Speakers

Daryl Brewster

Daryl Brewster
CEO of CECP

Daryl is the CEO of CECP, where he spearheads the effort to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. He has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad, including as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, and the head of five multi-billion dollar business units. He currently serves on several privately-held and non-profit boards.  He served as:

  • President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; successfully led the business to record top and bottom-line growth.
  • President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; more than doubled the portfolio to $1.6 billion over a four year period.
  • The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; reversing financial declines, clearing up a myriad of financial and accounting difficulties, reducing debt and expanding globally.
  • Managing Director of Campbell’s $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits.

In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company and Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies.
He also has an extensive background in non-profits, having served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges & university councils; the Y Alliance; CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the RWJohnson-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to decrease childhood obesity in the US. In March 2016, Daryl was elected to The National Organization on Disability’s Board of Directors.




Maureen Gilan-Myer

Maureen Gilan-Myer
Executive Vice President
Head of Human Resources USA

Maureen Gillan-Myer is the Head of Human Resources for HSBC in the USA, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. She leads all aspects of HR for HSBC’s business in the US.

Previously, Maureen served as Executive Vice President Human Resources, US, supporting HSBC’s global functions. Working in close partnership with functional leads, Maureen provided strategic counsel on all human capital-related matters, ensuring the firm’s people strategy was aligned and in support of functional objectives.

Prior to that, Maureen was Senior Vice President of North America Talent & Resourcing for HSBC North America from 2009 to 2011.

Maureen joined HSBC in 1990 as an associate branch manager. In 1993 she was promoted to branch manager, and in 1994 she received a President’s Distinguished Achievement Award and a Tower Award. In 1995 Maureen began her career in HR when she was promoted to Manager, Human Resources - Northeast Division. In 1996 she became Assistant Vice President, Recruitment and Employee Relations and was named Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Consumer and Mortgage Lending Division of HSBC in 2000.

Maureen is currently a trustee of the Cancer Hope Network and the Executive Sponsor of the HSBC Pride Network, an employee resource group. Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from
St. Michael’s College, Winooski, VT.




Don Callahan

Don Callahan
Citigroup Head of Operations and Technology

Mr. Callahan is a transformative leader with broad experience driving strategic change across large, global organizations. He is the Citigroup Head of Operations and Technology, an organization spanning approximately 100,000 people across 100 countries. During his 9 years at Citi, Mr. Callahan has transformed Operations and Technology from a loose federation of independent and dispersed entities into a lean, globally-integrated enterprise. He also established globally consistent technology standards and governance and migrated critical functions to an integrated, managed Shared Services model, comprised of 44 Citi Service Centers across 21 countries.

Mr. Callahan is currently leading the execution of three transformational efforts: Citi Technology Strategy: 2020; Citi Services Strategy: 2020; and Citi Data Analytics Strategy: 2020. Together the strategies will drive significant results, earnings, and shareholder value by 2020. The Technology Strategy is transforming Citi’s overall architecture to take advantage of Cloud technology while the Services Strategy is driving simplification and automation by leveraging machine to machine learning and cognitive intelligence. The Data Analytics Strategy is harnessing the power of raw data into actionable knowledge by creating new insights and value for clients.

In addition to these three strategies, Mr. Callahan is driving Citi Real Estate: 2020, which has currently reduced Citi’s footprint by 50% and plans to continue by harnessing new innovative workplace solutions.

Mr. Callahan also drives digital strategy for Citi. In this role, he executes a “mobile-first, cloud-centric” architecture designed to provide value added capabilities for the benefit of clients and customers. These benefits include the first to market mobile banking app for the Apple Watch and the world’s leading digital foreign exchange platform. Mr. Callahan also oversees Citi’s “big data” platform, which harnesses raw data into actionable knowledge, creating new insights and value for clients.

Mr. Callahan’s team established an intelligence-based information security strategy and constructed Cyber Fusion Centers throughout the world. Citi now provides real-time awareness of developing cyber threats and cross-functional response teams that address potential and actual attacks.

Mr. Callahan also consolidated and reorganized Citi’s procurement and supply management functions into a single globally integrated Enterprise Supply Chain organization. The new organization centrally manages 95% of Citi’s noncompensation spend, generating significant annual savings and enabling Citi to meet the heightened expectations of regulators.

Mr. Callahan joined Citi in 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer of Citi Alternative Investments. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Callahan held executive positions at IBM, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse, where he developed and implemented transformational technology strategies that drove productivity, enhanced client services, and improved profitability. Mr. Callahan serves on the board of the American Red Cross of Greater New York and is a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association.




Peter Blair Henry

Peter Blair Henry
Dean
New York University Stern School of Business

Peter Blair Henry is the youngest person ever to be Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he began his tenure in January 2010 and also holds the William R. Berkley Professorship of Economics. To date, he has raised over $225 million, more than any dean in the school’s history, and has focused fundraising on boosting access to higher education, providing full scholarships for high-achieving, low-income undergraduates.

Prior to joining Stern, Henry was the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

An expert on the global economy, Henry led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Following the 2008 election, he led the Presidential Transition Team’s review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and World Bank, institutions where his expertise has also made him a regular speaker. Henry’s book, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013), describes a path of discipline, clarity, and trust that can result in greater prosperity for both advanced and emerging economies.

Henry currently serves on the Boards of Citigroup and General Electric. Additionally, he is a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Economic Club of New York. He served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2012 – 2017. In 2015, Henry received the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, and in 2016 he was honored as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s Great Immigrants.

With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Henry also runs the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative, a post-baccalaureate program designed to address underrepresentation in economics by mentoring exceptional students of color interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the field.

Henry received his PhD in economics from MIT and Bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969, Peter Blair Henry became a U.S. citizen in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife and their four sons.




Phil McConkey

Phil McConkey
President Academy Securities

Mr. McConkey is the President and a Partner at Academy Securities, a disabled veteran owned and operated broker dealer, and is responsible for overall leadership and overseeing daily operations, as well as business development. Following careers in the military and the National Football League, Mr. McConkey embarked on a financial services career that has spanned over two decades. He has experience in the fields of asset management, trading, alternative investment strategies, and investment banking. He has worked for firms such as Wells Fargo Bank, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Mr. McConkey played six years in the NFL following his military service and is best remembered for his touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXI for the New York Giants. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. In addition, he was a broadcaster for the New York Giants, CBS Sports, and FOX NY, where he won two New York Sports Emmys for his work on “Giants Today.”  Mr. McConkey holds a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy




Gen. Martin Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey
U.S. Army, Retired18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Martin E. Dempsey recently retired after 41 years of military service. During his time in the Army, he commanded a Cavalry Troop, a Tank Battalion, a Cavalry Regiment, a Tank Division, and United States Central Command where he was responsible for securing U.S. interests in the Middle East and South Asia. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom accumulating 42 months in combat.

General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has Master’s Degrees from Duke in Literature, from the Army Command & General Staff College in Military Science, and from the National War College in National Security Strategy. He also has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law from Notre Dame University.

His military awards include the Bronze Star with valor device, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and Distinguished Service Medals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as awards from other Departments in the United States Government including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. He has received awards from many of our allies including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore.

In the past five years, he served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and to the President.

In 2015, General Dempsey was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine. In March of this year, he was inducted into the Irish-America Hall of Fame, and in May 2016 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
General Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, have been married for 40 years. They served the military as a team, and Deanie was instrumental in supporting military families and championing many of the family programs that have been critical to our success over the past 14 years of conflict.

Marty and Deanie have three children and nine grandchildren. Each of their three children served in the Army, and their son, Chris, continues to serve as a Major recently assigned to the Pentagon.

General Dempsey’s post-military career includes a teaching position at Duke University in public policy and leadership, a role as the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for leader development and youth programs, and motivational speaking through the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.




Kayla Williams

Kayla Williams
Director Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Kayla M. Williams is the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she is responsible for monitoring and coordinating VA’s administration of health care, benefits, and programs for women Veterans; serving as an advocate for increased recognition of the service and contributions of women Veterans and Servicemembers; and raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. Prior to coming to VA, Ms. Williams spent eight years at the RAND Corporation and five years enlisted in the U.S. Army, including a year-long Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment with the 101st Airborne Division. Ms. Williams earned a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and an MA in International Relations from American University. She is a former member of the Army Education Advisory Committee and the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient. Ms. Williams is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, both published by W. W. Norton.




Ivan E. Denton

Ivan E. Denton
Director, Office of National Programs Veterans’ Employment and Training Service US Department of Labor Washington, DC

Ivan currently serves as a career SES with the Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). As the Director, Office of National Programs, Ivan provides leadership and management within three program areas. Through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), VETS serves almost 200,000 transitioning service members and their spouses each year. Through grant programs (Jobs for Veterans’ State Grants and the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program), VETS serves over 170,000 Veterans each year. Through the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), VETS investigates and resolves almost 1,000 claims per year from Guardsman and Reservists.

Ivan joined VETS in January 2017. Prior to joining VETS, he served in the military for over 34 years. He graduated from Indiana University in 1986, where he simultaneously served in the Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) and the Indiana University Army ROTC program. During his first four years of active duty as an Army Infantry Officer, he served in Korea and participated in two demilitarized zone operations between North and South Korea. He also served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he and his rifle platoon participated in a combat parachute assault into Panama during OPERATION JUST CAUSE.

He left active duty in 1990 and rejoined the INARNG as a full time officer. His command and staff assignments were numerous and past commands include:

  • Rifle Company, 1992 through 1994.
  • Infantry Battalion, 2002 through 2003 (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM).
  • INARNG Recruiting Battalion, 2004 through 2007.
  • Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 2008 through 2011 (OPERATION NEW DAWN).
  • Camp Atterbury Garrison Command, 2012 through 2013.

From 2014 through 2016, he served at the national level as the National Guard Bureau, Director of Manpower and Personnel in Arlington VA. He recently retired from the Army National Guard as a Brigadier General on 1 January, 2017. He earned numerous badges and awards to include Air Assault, Airborne with a combat jump star, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit and two Bronze Stars. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is married to Kimberly, who serves as an Elementary Instructional Coach within the Fairfax County Schools, VA. They live in Vienna, VA and have three children.




Felipe Buzaid

Felipe Buzaid
Veteran Engagement and Recruiting Program Manager

Felipe has over 11 years of HR leadership experience in the military, financial services, and now technology. As a graduate of West Point and a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom Felipe accumulated vast expertise in human capital management and talent acquisition.

Felipe transitioned from the Army onto Wall St to help lead change management for a global HR transformation project at AIG. There she also lead the development of Veteran program initiatives.

After which she joined the tech industry as a Sr. Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn. There Felipe pursued her passion for talent acquisition and innovation as a consultant for global companies on how to reinvent how they connect talent with opportunity at scale. While at LinkedIn Felipe also led the first ever LinkedIn NYC Vets2Business Summit and NYC Vets + Allies ERG.

She is currently the head of Facebook Veterans program with a focus on hiring Veteran talent into the organization. By deploying an innovative strategic approach to Veteran engagement and recruiting she has been able to grow the FB VetWorking group by over 500% in 6 months.




Michael Abrams

Michael Abrams
Executive Director
Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration

Michael Abrams is the Executive Director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, which is a national center of excellence focused on ensuring that transitioning veterans nationwide receive access to world-class programming and support design to maximize their potential in higher education and the workforce.

Michael joined the Marine Corps shortly following the September 11, 2001 attacks and served on active duty for eight years, which included a deployment to Afghanistan with an infantry company as the artillery forward observer. After leaving active duty, Michael attended New York University’s Stern School of Business graduating with an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

While attending business school, he founded the FourBlock Foundation to help bridge the gap between returning service members and the business community. The program is a university accredited, semester-long course that educates and prepares transitioning veterans for meaningful careers in corporate America. Under his leadership, FourBlock expanded to twelve cities across the country, educating and serving hundreds of transitioning veterans each semester.

Michael has co-authored three books; Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce, and two editions of a military transition guidebook titled Business Networking for Veterans. He is currently a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and was recognized as one of the HillVets Top 100 Veteran Innovators of 2016. Michael is also currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was previously the battery commander of the unit in Chattanooga, TN, that sustained a homegrown terrorist attack in July 2015.




Suni Harford

Suni Harford
UBS Asset Management
Group Managing Director and the Head of Investments

Suni Harford is a Group Managing Director and the Head of Investments for UBS Asset Management. In this capacity Ms. Harford oversees over $650 billion in assets and strategies ranging across the active management, hedge fund, systematic and passive investment approaches.

Prior to her move to UBS Asset Management, Suni worked at Citi, most recently as the Regional Head of Markets for North America. In this capacity, Suni had responsibility for the North American sales, trading, research and origination businesses of Citi's securities and banking franchise. Suni was a member of Citi’s Pension Plan Investment Committee, and a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada. Suni was the co head of Citigroup’s global women’s initiative, Citi Women.

During her 24year tenure at Citi/Salomon Brothers, Ms. Harford held a variety of senior positions including the Global Head of Fixed Income Research and the Co-Head of Fixed Income Capital Markets Origination.

Ms. Harford served on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the financial services industry advocacy group, as well as the Board of Directors of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the world’s largest post-trade financial services company. Suni has also served on several non-profit Boards, including Friends of Hudson River Park, Taproot Foundation, and recently finished her second term with The Forte Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women leaders in business. Ms. Harford is also passionate about awareness and support for our veteran community, and is involved in many organizations in this regard. Suni has worked with First Lady Michele Obama’s Joining Forces initiative and is a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a coalition of major financial services firms established in 2010 to engage the broader industry in efforts to support our transitioning veterans. For those efforts Ms. Harford recently received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the US Army.

Ms. Harford often appears on CNBC providing her views on the capital markets, and has been named one of American Banker’s Top 25 Women in Finance for several years.

Ms. Harford joined the Markets division of Salomon Brothers after five years with Merrill Lynch & Co. where she worked in Investment Banking. She joined Merrill upon graduation from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Suni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, where she majored in physics and math.

Suni lives in Connecticut with her husband Woody, three children (Devon (19), Jenna (16) and Liam (13)) and their dogs, Sully and Mike Wazowski.




Kathleen Carroll

Kathleen Carroll
Amazon.com

Kathleen Carroll is an innovative and results-oriented professional with over 17 years’ experience in people management, logistics and talent acquisition. Kathleen is an enthusiastic and collaborative leader with demonstrated success in building cross-functional teams in dynamic environments, with measured effectiveness in management of strategy planning, talent, branding and operational excellence.

As a Director and global leader of talent acquisition, Kathleen currently leads a 215+ person organization responsible for hiring all levels of leadership across North America Operations: Amazon Customer Fulfillment, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, Amazon Transportation, Amazon Campus, Amazon Logistics, Prime Now, Amazon Air and Amazon Sortation Centers. Kathleen also leads University and Military Recruiting along with several internal talent management and executive hiring initiatives.

Prior to joining Amazon in 2011, Kathleen served nearly ten years as a Marine Corps logistics officer. While on active-duty, Kathleen held various leadership roles, ranging from Platoon and Company Commander, to Regimental Operations Officer. She deployed in 2003 as part of the initial invasion into Iraq, leading over 225 missions in support of combat operations. Later, she oversaw a 700-person organization that provided personnel services to more than 40,000 active-duty Marines.

Kathleen holds a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University and is graduates this June with a M.B.A from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Kathleen is actively involved in her local community, supporting several veteran and military family focused programs. She is married to a Marine Corps veteran, and the proud mother to three young children (all whom were born at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital).




Adam Rocke

Adam Rocke
FASTPORT, Inc.

Adam Rocke recently retired as an Army Colonel and career Infantryman who served as Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and as the Director of the Soldier for Life Program. He led the U.S. Army’s effort to create a network of enablers connecting Soldiers, Veterans, and families with employment, education, and healthcare required to successfully reintegrate into civilian society. To achieve this goal, he linked Army, government and community efforts to build relationships that support 135,000+ transitioning Soldiers and their families each year. Throughout his distinguished military career, Adam served in various infantry and special operations units with numerous deployments overseas supporting the War on Terror.

Adam continues his mission to assist service members and their families in his civilian career at FASTPORT, Inc. where he is Vice President of Military Engagement. In this role, he works to bridge the gap between Veterans and employers through company outreach, training, and strategy since educating employers on the value of hiring Veterans and Military Spouses stands as the key to accomplishing his ultimate goal: providing real economic opportunity to the military community. Adam is a staunch advocate for Veterans and their families and serves as an advisor on a variety of Veteran-serving organization boards.




Tim Green

Timothy (Tim) Green
Department of Labor

Mr. Green has been serving as the Director of Strategic Outreach of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at the Department of Labor. As the Director, he sets and guides the strategy for VETS’ outreach to stakeholders, public affairs and legislative affairs.

Mr. Green retired from the U.S. Air Force in June 2012 with a rank of Colonel after serving on active duty for nearly 28 years. His career included various flying assignments, two command tours, and three staff tours, with his final assignment on the Air Staff at the pentagon. During his career, he had numerous deployments including support to combat operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During one of his tours in Iraq, Colonel Green served as the Director of the Media Operations Center where he was responsible for all media operations and public affairs in theater.

Mr. Green holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Mr. Green was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and now resides in Washington, DC.




Heidi Gerhard

Heidi Gerhard
Director, Talent Acquisition & University Relations
BASF Corporation

Heidi Gerhard leads the Talent Acquisition & University Relations function in BASF Corporation’s Human Resources department. In her current role, she is responsible for North American Talent Acquisition, Diversity Recruitment Strategy, Employer Branding, University Relations, Executive Hiring, talent pipeline development and recruitment analytics.

With over 10 years’ experience in the recruitment industry across RPO, corporate recruitment and executive search, Heidi has deep expertise in building, leading and transforming talent acquisition teams into proactive, business-aligned strategic advisors who leverage first-rate talent sourcing and attraction strategies, predictive workforce planning and innovative employer branding. She has developed and led large global, high performing teams and brings an insightful approach to talent acquisition via her thought leadership and execution-oriented approach to top-tier program development.

Heidi joined BASF in May 2016 from Korn Ferry, where she was a Global Program Director in Futurestep’s Global RPO & Solutions practice. There she managed multiple client programs and built top-notch recruitment teams to optimize the Talent Acquisition function and deliver return on investment for the business.

Prior to her time in RPO, Heidi spent 3½ years with Capco – a boutique financial services management consulting firm in NYC – as their North American Recruitment Manager and member of the HR leadership team. There she built the Talent Acquisition function from scratch, establishing everything from infrastructure and processes, sourcing strategies, ATS selection and implementation, employer branding, KPIs and candidate assessment methodology, all while growing the organization’s headcount by over 400%.

Heidi began her recruitment career with an Executive Search firm, where she placed senior level finance and operations professionals for multi-national organizations. She started her professional career in finance and spent time as an Analyst with JP Morgan, Bear Stearns and Bank of America. Heidi has continued to utilize this analytical foundation throughout her recruitment career.

A graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business, Heidi holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and International Business. In addition, she has completed her Career Coaching Certification, Strategic Workforce Planning Certification and Human Capital Strategist Certification from the Human Capital Institute (HCI). She is based in New Jersey and is married with 2 children.




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