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Steering Committee

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Barbara Miller, Co-Chair
Rosie von Lila, Co-Chair
Kimberly Allan
Kensey Biggs
Janet Handal
Maria Jelescu
Beverly Cooper Neufeld
Christiane Olsen
Kristal Santos
Uma Seshamani
Tammy Scholtes

Barbara Miller is a consumer equity specialist with 25 years of experience in the investment industry, both sell- and buy-side.  Since 2002, she has been a portfolio manager/analyst for Federated Kaufmann Funds, where she manages three equity mutual funds focused on growth stocks.  Prior to joining Federated, she was with Goldman Sachs and Alex, Brown & Sons for a collective ten years, after receiving her MBA at Harvard Business School.  Prior to business school, she worked at several public relations firms and earlier, as a small town broadcast journalist post-college at Brown University.  Ms. Miller lives and works in Manhattan.  Her extracurricular interests include angel investing/small business consulting, art collecting, global travel, cooking/food & wine, and exercise/cycling. 

Interim CEO, Saving Jane: Transforming Human Trafficking Survivors into Leaders

Rosie is a leadership professional, with a decade of diverse experience in entrepreneurship, team leadership, storytelling and public speaking, non-profit and private sector fundraising, and marketing. Prior to her current position, she was Founder and Director, Marketing and Investor Relations of Lumera, an emerging investment firm focused on pension-driven infrastructure investment in the US.

Previously, she coached and consulted leaders based on her proprietary leadership models that drive participation and loyalty from their organizations’ stakeholders. Rosie transforms “executives”, “board members”, “teams”, “stakeholders” and “customers” into community members. Her research and experience support her philosophy that the most impactful businesses and organizations draw contribution from and deliver benefit to community members.

Rosie serves on the Board of Directors for New America Alliance, a national organization which advocates for Latino fund managers to have fair consideration in access to capital. She holds a leadership position in the NEXUScommunity, and is the Anchor Co-Chair for the NYC 2020 Women on Boards Annual Event. While Founder at Lumera, Rosie served on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Council, arguably the most powerful trade policy advocacy group in northern California, focused primarily on infrastructure development.

Over her 20 years' experiential research on building participatory communities around the world, and working internationally for the Burning Man organization, Rosie authored The Von Lila Framework on stakeholder engagement and building business ecosystems. She is also the creator and host of What Comes Now, a podcast about books and “everything that brings people together or pulls them apart.”

Through Rosie’s framework, she has been invited as a guest to The Pentagon and was a guest lecturer at the U.S. National Defense University. She is frequently sought for input on inclusion, diversity and collaboration topics.

Senior Counselor: Abernathy MacGregor, Acadia Co. & Foxcroft Strategy

President & Owner, Handal Associates

Associate Manager of Conferences and Marketing, Crain Communications

Tammy Scholtes is the Event Project Manager of 2020 Women on Boards. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the NYC Planning Committee for 2020WOB’s signature program, the National Conversation on Board Diversity. Ms. Scholtes has a proven track record of creating highly successful live events with influential thoughtleaders, global investment strategists and worldwide industry experts for speaking engagements, conferences, webinars, and educational forums. Her expertise has helped top magazine and newspaper publishers successfully grow subscriber bases and gain international recognition as an industry leader of both digital and printed content.

Ms. Scholtes’ prior experience as a speaker recruiter/facilitator and conference content programmer includes working with ultra high net worth members of the Family Office Exchange, where she was the Director of Program Design. At Pensions & Investments she served as the Director of Conference Programming for the newspaper’s events held nationally and in Japan. Prior to that, she created program development for Publisher SourceMedia where she helped managed multiple annual conferences for On Wall Street, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, and Employee Benefit News. Ms. Scholtes was also a Partner for Energetic Communications in collaboration with the Financial Times’ U.S.-based conferences. At British-based Richmond Events, she brokered meetings with C-level financial executives attending the CIO Forum, an exclusive, invitation-only event held onboard a luxury ocean liner.

Ms. Scholtes received P&I’s “Alpha Award” which recognizes exceptional individual performance and contribution. Earlier in her career as a TV Producer for ABC news affiliates, she won two Emmy Awards for “Outstanding News Broadcast” and a Telly Award for “Best Corporate Video” during her tenure as an Event Planner/Corporate Video Manager for the Rite Aid Corporation.

After graduating from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, Ms. Scholtes helped organize various live television specials, concerts and social events at Manhattan Center Studios, one of the largest private event venues in NYC. Ms. Scholtes has run the NYC marathon twice and has one daughter who is currently attending college.


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Molly Campbell
Tanuja Dehne
Vicki Fuller
Tara Giunta
Mary Hartman Morris
Stephanie Ruhle

Director, Port Commerce of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Board Director, NRG Energy, Inc.

Board Director, Williams Companies

Partner, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLC
Editor, Breaking the Glass Ceiling -- Women in the Boardroom

Investment Officer within Corporate Governance, Investments for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Anchor, MSNBC
News Correspondent, NBC

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