Our Board & Advisory Councils
Board of Directors
Chair: Ellen Wingard, Global Collaborative Change Partners
Ellen Wingard, Board Chair, a social entrepreneur and early innovator in the field of leadership development has 30 years of experience advising CEOs and emerging leaders on socially responsible business, innovation, gender equity, employee engagement and talent retention. A sample list of clients includes the Consensus Building Institute, Genentech, Harvard Business School, Diageo, Hispanic Access Foundation, International Finance Corporation, MIT, New York Times, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UN Food Programme, Wells Fargo, West Elm and the World Bank. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board, Harvard Kennedy School and an Executive Coach at the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. She serves as a mentor for the Impact Center, affiliated with the Federal Leadership Program to prepare the next generation of public service leaders. As coauthor of the Jossey Bass book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming The Practice of Leadership, Ellen has been a commentator on the strategic advantage of women’s leadership to the Committee of 200, the Fletcher School International Business Program and NPR Marketplace. She has served as the Program Advisor to the World Pulse Voices of Our Future Digital Empowerment training program to foster the vocal uprising of the next generation of grassroots global activists and redefine mentoring from “power bestowed” to reciprocal partnership.
Board Vice Chair: Marisa Rivera, President of Mpowerment Works,
Marisa Rivera, Board Vice Chair, is the President of Mpowerment Works, a consulting firm designed to impact global change by focusing on empowering women. Her extensive work experience in the non-profit, government and private sectors have always been used to resolve justice and equality issues facing the world today.
Prior to starting Mpowerment Works, Ms. Rivera was President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the top leadership program for Latinas in the country. Her work experience includes several assignments overseas, including working for the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Embassy in Panama and as a consultant in organizational development in Spain. She is the recipient of the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award given by the US Hispanic Leadership Institute, and she was awarded as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. Ms. Rivera has extensive community service and volunteering experience and serves on the Board of the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM, The United Nations Development Fund for Women. She was appointed by Governor Mark Warner of Virginia to the Commission on the Status of Women and was a Board member for Habitat for Humanity in Northern Virginia.
Secretary: Jessica Robinson, Safety & Security Consultant, Pure Point
Best selling author Jessica Robinson is a Safety and Security Consultant, promotes the raising of levels of consciousness globally in the area of violence against women and girls at the intersection of humanism, security, women and leadership. As a consultant, Ms. Robinson advises and provides security solutions for business owners & individuals to protect themselves, and employees, against data and physical security with national and international organizations.
Ms. Robinson worked eight years for in the private sector with responsibilities including leading and supporting a $600M business in the area of Assets Protection, and worked in the area of Public/Private partnerships, both with an emphasis on Training and Development. Ms. Robinson is currently serving on the board of international non-profit World Pulse, Emerging Global Leader Circle with Impact Leadership 21, and the UN Women Committee on Public/Private Partnerships. She has served on the board, or committees, of numerous other non-profit organizations including, Washington DC Police Foundation, NY Police Foundation, and the International Organization of Black Security Executives.
Ms. Robinson is also a certified Life & Career Strategist, helping clients with displaying Conscious Courage and Ferocious Action in life and work. You can learn more at her website Consciouscourageliving.com.
Ms. Robinson’s co-authored book with George Fraser and Les Brown, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings went to #1 in four categories in its first week of sales. In this personal story Ms. Robinson reveals her personal challenges and her motivation for starting her business and why everyone should have Conscious Courage.
Ms. Robinson was a 2014 Fellow with Impact Center 21, completed an Executive Education certificate at Columbia University Business School in 2012 and was a Fellow with the Impact Center in 2012. She received her Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and earned an East Asian Studies Certificate. She received a B.S. from Western Illinois University where she graduated with honors.
Treasurer: Geri Eisenman Pell, CFP®, MBA-Private Wealth Advisor
Geri Eisenman Pell, Board Treasurer, is a Private Wealth Advisor and President of Geri Pell & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Among numerous national recognitions, Geri has appeared on CNBC, CNN, NBC Nightly News, and Fox Business News. She has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Planning, and Registered Rep Magazines. Geri has had the distinct honor of being recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the country by Barron’s Magazine for five years in a row now (2009-2013). Her focus is on helping high net worth clients plan their financial goals for a lifetime and beyond. She believes that when done right, financial planning can be a life changing experience, re-aligning your relationship with wealth. Geri is a firm believer in the idea that working on money, investment, and family issues should be a healing, non-stress-inducing process. Clients often tell her she sits at the intersection of money and life.
Kim Anderson, CEO Families First
Kim Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Families First, Georgia’s oldest and leading non-profit family service agency—assisting almost 40,000 children and families each year and serving metro Atlanta for 120 years ensuring the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families. Families First accomplishes its mission through: Intervention – achieving child well-being and family success through counseling and safe housing; Education – preventing and solving family problems through training and skills development; and Advocacy – raising awareness and championing changes in public policy. As CEO, Kim is responsible for the implementation and success of the Families First mission while guiding a staff of over 100 employees in 16 locations with an annual budget of $10 million.
Immediately prior to joining Families First, Kim was Senior Director for BoardWalk Consulting, a leading non-profit consulting firm based in Atlanta. At BoardWalk Consulting, Kim provided strategic planning, board enhancement, organizational management and executive leadership for numerous non-profit organizations. Kim previously served as Executive Director of AID Atlanta, the Southeast’s largest AIDS services organization. Before AID Atlanta, Kim enjoyed an extensive legal career in the healthcare arena. After service with the law firm of Alston & Bird, she became the first General Counsel of Grady Health System, and subsequently served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Magellan Health Systems, a publicly traded behavioral healthcare company, and senior legal counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Kim is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University School of Law.
Kate Byrne, SVP, SF Chronicle/SFGate
Kate Byrne, a creative, strategic self-starter, has been a leader in the digital media realm for over 20 years. She is the Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing and Strategy at the SF Chronicle and SFGate and puts her strategic planning and branding expertise further to work for those in the social good space, through her consulting practice as Founder of KB Consulting. Prior to this as Chief Brand Officer of Tides, Kate oversaw branding, external relations, strategic planning and partnerships. Marrying her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing and social good, she has a track record of successful launches for key brand initiatives at such well-known media outlets as BusinessWeek’s small business edition and Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Awards, the first to recognize and honor the world of social entrepreneurship. Kate has been influential in creative education practices and next generational thinking leading the digital efforts for both the website and the digital magazine edition for Edutopia, the publication and website for the George Lucas Education Foundation. In 2011, she was named to the Folio: 40, a media industry top honor, and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. She continues to support education through her work with The Concord Consortium and the California Arts Council. Kate also supports women’s empowerment through Equality and Opportunity and the Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP). Kate graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.
Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps
Ann Mei Chang is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps, where she builds highly scalable social ventures and leverages mobile/internet to improve the lives of the poor. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. At State she developed partnerships, influenced policy, and became a public voice on bridging the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, leveraging technology in improving the lives of women and girls in developing countries, and increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. She conceived and launched the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a public-private partnership which aims to expand Internet access to the next billion through regulatory and policy reform.
Ann Mei has more than twenty years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she served as a Senior Engineering Director at Google for 8 years, where she led worldwide engineering for Google's mobile applications and services. She oversaw 20x growth of Google's mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues. At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets, with a mission to bring relevant mobile and Internet services to the two-thirds of the world's population that is not yet online. Ann Mei has held leadership roles at several other leading companies including Apple (leading engineering for the initial release of Final Cut Pro), Intuit, SGI, and a few startups.
Ann Mei was recognized as one of the Women In the World: 125 Women of Impact for 2013 by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She is a member of the 2011 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Beth Lacey, Senior Vice President, American Express
Beth Lacey is a seasoned global executive recently retired from American Express specializing in customer care, new product development, and servicing strategy. Her global responsibilities have included serving as Senior Vice President of American Express World Service; CEO and President of American Express Card Services Company; leader of the World Service Customer Experience Council; EVP, International Consumer Card Services, SVP and GM of Strategic Alliances, Cobrands and Capabilities group; SVP and GM for American Express customer service center; and Executive Owner of U.S. customer Telephone Servicing channel for American Express.
Jensine Larsen, Founder and CEO World Pulse Media
As a young journalist in Burma and the Amazon, Jensine discovered that some of the world’s most important stories are rarely mentioned in the mass media. But through her determination and persistence to reach out and connect, she became a new voice in global media. Touring around the world, she appeared on NPR and Air America, presented keynotes at major corporations, universities and world forums, and wrote articles in international publications. A visionary and pioneer, Jensine became the first voice of World Pulse—the first of many.
Stella Paul, Community Board Member
Stella Paul is an India-based journalist and a media trainer who teaches women from the vulnerable communities how to use mobile phones and social media for self-defense. Currently a press fellow of the United Nations, Stella reports for some of the world’s leading media houses, including Thomson Reuters and Inter Press Services. She has a dual post graduate degree in Literature and Environmental Law and has previously worked for global leaders in environment and information technology like Greenpeace and Microsoft.
As a journalist, Stella tells the stories of people who live amidst extreme vulnerabilities: poverty, conflicts, disasters and gender injustice. As a person, she has lived most of these adversities – a fact that has led her to practice fair, solution-oriented journalism. For her journalism, Stella has received multiple awards and fellowships of which three are from the United Nations. The government of Singapore has just honored her with the Asian Environmental Journalism Award for highlighting climate change and rising sex trafficking across the continent.
Stella is also a graduate of the World Pulse’s online journalism training program Voice of Our Future, which she considers a great tool for creating a worldwide community of empowered women, who can reshape the world. She also strongly believes that giving women access to technology and media is the most effective way to end gender inequality and build a stronger, fairer society where every woman has a power to decide for herself.
Janet Salazar, CEO and Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21™
Janet C. Salazar, the CEO and Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21™, also serves as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN), an international NGO in General Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC and associated with UN DPI. Janet is also the President and Co-Founder of MVI Advisors, a New York–based global firm of experts providing highly specialized consulting, coaching, training and advisory on multicultural leadership development, strategies and business platforms.
A Leadership Architect for Emerging Global Leaders (EGL), Janet's expertise is assisting leaders in creating authentic, profound, long lasting impact in their organizations and personal lives. She is a confidential advisor and sounding board to top senior and emerging women executives and leaders, CEOs, expatriates, nonprofit leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, artists and visionaries across the globe. As a Certified Executive and Master Coach Trainer, she trains senior executives maximize their abilities to coach and unleash the potential of emerging leaders.
Janet is the creator of the innovative dialogue series, Conversations With Men™, an executive forum with the mission of engaging men in leadership roles to accelerate women's leadership at the top, and achieving gender equality. Janet also created
Conversations With Men™ One on One: Navigating Gender Dialogue in a Woman's World, an intensive executive coaching platform where she advises male leaders on how to effectively handle gender-related challenges in the business environment, and thrive in today's increasingly diverse workplace.
Janet serves at the Board, Advisory Council and Committees of several nonprofit organizations. She is a Board member at the US National Committee for UN Women, New York Chapter, and a Board member at World Pulse. Janet also serves at the International Steering Committee of the Asian Women's Leadership University Project (AWLU). Janet serves at the Advisory Board of the California Women's Conference, the Ambassadors Advisory Council of the Dandi Awards since 2012, and the Advisory Board of Unleashed. She is also active in major LGBT business organizations such as the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce LGBT Committee.
Janet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Baguio, Philippines, graduating with Honors. She also attended Saint Louis University-Philippines, where she pursued Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She is on hiatus from the final stage of her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Janet loves the outdoor life, and is passionate about horses and riding. Her latest passion is learning the art of fencing. She lives in New Jersey with her partner Constance J. Peak.
Founding Board Emeritus:
Nanci Luna Jiménez
Kathy Long Holland
Editorial Guide Council
Our editorial panel is made up of internationally renowned leaders, journalists, and activists who advance women’s global leadership every day.
The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Thirteen grandmothers from all corners of the earth that have gathered to fulfill a prophecy and chart a course for humanity.
Lisa Ling, USA
Journalist for National Geographic Explorer and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" who reports from some of the most dangerous places on earth.
Mariane Pearl, France/Cuba
Award-winning international journalist, wife of the late Daniel Pearl of the Wall St. Journal.
Paul Hawken, USA
Environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and best-selling author of "Natural Capitalism" and “Blessed Unrest”.
Loung Ung, Cambodia
Author, outspoken human rights and anti-landmine activist, and survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields.
Zainab Salbi, Iraq/USA
Esteemed global advocate for women peacemakers and founder of Women for Women International.
Mahnaz Afkhami, Iran
Exiled former Minister of State for Women's Affairs in Iran.
Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria
Acclaimed global democracy activist.
Riane Eisler, Austria/Cuba/USA
Futurist, international best-selling author, and visionary historian.
Ritu Sharma Fox, India/USA
Founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, the leading non-partisan organization shaping US policy to benefit poor women worldwide.
Winona La Duke, USA
Indigenous rights leader.
Naomi Shihab Nye, Palestine/USA
Award-winning international poet and peacemaker.
Hazel Henderson, USA
World renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, sustainable development expert, and television producer with eight published books and a globally syndicated newspaper column.
Our community of world class marketing experts help to develop World Pulse as a leading international media brand.
Andrea Learned, Chair of Marketing Council, President of Learned on Women
Andrea Learned is a leading women’s market authority, writer, speaker, consultant and co-author of "Don't Think Pink: What Really Makes Women Buy and How To Increase Your Share of this Crucial Market."
Janet Champ, Copy Writer
Award-winning writer for Nike, Microsoft, Time Warner and CNN, Champ has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Adweek, Advertising Age, The Wallstreet Journal, Allure, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Mirabella, and Lear's.
Sarah B. Murphy, VP Communications, American Express
As Vice President of American Express, Murphy is responsible for direct marketing communications for 22 international markets. Previously, she ran the Charge Card business in the UK with responsibility for developing new Charge Card products.
Rodney Rascona, Photographer and Image Maker
With over two decades of serving the design and advertising industry, Rodney has produced captivating images in 40 countries around the world and across the USA.
Gisela Grier, Market Researcher, Skype
Gisela’s specialty is changing the culture within business through intelligence gathering and insight generation to the brand and strategic teams who need to have a clear understanding of consumer and market trends in order to drive brand positioning and communications strategies.
Myrna Yoo, CEO, Blueline Publishing
Founder of a national independent book and magazine publishing with a specialty in socially responsible projects relating to climate change, energy and the environment.
Janet Johnson, VP Online Marketing, Marqui
Ms. Johnson is a skilled online marketing executive and a pioneer in corporate blogging with outstanding success in start-up, mid-size and Fortune 50 technology companies.