2021 Tri-State Women in Leadership Symposium
March 26, 2021
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)
Onward & Upward: The Era of Empowered Women
With the turn of events in the year 2020, women of all backgrounds have experienced what it means to be resilient, adaptable, and forward-thinking. We observed women taking on challenging situations that affect their personal and professional lives with innovation, flexibility, and strength. This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can
empower themselves and one another to conquer new norms throughout the journey of life.
Ms. Boone has over 30 years in the healthcare and insurance industry. Nina has led large corporate strategy development in the innovative use of insurance capital in private equity transactions, intellectual property and tax. She has been an innovator in her approach to product expansion and new product launch, creating collaborative team play and success. In addition Ms. Boone’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been evident as Chair of the US Diversity and Inclusion Board for Aon. While in this position she worked directly with the Chief General Counsel to set US goals for women and racially diverse talent in multiple levels of the organization and led the strategic plan for execution. Inside the Greater New York Region, she led the transformation of the Executive Team, introduced team based mentoring programs; developed a women’s mentoring program across internal P&Ls; launched and served as one of the catalysts that created a model internship program, transforming the diverse makeup of the entry level and senior level talent pipeline.
Brigadier General Margaret Burcham, U.S. Army, Retired, joined Louis Berger (now WSP) in 2017 on the Strategy and Business Development team focused on engineering support for the Department of Defense and especially the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She facilitates project delivery for Europe, New York and Louisville Districts of USACE and with the U.S. Special Operations Command. She has served as Senior Technical Adviser and Quality Assurance Lead on select projects to include the Base Camp Standards Regulation for U.S. Army Europe and the Academic Building Upgrade Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Ms. Burcham seeks to cultivate productive relationships with customers, clients, and partner firms in the federal Architect-Engineer space. Regular federal engagement facilitates her insights that inform her company’s federal strategy, enables her to mitigate project risks and alleviate challenges, and creates goodwill that builds the company’s brand across the federal sector. Ms. Burcham served 34 years as an Army Engineer Officer with 9 years commanding large engineer organizations to include a 700-soldier engineer construction battalion as well as the USACE Europe District in Germany, the Gulf Region North District in Iraq, and the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division with 7 districts, 4,400 employees and a $2B budget. Ms. Burcham is a director on the boards of Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge and the Army Engineer Association, and is Co-Chair of the West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference whose volunteers teach ethical decision-making to DC-area high school juniors and their faculty. Ms. Burcham is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Kansas State University Graduate School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She and her husband reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Before joining MLB, Michele served as Principal and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for KPMG. In this role, she led the National Inclusion and Diversity team, and worked with KPMG’s senior leaders to advance the firm’s strategy and objectives as related to the recruitment, retention, development and advancement of a diverse workforce. As a leader, she also role modeled engaging with others to inspire broad perspectives, drive innovative client solutions, and foster a welcoming and inclusive culture. During her tenure at KPMG, the firm was recognized as a top workplace by numerous organizations, including FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work, DiversityInc, Working Mother, and The Human Rights Campaign. Prior to KPMG, Michele served as Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. From 2010 to 2017, she served as Employment Counsel at Prudential Financial Inc., before her appointment as Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer responsible for leading and furthering the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and ensuring compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. Prior to her employment at Prudential, Michele worked in the public sector as General Counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, and as Director of the New Jersey Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. She also served as Employment Counsel, then as Northeast Regional Diversity Lead, at Merrill Lynch. Michele started her career in private practice as an employment litigator after serving as a law clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Matilde L. Roman, a graduate of New York Law School, is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health care system in the country. In this role, Matilde leads, designs, and directs systems to align and drive equity, diversity and inclusion activities. She provides direction, leadership and influence to advance inclusion integration strategies and solutions. While at NYC Health + Hospitals, Matilde established the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and created the framework to support the integration and alignment of diversity, equity and inclusion best practices across the System. She brings more than 15 years of experience in program operations, policy development, learning solutions, and inclusion integration strategies. Born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents, she has dedicated her career to advocating for New York City residents. She spent a decade as an educator, serving as a Professor at the City University of New York. Prior to coming to NYC Health + Hospitals, Matilde was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the New York City Office of the Mayor, where she served as a senior advisor and drove citywide strategies and initiatives aimed at improving access and integration efforts. During her tenure, the work served as a blueprint to municipalities across the country, and globally, who were focusing on integration initiatives for their diverse residents. The work was recognized by the New York Times as a global model for local integration efforts.
Quinnie Wong is a passionate advocate for racial, gender, and social equality and equity. She sees her work in Diversity and Inclusion as her life-calling. Born and raised in Hong Kong, educated in the U.S. as a scholarship student, and immigrated to the U.S. in 2003, Quinnie has rich and unique experiences and is committed to lifting the voices of those who don’t have a voice. As Verizon’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Branding, Communications, and Partnerships, Quinnie develops the D&I messaging architecture, drives key communications programs for D&I initiatives including employee resource groups, develops strategic culture programs to build strengthen inclusion, and builds the Verizon D&I brand through strategic external partnerships. Her work has made a direct impact on the company’s appreciation and celebration of different heritages and cultures. She is intentional in bringing together teams within Verizon who come from different backgrounds and perspectives to learn one another’s perspective. A marketer throughout her career, Quinnie launched Verizon’s very first Marketing Academy. She then took on the Verizon Leadership Development Program in the technology organization with a focus on the attraction and development of female talent. Prior to Verizon, she was on the Motorola Solutions Learning Organization’s leadership team driving external/internal communications while building out their women’s business resource group. Earlier in her career, she was the Online Marketing Director at Dale Carnegie Training, Head of Marketing at Yahoo! Hong Kong; and the Southeast Asia Regional Marketing Manager for Shell. Quinnie holds a B.A. degree from Wellesley College. She is an active group leader in her church supporting those in need in her community. She is the resident keyboard player in her church worship band. She is also a 2020 OCA – Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement awardee.
Keti Mehta currently serves as Senior Vice President at Gallagher’s NY Metro office, where she manages the firm’s growth initiatives to expand client footprint across diverse industry segments and deepen customer intimacy. Mehta also serves as an Advisor to the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Risk & Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) Advisory Board. For over six years, Keti has served as the Vice Chair & Board Member of the Tri-State Diversity Council. Recognized for being an inspiring growth accelerator, strategic brand promoter, and influencer - Keti Mehta successfully develops high performing teams and strategic partnerships to unleash organic growth potential. She stands out for being a transformational culture catalyst by building diverse communities that promote inclusion and collaboration. Keti leads by example and is a highly skilled, certified sales activator, leadership development coach, talent enthusiast and evangelist of the Customer Experience. Mehta has also held senior executive leadership roles at Hub International, USI Insurance Services, EMC Dell, Morgan Stanley, and IDB. Keti is a licensed NY Property & Casualty Insurance Broker. Mehta received a Master of Arts degree in Change Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York. Additionally, Keti holds a Professional Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation. She currently resides in Westchester County with her husband of 23 years and beloved daughter, Karina.
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