As a publisher, journalist and researcher working for the empowerment of women, I find myself particularly honored to bring this experience to a leadership position with such an outstanding news organization as Women's eNews.
Over my 30-year career as a magazine publisher, I have championed pertinent social issues, including gender equality, the needs of working parents, environmental sustainability and strides made by female professionals to smash the proverbial "glass ceiling."
As a journalist, I have brought conversations on work/life balance to news outlets across America via media outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox Five Live. My book on this subject, "The Agile Workforce and Workplace: The New Future of Work," was published by Working Mother Media/Bonnier Corporation in October 2011.
My passion for women's equality spurred me, as a doctoral candidate in educational psychology, to research the media's influence in crafting gender roles, further seeking to expose how stereotypes are created and maintained.
Dr. Holly Atkinson
Dr. Atkinson is also Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Dr. Atkinson devotes considerable time to a number of not-for-profit organizations. She is thrilled to be a board member of Women's eNews. She is also Immediate Past President and current board member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights, which uses the tools of medicine and science to document human rights violations and then mobilizes people to advance health and justice for all.
Faith Hope Consolo
The comprehensive scope of her work extends to virtually every facet of retail real estate and every kind of location -- from urban and suburban streets to malls, shopping centers, lifestyles centers and power centers. While best known her luxury market savvy, Ms. Consolo's clients come from virtually all segments of the market, spanning top-tier fashion to mass merchandising. She regularly works on behalf of private and public investors, entrepreneurial owners and real estate developers with significant portfolios or single assets.
With an unparalleled ability to tailor customized, highly focused solutions on a client-by-client basis, Ms. Consolo oversees retail operations for the retail services divisions of Prudential commercial real estate offices nationwide. She is also a co-founder of SBS, an international network of luxury retail brokers. During a long and storied career, Ms. Consolo has advised and encouraged myriad retailers as they emerge as major players and has helped transform lackluster neighborhoods into sought-after shopping districts.
Ms. Consolo is based in Manhattan but her reach is global. She is a master in the art of securing leases in locations where companies can maximize profits while enhancing the neighboring stores and retail landscape.
Ambassador Alice Dear
In 1994 President William J. Clinton appointed Ms. Dear, with unanimous Senate confirmation, as U.S. Executive Director (USED) of the African Development Bank, Africa's premier financial institution, with ambassador-level rank. From 1994-2000 she represented the U.S. Government on the Boards of Directors at Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, with responsibility for oversight of the Bank's financial, operational and administrative management, including its US$3 billion annual lending portfolio.
A frequent lecturer, panelist and moderator at conferences on international development, finance and gender issues, Ambassador Dear chairs the Global Initiatives Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), an international service organization established in 1908. She also represents AKA as Non-Governmental Organization affiliate at the United Nations in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Ambassador Dear is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Planning Committee of Global Summit of Women. She holds a M.B.A. from Pace University, and a B.A. from Howard University.
Gray was a newspaper reporter for four years and entered the family business in the area of media, cable, radio and most recently magazines. His interest in Women's eNews is a natural outgrowth of his studies and experience. He sees Women's eNews as an enormous opportunity to empower women globally. Gray was the force behind creating the Arabic version of the site to help increase awareness of Arabic culture and language, as well as give Arabic-speaking women in the world a valuable source of reliable information.
As a philanthropist, he's been a lifetime supporter of education and the arts.
Rita Rodin Johnston
She regularly structures and negotiates technology and intellectual property transactions — including strategic alliances, joint ventures and other partnership arrangements; trademark, copyright and technology licensing agreements; development and distribution agreements; information technology and business processing outsourcing agreements; and marketing and co-branding agreements. Her practice includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers and acquisitions; initial public offerings, restructurings, and project finance matters. She also advises companies on social media issues, business and compliance issues, open source issues, privacy matters and branding issues. Ms.Rodin Johnston repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Best Lawyers in America. She is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of e-commerce, media, trademark and technology-related topics.
Anita M. Lauricella has been committed throughout her professional career to applying strategic thinking, financial education and operational analysis to serve the needs of community nonprofit organizations. Since 2001 she has worked as an independent consultant, providing financial management, program development, coalition-building and strategic networking consulting to organizations involved in the arts, community service, and education.
As president of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition from 2002-2010, Anita built a reputation for effectively bringing together disparate constituencies -- artists, arts organizations, real estate interests, funders, and public sector officials -- in an effort to preserve this vital arts community in Boston. She has been instrumental in the development of a one quarter million square foot mixed-use space in the Fort Point neighborhood, and in the establishment of a cultural community development corporation for the ongoing advancement of an arts district and the preservation of the artists' neighborhood. Additionally, she has consulted to commercial developers and government entities on cultural planning and community partnerships.
Previously Anita served as the director of business development and planning for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She also has extensive policy experience in the public sector, including managing the Administration and Finance Transition Team for Mayor Thomas M. Menino and spearheading a citywide team that planned and implemented the budget and financing strategy for an inpatient facility at the BU Medical Center.
She has served on the Boards of Friends of Fort Point Channel, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and as Chair of the Board of Women Express/Teen Voices, She has most recently served as a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund and the John and Abigail Adams Fund, and for the City of Boston's Local Cultural Council. She is a site advisor to the MCC's Cultural District Program and ArtistLink. Anita has taught Financial Management for Performing Arts Organizations at Emerson College, been a guest lecturer at Simmons College and developed financial literacy training for boards, senior staff and grant review panels.
Anita holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Clark University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recently Anita completed a course in Innovative Strategies for Accessing Capital at MIT Center for Real Estate.
Karen Oliver Moore
Moore joined Prudential in 1990 as editor of the corporate newspaper, Leader. In 1991, she transferred to the Public Relations department, which was later renamed Global Communications. She assumed her current position in 2001.
Previously, Moore was editor of employee, retiree and shareholder newspapers at Bankers Trust Company, Texaco, and ATandT Long Lines. Before that, she was a reporter with United Press International.
Moore has a BA degree from Howard University and an MA degree from Rutgers University. She is a board member of Women's e-News, Warden at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ; and former Board president for Homefirst: Interfaith Housing and Family Services.
Samuel F. Pryor III
Sam joined the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell at the start of 1956 and remained with the firm until his retirement in 1998. In 1964 he started the firm's Paris office where he remained with his family for over three years.
His practice was corporate, and largely corporate finance, representing JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney & Company, and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Foreign clients were a large part of his practice, representing the British government on the sale of British Petroleum and British Airways. He also represented the Italian, Spanish governments and the Republic of China in international transactions, as well as a number of French banks, including Credit Lyonnais, Bank de Paris and Societe Generale. In the U.S., he represented RJR Nabisco, Exxon and AT&T on financial transactions.
He has had many interests in the not-for-profit area. He has been an Overseer of the Penn Law School, president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, vice-chairman of the Church Pension Fund, and co-chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. Currently, he is chairman of the World Rehabilitation Fund and the Westchester Land Trust and serves on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the National Forest Foundation, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the New York Chapter of the Republican Majority for Choice and Women's eNews. He joined the board of Women's eNews because he wanted to expand his knowledge of women's issues to support his efforts in the Republican Party.
Her current efforts include financial innovation for the unbanked both in the United States and in developing countries and encouraging technological innovation on behalf of humanitarian needs. In 2004, she was recognized by Women's eNews as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her efforts in increasing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and was named as one of WITI's women to watch in 2003.
Lori M. Sokol, Ph.D
She is a published writer on issues relating to work/life balance in major market newspapers. Her work has been published in the op-ed pages of the Baltimore Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well in the Huffington Post. She has also been interviewed on a variety of television news programs including MSNBC, CNBC, Smartmoney.com and Fox Five Live. In addition, she is the host of the weekly radio show, 'Juggling Act,' where she interviews individuals who effectively meet the challenges of balancing their work and family responsibilities, to serve as role models for others to achieve similar success in their own lives. Her first book, 'The Agile Workplace and Workforce: The New Future of Work,' was released by Working Mother Media in October, 2011.
Dr. Sokol's commitment to advocating for gender equality is evidenced in her participation in these numerous media platforms, as well as through her dedication to providing opportunities for others to be acknowledged for their successes in breaking through gender barriers. She is committed to advocating for increased gender equity through continued writing and speaking throughout the corporate and public sectors. These issues are also discussed on my radio show, 'Work Life Matters with Dr. Lori Sokol' on WGCH 1490 AM.
Currently, Ms. Webb is Vice President of Human Resources for the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) responsible for all human resources and organizational development functions including compensation, benefits, recruiting, talent management, wellness, EEO, EAP, HRIS systems, learning and development.
Ms. Webb is strategically minded in nature and partners with executives focusing on building an organizational culture with the right talent. Ms. Webb has been successful increasing employee engagement, and productivity and improving customer services.
Adding to her experience in the energy/utility arena, Ms. Webb has worked as an HR professional in the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing and banking.
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