safety. Ken also served as a client relations manager for a Fortune 100 organization where his responsibilities included maintaining client relationships, operations, consulting, and training.

Ken earned an MBA from Drexel University, and holds an undergraduate degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Salifu Mohammed’s passion for public service started 19 years ago when he joined the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of Unemployment Compensation Tax Services (PA OUCTS). In this role, Salifu conducts financial and payroll audits of employers to ensure their compliance with Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Tax Law. With over 15 years management experience, Salifu’s responsibilities include appraising the overall accomplishments of four offices, the effectiveness of supervision, level of standards maintained, and the working relationship with employers and the public. Salifu ensures that existing policies and procedures designed to detect and report potential fraud schemes are provided to and adhered to by all staff.

Salifu earned an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from Temple University. Salifu is also a graduate of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s two-year Management Development Institute.

Maureen Elizabeth Padgett

Title: Director of Software Development, CLS, Corporation Services Company.

Abstract Title: U.S. and Indian Managerial Boundary Spanning Behaviors in Globally Distributed Software Teams

Maureen Padgett has over twenty years of technology management experience, working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. The majority of Maureen’s career has been spent in the New York City area, where she was responsible for managing technology in the publishing industry. Maureen’s past roles include serving as the Vice President of IT, US for The Financial Times, and as the Director of Technology Management at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Most recently, Maureen changed industries to take a role as the Director of Software Development at the Corporation Service Company.

Maureen holds a Master’s in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester in the UK, earned a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University, and received her Bachelor’s in Communication. Maureen holds multiple technology certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, IT Service Management Professional, Certified ScrumMaster, and Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner.

Dena Pizzutti

Title: Senior Marketing Manager, Wawa

Abstract Title: The Impact of A Soda Tax on Aggregated Consumer Behavior

Dena Pizzutti is a Senior Marketing Manager at Wawa, where she is responsible for loyalty and mobile app marketing. She joined Wawa in 2014 to launch their loyalty program and currently works to generate member engagement, produce targeted campaigns, and leverage consumer insights in driving app enhancements. Previously, Dena served as the Senior Marketing Manager at CVS and focused on ExtraCare, the country’s largest retail loyalty program. While at CVS, she led the email marketing program, driving increased sales while bringing a deeper level of personalization to customer messages. Overall, she has more than fifteen years’ experience in sales and marketing.

Dena received an MBA from Boston College with a concentration in Marketing Informatics. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, where she currently serves as a member of the Marketing Board.

Joanne DeFusco Santomauro

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Ancillare, LP USA

Abstract Title: An Exploration of the Global Clinical Trial Ancillary Supply Chain and the Drivers of Success During the Pre, In, and Post Phases

Joanne Santomauro is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ancillare, LP. Santomauro’s 35 year supply chain expertise led the company to launch a market leading model and over the last decade she and her teams were dedicated to innovating, developing, enhancing and expanding the Ancillare A-TKO™ supply chain model. Ancillare received the US Department of Commerce’s Star Award for Exports in 2015 and was listed as one of the fastest growing companies in 2012-2015.

Joanne completed the 200 Growing Entrepreneurs Program, Tuck School of Business Executive Program, was the recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2011, and is currently nominated for the 2016 Marcum Innovator of the Year Award. Joanne serves on several boards, including the Young Men and Women in Charge MWIC Foundation, whose mission is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers through academic tutoring, mentoring, and financial assistance programs.

Tamara Barbara Schwartz

Title: Owner, Llamrai Enterprises LLC

Abstract Title: A Dynamic Cyber-Based View of the Firm

Tamara Schwartz is an independent consultant, an Adjunct Professor at Gettysburg College, a retired Air Force Officer, and a recognized innovator with over 20 years of National Security experience. Tamara previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Enterprise Networking, where her thought leadership informed the design of various command centers supporting Joint Space, Cyber, and Global Strategic Operations, as well as the National Military Command Center. During her work at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan earned her the 2011 Information Operations Officer of the Year and an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Massachusetts Veteran of the Year. Comfortable with ambiguity and the complexity of today’s information driven organizations, Tamara is known for her game-changing, collaborative strategies to drive technological, cultural and process innovation. Her current roster of clients includes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SAS Federal, and Oblong Industries.

James Alvin Smith, Jr.

Title: President and CEO, Jim Smith Jr. International

Abstract Title: Degrees of Authenticity at Work: Refuting the Either/Or Paradigm

Jim Smith Jr., better known as “Mr. Energy,” is a Philadelphia native and a mainstay in the professional and personal development world. Founder and CEO of Jim Smith International, Jr., for nearly 20 years he has helped individuals and organizations perform at levels never before imagined. Jim is a speaker, trainer, and coach, he’s a Limitless Living expert, and a three-time best-selling author. In addition to working on his fourth book, his Jim’s Journal blog helps to further the reach of the JIMPACT he regularly employs face-to-face. His last book, The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You, was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award. Prior to JSJI, Jim worked for Prudential, Vanguard and CoreStates Bank.

Jim earned a Master’s in Journalism from Temple University, and obtained a Bachelor’s in English from Widener University.

David W. Sorich

Title: Instructor, Management, US Coast Guard Academy

Abstract Title: The Role of Motivation and Aspiration in Informing Entrepreneurial Strategy and Supporting Satisfaction

David Sorich currently serves as an Instructor in the Management Department at the United States Coast Guard Academy and holds adjunct roles with the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College. David spent 9 years serving on active duty in the U. S. Navy on the USS Bluefish (SSN-675), the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), and overseas in the United Kingdom. After separation from the navy, David spent over 12 years in various operations and project management roles with Staples Inc.

David is originally from Utah and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and earned his MBA from the London Business School in 2002.

Dori Shae Taylor

Title: Global Product Marketing Program Manager, AGILENT Technologies

Abstract Title: Role of Social Media in B2B CEO Thought Leadership

Dori “Shae” Taylor currently serves as a Global Marketing Manager at Agilent Technologies, Inc. where she manages several product marketing programs, and has been driving business growth and new service development in the newly formed Laboratory Enterprise Division. This unique opportunity allows Shae to embrace an entrepreneurial program within a corporate environment. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Shae has presented at multiple industry events highlighting these programs.

Shae earned her MBA from the University of Richmond, and holds two BS degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biology, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shae is a member of the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Shae leads the SWE Council at Agilent, organizes a delegation to the National conference each year, serves on the Corporate Partnership Council of SWE, and has been a speaker at the conference on several occasions.z

Jessica Sage Thrasher

Title: Vice President of Merchant Sales & Strategy for Payliance

Abstract Title: The Unintended Consequences on Industry Mandrates: How EMV is Changing the U.S. Payments Landscape

Jessica Thrasher has over fifteen years of experience in sales and sales leadership, and currently serves as TransFirst’s Director of Business Development. Prior to her current role, Jessica served as a Team Lead and Sales Representative for TSYS Merchant Solutions, and as a Senior Marketing Consultant for infoUSA. She has earned numerous performance and leadership awards throughout her career. In addition to a successful career in business, Jessica also works as an adjunct professor of business for Wright Career Colleges, and has taught courses in entrepreneurship, ethics, small business management, and organizational behavior at the undergraduate level.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from Bellevue University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary.

Ryan Sean Townsend

Title: Regional Operations Manager, Kenny Construction

Abstract Title: Successful Infrastructure Construction Project Execution

Ryan Townsend is the Regional Operations Manager for the Northeast Region of Kenny Construction’s Power Division, covering a territory of 9 states and 24 electric utilities. Kenny currently manages billions of dollars of electrical system transmission and substation upgrades across the region and ensures the work is performed safely, on time, and on budget.

Ryan holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and a certified Project Management Professional. Ryan also serves as a Coast Guard Reserve Officer, where he completed the Joint Professional Military Education course at the Naval War College.

Sherry Lee Williams

Title: Director, Risk Assurance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Abstract Title: Closing the Financial Inclusion Gap: Financial Services Provider Selection Criteria as Drivers of Choice

Sherry Williams is an internal audit and risk management professional with extensive experience leading, designing and executing controls and compliance strategies. Sherry currently serves as a Director in the Risk Assurance practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she provides internal audit services to clients in the financial services industry. She has over 20 years of experience leading various internal audit functions within large financial services institutions where her primary focus has been technology, finance, and risk management.

Sherry earned her MBA from the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. She is a 2010 graduate of the Stonier School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Shauna Dilworth Yeldell

Title: Banking & Finance Professional

Abstract Title: Impact of Microfinance Institutions for Female Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Philadelphia, PA

Shauna has over 23 years of banking and finance experience with a focus on commercial lending transactions facilitating community development. Throughout her career, Shauna has developed an affinity for sustainable communities through the financial inclusion of every social economic division of the economy as evidenced by her Master of Science thesis titled, “Assessing the Need for a Microfinance Institution.” Shauna is hopeful the Executive DBA program will strengthen her business acumen in the areas of sustainability, innovation and strategic management.

Shauna holds an MSA degree with a concentration in Finance from Lincoln University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and serves as a consultant for projects involving enterprise development.

Qiuping Zhang

Title: Vice President, Risk Management & Finance Manager, CHUBB & Son Insurance Corporation

Abstract Title: Property & Casualty Insurers’ Loss Accrual Transparency & Its Impact on M&A Value

Qiuping Zhang currently serves as an executive finance and business consultant, providing financial and business operations expertise to global and domestic Insurance Management Agencies, and works to help clients achieve and exceed targeted expense savings goals. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Qiuping worked for Chubb & Son Insurance for over 18 years in a variety of capacities, including Controller, Senior Internal Auditor, and Vice President of Finance and Risk Management for Chubb Global Administration. One of her key responsibilities was being accountable for developing and implementing best practice strategies for ongoing supplier credit risk management, and responsible for providing complete financial consulting support to the Global Strategic Sourcing Department. Qiuping is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickson University, where she teaches Financial and Managerial Accounting in the MBA program.
Qiuping received a Master’s in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Benefits You’ll Be Receiving

Hands-on support and relations with industry, faculty, and other doctoral Alumni members.

Advance your research with copywriters, trainings, and workshops at your service.

Invitations to attend all DBA and Translational Research Center related events and activities.

Eligibility to receive seed-funding through our Young Scholars Forum and Research Paper Competition.

Ability to publish peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences.

Receive deals and discounts as an alum with our hotel partnerships. Visit our campus travel page.

Eligibility for Alumni Awards! Awards are sponsored and presented by the alumni association to recognize the successes and achievements of distinguished Fox School alumni.

The opportunity to reunite and reconnect with other Owl Alumni!

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