Women's Leadership Roundtable Speakers
Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.
Monica possesses 20+ years of EHS experience solving complex business issues in diverse industries in developed, developing and emerging markets. She has a proven track record for developing and executing highly effective global EHS strategies to reduce occupational hazards and risks; prevent incidents; minimize environmental impact; improve operational efficiency; reduce business continuity risks; integrate EHS across the business chain; and leverage sustainability for maximum value creation. She oversees EHS and sustainability for Comcast Cable's Freedom Region, setting strategy and directing implementation for nearly 6,000 employees serving 2.1 million customers. Monica holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. degree in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.
Beth Ballard, Vice President, SHE & Process Safety; Ecolab Inc.
Beth is accountable for developing and delivering a consolidated global risk based SHE program (including Process safety and Fire Protection) for the company, as well as aligning the global Engineering Disciplines to deliver value to Ecolab. Beth has held roles including Director of Engineering & Technology, Director of Capital, and Director of EHSS for companies such as Dow Chemical, Chemtura, and Union Carbide. She has over 40 years' experience in the Petrochemical Industry, and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Carol Cala, Vice President, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Carol oversees the ESH organization and Chairs the ESH Leadership Council that sets ESH corporate policies and direction. She evaluates the Corporation's ESH performance and provides leadership in establishing initiatives to improve corporate-wide performance; this includes Lockheed Martin positions on emerging regulatory and legislative ESH issues, and the Corporation's interface with public stakeholders on ESH issues. Previously, Ms. Cala was the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Hasbro Inc. She was responsible for leading the regulatory compliance, product safety and reliability processes for the Girls, Boys, and Preschool categories of the Hasbro toy portfolio. Ms. Cala has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master's of Science degree in Professional Studies: Environment and Business Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed Executive Development programs at Smith College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Alexi Carli, Chief Executive Officer; Carli Consulting LLC
Alexi is EHS professional with more than 30 years of experience with an emphasis on management systems, risk control, H&S Leadership and performance-based processes. In her prior role as Vice President of Global Health and Safety at UPS, she was responsible for the oversight of health and safety programs impacting over 450,000 employees around the world. She holds a master of science in Occupational Safety & Health, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and has retained CSP certification since 1995. In 2017, Alexi received the Marion Martin Award from the National Safety Council’s Women’s Caucus for her leadership, mentorship, and commitment to safety.
Lauren Cecil, Project Controls Manager; AdvanSix Inc.
Lauren is responsible for managing and analyzing the capital portfolio across AdvanSix and working closely with finance to meet business objectives. Leading a team of 20 professionals, she is transforming the Project Controls organization and the capital management process at AdvanSix. She brings more than 13 years of experience focusing her career in the chemical manufacturing industry. Since graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree from Michigan State University she has held positions of increasing responsibility at the site and corporate levels and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to joining AdvanSix, she was the Business Engineering Director for Advanced Materials at Honeywell.
Tina Duffy, Vice President, Product Management; ProcessMAP Corp.
Tina Duffy is an accomplished EHS professional with more than 16 years global experience focusing both on corporate and facility level Health and Safety programs. After obtaining her BS in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Tina worked as a Region Safety Manager for a leading transport operator in North America before joining the Corporate EHS department of one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. Working with sites around the globe, she has actively provided safety leadership, functional expertise, data-driven safety performance improvement solutions, and EHS software management. As Vice President of Product Management at ProcessMAP Corporation, Tina focuses on vision, strategy and implementation of EHS systems based on industry best practices, regulatory requirements, and customer feedback.
Rob Fisher, President and Director of Operations; Fisher Improvement Technologies
Rob spent almost 10 years in the U.S. Navy before working at the South Texas Nuclear Project for 12 years. He has extensive experience in performing incident analysis, designing human performance improvement systems, designing and improving corrective action programs, assessing, designing and running procedure programs, and educating staff. Rob brings an implementation mentality to consulting, along with a recognized capability to make the science practically applicable at all levels. He was involved in developing multiple industry international standards for human performance, root cause analysis and procedure excellence. He has consulted internationally for over 100 companies in various fields including manufacturing, petrochemical, and power generation, transmission and distribution.
Cathy Hansell, Founder & President; Breakthrough Results LLC
Cathy has held several senior leadership positions in safety, health, environment (SHE), product stewardship, sustainability and manufacturing areas at AlliedSignal, BASF and American Standard across 47 countries and 20 industries. Results included 90%+ reduction in incident rates, prevention of thousands of injuries and millions in cost avoidance, and documented business value in production, quality, products, services and employee morale. Her firm, Breakthrough Results, specializes in leading companies to achieve superior, sustainable safety cultures, systems and business value results. Clients include organizations in manufacturing, chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, retail, energy generation/distribution, construction, food, military and government, and the investment community. Cathy holds a JD in Law, an M.S. in Environmental Toxicology and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering. She was awarded One of the Top 100 Women in Safety from the American Society of Safety Professionals (formerly ASSE).
LaNella Hooper-Williams, President; Hooper Williams Communications LLC
LaNella Hooper-Williams is president of Hooper Williams Communications, LLC., a strategic communication firm specializing in public/media relations, marketing communications, positioning/brand development, change/organizational communications and personal branding. She provides one-on-one coaching as well as personal branding, leadership communications and presentation skills workshops that help corporate leaders and business owners improve their personal brand and move their careers and businesses forward. Before starting her practice 10 years ago, she spent more than 25 years in a variety of marketing and corporate communication leadership roles, including vice president and global director-level positions at Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial Group and PNC Bank. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Marketing Communications from Duquesne University.
Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY
Dr. Ivanova is an accomplished EHS&S practitioner with wide international experience. She has significant expertise in developing and implementing EHS&S programs for multinational corporations from a variety of sectors. Dr. Ivanova leads the EY Climate Change and Sustainability services in North and South America. She also leads the EY global sustainability advisory network. She is a recognized thought leader in sustainability with numerous publications and presentations at sustainability forums. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester (UK), and MSc in Biology from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria).
Ava Khoshravani, Talent Acquisition; VMware Inc.
Ava Khoshravani has worked as a talent acquisition consultant & career coach for over 15 years within finance and most recently within cloud computing and platform virtualization companies such as VMware. Recruiting C-Suite level professionals to global account executives, her passion is placing people in their dream job. She helps rebrand employees into leaders that can either move forward within a new organization or become visible in their current role. Her rebranding strategy is simple, it begins with a whiteboard full of goals, followed by a resume shift and on to social media platforms to lean in and grab hold of opportunities and put your brand to work for you. She helps build better resumes and an online presence that projects your specific expertise. Ava holds a BA in Psychology from Fort Valley State University.
Mindy Koch, Corporate Services Site Manager; Intel Corp.
Mindy Koch is the Corporate Services Site Manager at Intel Corporation in New Mexico. She and her team are responsible for facilities operations, construction, building maintenance, regulatory compliance, employee services, site security, and environmental, health and safety. Koch has held various site, regional and corporate positions in facilities operations, contract management, and environmental, health and safety. Koch holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. She has received numerous Intel awards and was recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Woman of Influence in 2015.
Meghan Krishnayya, Vice President, Compliance & Permitting; Brown and Caldwell Inc.
Meghan is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial and consulting experience in EHS management. In her current role, Meghan has oversight for Brown and Caldwell’s Compliance and Permitting operation company-wide, including managing staff development and coaching staff for career progression in EHS. She started her career in the chemical industry as a production engineer and moved over to EHS compliance management, developing a program from scratch at a start-up company, where she reported directly to the CFO.
Christine Landmeier, Director, Environmental Risk & Compliance; United Airlines Inc.
Christine Landmeier is a Director of Environmental Risk and Compliance in the Environmental Affairs department at United Airlines. She is responsible for overseeing United’s environmental policies, programs, compliance and risk. Ms. Landmeier has 20 years of professional experience in environmental management. Prior to joining United in 2003, Christine did environmental due diligence and remediation at an environmental consulting firm. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Geology from Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Lisa Liszcz, Principal; Liszcz Consulting
Lisa M. Liszcz, Ph.D. is a thought leader on leadership and corporate culture. After 20+ years of holding leadership positions in three Global Fortune 500 companies, Lisa began her consulting practice. She focuses on leadership assessment and development, team effectiveness, and professional women's issues. She enjoys finding modern ways for people to lead and for teams to succeed. She believes corporate cultures are changing and we are re-defining corporate culture and leadership. Dr. Liszcz has a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's in behavioral science, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Measurement and Research.
Jessica McGlyn, Founder & President; Catalynics
Jessica is Founder and President of Catalynics, a consultancy with the mission to help organizations catalyze smart strategy, partnerships and external relations to achieve sustainability goals. Some of Jessica’s clients include DuPont, UN Environment, USAID, PepsiCo, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund. Jessica is certified in leadership coaching through American University and certified in Everything DISC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Assessments, and is a certified ISSP-SA Sustainability Professional. Jessica holds a Masters in Forest Science from Yale University.
Melissa Law, President Global Operations; Tate & Lyle plc
Melissa joined Tate & Lyle in 2017. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, Melissa worked for Baker Hughes, a GE company where she led the Global Specialties Chemicals Division, a major part of its Oilfield Service portfolio, with prior executive roles for the Company's Australian and Gulf of Mexico operations. Melissa's 20 years of experience ranges across R&D, Operations, Marketing, Commercial and Sales. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Houston from where she holds an MSc in Environmental Chemistry.
Allison Montgomery, Global Director, EHS&S; Harris Corp.
Allison Montgomery is the Global Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Harris Corporation. She is based at Harris' Corporate Headquarters in Melbourne, FL and is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company's overall Environmental, Health and Safety performance. Before joining Harris, Allison worked at Pentair as the Global Director of EHS and Quality and held varying EHS Management roles with Alcoa, Inc. Allison served four years in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a BS degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and a MS degree in Environmental Management from The University of Maryland.
Carolyn Covey Morris, Founder & President; QMobius Inc.
Known as an innovative communicator and public relations leader, Carolyn Covey Morris has worked with some of the world's leading companies and brands. Her specialty is brand marketing, public relations and helping organizations through dynamic times of change. She has assisted many employers and clients during crises, turnarounds and transformations. Her experience includes the retail, consumer, financial services, healthcare, petrochemical and technology industries. A native of Washington, D.C., Carolyn has worked with almost every U.S. government agency. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry from James Madison University and an M.B.A. in marketing and international business from the University of Maryland.
Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of Environmental Programs; The Estée Lauder Co.'s Inc.
Susan Morrissey is Executive Director of Global Environmental Programs for The Estée Lauder Companies. Susan is responsible for leading Global Environmental Programs including environmental regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability programs. She has more than 30 years of broad experience in environmental program areas. She received a B.S. in environmental science from Marist College and an M.S. in environmental studies from Long Island University. Susan has been with the Estée Lauder Companies for 13 years. Her prior experience includes more than 20 years with The Pall Corporation leading EHS corporate programs.
Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
With 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing is responsible for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual reporting for AEP. She oversees AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, and this is the sixth year that AEP will produce an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance. She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues to raise awareness of the interdependencies of AEP functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. Sandy also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP's business strategy. She works to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.
Morgan Scott, Senior Program Manager; Electric Power Research Institute Inc.
Morgan leads EPRI’s growing portfolio of sustainability research, focused on developing the tools and resources electric power companies can use to establish and enhance their sustainability programs as well as embed a triple bottom line mindset into operations, strategic long-range planning, and corporate culture. She manages EPRI’s Strategic Sustainability Science program, Energy Sustainability Interest Group, Sustainability Benchmarking for Utilities project, and co-leads the Understanding Climate Scenarios and Goal Setting Activities project.Prior to joining EPRI, Morgan was the Sustainability Manager at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. Morgan received a B.S. in Business Administration from Wagner College and a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Maria Sison-Roces, Manager of Corporate Sustainability; The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Maria manages LADWP’s compliance with the City of LA’s existing building energy and water efficiency ordinance, environmentally preferable purchasing ordinance and recycling ordinance. She is also responsible for LADWP’s voluntary reporting efforts to Carbon Disclosure Project and The Climate Registry. She develops and implements green initiatives to elevate employee awareness on sustainability including sustainable supply chain. In 2016, Maria led cross functional efforts to achieve LEED Gold Certification for LADWP’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, an effort which has now expanded to other LADWP buildings. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in European languages from the University of the Philippines, a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of La Verne, and a sustainability certificate from the University of California Los Angeles.
Amy Stelling, President & Chief Executive Officer; Enviance Inc.
Amy is President and CEO of Enviance, a leader in SaaS EHS software solutions. In her three years of leadership at Enviance, Amy has used her experiences and skills to drive business growth, advance technology innovation, and improve customer satisfaction. Before joining Enviance, Amy was Executive in Residence at Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm. Amy received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Nancy Sutley is LADWP's Chief Sustainability Officer, reporting directly to the General Manager. In this role, Ms. Sutley oversees the Department's energy efficiency goals, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, and the electrification of transportation network. She initiated LADWP's corporate sustainability programs including Green Team and the commissioning of its headquarters, The John Ferraro Building, as a LEED Gold facility. Prior to joining LADWP in 2014, Ms. Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Amy Tez, Communications Trainer; amytez.com
Amy is a highly skilled actress with over 20 years of professional theatre experience along with a solid background in global executive-level coaching. She has worked with CEO's, senior executives, tech founders, politicians, senators, lawyers, doctors, and high-profile actors as well as presidents of international companies. Amy specializes in preparing clients for difficult business conversations, be they client meetings, team meetings, high-pressure negotiations, important pitches, presentations, talks, television appearances, radio interviews and much more.
Wendy Williams, President; JR Resources Inc.
Wendy Williams is a sales professional, trainer, coach and manager with more than 37 years of experience, and is currently a partner and President of JR Resources. As a sales manager, she witnessed the beginning of a new industry in promotion and recognition with oil companies in safety, and developed a special niche operating to this very day — Wendy's Safety Boutique, a woman's touch on employee engagement and empowerment processes to be aware of all safety issues and initiatives — and partnered with the OSHA program VPP. Wendy is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook with a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a Certified Sales Trainer by the State of California.
Beth Wytiaz, Senior Vice President, Global Environmental Management; Bank of America Corp.
Beth Wytiaz is part of the Global Environmental Group within the Environmental, Social, Governance division of Bank of America. Beth has worked in the environmental space for the past 12 years, with nine years being at Bank of America. In her current role as the Global Environmental Operations Manager, she is responsible for reducing the bank's impact on natural resources. This encompasses setting and achieving all public environmental operations goals, including: becoming carbon neutral; purchasing 100% of electricity from renewable sources; reducing waste, water, paper, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy use; managing e-waste; sourcing paper sustainably; and executing the responsible sourcing program. In addition to this work, she leads the GHG emissions calculations and disclosure efforts.