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Laura Lane    United States of America    Corporate

Laura Lane is the President, Global Public Affairs at UPS where she is responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities. Ms. Lane has actively recruited women to UPS, reaching them through the Women’s Leadership Programs. She is a regular speaker at the School of Global Ethics and Leadership and with American University on Leadership. For over 9 years, she has served as a Girl Scout Troop leader, teaching girls how to be leaders with courage, character, and confidence. Her troop collected over 10,000 pencils for girls in the refugee camps in Sudan so they would have the supplies needed to learn. She participates at Camp CEO which is held annually by the Girl Scouts to give girls an opportunity to interact with senior women leaders in their community in a week-long camp setting. She has served on the Girl Scout Gold Award scholarship panel evaluating applications and determining college scholarship recipients. In addition to other charitable activities, she donates to Dress for Success so women who are trying to get back into the workplace have the clothes they need for their job interviews.

 


 

Jasmine Langevine     United States of America Entrepreneurship

Jasmine Langevine’s contribution to women’s economic empowerment includes teaching financial literacy to hundreds of college students and community members, by serving as a career counselor and public speaker on career advancement and by producing the entrepreneurship interview series Footprints to Fruition. Targeting the female entrepreneur demographic, she developed episodes focusing on three young, successful, women business owners to enable viewers to understand their unique experiences in the often times male-dominated entrepreneurial industry and share their stories with the world. Through her efforts women become equipped with the knowledge and tools to further lifetime economic empowerment. Ms. Langevine has taught financial literacy to hundreds of community members and students at over 15 colleges and universities nationally; topics included Saving, Investing, Credit & Debt, Homeownership and more. She also speaks on panels about internship readiness, talent management best practices, and effective networking.

 


Daniel Lebegue France Champion, Women’s Economic Empowerment

Since 2003 Daniel Lebègue has been President of IFA, the French Institute of Directors, and is a Board member, former President and founding member of ecoDa, the European Confederation of Directors' Association. Under Mr. Lebegue's leadership, IFA was the first Corporate Governance organisation in Europe to openly partner with the a business women’s association ( European Professional Women’s Network, France) to create a Mentoring Program for high potential Women to sit on Corporate Boards in France. This program proved to be visionary, since a year after the program was established, the quota law was enacted in France to ensure women participate fully at the board level. Mr. Lebegue has also led IFA in being the first Institute of Directors to formally join the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative and the Global Board Ready Women initiative that provides a searchable database of women qualified to sit on boards. A graduate from the Institut d'Etudes politiques in Lyon and an alumnus of ENA, the École Nationale d'Administration, Mr. Lebegue has served as Director of French Treasury (1984-1987), Chief Executive and Vice President of BNP (1987-1996) and as Director General of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (1998-2002). Since 2003, he has been a non executive director of Alcatel, Crédit Agricole SA, Technip, Scor and he is member of the Supervisory Board of Areva.

 


Louise Leger    Canada Public     Service/Government

Louise Leger is a senior Canadian diplomat with an extensive track record in leading, creating and supporting international initiatives to promote the economic empowerment of women. Louise is presently Canada’s Consul General, resident in Miami. Throughout her career Louise has built a solid reputation for championing women entrepreneurs. Her area of specialty is international trade where her focus is to create business opportunities and partnership possibilities for women owned businesses, particularly in Canada and the United States. Louise has hosted and led numerous missions of prominent businesswomen with a view to growing their success, enhancing their sales levels and supporting their ability to create employment. Louise is a much sought after speaker and regularly addresses and provides encouragement for organizations such as the Organization of Women in International Trade, Women’s President Association, and the International Women’s Forum. As Director General for the Business Women in Trade Initiative, the government of Canada’s signature program to support women in trade, Louise oversaw a successful strategy that supported the creation of WEConnect Canada a non-profit which supports women-owned businesses to connect to the supply chains of large American and global corporations.

 


Ninon Babra Marapachi     United States of America     Corporate

Born into humble beginnings, Ninon Marapachi currently heads the Hedge Fund Origination & Product Management team within the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) Alternative Investment Group. Her team is responsible for sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and managing hedge funds and managed futures managers and products in the BAML’s hedge fund platform. At 32, Ninon has risen to the level of Director from the junior level of Analyst in 2004, in a male and white dominated corporate America. Before joining the Alternative Investments Group, Ninon was a senior member of the Structured Products Origination Group within Global Wealth & Investment Management. She has received various professional awards including Black Enterprise’s Rising Stars 40 & Under, Black Enterprise's "40 Next Emerging Business Leaders”, Ebony’s Young Leaders’ Recognition ("30 Under 30 Leaders”), Women’s Bond Club Rising Star Award and ML’s President’s Award in recognition of exceptional performance in 2004. A Magna Cum Laude graduate in 2002 with a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, Ninon has reached out a hand to encourage those who follow behind her. She is a Big Sister, role model and a mentor to young women in United States and Africa and volunteers in a number of organizations including "Dare to Dream Foundation,” a non-profit organization that equips girls and women with leadership and entrepreneurship skills.  

 


Karen Mattison     United Kingdom      Community

Karen Mattison is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur who has been creating opportunities for the thousands of women with children who want to work, but can only do so on a part time basis. Half a million women in the UK want to work, but sacrifice the opportunity for their families. Ms. Mattison began researching the issue and developed a potential solution with a former colleague, Emma Stewart. Both had backgrounds in the public and voluntary sectors and understood the huge potential impact that a robust part time job market could have on issues such as maternal unemployment and child poverty. In 2005, Ms. Mattison and Ms. Stewart launched Women Like Us, a career service specifically for mothers who need to accommodate work and family. Thousands of women registered and employers began to advertise the good quality part time jobs they had directly to the network. The service grew and reached a point where it needed to run its career support and recruitment arms as separate businesses. Ms. Mattison then launched Timewise Jobs and Timewise Recruitment, websites dedicated to posting and recruiting for jobs with a full range of flexibility. More than 35,000 talented candidates are now registered across the three services.

 


Tonya McNeal-Weary    United States of America     Community

Tonya McNeal-Weary is the Founder and Managing Director of IBS Global Consulting, an international marketing and business development firm headquartered in Troy, Michigan that assists clients to successfully launch their companies throughout North America, Europe and West Africa. Ms. McNeal-Weary is the Founder of Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE), an award-winning not-for-profit organization established to increase and improve economic opportunities for women and girls in Southeast Michigan through advocacy, entrepreneurial training, and leadership development. In 2004, she founded the Young Entrepreneurs Series (YES) program to provide entrepreneurship and leadership development training to high school girls across Southeast Michigan. Since its inception MAFE has assisted over 1,000 women in starting a business. Over 500 teen girls have participated in the YES program creating over 30 youth-owned businesses. She serves as a media and publicity advocate for a non-profit organization in Ghana that provides programs and resources to foster leadership among women in Africa. She serves as a TIAW Board Member as Daughters Program Director, an e-mentoring program for young women and girls. She holds an Executive Diploma in Management Consulting, an MBA in International Business, and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing.

 


Diana Medman     Russia      Non-Profit/NGO

Diana Medman is a highly successful businesswoman who has always been a strong advocate for women's rights and economic empowerment in Russia. She has launched and supported numerous women’s initiatives over a period of many years. In 1989 she founded and was president until 1996 of the Women's Club "Transfiguration”. Since 1993, she has been an active member and, since 2013, the President of the "Consortium of Women's Non-governmental Organizations" bringing together more than 150 women’s organizations from all over Russia. The main goal of the Consortium is to promote and advocate interests of women, cooperate with authorities in order to improve legislation in the interests of women with the purpose of providing equal opportunities, preventing domestic violence and supporting women’s entrepreneurial initiatives. Ms. Medman is also a Founding President of The Committee of 20, an organization of women business leaders. She was an Advisor for the UN International Year of Microcredit 2005. She is the leading inspirer and founder of the Women's Microcredit Network, which began in 1998 to provide financial support to Russian businesswomen. It was supported by one of the largest international networks of microfinance institutions - the World Bank's Women's (Women's World Banking). Today RWMN operates in 5 regions in Russia and each division is an independent local organization that provides micro loans for clients, with no less than 51% of clients being women. As a result, microfinance of SMEs has become a part of the financial system of the country. Diana’s activity in support and advancement of women was recognized on the national level with the National Award and International recognition Award of Women Leader’s Network.

 


Sharon Miller    United States of America Entrepreneurship

Previously a business owner herself, Sharon Miller came to Renaissance with personal experience and a vision that has strengthened and expanded the organization’s reach and services for aspiring entrepreneurs. During her 13-year tenure, Renaissance became a U.S. Women’s Business Center to address the specific needs of women entrepreneurs, grew from one center to four centers, launched online and offsite programs, and now serves over 1600 socially and economically diverse motivated Bay Area residents who start and grow over 500 businesses each year. Renaissance’s track record of achievements and high social impact is the reflection of Ms. Miller’s effective leadership, courage and genuine commitment to help aspiring women achieve financial independence and realize their dreams. Prior to Renaissance, Sharon served as Executive Vice President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a non-sectarian international development organization, where she partnered with grassroots organizations to develop and support micro-credit, education, agriculture, human rights and civil society programs in the developing world. Sharon was the co-founder and co-owner of Travel Systems, an international travel wholesaler specializing in customized group travel. She also worked in public radio and in public relations, fundraising and special events for several social service organizations.

 


Ronit Molko     United States of America      Education

Dr. Ronit Molko is the Co-Founder and CEO of Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST). She started AST in Los Angeles in 2001 to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families with autism and a more thoughtful, rewarding and effective work environment for those in her field. In the first year, Dr. Molko employed 4 women and served 20 families while managing the business from her home. As the incidence of autism increased, AST grew quickly but mindfully, with expansion to Washington and Louisiana by 2011. She hired the most qualified candidates and provided them with excellent clinical training, management skills and growth opportunities, including professional development incentives. The field of behavioral services attracts a largely female population and Ronit has 600 young women in her ranks with nearly all upper management having been promoted from within the company. In an age where policies protect a women’s ability to return to work after childbirth, but practices are not always as supportive, Ms. Molko's company has a great system that supports both the mother and her temporary replacement. A director role may be filled by a supervisor which creates an opportunity to build skills while highlighting her capabilities to management. Ronit has also invested time and resources to improve the culture and work experience for her staff including retreats and forums to collaborate in the evolution of the company.

 


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