Co-CEO C-Sweet & Sr. Program Manager and Principal IT Business Partner, Boeing
Beth Hilbing is a versatile, experienced, successful executive with extensive experience in managing infrastructure and global client services for the entertainment, insurance, aerospace, and banking industries.
In her most recent role at Boeing Corporation as Sr. Program Manager and Principal IT Business Partner. Beth has a focus on innovative technologies in Engineering, Manufacturing and Supplier Management, and Data Analytics. Delivering agile, cost-competitive solutions, so customers can reduce costs, drive efficiency and optimize operations. Manage IT costs and budgets and IT spend in excess of $85M. Beth also remains a Senior Consultant with Strategic Alliance Consultanting Division working with client offerings and key engagements.
Prior to that Beth was director of Global Collaboration Services at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NG), focused on engineering and operations to support collaboration technology spanning domestic and international operations for NG. Prior experience includes managing teams up to 500 in size, budget responsibility of $120 million+, Project/Product Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Vendor Management, Cloud, Mobile, Cyber Security, Global Client Service Structure and Support, Application Support, and Financial management.
As a former Vice President for Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union, Beth was responsible for all design and implementation for Information Technology Systems and Program Solutions, including Enterprise Resource Planning programs, Internet security, and disaster recovery.
With a strong ability to clearly articulate how complex technologies improve business operations, Beth is a highly sought-after speaker at executive forums and technical conferences. Her topics include organizational key strategy and leadership, collaboration technology, unified communications, cloud-based services, and mobility.
Beth’s education includes a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Additionally, she is a certified Project Management Principal, Six Sigma Black Belt, and has earned technical, leadership certifications.
Co-CEO, C-Sweet & Principal, Capital InVentures, Inc. and President, Amplify Professional Services, Inc.
For Capital InVentures Dianne actively sources deals, networks and introduces institutional investors, private equity, VC firms and Family Offices to CEOs and management teams seeking $5 to $100 mm in debt and/or equity financing. She expedites deal flow, reviews business plans, and is responsible for program management. She has strong relationships and a solid network of corporate and financial sponsors.
Dianne supports our portfolio companies in a number of ways including becoming part of the management team, serving on the board of directors, sourcing key executives, and introducing clients and investors. Working closely with client CEOs and their teams, Dianne helps develop collateral materials and preps CEOs for investor meetings.
Dianne’s background includes over 20 years in B2B sales and account management. She’s owned two technical staffing agencies working across industries with Fortune 1000 and fast-growth companies.
Concurrently, she is President of Amplify Professional Services Inc, an executive search and consulting agency including senior executive placement, staffing and consulting services across industry sectors.
Additionally, Dianne’s produced hundreds of executive level networking events for peer professionals in finance, technology and business. She is Co-CEO of C-Sweet, a premier national networking association for female executives across industries.
Dianne has outstanding business acumen, communication skills and emotional intelligence. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Dianne holds active Series 79, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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Account Executive, Google
Alexandra Dumas is an Account Executive at Google, where she consults with national and global retailers to build integrated digital partnerships. As a strategic business partner she’s responsible for helping retailers grow their business through a deep understanding of omnichannel industry trends and by aligning Google solutions to customer challenges. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Alexandra began her career in New York City with Macys.com, before transitioning to Google. A resident of Marina del Rey, Alexandra leads several of Google’s community engagement groups and is an active board member on C-Sweet, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, and Pacific Asian Counseling Service.
Senior Manager, Community and Climate Equity, Southern California Edison
Carolyn Sims is the Senior Manager for Community and Climate Equity in the Customer Program & Services division at Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, Carolyn is responsible for leading both internal and external engagements with SCE’s community partners focused on equity and access. Through this work she has championed sponsorships for community organizations and she educates underserved communities on SCE’s programs and services that benefit their communities focused on their lived experiences.
Carolyn is a passionate advocate for women empowerment and leadership, earning a reputation as a master connector for having helped make connections for hundreds of women based on their personal needs or professional interests.
Carolyn currently serves on the board of directors for the Bloom Again Foundation, which assists women with rapid response grants to help bridge the gap in their living expenses when they experience a medical situation. She is also on the committee of C-Sweet, a professional women’s networking group that fosters executive-level relationships among women for business development, collaboration, and expanded career paths.
Carolyn was previously the president of the company’s African American Business Resource Group (BRG), Networkers, and the Women’s Roundtable. Currently services as an Advisor for Networkers BRG and is very engaged in high performing organizations, culture and work enviornment through the development and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging transformation.
She is also a 2018 recipient of the J.K. Horton Humanitarian Award, a distinction given to employees of SCE for exemplary acts of citizenship or service under emergency conditions. Carolyn earned a Master of Science in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science in Human
Relations and Business from Amberton University. She is a mom to three adult daughters, and is happily married to her husband for over 30 years.
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Executive Care and Advocacy, AT&T Services, Inc.
Georgia is a dynamic thought leader, with 24 years' experience at AT&T and 18 years in Real Estate. Georgia a recipient of the 2012-2020 Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the prior President of Women of AT&T (2009-2016), a 501ce non-profit Employee Resource Group within AT&T. Georgia is an advocate for helping women and children in the community. Believing in the value of helping others through her leadership and business expertise, Georgia has spent time supporting several organizations such as March of Dimes, United Way, City of Hope, Ronald McDonald House, St. Anne’s, UC Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Community College District, and a host of others. Georgia is on the Board of Governors for The California Science Center/Exposition Park and the Board of Governors for City Club Los Angeles, she is the Chair of the Board for YMCA’s Weingart Wellness and Aquatic Center. Also, on the Advisory Board for Women in Leadership at UC Santa Barbara. Georgia realized that people is her passion and in 2020, she launched Good Vibes Women’s Business Roundtable where she can share valuable resources, her network, and business expertise to support small women business owners. Georgia is a pillar in the community gracing the cover of Women Lead Magazine and in the Huffington Post in 2016. Georgia enjoys volunteering by giving her time and talents wherever they can help or assist others.
Georgia’s favorite quote: “Other people will always have opinions about what you do. But at the end of the day, it’s what you choose for yourself that matters. BE the CEO of your OWN LIFE!”- Working Women
Sr. Director of Marketing, C-Sweet
Jenny Lynn Robinson is a marketing professional, specializing in content designed to help small to mid-sized businesses fully take advantage of the digital sphere. Having worked with non-profits across the country, she saw first-hand how difficult it could be for non-profits and mid-sized businesses to dedicate the time, talent, and resources necessary to properly market their cause. She began freelancing in 2018 in order to give these passionate organizations the benefits of having a marketing team member without the expense of full-time employee. Since then, she has been working with organizations across Southern California to provide content marketing, strategy, advertising, print and website design.
CFO, SBL Venture Capital, LLC
Lois has over 25 years financial and operational experience in entertainment, consumer products and start-ups including Disney, DreamWorks, and Universal Studios. A Senior Financial and Operating Executive with a broad range of experience in public and private companies, Lois has extensive experience in strategic, planning; financing; M&A; increasing efficiencies; negotiations; operational management; and building strong teams. Her specialties include holding P&L responsibility, raising capital, strategic planning, operational leadership, M&A, negotiations budgeting and forecasting and building infrastructure.
President & Founder, Tailored for Growth
Melinda is currently CEO of Tailored for Growth, Inc. a business advisory firm providing financial expertise to emerging businesses. She brings over 25 years of strategic planning, finance, operations, and business development experience in scaling explosive growth in retail, entertainment, client service, and technology sectors. With a keen customer-centric focus, she has served in executive roles in innovative companies – from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 - including as CFO and Head of Operations at Target’s former prestige beauty subsidiary, Dermstore. She also held leadership roles at Deloitte’s spin off RGP (NASDAQ: RGP), The Walt Disney Company (NASDAQ:DIS), Universal Music Group’s Virgin Records, and Beyond Blue Holdings. She began her career at EY, and maintains membership in the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She previously served on the Women’s Council Board of the City of Hope.
Chief Executive Officer, KOVA International, Inc.
Nita Moritz is the Chief Executive Officer of Kova International, Inc. She joined Kova International in 2013 during the carve out of the entity from its parent. She has also held positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Kova International. Prior to joining Kova International Nita Moritz held various positions at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint PCS, James Hardie Industries and Generali Insurance both in the US and internationally.
Ms. Moritz holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Finance, and an MBA in Finance. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Technology Sr. Consultant/Board Advisor, CMTC
Pandora Ovanessian is a technology executive with over 22 years as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) experienced in startups, mid-size to multi-billion dollar global operations. Consulting career at Ernst & Young. She has diversified expertise in strategic planning and tactical execution, product development, ERP selections and implementations. She has extensive experience in selecting relevant innovative technologies, leading the technology lifecycle and cost-effective secure infrastructure.
She has proven abilities in driving agility with innovative technologies for quick returns on investments. She has diversified industry experience in manufacturing for medical device, pharmaceuticals, retail, aerospace and apparel. As CIO, she contributed in delivering on innovation and high growth for companies: Diality Inc., Community Pain Center, Thermo Fisher/One Lambda Inc., Golden State Foods, NASA JPL, Alpha Therapeutics/Baxter and ARAMARK.
Pandora currently serves as an Advisory Board member for Corenova Technologies and Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum.
At California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), Pandora is a Technology Senior Consultant leading the consulting practice and providing interim CIO services. She is dedicated to helping leverage technology investments, increase revenue and productivity for the manufacturing industry.
Pandora earned her MBA, Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management and BA from University of California, Los Angeles. Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, University of Redlands.
Partner, Fenwick & West, LLP
Sarah Fergusson Chambless focuses her practice on technology companies, specifically in the areas of startup company formation, early-stage finance, technology licensing and regulatory considerations, venture capital investment transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sarah advises emerging companies in the digital media, technology, consumer products, social enterprise and nonprofit sectors in issues related to company formation, corporate compliance, and intellectual property licensing and transactions. She represents both emerging companies and venture capital investors in seed and growth-stage venture capital financings (equity and debt), and she has represented buyers, sellers, issuers and investors in investments, business combinations and buyout transactions in the digital media, technology, consumer products and healthcare sectors. Sarah also has experience in the planning, structuring and formation of venture capital funds and joint ventures.
Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor, Capital Group
Susannah is a Financial Advisor responsible for providing investment and wealth planning advice to individuals and families and their trusts, estates, foundations, endowments, and pension plans. In conjunction with Bernstein Private Wealth Management, she provides counsel to clients and their professional advisors on a variety of matters, including tax and estate planning, multi-generational asset allocation, individual and corporate retirement planning, and the sale of closely held businesses.
CEO, Duenas Consulting
Dr. Terrisa Duenas is an advisor, consultant and executive for startups, mid-cap business units and organizations in aerospace, medical devices and global relief. She shows management teams how to leverage their most complex challenges to align stakeholders, accelerate innovation, and increase profitability. By seeing the arcs, analytical trends, and root causes that unify teams with technologies with customers, she transforms visions into actionable roadmaps. Terrisa is currently a “CXO” for an angel investor group’s portfolio of emerging companies. She is CTO for their longest running LA CleanTech startup, Drywired and CEO for two of their spin offs. Previous experience includes Physical Optics Corporation, ITW Opto Diode, and NextGen Aeronautics. Education includes a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA, PMP and Agile Certifications, a pilot’s license and scientific scuba diving certification from UCLA.
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Veronica Lah is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She focuses her practice on corporate and financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, corporate finance and general corporate representation.
Veronica represents clients on buy-side and sell-side acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations, restructurings and buyout transactions, public and private equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings and SPAC transactions, and secured financings. She also provides counsel on formation, joint venture and other corporate matters.
She has represented companies, investors, private equity firms and investment banks in corporate transactions spanning numerous industries, including healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment, technology, retail and consumer products, real estate, energy, cannabis, manufacturing and insurance.
Prior to joining the firm, Veronica was an associate at an international law firm in its New York office, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, and general corporate governance.
Director, Strategy and Business Development, Masimo
Yiwen Li is a healthcare & emerging tech investor and global commercialization strategist. She is currently the Director for Strategy and Business Development at Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), a global medical technology company that develops innovative patient monitoring technologies and medical devices. Previously, she was Director of Global Strategy at NantHealth (NASDAQ: NH), where she led the international expansion of its connectivity platform and precision medicine solutions.
Yiwen is a veteran with 12+ years’ experience in investing, including equity research and wealth management at Capital Group, and direct venture investing at NantWorks. Prior to Capital Group, Yiwen worked at the United Nations headquarter in Vienna with United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Yiwen is a Board of Director at Give2Asia, a Board of Director of Asia Society, an executive committee member of C-Sweet, also a representative for Committee of 100 ‘s Next Generation Leader initiative.
Yiwen received her master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a second master’s degree in Global Studies from University of Vienna. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, and German. She is the author of one of the best sellers in China “ Make the World Your Playground”.
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New York Executive Committee, C-Sweet
Deanna Rockefeller is an Emmy-award winning producer, education activist, and community-builder, no matter where in the world her dreams take her. Sarah Ban Breathnach once said, “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” That quote has both articulated and inspired how she aims to make her impact.
Currently, Deanna is Lockheed Martin’s corporate interface to the global science and technology community, where she collaborates with country, industry and academic leaders to develop programs spanning the globe. Her work centers around a mission to increase opportunities through science and technology. Projects have ranged from a Research and Development Center which creates new technologies in Australia, to a girls’ STEAM camp in Israel to an entrepreneurship program in India, and she recently launched science & technology seed funds in Israel and Germany.
She is a two-time NOVA award winner, Lockheed Martin’s highest recognition for individual and team achievements, a recent graduate of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Impact Center, and a speaker at SXSW and Thrive NYC.
Her success comes from her passion for connecting community through storytelling, relationship and action, which has led to a nomination for a New York Festival TV & Film Award and a PR News Corporate Social Responsibility award for Nonprofit and Corporate partnership.
An active volunteer since age 16, she supports the local community through Restore NYC, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the New York Public Library, the Alzheimer’s Association and is a long-standing mentor for veterans across the US. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, writing and is attempting to find her hidden artistic talents.
Deanna graduated from the Leadership Strategies program at Carnegie Mellon University, has an Executive Coaching degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Baylor University, and a Project Management Certification from Boston University. She lives in NYC with her husband and lively rescue dog.
CEO and Senior Founding Partner, Nemertes Research
Research Leader: Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity and Risk Management
Primary Focus Areas: IoT, Cybersecurity, Enterprise technology, IT organizational and operations, Innovation, testing methodology and design
Other Areas of Expertise: Blockchain, quantum computing, emerging technologies
Johna Till Johnson is CEO and Senior Founding Partner of Nemertes Research, where she sets research direction and works with strategic clients. Under her leadership, Nemertes has emerged as a leading trusted advisor to Fortune-50 and other world-class organizations.
A widely regarded expert, Ms. Johnson currently serves as the content committee chair at the Wall St. Technology Association (WSTA), which provides technology guidance to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial services firms. She regularly speaks at industry trade shows, conferences, and seminars, including Nemertes Navigator360, IDG’s FutureIT, ISC, and (WSTA). She writes regular columns on cybersecurity and IoT for TechTarget.
Prior to founding Nemertes in 2002, Ms. Johnson served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Greenwich Technology Partners, a global consulting and engineering firm. Prior to that, she led the Global Networking Strategies Service business unit of META Group. Prior to that, as Senior Technology Editor she oversaw the lab-testing program at Data Communications magazine, providing testing and assessment of up to 16 emerging technologies per year. She also has designed and developed security, speech-synthesis, and free-space laser products at companies including Mosler Security Systems and Digitus Corp.
Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering/computer science (BSEE/CS) from The Johns Hopkins University, has conducted graduate work in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Rochester, speaks three languages, and has published a science fiction novel. She is an avid urban kayaker and novice woodworker and candymaker.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bridge Point Capital
Co-founder and Managing Partner at Bridge Point Capital, focusing on private investment into late stage Consumer Health and MedTech companies. Leveraging her experience in cross-border investment between US and China, she worked with high net worth individuals, single family offices, and multi-family offices from the US, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, to identify and invest into high growth deals with average exit time of 3-5 years.
Managing Partner at Co.Fund, Inc., a cross-border co-investment platform headquartered in NYC, dedicated to creating an open and transparent cross-border financing & investment community between US and China. Worked with local Chinese government and technology parks to source deals, many of which were U.S & China cross-border. The overall funding capabilities of these technology parks exceeded ~200mm RMB each.
Business Unit Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Investment Management Division, where she was responsible for developing sales strategy and managing sales force for the Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and Banks channels in the mutual fund Third Party Distribution division. She also managed the launch of two Closed-End Funds from 2013-2015, each with over US$500 million AUM.
Was selected from 2,000+ applicants and started career with Goldman Sachs Asia (Hong Kong) in the Securities Trading Middle Office, covering 14 Asia Pacific markets and managing real time trading risk, trader surveillance, new product/new market entry for multiple trading desks. Identified as a high-potential analyst (top 5% performer) and was awarded to enter into the firm’s New Markets Mobility Exchange Programs in New York.
Advised both non-profit and for-profit businesses in Ghana, Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico and Swaziland to help improve operations, secure funding, and expand into new markets. Many of these companies went public through IPOs or RTOs.
Obtained an MBA degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she concentrated in Finance and Strategy.
Managing Partner, KOL Ventures
Maria Malavenda is a transformative leader in Los Angeles who drives innovation by understanding customers deeply and leading through empathy. She is a serial entre/intrapreneur, building successful initiatives at ZoomInfo, Monster, Deloitte, Accenture and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently Managing Partner at KOL Ventures, investing in startups with products or services to expand women's power and influence. This includes health, consumer products, and technology. Prior to KOL, Maria founded EVVEMI, the first ever data-driven care management platform for beauty and wellness which exited to Unilever.
Maria has conducted her career as a strategy and corporate development executive, architecting successful acquisitions, mergers, and exits with the most recent being VP, Strategy & Corporate Development for ZoomInfo. During her tenure, she solidified various strategic partnerships that later led to successful acquisitions (NeverBounce, Komiko, EverString, Datanyze, Clickagy) and positioned ZoomInfo to become one of the most successful IPO’s in 2020 out of COVID, performing at 52% above market expectations with a valuation of $17B.
Maria catalyzed several award-winning high-growth ventures in healthcare, consumer products and technology – including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch and IMG. She has raised over $4B in seed, venture capital, Private Equity, IPO and post IPO financings’ and achieved considerable returns for investors. In addition to Maria’s career success, she continues to provide her thought leadership as an advocate and mentor for women and serves as a board member for Planned Parenthood and Partner’s Healthcare Innovation.
CISO, Interpublic Group
Patricia Hinerman currently holds the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Interpublic Group and has over 13 years of tenure with IPG. Previous to her current assignment, she was Corporate CIO and has performed IT Governance and Program/Project Management functions at IPG.
Her past work experience, includes an assignment at Covance in Princeton, NJ as the IT Lead of an enterprise-wide finance systems re-engineering program and at AT&T where she served as a member of the technical staff in various roles managing requirements, developing software applications, and measuring IT performance. She was part of a team which re-engineered AT&T’s financial systems and processes which replaced approximately 150 disparate systems with a suite of integrated systems.
Ms. Hinerman began her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as part of their research staff and participated on a team which delivered a hospital-wide disease management system (which integrated clinical practice with research and patient education into a single systems platform).
Patricia received her BS in neuroscience from the University of Scranton and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Ms. Hinerman is based in IPG’s Jersey City, New Jersey office and can be reached at 212-704-1298 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEO and Founder, MomLifeTV
Sandy Pelland is the CEO and founder of MomLifeTV – a Webby Award nominated digital media site. With a primary focus on video, MomLifeTV presents informative lifestyle entertainment to support a new generation of women on their amazing journey through motherhood.
Previously, an award-winning Creative Director in advertising and media, Sandy worked on global brands at such agencies as Grey/MediaCom, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Bozell Global Healthcare – overseeing creative and brand expression across all touchpoints and channels.
Sandy is a member of The Producers Guild of America and is an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
Vice President and Account Executive, Management Liability, Woodruff Sawyer
In her role, Teresa provides insurance solutions for high growth private and public company clients. Teresa has extensive knowledge in the management and professional liability insurance arena.
Currently, she handles a multitude of pre-IPO, SPAC, and public clients in various industries. She has authored articles on D&O and cyber liability and is a regular speaker on management liability topics.
Teresa brings significant knowledge of the claims and coverage landscape and has a strong background in advising on claims and legal trends, the litigation environment, and loss mitigation strategies.
In addition to working at several global insurance carriers and a multinational broker, Teresa has also provided management consulting services to a diverse client base.
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Principal at Capgemini
Jen Pfaff is a Principal with Capgemini in the Client Services Division of the Chicago Region. She is a Senior IT leader with expertise managing global teams acquired over twenty years working with some of the world’s largest corporations. Jen refined her management experience in the automotive industry where she was responsible for large-scale delivery teams at Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler. More recently she served as the Director of Payment Strategy and Global Support at Domino’s.
Jen has a BSBA from the University of Arizona and a MBA from Oakland University in addition to several industry certifications. Jennifer served on the Board of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology for 13+ years. Her commercial Industry Strengths are in: Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Automotive, Engineering, Consulting, and Education/Data Science.
Jen lives in Michigan, is married with two sons in their early twenties and enjoys trail running with her two Dobermans.
CEO and Principal Analyst, Metrigy
Robin Gareiss is CEO and Principal Analyst at Metrigy, where she oversees research product development, conducts primary research, and advises leading enterprises, vendors, and carriers.
For 25+ years, Ms. Gareiss has advised hundreds of senior IT executives, ranging in size from Fortune 100 to Fortune 1000, developing technology strategies and analyzing how they can transform their businesses. She has developed industry-leading, interactive cost models for some of the world’s largest enterprises and vendors.
Ms. Gareiss leads Metrigy’s Digital Transformation and Digital Customer Experience research. She also is a widely recognized expert in the communications field, with specialty areas of contact center, AI-enabled customer engagement, customer success analytics, and UCC. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and trade shows, presenting at events such as Enterprise Connect, ICMI, IDG’s FutureIT, Interop, Mobile Business Expo, and CeBit. She also writes a blog for No Jitter.
Additional entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and overseeing marketing and business development for The OnBoard Group, a water-purification and general contracting business in Illinois. She also served as president and treasurer of Living Hope Lutheran Church, led youth mission trips, and ran successful fundraisers for children’s cancer research. She serves on the University of Illinois College of Media Advisory Council, as well.
Before starting Metrigy, Ms. Gareiss was President and Co-Founder of Nemertes Research. Prior to that, she shaped technology and business coverage as Senior News Editor of InformationWeek, a leading business-technology publication. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois.
Director of Information Technology, Leader Dogs for the Blind
As the Director of Information Technology at Leader Dogs for the Blind, Terri Swaffield is accountable for the overall management and administration of Leader Dog’s technology initiatives and activities. She is proud graduate of Oakland University with a degree in computer science and is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional. In her early career Terri worked in various roles in engineering IT management at Chrysler (now Stellantis) and had a short stint in consulting on risk management systems for Marsh McLennan. Under her leadership, and in partnership with her team, she built the IT function at Leader Dog from the ground up. She is passionate about how technology and process improvement can enable nonprofits to meet their goals and objectives. She has 2 career changed dogs, Piper (golden retriever) and Tango (black Labrador retriever). In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing with the dogs, musicals and volunteering for her kids swim team!
President and Chief Transformation Officer, Avalon LLC
Vita Merlotti brings 30+ years experience in the advertising, marketing, media & technology industry to her role with Avalon LLC. For the past thirty years she has been a ‘go-to-executive’ for a number of CEOs, CFOs and COOs to ensure the viability and ongoing health of their organizations. Vita is one of the few executive advisors with a proven track record across the full spectrum of business, operations & technology transformation solutions, with significant experience in growth & distressed situations. Vita is also a Certified Advisory Board Chair, having recently completed her certification with the Advisory Board Centre.
Prior to creating Avalon LLC, Vita was the Director of Business Transformation for The Interpublic Group of Companies, a $7.0+billion marketing, media, entertainment and communication multi-national. Vita has delivered measurable results as an employee, and as a consultant, across a diverse set of responsibilities – Director of Business Transformation, Global CIO, Director of Operations, Chief of Staff, Program and Account Director.
Vita is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University with additional discipline studies at Northwood Institute. She is a member of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, The Power of 100 Women, Midwest Co-Chair for C-Sweet, on the board of Cook For YOUR Life, and a Certified Facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac Tech Venture series. Beyond her individual mentorship and advisory work, the Avalon LLC team is committed to the health, growth and sustainability of the communities that they live and work in. As part of their efforts to support growth, a vibrant future and long-range success, the team proudly supports advisory, coaching and mentor services for a variety of community and entrepreneurial organizations, including the Michigan Women’s Foundation and the University of Michigan Entrepreneurial Panel.
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Senior Level Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Professional
Bonnie is an accomplished senior level ethics, compliance, and privacy professional, as well as an experienced lawyer. In October 2021, Bonnie joined C-Sweet in her personal capacity to foster relationships with other executive level professional women.
Bonnie served in the public sector as the Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), 2020 Peace Prize Laureate, and lived and worked in Rome, Italy. For several years, Bonnie also served as the Corporate Focal Point for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for WFP. During this time, Bonnie was an active member of the Ethics Panel of the United Nations and the Ethics Network of Multi-lateral Organizations, in addition to other relevant networks in the greater UN system.
Immediately prior, Bonnie worked in the private sector as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Sodexo, Inc. (Sodexo), leading the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Privacy. She was Vice Chair of Sodexo’s Legal and Ethical Compliance Steering Committee and Chair of its Legal and Ethical Subcommittee. She also developed the governance structure for privacy and led the Privacy Steering Committee. Prior thereto, Bonnie was in-house counsel for Sodexo, Inc. and Marriott International, Inc. She also worked as an attorney in a law firm in Washington, DC.
Bonnie holds a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University School of International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of the Maryland and New Jersey State Bars, and the American Association of Corporate Counsel/National Capital Region.
Bonnie is also a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), the Ethics Compliance Initiative (ECI), and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified International Privacy Professional (US). Bonnie remains professionally active in ethics, compliance, and privacy.
President, Charles in Charge LLC
Ms. Carroll Thomas is a recognized expert in partnership development and organizational change management with more than 35 years public/private sector experience. A former small business owner, she served in C-Suite level positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce as acting associate director for innovation and industry services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and as director of the $300 million public/private Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership as well as for the Small Business Administration as the Associate Director for the national Small Business Development Center program.
Ms. Thomas is currently the president of Charles in Charge LLC business consultancy. She also serves on the boards of the Information Technology Innovation Foundation- the top innovation think tank world-wide; MxD- the only digital manufacturing institute focused on manufacturing digitization; Scale for Climate Tech- advisory board to support climate technology entrepreneurs in second stage investment product development; Federal Laboratory Consortium- representing over 300 federal laboratories engaging in technology transfer; and the State Department Federal Credit Union a $2.5 billion global credit union with nearly 100,000 members. Ms. Thomas recently joined the International Economic Development Council’s Committee on Racism and Economic Development is a graduate and member of Leadership Greater Washington, C-Sweet, Fashion Group International. Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from John Hopkins Carey School of Business in International Business.