2018 WIBC Keynote Luncheon Presenter Bios
Monica McGrath, Ph.D., CEO, Resources for Leadership, Inc.
Monica McGrath is the former vice dean of Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education, adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Penn Forum of Faculty Women. In her role as Vice Dean, she led a team of over 100 professional staff and faculty to design and deliver thousands of leadership programs for global executives at every level of organizational responsibility.
Monica served as lead academic and learning director in numerous MBA and executive programs including “Women in Leadership”, “Executive Coaching”, “High Potential Leadership” and “Career Comeback: A Fellowship Program for Professional Women”. Monica also served as academic director of a Women’s World Banking initiative for senior leaders the “Microfinance Leadership Program” and the initial Goldman Sachs Foundation initiatives to education women entrepreneurs the “10,000 Women” and the first offering of the “10,000 Small Business” programs. She served as an expert in executive development for Wharton’s MBA Feedback and Coaching Network, the Wharton Leadership Program, and the Wharton Leadership Fellows Program.
In addition to her work at Wharton Monica owns and operates Resources for Leadership, Inc., a leadership development consulting practice established in 1994. She has designed learning programs and served as an executive coach for senior executives and high-potential managers for Fortune 500 companies and not for profit organizations.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Rowan University (cum laude), a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from Temple University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Organizational Psychological from Temple University. Her area of specialization is adult learning and organizational psychology.
Monica is a current member of two Dragon Boat teams and a board member of the Broward College Foundation Board of Directors. She was raised in Northeast Philadelphia and currently lives in Center City Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale Florida. She is writing a book for executives transitioning from full-time work to a retirement lifestyle.
Ann Marie Carollo, VP Retail Market Manager of TD Bank
Ann Marie joined TD Bank 2 years ago and is currently the Retail Market Manager for the Philadelphia Region. She has over 25 years of experience spanning Investments, Commercial, Operations and most recently the Retail Line of Business.
Prior to joining TD, Ann Marie spent nine years at Bank of America as a Market Manager in the Middlesex and Monmouth Regions and before that, Ann Marie was with legacy Commerce Bank in New York City playing a key role in establishing presence in that market, opening over 40 locations throughout Manhattan, and the 5 Boroughs.
Ann Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Montclair State University. She is extremely passionate about community involvement, specifically providing support to the HIV/AIDS community and the continued war against substance abuse among teenagers.
Ann Marie is an avid art and music lover and enjoys spending time at the beach in Monmouth County.
Lynne Cutler, President of Women’s Opportunity Resource Center [WORC]
Lynne Cutler is Founder and President of the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC), a nationally recognized Philadelphia-based non-profit organization helping women and their families become socially and economically self-sufficient. WORC provides comprehensive business services including training in self-employment, incentive savings program, and financing. Over the years, Cutler and the organizations she founded have received numerous awards including the 2001 “Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development” for excellence in poverty alleviation and the 2005 “AEO Innovation in Technology Award” for its online financial literacy program, “Building Blocks to Financial Success.”
Ms. Cutler is active in affecting national policies such as the Assets for Independence Act. Ms. Cutler created one of the largest statewide IDA programs in the nation. She was chair of the Pennsylvania Microenterprise coalition and has served on many Boards. She was appointed to Governor’s Ridge’s Self-Employment Opportunities Team and Co-Chaired the Building Assets Committee of Governor Rendell’s Task Force for Working Families. Cutler received her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University (1975) and a B.S. from Drexel University (1972). Cutler was selected and completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development through Harvard University in 2006.
Melissa Lee, Founder, and CEO of The GREEN Program
Melissa Lee is the Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP), an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. For her work with TGP, Lee was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as their Environmental Advocate of the Year, and the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education. Lee also is an honoree for the 2017 Bustle Upstart and MTV Changemaker award is featured on Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32 List, and is a U.S. member representative of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth.
Lee is driven by a desire to reshape higher education curricula to include purposeful, hands-on industry exposure and experience for students. As CEO, Lee has expanded TGP beyond its roots as an experiential education program, partnering with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the World Bank’s Climate4Climate program to create a global, socially-conscious, public benefit company. TGP represents students from 470 universities and 70 countries around the world, who are now employed at organizations such as General Electric, SpaceX, Tesla, Boeing, NASA, Lockheed Martin, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and more.
Under Lee’s leadership, TGP has been ranked 2017’s Best Education Abroad Provider by the World Youth Student & Travel Confederation, #1 Summer Study Abroad Program by StudyAbroad101, Philadelphia’s Green Innovator of the Year by the Clean Air Council, Finalists for The Boldest Business in America, Top 10 Young Companies Driving Social Change at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit, and more.
A first-generation Chinese-American, Lee was born in Queens, NY. Today, she resides in Philadelphia, PA, where TGP is headquartered. An enthusiast for oceanification, purposeful travel, and culinary trends, Lee is passionate about the management and sustainability of these industries.
Nicole Pumphrey, Director of Strategic Partnerships of The Welcoming Center For New Pennsylvanians
Nicole Pumphrey (Nikki) has dedicated her career to fostering cultural understanding and promoting inclusion through education and workforce development. She joined the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians as Director of Strategic Partnerships in 2014 and currently serves as the Deputy Director, where she leads the organization’s external engagement strategy, building collaborations and advocating for the valuable contributions of immigrants to the region’s social stability and economic prosperity.
Nicole earned her B.A. in French and Korean Studies and an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Her own experience studying abroad motivated her to spend ten years developing international programs to educate the next generation of leaders. Prior to joining the Welcoming Center, Nicole supported global initiatives at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and at the University of Pennsylvania.
She currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education, advocating for global competence in policy and practice throughout the Commonwealth and in 2016 she received the Rising Star Award from Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership.
Nicole is a lifelong Philadelphian, who has lived in France and Korea, but sees her deep roots in the region as a valuable asset, motivating her to invest in making her hometown a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, both newcomers and long-time residents.
Laura Otten, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University
Laura has been director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business, a management support organization that enhances the management and governance capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, since 2001. A Nonprofit Center consultant and instructor since 1985, Laura served as director of evaluation and research, prior to becoming the director. In 2013, she developed and became the first director of La Salle University’s Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership, and is an associate professor.
She has since led The Nonprofit Center in developing innovative and expanded programs to meet changing community needs, raising quality standards, and fostering the development of applied research on nonprofit management issues. Laura also continues to work in the areas of board development, succession planning, and coaching directly with clients.
Laura also served as director of La Salle’s Criminal Justice Program and its Women’s Studies Program and Project on Justice and Society. She gained tenure in 1988 and has been recognized for distinguished teaching. Laura has several publishing credits, including the book, Women’s Rights and the Law (Praeger, 1993).
Laura received her Ph.D. in Sociology and her M.A. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.
Her weekly blog, Nonprofit University (nonprofituniversityblog.org), is read in over 155 countries.