2021 Arizona Women in Leadership Symposium
March 04, 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (MT)
Onward & Upward: The Era of the Empowered Woman
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.
Passionate about learning and theory, Timiebi seems to thrive in ambiguous environments where there is little or no data and no clear path forward. She is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, USA. Timiebi was a post-doctoral fellow and fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) based in Waterloo, Ontario Canada where she focused on environmental governance, and participated in a Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue. She was an observer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn and Marrakech and It was at CIGI that she also honed her skills at utilizing social and multimedia to communicate her messages. Timiebi was Executive Director of the World Space Week Association coordinating the global response to the UN 1999 declaration that World Space Week should be celebrated Oct 4-10 annually. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Space Generation Advisory Council supporting the UN Programme on Space Applications. She is also on the Advisory Board of World View Enterprises. Other positions include 4 years as a space industry consultant for the leading space analyst firm in Montreal, Canada where Timiebi led a pipeline of commercialization studies for the Canadian Space Agency and led the socio aspects of a socioeconomic assessment of the Canadian space sector. She was also a teaching associate (France, 2008) and associate chair (Ireland, 2017) of the space policy, law and economics department at the International Space University, and an associate at Kayode Sofola and Associates law firm. She was an NYSC Corp at the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency, where she spent a year in the legal affairs and international cooperation department. Timiebi has represented Nigeria at the UN as a Next Generation Aviation Professional at the International Civil Aviation Organization ModelCouncil in Montreal (2014) and at the Legal subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer space in Vienna (2011). Timiebi produced and hosted the 12-episode Ladies Do Launch podcast. Timiebi launched the Space Governance Lab concept in 2020.
Myeisha Andrews is currently the Clinical Administrative Director of Banner MD Anderson located on the Banner University Campus. She obtained all of her professional experience in nursing and administration at Banner Health, working as a patient care assistant, then as an inpatient nurse in Women & Infant Services and Women’s oncology followed by leadership roles as RN manager and Associate Director in outpatient oncology care. Myeisha considers pursuing nursing as a profession as one of the best decisions she has ever made. She works daily as an advocate to deliver quality patient care and treat each patient with dignity and respect. She takes pride in being a resilient, transformational leader who can cope and adapt to the constant evolution of healthcare while inspiring and motivating team members to innovate and create change positively impacting the future of their work.
Kris Jackson is a dynamic leader with a passion for coaching and mentoring people who has enjoyed a 20+ year career in contact center operations & sales. She is currently the Vice President of Inside Sales for CareCredit, a Synchrony Solution, with prior leadership roles at University of Phoenix, United HealthCare & CIGNA HealthCare. Kris is a Life Coach, a member of the Arizona Diversity Council and a certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council. This year, Kris is co-leading the Women’s Network for the Phoenix site at Synchrony and recently joined the Advisory Board for the Honor’s College for Grand Canyon University. However, her most rewarding role and best accomplishment by far…… is being Mom to her 3 awesome “grown” kids, Amanda, Trey & Zach.
Shuchi brings 19 years of Silicon Valley and Cross-border experience in various sectors, with a focus on Technology and Impact. She currently leads GTM efforts for HeadSpin and HeadSpin University. Shuchi previously served as the Head of SAP.iO Foundry SF at SAP, a strategic program that invests in and accelerates Enterprise Software Startups. In her role she helped enterprise startups go to market with SAP and also some of SAP’s largest customers with their digital transformation. In her previous roles she has led operations, funding diligence & M&A for startups. Over the course of her career she has worked with great entrepreneurs and mentored and advised Startups out of Startup Weekend, Women 2.0, Founder Labs, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and others. She is a big advocate of anti-recidivism, inclusion and has worked with the likes UCLA, Anti-Recidivism Coalition and the Tech/Startup ecosystems to create opportunities for at risk and underserved communities. She was named a Digital Leader by the United Nations Foundation.
Laura Lynn Smith is the Division Vice President and General Manager for ADP’s Tempe, AZ location. She is responsible for the engagement and productivity of teams in this office, along with providing opportunities for career growth and development and community outreach. Under her leadership, strong partnerships have been created to make a difference in the Greater Phoenix area, including those with educational institutions, veteran support groups, children’s support centers, LGBTQ community groups and several diversity organizations. Laura Lynn is a board member with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ASU Career and Professional Development and Grand Canyon University College of Business Advisory Board. She has also participated in a number of speaking engagements and panel events, related to important topics, such as women’s leadership and diversity and inclusion. Laura Lynn joined ADP in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in leadership, sales, implementation, talent management and business operations. She holds a Bachelors of Business degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Senior Professional Human Resources certification. Laura Lynn relocated to Arizona in 2017 from Southern California with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling with her family and watching her children play competitive soccer and baseball.
Lori Snyder serves as Vice President, Human Resources and a Company Officer for Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a Phoenix-based diversified industrial company with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide who generated over $4.2 billion in 2020 sales. Carlisle Companies is a portfolio of niche brands and businesses that delivers energy-efficient and highly-engineered products and solutions for its customers. Carlisle’s markets include: commercial roofing, specialty polyurethane, architectural metal, aerospace, medical technologies, defense, industrial and construction. Since joining Carlisle Companies in 2011, Lori has held a number of leadership roles in Human Resources, most recently, as Vice President, Human Resources for Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM), Carlisle’s largest business segment. Lori leads a global Human Resources team and is responsible for talent acquisition, leadership development programs, and succession planning for critical leadership roles across Carlisle’s businesses. She is a member of an internal committee that supports and guides diversity and inclusion strategy and sustainability programs. To drive Carlisle’s high-performance and continuous improvement culture, Lori is responsible for creating and leading large-scale employee engagement programs, implementing reward systems, and ensuring Carlisle delivers industry-best benefits. Previously, Lori served in several Human Resources roles for Select Medical. Lori holds a B.S. with dual concentration in Organization Leadership and Information Technology from Duquesne University and a M.B.A. from Penn State University.
Sheila Paul Shedd serves as the Director for Corporate Engagement in the Career & Professional Development Services division at Arizona State University. She oversees the Corporate Engagement and Alumni Relations unit that engages organizations, both domestic and global, to provide quality internships and career opportunities for over 100,000 students and 500,000+ alumni. Prior to this, Sheila served as an Associate Director for Workforce Development at Maricopa Community Colleges. In her role, she built and sustained strategic partnerships with the economic and workforce development ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of positioning Maricopa’s students for quality careers across the 10 Colleges and 2 Skill Centers that made up the Maricopa Community College system. Sheila also served as the Director of the Workforce Arizona Council, the State’s Workforce Investment Board that advised the Governor on workforce development policy. Sheila was instrumental in the re-engineering of the state’s workforce system that included initiatives to strengthen its delivery of services. Prior to entering the Economic and Workforce Development arena, Sheila spent her professional career as a Municipal Clerk to several Mayors and Councils in South Florida for 10 years as well as spending time as a licensed Business Broker where she assisted in the successful transfer and acquisition of small to medium-sized companies across Arizona. She currently serves as the President of Career Connectors, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting professionals in career transition to hiring companies and quality resources. Sheila also serves as a public speaker on workforce development and career-related topics. Most recently, she represented the United States workforce system at the 2015 SelectUSA Summit headlined by President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Sheila earned her Master’s in Business Administration and double-majored in Business Management and International Business at Florida International University. Sheila is of Haitian-American descent and speaks fluent French Creole. She enjoys spending time with her husband, David.
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