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Our Honorees

Stacy W. Blain, Ph.D.


Stacy Blain received her BA from Princeton University and her Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology from Columbia University. She performed her postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before joining the faculty at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Depts. of Cell biology and Pediatrics. 

Dr. Blain is an internationally recognized expert in cell cycle and cancer biology with several translational projects focusing on both breast cancer and Multiple Myeloma. Her research has received funding for 15+ years from the NIH, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

She is a decorated educator at both the graduate, medical and continuing medical education levels. She is the author and director of the Cancer subunit in the SUNY DMC College of Medicine, where she has been recognized for her innovative and interactive teaching style. She has mentored dozens of graduate, medical and high school students in her laboratory. She is on the advisory board of the Dept. of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, and has served as an expert reviewer for numerous journals and fellowship organizations. 

Dr. Blain is the co-founder of CONCARLO Holdings, a biotech startup located in the SUNY Biotechnology Incubator that is developing novel diagnostics and therapeutics in the oncology space. 

Dr. Blain is on the Board of Trustees of Packer Collegiate Institute and has been a Girl Scout leader for 8+ years, when she started a troop when her daughter was in first grade. There are now 8 troops at Packer, with over 50+ girls involved.  She and her senior Girl Scouts are currently starting a new Daisy troop in Park Slope in Brooklyn to pass scouting on to a new group of young girls.

Lorraine Chow Hansen


Lorraine Chow Hansen joined JPMorgan Chase as General Manager of Ultimate Rewards & Loyalty Solutions. Her team provides millions of consumers with the “ultimate in rewards” across Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink credit cards as well as providing loyalty platforms for Amazon, Disney and other iconic co-brand cards. 

Previously, Lorraine was President of the $32 billion Global Snacks Group at PepsiCo. Lorraine also led Kraft’s $1.6 billion U.S. Coffee & Tea Division as Senior Vice President & General Manager. 

Lorraine leverages the power of consumers, brands and breakthrough innovation. She oversaw marketing campaigns such as Lay’s “Lionel Messi,” Doritos’ “For the Bold” and Starbucks’ “It’s not just coffee. It’s Starbucks.” She has launched contemporary, differentiated new products such as Lay’s Deep Ridged, Crystal Light on the Go and Tassimo generating over $1 billion in incremental revenue. 

Lorraine was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the 2007 recipient of the Organization of Chinese Americans Corporate Achievement Award, 2008 recipient of the YWCA Salute to Women and Racial Justice Outstanding Achievement in Business Award and 2012 recipient of the Advertising Age “Women to Watch” Award.

Jessica Rodriguez


Jessica Rodriguez is EVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America.

Rodriguez oversees marketing, art & design functions, including the Univision Agency, which creates promotional, creative and media inventory for all UCI properties. She also oversees corporate research, strategy & insights and program scheduling across television, radio and digital. Rodriguez has spearheaded high profile campaigns including UCI’s “Todo Es Posible,” (Everything is Possible), a multi-platform campaign leveraging the core values of Hispanic America and Univision’s brand. Rodriguez also launched “Proof of Passion,” a branding campaign positioning UCI’s new content as prime driver of consumer passion, as well as ‘Tu Gente Tu Voz,” a groundbreaking campaign highlighting Univision’s Local News teams’ connection with the community.

Rodriguez previously served as EVP of Program Scheduling and Promotions, where she strategically maximized Univision’s programming decision-making throughout its properties. She has held numerous leadership roles since the start of her UCI career in Los Angeles, including SVP of Univision Cable Networks, VP to the Univision Networks President, and VP & Station Manager at Univision Puerto Rico, where she launched and guided the station to a leading position in the market.

A recipient of NAMIC’s Next Generation Leader Award, Rodriguez is also a Variety Magazine 2017 Marketing Impact Report honoree. She was named to People en Español’s “25 Most Powerful Women,” and featured in Cablefax Magazine’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” and “The Cablefax 100.” Rodriguez has appeared in Multichannel News’s “Wonder Women,” MOVES Magazine’s “Power Women,” and in Adweek’s lists of Tech, Media and Marketing leaders, “The Adweek 50.”

Rodriguez is a graduate of Stanford University School of Business and Fordham University where she earned a MBA and a BS in Economics & Finance, respectively.

Susanna M. Suh


Susanna M. Suh is a Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, an international law firm based in New York City.  Susanna represents global commercial and investment banks and public and private companies in a wide range of legal matters, including loan financings, debt and equity securities offerings, liability management transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  Susanna is recognized as a leading lawyer in bank lending and debt capital markets by International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 and The Legal 500.

As co-chair of Cahill’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Women’s Initia-tives Committee, Susanna has spearheaded many diversity and inclusion efforts at Cahill, including development of affinity groups and implementation of a firm-wide program regarding unconscious bias.  She has also served as Co-Administrative Partner at Cahill.

Susanna joined Cahill in 1994 after graduating from Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University in 1991.

Susanna immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea when she was eight years old. She grew up helping her parents in their grocery store in Astoria, Queens and then worked her way through a private high school and later through college and law school.

Susanna currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Sue Townsen


Sue began her career with KPMG in the Orange County Office in 1986, was admitted into the partnership in 2000 and concurrently appointed as Partner in Charge for Audit/Advisory Learning and Development. In 2003 Sue transitioned into the Risk Consulting practice and in 2012 was appointed as the Regional Advisory Lead for the East and the Advisory Leader for New York City. Sue has 30 years of audit and risk management experience, has served as KPMG’s Global Lead Partner for a Fortune 100 insurance company and National Managing Partner for Human Resources. She has extensive experience assisting clients and Boards with architecting programs to meet governance, regulatory and business requirements. Sue is currently the Lead Partner on AXA US and Chief Diversity Officer. 

Sue has served on Board of Trustees of KPMG Foundation (2015 – present) and Women Corporate Directors Thought Leadership Council  (2014 – present). She is a member and mentor of W.O.M.E.N. in America (2013 – present), and is a member of International Women’s Forum member (2013 – present). She is a board member of Civic Consulting USA (2013 – present) and LPGA Foundation (Board Member 2016 – present), and is on the advisory board of  KPMG Women’s PGA Leadership Summit (2016 – present).

Sue was an adjunct professor in Fordham University’s School of Education, teaching current issues and trends in the workplace to students in the master’s program in Human Resources Education. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and previously was a member of the AICPA’s EDMAX Committee, which addresses current issues in learning and development facing the public accounting profession. She has been recognized by Diversity Inc. as A Woman Worth Watching and is an honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry. Sue is a frequent speaker on women’s initiatives and is passionate about helping other women, believing strongly that we have an obligation to pay it forward.

Giavanna Corazza


Giavanna Corazza is a senior at St. Joseph Hill Academy High School in Staten Island. Prior to formally becoming a member in 2005, at the age of 5, Giavanna’s grandmother, who was a troop leader, brought Giavanna to weekly meetings. Over the years, Girl Scouting gave Giavanna the tools to excel in academics, lead in extracurricular activities, and to flourish in her community advocacy work.

Girl Scouts instilled the desire to create change, which is best exemplified by her tobacco control advocacy activities. After seeing first-hand the effects of tobacco use on her grandfather, Giavanna joined the Tobacco-Free Staten Island youth group, a division of Reality Check of New York, a statewide tobacco control program with a strong youth component. Since joining in 2014, Giavanna has inspired other classmates to get involved, has taken part in rallies in Manhattan, presented to community boards, spoken with elected officials in Albany, and received Reality Check’s Youth Advocate of the Year Award for the Metropolitan Region.

Giavanna attended the 2017 National Youth Advocacy Symposium in Washington, D.C., and was selected as the National Youth Ambassador to represent the state of New York.

Additionally, Giavanna is actively involved in her school community. Giavanna is an executive committee member for Friends of Staten Island, a cooperative service organization between her school and Monsignor Farrell High School, which is responsible for planning community events that support four local Staten Island charities. Giavanna also serves as president of her school’s Spanish Club. In August, Giavanna and 16 of her junior and senior classmates traveled to Robbins, TN to volunteer with Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, helping to build homes for local families.

Giavanna’s Girl Scout Gold Award project is focused on children who are in the pediatric units in Staten Island University Hospital. Giavanna is assembling activity packages, filled with art supplies, with classmates, fellow Girl Scout troops, and family, friends and community members.

Giavanna plans on pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering in college and looks forward to continuing her advocacy work in college.