New York Conference - November 2014 : Speakers

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Sarah Atereth, Founder
Beguile Records


Sarah Atereth is a #1 hit global recording artist and founder of Beguile Records.

How did an innocent kid make her way from her first dance class in a strip mall in Colorado, to garnering 5 consecutive hit songs worldwide? Armed with her life’s joy of music and dance, Sarah set out on her determined path to figure out how to share her passion with others. Enduring struggles and rejection along the way, Sarah continued to pursue her artistic vision and breakthrough the barriers to get her music out to the world.

Sarah has 2 #1 UK hits and 4 U.S. Billboard hits. She has been the cover of Radio & Records Magazine and The Future Face of MusicWeek. Her music is played on countless radio stations, in clubs and stadiums around the world by the top DJs.

Sarah is proud to be the face and ambassador of, the global organization raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS with Jessica Alba, Kevin Bacon and Michael Phelps.

As an in demand speaker, Sarah has spoken at such prestigious institutions as the Jack Welch School Of Business At Sacred Heart, the National Speakers Association, NAPW and thousands of worldwide radio and television shows.

Sarah is currently in the studio recording her latest album and completing her new book on empowering others to celebrate their own individuality and create the lifestyles and businesses they deeply desire.

A graduate of Columbia University, Sarah is always up for Karaoke, exciting world travel adventures and learning new dance steps.

Joya Dass, TV Anchor
Business News on NY1


Joya Dass is an American TV anchor and living and working in New York City, She can currently be seen delivering business news on NY1. She has also been host of a popular Saturday morning entertainment show AVS since December 2002.

Joya is using her 15 years in television to support her a women's networking initiative called "LadyDrinks," (, which hosts monthly events designed to support the female South Asian small business entrepreneur.

Under the JOYA DASS PRODUCTIONS umbrella, she has produced and directed a series of social justic documentaries and photo essays. She's just been named the new Executive Director of the South Asian International Film Festival, presented by HBO.

Joya is a frequent speaker, emcee and moderator. Joya delivered her first TEDTALK on the topic of "Re-imagining Failure" at Barnard November 2nd, 2013.

Pernille Spiers-Lopez, Global Director


Pernille Spiers-Lopez is a Global Director and serves on both corporate and non-profit boards. She serves currently on the board of Meijer Corporation, Michigan and COOP DK, Copenhagen, Save The Children International, London UK and Save The Children US

Pernille was with IKEA for 21 years. Among several top executive positions, Pernille held the position as CEO & President for IKEA North America and was a member of The Executive Management Team of the IKEA Group for 10 years. Pernille decided to leave IKEA July 1, 2011 after 2 1/2 years of commuting between Chicago and Europe.

During her tenure as President of IKEA North America (2001-2009), Pernille lead the fastest expansion ever within IKEA. IKEA grew from a small ‘niche’ retailer with 23 stores to a ‘major player’ with 50 stores. She brought with her a wealth of experience in home furnishings retail, human resources and leadership. This experience was grounded in and enhanced by her commitment to the IKEA culture and values that are at the heart of the company and its success.

Most recently Pernille Spiers-Lopez was the Global HR Manager for the IKEA Group and its 135,000 employees. With her extensive business experience, she had developed and implemented a new business focused HR Strategy empowering the organization, it’s leaders and co-workers to grow business and people together. It is through this humanistic way of doing business that Pernille had brought to IKEA perhaps her greatest asset: the ambition to foster an environment of growth, inclusion, balance and empowerment – while doing good business.

A native of Denmark with a Masters in Journalism, Pernille Spiers-Lopez has lived in the United States for 30 years. Prior to joining IKEA, Pernille was an entrepreneur with a Scandinavian design business and she held several leadership positions for different retail companies in Florida and California.

Pernille recently published her first book in Denmark about personal leadership and taking responsibility for our own life and success. “ Don’t make it the most important thing in your life to find the right job, make it the most important job to find the right life”. Her book will be published in US October 7th.

She and her husband, a school administrator, live in Long Beach, California. They have two adult kids in Los Angeles.

Mary Buchzeiger, CEO
Sure Solutions


Mary Buchzeiger is the award-winning CEO of Sure Solutions, a growing and respected supplier in the automotive industry. She also maintains a position as COO of Lucerne International, a global warehousing and service provider. Mary is a respected member of the Women’s Business Enterprise, National Association of Women Business Owners and Michigan Inforum Group.

Since joining Sure Solutions in 2009, Mary has expanded operations globally by leading a development initiative throughout Asia to increase both supply base and customer base alike, by setting up multiple satellite offices in Taiwan, China, and India to better service international needs. She has also developed strategic manufacturing partnerships worldwide that has allowed Sure Solutions capabilities to grow. With these changes, sales have increased over 300% percent in just under five years.

Prior to joining Sure Solutions, Mary advanced through the positions of Materials Planner, Operations Director, and Vice President of Sales, finally landing as COO for Lucerne International, Inc., concurrently with her position with Sure Solutions. Mary was responsible for implementing key supply chain management controls that allowed Lucerne to grow and effortlessly handle the flow of product throughout their complicated supply chain, setting the company up with a management team to smoothly run day-to-day operations with minimal daily manipulation. In doing so, she increased Lucerne International’s staff by 25% in 2013, aiding a flailing local economy.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lawrence Technological University in Industrial and Operational Management and has accrued more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Mary is honored to be the recipient of the 2014 Top Ten Women in Business, Global Business Award from NAWBO. Mary’s mission is to play a role in the re-growth of Michigan’s auto industry, by creating and maintaining international relationships, stressing the significance of diversity, while also focusing on the importance of personal involvement in family and community.

Sue Malone
Founder, Strategies for Small Business


Sue Malone is the founder of Strategies For Small Business. Her sole mission for the last five years has been to help people obtain access to capital to start or expand their businesses. In doing so, one of her specialties has been small business start-up loans. And she has done so exceptionally well. She is the undisputed, number one SBA loan provider for the Community Express Loan Program in the nation. As of April 2008, she is responsible for closing over 20,000 of these much needed loans.

She is a grassroots provider of these loans, serving all communities across the United States. As one of the busiest women in America, she is on the road constantly, dispensing a plethora of capital through innumerable loan workshops to: organizations, groups, churches, associations, chambers of commerce, non-profits, colleges, franchises, and entrepreneurial organizations. She is proud, along with other banks, to work directly with the SBA, as well as SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Womenís Business Centers, and SBA Small Business Development Centers (SBDCís).

An inspirational speaker, she has been highlighted in countless speaking engagements, as well as in newspaper articles, magazines, television, radio, conventions, and CNN. Together with her numerous awards and with the assistance of the lenders she has partnered with, she has been responsible for their achieving the #1 SBA lender status in West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina, and in the top five lenders category in other districts.

Sue Malone has a degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. As such, she brings not only the requisite education and expertise, but the proven commitment to care deeply for the success of this Nationís small businesses.

Sue Matthews, President
Tay-Bandz/Kids Curing Cancer


Sue Matthews is actively involved in advocating for children with cancer in memory of her 16 year old daughter, Taylor, who was a high spirited, fun loving child whose contagious laughter and smile could brighten anyone’s day and who believed that in life… All You Need is Love. Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the battle against pediatric cancer.

Sue has emerged as an advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. As President of tay-bandz/kids curing cancer, Sue oversees all of the foundation’s grant making, fundraising, activity and event planning and financial reporting. tay-bandz has expanded its programs to a national level. Her primary focus is to raise awareness and fund research for pediatric cancer. She collaborates with other cancer foundations, associations and societies as well.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree where she majored in Accounting. She is a CPA and was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Specializing in mergers & acquisitions.

Sue is a member of The Columbia’s Children’s Council at Columbia Medical University and a member of Coalition Against Cancer Gold Awareness Project.

Sue is an Executive Mentor at Baruch College. She is currently a member of Cambridge Who’s Who, The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, The American Institute of Certified Public accountants, The Ben Applebaum Foundation, and The Woman’s Committee of the Museum of New York City.

Sue is writing a memoir of Taylor’s journey to help parents facing the tragedy of having a child diagnosed with cancer. Her memoir will include practical advice as well as highlight Taylor’s celebration of life.

  • National Gold Awareness Project, Committee Member July 2014-present
  • Woman's Leadership Exchange, Member June 2014-present
  • National Association of Italian American Woman, Member September 2014-present

Jane Hanson, Partner
The Media Masters


Emmy award winning television journalist and media coach Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years in broadcasting. Most recently she hosted a daily entertainment and lifestyle program, New York Live, for NBC4 in New York City. She has worked for the NBC Networks for over 30 years. Hanson has her own consultancy business-- among her diverse array of media and presentation training clients: top tier leaders of financial institutions; publishers and editors in chief of numerous national magazines; key opinion leaders in the pharmaceutical industry; internet entrepreneurs; and celebrity chefs. She has also hosted programs on cable channels and private satellite broadcasts, covering nearly every subject, from health care to finance to religion. And she is a frequent speaker, emcee, and panel moderator.

Hanson spent over three decades at NBC, where she began as an anchor and correspondent for WNBC New York in 1979. In 1988, Jane was named co-anchor of "Today in New York," a position she held until 2003 when she became the station's primary anchor for local programming and the host of "Jane's New York." She covered events ranging from 9/11 to Yankees victory parades to Wall Street and Washington; has interviewed presidents, prisoners, and celebrities; traveled as far as the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the great depths miles below New York City for her special reports.

Jane has won 9 Emmy Awards. In addition, she was named "Correspondent of the Year" by New York's Police Detectives and received a similar honor from New York's Firefighters. She has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for her service to the community. Jane has served as the March of Dimes Walk-America Chairman, honorary chair for the Susan B. Komen Foundation's "Race for the Cure," and as a board member of Graham Windham, Phipps Houses, the Randall's Island Sports Foundation, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, and Telecare. She has taught courses on television at Long Island University and Stern College. And Hanson is a Past President of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Oz, Host
The Lisa Oz Show


Lisa is a writer, producer and entrepreneur. She is host of the Lisa Oz Show on Veria Living TV and hosted her own radio show on Sirius XM. In addition to authoring the New York Times bestseller US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most, Lisa co-authored five New York Times bestselling books, including the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series. She is also Editor at Large of the new Hearst magazine, Dr. Oz, The Good Life.

With her husband, she helped found HealthCorps, a peer-mentoring, non-profit which delivers a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental resilience to over 32,000 teens in at-risk communities across the country.

Lisa and her work have been featured in O magazine, Redbook, Esquire and Shape. She has appeared on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Access Hollywood Live, Good Day LA, The Joy Beyhar Show, Extra, The Wendy Williams Show and The Chew.

Loreen Arbus, President
Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.


Loreen Arbus is currently the President of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., The Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation. She is widely recognized as an advocate for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She has established a well-respected, solid and exceptional track record as an executive in network television, pay and basic cable, syndication and the print media. This wide array of experience and talent has made her a much sought after consultant to several established and new cable networks. A prolific writer, she is the author of six books and numerous magazine/newspaper articles.

Arbus began her entertainment tenure as a Story Analyst at ABC, where she quickly rose through the ranks to Program Executive and onto Executive Producer of Variety Specials, Movies, Late Night and Early Morning Programming. As Vice President of Original Programming at Showtime, she initiated cable’s first made-for-pay movie, cable’s first scripted comedy series and cable’s first co-production(s). Subsequently, as Senior Vice President in charge of program development, production, acquisition, scheduling and on-air promotion for Cable Health Network/Lifetime, she helped launch the twenty-four hour network. In just three months, she spearheaded development, initiated production commitments, and negotiated all related deals for 1,671 half hours of programming (424 acquisitions and seventeen original series). Thereafter, she supervised program development/production for Viacom’s network and first-run syndication divisions. Concurrently she was a contributing editor Los Angeles Magazine, syndicated by Copley, and has been a free lance writer for many national publications.

Arbus left Viacom to become an independent producer. Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. focuses on non-fiction programming for network, cable, syndication and new media. She has received two Emmy nominations and a documentary made the short list for an Oscar nomination.

Arbus is a tireless advocate for a variety of non-profit causes, and is a leading national advocate for persons with disabilities. She focuses her philanthropy on women and girls, minorities, media initiatives, medical research, animal rights, the arts and global peace.

She’s committed to the work of the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) organization, co-founded by her parents, Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder/Chairman of ABC* UCP is the 5th largest health agency in the U.S., and is one of the nation’s leading providers in serving and supporting the needs of over 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Ms. Arbus facilitated a partnership between UCP and Children’s Rights which resulted in stronger advocacy for the nation’s abused and neglected children. That historic union fostered ISABELLE’S KIDS, whose mission addresses the needs of hundreds of thousands of children of all ages with disabilities both in and outside foster care.

She presently serves on over a dozen non-profit boards, including: The Paley Center for Media; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; The Women’s Media Center; Muslim Women’s Fund; New York Women’s Forum; NAWBO L.A. Enterprise Institute; United Cerebral Palsy; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School Advisory Committee for Neurobiology; The Weizmann Institute of Science; Town Hall Los Angeles, and is a member of the Brookings Institution, and Women Moving Millions.

Arbus has served as a two-term Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; on the boards of the Producers Guild, The Caucus For Producers, Writers and Directors, Women In Film, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and as Chair of Women In Film International. She is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Authors Guild, SAG, and AFTRA.

She was Co-Founder and for seven years Co-Chair of the Lucy Awards for Women In Film (Los Angeles). She is Founder and Co-Chair of the annual UCP/NYC Luncheon, “Women Who Care,” and she was among the core group of Founders of the Los Angeles Donor Circle of The Women’s Foundation of California.

Susan Wilson Solovic, The Small Business Expert


A woman of many talents, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.

An Internet pioneer, Solovic was the CEO and co-founder of one of the first video-based Internet sites, a company she grew from it’s infancy to a million dollar plus entity. In 2006, she accepted the Stevie Award (the Oscar’s of business) on behalf of the company for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees; that same year the company was voted the Best Investment Opportunity at a Venture Forum in the Silicon Valley.

A media personality, Solovic is a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosted a syndicated radio program, It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly as a small business expert on Fox Business, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break”, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and many other stations across the country. She hosted her own PBS special called Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World. In addition to television and radio appearances, Solovic is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, Entrepreneur, AT&T Business Circle and

Solovic was recently named in the Top 10 of both SAP’s “Top 51 Potential Human Influencers” and she consistently ranks in the top 5 of the “Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter” She has written four bestselling books which have been translated into multiple languages.

In addition to running her business, Solovic serves as the media director for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is an advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For more than 20 years, SBE Council has worked to strengthen the ecosystem for small business success.

Solovic received the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry. Additionally, she has won numerous awards for small business journalism include recognition from the SBA.

Solovic is a member of the Advisory Board for the John Cook School of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University where she also served as an adjunct professor on entrepreneurship in the MBA program. She served on the National Women’s Business Council, which counsels the President, Congress, and the SBA on issues affecting women business owners. She is a past board member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University, the Women Presidents’ Organization, Women Impacting Public Policy and the Institute for the Economic Development of Women. Currently, she is mentoring a women entrepreneur in Rwanda.

Solovic started her career as a news anchor and reporter. Her corporate career took her to the C-Suite level of a Fortune 100 company becoming the first female executive in the company’s financial services division. She obtained a law degree from Saint Louis University and is Of Counsel with the firm Junge & Mele, LLP in New York City.

Carolyn Herfurth, Founder
The Biztruth


Carolyn Herfurth, a business & sales strategist and founder of The Biztruth will be leading an evening workshop about how to Do Your Life and Your Business, Your Way

Carolyn has played a hand in the launch over 100 businesses over the past 12+ years. She is fiercely dedicated to helping entrepreneurs take charge of their lives through their businesses. No more trying to squeeze into one-size-fits-none business blueprints or doing what you think you “should” do.

She’ll dip into her massive arsenal of business experience and cut to the quick to align your business with your goals, identify and assess what’s “sale-able” and capitalize on your strengths so that your business is fun, profitable and fruitful for you.

Rachel Braun Scherl, Co-Founder
SPARKS Solutions For Growth


A seasoned and dynamic executive, Rachel has focused on driving growth through innovation for a range of Fortune 500 clients, start-ups as well as her own businesses. Building on her Johnson & Johnson experience after graduate school working on the iconic TYLENOL brand, Rachel became a principal at Marketing Corporation of America (MCA). Rachel served as the consulting lead for J&J's global OTC, pharmaceutical and consumer products.

In 1998, Rachel joined forces with long-time partner, Mary Wallace Jaensch, to co-found SPARK Solutions for Growth. The firm provides pragmatic, business-building and innovation expertise to some of the world's best-managed companies and brands in the world, including multiple divisions of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Disney, American Express, Deloitte, Merck and Bayer. More than 90% of SPARK and Rachel's core clients buy multiple projects a year. Clients often "bring" SPARK with them as they migrate to other companies.

In another chapter of their partnership, Mary and Rachel created Semprae Laboratories, Inc., a venture-backed company created to focus on developing and marketing women's sexual health products. While building the Semprae, its products and the category, Rachel also served as the "ambassador" of the brand and the company. At the end of 2013, the company was sold to Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company.

As a leading "vagipreneur" and entrepreneur, Rachel speaks frequently on issues related to female sexual health and women's leadership. Rachel has lectured at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, The Fuqua School at Duke University, Duke University, and Barnard College as well at other universities and conferences. Television appearances include ABC's Nightline, CBS News, and msnbc, among others. Rachel has been interviewed and quoted in leading publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, AOL, Huffington Post and CNN. In addition, she blogs monthly for Huffington Post on business, leadership and life.

Alice March, Founder
The Attention Factor


Alice Aspen March has become known as The Attention Lady, by creating an innovative paradigm for enriched living: The Attention Factor ®.

She’s given keynote addresses, staff trainings, workshops and seminars, participated on various work and educational panels.  She has presented her work internationally, and at various cities around the US to hundreds of people working in various occupations, and living varied lives. Audience participants consistently ask her, “Why haven’t we heard this before?”

In the past Alice founded F.A.C.T. (Focusing Awareness on Children and Television), which helped keep Mister Rogers Neighborhood on PBS. Later she created and co-produced the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Latch-Key Kids” (hosted by Christopher Reeves). She was a California State Senate appointee to the White House Conference on the Family, and to the Commission for the Future Funding of Public Broadcasting in California. She served as a Member and Chairperson for L.A.’s KCET Community Advisory Board, KCET’s Board of Directors, the Center for Improvement of Child Caring and the International Institute of Los Angeles.

She has written two books:
 Attention: It’s the Problem---It’s the Solution
Attention: Secrets for Making It in College and Beyond

She is currently writing a third book, which people have been asking for since she expanded her target audience.
She will also have a NookBook of collected writings out this Fall.

Five years ago, Alice moved from Los Angeles to New York City to expand her mission, to teach people to communicate differently. She continues to find research, which supports her perspective that everyone needs The Attention Factor. People leave her Presentations with life changing insights, new personal power, tools and skills to create healthier living and working. A psychologist recently said to her; “The world needs you.”

Gabrielle Boko, Executive Vice President, Marketing
Sage North America


Gabie Boko is Executive Vice President of Global Marketing at Sage, a company focused on helping small and medium businesses achieve success. As an Alaskan native, she has innovation in her blood. For more than 20 years, Gabie has been in the high tech space following her passion for innovation, doing work that drives growth and change.

She is responsible for all areas of marketing at Sage including PR, events, brand marketing, advertising, marketing research and revenue performance management. To date Gabie has delivered major strides in re-launching a more human, digital brand that relies heavily on a fully integrated web platform for commerce and content and the singular industry defining event, Sage Summit. Gabie considers it a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate a 30 year old brand.

Throughout her career with companies such as Cognos, Outlooksoft and SAP, Gabie has built marketing organizations from the ground up, developed, and managed high performance teams focused on marketing technology across a variety of small business drivers: accounting, payments and payroll, as well as complex enterprise solutions. Gabie’s career focus on helping companies build digital forward brands includes leveraging her SMB technology industry experience in all aspects of marketing; product marketing, corporate branding and communications, demand creation and field marketing, partner development and sales.

Gabie thrives on collaboration and conversation as catalysts for growth, and actively encourages both in her current role as Executive Vice President of Global Marketing. She believes that for brands to truly succeed, they must constantly evolve while remaining true to their mission and identity.

Anne Akers, Founder/Editor in Chief
GLOW Beauty, Health & Wellness Magazine


Anne Akers, Founder/Editor in Chief, GLOW Beauty, Health & Wellness Magazine and CEO, MDPress, Inc.

Daughter of an Army Colonel in the Medical Service Corps, and grandchild of a Hospital Nutritionist, the concept of healthy living and "Best Doctors" was instilled in Anne at an early age.

Over a career that has spanned over two decades, Anne has published prestigious medical journals, award winning consumer books, and educational publications in the medical field. She is also co-Founder of, a consumer publishing group, and owner of a business development consulting group for private physicians.

In 1998, Anne brought the concept of Educational Review Manuals to assist young Residents in passing their Board exams to Castle Connolly Medical to form a company known as Castle Connolly Graduate Medical. In a relatively short time, these manuals became the "gold standard" for medical education. Since inception, over 120,000 Residents and over 80,000 practicing physicians have used these clinical books for board exams and recertification.

Upon sale of Castle Connolly Graduate Medical, Anne fulfilled a lifelong dream to be an Editor and launched GLOW Beauty, Health and Wellness Magazine and the GLOW Speakers Bureau, whose mission is to connect its readers with the top sources in beauty, health and wellness through an interactive platform that includes print, digital, and special events. GLOW Magazine. Anne is the 2013 recipient of the SMART CEO/BRAVA Award for "entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of give back to the community".

Anne served on the Board of Advisors for the Skin Cancer Foundation, and is presently a Board advisor for Shining Service Worldwide, and a member of the Board of Directors for early detection of Ovarian Cancer, based at Mt. Sinai. Hospital. She is a member of the National Cmte for the National Osteoporosis Foundation as well as a Member of the NYC Advisory Group for the Institutute for Economic Empowerment for Women. Most proudly, she serves as Media Advisor to Shining Service Worldwide, whose mission is to serve returning female Vets from Iraq.

Anne's personal motto, borrowed from Peter Drucker, is: "The best way to predict your future is to create it".

Jean Criss, CEO
Jean Criss Media LLC, Founder, CRISSCROSS


Jean Criss: “A goal is simply a dream with a deadline.” That’s how she does it as a true multi-tasking entrepreneur, highly acclaimed for her sales and marketing innovation, Jean is a successful CEO, new apparel designer and passionate author in the digital media marketplace. Author of the new trilogy series, My Pain Woke Me Up® - BLISS!, Legal Injustice & LIVE Your Dreams, her books are based upon Jean’s experience …and are truly stories of inspiration, perseverance, and the promise to live our dreams.

CEO of Jean Criss Media, LLC, Jean delivers integrated, creative digital media solutions in diverse business markets, including health/wellness, fashion, spirits, music, publishing and general business. Jean was recently named both CEO of the Month in September 2014, she is the featured CEO of Women Owned Business Club owners digital Magazine reaching over 11 million subscribers, she’s a featured author in the current 2014 issue of GLOW Beauty Magazine and will be featured again in the next January issue, and has published various industry trade articles in the Press for her clients and posted them on across numerous social sites over the years.

A true entrepreneur, Jean has designed product patents creating a new Apparel Line on the fashion side and has created a Smart Mobile Device on the technology side – using her media and tech savvy expertise with whatever she innovates. Her work you can say also speaks at the intersection of politics and women's health, specifically about her experiences with the U.S. Legal system during her divorce and the onset of her experience with the legal process. As result, she was recently asked to submit her work to appear on a segment for ABC Nightline News Family Court TV show.

Jean will be launching her first Post-Surgical Bra during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 30th under the trademark CRISSCROSS™ with the UN National Council of Women of the United States and has plans for a national market rollout in 2015. She will launch a Crowd Funding campaign at that event and is also seeking investors for her Smart Mobile Device – something ever man and woman will want in our fast-paced, convenient mobile tech world. She has served on two (2) Boards and is actively involved with numerous nonprofits and women’s organizations alike (, and she’s a proud soccer single Mom w/two teens in High School, with her eldest daughter preparing for College in the field of CSI (Criminal Investigation).

Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President
Stuart Weitzman


Jane Gershon Weitzman was the Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and the first Vice President of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on the brand’s website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Jane serves on the executive committees and boards of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Greenwich UJA. She is also the author of "Art & Sole".

Adriane Berg, CEO
Generation Bold


Adriane Berg, is the creator of Longevity Planning a concept for investing throughout the age continuum. Ms. Berg is CEO of Generation Bold a leader in communication with the affluent boomer, mature adult, and family fiduciary. Ms. Berg is consultant to ASI, Asset Strategies International, a boutique provider of precious metals, currencies and rare tangible assets.

She will be one of your speed coaches today, along with Rich Checkan, President of ASI.

In addition to dozens of annual speaking engagements Ms. Berg is a New York Times Age Beat Fellow, and guest lecturer at USC Davis School of Gerontology on “\'Marketing to the Silver Markets.' She was the national keynoter for the "USA Today" retirement seminars. She has just been named the first women adjunct to the American Mexican Retirement Association.

Ms. Berg is author of 14 financial books including 'How Not To Go Broke at 102' Wiley, 'Your Kids, Your Money', 'Your Wealth Building Years' and the 'Totally Awesome Business Book for Kids.'

Ms. Berg hosted WABC’s and Westwood One’s syndicated Money Talks and FNN’s 'IRS Tax Beat,' for which she won a local Emmy. She currently hosts 'Super Aging Today Radio.'

Mary-Jo P. Knight, Retirement Planning Specialist
AXA Advisors, LLC


For over 23 years, providing my clients with professional and intelligent strategies for their financial planning concerns has been my guiding principle and working to help make their money last a lifetime.

Educating our clients so that they can make smart decisions about their retirement and estate issues, and seeing their success in achieving them, is what makes me passionate about my 42+ year career in financial services.

I believe that strategic and comprehensive financial planning allows our clients to make the best and most informed decisions available. We believe that financial literacy matters...doesn't it?

  • Retirement planning.
  • 401K Rollovers and consolidating IRAs.
  • Personalized investment strategies.
  • Life insurance and long term care insurance planning.
  • Working with women in who are retiring, divorcing, inheriting or changing jobs.
  • Helping business owners plan to turn the business into retirement income.
  • Turning your accumulated assets into retirement income that can go into your checking account.
  • Helping charities build their endowments.

Kathleen McQuiggan, Senior Vice President, Global Women's Strategies
Pax World Management LLC


Kathleen McQuiggan is Senior Vice President of Global Women's Strategies for Pax World Management LLC and Managing Director of Pax Ellevate Management LLC. In these senior management roles, Kathleen is responsible for initiatives related to gender diversity and women’s leadership. Kathleen’s responsibilities include sales and marketing for Pax Ellevate Management LLC, which manages the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund. In addition, she oversees Pax World’s broader contributions to thought leadership related to gender equality as an investment concept and women and sustainable investing. She also leads Pax World’s Women and Wealth Practice Management initiative focused on helping financial advisors to build their practices and to better engage and serve female clients.

Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with much of that time focused on increasing the industry’s understanding of and responsiveness to the financial planning needs of women. Prior to her current role, Kathleen was Senior Adviser to Pax World for Gender Diversity Initiatives while serving as President of Catalina Leadership, a strategic advisory organization she launched that focused on investing in women. Prior to working with Pax World, she was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs for 13 years, where she served as an Institutional Equity Franchise salesperson in Chicago and Boston.

Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Towson University. An advocate for women’s issues in business and the community, she currently is Co-President of the Ellevate Network Boston Chapter and serves on the YWCA Boston Board of Directors, the advisory panel for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Women’s Initiative and the advisory board of Wealthrive.

Kathleen McQuiggan is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Judi Rosenthal, Business Consultant and Self-Promotion Coach
Rosenthal Design Group, LLC


Business Consultant and Self-Promotion Coach Judi Rosenthal is renowned for wielding her elite sales skills and exponential charm to win sales in any situation–from 5-star restaurants to cold calls and union halls. Judi's capitalized on her selling superpowers at a national financial services company for 17 years, and she’s recognized as an industry expert at coaching financial advisors on self-promotion, personal branding and making sales. Judi's built a reputation as an ace facilitator and speaker on personal branding and high-value client acquisition at corporate events and conferences nationwide. She's in demand for speaking engagements in financial services, fashion, media, technology, and other industries. She regularly facilitates webcasts about marketing and selling. Judi’s appeared on The Today Show, CNBC’s Power Lunch and CNBC’s special live market coverage, she’s a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio, and is quoted regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Daily News and on Judi lives in New York City with her husband Theo, their daughter Jane, and their son Miles.

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