Award winning artist Julia Blake has an impressive ability to work across many styles from abstract to figure. She tends to use vivid colors, high contrast and bold strokes to create aesthetic and metaphorical works. She was a peer and client nominated finalist for 40 Women to Watch Over Forty. She trained privately and at the MFA in Boston. Always pushing herself, she is now enrolled in the Drawing and Painting program at RISD. Her art is in private collections in 20+ states from Hawaii to Massachusetts as well as Europe and Asia. She is the co-founder of The Artist Common, a place for artists of all levels to come together in an historic New England church. She is thrilled to be represented by Art in Giving which raises seed money for juvenile cancer research through the sale of art. She lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband and their six children.
Christine is a speaker and author of ‘Appreciating Beauty in the Bottom 80’, her study of learning in the next generation of leaders: today’s teens. She identifies gifts that in teens that are not top students—gifts that are perfectly suited to critical roles in the future economy, but conflict with school. For more than 20 years, Christine has worked with hundreds of leaders in high tech, medical products, and other industries, leading positive change. Beginning in 2007, she turned her attention to future talent. She shows us how to stop stress in employees and families by replacing three education myths—that harm us all—with the factors that lead to thriving in life. Christine also shows us how to fill our pipelines by tapping the hidden pool of talent we need for the coming economy. Christine holds a Master’s in Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Cornell, and a BS from University of Delaware.
Ira P. Federer
Ira is Senior Vice President, Divisional Director of the Eastern Division of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Ira is a graduate of Rutgers University and received an MBA from the University of Miami. He is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School. He also holds the designation of Wealth Management Specialist. Ira is past president of the Florida Securities Dealers Association (FSDA) and has been on the FSDA board of directors since 1993. He is chairman of SIFMA’s Bulls Sales Management Roundtable Committee. He is on the board of trustees for Tampa Preparatory School and on the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Committee. Ira is also Raymond James’ company leader for the Tampa Bay Heart Walk. Ira and his wife, Denise, reside in Tampa and have two sons, Mitchell and Craig.
Richard has held executive positions in numerous companies, both public and private; managing change, rapid growth, or restructuring and transforming an underperforming business. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for five public companies and several pre-IPO enterprises. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer and held other Operating roles in a manufacturing environment. Richard spent his formative years in management positions with The Gillette Company and Digital Equipment Corporation from which he launched a concerted drive to assist smaller and emerging competitors to distinguish themselves in the marketplace and to increase shareholder value. He also served in executive capacities at a number of local technology companies including Prime Computer, Sequoia Systems, Picturetel, Pegasystems and BrassRing LLC. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Accounting and Economics and his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and General Management from Boston University. Richard and his wife Donna reside in Weston, MA. They have four children and two grandchildren.
James is currently the executive director at WCAC-TV in Wellesley. He has been working in mass communications for over 18 years, both in television and in print, and holds a Master of Arts degree from Emerson College in television video production. Prior to coming to Wellesley James worked as executive director at CCTV in Concord/Carlisle and municipal programming director at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation. Under James’ supervision the municipal channel in Lowell won the “Outstanding Achievement in Government Access” award from the Northeast region of the Alliance for Community Media. James also worked as a news-tape editor at KSUA-TV in Denver, Colorado and produced a documentary on an attempted rehabilitation and re-habitation of the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY. That documentary is currently being used in the environmental studies program at University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to working in video James was a writer for CPI Purchasing magazine, The Beat magazine, and the Weston Wayland Sudbury Town Crier newspaper. He also worked as the west-coast regional sales manager for Media 100, Inc. selling and supporting a complete line of digital content creation and delivery systems.
Frederick A. Kramer, AIA
Fred is the President of ADD Inc (www.addinc.com), a nationally recognized Planning, Architecture, Interior Design and Branding design firm with offices in Boston and Miami. The firm’s work includes award winning office spaces and campuses for both corporations and developers, urban multi family housing, college and university residence halls,and complex mixed use projects throughout the country. A passionate believer in the power of teamwork and collaboration, Fred brings a heightened focus on design vigor to his role as ADD Inc’s President. Guided by his active involvement in the practice, he is responsible for the firm’s vision, growth strategies and performance. Fred is involved with a range of organizations including but not limited to: Past Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Boston Council NAIOP, The Boston Society of Architects, AIA Large Firm Round Table / Dean’s Forum, Past Board Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, A Better City, and Boston Chamber of Commerce Development Committee Fred graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Architecture in 1981. An avid cyclist and skier, Fred resides in Ashland, MA with his wife Sue, an adolescent psychiatric counselor and has two children, Lauren, a nurse at Mass General Hospital and Jeff, a math teacher at The Advanced Math and Sciences Academy in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
Audrey Sarah Markoff
Audrey has private sector experience in public relations and marketing. She has worked as a marketing program manager in a high tech company engaging clients in influencing product strategies. Audrey has been a contract consultant to Newton Wellesley Hospital where she initiated and managed several public relations projects. One of her projects consisted of creating and implementing a campaign to end smoking on the hospital campus. Audrey is a graduate of Skidmore College with a concentration in Economics. She received her MBA from Babson College in 2012 and is currently working at a software company, Ping Identity, as a Marketing Manager. Audrey is one of the artists in Art in Giving focusing on mosaics. One of her pieces can be seen in the lobby of 100 Summer Street in Boston. She currently is exhibiting at the Moakley Courthouse till end of June 2016.
As a certified mediator, Eliane brings creative solutions to workplace conflicts. Applying her mediation and business skills, Eliane is also a coach to executives to help them improve their communication, presentation and business skills. Eliane is best known for building bridges among organizations and individuals who need to collaborate. Eliane was Program Director in a Fortune 500 high tech company managing an international staff connecting scientists with product developers and end users to better leverage intellectual capital and increase client loyalty. Eliane was also a Principal Engineer designing and implementing expert systems. Eliane is the Founder and CEO of Art in Giving LLC, a public 501(c) (3) charity, promoting the fine arts of over 60 artists and galleries to benefit childhood cancer research. She collaborates with Fortune 500 companies to augment funds for the cause in a very creative way. Eliane has lent her leadership skills to her community in a variety of Board positions. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Wheelock College and for Brandeis’ Women Studies Research Center. She is a past member of the Board of Oversees for Newton Wellesley Hospital. Eliane was honored in 2012 by the Wellesley Library Foundation as an individual who has had an effective impact within and beyond the Wellesley Community. Eliane was also honored in 2011 with the Giving Back Award by Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST). Eliane was also selected as one of 125 women to appear in Bill Brett’s book, Inspirational Women of Boston. Eliane is fluent in French and Arabic and earned her MBA from Boston College and her BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She lives in Wellesley with her husband Gary, a partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, and has one daughter, Audrey, a Marketing Manager at a software company.
Gary M. Markoff
Gary is a former managing partner of Sherin and Lodgen LLP, a downtown Boston law firm of 45 lawyers. He is a member of the Corporate and Real Estate Departments. He works with clients primarily on business, corporate, real estate transactions, and bank financings. He joined the firm in 1984 with a background in accounting, having previously been a certified public accountant with the Boston office of Arthur Andersen LLP, where he gained experience auditing small business clients and doing tax planning, and compliance work. Gary represents all types of lenders, borrowers, and investors. Many of his clients have developed or financed diversified types of real property including multi-family and commercial condominiums, retail centers, office complexes, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities. He also represents closely held companies. Gary has served for many years on the Board and Steering Committee of the Boston chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He has also been a Co-Trustee of The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation since 1999.
Dr. Debasish Roychowdhury
Dr. Roychowdhury is a leader in the pharmaceutical industry with a strong background in research and development , regulatory and commercial operations in the oncology field. He recently joined the founding members of the Seragon CSAB as Acting Chief Medical Officer to help advance the pipeline of therapeutics. Dr. Roychowdhury most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Oncology and Head of the Global Oncology Division at Sanofi from August 2009 to September 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President for Clinical Development at GlaxoSmithKline since 2005. In 2008, he was a member of the team that created GSK’s new Oncology R&D Unit. Dr. Roychowdhury served in oncology clinical research and later in regulatory affairs for Eli Lilly and Company. During his tenure in industry he was involved in the approval of nine drugs, including, Alimta, Tykerb and Jevtana. Prior to his role in industry, he served as faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, where he directed a number of clinical programs. He moved to the United States in 1989 where he specialized in internal medicine, hematology and oncology at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Roychowdhury received his Doctorate of Medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Julie M. Stanley
SHRM-CP- Chief Human Resources Officer- Harvard Medical School
Julie Stanley is a strategic Human Resources leader with more than 20 years of experience empowering and leading HR teams. Julie has dedicated her work to Harvard University for over 30 years and has executed and managed a multitude of HR initiatives that support organizational effectiveness and advance community engagement. Her senior leadership positions include interim Associate Dean for Human Resources at both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School, Assistant Dean for Human Resources at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director for Human Resources in central administration. In August 2011 she was appointed the Chief Human Resources Officer for Harvard Medical School and in this position has brought leadership teams together to advance the mission of the school. Her expertise and oversight includes Human Resources strategy and implementation, HR analytics, HR consulting, employee relations, performance management, compensation, recognition, recruitment and retention, sexual harassment and internal investigations, and training and development. Julie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Northeast Human Resources Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the College and University Personnel Association. In addition to her work at Harvard, Julie is dedicated to her community and serves on the advisory board for Art in Giving, held an appointment on the Belmont Human Rights Commission and volunteered as a mediator for the Massachusetts small claims court summary process. She has aided a number of joint union management teams at Harvard, including the University Problem Solving team, union negotiating team and was co-chair of the Academy for Workforce Education. Julie is dedicated to volunteerism and ran the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, for the Leukemia Society, the Boston Marathon for the MGH Pediatric Oncology and the Chicago Marathon to benefit Neurofibromatosis, New England. Julie lives in Belmont with her husband Michael and enjoys sailing, running, Pilates and spending time with her family.
Megan Thomas is a senior healthcare communications professional, specializing in elevating brand awareness, corporate reputation, crisis communications and change management. Megan is a seasoned leader, whose communications counsel and expertise draws from her 20 years of experience in both pharma corporate and PR agency settings, across several therapeutic areas including oncology, dermatology, CV and respiratory. Megan is the owner of M. Thomas Communications LLC, a strategic communications consulting company, specializing in healthcare and biotech corporate communications and public relations. Prior to starting her own company, Megan was recruited to join the Health Practice leadership team of Makovsky & Company, bringing a valuable and unique in-house corporate communications perspective to the agency mindset. Megan’s return to agency followed 15 years of corporate and product communications experience at Novartis and Sanofi, including her role as the Global Head of Communications for Sanofi Oncology based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Megan served on both Corporate and Oncology leadership teams. Megan holds a Master’s degree in Communications and Information Studies from Rutgers University. She serves on the Board of Art in Giving, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research through the sale of fine art. Megan is also a 2016 Boston HBA Mentor, working directly with women from the Greater Boston Area on such topics as leadership, networking, strategic thinking and communication.
Joe joined PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP in September 1998. Since joining PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Joe has led the tax engagements on a number of Technology and Life Sciences clients in the Boston office. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Vice President and Tax Director for Digital Equipment Corporation, a $14B computer hardware, software, and services company doing business in 150 countries around the world. Joe has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Law degree from Boston College and a graduate degree in Law, specializing in taxation, from Boston University. He is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Digital, he worked as a tax attorney for Exxon Corporation in New York. Joe and his wife, Christine Langley Tierney have three children who are out of college. He and Christine have lived in Wellesley for 30 years.
Patricia Walsh is a Property Manager for Equity Office at 100 Summer Street in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been with the company for 22 years and has managed small suburban properties to a multi-modal transportation center. Presently she is managing 100 Summer Street, a 32 story office tower, which just won the TOBY Award for the over 1million sf category. She enjoys hiking, scuba diving and photography.
Salvatore Zinno is Senior Project Manager, Leasing & Development at BioMed Realty. Sal has been with BioMed Realty since October 2008. His responsibilities include all aspects of commercial real estate development project management including ground up construction, zoning analysis, entitlements, tenant improvements, and financial analysis. He’s currently focused on the development of a new office/lab building located at 450 Kendall Street in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, MA. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Master of Business Administration Degree from Bentley University. Salvatore is involved with a number of professional organizations including, NAIOP and ULI. He’s originally from New Jersey and has lived in the Boston area since 2004. Salvatore currently resides in Westwood, MA with his wife Christina, son Leo and daughter Lorenza and spends most of his spare time on his boat, skiing, and renovating his home.
Tabatha Claudia Flores
Tabatha has a background in art and business where she has held executive positions in the luxury hotel and art industries. She is the former Managing Director of Medicine Wheel Productions, and the former Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. While studying at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, Tabatha focused on contemporary. Tabatha holds an ALB with a concentration in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University and a Masters degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London/University of Manchester, UK. Tabatha is a member of Art Table and she lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.
Carol Seitchik has had a lengthy career as a visual artist, helping found the first women’s cooperative gallery in Philadelphia in the mid-70s, then moving to Chicago where she showed with ARC Gallery and then moving to Boston where she joined The Bromfield Gallery. In the past thirty years she has been an art curator, organizing the first temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition in the greater Boston area that continued for fifteen summers at Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, The Art Complex Museum at Duxbury and The Fuller Museum of Art In Brockton. Carol has also curated shows at the Brattleboro Museum and The University of New Hampshire. Carol’s work as a curator has also included corporate clients, including Genzyme, Delta Dental, Cell Signal Technology and (for the past twenty-seven years, ongoing) New England Biolabs. She has helped develop a corporate art program where the employees are involved in choosing the art that is displayed in six week shows throughout the year. Carol lives in Beverly, MA with her husband.