Panelists | 2019

Teresa White

Teresa White is president of Aflac U.S. and a visionary leader who optimizes operations, drives revenues, decreases expenses, and builds high-performing, diverse teams. She is responsible for the vision for Aflac U.S. and driving execution of the long-term strategy. Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University […]

Therese Bassett

Therese Bassett is chief strategy and innovation officer for Avnet. She conducts a broad range of market and competitive intelligence to guide Avnet’s strategy. She also works across global business units to identify growth opportunities to enhance the company’s overall business portfolio, financial strength and market value. She champions the […]

Sue Harnett

Proven company founder, entrepreneur and healthcare leader. Founded a novel e-commerce and technology business in the collegiate and professional sports industry and a nonprofit organization to prepare college women in tech for industry placement. Created strategic vision and operational infrastructure for multi-specialty physician organization. Passionate about women’s entrepreneurship, mentoring and […]

Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Think Dutchess. She oversees programs in Business Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion and Economic Development marketing. She has led the organization on impactful work, including recognition from the International Economic Development Council for their entrepreneurship program. She currently serves on the New […]

Nina Lorez Collins

Nina Lorez Collins is the founder of an online forum for women over 40 called What Would Virginia Woolf Do? She’s written a book by the same title and is interested in issues around female empowerment, sexuality, aging, health and general well-being. She’s a graduate of Barnard College, has a […]

Nancy L. Zimpher

In June 2009 Nancy L. Zimpher became the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York. As co-founder of StriveTogether, she has been instrumental in creating a national network of partnerships that holistically address challenges across the education pipeline. Chancellor Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, […]


President & CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Mary Kay works to strengthen the tourism industry in the Hudson Valley by providing marketing, business, education and other support to more than 600 tourism-related entities in Dutchess County. And, with her 32 years of tourism experience, aggressively markets the county as a premiere […]

Major Lauren M. Hamlin

Major Lauren M. Hamlin was born in California and has served 12 years in the Army as a Medial Service Corps Officer.  She is one of the first 100 females to graduate from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a […]

Deborah Rosado Shaw

Founder, Rosado Shaw Group, LLC. An expert in transformational leadership, Deborah is a trusted advisor, strategist, and coach to some of the world’s best organizations seeking to win against the ever-growing complexity of culture, talent engagement, diversity, and leadership.  An international keynote speaker and author, Deborah served as PepsiCo’s SVP, […]

Cindy Chin

Cindy Chin is an entrepreneur, venture strategist, and cultural ambassador of the arts and sciences. As CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, she is an advisor and board member to founding startup teams, a subject matter expert in frontier technologies, opportunity scout for VC and LP partners, a global strategic thought leader, […]