2018 Women’s Executive Leadership Program Class
This year’s class is comprised of ...
Lauren Bellerjeau is a partner in the corporate department at Morrision & Foerster LLP. She is based in the Washington, DC office and focuses her corporate practice on advising clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, internal restructuring, joint ventures, complex commercial transactions, and general corporate governance matters. Ms. Bellerjeau has also regularly counseled real estate investment trusts and other companies with significant real estate holdings or real estate management businesses with respect to complex restructuring and roll-up transactions, particularly in contemplation of an initial public offering, large equity investment, or other strategic alternative process. In 2016, she was recognized by Legal 500 US for Real Estate Investment Trusts and was also named an Emerging M&A Leader - Legal by M&A Advisor. Ms. Bellerjeau is regularly mentioned and recognized by leading industry publications, including Law360, Asian Legal Business, and many others.
Ms. Bellerjeau earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 2003, and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Indiana University in 2006, where she was an articles editor of the Indiana Law Review. She lives in Rockville, MD with her husband Philip, their two daughters Sophie and Kensington, and their dog Indiana.
Elizabeth Chiao, MD, MPH
Dr. Chiao is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Baylor School of Medicine, and directs the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) site there. She is a clinician investigator who has maintained continuous funding from the NIH since receiving a mentored career development award from the National Cancer Institute in 2006. Since that time she has received two separate investigator-initiated project grants from the National Cancer Institute, which total over $6 million in research funding. Her interests include understanding the effects of HIV-related immunosuppression on the cancer incidence of HIV-infected individuals, addressing poor cancer outcomes of HIV-infected individuals, screening and treatment of algorithms for virally-mediated cancers and developing guidelines for screening and treating Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers. Dr. Chaio and her research group's findings have been published in journals such as: Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Chiao received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her Master's in Public Health from Yale University, and her medical degree from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is board certified in both Medical Oncology and Infectious Diseases. She chairs or co-chairs several national clinical trials, and is a member of the AMC steering committee, and now serves as chair of the non-AIDS Defining Working Group committee. She also is a member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors ad hoc committee on HIV and HIV-related Malignancies.
Janine Gerber is currently an EdTech business development and global program manager at IBM. Her focus ranges on developing partnerships with digital learning organizations such as Coursera, Treehouse, and Udacity to nonprofits and companies dedicated to development of new collar skills. Prior to this role, Janine led the IBM Academic Initiative program which enabled over ten thousand faculty and six hundred thousand students to leverage IBM technologies in the classroom. She also has extensive experience in leading technical roles within IBM WebSphere marketing, developerWorks, IT strategy and architecture services, middleware services, and the former personal computing division.
Janine most recently created the Hour of Code - Chatbots for Good kit and personally reached one thousand K-12 students by hosting local workshops. She also mentors a Girls Who Code club at Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary, NC. Janine earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign and has completed the Duke University IBM Corporate Education: Marketing Management, Strategy, and Planning Specialty Certificate.
Brigitte Green is currently the VP of Creative Licensing at Interscope, Geffen and A&M after previously running the Creative Licensing department at the independent music publishing company, Big Deal Music. She recently relocated to LA after spending 11 years in New York where she was the VP Of Licensing at The Beggars Group. The Beggars Group is comprised of five of the strongest independent records labels: XL Recordings, Matador Records, 4AD, Young Turks and Rough Trade. Previously, she has worked in the music department at Fox Film Music and at WH Entertainment with music supervisors Laura Wasser and Darren Higman. She is also the founder of the multi media charity event consortium, Late Bloomers.
Nikita Japra, MA, MPH
Nikita Japra joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2015. As an experienced special projects manager, she interprets health policy interests alongside scientific evidence to shed light on pressing public health issues – ultimately repackaging specialized information for lay audiences across cities, states, and global borders. Most recently, she has worked on the strategic development of the Foundation’s next health initiative.
In her last role, Ms. Japra was responsible for vetting, writing, and producing health and medical coverage across all NBC News platforms — providing editorial guidance for CNBC, MSNBC, and nationally broadcast television on TODAY and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Prior to joining NBC News, Ms. Japra worked across the education, documentary, and broadcast industries – reporting on breaking news and managing program initiatives tied to global health advocacy, medical research and arts-driven social change. Her interest in the confluence of these areas began during her undergraduate education in International Relations and Writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a four-year Bloomberg Scholar.
Ms. Japra holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, an M.P.H. in Population and Family Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and graduate certificates in both Media Management and Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research (CEOR). She has completed additional coursework in Narrative Medicine and in Risk Analysis at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, respectively.
Aisha Kenya Lawrey, MPA
Aisha Lawrey is Director of Engineering Education for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She directs and guides the work of ASME in helping to shape the future of mechanical engineering and engineering technology education through ABET accreditation; the ME/MET department head and faculty communities; efforts toward increasing undergraduate simulation-design-build-innovation; greater exposure to industry standards/practices; more robust industry and university relations; and fostering more diverse and inclusive collaboration environments as framed by the ASME Engineering Education Vision 2030 Advocacy Strategy.
Prior to ASME, she was the Associate Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey for the Engineering and Research Center in Structured Organic Particulate Systems. In this position, she was responsible for all educational programming for the Engineering Research Center, which includes four universities (UPRM, NJIT, Purdue, and Rutgers) from K-12 through post-doctoral level. She also worked as the Outreach Project Manager in the Pre-Engineering Instructional and Outreach Program (PrE-IOP), a collaboration between the Center of Pre-College Program and the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her responsibilities with the program were to inform students, parents, school educators, and the community about the different fields of engineering and the skills need to prepare them for those careers.
Aisha has industry experience with several technology companies in engineering, research, and business. Her main responsibilities were to help companies improve their technical business processes.
The seed of engineering education was planted as an electrical engineering student in her work with the National Society of Black Engineers working on their Pre-College Initiative (PCI)Program. Now with twenty years of experience in engineering education, Aisha holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Public Administration in Higher Education and Education Policy, and is currently pursuing an EdD in Engineering Education.
Laila is Managing Director of Macro Advisory Partners, a strategic advisory firm based in London and New York, where she has worked since 2013 largely focused on multilateral issues. With a background in conflict resolution, and experience in security, humanitarian and development assistance, Laila has worked as a political and policy advisor in a range of diverse organizations in commercial and non-profit contexts in Africa, Europe and the US.
Laila also worked across the United Nations system for almost a decade, including in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2000 - 2006. Laila holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in English Literature from Manchester University.
Courtney Munoz is Assistant Vice President at MassMutual Financial Group, responsible for leading the company’s business transformation in response to the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule and other related regulations. As part of the $25M project, Courtney leads multiple project teams implementing new technology, business policies, operational procedures, and training for MassMutual’s 9000+ advisors. Prior to being tapped for this business critical initiative, Courtney served as Regional Vice President supporting agencies across 12 states, driving market strategy within region to grow underpenetrated markets through oversight of district offices, acquisitions, and brokerage growth.
Key to her success was partnering with agency CEO’s and Managing Partners, consulting on strategy, business plan development, and operations and financial management issues. Recently Courtney joined SCORE as a consultant, volunteering time to mentor small business owners. SCORE is a national nonprofit organization of current and retired executives dedicated to helping small businesses achieve their goals.
Courtney began her career as a financial advisor and sales manager with Ameriprise Financial and earned her Certified Financial Planner designation. She holds a Bachelors in Industrial Economics from Union College with minors in Mathematics, Japanese, and Electrical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Connecticut. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two young children.
Lisa Newman, NCSP
Lisa Newman is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist currently serving as the Crisis Response Specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In this role, she provides oversight, leadership, and training for the district’s suicide assessment and psychological crisis support protocols for 176 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Additionally, she directs and aligns the work of district and school-based crisis teams in a psychological crisis incident.
As a passionate advocate for children and youth, Lisa also serves as a champion and point-person for various suicide prevention, mental health, and trauma-informed initiatives within the district and Mecklenburg County. Lisa is dedicated to leading and developing knowledgeable professionals within schools who can provide high-quality and effective psychological support, intervention, and mental health services that address barriers to learning for all students. She has developed a large range of professional development sessions for more than 1,000 school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators on topics in mental health, program development, and prevention. She represents the district in various county, state, and community task forces and workgroups to improve collaborative efforts. She has also served as the district’s first elementary counseling specialist, a lead school counselor, school psychologist, student services specialist, and a positive behavior and support (PBIS) coach.
Sarah Teich is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including securities, director and officer liability, financial services and antitrust matters. Sarah has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate level. She has experience representing clients, including private equity firms, pharmaceutical companies, broker dealers, Fortune 100 companies, media companies, and individuals, in a wide range of business disputes. She serves on the firm’s Pro Bono, Real Estate and Alumni Relations committees, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and a member of the Finance Committee for Community of Hope, a local non-profit dedicated to addressing homeless and health care for DC’s low-income families. Sarah was raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in History and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College in 2000. She earned a Masters in History from University of Virginia in 2006. She received her J.D. the same year from University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Sarah clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before joining Williams & Connolly in 2007.
Joy Sinderbrand is the Vice President for the New York City Housing Authority’s Recovery and Resilience Department. Created in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, this group is responsible for leveraging over $3 billion of disaster recovery funding in over 220 buildings at 35 developments throughout New York City. In addition to repair work, the team is incorporating state of the art resilient design elements that will guide future construction throughout NYCHA’s portfolio.
Prior to NYCHA, she worked at Washington Square Partners with developers, non-profits, universities, unions, and government agencies to advance development projects and public-private partnerships. At the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, she was the redevelopment project manager for One World Trade Center and spearheaded projects to expand capacity at New York’s Penn Station. Joy received a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Honors College. She was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and an AmeriCorps*NCCC member. Although she’s a fourth-generation Brooklynite still living in Brooklyn, she’s traveled to almost four dozen countries and now drags her husband and 5 and 8 year old boys along for the ride, as often as possible.
Meg Vorland is the Director of Programs for Dcode, a federally- focused accelerator that brings emerging technology into the public sector. She is a passionate advocate for startups and small businesses, and has helped to develop and expand several companies, focusing on preparing businesses for funding and entering new markets, forecasting, and scaling general operations and project management. Meg served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where she advised and provided project management support on high-priority internal operations, provided policy recommendations to the Administrator of the SBA, and helped to implement policy decisions affecting small businesses.
Meg grew up outside of Chicago in Brookfield, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelors degrees in Economics and Political Science and competed on the Varsity Softball team. Meg received her MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in 2016. She lives in DC with her partner Dave Vorland.
Dr. Wolf graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University and with highest honors from Harvard Medical School. She trained in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with terms as Chief Resident in both. She earned a Master in Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard University School of Public Health. In 2012, Dr. Wolf joined the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in lung and esophageal cancer, as well as mesothelioma. In addition to respect as a surgeon and clinician, she is beloved by her patients and has led an academically productive career with over 130 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and invited talks nationally and internationally. She recently edited a special edition of the Annals of Translational Medicine on mesothelioma and is currently co-editor of the 3 rd edition of the #1 selling McGraw-Hill textbook Sugarbaker’s Adult Chest Surgery.
As Director of the Mount Sinai Women’s Lung Cancer Program and the newly-founded New York Mesothelioma Program, Dr. Wolf leads and engages physicians and scientists at multiple institutions to collaborate in cancer care and clinical research. She has mentored and taught
students from middle-school to medical school and continues to train residents, fellows, and clinicians, serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Health Network’s Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Fellowship Program. Dr. Wolf is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She lives with her adopted son in New Jersey, enjoys Bruce Springsteen, and leads group runs as a board member of the Palisades Running Club.