2020 New Jersey Women in Leadership Symposium
August 07, 2020
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)
Creating a League of Your Own: Women in Action
With the recent win of the United States women’s national soccer team, we observed an increased amount of women breaking barriers and setting records within male-dominated fields. This year’s theme, “Creating a League of Your Own”, highlights the present-day strides and achievements of women around the world. Join us as we create history and define the true testament of the power of women establishing a seat at the table.
Alethea M. Batts is the SVP Learning and Organization Development and Chief Diversity Officer at Lakeland Bank. In this role, she manages learning strategy and organizational development, including Succession Planning, Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Leadership Development and Mentorship programs. Alethea has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Lakeland Bank, she spent most of her career as the New Jersey Area Director for Citibank and Senior Vice President and Consumer Market Executive for the Bank of America, leading and managing Retail Operations throughout New York and New Jersey. Alethea holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association for Retail Executive Management program at the University of Virginia. Alethea is deeply committed to community development. She is a Leadership New Jersey fellow, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Past-Eastern Regional Vice President of the Urban Financial Services Coalition. She actively participates in the Music Ministry of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, NJ. Alethea resides in Scotch Plains, NJ with her daughters, Alana and Mikaela.
Keti Mehta currently serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Leader for Gallagher’s NY Metro office, where she manages the firm’s growth initiatives to expand and deepen client footprint across diverse industry segments. Mehta also serves as an Advisor to the inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Risk & Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) Advisory Board. For the past eight years, Keti has passionately served as a Board Member on the Tri-State Diversity Council (NY, NJ, and CT). 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 of practice 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, Dell, and Morgan Stanley. Keti resides in White Plains, Westchester County with her husband of 24 years and their beloved daughter, Karina. Keti is a licensed NY Property & Casualty Insurance Broker. Mehta received a Master of Arts degree in Change Leadership/Business Transformation from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City. Additionally, Keti holds an Executive Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation.
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