4th Annual Initiative for Women Symposium Speakers

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Leah Daughtry D'84
CEO, 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee

Leah Daughtry D'84

The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. She is Principal of On These Things, LLC., which assists a broad array of businesses and organizations with strategic and event planning, project management, and community engagement activities. Daughtry previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, reprising the role she played for the 2008 Convention, and making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice. For her work as creator of Faith In Action, the Democratic Party’s outreach to communities of Faith, Religion News Service named her one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics. An ordained minister, Daughtry represents the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. She is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC, and currently serves as Jurisdictional Elder of the denomination’s Southeast Region.


John Osborn D’88,
CEO, BBDO New York

John Osborn D’88

John Osborn is Chief Executive Officer of BBDO New York. John joined BBDO New York in 1991, where he has been actively involved with many of the agency’s clients including Pepsi, FedEx, GE, J&J, Pfizer, CVS, Mattel, Mars, Campbell’s, Visa and the American Red Cross, to name a few. He was named President and CEO of the New York agency in February 2004. Outside of business, John is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League of New York, and he serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross for Greater New York and as Chairman of the Global Dignity organization. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the “unifying voice for advertising.” More recently, John was elected to the Board of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. In recognition of his accomplishments, John was a recipient of a 2012 AdColor Award celebrating diversity champions in advertising, media, marketing and public relations. In 2003, he was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, which honors people 40 years of age or under for their contributions to business. In 2006, John was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. John earned his BA at Dartmouth, for which he continues to serve as a member of its Alumni Association and Friends of Dartmouth Hockey Program. He is married to Lesley and is the proud father of a 12-year-old daughter (Caroline) and an 11-year-old son (John Jr.).

Katrina Veerman T’01,
Founder & CEO PK Coffee

Katrina Veerman T’01

Prior to PK Coffee, Katrina consulted with small business and was most recently acting COO of Incente, a digital health company based in Hanover, NH.  Before her move back to the east coast to be near family, Katrina spent much of her career in the alternative energy industry where she held various roles including: Director of East Coast Sales for Solyndra, a US based solar panel manufacturer; Director of Strategic Sales for ClearEdge Power a micro-CHP Fuel cell manufacturer and VP of Business Development for Sunlight Electric, a solar project developer. Katrina is a founding member of The Vermont Town Hall. She has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business and a BA in English and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania where she was also captain of the crew team.  She loves road biking, skiing, fantastic food, great debates, is in the process of re-learning golf and is a passionate mentor and coach-in-training for Executive Success Programs, a human potential company. 


Lisa Lemire T'94
Managing Member, Kamini Bay Asset Management

Lisa Lemire T'94

Ms. Lemire is a collaborative problem solver who enjoys the process of working through challenging strategic puzzles that have high stakes for organizations.  She has been called on by CEOs and Boards to work with Executive teams to jointly ask the uncomfortable, often unpopular questions that good strategy requires.  Ms. Lemire understands and is confident in the role of Change Agent in organizations looking to undergo strategy shifts. Ms. Lemire’s skillset has been honed over 17 years in the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry where she held senior roles across strategy, innovation and operations at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ocean Spray Cranberries, PepsiCo and ARAMARK. Most recently, Ms. Lemire has leveraged her strategy skill set to start and run an investment fund that purchases distressed residential mortgages. Kamini Bay Asset Management provides homeowners with viable debt relief options that they have been unable to access through banks or governmental programs. The core of the Kamini Bay’s business model is working one-on-one with homeowners to tailor win-win solutions for both parties. As a result, a high percentage of homeowners are able to become current on their payments again which can allow them to refinance at lower rates while dramatically increasing the value of the company’s portfolio.


Sali Christeson,
Co-Founder & CEO, Argent

Sali Christeson

Sali Christeson was born and raised on a farm in South Carolina, attending school in Savannah, Georgia. She studied Business at Furman University and went on to work in Private Banking in Chicago. She reluctantly left Chicago for grad school and after earning her MBA, Sali moved to California and joined Cisco as a participant in their Supply Chain Leadership Rotational Program. She settled into a role heading the Customer Advocacy team for their new cloud initiative—including defining, hiring, and managing the team. In 2015, she left Cisco to start working full-time on an idea she'd had for a long time - building an apparel brand to shake up the long-neglected women's workwear category. She teamed up with a designer, Eleanor Turner, and they launched Argent in June of 2016. Sali serves as CEO and fosters a continued appreciation for the madness involved in launching a startup.


Patricia Bellinger,
Adjunct Lecturer and Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Patricia Bellinger

Patricia Bellinger is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. Patricia teaches Inclusive Leadership and Diversity within the Degree Programs, the Mid-Career MPA Orientation, HKS Executive Education, and the Center’s Leadership Development programming. Previously, Patricia served as Executive Director at the Center for Public Leadership and as Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Prior to returning to Harvard, Patricia led global diversity and inclusion transformation at energy conglomerate British Petroleum, where she served as BP’s first Group Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion. Under her leadership, BP won the coveted Catalyst award for the advancement of women and progress in global diversity. She subsequently served as BP’s Group Vice President of Executive Development and led the BP Leadership Academy as its first director. Patricia is a non-executive director of Paris-based Sodexo SA (CAC 40-DJSI) and Pattern Energy (NASDAQ-GS), a renewable energy company based in San Francisco. She serves on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of Barilla S.p.A, the Advisory Council of Catalyst and the Board of Trustees of uAspire. A graduate of Harvard College, Patricia and her husband Richard Balzer have four children.


Carley Graham Garcia,
Head of External Affairs - NYC, Google

Carley Graham Garcia

Carley Graham Garcia serves as Head of External Affairs for Google New York City. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Carley was the Director of Advertising Sales at National Journal Group in Washington, DC, where her focus areas were issue advocacy and brand advertising. She has also held positions in the Integrated Advertising Sales Group at The Atlantic and within the marketing department of The Advisory Board Company. Carley holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently on leave from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she is pursuing a Mid-Career Master's in Public Administration. Carley lives with her husband, son and daughter in Montclair, New Jersey.


Christine Spadafor
Founder & CEO, SpadaforClay Group

Christine Spadafor

Christine J. Spadafor is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in enterprise-wide strategy development, operational assessments/improvements, board advisory services and corporate restructurings.  Ms. Spadafor serves on the Board of Directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation (a publicly traded NYSE company), where she is the Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Spadafor was a partner in three premier global management consulting firms (CSC Index, The Boston Consulting Group, AlixPartners). For nearly 10 years, Ms. Spadafor dedicated her extensive experience in financial, operational and organizational management to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children - a nonprofit that serves abused, abandoned and homeless children. Ms. Spadafor graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health, and was selected by the Business Section of the American Bar Association as one of the top 20 female attorneys with business expertise. She is a lecturer in the Visiting Executive Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings addressing “Women in Leadership” topics, including an international conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School. Ms. Spadafor also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters degree - awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and lifelong contributions to society.


Helen Kurtz T’97,
Former VP – Yoplait, General Mills

Helen Kurtz T’97

Helen is a former Vice President at General Mills, where she served as Business Unit Director of Yoplait. In her role, Helen ran the Yoplait yogurt business – managing the PNL, articulating brand strategy, developing consumer communications, championing innovation, and staying close to yogurt consumers. Prior to that role, Helen worked for the CMO on ensuring marketing excellence for GMI, as well as on a variety of brands: Betty Crocker, Hamburger Helper, Fruit Snacks, Chex Mix, Pop Secret, Gold Medal, Bisquick, and Big G. Today, Helen is networking up a storm and interviewing to find her next adventure, having left General Mills in January. Helen hails from Lexington, Massachusetts, got her B.A. from Pomona College and is a Tuck ’97 graduate. She worked at the San Francisco based money-management firm, Ashfield Capital Partners, LLC after college. In her free time, Helen enjoys frolicking with her 9 year old son Henry and 6 year old daughter Stella. She is an active reader and fitness enthusiast, aiming to keep up with her cyclist husband Mike. Helen lives with her family in Minneapolis on one of the 10,000 lakes. She is on the MBA Advisory Board at the Tuck School.


Sue Allon T’89,
Founder & Former CEO, Allonhill 

Sue Allon T’89

Sue Allon founded Clayton Fixed Income Services Inc. in 1997 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2005. Ms. Allon served as Vice President at Asset Investors Corporation and headed its risk management function for three years. She served as a manager at Coopers and Lybrand and at Price Waterhouse, and an auditor at Arthur Young & Co. Ms. Allon serves on the Board of Directors for Clayton Holdings Inc. and the Denver Public Schools Foundation. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Campus for Jewish Education and is past chairman of the advisory board for the School of Accountancy at the University of Denver Daniels School of Business. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Colorado College and Tuck School of Business Board of Overseers. Ms. Allon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Colorado College, a Masters degree in accountancy from the University of Denver, and a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Ms. Allon is a Certified Public Accountant.


Pamela Kimmet,
Chief Human Resources Officer, Cardinal Health

Pamela Kimmet

Pamela Kimmet is Chief Human Resources Officer of Cardinal Health, with oversight for the company’s HR, Security, Real Estate, Facilities and Aviation organizations. Kimmet has over three decades of experience and leadership, previously heading the HR teams at Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc., Bear Stearns & Co., and Lucent Technologies. Earlier in her career, she held strategic HR roles at Citigroup and General Motors. Active in her field, Kimmet holds leadership roles in many HR organizations, including the HR Policy Association (HRPA) and its Center for Executive Compensation, Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies, as well as the University of South Carolina’s Center for Executive Succession. Kimmet was named a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources in 2009. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Manulife. In addition, she is involved in other philanthropic activities, supporting education and healthcare. Kimmet holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial & labor relations from Cornell University and a master's in business administration from Michigan State University.


Tuck Talks

Alen Amini T’18
Tuck Manbassador Program Chair

Alen Amini T'18



Courtney Miller T'17
Former Captain in the US Army

Courtney Miller T'17



Merritt Patridge T’13
Executive Director, Center for Business, Government & Society, Tuck

Merritt Patridge T’13



Vedrana Bencic Greatorex T'18
Former Nuclear Operator, Entergy

Vedrana Bencic Greatorex T'18




Curt Welling D’71 T’77
Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Center for Business, Government & Society, Tuck

Curt Welling D’71 T’77

Curt Welling is a Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Center for Business, Government and Society at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. His teaching activities include a seminar on issues of business and government and a course of his own design entitled, “Business and Society: The Role of Business, Government and Markets in Creating Social Impact.” Prior to his appointment at Tuck, Mr. Welling served for 11 years as the president and chief executive officer of the global public health NGO AmeriCares (www.americares.org), guiding the organization in delivering $9 billion in medicines and supplies in 90 countries around the world. Mr. Welling joined AmeriCares after an extensive career and leadership positions in the investment banking and securities industry with firms such as Societe Generale, Bear Stearns, and Credit Suisse First Boston. He currently serves on the Board of Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE: CCE), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Mr. Welling has a BA from Dartmouth, a JD from the Vanderbilt Law School, and an MBA from the Tuck School. He is admitted to the Bar in New York.


Daniella Reichstetter T'07
Executive Director, Center for Private Equity & Entrepreneurship, Tuck

Daniella Reichstetter T'07

Daniella Reichstetter is the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Tuck School of Business. She joins Tuck with 15 years of experience running various divisions of early stage consumer companies. She was the founder and CEO of Gyrobike (a Thayer technology), an early hire at Method, Jetboil and Belcampo, and an early stage business consultant. Prior to entrepreneurship, she was an investment banker. She is on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market and Blackbird Guitar. Daniella graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in Spanish and Business. She received her MBA from Tuck, where she was the recipient of the Arnold F. Adams, Jr. award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.


Sydney Finkelstein
Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership, Tuck

Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Finkelstein has published more than 80 articles, as well as 21 books, including the #1 bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and on the global Thinkers 50 list of top management thought leaders. His latest bestselling book is Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, which LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman calls the “leadership guide for the Networked Age,” while Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, says “Superbosses gives leaders a playbook to bring out the best in their people.” He is also the co-founder of Superbosses, Inc., a startup that trains managers to become more effective and innovative leaders via a best-in-class digital learning platform.