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2024 Philadelphia Women in Leadership Symposium

2024 Philadelphia

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

"Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics, and Excellence"

2023 RECAP

March 12, 2024
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)

1001 N Delaware Avenue
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Theme
Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics, and Excellence
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The Women in Leadership Symposium is a dedicated event that brings together accomplished women leaders, aspiring leaders, and advocates for gender diversity in various industries. The primary objectives of the symposium are to inspire, educate, and empower women to thrive in leadership roles and to promote gender equity and inclusivity in the workplace. This year's symposium theme is, Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics & Excellence," which celebrates and explores the importance of compassion, ethics, and excellence in leadership, particularly as they relate to women leaders. Attendees will gain valuable insights, advice, and connections, making the Women in Leadership Symposium an essential platform for advancing women's representation and influence in leadership positions.


Panelists

Melissa King
Melissa
King
Chief Transformation Officer
Ellucian
Melissa King
Melissa King
Chief Transformation Officer
Ellucian

As Chief Transformation Officer, Melissa King is responsible for guiding Ellucian’s strategic plans to scale the company’s business, accelerate growth and solidify the foundation for ongoing innovation. In this newly created role, Melissa will broaden the value Ellucian brings its customers by providing a faster and simpler path to the cloud and SaaS, expanding the global marketplace, and broadening the company’s capabilities through strategic partnerships and M&A activities. Over her more than 20 years of service at the company, she has provided leadership to teams focused on new product development and the introduction of emerging technologies and methodologies. Her specialties include building a global workforce, business transformation, go-to-market strategy, acquisition integration, revenue acceleration, opportunity analysis, and change management. Before stepping into this role, Melissa was senior vice president of Revenue Strategy and Operations, where she led Ellucian’s field teams with a focus on the processes and methodologies that enable industry-leading, global product strategy and delivery. Previously, Melissa served as vice president of R&D within Ellucian, where she led global product development teams through the delivery of centralized common functions and services, including engineering centers of excellence, test engineering, and user experience design. Melissa is also engaged in community and industry programs that promote women in technology and STEM education. Melissa studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and holds a B.B.A. with concentrations in applied information systems and business.

Haley Samsi
Haley
Samsi
SVP of Talent & Organizational Development
Saxbys
Haley Samsi
Haley Samsi
SVP of Talent & Organizational Development
Saxbys

Haley Samsi is the Senior Vice President for Talent & Organizational Development at Saxbys, a Philly-based hospitality and education company with a mission to Make Life Better. In her six and a half years at Saxbys she's overseen a wide variety of departments including real estate, partnership development, cafe operations, and training and she now focuses on the talent side of the business - overseeing recruiting, people operations and company administration. Haley is passionate about developing young leaders and empowering young women to excel in their careers and has guest lectured on the topic at Temple University, Rider University and Holy Family University. A Philly native, and avid Philly sports fan, Haley graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, resided in Center City Philadelphia for over 10 years and now lives in Wyndmoor, PA with her husband, Jim, daughter, Melissa, and two dogs - Winnie and Giselle.

Natily Santos
Natily
Santos
Vice President Responsible Sourcing at Aramark
Aramark
Natily Santos
Natily Santos
Vice President Responsible Sourcing at Aramark
Aramark

Natily Santos is a management leader with 20 years of experience and a proven record of creating value in sales, operations, and supply chain functions. As the Vice President of Responsible Sourcing, Natily oversees local procurement, supplier diversity and sustainable sourcing initiatives. She leads teams and develops procurement programs that connect clients, consumers and communities to strategies that drive business growth and local economic impact. Natily has been recognized by numerous organizations including Philadelphia Business Journal 40 under 40, Pennsylvania’s 100 Most Influential Latinos, and Aramark Volunteer of the Year for her community service, motivation to pay it forward and make a positive impact as a mentor and scholarship fundraiser. Natily shares her time and expertise on numerous boards and program committees including PHLDiversity a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Enterprise Council, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council and Prospanica – The Association of Hispanic Professionals. As part of these organizations, she expands her support towards mentoring young professionals, advancing community empowerment and economic development. Natily graduated from Temple University Fox School of Business where she received a Master’s in Business Administration. She also earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in International Business with a focus on Hotel &Tourism Management from Johnson & Wales University. Natily is originally from New York City and now resides in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Terricita Sass
Terricita
Sass
Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff
Stockton University
Terricita Sass
Terricita Sass
Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff
Stockton University

Dr. Terricita Sass is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Stockton University beginning her tenure in July 2023. She brings more than 30 years of higher education experience. Among her duties, she works closely with the President as an advisor, thought partner and serves as a representative in charge in his absence. Though her primary role within the university is focused on its operations with other members of the senior leadership team, she is also community-minded and seeks to enhance external relationships and partnerships that strengthen students and communities. She is the recipient of numerous higher education awards and recognitions, conference presenter, mentor, and prolific student advocate. She has provided professional and community service to external and community boards and organizations including serving as the 2022 state conference co-chair for the Virginia Network for Women which is a nationally affiliated network of the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Sass is an Aspen Presidential Fellow, an AASCU Millennial Leadership Institute Protégé, and has completed other leadership programs such as the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE). She holds an earned Ph.D. in Education from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Francis Marion University. Dr. Sass is married to a retired Navy Commander and has two adult children. She enjoys audiobooks on a variety of subjects, organic gardening and traveling.

Erika White
Erika
White
Manager Diversity Inclusion & Belonging
Amtrak
Erika White
Erika White
Manager Diversity Inclusion & Belonging
Amtrak

Erika L. White, CDE is the owner of Griffin White Consulting, LLC specializing in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) education, and strategic plan development. She is a contributing author and regularly serves as a keynote speaker and panelist. She is currently one of the leaders of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Amtrak. Amtrak is the nation’s only high-speed intercity passenger rail provider serving more than 500 than destinations. As a leader in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for over two decades she has had the pleasure of impacting economic growth of the West Oak Lane community through a multi-pronged strategy of revitalization, marketing, and business development. Bringing millions of dollars of impact to the area. She expanded the mentoring program of the AmLaw top 100 law firm, Ballard Sphar, serving over 500 students in the furtherance of their legal career while managing 5 employee resource groups and coordinating the firm’s multiple recognitions. She joined the premier venue in the city of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center successfully reviving their supplier diversity program and developed a comprehensive DEI strategy and training program. She also formed the first DEI strategy and committee and for Pennoni Associates, a leading civil engineering firm. In her current position at Amtrak her proudest moment is creating the program that, to date, has donated over $10,000 of in-kind travel to non-profit organizations across the country. She has successfully managed Amtrak’s recognition externally as a leading company from the Human Rights Campaign, Disability: In and Amtrak’s appearance several times on Forbes top lists for places to work for women, diversity and interns to name a few. In her capacity as a consultant, she has worked with a variety of non-profits, convention and visitors’ bureaus and guest lectured at multiple universities across the country. She has been recognized as 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference DEI Champion and by Drexel University with their Greek Life Leadership of a Lifetime Award for Alumni. She has a BS in Business and Administration from Drexel University and is a Certified Diversity Executive. Erika is a mentor, a volunteer, a minister in her faith and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.


Moderator

Juliana Mosley-Williams
Juliana
Mosley-Williams
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Salus University
Juliana Mosley-Williams
Juliana Mosley-Williams
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Salus University

Juliana Mosley-Williams has served the field of education since 1997, with the last 20 years being dedicated to higher education. Juliana currently serves as the inaugural Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA and previously served as the founding Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Officer at Chestnut Hill College. She began her career as a business high school teacher in the Houston Independent School District, resulting in her personal adage of being “business-mined with an educator’s heart.” Realizing that she needed to fulfill her 6th grade goal, written in the inside cover of her dictionary, of obtaining a Ph.D. by the age of 28, Juliana enrolled in her doctoral program at 24 years old. Just 23 short months later, she was graduating with her Ph.D. at the young age of 26, making her one of the youngest doctoral graduates in Miami University’s history and the first Educational Leadership student to complete the degree in less than two years. After serving as the Executive Assistant to the President at Kentucky State University, Juliana became the Director of Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio (her hometown). Shortly thereafter, Juliana had the opportunity to fulfill another professional goal when she became the Vice President for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas at the tender age of 30 years old, making her one of the youngest vice presidents in the country at that time. After five years of service, Juliana continued in this role for several years at Marygrove College (Detroit, MI), Edward Waters College (Jacksonville, FL) and Lincoln University (PA). Juliana also serves as a consultant and trainer, having presented more than 80 times, to include a TEDx Talk, regional and national conferences, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. In these instances, she provided training and development workshops in diversity and inclusion, leadership transition, strategic planning, and student development. Affectionately called Dr. J. by her beloved students, Juliana’s commitment and service to education and the community is evident in her honors as a Philadelphia Tribune 2019 Woman of Achievement honoree; recipient of the Student Leadership and Success Award for Administrators (2015); Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards for 2003 and an inductee to the Kaleidoscope Magazine 2004 Forty/Forty Club, which annually recognizes 40 people under the age of forty who make significant contributions in the Cleveland area. Juliana is also extremely committed to serving her local communities, currently serving as a board member of Philadelphia Education Fund; and former roles as grant reviewer for Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Grants Allocation Committee (West Chester, PA); board member for Girl Scouts of America (Gateway Council---Northern Counties of Florida); Steering Committee Chair for Save Our Sons (non-profit in Jacksonville FL); and 25+ year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Juliana received a B.S. degree in Business Education from Ball State University (IN), a M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership with concentrated studies in Urban Education, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, both from Miami University (OH), and Certified Diversity Professional from the National Diversity Council. Juliana seeks to educate and train people to engage in difficult dialog through cultural humility to make the unconscious conscious.


Awardee

Erika White
Erika
White
Manager Diversity Inclusion & Belonging
Amtrak
2024 Philadelphia Woman of the Year
Erika White
Erika White
Manager Diversity Inclusion & Belonging
Amtrak

Erika L. White, CDE is the owner of Griffin White Consulting, LLC specializing in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) education, and strategic plan development. She is a contributing author and regularly serves as a keynote speaker and panelist. She is currently one of the leaders of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Amtrak. Amtrak is the nation’s only high-speed intercity passenger rail provider serving more than 500 than destinations. As a leader in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for over two decades she has had the pleasure of impacting economic growth of the West Oak Lane community through a multi-pronged strategy of revitalization, marketing, and business development. Bringing millions of dollars of impact to the area. She expanded the mentoring program of the AmLaw top 100 law firm, Ballard Sphar, serving over 500 students in the furtherance of their legal career while managing 5 employee resource groups and coordinating the firm’s multiple recognitions. She joined the premier venue in the city of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center successfully reviving their supplier diversity program and developed a comprehensive DEI strategy and training program. She also formed the first DEI strategy and committee and for Pennoni Associates, a leading civil engineering firm. In her current position at Amtrak her proudest moment is creating the program that, to date, has donated over $10,000 of in-kind travel to non-profit organizations across the country. She has successfully managed Amtrak’s recognition externally as a leading company from the Human Rights Campaign, Disability: In and Amtrak’s appearance several times on Forbes top lists for places to work for women, diversity and interns to name a few. In her capacity as a consultant, she has worked with a variety of non-profits, convention and visitors’ bureaus and guest lectured at multiple universities across the country. She has been recognized as 2021 National Diversity & Leadership Conference DEI Champion and by Drexel University with their Greek Life Leadership of a Lifetime Award for Alumni. She has a BS in Business and Administration from Drexel University and is a Certified Diversity Executive. Erika is a mentor, a volunteer, a minister in her faith and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.






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