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Michelle Gadsden-Williams

Managing Director – Human Resources
North America Inclusion & Diversity Lead
Accenture

Woman of Distinction

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As Managing Director of North America Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture, Michelle Gadsden-Williams is responsible for further strengthening and accelerating the company’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture. Michelle joins Accenture with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion.

Michelle is an award-winning author and seasoned diversity practitioner with experience working in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries before transitioning to financial services in 2011. Michelle was the former, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse AG. She provided strategic direction, thought leadership and championed the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the business.

She has held positions of global responsibility in the diversity management arena by living in Switzerland for close to 10 years of her corporate career and managed staffing functions for large multi­national corporations such as Credit Suisse, Novartis and Merck & Co, Inc. Prior to her tenure at Merck & Co., Inc, Michelle has also held positions in Human Resources and Product Development at Philips­Van Heusen Corporation and Wakefern Food Corporation, both headquartered in New Jersey.

Michelle earned a B.S. in Marketing, a B.A. in Communications from Kean College of New Jersey and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Executive Leadership Council. Michelle serves on several boards including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Black Girls Rock, the SLE Lupus Foundation and an Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Michelle and her husband David Jamal Williams, Co­-Founder and CEO of Ceiling Breakers, LLC, live in New York City.

Sang J. Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Volta Talent Strategies, LLC
Co-Founder, jurdu.com
Founder, SJL Attorney Search, LLC

Woman of Distinction

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Sang Lee is the CEO of Volta Talent Strategies, LLC, a national management consultancy that is focused on the legal sector, and also the Founder and Owner of SJL Attorney Search, LLC, a NYC-based legal recruiting company that is consistently ranked one of the city’s premier legal talent companies. Interested in leveraging her industry knowledge and broad-based insight into the legal market, Sang also recently launched jurdu.com, a digital community for lawyers (and future lawyers) that she hopes will revolutionize hiring practices in the legal industry. 

In each endeavor, Sang brings her passion for helping lawyers and law firms connect, thrive and develop. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Sang has established herself as a go-to advisor on every aspect of legal talent management for AmLaw 200 firms and other sophisticated legal-sector employers. Her expertise has made her one of the industry’s most highly regarded executive coaches and consultants for law firm managing partners and practice group leaders. She speaks at law firm partner retreats, bar committee programs and legal-sector panels, as well as at conferences run by major industry organizations. She is currently writing a book that explores intersectionality and leadership. Sang is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Born in Seoul and raised in Queens, New York, Sang attributes her strong entrepreneurial spirit to her immigrant roots and family culture.  She was a board member of Girls Write Now for four years and is actively involved with the Melting Pot Foundation, a culinary school in Brownsville. She is on the Board of Trustees for Poly Prep Country Day School. Sang and her husband, Chris, are proud parents to Ben and Emily, and their two dogs, Kimchee and Charlie. When she isn’t traveling for work, Sang is happiest in her kitchen in Park Slope, creating recipes to feed her family and friends.

Carolyne Murff

Senior Vice President,
Head of Asset Management
LS Power

Woman of Distinction

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As Head of Asset Management for LS Power, Ms. Murff oversees the operations and commercial activities of more than 15,000 MW of power generation. Ms. Murff also serves on the Investment Committee and supports LS Power’s acquisition and divestiture activities. Since its inception in 1990, LS Power has raised over $41 billion to finance investment in energy infrastructure, including  $10 billion of committed equity capital across its private equity funds and additional partnerships. Through these efforts, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 41,000 MW of power generation and over 600 miles of transmission assets throughout the United States.

Ms. Murff joined LS Power in 2005. Prior to joining LS Power, Ms. Murff held positions in acquisition/divesture, development, construction, asset management, and the operation of power generation facilities. She has previously served in management roles at Coastal Power Company, Entergy, and DTE Energy Services and has worked in a variety of power markets including India, Pakistan and Australia.  Ms. Murff received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ms. Murff is an advocate for women in Engineering and Finance, and serves on the Board for Princeton University’s BioLEC Energy Frontier Research Center that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Cara Stein

Chief Talent Officer, NBCUniversal

Woman of Distinction

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Cara Stein is Chief Talent Officer and Senior Vice President for NBCUniversal, a newly created position that she was appointed to in June 2011. She is responsible for talent management, including hiring staff, executive development. Since joining the company, she has been a trailblazer in how the company hires, trains and retains talent throughout NBCUniversal.

Stein and team have developed a series of unique leadership experiences for executives at all levels of the company. Under Stein's leadership, the NBCUniversal Talent Lab was created with the purpose of creating a more strategic, well-informed and engaged workforce. She has also modernized the traditional employee survey and performance feedback process at the company. Stein's currently re-imagining the early career development programs, including the premier Page Program, NBCUniversal's longest running franchise. Stein is currently working on a company-wide initiative to maintain and nurture an inclusive environment for women across the entire NBCUniversal Portfolio.

Stein spearheads the NBCUniversal women's initiative, HERE SHE CAN, focused on respect, equity and opportunity for women at all stages of their career at NBCUniversal.

Prior to her work at NBCUniversal, Stein served as partner and television packaging agent at WME, a worldwide leader in the talent representation industry. Stein represented numerous well-known writers and producers for both late night and prime time television series. She also represented actors who built their own production companies, most notably Whoopi Goldberg. Stein also oversaw operations and human resources for the WME New York office during her 25 years at WME and its predecessor, the William Morris Agency, which represented some of the most well-known entertainers of the 20th century. Stein served on the Board of Directors at WMA and subsequently was a senior partner at WME.

Widely known and highly regarded for identifying talent and developing careers, Stein has been named by The Hollywood Reporter in its Women in Entertainment Power 100.

Born and raised in Huntington, N.Y., Stein is a graduate of Grinnell College, and she is married to Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, a forensic psychologist and professor at Fordham University. They reside in Manhattan with their three daughters: Jane, Kate and Anna.

Heidi Wood

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Technology
L3 Technologies

Woman of Distinction

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