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Former President of Costa Rica
Former President Laura Chinchilla is a political scientist with a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
She was the first woman to be elected president of Costa Rica (2010-2014). Previously, she served as minister of public security (1996-1998), congresswoman (2002-2006), minister of justice (2006-2008), and vice president (2006-2008). During her political career, Mrs. Chinchilla prompted police and justice reform measures to tackle crime and violence, digital and open government, the promotion of women’s rights, and early childhood protection. She also promoted environmental sustainability policies, especially on preserving marine biodiversity, for which she was distinguished with international awards.
Mrs. Chinchilla has worked as a consultant with various international organizations, such as: the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has been part of the advisory boards of the UNDP`s Human Development Report and the Global Happiness Report, and board member of the International Olympic Committee, the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Concordia Summit, and the Euro-America Foundation. Mrs. Chinchilla has headed various Electoral Observation Missions in the Americas and chaired the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. She has taught at the Institute of Politics and Public Policy of Georgetown University (USA), the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (México), and the Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Rocket Scientist, Senior Leader
Monica Lee Foley is the Chief of Staff for the NASA Johnson Space Center. As a senior leader in the Agency, she is a technical integrator for human spaceflight programs and is currently applying her expertise to meet NASA’s bold mission of landing the first woman on the moon and the first humans on Mars.
Monica has over two decades of low-Earth orbit human risk mitigation, operational and sustaining engineering experience. She has executed over 3,000 hours in the Mission Control Center-Houston as an International Space Station flight controller where she specialized in the Electrical Power Systems and was the first to earn three electrical power flight controller certifications.
She brings an extensive mastery of negotiations and federal contracts as she served as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative managing Russian Space contracts valued at over $4.4 billion USD, the largest international contract in the NASA agency.
She has applied her scientific and financial acuity to expand human exploration in commercial activities, innovation theory, and applied technology transfer. She was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Monica worked as a contract consultant with Ernst and Young in Montreal, Canada creating models to mitigate financial banking risks and establish corporate risk mitigation protocols.
She has published research performed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on K-Shell energies and transition rates for the Auger and Radiative decays in carbon-like ions which is used internationally in atomic and nuclear studies.
She is an avid STEM and STEAM advocate.
She is a public speaker and supports numerous non-profit organizations. She is also a mentor to youth and girls through various affiliations.
By the age of 21, Foley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Southern University and A&M College.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she was selected as a Sloan Leadership Fellow.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. She is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, an innovative financial company, by women for women. Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investment platforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 “Disruptor” list, #14 on LinkedIn’s 50 “Most Sought-After Startups” (and #2 in New York), and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Ideas. Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, Citi Private Bank, Sanford C. Bernstein and CFO for Citigroup. Krawcheck has also been called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine and has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”
Lisa Brummel is a co-owner of 4-time WNBA Champions, Seattle Storm. She was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft from 2005-2014. In her first year in HR she held face-to-face meetings with nearly 5,000 employees, gaining input that she used to make a number of changes that led to a turnaround in company morale.
She is a graduate of Yale University, and holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
CEO & Co-Founder
Entrepreneur, Investor, and Author
Hitha is the CEO of Rhoshan Pharmaceuticals, the founder of the Webby-honored #5SmartReads, and an investor in over 15 women-founded startups. Her second book We’re Speaking: The Life Lessons of Kamala Harris will be published this fall. Hitha serves on the boards of Youth Represent and Feminist Press. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
CEO & Founder
Leslie Feinzaig is a Latina entrepreneur and tech executive. In 3 years, she turned a 25-person Facebook group into a 25k-strong network for women-founded startups and aligned investors, dedicated to forging a future where powerful business leaders are more reflective of the world they serve. FFA creates content, community, and programs to accelerate the success of women and non-binary leaders. Born and raised in Costa Rica, Leslie moved to the US to attend Harvard Business School on a full scholarship. She has since been named one of Forbes Most Powerful Women from Central America, the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, and Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People. Leslie serves on the Boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington and is a contributing writer for publications such as Fortune, Fast Company, Techcrunch and Entrepreneur.
President, Media Networks
A media and technology leader with a proven track record for scaling content businesses and consumer brands into strong global franchises. Expertise in recognizing monetization opportunities and implementing infrastructure to support new and diversified revenue streams. An empathetic, high-performing, operator who can enter into any high growth or transformative business environment and quickly align various team views- creative, marketing, product, sales, revenue, operations and talent acquisition, into a unified vision.
Commercial leadership: Managed P&Ls of $100M+
Audience: Responsible for reaching audiences of over 700M and driving engagement (views, shares, CTR)
Management: Core focus on people and teams, having both built structures from scratch and having acquiring and reactivated existing teams.
Global initiatives: Managed business units, teams, and initiatives across territories, growing new divisions and establishing global org workflows to ensure transparency, communication, and both regional and global growth.
Specialties: Entrepreneurial Vision, Board experience, Strategic Pivots & Activation, Digital Strategy, Product launches, Content and Brand Licensing, Acquisition strategy
SUSAN MCPHERSON is a serial connector, seasoned communicator and founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. She is the author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships (March 23, 2020; McGraw-Hill). Susan has 25+ years of experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications, speaking regularly at industry conferences, and contributing to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and has received numerous accolades for her voice on social media platforms from Fortune Magazine, Fast Company and Elle Magazine. She resides in Brooklyn.
Managing Director + Partner
Annie is a vice president of public relations and partner at Walker Sands. Annie leads Walker Sands’ Seattle office, where she manages a talented team to drive results for clients across the west coast.
Annie started in Walker Sands’ Chicago office in 2013 before moving out west in 2016 to help grow the agency’s West Coast presence. Since her time at Walker Sands, she has worked on clients including Cisco, FireEye, CompTIA, Owler, Nintex, plus many others in the B2B technology space. Annie’s client work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, The Holmes Report, and Publicity Club of Chicago.
Annie graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of business administration in marketing and Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations.
Annie is obsessed with her dog, Wrigley (see Instagram @WestCoastWrigley for cute dog photos). And as an Ohio native, Annie is a die-hard Ohio State football fan and won’t hesitate to let you know it. O-H-I-O!
Head of Strategy, US
Natalia Brzezinski is the U.S. Head of Strategy for Klarna.
From 2016-2020, she served as the CEO of Brilliant Minds Foundation, an initiative focused on bringing together traditional, long-term business families and major tech founders to debate the convergence of humanity and technology. The Brilliant Minds Foundation focuses on scaling creativity and strong values for global impact. The foundation focuses on uplifting the innovation ecosystem in Northern Europe, specifically Sweden, which has germinated a forward-looking innovation model that can serve as an international symbol for the future in technology, equality and sustainability. The long-term goal is to act as a platform and connective tissue for rising talent and young creators between Europe and the United States with transformative ideas to make the world better.
Brzezinski also serves as CEO for Brilliant Minds annual two-day leadership summit in the creative setting of Stockholm where specifically chosen guests from the worlds of business, technology, art, music and science, meet in a marriage of tradition and disruption, values and innovation, to debate and create. She is the sole content creator for the event and has an expertise in building international content and brand that are globally relevant. Brzezinski was recently elected to serve on the board of the Norrsken Foundation, Europe’s largest early-stage venture fund focused solely on impact investing.
Natalia is an experienced moderator, journalist, and communications strategist focused on building dynamic dialogue across numerous sectors and cultures. She has held cutting-edge roles in the U.S. Senate Press Office for Senator John Kerry, to The Huffington Post, to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden focusing on the intersect of digitalization and diplomacy, innovation and leadership.
During the Obama Administration, she was the first and only “Ambassadorial spouse” to receive a contract from the U.S. State Department to work in an official capacity alongside her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski, in the areas of tech, women’s economic empowerment and immigrant youth engagement in Sweden. Her work in the embassy helped modernize communications and advance shared goals by leveraging digital technology and storytelling.
Natalia was the host of the podcast series, The Brilliant Minds Podcast, a Spotify original podcast and one of Spotify’s earliest pieces of original content. She holds open and honest conversations with leading entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and activists that share a passion for leveraging creativity for impact.
She is a Global-Editor-at-Large at Thrive, the new lifestyle and media platform launched by Arianna Huffington. Brzezinski grew up on the southside of Chicago as the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe. She was a competitive figure skater for 15 years.
Brzezinski has unique expertise in building and running international boards and teams, an unprecedented eye in scouting talent on the global scale, and building brands that are long-term and impactful. She has worked between the U.S. and Europe for more than a decade now, and her network reaches the highest levels in Scandinavia, Germany, France and Eastern Europe across founders, politicians and business leaders. Her commitment to understanding and speaking the “different languages” of cross-sector, cross-generational stakeholders is very unique.
Founder and CEO
Tiffany Dufu is the Founder and CEO of The Cru. She was named to Entrepreneur’s 100 Powerful Women, Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, and served as Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, the fastest growing millennial professional network. Tiffany also served as the Former President of The White House Project, was a part of the launch team for Lean In, and is the author of the bestselling book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less.