November Newsletter


Letting Each Other Know...

The Women’s Forum would like to congratulate the members listed below on being named to WomenInc.’s 2018 List of the Most Influential Corporate Directors. To read more about their selection, click HERE:

  • LINDA ADDISON, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Immediate Past Managing Partner
  • ELLEN ALEMANY, Chairman & CEO, CIT Group
  • MARIANNE BROWN, Chief Operation Officer, Institutional and Wholesale, FIS
  • PAMELA CRAIG, Former Chief Financial Officer, Accenture
  • PATRICIA FILI-KRUSHEL, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal
  • SUZAN HARRISON, President, Global Oral Care Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • TESSA HILADO, Independent Director, Campbell Soup Co., HB Fuller, Zimmer Biomet
  • SHELLY LAZARUS, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
  • HEIDI MILLER, Former President International, JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • CAROL RAPHAEL, Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Strategies
  • DIANNE REKOW, Executive Dean (Retired), King’s College London
  • MARCY SYMS, Former Chairman & CEO, SYMS Corporation
  • PAMELA THOMAS-GRAHAM, Independent Lead Director, The Clorox Company

LINDA ADDISON, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Immediate Past Managing Partner, was appointed to the board of KPMG. To read more about the appointment, click HERE.

GEORGETTE BENNETT, President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, is proud to share that she has been selected for the Global Impact Award from the Society for International Development. To read more about the award, click HERE for a press release

JOYCE BROWN, President, Fashion Institute of Technology, was interviewed for Crain’s New York Business, Asked and Answered feature.

GLORIA FELDT, Co-Founder & President, Take the Lead, invites members to join Take the Lead for a benefit matinee performance of “Gloria, a Life” December 15. Gloria S. will lead the audience discussion. A VIP reception featuring Forum member and Tony-winning producer DARYL ROTH, dinner afterward, and other perks are available. Details are here for individual tickets, and here for corporate sponsorships. Even if you can’t attend, or if you attended the Forum event, you can still support leadership gender parity by enabling a young woman to attend. Individual tickets are $250. As a special courtesy to Forum members who purchase $1000 VIP tickets, we’ll include an additional ticket so you can bring another woman with you—perhaps a daughter, a Forum Fellow or mentee, as well as an invitation to the VIP reception, and a gift bag with Gloria merch. Contact Forum and event host committee members Gloria Feldt, Susie Greenwood or Loretta McCarthy for more information.

NADINE B. HACK, CEO, beCause Global Consulting, was featured on The Voice of BOLD Business Radio Nov 6 talking about corporate social responsibility; stakeholder engagement; diversity and inclusion; self-awareness for leadership development. Tune in to listen. She is a regular contributor to the Library of Professional Coaching and you can read her Sept 26 post on communications here. Nadine was also a participant/contributor at the Salzburg Global Seminar program,New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact Oct 27-30.

NADINE B. HACK, pictured above with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who’s written the foreword to a book she’s working on, The Urgency of Connectedness, to be published in 2019.

SALLY HELGESON, President, Helgesen Associates, was a speaker at the 10th Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna Austria on November 29th & 30th. The event centers on leadership and effective management.

LORI TAUBER MARCUS, Chair of the Direct-to-Consumer/Patient Initiative at Harvard Business School’s Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator, has been named to the board of directors of Golub Corporation, a large privately held supermarket operator in the Northeast (d.b.a Price Chopper and Market 32).

CARLA SINGER, President, Carla Singer Productions, is an Executive Producer on the documentary film, Jewish Partisans of World War II. The film features brave women and men resistance fighters telling their stories of survival while fighting the Nazis.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was a keynote speaker at the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit and their Women in Technology Conference, a speaker at Tech Up For Women, and a panelist at Manhattan College’s Women in Business event. She held her Point 25 Initiative 2018 Fall Series to help the most promising women-led startups build robust Advisory Boards with C-level Advisors which featured fellow Women’s Forum members LINDA WILLETT and ANALISA BALARES as potential Advisors. She received the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD)’s Board Leadership Fellow designation and was also named as one of LinkedIn’s 2018 “Top Voices in Startups and Entrepreneurship.”

EUGENIA ULASEWICZ, Bunzl plc, Hudson Group, Signet Jewelers and Vince, Non-Executive Director, was honored to serve as Director in Residence for the November 2018 Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management Annual Women’s Director Development Program which helps senior executive women seeking directorships to develop a deep understanding of board responsibilities and how to best present themselves as viable board candidates.

LINDA WILLETT, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was honored by The Newark Public Library at its annual “Booked for the Evening” Gala on November 29th.  Each year, the Newark Public Library recognizes leaders who have exhibited a “tradition of innovation and service” in their work.  Linda talked about the profound impact that libraries and librarians have had on her career, including the fact that she got a degree in Library and Information Science simply because she loved libraries so much!

ALEXANDRA WILKIS WILSON, Senior Vice President, Consumer Strategy and Innovation, Allergen and Co-Founder of Gilt, GLAMSQUAD and Fitz, was profiled in an interview on She was also interviewed for a series of articles called Second Life, on, about her own experience and advice for transitioning careers.

Nov. 5 - Rebecca Blumenstein of The New York Times moderated a panel on getting from C-Suite to boardroom.

Nov. 8 - Members dined in one another's homes in another popular edition of the small dinners programs.

October Newsletter

Class of 2018 Education Fund Fellows at the Random House Fall Fanfare.


Letting Each Other Know...

LEIGHANNE BAKER, Chief HR Officer, Corporate Senior Vice President, Cargill, is excited to share that she has been elected to the ABM Board of Directors, effective immediately. To read more about the appointment, read the press release HERE.

BEVERLY BEAUDOIN, Principal, Beverly Beaudoin & Associates; SUSAN FALK, Retired Fashion Industry CEO and Non-Executive Board Director; GRACE RICHARDSON, Former Vice President, Colgate-Palmolive Company, have been appointed to the Advisory Board of Karen Roberts New York.  Karen Roberts designs and manufactures classic American style sheath dresses for day, evening,  after 5 and special occasion.  The dresses are beautifully crafted, sewn in NYC and produced available in a multitude of fabrics, colors, patterns, and textures.

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, The Ellig Group LLC, will be speaking at the Yale University Women on Boards Program, a week-long course offered to women interested in joining their first corporate board. She will also be accepting the award for Distinguished Service to the YMCA at this year’s Harold C. Smith Annual Dinner on November 14th.

LUDY GREEN, President and Founder, Second Chance Employment Services, was recently appointed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Agency Lead on Counter-Trafficking. In this role she will address trafficking in persons internationally through foreign assistance initiatives, programs and policies, in the USG interagency, and intra-Agency policy and programmatic fora.

CHERYL HELLER, President, CommonWise, the Measured Lab, SVA, is excited to announce the publication of her newest book, The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design. She was also interviewed on Wharton Radio and published an article in the Harvard Business Review.

RIKKI KLIEMAN, Attorney and CBS News Legal Analyst, CBS,  was honored to conduct the interview of Dr. Angela Onwuachi-WIllig, the new Dean of Boston University School of Law at a reception at Proskauer Rose in New York City on October 23.  Rikki also spoke at Northwestern University’s Council of 100 for their 25th Anniversary about what has changed for women during this quarter century; she spoke at the Founding Members meeting on women who wanted to have it all in 1993.  In September, Rikki was chosen to cover the Kavanaugh hearing in Washington DC with the CBS News Anchors where Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified.

CAROL ROBLES-ROMÁN, Co-President and CEO, ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, was profiled in an article for the Guardian earlier this month. To read the complete text of the story, click HERE.

CASEY SANTOS, Chief Information Officer, General Atlantic, will be honored at the YMCA of NYC’s 4th Annual Hispanic Achiever’s reception on Tuesday, November 6th at Carnegie Hall. Her fellow honorees include: Rick Gomez, EVP & CMO, Target and Félix Matos Rodríguez, President, Queens College. To learn more about the event, click HERE.

LISA SUN, CEO, Project Gravitas, was profiled in an article for Forbes, discussing the groundbreaking work she and her company are doing in the fashion industry, especially in the sphere of body diversity/positivity. To read the entire article, click HERE.

LISA SUN, CEO, Project Gravitas and JOI GORDON, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide, are pleased to partner to kick off the holiday season with a Giving Tuesday campaign. The campaign, called #DFSPowerPiece, celebrates the moment when a woman puts on that special item that makes her feel confident and powerful. Project Gravitas is one of five signature partners with featured pieces in a curated “Success Collection” to be sold via a dedicated microsite. A percentage of sales from the Gravitas Josephine blazer and other partner pieces will benefit Dress for Success and support more women in finding their power. #DFSPowerPiece kicks off on social media in November with a call to action for individuals to donate to Dress for Success and to post a picture of their power piece, and cumulates on November 27, 2018, when #DFSPowerPiece shopping goes live. Learn more and prepare to share your power on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @dressforsuccess and #DFSPowerPiece.

JUDITH SPITZ, Founding Program Director: Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York, Cornell Tech, is excited to announce a unique program that tackles the issue of making sure that women are able to close the gap in landing STEM paid internships, so vital to their professional success after graduation. The program works with companies large and small to make sure that female STEM students secure paid 3-week “Winterships” during January recess. To learn more, click HERE.

ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital, was the Master of Ceremonies at the NASDAQ for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce’s annual Innovate46 event, a speaker at the Angel Capital Association’s Women Summit (which she helped plan), a panelist at Stage2Startups, and a panelist at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)’s PILOT Pitch Prize at the Javits Center. She appeared on MSNBC’s “Your Business” show in two segments: Elevator Pitch and Business Answers. She moderated a Fireside Chat with John Rogers – the CEO, President, and CIO of Ariel Investments – and served on a panel entitled “Ask the Experts Power Breakfast: 2019 Economic Trends” at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Global Leaders’ Summit in DC. She was also a guest on the See Jane Invest podcast

Oct. 4 - Members celebrate the 2018 Education Fund Fellows at Random House publishing

September Newsletter


Letting Each Other Know...

TIFFANY DUFU, Former Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League, has launched a new peer coaching service for women looking to accelerate their personal and professional growth. It’s called The Cru, because every woman needs one. The response has been enormous with applications from 26 states across the U.S. If you know a woman who is interested, tell them to mention you and the Women’s Forum when they apply. Also, Tiffany’s bestselling book, Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less, is now out in paperback. According to foreword contributor, Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.”

JANICE ELLIG, CEO, The Ellig Group, was a featured speaker for Jeffrey Sonnefeld’s Yale School of Business course, “Corporate Governance: New Challenges & Old Duties.” She will also speak at an upcoming luncheon for the first day of their Women on Boards Event.

GLORIA FELDT, Founder & President, Take the Lead Leadership Parity Movement, is excited to share that Take The Lead’s signature 50 Women Can Change the World program will be available in NY for 5o emerging high potential leaders in the financial industry starting November 2. She would encourage Forum members to nominate women they think would benefit from this program that gives women incredible career breakthroughs. The program will address other industries at upcoming dates, a list of which can be found HERE. Gloria would also like to invite any member who cannot attend the Forum theater event for “Gloria: a Life,” to join Take The Lead on December 15 for the matinee performance, also one where Gloria Steinem will lead the discussion, plus additional perks! Please let her or Susie Greenwood know if you are interested and they will be in touch.

ANNETTE GREEN, President Emeritus, The Fragrance Foundation, recently published her business memoir, “Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought An Industry to its Senses.” Women’s Wear Daily wrote, “Spritzing to Success” shows how the Industry veteran navigated through social and cultural changes in the early 60s to help develop fragrance into a multimillion-dollar industry.

ANN SPUNGEN, VA Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Spinal Cord Injuries, is pleased to share that four of her exoskeleton users were participants in the New Balance 5th Ave. Mile organized by the New York Road Runners. Peter Schreiner, son of Forum member MARY KATE WOLD was one of them and even won the Bionic athlete’s race!

Sept. 9, 2018 - Bionic Runners at the starting line of the 5th Ave. Mile Race.


ALICIA SYRETT, Founder & CEO – Pantegrion Capital, was interviewed by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)‘s Chief Programming Officer in a Fireside Chat on “Shifting Stakeholder Expectations and the Role of the Board” at the NACD’s MasterClass conference in Newport Beach, CA. Her TEDx talk on “Why Investors Say No” was released and can be seen here. She also spoke on a Venture Capital Panel for the Amazon Web Services University Accelerator.

LINDA ZANGO-HALEY, Principal, The Haley Group LLC, would like to invite members to attend a breakfast discussion panel on protecting voter rights, Tuesday, October 9th, 8-10am. The public policy series, Marxe Issues, is part of the Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs. Those interested in learning more or attending, click HERE.

Sept. 14 - Rising Star Breakfast feat. Marissa Shorenstein, Kristin Titus & Alex Witt

July 28, 2018: Education Fund President, Ilene Wachs on Good Day Street Talk


WSJ- Hillary Clinton, Sheila Johnson, Deirdre Quinn: An Education


2017 Elly Awards Good Day Street Talk


ABC Here & Now Women’s Forum of NY

Women Board Candidates: Going Beyond the CEO Title

Fearless Girl – SHE is the Future and the Future is NOW

Cheddar TV interview with Janice Reals Ellig