Advisory Board

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Phillip P. Anderson, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion and CSR, DTCC

Phillip Anderson leads the Diversity & Inclusion team at DTCC which focuses on making the process of attracting, hiring and retaining talent at all levels, more inclusive. His remit also incorporates Corporate Social Responsibility which supports efforts of employee driven causes and to build a sustainable society, helping to improve equality, opportunity and a better place to live for all.  Phil is tasked with defining and executing DTCC’s strategic D&I and CSR agenda which fosters and maintains an inclusive environment at DTCC, encouraging our employees to understand and create awareness of different backgrounds, behaviors and experiences by sponsoring dialogues and learning opportunities covering topics such as Intersectionality, Intercultural Competence and Unconscious Bias.

Prior to working at DTCC Phil led the D&I talent acquisition team at Moody’s, developing relationships with key business leaders to understand their human capital needs and gain sponsorship for strategic initiatives. Phil also worked as the lead resource for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Field Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.  

Phil has over twenty years of diversity program management and recruiting experience across the full employee lifecycle and is known for introducing “first ever” D&I programs that have increased employer-of-choice rankings, employee engagement and retention, which ultimately helped to drive revenue and profitability.

He has attained a Masters’ of Science degree in Human Resource Management & Organization Effectiveness from Manhattanville College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania and is committed to and a firm believer in helping people attain the best version of themselves. His mantra, “practice perpetuates ability”, speaks to the life long process of learning that is required to enabling people to obtain their dreams.

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Ginny Brzezinski, Contributor,

Ginny Brzezinski is the co-author with her sister-in-law Mika Brzezinski of Comeback Careers: Rethink, Refresh, Reinvent Your Success - at 40, 50, and Beyond - the latest book in Mika’s Know Your Value series. Ginny is a former Senate press secretary and a relauncher with a background in strategic communications and advocacy on behalf of policy and mission-driven initiatives. 

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Susan Smith Ellis, Documentary Filmmaker and Consultant, Dentsu

A two-time "relauncher," Susan Smith Ellis took a six-year career break and a nearly three-year career break at different points along her career path. Before her current role as a consultant at Dentsu, Susan was the Chief Executive Officer of Product (RED), a global marketing company whose partnerships help combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa. As CEO, she streamlined the organization, expanded Product (RED)'s reach and widened its web of partnerships. As a result of these efforts, Product (RED) contributed more than $180 million to the Global Fund. This amount exceeds the contributions made to the Global Fund by all but a few national governments.

Following her tenure at Product (RED), Susan was the Chief Marketing Officer of Morgan Stanley and subsequently was the Chief Marketing Officer of Getty Images.

Earlier in her career, Susan was Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group of Companies, the world's largest advertising and marketing services corporation. She previously was Executive Vice President at BBDO, the nation's leading advertising agency. Prior to BBDO she was a senior executive at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos. She also served on the board of Friends of the Fight Against Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Susan is a Board member of The American Refugee Committee. She is Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary “The Lazarus Effect,” Executive Producer of the documentary "Get the Picture,” and is currently producing another documentary. Fast Company magazine named her #25 of the “Most Creative People in Business 2010.” In June 2013 she was named one of the "Ten Most Generous Marketing Geniuses." Susan lives in New York.

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Whitney Johnson, CEO, WLJ Advisors

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of boutique consultancy WLJ Advisors and one of the fifty leading business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50; she is an expert on helping high-growth organizations develop high-growth individuals. Whitney is an award-winning author, word-class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Education, and an executive coach and adviser to CEOs. As an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst at Merrill Lynch, Whitney innovated an approach to momentum and growth that started with stocks and then applied it to people. In working with legendary thought leader, Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School, she developed a similar adaptation to the concept of disruption: companies don't disrupt, people do. She has codified her frameworks for helping people and teams gain momentum––the S Curve of Learning and Personal Disruption frameworks––in the critically-acclaimed books Disrupt Yourself and Build an A-Team, both published by Harvard Business Press. In 2019, she was ranked by Thinkers50 as one of eight finalists in the Leadership category, was named the #1 Talent Coach, and one of 50 Leading Coaches Globally by Thinkers50 / MG100. In 2017, she was selected from more than 16,000 candidates for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s 15 (now 100) Coaches program. She is a LinkedInfluencer with 1.8 million followers, was selected as a Top Voice of 2018, and her course 'The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship' has over one million views. Whitney hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast at She is married, has two children and lives in Lexington, VA.

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Kuae Kelch Mattox, Producer, CNN

Kuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc. and an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the print, broadcast and online media. Currently she is an editorial producer booking high profile newsmakers for CNN's morning show 'New Day" with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. She has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites and has contributed to The Huffington Post. She was a contributing editor for Plum Magazine and is the former editor in chief of the national magazine Black Family Today.

Kuae is a former producer for the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC, as well as Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer on MSNBC. Since 2010 Kuae has been National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states and a fast growing online presence of 100,000+ dedicated to supporting mothers of color. Over the past decade, she has increased the visibility of Mocha Moms and highlighted the stories of numerous mothers of color. Mocha Moms has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, and television segments have appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline.  Mocha Moms is a stakeholder organization that partners with the White House on various initiatives, as well as the EPA, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In August 2013, she was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as part of “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In” story by Judith Warner on moms returning to work after taking a career break.

Kuae holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from Howard University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deb Jelin Newmyer, Independent Producer, Author, Executive Consultant, Outlaw Productions, Lifetime Network

Deborah Jelin Newmyer is a film and television producer who worked at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as a studio executive and producer. Deb developed films such as Jurassic Park, The Color Purple, Goonies, Schindler’s List, Little Rascals,The Bridges of Madison County, Amazing Stories, and ER. In 2006, Deb took over Outlaw Productions from her late husband, Bobby Newmyer and is an independent producer credited with The Ugly Truth, NBC’s The Sing-Off and The Good Lie.

After 11 varied jobs, with 11 different paychecks and as many bosses, Deb became an author and advocate when she wrote Moms for Hire: 8 Steps to Kickstart Your Next Career, a stylish, upbeat guidebook for women who want to amp up their professional ambition after time at home caring for children. In addition to managing ongoing film projects, she is also Executive Consultant of the national book club for the Lifetime Channel.

Deb and her four children love to adventure travel but will always come home to Los Angeles.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels

Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.”

You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

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Jules Pieri, Co-Founder, The Grommet

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of She completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence.

Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform, the extension of the Grommet business connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers.

Jules is frequently tapped to speak on consumer trends and technologies, design, and entrepreneurship and has done so at many such institutions as HBS, SCAD, and MIT and at conferences, such as Internet Retailer and SXSW. She’s been featured in media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. Jules writes a personal blog on these subjects at and posts as @julespieri on Twitter and Instagram.

Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development, Kellogg School of Management

Matthew Temple is the Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he manages a team of eight people who deliver career and executive coaching to 50,000 alumni globally. He has coached MBA students and alumni on a range of career issues including self-assessment, networking, resumes, interviewing, negotiating, and starting/buying a business. Matthew has presented hundreds of career workshops in Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and the Chicago Tribune. Matthew has worked as a Career Coach with Harvard Business School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Matthew has coached senior executives as well as emerging leaders in high potential and leadership development programs. His areas of focus include leadership, building and managing high performing teams, onboarding, communications, and executive presence. He earned an Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification from Northwestern University. He is certified in the Hogan Assessment, Voices 360, Korn Ferry Leadership Architect, and MBTI. Matthew has coached executives on leadership, communications, and management at companies including Amazon, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Ford, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever.

Previously, Matthew served as the Director of International Business Development for, where he helped establish, manage, and staff joint ventures worth over US$200 million in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He worked in private equity, M&A and corporate finance for Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. He has lived and worked in Asia and Europe. Matthew holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance, Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Kellogg School of Management.

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Jacqueline M. Welch, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, Freddie Mac

Jacqueline M. Welch is senior vice president, chief human resources officer, and chief diversity officer of Freddie Mac. She is a member of the company's senior operating committee and reports directly to CEO David Brickman.

As chief human resources officer, Jacqueline delivers business and subject matter leadership, strategy and execution to the senior leadership team on organizational design and development, change leadership and alignment of all HR functions such as performance management processes, compensation programs and learning and development. In her role as chief diversity officer, Jacqueline leads Freddie Mac's diversity and inclusion strategy of its workforce and supplier diversity programs, as well as across business activities. She is also responsible for the compliance of the diversity reporting requirements required by law and directed by Freddie Mac's regulator and conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). She also oversees the corporate community engagement program and Freddie Mac's 10 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). 

Jacqueline brings to Freddie Mac more than 20 years of experience in HR strategy and execution, including most recently as senior vice president of international human resources for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. Previously, she worked for organizations such as West Rock (formerly Rock-Tenn Company), Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin). Jacqueline began her career as a merchant with Lord & Taylor, then a division of The May Department Stores. 

Jacqueline earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Syracuse University in New York and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from the Milano Graduate School, also in New York.