(Washington, DC)–Washington, DC-based Impact Center announced the selection of twenty four highly accomplished women leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors for the 2015 Women’s Executive Leadership Program. The announcement follows a competitive application and interview-based process. According to John Hart, Impact Center Founder and CEO, “Every woman in the 2015 class has achieved impressive success in her career and is poised to take on greater leadership roles that will make a positive impact on our society.”
The extraordinary women participating in this year’s class come from a diverse array of backgrounds, representing fields that include academia, healthcare, the military, business, law firms, and a variety of non-profits. Among the women in the class are those who have international experience, speak several languages, have made significant career transitions, attained higher degrees at prestigious universities, started successful new ventures, work at premier organizations, and represent the very best in an emerging generation of high-impact leaders.
The Impact Center's 2015 Women's Executive Leadership Program includes:
· Alanna Bartee, Product Director, Johnson & Johnson, Biosense Webster
· Julie Cline, Senior Associate, Booz, Allen, Hamilton
· Shelley Cohen, Entrepreneur Developing a Women-Owned Solar Business
· Jennifer Deason, Executive Vice President, Bain Capital
· Aquene Freechild, Director, Democracy is for People Campaign, Public Citizen
· Rhonda Cunningham Holmes, Deputy Director, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
· Jennifer Iwu, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Events DC
· Aimee Nicole Lewis van Roekel, Artistic Director & Head of Education, Vashon Island Shakespeare Festival
· Ana Ma, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Human Rights Campaign
· June McKoy, Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
· Roxana Muzzammel, Consultant, CRGT, Inc.
· Cathy Nelson, Vice President, Development & Membership, Human Rights Campaign
· Diana Peacock, Vice President, Business Development & Innovation, First Book
· Ann Marie Pedersen, Director, Correspondence Services Unit, Office of Communications and Outreach, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
· Kathleen Pessolano, Destinations Program Director, Global Sustainable Tourism Council
· Michelle Porter, Director, Planning and Development, Housing Authority of Baltimore City
· Nicole Shue, Director of the Surface Analysis Branch for Evaluation and Reporting, U.S. Navy
· Ruth Sullivan, Assistant Director, Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
· Jennifer Van der Heide, Chief of Staff, Congressman Mike Honda
· Keosha Varela, Senior Digital Editor & Producer, Aspen Institute
· Jill Wheeler, Chief of Programs, Hispanic Access Foundation
· Aretae Wyler, General Counsel and Chief of Staff, Atlantic Media Group
· Janet Xiao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
· Melissa Felder Zappala, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
“The members of the 2015 class are talented individuals who are shaping the future” remarked John Hart, Founder and CEO of the Impact Center. “The program is designed to enhance their skills and expand their impact on society,” adds Sonja Neiger, Program Director. The Women’s Executive Leadership Program accelerates growth for women leaders at critical junctures in their careers. It includes two Retreats that focus on building a leadership identity, embracing strengths as a woman leader, and building social capital. In-between Retreats, leaders meet regularly with an experienced executive coach and monthly with peers to incorporate and refine new skills. Building long-term professional networks with a diverse community of peers and accomplished leaders is a distinguishing characteristic of this program.
The Impact Center is a 501(c) 3 organization based out of Washington DC that provides leadership development for high-impact individuals and institutions. Their mission is to empower emerging and accomplished leaders with the knowledge, skills, and network they need to expand their impact on their organizations, communities, and our society.
To learn more about the Impact Center, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and these outstanding women, please visit www.the-impact-center.org.