Women's Leadership Roundtable Speakers
Monica Alston, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Comcast Corp.
Monica possesses 20+ years of EHS experience solving complex business issues in diverse industries in developed, developing and emerging markets. She has a proven track record for developing and executing highly effective global EHS strategies to reduce occupational hazards and risks; prevent incidents; minimize environmental impact; improve operational efficiency; reduce business continuity risks; integrate EHS across the business chain; and leverage sustainability for maximum value creation. She oversees EHS and sustainability for Comcast Cable's Freedom Region, setting strategy and directing implementation for nearly 6,000 employees serving 2.1 million customers. Monica holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. degree in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.
Deborah Briggs, Vice President EHS, Security & Facilities; Polaris Industries Inc.
Deborah Briggs is the Vice President, EHS, Security and Facilities, for Polaris Industries. She joined Polaris to the lead the organization’s EHS&S efforts in 2015. Prior to joining the Polaris team, she spent 21 years working for Cargill. Deborah has worked across many disciplines throughout her career, including quality assurance, production supervision, integration management, strategic business development and EHS leadership. She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University with a double major in biology and environmental science, and holds an M.B.A. from St. Thomas University.
Ana Fernandez; Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance Thought Leader
Ana has 20+ years of experience in strategic and EHS planning, policy and procedure development. Prior to TBC, Ana worked at Office Depot, Harris Corporation, US Foods and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. where she oversaw environmental health and safety programs in the corporate organization. Ana received her MBA from Georgia State University and her undergraduate degree from Florida International University (FIU). She also completed graduate coursework at FIU with a focus on environmental engineering.
Rob Fisher, President and Director of Operations; Fisher Improvement Technologies
Rob spent almost 10 years in the U.S. Navy before working at the South Texas Nuclear Project for 12 years. He has extensive experience in performing incident analysis, designing human performance improvement systems, designing and improving corrective action programs, assessing, designing and running procedure programs, and educating staff. Rob brings an implementation mentality to consulting, along with a recognized capability to make the science practically applicable at all levels. He was involved in developing multiple industry international standards for human performance, root cause analysis and procedure excellence. He has consulted internationally for over 100 companies in various fields including manufacturing, petrochemical, and power generation, transmission and distribution.
Debbie Hennelly, Founder & President; Resiliti
Debbie Hennelly founded Compliance & Ethics Solutions — now known as Resiliti — in 2004. She has spent more than 25 years developing and implementing compliance and ethics programs for organizations, ranging from small companies to some of the largest multinationals. Using her legal expertise in combination with her engineering background, she guides organizations with innovative approaches to ethics and compliance program development and oversight, dynamic risk assessment and management, creating and sustaining a culture of integrity and ethical leadership, and strengthening competitive resilience. Debbie earned a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Veli Ivanova, Partner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY
Dr. Ivanova is an accomplished EHS&S practitioner with wide international experience. She has significant expertise in developing and implementing EHS&S programs for multinational corporations from a variety of sectors. Dr. Ivanova leads the EY Climate Change and Sustainability services in North and South America. She also leads the EY global sustainability advisory network. She is a recognized thought leader in sustainability with numerous publications and presentations at sustainability forums. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester (UK), and MSc in Biology from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria).
Mindy Koch, Corporate Services Site Manager; Intel Corp.
Mindy Koch is the Corporate Services Site Manager at Intel Corporation in New Mexico. The Intel New Mexico Site is a 200 acre campus with over 5M square feet of space where she and her team are responsible for facilities operations, construction, building maintenance, regulatory compliance, employee services, site security, and environmental, health and safety. Outside of Intel, Koch has been active in a number of organizations. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of Albuquerque Economic Development, where she was elected Treasurer in 2019. Koch holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Jessica McGlyn, Founder & President; Catalynics
Jessica is Founder and President of Catalynics, a consultancy with the mission to help organizations catalyze smart strategy, partnerships and external relations to achieve sustainability goals. Some of Jessica’s clients include DuPont, UN Environment, USAID, PepsiCo, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund. Jessica is certified in leadership coaching through American University and certified in Everything DISC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Assessments, and is a certified ISSP-SA Sustainability Professional. Jessica holds a Masters in Forest Science from Yale University.
Melissa Law, President Global Operations; Tate & Lyle plc
Melissa joined Tate & Lyle in 2017. Prior to joining Tate & Lyle, Melissa worked for Baker Hughes, a GE company where she led the Global Specialties Chemicals Division, a major part of its Oilfield Service portfolio, with prior executive roles for the Company's Australian and Gulf of Mexico operations. Melissa's 20 years of experience ranges across R&D, Operations, Marketing, Commercial and Sales. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Houston from where she holds an MSc in Environmental Chemistry.
Allison Montgomery, Global Director, EHS&S; Harris Corp.
Allison Montgomery is the Global Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Harris Corporation. She is based at Harris' Corporate Headquarters in Melbourne, FL and is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company's overall Environmental, Health and Safety performance. Before joining Harris, Allison worked at Pentair as the Global Director of EHS and Quality and held varying EHS Management roles with Alcoa, Inc. Allison served four years in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a BS degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and a MS degree in Environmental Management from The University of Maryland.
Carolyn Covey Morris, Founder & President; QMobius Inc.
Known as an innovative communicator and public relations leader, Carolyn Covey Morris has worked with some of the world's leading companies and brands. Her specialty is brand marketing, public relations and helping organizations through dynamic times of change. She has assisted many employers and clients during crises, turnarounds and transformations. Her experience includes the retail, consumer, financial services, healthcare, petrochemical and technology industries. A native of Washington, D.C., Carolyn has worked with almost every U.S. government agency. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry from James Madison University and an M.B.A. in marketing and international business from the University of Maryland.
Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
With 20 years in the utility industry, Sandy Nessing is responsible for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual reporting for AEP. She oversees AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, and this is the sixth year that AEP will produce an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance. She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues to raise awareness of the interdependencies of AEP functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. Sandy also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP's business strategy. She works to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Nancy Sutley is LADWP's Chief Sustainability Officer, reporting directly to the General Manager. In this role, Ms. Sutley oversees the Department's energy efficiency goals, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, and the electrification of transportation network. She initiated LADWP's corporate sustainability programs including Green Team and the commissioning of its headquarters, The John Ferraro Building, as a LEED Gold facility. Prior to joining LADWP in 2014, Ms. Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Amy Tez, Communications Trainer; amytez.com
Amy is a highly skilled actress with over 20 years of professional theatre experience along with a solid background in global executive-level coaching. She has worked with CEO's, senior executives, tech founders, politicians, senators, lawyers, doctors, and high-profile actors as well as presidents of international companies. Amy specializes in preparing clients for difficult business conversations, be they client meetings, team meetings, high-pressure negotiations, important pitches, presentations, talks, television appearances, radio interviews and much more.
Wendy Williams, President; JR Resources Inc.
Wendy Williams is a sales professional, trainer, coach and manager with more than 37 years of experience, and is currently a partner and President of JR Resources. As a sales manager, she witnessed the beginning of a new industry in promotion and recognition with oil companies in safety, and developed a special niche operating to this very day — Wendy's Safety Boutique, a woman's touch on employee engagement and empowerment processes to be aware of all safety issues and initiatives — and partnered with the OSHA program VPP. Wendy is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook with a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a Certified Sales Trainer by the State of California.
Beth Wytiaz, Senior Vice President, Global Environmental Management; Bank of America Corp.
Beth Wytiaz is part of the Global Environmental Group within the Environmental, Social, Governance division of Bank of America. Beth has worked in the environmental space for the past 12 years with nine years being at Bank of America. In her current role as the Global Environmental Operations Manager she is responsible for reducing the bank's impact on natural resources. This encompasses setting and achieving all public environmental operations goals. This includes becoming carbon neutral; purchasing 100% of electricity from renewable sources; reducing waste, water, paper, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy use; managing e-waste; sourcing paper sustainably and executing the responsible sourcing program. In addition to this work she leads the GHG emissions calculations and disclosure efforts.