SHERISE D. FERGUSON, M.D.
Neurosurgeon, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sherise Ferguson, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ferguson, specializing in primary and metastatic brain tumors, performs a number of different procedures for her patients, depending on their exact diagnosis. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and received her masters in cognitive neuroscience. Following that, she attended medical school at the University of Chicago and did a residency in neurosurgery there as well. Afterwards, she spent a year doing a neurosurgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson, leading to her current work there.
Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business. Jerry Greenfield has helped to build a storefront venture into an ice cream and business phenomenon by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses. As a model for American business success, Greenfield and Cohen have been recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities and by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Chair, Ellevate Network
Financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform for women. Krawcheck is the chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional woman’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She is also the best-selling author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Smith Barney and Sanford Bernstein. She has been named among the top 10 of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” as well as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “Entrepreneurs to Watch.”
Academy Award-Winning Actress and Activist
Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition to the Oscar, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Though Matlin lost her hearing when she was only 18 months old, she never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams. Along with a successful Hollywood career, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness for many humanitarian causes, including diversity and LGBT rights. She is a staunch advocate for children and a champion for those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction. She has also helped raise awareness for better hearing health for millions of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in developing countries.
CAROLYN MCCLANAHAN, M.D.
Director of Financial Planning, Life Planning Partners Inc.
Dr. Carolyn McClanahan founded Life Planning Partners Inc. in 2004. McClanahan writes and speaks nationally to financial planners and physicians on the interplay between health and financial issues. She has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Money Magazine, and has appeared on CNBC and NPR.
Former CIA Operations Officer and Best-Selling Author
In 2003, the CIA lost one of its finest covert operations officers when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her top-secret identity to a newspaper columnist who published her name—Valerie Plame. The political firestorm fueled an investigation uncovering suspicions that the Bush administration compromised Plames’s identity on purpose. In 2007, she published the details of the affair in her 2007 New York Times Best Selling autobiography Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. As a CIA operative, she managed top-secret programs designed to keep terrorists and rogue nation states from acquiring nuclear weapons. She continues her service in global intelligence as a board member of Global Data Sentinel, Starling Trust and the Ploughshares Fund, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations.
Scientific Project Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Toyin Babarinde, Ph.D., has 10 years of experience in cancer research and administrative research management. Dr. Babarinde manages the Glioblastoma Moon Shot Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is passionate about cancer research and utilizes her broad research management expertise to advance Glioblastoma research.
LEAH R. BENNETT
Chief Operating Officer, Westwood Trust—Houston
Leah R. Bennett, CFA, has 25 years of experience in the investment industry. Bennett is focused on serving high-net-worth clients and nonprofits with comprehensive financial solutions. She is co-founder of CFA Women in Investment Management Initiative and CFA Global Research Challenge of the Southwest, and is a former president and director of CFA Society Houston.
Co-Founder and President, Strategic Philanthropy Ltd.
Betsy Brill is co-founder and president of Strategic Philanthropy Ltd., a global philanthropic advisory firm established in 2000 and headquartered in Chicago. The firm works closely with ultra-high-net-worth donors, and their legal and financial advisors, to help achieve meaningful impact with their charitable contributions. Brill is a highly respected and recognized professional with a deep global perspective on philanthropy.
RIANKA R. DORSAINVIL
Co-Founder and President, Strategic Philanthropy Ltd.
Rianka Dorsainvil is president and founder of YGC, a virtual fee-only financial planning firm dedicated to serving the busy young professional. Dorsainvil provides business owners, individuals and families with tools to make informed financial decisions. She is passionate about helping clients lead a life of financial well-being. In 2016, she was recognized by Financial Advisor as one of “10 Young Advisors To Watch.”
Partner and Director of Wealth Management, Center for Financial Planning Inc.
Melissa Joy is dedicated to growing the next generation of female financial advisors and is particularly interested in exploring the communication strategies and behavioral approaches of all financial planners who work with women. Joy has been recognized as one of eight people and firms named to Financial Advisor magazine’s "Research All-Star" team in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Partner, Silicon Hills Wealth Management
Pam Friedman, CFP, CDFA, has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning and investments. Friedman is passionate about financial planning and combines her knowledge of the process with a strong sense of empathy to help clients through life’s transitions. She is the author of I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce.
Vice President and Financial Advisor, CAPTRUST
Cathy Seeber currently serves on the board of directors of the Financial Planning Association. Seeber is a consummate financial planning professional focusing on issues concerning those individuals in transition. Her long-term experience working with clients facing life-altering events brings a unique perspective and a commitment to positive action.
Managing Partner and Personal CFO, The Wealth Consulting Group
Marlo Stil started in the financial services industry in 1984. As an investment advisor/branch manager for a Fortune 500 company, Stil was their first and only female top securities producer. She strives to make a life-changing difference for her clients. Her commitment to excellence has led her to design, build and manage the WCG High Impact Portfolios focused on sustainable investing for the future.
Chief Executive Officer and President, Career Management Advisors
With a winning track record of building successful financial services businesses and teams, Linda Willis, a former securities lawyer, has been an advisor, manager and senior executive with global and regional firms. Willis’ background and experience gives her the expertise to advise financial services professionals, RIAs and businesses on transition matters, practice valuation, mergers, acquisitions and succession planning and execution.