a Sponsor or Conference Partner
Thursday, JANUARY 26
Leadership Breakfast, 7:35 am – 11:30 am
Williams Club, 24 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016
212.937.8413 to be added to waiting list or confirm your
you leadership breakfast corporate sponsors:
SVP, General Manager Retail and Emerging Industries, Establishment Services North
America, American Express Company
Participants are re-grouped for 45 minutes of peer
networking facilitated by Employee ROI's Barbara
Adolf and Daniel
CORONA, Chief Financial Officer, Epsilon Interactive
BLANKE, President an CEO, Lifedesigns, and
best selling author
REGISTRATION PRICE $225*
Corporate executives, non-profit executives, and other invited
guests. Current board directors, executives responsible for
selection and compensation, and leaders interested in board service
are encouraged to attend. Executives responsible for
leading teams, responsible for development and retention of key
employees, or responsible for executive succession planning, are
encouraged to attend.
- Doors Open/ Breakfast Served/ Informal Peer
8:05 - General Session Introductions
8:20 - Keynote Speaker
9:30 - Facilitated Peer Networking Program
10:25 - Featured Speaker
11:00 - General Session Closing Remarks
11:00 - Informal Peer Networking
11:30 - Conference End
* schedule and
speakers subject to change
For sponsorship information please call Bill
Shulman at 203-291-9944.
Corona, Chief Financial Officer,
joined Bigfoot Interactive in October 2000. In September 2005,
as CFO of Bigfoot Interactive helped negotiate and approve the
acquisition of Bigfoot by Epsilon Interactive for $120 million.
Ms. Corona, currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of
Epsilon Interactive. In this role, she oversees and steers the
company's financial planning and operations.
this isn't the first success story for Ms. Corona of its kind.
Over the last 10 years, she has become a recognized leader in
the Private Equity community as someone who can steer a company
from early stage through the full lifecycle and exit strategy -
having similar success with two prior companies: Prism
Communications Services, a nationwide advanced
telecommunications provider known for its "Red
Connect" brand that was acquired by Comdisco, for $70 MM,
and Visual Radio, a technology incubation and development
company which spun off a number of portfolio companies including
Magnitude Network to CMGI, for $28MM.
to working with high growth firms in the private equity space,
Ms. Corona's extensive experience includes senior level posts at
companies, including Ian Schrager Hotels and Kamsky Associates,
a division of American International Group (AIG). In these
roles, she was responsible for financial management and
planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation,
accounting operations, expenditure analysis and operational
Corona serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors,
including Boardroom Bound as Treasurer, Women's Leadership
Exchange's Executive Advisory Committee, and previously the
Network of Executive Women in Hospitality where she was
Fundraising Chair and Vice President of the New York Chapter. In
February 2005, Boardroom Bound honored her at their Chicago
Ambassador luncheon with their Founders award for Outstanding
Chief Financial Officer of Bigfoot Interactive, Ms. Corona
participated on the board in driving the company's operational
and strategic exit strategies. Formerly she served on the
advisory boards of Prism Communications Services and Visual
Radio. Recently, Ms. Corona was invited to participate in the
elite CFO summit group where top executives and visionaries in
financial management from around the country convene to discuss
best practices in analyst days, Sox cost control, equity issues
and benchmarking, among other topics.
Corona is active in her church and community.
Recently serving on the board of trustees for the Rye
Presbyterian Church (est. 1878), Sophia was the first female and
youngest congregate to also serve as Treasurer.
Ms. Corona, her husband, and three children live in
Goodly McNeal, Senior Vice President, General Manager
Retail and Emerging Industries, Establishment Services North
Goodly McNeal is Senior Vice President and General Manager of
Retail and Emerging Industries for Establishment Services North
America at the American Express Company, a position she assumed
in April 2005. In this role, she is responsible for managing and
growing American Express' strategic relationships with its
largest retail merchants. Ms. McNeal leads the Retail Strategic
Relations Group in driving the creation of partner programs and
services that help American Express and its key retail accounts
profitably increase spend among its mutual customers. These key
accounts cover industries in grocery, oil, drug, telecom,
insurance, department stores, mass merchandise, warehouse clubs,
B2B, and mail order.
beginning her career at American Express in 1989, Ms. McNeal has
held a variety of key positions, most recently as Senior Vice
President of the Global Partnerships team, managing the
Company's relationship with Costco. Ms. McNeal also served as
Vice President and General Manager of New Industry Development,
responsible for developing and implementing the company's
strategy to increase charge volume, market share and overall
profitability in new-to-plastic industries such as quick service
restaurants, healthcare, charities and rental payments.
to joining American Express, Ms. McNeal worked at Salomon
Brothers as a mortgage specialist in Sales and Trading. She
began her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Company.
McNeal serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation
Foundation; the Pepsi Ethnic Consumer Advisory Board where she
chairs the marketing committee, Mountainside Hospital; the New
York Urban League and the Marketing Advisory board for the Ralph
Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. In addition, she
is a trustee of her alma mater, Dillard University, and is a
member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Junior League
of Montclair/Newark. She was past vice chair and chaired the
development committee of the Harlem School of the Arts.
McNeal has been recognized for her professional and community
achievements. American Express recognized her community
involvement when she was named one of the 150 Great Citizen
Award Winners on a company-wide basis and in 2005 was recognized
by the YWCA of New York City in their salute to women leaders.
She has received the National Association of Equal Opportunity
in Higher Education's 2002 Distinguished Alumni of the Year
Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Dillard University,
and the Women of Power and Grace Award from the Race for Success
McNeal holds an MBA degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial
Management from the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania and a BA in Accounting from Dillard University. She
and her husband, Philip, have two children and reside in New
and CEO, Lifedesigns and
Best Selling Author
Blanke is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Lifedesigns,
LLC, a company whose vision is to empower men and women
worldwide to live truly exceptional lives.
best selling author, Ms. Blanke’s last book, In
My Wildest Dreams, Living the Life You Long For was
published by Simon & Schuster in June 1998.
The book has appeared on Amazon.com’s Best Selling
Books list and the New York Times Business Best Seller List. Ms. Blanke was the sole
guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show in October 1998 where she used
concepts from her book to help empower audience members to live
fulfilling lives. Ms. Blanke’s first book, Taking
Control of Your Life: The Secrets of Successful Enterprising
Women, sold more than a half million copies. Between
Trapezes: Flying into a New Life With the Greatest of Ease
about thriving on change and mastering the art of self
re-invention, was published by Rodale in August 2004.
renowned executive coach and presentation skills trainer, Ms.
Blanke has advised CEO’s, presidential candidates, college
presidents – and even a jazz musician. A current presidential
candidate recently remarked, “You’ve enabled me to find
qualities in myself I didn’t know I had and express myself
with power, grace and persuasion. What a difference you’ve
Ms. Blanke was called in by FOX News to critique George W. Bush’s
one of the finest motivational speakers in the country, she has
delivered keynote addresses for many corporations and at events
such as the “Global Summit of Women” in Taiwan, the “Decade
to Democracy” conference in Budapest and Cornell University’s
symposium, “Contracting Out: Danger Signal for Working Women
and Men” chaired by Betty Friedan. She’s also delivered
keynotes for students at
and the Stern School
of New York University. In addition to the Oprah Winfrey Show,
Ms. Blanke has appeared on CNN, FNN, CNBC and FOX TV.
Articles about Ms. Blanke and her company have appeared
in Newsweek, Business Week, The
Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal,
Redbook and Self.
Blanke was one of the youngest female senior vice presidents of
Avon Products, Inc., where, in addition to her responsibilities
as global head of corporate affairs, she motivated and inspired
’s half million sales
representatives to live the lives of their wildest dreams. A
member of the Chairman’s Executive Council, she led the
as the world’s
premier direct selling company for women and launched the widely
acclaimed Avon Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade, which has raised
more than $300 million for community outreach programs.
Blanke is the immediate past president of the New York Women’s
Forum and the first member to hold that position for two terms.
She is a past chairman of the board of Fashion Group,
International. In 1997, she was elected a corporate director of
Sweetheart Paper Holdings, one of the country’s leading paper
Blanke has received the Women Who Make A Difference Award at the
1999 International Women’s Forum Conference, the 1994 Matrix
Award for Public Relations presented by New York Women in
Communications, Inc. and the 1994 Star Award presented by the
New York Women’s Agenda. In 2003, Ms. Blanke was named
president of the New York Women in Communications Foundation
which provides college and graduate school scholarships for
deserving young women who are interested in the communications
industry, and was among the first women to be inducted into the
YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.
Blanke is a graduate of
and majored in acting
at Yale University Graduate School of Drama. She and her
husband, F. James Cusick, a writer, live in
New York City
with their two
daughters, Kate and Abigail.