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.
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.
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.
Nilu De Silva is currently the Global Digital Director at Urban Decay Cosmetics at L'Oreal. Previously, she was the Global Social Media Strategy lead at The Estee Lauder Companies Center of Digital Excellence. Nilu has also spent time at leading advertising agencies JWT and BBDO before transitioning to the client side. She has a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College and an MA is Global Communications from The American University of Paris.
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.
Vicki is an American immigrant from Belarus, an avid skier and beach bum, makes a mean roasted
chicken, and also happens to make the best sheets ever.
After graduating from NYU in 2007, Vicki earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and ultimately
pursued a career in fashion and beauty. After getting her start at Tory Burch, she took on a role at a
beauty PR agency, publicizing industry giants like Lancôme and John Frieda until a spontaneous vacation
to Las Vegas changed her course.
Alas! Brooklinen was born...
In the summer of 2012, newlyweds Rich and Vicki Fulop had a life-altering encounter with a set of
delectable sheets while on vacation. When trying to track down and purchase their own set, however,
they were appalled by the $800 price tag and intrigued by the challenge it presented.
Neither Rich nor Vicki had a background in textiles or manufacturing, but they soon realized just how
savvy one can become when equipped with the Internet and the right combination of curiosity,
persistence and vision. The couple spent one year educating themselves on the industry, visiting
factories, sampling fabrics and trying out competitive offerings to truly understand what exactly makes
The Fulops then set out to create a modern and inviting shopping experience – something that was
minimalist, clean, simple and effortless. In 2014, armed with their laptops and a shared vision, Rich and
Vicki launched Brooklinen via Kickstarter from their one-bedroom New York apartment. The campaign
far exceeded their onset goals of $50K, raising $237K in pre-orders and setting the company into
motion through grassroots support. With a completely boot-strapped approach, Brooklinen ended year
one at $2.5MM and closed out year two at nearly $25MM in revenue. Since launch, the brand has seen
10x year-over-year growth, self-funded and consistently profitable.
In March 2017, Brooklinen secured its first-ever fundraise – a $10MM Series A investment round led
by FirstMark Capital. The brand has leveraged funding to expand its home offerings, grow its team, scale
production, and increase customer touch-points to meet the demands of its rapidly growing and
Today, the Fulops remain fully immersed in every aspect of their business, from design conception and
fabric testing, to brand marketing and art direction. The direct-to-consumer business model has helped
Brooklinen blossom by establishing personal relationships and connecting with real people in real ways.
Rich and Vicki continue to prioritize best practices from responsive manufacturing to authentic customer
service, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs across the globe, and giving back to communities across
the U.S. by donating all returns to Good360, a non-profit that works supply charities with necessary
resources and keep usable goods out of landfills.
Brenne comes from an acting background. Since Brenne was little, there was nothing she craved more than jumping up on a stage and sharing a living, breathing story with an audience. As a young adult, she became a full-on drama nerd—complete with a national tour of a Broadway classic and a BFA from NYU:Tisch.
What led Brenne to this work—coaching presence and presentations—was a chance meeting with an author who was about to start a media tour to promote her new book. The author was desperate for advice on how to come across as the authentic, confident woman she knew she was despite her tendency to second-guess herself, her need to impress others, and the pressure from her publisher to sell, sell, sell.
Within a few months of working with Brenne, the author’s book sales skyrocketed, the press loved her, and she knocked her public appearances out of the park. Before Brenne knew it, she was working with a loyal set of high-powered clients—both individually and through SpeechSkills—an outstanding communication training firm based in San Francisco, which serves many of the world's largest, most innovative companies.
Some of the clients Brenne continues to coach through SpeechSkills include Shutterfly, SurveyMonkey, Taboola, Palantir Technologies, Indeed.com, and Pfizer.
Over the years, each client taught Brenne that she had a whole other skill-set and dream she didn’t even know she had: coaching people to perform at their best by staying true to who they are.
From both acting and coaching, Brenne’s learned the best, tried-and-tested strategies for communicating effectively and performing under pressure. She continues to expand her own ideas of what it means to perform at your peak by drawing on the principles of stellar acting and cutting-edge research in the fields of psychology and emotional intelligence.
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Hayley Cohen is responsible for investor relations. Prior to joining R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management in January 2010, Ms. Cohen worked at Kyte Capital Advisors LLP in London as a Senior Research Analyst. She began her career at Old Mutual in South Africa in 1998 and has worked in the hedge fund industry since 2004. Ms. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Honors in Financial Management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Hayley is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Jill Katz is the founder of Assemble HR Consulting, a boutique Human Resources firm that focuses on Organizational Design, Transformation and Employee Experience. She is the co-host of the well-known webcast, HR Leaders LIVE, and a speaker about “The Future of Work”.
Jill brings candid insights, brave questions, humor and empathy to her advisory practice. She is a seasoned executive coach, facilitator and human capital expert with more than 20 years of success in the fashion, retail, digital technology, media, and banking industries. Jill is best known for her “3C’s Approach”: candor, courage, and care. Jill has held HR leadership roles at USA Networks/IAC, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein Inc./PVH, Elie Tahari, and Macy’s. In leading the human resources function, Jill has worked closely with senior executive teams to build leadership capability, drive performance strategies, and focus on employee culture and experience. She has extensive experience in large-scale organizational design projects, including the
selection and placement of top talent, along with the communication and rollout strategies to manage effective change. Jill works closely with executives to help them see the value in relationships, and how taking accountability and focusing on authentic communication can result in better business results for teams and organizations. She is certified in assessments including the Gallup StrengthsFinder, Hogan Suite of Assessments, Change Style Indicator and several 360-degree feedback methods. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
and Communication from the University of Michigan. She is a very proud Mom, a devoted wife, a Broadway fanatic, and a dog lover.
Rebecca Cianci is the Director of Strategic Alliances at BounceX. BounceX is a full-service marketing technology solution that uses their unique proprietary identification data, powered by a network of retailers and publishers, to provide accurate consumer identification and scale the impact of ads, triggered email and website personalization.
With her years of experience at top tech companies including Oracle + Bronto and Olapic, Rebecca is an expert in building mutually beneficial partnerships for leaders in the MarTech industry. She is a graduate of New York University with a BS in Media, Culture and Communications and a proud member of YJP. Rebecca also recently adopted a poodle-mix named Shea, who like her has the same dark curly hair!
Rose is the Co Founder & CEO of Orah, the premier quality care assurance platform in the Home Care industry, empowering a myriad of lives to receive the quality care they deserve. Orah currently yields 93% care plan compliance, a game changer for home care execution. Rose leverages her experience working at Google, Investment Banking, and the Israeli Knesset (Legislature) towards Orah's success. She attended New York University and holds a BA in Social Entrepreneurship, an individualized major she designed.
Rose also is President of United Hatzalah’s Young Leadership and is a council member on the Council of Young Jewish Presidents.
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Adriana graduated from MIT where she received a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science. She later pursued a Masters in Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves running, attempting to snowboard, has been a pescatarian for over a decade, kind of speaks four languages and prefers carrot cake over chocolate cake.
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.
Janet Lieberman, Dame Products’ Chief Technology Officer, knows how to get things made.
After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, Janet honed her skills and developed new ones at an impressive roster of companies. She’s designed 3D printers at Z Corporation and Makerbot, notably serving as the lead engineer and project manager for MakerBot’s award-winning Replicator Mini Compact Desktop 3D Printer. She was one of the first ten employees at the crowdsourcing consumer product development company Quirky, and spent time as quality engineer for multinational soft-goods brand Microdry.
Intimately familiar with the consumer electronics industry, Janet had an epiphany: vibratorsweren’t being developed, manufactured, or marketed the way a quality consumer good should be. While pornography (traditionally aimed at men) has always been at the forefront of technology, the sex toy industry (largely targeted at women), lagged behind in quality and innovation.
A firm believer that you must be the change you want to see in the world, Lieberman founded Dame Products to try to catalyze that shift.
Laila Zemrani is the Co-founder and CEO of Fitnescity, a company that aims at empowering people to learn more about their wellness. Fitnescity offers fitness and wellness tests that enable anyone to uncover data about their own wellness.
Laila is an early-adopter, leader and advocate of the Quantified Self movement, an initiative that empowers people to make more informed decisions about their wellness using self-collected data. Laila’s work on the topic of personalized wellness, biohacking and the Quantified Self was featured in numerous media outlets and venues. She has spoken at the United Nations, Stanford Medicine, MIT, Harvard, NYU, the Quantified Self, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and Future Healthcare Week.
Prior to Fitnescity, she was a founding employee at Dataxis, a global data analysis firm. In 2011, Laila was awarded a fellowship from the MasterCard Foundation and the Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship, while attending graduate school at MIT. Laila has an MBA from MIT Sloan. As an undergraduate, she studied engineering and management at Télécom ParisTech.
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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