Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 100 Women Leaders of New York for 2021. We recognize these women for their achievements within their professions, where they are consistently breaking barriers into new and innovative territories. Throughout history, women in New York have made significant contributions in areas like politics, arts, technology, and urban development. Women like Alice Austen, a pioneer in journalistic photography and the first female to own a car in Staten Island, or Edith Wharton, the first female to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, got their start in New York and drew inspiration from their surroundings. From the beginning of its development in the 18th century, New York has drawn people to its greatness and helped develop some of the most prominent leaders today.

Sophia Mendelsohn, the Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Environmental Social Governance for Cognizant, is responsible for leading the integration of policies into the company’s thinking, decisions and actions to protect our environment. Geeta Nastasi is making her mark as the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital where she leads major aspects of IT strategies to benefit the clinical, nursing and administrative areas of the hospital. Meanwhile, awardee Cheryl Capps, the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Corning Incorporated, assists the company with applying their expertise to glass science to manufacture and engineer products that transform industries and change lives.

The unique backgrounds of this year’s awardees span across nearly all industries. Their visionary guidance has made them role models and pioneers, driving innovation and change. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 100 Women Leaders of New York for 2021.

 

1. Ukonwa Ojo
Amazon

Ukonwa Ojo is the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Amazon Prime Video & Studios of Amazon. Amazon is a multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Ojo has 23 years of experience. She began her career in 1998.

Before joining Amazon, Ojo was an SVP and global chief marketing officer at MAC Cosmetics and before that, a CMO of consumer beauty at Coty. Earlier in her career she worked with MeadWestvaco as a business analyst. Ojo graduated from the Kellogg School of Management with an MBA in finance, marketing and international business, and from the University of North Carolina with an undergraduate degree in business.

 

2. Michele Adeleye
Pfizer

Michele Adeleye is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Pfizer. She first joined the company in 2005. Pfizer is a leading research-based biopharmaceutical company which became well known in 2020 for its development of the vaccine against COVID-19. It applies science and its global resources to deliver innovative therapies that extend and significantly improve lives.

Previously, Adeleye was an associate counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and before that an associate attorney at Seyfarth Shaw. Earlier in her career she worked with Pretzel & Stouffer as an associate attorney. Adeleye earned a JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Northwestern University

 

3. Renee Bomchill
Deloitte

Renee Bomchill began her professional career over 27 years ago. Today, she is a Partner in Deloitte’s Controllership Services practice and serves as the Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Consumer Products Leader as well as the Lead Client Service Partner for two New York-based Fortune 500 companies. Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, with a focus on delivering measurable, lasting results.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Bomchill worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Audit and Global Capital Market practices. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

4. Nancy Kearney
Allstate

Nancy Kearney is the Vice President and Head of Operational Risk, Crisis and Business Continuity Management of Allstate. Allstate is an insurance company, headquartered in Illinois and the nation's largest publicly held insurer for personal lines. Kearney has 15 years in the insurance industry. She began her career in 2006.

Before joining Allstate, Kearney was an SVP for governance and monitoring risk strategy at Citibank and before that an executive director for operational risk and a control lead at Morgan Stanley. Earlier in her career she worked with UBS as a director and head of credit process control for the investment bank and capital markets. Kearney graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA in finance and international management and from Pace University - Lubin School of Business with an undergraduate degree in management information systems.

 

5. Allissa East
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Allissa East began her professional career over 24 years ago. Today, she is a Principal and Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. PricewaterhouseCoopers is a multinational professional services network of firms, operating as partnerships under the PwC brand. PwC ranks as the second-largest professional services network in the world.

East first got her start in 1997 as an advertising automation manager at The Virginian Pilot. From there, she went on to Harry Fox Agency, before eventually rising to become a senior manager at BearingPoint, her most recent position prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers. East graduated from Clemson University with an undergraduate degree in English.

 

6. Jennifer Daniels
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jennifer Daniels is a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She joined the company nearly 11 years ago. PricewaterhouseCoopers is known for its outstanding corporate finance accounting services in areas such as auditing, tax analysis, business compliances, corporate finance, risk management, security and other services that are on par with the latest in the financial industry.

Previously, Daniels served as a manager with KPMG before moving on to become a principal with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Her most recent position prior to joining PwC was with Ernst & Young where she also served as a partner. Daniels is a graduate of Boston University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.

 

7. Sheila Davidson
New York Life Insurance Company

Sheila Davidson began her professional career over 34 years ago. Today, she is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of New York Life Insurance Company. New York Life is one of America's largest mutual life insurance companies. New York Life and its subsidiaries have been providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions for over 175 years.

Davidson first got her start in 1987 as a regional counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Davidson graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Fairfield University with an undergraduate degree in business administration, political science, and government.

 

8. Jessica Rodgers
Ernst & Young

Jessica Rodgers began her professional career 23 years ago. Today, she is a Partner and FSO Enterprise Risk Leader of Ernst & Young LLP. EY is a multinational professional services network that offers assurance and consulting services. The insights and quality services they provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies all over the world.

Rodgers first got her start in 1998 as a NY Metro compliance officer at American Express Financial Advisors. From there, she went on to Ernst & Young, before moving on to become the AVP of Internal Audit at Delta Financial Group. In between Delta and Amex, Rodgers was with EY as an internal audit consultant. She spent some time with American Express as a VP and portfolio general auditor before landing her current roles with EY. Rodgers graduated from Hofstra University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting.

 

9. Katherine von Jan
Salesforce

Katherine von Jan began her professional career over 29 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Strategy Officer in the Office of Innovation with Salesforce. Salesforce is a cloud-based software company that provides customer relationship management services and also provides enterprise applications focused on customer service, marketing automation, analytics, and application development.

von Jan first got her start in 1992 as a founder and managing partner at IDG Design Group. From there, she went on to IBM, before eventually rising to founder and CEO at RadMatter, her most recent position prior to joining Salesforce. von Jan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in international business.

 

10. Anita Nelson
Skanska

Anita Nelson is the Chief Strategy Officer of Skanska. She first joined the company in 2019. Skanska is a multinational construction and world-leading project development company. They use knowledge and foresight to shape the way people live, work, and connect. More than 135 years in the making, they are one of the world’s largest development and construction companies.

Previously, Nelson was an SVP of strategy and construction services at AECOM. Earlier in her career she also worked with AECOM Tishman as a director of strategic planning. Nelson earned an MBA from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and an undergraduate degree in English and communication from Wake Forest University.

 

11. Sophia Mendelsohn
Cognizant

Sophia Mendelsohn is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) for Cognizant. Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' businesses, operating and technology models for the digital era. She is responsible for leading the integration of ESG considerations into the company’s thinking, decisions and actions. Mendelsohn has 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2005.
Prior to joining Cognizant in 2020, Mendelsohn was the first chief sustainability officer at JetBlue Airways. She was also previously the head of sustainability at Haworth and held an ESG role at the Jane Goodall Institute in Shanghai, China. Mendelsohn graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in sustainable management and from Nanjing University with an undergraduate degree.

 

12. Alexis Rosenblum
BlackRock

Alexis Rosenblum is the Managing Director and Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer of BlackRock. BlackRock is a multinational, and the world’s largest, investment management corporation based in New York City. It was founded in 1988, initially, as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager. Rosenblum has over 12 years of experience. She began her career in 2009.

Rosenblum graduated from the Columbia University - School of Professional Studies with a master’s degree in sustainable management and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in public policy studies.

 

13. Cheryl Capps
Corning Incorporated

Cheryl Capps is the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Corning Incorporated. She joined the company in 2011. Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 167-year track record of life-changing inventions. They apply their unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives.

Capps first got her start in 1983 when she joined the Manufacturing Management Program with GE. She spent nearly 14 years with the company in various capacities before moving on to Bristol-Myers Squibb where she served as the senior VP of global manufacturing, her most recent position before joining Corning. Capps graduated from Rice University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and psychology and from Purdue University with a master’s in engineering.

 

14. Dasha Smith
National Football League

Dasha Smith is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the National Football League. She first joined the company in 2019. The National Football League is America's most popular sports league, comprising 32 franchises that compete each year to win the Super Bowl, the world's biggest annual sporting event.

Earlier in her career she worked with Sony Music Entertainment as an EVP and global chief HR officer and before that a managing director and global CHRO at GCM Grosvenor. Earlier in her career she worked with Time Inc. as an assistant general counsel for business and legal affairs. Smith earned a JD in law from the University of Virginia - School of Law and an undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business.

 

15. Christina McCaughey
Ameriprise Financial

Christina McCaughey is a Financial Advisor and Managing Partner at Iron Birch Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice at Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC based in New York City. McCaughey focuses on personal financial planning including retirement strategies and planning, wealth management, financial protection, tax efficient strategies. In addition to personal financial planning, she assists companies with 401K plans and employee benefits.

McCaughey began her career in investment banking and spent 20+ years working for leading Wall Street firms: Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Barclays, NYSE & State Street, in 3 different countries before becoming a financial advisor. In 2015, McCaughey began her financial advisor career at AXA Advisors, LLC., before helping to establish Iron Birch Advisors. McCaughey graduated from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in economics.

 

16. Radhika Ray
McKinsey & Company

Radhika is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm that advises many of the world's most influential businesses and institutions. McKinsey is driven by a purpose that is articulated in their values and reinforced continuously, to be a lasting firm that adds value for its clients. Ray leads large-scale transformations that result in dramatic and rapid change, often in the Chief Transformation Officer role.

Ray was previously an operating executive with Cerberus Capital, a private equity firm where she took interim executive roles to turnaround Avon, YP, and others. Ray earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Western University’s Ivey Business School in Canada.

 

17. Lu Chen
Boston Consulting Group

Lu Chen began her professional career over 18 years ago. Today, she is the Managing Director and Partner of Boston Consulting Group. Boston Consulting Group is one the most influential business strategy consulting firms in the world with leaders focused on tackling the most important challenges and capturing the greatest opportunities. BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963.

Chen graduated from The Wharton School with an MBA in health care management, from The University of Texas Medical Branch with a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, and from Fudan University with an undergraduate degree in microbiology.

 

18. Karina Dobarro
Horizon Media

Karina Dobarro is the Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of Horizon Media. Horizon Media is a leader in driving business-based outcomes for marketers. It is the third largest US media agency according to COMvergence data, and is recognized as one of the world’s ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company. Dobarro has over 17 years of experience. She began her career in 2004.

Before joining Horizon Media, Dobarro was a managing director at Mindshare and before that a senior partner and account director at MEC. Earlier in her career she worked as an associate media director with The Vidal Partnership. Dobarro graduated from San Francisco State University with an undergraduate degree in international business and marketing.

 

19. Geeta Nastasi
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Geeta Nastasi is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She first joined the hospital in 2016 as the director of information services. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a nonprofit, world-class academic medical center in New York City, committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service, affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Previously, Nastasi was a registered nurse at Northwell Health. Earlier in her career she worked with North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust as a registered general nurse. Nastasi has led teams for several clinical information systems and multiple electronic health records implementations. She is a Samuel H. and Maria Miller Scholar in the DNP Nurse Executive Track with Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.

 

20. Sujata Mutalik
Marsh McLennan

Sujata Mutalik is the Vice President of FP&A Transformation and Innovation of Marsh McLennan. She first joined the company in 2021. Marsh McLennan is a global professional services firm with businesses in insurance brokerage, risk management, reinsurance services, talent management, investment advisory, and management consulting.

Previously, Mutalik was a CFO and COO for global investments at Mercer and before that a managing director and CFO for the international division at Marsh. Earlier in her career she worked with Hanover Insurance Group as a VP of investor relations. Mutalik earned an MBA from Assumption College, a master’s degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in business and managerial economics from Indraprasth College.

 

21. Dimitra Manis
S&P Global

Dimitra Manis is the Chief Purpose Officer of S&P Global. She first joined the company in 2018 as chief people officer. S&P Global is a publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. They are a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.

Previously, Manis was a chief human resources officer at Revlon and before that a SVP of global talent at The Estée Lauder Companies. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Cornell University, Mountbatten Institute/St Mary’s College, and Monash University. Manis holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Monash University and a postgraduate diploma from Deakin University, both universities in Australia.

 

22. Katie Ioanilli
Ralph Lauren

Katie Ioanilli is the Chief Communications Officer of Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren Corporation is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories including apparel, footwear and accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. Ioanilli has over 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2005.

Before joining Ralph Lauren, Ioanilli was a partner at Brunswick Group. Earlier in her career she worked with APCO Worldwide as an associate. Ioanilli graduated from Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in public relations.

 

23. Gail Evans
Mercer

Gail Evans began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is the Global Chief Digital Officer of Mercer. Mercer is an American asset management firm. It is the world's largest outsourced asset manager with over US$300 billion outsourced assets under management.

Evans first got her start in 1999 as a CTO at Eastman Kodak. From there, she went on to Bank of America, before eventually rising to general manager of studios services and operations at Microsoft, her most recent position prior to joining Mercer. Evans graduated from the University of Rochester - William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration with an MBA in executive development and from the Nazareth College of Rochester with an undergraduate degree in computer information technology.

 

24. Radha Subramanyam
CBS

Radha Subramanyam began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is the President of CBS Vision and Chief Research and Analytics Officer of CBS Corporation, both part of ViacomCBS. ViacomCBS is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, their portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, CBS All Access, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others.

Subramanyam first got her start in 1999 as a manager at NBCUniversal. From there, she went on to Comedy Central, before eventually rising to president of insights, research and data analytics at iHeartMedia, her most recent position prior to joining CBS. Subramanyam graduated from Northwestern University with a PhD and MA in media studies.

 

25. Michelle Valdez
OneMain Financial

Michelle Valdez is the Chief Information Security Officer of OneMain Financial. OneMain provides personal loans with one on one, local service at branches nationwide. Its personalized loan solutions offer customers a simple and straightforward loan application, fixed rates, fixed payments, clear terms and multiple payment options. Valdez has 27 years in the financial services industry. She began her career in 1994.

Before joining OneMain Financial, Valdez was a senior director for enterprise services at Capital One and before that a senior engineer of the cyber risk and resilience team at CERT Software Engineering Institute. Earlier in her career she worked with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as an analyst. Valdez graduated from The George Washington University - School of Business with a master’s degree in information systems technology, from Auburn University at Montgomery with a master’s degree in justice and public safety and from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in psychology and society and justice.

 

26. Juliana Stock
A+E

Juliana Stock began her professional career nearly 24 years ago. Today, she is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staf for A+E. A+E Networks is a multinational media and broadcasting brand portfolio that finds, cultivates, illuminates and markets entertainment content to worldwide audiences. A+E Networks is a collection of culture brands that includes A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, FYI, VICELAND and BIOGRAPHY. They are in eight out of 10 American homes, cumulatively reach 335 million people worldwide and have 500+ million digital users.

Stock first got her start in 1998 as a marketing assistant at The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana. From there, she went on to VNU Business Publications, before eventually rising to a senior director of business and product development at Conde Nast, her most recent position prior to joining A+E. Stock graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York.

 

27. Julie Strauss-Gabel
Penguin Random House

Julie Strauss-Gabel is a President and Publisher of Dutton Children's Books of Penguin Random House. She first joined the company in 2002. Penguin Random House is the world’s largest trade book publisher. Worldwide, the company is comprised of the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction, print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across more than 300 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually.

Previously, Strauss-Gabel was an associate editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Earlier in her career she worked with Disney Publishing Worldwide as a subsidiary rights assistant. Strauss-Gabel earned a master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in English from Amherst College.

 

28. April Jeffries
Ipsos

April Jeffries is a Global President at Ipsos UU, the qualitative division of Ipsos. She first joined the company in 2012. Ipsos Group, headquartered in Paris, is a multinational market research and consulting firm, delivering reliable information and a true understanding of society, markets and people.

Previously, Jeffries was a vice president of innovation at Pinnacle Foods Corporation. Earlier in her career she worked with Kraft Foods as a senior product manager. Jeffries earned an MBA in marketing and finance from The Wharton School and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

29. Karen Ignagni
EmblemHealth

Karen Ignagni is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EmblemHealth. She first joined the company in 2015. EmblemHealth is a health and wellness company that provides insurance plans, primary and specialty care, and wellness solutions. As one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers, they serve more than three million people in the New York tri-state area.

Previously, Ignagni was a president and CEO at America's Health Insurance Plans. Earlier in her career she worked with AFL CIO as a director. Ignagni earned an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Providence College.

 

30. Jamie Nelson
Hospital for Special Surgery

Jamie Nelson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). HSS is a hospital in New York City that specializes in orthopedic surgery and the treatment of rheumatologic conditions. It is the oldest and consistently ranked as the top orthopedic hospital in the nation. Nelson has over 38 years in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 1983.

Before joining the Hospital for Special Surgery, Nelson was a VP and CIO at Norwalk Hospital and before that a VP and head of customer care at Innovatix. Earlier in her career she worked with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as an assistant director of patient accounts. Nelson graduated from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management with an MBA and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in physical anthropology.

 

31. Renee Golderman
Capital District Physicians' Health Plan

Renée Golderman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP). CDPHP is a physician-founded and guided health plan offering affordable high-quality coverage with commercial and government-sponsored plans. In this role, Renee provides the strategic leadership needed to design, implement, and manage quality improvement programs at CDPHP, and is responsible for the plan recently being named a 5 Star plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Golderman has 31 years of experience. She began her career in 1990.

Prior to joining CDPHP, Golderman has held various positions in the health care industry and has a record of accomplishments in a range of health care settings. Golderman has served as the director of nursing for Seton Health System. In addition, she held clinical management positions at New England Baptist Hospital and New Britain General Hospital. She has also served as a clinical educator for The Eddy. Golderman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s in health care management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Golderman is a nurse executive-board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

 

32. Ana Harris
Signature Bank

Ana Harris began her professional career over 21 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Signature Bank. Signature Bank is a full-service commercial bank with offices supporting private client teams located throughout the New York metropolitan area, Connecticut, North Carolina and California. The Bank focuses on serving the financial needs of privately owned businesses and their senior management.

Harris graduated from the Dominican College of Blauvelt with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.

 

33. Claire Telling
Havas

Claire Telling began her professional career over 24 years ago. Today, she is the Chief People Officer of North America of Havas. Havas is a French multinational advertising and public relations company and is one of the largest global advertising and communications groups in the world.

Telling first got her start in 1997 as an account supervisor at BBDO. From there, she went on to eBay Advertising, before eventually rising to CEO at Grace Blue Partnership, her most recent position prior to joining Havas. Telling graduated from Miami University with an undergraduate degree in anthropology and French.

 

34. Linda H. Martin
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Linda Halliday Martin is a Litigation Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She first joined the firm in 2015. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. Their 2,500-plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through their own offices and alongside leading national firms.

Linda first got her start in 1990 when she served as the director of administration for the Community Health Accreditation Program of NYC. She then moved on to become an associate and partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP before joining Freshfields. She has previously served as the President of the Duke Law Alumni Association, a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors, and as Chairperson of the board of directors for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis in New York and nationally. As a member of the board of directors and its legal affairs committee, she helped the organization with its efforts to bring new drugs and treatments to market. Linda earned an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University and a JD from Duke University School of Law, both cum laude.

 

 

35. Isabel Vidal
Moody's Analytics

Isabel Vidal began her professional career nearly 25 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Revenue Officer of Moody's Analytics. Moody's Analytics provides economic research, financial intelligence and analytical tools regarding risk, performance and financial modeling, as well as consulting, training and software services, supporting their clients’ growth, efficiency and risk management objectives.

Vidal first got her start in 1997 as a trade finance officer at Citi. From there, she went on to XRT Cerg, before eventually rising to associate director of risk solutions at S&P Global Ratings, her most recent position prior to joining Moody's Analytics. Vidal graduated from the Universidad de Sevilla with a master’s degree in economics and business administration.

 

36. Mandy Walis
OMD USA

Mandy Walis is the Chief Operating Officer of OMD USA. She first joined the company in 2021. OMD USA is a proud part of the global OMD network. In the US, they have 2,250+ people across 9 offices, dedicated to delivering insights that unlock demand potential, ideas that ignite consumer desire and results that accelerate business growth for their clients.

Previously, Walis was a VP of product strategy management at Essence and before that a communications planning supervisor at Optimedia. Earlier in her career she worked with MullenLowe U.S. as a media planner. Walis earned an undergraduate degree in business and economics from Lehigh University.

 

37. Cara Lewis
Carat

Cara Lewis is the Chief Information Officer of Carat. Carat is the world’s first media agency and privileged to work with some of the most storied and innovative brands in the world. Most recently named a leader amongst global media agencies by Forrester, Carat is consistently ranked the #1 media agency in the world. Lewis has 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining Carat, Lewis was an SVP of investments and general manager at Carat USA and before that a VP and account director at MPG. Earlier in her career she worked with Initiative as a supervisor. Lewis graduated from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in advertising.

 

38. Fiona Bruder
George P Johnson Experience Marketing

Fiona Bruder is the President of the Americas of George P Johnson Experience Marketing (GPJ). She first joined the company in 2002 as the executive director of client services. GPJ is the world's leading experience marketing agency. They create ideas and bring them to life through integrated experiential programs that leverage digital, mobile and physical brand activations.

Bruder has nearly 30 years of experience, almost 20 of which are with GPJ. Earlier in her career she worked with Knowledge Industry Publications as a conference director. She is an active member of the Forbes Agency Council and serves on the board of directors at Girl’s Inc. Westchester, an organization that supports girls to value, develop and discover their strengths while navigating life’s challenges. Bruder earned an MBA in marketing and an undergraduate degree in economics from Fordham University.

 

39. Beth Matthews
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Beth Matthews is the Chief Executive Officer of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). She first joined the company in 2013 as an EVP and general counsel. ASCAP is an American not-for-profit performance-rights organization that protects its members' musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance and compensating them accordingly.

Earlier in her career, Matthews worked with Viacom Media Networks as an EVP and deputy general counsel.

 

40. Donna Granato
GTT

Donna Granato is the Chief Financial Officer of GTT. She first joined the company in 2020. GTT connects people across organizations around the world and to every application in the cloud. Their clients benefit from an outstanding service experience built on their core values of simplicity, speed and agility. GTT owns and operates a global Tier 1 internet network and provides a comprehensive suite of cloud networking services.

Previously, Granato was a GM at Shutterstock and before that a co-founder at R&D Venture Partners. Earlier in her career she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior auditor of transaction advisory services. Granato earned an MBA in finance from New York University and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Rider University.

 

41. Julie Pilon
FCB Health

Julie Pilon is the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning of FCB Health. FCB is one of the largest global advertising agency networks. It is one of the world’s most awarded communications networks, focused on creating game-changing marketing solutions for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals. Pilon has over 29 years of experience. She began her career in 1992.

Before joining FCB Health, Pilon was a president and managing director at Insync. Earlier in her career she worked with Bayer HealthCare as a sales and brand marketing manager. Pilon graduated from the University of Sherbrooke with an undergraduate degree in economics.

 

42. Anastasia Nyrkovskaya
Fortune

Anastasia Nyrkovskaya is the Chief Financial Officer of Fortune. She first joined the company in 2019. Fortune is a global media organization dedicated to helping its readers, viewers, and attendees succeed big in business through unrivaled access and best-in-class storytelling. With a global perspective, the guiding wisdom of history, and an unflinching eye to the future, they report and reveal the stories that matter today and tomorrow.

Previously, Nyrkovskaya was a CFO at Birchbox and before that a CFO at XpresSpa Group. Earlier in her career she worked with KPMG Russia as a senior auditor. Nyrkovskaya earned an MBA from Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

 

43. Laurie Ehrlich
Datadog

Laurie Ehrlich is the Chief Counsel of Sales and Alliances of Datadog. Datadog is the essential monitoring platform for cloud applications. It brings together data from servers, containers, databases, and third-party services to make a data stack entirely observable. Ehrlich has 19 years of experience. She began her career in 2002.

Before joining Datadog, Ehrlich was an associate general counsel and the head of legal operations at Cognizant and before that an associate at Allen & Overy. Earlier in her career she worked with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as an associate. Ehrlich graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations.

 

44. Laura Saklad
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Laura Saklad began her professional career 28 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Orrick is an international law firm that advises on transactions, litigation and regulatory matters for venture-backed companies, public companies, E&I funds, financial institutions and governments.

Saklad first got her start in 1993 as a manager for professional development at Clifford Chance US LLP. Saklad graduated from Tufts University.

 

45. Nancy Elder
DAZN

Nancy Elder is the Chief Communications Officer of DAZN. DAZN is the leading global sports streaming platform. Created by fans, for fans, it is leading the charge to give affordable access to sports anytime, anywhere. Elder has 27 years of experience. She began her career in 1994.

Before joining DAZN, Elder was an advisor at the School of Social Change and before that an EVP and chief communications officer at Mattel, Inc. Earlier in her career she worked with Mastercard as a corporate communications manager. Elder graduated from The University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in journalism.

 

46. Elizabeth Schrero
Seyfarth Shaw

Elizabeth Schrero is a Partner with Seyfarth Shaw. She first joined the firm in 2006. With approximately 900 lawyers across 17 offices, Seyfarth Shaw provides advisory, litigation, and transactional legal services to clients worldwide. Their drive for excellence leads them to seek out better ways to work with their clients and one another. They have been first-to-market on many legal service delivery innovations and continue to break new ground with their clients every day.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Schrero was a partner with Mandel Resnik Kaiser Moskowitz & Greenstein. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and from Boston University School of Law with a JD.

 

47. Rachel Wilson
R1 RCM

Rachel Wilson began her professional career 27 years ago. Today, she is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of R1 RCM. R1 RCM is a revenue cycle management company serving hospitals, health systems and physician groups across the United States. It is a leading provider of technology-driven solutions that transform the patient experience and financial performance of healthcare providers.

Wilson first got her start in 1994 as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley. From there, she went on to Citi, before eventually rising to SVP and CFO of data centers at Iron Mountain, her most recent position prior to joining R1 RCM. Wilson graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA and from Johns Hopkins University with an MA in international economics and international relations.

 

48. Emily Weiss
Glossier

Emily Weiss began her professional career 14 years ago. Today, she is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glossier. Glossier is a direct-to-consumer beauty company that leverages content and community to power a superior shopping experience. Glossier is on a mission to give voice through beauty.

Weiss first got her start in 2007 as a fashion assistant at Conde Nast. She graduated from New York University.

 

49. Irina Gershengoren
EisnerAmper

Irina Gershengoren is a Partner in the Financial Services Group of EisnerAmper. EisnerAmper, one of the largest business consulting firms in the world, is comprised of EisnerAmper LLP, a licensed independent CPA firm that provides client attest services and Eisner Advisory Group LLC, an alternative practice structure that provides business advisory and non-attest services. Gershengoren has over 20 years in the alternative investment industry.

In addition to her current role, Gershengoren serves as an executive committee member. Before joining EisnerAmper, Gershengoren was a partner at BDO USA. Earlier in her career she worked with BNS Investments as a CFO. Gershengoren graduated from Pace University - Lubin School of Business with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

 

50. Debbie Perelman
Revlon

Debbie Perelman is the Chief Executive Officer of Revlon. She first joined the company in 1998 as associate project manager. Revlon has developed a long-standing reputation as a color authority and beauty trendsetter in the world of color cosmetics and hair care. Since its breakthrough launch of the first opaque nail enamel in 1932, Revlon has provided consumers with high quality product innovation, performance and sophisticated glamour.

Earlier in her career she worked with MacAndrews and Forbes as an EVP of strategy and new business development. Perelman earned an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Princeton University.

 

51. Renee Cassard
Omnicom Media Group

Renee Cassard is the Chief Research Officer of Omnicom Media Group (OMG). OMG is a global leader in marketing communications, providing brand and advertising services to over 5000 clients in over 100 countries. OMG sets itself apart with an agile, client-first approach that helps businesses thrive today and into the future. With more than 21,000 employees globally. Cassard has over 23 years of experience. She began her career in 1998.

Before joining Omnicom Media Group, Cassard was a chief audience officer at Hearts & Science and before that an SVP of marketing sciences and healthcare vertical at PHD. Earlier in her career she worked with Emory University School of Medicine as a behavioral scientist. Cassard graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a master’s degree in developmental psychology and from Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics.

 

52. Mary Armstrong
General Atlantic

Mary Armstrong is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Communications of General Atlantic. Established in 1980, General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Armstrong has 15 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.

Before joining General Atlantic, Armstrong was a director of communications for the Americas at Warburg Pincus LLC and before that a director at Brunswick Group. Earlier in her career she worked with Jackson Spalding as an executive. Armstrong graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish literature.

 

53. Bonnie Sussman
EisnerAmper

Bonnie Sussman is a Partner in the Financial Services Group of EisnerAmper. EisnerAmper is one of the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firms in the U.S., with more than 2,000 employees and over 200 partners across the country. They combine responsiveness with a long-range perspective to help clients meet the pressing issues they face today, and position them for success tomorrow. Sussman has nearly 15 years of accounting, audit and operational experience and provides services to private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, and investment advisors.

Before joining EisnerAmper, Sussman was an assistant controller at Rho Ventures and before that she was a senior audit staff member with EisnerAmper. Earlier in her career she worked with Matthews & Co, LLP as a staff accountant. Sussman graduated from Hunter College with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

 

54. Helene Banks
Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Helene Banks began her professional career nearly 34 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Cahill Gordon & Reindel is a New York-based international law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. The firm is prominent in the practice areas of capital markets, banking and finance.

In addition to her current roles, Banks serves as the co-chair of Cahill’s M&A and Corporate Advisory practice groups. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a graduate degree and from Baruch College with an undergraduate degree in business administration.

 

55. Dina Dilorenzo
Guggenheim Investments

Dina Dilorenzo is the Co-President of Guggenheim Investments. Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory financial services firm that engages in investment banking, asset management, capital markets services, and insurance services. Dilorenzo has 24 years in the financial services industry. She began her career in 1997.

Before joining Guggenheim Investments, Dilorenzo was a partner on the private wealth management team at Citigroup and before that an advisor in the private wealth management team at UBS Warburg LLC. Earlier in her career she worked with J.P. Morgan in private client services. Dilorenzo graduated from Lehigh University with an undergraduate degree in economics.

 

56. Lisa Utzschneider
Integral Ad Science

Lisa Utzschneider began her professional career 23 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer of Integral Ad Science. Integral Ad Science is a publicly owned technology company that analyzes the value of digital advertising placements. Integral Ad Science is known for addressing issues around fraud, viewability, brand risk and TRAQ, a proprietary media quality score.

In 1998, Utzschneider served as a general manager of sales at Microsoft. From there, she went on to Amazon, before eventually rising to chief revenue officer at Yahoo, her most recent position prior to joining Integral Ad Science. Utzschneider graduated from New York University with a master's degree in public policy and from Bates College with an undergraduate degree in English.

 

57. Melynda Barnes
Ro

Melynda Barnes is the Chief Medical Officer of Ro. She first joined the company in 2018 as an associate clinical director. Ro is a healthcare technology company building a patient-centric healthcare system. Its vertically integrated primary care platform powers a personalized, end-to-end healthcare experience from diagnosis to delivery of medication, to ongoing care.

Previously, Barnes was an independent contractor at CompHealth and before that a facial plastic surgeon and head and neck surgeon at ENT and Allergy Associates. Earlier in her career she worked with Stanford University Medical Center as a resident physician. Barnes earned an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and Spanish literature from Stanford University.

 

58. Elizabeth Chubbuck
Murray's Cheese

Elizabeth Chubbuck is the Chief Strategy Officer of Murray's Cheese. She first joined the company in 2009 as wholesale manager and menu consultant. Founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, Murray’s is proud to be a Greenwich Village-based business and part of the neighborhood’s rich food history. Their goal is to find the most delicious cheese across the globe, and then feed it to their customers.

Previously, Chubbuck was a manager at Good Housekeeping and before that a sales assistant at Cosmopolitan Magazine. Chubbuck earned an undergraduate degree in the Spanish and French languages and literature from Trinity College-Hartford.

 

59. Lori Grant
Klick

Lori Grant began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer of Klick. Since 1997, Klick has been a commercial partner laser focused on developing, launching, and supporting life sciences brands to maximize their full market potential.

In 1995 Grant served as the VP of client services at Euro RSCG Life before eventually rising to business director at Sudler&Hennessey, her most recent position prior to joining Klick. Grant graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an MBA and from the University of New Brunswick with an undergraduate degree in marketing and finance.

 

60. Sue Suh
TIME

Sue Suh is the Chief People Officer of TIME. TIME is a global media brand built on 98 years of unparalleled trust and authority, with an audience of more than 100 million people worldwide across all of their platforms. Suh has 20 years of experience. She began her career in 2001.

Before joining TIME, Suh was a managing director and senior advisor at The Rockefeller Foundation and before that a director for community outreach and on the board of directors at The Kind Exchange. Earlier in her career she worked with the U.S. Department of State with multiple positions. Suh graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MA in political science, from Nanyang Technological University with a master’s degree in international relations and strategic studies, and from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in politics.

 

61. Missy Foristall
Dept Agency

Missy Foristall is the Chief Operating Officer of Dept Agency. Dept Agency is a digital agency for creativity, technology and data. They help their clients build and accelerate their digital businesses. They are an international company with over 1,500 experienced thinkers and makers in 13 countries across Europe and the Americas. Foristall has 26 years of experience. She began her career in 1995.

Before joining Dept Agency, Foristall was a VP of IBM’s talent management solutions and before that a head of digital marketing at JP Morgan Private Bank. Earlier in her career she worked with K2 Design as a project manager. Foristall graduated from Hartwick College with an undergraduate degree in art history.

 

62. Liana Guzman
Skillshare

Liana Guzman is the Chief Marketing Officer of Skillshare. She first joined the company in 2019. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

Previously, Guzman was an advisor at Blockchain and before that a VP of marketing and communications at Axiom. Earlier in her career she worked with LearnVest, Inc. as a marketing and brand consultant. Guzman earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and international studies from Connecticut College.

 

63. Monique Jefferson
New York Public Radio

Monique Jefferson began her professional career 25 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Human Resources Officer of New York Public Radio. New York Public Radio is America's most listened-to public radio station and the producer of award-winning programs and podcasts like Radiolab and On the Media. It produces innovative public radio programs that touch a passionate community of over 23.4 million people monthly on air, online and in person.

Prior to joining New York Life Insurance in 2009, Jefferson spent over seven years with Merrill Lynch in the Global Markets & Investment Banking division. She initially joined Merrill Lynch in 2002 as an HR associate. Before that, Jefferson worked at Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceuticals as a sales staffing specialist and manager of leadership development. In 1998, Jefferson also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a resource manager. She began her career as a financial auditor with Ernst & Young. Jefferson graduated from The New School with an MS in human resources management and from Bentley University with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

 

64. Darline Jean
Matterkind

Darline Jean is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Matterkind. Matterkind offers an expanded and enhanced suite of addressable activation solutions, advisory services and affiliate marketing taking a people-first and ethical approach to engaging audiences and driving meaningful real business outcomes both across and within channels. She has a 20-year track record of success as a C-level leader in the media industry. She has deep experience across the digital ecosystem as a publisher, adtech and agency executive.

Jean joined Matterkind from Essence Communications, where she was chief digital officer. Before that, she was a senior executive at The New York Times Company’s About Group. She assumed the CEO role in 2011 after serving as COO and CFO and led the sale of About to IAC in 2013. She was also the COO at Pulsepoint, a major programmatic ad-tech platform. Jean graduated from Long Island University with an MBA in finance and accounting and from Stony Brook University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and psychology.

 

65. Dawn Patrick
Numerix

Dawn Patrick is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Numerix. Numerix is the leading provider of innovative capital markets technology solutions and real-time intelligence capabilities for trading and risk management. Committed to out-of-the box thinking and the exploration and adoption of latest technologies, Numerix is dedicated to driving a more open, fintech oriented, digital financial services market. Patrick has 37 years of experience. She began her career in 1984.

Before joining Numerix, Patrick was a consultant at Incognito and before that a VP of customer care at Net Exchange. Earlier in her career she worked with American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers as a general licensing manager. Patrick graduated from the University of California - Berkeley.

 

66. Vanessa Yen
King & Spalding

Vanessa Yen is a Partner and Trial Lawyer in the Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation group at King & Spalding and specializes in high stakes, complex IP patent litigations in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, biotech and medical device industries. Yen and her King & Spalding’s Life Sciences patent litigation team have been nationally recognized, including by LMG Life Sciences, the National Law Journal, Intellectual Asset Management and Law360, for achieving successful results on behalf of their clients. Yen has never lost a case on behalf of her clients. King & Spalding has been recognized for its Life Sciences Group of the Year and being Law Firm of the Year. King & Spalding has over 1,200 lawyers in 22 offices across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Previously, Yen conducted years of cancer research and genomic research, and her research contributed to the finding of the PTEN cancer gene. Yen graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell Law School.

 

67. Meera Wagman
Secretariat

Meera Wagman began her professional career over 24 years ago. Today, she is the Managing Director of Secretariat. Secretariat is a leading independent expert services and litigation consulting firm serving a wide range of clients globally. It specializes in international arbitration and litigation, large scale construction disputes, including delay and quantum analysis, forensic accounting, economic damages, and government contracting.

Wagman first got her start in 1997 as a project engineer at Gilbane Building Company before eventually rising to associate director at Navigant Consulting, her most recent position prior to joining Secretariat. Wagman graduated from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

 

68. Veronica Caceres
MullenLowe Lintas Group

Veronica Caceres is the Global Chief Information Officer of MullenLowe Lintas Group. She first joined the company in 2011 as regional IT director for Latin America, vendor management, and operational efficiency. MullenLowe Group is a creatively driven integrated marketing communications network with a strong entrepreneurial heritage and challenger mentality. They are a global creative boutique of distinctive diverse agencies, rich in local culture with both intimacy and scale, present in 65 markets.

Previously, Caceres was a founding member at Chief and before that a regional IT director at Interpublic Group of Companies. Earlier in her career she worked with Visa International as a business systems analyst. Caceres earned a PhD in organizational behavior studies and business administration from the University of Humanistic Studies, an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Spanish language and literature from Amherst College.

 

69. Abbie Fuchs
Harris Beach PLLC

Abbie Fuchs is a Partner of Harris Beach PLLC. She first joined the firm in 2000. Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal and is among the 2017 BTI Elite law firms.

Fuchs concentrates in the areas of toxic and mass tort litigation, complex products liability litigation, complex commercial disputes and catastrophic injury cases. She represents clients in complex breach of contract, interference, letter of credit, insurance/reinsurance and subrogation/reimbursement actions. She also litigates high-profile personal injury and property damage construction site accident matters. Over the past two decades, Fuchs has successfully mediated or arbitrated hundreds of serious injury and/or wrongful death cases. Fuchs earned a JD from the Boston University School of Law.

 

70. Anne Killen
Northeast College of Health Sciences

Anne Killen is the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of Northeast College of Health Sciences. Northeast College of Health Sciences in Seneca Falls, NY, educates deeply dedicated and skilled professionals who powerfully advocate for their patients and professions. Northeast offers a broad range of graduate-level integrative healthcare programs including Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, and Bachelor of Professional Studies. Killen has 27 years of experience. She began her career in 1994.

Before joining Northeast College of Health Sciences, Killen was an associate VP for the center for professional studies and an assistant professor of management at Keuka College. Earlier in her career she worked with Yates County ARC as a case manager. Killen graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Doctor of Management, from Elmira College with a master’s degree in education, and from Keuka College with an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies.

 

71. Joanie Mahoney
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Joanie Mahoney is the President of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the most distinguished institution in the country dedicated to the study of the environment and building a sustainable and resilient future. She is the first woman to lead ESF. Mahoney joined the college in 2018 as chief operating officer and was named president in 2020.

Mahoney previously served as Onondaga County Executive for 11 years, overseeing a county government that served 460,000 residents. During her tenure, she earned national recognition for her environmental stewardship. Before serving as an elected official, Mahoney worked as an attorney both in private practice and as a prosecutor in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University’s School of Management and her Juris Doctor from S.U.’s College of Law.

 

72. Justine Zinkin
Neighborhood Trust Financial

Justine Zinkin is the Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Trust Financial. Neighborhood Trust is a nonprofit social enterprise empowering workers to take control of their finances and achieve financial health. With more than 20 years of financial counseling experience, it blends its trusted financial guidance with innovative technology solutions and actionable financial products to help workers’ paychecks go further. Zinkin has nearly 20 years of experience. She began her career in 2002.

Zinkin graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA, from Harvard University with an MS in population and international health, and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

 

73. Sara Faitelson
Stiletto Financial

Sara Faitelson is a Financial Educator and retirement income specialist. Faitelson founded Stiletto Financial in 2019 because she realized women were looking for education. They were also looking for guidance when it came to how to make independent financial decisions. With over 12 years of experience, she decided to create a whole new language: “Shoeology.” She teaches finance with the use of shoes to help women who are separated, divorced, widowed and are looking for advice on how to make independent financial decisions. Faitelson’s goal is to serve as a resource for women to explore and incorporate components of a comprehensive strategy to help ensure their value, security and future are valued.

Faitelson is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®). She earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Pace University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

 

74. Maggie Barnett
ShipHero

Maggie Barnett began her professional career over 14 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships of ShipHero. ShipHero enforces an efficient and accurate process from receiving through inventory management to picking and shipping. It makes it easy to ship eCommerce direct-to-consumer through their warehouse management software and full-service fulfillment solutions.

Barnett first got her start in 2007 as an associate in statistics and client relations at Baker Sports Management. From there, she went on to City Parks Foundation, before eventually co-founding City CoPilot, her most recent venture prior to joining ShipHero. Barnett graduated from New York University with an undergraduate degree in sports management.

 

75. Avery Sheffield
Rockefeller Capital Management

Avery Sheffield is the Co-Founder, Chief Information Officer, and Senior Portfolio Manager of VantageRock of Rockefeller Capital Management. Rockefeller Capital Management is a leading independent financial services firm led by Gregory J. Fleming, offering wealth management, asset management and strategic advisory services to ultrahigh-net-worth individuals, families, institutions and corporations. Sheffield has over 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining Rockefeller Capital Management, Sheffield was a portfolio manager of MSD VantageWay, and before that a partner at VantageWay Capital. Earlier in her career she worked with Openwave as a product marketing manager. Sheffield graduated from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School with an MBA and from Pomona College with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience.

 

76. Lori Almeida
Siegel+Gale

Lori Almeida is the Global Chief Talent Officer of Siegel+Gale. She first joined the company in 2011. Siegel+Gale is a global brand strategy and design company headquartered in NYC. Its core expertise spans brand development, brand strategy, design, and customer experience.

Before joining Siegel+Gale, Almeida was the director of HR for Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, a law firm in New York City. She held that same title at Merkley + Partners, an advertising agency. Earlier in her career, Almeida was director of HR at ABC Carpet & Home. Almeida earned a JD from the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College and an undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University.

 

77. Shari Bryant
Roc Nation

Shari Bryant began her professional career 19 years ago. Today, she is the Co-President of Roc Nation Label of Roc Nation. Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist and athlete management, labels, publishing, touring, film/TV and new ventures.

Bryant first got her start in 2002 as a junior product manager at Roc-A-Fella Records. From there, she went on to Island Def Jam Music Group, before eventually rising to general manager and partner at Alamo Records, her most recent position prior to joining Roc Nation. Bryant graduated from the City University of New York - John Jay College of Criminal Justice with undergraduate degree in political science and government.

 

78. Madeline Marquez
Ponce Bank

Madeline Marquez is the Chief External Affairs Officer of Ponce Bank. She joined Ponce Bank in 2017 as an SVP. Founded in 1960, Ponce Bank has earned a reputation for serving the needs of their communities. With 13 branches in the New York and New Jersey area, Ponce Bank continues its commitment to delivering quality products and services and encouraging long-term banking relationships.

Marquez also serves as the Executive Director of the Ponce De Leon Foundation and oversees Government Affairs for the Bank. Prior to Ponce Bank, Marquez served as the EVP of The Business Initiative Corporation of New York. She has received many honors for her role in fueling the growth of businesses and organizations throughout New York. She has earned an undergraduate degree in bilingual and multilingual education from SUNY Old Westbury.

 

79. Caitlyn Brazill
Per Scholas

Caitlyn Brazill is the Chief Development Officer of Per Scholas. She first joined the company in 2017. Per Scholas is a national organization that has been advancing economic mobility for 25 years. Through rigorous training and professional development, the company prepares individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. Brazill has more than 15 years of experience in the public and non-profit sector.

Previously, Brazill was an adjunct assistant professor of public administration at New York University and before that a senior vice president for strategic partnerships at CAMBA. Earlier in her career she worked with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies as a senior policy analyst. Brazill earned a master’s in public administration from New York University and an undergraduate degree in sociology from SUNY Albany.

 

80. Karina Linch
BrainPOP

Karina Linch is the Chief Product Officer of BrainPOP. She first joined the company in 2005 as SVP of product. BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short-animated movies for students in grades K-12, with quizzes and related materials. It makes rigorous learning experiences accessible and engaging for all students.

Previously, Linch was a 5th grade teacher at PS 261 at New York City Department of Education. Earlier in her career she worked with Grey Worldwide as an associate producer. Linch earned an MA in education from City University of New York - Herbert H. Lehman College and an undergraduate degree in film and television from New York University.

 

81. Rachel Burley
Research Square Company

Rachel Burley is the President of Research Square Company. Research Square Company offers an expansive set of tools designed to help their clients build and promote research. Research Square is a leading author, editorial, and video services provider. A five-time INC 5000 award winner, they exist to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful. Burley has 30 years of experience. She began her career in 1991.

Before joining Research Square Company, Burley was a VP of open publishing innovations at Springer Nature and before that a VP and director of open access at Wiley. Earlier in her career she worked with Macmillan as a sales manager.

 

82. Rachel Hodgdon
International WELL Building Institute

Rachel Hodgdon began her professional career over 14 years ago. Today, she is the President and Chief Executive Officer of International WELL Building Institute. Launched in 2014, the WELL Building Standard is the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.

Hodgdon first got her start in 2007 as an SVP and director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. Hodgdon graduated from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree in English.

 

83. Lynn Mestel
Hire Counsel

Lynn Mestel began her professional career nearly 35 years ago. Today, she is the Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Hire Counsel. Hire Counsel, an HCMC Legal Company, is the national leader in legal staffing, eDiscovery services, and project management. As a staffing company dedicated to the legal industry, they have a strong reputation and client network, allowing them to access the best legal career opportunities available with law firms, corporations, and government agencies across the US.

Mestel graduated from Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a JD and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with an undergraduate degree in American history.

 

84. Lisa Debois
Payomatic

Lisa Debois is the Chief Product and Marketing Officer of Payomatic. Payomatic is a consumer financial services retailer with 148 stores, the largest provider of check cashing and financial services in the New York metropolitan area. Debois has 37 years of experience. She began her career in 1984.

Before joining Payomatic, Debois was the CEO and founder at 1 Main Street Capital and before that a CEO at GrowthFunding. Earlier in her career she worked with Citi with various marketing and business development positions. Debois graduated from the Fordham Gabelli School of Business with an MBA and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in American government.

 

85. Jazzmine Clarke-Glover
Wagner College

Jazzmine Clarke-Glover began her professional career nearly 15 years ago. Today, she is the Vice President of Workplace Culture & Inclusion for Wagner College. Wagner College is a competitive, four-year private college founded in 1883. It has developed a curriculum that unites deep learning and practical application. Their curriculum incorporates their longstanding commitment to the liberal arts, experiential learning and interdisciplinary education with their geographical location and enduring bond with New York City.

In 2007, Clarke-Glover served as the deputy director, HR manager and benefits officer at the City University of New York. Clarke-Glover graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University with an executive doctorate of business, from Baruch College, City University of New York with a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations and a masters and bachelor’s degree in sociology from Boston College.

 

86. Lauren Stanich
Consumer Reports

Lauren Stanich is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Consumer Reports. She first joined the company in 2019. Consumer Reports is a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to independent product testing, investigative journalism, consumer-oriented research, public education, and consumer advocacy. Stanich leads marketing strategies across all the organization’s platforms, with a focus on driving membership, branding, and audience strategy to help expand CR’s reach and impact. She has over 20 years of experience.

Before joining CR, Stanich served as the president and CEO of Swirled. Prior to that, Stanich ran the consumer health business at Everyday Health, where she led the company’s consumer health digital and mobile product development, premium services, and wellness solutions businesses. She also held leadership positions at Meredith and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Stanich earned her undergraduate degree in economics and European history from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Columbia University.

 

87. Lisette Nieves
Fund for the City of New York

Lisette Nieves is the President of the Fund for the City of New York. She first joined the organization in 2020. The Fund for the City of New York was established by the Ford Foundation in 1968 with the mandate to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Fund seeks out, adapts, applies and assesses ways to enable government and nonprofit agencies to achieve excellence through its core programs.

Previously, Nieves was a distinguished clinical professor at NYU Steinhardt and before that a co-founder of Lingo Ventures. She has also held senior leadership positions in municipal government at the Dept for Youth and Community Development in the Bloomberg administration and the Corporation for National Service in the Clinton Administration. Nieves received an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Oxford, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a doctorate with distinction in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

88. Eunice Williams
Onondaga Community College

Eunice Williams began her professional career over 13 years ago. Today, she is the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Instructor with Onondaga Community College. Onondaga Community College is a college of the State University of New York system and one of 30 locally sponsored community colleges throughout New York State. It offers two-year degree programs that serve as transfer opportunities to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year campuses or for direct entry to the workforce.

Williams graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in psychological counseling and from State University of New York at Buffalo with an undergraduate degree in psychology.

 

89. Elizabeth Scherle
Influenster

Elizabeth Scherle is the Co-Founder and President of Influenster. Influenster is a social shopping experience where community meets commerce. Members come to Influenster to read and write reviews, share photos and videos, participate in product discussions, earn rewards, and connect with brands and one another. Scherle has nearly 18 years of experience. She began her career in 2004.

Before founding Influenster, Scherle was a manager of client partnerships at Shecky's. Earlier in her career she worked with Zenith Media as an assistant account executive. Scherle graduated from Arizona State University - W. P. Carey School of Business.

 

90. Christine Sobhani
August Leadership

Christine Sobhani is a Partner of August Leadership where she focuses on HR and leadership roles across the industry. She first joined the firm as a managing director. August Leadership is a global executive search firm. They make an impact by helping their clients realize their biggest business opportunities through talent. August Leadership was born from a belief that executive search could be better. They put clients and candidates first by focusing on relationships, not transactions. Sobhani has 20 years in the management consulting industry. She began her career in 2001.

Before joining August Leadership, Sobhani was a managing director at Allegis Partners and before that a principal consultant at TalentAdvisors LLC. Earlier in her career she worked with Michael Page International as a recruitment consultant. Sobhani graduated from San Francisco State University with an undergraduate degree in political science.

 

91. Patricia Zugibe
Holt Construction

Patricia Zugibe is the Chief Executive Officer of Holt Construction. She first joined the company in 2012 as general counsel. Holt Construction is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm offering an extensive range of services in a variety of business markets. Holt thrives on its reputation as a quality construction company and embraces its core values, business approach and family atmosphere, all while providing the best service to their clients.

Previously, Zugibe was an acting county executive at County of Rockland and before that a attorney at the Town of Stony Point, New York. Earlier in her career she worked with Merrill Schultz, Hersh & Stoll as a law clerk. Zugibe earned a JD from Southwestern Law School and an undergraduate degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

 

92. Julia Winters
Katten Muchin Rosenman

Julia Winters is a Partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman. She first joined the firm in 2020. Katten is a full-service law firm with nearly 650 attorneys in locations across the US, London and Shanghai. The company strives to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally.

Previously, Winters was a counsel at White & Case LLP and before that a senior legal analyst at Reorg. Earlier in her career she worked with Enterprise Community Partners as a program director. Winters earned a JD from Brooklyn Law School, a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

 

93. Betsy Smith
Central Park Conservancy

Betsy Smith is the President of Central Park Conservancy. She first joined the organization in 2018. The Central Park Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization that manages Central Park under a contract with the City of New York.

Previously, Smith was an assistant commissioner at NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and before that an SVP for client management and North American finance at Sotheby. Earlier in her career she worked with J.P. Morgan as an assistant VP. Smith earned an undergraduate degree in American studies from Scripps College.

 

94. Kiryn Hoffman
New York Hall of Science

Kiryn Hoffman is the Chief Advancement Officer of the New York Hall of Science. The New York Hall of Science is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products. They have inspired millions of children, teachers, and families by offering creative, participatory ways to learn by encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Hoffman has 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2002.

Before joining New York Hall of Science, Hoffman was a VP and chief development officer at New York Academy of Sciences. Earlier in her career she worked with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a director of major giving and capital campaigns. Hoffman graduated from New York University with a MS in chemistry and from Barnard College with an undergraduate degree in chemistry.

 

95. Carine Williams
Innocence Project

Carine Williams is the Chief Program Strategy Officer of the Innocence Project. She first joined the organization in 2020. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992. The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Previously, Williams was a senior associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and before that an adjunct lecturer at Columbia Law School. Earlier in her career she worked with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a judicial law clerk. Williams earned a JD from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

 

96. Lisa Fielding
Farm Sanctuary

Lisa Fielding began her professional career 30 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Development Officer of Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary is an American animal protection organization, founded in 1986 as an advocate for farmed animals. It was America's first shelter for farmed animals.

Fielding first got her start in 1991 as an assistant marketing manager at General Mills. From there, she went on to Save the Children US, before eventually rising to director of major gifts at Best Friends Animal Society, her most recent position prior to joining Farm Sanctuary. Fielding graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in foreign service and from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in Russian studies and Russian language.

 

97. Valerie Charles
StoneTurn

Valerie Charles is a Partner of StoneTurn. She first joined the firm in 2020. StoneTurn, a global advisory firm, assists companies, their counsel and government agencies on regulatory, risk and compliance issues, investigations and business disputes. They serve their clients from offices across the United States, United Kingdom and in Germany, Brazil and South Africa, assisted by a network of senior advisers around the world.

Previously, Charles was a chief strategy officer at GAN Integrity and before that an associate general counsel and global compliance leader at AGT International. Earlier in her career she worked with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC as an attorney. Charles earned a JD from Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and an undergraduate degree from DePaul University.

 

98. Marissa McKeon
Lippe Taylor

Marissa McKeon is the Chief Financial Officer of Lippe Taylor. Lippe Taylor is a public relations and digital marketing agency that is committed to telling riveting stories that move brands forward, through a strategic and creative combination of analytics, PR, social media, and digital content. McKeon has 24 years in the financial industry. She began her career in 1997.

Before joining Lippe Taylor, McKeon was an SVP and finance head at MSLGROUP and before that, a practice finance director at MS&L Worldwide. Earlier in her career she worked with Comedy Central as a financial analyst. McKeon graduated from Pace University with an MBA in financial management and from SUNY Albany with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.

 

99. Sharon Emek
Work At Home Vintage Experts

Sharon Emek is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE), an innovative talent solution that engages vintage professionals “phasing” into retirement who work remotely from home on a contract basis. WAHVE, founded in 2010, has placed thousands of pretiring people on assignments for companies across the country. WAHVE’s vision is to transform how businesses, workers and society view retirement so that people, businesses and society benefit from longer productivity. Emek has 41 years of experience. She began her career in 1980.

Prior to founding WAHVE, Emek was a partner at CBS Coverage Group, Inc., where she managed the New York City office and provided business insurance and risk management for a large client base. Prior to joining CBS, Emek was the president, founder and CEO of The Emek Group, an insurance brokerage she formed in 1988. Sharon began her career as a professor at Rutgers University and as a management consultant to businesses. Emek received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University.

 

100. Athena Karp
HiredScore

Athena Karp began her professional career over 15 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of HiredScore. HiredScore’s proprietary technology integrates with major HR systems to provide real-time analysis and prioritization of applicants based on deep data insights and artificial intelligence from thousands of sources beyond the resume, including public data and enterprise data.

Karp first got her start in 2006 as a financial analyst at City of Philadelphia, before eventually rising to private equity associate at Altaris Capital Partners, her most recent position prior to founding HiredScore. Karp graduated from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in international politics.