Tricia AtchisonGroup Director, World Wide Partner Enablement & Marketing, Citrix Systems
Bridget BisnetteVice President, Global Channel Chief & Commercial Sales Leader, Riverbed
Bridget Bisnette has contributed to the IT Industry for more than 30 years. Her career includes leading Sales, Marketing and Partner focused organizations. Her employers include global companies such as Riverbed, Cisco Systems, Standard Micro Systems, and AST Computers.
Driving and navigating change has been a cornerstone to her success. She actively seeks out and is selected to champion complex new projects and roles, leveraging her experience and critical thinking to accelerate success. She is proficient in developing strategy and delivering through execution. Her leadership capabilities motivate others to follow willingly toward aligned objectives.
Bridget currently holds two unique roles at Riverbed. She is Vice President of Global Channel Strategy and Programs and is building a new Global Commercial Sales Operation.
Margaret-Ann BoltonSenior Director, Global Partner Marketing, Red Hat
Margaret-Ann Bolton serves as Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing at Red Hat and is responsible for marketing programs to grow Red Hat’s OpenSource business through an ecosystem of partners. She has over 25 years experience in the IT industry encompassing strategic planning, direct and indirect sales, alliance development, worldwide partner and channel marketing and go-to-market execution.
Ms. Bolton joined Red Hat in 2011 as Senior Director of Integrated Field Marketing. In the five years she has been at Red Hat, she has unified global partner marketing into a high-performing organization delivering marketing and sales programs for Red Hat’s expanding partner ecosystem. Driving 70% of Red Hat's revenue, these partners include ISVs, OEMs, systems integrators, solutions providers, distributors and cloud service providers. Her areas of expertise are OpenSource business models, solutions design and marketing, co-branded demand generation programs and delivering scalable partner programs and tools. A passionate advocate for partners and OpenSource technologies, Ms. Bolton recently championed the redesign and relaunch of Red Hat's partner portal to enable a more capable and productive partner ecosystem extending reach and relevancy for Red Hat's complete portfolio.
Prior to Red Hat Ms. Bolton held executive positions across multiple disciplines including direct and indirect sales, engineering, services, product management, and product marketing with global technology companies including EMC, HP, and Sun Microsystems. She has been recognized as a CRN Woman of the Channel in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and as a CRN Channel Chief in 2014, and 2015 which acknowledges top channel leaders for their accomplishments and impact on the technology industry.
Ms. Bolton earned her undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and her masters degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire. She is married with two children and an avid runner and outsdoorsman.
Tiffani BovaGlobal, Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce
Tiffani is the Global, Customer Growth, Sales and Innovation Evangelist. Her focus will be helping companies reimagine how they can not only grow bigger but grow better with innovative business models and technology. Tiffani considers herself a ‘recovering sales rep’, spending time meeting with sales leaders from some of the largest and most successful sales organizations in the world who are using Salesforce technology, to improve performance and enhance customer experience, in order to uncover best practices and insights which can be shared more broadly. Prior to joining Salesforce, Tiffani was with Gartner as a VP, Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow covering Sales Strategies and Channel Innovation.
Julie ChristiansenSenior Director, Global Partner Marketing, Dell EMC
Julie Christiansen, Senior Director, Global Channel Marketing, DELL EMC is responsible for developing Partner Program strategies and partner engagements for Dell EMC. Julie leads a team that drives strategy, design and overall responsibility of launching the new Dell EMC Partner Program. Her team focuses on driving partner loyalty with major focus on Titanium Black Engagement, Partner Advisory Boards, Global Partner Summit and Industry Events. Recently, Julie received the Spirit of Success award for Marketing strategy, Global Partner Summit, Program Launch and FRS execution. Julie has been recognized as one of the VAR business - Power 50 Women of the Channel and has represented EMC in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as one of CRNs Power 100, Women of the Channel.
Dorothy CopelandVice President, IBM Global Business Partners, North America, IBM
Dorothy Copeland has over 20 years in technology, with experience in sales, marketing, business development and partner ecosystem leadership. She joined IBM in May 2017 to lead the North America Business Partner organization. She's focused driving partnering innovation and increasing partners’ sales engagement with the IBM field teams. By utilizing IBM’s broad technology, partners can solve any client’s business challenges and build new revenue-generating offerings for customers. Prior to IBM, she led Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Partner Programs, including the AWS Partner Network, AWS Channel Reseller Program, AWS Managed Service Provider Program, and AWS Competency Program. She designed one of the industry’s first cloud infrastructure channel programs, generating significant revenue across thousands of partners. Prior to AWS, she was the VP of Business & Ecosystem Development for the San Francisco-based security start-up, Cloudmark (now owned by Proofpoint). She also held business development and sales roles at a server management provider, Avocent (now owned by Emerson). She started her career in marketing at storage provider, ADIC (now owned by Quantum). Throughout her career, Dorothy has demonstrated a passion for building out new partnerships and programs, and leading diverse and high-performing teams.
JJ DiGeronimoPresident, Tech Savvy Women
JJ DiGeronimo, President of Tech Savvy Women, is one of the most highly regarded speakers, authors and executive strategists to attract, retain and advance professional women. Through her keynotes and executive sessions, JJ shares effective leadership, influence and inclusion strategies to accelerate professional women.
JJ is a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine and has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, The Glass Hammer, Working Women Magazine, The Grindstone, ITWorld, Career-Intelligence and Rescue a CEO. She has shared her insights and discoveries with many corporations and women’s organizations. She’s was recently included in the Top 100 Women Visionary Leaders to Watch in 2016 by Innov8tiv’s, received the Innovation Award from the Small Business Network, recognized as one of the Top 25 People in Technology in “Inside Business Cleveland” and was awarded the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book.
JJ includes these experiences along with hours of research in her book new book “Accelerate Your Impact” Aug. 2016. This complements her 2011 book, “The Working Woman’s GPS”. She also contributed to the book, “The Confident Woman, Tapping Into Your Inner Power” and hosts regular videos on TechSavvyWomen.TV.
Stephanie DismoreVice President and General Manager, Americas Channels, HP Inc.
Stephanie Dismore is vice president and general manager, Americas Channels, at HP Inc. In this role, Dismore is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of HP’s commercial and consumer channel sales in the U.S., spanning distribution, national solution providers, regional VARs, public sector, and SMB partners in the commercial channel, as well as retail partners in consumer electronics, office product super stores, regional retails, e-tail and specialty channels. Dismore is also responsible for overseeing all channel-related partner planning, development and programs for the Americas region.
During her 18-year tenure at HP, Dismore has held a variety of leadership positions in sales, marketing and channel roles. Most recently, she served as vice president and general manager of the Americas commercial channel with primary responsibility for HP’s U.S. commercial channel business and Americas channel partner development and programs. Prior to that, Dismore led the U.S. consumer business where she was responsible for the development of go-to-market sales strategies for HP’s retail and online channels.
Dismore earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Messiah College.
Dawn DurossSenior Director, Global & Strategic Partner Organization , Cisco
Dawn Duross is currently a Senior Director in Cisco’s Global & Strategic Partner Organization, responsible for managing a portfolio of Cisco’s global partnerships including Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP, Citrix and Apple. Duross and her team drive executive alignment, partner strategy, and Go to Market activities with these firms to drive business outcomes in key technology areas such as Data Center, Cloud, and Collaboration.
Previously at Cisco, Duross was the Senior Director of Cisco’s US Public Sector & Solution Integrator Partner Organization, where she was responsible for working with a broad set of complex, multidimensional partners to meet the needs of private and public sector customers. Additionally, she was the Operations Director for federal channels and government system integrators, responsible for the global strategy and management of Cisco’s federal partnerships.
Duross has led Cisco’s Global Government SI Council. She has served on the Cisco Gender Diversity Operating Committee and has been co-host of the Women’s Channel Leadership Conference.
Prior to joining Cisco, Duross was Director of Federal Sales for Thinking Machines Corporation, a supercomputer manufacturer. She also held account executive and business development positions at Oracle Corporation and Hewlett Packard. Duross has also been an industry analyst at IDC covering emerging technologies.
In 2010, Duross was one of CRN’s Top Women in the Channel. In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, Duross was listed among the 50 Most Powerful Women of the Channel by Everything Channel (formerly CMP Channel). Among her other awards, Duross was named Government Channel Executive of the Year by GovernmentVAR in and was recognized as one of the Top Channel Executives to Watch by VARBusiness. She also served on the Board of Directors of TechAmerica (formerly ITAA).
Duross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a Master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.
Katy GiffaultVice President, Global Consumer Insights, Hasbro Inc.
Katy Giffault is celebrating her eighth year with Hasbro, the branded play company that creates and markets some of the world’s best loved brands including NERF, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Transformers and Play-Doh.
Giffault’s role at Hasbro places the consumer at the center of all global design, entertainment, and marketing efforts. She leads a global team of “insight hunters” that includes specialists in observational research, strategic foresight, and thought leaders who design proprietary research using innovative tools and methodologies to discover, understand, and apply consumer insights to drive global growth.
She is a graduate of University of Rhode Island and received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University. In 2013, she was named by the ANA/Internationalist Magazine as one of Today’s Top 100 Global Marketing Leaders. Giffault began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in the world of cookies with Nabisco, Old Spice and Hanes. Prior to Hasbro, Giffault led the global Communications team at United Technologies Corp., and introduced texting and digital services to consumers with AT&T Wireless leading the U.S. team.
Giffault has her own in-house focus group of triplet girls and lives with her husband and dogs in Mystic, Conn. She gets inspiration from her teenagers and finds herself in a flow state solving problems when she is sailing with her family in Fisher’s Island Sound, cooking new recipes, or digging up the weeds in her gardens.
Sandra Glasser CheekVice President Global Channels, Ciena
Sandra Glaser Cheek is Vice President, Global Partners and Alliances at Ciena with responsibility for the channel strategy, programs and operational framework that enables carrier partners, resellers, service partners, development partners and technology partners to drive business with Ciena.
With 20+ years of experience, Sandra has held many senior partner sales and marketing positions and has developed strong leadership skills and deep channel consultancy knowledge. Sandra joins Ciena from Brocade where she was VP of Worldwide Channels where she led the deployment of the global partner strategy and programs designed to achieve scale, ease of doing business, and partner satisfaction.
Sandra is known for staying ahead of emerging trends of channel sales, enablement and marketing strategies. She knows how to blend traditional channel approaches with innovative strategies to help channel partners differentiate, drive demand and fuel sales growth. She is an active participant industry boards as a Channel thought leader and has been awarded the CRN Top 25 Channel Sales Executives, 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs in 2017 and CRN Power 100 Executive in 2016 & 2017.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Communication from Florida State University, USA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three children.
Jack HalberstamProfessor, Columbia University
Jack Halberstam is a professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters, Female Masculinity, In A Queer Time and Place, The Queer Art of Failure and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment. Halberstam is also finishing up a short book titled Trans* for UC Press, forthcoming in 2017
Kasia HansonDirector, Partner Programs - Global Markets and Partners, Intel Corporation
Kasia Hanson is currently a Director of Partner Programs in Intel’s Global Markets and Partners Organization. Prior to that she was the Platform and Distribution Sales Director for Intel’s Storage and Memory Products responsible for driving SSD revenue growth and ramping Intel’s new 3D NAND SSD products across the Channel globally. Kasia joined Intel in 2000 and has 15+ year technology sales and marketing industry experience across Channel and Distribution, Multi-National OEMs, Software and Fortune 500 Enterprise Accounts in Oil and Gas, Entertainment, Retail and Cloud. Kasia founded the Intel Women’s Channel Network in 2016 to empower female channel partners to deliver significant business impact with expanded connections, skills development and increased representation and support.
Deena LaMarque PiquionVice President and General Manager, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region, Tech Data
Deena LaMarque Piquion serves as the vice president and general manager of Tech Data’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. She is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of all sales, marketing, and operational functions including the in-country subsidiaries and the Miami Export operations. LaMarque Piquion and her team are dedicated to capturing the end-to-end opportunities that exist for Tech Data’s vendor partners and customers in the region.
LaMarque Piquion began her career in the IT distribution industry with Tech Data, joining as an MBA rotational associate in 2000. She worked under the guidance of the president of Latin America at the time on strategic projects throughout the region. In 2001, she was promoted to manager of operations where she assisted the director of operations on pricing, purchasing, capacity planning and productivity projects throughout the Latin America region. LaMarque Piquion brought Tech Data policies, procedures, tools and culture to the in-country Latin America subsidiaries. In 2006, she moved to the commercial side of the distribution business, managing the Latin America product management team and vendor relationships. In 2011, LaMarque Piquion was appointed director, marketing for Tech Data’s LA export division, where in addition to managing the LA export marketing team she also served as acting director of sales. In 2016, LaMarque Piquion was appointed vice president, sales and marketing, Latin America Export, and in 2017 her role expanded to include the entire LAC region.
LaMarque Piquion earned a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University with a concentration in international business and finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College with a concentration in political science and women’s studies. LaMarque Piquion is a founding member of Tech Data Miami’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, the 2016 recipient of the Florida Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award and a 2017 honoree of CRN’s 100 Women of The Channel List.
Denise Lee YohnBrand-Building Expert & Author, “What Great Brands Do”
Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand-building for national media outlets, an in-demand speaker and consultant, and an influential writer. Yohn is the author of the bestselling book “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest” (Jossey-Bass), the e-book “Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do,” and the highly anticipated new book “Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World's Greatest Companies” (Nicholas Brealey/Hachette Books).
News media including Fox Business TV, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times call on Yohn when they want an expert point-of-view on hot business issues. The Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) named her blog as one of the top 20 in the industry.
Yohn enjoys challenging readers to think differently about brand-building in her regular contributions to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been a sought-after writer for publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Knowledge@Wharton, ChangeThis, Seeking Alpha, QSR Magazine, among others.
With her expertise and personal approach, Yohn has become an in-demand keynote speaker. She has addressed business leaders around the world, including The Art of Marketing in Toronto, EXPO Marketing in Bogota, Colombia, and Sustainable Brands in San Diego.
Yohn initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. She went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first-ever brand office, where she was the vice president, general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards. Consulting clients have included Target, Oakley, Dunkin' Donuts, and other leading companies.
Donna LeonardoVice President of Sales and Business Development, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.
Donna joined Future Tech Enterprise, Inc in August of 2017 and is responsible for leading their sales and marketing teams. She has over 20 years of IT sales and management experience and has joined Future Tech from her most recent role as a Channel National Account Manager for Dell EMC. During her 10 years at Dell EMC she was recognized as Account Executive of the Year in the public customer segment and received multiple awards as Channel Account Manager of the Year. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Donna held sales and management positions for a major Long Island systems integrator where she led many successful public-sector projects for New York City government agencies. Donna’s “lead by example” management style allows her to build high performance teams that focus on helping customers achieve their goals. Donna is passionate about the opportunities available in the field of technology for women and is actively involved in mentoring both women and students, encouraging them to pursue careers in this fast-growing industry.
Lynn LucasChief Marketing Officer, Veritas
Lynn Lucas is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Veritas. She leads the global marketing organization and is responsible for all aspects including the customer experience, corporate positioning and communications, brand and digital strategy, orchestrated demand generation, and regional marketing.
A seasoned and innovative CMO with a reputation for driving marketing strategies that grow awareness and business impact, Lynn brings more than 20 years of B2B marketing experience to Veritas. Her experience ranges from large, high tech enterprises to cloud-focused mid-sized organizations. Prior to Veritas she served as Chief Marketing Officer of Good Technology. She relaunched their brand, developed new messaging and positioning, and delivered sales pipeline through integrated demand generation programs, ultimately culminating in the successful sale of Good in the highly competitive mobile security market.
Lisa MacKenziePartner, Executive Vice President, The Channel Company
Lisa MacKenzie is a seasoned executive with expertise in marketing, sales, product management and operations. Lisa was instrumental in The Channel Company's evolution from providing traditional media to offering a full portfolio of solutions and services. She brings her proven expertise to The Channel Company's extensive events portfolio - helping ensure that our events meet the evolving needs of our customers. Thanks to Lisa's leadership, The Channel Company attracts record audiences and receives high customer satisfaction scores. Lisa also repositioned our consulting, research and education offerings, resulting in increased profitability and new product launches.
Lynn MartinVice President, Public Sector Sales, VMware
Lynn Martin is VMware's Vice President of Public Sector, where she leads a cross-functional team of approximately 300 professionals who serve customers in the Federal, State, Local and Education markets. In this role, she is responsible for direct and inside sales, pursuit and capture, channels and alliances, professional services and pre-sales engineering.
Jenn McDonaldSenior Director, Service Provider and Cloud Marketing, Fortinet
Jenn McDonald is an accomplished senior marketing professional known for her visionary thinking and ability to deliver outstanding and measurable business results. In her role as Fortinet's senior director of service provider and cloud marketing, she is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans that support the company's business goals and enhance service provider and cloud partners efforts to position Fortinet security solutions with their customers. During her two decades working in the IT industry, her roles have included strategic planning, direct and indirect sales, alliance development, and worldwide partner and channel marketing. Before Fortinet, McDonald held positions across multiple disciplines within global technology companies including Cisco and Lucent Technologies. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and was on the NCAA Division 3 Softball team.
Rauline OchsIPED Consultant, The Channel Company
Rauline is responsible for IPED channel and alliances industry research, client consulting and training curricula across IT, carrier service provider and operational technology vendors doing cloud and IoT business in the indirect channel. A software industry veteran, Rauline was Oracle's senior vice president, North American alliances and channels where she led the transition from primarily direct sales to a segmented indirect sales model. Prior to Oracle, Rauline served as senior VP of worldwide alliances for BEA Systems. She began her career with fifteen years at the IBM Corporation, selling hardware, software and services ultimately rising to vice president, channel sales & marketing for the Americas Software Group. A native Californian, Rauline holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Joan PaganoAuthor & Women's Fitness Expert, Joan Pagano Fitness
Joan Pagano is an international best-selling author of fitness books for women, including Strength Training Exercises for Women, a motivational speaker on health and fitness topics and the owner of Joan Pagano Fitness in New York City. Former trainer to Jacqueline Onassis and Caroline Kennedy, Joan has specialized in strength training for women since 1988. She is an authority on the benefits of exercise for women's health issues such as menopause, osteoporosis and breast cancer, as well as strength training for all ages. Joan is certified as Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a member of the National Osteoporosis Ambassadors Leadership Council.
Wendy PettySenior Vice President, Field Sales and Services, Erwin
Wendy Petty is Executive Director, Global Channel Sales, at Verizon Enterprise Solution responsible for building indirect channels that support the overall Channel Strategy. This includes leveraging Enterprise partners and building a scalable model that will protect our installed customer base and create net new upsell revenue streams, bring new Verizon Enterprise Solution to market and develop partnerships that will create new routes to market for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Wendy has 25 years of experience in building startups, channel sales organization in both small startup’s and large enterprise software companies. She has a number of Channel Awards including being selected as one of the Powerful Women in the Channel, by Everything Channel. She looks forward to leveraging her leadership and channel experience to build the Verizon Channel.
Amy ScarlinoPresident, CEO, Scarlino Speaker Strategies
As President and CEO, Amy Scarlino, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Scarlino Speaker Strategies LLC. Prior to forming the agency, Scarlino was pesident and CEO of The Catchpole Corp. She held several positions within Catchpole during her more than 13 years with the company, including COO, director of client services, and senior account executive. Scarlino has managed the corporate speaker programs and executive visibility initiatives for VMware, PBS, AOL, Trend Micro, Microsoft, Verizon and The Weather Channel. Earlier in her career, Scarlino was a market manager for Group III Promotions and served as project manager within the brand consultancy, Ashton Brand Group. Scarlino holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Marketing from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She has spoken at several industry conferences including the CIO Global Forum, AMA Boston College Career Day, PRSA International Conference, the NVCA National Summit, and Babson College’s Net Impact Speaker series. She serves as a judge for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and is a founding member and event chair of the Women Advancing (formerly WIMMI) Boston chapter.
Ralph SchipaniCEO, Nine West Holdings Inc.
Ralph Schipani is currently the CEO of Nine West Holdings Inc., a $1.7 billion leading global designer and marketer of branded footwear, jeanswear, women’s apparel and accessories. He is also a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal’s turnaround and restructuring practice, where he specializes in providing restructuring and business advice to troubled companies on financial, operational and strategic business issues.
His background includes various interim management roles across a variety of industries, including retail, wholesale footwear and apparel, consumer products, manufacturing, chemicals and media services. Schipani focuses on the development and evaluation of strategic business plans and the negotiation of recapitalization strategies and refinancing plans. Before joining A&M in 2007, Schipani spent three years in various management positions with Interstate Brands Corp. Previously, he was in the strategy practice at
Accenture. Schipani received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lafayette College.
Karyn SchoenbartCEO, The NPD Group
Karyn Schoenbart, author of MOM.B.A., is CEO of The NPD Group, a global provider of information and advisory services to many of the world’s leading brands. She has over 30 years of experience in the market research field, with expertise in identifying and developing new business opportunities and client partnerships.
Annie ScrantonPresident and Founder, Pace Public Relations
Prior to forming Pace Public Relations, Annie Pace Scranton worked for eight years as a seasoned television producer, with a resume that includes major networks such as CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC & ABC. Acting as a guest booker for these various networks, Scranton’s brand of public relations combines her unique understanding of behind-the-scenes television with her unparalleled list of contacts. In television, it’s all about knowing the right person to pitch to, and Scranton’s contacts are second to none. Recent clients have been thrilled with placements on CNBC, Fox News, HLN, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, PIX Morning News and various print and website outlets. Before working in television, Scranton started out at a small boutique public relations firm, Lou Hammond & Associates. There, she concentrated on local news coverage and newspaper and magazine placements for her clients. She also worked as a local reporter for the New Jersey-based newspaper, The Asbury Park Press, where she covered local politics and business openings.
Scranton is a graduate of Smith College where she served as the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper, The Sophian. She now serves on the board for the New York Smith College Club and is an executive committee member for Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers. Scranton is also a member of the New York Women in Communications Inc.; The Step Up Network and a platinum member of Ladies who Launch.
Amy SlaterFounder & CEO, Amy Slater Consulting
Amy has 25+ years of leadership and global sales experience, with a focus on customer value and expertise in business. Her mission is to improve corporate culture with a passion for empowering people toward extraordinary results. In addition to sales strategy and operations, Amy provides transformational, executive coaching services to create an integrated life fueled by positivity and authenticity.
Most recently, Amy served as SVP of Sales Operations for TiVo after being a sales leader across the enterprise technology sector. Prior to TiVo, Amy held Leadership positions at AT&T, Cisco, and Salesforce.com.
Amy spoke at the 2014 Forrester Research conference, the 2016 and 2017 Apttus Conference, and LinkedIn’s 2016 Sales Connect Conference. In October 2016, Amy was awarded a spot on Hot Topics list of the Top 100 Sales Operations and Enablement leaders.
Ivy SolowiejczykVice President, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment, IBM
Adriana TrigianiBest-Selling Author & Film Director,
Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels, including her latest, “All the Stars in the Heavens,” the instant bestseller. She wrote the blockbuster “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” the “Big Stone Gap” series, the “Valentine” trilogy and “Lucia, Lucia.” Trigiani’s themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans who call themselves Adri-addicts--a term coined by book maven Robin Kall. Their devotion has made Trigiani one of “the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today).
The New York Times calls her “a comedy writer with a heart of gold”, her books “tiramisu for the soul.” Trigiani wrote and directed the film adaptation of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, produced by the Academy Award winning producer Donna Gigliotti, shot entirely on location in her hometown, with an all-star cast including: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Anthony LaPaglia and Jenna Elfman.
Greta Van SusterenAmerican Commentator and Former Television News Anchor, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News
Greta Van Susteren is a former anchor at CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She spent more than 14 years at Fox News, having joined the network in January 2002. As the host of the prime-time news and interview program "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" which launched in February 2002. "On the Record" remained all 14 1/2 years as the highest-rated cable news program in its time slot. Van Susteren has interviewed hundreds of prominent individuals including Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama, Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates as well as many other notable cabinet members, U.S. Senators, members of Congress, governors and spiritual leaders, including Rev. Billy Graham.
She has traveled all over the world to cover international news stories and interview world leaders. Van Susteren has also interviewed prominent figures in the entertainment and sports industries. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Van Susteren received a bachelor's degree with distinction in economics then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law in 1979 and a Master of Law from the school in 1982.
Van Susteren sits on the Board of Directors at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. She was named
by Forbes Magazine as one of the world's 100 most powerful women five times. She is married to John P. Coale and lives in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth VargasABC News Anchor, ABC
Caryn VincentCorporate Trainer & Executive Coach, Dale Carnegie Training
Caryn Vincent is a Corporate Trainer and Executive Coach who specializes in small to medium size businesses and entrepreneurs. Her clients enjoy her natural style and intuitive coaching that gets to the heart of the matter. Caryn was an integral part of Dale Carnegie Training Western CT Team and now part of the New York Center of Excellence Training Team. Since 2008, she has successfully designed and delivered customized corporate solutions. Her roles also include mentoring and training new trainers. Before Dale Carnegie, Caryn spent 10 years working in product marketing and training for IBM.
Adrienne WeissmanChief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships, G2 Crowd Inc.