2014 Honorees



A.T. Kearney

Beth Bovis is an A.T. Kearney partner and the global leader of the Organization and Transformation practice. She also plays a critical role as the leader of the firm's Women's Network and sits on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion council.

Her consulting focus includes organizational strategy, design and governance, global business services, change management, connectional intelligence and large scale transformation. She works across industries with a focus on global business models, highly decentralized cultures, and non-profits.

Beth has passion for her clients and her firm. She has served on the Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team of A.T. Kearney. Beth was selected as one of the Top 25 Consultants in 2014 by Consulting magazine in recognition of her leadership.

In addition to working with non-profit clients, Beth also actively volunteers with multiple non-profits. She is the former chair and current emeritus board member for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the A.T. Kearney liaison for the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, has collaborated with the Network of Executive Women on research in diversity, and serves as the fundraising chair for her local school Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Beth also worked at GuidanceResources.com, where she was the Vice President of Product Management and General Manager for Work Life Products. She earned a B.S. in economics, finance and multinational management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Beth has worked part-time for the past 14 years. She is the mother of two children ages 12 and 8, and is a proud alumna of the Girl Scouts.

elisabeth-demarseELISABETH DeMARSE
President, Chairman and CEO
TheStreet, Inc.

Elisabeth was a proud Girl Scout in Charlotte, North Carolina for eight years. As a member of Troop 277 at Christ Episcopal Church, Elisabeth learned to sew, camp, canoe, bird watch and bake as well as many other lifelong skills.

Elisabeth DeMarse was appointed Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) in March 2012. From October 2010 to March 2012, Ms. DeMarse was CEO of Newser, LLC, an online news service. Prior to Newser, Elisabeth was founder and CEO of CreditCards.com Inc., which she created by acquiring the assets of ClickSuccess in Austin, Texas, Freedom Marketing in Colchester, UK, and the acquisition and buildout of numerous credit-related URLs. Previously, Elisabeth transformed iLife.com into Bankrate, Inc., engineering the turnaround of the company, driving exponential growth and creating $450 million in shareholder value. Bankrate was acquired for $560M by APAX in 2009; in August, 2010 Bankrate acquired Creditcards.com Inc. for $145M.

Ms. DeMarse spent a decade as chief marketing officer for Bloomberg LP working directly for the founder, Michael Bloomberg, where she was instrumental in the formation of several media properties. She serves on the Board of Directors of AppNexus, Inc.

She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College. She is a member of the Committee of 200. Awards include Working Mother of the Year, Dealmaker of the Year, Most Intriguing Person in Media, NOW Woman of Power and Influence, Fast Company Fast 50, Inc. 500, and ACG Award for Outstanding Corporate Growth.

She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


amy-hallAMY HALL
Director of Social Consciousness

As Director of Social Consciousness for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy Hall supports the company’s responsible business practices, including the company’s human rights work in its supply chain, support for women and girls through strategic partnerships and a growing commitment to environmental sustainability in its products. Amy has been with EILEEN FISHER for 21 years, following an early career in fundraising for cultural and educational organizations. Today, she collaborates within the industry and with like-minded brand partners on issues such as workplace culture, sustainable design, and state and federal policies related to the fashion industry. In addition, Amy serves as Chair of the advisory board of Social Accountability International and sits on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council.

Amy was a Girl Scout into her middle school years and is the mom of two girls, ages 9 and 12.

amanda-persaudAMANDA N. PERSAUD
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Amanda N. Persaud is Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which is widely recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. She is based in New York City and heads Wachtell’s private funds formation practice. Amanda has been named a leading private funds lawyer, among other, in Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to Women in Business Law.

Amanda advises prominent sponsors of international private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds on their alternative investment management business. Over the past decade and a half, she has helped sponsors raise funds totaling in excess of $35 billion. She regularly provides counsel on a wide variety of operational and regulatory matters arising at the private fund and sponsor levels, for instance, regarding governance, internal economic arrangements, restructurings, expansions and corporate transactions. Amanda’s representations include Apollo Global Management, ESL Investment, Paine & Partners, Starwood Capital Group and The Blackstone Group.

She serves on the New York City Bar’s Committee on Private Investment Funds and is actively engaged with other industry groups. Amanda has authored numerous articles on private funds and is a frequent speaker at global conferences and seminars. She also sits on the advisory board of Third Way’s Capital Markets Initiative where she educates policymakers on the complexities of the global financial markets and provides guidance on proposed and newly enacted laws.

Amanda takes great pride in the outcomes she has helped clients achieve: from defining their business strategies to navigating the many laws governing investment management, and ultimately creating successful businesses that provide attractive returns to endowments, foundations, public pension funds, governmental entities and other institutional investors while providing companies with efficient access to capital that can be used to fund acquisitions, operational improvements and innovation.

Amanda holds a BA from Duke University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, son and daughter.

catherine-walshCATHERINE WALSH
Chief Communications Officer
Coty Inc.

In July 2014, Catherine Walsh was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Communications Officer of Coty Inc. In this role, Catherine is responsible for all communications for the company including brand public relations, media, and the newly created Center for Digital Competency. Her role also continues to encompass corporate communications, where she is charged with promoting Coty’s corporate image, implementing effective financial communication, piloting CSR initiatives, and leading internal communications.

For the past decade, Catherine has served as the visionary behind the company’s elite designer and celebrity fragrance portfolio and has helped spearhead Coty’s evolution as an industry trailblazer. She has earned a reputation as a game changer for her foresight in predicting “the next big thing”, and for her fresh and innovative ideas.

As senior vice president of Coty Prestige, she oversaw an enviable portfolio of globally successful and relevant brands including Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jennifer Lopez, Vera Wang, and Balenciaga.

Her signing of Jennifer Lopez and the blockbuster 2002 launch of Glow by JLo effectively built the celebrity fragrance category. The brand has since generated over $2B in sales and led to a myriad of other celebrity launches under Catherine’s guidance, including successful partnerships with Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani.

When she signed Balenciaga in 2008, it was Coty Prestige’s first foray into high fashion. It helped build the company’s roster of coveted designer brands and solidified her reputation for having a keen understanding of fashion brands and how to translate them to the fragrance market.

Catherine’s achievements extend beyond the fragrance category, and include having led the Lancaster skin and sun-care brand, where she introduced its 365 line, one of the brand’s best-selling products. She also helped establish a strong platform for the color category within Coty Prestige with the 2012 global launch of ck one color cosmetics.

Year after year, Catherine’s brands are highly celebrated, receiving accolades from countless industry and editorial organizations. Her relationships with designers and celebrities, her passion for the art of design and her sharp consumer insight produce products that are beloved throughout the world.

april-for-web APRIL MINTZ
2014 Future Woman of Distinction
Ambassador Girl Scout, Troop 5169, Staten Island

April Mintz has been a Girl Scout for thirteen years. She has participated in countless programs, including career days, science series, and Camp Kaufmann. The lessons learned have enabled April to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, as well as to succeed in school, music, and sports.

For her Silver Award, April taught younger Girl Scouts how to crochet. The blanket they created was donated to an organization for traumatized children. April’s Gold Award connected Boy Scouts to an English class in Germany, and Girl Scouts to Girl Guides in Canada. The participants became pen-pals and handwrote letters to each other. In both projects, April was able to share her passions with others.

April regularly runs in races benefitting nonprofit organizations, and she also dedicates her time to volunteering. In addition to serving her community, April takes her schoolwork seriously; she has had perfect attendance since the third grade. She is a senior in the Classics Institute at Tottenville High School on Staten Island, where she is a candidate to be Valedictorian for her class of 850 students. April was inducted into the National Honor Society this past spring, and has achieved a Gold Medal on the National Latin Exam twice.

As captain of her school’s girls’ golf team, April teaches the new members how to play, and works on building the confidence of her teammates. April has been a starter for all four years, and she played the number one position for two years.

In school, April is also a member of the Knit for Kids club and the National Junior Classical League. She played the flute in the symphonic band for three years, and helped the band achieve a Gold with Distinction each year at the NY State School Music Association. April is currently part of Girl Scout troop 5169, and serves as a role model and mentor for the girls. She plans on helping and guiding them as they earn badges and awards.

April plans on majoring in Civil Engineering in college.