New York iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Speakers - October 2010

Lunch Featured Speaker

Lori Evangel
Senior Vice President - MetLife, Inc.

In November 2008, Lori M. Evangel assumed responsibility for all Enterprise Risk Management reporting to the Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that, Lori was the Credit Risk Officer of MetLife, Inc., responsible for enterprise-wide credit risk identification, quantification, assessment and management including economic capital models and exposure limits, credit risk analysis and governance/policies. She joined MetLife in May 2007.

Prior to joining MetLife, Lori was a Managing Director for MBIA Insurance Corporation and was most recently Group Head of Portfolio Management and Market Risk.

Lori began her career at Moody's Investors Service in the asset-backed finance group. She has a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College and a MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany.

Relauncher Panel

Vivian Steir Rabin, Moderator
Founder - iRelaunch

Allyson Bakewell
Nurse Recruiter - Saint Clare's Health System

After graduating with honors from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Nursing, Allyson Bakewell began her career as a Registered Nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit of Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Following several years of increasing responsibilities at Emory, Allyson joined Andreas Gruentzig, the widely acclaimed father of cardiac angioplasty as a Research Nurse, where she participated in multiple studies to improve balloon angioplasty treatment and outcomes.

 Allyson then moved from clinical practice into healthcare information systems with McKesson, a world leader in hospital information systems, where she was a System Implementation Specialist. After McKesson, Allyson returned to graduate school, earning her MBA from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. Upon graduation, Allyson spent five years as a Management Consultant with Deloitte's Healthcare Practice in Dallas, Texas. 

After a 17 year sabbatical from the business world to raise her three children, Allyson recently returned to the healthcare industry, joining Saint Clare's Health System as the Nurse Recruiter. 

Allyson currently lives in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, with her husband Hughes and three children. Aside from her position at Saint Clare's, Allyson is actively involved in several philanthropic endeavors, including her role as President of the Medical Needs Foundation, a 501C(3) organization that provides financial assistance to individuals facing catastrophic or chronic medical conditions.


Sharon Gala
Associate Director, Portfolio Management Unit - MetLife Investments, Inc.

Sharon V. Gala is an Associate Director and Portfolio Manager within the Portfolio Management Unit in Investments. She is responsible for the management of over $50 billion of Corporate Benefit Funding portfolios that back structured settlements, pensions, and other retirement products. These portfolios invest in a variety of fixed income securities, equity, real estate, and derivative instruments. Sharon came to MetLife in 2005, joining the Portfolio Management Unit on the Surplus and Individual portfolios. 

She is currently serving as President of MetLife's Women's Investment Network.

Sharon comes from a broad background in fixed income portfolio management. She began her career as a fixed income portfolio analyst, working for PaineWebber's Portfolio Management Group within Fixed Income Research. There, she was responsible for analyzing and restructuring a variety of institutional portfolios. This position afforded a wide exposure to the fixed income universe, portfolio management techniques, and trading strategies. 

After three years, she left to join the buy side in 1993, moving to Chase Manhattan Bank's Domestic Investment Portfolio. There, she was responsible for managing dollar roll financing, trade execution, and support for the $20 billion mortgage backed collateral position of the portfolio.

Sharon holds a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University, and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999. She is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Financial Women's Association.  Sharon took a six-year professional hiatus to care for her two children before relaunching her career at MetLife Investments

Kris Hintz
Owner - Position U 4 College, LLC

Kristine I. Hintz is owner of Position U 4 College LLC, a college and graduate school admissions and career consulting firm, based in Basking Ridge NJ. She brings to this profession an extensive background in psychology, counseling, consumer marketing, and corporate recruiting.

Ms. Hintz holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1978), an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School (1980), an MA in Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College with a focus in Career Development (1996), and is currently earning a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She spent 12 years as a brand management executive with Clorox, Quaker Oats, Coca Cola Foods and Nabisco, also engaged in the annual MBA recruitment process.

She and her husband of 30 years, Sanford Bernstein equity analyst Brad Hintz, have one son, Eric, who is a junior at Emory University. Ms. Hintz continued to work in brand management for two years after Eric was born, and then left the paid workforce. While raising their son, she completed her MA at Columbia, served as a school and community volunteer, and took local and online courses in counseling, personal coaching, and computer graphics.

When Eric entered college, Ms. Hintz relaunched her career by integrating her psychology and marketing background to help young people discover and communicate their strengths to educational institutions and employers. She established Position U 4 College LLC in 2008, co-created its website and launched "collegeblog by kris hintz" for parents of college-bound teens and "careerblog by kris hintz" for college students and recent grads. In the past three years, Ms. Hintz has helped scores of young adults gain acceptance to their first choice college or graduate school, explore careers and succeed in the entry level job market.

In addition to her paying client base, Ms. Hintz is currently doing her UCLA college counseling practicum at Marylawn of the Oranges, a private Catholic high school for girls in South Orange NJ.

Monique Lodi
Global Wealth Management, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Monique Lodi is a financial services industry professional and currently serves as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's U.S. Wealth Management Division. Her wealth advisory practice provides financial and wealth management advice and related services to high net worth individuals, institutions and non-profits. Previously, Monique was an Investment Representative with Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management Group. Monique was a Private Wealth Advisor with Merrill Lynch's Private Banking and Investment Group where she addressed the specific financial concerns of ultra high net worth women. 

For nearly fifteen years Monique focused on working with high net worth clients in the fine art auction business and the luxury retail market. Over a period of thirteen years she held several key positions at Sotheby's including Director of Regional Operations in North and South America, Vice President of Worldwide Jewelry Operations, Vice President and Department Director of Client Services and Client Development Strategist. Monique also spent two years at the luxury retail house of Chanel managing fine jewelry operations in North America.

Monique is a Smith College graduate with a BA in Government and French Studies. She also studied at the Université de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland and the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado. Monique is an active member of several charitable organizations. Most recently she has been involved with American Corporate Partners, an organization that mentors veterans who have recently returned from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monique took a six month career break to move, adjust to a new family life, and reinvent herself. She returned to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, after considerable networking, into a new role that she had not considered until a conversation with a least suspecting contact. She just celebrated her one year anniversary, and finds herself continually building her personal brand. Monique and her family live in New York.

Employer Panel

Sheila Wellington, Moderator
Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations - NYU Stern School of Business

Sheila Wellington was appointed Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business in September 2003. A leader and advocate on behalf of women in business, Ms. Wellington currently teaches a course she developed, Women in Business Leadership. For ten years she was President of Catalyst, the preeminent non-profit organization on women's private sector leadership.

Ms. Wellington is the author of Be Your Own Mentor, a highly successful book focusing on issues of organizational change and women's advancement. A nationally recognized speaker on these and related topics, she is a board member of the Institute for Women's Policy Research and The Transitions Network and serves as a Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Women's Issues. Ms. Wellington received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Yale School of Public Health in 2002 and was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Wellington served as Vice President and Secretary of Yale University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Wellington earned concurrent master's degrees in public health and urban studies at Yale University. She is married, has two sons, and is the grandmother of Max and Lily Wellington.

Blanton Neill
Director Asset Management - Deutsche Bank

Blanton Neill is a Director and Co-Head of Liquidity Management Research at DB Advisors (Deutsche Asset Management's institutional asset management group). Her team is responsible for credit research, investment limits and credit exposure for money market funds and short duration accounts with $116 billion of assets globally. She moved to this buy-side position in 2007 to achieve better work/life integration while working full time. She is a member of the Women on Wall Street (WOWs) steering committee.

Blanton has significant credit risk management and structured finance expertise honed over 24 years experience on both the buy side and sell side. Prior to joining DB Advisors three years ago, she spent over 13 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in credit risk management and advisory focusing on structured finance and the money markets. Prior experience includes six years at Moody's Investors Service as a structured finance rating analyst following positions at Citibank and a predecessor of J.P Morgan Chase.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Blanton is single, lives in New York City, and enjoys time with her nieces and nephews.

Trish Pescatore
Global Recruitment Strategic Initiatives Lead - Accenture

As Accenture's Global Recruitment Strategic Initiatives lead, Trish Pescatore is responsible for driving business impact through innovative recruitment programs and initiatives that focus on candidate experience, process efficiency, and cost effectiveness. Recruitment Technology is critical to differentiate Accenture and Trish also manages this area - enabling Accenture to identify and attract high-performing talent across the world.

Previously, as the Accenture US Recruitment and Alumni Relations Director, Trish Pescatore, developed and executed recruitment delivery and employee transition strategies. Ms. Pescatore provided seven years of strategic leadership for Accenture's US business functions including candidate sourcing assessing & hiring, new hire onboarding, exit processing, career services and alumni relations - managing a budget of over $40 million annually.

Ms. Pescatore brings with her over 20 years of unique business experiences. For the first half of her professional career she was an Accenture systems integration consultant for Public Services clients. Subsequently, Ms. Pescatore transitioned her client experience and business acumen successfully to launch a new career in the talent management arena. She has extensive experience in delivering recruitment approaches and delivery of quality hires with a focus on value creation and process efficiency - including the establishment of recruitment shared services. Trish holds her bachelor's of science degree in Accounting Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Trish is married with two teenage children.

Suzanne Walther
Global Business Head, ALPHA - Bloomberg L.P. 

Suzanne Walther has been the global business head of Bloomberg L.P.'s ALPHA department focusing on portfolio analytics and risk since July 2008. Suzanne was the global business manager for Bloomberg's Trade Order Management System (TOMS) from 2003-2008 where she helped create a revenue business around order management systems that now contributes significant incremental revenue to the company. She has also been a manager of the Global Product Strategy Group and the Sellside Equity Order Management System (SSEOMS). Suzanne spent the early part of her career on the Bloomberg Analytics desk, and then as an on-site representative at Merrill Lynch supporting their fixed income trading systems. 

Suzanne graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1997. She is married with two children, 4 years old and 1.5 years.

Bevin Maguire
Vice President, Marketing Program - IBM Global Business Services

Bevin M. Maguire is the Vice President of Marketing Programs for IBM Global Business Services. Prior to this role she was the director of workforce enablement and executive communications for IBM Global Technology Services. She has also held positions in IBM's Systems & Technology Group and within the sales and distribution operations for the US, Canada, and Latin America.

Before joining IBM, Bevin was the assistant director of marketing and communications for The Rockefeller Group, a holding company that included Cushman & Wakefield, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall Productions, and the New Jersey Foreign Trade Center.

A graduate of New York University, Bevin lives in White Plains, NY with her husband and three children. Her community work includes the executive board of The Church Street School PTA, Girl Scouts, and teaching Sunday school.




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