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.  

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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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Jennifer P. Howland, Executive, Pathways Program for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent , IBM Corporate Headquarters

Jennifer Howland is the executive of IBM’s Pathways Program for experienced, diverse technical talent, a worldwide program to develop and implement bold actions to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in IBM’s technical executive positions by attracting, recruiting, developing and progressing experienced mid-career technical talent into these leadership roles. Jennifer's 34 years in IBM as an engineer, manager and executive have spanned engineering, strategy, product and services development, business and process transformation and service delivery. Through her numerous management and executive level roles in male-dominated environments she has always been passionate about helping women advance their careers.

One of the most recent, standout and globally recognized Pathways programs Jennifer created – from ideation to implementation and expansion – is the successful non-traditional on-ramp program called IBM Tech Re-Entry. This 12-week ‘internship’ program makes rejoining the tech industry easier for people who have been out of the workforce and are looking to return. The program has expanded throughout the firm and in different parts of the world. 

Jennifer is a graduate of Clarkson University where she received a bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering. She received her master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jennifer is an active leader with DiscoverE and is the campus liaison executive for women in technology at Clarkson. She is on Clarkson University’s Honor’s Program Advisory Council. She is recognized in the industry as an expert in leading large, global development teams, re-entry programs, developing and progressing diverse technical talent, unconscious bias and career development, having been a frequent speaker at numerous notable conferences.  

Jennifer has been honored for her efforts, including being selected in 2017 as one of Good Housekeeping’s ‘10 Women Changing the Way We See the World’ as a leader in science and technology and in 2018 being the first IBMer featured in the December 2018 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine honoring women in business in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Also in 2018, following her unconscious bias keynote presentation at The Accelerator’s Women’s Leadership conference, Jennifer received ‘The Accelerator’ award for her lifelong work in advocating for women. She has two grown daughters, both of whom hold engineering degrees.   


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.

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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.

Deb Newmyer

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).

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.

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.