Advisory Board

Ginny Brzezinski, Contributor,

Ginny Brzezinski is a contributor to, a website geared toward empowering women at work and in life. A relauncher with a 20-year career in strategic communications and advocacy on behalf of policy and mission-driven initiatives, Ginny believes that returning to work after a career break should not be an uphill battle. Ginny is currently writing a book with her sister-in-law and MSNBC Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski about career reinventions, pivots and returns due out from Hachette Book Group in October 2019.  

Nina Eigerman, VP of Alliances and Business Development, Bullhorn

Nina Eigerman has over 20 years of experience building and motivating high performance teams. She has mentored countless colleagues and friends through job transitions and work family balance issues.

She is currently VP of Alliances and Business Development at Bullhorn, where her team recruits and manages the ecosystem of technology and services providers that complement Bullhorn's CRM product suite.  Prior to Bullhorn, Nina was Managing Director at G2 Capital Advisors. At G2, she advised middle market business services firms on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital structure.   

Nina started her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company in Boston. Over the course of seven years at McKinsey, she became a leader of the North American Sales Force and Channel Management Practice, bringing customer-centric strategies to both retailers and manufacturers. After McKinsey she held a variety of leadership roles including serving as President of Aquent Solutions, providing outsourcing, consulting, training, and project based services for marketing intensive industries. 

Susan Smith Ellis, Chief Marketing Officer, Getty Images

A two-time "relauncher," Susan Smith Ellis took a 6-year career break and a nearly 3-year career break at different points along her career path. Prior to joining Getty Images, Susan was the Chief Marketing Officer at Morgan Stanley.

Previously, 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), in roughly 3 1/2 years, 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.

Prior to joining Product (RED), Susan took a career break of nearly 3 years. Before that, she served as an Officer and Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group of Companies, the world's largest advertising and marketing services corporation. Susan previously served as 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 took a 6-year career break in between her tenures at Hill, Holiday and BBDO.

Susan lives in New York with her husband and is the mother of two college-age children.  She serves on the board of Friends of the Fight Against Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis. She is Executive Producer of the documentary "Get The Picture" which was released last year. 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."

Whitney Johnson, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Springboard Fund

Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption, a Co-Founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm, where they invested in Coupang at the seed stage (currently valued at $2.2 bn), and was an award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and stockpicker.  Whitney has delivered keynote speeches to nearly 20,000 people at a variety of organizations, including SAP, Frito-Lay, Hubspot, and the Social Security Administration. She is a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review, the author of Dare, Dream, Do:  Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream and of the forthcoming Disrupt Yourself®: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.  She is the co-founder of Forty Women Over 40 to Watch, a Fellow at Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, has been recognized as an “On the Radar” management thinker by Thinkers50, and is on Fortune’s 2014 list of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. You can find her on Twitter @johnsonwhitney.

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.

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).

Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO 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.

Hilary Stark, Associate Director of College Counseling, Greenwich Education Group

Hilary Stark is Associate Director of College Counseling at the Greenwich Education Group in Greenwich, CT. She works with high school students and their families to advise on all aspects of the college application process, including college matching, college visits, test prep, course selection, extracurriclular activities, summer programs and internships and college essays and applications. This is her second re-entry into the workforce.

Prior to that Hilary relaunched as a vice president at Lehman Brothers and manager of the Firm’s global re-entry program, Encore ®.  While there, she collaborated with the firm’s management to create and implement a comprehensive on-ramping program that included on-boarding and professional development.  She also served as the program’s ongoing career advisor and assisted with performance management.

Hilary received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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.