2024 Virtual Women in Leadership Symposium
March 01, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (ET)
Leading with Heart: Empathy, Ethics & Excellence
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.
Alicia is a graphic designer and educator with over 20 years of experience. She was a founding partner of MGMT. design, a collaborative women-owned graphic design studio whose projects focussed on exhibition design as well as museum publications, print, branding, and data visualization. Prior to MGMT., Alicia was a co-design director at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Head of Design in 2021. As an educator, she currently serves as an external critic for the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Yale University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Barnard College, and the Cooper Union School of Art. Alicia is a member of the Board of Visitors for Temple University’s Rome Program and was a past board member of the AIGA/NY chapter and the Fine Arts Federation, a design advocacy consortium in New York City. She has written articles for The Atlantic Magazine and the New Yorker online. In 2020 she published "This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot" (Princeton Architectural Press), with a companion exhibition at the Cooper Union.
Denise D. Morris is the Vice President of Inclusion, Belonging, and Employee/Labor Relations at Yale New Haven Health System. She is a data-driven leader who has developed and led high-performing HR teams, creating operational structures that maximize team effectiveness and efficiency. Denise is responsible for Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Belonging, and Employee and Labor Relations for Yale New Haven Hospital System, serving over 30,000 employees. She is responsible for the development and management of the organization's DEIB strategy across the HR function and leads the Employee and Labor Relations community of expertise in providing Consulting and Advisory Services for the workforce. Denise has previously worked with Cleveland Clinic in Florida, where she was the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Florida Region, managing the full scope of HR functions. She has led the HR team through the simultaneous acquisition and integration of two hospital systems to create Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Region, a five-hospital system. Earlier positions included serving as Executive Director for the University of Miami School of Medicine and Hospitals, Regional HR Director for Broward Health, as well as various HR roles at HCA University Hospital and Medical, and HCA Plantation General Hospital in Florida. Denise received a Master of Science in Human Resources Management and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, with a minor in Health Service Administration, Communication, and Education from the University of Central Florida.
Stephanie Y. O’Malley is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado and serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Government Relations and Community Affairs for the University of Denver. In this role, Ms. O’Malley supports the University of Denver by building effective partnerships between the university and federal, state, and local governments as well as community residents, businesses, and non-profits. She is an integral piece of DU’s advocacy for University needs, interests, and its mission to serve for the public good. Prior to joining DU, Ms. O’Malley attended as a public servant leader for over sixteen years. Her professional career as a public servant has spanned across three mayoral administrations including a four-year term serving as Denver’s first elected County Clerk and Recorder. As a public servant with a legal background, Ms. O’Malley has entrenched herself with weighing, analyzing, and advocating legal and policy positions associated with multitudes of complex regulatory, public policy, disciplinary, and community centric issues that span across scores of disciplines including licensing, elections, real property, minority, women, and small business, contracting, safety, and social equity. Within the public sector, she led a total of three municipal departments with annual aggregate budgets totaling more than $550,000,000 and served as a trusted advisor to two elected Mayors. Recognized as a change agent, Ms. O’Malley has repeatedly transformed challenged municipal government environments into thriving ones including a licensing division and Denver’s elections division. “Denver Votes”, the city’s current election platform was her brainchild. In addition to eliminating long lines and voting challenges for Denver’s voters, her vision and leadership served to creatively integrate technology into the elections environment by offering tools to voters such as Ballot Trace, paper mail ballots, voter service centers, and electronic voting for overseas and military voters. During a height of challenges associated with police and community relations, she served for a period of four plus years as the Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Safety, the city’s largest employer. As the chief authority for the Department, Ms. O’Malley maintained direct oversight of nearly 5,000 current and retired law enforcement officers and employees of the Denver Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments, Denver 911, Community Corrections, Youth Services, the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver and the Denver Public Safety Cadet Program. As the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety, Ms. O’Malley leaned in to charge and support Police and Fire Chiefs, Sheriffs, and Directors within the Department of Public Safety with transformational activity and department cultural revisions designed to align with mayoral safety priorities, accountability, public safety service delivery, and community expectations. Through this journey, Ms. O’Malley’s legal acumen, leadership, and professional strengths were tested by a host of stakeholders including, but not limited to unions, community activists, and media representatives. Un-phased, Ms. O’Malley maintained focus on assuring revisions to policies that significantly impact communities and their members such as Use of Force, Shooting into Motor Vehicles, the Use of Body Worn Camera Technology, and Mental Health Treatment for the incarcerated. She forged the ongoing initiative to have data collected by police officers to determine whether police contacts are driven by bias. Beginning in 2018, she dutifully collaborated with colleagues, small, women, and minority business owners, industry, and community stakeholders to move to interject social equity into the city’s procurement environment, an environment that includes billions of dollars of spend in construction, professional services, transportation, and the goods and services areas. She engaged in this endeavor by giving credence to the undisputed fact that Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans materially lag in securing opportunity in the city’s procurement space. The work in this area continues; however, within two years of her guidance, the City saw fit to support initiatives to prioritize equity as a value, revise laws, rules and regulations, processes, and programs that undermine the value of equity. Her leadership created mechanisms to hold City Administrative leaders accountable to forge different outcomes for participants in the city procurement ecosystem. In advance of her service to the City and County of Denver, Ms. O’Malley began her professional career practicing law in the criminal and public policy arenas. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. She took experiences in these areas and her education into the public sector and continued her professional career as an Executive Level leader and manager. Ms. O’Malley has served on the Zion Baptist Church Trustee Board and the Steering Committee for Forest Street Compassionate Care Center. She has served as member of the Denver Urban Redevelopment Authority Board, a founding board member of the Denver School of Science and Technology, a member of the Denver Public School Citizens Bond Committee, a member of the Colorado Election Reform Commission, and as President of the Sam Cary Bar Association. She is a current board member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Ms. O’Malley has been recognized for her civic engagement and leadership efforts by many organizations including the Colorado League of Women Voters, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, LCCLA, the Sertoma Club, the National Negro Council of Women, the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, the Denver Nuggets, the Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Colorado Black Roundtable, the National Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association, and the National Election Commission. Most important, Ms. O’Malley is the proud mother of two respectful and Christ centric adult sons.
Lauren Pasquale Bartlett joined Fastaff and U.S. Nursing in 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing and was named the first Chief Marketing Officer for the parent company Ingenovis Health in 2021. She is responsible for marketing, brand, and communications and is a member of the executive team. In her time as leader, she implemented an industry-leading digital marketing team, which has driven triple-digital database growth amid a compounding healthcare provider shortage. She is a driver and advocate of the company’s purpose to build a home for healthcare talents, and one of the original designers of the unique ACT program devoted to the well-being and career advancement of providers. Prior to working in healthcare staffing Bartlett spent 21 years in sports marketing leading digital media teams at the National Football League, USA Hockey and the U.S. Olympic Committee. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds graduate business certificates from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern, Ross Business School at the University of Michigan and the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. A native New Yorker, she and her family are now residents of snowy Vail, Colorado.
Karen (pronounced kah-rehn) is the Director of Program Management and Chief of Staff for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Office at SAP. In this role, she orchestrates and drives global DEI programs and initiatives across the company, with focus on a data-driven approach, scalable execution, and impactful results. By establishing accountability across strategic teams, empowering DEI champions, and enabling leaders and employees through change management efforts, her goal is to bring inclusion to the core of processes and behavior to promote true and sustainable cultural change. Before entering the field of DEI in 2020, Karen held roles in product marketing, customer and field marketing, as well as account-based marketing, managing Latin America, North America, and Global strategies. Leveraging over 12 years of work experience in customer-facing marketing roles, driving organizational change through marketing efforts, Karen brought a unique perspective to Diversity & Inclusion at SAP. Until last year, Karen served in the Global Board of Directors for the SAP Business Women Network (BWN), an Employee Resource Group that drives gender-parity and women development topics at SAP and in the communities we serve. Karen holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Corporate Finance from The University of Akron, and an Executive MBA from Florida International University (class of 2022), where she was the recipient of the Chapman Leadership Award. With Brazilian and Chilean citizenships, Karen was raised in Sao Paulo, and now lives in sunny Miami.
Keti Mehta currently serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Leader for Gallagher’s NY Metro office, where she manages the firm’s growth initiatives to expand and deepen client footprint across diverse industry segments. Mehta also serves as an Advisor to the inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Risk & Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) Advisory Board. For the past eight years, Keti has passionately served as a Board Member on the Tri-State Diversity Council (NY, NJ, and CT). Recognized for being an inspiring growth accelerator, strategic brand promoter, and influencer - Keti Mehta successfully develops high-performing teams and strategic partnerships to unleash organic growth potential. She stands out for being a transformational culture catalyst by building diverse communities of practice that promote inclusion and collaboration. Keti leads by example and is a highly skilled, certified sales activator, leadership development coach, talent enthusiast and evangelist of the Customer Experience. Mehta has also held senior executive leadership roles at Hub International, USI Insurance Services, Dell, and Morgan Stanley. Keti resides in White Plains, Westchester County with her husband of 24 years and their beloved daughter, Karina. Keti is a licensed NY Property & Casualty Insurance Broker. Mehta received a Master of Arts degree in Change Leadership/Business Transformation from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City. Additionally, Keti holds an Executive Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation.
Clara Shih is CEO of Salesforce AI, the world’s most trusted Enterprise AI for CRM designed to anticipate, initiate, and build powerful customer relationships. A digital pioneer, Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” TIME “Most Influential People in AI,” and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and serves as Executive Chair of Hearsay Systems, a privately held digital software firm she founded in 2009. She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an M.S. in computer science. She also holds an M.S. in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
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