Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators


Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley '81 is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD.com, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theater by extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. On June 30, 2016, Bonnie and BroadwayHD made history with the first livestream of a Broadway show. "She Loves Me" was livestreamed to over 60 countries, trending on both Facebook and Twitter. BroadwayHD currently has over 150 titles of stage-to-screen content, accompanied by educational features, subtitles, captions and audio descriptions ...

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Keynote Speakers

Therese Gearhart

Therese Gearhart is president of the Coca-Cola Latin Center Business Unit, responsible for 31 countries across the Caribbean, Central America, Ecuador and Colombia.

Therese brings 28 years of international experience in general management, marketing and sales. She joined The Coca-Cola Co. at its Atlanta headquarters in 1998, and over the past 17 years she has held the following positions: central region vice president, North America Food Service Division; vice president of marketing, North America Food Service Division; general manager, Central America; ...

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Deborah Blazey-Martin, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Deborah Blazey-Martin is chief of internal medicine and adult primary care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She has increased primary care access and services and led the growth in Tufts' primary care, adding affiliated community practices and growing the academic medical center ... Read More

Nicole Champagne

Nicole Champagne is an associate professor at UMass Lowell and chairwoman of the newly created Department of Public Health, which brings together several academic programs: public health, work environment and health informatics and management. She is a strong promoter of service learning to ... Read More

Bernice Cramer

Bernice Cramer is the Director of Project Management and Global Marketing for Bose Professional. Her background includes product management, marketing and strategy leadership roles at prominent consumer technology companies including Plantronics, Altec Lansing, Polaroid and Canon. She ... Read More

Maureen Crawford Hentz

Maureen Crawford Hentz is a professional career strategist with more than 20 years of experience. She is currently the vice president of human resources at a U.S.-based global manufacturing company. She hasled talent functions in a variety of industries and businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 ... Read More

Aimee Cronin

Aimee Cronin has worked in nearly every facet of the beverage industry: retail, hospitality, winery, agency, importer, distributor and technology. Drawn to entrepreneurship from the start, she helped launch a small winery in Long Island and build a wine and spirits public relations agency in ... Read More

Eileen Davis

Eileen Davis has more than 30 years of experience in suicide prevention. She is the director of Call2Talk, an emotional support, mental health and suicide prevention helpline that is a direct service of the United Way of Tri-County. She oversees all aspects of the program's operation, ... Read More

Franky Descouteaux '16

Franky Descoteaux '16 is a problem-solver who has dedicated her professional life to solving core challenges through the lens of innovation. She teaches entrepreneurship and small business management at Middlesex and North Shore community colleges. She also works for Epilepsy Foundation New ... Read More

Tamara Dillon

Tamara Dillon joined Akebia as vice president of human resources in August 2014. Previously, she worked at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, where she served as head of human resources in the Global Discovery Chemistry group and was responsible for all aspects of human resources ... Read More

Karoline Evans

Karoline Evans is an assistant professor of management in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell, where she teaches negotiation. Her research focuses on how social relationships, influence dynamics and diversity affect teams. She has consulted for companies in manufacturing, ... Read More

Eva Gomez

Eva Gomez is a staff development specialist at Children's Hospital Boston who is committed to family-centered, positive and impactful care for patients of all ages. Throughout her 20-year career in health care and nursing, she has been an educator, leader, consultant, mentor and role ... Read More

Kathleen Goneau

Kathleen Goneau has been a Realtor for more than two decades and a Certified Business Coach for the last five years. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and a licensed real estate instructor. Thanks to her experience coaching professionals from multiple industries, ... Read More

Stephanie Goodell

Stephanie Goodell is a strategic consultant whose passion is achieving gender parity and supporting organizational growth through diversity and inclusion. She is a dot connector, an optimist and a keen facilitator of conversations and relationships. Philosophically and practically ... Read More

Valisha Graves

Valisha is a technology product manager leading the build-out of a new technology infrastructure intelligence platform at Morgan Stanley. She has a keen interest and focus on financial technology and how it is disrupting traditional financial service business models.Since ... Read More

Tara Healey

Tara Healey is the founder and director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Mind the Moment mindfulness program. In addition to holding an M.Ed. in Health Education and having over 20 years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation and an ... Read More

Amanda Heller

Amanda Heller is a buyer at the TJX Companies, currently working in the beauty category for TJMaxx and Marshalls. She has worked for TJX for more than 10 years, holding positions in both finance and merchandising. Previously, she worked at Siebel Systems and General Electric. Her background is ... Read More

Beth Humberd

Beth Humberd is an assistant professor of management in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell, where she teaches organizational behavior. She is also a research associate at the university's Center for Women and Work. Her research on gender and diversity in organizations, leadership and ... Read More

Jennifer Imbeault

Jennifer Imbeault is a vice president financial consultant for Fidelity Investments in the Shrewsbury office, where she works closely with clients to achieve their financial goals. Jennifer joined Fidelity in 2006, and over the last 11 years she has helped hundreds of families with their ... Read More

Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D.

Alicja Januszewicz is a talent management consultant for small biotech firms in Cambridge. Her expertise is in the areas of employee development, organizational development, succession management, high potentials and workforce planning. She also teaches organizational behavior at the Boston ... Read More

Elissa Magnant

Elissa Magnant is a visiting instructor at the UMass Lowell Manning School of Business, where she teaches business ethics. Elissa was admitted to the bar in 1995. She worked in a consumer bankruptcy law firm, litigated for a larger insurance defense law firm, clerked for three federal judges and ... Read More

Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann is a leadership coach and human resources consultant who helps individuals and organizations gain clarity on their goals and create a road map to get there, building the nimbleness and stamina needed to execute on personal and professional priorities. Her blend of straight talk, ... Read More

LZ Nunn

LZ Nunn is an energizing leader with over 15 years of experience as a nonprofit executive, fundraiser and consultant. As executive director of Project LEARN (Lowell's Education Foundation), she builds partnerships and develops new resources, innovative programs and funding streams to help every ... Read More

Kelly M. Quinlan

Kelly Quinlan is an estate planning specialist in the Wealth Planning and Personal Trust group within Strategic Advisers, Inc. (SAI), a registered investment adviser and a Fidelity Investments company. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement ... Read More

Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed is a general partner at Alta Equity Partners, where she has been part of the team since joining as an associate in 2006. At Alta she has led and managed investments in a diverse group of companies across a range of industries including technology, business services, ... Read More

Cathy Saunders

Catherine A. Saunders is Head of Putnam's Client Engagement Center. She is responsible for leading Putnam’s innovative client-centric approach to sales and marketing services and for developing programs that respond to current marketplace demands on client firms, such as wealth transfer and ... Read More

Laurie Schloff

Laurie Schloff is a corporate presentation coach, author and human rights activist. Her books include "Smart Speaking," "He and She Talk" and "Twenty Twinkling Stars," a children's book to celebrate the spirit of the children of Sandy Hook, Conn.. Her clients include ... Read More

Lex Schroeder

Lex Schroeder is a leader/practitioner of conversations about gender justice, living systems and the future of work. As co-founder of Feminists at Work with CV Harquail, Lex helps individuals and organizations bring a feminist lens to transforming workplace systems, structures and practices. She ... Read More

Lydia Sisson

Lydia Sisson is the co-director of Mill City Grows, where she oversees the Urban Farm and Mobile Market programs. She is an experienced commercial farmer and small business owner. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Vassar College, a master's degree in economic and social development ... Read More

Erica Steckler

Erica L. Steckler (Twitter: @EricaSteckler) is an assistant professor of management in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell. She is also a research fellow at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University. Her research focuses on stakeholder perceptions of organizational ... Read More

Meta Wagner

Meta Wagner (www.metawagner.com) is the author of "What's Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality" (Seal Press/Hachette). She is a contributor to The Boston Globe op-ed page, was a columnist for PopMatters and has ... Read More