Celebrating Women Benefit Luncheon – BIOS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Gerri Willis
Fox Business Network
Anchor and Personal Finance Reporter

Gerri Willis joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in March of 2010. Willis is an anchor and personal finance reporter for the network.

Prior to joining FBN, Willis served as the personal finance editor for CNN and hosted the weekly half-hour program entitled “Your Bottom Line,” which focused on ways to save Americans money and the economy’s effects on personal finance. Before CNN, she was senior financial correspondent at SmartMoney magazine.

Willis received the 2001 Excellence in Retirement Savings Reporting award, which is bestowed by the American University School of Communication and the Investment Company Institute’s Education Foundation. She is also the author of “The Smart Money Guide to Real Estate Investing”, “Home Rich,” and “Rich is Not a Four Letter Word.”

Willis was a Columbia Business School Knight-Bagehot Fellow. She was born in Waynesville, NC and currently resides in Westchester County.


RED DOOR AWARD

Vicki Goodman, MD
VP & Developmental Lead for Opdivo/Yervoy
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Vicki Goodman, M.D. is Vice President & Development Lead for Opdivo/Yervoy for melanoma and genitourinary (GU) cancers at Bristol-Myers Squibb.  She is a hematologist and medical oncologist with over 12 years of drug development experience in both government and industry.  Following her training in internal medicine and hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan, she served as a medical officer at FDA for over two years and subsequently worked at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for eight years.  While at GSK, she took on roles of increasing responsibility and worked on a range of projects including pazopanib (Votrient) and dabrafenib (Tafinlar), alone and in combination with trametinib (Mekinist).  She also led the development of several epigenetic early phase assets (BET, EZH2 and LSD1) and a signal transduction asset (AKT).  She joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in January 2015 as Development Leader for Opdivo/Yervoy. Since launching a new development team over two years ago, she has overseen the US/EU approval of the first I-O combination (Opdivo and Yervoy) in advanced melanoma, approval of Opdivo in RCC and bladder cancer, and the initiation of several registrational programs.


GILDA AWARD

Beth Meagher
Principal & Leader, Federal Strategy, Translational Medicine and Health Non-Profit Practices
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Beth Meagher is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and serves as a leader for Federal Strategy, Translational Medicine and Health Non-Profit Practices. Beth focuses on helping clients transform how they view customers; leading teams to create impactful ecosystems, including commercial, non-profit, and Federal entities; and preparing leaders for changes in strategy, policy, and innovation. She has served organizations driving research, innovation, and health impact such as the NIH, HHS, PCORI, and many health-related non-profits. Most recently, Beth was a leader in developing the Conquering Cancer XPRIZE as part of the XPRIZE Foundation’s Visioneering process.  The Conquering Cancer XPrize was deemed “ready-to-launch” by over 250 experts. She serves on the ​BioHealth Innovation Board, where she helps to connect small biohealth startups with resources that expedite their paths toward product commercialization.  Beth and her husband, Jamie Evans, live in Washington DC with their two children and their fearless basset hound.


HOST

Denise Albert
Co-Founder TheMOMS.com and Mamarazzi
Award-Winning Journalist & Television Producer

Denise Albert is an award-winning journalist and television producer and a #fulltimeworkingstayathomemom #HappilyDivorced “independent” mom of two boys. She is the co-founder of the mulit-platform brand, The Moms (themoms.com) and co-host of The MOMS Podcast.  Denise and Melissa Gerstein are also the Founders of The MOMS brand of Mamarazzi® events – a unique event that brings together celebrity moms with moms, bloggers and influencers across the country for a conversation about motherhood. Denise currently contributes to GoodHousekeeping.Com where she writes an on-going column about her journey as a #FutureCancerSurvivor going through treatment for Breast Cancer. Her story was first shared at People.com.

Denise previously served as Executive Producer for David Blaine, Deputy Editorial Producer at ABC’s Good Morning America and a feature reporter for NBA-TV.  Denise is a better mom because she works and a better worker because she’s a mom. She lives in NYC with her two boys, Jaron and Jaylan.