Our Team Members
Susan L. Colantuono is the CEO of Leading Women, one of the world's premier consulting firms supporting corporate initiatives to advance women and close the leadership gender gap. She founded and ran the Women's Institute for Leadership at Bryant University from 2002 - 2010, is the author of No Ceiling, No Walls: What women haven't been told about leadership, Make the Most of Mentoring and innumerable articles about the leadership gender gap, leadership, and women's advancement.
Internationally known as an expert in women's leadership development, gender dynamics and hidden gender bias, Susan has spoken on these subjects for the Global Women's Leadership Summit, WIN Conference, National Association of Women Lawyers and many other conferences and corporations. Her TEDxBeaconStreet talk on Closing the Leadership Gender Gap was featured as Today’s Talk on the TED.com website, an honor given to fewer than 1% of all TED Talks from around the world. The Talk has gone viral, has been viewed by millions, translated into 23 languages and reviewed by Fortune, The Washington Post and The Guardian as one of the five videos that will change the way you work.
For over 20 years, she has specialized in leadership development solutions for leaders at all levels. Through coaching for leadership excellence, leadership team building and leadership development programs, Susan’s clients have enhanced their business analysis, strategic thinking, visionary leadership and interpersonal skills and produced high impact results. Susan was recognized for her contributions in this area when Providence Business News named her 2008 Business Woman Ally/Mentor of the Year. When asked what leadership is, Susan replies, "Leadership is about using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others."
She has advised women leaders in Amgen, Ansell, DHL, Digitas, Discover, Dow, HP, IGT, IPG, Kimberly-Clark, MassMutual, MetLife, MFS, Nokia, NYLife, Pfizer, Sodexo, Turner Construction and many others how to use their strengths to leverage relationships, achieve strategic goals and lead for value creation. Her proprietary leadership framework and groundbreaking research produce extraordinary outcomes. As a thought leader in the role that gender dynamics play in talent decisions, Susan has worked with managers and executive teams around the world to reduce barriers to women's advancement. And her cutting edge research into the unintended bias that can be embedded in talent and performance management systems has enabled companies to deliver more gender-neutral messages about leadership, performance and career advancement. Her clients describe her as intuitive, practical, inspiring, trustworthy, creative and quick to understand organizational issues and opportunities.
Susan brings a unique blend of business savvy, experience and strategic thinking to her work. She has consulted to organizations and/or coached leaders in the manufacturing, petrochemical, hospitality, financial, telecommunications, high tech, professional services, higher education, not for profit, and healthcare sectors in addition to local, state and federal government agencies. Susan is an engaging, dynamic and warm speaker who draws on her many years as a consultant to create unique and motivating speak-inars™ -- a powerful blend of shared knowledge, wisdom and experience combined with illuminating interactive activities. She has presented before groups including the MASS Conference for Women, W.I.N. Conference (EU), New England Human Resource Association, the OD Network, Bryant University Women’s Summit, Women in Construction, Brown University's Women in Academic Medicine, the Hartford Insurance Group’s Drive to Succeed Conference and many others.
Susan's former positions include Founding Partner of The DELTECH Group, VP of Media Education for Markus Communications, Partner in The Consulting Group of Washington and Founding Partner in DCG, Inc. She has been a volunteer leader for the Society for Human Resource Management where she has served as the State Director for the Rhode Island State Council of SHRM and as Director for Professional Development. She served as one of 2 RI delegates to Vision 2020 a decade-long project to advance gender equality and is a committee member for the Women's Fund of Rhode Island's RI-GAP Project (a non-partisan effort to increase the number of women appointed by the governor to cabinet level positions, boards and commissions). She sits on the advisory board of Aprés - a company connecting highly-qualified women returning to the workforce with companies/nonprofits seeking talent and gender diversity.
Susan is also an internationally known expert on Paso Fino horses with articles published in Conquistador, Paso Fino Horse World, Horseman's Yankee Pedlar, Horse Illustrated and other equine publications. Her articles have been translated into Spanish, French and German. She has studied riding "from the horse's point" of view under Harry Whitney and equine biomechanics with Dr. Deb Bennett. Drawing on the leadership lessons that can come "straight from the horse’s mouth," Susan created Pioneering Leadership™ and Can You Lead a Horse to Water?™. Both workshops use work with horses for teaching women essential lessons about leadership.
Susan is the author of two other books. Build Your Career -- a guide for using the job you have to get the job you want -- was featured in Money magazine and hailed as "a comprehensive guide for charting your career." Her Make Room for JOY! has been described as "heartware and software for the soul." Susan raised her son on the Rhode Island shore; she works, writes, rides, practices yoga and currently resides in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Kelly Lockwood Primus joins Leading Women as SVP, Strategic Client Solutions with responsibility for developing client relationships and recommending solutions to help our clients reach their global diversity goals.
With over 25 years of experience launching or re-establishing legacy brands, Kelly was most recently the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Women’s Foodservice Forum, a national non-profit women’s leadership development organization. During her tenure at WFF, Kelly was instrumental in returning the organization to prominence within the foodservice industry as the authority for women’s leadership development and drove participation in the organization’s live and virtual events to “sell out” status.
Prior to WFF, Kelly was a member of the executive team at Primo Water, a publicly held CPG company, in the role of Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Recruited pre-IPO, Kelly was challenged with articulating the brand promise, creating the brand communication strategy and instituting integrated marketing campaigns to drive retailer and consumer brand preference. Within less than a year, the organization went public, had acquired multiple new retail partners including Walmart, and the company’s products were featured in leading trade publications as a product category to watch.
While a resident in North Carolina, Kelly was a mentor to students at the Wake Forest University Graduate Women in Business Program, a panelist at their Women in Leadership Conference and a judge at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business Annual Marketing Summit MBA Case Competition.
With experience on both the agency and in-house corporate sides, Kelly was charged with developing The Goodwin Group’s global business and marketing strategy to expand the integrated marketing agency’s revenue opportunities within the pharmaceutical and medical association industries when she took on the role of Vice President, Strategic Communications and Business Development. Utilizing research to identify a unique market opportunity, Kelly reconstructed the organization’s service offerings resulting in new customer acquisitions and a revenue increase of 100%.
From 2000 to 2006 Kelly held marketing & communication roles of increasing responsibility at the $700M privately-held consumer products company, The Holmes Group, Inc. (acquired by Jarden Corporation). Kelly was brought on as part of a newly formed leadership team challenged with implementing the merger of the Rival Corporation and the Holmes Products Company. With responsibility for global communications and design, Kelly developed global brand platforms, established the organization’s digital presence, directed worldwide external marketing and public
relations campaigns, oversaw internal employee communications and implemented operational efficiencies resulting in the reduction of product launch expenses by $1M annually. Kelly oversaw the re-launch of several legacy consumer product brands including Crock-Pot, Rival and Bionaire, and managed a global marcom team of 30+.
Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz joins the Leading Women Team as Program and Client Relationship Manager. She brings with her extensive project management experience, customer relations skills, database management, and email marketing experience.
Prior to joining Leading Women, Samantha worked in the non-profit sector as the Development Assistant & Alumnae/i Coordinator at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, Mass., Development Assistant & Gifts Coordinator at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass, and Lead Designer for the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. While at Mount Auburn Cemetery Samantha oversaw number of projects to overhaul and modernization constituent services including database upgrades and implementing a new stewardship plan. Additionally she assisted with the planning and execution of constituent events and took a lead role in executing the inaugural year of the Council of Visitors one-day conference. Samantha brought her data management and constituent relations skills to a new role at Nashoba Brooks. There she helped to engage alumnae who were inactive with the School and was able to increase alumnae participation and dollars raised in the annual fund through strategic communications and regional events.
Samantha holds a BA in Arts Administration/Finance from Simmons College. While at Simmons, Samantha developed a passion for women’s leadership and the advocacy of the advancement of women and girls. She actively sought out positions of leadership at Simmons including: Editor-in-Chief of the Microcosm Yearbook, Student Government Senator, Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, First Year Experience Facilitator.
Prior to moving to Europe, Samantha volunteerd with the Simmons Club of Boston, the regional alumnae/i club for the Metro Boston area, and Girls’ LEAP, a nonprofit which teaches girls 8-18 skills and tools they need to value and champion their own safety and well-being. During her four years as president of the Simmons Club of Boston, Samantha tripled membership numbers, redesigned the Club to reflect its changing membership, and actively recruited and coached new executive board members for a smooth transition when her term ended. The Simmons Club of Boston is now the model the College uses for regional clubs across the world.
Samantha lives in Luxembourg with her husband and daughter.
Tomi Berry, senior consultant, has an extensive background in management development, leadership education, diversity, hospitality/customer service, food safety, branding, presentation skills, safety leadership, coaching and teambuilding. Her experience also includes staff and management training, organization management, adult learning theory, distance learning and human resources policies and procedures.
Tomi’s Fortune 500 Corporate work includes Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as Organization Development Consultant in the areas of professional development and human resources. At Turner she provided customized training and team building interventions and designed instructional courses for various TBS clients. At Marriott International, she held several positions over her 15-year career including Director of Human Resources and National Training Manager. Highlights included working with over 30 hotels nationwide, directing the work of human resource staff members at two premier resort and luxury properties, working at a hotel front desk, opening two hotels and installing payroll technology for HR Systems for Marriott’s corporate office.
Tomi has served as a Director of Training for the Arthritis Foundation, a non-profit health services organization where she collaborated with various national and chapter staff members on training needs within the organization, coordinated annual conferences and provided training consultation. In her consulting practice she has provided learning solutions for Arthritis Foundation, CARE, Inc., General Electric, Freddie Mac, CNBC, Mercer University, SABIC, Catholic Health East and BNSF Railway where she delivers coaching within and facilitation of their nationwide engineering safety leadership program.
Tomi has acquired certifications and qualifications in various programs including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, instructional design from Results Through Training, Inc., Benchmarks 360 Feedback Tools, and Steinbrecher & Associates Advanced Coaching Methodology. She is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through The Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE).
Tomi’s areas of specialization include:
Essie L. Calhoun-McDavid, senior consultant, was the Chief Diversity & Community Affairs Officer at Eastman Kodak Co. from September 2003 until 2011. Ms. Calhoun had been Vice President of Eastman Kodak Co since July 2000. She served as President of Eastman Kodak Charitable Trust. Further, Ms. Calhoun-McDavid served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Community Affairs of Eastman Kodak Company since 2003.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Calhoun-McDavid was dedicated to strengthening Eastman Kodak's diversity and inclusion initiatives among employees, customers, and suppliers. Her responsibilities included working with the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council to craft and implement strategies designed to maintain an environment that fosters inclusion and understanding wherever Kodak does business. She served on the Senior Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council and worked with Eastman Kodak's senior leadership as champions of a Winning and Inclusive Culture at Kodak that continues to enable all constituents to fully participate. As Director of Community Affairs and President of Eastman Kodak Charitable Trust, Ms. Calhoun-McDavid oversaw Kodak's corporate philanthropy and community involvement worldwide. She served as in counsel with Eastman Kodak Co.'s senior leadership and its external diversity advisory panel to craft strategies that enable all constituents to fully participate in its diversity strategies. Ms. Calhoun-McDavid used her energy and her propensity for establishing processes that make a difference to promote Kodak's good corporate citizenship.
She is the founder of several organizations focused on leadership development, including the United Way of Rochester's African American Leadership Development Program; the African American Leadership Roundtable; and the Kodak Youth Leadership Academy. Ms. Calhoun-McDavid is a frequent speaker at diversity and community events and conferences. She served as Chairman of Urban League of Rochester. She serves as vice chairman of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. She has served on boards and committees of numerous organizations including current service on the boards of: Greater Rochester Enterprise, University of Toledo Foundation, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Ms. Calhoun-McDavid served as the 2001-2002 distinguished Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Her honors include: the National Urban League Northeast Region Volunteer of the Year Award, Women's History Month Award, Network North Star's Annual Leadership Award, the NAACP Outstanding Leader Award, and About Time Magazine's Exemplar Award. She also received the Martin Luther King Commission's Individual Award “in recognition of her lifelong personal and professional dedication, commitment and strength to help create a better community for all people.” Ms. Calhoun-McDavid received a B.Ed degree in Social Science from the University of Toledo, a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Linda Ferraro, senior consultant is an Organizational Development professional who has successfully worked with Fortune 50 Corporations developing and implementing strategies to increase organizational performance through leadership development and team alignment. Her experience encompasses consulting with manufacturing, government, not for profits, insurance and financial services as well as pharmaceutical organizations. She has practical experience working with leaders and groups at the start up phase as well as at all stages along the team life cycle.
Internally to organizations she has provided OD & leadership support for 1500 existing managers and those new to their role through intact team interventions and company leadership programs. Through program delivery and consulting projects, she has touched 1000+ leaders directly. In one role her work with a Management Practices team ultimately resulted in survey scores that showed a statistically significant increase from the previous survey, raising scores by double digits during her role tenure overall. Key indicators include questions on coaching, feedback, recognition and leader communications.
Organizational Effectiveness Competencies
- Team Building and Alignment
- Leadership program development and delivery
- Multi-rater (360) feedback coaching
- Facilitation/Meeting Effectiveness
- Employee/Client Surveys - interpretation and action planning
- Employee Relations/Engagement
While focusing on educating leaders in organizations, in addition Linda has extensive academic experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels with a focus on organizational behavior, theory and development. This enables her to stay current in the field and apply the learnings real time within organizations.
Current and past clients include the Department of Homeland Security (Washington D.C.headquarters), various UTC divisions including Carrier, Hamilton Sundstrand and Otis and Electric Boat. Additionally through Ceridian/Lifeworks she has worked with United Technologies Corporation IT and Pratt & Whitney.
She has served also as a keynote for the Human Resources Leadership Association of Southeastern CT and presented at various conferences.
Nicole Gionet joins Leading Women from Alcatel-Lucent where she was Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) based in Paris, France.
With 30 years of extensive international human resources experience, she began her career with the Government of Canada and moved to the telecommunications industry in 1997. She has worked, lived and experienced the cultural diversity of 4 countries – Canada, Belgium, China and France. Nicole is fluent in both French, her native language, and English.
Alcatel-Lucent (acquired by Nokia in January 2016) was the leading IP Networking, Broadband Access and Cloud Technology Specialist, headquartered in Paris, France (14.bn€ and 55 000 employees around the globe, its main customers being the top telephone, cable and internet service providers around the globe).
As CHRO, Nicole led the HR function during the most significant cultural, financial and operational transformation in the company’s history. Under her leadership, she modernized the HR function, adapting its operating model, systems and processes to meet the global and diverse footprint of the company; outsourcing all transactional activities to a 3rd party, re-empowering people managers, and placing talent and leadership at the core of the company priorities – while reducing the overall HR cost by 20% and workforce by 30%.
Nicole is widely known for her track record as a leader, and her exceptional ability to establish trust and respect as well as build collaborative relationships to achieve positive outcomes with clients, senior management, colleagues and staff.
More recently, Nicole has dedicated her leadership time and attention to executive coaching, to women in business, and designed as well as delivered a global program: the “Top 20” to increase gender diversity in the upper leadership ranks of the company. Since establishing this program which has been expanded worldwide, 45% of participating women have been promoted into more senior roles across the world.
Nicole completed an Executive Management Development program for Women at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is a certified Business Coaching Advantage Practitioner (BCAP) and a registered Corporate Coach (RCC).
She is a board member of the Atlantic Cancer Research institute.
As the 8th child of a family of 8 girls and 3 boys, Nicole has reached a point in her life and in her career where she wants to give back by sharing her rich life and work experience - and inspiring business leaders to create the same diversity from which she has greatly benefited in both her personal and professional life.
Tim Kemp, senior consultant, is a global expert on diversity and gender dynamics with over 32 years of experience as a Learning and Development specialist. His work with organizations including The Economist, Allianz Global Investments, Dell, Microsoft, Shell and Fischer Scientific has enabled those organizations to identify and minimize barriers to inclusion.
Tim brings his extensive experience delivering learning events with cross-cultural teams across EMEA, the Caribbean, Malaysia and the Americas. He has broad expertise in the areas of leadership, HR effectiveness, change management and web-based learning, and has been an advisor and coach to CEOs and strategic leaders in a variety of sectors and industries.
Tim has worked as a senior consultant to Korn Ferry, as a learning and development advisor to the Council of Europe, and as a principal associate at Beehive Coaching and Leadership Development. Tim’s skills include developing programs for web-based learning, delivering blended learning programs and also designing tailored courses and materials for a range of professionals who need to be able to train others in specific job-related skills.
Currently a faculty member of PwC Academy in Eastern Europe for the Mini MBA Programme, Tim delivers modules on Leadership and People Management as well as masterclasses on the Evaluation of HR, L&D Effectiveness and Talent Retention. He is also a visiting fellow at Bristol Business School.
Tim holds a MBA from London Business School with a focus on organizational behavior and change, a MA from the Institute of Education at the University of London, a BA from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is a chartered fellow at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Linda Newton, senior consultant is a specialist in leadership development, culture change, and the strategic use of community relations and diversity. She has more than 25 years experience as a professional in the health insurance industry as Vice President of Community Relations, CSR and Diversity for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing, integrating and managing the company's corporate social responsibility and diversity business strategies. She also created and managed the BlueAngel Community Outreach program, which earned the 2009 Providence Business News, Business Excellence Award for Community Involvement. The BlueAngel program included corporate charitable contributions, the BlueAngel Community Health Grants, and the BlueAngel employee volunteer program. She was also responsible for the fiscal oversight of the Blue Cross Community Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation which she initiated and managed to an endowment of over $7 million dollars.
Linda has a long history of community service. From 2004-2008, she served on the National Board of the American Lung Association (ALA) where she was involved with strategic planning and chaired the Cultural Diversity committee. From 1987 to 1991, she served as Chair of the State Ethics Commission. Ms. Newton also served on the Workforce Investment Board from 1993 to 2003, was a member of the 2002 City Charter Review Commission. From 2000-2003 she chaired the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, and from 2008-2010 she was a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Rhode Island Commission on Women.
Linda was instrumental in founding the Grant Makers Council of Rhode Island and the Diversity & Inclusion Professionals which she continues to manage as a volunteer. She is currently co-chairing the Black Philanthropy Initiative, a field of interest fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. She currently serves on the board of the RI Community Food Bank, the RI State Council of Churches, and RI Kids Count. She was recognized at the United Way 2012 annual meeting with the John H. Chafee Lifetime Service Award.
Linda is an alumna of Leadership RI’s Delta class, is a member of the Providence Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Rhode Island Coalition of 100 Black Women. In addition, Linda is actively involved in the United Way of Rhode Island Advisory Board and the SHRM Standards for Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce.
Dr. Usha Pillai Wade, senior consultant, is a specialist in strategy, critical thinking, change management, outsourcing, and project/program management. With over 20 years of experience as a leader and scientific professional in a global setting, Usha brings an integrated and holistic perspective to every engagement. Prior to founding Aria Management Consulting, she held various positions with increasing responsibilities and complexities at Pfizer, Inc., where she effectively leveraged her broad scientific knowledge, excellent global business acumen, and strong network of global resources to achieve and often exceed business goals. She led strategic planning and outsourcing, introduced change management, and partnered on organizational re-design and strategy. Following Pfizer’s acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals, Usha served as an internal consultant responsible for coordinating plans for integrating King’s research portfolio into Pfizer. She introduced innovative platforms fostering external partnerships, and she has over seven years of experience executing and managing strategic alliances. One of her current engagements is with the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven where is working to establish a Bioscience Clubhouse dedicated to fostering science entrepreneurship.
In 2010, Usha was selected by Pfizer, Inc. as a Global Health Fellow. She spent 6 months in Ghana working with Family Health International, a global non-profit organization. During her tenure in Ghana, she utilized many of her leadership skills to quickly assess her environment and engage team members to contribute their skills and talents, and, perhaps most importantly, to “own” the program. She successfully led the team in developing and implementing long-term sustainability plans, decreasing future dependence on donor funds. Usha also authored Lesson’s Learned from Ghana, a report detailing the successes and challenges of the program easily transferable to health care related challenges that developing nations face.
Usha is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Bombay College of Pharmacy, India; an Executive Masters in Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnology Institute; and a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She also trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Patty is an accomplished global human resources professional who has held roles as an HR Business Partner, and as an Organizational Development Consultant. Certified as an ICF executive coach, Patty specializes in gender diversity, women’s leadership development, high potential identification, and development, assessments, and coaching.
Patty moved into these HR roles after a career in a variety of telecomm business roles, allowing her to combine her 2 strengths and passions – a keen interest in the business and in developing talent.
After graduating with her MBA, Patty worked on Wall Street as a telecommunication analyst in a New York City investment banking firm. After 7 years on Wall Street, she moved to Dallas where she worked in the telecomm industry developing a wide range of skills in Account and Program Management, Customer Service, Finance, Order Management and Leadership Development.
A few of Patty’s key accomplishments:
- Led women’s leadership programs at Nokia. In less than one year, the program had 25% success rate for promotions to executive ranks.
- Implemented and led Alcatel-Lucent America’s Top Ten Women’s Leadership Program with 45% success rate for women taking on more senior roles.
- Designed and facilitated programs on leadership, change management, high performing teams, Myers Briggs, and Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
- Executive coach/360 coach for senior leaders and High Potentials. As an ICF Certified Executive Coach Patty is most proud of the impact her coaching has for her clients; below are just a few samples of verbatim comments:
- “She understands how complex organizations work but also how the contributions of each individual can impact them. She is able to bring out the best in corporate talent by providing timely advice while subtly probing and pushing individuals to reach higher and further”.
- “She takes her years of experience and couples it with an uncanny ability to articulate that knowledge in a simple, yet understandable manner.”
Patty has a BA and MBA from Hofstra University and a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Patty has lived in New York, Dallas, and now lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Patty is a volunteer for “Canine Partners for Life”, a nonprofit provider of canine service dogs, providing assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities.
After serving as HighRoads' CEO for 4 years, Paul is the Non-executive Chairman of the Board of HighRoads.
Paul is a recognized leader in the HR consulting and insurance industries. He spent nearly 30 years with Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Towers Watson), one of the world's leading human resource consulting firms, in a variety of consulting and management roles before retiring as global Chief Operating Officer. Just prior to HighRoads, Paul served as chairman and CEO of GRX Technologies, Inc., a software company focused on supply chain management for the commercial insurance industry. Most recently, Paul served as Interim CEO of Salary.com (NASDAQ: SLRY) where he led a turnaround and then the sale of Salary to Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA) in October, 2010.
Paul currently sits on the Advisory Boards of Brodeur Partners, LaborMetrix, and Employ Insight. He has previously served on the boards of both Salary.com and Gevity (NASDAQ: GVHR) - prior to its sale to TriNet.
Paul has a Bachelor of Mathematics from Boston College and a Master of Actuarial Science with distinction from the University of Michigan Business School. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Vicki Donlan is a business coach assisting executives and business owners in achieving excellence in what they do.
Vicki is the former publisher and founder of Women’s Business. served as the first Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute where she facilitated CEO forums to assist in the growth of $250,000 to over $20M small businesses.
Her many honors include recognition by the SBA as the Massachusetts and New England Women in Business Advocate, Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council recognized her as a 2002 Leading Woman. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce awarded her an Achievement in Business and in 2005 Bryant University recognized her as the New England Businesswoman of the Year. She is the author of HER TURN Why It’s Time for Women To Lead in America. She is a regular guest discussing women in business on New England Cable News’ Business Day and a well-known speaker.
Vicki is the former Entrepreneur in Residence at Bridgewater State University, former president of the Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council and served on the Advisory Board of Key Bank and the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Center for Women and Enterprise, the Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Bridgewater State College and Delfigo Security Systems. Ms. Donlan is a member of the Corporate Directors Group.
Pam, President of Ridge Hill Consulting, a strategy consulting firm, is a senior executive with broad strategic and financial experience in corporate, investment banking, and public board environments.
Pam is a director of Spartech Corporation, Monotype Imaging, American Superconductor, and National Mentor Holding. She holds an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a national public company director education organization.
Pam served as Chief Financial Officer of Convergent Networks, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Treasurer of Oak Industries before its acquisition by Corning and spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston.
Pam spends a significant amount of her time helping non-profit organizations focused on empowering and supporting women. These include The Center for Women & Enterprise, Wellesley Centers for Women, Dana-Farber Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Executive Council and Brown University Women’s Leadership Council.
Anne Szostak is a business and community leader with significant management and board experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Currently President and CEO of Szostak Partners, LLC, a Providence, RI-based consulting firm, Anne provides advice and counsel to leaders who are trying to solve real business problems. Her extensive experience in financial services and human resources allows her to coach executive leaders in all industries.
Before starting her consulting practice, Anne built a successful career at Fleet Boston Financial (now Bank of America) in both line and staff roles. She served as a member of the Executive Committee and Corporate
Executive Vice President of this diversified financial firm with assets of $200 billion and 55,000 employees. She also served as Chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank of RI (2001-2003) and Chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank of Maine (1991-1994). In addition to assisting the bank with over 100 acquisitions, she led the company’s efforts to become an employer of choice.
Anne currently sits on the boards of Tupperware Brands Corporation, Belo Corporation, SFN Group, Inc., and Dr. Pepper Snapple. She is active on several not-for-profit boards: Trustee and Immediate Past Chairman of the Women & Infants Hospital Board; Director of the Rhode Island Foundation; Governor and Chairman Emeritus of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; and Trustee Emeritus of Colby College. She is a fellow at the BU School of Management’s Human Resources Policy Institute, and is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Women’s Forum and Women Corporate Directors.