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  • New York: MIT Sloan Global Women's Conference

    Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
    Location: 10 on the Park
    60 Columbus Circle | 10th Floor | New York | NY 10019
    *Pre-Conference Session: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 21 Club

    At the MIT Sloan Women’s Global Conference, attendees had the opportunity to learn from (and among) our vibrant community of women who are making ideas matter, making an impact through their work, and leading to make a difference for women everywhere.

  • Thursday, October 5 - Pre Conference

    5:30 p.m.

    Registration & Welcome Reception

    6:30 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Dinner with Presentation: MIT’s Cutting Edge Innovation Ecosystem
    Moderator: Fiona Murray, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative; Faculty Director, Legatum Center; Member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)

    Lightning Round Panelists: Georgina Campbell Flatter, SM ‘11, Executive Director, The Legatum Center, and Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
    Monique Guimond, MBA 2017, Associate, The Engine
    Donna Levin, EMBA ’16, Trust Center Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) and Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
    Elizabeth Sikorovsky, MBA ’98, Executive Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

    Friday, October 6 - Conference

    7:45 a.m.

    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    8:15 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks
    Kristina Schaefer, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management

    8:30 a.m.

    Fireside Chat with Martha Samuelson, SF ’86, CEO & Chairman, Analysis Group, Inc.
    Moderator: Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    9:15 a.m.

    Opening Keynote Address: The Journey from MIT Sloan and Back: Life and Leadership Lessons
    Judy Lewent, SM ’72, Retired Executive Vice President & CFO, Merck & Co., Inc

    10:00 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    10:30 a.m.

    Panel Discussion: Women on Boards
    Moderator: Judy Lewent, SM ’72, Retired Executive Vice President & CFO, Merck & Co., Inc

    Panelists: Rohini Chakravarthy, MBA ’99, Former Partner, New Enterprise Associates
    Suzanne Frey, SF ’06, Director of Security, Trust, Privacy, Google
    Sandra Helton, SM ‘77, Former Executive Vice President and CFO, Telephone and Data Systems Inc.

    Panel Description: Serving on corporate boards is both a career accomplishment and a powerful opportunity to influence business outcomes. Led by Judy Lewent, Sloan alumna, former EVP & CFO of Merck, Board member GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola, and others, this panel of MIT Sloan alumnae spans the gamut of public and private corporation board governance; inside, investor and independent directors; seasoned board veterans and newer members. They will provide insights into what board members really do, how to obtain board positions that build on executive experience and key ingredients to being influential board members thereafter.

    11:30 a.m.

    Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Moderator: Fiona Murray, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative; Faculty Director, Legatum Center; Member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)

    Panelists: Martha Amram, PhD ’87, Founder & CEO, WattzOn
    Sarah Blank, MBA ’09, Co-CEO, Scanlan Theodore Americas
    Catharina Lavers Mallet, MBA ’09, COO, Talla
    Alex Wright-Gladstein, MBA ’15, Ayar Labs

    Panel Description: Great entrepreneurs innovate, create, and adapt – often in the midst of seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Led by MIT Sloan Professor Fiona Murray, this panel of MIT Sloan entrepreneurs will share their experiences taking an idea from concept to company, and describe the ways they have successfully responded to changing circumstances and new market demands.

    12:30 p.m.

    Networking Lunch

    1:30 p.m.

    Faculty Fireside Chat with Renee Gosline, Senior Lecturer & Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Moderator: Carla Avila, MBA ’97, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Electa Partners

    2:15 p.m.

    Panel Discussion: Challenges of Managing a Global Business
    Moderator: Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Finance

    Panelists: Michele de Nevers, SM ’81, Senior Associate, Center for Global Development
    Liesbet Peeters, MBA ’05, Managing Partner, D. Capital Partners
    Mary Puma, SM ’81, President and Chief Executive Officer, Axcelis
    Debra Stabile, SM ’81, Managing Director, Citi

    Panel Description: Consumer and business behaviors and practices are rapidly evolving and changing across the globe – driven in large part by economic, political, regulatory and technological factors. Led by MIT Sloan Professor Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan alumnae from diverse business sectors and areas of the globe will provide their unique perspectives regarding the impacts and go forward implications for managing and driving success in this dynamic environment.

    3:15 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    3:45 p.m.

    Keynote Address: Adventures and Surprises in Affective Computing
    Rosalind Picard, SM ’86, SCD ’91, Founder & Director, Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab

    Keynote Description: What happens when an electrical engineer and computer scientist, who does not want to have anything to do with emotion, winds up learning it could improve the future of AI? Join Prof. Rosalind Picard in a series of fun stories ranging from trying to help children with autism avoid meltdowns, to learning surprising new facts about “truly happy” smiles, to inventing new wearable sensors that try to measure emotion (and wind up as Sheldon’s Emotion Sensor on Big Bang Theory), to accidental discoveries that are now saving lives. Today their sensors and machine learning algorithms are used in epilepsy, stress, sleep, mood, autism, migraine, and other studies. What is the big challenge they aim to solve next?

    4:30 p.m.

    Closing Keynote: Breaking the Mold
    Lotte Bailyn, T Wilson (1953) Professor of Management, Emerita, MIT Sloan School of Management

    5:00 p.m.

    Closing Remarks
    Kristina Schaefer, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management

    5:05 p.m.

    Networking Cocktail Reception

    Martha Amram, PhD '87

    Martha AmramMartha Amram as CEO, and founder of WattzOn, is responsible for the company's vision, strategy, and leadership. Martha previously founded Glaze Creek Partners, which she sold to Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI), where she became a Managing Director. She has also been CEO of Vocomo Software, Chief Economist of PLX Systems, as well as Vice President at Analysis Group Economics.

    Martha is the author of several books; Value Sweep (Harvard Business School Press), Real Options (written with Nalin Kulatilaka, Harvard Business School Press), and Case Studies in Corporate Finance (McGraw-Hill). She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from MIT, and degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Washington.

    Martha is on the Executive Board of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, and the boards of Growth Sector (a non-profit focused on workforce development) and Every Voice Engaged (a non-profit focused on participatory budgeting for cities). She holds three patents.

    Carla Avila, MBA '97

    Carla AvilaCarla Avila's deep business acumen brings rich experience helping clients define, articulate and execute strategies that drive growth. Carla has a natural ability to reveal the essence of a firm. Her open inquiry approach has gained her a deep understanding of alternative, long-only, private and public investment styles. Her passion is to solve clients’ needs across business lines and geographies. Carla has been leading institutional sales and investor relations teams at top-tier domestic and international firms for over twenty years. Her background ranges from an economic think tank and Baron Capital, to large multinationals such as JPMorgan, UBS and Banamex. Her experience includes working closely with investment bankers and private clients, and she has developed a strong network and a broad array of capital markets and wealth planning knowledge. Carla holds an MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a BA from Universidad Iberoamericana

    Professor Lotte Bailyn

    Lotte BailynLotte Bailyn is the T Wilson (1953) Professor of Management, Emerita at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For the period 1997-99 she was Chair of the MIT faculty, and during 1995-97 she was the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at Radcliffe's Public Policy Institute.

    She studies the relationship between managerial practice and employees’ lives. Her research investigates how institutional and organizational processes intersect with people’s lives, with special emphasis on the dynamics of gender and diversity in business organizations and academia. Bailyn argues that industries will fail in an intensely competitive world unless they take into account the changing nature of the professional workforce— including the influx of women and the consequent lifestyle changes for both women and men. Her work in organizations shows that work and personal life are complementary, even synergistic, rather than adversarial. By challenging the assumptions in which current work practices are embedded, the goals of both business productivity and employees’ family and community concerns can be met in ways that are equitable for both men and women.

    Bailyn holds a BA in mathematics from Swarthmore College as well as an MA and a PhD in social psychology from Harvard/Radcliffe and two honorary degrees. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

    Rohini Chakravarthy, MBA '99

    Rohini ChakravarthyRohini Chakravarthy is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. She has extensive private company board and committee experience, representing investors on over a dozen boards, working closely with management teams on product - market strategy, and sitting on compensation and audit committees at larger technology startups. Rohini was a partner at VC firm, New Enterprise Associates where she invested in enterprise infrastructure, energy and US-India cross border companies. Prior to this, she was Head of Wireless at Cisco's Corporate Business Development group and a Senior Investments Manager at Intel Capital. Most recently, she is Founder & CEO of Inksedge, an event communications company based in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. Rohini lives with her husband and two sons in Palo Alto, CA.

    Michele de Nevers, SM ’81

    Michele de NeversMichele de Nevers is currently a Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Management and Finance (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a Bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology (University of California, Berkeley), as well as a Diploma in Executive Leadership from the Harvard Business School. She has more than 35 years professional experience in development cooperation, including 30 years with the World Bank, where she held senior management positions. She was Director for Sector Programs in the World Bank Institute and Senior Manager in the Environment Department, where she led the preparation of the World Bank's corporate Environment Strategy and the public consultations on the World Bank Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change. She oversaw the World Bank's work on climate change, environmental economics, biodiversity, pollution management and other environmental issues. In the Environment Department and previously in the Latin America, South Asia and Eastern Europe/Central Asia regions she managed teams that developed industrial development and environmental projects.

    Since 2011 Michele has been a Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a think tank in Washington DC that combines academic rigor and practical experience across a huge range of areas that affect development. She leads CGD's work on climate change, undertakes research and has published on climate finance, including adaptation finance, REDD+ and scaling up private sector investment for climate action. She has undertaken consultancies for the World Bank, including on the recent revision of its Safeguard Policy Framework.

    In 2011 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College, Oxford where she published on the topic of climate finance and development.

    Michele was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 1976-1978.

    Georgina Campbell Flatter, ESD '11

    Georgina Campbell FlatterGeorgina Campbell Flatter, MEng (Oxon) SM, is the Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    In her role as Director and Senior Lecturer, she works to implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable impact-ventures across the developing world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT's innovation ecosystem for several years through her roles as Executive Director of MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), Director and Lecturer of the XPRIZE Lab @ MIT and, as a student, a researcher at the Langer Lab, and Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. She has also led several innovation projects at the World Bank and worked as a research associate at a renewable fuels spinout from MIT.

    Flatter earned an MEng in materials science from the University of Oxford and an SM in technology and policy from MIT.

    Suzanne Frey, SF '06

    Suzanne FreySuzanne Frey is the Director of Security, Trust and Privacy at Google. Suzanne and her team ensure that Google Apps (and G Suite) are the most trusted products in the world for consumer, government, enterprise, and educational user data. With over 20 years of industry experience leading advanced technology operations, engineering, systems design, policy, and compliance, Suzanne is in her 11th year at Google where she has worked across the company to "engineer trust" throughout our infrastructure, products, processes, and policies.

    Prior to Google, Suzanne spent over a decade in large-scale enterprise applications development, deployment, and operations globally. Suzanne received her BA from Wellesley College and MBA from MIT where she was also a Sloan Fellow and research assistant for the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

    Suzanne serves on the Board of Directors for The Motley Fool. In addition, she has served on academic boards and leadership councils for both MIT and Wellesley.

    Suzanne is an active advocate for STEM education, innovation, and the power of diversity. She is also a founding member of Google's global Women@ Leadership organization.

    Professor Renée Gosline

    Renee GoslineRenée Gosline is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been named one of the World’s Top 40 Professors under 40 by Poets and Quants, an MIT “Iron Professor,” and a scholar at the MIT Center for Digital Business.

    Her main interest is in how status-based bias and technology affect self-perceptions and behavior. Her research projects include: the positive impact of imitation on brand strength, the effect of social media storytelling on persuasion, the role of status dynamics in health and performance, and the use of wearable technology to aid willpower. In order to address these issues rigorously, she employs experimental methodology, both in the field and laboratory.

    Prior to academia, she was a marketing practitioner at LVMH Moet Hennessy and Leo Burnett.

    Gosline received her undergraduate and graduate training at Harvard University, including a Doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

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    Monique Guimond, MBA 2017

    Monique GuimondMonique Guimond received her MBA from MIT Sloan in the Spring of 2017, where she was involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the Managing Director of the MIT $100K Competition. Prior to Sloan, she was one of the first employees at a social enterprise specializing in healthcare design, MASS Design Group, where she built out operations and expanded the business model abroad. Monique is working on founder programs, investments, and the overall business model of The Engine’s space.

    Sandra Helton, SM ‘77

    Sandra HeltonSandra Helton serves on the Board of Directors of Principal Financial Group where she chairs Principal’s Audit Committee, and is a member of its Executive Committee and Finance Committee, of which she was the “Founding Chair.” Sandy has served on 7 public company boards over the past 20 years. Most recently she was a Director and member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Lexmark International Inc., until Lexmark was sold to a Chinese consortium in November 2016; and Director and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Covance Inc. prior to its sale to LabCorp in 2015. Each transaction yielded shareholders a premium to market of more than 30%.

    Sandy brings to the boardroom broad global expertise as a Corporate Executive as well as extensive corporate governance experience across a wide range of industries. She started her career at Corning Inc. in an engineering role where she co-developed and introduced a manufacturing management improvement program in plants across the company. After taking a leave from Corning to earn an S.M. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, she returned to Corning where she progressed through a series of finance and strategy leadership roles to become Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Subsequently Sandy served as Corporate Controller of Compaq Computer Corporation and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Throughout her career, Sandy was an acknowledged innovator and leader of transformational initiatives, both within her own organizations and more broadly across the enterprise.

    Sandy has provided leadership on numerous non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Northwestern Memorial Foundation. She previously served on the Board of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, a nationally recognized academic medical center, where she chaired the Audit Committee and was a member of the Executive, Finance and Investment Committees. Sandy also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Chicago Architectural Foundation and on advisory boards at the University of Kentucky. Previous roles include Chairman of the Corning Foundation, President of the Board of the Rockwell Museum and member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Council.

    Sandy holds an S.M. in Finance from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky. In 2009 she was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and in 2010 Sandy was honored in the “Salute to the Policy Makers” by Executive Women of New Jersey.

    Sandy and her husband live in Chicago and Tucson, Arizona, where they enjoy the arts, time with friends and family and travel.

    Yscaira Jimenez, MBA ’14

    Yscaira JimenezYscaira Jimenez is the CEO of LaborX, the LinkedIn for the LinkedOut, linking people who are currently linked out of the innovation economy to jobs in tech. As a talent marketplace, LaborX connects hiring managers to boot camp and training program graduates using predictive analytics and 3d resumes. Many of the programs we source from support demographics such as opportunity youth, veterans, and immigrants who are qualified but lack the networks to connect to good jobs. They believe in a world where everyone can contribute their skills and potential to the workforce.

    Yscaira was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, NY. She’s worked for 3 education startups bringing tutoring to 10,000 low opportunity students. She's a serial entrepreneur and is currently building her third startup, LaborX. She attended Columbia University and MIT and speaks 4 languages. She's an avid fiction reader, hiker, Capoerista, and traveler, visiting over 40 countries across 5 continents.

    Read more about LaborX in the MIT Sloan Newsroom. 

    Donna Levin, EMBA '16

    Donna LevinDonna Levin is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management. .

    In Donna’s role as a Senior Lecturer, she oversees the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track at Sloan, and teaches courses designed to introduce students to technological entrepreneurship and help build scalable ventures. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Trust Center, Donna mentors MIT students across all the schools on campus. Donna is an active part of the MIT entrepreneurship ecosystem and has served as part of the teaching and coaching team for the Trust Center's two accelerator programs, MIT fuse over IAP and delta v, MIT’s capstone accelerator program.

    Donna had an 18-year career as a social entrepreneur.  Donna is Co-Founder of Care.com, the world’s leading online destination for helping families find and manage family care with over 23 million members across 18 countries.  During Donna’s tenure at Care.com, she played key roles in building and leading high performing teams, and scaling the company through 5 rounds of funding to IPO.

    Previously VP of Operations at Upromise, an online service that helps families save for college, she has also held several leadership positions across a broad range of technology and start up organizations including Furniture.com, Turning Point Software (acquired by Metamore Worldwide), and Thomson Financial.

    Donna is an advisor to several early stage startups and has mentored teams at MassChallenge, TechStars, SmarterInTheCity and Project Entrepreneur. Donna serves on the Board of Directors of WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and Zero to Three.

    Judy Lewent, SM '72

    Judy LewentJudy Lewent was responsible for worldwide financial, corporate development and licensing matters, as well as for strategic planning at Merck. Judy was also responsible for the Johnson & Johnson Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals and Merial (Merck and Sanofi-Aventis) joint venture relationships and the Merck ongoing relationships with Astra and DuPont. She was Chairman of Merck Capital Ventures. Judy was a member of Merck’s Executive Committee, a senior management group which evaluates and makes strategic decisions for the Company.

    Judy joined Merck in 1980 as Director, Acquisitions and Capital Analysis. She was promoted to Assistant Controller of the Merck Research Laboratories in 1983 and to Executive Director of Financial Evaluation and Analysis in 1985. Judy was elected Vice President and Treasurer in October 1987, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer in March 1990, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 1992, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2001. In January 2003, Ms Lewent gained additional responsibilities as President, Human Health Asia. Beginning in July 2005, Ms. Lewent resumed the title of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as she assumed strategic planning responsibilities for Merck, at which time she relinquished her role as President of Human Health Asia.

    Judy is a member of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola Solutions, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Judy was a director of Motorola from 1995 to 2010 and a director of Dell from 2001 to 2011. Judy was a Class A Non-Executive Director of a group of privately held pharmaceutical companies, including Purdue Pharma, Mundipharma and Napp Pharmaceuticals, from 2009 until 2014. She is a trustee of the Rockefeller Family Trust; a life member of the MIT Corporation; and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    Judy earned a B.S. in Economics from Goucher College in 1970 and an M.S. in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1972. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Goucher College in 1998, an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in May 2000, and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in January 2004.

    Catharina Lavers Mallet, MBA '09

    Catharina Lavers Mallet_2Catharina Lavers Mallet is the COO at Talla, an early stage conversational AI company improving productivity and communications for knowledge workers. Previously, she served as the London Studio General Manager at game developer King (developer of Candy Crush, and now part of Activision Blizzard), and held leadership roles at Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts) and at financial software firm Algorithmics (acquired by Fitch Ratings), among others. She has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA cum laude from Harvard, and now lives in the Boston area with her husband and two young children.

    Professor Fiona Murray

    Fiona MurrayFiona Murray is the associate dean for innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-director of MIT Innovation Initiative, the William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship, and faculty director of the Legatum Center.

    Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the commercialization of science, and women in entrepreneurship and innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations, and philanthropists using innovation science as an approach to designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant innovation ecosystems, such as prize competitions and accelerators, as well as tax and visa policies. She serves on the prime minister’s Council for Science and Technology in the UK.

    Murray earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford, UK, in chemistry, and an MSc and a PhD from Harvard University in applied sciences.

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    Liesbet Peeters, MBA ’05

    Liesbet PeetersLiesbet Peeters, founder and managing partner of D. Capital Partners, is a known expert in the impact investing space, with strong investor relationships, deep understanding of financial solutions to development challenges, and extensive experience investing in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Liesbet provides transactional and investment advisory services to foundations, investors and international organizations on strategic growth and investment management. Over the past 15 years, Liesbet has built up an extensive track record advising family offices, institutional investors and public actors in building up impact investment portfolios and fund structures in emerging markets. She has successfully led multiple direct investment transactions in Latin America and Africa.

    Additionally, she is recognized as a leader in financial product structuring for international development, having led the creation of products such as HUGinsure, a social insurance platform, and development impact bonds, including the Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond. Prior to founding D. Capital, she was the CFO/Investor Relations Manager with Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium, an Investment Officer with the Grassroots Business Initiative at the IFC and an associate at Greenpark Capital, a London-based Fund of Funds. Her prior experience also includes positions with SG Cowen Securities and Incofin CVSO, a leading microfinance fund manager.

    Liesbet sits on the board of several her clients’ investee companies, as well as the Investment Committee of Impact Assets and serves as a trustee to the Dalberg Trust.

    Liesbet holds a MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. At MIT Sloan, she was the recipient of a Fulbright and Siebel scholarship. She speaks English, French and Dutch, and is conversant in Spanish.

    Professor Rosalind Picard, SM ’86, SCD ’91

    Rosalind PicardRosalind Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative. She has co-founded Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

    Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. She started her career as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories designing VLSI chips for digital signal processing and developing new algorithms for image compression. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She became internationally known for constructing mathematical models for content-based retrieval of images and for pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video including the creation of the Photobook system. The year before she was up for tenure she took a risk and published the book Affective Computing, which became instrumental in starting a new field by that name. Today that field has its own journal, international conference, and professional society. Picard also served as a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the field of wearable computing.

    Picard lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her amazing husband and three energetic sons.

    Mary Puma, SM ’81

    Mary PumaMary Puma has been Axcelis' CEO since January 2002. She played an instrumental role in the company's spin off from Eaton Corporation in 2000, when she was named president and chief operating officer. Puma joined the semiconductor business in 1998, when it was Eaton's Semiconductor Operation, first serving as the vice president of its implant business and then as the vice president for the total operation. Puma joined Eaton in May 1996 as the general manager of the company's commercial controls division. Prior to joining Eaton, she spent 15 years in various marketing and general management positions at five different General Electric business units.

    Puma holds a BA in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tufts University and an MS in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a member of the boards at Nordson Corporation, North Shore Medical Center and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

    Martha Samuelson, SF ’86

    Martha SamuelsonMartha Samuelson is an expert in antitrust, finance, and valuation, combining more than 25 years of experience applying economic and financial analysis to complex legal disputes with five years of experience as a practicing trial attorney. A key aspect of Ms. Samuelson's work is the direction of economic analyses for merger review, regulatory investigations, and large private litigations. She has managed economic analyses related to antitrust issues in more than 100 matters during her career, including numerous government, competitor, and consumer matters on behalf of MasterCard over more than two decades and on behalf of Microsoft during a similar period. Ms. Samuelson has also provided analysis of issues of class certification, liability, and damages in a broad set of technology- and financial services-related cases, and has analyzed economic issues related to government investigations and mergers involving companies in technology and health care. She has served as an expert in many phases of litigation, including development of economic and financial models; preparation of testimony; development, presentation, and review of pretrial discovery; and critique of economic and financial analyses of opposing experts.

    In addition to her economic consulting work, Ms. Samuelson serves as CEO and Chairman of Analysis Group, one of the largest economic consulting firms in the United States. She previously served as President and CEO (beginning in 2004), and prior to that as co-CEO (beginning in 1998). Since joining Analysis Group in 1992, Ms. Samuelson has played a key role in the company's growth and diversification and has brought significant new clients, academic affiliates, and professional staff to the firm.

    Education: J.D., Harvard Law School; M.S., management, MIT Sloan School of Management; B.A., English, Yale University. 

    Kristina Schaefer

    Kristina Gulick SchaeferKristina Gulick Schaefer is the Senior Associate Dean of External Relations and International Programs. In this role, she oversees fundraising efforts involving private support from private individuals, corporations, and foundations. She also provides administrative leadership for MIT Sloan’s international programs. She serves as a key liaison to central MIT Resource Development and the MIT Alumni Association.

    Prior to joining MIT Sloan in 2011, Kristina was the vice president for advancement at Simmons College and served as a key member of the Simmons President’s Council.

    She holds a BA in Music from Allegheny College.

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    Professor Antoinette Schoar

    Antoinette SchoarAntoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms. She has received the Fellowship of the George Stigler Center, 1997–1999, and the ERP Doctoral Scholarship of the German Ministry of Trade, 1995–1997.

    Schoar holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne, Germany, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

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    Debra Stabile, SM ’81

    Debra StabileDebra Stabile is a Managing Director and the Chief Risk Officer for Citi Retail Services (CRS), a leading provider of private label and co-branded consumer and commercial credit card products across the U.S. CRS services more than 90 million customers and manages more than $40B in receivables for many iconic brands, including Best Buy, ExxonMobil, Macy's, Sears, Shell, and The Home Depot.

    In her current role, Ms. Stabile is responsible for all risk management activities across the customer lifecycle. These responsibilities include risk policy management and the supporting capability development, as well as loss forecasting, and regulatory control and compliance.

    Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Stabile spent three years with D&B, the commercial information services company, At D&B, Ms. Stabile established and led the Global Decisions Sciences group responsible for providing commercial analytic and modeling services to major companies globally. Prior to joining D&B, Ms. Stabile was with American Express for 12 years. During her tenure at American Express, Ms. Stabile held a number of Risk Management roles of increasing scope and responsibility, both for the consumer and commercial businesses. Her last role there was as Chief Credit Officer of its Consumer Charge Card business and head of the Underwriting Committee for North America Cards.

    Ms. Stabile earned a graduate degree from the MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a dual undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from SUNY Stony Brook.

    Alex Wright-Gladstein, MBA '15

    Alex Wright-GladsteinAlex Wright-Gladstein is CEO and co-founder of Ayar Labs, a company that is improving the efficiency and speed of computing by bringing fiber optic communications inside computers. The Ayar Labs team made the world’s first processor to communicate using light instead of electricity, while collaborating on DARPA-funded research at MIT, UC Berkeley, and CU Boulder. They are leveraging this breakthrough in manufacturing high-performance optics and electronics on the same chip to deliver high-bandwidth, low-power interconnects for high performance computing machines, and ultimately for all silicon chips. Computing is the fastest-growing user of energy worldwide, and the novel architectures enabled by the Ayar Labs breakthrough will significantly decrease the amount of energy it uses. Ayar Labs was the winner of the 2015 MIT Clean Energy Prize, and has received investment from FF Science, a vehicle of Founders Fund.

    Alex is an Advisor for Spark Clean Energy, which partners with universities and incubators across the US to help students found companies that will drive cleaner energy systems. While at MIT, she was the Energy Practice Leader for the Martin Trust Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to MIT, she was an Energy Markets Specialist at smart grid company EnerNOC, and she founded Everyday Science, which exposed inner-city middle school students to real jobs in science, to inspire them to pursue careers in science and engineering.

    Elizabeth Sikorovsky, MBA '98

    Elizabeth SikorovskyElizabeth Sikorovsky is the Executive Director of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (MIT). Prior to joining IDSS in 2017, she managed philanthropic relationships on behalf of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Elizabeth previously worked as an investment advisor to endowments, families and foundations at Cambridge Associates, and prior to that was a consultant to Fortune 500 companies at the strategic advisory firm Mainspring, acquired by IBM. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist covering information technology for International Data Group (IDG) in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Thank you to all committee members who helped make this conference possible!


    Martha Amram, PhD '87
    WattzOn
    San Francisco, CA

      Gabriella Antici Carroll, SM '92
    Ace Gestão Global Ltda
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Carla Avila de Viladoms, MBA '97
    Baron Capital
    New York, NY

      Beatrice Ballini, SM '86
    Russell Reynolds Associates SRL
    Paris, France

    Sarah Blank, MBA '09
    Scanlan Theodore Americas
    New York, NY

      Mariafrancesca Carli, SM '92
    BDT & Company, LLC
    New York, NY

    Rohini Chakravarthy, MBA '99
    Inksedge
    San Francisco, CA

      Maeve Coburn, SM '92
    L'Oreal USA
    New York, NY

    Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, MBA '04
    Codina Management LLC
    Miami, FL

      Sandra Helton, SM '77
    Telephone and Data Systems Inc.
    Chicago, IL

    Ellen Lederman, SM '91
    Akina AG
    Zurich, Switzerland

      Dawna Levenson, SB '83, SM '84
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    Boston, MA

    Cathy-Ann Martine-Dolecki, SF '94
    AT&T Inc.
    New York, NY

      Margery Mayer, SM '76
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    New York, NY

    Mary Puma, SM '81
    Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Boston, MA

      Lisa Schirf, MBA '02
    HNL Ventures LLC
    Chicago, IL

    Marla Shapiro, MBA '97
    MCPS-PRS (The Music Alliance)
    London, UK

      Elizabeth Sikorovsky, MBA '98
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    Boston, MA

    Ruth Sommers, SF '01
    David Yurman
    New York, NY

      Debra Stabile, SM '81
    Citigroup
    New York, NY

    Silvia Ullo, SM ‘92
    University of Sannio
    Benevento, Italy

      K. Waterman, SF '06
    Ranieri Strategies
    New York, NY

    Welcome Remarks

    Kristina Schaefer, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and International Programs

    Fireside Chat

    Martha Samuelson, SF ’86, CEO & Chairman, Analysis Group, Inc.; Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

    Opening Keynote

    Judy Lewent, SM ’72, Retired Executive Vice President & CFO, Merck & Co., Inc

    Women on Boards

    Judy Lewent, SM ’72, Retired Executive Vice President & CFO, Merck & Co., Inc; Rohini Chakravarthy, MBA ’99, Former Partner, New Enterprise Associates; Suzanne Frey, SF ’06, Director of Security, Trust, Privacy, Google; Sandra Helton, SM ‘77, Former Executive Vice President and CFO, Telephone and Data Systems Inc.

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Fiona Murray, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative; Martha Amram, PhD ’87, Founder & CEO, WattzOn; Sarah Blank, MBA ’09, Co-CEO, Scanlan Theodore Americas; Catharina Lavers Mallet, MBA ’09, COO, Talla; Alex Wright-Gladstein, MBA ’15, Ayar Labs

    Faculty Fireside Chat

    Renee Gosline, Senior Lecturer & Research Scientist; Carla Avila, MBA ’97, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Electa Partners
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    Challenges of Managing a Global Business

    Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Finance; Michele de Nevers, SM ’81, Senior Associate, Center for Global Development; Liesbet Peeters, MBA ’05, Managing Partner, D. Capital Partners; Mary Puma, SM ’81, President and Chief Executive Officer, Axcelis; Debra Stabile, SM ’81, Managing Director, Citi

    Keynote Address

    Rosalind Picard, SM ’86, SCD ’91, Founder & Director, Affective Computing Research Group, MIT Media Lab
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    Closing Keynote

    Lotte Bailyn, T Wilson (1953) Professor of Management, Emerita