YJP's Spotlight on Women
Previously, CEO and Founder of RealFace, a startup company specializing in mobile authentication products using revolutionary face recognition and liveness algorithms. RealFace was acquired in 2017.
In the years before founding Realface, Adi was the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Syneron Beauty and was part of the founding team within Syneron Medical (Nasdaq: ELOS) to open the Home-Use device unit, later sold to Unilever.
Adi is a marketing executive that started her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and B.Sc. in Computer Science (graduate of the Zell entrepreneurship program) from IDC Herzliya and was also the captain of the IDC Chess team.
Alexia Brue is the General Manager and SVP of Leaf Group’s Fitness & Wellness Division. Most recently, she was the CEO and Co-Founder of Well+Good, a leading digital media company focused on health and wellness that was acquired by Leaf Group in June, 2018. Prior to founding Well+Good, Alexia was a journalist covering travel and wellness for publications including Vogue, the New York Times, and Luxury SpaFinder and the author of Cathedrals of the Flesh (Bloomsbury), a travel memoir. She has a BA in Classics from Grinnell College and a MA from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Ms. Gee is a Managing Director and Head of Prime Sales, Americas at Barclays. Based in New York, Ms. Gee is responsible for leading the sales franchises across the equity financing, synthetics, origination sales and account management businesses. She works with the sales teams to drive the origination pipeline and grow existing client relationships. Prior to that, Ms. Gee was Head of Strategic Consulting, Americas, which is part of Capital Solutions also within Prime Services Distribution. Ms. Gee joined Barclays in 2016 from BlackRock, where she served in various roles including Chief Marketing Officer and Interim COO for the Financial Services Markets Advisory business. Prior to that, Ms. Gee was also a portfolio research analyst at Serengeti Asset Management and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Ms. Gee was recognized as one of the '50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds' in 2017 by The Hedge Fund Journal and EY. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Yale University.
Eileen is an important architect and steward of Horizon’s culture. During Eileen’s twelve years at Horizon, she has accelerated change and transformed Horizon into a magnet for the industry’s best talent and a place widely recognized for the highest levels of commitment to inclusion, diversity and the professional and personal development of its people.
Eileen has made betterment a progressive cornerstone of Horizon’s culture, fostering a supportive environment for the total physical and mental well-being of Horizon’s employees. Eileen has championed the development of Horizon’s on-site gym and yoga studio, she was instrumental in developing classes for meditation, breathing and relaxation, and was the driving force behind Horizon’s ‘Retreat’, a new room of hanging silks where people can relax, recharge and rejuvenate.
Eileen is perhaps most proud of Horizon Health, the agency’s on-site nursing and urgent care facility where people have a low-cost and convenient option to manage their healthcare needs.
Eileen has twice been named an HR Practitioner Superstar by HRO Today Magazine and has helped establish Horizon as a perennial recipient of numerous major industry awards for culture and excellence. Horizon has been named multiple times as a Best Place to Work by Adage, Crain’s and the Los Angeles Business Journal, named the #2 Best Place to Interview in the U.S. by Glassdoor, and was honored to be listed as a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work for Women.
Eileen is also a founding member of Horizon’s “Limitless” platform, which was created by five of the agency’s female leaders, with the intention of educating, motivating and inspiring each employee to identify and explore their own leadership potential.
Prior to joining Horizon Media, Benwitt worked for four years as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at MPG, and was Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Porter Novelli.
Eileen develops a healthy mind, body and soul through a regular practice of Pilates, meditation, cycling, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She believes that a sense of humor and keeping it real is the key to all things in life.
Katia is an acclaimed creative director and one of New York’s most influential visual visionaries, who works seamlessly between editorial, packaging, advertising, product development and brand identity as a 360-degree storyteller. She began her career in 2002 at Lloyd & Co. as a freelance art director for clients including Estee Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. Finding balance in independent and commercial work, Kuethe produced her own magazine—"Editor & Art Director - The Glossy Zine— under her own company Studio Von Birken from 2004-2009, while also producing creative work for brands such as J. Crew, Jimmy Choo, Babyphat, Brioni and Ann Taylor. In 2010 Katia joined Teen Vogue as Creative Director to re-design the magazine’s visual language, as well as TeenVogue.com. Following her stint at there, Katia joined Kate Spade New York as Senior Director of Creative, where she served as the global lead on all brand creative and initiatives, from print and video campaigns to e-commerce, retail, copy, packaging and social media. In this role, she oversaw the re-launch of katespade.com, and designed and launched the brand’s latest fragrance. Kuethe has earned numerous awards, including those for excellence in design from FiFi, The Art Director’s Club New York, The Society of Publication Designers and The One Club. She also completed a redesign of Lucky magazine & developed the identity for LuckyShops - Lucky’s e-com platform, including logo, packaging & site look/feel. Katia is currently the Creative Director of Brand Marketing at Bergdorf Goodman, and lives in Manhattan with her son, Paz.
Katie Burke is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot, where she oversees HubSpot’s global employment brand to attract top-level talent as the company continues to grow and enter new markets. She creates and delivers the optimal candidate and employee experience for HubSpot’s offices around the world. Katie manages the team responsible for HubSpot’s award-winning culture and commitment to transparency and autonomy.
During her time at HubSpot, the company has received culture commendations from Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Boston Globe, Glassdoor, and The Boston Business Journal. Katie’s emphasis on a culture of inclusion, diversity, and support has also placed HubSpot on Fortune.com’s “100 Best Workplaces for Women” list.
Prior to HubSpot, Katie was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance. During her tenure, the company was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies and was featured on CNN Money, Yahoo!, ESPN, The New York Times, and more. Katie also served as a Brand Manager at EXOS. She attended Bates College and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Katie is an advisor at Flybridge Capital and was on the part of the inaugural Rev Boston Class of Top Women in Boston Tech.
Maria Molland is the CEO of Thinx, the feminine hygiene company behind the eponymous leak-proof underwear brand. Maria has over 22 years of experience in the development andmanagement of marketplace, e-commerce, digital media, and technology businesses. She brings broad, international experience and experience scaling different sized companies, from small teams to hundreds of people. In past roles, Maria was an advisor to eBay’s CEO as well as Chief European Officer at Fab.com. Prior to Fab, Maria held global executive roles at corporations like Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo, and Disney. Maria received her BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Varkey serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Yale New Haven Health Northeast
Medical Group and Senior Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System. Northeast Medical Group
(NEMG) is the medical foundation of Yale New Haven Health and has approximately 2000 employees
including 950+ clinicians in over 130 locations in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Dr. Varkey is
a Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy and Management,
Yale School of Public Health.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Varkey served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Seton
Clinical Enterprise, a large multispecialty group at Seton Family Healthcare, Austin, Texas. A nationally
recognized expert in Quality Improvement, Dr. Varkey served as the President of the American College
of Medical Quality between 2015 and 2017. She has previously served on the boards of the Christian
Medical College Foundation, Physician One Urgent Care Centers, and the American College of Medical
Quality. She currently serves on the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Board. She is the editor of two
books: Medical Quality Management and Mayo Clinic Board review on Preventive Medicine and Public
Dr. Varkey served a number of positions at Mayo Clinic, including Associate Chair of the Department of
Medicine; medical director of Ask Mayo Clinic (national nurse triage line with 1.5 million covered lives);
medical director of the Value Program at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of healthcare delivery;
medical director of “Better” a mobile app start up jointly funded by Mayo Clinic and a venture capital
firm; vice chair for the Outpatient Practice Committee; and program director for the Preventive
Medicine Fellowship and Director of the Quality Improvement Curriculum at Mayo Medical School,
Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education. Dr.
Varkey is currently adjunct Professor of Medicine and adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mayo
Dr. Varkey is the recipient of many awards including the American Medical Association Foundation
Physician Leadership award, the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award, the American College
of Medical Quality President’s award, the Mayo Clinic individual excellence award, the American
Medical Women’s Association Exceptional Mentoring Award and the World Woman leadership congress
visionary woman leadership award. She recently received the CT women of influence Corporate Leader
Dr. Varkey earned her MBBS (MD equivalent) from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; a
Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; and a
Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She also
earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University
of Minnesota. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Yale New Haven Health Hospital of
Saint Raphael and Preventive Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Roni Frank is a Co-Founder of Talkspace, an online therapy platform and mobile app that connect clients directly with licensed therapists anytime and anywhere.
Roni, who serves as Head of Clinical Services, is leading the company’s provider network of more than 1,500 therapists and responsible for quality of clinical service and therapist network growth. Roni is committed to open access to mental health care for every person in need.
Roni and her husband co-founded Talkspace in 2012, while she was pursuing her Master’s degree in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Roni earned her degree in 2013.
Before co-founding Talkspace, Roni was a software developer at Amdocs, a leading software and services provider to communications and media companies.
Roni also received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, in 2000.
Bailey Schroeder is a Product Manager at Emissary.io, a New York based start-up focused on helping enterprise sales people understand the complex dynamics of the organizations they’re selling into and ultimately win more deals. In this role, Bailey is responsible for developing creative solutions to complex problems and working cross-functionally to implement them. She has a proven ability to effectively translate business requirements to functional requirements and drive the overall product development process forward.
Prior to her role at Emissary, Bailey founded ResQwalk - the first mobile app that enabled people to earn money for animal welfare \ organizations across the US and Canada, just by walking. ResQwalk is now owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, one of the largest animal welfare organizations in North America. Bailey has a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and an MA in Economics from the City College of New York. She is originally from Toronto, Ontario.
Samantha is the Director of Strategy at Briteweb, a branding, digital and marketing agency that specializes in working with foundations, social ventures and nonprofits. Samantha combines her deep passion for the social sector with a creative eye to deliver compelling work that helps game-changing organizations find their voice and use it to inspire audiences to act.
Samantha overseas the strategy, design, development and implementation of brands, websites, videos, photoshoots, and marketing campaigns, with a particular expertise in telling compelling stories. Beyond delivering powerful creative, Samantha’s greater pursuit is to help her clients push the needle and have real impact in the world.
Samantha has led breakthrough creative work for international organizations including UN Women, He For She, Acumen, +Acumen, Action Aid, Concern Worldwide USA and The Rockefeller Foundation. Her team’s work at Briteweb has earned top recognition from Awwwards, Wordpress and Communication Arts. Samantha frequently speaks at conferences and has been a guest lecturer at NYU.
Outside of the Briteweb offices, Samantha is on the Board of Advisors for Feminist.com and she is the co-founder of Demystified, an inclusive online space where women of all backgrounds and perspectives can share their knowledge and stories in hopes of informing, inspiring and empowering others.
This event starts on November 8th at 6:00 PM.
YJP's Spotlight on Women is our female-focused event. In each iteration of this series, 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 Blockchain, Media, Tech, and more.
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