Speakers, Panelist, 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, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. On June 30, 2016, Comley & BroadwayHD made history with the first live stream of a Broadway show. The show was live streamed to over 60 countries, trending on both Facebook and Twitter. BroadwayHD currently has over 150 titles of stage to screen content while adding features for education, subtitles, captions and audio descriptions ...

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Keynote Speakers

Therese Gearhart

Therese Gearhart is the President of 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 Company in Atlanta in 1998. In the past 17 years, she has held the following positions: North America Food Service Division as Central Region Vice President; North America Food Service Division as Vice President of Marketing; General Manager Central America; Eurasia ...

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

Dr. Blazey-Martin is the Chief of Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) Board of Trustees, and the Boards of NEQCA Accountable Care, Inc., as well as the ... Read More

Bernice Cramer

Bernice Cramer is the general manager of the Wireless Headphones business at Bose. Her background includes product management, marketing, and strategy leadership roles at prominent consumer technology companies including Plantronics, Altec Lansing, Polaroid, and Canon. Over the course of her ... 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. Maureen has led talent functions in a variety of industries and in companies ranging from Fortune ... 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, build a wine and spirits PR agency in NY early in her ... Read More

Eileen Davis

Eileen Davis is the Director of Call2Talk, an emotional support, mental health and suicide prevention helpline that actively engages with callers to help alleviate their feelings of despair, loneliness and potential suicidal ideation. Call2Talk, a direct service of the United Way of ... Read More

Franky Descouteaux '16

Franky Descoteaux is a problem solver, who has dedicated her professional career to solving core challenges through the lens of innovation. She teaches Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at Middlesex and North Shore community colleges. Currently, Franky works for Epilepsy Foundation ... 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, energy, and ... 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, as well as a licensed real estate instructor. Her experience coaching professionals from multiple industries, Kathleen has ... Read More

Stephanie Goodell

Stephanie Goodell is the founder of Samaya Consulting and a marketing professional with a passion for accelerating the growth of women entrepreneurs. Her client list includes Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network, The Madeleine K. Albright Institute for ... Read More

Valisha Graves

Valisha is a Technology Product Manager leading the build out of a new technology infrastructure intelligence platform at Morgan Stanley. It is built on a graph database to enable visualization of infrastructure relationships. She has a keen interest and focus on fintech and ... 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 twenty years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness ... Read More

Amanda Heller

Amanda Heller is a Buyer at the TJX Companies currently buying the Beauty category for TJMaxx and Marshalls. She has worked for the company for over 10 years and held positions in Finance and Merchandising. Her background is in finance and she has held positionds at Siebel Systems and General ... 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

Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D.

Alicja Januszewicz is a talent management consultant for small biotech firms in Cambridge. Her expertise is in the area 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 to undergraduates. 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 ... Read More

Sarah Mann

As a leadership coach and HR consultant, Sarah Mann helps individuals and organizations gain clarity on their vision 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, insight, and ... 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

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. During this time, 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

Ms. Saunders is Head of the Registered Investment Advisor Business, Private Bank and Trust, for Putnam Retail Management. She is responsible for directing all sales, client relationships, and marketing efforts in these segments. During her career at Putnam, which spans nearly 30 years, Ms. ... 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 a children's book to celebrate the spirit of the children of Sandy Hook, Twenty Twinkling Stars. Clients include Fidelity, TJX, MassMutual, and UMass Lowell. ... Read More

Lex Schroeder

Lex is a writer, editor, and speaker on the future of work. She facilitates gatherings on participatory leadership and teaches systems change through a gender equity lens. Lex was a member of Take The Lead's Leadership team during its early startup years where she co-designed and built Take The ... Read More

Lydia Sisson

Lydia Sisson is the Co-Director of Mill City Grows and oversees the Urban Farm and Mobile Market programs. She is an experienced commercial farmer and small business owner. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Vassar College, a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions ... Read More

Erica Steckler

Erica L. Steckler (Twitter: @EricaSteckler) is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Research Fellow at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University. Her research focuses on ... Read More

Meta Wagner

Meta Wagner is the author of What's Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality (Seal Press/Hachette). She is a contributor to Boston Globe opinion pages, was a columnist for PopMatters, and has written on pop culture and creativity for Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, ... Read More