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Saunders College of Business
Women's Leadership Conference
March 14, 2014

Speakers

Keynote Speaker: JJ DiGeronimo

JJ DiGeronimo
JJ DiGeronimo
Founder and CEO of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women

JJ DiGeronimo is a technology executive, author, speaker and business woman. She provides Career & Leadership Strategies for High Impact Women to effectively prioritize, align and achieve their desired goals. She is the Founder and CEO of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women. She is the author of the highly sought-after books for women, "The Working Woman's GPS", and "Before You Say Yes" (e-book). She also co-authored, "The Confident Woman, Tapping into Your Inner Power". She's a global spokesperson for women leaders, women in technology, women entrepreneurs and young women in Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.).

JJ has a degree in computer science from Ohio University. Over the last twenty years, she immersed herself in technology leadership positions within Silicon Valley based companies including VMware, Inktomi and Accenture.

While accumulating hundreds of hours of research and interviews, JJ reveals many practical strategies that effectively empower women globally through her keynotes, workshops, panels and webinars.

JJ has been featured in numerous publications which include Working Mother WITI, Fox Business, Live on Lakeside, Woman's Magazine, SHRM, Woman's Day Magazine, The Glass Hammer, the Grindstone, ITWorld, Career-Intelligence and Rescue a CEO. She has shared her insights and discoveries with many women's organizations including CISCO, WITI, YWCA, MaryKay, Women for Economic & Leadership Development, Dress for Success and many leadership and entrepreneur conferences.

She's received the Innovation Award from the Small Business Network, been named one of the Top 25 People in Technology in "Inside Business Cleveland" and was awarded the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book.

JJ lives with her husband & two children in Cleveland, Ohio.

Linda Murphy
Linda Murphy

Linda Murphy is a lifelong entrepreneur, learner and teacher of business. She is a 25 year CEO if an Industrial Rubber Distributor/Fabrication company, Flex Enterprises, Inc. She led her company to be twice one of KPMG’s Top 1—Fastest Growing Rochester companies. She has served on two industry National Boards of Directors (NAHAD and IDCO) and was the first female president of one. She is an adjunct professor at RIT and a coach for the Vistage International CEO peer group organization.



Christina Gullo
Christina Gullo

In September, 2010 Christina Gullo was named President/CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa of Rochester (now Villa of Hope). Founded in 1942, Villa of Hope has over seven decades of experience of working with youth who have serious emotional and behavioral health issues, often related to difficult and traumatic circumstances. The nationally-accredited, nonprofit agency works with more than 2,000 at-risk youth and families annually and operates within a $21 million budget. During her tenure at the Villa of Hope, Christina has led a fiscal turnaround, created a new strategic plan inclusive of new program services, an updated organizational structure and an entire rebranding effort for the organization.

With a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, Gullo’s background includes clinical, professional and business experience. She began her career as a social worker for Catholic Family Center in 1994. Four years later she was promoted to Preventive Supervisor and in 1999 began serving as Human Resources Manager for the agency. In 2001, she was named Director of Human Resources, which led to consecutive appointments as Vice President of Human Resources, Senior Vice President of Programs & Strategy, and Chief Program & Strategy Officer in 2008. She was named Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Family Center in 2010.

Kate Turner Jacus
Kate Turner Jacus
Marketing Manager
Genesee Regional Bank

Kate’s career has spanned both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, with positions at the Smithsonian Institution, Strong National Museum of Play, and Genesee Regional Bank, where she is currently Marketing Manager. GRB ($375 million) is a Rochester Top 100 company, serving commercial and personal banking customers in the five-county area. Kate manages the marketing strategy and is instrumental in building internal culture. In 2013, GRB was named a Best Place to Work in NYS, and has received a RBJ Best of the Web award.

Kate was a founder of Eastman Young Professionals (George Eastman House), currently serves on the board of Friends of Ganondagan, and is President-Elect of the Saunders College Alumni Advisory Board. She received her MBA from Saunders in 2008 and is a recipient of the RBJ Forty Under 40 Award. A native Rochestarian, Kate strives for balance with her husband JT, and young daughter, Ainsley.

Lauren Dixon
Lauren Dixon
Chief Executive Officer
Dixon Schwabl

As Chief Executive Officer of Dixon Schwabl (DS), Lauren oversees a full-service marketing communications firm with 85 employees and capitalized billings in excess of $193 million. She has full responsibility for agency performance, including bottom-line factors such as long-range strategic planning and company vision and culture. Lauren builds and provides day-to-day general and strategic oversight of a growing roster of more than 200 clients. She was named Rochester’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2001, the Ernst & Young Communicator of the Year in 2003, and she received a Rochester Business Ethics Award in that same year. The agency culture and leadership have been recognized with national awards including being named one of the “Best Small Companies to Work for in America” for nine consecutive years, including ranking #1 twice. Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces honored Dixon Schwabl with the 2010 Top Small Company Workplace Award, and that same year PR News named Dixon Schwabl one of the Top Places to Work in PR—a national award the agency won again in 2013. The agency is a two-time recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Wealth of Health Award, honoring the agency for its commitment to employee health and wellness. Dixon Schwabl was recognized with Alfred University’s Galanis Awards for Excellence in Family Business in 2009.

Talya Meyerowitz
Talya Meyerowitz
Facilitator and Coach

Talya Meyerowitz is a skilled facilitator and coach with a passion for authentic leadership and effective communication. With a bachelor's degree in acting from Syracuse University and Masters in Counselor Education from SUNY Brockport, Talya brings a passion for working with people and a talent for creating a safe environment. She ensures participants feel comfortable stretching their limits and taking risks. Talya has an unmatched ability to identify issues in individual and group dynamics when working with organizations to bring about meaningful change. As a certified DISC coach, she helps teams of individuals explore behavioral styles and educates them on how to most effectively work together to achieve maximum results and satisfaction in the work place.

Talya specializes in emotional intelligence, relational and workplace aggression, women's leadership, team dynamics, customer retention, interpersonal communications, and authentic leadership. Talya has facilitated and created customized trainings for a variety of clients including the University of Rochester, RIT, and Adoption Star. Talya is an Associate Director of Alumni Relations at RIT, serves on the RIT Leadership Institute Faculty and is an adjunct professor for the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies.

Betty Noonan
Betty Noonan

Betty Noonan serves as Chief Marketing Officer Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. In this capacity, she leads the effort to integrate the marketing function and further evolve the Panasonic brand so that it represents the company’s global emphasis on green innovation and B2B solutions. Betty has over 25 years of Global Marketing experience and is an expert in transforming marketing organizations and reinventing brands. She is recognized for her collaborative leadership style and ability to handle tough marketing challenges.

Betty holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at Syracuse and Georgetown universities.

 

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