Anamika Samanta is Senior Counsel at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, where she provides legal and regulatory advice to the U.S. capital markets team and is responsible for supporting products provided by the bank and its U.S. broker-dealer. Anamika partners closely with bankers, traders, and sales to support new initiatives and structure innovative financing services, with greater focus on prime brokerage and commodity services. Anamika advocates for diversity and inclusion at CIBC by co-leading the bank’s Asian employee network and supporting other similar initiatives. Anamika began her career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and was most recently counsel Hess Corporation. Ms. Samanta received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology with High Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Nishat enjoys untangling complex legal issues using simplicity and a practical approach, as long as there’s some good coffee and chocolate around. She has a deep passion for fairness and effective negotiation. She loves to build solutions –whether legal, collaborative or social– between people and entities with (at-times) widely varying interests. Nishat cares deeply about TED and served as organizer and host of the first TEDx event in her hometown: TEDxHillsboroughLibrary (2015).
Nishat loves authenticity, good food, music, tennis, meaningful conversations and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life. She is married and mother of two children.
Prior to joining TED, Nishat worked for public technology and private consulting companies with a focus on intellectual property and licensing. Other areas of legal expertise range from (m&a) risk assessment and building strategic partnerships, to global brand strategy, marketing, external communications, and training.
She served as Associate General Counsel at CA Technologies for ten years, as Managing Counsel at LivePerson, as well as various positions at Axiom, McGrawHill Education, Chubb Insurance, Capco and Binary Tree.
Other interests Nishat co-created a series of workshops for youth in their teens on building their blueprint for their life- inspired from a speech by Martin Luther King Jr and using guidance from the Bahá’í perspective, inspiration from TED talks and examples of individuals who are passionate about their life’s path. Nishat loves to travel, hike new paths, listen to her son Alec compose new pieces on the piano and reading her daughters poetry.
Judy Estes is Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Data & Services at Mastercard International Incorporated. She is responsible for leading a global legal team for Data & Services, Mastercard’s professional services arm, which provides value-added solutions driven by analytics, data-driven consulting, marketing services solutions, and loyalty solutions to help customers solve business problems from end to end. Ms. Estes also serves on executive management teams in the business units and the law department to help set and deliver on the groups’ strategic initiatives as well as day-to-day operational goals.
Prior to the current position, Ms. Estes managed a legal team that provides transactional expertise and other general support that drive revenue, strategic initiatives and general matters in the US Markets. Prior to this role, Ms. Estes held a few positions at Mastercard supporting key customer relationships and other strategic transactions, including managing the then-newly formed Strategic Transactions Group, a legal team that provides support to Mastercard’s mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and global initiatives.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Estes was a corporate associate with the law firm, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and managed clients and handled various complex transactions in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project finance, private and public financings and general corporate matters.
Ms. Estes graduated from Fordham University School of Law and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University, School of Management, with a double concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems.
Romy Horn is General Counsel at W2O Group, a healthcare-focused, analytics driven, marketing communications agency. She currently leads the agency’s Legal and Business Affairs team and works hand in hand with the entire infrastructure group on a daily basis. Romy is fluent in global operations US, EMEA, and APAC with a heavy strength focus in IP, Digital and integration across OpCo practices and departments. She leads the company’s legal strategy and execution which includes the responsibility to oversee M&A, streamline services, and improve relations with procurement departments to better meet client needs.
Prior to joining W2O, Romy was General Counsel at 360i for 7 years where she closely partnered with the Senior Leadership team to deliver a strong mix of risk prevention and protection and bring a true Value to add across the network. Romy has over 14 years of litigation and arbitration experience and a broad knowledge of the key intricate legal issues that surface in an evolving digital arena. She has shared her knowledge and experience at many legal conferences including, NYSBA on Native Advertising, ACI’s Annual Summit on Digital Advertising Compliance and Corporate Counsel’s Annual IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Counsel Forum.
Romy is a Brooklyn resident, graduate of Adelphi University (BA History and Dance) along with a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. She spends her limited free time with infuriating multi-piece puzzles and has cultivated strong but well-informed opinions on the best Chinese noodles in NYC.
Christine J Chao is the General Counsel of The Foremost Group, an international shipping company where she provides general corporate legal advice. Christine has extensive corporate and commercial law experience having worked in senior legal positions for three Fortune 100 companies: GE (Stamford, CT), Federal Express (Hong Kong and London) and Ultramar Corporation (Greenwich, CT). Christine began her legal career with the Wall Street law firm of Dewey Ballantine.
Christine lived abroad for nearly ten years – five years in Asia and five years in Europe before repatriating to Greenwich, CT.
Christine currently serves as a Trustee for Colgate University and the Foremost Foundation, which strives to help young people access higher education and greater opportunities generally. Christine also serves on the Boards of LitWorld, an organization devoted to promoting literacy around the world, and The One Love Foundation, which is committed to educating our young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Christine received her BA from Colgate University, majoring in English and her JD from Columbia Law School. She is married to Jos Shaver, and they have two sons, Ben (Babson ’22) and Tyler (Stanford ’22).
Donald LeGower is the Senior Counsel, Litigation at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to working in this role he was a Partner at Dechert LLP. Donald acquired his law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law.
Theresa O'Neal is a brand-building professional with over 25 years of experience in brand-building, communications, development, and fundraising. She has worked with organizations such as Mount Sinai Health Systems, The American Cancer Society, Viacom, Spence-Chapin, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and a host of other non-profits, organizations, and entrepreneurs. O’Neal is President and CEO of Global Spectrum Group which represents well established clients such as Grammy-Award winner Jeff Redd.
O’Neal’s career path has been diverse but her focus remains simple: helping those who help others. After decades of professional and personal experience, she realized she could align her network of resources to advance one thing, the common good. Her interests were peaked early on, in her work as a Public Affairs Director where she contributed to well-known pro-social initiatives. She departed from MTVN in 2004 and began a full-time career in marketing, public relations and business development. She soon joined forces with her protégé Brian Dodson, a successful fundraiser who has raised millions for non-profits worldwide. Together they grew Bee Season Consulting which focuses on furthering the fundraising advancements of organizations, especially during challenging economic climates.
O’Neal’s roster of clients include doctors, restaurateurs, authors, performing artists, actors, comedians, clergy, designers and entrepreneurs. She and her clients have been featured on The Today Show, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News as well as featured many publications such as O Magazine, The Network Journal, The New York Times, Daily News, New York, Post, Essence and Black Enterprise Magazine.
The Brooklyn, New York native is the proud mother of two sons, Calvin and Christian.
Tiffany is the Regional Compliance Officer, Corporate Compliance Counsel (Americas & Europe) for Panasonic Avionics Corporation and has more than 17 years of corporate work experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tiffany spent six years in the financial services industry where she was responsible for strategizing with members of key functions including Legal, Finance and Compliance. She assisted with the implementation of financial and transaction monitoring systems focusing on the identification of inherent risks and remediation strategies.
She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.
Lisa LeCointe-Cephas is the head of the Global Investigations organization for Merck. Lisa manages a team of lawyers around the world who are responsible for conducting internal investigations related to breaches of Merck’s policies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws and False Claims Act cases. Lisa also leads the company’s response to government and regulatory proceedings around the world. She provides counsel to the company with respect to cybersecurity threats and data loss protections, and proudly serves as the international pro-bono coordinator for Merck.
Lisa joined Merck in February 2018 from Bristol-Myers Squibb Corp. (“BMS”), where Lisa served as the lead Government Investigations counsel. Prior to BMS, Lisa was a partner in the Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, NY.
Lisa received her BA from Yale University and received her JD from Columbia Law School.
As NCC Media’s Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel, Noga Rosenthal is responsible for guiding the company's privacy and legal initiatives; she holds deep expertise in the development and implementation of comprehensive privacy programs.
Noga previously served as Chief Privacy Officer at Epsilon where she led the company’s worldwide privacy, compliance and regulatory activities. Prior to Epsilon, she served as General Counsel and Vice President for Compliance and Policy for the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), helping craft industry standards around the responsible collection and use of data for digital advertising, running its compliance program and ensuring that member companies delivered on the promise of self-regulation for interest-based advertising. Furthermore, she also led global legal affairs for WPP’s Xaxis, a pioneering programmatic digital media business, as SVP and General Counsel.
Noga is a member of the Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP). She is currently a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Public Policy Group, State Privacy Working Group and Legal Affairs Committee.
She has also served on the IAPP’s Education Advisory Board and was an active member of the UK Data Protection Network, providing guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Noga also sat on the Advisory Board of the Digital Advertising Alliance and the Data Standards Committee of the Data and Marketing Association. Bureau. She also served as co-chair of the Privacy Committee of the Mobile Marketing Association.
Noga received her bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Rutgers and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
As General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Buzzfeed, Inc., Rhonda Powell leads a team of professional and administrative staff that supports all areas of the company’s rapidly growing digital media business. In her role, Rhonda provides both strategic and legal guidance to the organization on corporate and commercial transactional matters, compliance, employment and labor relations, risk management and intellectual property use and protection. Ms. Powell joined Buzzfeed in September 2018 from Complex Networks, where she previously served as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.after twelve (12) years in various roles at Scripps Networks.
Ms. Powell is graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude w/ summa honors in major) and The University of Michigan School of Law, where she was named a Clarence Darrow Merit Scholar. Ms. Powell serves on the Boards of Directors of PowerMyLearning, which has as its core mission the use of technology and creation of partnerships among parents, teachers and children to enhance and enrich the learning experience and the Food Education Fund, which supports Food and Finance High School, the only New York City public school providing students with a comprehensive culinary education. She is a mentor to several young women and men throughout the New York metropolitan area, including high school, college and law school students, as well as junior lawyers and has taken an active role in efforts to celebrate and enhance diversity in the corporate workplace and workforce.
Jim Van Hoof is the VP of Growth & Innovation, President of Intregrated Solutions & the VP of Tax at Hubbell Incorporated. He is an analytical, adaptive, and collaborative executive with 20+ years of progressive leadership experience directing operations in Finance, Law, and Management within billion-dollar organizations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. As a strategic and creative thinker, he possess an innate ability to diagnose highly complex processes and transactions proposing and executing short, medium, and long-term solutions. Jim is known as a “fixer” with success leading turnaround of underperforming organizations and developing groundbreaking innovations, corporate strategies, and M&A penetrating new markets, optimizing tax strategy, and building sustainable operations within fast-paced, high-growth environments.
Jim acquired his law degree from The Western New England University School of Law.
Anjanette is a skilled trial lawyer with vast experience representing Fortune 500 and other clients in various industries against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and denial of employee benefits before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Ohio. She has successfully tried employment cases to verdict, negotiated settlements, and briefed and argued appeals before the Third Circuit, and New York and New Jersey state appellate courts. Given her litigation experience, clients regularly call on her for advice on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, as well as to conduct sensitive workplace investigations.
Prior to her employment law practice, Anjanette was a New York State Prosecutor where she tried narcotics and domestic violence cases. Anjanette also drafted and argued appeals before the Second Department. Anjanette also clerked for the Honorable Shelby Highsmith in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Monsurat Adebanjo’s personal and professional life has been dedicated to the promotion and protection of the arts, advocating for diversity and empowering underrepresented people. Monsurat is a practicing attorney and the founder of Brown Girl For The Arts Media; The Urban Culturist, a tech startup; and Brown Girl Artists. Brown Girl For The Arts Media is committed to broadening the sluggishly changing narrative of the Diaspora through representation in the media. The Urban Culturist utilizes its digital space to promote diversity, access and exposure within the art world and share new and diverse opportunities to appreciate art and culture. Brown Girl Artists, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering girls of color to envision their futures as artists, professionals and world changers by connecting them with positive, relatable and accomplished role models of color.
Anushree Bagrodia is Vice President leading the Transformation of the Law Department at Mastercard based in Purchase, New York. In her current role, Anushree is responsible for the strategy and execution for transformation across all legal functions and departments including driving change management. Anushree has held a number of roles at Mastercard in London and New York where she guided senior management on complex global deal structures, provided counsel on creative solutions for product implementation, advised on risk assessment and negotiated multifaceted commercial agreements. Passionate about women issues, Anushree Chaired Mastercard’s UK Women Leadership Network and remains actively involved in a range of diversity initiatives at Mastercard. She also conceptualized and institutionalized an on-boarding program for new attorneys at Mastercard. Prior to Mastercard, Anushree worked with Sidley Austin in London, where she advised global clients from multiple industries on mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions. An alumnus of Oxford University, Anushree is a registered Solicitor in England and Wales. Anushree holds a double undergraduate degree in Finance and Law from University of Mumbai.
Janet Abrams is Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Viacom Media Networks. She has been with the company since 2010. Janet negotiates a variety of commercial agreements and advises on digital and general business matters, working mainly with the advertising sales, social impact, corporate social responsibility, marketing strategy, culture and business development groups at Viacom. Janet also develops social media use policies for the VMN brands and advises such brands and in-house lawyers on general business and legal concerns related to social media platforms.
Prior to joining Viacom, Janet was Director of Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal, where she supported digital teams, including iVillage and NBC Local Media. Janet is a graduate of New York Law School and the State University of New York at Albany. She also studied abroad in London as an undergraduate. Janet is a member of the Internet Advertising Bureau’s Legal Affairs Council on behalf of Viacom, and outside of her position at Viacom, she advises the anti-violence organization, V-Day, on a pro bono basis.
Aliya Haider is presently the General Counsel at Geller Advisors, a 500+ financial advisory firm. She is an experienced executive, who has advised companies as they define, develop and execute strategic growth. Prior to Geller she was the General Counsel of a fin-tech start-up. Prior to that, she was the Head of Regulatory at Guggenheim Securities. Prior to that she spent seven years at JPMorgan, helping to build its global footprint and serving as Managing Counsel for the Global Corporate Bank. Prior to that she was a Blackmun Legal Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she successfully litigated against the FDA for the release of Plan B. Prior to that she was a litigator at Heller Ehrman LLP. While at Heller, she founded an after-school mentoring program at the firm for under-privileged children in the city. She also worked on an instrumental brief in the Supreme Court case Roper v. Simmons, which reversed the application of the death penalty to those who commit a crime between 16 and 18 years of age. Aliya is an advocate for women in leadership and diversity in the profession. She is a published legal scholar, former law professor at two law schools, and frequent panelist on issues of inclusion. She is a recipient of the 2017 Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Leaders. Aliya is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a Truman Scholar, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University.
Michelle Moosally is the General Counsel of Commercial Banking and Corporate & Investment Banking for Santander US. The businesses that Michelle supports operate across Santander Bank, N.A., Santander Investment Securities Inc. and the New York Branch of Banco Santander, S.A. Michelle also serves as the U.S. leader of Santander’s Women’s Employee Network. She joined Santander in December 2016 from JPMorgan Chase & Co. where she was Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, serving the J.P. Morgan Investment Bank. Before JPMorgan Chase, Michelle was Managing Director Principal for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and a Capital Markets Associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP. Michelle earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Dickinson College. Michelle also holds a Masters in Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. She serves on the board of City Year New York and resides in New York City with her two sons, Alessandro and Matteo.
Patricia (Trish) Preston is senior vice president of Business Transformation, for the Law, Franchise and Integrity (LFI) organization at Mastercard. In this role she leads a team focused on building efficient and scalable processes through technology, training and a shared service center for routine work, while finding better ways of working to meet future demand.
Prior to her current position, Trish was senior vice president, Product Management Excellence, where she was responsible for establishing and maintaining a culture of product management excellence, driving a change management agenda to advance skills and mindsets of employees accountable for product development and management, defining critical best practices and providing thought leadership.
Before that, Trish led Mastercard debit product management in the Americas. She oversaw strategy development and execution, new product development and sales development supporting Mastercard debit offerings.
Trish brings more than 20 years of financial services experience, ranging from retail banking to treasury management and payment services. Prior to joining Mastercard, she served as senior vice president of JPMorgan Chase’s Treasury Service Division, responsible for managing the development and growth of a prepaid/stored value business. Trish led a large transportation payment project that formed the backbone of the E-Z Pass toll system. She was also an architect of a cashless card solution for navy ships known as Navy Cash.
Trish, earned a Bachelor of Science from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and is a graduate of the Bank Administration Institute School of Banking.
Felice Gray-Kemp is Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of Planet Alpha Corporation; a purpose-driven technology innovator. Felice is a legal executive with expertise in U.S. and international commercial law for iconic Fortune 500 industrial, technology and consumer product companies such as such as United Technologies Corporation, Honeywell International, Chemtura and LEGO Systems, Inc.
She has been recognized internationally for her legal and business acumen, leadership, and for mentoring people from all walks of life. As a departmental leader in three different functions (legal, compliance and tax), she has gained a broad perspective that stakeholders appreciate.
Her stakeholders also include those in her community as well. The Urban League recognized Felice for her career accomplishments in male-dominated industries while maintaining her authentic voice The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund honored Felice for making a difference in the lives of Connecticut residents. Felice has served on various non-profit and for-profit Boards of Directors including as Trustee for Life on the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford, a non-profit that she co-founded 17 years ago with several accomplished women leaders and the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Connecticut and an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. Felice is a life-long learner and educator; having been as an adjunct professor in several Connecticut colleges.
Felice embraces change, the taking of risks and is an advocate for work-life integration to ensure growth in all areas of life. She and her husband of twenty-seven years are the proud parents of nine-year-old Evan.
Manisha Lalwani is Director and Senior Legal Counsel for Bank of Montreal. She is an experienced attorney advising BMO on a broad range of regulatory reforms, and advising on US securities law and broker-dealer issues for the Trading Products business. She advises on equities, credit, fixed income and FX derivatives, listed and bilateral options, futures, commodities, securities lending, margin loan and repo transactions for the Trading Products business. She also advises on regulatory examinations of BMO Capital Markets Corp, their US registered broker dealer. Prior to joining BMO, she was a Director and Counsel for Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC advising on credit, fixed income and FX derivatives and the Emerging Markets business. She represented Credit Suisse on the ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee and lead Credit Suisse’s global implementation of the Dodd Frank business conduct rules, focusing on electronic trading platforms and swap execution facilities. Prior to Credit Suisse, Manisha was Counsel to Morgan Stanley’s corporate secretarial group advising on corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance activities for the parent bank holding company. Much of Manisha’s legal experience builds on the securities law skills acquired as an Associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP.
AP is a global compliance attorney, serving as Director of Ethics & Compliance for the Americas at Tech Data Corporation, one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products, services, and solutions and currently ranked No. 88 on the Fortune 500®. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel of Global Ethics & Compliance at Laureate Education, the world’s leading higher education provider with more than 70 universities in 25 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Ms. Capaldo leads the Americas team and compliance efforts in the region, and is responsible for assisting with the full range of activities associated with maintaining the ethics & compliance program of the Company, with a focus on anti-corruption activities, internal investigations, and regulatory issues. She is also responsible for the implementation of a broad-ranging anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance program, including policy development, risk assessment, training delivery, communication, controls, as well as due diligence protocols for third party agents and consultants and acquisitions. She has obtained her Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC) certification - the symbol of excellence, competency, and credibility in the E&C industry around the world.
Formerly she was with the Miami-based boutique compliance firm MDO Partners, where she focused on corporate law, global compliance, and business ethics. Ms. Capaldo has represented clients on a variety of corporate and compliance matters internationally, including Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Spain. She has represented a broad range of clients in various sectors, including the hospitality, medical device manufacturing, luxury goods, restaurant, commercial printing, automotive, and technology industries. Prior to law school, Ms. Capaldo worked at the United States Department of State in the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), where she focused her work on compliance with federal and international treatises and regulations in the consular community and assisted in coordinating logistics during the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Ms. Capaldo has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, is a native Spanish speaker, and is fluent in Italian.
Ms. Capaldo received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School and completed her undergraduate studies in English Literature at Florida International University. During law school, Ms. Capaldo worked on a micro-venture consulting team that provided an expansion strategy and legal advice to various innovative enterprises including the revitalization of a historical theater into an environmentally sustainable mixed-use property. Ms. Capaldo also drafted an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in the case of María Isabel Véliz Franco v. Guatemala. Ms. Capaldo is a Supreme Court of Indiana CLEO Fellow, and served as Secretary of the Hispanic Law Students Association and Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association at Notre Dame. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Bocconi School Of Law in Milan, Italy and worked at the St. Joseph County’s Public Defender’s Office in South Bend, Indiana.
In the community, Ms. Capaldo serves as Legal Guardian at Miami Cerebral Palsy and has served as a volunteer with His House Children’s Home.
Lisa has been practicing law for twenty-five (25) years and has expertise as in-house counsel for companies in the manufacturing, food service, international banking, and real estate industries and in private practice at two law firms in Connecticut. Practice areas include procurement, mortgage lending, commercial real estate, corporate law, contracts, regulatory compliance, and probate law. She is currently Senior Corporate Counsel at Compass Group USA, Inc. where she handles contract matters for Chartwells School Dining, Canteen Vending, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Restaurant Associates and Eurest Corporate Dining. Prior to Compass, Lisa was Of Counsel to a law firm specializing in the mortgage banking industry, served as Assistant General Counsel at Lanxess Corporation, and as Assistant Counsel to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.
Lisa has served as a director on two non-profit boards. Other affiliations include Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, FEMA Disaster Legal Aid, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, The New York County Lawyers Association, the Southbury Training School and the Southbury Film Commission. She created and managed a law student internship program with NYC area law schools. As a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, she chaired membership and planning committees. She created the Women’s Literature Program, a signature annual event for the National Association of Italian American Women. Lisa is the recipient of a leadership award from her undergraduate alma mater and an employee recognition award from Comptroller McCall.
Lisa earned a B.S. degree from a women’s college, an experience that led to her lifelong interest in recruiting, fundraising and advocating for single-sex education. She earned a J. D. from the Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Felecia Ettenberg is the VP & Assistant General Counsel of Global Compliance & Legal at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is an experienced Pharmaceutical Leader with a broad range of experience in legal, regulatory, compliance and commercial in the US and globally.
Felecia acquired her law degree from The Boston University School of Law.
Marie A. Francois has been a practicing attorney for 20 years. Marie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and goodwill, gained from years of representing a diverse array of companies. Marie currently serves as General Counsel of FORD MODELS, INC. She joined FORD in September, 2013. In her role as chief legal officer, she is responsible for overseeing FORD’s worldwide legal affairs including corporate, litigation, intellectual property, regulatory and employment matters.
Prior to joining FORD, Marie served as Resident Outside Counsel to FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation for 5 years where she acted as the contact attorney for FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world's leading provider of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing. There she ensured that all the legal needs of the company were met, including driving commercial growth by negotiating agreements with customers and managing risk. Prior to that, for 3 years, Marie was Counsel to specialty consumer finance company, Delta Funding Corp., concentrating in general corporate, real estate, securities and employment law matters.
Marie was also previously an Associate in Farrell Fritz, P.C.’s Corporate Department where, for 5 years, she represented a wide array of clients on the local, regional and national levels. These include state and national banks, universities, hospitals, and public and private companies.
Marie graduated from Albany Law School in 1999 where she served as Associate Editor of Albany Law’s Law Review. In 1996, Marie graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York College at Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in History.
Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on a variety of fundraising and tax-related legal matters including drafting and negotiating agreements for gifts and bequests, administration of bequests from trusts and estates, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for fundraising events and activities for NYU Langone Hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine.
Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Health in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations. Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
Anta has been awarded a number of accolades and honors in connection with her work in the legal profession. In addition to being named as an honoree in the Crain’s 2019 Notable Women of Law, Anta has also been honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example”, in recognition of her many years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers; named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; and as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.
Anta is an active member of her community in her roles as President-Elect for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association; member of the attorney advisory panel for the Planning and Estates Law Project for the City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar Association; and a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Law Center, a New York based nonprofit organization that advocates for children by providing them with a strong and effective voice in legal proceedings that have a critical impact on their lives.
Carmen Hunt is the Director of Trademark Enforcement at Major League Baseball. She is also a decisive, engaging and articulate trademark professional and team leader with 20+ years of experience. Carmen has directed all aspects of worldwide trademark portfolio management, brand enforcement and trademark maintenance for leading domestic and global brands and organizations, including MLB and the NBA.
Molly Pease is a Managing Director at Curiam Capital LLC, a private investment firm that provides financing for high-value commercial litigation. Ms. Pease leads the day-to-day operations of the firm, while also underwriting and monitoring Curiam’s investments and supporting the firm’s business development efforts. Previously, Ms. Pease worked as Executive Director and General Counsel at two boutique law firms where she developed and implemented long-term business strategies in all aspects of firm management including financial analysis and reporting, business development and marketing, human resource recruitment and management, legal project management, and office operations. Ms. Pease began her career as a litigator with a focus on complex commercial and securities disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Pease received her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.