For 30 years he was involved in the family retail business and now holds governance positions within the organisation. He has been involved in impact investing since 2002 and founded Willows Investments in 2008 with the aim of supporting promising ventures with a social mission.
He serves on the boards of Social Stock Exchange (UK), responsAbility AG (Zurich) and Sutton Trust (UK). He is on the supervisory board of the European Climate Foundation (The Hague) and is a trustee of The Mentoring Foundation (UK). He is on the advisory boards of Auticon (UK) and Econnoa GmbH (Germany).
Steve brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his current role as President of The Bucherati Group, LLC, including more than a decade as the Global Chief Diversity Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, working across more than 200 countries.
Steve’s team at The Bucherati Group consults with clients nationally and globally and possesses significant experience in leading global Diversity & Inclusion efforts, including women’s and U.S.-based multicultural initiatives. The team also has deep expertise in conducting D&I organizational assessments, talent acquisition, talent management, organization development, change management, and leadership development functions across a number of industries and Fortune 500 companies.
During Steve’s tenure at Coca-Cola, the company’s diversity programs were critical components of the broader marketing strategy and were directly responsible for driving sustainable growth and market penetration for its global brands.
During Steve’s tenure, Coca-Cola’s diversity, inclusion and workplace fairness programs were recognized by external organizations as best-in-class, winning numerous external awards and recognition, including the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2013 for its Global Women’s Initiative, which Coca-Cola implemented across all 200+ countries in which it operates, as well as recognition as a top company for diversity from organizations such as Black Enterprise, The Human Rights Campaign and the Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility.
In addition to his consulting practice work, Steve was an invitee to the Obama White House on multiple occasions to provide counsel on D&I issues, and is also a frequent speaker and presenter on diversity, inclusion, workplace fairness. He currently serves on the Advisory Circle for TwoMentor, the Advisory Board for InclusionVentures, the Advisory Board for Kanarys, and is the former Board Chair for the Center for Workplace Compliance.
Gretchen is a Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) specializing in financial services, insurance and fintech with 20 years’ experience working for three world-class, Fortune 500, public companies: Manulife, First Data and GE Capital.
Gretchen has proven expertise transforming global marketing to enable companies to navigate large scale change. Most recently, Gretchen was EVP & Global Chief Marketing Officer for Manulife Financial Corporation (NYSE: MFC), a $45B global financial services firm (that acquired US-based John Hancock in 2004) providing financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions ($1 trillion in AUM).
As Manulife’s first Global CMO, Gretchen led Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience. A member of the senior leadership team, Gretchen managed a $500M budget and led a staff of 4 Divisional CMOs and a global team of 1,600 marketers.
Gretchen led Manulife’s award-winning global brand refresh in Q4’18, launching a new master brand with simplified architecture. She also implemented NPS globally, shifting digital market efforts to focus on the customer experience.
Prior to Manulife, Gretchen was the Global CMO for First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a $12B global leader in payment technology. Gretchen directed the marketing efforts to deliver on First Data’s $3B IPO. She also strengthened the brand, grew new product demand using predictive modeling and improved sales productivity with new digital, interactive, customer-facing tools.
Gretchen cultivated her deep financial services experience over a 16-year tenure with GE Capital (NYSE: GE), a $46B financial services company, where she led marketing teams with increasing scope, budget, and staff for multiple GE Capital businesses, including GE Commercial Finance, GE Corporate Lending, GE Equity and GE Consumer Finance.
Gretchen lived and worked in Europe (10 years) and worked extensively in Asia. She has dual citizenship in the U.S. and France. Gretchen speaks fluent French and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She also holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She served as Director of Corporate Treasury at Blackboard and Treasurer at Digital Intelligence Systems. She is a multifaceted professional, known for her strong background in bridging foreign languages and finance operations to open needed dialogue regarding diversity and inclusion in historically one dimensional professions. She holds a masters in Spanish Linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University and not only speaks Spanish with native proficiency but also speaks Italian, Portuguese and French and as she puts it, “dabbles in” Farsi and Arabic.
It is her drive to push the envelope and think outside the box that has always been at the core of her mission to encourage others to be courageous and limitless. Erin leads organizations in change management strategies that focus on creativity, sensitivity and mentoring to illustrate there is always more than one path to a goal. “Create a vision, embark on the mission and achieve a endless array of success” is the inspirational message Erin infuses into corporate cultures. She is Strategic Financial Advisor to Julie Kantor, CEO of Twomentor, LLC and Corporate Business Advisor to Rehoboth Global Solutions, LLC.
She serves on the senior leadership team of both the government business division and the commercial and specialty business division. Her team of human resource business partners are responsible to execute the human capital strategy for over 30,000 associates delivering over $70B in annual revenue. Additionally, Jenn is the majority partner in a new organization providing transition support services to our military service members. Regroup Veteran Solutions is in their first year of operations, delivering practical solutions to companies that seek to employ veterans and delivering supportive services to veterans who seek a transition into the private sector. While on the executive leadership team of New Signature, a technology systems integrator, Jenn designed the team’s strategic planning process, leadership operating framework, and performance management system.
Jenn is known as an innovator, not afraid to take risks and to trust her team to find solutions. Over the past 10 years Jenn has provided board leadership to a few non-profits. Multi-cultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (South Florida), and Year Up National Capital Region Alumni. Jenn earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Society of Human Resources Management; she’s remained a certified member in good standing since 1999. She is a graduate of the Center for Leadership program at Florida International University, earned her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah College.
Prior to Wharton, Jenna worked at Goodwill Industries International where she helped build relationships with key partners and secure over $33M to advance Goodwill’s mission of helping people advance their careers. Most recently, Jenna launched the LeadUp, a company that provides immersive experiences for millennial leaders to access mentors and coaches, align their goals with their actions, and develop leadership skills through positive psychology and mindfulness workshops.
He has held leadership roles in several fields including industrial product development, technology commercialization, renewable energy, venture capital, and organizational development. Dan is the CEO of Relativity Sciences, Inc., a 10-person consulting and training firm providing culture change services in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and customer intimacy to Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.
He has been an advisor and consultant to well over one hundred companies, from startups to venture capital firms to Fortune 100’s on entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship, strategy, commercialization, and culture change, and is a frequent lecturer and trainer on these topics.
Dan also serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Maryland, College Park’s Division of Research, where he advises senior university leadership on commercialization strategy for the 4500-researcher, $500M/year research enterprise.
Andrea leads a broad portfolio of work, including employee engagement programs, EEO programs, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion programs. Dr. Hendricks joined the Bank in 2014 as deputy director of OMWI and manager in the Human Resources Department. Andrea brought with her extensive experience and expertise in diversity and inclusion, organizational development, and community engagement. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hendricks has worked in the non-profit, higher education and financial services sector leading diversity, development and training strategies and programs.
She joined the Bank from UMB Financial Corporation where she led diversity and inclusion programs across a 10-state region. Prior to UMB, she served as vice president of Programs and Services for the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, president/CEO of the Don Bosco Community Center and associate dean of Student Services at Penn Valley Community College.
She also has held administrative positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas State University. Dr. Hendricks holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development Psychology and Mass Communications from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Kansas State University, and a Doctorate in Psychology and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She coaches and advises other leaders on how to move from their current state to desired state, and how to create a mindset of achievement, intention, and growth for themselves and for their organizations. Her engagements center around high personal accountability and proven goal-setting strategies, which are essential components for clients to realize organizational potential, personal potential, and life potential.
She is the Leadership Mindset columnist for Inc. Magazine, and is an instructor & strategy coach for Inc’s online entrepreneur-ship education program, Inc.Edu, which leads start-up entrepreneurs through an intensive business growth curriculum. Marissa is the author of “My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged”.
She’s also the author of the #1 best-selling book, “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards”. The book leads businesses owners through her SCALE™ Model to strategically select, compensate, associate, & leverage advisory boards for breakthrough growth.
Marissa is also Smart CEO Magazine’s syndi-cated columnist, penning a column entitled “Get on Board” which advises business owners how to strategically build advisory boards to fuel organizational growth. Marissa holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development & Organizational Development, is a credentialed coach certified by International Coach Federation (ICF), is certified in Instructional Systems Design, and is a Certified Mastermind Facilitator.
He is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011, and his recent Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014. Cook Ross programs have focused on the areas of corporate culture change, leadership development, and managing diversity.
Cook Ross has successfully implemented large-scale organizational culture change efforts in the area of managing diversity and cultural integration in academic institutions, professional services corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and retail, health care, media, and governmental institutions in 47 of the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. In addition, Howard has delivered programs at Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Washington University Medical School and over 20 other colleges and Universities. Howard has also served as the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU.
His writings have been published by the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company Magazine, Diversity Women Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine and dozens of other publications. He appears monthly on National Public Radio. Howard has served on numerous not-for-profits boards, and currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, the board of directors of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the board of the directors for the National Women’s Mentoring Network.
As an avid product developer and fintech pioneer in the area of global payments, she has remained at the center of innovation throughout her career. Currently Sheryl is consulting as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of New Ventures for a Connecticut based engineering and technology services client specializing in industrial automation. In her previous role, she was Senior Vice President of Loyalty Solutions at MasterCard where she successfully led the global expansion of the cardholder services business, achieving sustained double-digit revenue growth.
During her 19-year tenure at MasterCard, Sheryl launched several profitable businesses and held executive leadership roles in core products and emerging payment technologies. She is also the co-inventor of two US patents. Management consulting has been a key part of Sheryl’s professional repertoire as well. During her tenure at Cap Gemini, she was instrumental in helping major multinational corporations achieve impactful results in M&A, technology integration, corporate strategy and business transformation.
Championing the advancement of the next generation of leaders is a particular passion for Sheryl. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts of Connecticut where she also serves on the Executive Committee, STEM Advisory Council and Camp CEO executive team.
She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum where she spearheads statewide sponsorship of STEM programming for middle school girls as part of the organization’s development and outreach efforts. Sheryl earned her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Marketing and Strategic Management and her BA in Computer Science from New York University.
He spent over a decade as the Executive Vice President for GE/Nuovo Pignone for the North American market,1986-2000.
Currently, Mario is the president of Soncini Consulting Corporation, which he founded in 2000 as a marketing consultancy based in Washington, DC.
An active angel investor, he is also Chairman of Opus8, Inc., a private investment and consulting firm which helps private equity and venture capital funds raise capital overseas. In his career, he has raised over $1 billion in equity, debt, and mezzanine capital for a variety of corporate finance and commercial real estate transactions. He has placed capital from pension funds, insurance companies, banks, and publicly traded business development companies.
Mr. Wong received the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Greater Washington and the 2003 Ernst & Young Performance Excellence Award. He is a 2012 and 2013 Washington Business Journal “Power 100” selection as one of the region’s most influential leaders, and a three-time SmartCEO Magazine selection as a “Smart100” CEO (’09, ’10 and ’11).
Mr. Wong was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the 9-person Maryland Venture Fund Authority which oversees $84 million in venture capital allocations, and he serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
He has served as Treasurer and National Board Member of the American Teleservices Association; Trustee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and on the Boards of the Technology Council of Maryland and Association for Corporate Growth. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.