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brian cobb

CTO, Brown Advisory

Brian W. Cobb is the Chief Technology Officer at Brown Advisory. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Brian was Managing Vice President of Technology at Capital One Financial Corporation in McLean, VA, from 2011 until January, 2015. He was responsible for operations & engineering of the company’s core technology platform services across all of Capital One business units, including Credit Card, Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, Home Loans, Auto Finance, and Treasury Operations. Brian managed teams at Capital One’s domestic locations and at technology partners globally.

Previously, Brian served in executive leadership roles at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC, from 2001 to 2011. He was Senior Vice President & Head of Mortgage Operations from 2009 – 2011, and Senior Vice President of Information Technology from 2004 – 2009.

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bruce williams

Management Consultant, BH Williams LC

Bruce Williams, a proud graduate of Howard University, earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees from alma mater, which included time spent as a starter on the Howard football team all four years, where he was named captain as a senior and selected as outstanding defensive back in the MEAC. Although signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos upon graduation, Bruce traded in his cleats for corporate America and began his professional career at the IBM Corporation as a system engineer. Over the next 30 years, Bruce would make an astounding mark at IBM, holding many executive positions in marketing, technical, and sales organizations; earning numerous sales, management and leadership awards; leading a 100-person team; and managing an operating budget of $250M. Bruce also has held numerous advisory and volunteer positions including having served as Board of Directors chair for the Special Olympics Maryland, as Board of Directors chair for the American Red Cross Maryland, and currently as Board of Directors chair for Bison Express—Howard University’s athletic booster club.

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gerald watson

VP of Business Development and CIO, Proarc, Inc.

Mr. Watson, Vice President of Business Development/Chief Innovations Officer (CIO), is a recovering software engineer who started his career building embedded software for DoD, NASA and NSA systems. For 20 years he ran a successful software engineering company. Mr. Watson defined best fit methodologies and approaches for various technology solutions during his 34 year career and has managed programs and projects valued at over $40M. He is recognized in the Army Intel Community of Interest as a SME in Cloud Architecture, SOSI, ISR and Cyber. As co-Founder of PROARC, Mr. Watson is responsible for Business development, Technology and Innovation strategies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois. He is a Board member of the non-profit Year Up Baltimore.

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renee watson

President and CEO, Proarc, Inc.

Ms. Watson, President/CEO, started her career at NASA JPL working on communications payloads for spacecraft including Mars Pathfinder and Cassini missions. Over the past 29 years she has designed and developed solutions for satellite, wireless, software defined radios and Cyber systems. She has over 20 years of experience with AGILE Management, Systems and Software Engineering. As founder of PRORAC, she is responsible for the company’s strategic vision, operations and finance. Ms. Watson has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a Board member of the non-profit Year Up Baltimore.

Bay area Local Board

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jose mora

Project Manager of Engagement, Marketing and Learning at Salesforce

Jose is a Year Up Bay Area graduate and Board President for the Alumni Association. After completing the YU program, he pursued his Bachelor's degree in Communications Studies from San Francisco State University. With the power of networking, Jose landed a role at Salesforce, currently working as an Engineering Onboarding Project Manager. Year Up changed my life, now it's time for me to give back to my community.

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amy weaver

President and General Legal Counsel, Salesforce

Amy Weaver leads the global legal, compliance, internal audit, corporate security and government affairs teams at salesforce.com . She is a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc. Previously Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Weaver is actively involved in the World Economic Forum and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Weaver is the Executive Sponsor for the Salesforce Women’s Network. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of the Pro Bono Institute and YearUp Bay Area. Weaver has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

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erik ragatz

Managing Director, Hellman and Friedman

Erik Ragatz is a Partner at Hellman & Friedman LLC (H&F), a San Francisco-based private equity firm. Erik joined H&F in 2001 and leads the Firm’s efforts to invest in the retail, consumer and industrial sectors. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SnapAV, Grocery Outlet, ABRA and Associated Materials. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodman Global and a Director of LPL, Sheridan and Texas Genco. Prior to H&F, Erik was employed by Bain Capital in Boston and Sydney. Previously, he worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company in San Francisco. Erik graduated with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Erik lives with his wife Kendra (a former Year Up Bay Area board member) and two daughters in Woodside, CA

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keith white

SVP Loss Prevention, Gap Inc.

Keith White, Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention & Corporate Administration at Gap Inc. oversees loss prevention, corporate security, facilities, corporate real estate, corporate services and business continuity planning for the company. With a professional career that spans more than 30 years, Keith has also held positions at Target, from 1989 to 2000.

Keith chair’s the Gap Inc. Diversity Council, serves on the Gap Foundation Board of Directors, the Year Up Bay Area Board, Regional Parks Foundation Board, is the former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bay Area American Red Cross Chapter, and is also an advisor and past President to the International Organization of Black Security Executives Board of Directors. Keith and his wife Rose are also recipients of the NAACP’s Outstanding Community Service Award.Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science in Criminology from Chicago State University.

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jacob sorensen

CIO Bank of the West, BNP Paribas Group

Jacob Sorensen is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Bank of the West, where he is primarily responsible for the bank’s technology platform, including: Infrastructure & Operations Development; Solutions Delivery; Data Management; Technology Strategy; Architecture; and Technology Vendor Management. Mr. Sorensen joined Bank of the West in 2009, overseeing the bank's Technology Shared Services Solutions Delivery organization. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the bank’s Technology Data Infrastructure; Data Analytics; Real-Time Integration; Customer Relationship Management; Master Data Management; Marketing Technology; Enterprise Testing (Quality Assurance); Regulatory & Compliance IT programs; Risk and Finance technologies; Business Process Management; and Automation.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, he held positions at J.P. Morgan Chase, Washington Mutual, Providian Financial, and NextCard.

Mr. Sorensen received his BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with Highest Honors.

chicago Local Board

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kelley conway

Managing Director, Accenture

Kelley leads Accenture’s Technology Advisory practice for Financial Services North America. She is a recognized industry leader, driving business transformation that integrates strategy, technology and operations to help her clients achieve significant efficiency improvement while building the capabilities to win and grow in the market. With the increasing pace of change in emerging technology, these transformations are becoming even more complex. Kelley partners with executive and management teams to avoid chasing the “shiny new toy”, driving practical and rapid impact by strategically applying new technologies and approaches such as agile/ devops, cloud, AI, robotics and blockchain, with significant and measurable results. In addition to assisting clients, Kelley frequently publishes and presents at industry conferences, spanning topics such as digital labor, blockchain and new IT operating models. She is a member of Leadership Greater Chicago 2017, and a board member for Year Up Chicago.

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christine kessler

Managing Director, Bank of America

Christine Kessler is the Chief Operating Officer for the Credit Fulfillment, Service and Operations organization in Global Banking and Markets Operations. In this role she has accountability for strategic business support, operational risk and control, and transaction credit risk monitoring functions. In addition, she is part of the Chicago Market leadership team. Kessler joined Bank of America in 2002 in and has held leadership roles in Consumer Risk Operations, Customer Service and Support, Global Markets Operations. Prior to joining the bank, Kessler was Manager of Performance Engineering at American Express in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was responsible for process improvement in the organization’s inbound call center operations and supported Six Sigma deployment across the company. Kessler graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Systems Engineering. She earned master’s degrees in Business Administration and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University. She is Master Black Belt certified in Six Sigma, and is Series 7 and Series 99 licensed.

dallas fort worth Local Board

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Melissa Fetter

Civic Leader

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lee hobson

Founder, Highside Capital Management

Prior to founding Highside in 2003, Lee Hobson was a partner at Maverick Capital from 1994 to 2003, where he focused on investments in the consumer sector and in Latin America. Prior to Maverick, he worked with PepsiCo Foods International in finance and new business development, with Goldman Sachs as a corporate finance analyst in New York and with Societe Generale as an analyst in the capital markets group in Paris. He is a graduate of Princeton University (cum laude) and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hobson serves as a board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, Children’s Health System of Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Theological Seminary, Teach for America of Dallas Fort Worth and Year Up of Dallas Fort Worth. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and is a National Council Member of the American Enterprise Institute.

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alFreda norman

SVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Alfreda Norman oversees the Bank’s communications and public outreach programs, which support economic growth and an increased understanding of the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve. She has responsibilities for corporate communications, publications/digital services, community development, economic education and financial institution relationship management. She has held management positions at the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and The Container Store corporate headquarters in Dallas. Norman is a board trustee at the Communities Foundation of Texas and chairs the philanthropy committee. She is on the executive board of Big Thought and the advisory board of Year Up D/FW and is a member of the North Texas Asset Funders Network, Dallas Assembly and Executive Women’s Roundtable. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.

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clyde valentin

Director, Ignite Arts Dallas Institute

Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival). He is the inaugural Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas: People, Purpose + Place the community engagement initiative at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The mission of Ignite/Arts Dallas is to challenge the imagination of students and citizens to envision more just and vibrant communities through art and culture experiences. Clyde was a 2015 Community + Culture Fellow of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. Valentín is an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theater Commons and has served as a consultant or panelist for numerous national arts organizations including Creative Capital, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), YouthSpeaks/Brave New Voices, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Theater Communications Group (TCG), the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), the National Performance Network (NPN) and AlternateROOTS.

greater atlanta Local Board

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lee crump

Group Vice President and CIO, Rollins Inc.

Lee W. Crump is the CIO and Group Vice President of Business Support for Rollins, Inc. Rollins, based in Atlanta, has annual revenues of over $1.7 billion and is the parent company of Orkin Pest Control, HomeTeam Pest Defense, and other well-known pest control companies. Mr. Crump serves as the Board Chair for Year-Up, Atlanta and is a member of the Board of Directors for PowerMyLearning , Atlanta where he is Resource Development Committee Chair. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the GeorgiaCIO Association where he is Board Chair Emeritus, and the Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP). He is a past Board Member of Georgia Junior Achievement and CHRIS Kids. He is a volunteer and mentor for Pathbuilders Achieva, as well as Year-Up Atlanta, where in 2013 he received the Year-Up Urban Empowerment Award.

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erin mcmillian

AVP/Customer Service, Cox Automotive

Erin McMillan is AVP - Client Operations for Cox Automotive’s consumer brands Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Since joining the organization in 2002 as a Customer Support Rep, Erin has been focused on developing strong leaders and engaged employees that can deliver the ultimate customer experience. Her leadership philosophy is one simple word: growth. As such, she’s taken advantage of every leadership development program she can get her hands on through Cox. In May 2017, she accomplished one of her biggest development goals when she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership.

Erin’s passion for improving operations and developing leadership talent extends to the non-profit world. She serves on the Board of Directors for Year Up Greater Atlanta and PAWS Atlanta (Georgia’s oldest no-kill animal shelter). She and her husband Jason are fortunate to share their home with two awesome rescue dogs: Shorty and BettyWhite.

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jelissa lee

Senior Network Supervisor, Jackson Spalding

Jelissa Lee is originally from Milwaukee, WI and raised in Jonesboro, Ga. She graduated from Year Up Atlanta class 4 of July 2011. Upon graduation she gained full time employment as Operations Service Center Team Lead with her internship QTS, where she spent 4 years. She attended and graduated from Georgia Military College with an associates of science degree in Information Technology. She is currently enrolled at Georgia State University as a SR, completing her bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems in Business. Jelissa is currently an entrepreneur on the rise in the IT field and is currently consulting with Jackson Spalding to provide technical support and overseeing connectivity between each location. She continues to work in her passion of motivating and speaking with several non-profits to bring awareness, opportunity, and motivation to young women in the Technology industry. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, motivational speaking, video games, and spending time with family.

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stacey ollinger

Philanthropist/Community Organizer

Stacey, a Sales & Marketing veteran of the hospitality industry, held leadership positions in Los Angeles and New York. Since, she's served as a volunteer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, co-chairing several events, including their largest and most high profile fundraiser, Hope & Will Ball in 2015, which for the first time garnered one million in revenue for the hospital. She also held chair positions for events with Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute and Fix Georgia Pets. Stacey introduced YUGA in 2016 with a successful rooftop soirée at the newly opened Spanx by Sara Blakely headquarters in Buckhead. She has since inaugurated The Mad Hatters Ladies Luncheon focusing on financial support for YUGA wrap around services and hosted donor appreciation events. Stacey works closely with the YUGA Development team. Stacey lives in Atlanta with her author and comedian husband, Paul, and their two children.

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chris walters

CEO, Encompass

Chris Walters is responsible for day-to-day operations of Encompass on a worldwide basis and brings an impressive track record of executive operating experience in the industry, financial sophistication and successful experience in OTT to the company. Most recently, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Weather Company where he collaborated with the leadership team to successfully position the company for rapid growth including developing technology that enabled The Weather Company’s expansion across all platforms. Prior to The Weather Company, Chris served in leadership roles at Bloomberg, leaving as Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group where he drove significant expansion of professional subscription services in multiple industry verticals via organic growth and acquisitions. Before Bloomberg, Chris was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the media, information services and technology sectors. Chris holds an MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Management with a focus on Finance and Strategic Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

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edwin marcial

Technology Executive, Startup Advisor and Investor

Edwin Marcial is the former founding Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Under Edwin’s technical leadership ICE had tremendous success including a record IPO in 2005 and the acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange in 2013. After 18 years of service, Edwin left ICE in 2014 to pursue other interests. Today Edwin advises, invests in, and builds several early stage software companies including SwatchPop!, Rigor, and Ionic Security. Edwin is also the creator and host of techrides.io a web based video series where he tells the inspiring stories of technology leaders while riding in an interesting car. Edwin serves on the Atlanta board for Year Up. He is also a volunteer instructor for students learning software development at Year Up - a program he helped create. Edwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.

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kevin salwen


Kevin Salwen is the former board chair of Year Up Greater Atlanta. An author and entrepreneur, Kevin most recently was a partner in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.

As a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1981 to 2000, Kevin covered the financial markets and two presidential administrations; he later became the National Small Business Editor. After leaving the U.S.’s largest newspaper, Kevin co-founded two media companies and consulted with such organizations as the U.S. Olympic Committee.

In 2006, at the urging of then 14-year-old Hannah, the Salwen family made the radical decision to sell their beautiful home, move into one half the size, and use half the funds to make the world better. The book Kevin and Hannah wrote, entitled The Power of Half, tells the story of their family’s philanthropic journey.

Kevin’s new book, The Suspect, is an inside look at the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta and the false accusation of the hero by the FBI and media. It will be published in Summer 2019; the 20th Century Fox film starring Jonah Hill is planned for 2020 release.  

In recent years, Kevin has built, along with a social worker colleague, a school initiative that helps students in impoverished communities recognize their power to improve their lives.

Kevin is a graduate of Northwestern University.

greater boston Local Board

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stephanie dodson

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Stephanie Dodson Cornell is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. She currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Catie’s Closet, IRAP, StrongMinds and Y2Y Harvard Square. She previously served on the boards of alumni organizations City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, Lava Mae, and Upstream.

Prior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a coalition of families that combines philanthropic investing and pro bono consulting to address issues for Massachusetts children in poverty; Project Healthy Children, which designs and implements food fortification programs in developing countries; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls and teacher enrichment program in Rwanda. She completed the Harvard Advanced Leadership fellowship and has been an advisor and board member for several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including Demand Abolition, Year Up, Partners in Health, WGBH, RefugePoint, Resurge, Share Our Strength and Amazon Conservation Team.

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brian spector

Former Partner, Baupost Group

Brian Spector is the chairman of Reflow Medical, a medical device company focused on developing simple, yet sophisticated, technologies that facilitate procedures used for treating cardiovascular disease. He is a former partner at The Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment management firm, where he was focused on both distressed debt and equity investments from 1998 to 2015. Prior to joining Baupost, Brian was an associate with Oak Hill Advisors and a financial analyst at The Blackstone Group. Brian graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. Brian serves on the board of New Profit and the Boston board of directors for Year Up. He is also actively involved in a number of other non-profit organizations.

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colby greer

Fund Administrator, State Street

Colby Greer is a Wealth Management Registered Client Service Associate in the United States Investment Services division within the State Street Corporation's, Global Services. He provides operational and sales support to a wide variety independent Financial Advisors. While working with the Financial Advisors he continues to help enhance business development, client relationships, prospecting opportunities, and overall success. Colby graduated from Year Up in January 2013. Upon graduation he has furthered his education at Southern New Hampshire University and is pursuing other financial licenses. Colby is active in supporting and volunteering with a number of non-profits, including the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, and Citizens Schools. He serves as Communications Director of the Year Up Greater Boston Alumni Association..

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colin mahoney

Micro Focus

Colin leads the Vertica Product Group for Micro Focus, helping the world’s most data driven organizations to leverage and monetize their business data. Vertica was founded in 2005 and is one of the industry’s fastest growing, advanced analytics platform. In 2011, Colin joined Hewlett Packard as part of the highly successful acquisition of Vertica, and took on the responsibility of VP and GM, where he guided the business to remarkable annual growth and recognized industry leadership. Prior to Vertica, Colin was a VP at Bessemer Ventures. Colin earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University. He is an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts, the Joey Fund for Cystic Fibrosis, as well as a mentor and board member of Year Up Boston.

greater philadelphia Local Board

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Claire Borelli

Managing Director, Head of HR at Consumer Bank and Chase Wealth Management

Claire Borelli is Managing Director and the Head of Human Resources for Chase Wealth Management and the Consumer Bank. In this role, she serves as a business partner, executive coach and advisor to the CB/CWM leadership team to achieve higher levels of performance across all functions. She focuses on the development and implementation of HR strategies that increase productivity and organizational effectiveness.Before joining JPM, Claire was Head of HR for UBS Wealth Management, where she managed all phases of HR with full accountability for strategic management, organizational development, talent and development, recruiting, compensation and employee relations. Claire attended Temple University, and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She has completed Columbia University’s Masters Program in Executive Coaching to further enhance her individualized coaching approach.

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andre brown

Agile Business Analyst, JPMC

Andre Brown is a Software Development Project Manager for J.P Morgan Chase, from Philadelphia PA. He is a Year Up Philadelphia Class 1 Alum who currently sits on the Local Advisory Board. Andre is a graduate of Peirce College where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management; maintaining a 3.75 GPA throughout his college career. While working and attending school, Andre served as President of the Year Up Alumni Association and is also a member of the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society. Besides his current position, Andre has experience in diverse roles including: Third Party Risk Management, Business Analysis for Visa and MasterCard (Chase), as well as Agile Business Analysis for Operation Technology. In his spare time, Andre enjoys traveling, hanging with family/friends and taking on new adventures.

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sulaiman rahman

Founder and CEO, Urban Philly Professional Network

Sulaiman W. Rahman is the President and CEO of DiverseForce, a data-driven recruitment and retention solutions firm that specializes in diversity, inclusion, and impact. DiverseForce works across all sectors and has collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania to develop DiverseForce on Boards, an innovative leadership development program that trains professionals of color on board leadership, governance and matches them with nonprofit boards in the region. Prior to DiverseForce he founded a professional network (talent community), UPPN, and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with over 18,000+ local subscribers and 5,000+ active members. In 2015, UPPN was named the Philadelphia Business Journal's #1 networking organization. The UPPN talent community is now a DiverseForce subsidiary.

jacksonville Local Board

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jose duarte

SEO Specialist, Web.com

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stephen pollan

CEO, Assessment Technologies Group

Stephen Pollan is a successful entrepreneur with over twenty years of executive leadership experience. After progressing through operations management and human resources positions with international food-industry corporations, he chose to take advantage of new entrepreneurial opportunities when creating Assessment Technologies Group (ATG).

He strives every day to make ATG the best in the business of organizational consulting, and always pursues through difficulties until the job is done right. Stephen is a well-respected businessman and devotes a great deal of his time improving the Jacksonville community as a member of many local boards and councils.

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jane landon

SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Web.com

Jane Landon joined Web.com in November 2010 as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Web.com, Ms. Landon was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the New York City Department of Finance. Her past experience includes Business and Technology leadership positions at Microsoft, where she was General Manager .net Market Development and Chief Information Officer for Public Sector Business Systems Information Technology, as well as Institutional CIO Prudential Insurance of America and General Manger Global Corporate Systems at The Bankers Trust Company. Jane is also on the Board of Directors of STEM2Hub, of Northeast Florida. Ms. Landon holds a BA Business Administration degree from SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY.

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susan turchyn

SVP and Site HR Manager, Bank of America

Susan Turchyn is currently a Site Human Resource Manager for Bank of America in Jacksonville, FL supporting 3800+ teammates and several different lines of business partners. In this role she works directly with site leaders to support line of business strategies, enable site integration and identify and address risk issues. Prior to stepping into the SHRM role, Susan was the Staffing Manager supporting the SE Region financial centers and the Digital, Preferred and Small Business call center teams managing a recruiting team to fulfill hiring needs. Susan had worked for Bank of America since 1991 in varies leadership roles. Susan graduated from the University of North Florida in 1988 with a BS degree in Political Science. Susan resides in Jacksonville Florida with her husband Eric of 26 years and their two boys Adam and Zachary. Currently Susan is the Chairman of the Board for Year Up Jacksonville.

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whitney lester

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tyra tutor

SVP, Corporate Development at Adecco Group North America

Tyra Tutor leads mergers and acquisitions, corporate social responsibility, public affairs, internal and external communications, marketing, and thought leadership for the Adecco Group in North America, where she has worked since 1991. Tyra has been instrumental in leading work-based learning initiatives, with an emphasis on apprenticeships. Immediately after college, Tyra spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tyra is a Certified Public Accountant and Member of Florida Institute and American Institute of CPAs. Tyra earned Masters Degree, Tax/Accounting High Honors and Bachelors Degree, Accounting, both from University of Florida Active Board member for Year Up – Jacksonville, City of Jacksonville’s Kids Hope Alliance, Dream Come True, and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Serves on JAXUSA Partnership Advisory Council and UNF Business Advisory Council. Served on the Board of Trustees at Beaches Episcopal School for eight years, including the Executive Committee as Treasurer.

South Florida Local Board


martin burkett

Partner, Co-Chair Mergers/Acquistions and Private Equity Practice, Akerman LLP

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licenia rojas

VP of Technology, Amex

As the Senior Vice President and Unit CIO, Global Servicing Group Technology, Licenia has global responsibility for the technology vision, strategy and delivery of the technology platforms that enable the best customer and colleague experience. Licenia’s engineering organization is responsible for all global servicing functions, including customer service, credit, collections and fraud, as well as card issuance, procurement, real estate and enterprise-wide strategic initiatives. Licenia has held several key leadership roles across Amex, driving significant contributions to innovation at the company. Prior to her current role, Licenia served as Senior Vice President of Information Management and Digital Partnerships in Technology, leading enterprise-wide data and digital capabilities at American Express, including Big Data, Blockchain, Digital Payments and Partnerships. She also led the global Unit CIO teams for Marketing, Information Management, Enterprise Digital, and Advertising & Brand Management. Licenia holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida).

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michael carpenter

Chairman and CEO, Southgate Holdings, Inc.

Michael A. Carpenter serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Southgate Holdings Inc. Mr. Carpenter served as Consultant of Ally Financial Inc. since February 2, 2015. He oversaw all strategy and operations to focus on strengthening the core businesses, while positioning Ally Financial for long-term growth. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Ally Financial Inc. from November 2009 to February 2015. He has broad and deep experience in banking, capital markets, turnarounds and corporate strategy. Mr. Carpenter serves as a Board Member of the New York City Investment Fund, the New York Stock Exchange, General Signal, Loews Cineplex and various other private and public companies. He holds an Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. Mr. Carpenter received an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and a B.Sc. degree from the University of Nottingham in England.

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nilda de boyrie

VP Branch Manager, Charles Schwab and Company

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josselyn ruiz

Programmer Analyst, Amex

Josselyn Ruiz is a Year Up alumni from Year Up South Florida, part of class 5 graduating class of 2015. She interned at American Express, and was hired as a Junior Software Engineer. She was later promoted to Programmer Analyst on November 2016. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Computer Science at FIU, with two Associates degrees from MDC already under her belt. Josselyn is also a member of the Year Up National Board of Directors in South Florida, and continues to share information about Year Up to anyone looking for ways to grow and find employment opportunities.

National capital region Local Board

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michael corkery

President and CEO, Deltek

As Deltek's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Corkery is the driving force behind Deltek’s mission of delivering superior enterprise software, information solutions and consulting services to project-based businesses worldwide. Mike leads more than 2,400 employees who serve Deltek’s 22,000 customers across 80 countries around the world. Prior to becoming CEO in December 2012, Mike was the company’s CFO since joining the company in January 2010. Prior to Deltek, he was CFO and Acting CEO for ICO Global Communications, a global satellite communications company. In this role, Mike led ICO's day-to-day operational and financial activities, as well as those of its subsidiary, DBSD North America, Inc. Before ICO Global Communications, he held various senior financial and operational executive positions for a variety of leading technology companies. Mike has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University and an Executive Leadership Development Certification from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

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gill haus

SVP, Retail and Direct Bank CIO, Capital One

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john king

Retired/VP and Founder of Perot Systems

In nearly 40 years of working in the information technology industry, John King has had the privilege of being a leader in two Ross Perot, Sr. companies: first, with Electronic Data Systems Corporation (1972-1988), during its early and historic outsourcing beginnings; and then as a Co-Founder of Perot Systems Corporation (1988-2010). John has been an avid student of technology, beginning in those early days of IBM 360 mainframes, through the first personal computers and now the iPad age. Along with being an early adopter of all kinds of technologies, he values the leadership-based cultures of these two companies, where he made mentoring of younger associates his highest priority. Since he is an avid photographer, there is hardly a day that a camera is not in his hand and an image posted on a blog, forum, or e-mail message. In addition to photography, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and spoiling his grandchildren.

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bruce rosenblum

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Bruce Rosenblum is a Managing Director at the The Carlyle Group. He is based in Washington, D.C. and serves as the firm’s Chief Risk Officer. From 2000 through 2008, Mr. Rosenblum was an investment professional in the U.S. Buyout Group, focusing on the telecommunications and media sectors. In 2008, he joined Carlyle’s Executive Group, where he has been involved in various aspects of the firm’s operations, including corporate finance, strategic transactions and risk management. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Rosenblum was a Partner and Executive Committee member at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, where he practiced for 18 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Before joining Latham, Mr. Rosenblum served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Rosenblum is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

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reginald exum

VP/Community Development Officer, Citi

Reginald G. Exum is a community development officer at Citi Community Development (CCD), based in the Greater Washington D.C. area. He sits on the board of directors of the Coppin State University Development Foundation and has previously served on the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers board, the executive committee of the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, the Coppin State University Board of Visitors, the advisory committee for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the executive board of the James Mosher Youth Baseball League. Reginald received a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from Coppin State College, now Coppin State University.

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kim holloway

IT Specialist, Department of Treasury

Kimberly Holloway graduated from Year Up NCR in January 2011 and earned a fulltime position with her internship company, Cyveillance. After graduation, she juggled being a mother of two kids as a fulltime student at PGCC. Km earned her associates and continued to earn her BS in Cybersecurity from UMUC. Currently, she’s in her last semester for her masters and will be graduating December 2018 to earn her IT Master's Degree with Information Assurance specialization. Currently, she’s an IT specialist with the U.S. Treasury HQ’s Enterprise Cyber Risk Management team. She also serves as a Year Up mentor and part of the NCR Board member. Her hard work paid off by purchasing her newly built home closed in September 2018. Her next goal: attain a GS-15 level position or going back to the private sector to become an executive. Her kids and her have a bright future and blessed.

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georgette kiser

Managing Director and CIO, The Carlyle Group

Georgette Kiser is a Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at The Carlyle Group where she is responsible for leading the firm’s Global Technology and Solutions (GTS) organization, by developing and driving IT strategies across the global enterprise, which includes the firm’s application development, data, digital, infrastructure, cyber security, and program management and outsourcing activities. Prior to this, Ms. Kiser was the Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. where she headed Enterprise Solutions and Capabilities within the Services and Technology Organization. She led and managed teams that provided creative solutions and leveraged technology for investment front office, trading, and back office operations. Prior to T. Rowe Price, Ms. Kiser worked for General Electric within their Aerospace Unit. Ms. Kiser earned a B.S. in Mathematics, with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University, and an M.B.A from the University of Baltimore.

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garland hall

Sr. VP Customer Success, Ellucian

Garland Hall is the senior vice president of global customer success at Ellucian. In this role, he is responsible for managing Ellucian’s global support strategy and customer support operations. Mr. Hall has more than 20 years of experience building and leading world-class organizations. Prior to joining Ellucian, Mr. Hall served as the executive vice president of customer care for Deltek, a leader in enterprise software and information solutions for government contractors and professional services firms. Before joining Deltek, Mr. Hall was the chief customer officer for EnterpriseDB, where he managed the overall customer experience and served as the customer advocate to the executive team. Mr. Hall began his career in the software industry with Descartes Systems Group and earned his undergraduate degree from Liberty University. He serves on the board of Year Up National Capital Region.

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jamshid khazenie

Chief Technology Officer, Gannett

Jamshid Khazenie has served as Chief Technology Officer for the USA Today Network / Gannett since 2015. Prior to that he was Gannett’s Vice President of Digital Technology & Operations since 2014, with responsibility for strategy and development of core digital publishing, advertising, and audience data platforms, as well as the infrastructure and operations behind those platforms. Earlier in his career Jamshid served as Vice President of Digital Media Technologies at Turner, and led product and technology development at companies such as Orbitz, US News and PBS

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karen mcwilliams


Karen McWilliams is a VP in SAIC’s Legal Department. She reports directly to the General Counsel and is responsible for advising SAIC and the Chief Human Resources Officer on a wide variety of legal matters pertaining to HR, employment and labor law. Prior to joining SAIC, Ms. McWilliams was the head employment lawyer for a publicly traded brokerage firm and bank, a partner at a global law firm, a substitute judge and an adjunct professor of law. Ms. McWilliams has a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and a B.S. Ed. from the University of Virginia. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association and former President of the Virginia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She was designated a “Super Lawyer” in Virginia and D. C. by the publishers of Law & Politics magazine, and is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Virginia State Bar.

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michael bogdan

Principal, International Tax Services at Post Road

Michael is a Managing Partner at Post Road and the head of the Corporate investing practice. Michael was previously a Partner at Atalaya Capital Management LP, a special opportunity investment firm with over $2 billion under management. Michael joined Atalaya at its inception in 2006, was member of the Investment Committee, and lead the Corporate practice for 11 years. During his career, Michael extensively invested in telecom infrastructure, business services, healthcare services, and real estate. Prior to joining Atalaya, Michael originated, structured, and managed equity investments in traditional media, new media, and telecommunication service industries at Alta Communications, a leading private equity firm focused on small to middle market media and telecommunication investments. Prior to Alta

Communications, Michael invested equity and subordinated debt in a broad range of technology companies at Comdisco Ventures, the venture capital arm of Comdisco. Michael received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania

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geoffrey gold

Managing Member and Founder, Salar Capital LLC

Geoffrey is the Managing Member and founder of Silver Salar Capital, LLC a private investment company. He has deep roots in the global distressed and event-driven investment business, having previously served as a founder and portfolio manager at Normandy Hill Capital, a hedge fund manager specializing in distressed and event-driven investments; and as an Original Member and Partner of Strategic Value Partners, a $5B hedge fund and private equity platformwithresponsibility in trading distressed products, portfolio management and global deal origination for distressed and private equity transactions.Geoffrey also spent 14 years at ING Barings in global distressed andspecial situations investing, most recently as Co-Head of global distressed and special situations investments. Geoffrey is an active volunteer and supporter of the Colgate University, Fiver, NYU Stern School of Business, The Akilah Institute and as a mentor for Year Up. Mr. Gold earned a BA in International Relations and German from Colgate Universityand an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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barbara mace

Principal, International Tax Services at EY

Barb is a principal in Ernst & Young’s (EY) Transfer Pricing group, part of International Tax Services, and a Ph.D. economist focusing on the financial services industry. She created EY’s U.S. Transfer Pricing group in the Financial Services Office in 2005 and grew it to over 50 professionals in the U.S. Before EY, she was at Deloitte & Touche for 9 years. Barb has over 30 years of professional experience in financial services transfer pricing, economic consulting, and teaching as a college professor. She has been named annually as a leading transfer pricing advisor by both the International Tax Review and by Euromoney for many years running. Barb is also an advisor to some of the largest multinational banks in the decision-making process related to cross border pricing. Barb began her career Assistant Professor of Business Economics at the School of Business at the University of Michigan. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1988.

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Peter Drittel

CEO, Titan Advisors

Peter Drittel joined Titan Advisors in August, 2016 as Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Drittel is an experienced hedge fund industry/Wall Street executive with a 30+ year track record managing Global Macro and Emerging Markets portfolios; and recruiting, managing and developing portfolio management, research and other buy-side and sell-side talent.   Prior to joining Titan, he spent close to twenty years as a hedge fund Portfolio Manager at Tudor Investment Corporation (where he was a Partner, a member of the Management Committee and the founder of its Emerging Markets effort), Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisors, Diamondback Capital and Kingdon Capital.  Prior to entering the hedge fund industry, Mr. Drittel founded and co-headed Bear Stearns’ Emerging Markets Department.  Mr. Drittel has graduate degrees from the Wharton School (MBA, Finance) and from SAIS (MA, International Economics and Latin American Studies), and received his BA degree in Public Policy from Tulane University.

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eve guernsey

Independent Director, Waypoint Capital Holdings

Eve Guernsey serves an independent director for Waypoint Capital Holdings (Jersey) Ltd, an investment management firm specializing in financial and entrepreneurial investment services. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Lord, Abbett mutual fund complex and chairs the board’s Audit and Committee. Evealso serves on the Advisory Board of Silver Lane Advisory, LLC, a firm focused on mergers and acquisition advisory work in the wealth management sector. Eve retired in 2010 asChief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Investment Management Americas, where she was responsible for strategy development and management of the Institutional Asset Management business, JP Morgan Funds,Global Liquidity, and Retirement Plan Services. Eve chaired the Executive Committee for Investment Management Americas, was an Operating Committee member of JP Morgan’s Asset Management division, served on the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase,and was board member for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. In the non-profit arena, Eve is a member of the board of Year Up New York.

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phil Schneidermeyer

Managing Partner

Phil Schneidermeyer was most recently a Partner in the New York office of Heidrick & Struggles specializing in the recruitment of Chief Information and Chief Technology Officers across all industry sectors. Healthcare, life sciences and technology are his industry specialties. Earlier, Phil was a Managing Director at another global executive search firm where he served as the Chief Information Officer Practice Leader and was a member of the firm’s Advanced Technology Practice. He was also a member of the Americas Operating Group and served as Chairman of the Information Technology Committee. Prior to his executive search career, Phil was an Economist with a Hartford-based consulting firm focused on the Connecticut economy and commercial real estate markets. Phil currently serves on the Advisory Board for Year Up New York. He is also a contributor to CIO Magazine’s “Hiring Manager” column and serves as a judge for the Annual CIO 100 Awards. Phil earned his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

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brian frank

Founder and Managing Director, Declaration Partners

Brian Frank is the Founder and Managing Partner of Declaration Partners LP, an investment firm seeded by the founder of a large private equity firm. Previously, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at MSD Capital, the private investment firm founded by Michael Dell. Prior to joining MSD, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Cumberland Associates. Earlier in his career, Brian served as a Director of Harman International, a Principal at W.R. Hambrecht + Co, and an Analyst in the merger & acquisitions group at Lazard Freres.Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a Director of Third Way and Year Up New York and involved in a number of other charitable entities

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pat hackett

Special Limited Partner, Tech, Media and Telecommunications at Warburg Pincus

Patrick T. Hackett lives in Connecticut and works in New York City. He joined Warburg Pincusin 1990 and for 27 years his principal focus has been investments in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications and the Healthcare Groups. Previously, he was the Vice President of Cove Capital Associates, a private merchant banking partnership, and prior to that a Partner with private equity firm, Acadia Partners. Mr. Hackett is a Director of Intelligent Medical Objects, a healthcare software and information company. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors at Stamford Health System in Stamford,CT. Mr. Hackett graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in chemistry, and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School.

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colleen taylor

EVP, New Payments at Mastercard

Colleen Taylor is Executive Vice President, New Payments, at Mastercard. Colleen joined Mastercardfrom Capital One, where she most recently served as head of Treasury Management and Enterprise Payments.She was also the Market President for Brooklyn & Queens. Colleen has had a successful career in finance with various positions at Wachovia Bank/WellsFargo and J.P. Morgan in the US and the UK. She is a Spelman College graduate and received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Colleen chairs the Samaritan Village Daytop Foundation Board serves on the board of Year-Up New York and is a trustee of Spelman College, her alma mater.

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ursula english

VP, Environment, Health and Safety at Boeing

Ursula English is Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety for The Boeing Company. Appointed in April 2014, English is responsible for leading Boeing’s workplace safety programs and environmental sustainability efforts. English joined Boeing in 1988 as an aircraft mechanic after serving in the U.S. Air Force. She has a bachelor's degree in Business and Management and a master's degree in Human Services. In addition to her professional responsibilities, English is committed to employee development and closing the opportunity gap. She serves on multiple community boards, and leads an employee development program that has supported hundreds of up-and-coming Boeing leaders.

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lisa abbott

SVP, HR and Community Legal Affairs, Legal at Lifespan

Lisa Abbott is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Lifespan Corporation, a comprehensive, integrated, academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the state of Rhode Island’s largest employer. She is responsible for all facets of human capital strategy and HR operations for the health system and is charged with creating a world class human resources organization. With her transformative leadership approach, she is creating synergy across the system by centralizing service delivery, focusing on superior customer service and keeping the patient at the center of the change agenda. Abbott is also responsible for the immersion of Lifespan in the greater Providence community and its partnership and service to the region.

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jessica nunez

Loan Processor, Embrace Home Loans

Jessica Nunez is from Rhode Island and graduated from Year Up Rhode Island July of 2013. During her studies at Year Up, Jessica was placed as an intern at Embrace Home Loan. Jessica spent her six month at Embrace Home Loans in a Loan Processor position. After completing her internship Jessica was offered a position at Residential Properties as Marketing and Desktop support coordinator. Two years later her internship site Embrace Home Loans offered her a position in Loan Processing, Jessica has now been at Embrace for four years. On October 20th 2017 Jessica closed on her first home, a Duplex in Providence RI. Jessica now strives to invest in real estate and own more than one property.

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ted fischer

Co-Founder and CEO, Ageless Innovation

Ted has spent his career building, working with and leading collaborative teams that strive to achieve meaningful financial and social impact. As CEO of Ageless Innovation, Ted is focused on accelerating the growth and impact of the JOY FOR ALL brand, that he and his former Hasbro team recently acquired in a friendly management led spin-out from Hasbro. He joined Hasbro in early 2015 as Vice President of Business Development to help lead the identification and execution of new growth platforms, primarily focused in the Health and Wellness space. At Hasbro, Ted led the launch of Hasbro’s JOY FOR ALL brand in 2015, the company’s first product line developed specifically for older adults. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College double majoring in Economics and Philosophy and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

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donna sams

Partner, Spencer Consulting Group and Co-founder Center Change

Donna Sams is Partner/Principal in two consulting firms. AWE offers training, consulting, and events programming that focuses on leadership, change, and connection. Spencer Consulting Group specializes in strategic thinking, planning, and development of a flexible operating model for corporate, non-profit, and public sector organizations.

Donna was an Information Technology Executive in Fortune 50 companies and has over 30 years of organization development, change management and operations experience in several industries.

Donna serves on the boards of Year Up Providence, Sophia Academy, and Sophia Academy.  She is also a member of the Clark University President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion and President’s Leadership Council.

Donna earned a BA from Clark University and a MS from Amridge University. 

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jeffrey lackey

VP, Talent Acquisitions, CVS

Jeff is the Vice-President of Talent Acquisition for CVS Health. The purpose of Talent Acquisition at CVS Health is to “Help our leaders hire great people!” The Talent Acquisition team help our leaders to hire more than 100,000 annually (including managing more than 2,000,000 people who applied). Roles range from Store Associates to the C-Suite. The impact we have is seen every day in the patients, customers and candidates we serve. Prior to CVS Health, Jeff led the global recruitment for Roll-Royce, launching TA capability in more than 70 countries as well as starting up an HR Shared Services capability in North America. His leadership in the TA space has been transformative – leading several Fortune 500 companies to the development of world-class people, processes, and technology.