Our Team Members
Kelly Lockwood Primus
Kelly Lockwood Primus, CEO & President for Leading Women oversees day to day operations of the company, business development and client relationship management to help our clients reach their global diversity goals.
Prior to joining Leading Women in 2013, Kelly was a member of the executive team for WFF, a national non-profit women’s leadership organization. As Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Kelly was instrumental in returning the organization to prominence in 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.
Before her time in women’s leadership roles, 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, Strategy 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) culminating in the role of Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Lighting Division Business Unit.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kelly also participated in Executive Leadership Programs at Boston College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kellylockwood
Diane Coffey Chaput
Diane Coffey Chaput joins the Leading Women team as Vice President, Communications & Engagement and brings with her more than 20 years of public relations and brand-building experience. Diane leads the charge for raising awareness of the plethora of proven solutions that Leading Women offers its clients to help them achieve their gender diversity goals.
Before joining Leading Women, Diane was Senior Vice President of Media Relations at Boston public relations agency, Kel & Partners, where she provided strategic & tactical direction and execution for all its clients’ PR initiatives. Diane’s innate passion for public relations garnered explosive results for brands like Zappos, RueLaLa, coastal.com & more—and landed her clients on national broadcast outlets including TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, 20/20, Oprah, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, and on the covers and pages of Fortune, INC, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, NYTimes, TIME, USA Today, WSJ, and The Washington Post.
Prior to agency life, Diane honed her communications skills on the corporate side with in-house positions working for some of the biggest brands in consumer products, including Crock-Pot, Holmes, Bionaire and Honeywell. She is a seasoned and passionate PR pro who has built long-lasting relationships with trade and consumer media contacts that span her entire career, and understands that those relationships are the cornerstone to building a successful communications plan. Leading Women is pleased to have her on the team.
Diane’s other passions include buying and selling real estate, traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.
Connect with Diane on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianecoffeychaput/
Erin Defoyd, Director of Strategic Client Solutions for Leading Women partners with organizations and leaders to reach their talent, inclusion and diversity goals. She has committed her career and personal life to building community and culture, creating unique experiences, tackling tough issues and influencing sustained change.
Prior to joining Leading Women, she was at Mercer where she served as the Global Leader of the firm’s Business Resource Group, Women@Mercer and was a Founding Member of Mercer’s proprietary global research and commercial platform, When Women Thrive. She lead the strategic vision, business goal alignment and colleague support to the 65+ global Women@Mercer chapters, as well as the programming, content and engagement strategy for When Women Thrive client and colleague workshops, webcasts, and global client conferences, including the annual executive briefing at the World Economic Forum.
Erin is a trained communications and marketing executive, with 20+ of experience working alongside global leaders to build and deliver innovative business development strategies, colleague engagement campaigns and social responsibility programs.
In addition to her work for Leading Women, Erin is also the Founder and Leader of The Bird & Bear Collective a space for unique conversation, events and experiences for those seeking community, rest, exploration and opportunities to thrive in their personal and professional life.
Erin is a Graduate of Brandeis University. She lives in Medway, Massachusetts with her husband, three children, dog and a flock of chickens. She is active in her community through volunteer and leadership roles in sports, church, Girl Scouts and care for those in need.
Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz
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 volunteered 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 two children.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Frank Lewski, a senior consultant with Leading Women, is an experienced Leadership and Organization Development consultant, coach and facilitator/educator who also draws upon his experience as a business leader, researcher and athletic coach to help individuals, teams and organizations achieve high performance.
Frank’s primary interests are in leadership development, organization change and transformation, team development, diversity & inclusion, consulting skills and personal growth.
In this arena since 1986, Frank’s experience with corporate organizations, non-profit groups and academia includes work with senior leaders and teams from diverse functions and cultures. In addition to the U.S., Frank has worked with clients in more than 16 countries around the world. Frank has worked in a wide-range of industries including: High Technology (Telecommunications, Computers), Financial, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods, Services/Consulting, Advertising, Insurance, Energy, Realty, Construction, and Non-Profit. He currently splits his time between consulting projects to address complex organizational challenges, executive coaching, designing & teaching/facilitating management, leadership, diversity, team and organization development programs, and offering his expertise to non-profit organizations.
Frank draws upon his corporate experience, with over 25 years as a manager and leader at IBM, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent. In 2010, he completed his corporate career as the global leader of Organization Development at Alcatel-Lucent.
Frank has a M.S. in Organization Development from The American University/NTL and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a number of professional certifications in the areas of executive coaching, leadership, diversity, change management, communication skills, MBTI, EQ, personal growth, consulting skills, and adventure-based training.
Linda Holmes Newton
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.
Vanessa Phipps, a Senior Consultant with Leading Women, has over twenty years of successful executive and management development learning facilitation, combined with a strong background in compliance and global diversity and inclusion consulting.
Prior to joining Leading Women, Vanessa was the interim Chief Diversity Officer at the ACLU in New York City. Her experience spans the compliance and ED&I space as well where she honed her skills at Aventis Pharmaceuticals (now Sanofi, U.S.) by building a talent planning process in partnership with Executive Leadership - resulting in a measurable commitment by C-Suite leaders to identify and promote diverse talent in their respective division’s talent and succession planning goals. She also managed the launch of the first Women’s and the first African American Employee/Business Resource Groups.
Earlier in her career, Vanessa designed a development process for an employer that supported high performing individual contributors, many of whose approach to work and definitions of success were not always in concert with those of their respective
She also managed the submission process for the Working Mother Top 100 awards at Aventis, Sanofi and Horizon BCBSNJ, resulting in each company garnering the honors for the first time.
Vanessa is the Board President of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR New Jersey), an organization that provides ongoing development and networking opportunities for the Association’s HR and business members, university students and Women and Minority-owned Businesses. NAAAHR New Jersey also supports sponsoring corporations in defining and refining their equity, diversity and inclusion mission, goals and execution.
She also sits on the board of the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, New Jersey which, since 1982, has fought to combat food insecurity, provide client medical screenings and offer a variety of outreach and support resources for local and surrounding communities.She holds a B.S. in Human
Services and Sociology from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
Usha Pillai Wade
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.
Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity. She is also the founder professional women’s network Women Who Get It and co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women and Workforces). Michelle is determined to contribute to achieving global gender equality in her lifetime, especially through her research and advocacy for advancing women in the sporting industry.
Michelle is a proud Ambassador for Honour a Woman, Girls Uniform Agenda Flexible Working Day and the 2020 T20 Women’s World Cup. She is an experienced non-Executive director having held board roles with Good Shepherd Microfinance, Williamstown Football Club and the Gippsland AFL League. Her corporate career included executive roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco.
Michelle was named City of Melbourne B3000 Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2019), is a proud recipient of the AFR 100 Women of Influence Award (2018) and was a finalist in the VicHealth EWN Community Award (2018) for her significant contribution to women in football. She is a panel judge for the VicSport Awards and was a long-term Telstra Business Women’s Awards judge. Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and hold various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching.
Michelle is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion about equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
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Paul R. Daoust
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.