WIBC Session I Presenter Bios
SESSION I 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Panel – Career…..Walnut Ballroom
Finding Success in Male Dominated Industries
Gabrielle J. Sellei, Esq.
Gabrielle Sellei is the founder of Sellei Law, LLC, a Philadelphia-area firm representing a diverse range of clients to whom Gabrielle provides comprehensive legal and business counseling. With a diverse client portfolio, a significant part of Sellei Law’s practice is devoted clients in the arts, entertainment, sports and affiliated industries, for whom Gabrielle has successfully negotiated and completed deals for television appearances, video games, reality/unscripted television programs, documentary film rights, sports exhibition matches, celebrity endorsements, literary rights and the resolution of copyright and other intellectual property infringement claims.
Gabrielle is a sought after speaker on copyright, contracts, start-ups, non-profit entities and other legal issues affecting artists, entertainers and entrepreneurs. She conceived and serves as course planner and faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) popular Off to a Good Start (Up) continuing legal education program. Past teaching and speaking engagements include Drexel University’s Entertainment & Arts Management program, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, PBI’s Real Estate Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Moore College of Art & Design, University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, as well as numerous business, legal, networking and arts organizations. She is a past member of the Boards of Directors of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Storybook Musical Theater in Abington, PA. Gabrielle currently serves as a member of the Collections Committee of The Clay Studio and as a volunteer lawyer for PVLA.
A graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.) and Wesleyan University (B.A., Art History), Gabrielle practiced labor, employment and corporate law in two large Philadelphia law firms following graduation from law school, and then served as in house counsel in the corporate and securities law department of a Fortune 100 company based in Philadelphia. Immediately prior to founding Sellei Law, Gabrielle was a partner at a Montgomery County law firm for many years, where she founded that firm’s Arts, Entertainment & Media practice group. Prior to attending law school, Gabrielle was a consultant to artists and fine arts galleries throughout New England.
Cheryl J. Carleton, PhD, Director of Villanova Women’s Professional Network
Before coming to Villanova University she worked as an economist at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Dr. Carleton received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College.
Helen Thorpe, MD of Mercy Primary Care
Helen Thorpe, MD, specializes in Family Medicine (age 18 to Older Adults) and operates her practice in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia at Mercy Primary Care of Rhawn Street, 1407 Rhawn St., Philadelphia, Pa..
Her areas of special interest include educating patients about their health and helping families through life transitions. She takes a very personal approach to healthcare.
“My patients can ask me anything! I want the families I to care for to view me as their partner in their healthcare. It’s important to listen and learn from one another,” she says.
She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and did her medical residency at West Jersey Memorial Family Practice Residency at Virtua.
She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
Affiliations/Honors/Awards: Member, American Academy of Family Physicians; Member, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians; AMA Physician Recognition Award
Amy Buckman, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com
Amy Buckman is the Manager of Public Relations and Special Events for Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, along with Philly.com. She serves as the company’s media liaison and spokesman, in addition to being an integral part of the team implementing a strategic plan to develop Events as an additional revenue stream for the legacy publisher.
She joined PMN in January 2015 after working at 6abc (WPVI-TV) in Philadelphia for 25 years. Amy developed and began producing and reporting segments for the “Saving with 6abc” franchise in September 2008, after nearly ten years as a general assignment reporter for Action News. In addition to her work on-air, she maintained the popular “Saving with 6abc” page on 6abc.com.
Amy began working at WPVI-TV in 1989. She was a coordinating producer for “AM/Philadelphia,” and the Senior Producer and Correspondent for both “AM/Live” and “Philly After Midnight.” She also produced numerous specials, including the Auto Show, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kimmel Center Grand Opening, Tall Ships, and Liberty Medal Ceremony. Before joining WPVI-TV, Amy was a general assignment reporter and morning anchor for KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa. Prior to that, she was the Washington, D.C., reporter for WEEK-TV in Peoria, Ill. She also worked for several radio stations.
Amy grew up in Wynnewood, Pa., and attended Lower Merion High School. She graduated Kappa Tau Alpha from Northwestern University, receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Medill School of Journalism in 1986. She received the Harrington Award for top broadcast student in her class and won several additional scholarships from The Headline Club/Society of Professional Journalists in Chicago.
Amy serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund, the Board of Main Line Reform Temple/Beth Elohim and is Treasurer for the Philly Ad Club.
Amy is married to Terry Buckman, her college sweetheart. They are the parents of three sons: Jason, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and works as an analyst in New York; William, who is a Dean’s List student at the University of Pittsburgh; and Micah, who is a student-athlete at Lower Merion High School.
Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly, Philadelphia Police Department
Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly is honored to join the Philadelphia Police Executive Team in support of the department’s missions. She is Deputy Commissioner of Professional Services. Deputy Wimberly began her service to the city of Philadelphia 34 years ago as a Prison System Medical clerk. Five years later, in 1988, she took the oath to protect and serve, becoming a Philadelphia Police Officer. Since her first assignment as a patrol officer in 18th Police District, she has served in the 25th and 35th districts, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Strike Force Field Unit, and as an undercover Narcotics officer. Wimberly served as administrative Lieutenant to then 1st Deputy was Commissioner Ross before earning a promotion to Captain and coming full circle, returning to the district of her first assignment, this time as commander of the 18th District.
Wimberly’s leadership in 2016 when a gunman ambushed two officers in her District earned her the FOP’s Commander of the Year Award. She is the recipient of various departmental commendations.
Captain Wimberly is a highly-respected police veteran with a critical knowledge of community crime trends, and understanding of how to develop proactive strategies that can improve the quality of life for the people in Philadelphia.
Deputy Commissioner Wimberly was born and reared in South Philadelphia. She attended Edward Bok High School. While serving on the police force, she earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cheyney University. She is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
Deputy Wimberly has a reputation among her colleagues for fairness, intelligence, integrity and professionalism. As Deputy Commissioner of Professional Standards, she will continue her commitment to integrity and high standards of service.
Session – Career…..Spruce Room
Moving Toward Entrepreneurship
Jade Gasper, Owner & Creative Consultant, Mark It Alternatives
Jade Gasper was born with the soul of an entrepreneur. She grew up in a small town in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, where resources, products and services weren’t always abundant. If what you needed didn’t exist, you created it. Problem solving, creativity and innovation were just typical survival skills for this every-day Mountain girl.
After college, Jade worked for a few different companies, but was always busy creating new services, product ideas, solutions and business ideas outside of her day job. She didn’t feel she was utilizing her full potential working for someone else nor was she feeling fulfilled. It was then that she decided to start her first entrepreneurial adventure in 2008 as the Founder and Chief Creative Consultant at Mark It Alternatives, a custom printed promotional product and apparel company.
After a few years, Jade realized that there was something she could do to expand her current product offering at Mark It Alternatives that would fit seamlessly into the mix and launched an e-commerce business in 2012 called GetSoxy.com, selling fun and inspirational socks.
Jade is passionate about mentoring others and creating innovative solutions to everyday problems. She thrives on anything that challenges the norm and is constantly trying to defy her comfort zone. Jade recently earned her iMBA (Innovation MBA) from Philadelphia University and utilized her program to continue to develop her entrepreneurial skillset. She also completed the Entrepreneur Business Planning Certificate program through the Professional Women’s Business Development Center in 2016. Both programs helped her to further her serial entrepreneurial efforts and Jade is currently in the process of launching a new business called Kindity, providing Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation consulting services to businesses. She was also recently honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal with the 2016 LGBT Business Leader Award and Mark It Alternatives has ranked by PBJ as Top 25 LGBT Owned Businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
From 2013-2015 Jade served as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce. As part of the IBA, she’s taken an active role in promoting economic development, growth, diversity, advocacy and leadership among LGBT and Allied businesses, entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals in the region. In 2012, Jade launched the Women in Business (WiB) program of the IBA, when she identified an inclusivity need for the organization
Aside from being a serial entrepreneur, Jade is a gardener extraordinaire, foodie, marketing geek, social media maven, outdoor enthusiast, amateur photographer, softball coach and indie music junkie. You can start a conversation with Jade on Facebook and Twitter or Instagram @jadeofalltrades. You can also e-mail her at email@example.com.
Session – Communications…..Hemlock Room
Is It Time to Rebrand?
Nancy McDonald, Leapfrog Advancement Group
For more than two decades, Nancy has led creative teams with commitment and a genuine love of her work. As the creative director at the Philadelphia Zoo for seven years, her desire to further the organization’s mission contributed to the renovation of the major exhibits, Reptile House and The Rare Animal Conservation Center, and the development of other new exhibits, including PECO Primate Reserve and Safari Quest.
For Nancy, a creative project should be both beautiful and functional, and she demonstrates this not only with her direction of accessible, compelling designs for Leapfrog clients, but also in her love of antique flea markets, eclectic vases, bowls, and varieties of typography.
Nancy’s creative vision extends into her family and community life too. As a leader in her children’s school PTO, she successfully planned and led a campaign that funded the playground that her school community enjoys today.
Linda McAleer, The Melior Group
Linda McAleer is a preeminent expert in defining problems, asking the right questions of the right people, and connecting outcomes to actionable plans. Her emphasis is on strategic management decision-making, problem definition, study design, and marketing planning.
Linda founded The Melior Group in 1982 to bring the disciplines of marketing research to service industries. Today, Melior is one of the region’s leading research-based consulting firms, serving organizations in the healthcare, higher education, financial services, non-profit and travel/leisure sectors.
Linda is a frequent speaker on client expectations, leadership, and customer service issues as keys to effective service planning and she contributes content to Marketing News, Bank Marketing, and University Business.
Currently Linda serves in leadership roles on the boards of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (both nationally and regionally), and JEVS Human Services, and is on the board of The Career Wardrobe. She is the honorary chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) in Philadelphia, one of the premier philanthropic events in our region.
She is a recipient of numerous awards, and holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Temple University.
Session – Personal Development…..Pine Room
How to Best Sell Yourself
Lisa Peskin, Business Development University
Lisa launched Business Development University in 2010 with the goal of helping sales and sales management professionals maximize their performance and potential. Lisa and her team are passionate about making an impact on individuals, teams and companies by helping them fill their sales pipelines with more qualified prospects on a consistent basis, close more business and ultimately exceed sales goals and expectations. In addition, the BDU team helps individuals that are managing and running sales teams to be as effective as possible in developing and motivating their sales associates to ultimately maximize their performance.
Lisa received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Marketing from Temple University. Lisa resides in Upper Dublin, PA and is married with two children.
Session – Technology…..Boardroom I
Social Media 101: You set up social media accounts, now what?
Heather Dotchel, Holy Family University
Session – Career…..Boardroom II
Women in Politics: Discovering Career Possibilities
Dr. Dana Brown, PA Center for Women and Politics
Dana Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master’s degree in political science. Prior to her work at the Center she completed a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College where she earned her BA in political science.
Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color. The White House has acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls’ leadership and civic education.
Dr. Brown is currently serving on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015. She is also member of the Community Advisory Board for the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Race & Gender Equity, the Executive Women’s Council and its Women on Boards Committee, and 74% Kitchen Cabinet at Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Dr. Brown is also a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University, the Ellis School’s Council on Innovation, and serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Dr. Brown serves on PLEN’s (Public Leadership Education Network) Board of Directors. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40”.