On our 30th Anniversary we are recognizing 30 stellar women from diverse corners of our broad network who through their efforts have advanced women’s issues, promoted women’s leadership and changed the way the world views women and girls. All have been nominated by their peers for their outstanding work.
CEO & Founder, Womensphere
Analisa Balares is CEO-Founder of Womensphere, a global leadership community dedicated to “Unleashing Potential. Creating Opportunity. Inspiring Impact. Transforming the World.” Since 2008, Womensphere has reached over 10, 000 leaders, produced 20 conferences/forums, and convened 3, 000 women on leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Analisa worked at Microsoft on their social networking service, and in Goldman Sachs Investment Banking, where she helped execute $1.5 billion in IPOs/financings for technology companies. She is a Harvard Business School and Mount Holyoke College alumna. Analisa is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and is listed among the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America.
Former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
As Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, Kathy Cloninger led a sweeping transformation that prepared the organization to meet the needs of the 21st century. At the same time, she helped bring Girl Scouting to a renewed focus on its historic root mission: developing the leadership capacity of girls. Under her direction, the Girl Scouts developed a groundbreaking national program to help build girl leaders, and intensified its program of original research on girls and girls’ issues. The transformation of Girl Scouting Cloninger spearheaded greatly strengthened this iconic American institution and positioned it for the 2012 Year of the Girl initiatives currently under way.
Dina Dublon is a long-standing advocate for women’s advancement in finance, business, and across sectors. Frequently recognized among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women, she has received numerous honors including NCRW’s Making a Difference for Women Award. Dina recently joined the faculty of Harvard Business School after an impressive career at JPMorgan Chase where she was EVP and Chief Financial Officer. She is a director of Microsoft, PepsiCo, and Accenture; a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, and a board member of the Global Fund for Women. Born in Brazil, she was co-chair of the Women’s Refugee Commission until June 2010.
President, The White House Project
Taking the helm as President of The White House Project last year, Tiffany is a dynamic, fearless leader, with a passion for pragmatic solutions, and an unwavering commitment to social justice. And as a mother who brings her full self to work every day, she is an inspiring role model. Tiffany embodies the power of the next generation of women leaders by enthusiastically leading her team, and engaging countless others in this work by meeting people where they are and leveraging technology to connect with the most diverse audience possible.
Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig
Janice Ellig demonstrates a deep commitment to diversity by advocating the recruitment of women and minority candidates into leadership positions. A co-founder of the first Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference, she has published numerous articles on the subject of women’s leadership and is co-author of two business books. Janice is a regular speaker on college campuses, and in honor of her sister, launched an annual scholarship for women at the University of Iowa. She was the first women to Chair the YMCA of Greater New York Board of Directors and is immediate past President of the New York Women’s Forum. Janice applauds companies that recognize that women are a strategic business imperative and represent 50% of the population – their employees, shareholders, and customers.
Global Head of Leadership, Learning and Diversity, Bloomberg
Anne Erni is an innovative leader in developing people to reach their potential. She heads Leadership, Learning and Diversity at Bloomberg, managing global initiatives in leadership and diversity. Prior, she was Chief Diversity Officer at Lehman Brothers pioneering global efforts in the retention and advancement of women and under-represented groups in financial services and she created the award-winning Encore program, to re-train individuals resuming their careers. Anne brings 15 years of banking and capital markets experience with private and public sector clients. She received her BA and MA from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Bologna, Italy.
Helen M. GaltSenior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Company Actuary, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Responsible for Prudential’s risk management infrastructure and actuarial processes, Helen Galt has distinguished herself as a pioneer dedicated to encouraging women and minorities into actuarial careers and to developing a future generation of professionals that is prepared to face the technical and ethical challenges of tomorrow. As a committed champion of women’s initiatives at Prudential, such as its flagship Women in Finance organization, Helen has led a sustained focus on developing women at Prudential as leaders, and using the power of an inclusive, supportive network to help women to realize their professional and personal potential.
VP, Assistant Treasurer – Risk Management, PepsiCo
Renee Garbus, initiated and led PepsiCo’s Westchester involvement in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She engaged over 400 employees, and helped raise over $135, 000 cumulatively, putting PepsiCo in the Top10 for both corporate participation and fundraising. Two years ago, Renee saw an opportunity for PepsiCo's Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) in Westchester to engage employees in raising awareness for breast cancer through participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. With a team of volunteers, she set out to drive participation in the September 2009 race. The first year, the team raised $27, 000 from 136 PepsiCo race participants, families and friends. In year 2, Renee tripled participation to 400 and raised $40, 000 before matching. Renee’s leadership, perseverance, and personal investment has made this event a big success.
Rose E. Gorman
Supervisor, Community Engagement Department, StoryCorps
Rose Gorman witnesses the impact of storytelling in its multiple forms. She leads workshops for LGBT homeless youth through the NY Writers Coalition and is a Community Engagement Supervisor at StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. As a member of StoryCorps’ Participant Diversity Project Team, Rose works to envision and implement organizational strategies that ensure the archive of voices housed at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center accurately reflect the nation’s diversity, and here, the female voice’s range is paramount. For Rose, the act of storytelling – telling one’s story, in one’s own words and on one’s own terms – is key to female empowerment.