YJP's Spotlight on Women
Beth Levine is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading science and technology company delivering life-transforming
medicines for serious diseases. Prior to joining Regeneron, Beth spent 13 years at Pfizer Inc., where she
served in various positions in the Legal Division, culminating in the role of General Counsel - U.S.
Pharmaceuticals, followed by 18 months at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. as General Counsel and Chief
Compliance Officer. In the early days of her legal career, Beth was a litigation associate at the law firm of
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, following a judicial clerkship with U.S. District Judge Gerard L.
Goettel of the Southern District of New York. Beth received a BS from Cornell University and a JD from
Fordham Law School. Beth is the recipient of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers in Business
(2000), the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Luminary Award (2017) and the 914Inc. Women in
Business Awards (2017).
Elena Ridloff is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and has been with ACADIA since April 2018. Ms. Ridloff joined ACADIA from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where she was Vice President, Investor Relations reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and served as a member of the Operating Committee. In building and leading the investor relations function at Alexion, she played a key role in developing and executing the company’s investor relations strategy and outreach to broaden and strengthen the shareholder base. Prior to Alexion, Ms. Ridloff was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of BIOVISIO, an independent consulting firm providing strategic, financial and investor relations counsel to the life sciences industry. She was also a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a hedge fund based in New York, and was responsible for investments in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and life science sectors. Ms. Ridloff earned her B.A. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a CFA® charterholder.
Lauren Jupiter is a Managing Partner of AccelFoods, an early- stage venture capital firm investing in consumer products. Lauren co-founded the fund in 2014 with the intention of offering entrepreneurs a unique perspective and approachable capital to help them build their businesses. With $40M under management and 34 portfolio companies and growing, AF operates as a hands-on partner working with entrepreneurs to bring innovative, high-quality food and beverage products to the forefront of the industry and create the next generation of enduring brands.
Lauren oversees deal origination, supervises financial strategy for the portfolio, as well as manages the daily financial operations and administration of the fund.
Prior to founding AF, Lauren was an investment banker in the Consumer Products and Retail team at UBS where she advised large cap food and beverage companies and consumer-retail focused private equity firms. While at UBS, Lauren worked in strategy on-site at Birds Eye Iglo Group, a leading European frozen food company, owned by Permira Advisers. During her time in business school, Lauren worked in brand management at Unilever. Lauren holds an A.B., cum laude in field, from Harvard College and an M.B.A. with Honors in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School of Business.
Born and raised in New York City, Lauren currently resides there with her husband, daughter, and son. Lauren's white whale is fat-free, calorie-free pizza (with extra sauce).
Dr. Mohindru joined the company in August, 2017 as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. She came to Cara Therapeutics from Curis, Inc. where she was most recently its Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Dr. Mohindru has spent several years as a Wall Street research analyst covering the biotechnology industry at ThinkEquity, Credit Suisse and UBS, and in the investment banking division at Capstone Investments. She has also been a strategic consultant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry at Axon Healthcare Partners and SAI Healthcare (acquired by IMS Health) and was a co-founder of ImmTox, Inc., an oncology-focused private biotechnology company.
Dr. Mohindru received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Northwestern University, and Masters in Biotechnology as well as B.Sc (Hons) Human Biology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
Ms. Streicker Porres founded Newcastle Realty Services in 2004 and serves as its CEO & President. She specializes in turnarounds of multi-family New York City Based portfolios and assets, with associated commercial and retail units. During her career, she has been responsible for the asset repositioning of over 100 NYC properties and over 1B in RE. She has approximately $500 AUM. In 2017 she launched the Plato Student Platform LP, to acquire and reposition student housing properties nationwide.
Margaret is a mother to four children and, in what is left of her spare time, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University sits as a trustee for the Jewish Museum of NY, and is very active in YPO (Young President’s Organization).
Nancye Green is a designer, with a storied career addressing the
strategies and complex communication challenges of large enterprises,
startup companies and non-profit organizations. Nancye founded the
design firm Donovan/Green with Michael Donovan. They designed and
produced in multiple media for clients as diverse as Hoffman-La Roche,
3M, GM, P&G, Exxon, President Ronald Reagan, American Express,
Sony and American Girl. After selling their firm, she served as CEO of
Waterworks and on the Boards of Directors of several companies
including Waterworks and is currently Chief Design Officer of The
Medicines Company. She is a past President of both the American
Institute of Graphic Arts, receiving its Gold Medal, and the
International Design Conference in Aspen. She is currently Chairman
of the Board of EcoHealth Alliance. She holds degrees from Tulane
University and Parsons School of Design, graduating as valedictorian,
and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Corcoran School of
Art in Washington, D.C.
Upacala Mapatuna joined VPC in 2016 and is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment process as well as sourcing, evaluating and executing private credit and equity investments and assisting portfolio companies with strategic initiatives. Ms. Mapatuna is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committees. Ms. Mapatuna has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services. Most recently, she was a Managing Director in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to re-joining Goldman Sachs in 2005, Ms. Mapatuna was a Managing Director with Mill Road Capital, and held various investment positions at Warburg Pincus and Lazard Freres & Co. Ms. Mapatuna began her career at the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Ms. Mapatuna graduated from Williams College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Economics. She is the former president of the Williams College alumni association of New York and is active in philanthropic efforts in her native Sri Lanka.
Wendy Rowden is the President of 42nd Street Development Corporation (42SDC), a 40-year-old non-profit that champions arts investments that catalyze neighborhood development. Through its two signature projects, Theatre Row and Music and the Brain, 42SDC builds vibrant communities throughout New York City and beyond. Theatre Row is a campus for non-profit theater arts in the heart of the Theater District. Music and the Brain is a powerful neuroscience-based program that uses classroom keyboard instruction to build cognitive and critical thinking skills in pre-K to 5th grade students in resource-deprived communities.
Ms. Rowden has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining 42SDC, she led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Ms. Rowden served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group.
Ms. Rowden is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Trustee, Chair of 2017 Global Awards Jury, and immediate past Global Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation.
Ms. Rowden is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) and was the 2016 WX Woman of the Year. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Cushman & Wakefield and has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School.
Ms. Rowden is the recipient of numerous other industry awards, including Bisnow’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Real Estate,” United Way’s “Women United in Philanthropy Award,” and Real Estate Weekly’s Top 100 Women in Real Estate.” She holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.
Neale S. Godfrey is a financial voice for women and a pioneer for the topic of "kids and money." Neale is a 27-time author with a #1 New York Times Best Seller, Money Doesn't Grow On Trees: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children. Additionally, she is a contributor to Kiplinger and enjoys regular discussions on her newly launched web platform. Join the conversation at www.NealeGodfrey.com
Starting her journey in the financial industry with The Chase Manhattan Bank in 1972, Neale joined as one of the first female executives, and later became President of The First Women's Bank and founder of The First Children's Bank. In 1989, Neale formed her own company, Children's Financial Network, Inc., whose mission is to educate children and their parents about money.
After founding her company, Neale became the first to develop money curricula for children and young adults, Pre-K through High School, entitled The One and Only Common Sense/Cents Series, as well as a CD-ROM called MoneyTown. She currently has three iOS video gaming apps, GreenStreets: Unleash The Loot! and GreenStreets: Shmootz Happens!, which both hit #1 in the Education Gaming Category; as well as her latest app, GreenStreets: Heifer International, a wonderful collaboration with Heifer International teaching kids and parents how to connect the virtual and real worlds.
Neale has served as a National Spokesperson for such companies as: Aetna, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Fidelity, while appearing as a financial expert on programs, such as; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show as well as in the PBS special Your Money, Your Children, Your Life. Neale was also a former Nationally Syndicated Columnist for the Associated Press.
Neale has served on White House and Governor's Task Forces, as well as on the Board of Directors of The NY Board of Trade, UNICEF, University of Charleston, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, UN Women, and YPO. She also serves on NJ's State Employment and Training Commission Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education as well as NJ's Science and Technology Workforce Subcommittee.
Neale helped found a YPO global entity called RISE, an international social and ecological movement and incorporated into WorldMerit (WM). WM connects Millennials in 160 countries to address global issues. She is also a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and VWise, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, operated by The Institute for Veterans and Military Families, The Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. Neale has been honored with awards such as "Woman of the Year," "Banker of the Year," "Child Advocate of the Year," and the Femme Award from the United Nations. Neale was recognized as one of New Jersey's "50 Best Women in Business," was National Winner of w2wlink's Ascendancy Awards for Business Women, and has been awarded Garden State Woman of the Year fro 2011. She was the recipient of UNCF's Outstanding Community Service Award in 2012 and received the 2013 Women of Influence Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. Also in 2013, Neale was extremely honored to graduate from The National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College.
More recently, Neale earned the Muriel Siebert Lifetime Achievement Award for her trailblazing work on financial literacy, and achieved the National Honoree designation from WomenInBusiness.org. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for DriveWealth, a registered broker/dealer with a low cost, mobile investing platform, and Greenlight, a permission-based spending card for children, giving parents the ability to "greenlight" transactions. She is also an Executive in Residence at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Despite these achievements, what her kids really think is cool is that she was a question on Jeopardy! and an answer in The New York Times crossword puzzle.
Elizabeth is a Vice President in within Merrill Lynch wealth management, originating and structuring derivatives and structured products. Prior to this, Elizabeth has worked globally managing debt and derivatives transactions for large corporate, real estate and public-sector clients at Barclays Bank Plc and Lloyds Banking Group. Elizabeth has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sydney and won scholarships and awards for Rowing in her home town, Sydney.
Robyn created the cricket-based food brand Seek after many years of frustration with the global food system. Seek launched in summer 2016 and has received extensive media coverage, including a NY Magazine feature story, and articles in Forbes, CBS and the Observer. Robyn has also led multiple education workshops on edible insects in order to raise awareness and comfort levels with this alternative protein source.
Prior to Seek, Robyn served as the Deputy Director for the Lowline, an effort to build the world’s first underground park in New York City. Robyn handled fundraising and PR efforts which raised funds from a mix of individual, institutional and public sources, launched 2 record-setting Kickstarter campaigns and garnered coverage from hundreds of national and global press outlets including the New York Times, NY Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.
Additionally, Robyn was the Executive Producer of the Lowline Lab, which drew over 110,000 visitors, and launched the STEAM Young Designers Program offering free education for over 2,000 students.
Robyn formerly held domestic and global senior marketing roles at Ralph Lauren, Saatchi & Saatchi, and SelectNY. She is also a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow. Robyn also completed the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm apprenticeship program.
Robyn has spoken extensively on both Seek and The Lowline. Here is a small selection of press and talks:
New York Magazine, Ant Farm to Table
DLD, Underground Gardening
Beyond, How Do You Build The World’s First Underground Park
FWC, Innovation Underground
Farm to Fork, Are People Prepared to Chew Crickets?
Stefani Berkin is President of Charles Rutenberg LLC, one of New York City’s largest real estate brokerage companies, where she leads an experienced management team responsible for more than 700 licensed agents. The company’s 100% commission model favors entrepreneurs, rewarding independent operators with the highest payout in the industry. In 2015, Mrs. Berkin introduced a full real estate education curriculum, built around seminars from industry leaders and specialists to support agent needs. She facilitates team building and encourages collaborative work amongst agents. Stefani also formed a partnership with Wounded Warriors to fast-track veterans into second careers with Rutenberg.
Prior to joining Rutenberg, Mrs. Berkin worked on a myriad of high profile deals at The Heddings Property Group, Douglas Elliman, and The Modlin Group. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, as well as the Real Estate Divisions of YJP, UJA, AIPAC, and FIDF. Stefani is also a member of The Harmonie Club of New York City.
Mrs. Berkin combines her fortified background with a far-reaching market influence and has spearheaded Rutenberg to close over $1.8 billion worth of sales. Additionally, she has worked vigorously to lift the company to the top five largest residential brokerages in New York City. Mrs. Berkin is a forward-thinking, passionate and attentive leader who aims to continuously disrupt the real estate industry. Her reputation for marketing luxury properties to elite foreign buyers was built on complete discretion and offering personalized client services to close transactions effectively. In her current management role, Stefani interviews every new agent and seals top-level partnerships with developers to secure exclusive listings for the firm.
Mrs. Berkin is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan, an avid tennis player, and also enjoys dance, theater, fitness, and fashion. She is an active supporter of Dress for Success, The New York City Rescue Mission, City Harvest and Race for the Cure.
Kristi Faulkner is co-founder and president of Womenkind, an award-winning strategic brand communications firm in New York that is women-owned and dedicated to women’s marketing initiatives and campaigns. She’s had a 20+ career as a creative director at the most highly regarded agencies on Madison Avenue – BBDO, DDB Needham, Young & Rubicam, Grey, and Ammirati Puris Lintas, and has worked on accounts around the globe.
She has a passion for consumer insight, and bringing empathic and positive brand messages to the public. She is tirelessly creative, driven by curiosity and known for being idea-euphoric.
The publisher and CEO of the Forward, Feddersen has been an innovator in digital media since the earliest days of Silicon Alley. She is passionate about creating and supporting the most engaging media properties, and exploring new ways of reaching readers, wherever they may be. She has worked with audiences of many millions, as Chief Content Officer of Patch, with its 900 sites across the country; Digital GM at MentalFloss.com and TheWeek.com, thought-leading brands for millennials and global citizens; and editor-in-chief of Parenting.com.
Rachel has won awards for her work in digital from the MPA, Webby Awards, MIN and most recently, Stevie Awards. She spoke at the Digiday Publishing Summit in March 2018; was named MIN’s Content Strategist of the Year in 2010; was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a guest at President Obama’s White House Summit on Digital Women in 2011.
Feddersen has made regular appearances as an expert on the TODAY show and Good Morning America, as well as NPR and PBS. She serves as a member of the March of Dimes National Media Advisory Committee. She has an English degree from Amherst College and a masters degree from NYU’s Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program. She studied Hebrew and Yiddish (along with French, Italian, German, and Spanish), and lived in Israel for a year.
Since her arrival at the Forward in May 2016, Rachel Fishman Feddersen has been leading the Jewish news organization during an increasingly complex time for traditional journalism. Rachel is currently spearheading a successful digital and print strategy as the Forward celebrates 120 years of existence. Her elaborate digital growth strategy allows for the Forward to stay on top of breaking news while producing in-depth features, first-rate cultural coverage, and encouraging democratic principles.
YJP's Spotlight on Women is our inaugural female-focused event. For the first time at YJP, our esteemed group of cross-industry speakers and moderators are all women. Get ready for an evening of dinner, drinks, and stimulating conversation about women's workplace issues and industry-specific issues alike. Several of our industries will be represented, including finance, real estate, venture capital + tech, and healthcare.
The forum will feature a keynote speech from Neale Godfrey, CEO of Children's Financial Network. Her journey from the major corporate world to entrepreneurship is compelling and inspiring. She will open your eyes to exactly how far we've come in the fight for workplace safety and equality, and how far we still have to go.
Interested in speaking? Please contact Jordyn Willens at email@example.com
This event starts on June 27th at 6:00 PM.