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Seeing the Silver Lining in the Pink Slip - From Pink-slipper to Entrepreneur - Free wine!

Rising Star Comedy

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Seeing the Silver Lining in the Pink Slip - From...

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In this economy, many people have been downsized and are in the process of figuring out the next step in their career.  While some are scrambling to secure another job, others are taking this time out as an opportunity to discover what they really want to do with their lives.  If you have been downsized in this economy and are now thinking of starting your own business, join our panel of pink-slippers turned entrepreneurs for a lively discussion on how they did it, and how you too can use your pink slip as a spring board to creating your own business, and a life you really want. We will also be joined by a career coach and a reinvention specialist who will share with us their expertise on career transition and the art of reinvention.  This event will also be useful for anyone thinking of becoming entrepreneurs.  An RSVP is needed for names to be given to NYU for security purposes. 


Date: Wednesday June 9, 2010

Location: NYU Stern School of Business Kaufman Management Center (KMC) Room 2-60


6.30 - 7.00: Check-in

7.00-8.00: Panel discussion

8.00-8.30: Q&A 

8.30-9.00: Networking  



Suparna Bhasin, Founder & CEO, She Creates Change

Gail Davis, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Goldwaters Group

Ann Fry, Reinvention Specialist,

Kristina Leonardi, Founder & Director, The Women's Mosaic

Joseph Varghese, Founder, Peer Success Circles 


Jocelyn Chia, former corporate attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and entrepreneur in the making 


Full bio of panelists and moderator: 

Suparna Bhasin, Founder & CEO, She Creates Change:

A powerful speaker, teacher, life-coach and entrepreneur, Suparna has dedicated her life to personal and global transformation through empowering people to make their dreams a reality.  She started her career working as an analyst, trainer and manager for a large regional bank in Baltimore, but soon discovered the life coaching industry and began her training as a life coach.  In 2002 she co-founded a coaching and consulting company that worked with start-up companies that had a transformational product or service they hoped to bring to the market, and in 2009 she founded She Creates Change, a company dedicated to supporting women in being fully expressed in the work place and in creating meaningful change for themselves and the world.  You can read more about Suparna and She Creates Change at

Suparna has a B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She is a certified coach from both Coach for Life and The Life Purpose Institute. 

Gail Davis, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Goldwaters Group 

After many years of working in the corporate world, Gail Davis co-founded the Goldwaters Group an international consulting company located in both London and New York, focused on business development, marketing, strategy and management for companies in the corporate, technology, media and entertainment sectors.  

Gail has also contributed articles to various publications, and most recently launched an online magazine for the international community at  In addition, she has launched projects with Warner Bros. and Sony, managed international music artists, worked with the United Nations to help launch its first webcast to raise awareness of the UNDP, and worked on President Clinton's re-election campaign.

Gail has a passion for addressing global issues and activities in the non-profit sector, and has extensive knowledge of cultures in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. 

Gail studied Accounting and Computer Science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

Ann Fry, Reinvention Specialist

Ann Fry, MSW, is a specialist in the art and science of Reinvention.  Having reinvented herself from being a psychotherapist of over 30 years, she has for the past 15 years been a professional speaker, executive coach and author.  In both her coaching and her speaking, Ann helps to inspire people to move away from the “status quo”—to something that excites them, gives them juice, gets them out of bed in the morning. She wants people to have the life they are meant to have, doing what they love, having adventures and being fulfilled. In the workplace, she is committed to workplace cultures being happy places and believes that in the workplace, "a happy employee is a productive employee."

As a long-time member of the National Speaker's Assoiciation, she presents Keynotes at conferences around the country, including When You Want Things to be Different: 7 1/2 Steps to Transcend the Status Quo and The ReGeneration Process: How to ReEnergize, RePurpose and ReInvent Your Workplace.  

She teachers the Master Class in Coaching at NYU and is the author of 3 books, including "Laughing Matters: The Value of Humor in the Workplace", "Sixty, Sexy, Sassy and Free: A Real Woman's Story of ReInvention" and "When You Want Things To Be Different: 7 1/2 Steps to Transcend the Status Quo." Ann was also an original co-founder of Humor University, bringing Fun Solutions to Serious Problems. You can learn more about Ann at her website

Kristina Leonardi, Founder & Director, The Women's Mosaic

Kristina is the Founder and Director of The Women's Mosaic, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world.  As a speaker and career/life coach, she provides a practical framework for each attendee to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world. 

Known as a "dynamic", "inspiring" and "down-to-earth" speaker with unique yet practical perspectives on the topics of career transition, work/life balance and personal growth, she has presented to organizations such as Saatchi and Saatchi, UBS, Ogilvy & Mather, Equinox, Women in Cable and the Junior League.  Kristina offers individual and group coaching privately as well as in affiliation with Women for Hire, New York Women in Communications, Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Bootcamp and StepUp Women's Network. 

Featured as a guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media, Kristina was also listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004, received Tango Diva's 2007 Diva Visionary Award and was honored by the WNBA's NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night.  

Kristina graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. She has been an Adjunct Instructor for NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) for over 10 years in both the Center for Hospitality,Travel and Tourism as well as the Office of Career Management.

Joseph Varghese, Founder, Peer Success Circles 

Joseph is a former Process Management Consultant and Engineer. He worked with several Fortune 500 companies including GE, Pfizer and AIG, before leaving the corporate world to begin the journey of reinventing himself as an entrepreneur. 

During this time, he started multiple businesses, and after several failures learned that the one component missing for himself and other entrepreneurs, who lacked a corporate work structure, was peer accountability.  He also took this time to study Improv, perform as a Stand Up Comic, dance the Tango, and became a student and teacher of human potential and personal productivity.  

Joseph brings his unique laboratory of experiences together in his business mentoring methodology called Process to Profit.  He empowers entrepreneurs to take a holistic view of their business and look at their business systems as individual manageable parts.  Joseph mentors entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses while truly connecting with their heart.  In 2005 he started Peer Success Circles, an empowerment program that combines the power of relationships with top productivity principles.  Peer Success Circles pairs entrepreneurs with both a daily action partner and a team, who share complimentary values and who are also committed to growth and success.  Peer Success Circles has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and job seekers stay the course to win the game of work and life. You can find out more about Joseph and Success Circles at http://www/

Joseph has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also certified in NLP, Productivity Coaching and is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. 

Jocelyn Chia, former corporate attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Jocelyn Chia was an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where she practiced in the capital markets, private equity and M&A groups.  She has worked on several debt and equity offerings including the Hertz IPO, as well as numerous private and public M&A deals including representing Lehman Brothers in the auction of its European and US merchant-banking assets and representing General Electric in the sale of its Partnership Marketing Group to Allstate. She has represented clients such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Genworth Financial Inc. and American Capital Strategies. She left corporate law in 2009, and is in the process of reinventing herself as an entrepreneur.

Jocelyn graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University - Bloomington, with a B.A. in Sociology, and earned a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. 



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NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street (West 4th and Greene)
New York, NY 10012

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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