Implementation Manager, UnitedHealth Group
Sherry Carroll provides leadership on new business implementation to clients who have purchased Medicare and Retirement products. In this role, Sherry works closely with practice leadership, internal product experts, and the operations team to drive the implementation contractual timeline and keep it on track. Her previous positions at UnitedHealth Group include roles managing client Quality and Risk programs.
Sherry holds a BBA in accounting from Temple University, and she finalized her MBA with a Health Administration concentration. Sherry is an active member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She earned Lean Six Sigma and Change Acceleration Process certifications during her time at General Electric and a Lean Leadership certificate at UnitedHealth Group.
Director of Operations, Girl Scouts of the USA
Amanda Chehrezad has a multidisciplinary background tackling diverse challenges in international development and global business in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As the Director of Overseas Operations for the Girl Scouts of the USA, she led the organization’s implementation of a new operating model, office and staffing restructure, and adoption of a customer relationship management system.
Previously, Ms. Chehrezad served as the TOMODACHI Women’s Leadership Program Manager for the U.S.- Japan Council where she provided expertise on women’s leadership challenges and opportunities on the global stage. Additionally, Ms. Chehrezad was responsible for the strategic management of multi-million- dollar capacity building projects under the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section in Mexico. She has also guided multiple start-ups, founded her own business and launched a consulting career.
Ms. Chehrezad holds an MBA from Temple University, Japan and a BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.
Vice President of Talent, Diversity, & Compliance, Wagner College
Jazzmine Clarke-Glover began her human resources career as a recruitment coordinator at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. After nine years in various HR roles with CUNY (at both The Graduate Center and New York City College of Technology), she joined Wagner College, a small private liberal arts college in Staten Island, NY, as Director of Human Resources. She was promoted to the Chief Human Resources Officer & Title IX Coordinator, and she is now the Vice President of Talent, Diversity & Compliance at Wagner.
Jazzmine is passionate about HR & community outreach. She has been an active member in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ New York Metro chapter for more than five years, where she has served in various roles and now serves as the Past President. She is also a member and advocacy leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, and she is a member of various other HR organizations. Also active in her community, she enjoys volunteering for various projects through NY Cares and through her church, The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Jazzmine received her BA in sociology from Boston College and an MS in industrial and labor relations from Baruch College.
Jennifer Deerman is an international Real Estate Broker who specializes in selling estate properties and 1031 exchanges. Prior to starting a Real Estate Brokerage 12 years ago, Jennifer owned a clothing retail franchise company for 5 years before she sold it. She is a partner in her family owned manufacturing business in Fort Worth Texas, where she remains on the board of directors. After diverse ventures and a successful entrepreneurial career, Jennifer consults with executives in their business and career strategies. She has expertise in strategic buyouts, finance M & A, and strategic positioning (sale and acquisition). Jennifer enjoys serving as an adjunct professor for undergraduates in Real Estate Law and Valuations at TCU Neeley School of Business in Ft. Worth Texas, where she finds herself influencing the next generation.
Jennifer received her BA from SW Assemblies of God University and her MBA from Texas Christian University. She enjoys outdoor activities and traveling historic destinations with her family. The Cape of Good Hope remains the most spectacular site to which they have travelled.
Director of Operations, Oakland California Temple, The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints
Daniel Haws is an operations management professional who specializes in leadership and organizational development. Daniel has an extensive background in the development and delivery of training programs and project management. He’s worked in both the Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Division of a medical technology company that made the world’s first heart ablation catheter and in the Employee Information and Services Organization at Intel Corporation, where he managed cross-functional teams and led a project to help centralize human resource services into a single call center. Further, he served a career in law enforcement, three years of which he was the lead Force Options Simulator Program Instructor (Train-the-Trainer) for the state of California.
Daniel has a BA in management from Saint Mary’s College of California and an MBA in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Daniel is a devoted husband and father of five children.
Senior Consultant & Adjunct Professor, New York University
Burdin Hickok is an adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University – School of Professional Studies, where he teaches corporate finance, macroeconomics, and international business management. He has over 25 years of global financial markets experience in client-facing positions with top tier New York investment banks including Lehman Brothers, Swiss Bank and Bankers Trust. Following his career on Wall Street, Mr. Hickok served for three years in Iraq as an economic advisor to the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Iraq. While serving in Iraq he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Expeditionary Diplomacy Award. Mr. Hickok continues as an occasional guest contributor on CNBC where he discusses the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria as well as developments in the volatile global oil markets.
Mr. Hickok has a BA from Denison University and conducted graduate work in international economics and politics at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.
Senior Director of Aviation, Nike Flight
John Gale, Senior Director of Aviation – Nike Flight, leads Nike, Inc’s international flight department based in Portland, OR. John has held numerous senior leadership roles in both Fortune 100 companies and in the military as a Director and Senior Director of Aviation, Global Operations, Maintenance and Logistics. Originally from Upstate New York, he has lived all over the United States and spent a significant amount of time in various places around the globe primarily in Asia and the Middle East.
John’s formal education includes an MBA from Boston University as well as a MA in Strategic Planning and Public Relations from George Washington University. Additionally, he earned a professional certification in Business Leadership and Change Management from Cornell University, completed the Aviation Safety Officer curriculum at the United States Naval Post Graduate School and is a National Business Aviation Association Certified Aviation Manager (CAM).
John is an International Captain, an FAA designated flight instructor and a former United States Marine Corps Officer with over 8,000 hours of total flight time, having earned type ratings in 9 different aircraft. John is an active member of the National Business Aviation Association, former New Jersey Aviation Association board member and currently serves as an officer of the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association board of directors.
Chief Operations Officer, Perfecta
Tim Gentry is a thought leader in value chain disruption and revenue acceleration. His body of work exhibits a true understanding of how to leverage market forces to extract and defend value. He is currently leading Perfecta, a secure Unified Communications and Cyber SaaS business for enterprise customers. He is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, teaching strategic business development courses for leaders. He provides strategic direction for several companies on understanding business transformation/growth and has been globally recognized as a thought leader in both SaaS and Augmented Reality industries. Tim has worked for several SaaS-based solutions companies that provided APIs to enterprise clients and continues to serve as a board member.
Tim holds a BS in business administration from Salisbury University and an MBA from American University, Washington, DC, and he graduated from the Professional Leadership Development Program (PLD) at Harvard Business School.
Director of Operational Excellence, NAVEX Global
Abdul Green is the Director of Operational Excellence for the world’s largest ethics and compliance SaaS company, supporting the complex and intricate compliance programs of many Fortune 100 and 1000 companies. He oversees the operational activities of three domestic compliance centers in addition to two international centers, ensuring the continued success of all stakeholders engaged in the business of compliance reporting. His career has enabled him to travel globally and assist in implementing sustainable solutions for organizations that are interested in protecting their people, reputation and bottom line. Abdul also has experience in consulting, change management and process improvement, and he lends his talents to non- profit organizations in the greater Charlotte area and surrounding communities.
Abdul earned his BA in English from the University of N.C. at Charlotte and completed his MBA at Queens University of Charlotte.
Head of Consumer Analytics, Verizon.
Ansar Kassim is the Head of Consumer Analytics at Verizon. In this role, his team guides business decisions for the company based on data driven insights. Prior to this role, he was responsible for development, operations and customer adoption of digital properties at Verizon. He was the Chief Architect of omni-channel transformation and spearheaded the development of a large self-service mobile app that attracted industry-leading user adoption.
Prior to Verizon, he held multiple leadership roles at Virtusa Corporation and Wipro Technologies. At Virtusa, he was the Global Head of Mobile Solutions, where he helped his clients transform their Digital landscape to succeed in a Mobile First world.
He has filed several patents and is now focusing his research on applying Artificial Intelligence to guide business decisions. Ansar earned his BS in Engineering from University of Kerala and completed his MBA from the University of Warwick.
Senior Director of Emergency Services, NYU Langone Health
Kerry Mackey began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force and was commissioned via the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps’ College Scholarship. Kerry spent 12 years in the military. He is currently the Senior Director of Emergency Services at NYU Langone Health and has extensive experience in hospital operations serving both pediatric and adult patient populations. Kerry previously held roles as an administrative fellow and in practice management for Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery (Cardiac Intensive Care, Cath Lab and Perfusion Services).
Kerry attended Tennessee State University for his undergraduate studies, earning a BS in Healthcare Administration and Planning. He earned his MS in administration with a concentration in health services administration from Central Michigan University. In addition, he received his MBA with a concentration in finance from La Salle University.
VP and US Life Insurance CIO, Genworth
Michael McGarry has been Genworth’s Chief Information Officer since July 2016. Prior to that, he served as Genworth’s Chief Technology Officer from 2001 to 2016, where he was responsible for finance systems, sourcing and security, and represented Information Technology, Operations and Sourcing during business acquisition and divestiture negotiations. Mike held positions of increasing responsibility, predominantly in Information Technology, at General Electric’s Lighting division prior to joining Genworth in 2001.
Mike received a BS in computer science from John Carroll University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is married to Michele, and they have three children: Shannon (20), Colin (22) and Brendan (25). He enjoys working out and is a volunteer youth soccer and basketball coach.
Chief Financial Officer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
John McKenna joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals as CFO in September 2017. Prior to (re)joining Novartis, he was the CFO, North America for Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca LP, which he joined in 2014. John began his career in the automotive industry, before moving to Novartis (Sandoz) Canada. He has held several CFO positions at the global and affiliate level within the Novartis Group, including with Alcon, CIBA VISION Corp. and Novartis Consumer Health.
Over the course of his career, John has acquired a variety of experiences in complex business circumstances including growth, turnarounds, transformations, acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, team building and organization leadership. He has cultivated skills in accounting, finance, operations, project management, procurement, supply chain, advanced analytics and decision-making.
John is a dual citizen (US, Canada) and holds degrees or certifications including B.Comm (McMaster), MA (Gonzaga), CPA (Canada) and CMA (USA). He is married, with two children.
Assistant Dean, Leon Hess Business School, Monmouth University
Janeth Merkle is the assistant dean of the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) at Monmouth University. As a member of the dean’s leadership team, she provides extensive support to the LHBS’ accreditation efforts. She developed and implemented the in-house mentoring program SEEMA (Student Enrichment and Engagement through Mentoring Activities), which connects business students with business executives. She also organized and implemented the Monmouth University Financial Literacy Program, which fosters collaboration among faculty, business students and high school partners in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. Janeth led several teams of students for entrepreneurial projects, including a literacy book for students in Bisate, Rwanda; a woman empowerment initiative for unemployed mothers in the Philippines, and an on- going water filtration project for Ghana.
Janeth earned a BS in computer science from Trinity University of Asia, a master of management from Technological University of the Philippines and an MBA from Monmouth University.
Entrepreneurship Expert and Professor, Howard Community College
Candice Miles is dedicated to helping create wealth through entrepreneurship and economic development in cities and countries across the world. As an educator, she works as a full-time faculty member at Howard Community College, helping students understand how entrepreneurship plays a role in their lives and helping them turn ideas into reality through courses like Entrepreneurship & Creativity, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Business Management and the Individualized
Entrepreneurship Program. In addition to owning her own small business, she has worked as a director for national non-profit organizations helping to spearhead entrepreneurship programs dedicated to empowering women and minorities in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Candice has a BS in chemical engineering from Howard University and an MS in taxation from American University.
Military Intelligence Officer, United States Army
Captain Kate Nelson is a US Army intelligence officer currently serving as the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Intelligence directorate Battle Captain at Ft. Shafter, HI. Kate’s prior assignments include 5th Special Forces Group (Kentucky), 82nd Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade (North Carolina), 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing (Nevada), and 715th Military Intelligence Battalion (Hawaii), where she commanded Bravo Company. She has over thirteen years of military service and has deployed three times to Afghanistan and Iraq.
She holds two master’s degrees, a master of military studies and a master of sport management, which she earned in Australia. She earned her BA in marketing communications from Chaminade University in Hawaii. Kate is passionate about serving her community through volunteer work ranging from beach clean ups and coaching youth basketball to empowering special needs adults, earning her the Military Outstanding
Volunteer Service Medal.
Chief Strategy Officer, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Najja Orr is chief strategy officer for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). He is passionate about strategic planning, project management and process improvement. Prior to coming to PCA in 2017, Najja had worked for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging since 2002, serving as that agency’s director since 2011.
Najja currently serves as board chair of PCA Care Connections, has served as chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Cultural Diversity Advisory Council, and the Bucks County Commissioners Senior Task Force; president of Bucks County Foundation for Aging and Innovations Home Care; and board secretary and southeast regional representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A). Prior to working in the field of aging, he worked with children and behavioral health consumers.
Najja received a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College and an MBA from Drexel University.
Process Lead for Integrated Business Planning, Campbell’s
Ankur Raj is a supply chain professional with over 15 years of experience in end-to-end supply chain planning processes, including demand management, network optimization, logistics, inventory optimization and integrated business planning across CPG, Hi-Tech and Automotive industry verticals. He currently works as a Process Lead for Integrated Business Planning service at Campbell’s, where he oversees implementation of industry best practices to improve customer fill rate and reduce working capital requirements across the enterprise. Prior to Campbell’s, Ankur worked with IBM Global Business Services, where he led global supply chain transformation projects and conducted supply chain assessments to identify improvement opportunities for clients.
Ankur received his MBA in supply chain management from the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management at IIT Bombay, and he has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from NIT Jamshedpur.
Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
Amit Serusi is an Israeli-born Business Consultant at Deloitte Consulting with managerial experience in information technology and business. Amit has worked in various industries, including banking, consulting, aerospace, health and fitness, and served in an elite unite in the Israeli Army (IDF) for 3 years. In his professional experience, he had the opportunity to manage large teams, lead projects, build business plans, and manage operations.
Additionally, Amit is an entrepreneur who before joining Deloitte held a leadership position in the technology department at Bank Hapoalim, the largest bank in Israel. His passion for health and fitness led him to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavor: establishing a fitness center in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Amit earned his BS in industrial engineering and management from Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and his MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Senior Consultant & Advisor
Veronica A. Williams, a globally recognized authority on finance and technology, is an acclaimed author and professional speaker. Williams’ sweet spot of expertise lies in the intersection between finance, operations and technology. Featured in the book entitled Women Who Mean Business, Williams has worked with major clients such as American Express, IBM, Motorola, V erizon and the IntercontinentalExchange. Prior to ACT Inc., Williams held line and staff positions at Control Data, AT&T, IBM and Fujitus. She serves on corporate boards, as an Arbitrator Chairperson for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and as a judge for international professional competitions. Williams has authored several books and over 10 articles.
Williams attended graduate programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management (USA) and the École Superiere des Sciences Economiques et Commerçiales-ESSEC (France). She holds a Kellogg MBA in Finance and Economics, a PgMP®, PMP®, and ITIL® credentials.
Senior Technology Executive, SAP Business Transformation Group
Guillermo B. Vazquez is a senior technology executive and a Principal in the elite SAP Business Transformation Group, leading multimillion-dollar SAP global programs with Fortune 500 Companies. He has been implementing supply management solutions such as sales and distribution, purchasing management, intercompany processing and global intelligent tax supply chains for more than twenty years. He also led the fourth SAP HANA implementation in the world.
Guillermo holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Engineering in Technology Management and Business Strategy and Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School.
Founder, MW Consulting, Inc. Co-Founder, Teach Ventures, Inc.
Monika is a proud world traveler and serial entrepreneur who Founded MW Consulting, Inc. (MWC), Co-Founded Teach Ventures, Inc. and her newest venture is a thriving e-Commerce business, AccessoryHut.com, which has been recognized by Amazon as a top performer. MWC experienced year over year growth and includes Fortune 100 clients. She has consulted and run workshops for clients such as Chevron, American Heart Association and Accenture. Teach Ventures, Inc is one of the Top 10 recruiting companies in China and continues to break barriers for American teachers looking to teach in China.
Monika earned her BBA and MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently publishing her first semi-autobiographical book, Homeless Millionaire, which is due to be released by the end of 2019.
President & CEO, The Bob Andrews Group, LLC
Bob Andrews has spent a lifetime transforming his personal passions into successful business and philanthropic pursuits. During his career, Bob has fought refinery and chemical plant fires, chased fugitives with his K-9 partner, investigated train wrecks, designed complex fire protection systems, restored vintage Pennsylvania Railroad Pullman cars, and kept our first responders safe. He is a highly regarded international lecturer and is passionate about life-long learning.
Bob earned a B.Sc. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.Sc. in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the United States Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and Michigan State University’s Railway Management Program. Bob has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas for 33 years and has been a Licensed Texas Master Peace Officer for 27 years. Bob is a proud Philadelphia native, and equally proud to be an adopted Texan.
Senior Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development, Bank of America
Joe Bonito has experience in consulting, organizational effectiveness and human resources and is currently a SVP, Learning & Leadership Development Executive at Bank of America (BOA). His teams provide consulting in organizational effectiveness, talent management, leadership development and cultural change to C-suite executives.
Before joining BOA, Joe held several leadership positions at Pfizer Inc. and Coach at the corporate and divisional levels. In both organizations, his teams were responsible for enterprise-wide HR capital processes. In addition, Joe started up and/or led internal consulting groups.
In addition, Mr. Bonito was a Principal at Rath & Strong, Inc., a management-consulting firm as well as held HR positions at McNeil Consumer Healthcare and sales at Procter & Gamble. He holds a BA from Boston College, a MS from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Human Resource from Rutgers University. He has been active in a variety of leadership and ministry roles in educational, religious and community organizations.
Chief of Staff, Prudential Financial
David Brown, Jr., is an executive coach and Vice President, Process Excellence and Chief of Staff at Prudential Financial. He has led teams and provided strategic consult to product and service lines that include credit cards, mortgages, facilities maintenance, asset management, individual life insurance and annuities. Despite growing success in his career, a personal tragedy led David to spend time away from corporate America where he penned his first book, Letters for Lucia: 8 Principles for Navigating Adversity, which chronicles the international parental abduction of his 11-month old daughter. The experience of writing of his book sparked a search for deeper meaning on how he could contribute to the success of leaders and organizations through coaching.
David earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware. He completed his Executive MBA at Villanova’s School of Business where he also served as an adjunct professor.
Senior Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Scott Bunks is a Senior Manager at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) with 15 years of experience in Finance and Compliance. Currently, Scott is a member of the Health Care Compliance & Privacy Data Science & Risk Management team and is responsible for leading J&J’s Enterprise Risk Assessment process and for providing the organization with advanced metrics and dashboards to support the compliance program.
Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and his Master of Science in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. Scott obtained his Healthcare Compliance Certification from Seton Hall Law, is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP), and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Assistant Dean, Outreach and Undergraduate Programs, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University
Patricia Ciavarello is the assistant dean of outreach and undergraduate programs at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. She directs all programming for over 1,400 undergraduate business students and manages branding and outreach efforts, including the Zarb School’s online and social footprint. Patricia also cultivates employer, alumni and community relationships, developing distinctive experiential opportunities for students and teaches marketing at the undergraduate level. She also has extensive experience within the healthcare industry. Patricia coordinated all marketing efforts for an entire hospital network, creating campaigns that generated over $1 million for six consecutive years and increased visits to over 1 million annually. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science Degrees in Marketing from Hofstra University.
Chief Consumer Connections Officer, Doner
Marcus Collins is an advertising executive and a translator of human behavior. As a recipient of Advertising Age’s ’40 Under 40′ award, Marcus serves as the Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner, where he helps brands create culturally contagious ideas. His strategies and creative contributions have led to the success of PotBelly’s ‘Feed Your Smile’ campaign, Budweiser’s ‘Made In America’ music festival, the launch of the Brooklyn Nets (Hello Brooklyn!), and State Farm’s ‘Cliff Paul’ campaign. Before advertising, he led iTunes + Nike sport music initiatives at Apple and ran digital strategy for Beyoncé.
Beyond the boardroom, Marcus is also a faculty member at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, as a Golden Apple Award nominated lecturer of marketing and Co-Director of the Yaffe Digital Media Initiative. He holds an MBA with an emphasis on Strategic Brand Marketing from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Material Science Engineering. He is a proud Detroit native, a devoted husband, and loving father.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Database Technologies (DBT), Ntirety and his newest venture LicenseFortress. DBT experienced triple-digit growth and was recognized by Deloitte & Touche as the 51st fastest growing technology company in the U.S. and was sold to Level 3 Communications. Ntirety was one of the first Managed Service companies focused on Database Services and was sold to HOSTING. In 2017, Michael was recognized as #42 of the top 100 most influential people in the “cloud industry.” He is also a recognized Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Oracle ACE, and VMware vExpert.
Michael is a Past President of the Independent Oracle Users Group, Founder of the Professional Association of SQL Server, and current President of the IOUG VMware SIG. Michael is the original Oracle Press author, a regular columnist for the Big Data Quarterly and his newest book is Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right from VMware Press.
Vice President, Human Resources & Labor Relations/CHRO, Cedar Cove Healthcare Management Group
Ruben Delgado is an HR professional with 24 years of human resources experience. Ruben currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Cedar Cove Healthcare Management Group and is responsible for leading and managing the HR and labor relations functions. For the past 13 years, Ruben has also served as an adjunct faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has taught HR related courses to undergraduate students.
Ruben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; a Master of Science in Human Resources Management, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Education (Higher Ed. Administration), and a PhD in Education (Higher Ed. Administration) from Claremont Graduate University.
Ruben is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP), and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Academic Director, MBA Program, Suffolk University
Jodi is an accomplished organizational consultant and educator with a foundation in operational change management. Her mission is to help realize gender equity in the workplace as soon as possible. In addition to being Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Orange Grove Consulting, Jodi is Clinical Professor of Management and Academic MBA Program Director at Suffolk University, Boston, MA. She has worked in organizational development for over 25 years, transforming the way people work at small and large companies. Jodi designs top-tier women’s leadership training for clients that include Skillsoft and Linkage. She has consulted and run workshops for clients such as Accenture, Microsoft Partners, Dimension Data and Oracle. She is co-author of the book, The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life.
Jodi earned her B. Sc. in Management Science from Virginia Tech, her MA in International Development Policy from Duke University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration at Temple University.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Talent Management, RTI International
Bucky Fairfax is a recognized HR leader in international HR and emerging markets with over 20 years of progressive experience as a global human resources leader. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Talent Management at RTI International overseeing Global Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Learning, Talent Analytics, Performance Management, and Diversity and Inclusion. His previous positions at RTI include Vice President and Senior HR Business Partner and Vice President for HR and International Offices. He has also held HR leadership and key positions at Conservation International and ChildFund International.
Bucky holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MBA from Averett University, a certificate for Advanced HR Executive from the University of Michigan, is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management, and is an executive member for Humentum.
Founder, Farhat Accounting Lectures
Mansour Farhat is a founder of Farhat Accounting Lectures. Farhat Accounting Lectures is a platform for helping Accounting students, CPA and CMA candidates achieving their goals. Currently, Mansour is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Community College of Philadelphia. Mansour is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and runs his own Accounting firm. Mansour is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Mansour earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance and a Master in accountancy from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Consultant, Change Management
Kenneth (Ken) Hudson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the youngest of six children. He can be found spending time with his family including many nieces and nephews. Ken currently works for one of the top five banks in Canada as a Senior Change Consultant. He has worked for CIBC for 21 years. Ken has received his Bachelor of Science, Masters in Business Administration and his Masters in Public Administration. In his spare time, Ken can be found in the gym as a student in group fitness or teaching a Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX), Kickboxing or Spin class. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of his church and a non-profit low income housing organization, The Preston Area Housing Fund. In addition he sits on the Board of Directors for the recreation centre, Cole Harbour Place.
Business Development & Strategy Director, Anthem
Mike James has over 10 years in the health care sector and is currently in charge of stakeholder engagement across multiple markets at Anthem. In this role, Mike is responsible for developing and leading the execution of a comprehensive market stakeholder engagement and outreach strategy to position Anthem for success for new or existing Medicaid opportunities within the Medicaid pipeline. Prior to this, Mike spent several years on Wall St. working for Empire BlueCross BlueShield in various roles from Director of Product Development/Chief of Staff, Assistant Vice President, and Marketing officer where Mike led the charge for the integration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Mike also led the organization through multiple acquisitions, mergers, and brand change. Mike earned his BA in Communication from Kean University, Marketing from Wharton Business School, and MBA, GM from University of Phoenix.
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Manager, APL Logistics
Alex Klein is the Senior Supply Chain Solutions Manager at APL Logistics, a global 3PL where he has been employed for the last 20 years. He works with Sales and Business Development, creating supply chain solutions in response to RFPs. He also supports the existing client base, analyzing supply chain processes and making recommendations for improvement. Past experiences include warehousing and transportation Management for a warehousing company in New York and Chicago, as well as corporate strategic management for Conrail, a Tier I US domestic freight railroad.
His educational background includes a BBA from George Washington University in Logistics, Operations and Materials Management and an MBA from Temple University in General and Strategic Management. He was certified by IIEI as an International Trade Logistics Specialist in 2001 and serves as Board Chairman of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.
President, Pride Electrical Systems, Inc., and Principal, Rye Electric, Inc.
Christian (Chris) Libutti is a United States Army Veteran who proudly served overseas and currently owns two construction companies. Chris contributes his teamwork and leadership style to serving in the U.S. Army, playing and coaching sports. Chris has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, working his way from an apprentice to now a successful owner. Chris has designed and built some of the largest projects across the United States, often times beating the budget and delivering the project safely on time.
Chris earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and his MBA from Stetson University. Chris holds an electrical contractor’s license in both California and Florida, as well as a general contractor’s license. Chris is certified as a Project Management Professional, Design-Build Professional and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Professional.
Entrepreneur and Educator
Mo McGuinness is an executive and professional entrepreneur with a 35-year track record of success. She is president of Sylvester’s Fine Foods, Inc., co-owner/operator of Roberto’s, and a private investor and manager of commercial real estate. Her two dynamic restaurants are known for their support of local agriculture, community involvement and “green” practices; Sylvester’s has won multiple “Best of the Valley” awards. As an educator, Mo is an adjunct professor of Business in the School of Science and Management at Bay Path University. She serves as both a volunteer and a board member on several local charities. She is an avid skier and five-time marathon runner.
Mo has earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices from Bay Path University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a concentration in business, economic and political science.
Cybersecurity Professional, Wells Fargo
Dr. Calvin Nobles is a cybersecurity scientist and practitioner with 26 years of experience. He authored a book on the integration of technologically advanced aircraft in general aviation. His personal story is featured in the book, Black Men Changing the Narrative Through Education.
Calvin works for Wells Fargo as a Cybersecurity Professional and Privileged Access Policy Analyst supporting the Enterprise Access Management Directorate. He serves as the Chairman, Cybersecurity and Information Technology Advisory Board for the Maryland Center and Bowie State University. Calvin has fulfilled various executive-level leadership positions.
Calvin continues to serve on several national-level cyber councils and associations to shape national-level policies and technological issues in cybersecurity. He routinely presents at cybersecurity conferences, serves as a keynote speaker, and a panel member. He is highly sought for thought leadership on difficult cybersecurity issues and topics.
Calvin Hobbes has a PhD in Management and Engineering Technology from Northcentral University, and a MS in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, among other degrees.
Chair, Undergraduate Accounting Program, Bay Path University
Decorti Rodgers-Tonge has more than 15 years of experience in internal and compliance audits, and risk consulting. She has in-depth experience in designing, leading and ensuring successful execution of engagements. She also has facilitated training sessions related to productive organizational collaborations, time management, operational efficiencies and building professional habits to improve career success. Decorti currently serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate Accounting Program at Bay Path University, where she provides visionary leadership for the Undergraduate Accounting Program, facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses, advises and mentors students, proactively addresses retention issues, develops curricula, and assesses academic programs.
Decorti earned her MSAT from the University of Hartford, her MBA from Western New England University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
Director of Nursing Systems, NYU Langone Health
Kirstie is a Nurse Executive with 25 years of healthcare experience – 15 years as a registered professional nurse and 10 years of progressive nursing leadership experience. In her role as the Director of Nursing Systems at NYU Langone Health, she oversees nursing finance and operations in an acute care, matrixed environment. She has extensive experience creating and executing strategies linked to mission-critical priorities such as quality outcomes, operational efficiency, employee engagement and patient experience. She is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Nursing Administration Program at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Kirstie earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She also holds an advanced Nurse Executive certification (NEA-BC) from the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Head of Customer Research, Capital Group
Mike Van Wyk is the global Head of Customer Research for Capital Group. Mike has 20 years of industry experience with a focus on using behavioral research to generate insights that drive business growth. Mike joined Capital Group in 2015 after a 17-year career with Procter & Gamble. At P&G, Mike had a wide-ranging career experiences with progressively higher levels of responsibility. At P&G, Mike led consumer insight teams for Health Care, Beauty Care, and Western Europe, as well as the global consumer research capabilities for Behavioral Science, Advanced Analytics and Strategy Development.
Mike holds a B.S from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently resides in Valencia, California.
Practice Manager, Big Data & Analytics, Datastrong
Partha is a Sr. Technology Advisor with primary focus in Data Management and Business Analytics. His specialties include Business Architecture, Data & Analytics Strategy, Business-IT alignment, Leadership and Management. He has a proven track record of building effective teams, managing P&L and growing revenue. He is currently leading few Business Transformation initiatives for Datastrong’s key accounts. Partha has more than 14 years of experience in the information technology and services sector. His career has traversed various industries, including life sciences, book publishing, consulting, customer service, higher education, hedge funds and software development.
Partha earned his MS in Business Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University, where he graduated with distinction. Partha is a member of the International Business Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. He holds multiple professional certifications and credentials related to big data & analytics, process design and project management.
Founder, Wells Group
Sean is a driven, focused professional whose purpose is to enrich lives by providing opportunity, hope and empowerment through collective success. He describes himself as an entrepreneur, mentor, investor, wellness enthusiast, and motivational speaker.
As a rising star with a far-reaching vision, Sean is the Founder of the Wells Group, a holding company and asset management firm with a diversified portfolio of companies in the consultative, health and wellness, real estate, investment and food and beverage industries. Sean also serves as a Senior Executive in his family-owned and operated company, IMSolutions, which specializes in providing professional services to the defense and federal sector.
Prior to joining IMSolutions, Sean has held several management positions in the non-profit and government sector. Sean holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work (BSW) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Vice President, Global Strategic Clients, Toll Global Forwarding
Matt is a logistics and supply chain professional with over 15 years of industry experience. He currently leads an Americas-based team of client relationship managers who design process, manage strategic function, and implement solutions for efficiency within clients supply chains. Matt focuses on multinational organizations seeking cycle time reductions while yielding improvements around cash flows and optimization. He has worked in various roles within the Logistics industry starting his career in pricing analytics, shifting to tender and implementation management and most recently in leading a group of key account managers. In addition to working in supply chain, Matt also lectures on the discipline of supply chain management at the collegiate level to both master and undergraduates students.
Matt earned his Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton with a concentration in finance. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB).
Project Manager, Dalichi Sankyo
Ram Arthanari has 12 years of extensive Project Management experience in software implementation. His career began as a senior application programmer at Prophet 21/Epicor, which led to a series of project leadership roles at Fujifilm, Emblem Health, and Independence Blue Cross over the course of 5-6 years. Ram returned to Epicor for a two-year stint as a Senior Project Manager before deciding to switch focus to the Life Sciences industry. Ram then joined Model N Inc. as a Senior Project Manager and specialized in Revenue Management software implementation for the Medtech/Pharma/Hi-tech industries. He led global implementations at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Pfizer. Ram left Model N to join ePharmasolutions in 2016 and is currently leading the implementation of clinical trial portals for a study startup at Daiichi Sankyo, while simultaneously managing up to 12 work streams and projects.
Ram graduated from Marist College with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Ram also earned an MBA from Drexel University. He is PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, and PSM I certified. Ram has a passion for teaching and hopes to transition into a scholarly practitioner faculty role in the future. He graduated from the AACSB bridge program held at UCLA in June 2017 and is certified as an instructional practitioner.
Mathematics Teacher, Mathnasium
Fatemeh Babaei Chahardeh was a business analyst, project leader, and cost specialist for almost 10 years at an Iranian home appliance company. She developed the culture of cost management in the traditional company and was able to implement the Activity Based Costing (ABC) project in the manufacturing company. She is experienced in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), 5S, and the Kanban and Kaizen concepts in different scopes. She also proposed modern ideas about the application of mathematical methods to new and quantitative solutions. Fatemeh teaches many mathematical fields, including geometry, calculus, algebra, trigonometry and operational research. She is currently researching innovative methods for prediction in business aspects.
Fatemeh completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance at Rasht University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Guilan University of Iran.
Finance Scholar Fellow, The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America
Matthew Brach is a Finance Scholar Fellow at The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America where he is focusing on financing and strategy issues related to small and medium sized businesses and investor selection methods of private equity fund managers. He has spent most of his career working with and in private equity funds, most notably at Argosy Group and Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group.
Matthew earned a BSA in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was twice awarded the Dingman Entrepreneur Scholarship. Matthew has inactive CPA licenses in Maryland and Pennsylvania and sits on the board of the Agora Institute.
Chief of Staff, Franklin University
In her role as Franklin University’s Chief of Staff, Christi Cabungcal is a member of the President’s cabinet. She works to support the achievement of organizational goals by aligning human capital and infrastructure strategies with the university’s mission and strategic plan. With more than 18 years of progressive leadership experience and a strong orientation toward employee engagement and professional development, Christi partners with university leadership to promote a culture of collaboration and empowerment by encouraging others to motivate, challenge, and support team members and colleagues. Christi is an active member of Human Resources and participates in key organizations, including the College and University Professionals in Human Resources, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Christi’s previous experience includes leadership roles with Sears, Roebuck and Co., Tailored Management, and MacTools.
Christi earned a BS in Psychology, as well as an MBA, both from Otterbein College. She supports her community as a member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Kitchen Cabinet, HRACO’s mentor program, and the executive board of the American Council on Education’s Ohio Women’s Network. Christi also serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Columbus.
Controller, Stockton University
Eleonora Carr has worked in higher education for over 15 years and is currently employed by Stockton University. She graduated from Rutgers College with a Degree in Economics with an Accounting Concentration and received her MBA from Georgian Court University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of NJ. She has 35 years of experience in the retail and manufacturing, not-for-profit, banking, and auditing industries. She was a tax manager at Citibank and an adjunct professor, teaching courses in finance and accounting. Eleonora also assisted in the founding of a non-profit organization for homeless families and served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Senior Strategic Technical Account Manager and Team Lead, Northeast Global Accounts at VMware
Michael Chillino is a Senior Strategic Technical Account Manager and Team Lead for the Northeast Global Accounts at VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. Michael manages the customer relationships and product portfolios for two of VMware’s largest customers. Additionally, he focuses on driving both product and services acceleration and adoption. Michael is currently leading ROI initiatives using data analytics and probability for decision optimization to grow VMware’s business. Michael has 17 years of experience in the information technology and services sector. His career has traversed various industries, including automotive, hotel, consulting, healthcare, and software. Before joining VMware, Michael was most recently an Enterprise Systems Engineer at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey.
Michael attended Bloomsburg University as an undergraduate and completed his BS in Information Technology at Capella University. Michael also has an Executive MBA from Rider University, where he graduated with distinction and is a member of the International Business Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
Chief Diversity Officer, The Citadel
Shawn Edwards is the Chief Diversity Officer at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is a historic, four-year, public, state, military institution. While her current focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Shawn has expertise in human resources and non-profit management and was previously an Associate Vice President at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Shawn has served on a number of panels, facilitated workshops and focus groups, and has presented at meetings, conferences, and organizations. She has served on several non-profit boards and volunteers in the community. Additionally, Shawn is an adjunct instructor for The Citadel, The College of Charleston, and Trident Technical College.
Shawn is a certified HR professional, having earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations. She earned her MBA from Walden University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Webster University.
Director of the Officership Program, United States Military Academy at West Point
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Faint is a career US Army officer currently serving as the director of the Officership Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to West Point, Charlie served in a variety of military assignments, including the 101st Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the Joint Special Operations Command. He deployed seven times to Afghanistan and Iraq and also served in Egypt and the Republic of Korea.
He holds three master’s degrees, the most recent of which is from Yale University. Concurrently with his job in the Army, Charlie owns and operates The Havok Journal, a mid-sized online publication focused on serving the Veteran Community. Charlie is due to retire from the Army in the summer of 2018 and looks forward to putting his Fox School education to work in a second career.
Founder, Ennovate LLC
Amin Husseini joined Arab Bank at its main office in Jordan in 1994, where he started his career in international banking. He was Executive Vice President and Head of Financial Institutions and Transactional Banking until 2009, when he moved to Bahrain to head the bank’s operations in that location. He served five years as the General Manager of the Arab Bank Off-Shore Banking Unit out of Manama, where his remit involved overseeing the bank’s retail and wholesale divisions and its regional client coverage. In January 2014, and after serving 20 years at Arab Bank, Amin joined Oman Arab Bank in Muscat as Chief Executive Officer. Amin completed a 4-year turnaround strategy, and as part of the succession plan, he appointed a local successor, stepped down from his position in Feb 2018 and served as Board Advisor until Aug 2018. Currently, Amin is the Managing Director and Founder of Ennovate LLC, a professional services company registered in UAE that specializes in providing financial solutions to regional companies.
Amin earned a BSc in Physics from Yarmouk University in Jordan and an MBA from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, USA.
Chair, Department of Business, School of Business at Central Penn College
Benjamin (Ben) Lipschutz is a retired United States Army veteran who currently holds the position of Chair, Department of Business in the School of Business at Central Penn College. After being medically retired from the service due to an injury incurred overseas, he started a second career in academics. Before transitioning to higher education, he previously taught business and career education at the high school level, in addition to special education at the middle school level. Ben utilizes his unique background in the college setting by creating engaging and innovative classroom experiences for his students through both on-ground and online formats. He teaches courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, finance, international business, organizational leadership, international business, insurance, investments, information management systems, and entrepreneurship. Ben’s research to date has focused on student learning processes and how e-learning platforms can help narrow the achievement gap of students.
Ben earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Central Penn College, and he went on to earn a BS in Business Education, an MBA, and a Masters in Special Education, all from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He also holds Pennsylvania State Teaching Certifications in Business Education and Special Education.
Assistant Vice President and Real Estate Analyst, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage
Gina McKeever is currently an Assistant Vice President and Real Estate Analyst at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, an industry leading commercial real estate company providing solutions for the life cycle of clients’ multifamily and commercial property assets. With more than 12 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, Gina is responsible for acquisition and disposition, asset review and financial analysis, investment strategy development, due diligence support, market overview and analysis, portfolio and property valuation, rehabilitation and repositioning feasibility analysis, potential development analysis, and formal loan submissions for Berkadia’s loan origination group. Most notably, Gina served as lead underwriter for the $200 million+ Freddie Mac refinance of a landmark building in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.
Gina received her MBA with a concentration in Real Estate from Monmouth University and a BA in Economics and BS in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Director, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson
Michael (Mike) Morand is a Trade Operations Director at Johnson & Johnson with over 12 years of experience working in various Supply Chain and Commercial roles. Mike is currently responsible for coordinating interdependent partnering across Strategic Customer Group and Brand teams to develop and implement business and trade channel strategies. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mike began his career in the United States Air Force as a Logistics Readiness Officer with service in 5 different countries.
Mike earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and was a Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Mike is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSSMBB), Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds several Supply Chain certifications.
Corporate Controller for a Solar Power Company
Paul Murphy currently serves as a corporate controller for a solar energy company, where he provides financial and business strategy expertise to domestic energy markets and works to help the company achieve and exceed targeted expense savings goals. Prior to working in solar power, Paul worked for a global manufacturing company, Thwing-Albert, Inc. His main responsibilities included developing and employing best practice strategies for managing the company’s accounting information systems, supply chain, foreign currency risk, cash flows, customer credit risk, and expectations of external stakeholders, as well as maximizing shareholder value.
Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Rowan University and four Master’s Degrees from Rutgers University, most recently of which was a Master’s Degree in Accounting in May 2017.
Command Civil Engineer Inspector, Federal Communications Commission
Terry Namkung has served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and currently serves as the Command Civil Engineer Inspector, a position relative to The Office of Inspector General for the Federal Communications Commission. Terry manages inspections of over 225 Air Combat Command units. His notable experiences include Operations Superintendent of a 350-man organization in the National Capital Region and Unaccompanied Housing Superintendent for over 5,280 occupants in the Pacific Air Forces sector.
Terry received his MBA from Auburn University and a BS in Strategic Leadership from Southwestern University. In addition, with his business acumen, Terry started a renewable energy company, DC Energy Systems, and represented his company and school at the coveted Rice University Business Plan competition in April 2017.
Institutional Review Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Devin Nesbitt is an Institutional Review Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for oversight services of eligible postsecondary Title IV schools and their servicers. He also serves as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Having served a total of 13 years in the military to date, some of his previous positions include Blackhawk (UH60) Helicopter Crew Chief and Maintenance Supervisor, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Communications Officer, Brigade Automation Manager, Deputy Operations Officer, and Brigade Budget Officer. With over 10 years of leadership experience, he has received numerous accolades, such as the Leadership Excellence award, Distinguished Honor Graduate, Academic Honor Graduate, and the Army Finance School’s Commandant’s List, and he has also received various Army service awards and campaign medals.
Devin earned his MBA from the Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Graduate Director of Real Estate and Finance Programs, American University’s Kogod School of Business
Randolph Nordby is the Graduate Director of Real Estate and Finance Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business, the Executive-in-Residence at American University, and an Advanced Expert Consultant at Commodity Futures and Trading Commissions. Randy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has worked as an investment portfolio manager and valuation expert at many firms, including Morgan Stanley, Calvert Investments, BB&T, Sol Capital, and Wachovia. Randy was recently part of the first 150 global candidates to complete the Fundamentals of Sustainability Analysis (FSA) designation, which attempts to quantify the link between material sustainability information and a company’s financial performance.
Randy holds an MSF from American University, an MBA from Shenandoah University, an MA in Economics from George Mason University, and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Randy has earned the right to use the CFA and FSA designations.
Amber Roberts is a Senior Associate at CSL Behring based in King of Prussia, PA. Prior to joining CSL, Amber spent the last 15 years in variety of medical research compliance, quality, and management roles in the areas of pharmacology, oncology, and neurology.
Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Temple University. Amber’s research interests focus on the changing and increasingly global landscape of the healthcare industry.
Manager of the Operations Department and Senior License Holder, Susquehanna Nuclear Facility
Manu Srini Sivaraman is the Assistant Operations Manager of the Operations Department and senior license holder at the Susquehanna nuclear facility. Governing all licensee based decisions at the plant, he is responsible for departmental strategy and vision implementation for over 120 personnel in a facility that generates over 2500 megawatts of electricity for the Northeastern U.S. With 17 years of plant management experience, including the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion program, he is a qualified power plant engineer and achieved a Senior Reactor Operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As an Operations Outage Manager, he led/resourced operations activities for a $52 million outage over 40 days. Prior to his current role, he was a Shift Manager/Emergency Director, where he was responsible for nuclear safety and reliable/economic plant operation.
Manu received a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology and an MBA in Management from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.
Dean and Professor of Accounting, Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics
Gerald Hubbard Smalls is the Dean and Professor of Accounting for the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics. Atty. Smalls has over 20 years of extensive corporate and higher education experience with emphasis in the areas of business law, accounting, and taxation. He received his BS in engineering from South Carolina State University and his MBA in Finance from Atlanta University. While serving his country in various military conflicts, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Chief Finance Officer for the United States Army Military Intelligence Command. Atty. Smalls went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Law from Howard University Law School and subsequently worked as an associate with the law firm of Nelson Mullins. He received his LL.M. in taxation and partnership accounting from Georgetown University and completed additional post-doctoral studies in higher education at Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, ParkWhiz, Inc.
Todd Tucker is a Senior Vice President with ParkWhiz, Inc., based in Chicago. He oversees all B2B sales and market development for this international, web and app-based, parking systems data and reservations platform. He also oversees the company’s legal department. ParkWhiz is one of the world’s first parking data and reservation services. ParkWhiz leads today’s industry with unique partnerships, such as with Ford Motor Company, where ParkWhiz powers portions of their navigation services in vehicles. ParkWhiz is an integral part of the future ecosystem of the autonomous vehicle. Todd has two decades of experience working in the area of transportation management and commercial real estate. His research interests include negotiation, argumentation, urban planning, and data analytics.
Todd’s education includes a BA from Marshall University in West Virginia, an MBA with high honors from Central Michigan University, and a Law Degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he graduated second in his law school class. Todd is a licensed attorney and a veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps 1st Combat Engineer Battalion during ground combat operations in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Chief Audit Executive, NeighborWorks America
Fred Udochi is the Chief Audit Executive of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC. NeighborWorks America provides grants, training, and technical assistance to organizations in the housing and community development industry. NeighborWorks has a network of more than 240 community development organizations. Fred has over 20 years of progressive and consistent experience in internal audit operations and is responsible for overseeing these operations and enterprise risk management practices, including obtaining assurance on compliance with corporate policies and procedures.
Fred earned a BS in Economics from the University of Ife in Nigeria, as well as an MBA from the University of Baltimore and an MHS in Health Financial Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Fred is also a certified internal audit (CIA) professional and holds a certification in risk management assurance (CRMA).
Leader of Corporate Finance Practice Group, BPM
Edward currently leads BPM’s Corporate Finance Practice Group and has over 25 years of experience in consulting and financial management, including specific experience in business restructuring, dispute resolution, and leadership advisory services. Prior to BPM, he was a partner at a boutique advisory services firm that provided financial analysis, fiduciary services, and problem resolution of asset situations nationwide. Edward also spent nine years at a national accounting and consulting firm, where he gained significant experience in business valuation, business start-ups, and executive leadership. He began his career managing the problem-asset portfolio in the successful turnaround of a large East Coast thrift.
Edward is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received his MBA from Indiana University. He is on the faculty at San Jose State University and lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, Carol.
Director, NYC Health + Hospitals
Christopher M. Wong is a Director at NYC Health + Hospitals, which is the nation’s largest integrated municipal health care delivery system. In his Corporate Planning role, Christopher has focused on public-private health care and housing strategic partnerships and other high-profile projects. He previously worked at Mount Sinai, a premier academic health system in New York City, where he supported the Dean’s Office leadership with operational oversight initiatives. Christopher also held analytic roles at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase.
Christopher earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MS from Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Beyond these programs, he completed a graduate level advanced certificate in public health at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Christopher holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.