Director of Gender and Social Inclusion, FHI 360 Dr. Bertone provides strategic programmatic and technical leadership, gender technical assistance across development sectors and geographic locations. Concurrently, she serves as Adjunct Professor at George Washington University where she has been teaching graduate courses on human trafficking, gender, and development since 2006. Dr. Bertone holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Professor, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Evelyn practiced as an organization and leadership behavior professional for over twenty-five years. She has extensive consulting experiences with many Fortune 500 companies and has taught leadership at some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.
Director of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, Chemonics Ms. Molinaro served as the D&I advisor for the Inter-American Development Bank and is founder of Decode Leadership LLC, a boutique D&I consulting and coaching firm. She has master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and George Washington University, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
Manager of Fellowships and Programs, AAUW Prior to joining the team at AAUW, Andrea worked at George Mason University with collegiate student initiatives. Her background is in Higher Education Administration, but she has a passion for women’s leadership and access to education. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys travel and meeting new people.
Blessed Mulenga Silavwe
Senior Program Director, FHI 360 Zambia, Blessed is a team leader for the regional FEMNET Zambia project, has contributed to the development of FHI 360 Zambia’s Sexuality and Gender Sensitivity toolkit and currently contributes to the FHI 360 Zambia’s USAID Open Doors project. Blessed has also participated in the development of the key populations paralegal training manual and training material for the Zambia Police Service.
W. Brad Johnson
Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University Brad Johnson PhD, is a clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps. Dr. Johnson served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as chair of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and as president of the Society for Military Psychology.
CEO and Founder, BrandMirror Jen Dalton has 15+ years’ experience in brand strategy. In 2012, she launched BrandMirror, becoming a certified master personal brand strategist. In 2016, Jen published The Intentional Entrepreneur, a bestselling book that shares her process for building your personal brand as an entrepreneur. She has spoken to and coached thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs about how to stand out.
Operations Analyst, Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank Anjali holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University, where she was part of the Leadership Fellows program and took the Meditation & Leadership course. She is a certified yoga instructor and passionate about bringing mindfulness practices into the corporate world.
Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College Dr. Smith is a former Navy pilot, has led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women.
Principal Associate, Abt Associates Lisa provides technical and managerial leadership to health governance, health finance and private sector development programs. Lisa is committed to fostering women’s leadership in development. She mentors international development students at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Lisa holds a Master of International Affairs from SIPA and speaks Russian.
Senior Program Associate, AAUW Sarah’s passion for closing the gender leadership and pay gaps fuels her commitment to empowering women with the skills and confidence they need to negotiate for what they are worth. Sarah coordinates hundreds of workshops across the country each year, helping to train thousands of women. Sarah is a graduate of Hendrix College and lives in Washington, D.C.
Founder, Happy Healthy Human Samantha is an Ayurvedic coach, yoga instructor, and doula. She helps her clients find more balance, bliss, and confidence by combining cutting edge science, ancient wisdom, and practical tools. Samantha received a PhD in Nutrition from Chapel Hill and has studied the power of both Eastern and Western medicine for healing.
Human Resources Manager, Vitas Group Janet was the first female on the executive team of Vitas and manages the role of HR as a business partner through understanding strategic business needs and effectively translating these needs into achievable objectives. Skilled in Analytical Skills, HR Policies, Management, Leadership, and Employee Engagement. She holds a Master's in Business Administration and Management from The Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences.
Elisa McCarter LaBorde
CEO, Vitas Group Elissa runs the largest group of small business lenders in the Middle East, overseeing six companies and over 1300 local staff. She has served the last ten years as an adjunct professor at SAIS and holds a Masters from Georgetown University.
Co-founder & Principal Consultant, RISE Alamelu has close to two decades of human resources and talent development experience and has held senior management roles in HR in the international development sector. She holds an MBA in Human Resources & Information systems, is a certified HeartMath® trainer on building emotional resilience and a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® facilitator.
Chief Operating Officer and EVP, Ipas Lisa oversees all country programs, global award management, global safety & security and ITS. Prior to joining Ipas, Lisa served as Vice President for East Africa at PSI, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon and an Associate Program Officer at Family Health International (FHI). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State and also serves as the Board Chair for Triggerise.
CEO and President, MSH since joining MSH in 2017, Marian has focused on bringing her private sector and pharmaceutical expertise to supplement the broad range of tools that MSH already has to promote sustainable change in fragile states and under-developed healthcare systems. MSH has a top notch range of operational and technical expertise that allows it to quickly respond to today’s most pressing and complex global health challenges.
Vice President, MSI, prior to her career in international development, she was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge (R-PA) to serve in his Administration, serving as the youngest female Director of Communications in state history. Ellen has been a champion of female leadership, from promoting and mentoring young women in the Balkans where she ran a democracy NGO, to training government officials and women political activists/candidates in Serbia, Indonesia, Jordan, Croatia, Timor-Leste and Libya.
Dr. Tessie San Martin
President and CEO, Plan International USA, Dr. San Martin has over 25 years of experience working in economic growth policy, capacity-building, corporate governance, and political reform around the world. She leads Plan International USA, an INGO focused on children’s rights and gender equality in more than 70 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Communications Specialist, RTI International, Juliana is a skilled communicator with 5+ years of experience driving strategic communications strategies, producing digital content, and managing the execution of digital campaigns.
Senior Director of Finance, RTI International, Jill has extensive leadership, financial management and auditing experience, and is skilled in developing and motivating teams and fostering collaborative working relationships.
Michael Leslie Amilcar
Michael Leslie Amilcar is CEO of Cook Ross Inc. She joined the company in 2007, and served as managing partner, overseeing the strategic direction and day-to-day operations for over five years. Under her leadership, Cook Ross has grown dramatically building upon an almost 30-year legacy of organizational transformation work. Currently, the company has over 40 full-time employees and a highly experienced consultant network dispersed across the globe.
Driven by a passion to bring about social change in the world, Michael’s experience and accomplishments reveal a relentless dedication to developing a human-centered approach to strategy and solutions.
A native of Chicago, Michael earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and is an Executive Coach trained by the prestigious Academy of Coach Training.
Wife, mom, entrepreneur, activist, adoptive family advocate, and self-proclaimed change agent, Michael hasn’t met a challenge she felt could not be solved with the right people working together. She is proud to be at the helm of Cook Ross, working with a talented and passionate team, and partnering with courageous and committed clients.
Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer, Bunge Limited, Deborah is responsible for people, culture and communications strategy and operations for the 35,000 employee global Agribusiness and Food organization based in New York. She is a seasoned business and human resources leader with a proven track record in general management and developing people and culture based programs in support of business performance and growth.
Laine Joelson Cohen
Director, Citi Learning, Laine is the North America Director and leads Global Relationship Management for Citi Learning. She is responsible for the delivery of Citi’s suite of Leadership and Executive Development programs and acts as an internal Advisor across Citi’s Businesses and Functions.She is also an Executive Coach, and in 2017 was selected to be part of Marshall Goldsmith’s “100 Coaches”.