2019 WIBC Session III Presenter Bios

Session III     2:00 – 2:45 pm

Panel – Personal Development …..Birch Ballroom
Impostor Syndrome: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Success


Karen Galardi, Ph. D.

Karen Galardi, Ed.D., Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Holy Family University
Dr. Karen Galardi is the Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies at Holy Family University.  She has held several leadership and managerial positions at Holy Family University, specializing in adult education, strategic planning, branch campus administration, and is also a part-time instructor in both the face-to-face and in the online environment.

She received her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from Rider University, and a BA from Holy Family University with a specialization in Marketing/Management.




Ann Marie Carollo

Ann Marie Carollo, Vice President, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient 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.


Barbara Stanford-Allen

Barbara Stanford-Allen, Consultant, Philadelphia Works
Ms. Barbara Stanford-Allen has over thirty years of experience in workforce development in the public and private sector as an administrator, consultant, analyst, trainer, and teacher.  Presently, she is a consultant to Philadelphia Works, a private non-profit agency which serves as the fiscal agent for Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds and activities for the city of Philadelphia.   Ms. Stanford-Allen works in consultation with staff at Philadelphia Work and provides guidance to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturing Alliance (SEPMA) a combined Industry Partnership with employer representation from the Manufacturing, Rotorcraft, and the Logistics and Transportation Industries.  Over the years, Ms. Stanford-Allen has developed a solid base of expertise in planning and development, performance management, and is knowledgeable of the various roles and responsibilities of the numerous parties that are involved in the nation’s workforce system. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s offices including the Women’s Bureau, and other national programs.  Additionally, she has worked directly with State Workforce Agencies and served as the Vice-Chair of Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, a State-wide workforce agency that represents the 23 Workforce Investment Areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Stanford-Allen is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Development from LaSalle University.


Pam Henshall

Pam Henshall, President, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Pam Henshall is President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC), the largest business advocacy organization in the Greater Northeast Philadelphia community.  Hired in April 2015, she brings to the GNPCC a wealth of professional experience as an administrator, marketing manager, and event planner.

Tasked with providing the organization a stronger foothold in the changing, technologically charged business industry, she has managed in just three months to plan and develop new, aggressive strategies focused on growing membership, bolstering programming and increasing revenue.

Ms. Henshall is no stranger to the work of business advocacy, having served nearly 19 years as Vice President of the Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Her responsibilities included all marketing, public relations, and event planning for membership.

Immediately before her employment at the GNPCC, Ms. Henshall was Director of Development at United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.  Her work there included business development, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and event planning.

Her experience as a pioneering entrepreneur as President of her former company, Shifting Trends, LLC, afforded the opportunity to explore business-to-business membership and marketing online.  Ms. Henshall is presently employing those skills as an integral part of the GNPCC’s vertical growth.  Ownership of her own business resulted in a priceless skill that helps immensely in her daily contacts with business owners, service providers, and entrepreneurs.


Nicole Pumphery

Nicole “Nikki” Pumphrey, Deputy Director, 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 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.



Session – Technology …..Hemlock Room
Is E-Commerce Right for Your Business?

Neil Harner

Neil Harner, President/CEO, Inverse Paradox
Neil Harner is the founder & CEO of Inverse Paradox, a digital agency specializing in websites built on WordPress and eCommerce solution on a wide range of platforms including WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify & BigCommerce. Neil’s long career in web design & digital technology started in the post-dot-com era of eCommerce and has continued to be his specialization. Additionally, he is the Program Director of the M.S. User Experience & Interaction Design program and Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University.



Stacey Torres

Session – Technology …..Spruce Room
Technology to Streamline Your Business: Deploying Enterprise Cloud Collaboration Solutions

Stacey Torres, Senior IT Project Leader, University of Pennsylvania
Stacey Torres is an Information Technology professional with more than 20 years in Information Technology and Higher Education. She has a proven track record for moving forward large scale, complex and highly technical projects and initiatives with diverse, collaborative teams. She is skilled in problem-solving, facilitating and communications to drive outcomes and deliver value.
Stacey resides in NJ and enjoys spending time with her large blended family and her furry children.


JoDe Beitler

JoDe Beitler, Senior IT Manager, University of Pennsylvania
JoDe Beitler is a Senior IT Manager at the University of Pennsylvania. She leads a team of professionals responsible for providing voice and video services to over 20,000 faculty, staff, and students on the West Philadelphia campus. Her Unified Communications team is currently evaluating products and setting a strategic direction for the next generation of communication and collaboration services at Penn.

For the last two decades, JoDe has held various engineering and IT positions. Prior to her current role, she spent several years as a Network Engineer and IT Director of Networking for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She also served a two-year term as chair of Penn’s Network Policy Committee, which is a cross-organizational committee responsible for developing university-wide computing policies. JoDe received a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College and an MS in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


Session – Communications  …..Pine Room
Steps to Becoming an Effective Written Communicator



Laura Sicola, PhD

Session – Communications …..Oak Room
Speaking to INfluence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice

Laura Sicola, Ph.D., Founder, Vocal Impact Productions
Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence coach, author of the brand new book, Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and founder of Vocal Impact Productions in Philadelphia, PA. Her TED talk: “Want to sound like a Leader? Start by saying your name right” has over 5.5 million views, and her client list include companies such as Comcast, IBM, Chubb, EY and Women Against Abuse. She has appeared on Fox Business News, Fast Company Magazine, Forbes.com, Coaching for Leaders podcast and more. She earned her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania where she also taught from 2001-2013.



Laura Otten, Ph.D.

Session – Personal Development …..Sycamore Room
Women In Philanthropy – When, Where, and Why

Laura Otten, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business
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.