5th Annual Initiative for Women Symposium Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Major General Lori Reynolds
Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command

Major General Lori Reynolds

Major General Reynolds was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1986 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Throughout her career she has served in a variety of command and staff billets in the operating forces. As a Lieutenant, she served as a Communications Watch Officer at the Base Communication Center, and later returned to the Division Communications Company where she served as a Communication Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, and Radio Officer. As a Captain and Major, she served with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Okinawa, Japan as a Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. She served with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group as the Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company. As a Lieutenant Colonel, she commanded Ninth Communication Battalion, I MEF and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallujah, Iraq. As a Colonel, she commanded I MEF Headquarters Group and deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province during Operation Enduring Freedom. She recently served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, SC.

In the Supporting Establishment, she has served as an Acquisition Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School, Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps and as Division Chief (J6) at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Her most recent assignment was as the Principal Director (Asia & Pacific), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Asia & Pacific).

Her professional military education includes the United States Naval Academy, The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Navy War College and the Army War College. She has earned Masters Degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.

Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).


Joanne Lipman
Author, That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together; former chief content officer and editor-in-chief of USA Today

Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. A veteran journalist, she most recently was Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor in Chief USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship title and 109 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. Ms. Lipman began her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to Deputy Managing Editor, creating Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, and supervising coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. New York Times media columnist David Carr described her as the Journal's "innovator-in-chief." She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, which won National Magazine and Loeb Awards. She is a frequent television commentator, seen on CNN, NBC, CNBC, and CBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review. She is also co-author of the critically acclaimed musical memoir Strings Attached.



Matt Krentz
Senior Partner and Managing Director and Global People Chair, Chicago

Matt Krentz

Matt is BCG's Global People Chair and oversees BCG's overall people and HR agenda.  He is a member of BCG's Executive Committee.

In his role as the Global People Chair, Matt leads BCG People Operating Model and strategy including: Recruitment & Onboarding, Engagement, Retention & the Case Team Experience, Learning and Career Development, Inclusion & Diversity, etc.

Prior to becoming the Global People Chair Matt was an Office and System Leader and has held many other leadership roles at BCG

Matt has authored several pieces looking at Gender, Diversity and has lead a TED workshop on gender and engagement.

  • The Rewards of an Engaged Female Workforce
  • Dispelling the Myths of the Gender "Ambition Gap"
  • Women on the Move
  • Getting the Most from your Diversity Dollars
  • Five ways Men can Improve Gender Diversity at Work & How Millennial Men Can Help Break the Glass Ceiling
  • Writes in several other publications on diversity

​Matt sits on the board of advisors of Catalyst—a leader in inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Matt is also a Senior Partner and member of the People & Organization practice areas.  He has a broad base of experience in working with CEOs and Senior Management teams on critical issues, including:

  • Organization design & engagement and change management
  • Corporate strategy, M&A and post merger integration

He earned his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, and earned his BA in economics, cum laude, with distinction in his major, from Yale University.

Frances Brooks Taplett
Global People Director, Boston

Frances Taplett

Frances leads our Global People Team, serving the Global People Chair across BCG's four regions. As part of this remit, she has overall accountability for Women@BCG.

Selected relevant experience in this role includes: creating the core strategy and overseeing execution for Women@BCG and People Teaming Open & Communications (PTO); developing priorities for our future HR strategy including diversity, the People Operating Model, strategic placements and other core topics; and implementing globally consistent programs and tracking results to ensure accountability.

Frances has co-authored several pieces looking at Gender, Diversity and has lead a TED workshop on gender and engagement.

  • Dispelling the Myths of the Gender "Ambition Gap"
  • Getting the Most from your Diversity Dollars
  • Five ways Men can Improve Gender Diversity at Work
  • How Millennial Men Can Help Break the Glass Ceiling

Prior to this role, Frances was a Principal in the Chicago office and serves our clients on a wide range of topics and cases including:

  • Empowering women in the workplace
  • improving support and retention of an evolving talent pool
  • Organizational design & change management
  • Outcomes based health care, medicare advantage and commercial payers, and bio-pharma

She received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she was a Tuck Scholar with Distinction.  Frances graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.