Workshop Speakers + panelists: Round four
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DIYA Solutions, LLC
Paromita De has been an educationist for over seven years, working both as a practitioner and researcher. She founded DIYA Solutions, LLC: Data-driven Inquiry for Youth Achievement, through which she conducts independent data analysis and program evaluations in the education and social sectors. She has also been a researcher at both Project Zero and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Education Pioneers Fellow with the New York City Department of Education. Paromita is especially interested in the topic of human potential and diversity and how we can utilize formative practices to support them.
Elana Lyn Gross is a content strategist at mllnnl, journalist, and founder of the personal and professional development website, Elana Lyn. Elana Lyn provides millennial women with actionable job search, career, and wellness advice. More than 100 women from a wide range of industries have been interviewed in the Career Profile series. Elana's writing has been published in Forbes, Fortune, TIME, Women's Health, Business Insider, Fast Company, Mashable, Refinery 29, Brit + Co, The Huffington Post, and more.
Associate, Marketing Education
Jocelyn is part of the Marketing Education team at MailChimp and is passionate about helping small business grow. For over 6 years, she has worked closely with MailChimp users assisting to build effective email marketing strategies and now focuses on marketing education.
When Jocelyn is not working, she enjoys exploring the amazing city of Atlanta where she resides.
Jess Peterson is CEO and Creative Producer of Mighty Oak, a full service studio that specializes in hand-made animation and documentary video. She’s also the host of HATCH, a meet-up group for creative female founders.
For the past decade, she’s worked in music and the visual arts, helping brands, artists, and cultural institutions find their voice. Recent Mighty Oak work includes projects for Estee Lauder, Penguin Books, Perrier, Samsung, Ted Talks, West Elm, GE, and The New York Times.
She’s been honored to speak about entrepreneurship and storytelling at General Assembly, Etsy HQ, IFP's Film Week, and Brooklyn's Northside Festival. She and her team have been featured in The Huffington Post, Forbes, Oxygen, Mashable, Brooklyn Magazine, Fusion, and Brit & Co.
When she’s not telling stories, you can find Jess behind a wedding dj booth, spinning records with her husband.
Yuri is the founder and CEO of Zencare, a website that connects millennials with top mental health professionals. Yuri started Zencare when she struggled to find a therapist herself and has since helped over 1,000 individuals connect with quality-vetted clinicians in Providence and Boston. A graduate of Brown University and previously a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Yuri is an avid yogi and loves her work supporting both prospective clients and therapists.
Sex Educator, cancer-warrior, performer, and writer
Ericka Hart is a black, queer, Sex Educator, cancer-warrior, performer, and writer. She has her Masters in Human Sexuality from Widener University and has taught sex education from elementary aged youth to adults; across New York City for the past six years. The catalyst of her work in sex education was her service as a Peace Corps HIV/AIDs volunteer in Ethiopia (Dec 08- July 10). In 2014, she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer and has used her experience to educate others through performance and writing. Currently, she works as the Director of Adolescent Sexual Health at a community-based organization in New York City.
Author, The Big Life
Ann Shoket is the author of THE BIG LIFE. She has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women. As Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, she led the magazine to become the number-one teen magazine on every platform with innovative content around the most important issues facing young women today.
Women in finance Panel
Tuesday P. Brooks is Principal Accountant at Ajoy Management Enterprise, a tax accounting firm in NYC. As a fellow small business owner, Tuesday understands the challenges of sustaining healthy cash flow and building capacity, and as such is a trusted business advisor on matters such as tax compliance, credit readiness and cash flow management. Recognized as an agent of change, Tuesday is a native New Yorker who practices active citizenship, is board member of several community based organizations, and regularly employs and trains young adults for professional career readiness. Her mission is to help small business owners manage their finances well so they can focus on their goals and grow.
Alison Gilbert, founder of Project AG, is a pastry chef turned COO turned business consultant and coach. Alison is passionate about helping emerging entrepreneurs build thriving businesses that in turn fuel economic and cultural growth.
Prior to building Project AG, Alison was hire four and COO of food media company Tasting Table where she helped grow it into a forty person, multi million dollar company reaching a readership of millions. To date she’s helped 30+ businesses across commerce, media, tech, design and fashion successfully scale including such brands as Well+Good, Levo League, Maiyet, Quinciple and Plum Alley.
Alison was born and raised near Asbury Park, NJ. She holds a BA from The George Washington University and a certification in Pastry Arts from The French Culinary Institute (now The International Culinary Center)--she makes a mean salted chocolate chip cookie.
Pamela Kornblatt is the President of Tax Strategists, an accounting firm started by her father. The Tax Strategists help startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals make tax efficient decisions so they can keep more capital to grow their businesses, save for their futures and enjoy. Pam believes that taxes can be approachable, understandable (and maybe even enjoyable). As a business owner, she loves helping others navigate the ever changing, ever complicated tax system. Pamela received a B.S. from Duke University and a Masters from Columbia.
Morgan joined the Newman Group in 2012 after beginning her career in international development, bringing with her a social conscience and global awareness. Morgan’s role on the team is investment management and marketing. She created the Achieving Women Seminar Program, a turnkey program designed to spread the message of women’s empowerment through financial education. Morgan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics and International Politics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society and is Series 7, 66, and Life & Health Insurance licensed. She is the President of the NYC Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and a member of the Crossfit Dynamix Competition Team & the NY Next Gen Board of ORT America.
Nicole Peterkin is the owner of Peterkin Financial where she provides comprehensive financial planning for a flat fee that isn’t tied to assets or income to make financial advice more accessible. In 6 years in business, she has helped over 500 clients improve their financial lives. Most of Nicole’s clients are sole-proprietors and closely-held businesses looking for planning that balances their competing business and personal needs. She is the author of, “If You Love Your Family, Save Like It” and speaks regularly on the topics of entrepreneurship and personal finance.
Sylvia S. Kwan, CFA, Ph.D.
Chief Investment Officer
Sylvia is the Chief Investment Officer at Ellevest, a digital investment platform redefining investing for women. She is responsible for developing the investment portfolios and proprietary algorithms that drive Ellevest’s investment recommendations. Previously, she held senior roles at Financial Engines, Charles Schwab, and the Boston Company. Sylvia serves on the Board of Trustees at Grinnell College, where she chairs the Finance Committee and serves as a member of the investment Committee that oversees the College’s $1.7B endowment. She earned a B.S. in applied mathematics and computer science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.
Moderated by: Tricia Fazio
Tricia Fazio is a Leveraged Financial Solutions Manager for Citrin Cooperman. Tricia has more than seven years’ experience providing attest and accounting services to clients in varies industries including non-profit, healthcare, government and manufacturing. Among Tricia’s strength is her ability to analyze and interpret financial data to help clients/business owners make sound business decisions. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University and currently serves as the Treasurer on the board of The Lady Project and Assistant Treasurer on the board of The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.