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Deepika Bajaj

Deepika Bajaj is the founder of Invincibelle, an online community helping women to thrive in a multicultural world. Invincibelle is for women who wish to share concerns, hopes and aspirations, find information that is relevant to their world, and find leaders who wish to empower women by sharing their experiences. Deepika has more than eight years of experience in telecommunications consulting and corporate marketing. She has served on the board of various professional organizations including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs andWomen in Intel. She has been an active member of the Student Task Force for Women in Cable & Telecom, and was a runner-up in Meet the CEO, a Women for Hire contest. Deepika is currently writing her first book Invincibelle Insight, which will be a great gift from a mother to daughter when she embarks her global career. Deepika holds a degree in Engineering from Bangalore University, India and has an MBA in marketing from Fordham University, New York. She is an honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.
 
Daphne Bishop

Daphne Bishop is an associate in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Litigation department, and a member of the Employment and Labor team. She represents employers in an assortment of cases under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII, including sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on age, race, national origin, sex, and disability. Daphne also represents employers in other employment-related litigation, including wrongful termination, breach of contract claims, and workplace violence restraining orders. She frequently represents employers before the California Labor Commissioner and Workers Compensation Appeals Board. She also counsels on various issues, including wage and hour regulations, and conducts workplace harassment training. Daphne is deeply committed to pro bono work, and has represented indigent clients on behalf of Public Counsel, the Alliance for Children's Rights, the California Women's Law Center's Habeas Project, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Anti-Violence Project, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale in 1997 and her J.D. from UCLA in 2001.
 
Francesca Close

Francesca Close is Chairman and CEO of The Orbis Group and Orbisun International Inc. where she is responsible for the development of strategic global alliances and partnerships. She has held management positions on the president's staff of two Fortune 500 companies in the areas of marketing and business development. As founder and chairman of the Alliance of Business Women International (ABWI), Francesca works with elected officials, local government and grassroots participants to address sustainable economic development programs and equitable educational initiatives to help strengthen small business sectors and create a strong workforce throughout global communities. She has received recognition from the White House, Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture, state and local governments and the Commission on the Status of Women. As president of her own company and a representative of ABWI, she often represents the U.S. as a delegate and speaker where she interfaces with the United Nations, USAid, UIA, World Bank and the Women's World Bank in addressing programs that reflect the changing needs of the global economy.

 
Carol Evans

Carol Evans serves as President of Working Mother Media and CEO of Diversity Best Practices which are part of the Bonnier Corporation. Carol’s involvement with Working Mother magazine dates back to 1978, when she played a critical role in the launch.  She grew Working Mother magazine from $100,000 to $14,000,000 over the next decade, serving first as advertising director and then as VP Publisher.  In 1986 she founded the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, still the most important workplace benchmark in the country.

 

Between 1989 and 2001, Carol ran two publishing companies. She was President of Stagebill, serving 110 arts organizations nationwide.  In 1996, she became Chief Operating Officer of The Chief Executive Group, where she launched a highly successful conference division, hosting more than 600 leading CEOs per year.

In August 2001, Carol Evans founded Working Mother Media by acquiring Working Mother magazine and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), becoming the first mom to own Working Mother. She has launched several key initiatives to support the advancement of women including Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Best Law Firms for Women, Best of Congress, and Best Companies for Hourly Workers.

 

In 2006, Working Mother Media acquired Diversity Best Practices (DBP), the leading membership organization supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  DBP’s sessions, conferences, research, and publications allow companies to leap ahead on their diversity journey.  At DBP, Carol has launched the Network and Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC), CEO Roundtables, the DBP Benchmarking and Assessment Tool and the Global initiative.

A graduate of Empire State College/SUNY, Carol serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the March of Dimes. Carol has won numerous awards including the Admiral Grace Hopper Women’s Diversity Champion Award/ U.S. Navy; Dr. Martin Luther King Visionary Award/ Walmart; Work-Life Legacy Award/ Families and Work Institute; the Highest Leaf Award/ Women’s Venture Fund; Excellence in Women’s Health Award/ Jacobs Institute and the YWCA Hall of Fame.  

She is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker on the advancement of women, work life balance, barriers facing women of color and leadership. She has appeared on every major talk show including Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America and PBS To the Contrary. Her opinions have been heard on hundreds of radio shows and published in newspapers nationwide.

Carol’s book, the award-winning This is How We Do It: The Working Mother’s Manifesto was published in May 2006 by Penguin Group. She is most proud of being mom to Julia Rose (20) and Robert (23), and wife of Bob Coulombe, a Major in the New York Guard.
 

 

 
Christie Hardwick

Christie Hardwick Vianson is the founder of Spirited Contribution. As a strategic thinking partner and personal guide to leaders from technology, the arts and other industries, Christie provides a new way to look at how people step up to work.  Combining the science of thinking, the art of inclusion and practical advice on organizational health,  Christie is responsible for what her clients call 'deep impact' and 'transformation' in their work and in their lives. She is on the faculty of the Institute for Women's Leadership and is certified as a gender equity trainer and consultant with the leading gender experts of BAA Inc. Previously, Christie was VP of  Human Resources and later VP of Change Management for Silicon Graphics, Inc., where she led mutiple global project teams responsible for monitoring and driving business process improvements for significant cost savings and efficiency. Twice elected trustee of the Fremont Unified School District, she received awards for her leadership and co-founded the Fremont Education Foundation, which provides funding to the school district for their music programs. Christie is the immediate past president of the National Board of Directors for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network). She is also the founding chair of Greatschools.net, a nonprofit organization providing the comprehensive online guide to public schools nationwide. An experienced political consultant, Christie has successfully managed seven school district bond campaigns throughout California in a given year and was the Field Director for the 1992 Presidential, Senate and Congressional races in Southern Alameda County. Honors include: 2002-2003 American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, 2001 YWCA TWIN Award, Outstanding Executive Leadership and 2000 SGI Exemplary Leader Award.
 
Cheryl Mohr

Cheryl Mohr was recently appointed Vice President of Human Resources for Hewlett-Packard's Americas region, delivering the HR tools, functional knowledge, HR programs, regional leadership, transaction and program support for over 75,000 employees for the U.S., Latin America and Canada. As part of the HR Global Operations organization, Cheryl is responsible for ensuring HP's position as a leader in workforce development, organization effectiveness, compensation and benefits, staffing, employee relations, global inclusion and diversity, and HR processes and information management. Previously, Cheryl was Vice President of the HR function for the HP Technology Solutions Group for the Americas Region, where she was responsible for establishing and driving HR business plans in partnership with the leadership team to meet long-term and strategic organizational objectives. She started her career at Intel Corporation in the staffing organization, and continued her career at Avantek, a microwave electronics company, where she held a variety of roles including staffing, training and development, college recruiting and employee relations. Cheryl joined Hewlett Packard in 1991 when HP acquired Avantek. Since joining HP, Cheryl has held regional and worldwide HR positions including HR Manager for Global Support Logistics, HR Manager for the Hardware Services Organization and HR Manager HP Services North America. Cheryl's extensive experience supporting HP's various services organizations will be instrumental in her role as Vice President of HR in the Americas. Cheryl has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.
 
Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale

Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale is Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Campbell Soup Company. Her responsibility includes working closely with Campbell Soup’s diversity team and senior business leaders to help build the company’s efforts in developing a diverse and inclusive culture. Rosalyn has partnered with Campbell’s business and human resources leaders in order to grow the company’s diversity strategy, which has a focus on attraction, retention, development and engagement. 

Rosalyn joins Campbell with more than 17 years of global diversity expertise. She has been a corporate executive, business leader, consultant and author. Most recently, she headed Barnes, O’Neale & Associates in Long Beach, California, a consulting practice specializing in diversity and inclusion training, education and executive coaching with clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Rosalyn is the author of 7 Keys 2 Success: Unlocking the Passion for Diversity, a practical road map to creating highly effective and inclusive organizations.

 

 

 
Ana Gabriela Pinczuk

Ana Pinczuk is Vice President, Technical Support within the Cisco Services organization. She leads the Global Technical Center and is responsible for a worldwide team of 2000 professionals who deliver global technical support, define the global service experience and partner with engineering to drive product excellence.

Ana has a diverse background, having been in services, marketing, sales, business development and engineering roles throughout her career. Within Cisco, she has led diverse teams, including software development, test, release engineering, product management, solution development, engineering IT and Technical Services.

Before joining Cisco, Ana spent 15 years at AT&T and Lucent, where she held key roles such as Vice President of Internet Technologies (responsible for developing and deploying AT&T’s Internet backbone) and sales client director for the JP Morgan account. 

Ana has received many honors, including the AT&T Architecture and Vista Champions Awards, the 1999 AT&T Laboratories Woman of the Year and most recently the Diversity Journal 2009 Top 100 Women Worth Watching.

Ana has a bachelor’s of science and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, a master’s of technology management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a master’s in software management from Carnegie-Mellon University.  She is married and has two sons.

 
Rayona Sharpnack

Rayona Sharpnack founded the Institute for Women's Leadership in 1991-an organization renowned for its groundbreaking work throughout the United States, Australia, and Canada. Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports and business, Rayona has become an inspirational coach, teacher and mentor for executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging businesses and nonprofit organizations such as Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Business School, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Mills College, State of the World Forum, the Canadian Federal Government, the Australian Federal Government, Leadership America, and the Professional and Business Women of California. She is considered one of the pioneers of women's leadership and has presented extensively on issues related to individual and organizational high performance. Rayona is one of several featured authors of the groundbreaking book, Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. She has also written her own book, which will be released in October 2007.
 
Janet Y. Spears

Janet Y. Spears is an Executive Director in AT&T's Strategic Marketing Enablement organization. In this position, Janet leads the creation of a multi-layer initiative focused on specific customer benefits associated with recent AT&T mergers. She is responsible for working with cross-functional teams such as business strategy, product management, operations, field services and customer care to develop the components for this AT&T initiative. Janet has been with AT&T for 21 years and has held several key positions. In a previous assignment, as Sales Vice-President, she led a technical sales team responsible for business development and design of complex systems such as converged voice and data network solutions. Janet provided direct leadership to 7 managers with a Fortune 500 client base that represented over $4B in annual revenue. She was an executive sales lead for Contact Center Solutions within AT&T, and developed several sales professionals who designed and sold $100M annually in complex call center solutions.  Janet has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific and Purdue University, respectively. Janet also received an Executive Advanced Management Certificate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.