Erin Moran McCormick ’83 is an entrepreneur, techie, designer, innovator and author. She is the current Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UMASS-Boston. She has also started three companies, was the Director, Curriculum Innovation & Technology at Babson College, is currently a Partner at the International Entrepreneurship Center and author of “Year of Action – How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life.” She inspires people to dream big and take small steps for amazing results.
Workshop Leaders & Panelists
Patricia (“Pat”) Lenard Angley ’81 is a senior staff attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (“LSHV”) in the Elder Unit, and represents low and moderate income senior citizens in civil legal matters such as housing preservation and adequacy, securing government benefits, assistance with advance directives, advocating for consumer rights as well as the preservation of elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors. She joined LSHV in 2008 in the Domestic Violence Unit representing victims of domestic violence in Family Court and the Integrated Domestic Violence Court. In 2010, Ms. Angley joined the Cancer Advocacy Unit where she represented cancer patients and their families with their civil legal issues and participated in the Medical-Legal Partnership with White Plains Hospital where she would often meet on hospital premises with patients who were too ill to come to the LSHV office on their own. In 2012, she joined the Elder Unit and has given numerous presentations at local senior centers on various legal topics, participated in the “Salute to Seniors,” the First Annual Westchester Senior Fair in Ossining and Senior Law Day at the Westchester County Center. Ms. Angley is a graduate of Smith College and Fordham University School of Law and completed the Pace Law School New Directions Program in 2008. She recently completed Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration’s Post-Masters Healthcare Management Certificate Program in Public Health, Palliative and Long-Term Care. Her article, “Resolving Conflicts among Multiple Surrogates under the Family Health Care Decisions Act” was recently published in the New York State Bar Association Elder and Special Needs Law Journal.
Elaine Bennett had a baptism by fire as a speechwriter: Less than two years after she signed on to write for the CEO of Salomon Brothers, scandal forced the executive to resign. In stepped investor Warren Buffett, the business writer she had always wanted to work with because of his legendarily forthright style.
“You have a great ear and you convert straight thinking into straight writing.”—Warren Buffett
For over 25 years now, Elaine Bennett has been putting words in the mouths of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies from Bankers Trust to Deloitte, developing specialties in financial services (yes, she even understands derivatives), ethics, and diversity. In fact, she won the 2011 Cicero Award for the best-written speech on Diversity. She has also written several award-winning annual reports—although her most memorable annual report story involves a job she lost. (Go ahead, ask her about Enron.)
Elaine enjoys bringing unexpected touches to business speeches, using humorous anecdotes and bits of history to illuminate even the most serious topics. Born in New Jersey, she graduated from The Brearley School and Smith College and currently lives in Connecticut.
Colleen DelVecchio is the Director for Alumnae Engagement at Smith College, focusing on supporting alumnae through career development, volunteer training, advancing women’s leadership, and connecting with current Smith students. With over 20 years of experience in career counseling, training and staff development, her background includes extensive development of curricula for in-person and e-learning experiences around career choice, transitioning careers, public speaking, and developing innovative alumnae programming. While at UMASS Boston, Colleen worked with nonprofit agencies nationwide on organizational change and startup program development.
Diana Evans is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for a global hospitality company specializing in food and beverage, event, and merchandise services for professional and collegiate sports teams, convention, and entertainment venues. She oversees corporate marketing and public relations initiatives for the company's 350+ clients and their marquee events, including The Belmont Stakes, Super Bowl 50, and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, among others. Her professional experience includes nearly a decade in communications and external relations roles at Bryn Mawr College and Princeton University; she also spent 5 years as a branding and marketing consultant for consumer goods businesses at an agency and incubator. Diana earned a BA at Smith College in Latin American Studies and studied abroad at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. She currently serves as on the Board of Trustees at The Westtown School in Pennsylvania, and has volunteered for Reunion planning efforts at Smith College.
Alexandra Ferrara is Group Manager for the Executive Equity and Engagement practice at Weber Shandwick, Alexandra “Alex” Ferrara leads client engagements and oversees research for the Executive Equity and Engagement practice at Weber Shandwick, which seeks to advance business goals by leveraging C-suite executives as corporate storytellers.
Previously, she was a Senior Associate at The Glover Park Group working primarily with C-level executives architecting thought leadership strategies. Her clients have included executive management from DuPont, Campbell Soup Company, JPMorgan Chase, American Apparel and UnitedHealthGroup. She has helped increase awareness of executives and their brands by placing them at elite speaking engagements, top-tier media opportunities and developing original content.
Beginning her career at Deutsche Bank, Alex was trained as a financial analyst. Later she transitioned to Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Communications group helping manage the bank’s executive engagement and reputation strategy during the Occupy Wall Street movement. Alex also spent a year as an independent consultant in Florence, Italy providing strategic communications counsel to American and Italian clients in the financial, insurance and real estate space.
Alex earned her B.A. in Government with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies at Smith College. Active in the arts, she is a member of the Neue Galerie Junior Council. Alex resides in New York City with her husband, Lorenzo Durantini, an artist and curator.
Lisa Galiano-Kratz MSW ‘89 was born and raised in Connecticut, graduated from the Smith College School for Social Work in 1989, moved to New York City with her new husband, and began work on the inpatient unit of Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, doing adult individual, couple and family psychotherapy. She moved to hospital’s outpatient clinic and continued to provide therapy to the community. In 1993, Lisa left work to begin her family and for the next 18 years she and her husband raised their daughter and son. They moved to Connecticut where she took the LCSW licensing exam and attained her license, and continued to receive training from Yale University and Smith College. Although Lisa always planned to go back to work when her children were grown, as the years passed and she grew further away from a professional identity she wondered how she would ever be able to convince herself, let alone the professional world, that she was qualified. To address this gap, five years ago Lisa joined the board of A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and has provided counseling for the adolescents, families and groups. She is the co-chair of Personnel, Scholar Selection Committee, and was Parent Liaison Chair. Lisa joined the National Association of Social Workers and accepted a position in July at an outpatient clinic on the Norwalk/Westport border. She also has a private practice at 735 Post Road East in Westport. She specializes in dealing with life crises, as well as depression and anxiety for adult individuals, adolescents, couples and families. Her philosophy is that while we strive to be happy and hopeful, we so often lose track of what that is, in our complicated, modern world and by periodically looking inward, fulfillment and contentment can be reestablished and renewed.
Jennifer (“Jen”) Kim ’04 is the Global Financial Services Marketing Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud computing services provider offered by Amazon.com. She brings over 10 years of experience in defining and managing long- and short-term marketing programs directed at the banking, asset management and insurance sectors. Before AWS, Jen was with Grant Thornton leading strategic account marketing to top tier banks and insurers. Prior to that, she was the financial services IT and data marketing lead at Ernst & Young where she managed campaigns promoting the firm’s capabilities around business architecture, analytics, information security and digital solutions. She also worked with the firm’s insurance risk and actuarial marketing programs. Jen began her career in financial services as a corporate communications analyst at Lehman Brothers, and then briefly served as a marketing communications manager at Alvarez & Marsal. Her first job after graduating from Smith College was with Doubleday, a former division of Random House Publishing. In addition to her Smith B.A., Jen also holds an M.A. from New York University.
Ji Eun (Jamie) Lee '04 is a speaker and negotiation coach who helps self-starter women own their negotiation prowess and confidently ask for what they desire. She believes that a fruitful, win-win negotiation serves the greater purpose of achieving greater fulfillment and connection. Negotiation is an essential life and leadership skill that demonstrates one's ability to engage, advocate and collaborate.
Her talks and workshops have been featured with the Daily Muse, Barnard College's Athena Center for Leadership, Bryn Mawr College's Leadership, Innovation and Liberal Arts Center, Lady Boss and Get Bullish Conference. She works as Senior Director of Operations at mobile marketing startup TreSensa and is an active member of New York Toastmasters
Heather Pemberton Levy ’88, founder of Story Comes First, helps business leaders and brands develop story based articles, books, ideas, and frameworks to meet their brand and business development goals. She has developed over 16 books published by Harvard Business Review Press, McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Bibliomotion, and Gartner along with over 50 articles published by HBR, Wall Street Journal CIO Journal, Financial Times, Smarter with Gartner, Ghirardelli.com, and more.
Jackie Millan '72 is a highly respected Foundation Executive who delights in helping donors make a difference. With 30+ years of experience in philanthropy and corporate citizenship Jackie offers a wide range of services to private foundations and corporations to assist them in maximizing their impact. Most recently, Jackie was Vice President, PepsiCo Foundation, and Senior Director, Corporate Contributions from 2000-‐2012. She played a pivotal role in building consensus of Senior Management for the Foundation’s focus and strategy, aligning giving priorities to complement PepsiCo’s agenda of Performance with Purpose. She oversaw PepsiCo Foundation’s development of and investment in groundbreaking multi-‐million dollar strategic initiatives in health, environment and education.
Under Jackie’s 30+ years of leadership and working with five different CEO’s, PepsiCo Foundation’s annual disbursements increased from under $1 million to $30 million, and international giving increased to over one-‐ third of the total Foundation portfolio. Jackie has broad experience in program development, at the global, national, regional and local level. Jackie has wide ranging experience in health, education, diversity, environment, the arts, employee community service and corporate citizenship.
Jackie earned an MBA with Honors from Pace University in Organizational Behavior. She is Smith College Class President, Chair of the Hospitality and Newcomers Committee at St Stephen’s Church in Ridgefield, CT, and serves on the Board of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Kathyrn Scarola Timpson ’88 began work in media at Boston’s WBCN- Radio. Soon after, she moved to Atlanta as part of the CNN-Headline News staff to focus on broadcast journalism. Once back North, Kathryn worked at WKNY-AM/WDST-FM in Woodstock, New York as a radio newscaster and local political expert before moving to hometown New York City to join forces with her fiancée (now husband of 21 years). There, Kathryn spent several years in consumer and pharmaceutical Public Relations working for Burson-Marsteller and Medisphere as a specialist in press materials and media training.
While raising her two children in Maplewood/South Orange, NJ, Kathryn has renovated five homes, and along with school and sports volunteering, initiated women’s networking groups and led Community Boards (Mothers and More, The South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race). Kathryn has been a Member of Toastmasters International since 2012, serving in several Officer Roles and is now an Area Director in Northern New Jersey. Now in Summit New Jersey, Kathryn is working with cable station Hometowne-TV, print media and local businesses as well as Municipal and County politicians to advance communication messages. Kathryn is in the initial stages of opening her own personal communications coaching company.
Lindsey Venne is a Program Specialist for Alumnae Engagement at Smith College, focused on engaging alumnae through young alumnae and undergraduate programs, volunteer training, and career and professional development programming. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 2006. Lindsey began her career in higher education in 2011. While at Smith, she has been a key member in developing and implementing a groundbreaking mobile app for reunion, producing an all-volunteer leadership training conference, and supporting career events along the East Coast. She enjoys being on a team that has an innovative approach to connecting alumnae to their alma mater, and that allows her to be creative in her planning and hands-on at Smith.
Carroll Welch is a career coach and counselor and a former practicing attorney. She is Principal and Founder of Carroll Welch Consulting (www.carrollwelchconsulting.com). Through her consulting work, she supports attorneys and other professionals at all stages of career planning and development, including in developing job search plans; transitioning back into the paid workforce; moving into new employment venues or areas of focus; resume drafting and revising; networking; interview preparation; goal setting; and leadership development. Carroll previously worked with Pace Law School’s re-entry program, New Directions for Attorneys, where she supported attorneys in their efforts to return either to legal practice or an alternative careers. Earlier in her career, she practiced commercial litigation and employment law at two major law firms. Carroll is a member of the NYC Bar’s Advisory Committee for the New Lawyers Institute. She is also a past member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee and past chair and member of CAM. Carroll completed a certificate program in Executive and Organizational Coaching at New York University in 2013 and attended Johns Hopkins University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Tracy White ’95 is Vice President of Marketing for the personal finance website, Bankrate.com. Tracy graduated Smith in 1995 and moved to New York City without a friend, a job or a family. What she had was an apartment, a degree in English Literature, a copy of The Smith College Job Guide and a whole lot of persistence. After several temporary jobs and talking to every book and magazine person she met, she landed at Seventeen Magazine's marketing department working for a Smithie. Since then, Tracy has held marketing leadership positions at several major publishers, including American Express Publishing, Time Inc., and Meredith before landing at Bankrate.com. Tracy lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband, Paul and her 8-year-old son, Blake.