Maintaining Our Connection, Strengthening Our Members
Women and Power – Leadership in a New World was created to enable women from around the world to come together and learn how to hone our leadership skills, share our experiences, become more effective by learning to “ask” for what we want and to use our unique strengths to be as effective as we can be. Mentoring, brainstorming, networking as well as meaningful personal and professional development are the results of engaging in the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Women and Power – Leadership in a New World executive education program. Continuing to build on this experience by participating in the Alumnae Group allows participants of each of the programs over the last 12 years to expand our learning, explore areas of relevance in this dynamic world we live in and determine how to best chart our paths forward.
HWP Class Representative
HWP Class of 2014
Carla is currently working independently as a foreign policy and international development consultant.
HWP Class of 2002
Alice Hockenburyoversees the Girl Scout of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy office in Washington
HWP Class of 2003
Georgia Berneris owner and CEO of BernerInternational Corporation and BernerEnergy
HWP Class of 2005
Joanne Sullivan was elected by the New England Council, a nonpartisan alliance of businesses,
HWP Class of 2006
Sallie A. Glickman is a civic entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to building collaborative
HWP Class of 2007
Kate Putnam is President of Package Machinery -a custom wrapping machinery solutions provider
HWP Class of 2008
Katrica Charley’scareer experience has been focused in the areas of Operations and Logistics,
HWP Class of 2009
Margaret (Maya) Medellin is the Senior Manager of Technical and Educational Programs
HWP Class of 2010
She graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1988 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
HWP Class of 2011
Patrycja Horodyska is currently working as the World Bank consultant.
HWP Class of 2012
Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry manages the successful day-to-day operations
HWP Class of 2014
Carla is currently working independently as a foreign policy and international development consultant. She recently completed an assignment with the United Nations Foundation where she led a nationwide public outreach campaign to seek input into the new international development agenda that the UN will adopt in 2015 - "The Post-2015 Development Agenda." She is engaged with several organizations working to promote women's economic empowerment and serves as a program advisor to the Board of Directors for Prosperity Catalyst and is a contributing member to the efforts of Bpeace to empower entrepreneurs in conflict affected countries.
Carla spent the greater part of the last decade abroad, as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, as a country director for a USAID funded human rights initiative and with the Peace Corps. She served as a Foreign Service officer with the State Department in El Salvador, Chile and Nepal. Prior to her work with the State Department, she was the Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Macedonia – where she also served with the Peace Corps. Before joining the Peace Corps, Carla worked as a corporate and real estate attorney in California, New Mexico and Georgia. She earned an MBA from the University of New Mexico, a J.D. from Tulane Law School and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
HWP Class of 2002
Alice Hockenburyoversees the Girl Scout of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy office in Washington, DC. She is responsible for building strategic relationships with White House, Executive Branch Agencies and Members of Congress to advance the Girl Scout Legislative Agenda and position Girl Scouts as the thought leader and voice for girls. In her position she also works to develop and expand advocacy across the Girl Scout Movement and help councils position themselves as a leading expert on, and voice for, girls on issues such as STEM, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living and Leadership. Prior to Girl Scouts, Alice spent 18 years at the headquarters of the American Red Cross where she oversaw state government relations and grassroots advocacy. Alice is most proud of her work at the Red Cross in partnering with state and local governments in responding to disasters from the September 11thterrorist attacks to Hurricane Katrina. Alice received a BA from Mary Baldwin College and attended the 2002 Women and Power Leadership Development Program in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Georgetown University..
President / CEO
HWP Class of 2003
Georgia Berneris owner and CEO of BernerInternational Corporation and BernerEnergy Recovery, Inc., companies focused on indoor air quality and energy conservation. BernerInternational is the first U.S. manufacturer of air curtains and ancillary products that work to separate environments while lowering energy costs. Georgia is a recognized advocate for energy conservation, social programs and philanthropy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. She is an advocate for small business leadership and has been a part of several national initiatives, including the Wall Street Journal's / Winning Workplaces Top 10 Small Workplaces. Georgia started her career as an educator in Japan in 1968,where she worked for seven years. I n 1984, Georgia took over BernerInternationalCorp. upon her husband's death. During her first two decades as owner, thecompany has seen a triple digit increase in growth and profits. While under Georgia'sleadership, both companies have become employers of choice in the region. Theyhave grown to close to 65 employees and continue to offer fully paid health benefitsto all full-time employees. A graduate of HollinsCollege, Georgia received herBachelor of Arts degree in 1964, and has earned two master degrees, Master of Artsin English in 1966 and another, Master of Science in Social Psychology in 1982, fromthe University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President, Director of Government
and Community Relations
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, HWP Class of 2005
Joanne Sullivan was elected by the New England Council, a nonpartisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, to be vice president and director of government and community relations at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, to serve on its Board of Directors. Bringing expertise from a wide range of industries and a deep understanding of the unique elements of the New England economy, the board works closely with Council staff to identify issues and policies in which the Council should be engaged, to shape the council’s policy positions, and to develop high-quality programming for members.Before joining Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Sullivan was the senior manager of government affairs at Fleet and Bank of Boston. In her current role, Sullivan is responsible for establishing and cultivating contacts with public interest groups, industry organizations and housing-related entities. She also currently serves as a commissioner of the Brookline Housing Authority. Sullivan graduated with B.A from Yale University and received her MPA from the University of Maine.
HWP Class of 2006
Sallie A. Glickman is a civic entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to building collaborative structures focused on major social issues, with a passion for efforts that unite the expansion of opportunity for individuals with the economic growth objectives of companies, regions, and countries. Ms. Glickman is the principal of SJM Consulting LCC, an independent practice with clients in the government, education, corporate, and non-profit sectors. She also is affiliated with the FelsInstitute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania as a Senior Advisor focusing on the Research & Consulting practice area, which provides services for institutions that serve the public and bringing together the worlds of practice and possibilities through discourse and problem solving. She is co-founder of Graduate! Philadelphia, an initiative designed to significantly increase the number of Philadelphia adults who hold a post-secondary degree, and chairs The Graduate! Network, a new entity organized to manage the replication of the highly successful Graduate! model to other cities and regions. In her prior role as the founding executive of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, Ms. Glickman ensured adult literacy was a major priority, releasing Help Wanted to describe the economic impact of low adult literacy levels along with a blueprint for action around this central workforce issue.
Package Machinery Company Inc.
HWP Class of 2007
Kate Putnam is President of Package Machinery -a custom wrapping machinery solutions provider for consumer products companies of all sizes. She also sits on the boards of BaystateHealth, The Nature Conservancy (MA), Associated Industries of MA, and the Hampden County Regional Employment board. Putnam has been president of Package for nine years. She also serves on the boards of BaystateHealth System, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Women Presidents Organization, The Commonwealth Institute, Valley Venture Mentors and the Boston Club. Kate lives and works in western Massachusetts but loves being by the ocean. She is married with three children, two dogs and a few chickens.
Director of Distribution
HWP Class of 2008
Katrica Charley’scareer experience has been focused in the areas of Operations and Logistics, developing and executing effective strategic and integrated business solutions for a global manufacturing environment. Most recently, she joined the Valspar Corporation, Consumer Division in Chicago, IL as Director of Distribution. In this role, Mrs. Charley has P&L responsibility for their North American distribution operations while indirectly supporting their international locations. She leads the company’s efforts in defining, developing, and implementing innovative supply chain strategies that minimize cost of goods sold and provides a competitive advantage. Prior to joining Valspar, she served in the role of Director, Warehouse and Distribution for Anheuser Busch, Inc. located in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Charley holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Pepperdine. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family. She and her husband are blessed to be the parents of two wonderful children, Jasmine and Christian.
American Water Works Association
HWP Class of 2009
Margaret (Maya) Medellin is the Senior Manager of Technical and Educational Programs for the American Water Works Association. Previous to this position, she was the Vice President of Water Resources Development at Renew Strategies LLC. She received her BSCE and MSCE degrees from Texas Tech University. Her graduate study of constructed wetlands for treating wastewater was funded by the PantexNuclear Facility. She has worked as a consultant engineer and for a public entity on various projects ranging from hydraulic design, hydrology studies, water and wastewater treatment analysis, and master plans for municipal water supply and demand. In 2004, the mayor of Denver appointed Ms. Medellin as a director of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. In this capacity, she works with staff and other directors to understand the issues facing the District, and to develop policy for ensuring the District continues to operate successfully. Ms. Medellin is currently the Chairman of the District and also serves as the chair of the Northern Treatment Plant Advisory Committee.
Assistant Deputy County ExecutiveKing County, Washington
HWP Class of 2012
Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry manages the successful day-to-day operations of the executive branch of County government. She directly oversees the nine department directors in the Executive’s cabinet, and is the first point of contact for controversial or problematic issues. Berry advises on the operational impacts of new initiatives and helps to implement them. Prior to joining King County, Rhonda worked nearly 20 years at the City of Tukwila, Washington, the last five as City Administrator, with responsibility for eight departments, intergovernmental and community relations. Before Tukwila, she spent several years as a systems engineer for the IBM Corporation. Rhonda's community volunteer work is typically focused on education and youth; she is currently a mentor with Seattle Summer Search; a Trustee at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences; serving on the Advisory Board of Seattle Education Access, and a steadfast supporter of The Mockingbird Society. Rhonda is the mother of two young adult children, and she enjoys music, movies, trying new restaurants, and looking out for her Shih-Tzu/Yorkie Theo.
HWP Class of 2011
Patrycja Horodyska is currently working as the World Bank consultant. Previously, she worked for the Office of the President of Poland as the European Union Expert and for the European Commission as a program manager and an external auditor. She has managed to participate in few executive education courses on development and trade policy at Harvard University, World Bank and Graduate Institute in Geneva. She has also managed to conclude some volunteer jobs and involve in many business communities and councils. She received her education in five different countries – Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and the US. Her education was focused on international trade, European relations and intercultural communication. Currently, she resides in the Hague, the Netherlands.
HWP Class of 2010
Dr Obasanjois currently a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. She graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1988 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After her compulsory one year post-graduation national service in Nigeria during which she worked at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, teaching and conducting clinical services, she proceeded to University of California at Davis where she obtained a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) and thento Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to obtain a PhD in Epidemiology.
Her post-doctoral research fellowship was at the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Wake Forest University, School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, using female primates to model the effects of hormonal interventions on menopausal women.
After her post-doc, she worked in Clinical Research in the Unites States managing Phase 1 to IV clinical trials first as a statistician using her epidemiological training and ending up as a Project Manager, managing complex clinical studies for various diseases for submission to FDA for approval. She managed such studies from initial proposal writing to final data submission. She oversaw staff, ranging from data entry personnel, laboratory investigators, clinical research nurses, physicians, scientific writers and managed expectations and delivery objectives to upper management at pharmaceutical companies while ensuring studies followed timelines and were kept to budget.
In 2003, she moved back to Nigeria where upon participation in political activities she was appointed the Commissioner for Health for her state of origin. In that position she managed all the public health activities of the state comprising of preventive programs, service delivery and outreach activities. At the next elections in 2007, she contested and won a seat to the Nigerian Senate and was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health for the next four years.
Her term ended June 2011 and in January 2012 she started as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. Her project for the fellowship is on developing advocacy for improving education, health and economic opportunities for African girls and women.
2016 HWP Leadership SummitWomen on the Rock -
|Thursday||5-May-16||Arrival and Welcome Reception (G 'Day Mate!)|
|Friday||6-May-16||Exploration of Education, Technology, Research and Enterprise at Queensland University of Technology ( QUT) featuring interactive learning spaces, Colonial architecture, and aboriginal female entrepreneurs|
|Saturday||7-May-16||Education and Enterprise at the Australia Zoo|
|Sunday||8-May-16||Travel to Sydney; Explore history of The Rocks|
|Monday||9-May-16||Network with Australian political leaders at Parliament House|
|Wednesday||11-May-16||Extra! Extra! Ayers Rock or Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge|
- Discuss how women can drive social and economic value.
- Learn how diversity at the top helps drive social and economic change.
- Learn about ways to support other women and drive value in both business and communities.
- Provide rich networking opportunity with key women leaders from around the world.