2018 Keynote Speakers

Danielle Niles

Danielle Niles is the Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Morning (4:30AM-7AM) News with co-anchors Kate Merrill and Chris McKinnon. A native of Weymouth, MA, Niles joined WBZ-TV News from New England Cable News where she spent five years as weekday morning meteorologist. Before that, Niles was a forecaster at Weather Services International in Andover, MA where she provided forecasts for private companies.

Niles is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell where she earned her bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, and was captain of the women’s varsity soccer team. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in meteorology at Florida State University.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Linda M. Gadsby

Linda M. Gadsby is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. She has been with the company since 1997. In her current role, Linda advises the company’s Management Executive Team members regularly, is responsible for handling all labor and employment law matters, serves as the primary attorney for the company’s Education, Book Fairs, and National Service Organization divisions, handles the company’s immigration and employee benefits law areas, and serves on the company’s Administrative Committee. Linda values giving back to her community, especially in support of youth, education, and women. She is a member of numerous community service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, The Links, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.. Linda is also an active alumni leader at her alma maters: Cornell University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, NYU School of Law, where she is on the Board of the NYU Law Alumni Association and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, and Stuyvesant High School, where she is one of the founding members of the Stuyvesant High School Black Alumni Diversity Initiative. Linda has been widely honored for her professional achievements and community service by the Consulate General of Barbados in New York, Chambers USA, NYU School of Law, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Young Barbadian Professionals Society, Savoy Magazine, The Network Journal, and Diversity MBA Magazine. Read More


2018 Speakers

Caitlin Baggeroer

Caitlin Baggeroer is a Regional Manager within the Client Engagement Center (CEC) of Putnam Retail Management. She is responsible for managing an internal sales force covering the Mid-Atlantic region.

Caitlin assists the team in professional development, sales, and marketing ... Read More

Kim Bilawchuk

Kim Bilawchuk is committed to getting young professionals "unstuck" and helping them find the career of their dreams. If you are looking for a proven professional who can help you identify what you're good at and what interests you, create a plan to get you where you want to be and ... Read More

Meg Bond

Prof. Meg Bond is the Director of the Center for Women and Work and a professor of psychology at UMass Lowell. She is also the director of the university's National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE institutional transformation grant, Read More

Lorna Boucher

Lorna Boucher is managing director and chief marketing officer of Instinet Holdings Inc., the innovative equity trading arm of the Nomura Group. She serves on Instinet's executive committee, the global firm's most senior management organization.

Lorna has always ... Read More

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown is vice president of Global Talent Acquisition for Kronos Incorporated, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Kronos has over 5,000 employees worldwide and does business in more than 100 countries. Brown is responsible for leading Kronos' ... Read More

Deb Busser

As an executive coach for more than a decade, Deb Busser partners with C-suite level leaders who are committed to their own evolution. Prior to founding Energy Spring Leadership in 2003, Deb was with Fidelity Investments for 10 years. At Fidelity, she held management roles in corporate HR and ... Read More

Michelle Courton Brown

Michele Courton Brown is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in leading, managing and providing strategic direction to philanthropic, corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Currently Michele is chief executive officer of Quality Interactions, a leading ... Read More

Maureen Crawford Hentz

Maureen Crawford Hentz is vice president of human resources at A.W. Chesterton Co. Maureen has more than 20 years of experience in talent acquisition, talent management and career strategy leadership in a variety of settings, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to manufacturing companies and ... Read More

Francine Crystal

Francine Crystal is president of Crystal Clear Consulting. She is an insightful coach, a seasoned Organization Development Consultant and a valued strategic thought partner to leaders throughout higher education and social benefit organizations. She draws on 30 years of work experience and a ... Read More

Ellen Duffy

Ellen Duffy is a Certified Financial Planner™ and owner of Parkway Wealth Management, an independent firm offering investment advice and financial planning services that has offices in West Roxbury and Wellesley. Its website is www.parkwaywealth.net. ... Read More

Elana Feldman

Elana Feldman is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where she currently teaches Organizational Behavior. Her research explores how the temporal and relational elements of organizations shape people's experiences, ... Read More

Prof. Monica Galizzi

Prof. Monica Galizzi is chairwoman of the Department of Economics and a senior associate of the Center for Women and Work at UMass Lowell.

Previously, she worked at the Workers Compensation Research Institute and at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has published numerous ... Read More

Shayne Gilbert

Shayne Gilbert has been fueling the entrepreneurial community since starting Silverweave in 1994. Through Future Forward Events, Shayne creates exclusive programs for high technology and life sciences ... Read More

Michelle C. Haynes-Baratz

Michelle C. Haynes-Baratz is an associate professor of psychology at UMass Lowell and a faculty associate of the Center for Women and Work. For almost two decades, her research has focused on workplace diversity issues, with a particular interest in the obstacles experienced by women and people ... Read More

Dana Henry

Dana Henry is currently director of the Organizational Development & Learning Solutions business unit at the UMass Donahue Institute.

She has more than 25 years of experience focused on the design, development and implementation of competency-based leadership ... Read More

Beth Humberd

Beth Humberd, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell, where she teaches Organizational Behavior to undergraduates and doctoral students. She is also a Faculty Associate with the UML Center for Women and Work. Dr. Humberd conducts research ... Read More

Isabelle Lousada

Isabelle Lousada is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Amyloidosis Research Consortium (ARC). Isabelle, an amyloidosis patient, established ARC in 2015 to accelerate the development of and access to new and innovative treatments for a group of rare, systemic amyloidosis ... Read More

Kande McDonald

Kande McDonald is vice president of Crystal Clear Consulting. Kande is an executive coach, trainer and facilitator with over 20 years' experience working in social benefit organizations and higher education, on staff and as an external consultant. She has developed unconventional approaches to ... Read More

Kim Meninger

Kim Meninger is an ICF-certified executive coach with a proven track record of success in the high-tech industry. She leverages her professional experience, as well as her MBA and psychology degrees, to help individuals and organizations reach their full leadership potential. While she serves a ... Read More

Lauren Mersereau

Lauren Mersereau serves as a vice president and senior financial advisor with Enterprise Wealth Management, where she provides sound investment management, financial planning and fiduciary services for individuals, trusts and institutions. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Lauren ... Read More

Emmy Monticelli

Emmy is a professional certified leadership coach, facilitator and speaker with more than 20 years of management and learning and development experience. She works with organizations to integrate customized learning and coaching solutions that develop leaders, teams and employees, resulting in ... Read More

Cindy Mundy

Cindy Mundy has worked as a self-employed market research consultant since 2014. Prior to working independently, Cindy spent nine years at Decision Resources Group, where she worked as an analyst, a director and a senior vice president. As a senior vice president, she managed multiple teams that ... Read More

Kristine Porcaro

Kristine Porcaro has spent the past 20 years helping people navigate the often scary and confusing world of investing to make important life decisions and meet their financial goals. She specializes in addressing the emotional side of her clients' lives and how that fits into their financial ... 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

Kristen Rupert

Kristen Rupert is Senior Vice President of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the largest business association in the state. AIM engages in public policy work on behalf of its 4,000 member companies, which represent a wide variety of industries – about one-third of members are ... Read More

Janel Ryan

Janel Ryan wants to live in a world filled with wickedly smart people, one that creates line-of-sight opportunities for everyone and one where she can make an impact.

As a sales enablement guru, Janel's responsibilities span across NETSCOUT Arbor's partner and sales communities as well ... Read More

Erica Steckler

Erica L. Steckler (Twitter: @EricaSteckler) is an Assistant Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on stakeholder ... Read More

Patricia Stevens

Patricia R. Stevens, assistant vice president and financial advisor, Enterprise Wealth Services

Patricia R. Stevens is a 2006 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in finance. Upon graduation, she became a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial in ... Read More

Dune Thorne

Dune Thorne is a partner at Brown Advisory and head of the firm's Boston office. She serves on the executive and operating committees and leads some of the firm's largest and most complex investment advisory and consulting relationships. Brown Advisory manages over $55 billion for institutions ... Read More

Robin Toof

Robin Toof is co-director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE) and director of the Service-Learning and Community Co-ops office at UMass Lowell. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration and a master's in community social psychology.

Robin has ... Read More

Samantha Washburn-Baronie

Samantha Washburn-Baronie is the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Empowerment for the Massachusetts State Treasury.

Previously, Samantha was the associate director of corporate and foundation relations at Simmons College, where she worked alongside faculty and administrators to ... Read More

Susu Wong

Susu Wong is the Founder and Principal of Tomo360, a marketing agency that helps businesses and nonprofits in their digital marketing and online promotions. She was an adjunct professor of marketing at UMass Lowell and is a frequent speaker and instructor at ... Read More

Christine Yip Cruzvergara

Christine Yip Cruzvergara joined Wellesley College in 2016 as first associate provost and executive director for career education. In this newly developed role, she is charged with building a comprehensive career model that engages the entire college ecosystem and with leading the college's ... Read More