San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
An intimate dialogue with successful women about navigating personal and professional transition.
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JAN MERCER DAHMS
Devoted to creating opportunities for people and companies to connect, engage, inspire, and motivate, Jan Mercer Dahms builds great end-user experiences from the bottom-up. Serving a diverse client base that includes media, fashion, beauty, education, retail, pharma, and finance, Ms. Dahms’ work in brand experience management addresses critical areas that can make or break a company brand: performance, trust, and reputation. Her front-line, “getting close to the customer” approach has well-served a 20+ year, C-Suite career spanning operational restructuring, employee engagement projects, change management strategic planning, business development, re-branding launches, and fiscal infrastructure development. In addition to her own consulting practice, Ms. Dahms has served in in-house C-Suite and senior management roles in companies and organizations as diverse as Teach For America and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.
In 2012, Ms. Dahms launched 6-Figures, a networking group for highly accomplished, professional women. The invite-only group engages women with 10+ years of transformative leadership experience spanning diverse industries, job functions, and company sizes. 6-Figures opens doors, creates opportunities and closes deals. In less than a year, 6-Figures has grown to over 850 members, with members spanning diverse geographic markets including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London – and many other cities in-between. Jan Mercer Dahms earned a MBA in International Business and lives in NYC.
Julie Cottineau is the Founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a brand consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and corporations build their brands and leverage them as actionable business assets. Julie was the VP of Brand at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group overseeing branding strategy for new and established Virgin companies in North America. Prior to joining Virgin, Julie served as Executive Director of Consumer Branding at Interbrand as well as a VP Management Supervisor at Grey Worldwide in both the US and France. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications at Columbia and Cornell and a frequent commentator on brand strategy and innovation through her blog www.BrandTwist.com, on Twitter at @jcottin and in top business media such as Forbes.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, and American Express Open Forum. She is also the creator of a unique and impactful online branding class for entrepreneurs www.BrandSchoolOnline. com. Julie lives in Westchester NY with her French husband and two wonderful children.
Sarah is the Founder and CEO of M.M. LAFLEUR. Before founding M.M. LAFLEUR, Sarah worked in private equity at Starwood Capital, where she managed the luxury goods portfolio in New York and Paris. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Bain & Co. and TechnoServe where she advised consumer packaged goods and financial services companies as well as agribusinesses. Sarah grew up in Tokyo and Paris, and has worked internationally in South Africa, Zambia, and Mexico. A graduate of Harvard College, she is passionate about responsible sourcing and production of beautiful products.
Katie Hood is currently a Visiting Lecturer with the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy as well as an independent consultant working with philanthropists and nonprofits on projects designed to strengthen their businesses and position themselves to achieve outcomes from their work. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and member of the MJFF’s Founder’s Council. Hood is currently a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, the Kenan Institute for Ethics Advisory Board (Duke University), the One Love Foundation’s National Advisory Council, and the Fund Board of Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care. Prior to MJFF, Ms. Hood worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Bain & Company, and graduated from Duke University and Harvard Business School. She lives in Bronxville with her husband and four children.
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