Laurie McDonald Jonsson, Delegation Leader Principal & Board Member, Stellar Holdings, President & CEO, Stellar International Founder & President, Stellar International Networks, Washington State, U.S.A
Laurie McDonald Jonssonis an active global leader with 25+ years of business leadership experience in travel, real estate and entrepreneurial ventures.
Laurie is principal and board member of Stellar Holdings, an international real estate development company and president & founder of Stellar International and Stellar International Networks. Laurie has helped build and manage businesses in the travel industry, cruise ship and real estate business, including co-founding Sundance Cruises and Admiral Cruises and Stellar Travel. She was one of the first women owners of a cruise ship business with ship sailing’s to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. Laurie is currently on the board of directors of Stellar Holdings; Bygg Vesta, Stellar Polska, Gron Bostad which are global real estate companies. She was a founding director of Expedia.com, Commerce Bank and Puget Sound Bank.
Laurie is president and founder of Stellar International Networks—a company whose mission is to link women leaders of the world to create new approaches and concrete actions on a range of issues. In 2011, Stellar International Networks and USC Marshall Business School partnered in leading a powerful group of experienced and emerging women leaders for a multigenerational and cross-cultural leadership and learning experience in Beijing, Lijiang, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. In 2006 and 2008 Stellar International Networks successfully organized women leadership delegations to China with Senator Maria Cantwell. In addition to China, Laurie has organized and led delegations with Senators Patty Murray and Cantwell to Cuba, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and South Africa.
Laurie is a member of USC Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders; the Committee of 200 (C200), International Women’s Forum and Harvard University JFK School of Government – Women’s Leadership Board. She is on the Advisory Council of the Women’s Presidents Organization. She was appointed chair of the Governor’s Executive Women’s Council by China Ambassador Gary Locke; is founding chair of the Center for Women and Democracy at University of Washington and received a United States presidential appointment to the National Women’s Business Council. She is the founding president of the Washington State chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She was awarded “Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World” in Monaco and International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make A Difference” award.
Laurie is married to Lars Jonsson and their children Jonas, Marcus and Jenny are University of Southern California Trojans.
Veronica Very has enjoyed serving as executive assistant to Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Stanley B. McDonald since 2006. In this capacity, Veronica is found supporting, coordinating and organizing many high level projects, meetings and events on behalf of Stellar International; Networks and Holding’s companies. Special events and projects worth special note include 2006, 2008 and 2011 Stellar Women’s Leadership China Delegations; C200 Best Ticket in Town Seattle; Sweden Week Nobel Laureate Dinner featuring H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria; Swedish Royal Roundtable and a high level women leader’s dinner with then presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted at the Clinton family residence in Washington, DC.
Veronica’s career experience includes working in beauty and fashion, hospitality and real estate industries with Nordstrom; MAC Cosmetics; W Hotel Los Angeles, Windermere Real Estate and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Veronica’s leadership, special event and customer relations experience and skills has gained her recognition and customer service and leadership awards from her employers and the community at large.
Veronica is an enthusiastic and respected community leader who serves on the ministerial team at First AME Church, Seattle and actively pursues opportunities to give back by volunteering at the Seattle Children’s Hospital and recently launching Very Bright Foundation to raise Sickle Cell awareness through education and inspiration. She firmly believes that pain is simply an opportunity for power and purpose to teach us life lessons that can change the world. Veronica’s heart beats with love and joy for her daughter Ashlé.
Julia Plotts, USC Student Delegation Leader, Assistant Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics, USC Marshall School of Business, California, U.S.A
Professor Julia Plotts is an expert in banking and financial services, including corporate finance, valuation and government oversight. She specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. She is the author of several valuation case studies and contributed to Valuation: The Art and Science of Corporate Investment Decisions.
Julia has received numerous awards, including the USC Mellon Mentoring Award (2010), Dean’s Award for Community (2010), USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award (2009), Golden Apple Award (2005, 2007, 2010), and USC Mortar Board Society (2009) . Before joining USC, she worked for Banc of America Securities LLC on equity and debt financing, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Education: MBA, from University of Southern California; BA, Loyola Marymount University.
Julie Auslander, President & Chief Cultural Officer, cSubs, LLC, New Jersey, USA
As a 5 time serial entrepreneur, Julie looks to match market opportunity with precision and drive. Julie Sue Auslander is President and Chief Cultural Officer of cSubs, LLC, where she guides one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies in the U.S., managing subscription programs for leading corporate subscribers. By providing an intuitive web based program, developed under Ms. Aulander’s guidance, companies can reduce their spending by 15-%20% on publications, memberships, site licenses and online services. Julie Auslander created an employee/client centric eco-system, through an internal culture that fosters total team engagement, believing if given what they need to succeed, her team would channel their own efforts toward a high quality customer experience. Formerly, Ms. Auslander presided over her prior company’s liquidity event to a public company, overseeing a $14 million budget.
Julie, having reaped the benefits as one of the originally certified WBENC companies back in 1997, realizes the importance of being certified and the challenges of doing so. When sitting on the New York WPEO Certification Committee, she saw the number of rejected or tabled applications and the time in dealing with them. As well, many applicants never submit or resubmit their requests. To those ends, wanting to be able to have as many women that qualify, seek and certify their businesses and become part of the ranks and privileges that certification brings Certify My Company was born. The mission is to simplify the arduous certifying process. Certify My Company (www. CertifyMyCompany.org) is here to personally coach applicants through the mountain of paperwork that is required. More than 60% of applications submitted get rejected for certification due to poorly filled out, incomplete or misunderstood paperwork causing unnecessary delays or abandon opportunities. With the goal of inspiring and helping women grow their businesses and have more fun and time doing it, CMC provides the inspiration needed for women by helping them get their qualified businesses nationally certified. CMC helps link them with large corporations and each other to increase revenue, connecting them to events and sharing expert knowledge and inspiration. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Portable Playhouse.
Pamela Coker, Co-Founder,
Former CEO, Acucorp, Inc., California,
Pamela Coker, Ph.D., is a corporate leader in the field of
artificial intelligence, software and integration services. In 1988, she
co-founded Acucorp, Inc., a San Diego-based company that modernizes software
business applications written in COBOL, and, as president and CEO, she steered
the company into a global enterprise serving customers in 100 countries. After
Acucorp’s sale in 2007, Dr. Coker joined a team of four CEOs who provide
software consulting and interim executive services under the name DaggerBoard
began her career in academia, most recently as an assistant professor for Claremont Graduate University
in the field of cognitive psychology. In 1979, she left the university to take
the helm of Integrated Research & Information Systems Inc., and went on to
co-found Computer Cognition, Inc., serving as its president and director of
research from 1983 to 1988.
For her considerable achievements, Dr. Coker has
been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of
Women Business Owners (San Diego chapter) and
one of the “Top 100 Influential Alumni in the first 50 years of the University of California,
San Diego.” California
Business has ranked her among the “One Hundred Execs Who Make a
Difference,” and, under her leadership, Acucorp was named one of “America’s
Fastest Growing Private Companies” by Inc.
Dr. Coker was admitted to C200 in 1998 for her
inspirational role among female executives, and was formerly on the Membership
Committee. She has served on an array of professional and non-profit boards,
among them the Torrey Pines Children’s Liberal Arts Foundation, the San Diego
Chapter of the International Forum
for Corporate Executives, and California Innovation Network.
graduate of University of California, Dr. Coker holds a Ph.D. in cognitive
psychology (Irvine), and a bachelor’s degree in
psychology/mathematics (San Diego).
Pamela has a grown son, Loren. She lives
in Del Mar,
CA with her sweetheart, John Walls.
J. Dunbar PhD NAE RSE Astronaut, Speaker, Executive Director, Wings Over
Washington, Washington State, U.S.A
Dr. Bonnie Dunbar recently
retired as the President and CEO
of the Museum of Flight
to assume the position of Executive Director of Wings Over Washington, an
affiliate organization of The Museum of Flight in Seattle Washington.
The “MOF” is the largest private air and space museum in the world, with an
education program that provides for more than 120,000 students per year. Wings
Over Washington is dedicated to future development of the Museum, including
building a new Space Gallery, to acquiring Space Artifacts, including a
retiring Space Shuttle, and to building the Aviation High School
on its campus. Dr. Dunbar retired from
the NASA Johnson Space
Center in 2005 where she
had a 27 year career as a Space Flight Controller, an Astronaut, and a member
of the Senior Executive Service.
As a NASA Mission
Specialist astronaut and veteran of 5 space flights, Dr. Dunbar logged more
than 50 days in space. She has served as
the Payload Commander on two flights, including the first Space Shuttle docking
mission to the Russian Space Station Mir. Following her flight career, Dr. Dunbar
served in the government Senior Executive Service for 7 years, holding various
management positions at the NASA Headquarters in Washington,
D.C., and at the NASA Johnson
Dr. Dunbar holds BS and MS
degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University
of Washington, and a PhD in
Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Houston. She graduated from the Harvard School
for Senior Managers in Government in 2001. Prior to working for NASA, she was a
senior research engineer with Rockwell International Space Division, where she
helped to develop the equipment and processes for manufacturing the thermal
protection system for the Space Shuttle.
Dr. Dunbar is a member of the American Ceramic Society (Fellow), the
National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), the Society of Women Engineers
(SWE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA/Fellow).
She has been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal five times, the NASA
Exceptional Leadership Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She was named a Woman of Influence by the
Puget Sound Business Journal and has received the Washington State Medal of
Dr. Dunbar holds seven
honorary degrees, is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, is an elected member of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh, an elected member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and,
in 2002, was elected to the US National Academy of Engineers.
Elizabeth Haenle, CEO, Peridot Paper and Founder and President of Elizabeth Haenle Weddings, Lifestyle and Events, Beijing, China
Elizabeth is the founder and president of Elizabeth Haenle Weddings, Lifestyle and Events, a consulting company that focuses on custom weddings, lifestyle and social events around the world. She is also the president and CEO of Peridot Paper, the award-winning custom gift packaging and gift design company she founded in 2003.
Prior to moving to Beijing, Elizabeth served eight years at the White House as the social secretary and residence manager to the Vice President of the United States. During her time at the White House, Elizabeth planned social events on behalf of the President and Vice President with many global leaders. As residence manager, she was also responsible for coordinating the interior and landscape design, the culinary program and the art collection for the official residence of the Vice President.
While at the White House, Elizabeth also traveled extensively on behalf of the Vice President to plan events in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
She previously worked for two U.S. presidential campaigns, a member of Congress, a former Secretary of Commerce and the 1996 centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kai Falkenberg, Editorial Counsel, Forbes, New York,
Kai Falkenberg is the editorial counsel at Forbes where she is responsible for all legal issues relating to the editorial content of Forbes’ print and online publications. In addition to her editorial legal work, Ms. Falkenberg writes on legal issues for Forbes and appears regularly on the Forbes on Fox program on Fox News.
Prior to joining Forbes, Ms. Falkenberg was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine where she specialized in media law and represented various national magazines and broadcast clients. Before joining Davis Wright, Ms. Falkenberg clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and was an associate at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz. Ms. Falkenberg is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Michele Fabrizi President & CEO, MARC USA, President, Co-Founder & CEO,
two:peas Jewelry, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Michele Fabrizi is a leader and brand champion, who creates
game-changing strategies that generate real business results for her clients.
Under Michele’s leadership, MARC USA, one of the nation’s largest independent
advertising agencies, has become known for its unique ability to weave a web of
engagement around consumers – effectively bridging the online and offline
Michele knows what it takes to successfully market and grow
a business. She joined MARC USA, one of the nation’s largest independent
advertising and marketing communications firms, in 1982 and moved rapidly up
the ranks. In 2003, Michele was named President & CEO of the nationwide
advertising division. Prior to this, as President and Chief Executive Officer
of MARC USA’s Pittsburgh
headquarters, she oversaw unprecedented growth culminating in a 200% increase
in billings in her first two years at the helm. She is respected as a leading
professional in her field, and Adweek magazine cited her as one of the
outstanding women in advertising.
On the national level, Michele is a member of the Board of
Directors of the March of Dimes. Closer to home, she serves on the Board of
Directors and Executive Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community
Development, where she led the development of the regional brand and the
marketing efforts for Pittsburgh’s 250th Anniversary. She also
serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the United Way of Allegheny County
and was the first woman to chair the annual fundraising campaign. Michele chairs
the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Opera and is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Andy
contributions to her profession and the community have been recognized with
numerous awards. Her honors include Pennsylvania Department of Commerce Fifty
Best Women in Business, Carlow
College Women of
Spirit, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, Ernst &
Young Western PA Entrepreneur of Year Finalist, YWCA of Greater
Pittsburgh Tribute to Women – Communications, and Girl Scouts of SW
Pennsylvania Woman of Distinction – Professional.
Brenda Brown Hunter, Science
Advisor, Office of Defense Programs, NNSA, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Brown Hunter is the Science Advisor in the Office of Defense Programs at the
Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
She assists the Deputy Administrator in directing the Stockpile Stewardship
Program (SSP), which is responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and
reliability of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The NNSA’s
nuclear weapons complex includes three national research laboratories, the
Nevada Test Site, and four production plants. Ms. Hunter is the
representative on the Science Council for all of the production plants.
NNSA approximately $5.2 billion program, with over 25,000 people around the
country, encompasses operations associated with manufacturing, maintaining,
refurbishing, and dismantling the nuclear weapons stockpile. Defense Programs
also provides oversight and direction of the research, development, and
engineering support to maintain the safety and reliability of the nuclear
weapons stockpile in the absence of underground testing, and assures the
capability for maintaining the readiness to test and develop new warheads, if
Ms. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science
degree from Alabama State University
and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee.
Among numerous other awards, she is most proud to have received the Levi
Watkins President’s Award while attending Alabama State
University. She is
the recipient of the 2008 YWCA Tribute to Women in Business and Government
award. Her talents and drive are visible within the organizations she
serves. She expends her energy and her network of contacts to raise funds
to support the mission of organizations, such as the American Cancer Society
and United Way.
Brenda Brown Hunter can be summarized as a real person of compassion and deep
desire to effect positive impacts on her community and its citizens.
Rosanne F. Lapan, Founder, Rosanne F. Lapan Holdings, LLC, Washington State, U.S.A.
Rosanne Lapan has
practiced corporate law and estate planning in Arizona for over 30 years. She is currently
a partner in one of the largest commercial retail owners in Southern
Arizona. Rosanne F. Lapan
Holdings invests in various real estate developments, venture, stocks and
bonds. Rosanne Lapan is dedicated to
women’s leadership and has participated in numerous international women’s
has been active on a variety of boards including The American Jewish Committee,
Jewish Philanthropic Foundation, The Jewish Community Center, Women's Studies
Advisory Council at UofA, the Foundation for Integrative Medicine, Angel
Charity for Children, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Center for Women and
Democracy, and Washington State Women’s Forum.
Ms. Lapan was recognized as a "Local Hero" by the National Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1998.
She authored "A Resource Guide for Breast Cancer - Breast Cancer
Network, Tucson Guide," first published by the American Cancer Society in
1999 and was the first "Gift of Life" recipient by the American
Cancer Society, Southern Arizona Chapter, in 2000. She earned her B.A. and M.A.
at the University of Washington and earned her J.D. at the University of Arizona.
J. MacInnis, Vice Dean for Research and Strategy, Charles L. and
Ramona I. Hilliard Professor of Business Administration and Professor of
Marketing at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, U.S.A.
Deborah J. MacInnis is the
Vice Dean for Research and Strategy, Charles L. and Ramona I. Hilliard
Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at the Marshall
School of Business, University of Southern California where she oversees Marshall’s
strategic planning process and all aspects of faculty and PhD student research
(grants, corporate sponsored research, and research resources). She is an expert in consumer emotions and
their impact on consumer behavior. She is also an expert in branding and
consumers’ attachments to brand. She has published over 75 papers, book
chapters and books in areas related to consumer behavior. Her work has been
published in the Journal of Consumer
Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of
Consumer Psychology, Journal of Advertising, and others. She has served as Associate Editor or a
member of the Editorial Reviewer Boards of each of these journals.
is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of
Consumer Research. She is past President of the Association for Consumer
Research, and past Vice-President of Conferences and Research for the Academic
Council of the American Marketing Association. She is the recipient of the Journal of Marketing’s Alpha Kappa Psi
and Maynard awards for high impact research on branding and consumer emotions. She has also received numerous teaching
awards for her work with undergraduate students. She received her PhD in
business administration from the University
of Pittsburgh and she holds a
Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith
College. She served on
the faculty at the University
of Arizona from
1986-1994. Her husband is also a faculty member at Marshall. Together they have two teenage
Mauree McKaen, President & CEO, Leadership Unlimited, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
is the founder and president of Leadership Unlimited, Inc., an executive
leadership consulting firm for non-profit and small business organizations.
Mauree brings over 30 years of leadership, directorship and executive coaching
Mauree is a
highly sought out speaker who designed a development program for emerging
leaders entitled “LEADS to Leadership Success in the 21st Century™.”
Her company has assisted countless leaders and leadership teams on improving
performance with executive recruitment; assessment, strategic planning, small
business start-up and expansion and other advisory consulting services. She
designs and facilitates processes for executive teams in tactical and strategic
planning; developing sustainable organizations, cross-cultural competency for leaders
and conflict resolution.
participated in many international exchanges and has a passion for global
women’s leadership. She has served on numerous boards in both public and
private sectors. She is the former board chair of the City of Seattle's
Board of Ethics and served as the founding President of First Place; one of the
first schools in the United
States designed to serve homeless children.
Mauree earned her
M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Seattle University.
Shannon Faris Director of Planning and External Reporting, USC Marshall School of Business, California, U.S.A.
Shannon Faris is the Director of Planning and External Reporting for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She oversees the institutional research function for Marshall, providing data and information to the school’s various departments. Shannon also developed and administers the Marshall GLP and LINC program evaluation.
Before coming to Marshall, Shannon managed formative and summative research and evaluation in public K-14 education and social services. Projects included public school reform, No Child Left Behind, after-school programs and the Annenberg Family School Initiative. Shannon’s interest in leadership development is both applied and academic. In addition to co-founding UCLA’s official leadership development program, Bruin Leaders, Shannon’s dissertation examined college student leadership development with a specific focus on social change. Her work in this area was published in several discipline-based journals and she co-edited Developing Non-hierarchical Leadership on Campus, a leadership development textbook for higher education practioners. Education: Ph.D., M.A, B.A., University of California, Los Angeles.
Melissa D. Obegi, Managing Director, Oaktree
Capital (Hong Kong) Limited
Ms. Obegi is a Managing Director with Oaktree’s Asia Principal Group, based in Hong Kong. Oaktree Capital Management is a global investment management firm with over $80 billion in assets under management. Oaktree’s Asia Principal Group focuses on private equity investments in Asia, including Greater China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. Ms. Obegi’s responsibilities include investment sourcing, structuring, execution and management, as well as fund-level operational responsibilities. Ms. Obegi has been with Oaktree since 2002, first in Oaktree’s headquarters in Los Angeles where she acted as Associate General Counsel, and then in Hong Kong since 2006.
Prior to joining Oaktree, Ms. Obegi worked for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington D.C. as Associate General Counsel, Investment Funds, with responsibilities for its $3 billion portfolio of emerging markets private equity investment funds.
Prior thereto, she was an associate in the International Banking Group of the law firm Coudert Brothers, working in their New York and San Francisco offices. Ms. Obegi graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.F.S. degree in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and received a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D Author, Speaker, Professor of Sociology, University of
Washington, Washington State, U.S.A.
Dr. Pepper Schwartz is
Professor of Sociology at the University
of Washington. She is
past president of the International Society for the Scientific Study of
Sexuality, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the Centers for Sexuality
and the National Sexuality Resource
She is presently the
relationship and love Ambassador for AARP, the largest membership organization
in the United States
and a founding member and chief relationship expert for Perfectmatch.com. She
is the author of 16 books and over 50 academic articles and the winner of the
American Sociological Association award for Public Understanding of Sociology
and the Matrix award for Excellence in
Education. She was honored as a
Distinguished Alumni by Washington
University in St.
Louis and has served on the alumni council of Yale University
where she attended graduate school.
frequent commentator on intimate relationships; she has appeared multiple times
on Oprah, the Today Show and writes a blog for PsychToday.com and
Triporati.com. She lives in Snoqualmie,
Washington on a horse farm near Seattle.
Wina So, CEO, Solstice
Medicine Company, California, U.S.A.
Wina So: Female
Entrepreneur Turning Old-World Tradition Into Modern-Day Innovation.
Solstice Medicine Company
was founded in 1979 with the intent of providing traditional Chinese medicines
to immigrants. Without proper labeling, the Food & Drug Administration
(FDA) would not allow these products to be brought into the United States.
Solstice Medicine Company was the first of its kind to break into this market
and import them in bulk.
Wina So Tran – CEO of
Solstice Medicine Company – is a Chinese-American entrepreneur from Glendale, California.
Armed with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern
California, Wina joined her father’s company in
2001 with the objective to modernize business operations, implement exclusive
distribution contracts with manufacturers, and enforce trademarks registration
to stop the distribution of counterfeit products in the marketplace.
In 2007, Solstice moved its
headquarters into a brand new 40,000 square feet state-of-the-art building in
Downtown Los Angeles. With the new facility, Wina streamlined business
operations by improving logistics and warehousing efficiency. She was able to
structure and modernize the business using various campaigns that resulted in
FDA compliance and registration of all products, a hologram design on packaging
to prevent counterfeits, as well as revenue of $10.9 million in 2010.
Solstice Medicine Company
is now the largest importer and distributor of traditional Chinese medicines in
the United States.
With headquarters centered in Downtown Los Angeles, the company represents over
400 products from 8 different countries including China,
Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia,
and others. Wina has been able to modernized Solstice Medicine Company onto a
new and innovative platform that has revitalized traditional Chinese medicine.
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has recognized Wina as
the 2011 Rising-Star Award recipient. She has led the way in the business
community to build a legacy for the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Having been involved in numerous organizations for many years, Wina dedicates
her time to establishing an outlet for economic, social, and political power
for female entrepreneurs.
Annie Vonheim, Senior International Manager, Metagenics, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Annie Niou Vonheim is the Senior International
Manager at Metagenics, Inc., an internationally recognized life science company
dedicated to combating chronic disease with natural therapeutic applications. Metagenics is headquartered in California and currently employs almost 1,000 people in
offices around the world, including the US,
Canada, Belgium and Australia. As the leader in the professional-grade
nutraceutical industry and functional medicine education, thousands of healthcare
practitioners worldwide have been able to naturally restore health to their
patients suffering from chronic illnesses.
At Metagenics, Annie heads the
International business unit, overseeing business development, sales, marketing
and operations in over 25 countries. She is currently leading a significant hospital
project in China,
creating a series of preventative medicine centers that treat patients with
natural solutions. These hospitals will serve as teaching hospitals in
conjunction with top-ranked medical schools to train both Chinese and Taiwanese
doctors how to utilize advanced nutritional therapies in the treatment of
chronic disease conditions.
Annie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Economics from the University of California
Irvine with a specialty in International Business
from the National University of Singapore. She started her career in international
business at the US Department of Commerce and the federally-appointed District
Export Council. As a result, she still partners with Commerce regularly as a
speaker to promote world trade for the export community. Annie also serves as
an Adjunct Professor in the International Business Department at Santa Ana College, one of the top 10 associates
degree producers for the Hispanic community. She is also an Ambassador Speaker
for the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as a co-founder for the Kids Cafe Nutrition
education program which feeds and educates underprivileged children about the lifelong
importance of making the right food choices from an early age. Her most recent project for the Food Bank was to lead an
initiative to significantly improve the nutritional content of meals served to
the homeless population of Orange
Vice President, DHR International, Beijing, China
Kitty Vorisek opened the DHR
International Beijing’s office in 2010 to provide executive
search capability. With her performance in Corporate Social Responsibility
and Sustainability, she also launched the nonprofit practice for DHR
International in Asia Pacific.
She has a track record in financial services, working
for twenty-five years in China, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany and the
United States. Using her in-depth knowledge of diverse markets gained through
her work with state-owned institutions and multi-national corporations,
she has developed strategies and tactics that have resulted in
substantial increases in revenue and client satisfaction. Working with union
and non union organizations, she expanded retail distribution through branches,
call centers and internet while integrating functional support teams. Working in a variety of markets, Kitty has introduced unique methods for talent
development, diversity and retention of local talent; resulting in initiatives
that enhanced business performance. As Business Manager at JP Morgan, China, she worked on the strategic plan
and business foundation as well as corporate social responsibility
models that supported the brand. She implemented issue-driven programs with
schools and nonprofit organizations. In adherence to the Chinese
government’s priorities, she developed and executed programs with a provincial
education bureau that introduced new teaching methods for rural teachers. Kitty
then replicated the model for use with migrant school teachers.
Kitty has consulted on projects for the
WHO - Healthy Cities China pilot, World Bank, Working Mother Media and
Diversity Best Practices, Stanford ValuEd and Duke University for DukeEngage. Kitty received the “Exemplary Contributor to Promoting International Education
Award.” She was nominated for it by the International School of
Beijing and presented the award by the European Council of International
Schools. She serves as an advisor to the Dandelion Middle School and The
Grace Children Foundation; a New York based 501(c) (3). Kitty received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois,
Urbana and did her graduate work at Arizona State University, Tempe. She resides in Beijing with her husband and two children.
Whyte, Real Estate Broker,
SVP & Associate Broker, Stribling,
New York, U.S.A.
CB Whyte is a preeminent New York
real estate broker exclusively specializing in Manhattan. As senior vice president and
associate broker at Stribling--- CB has been recognized by her peers for her
outstanding ability to achieve insurmountable success in resolving the most
complex real estate matters.
CB is an expert in all property segments from co-ops,
condominiums, townhouses and new developments. She offers superior service; an
amazing sales record and encyclopedic knowledge of past and current market
inventory. She is held in esteem by her colleagues and attracts the very
highest caliber of clientele. Her client portfolio boasts top corporate
executives; celebrities, high powered investors and the owners and developers
of real estate. CB is a savvy business woman; consummate deal maker and
diligent representative whose professional priority is keeping her clients
confident and informed throughout every transaction.
She has been recognized by the Real Estate Board of New
York with the REBNY deal of the year award in 1995, 2005 and gained cover story
in the Mann Report in 2011.
A woman leader
in her own right, CB is a New York
native who found herself widowed at a young age with the responsibility of
raising and providing for her 3 young children. CB met this challenge with her
heart and mind and powerfully flourished into a brilliant professional and
family woman who gives back to the community. CB is a lover of contemporary art
who enjoys skiing and golfing.
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