FOROMET DC

A celebration of International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

SPEAKERS

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YANIRE BRAÑA

CEO AT MET COMMUNITY

Yanire is a 2001 graduate of the IE Business School. Yanire has more than fifteen years of international experience in marketing, training, leveraging information technology, and change management processes. Since 2007, she has dedicated most of her time to supporting women business leaders through mentoring, training, communications and networking activities. She  previously worked for Accenture, Banco Popular, IDB, World Bank, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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SHERRIE BAKSHI

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD AT MET COMMUNITY

Sherrie is a communications and web strategist with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and web development, working closely with associations and nonprofit organizations.  She is also a published writer with articles appearing in PRSA’s Tactics, Charleston Magazine and Qatar In-flight Magazine. Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

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ANGELO DELL' ATTI

GLOBAL HEAD AT IFC -WORLD BANK

Angelo is a board member of MET, supporting MET from its early days, and is the Diversity and Inclusion champion for IFC’s Advisory Services. Angelo has over 25 years of experience as an advisor, financier, and investor in over 50 cross-border transactions worldwide. He has worked in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central Asia and Europe and invested over $5 billion of equity and debt for projects in emerging markets. He has direct experience in a wide range of private sector development solutions and financial products, including. He previously worked for the Suez Group, the EBRD, and JP Morgan.

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PATRICIA FUNEGRA

CEO AT LA COCINA VA

Patricia is a social entrepreneur, activist, and advocate for economic development in Virginia. Paty began her career in business development and insurance in Peru, where she grew up. In 2010, she began working in international development at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. It was there that she found her true calling as a catalyst for social change. In 2012, Paty founded La Cocina with a vision to create opportunities for economic growth in the DC metropolitan area, specifically focusing on the Hispanic community.

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MARIA DEL VALLE GUERRERO

BUSINESS MANAGER AT INÉS ROSALES US

Valle opened the company Ines Rosales in US, working on its development and consolidation in the country since 2014. After five years as a Communications and Sales Manager at a market research group in Spain, she decided to change her professional direction to start working in International Business, so she began developing business for Ines Rosales in Europe, Asia, Oceania and America. Valle has taught Marketing and Communications at a private university in Seville, Spain, and she has studied for her MBA at the EOI Business School in Spain.

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STEPHEN HALLOWAY

ADVISOR AT THE WORLD BANK

Stephen is the Director of the Center for Comparative Legislative Management, International – Law Institute, and course advisor on governance and anti-corruption issues. He serves as an advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He was formerly Senior Advisor in the Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of External Relations, where he had responsibility for Congressional Affairs and Private Sector Outreach related to the IDB group: The Bank, Inter-American Investment Corporation, and Multilateral Investment Fund.

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KIM JANULEWICZ

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT IE

Kim received her MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. She started her post-MBA career in marketing at AOL Entertainment and later moved over to corporate human resources at Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). After a 6-year run with MMC, she left the corporate world in early 2010 to open the IE office in NYC. Kim also owns and manages a small media company called A Child Grows in Brooklyn, which is the largest parenting website in Brooklyn and one of the most beloved blogs in the NYC area.

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ALFREDO CASTA

FOUNDER OF CASCADES TECHNOLOGIES

Since 1998 , Alfredo Casta has articulated his vision of steadily growing CTi by consistently providing quantifiable results for its valued customers. Mr. Casta’s dedication to success and his leadership skills have helped to propel CTi into a growing Business and IT solutions company with long standing clients. In 2011, CTi was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies for the previous seven years. In the past, CTi has been named one of Virginia’s “Fastest Growing Companies”, and presented the prestigious “Virginia Fantastic Fifty Award.”

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KATHERINE LUCEY

FOUNDER & CEO OF SOLAR SISTER

After a 20 year career as an investment banker with expertise in the energy sector, Katherine retired from banking and turned her attention to finding a sustainable solution to the energy poverty that causes suffering to a quarter of the world’s population. She is a 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

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DEISE LEOBET

DIRECTOR AT IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Deise Leobet is the International Director for Business Development – North America for IE Business School. She has extensive experience in business development, communications, and journalism. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, and an MBA from IE Business School.

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LINDSEY MASK

FOUNDER & CEO OF LADIES AMERICA

Lindsey Mask is the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies America, a national network of professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally under the motto “Women Helping Women.” The group focuses on connections, an annual “Women Leading the Future” conference, a national mentorship program, and education in technology, advocacy and business. The original group formed in 2006 in Washington, D.C., and has expanded to a network spanning the U.S.

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PILAR MENDIOLA-FERNANDEZ

CIO & SENIOR VP AT THE WASHINGTON CENTER

Pilar is a leading expert in the fields of experiential education and development of advanced leadership training with 20 years of experience in designing educational programs for young leaders from across the world. Pilar is responsible for forging ties with international organizations based around the world and in Washington, D.C.  In 2011, she was named among the Nation’s Top Women Mentoring Leaders by WOW Magazine.

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JANE MOSBACHER MORRIS

FOUNDER & CEO OF TO THE MARKET

THE MARKET is a socially-inspired business connecting co-operatives around the world with businesses and consumers seeking social impact products. Jane previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.  She has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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NATALIA OLSON-URTECHO

SBA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

Natalia is responsible for delivery and management of small business programs, financial assistance, and business development initiatives throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She oversees more than 180 SBA offices, SCORE chapters, Business Development Centers, while managing a field staff of more than 100 people. She was recently recognized as a “Latina Powerhouse” by the MHBC, and named one of the Most Influential Latinos.

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JEAN SCHINDLER

PRESIDENT AT EMERGENT LEADERS NETWORK

Jean is a strategic communications and community building professional with over a decade of experience on three continents driving collaboration and institutional growth. She has a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA from the London School of Economics.

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MARGO THOMAS

CHIEF OF SECRETARIAT UN WOMEN

Dr. Margo Thomas is a Lead Expert in Trade and Competitiveness. She has provided policy advice to some 50 national and sub-national governments and has a deep understanding of post conflict and transition economies. Margo holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy Management.

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CRISTINA GONZÁLEZ

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF CONEMPATHY

Cristina Gonzalez is the Founder and Director of ConEmpathy, a Colombian-based company incorporated in 2012 that offers event interpretation, document translation and management, and multimedia-related services. She is a certified translator and interpreter, editor, voice artist and serial entrepreneur who believes empathy and connection are the keys to success. She is also a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative program alumni. ConEmpathy aims to become a B-corp.