Saturday, November 10 cont.

Fireside Chat Panelists

Kendra Smith 

Managing Director - Public Finance Group

Public Projects & Infrastructure Finance

Moody's Investor Service

Stephanie Scott, C'98

CEO, First and Last PR

Featured Speakers

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
9:15 PM - 10:30 AM
10:40 AM - 11:55 AM​

Tara Leigh Buckner, C'87 - President, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College

As a life member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC), Tara Buckner, C’87, has devoted 25 years of service to the NAASC. Tara has professional experience as a nonprofit executive, grant writer and fundraiser, combined with community leadership in producing events that educate and inspire young women.

Her previous NAASC positions include President-Elect, Assistant Recording Secretary on the NAASC Executive Committee; recording secretary of the St. Louis Chapter, past member of the Detroit chapter and past president of the Twin Cities chapter.

Professionally, Ms. Buckner has extensive experience in nonprofit management, public administration and planning. Her previous positions include executive director of the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone where she effectively managed $25.6 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Currently, she is a division manager for Better Family Life, Inc. (BFL), where she is responsible for the financial and entrepreneurial development program and compliance for the Missouri Work Assistance program.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Gwendolyn Taylor - VPSM, Macy's

Gwendolyn Taylor VPSM at Rockaway’s Macys is a highly accomplished professional with nearly 25 years of progressive experience in leading management and driving revenue in high-end retail environments. Gwen is a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman College with a degree in Business.

Gwendolyn’s Retail career includes extensive experience as a Buyer as well as Management at the corporate level. She is forward-thinking leader with a proven track record of setting forth a vision in a retail environment that leads to increased profitability and consistent revenue growth.

Some highlights of Gwendolyn’s career includes , visionary leadership, operational strategies, innovative merchandising techniques, Buyer and Planner. Gwendolyn possesses exceptional capacity to identify trends and develops strategies to increase profit. Her unparalleled ability has continued to cultivate, train, and consistently motivate High revenue-producing teams.

Power Conversation Guest

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. - President, Spelman College

On Aug. 1, 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell began her tenure as the 10th president of Spelman College.  A leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman has long enjoyed a reputation as the nation’s leading producer of Black women scientists.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City. Her career in New York, which included various challenging roles, began at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she served for 10 years. When she took the helm of the organization, the city was on the verge of bankruptcy and Harlem was in steep decline. However, under her leadership, the museum was transformed from a rented loft to the country’s first accredited Black Fine Arts Museum. 

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Power Conversation Moderator

Building a Thriving Business

Spelman Women Lead Schedule*

*Times are subject to change as needed to accommodate the schedule.

Jacqui Jenkins, C'89 - Founder, Sophisticated Curations

Jacqueline M. Jenkins, a Spelman College and Wharton MBA graduate, has combined her finance and entrepreneurial expertise to focus on her true passion for fashion and higher education.  As a member of the senior leadership team at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Jacqueline leads the college’s strategic planning efforts while also overseeing the development of the FIT Innovation Center.  Jacqueline co-authored the Fashion Supply Chain Management, a business perspective on how fashion concepts go from the design phase to the consumer.  In 2015, Jacqueline founded Sophisticated Curation, an online community that shares styling advice and access to fashion-forward apparel to meet the lifestyle needs of professional women.  Sophisticated Curation is currently working on the launch of an athleisure line for this market. ​

Kimberly (Kim) B. Davis, C'81
Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs
National Hockey League (NHL)

Kimberly Davis joined the National Hockey League as Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs in December 2017. In this newly created role, she reports to Commissioner Gary Bettman in leading the League’s efforts to increase fandom and value creation through increased youth participation, social impact and outreach to new audiences.

“Kim’s professional experience uniquely qualifies her to ensure that our League is growing the game of hockey by demonstrating the leadership principles and values in communities and with all stakeholders that can ultimately lead to new and increased fandom,” said Commissioner Bettman.

Patricia L. Kolaras, C'89 

CEO, The PLK Law Group

Shona Pinnock, C'95 

Director, Human Resources &

Diversity Officer, Consumer Reports

Monet Musler, C'2004

Omni Buyer, Sleepwear

Macy's, Inc.

Slaying the Corporate Culture

Saturday, November 10

NAASC ​Northeast Region​

Emily Nichols-Mitchell, C'89 - CEO, Accelerations Group

Emily Nichols-Mitchell is the CEO of Accelerations Group, a talent management coaching and consulting firm with a focus on implementing talent management and leadership development solutions linking individual effectiveness to organizational performance.

Emily has more than 20 years of corporate experience in a wide range of line management and executive positions for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies such as Eli Lilly, Suez Environmental, iHeartMedia, and S&P Global.  Emily’s unique perspective on elevating leaders is the result of her rigorous academic training and corporate experiences.

With expertise in individual and team coaching, and talent management solutions (including talent acquisition strategy, onboarding, succession and workforce planning), Emily has coached nearly 800 high potential leaders and senior level executives across North America, Japan, China, Argentina and Europe. Her clients include an assortment of small businesses, global Fortune 500 companies like Bristol Myers-Squibb, Tiffany & Company, Yale-New Haven Health System, US Cellular, and Columbia Business School Executive Women Program.

Passionate about community and civic engagement, Emily has been active on numerous committees, and non-profit association boards, including the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, the East Orange District School Board, and the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and New Hope Baptist Church, East Orange New Jersey.

She is certified by both the Center for Credentialing and Education and the International Coaching Federation. Emily is also a certified 360Reach Personal Brand Analyst. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta and a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from the University of Phoenix. 

Sharon Owens, C'76 - Director of Alumnae Engagement, Spelman College

Sharon Owens is a dynamic and successful relationship, fundraising, sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of experience. She has served as Director of Alumnae Engagement at Spelman College since 2009, where she oversees alumnae engagement activities, programs and services designed to benefit alumnae and support the mission of Spelman College.  She manages and co-produces the College’s signature events: New Student Orientation, Homecoming, Founders Day and Reunion. Under her leadership alumnae engagement has increased by 400 percent, through the expansion of programming that facilitates opportunities for networking and mentorship between alumnae and students: Sister2Sister Professional Mentoring Program, Spelman on Capitol Hill and Alumnae-Students Educational and Cultural Connections. Other program expansions include: Regional Engagements, Alumnae Global Travel Program, an organized Volunteer Management (Spelman MVP) and College Recruitment (STAR) programs.

Prior to returning Spelman, Sharon served as District Sales and Marketing Manager for United Airlines in Denver Colorado. With over 25 years as a sales and marketing executive, serving in a variety of roles of increasing responsibilities. Sharon was responsible for overseeing the management of corporate, travel agency, tour company, Colorado Ski and U.S. Olympic contracts generating over $400 Million in Sales and a District operating budget of $2 Million annually.

Sharon holds a Master of Public Administration from Atlanta University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College.  She served for eight years as board member for the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau helping them to secure the 2008 Democratic Convention and as board member for Big Brothers Big Sister of Colorado. She is the Vice President of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.  And is also an active member of the East Point College Park Chapter and Campus Advisor for the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Welcome Address
Power Conversation with Kimberly Davis, C'81
NAASC NE Region Business Meeting Pt. 1

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

​1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

2:25 PM - 3:45 PM

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM​

Complimentary professional head shots will be available for all registered attendees from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Luncheon with Chapter Presentations

Region Business Meeting Pt.2

State of Spelman College - Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Alumnae Engagement Update - Sharon Owens, C'76

Engage. Energize. Empower. Fireside Chats 

Track A: Building a Thriving Business

Track B: Slaying the Corporate Culture

Closing Remarks

The Wine Down Social

Friday, November 9

Judia Black C'84

Founder & CEO, enJoie

NAASC NE Region Committee Meeting


The Spelman Woman Styled powered by Macy's 

Hosted by Jacqui Jenkins, C'89 (Macy's Short Hills Location)

A highly respected leader in the corporate and philanthropic community, Ms. Davis joined the NHL from leading CEO-advisory firm Teneo. As a Senior Managing Director, she built and ran the firm’s Corporate Responsibility and Inclusive Leadership practice, where she advised CEOs and Fortune 500 companies. During her four years at Teneo, Ms. Davis designed and built the Teneo Leadership Institute, a groundbreaking partnership with Cornell’s Johnson School of Business, and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative in partnership with the legendary tennis icon Billie Jean King.

Prior to Teneo, Ms. Davis enjoyed a 20-plus year career at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor companies, where she most recently served as Managing Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation (fifth-largest corporate foundation in the world) and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her responsibilities included leading and managing approximately $300 million in annual giving, employee and civic engagement, and corporate sponsorship programs. During her JPMC career she was involved in many of the company’s major strategic and operational decisions, specifically regarding culture change, leadership and talent management.

Ms. Davis’ experiences also include building the first Women of Color affinity group at Chase Manhattan Bank, developing a mentoring program for senior women that became an industry model, and later developing the initial corporate sponsorship model for Women Moving Millions. Kim co-founded Springboard, Partners in Cross-Cultural Leadership, a leadership strategy, research and consulting company committed to building highly diverse women leaders and teams. Her passion for the issues surrounding leadership for women prompted her to develop, design and implement the Spelman Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, a national leadership center in collaboration with Spelman College in Atlanta. Now in its second decade, the Center hosts the largest conference for Women of Color in the Southeast region of the US.

Ms. Davis was recognized this year as one of Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. She has also been showcased in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and the Business Journal’s 100 Most Influential Women. In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.” She has been a featured keynote speaker at numerous corporate events, conferences, colleges and universities, a lecturer at Smith College and a panelist at the Forbes’ Inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit.

Ms. Davis is a former Trustee of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute. She currently serves on the boards of the Bank of NY Mellon Foundation and Communities in Schools (National).

Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has completed the Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Stamford Executive E-learning Program.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM​