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2019 SheBelieves Summit speakers!
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, ALIXPARTNERS
Lisa Carnoy is Chief Financial Officer for AlixPartners, the global consulting firm. She leads the finance, acquisition and procurement functions and serves on the Management Committee. AlixPartners focuses on high impact client work in four areas: Turnaround and Restructuring, Enterprise Improvement, Financial Advisory and Digital – and has 26 offices in 14 countries.
Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2018, Lisa spent 23 years at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, most recently as Division Executive for USTrust, the private bank within Bank of America and as BoA’s New York City Market President. She served on the Global Wealth and Investment Management leadership team, as well as Bank of America’s Operating Committee. Prior to her move to Global Wealth & Investment Management, Lisa served as Head of Global Capital Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was a member of the Global Corporate and Investment Banking Operating Committee. In this role, she led Capital Markets Professionals across Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Origination of Corporate Derivatives and FX.
Lisa has been a passionate advocate for diversity – and co-founded several organizations including the Women’s Leadership Council at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and at Columbia, including the Women’s Leadership Council for Athletics.
Lisa is an independent director of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Co-Chair of the Columbia University Board and serves on the boards of the United Way of New York City and Rodeph Sholom School.
She has been named to American Banker’s list of “Most Powerful Women in Finance,” and in 2013, she received the Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club.
Safra A. Catz is the Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In this shared role, Safra is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, and legal decisions. At Oracle, she previously served as President, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President. She is also a lecturer in accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Today, Safra is the highest paid female CEO of any U.S. company and was named Forbes 14th most Powerful Woman in the World in 2018.
Previous to Oracle, she held various positions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette including Managing Director, Senior Vice President and Banker. Safra also served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Safra currently serves on the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oracle Education Foundation since its founding in 2000 and has served as chair since 2004. The Oracle Education Foundation was established in 2000 and initially made hardware grants to US schools that lacked access to technology, later providing ThinkQuest, an online learning platform to schools. Safra led the team that built a public high school on its Redwood Shores campus. Design Tech High School (d.tech) will be a free charter school that incorporates technology, design thinking and problem solving skills.
Safra was born in Holon, Israel to Jewish parents. She moved to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six.
CHIEF ETHICS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER, VOLKSWAGEN
Stephanie Davis is the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Volkswagen Group of America. She assumed her role in May 2017 and brings more than a decade of experience in compliance program and process design, implementation and oversight in corporate, advisory and academic settings in the United States. In her current role, she directs strategy for and drives a culture of compliance and integrity that ensures adherence to legal and statutory requirements as well as the highest ethical principles.
Prior to joining Volkswagen Group of America, Stephanie served as a Director in the National Forensic Practice of the audit, tax, and advisory firm KMPG, based in Washington, D.C. Stephanie also spent more than seven years in compliance roles in the electric and power industries, including as a Director at Competitive Power Ventures Inc., Manager at Seminole Electric Cooperative and Compliance Enforcement Specialist at ReliabilityFirst Corporation.
Throughout her career she has been responsible for financial service fraud, forensic accounting investigations, compliance policies and procedures, regulatory change management, internal audits, regulatory management and enhancing and improving compliance practices and procedures.
Stephanie is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Crystal Dunn, one of the most dynamic and versatile players in U.S. Women’s National Team history, featured prominently for the WNT programs at the U-17 and U-20 levels – she helped lead the USA to the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title in 2012 -- before breaking into the senior side. Since then, she has excelled in numerous positions but most recently has become the USA’s first-choice at left back.
In 2016, Crystal was named the NWSL’s Most Valuable Player, played for Chelsea Football Club in London in 2017 and returned to the NWSL in 2018, helping the North Carolina Courage win the league title.
Along the way, she has earned almost 80 caps while becoming a key player for the USA. After her junior season at the University of North Carolina, she won the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player.
HEAD COACH, U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Jill Ellis was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16, 2014. Just under 13 months later, she led the USA to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title.
Ellis’ 2015 Women’s World Cup Team navigated the most difficult Women’s World Cup tournament to date as 24 teams competed to play the seven matches it would take to win the competition, all on artificial turf. The team won six of those games, five by shutout, while tying Sweden in group play and allowing just three total goals on the way to defeating Japan, 5-2, in the title game to win the USA’s first World Cup title in 16 years.
In 2018, she coached in her 100th game for the USA, making her the fourth U.S. WNT head coach to reach that mark. Heading into 2019 with a record of 88-6-16, Ellis was third in all-time wins and in all-time games coached, moving her to within reach of the two coaches ahead of her on both lists.
MEDICAL DOCTOR & JOURNALIST
Dr. Celine Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist and filmmaker. She is currently on an "ill-health tour" of the US, caring for patients in disease hotspots throughout the country... everywhere from NYC's Bellevue Hospital to Indian reservations to Appalachia.
Dr. Gounder is the host and producer of In Sickness and in Health, a podcast on health and social justice and is also on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine.
She's written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian US, The Washington Post, Reuters, Quartz, Sports Illustrated and Bloomberg View. She’s a frequent expert guest on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBS, BBC, MTV and Oprah Prime. She’s best known for her print and TV coverage of the Ebola, Zika and opioid abuse epidemics.
In early 2015, Dr. Gounder spent two months volunteering as an Ebola aid worker in Guinea. In her free time, she interviewed locals to understand how the crisis was affecting them. She is currently making Dying to Talk, a feature-length documentary about the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.
She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Gounder lives with her husband Grant Wahl in New York City.
HEAD COACH, IRAN U-19 GIRLS NATIONAL TEAM
Wall Street Journal mentions Katayoun ‘Kat’ Khosrowyar as starting a women’s soccer revolution in the Middle East, specifically in Iran. She was born in the US and played for her state team, Oklahoma, and even made regionals but made a surprise move to Iran at 17 to play for the national team.
She has helped shift the mentality of an Islamic Country to accept and support women’s soccer. Katayoun is advising the federation on youth development as well as promoting soccer across the country by training coaches and players to have better global knowledge about the game. Recently Katayoun brought her entire team to the Azadi Stadium for the first time in 40 years to watch the men’s team play.
She earned her masters in chemical engineering in the United Kingdom, FIFA/Asian Football Confederation ‘A’ license in coaching and is now the head coach of the U-19 National Team of Iran. She and her team are currently training for the 2nd round of Asian Qualifications.
CONSULTANT AND AUTHOR, DIG YOUR HEELS IN AND MISUNDERSTOOD MILLENNIAL TALENT
Joan Kuhl is the Founder of Why Millennials Matter and a champion for girls and women in leadership. She is the author of Dig Your Heels In (April 2019) and Misunderstood Millennial Talent. She is an international speaker and a consultant on talent management, career, communication and leadership trends. After 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry and building her thought leadership as a campus speaker, mentor and coach, Joan launched Kuhl Consulting, a training, research and consulting company that focuses on raising awareness about the value of investing in the early career workforce and advancing women in the workplace.
Her international speaking engagements and consulting have impacted leaders from over 60 countries with clients such as Goldman Sachs, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Discovery Communications, FINRA, Novo Nordisk, Viacom, the NY Mets, Columbia Business School and University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has launched and worked with over a dozen corporate women's networks and young professional, intergenerational employee resource groups.
Her expertise has been featured in the NY Times, Harvard Business Review, CNBC and Success Magazine. Joan is a #SheBelieves Champion for the U.S. Soccer Organization, a Contributor to Women@Forbes and has served as a board member for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, named after the former CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA and currently on the board of Girls Inc of NYC.
FORMER U.S. WNT PLAYER AND ENTREPRENEUR
Leslie Osborne is one of the most decorated women’s soccer players. Leslie was a three-time All-American and the recipient of the 2004 Honda Sports Award for soccer to the nation's top female athlete. Leslie played in the 2007 Women's World Cup and has 62 caps for the United States Women's National Team. She played professionally for 9 seasons and was team captain on all of her professional teams in the WPS and NWSL.
Santa Clara University retired and honored her #10 jersey in September of 2011. Leslie was also inducted in the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in March of 2014. Most recently, the Boston Breakers retired her #12 jersey at Harvard Stadium in 2015 and Santa Clara University inducted her into their Hall of Fame in May 2016.
Leslie is one of the co-founders of Sweat Cosmetics that launched in 2015. Sweat Cosmetics is high performance makeup and suncare line designed to protect & enhance beauty while enduring a woman's on-the-go life. Developed, test and proven by professional and Olympic female athletes, Sweat believes in empowering active women to embrace their beauty, and encourage every woman to find their sweat. Sweat had a relationship with Sephora the last two years and currently sold on Anthropolgie.com, Revolve.com, Soft Surroundings, fitness and dermatologist studios and offices around the country.
Leslie also is a studio analyst for Fox Sports, she covers the USWNT teams and games. She is looking forward to being a studio analyst for the Women's World Cup in France next summer.
Leslie has 2 daughters, Olivia and Gabriella.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, BUDWEISER
Monica Rustgi is currently the Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser. During her three years on Budweiser she has helped to delivered Budweiser’s Super Bowl LI, “Stand By You.” In addition to this, Monica has driven the delivery of nearly ten additional Super Bowl-scale moments spanning from Super Bowl LII “Born the Hard Way,” “A Dream Delivered feat. Adam Driver,” “Last Ride feat. Dale Jr,” and “Service Never Stops” paying homage to Budweiser’s veteran brewmasters. All such work has helped to restore and stabilize the brand for the first time in a decade and garner industry recognition with six Cannes Lions, four Clios Sports awards, one Clio award, and one Webby.
Monica holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business. Prior to business school, Monica held a career in the music industry both as a recording artist and producer, signed to Grammy Award winning producer Cory Rooney. Monica opened up for the likes of artists such as A Tribe Called Quest. She has also written and produced for Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull during her time in the music industry.
HEAD OF SPORTS & FITNESS, HEADSPACE
When it comes to being dedicated to the pursuit of athletic excellence through harnessing the power of the mind, Lindsay Shaffer is working to create the future of sports. Over the years, she has shaped her career around a passion for Sports and Wellness, which is why her current role -- Head of Sports and Fitness at Headspace -- is right up her alley.
With 40 million downloads across 190 countries, leading meditation and mindfulness app, Headspace, helps its members build healthy routines into their daily lives with hundreds of sessions ranging from focus, motivation, and recovery to stress and anxiety. Headspace works with several professional athletes and Headspace's sports partnerships currently include the NBA, Nike, USA Swimming and Gloucester Rugby.
After studying Pre-Med and Psychology at the University of Notre Dame -- where she also served as Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse Team -- Lindsay set off on a career in collegiate athletic administration, earning a Master’s of Higher Education Administration at USC, and then working with student-athletes in the USC and Stanford Athletic Departments. Five years in college athletics left Lindsay wanting to take things to the next level -- to bring the gift of sport to all people, not just elite athletes.
So she earned an MBA at UCLA Anderson with the goal of working at Nike, where she ended up working for almost three years. There, she created the strategy for Nike’s Global Running category before leaving in 2017 to join Headspace. Lindsay dedicates her expertise to shaping a future where all athletes understand the importance of mental training for athletic success; a time when athletes will train their mind before and after every training session and competition.
OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT COACH, SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Katie Sowers, the second woman in history to hold a full-time NFL coaching position, has finished her 3rd season in the NFL and 2nd as an offensive assistant with the 49ers after spending the 2017 season with the team as a seasonal offensive assistant. She originally joined San Francisco in June of 2017 as part of the 49ers 2017 Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship, where she worked with the team’s wide receivers.
In 2016, Katie spent the offseason/training camp in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons. With the Falcons, she worked closely with Atlanta assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Raheem Morris in organizing, conducting and concluding practice drills. Following her time on the field as a coach, she spent nine months as a scouting intern with the Falcons.
Katie joined Atlanta after spending five years (2012-16) as the athletic director of the City of Kansas City. A former member of the 2013 United States Women’s National Football Team and a player herself in the WFA (women’s football alliance) for eight years, Sowers earned her master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri in 2012
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, NIKE WOMEN’S BUSINESS
The VP and GM of the Nike Women’s business, Rosemary leads the passionate team of designers, strategists, marketeers, and business leaders who comprise Nike’s 7 billion dollar Women’s business. The leading sneaker and sportswear apparel brand for women globally; Nike Women serve female athletes from the elite level - Serena Williams, Simone Biles & 14 of the WC19 federations amongst them – to the everyday athlete; across pinnacle performance to street style. Rosemary’s 33 year career path with Nike has lain in parallel with the innovative company’s growth and evolution.
Known as a leader with an ability to challenge the norm, impact change and create new paths of thinking and behavior; Rosemary has led, and at times built from ground-up – some of Nike’s biggest business opportunities and growth drivers. These include Global VP Field Sports; VP Running Emerging Markets & VP Men’s training, licensed and Team for North America.
As a working mother of 3, these roles have taken her and her family across diverse Global markets, including a life-changing 2 years living in Shanghai; where she relished the steep cultural and business learning curve – and led accelerated growth of the Running and Womens’ business for GC.
As child 7 of 8, team and competition is in Rosemary’s blood and she is a committed fan of basketball & soccer, and personally a golfer, runner and yogi. Writing is her other passion and has been an outlet for observation via her years abroad, and creativity with a personal memoir in development.