ReInvention, ReTooling, RePurposing:
Leading Your Career in a World of Change

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IESE Business School—New York Center
165 W 57th St., New York, NY 10019

The goal of the conference is to give women professionals an overview of the current workplace environment and provide them with the tools to help them navigate this ever-changing landscape. Our focus is to provide women with soft skills and networks that would make it possible for them to practice effective and ethical leadership while advancing in their chosen careers, or initiating or making the most of a career change. 

CONFERENCE TOPICS (see below for speaker bios)

Work on your Terms, Leading in a World of Change
Jenny Galluzzo and Gina Hadley, founders of The Second Shift (read about them in the New York Times)

Manage Change through Learning
Joanne Hvala, Senior Director, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

Impression Management in Relation to Change Management
Francine McMahon, CEO and founder of LOOKS SPEAK by Capitol Image Counsel

Panel: Executive Women Who Have Thrived in a Changing Environment
Luanne Deirdre Zurlo, Founder, Worldfund, and Professor, Catholic University of America
Elizabeth Morton, Vice President of Administration, Empire State Development
Nina Lagdameo, Director, Executive Education, IESE Business School, New York City

Panel: Preparing for Change: Networking, Financial Planning, Communication Technologies
Louise Newsome, National Director of Chapters, National Association of Professional Women
Arisleyda Riehl, Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Katharine English, Transformer-in-Chief, Digital Transformations


12:30 p.m.    Registration (dessert and coffee will be served)
1:00 p.m.     Conference begins
3:30 p.m.     Networking break (hors d'oeuvres will be served)
6:00 p.m.    Conference adjourns



Jenny Galluzzo

Jenny Galluzzo co-founded The Second Shift because “I support working women, and I believe the modern workplace has to be flexible, adaptable, and accommodating. For the better part of a decade, I worked as a television producer/booker and on-air reporter for outlets including Good Morning America, News 12 The Bronx and Plum TV. As a side project, I started a clothing line called Mayer Studio based on my passion for vintage caftans. Then, in 2009, my first son was born and, all of a sudden, the reality of my new life as a mother didn’t fit into the structure of my career. I realized what I wanted from my career had changed and I needed to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

My second son was born two years later and that’s when I had an epiphany: women need a way to engage or re-engage in the workforce that provides them meaningful, well-paying, flexible jobs. So I launched The Second Shift with my friend and business partner Gina Hadley. As all women know, we are the best at effective, creative efficiency and our skills should not be sidelined because, for whatever reason, we don’t work a traditional full-time job.”

Gina Hadley

When Gina Hadley co-founded The Second Shift, she “knew there had to be a better way for professional women to work at all stages of their careers.  In my pre-kid days, I was the worldwide creative coordinator at Ogilvy & Mather working on IBM. When I became a Mom, it was time to shift gears professionally, so I said good-bye to the structure of a traditional workplace, and hello to the flexibility of entrepreneurship.

My company, Gina Hadley Consulting has worked to expand the footprint of luxury and lifestyle brands including Flywheel Sports, the Novogratz design firm and glassybaby, all while moving our family back and forth across the country four times in five years.

Having walked the project-based walk, I know first-hand that hustling for projects is a full-time job in itself. Jenny and I launched The Second Shift to simplify the process for freelancers and businesses alike, and with the convergence of three distinct movements—the gig economy, the increase of women leaving the work force and the rise in technology for immediate connection—we will make work work for everyone.” 

Joanne Havla

Joanne Hvala heads the communications team at Columbia Engineering, a position she has held since April 2016.  Prior to joining Columbia University, she served as Associate Dean of Marketing and External Relations at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she was responsible for its Public Affairs and Events office.

Before moving into communications roles in higher education, Joanne worked in corporate communications and investor relations at technology companies, including General Electric, Loral Corporation, Lockheed Martin, and Sony.   

A graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, with a B.A. in English, she earned her M.B.A. in marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York, and has served on the Baruch College Fund board since 2007.   

Francine McMahon

Francine McMahon is CEO and Founder of Looks Speak by Capitol Image Counsel (CIC), Washington, D.C.’s image styling firm for individuals and organizations. CIC provides an original and effective approach to public image with services that include wardrobe styling, closet editing, personal shopping, media events, and business development and impression management. 

Prior to founding CIC and the “Looks Speak” methodology, Ms. McMahon was the Publisher, Executive Vice President of The Hill, where she had overseen its growth from a weekly newspaper to a brand offering a multi-media platform for political news. Throughout Ms. McMahon’s career her primary objective has been maximizing potential and success of both individuals and organizations.  She has been dedicated to mentorship and leadership coaching and has a passion for styling clients to create their best public image. 

Luanne D. Zurlo

Luanne D. Zurlo is a senior executive with significant investment banking and non-profit leadership experience. In 2002, she founded Worldfund, a non-profit dedicated to improving education quality in Latin America, after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.  Headquartered in New York City, with branches in Mexico City and São Paulo, Worldfund has become the premier NGO dedicating to raising the quality of education in Latin America. As Worldfund President, Ms. Zurlo structured partnerships with Harvard University, Dartmouth College, local corporations and government education officials to launch innovative teacher/principal training, literacy/arts and science/math programs in Mexican and Brazilian public schools, currently impacting 340,000 students annually.

Ms. Zurlo has an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School, an M.A. in International affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

Elizabeth Morton

Elizabeth Morton is an operations professional who has worked across industries to increase productivity, influence outcomes, and lead change. In 2015 Ms. Morton brought her administrative expertise to Empire State Development Corporation where she created operational efficiencies within its 11 regional offices. Prior to joining ESDC, she ran a successful management consulting business providing project-oriented services to a diverse group of clients, including non-profits, start-ups, and private and public companies.

Before launching her own business, Ms. Morton spent more than a decade managing operations and talent development for Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and other premiere financial services companies. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), SHRM-NYC, and the Association for Talent Development. 

Nina Lagdameo

Nina Lagdameo is Director of Executive Education for IESE Business School in New York. She is primarily responsible for the promotion and management of the Senior Executive Program. Prior to IESE Business School, Ms. Lagdameo worked for nearly 27 years at Tiffany & Co., mostly under the Public Relations division. Her work focused on Global Promotions and International Public Relations, launching new stores, designer collections, and customer events around the world. 

She holds degrees in Psychology and Marketing Management from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Fordham University, New York. Ms. Lagdameo also completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Louise Newsome

Louise Newsome is the National Director of Chapters for the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). NAPW is the largest women’s networking organization with over 200 chapters across the United States. In her role as National Director of Chapters, Ms. Newsome provides necessary support and guidance to Chapter Presidents and regional managers, and evaluates and prioritizes regional needs and chapter goals. The NAPW Foundation has four partners, AHA, BCRF, Dress for Success, and Girls Inc. Ms. Newsome is the liaison between the chapters and the partners assisting with fundraising and support through all Local Chapters.  

She also applies her creativity and experience to her design company NewsomeColor, providing commercial and residential project management and design services. She has become an industry go-to color expert and is often sought after to assist with color selection in homes and businesses across the country. Ms. Newsome holds a B.A. Honors degree from Birmingham University, England. 

Aisleyda Riehl

Arisleyda C. Riehl is an Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.  For over 20 years, Ms. Riehl has worked in the sales, product development, marketing and distribution of investment advisory services including managed accounts, mutual funds, and annuities.  

In addition to providing continued guidance to the team’s existing clients Ms. Riehl is responsible for business development and retirement planning. She holds both the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designations from the College for Financial Planning. Ms. Riehl earned her M.B.A. in International Business from the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and her B.S. in Finance from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. She is a member of the Investment Management Consultant Association, the Junior League of Greenwich, The Women in Leadership at Hofstra University and the board of directors of the American Red Cross.   

Katharine English

Katharine English is the Founder and President of Transformer-in-Chief, LLC, a strategic consultancy that helps both established and emerging businesses identify and leverage digital technologies that can radically improve their business processes and operations, marketing, and customer brand experiences. With over 20 years in the digital space, she has held executive roles at CNET, AOL, Discovery Communications, and NBC Internet.

Ms. English was an original member of the team that brought you Lycos, the Internet’s first consumer-facing search engine. While at CNET, she created the Web’s first 24/7, aggregated online newsroom. She was instrumental in harnessing early GPS and SmartPhone technologies to launch the first location-and audio-enabled travel app for the Travel Channel. Katharine holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is a graduate of the Stanford Research Institute’s Innovation Program.