MEET OUR SPEAKERS
(In alphabetical order)
Accountant, Baker Tax & Accounting Services, LLC
Mary Baker is the CEO of Baker Tax & Accounting Services, LLC and Get Your Biz In Order, LLC, companies devoted to educating people and business on how to get their finances in order to achieve their financial goals.
She has over 40 years in the financial industry, coaching individuals and business owners on how to reach their financial goals. She has mentor people to turn their “passion into wealth” and has helped her clients start their own successful businesses.
Mary has delivers financial literacy presentations at non- profit organizations, for profit organizations, hospitals and universities. Mary is the go to person to reach your financial goals in life, whether they are large or small. Back to top
CEO, Founder, ExecutiveBound
Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an international motivational speaker and leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. She leverages over 20 years’ leadership experience in highly competitive environments in financial services and technology to support strategic corporate partners and develop inclusive, impactful leaders at all levels. She has successfully facilitated leadership training and coaching programs for individuals and Fortune 500 companies with more than 140,000 employees and delivered keynotes impacting international audiences larger than 7,000. In 2009, Ginny earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems and holds an MS in Computer Science, an MBA in Management, and a BA in Computer Science and Economics. She’s a Mastermind Professional and Certified Professional Coach (CPC), accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Through her programs, Ginny helps feed those in need through Feeding America and the Unstoppable Foundation. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic until 14 years of age, she’s fluent in Spanish. To learn more, please visit www.ExecutiveBound.com. Back to top
Councilwoman, Business Owner, Author, IHP Global
Edina Brown has lived in Old Bridge, New Jersey for nine years with her husband and two children where she currently serves as Councilwoman. For over 15 years, she has been a hard-working advocate for under served communities.
As an active member on two advisory boards with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Edina has helped expand access to resources and support programs for families and individuals who work to achieve mental health.
Her desire to help people be the change they wish to see, inspired her to write and self-publish a book called “Make Humanity Great Again”, and to create IHP Global – a cultural inclusion training company. Back to top
Anchor, Bloomberg Technology – Author, Brotopia
Anchor and Executive Producer at Bloomberg TV Emily Chang is an Emmy Award-winning journalist reporting on global technology and media companies, startups, and the future of business. Her first book, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, was an instant national bestseller. Business Insider called her “the star Bloomberg anchor that everyone in tech needs to know.” She ranks among the top journalists followed by major CEOs on Twitter.
With her ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it in an accessible way, Chang sheds a bright, objective, and journalistic light on issues such as the gender gap in Silicon Valley, the future of work, diversity, and tech trends you need to know.
As executive producer and host of daily show Bloomberg Technology and the interview series Studio 1.0, Chang speaks to top tech executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and CEO Sheryl Sandberg.
In her 2018 expose, Brotopia, Chang reveals how Silicon Valley’s sexist culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. The book has been recognized by the New York Times and PBS as a must-read.
Before joining Bloomberg in 2010, Chang served as an international correspondent for CNN in Beijing where she reported on the 2008 Olympics, President Obama’s first visit to Asia, and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. She also reported for CNN in London, where she covered international news for the program. “American Morning.”
Beginning her career as a news producer at NBC in New York, Chang went on to serve as a reporter at KNSD, NBC’s affiliate in San Diego, California. There, she won five regional Emmy Awards for her coverage of topics including drug smuggling across the US-Mexico border.
Chang sits on the board of BUILD, a national non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. She was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.
She has played herself in several cameos on HBO’s hit show Silicon Valley. Back to top
Partner, Archer & Greiner
Kerri Chewning is a trial attorney whose practice has been devoted to the defense of class actions in both state and federal court. She has twenty years of experience leading litigation cases from inception through to trial, including defense of complex commercial claims, civil rights claims, unfair competition and Lanham Act claims, and white collar defense. Recently, Kerri successfully defended several proposed class actions involving claims under the Truth in Consumer Contract and Warranty Act and consumer fraud act claims in New Jersey state court. Her previous class action experience includes the successful defense of a class action in federal court asserting civil rights violations on behalf of New Jersey prisoners with Hepatitis C and the successful defense of two employment class actions in state and federal court in West Virginia.
Kerri’s role as a prominent litigator has led her to a leadership role in the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, currently serving as the president of the AFBNJ. Kerri serves as an author and co-editor for the annual New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure publication. She is also a frequent presenter for CLE programs in the areas of Federal Practice, E-Discovery, Ethics & Professionalism.
Prior to joining Archer, Kerri served as a law clerk to the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr., U.S.D.J. (ret.) where she gained valuable insight into federal court practice and procedure. She often serves as local counsel for cases pending in the District of New Jersey. Although Kerri is an experienced litigator, she has negotiated economical settlements for clients in a wide variety of matters. Kerri is approved by the District Court to serve as a mediator for the District of New Jersey.
Education: Rutgers Law School, Juris Doctor, May 2000, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ, B.S., January 1997. Back to top
Founder & Principal Consultant, Compli by Osato
Osato F. Chitou, Esq., MPH is the Founder and Principal Consultant of NMOC Healthcare Compliance Consulting, LLC, d/b/a Compli by Osato. Ms. Chitou has a deep understanding of Government Healthcare Programs and focuses her services on Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation, Private Equity backed Physician Groups, Payor Contracting, and Effective Compliance Programs. She is a subject matter expert in Medicare DSNP, CSNP, ISNP, MMP, and PACE regulatory requirements. She presents nationally on issues related to Medicare Advantage compliance requirements and Best Practices related to operationalizing compliance. Ms. Chitou received her MPH from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and her JD from Rutgers School of Law at Newark. Ms. Chitou is licensed to practice Law in New York, New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Back to top
Director of FP&A, Panasonic
Rina Desai is a Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Panasonic North America. She is an experienced finance professional with 15 years of experience in driving business results, leading financial reporting & analysis, transforming finance organization & processes, change management, and people leader. Prior to Panasonic, Rina has held multiple roles within Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, and Deloitte.
In addition, she is an avid supporter of spreading awareness of DE&I for underrepresented individuals. Most recently has taken on a role as NJBIA Vice Chair of the D&I Council.
Rina is a graduate of Drexel University in Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. Back to top
President & Founder, Paradigm Marketing and Design
Rachel is President of Paradigm Marketing and Design which has helped thousands of clients make millions of dollars. Since its inception, Paradigm has operated in a semi-virtual environment. Since COVID-19 the entire team has transitioned successfully to a fully virtual environment.
Rachel has co-authored two books and has been recognized for her achievements in entrepreneurship and marketing. Some accolades include recognition as an Enterprising Women Awardee, a Top 25 Brand Builder, and, for Paradigm as a whole, the Morris County Chamber Small Business of the Year, and over 15 GDUSA awards for graphic design excellence. Back to top
CEO of the Dallas Mavericks
Cynthia Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as new the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.
Prior to her joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first Chief Inclusion Officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture.
Cynt’s notoriety began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T and grew exponentially when she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. There she was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit HR support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation initiatives, EEO and Affirmative Action. Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.
Before her SVP-Human Resources and Chief Diversity Office roles, Cynt served as President-AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her North Carolina appointment, Cynt held a variety of executive line and staff, technical and non-technical positions at AT&T and its predecessor companies.
Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. Most recently, Cynt was touted as one of Adweek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports and was selected as one of the 2019 Women of Power Legacy Award honorees by Black Enterprise. In 2017, she was honored by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2017, Cynt was awarded the ATHENA® Leadership Program Award by the Dallas Regional Chamber, which recognizes exceptional women who excel in their careers, contribute to their communities and develop women leaders. This annual award is presented by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities worldwide. In 2019 and three times prior, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and named to Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list. In 2014, industry analysts and members of the press conferred on Cynt the HR Executive of the Year – Best in Biz Award. For her efforts on behalf of the people of North Carolina, in 2013 Cynt received the prestigious Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award, which honors just one citizen each year for lifetime achievements.
Cynt graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and holds four honorary Doctorate degrees. She has chaired a variety of non-profit boards and is currently on the board of Dallas CASA, Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas Women’s Foundation and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
The fourth of six children, Cynt grew up in Richmond, California, and lives in the Dallas area. She and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have four adult children. Back to top
Spiritual Leadership Development Coach
Spiritual Leadership Development Coach, Dana N. Moore, serves her clients with passion and joy. She has supported a broad range of clients, from “solo-preneurs” to C-Suite executives, for more than 20 years, growing single entrepreneur start-ups to powerful mission-focused teams – teams that thrive and prosper.
Before Covid-19, Dana could be found Zooming daily. She has owned and operated a virtual business for 10+ years, which has positioned her to incorporate coaching, training, and technology support into her core offerings. A scholar in her studies, Dana learned how to work in corporate environments as a student at Gibbs College, and continued studies of Municipal Government at Rutgers, New Brunswick, as well as Business Administration at Lincoln University Online. Finally, Dana has landed on the next step in her journey as she pursues admission to a Master’s of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary. Back to top
President, Crothers Consulting, LLC
Laura is a human resource expert, leadership coach, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She founded Crothers Consulting in 2010 after 15+ years of HR Leadership in corporate america. She now leads a team of 15 HR experts and leadership coaches working with high-growth small and middle market organizations and leaders. Additionally, Laura is a Chapter Chair of WPO (the Global Women Presidents Oganization) chapters in both Morris and Monmouth counties. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business and HR from Susquehanna University, and is certified in many leadership development and coaching tools. Back to top
Chief Operating Officer, NJ Elder Law Center at Goldberg Law Group
Clelia Pergola is the Chief Operating Officer at NJ Elder Law Center at Goldberg Law Group and the author of “The Law Firm Revolution”. She has been instrumental in creating and growing the practice by replacing the antiquated law firm model with a streamlined, procedure-based organization which she illustrates in her book. Over the last decade, Clelia has been recognized as an entrepreneur, a team builder, and a creative thinker. Clelia was previously the Chief Stategy Officer (CSO) at Mandelbaum Salsburg. Back to top
President/Owner, ALEXENA Consulting, LLC
Jackie is the president of ALEXENA Consulting, LLC. She served as CEO of the Partnership for Community Health, Inc., an organization focused on the health and well-being of the residents and workers of NJ. At Bergen Community College, she was Project Director, U.S. Department of Labor grant and was the Director of Corporate Outreach and Training at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her work today focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and workforce development. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Bergen County Workforce Development Board and American Red Cross – Northern NJ Chapter. She received her BA from Pace University. Back to top
Speaker & Money Mindset Mentor, My Success Studio
Joyce Rojas has positively changed thousands of people’s lives just by shifting their relationship with money. Over 19 years in the banking & investment industry, experience as a financial advisor at Fortune 500 companies, and a Masters in Business Administration from UMASS, has made Joyce an expert in money matters. But here’s a little secret: understanding money didn’t always come easy to her. As a daughter of immigrant parents, she painfully watched as her father exhausted himself working 2 jobs to provide for the family. She couldn’t understand why making money was so hard for him? What had other people figured out that he hadn’t? And here began her quest to solve the secrets behind money.
Joyce Rojas is a Money Mindset Mentor & transformational speaker. Her impactful work focuses on helping people take control of their money lives, gain financial clarity, and create the mindset needed to succeed in life. Back to top
HR Specialist, Primepoint
Judy Sailer is a highly regarded professional in HR staff training and academic education. She is well-versed in all aspects of management and leadership; her passion is staff development. She holds a Masters Degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from Springfield College, received her Human Resources Cert from Rutgers University, and is a certified PHR and SHRM CP.
Judy is an HR Specialist for Primepoint HRMS & Payroll as well as an adjunct faculty member for Rider University. She has presented for NJACP, NJBIA, CCSNJ, Tri-State SHRM and Garden State SHRM and has been featured in Forbes and Jersey Matters. Back to top
President and CEO, NJBIA
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. has served as the President of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association since October 2014. Since that time Michele has led the organization in expanding NJBIA’s voice on critical policy issues impacting New Jersey businesses, while also expanding member services and resources.
Michele came to NJBIA from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where she served in the critical position of Deputy Commissioner, following her service as Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management.
An attorney by trade, Michele’s background includes serving as the president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, senior legal counsel and vice president of human resources with the Automobile Association of America and as a partner in a Mercer County law firm.
A Robbinsville resident, Siekerka earned a BA in Political Science and German from Rutgers University and a JD from Temple University School of Law. Back to top
EVP, Market President, Greater Philadelphia, OceanFirst Bank
Susanne Svizeny joined OceanFirst Bank as the Regional President for Greater Philadelphia in May 2019. She is responsible for leading OceanFirst’s expansion in Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. Susanne and her growing team are focused on delivering full-service banking solutions and have particular expertise working with businesses to provide customized financial services including commercial financing.
An executive with decades of banking experience serving the Philadelphia region, prior to joining OceanFirst, Ms. Svizeny was most recently Executive Vice President & Division Manager, Commercial Banking, at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Under her leadership, the Division established and managed a portfolio of more than 700 relationships. During her tenure at Wells Fargo, Ms. Svizeny founded the Women’s Market Growth strategy for Middle Market Banking and was
appointed to lead the Middle Market Banking Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Ms. Svizeny is actively committed to giving back to the community and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as well as the CEO Council for Growth. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and is serving her second term as Chair of Board of Trustees. Back to top
Head of Commercial Communications and Knowledge Management, TD Bank
Rachel Wilner serves as Head of Commercial Communications and Knowledge Management at TD Bank. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic department that provides thought leadership and helps execute key initiatives across the Commercial Bank through the development and implementation of communications and training plans and internal communications strategies for organizational initiatives. Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in customer-facing commercial banking sales roles and previously served as Regional Vice President for Delaware and Chester counties at TD Bank. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Mathematics from the University of Delaware. Back to top
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