2016 EY WABN Mentees and Mentors

Kim Brennan Rowing Australia

Kim Brennan, Rowing, Australia

Kim Brennan is a dual world champion in the single sculls (rowing) and a dual Olympic medalist (single sculls and double sculls). She is chairperson of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and sits on the Australian Olympic Committee Executive Board. She is a qualified lawyer, having practiced in Intellectual Property law, commercial law and sports law. Kim graduated from Melbourne University with first class honors and the Joan Rosanove Memorial Prize for top female graduate. She achieved a perfect score of 99.95 in her VCE (high school certificate). She is passionate about opportunities for young women and girls to play sport, and in drug-free sport. Before taking up rowing, she won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the World Youth Championships. In her spare time, she enjoys reading the newspaper, playing with her Labrador puppy and drinking coffee.

Jo Fisher Mentor WABN

Jo Fisher

Founder and Managing Director
Jo Fisher Group
IWF Australia
Mentor to Kim Brennan
Andrea Burk Rugby Canada Women Athletes Business Network

Andrea Burk, Rugby, Canada

Andrea Burk is a Women’s Rugby World Cup silver medalist (2014) and member of the National Senior Women’s Rugby Team since 2009. Andrea has represented Canada on 25 occasions in rugby 15s and on 2 occasions in rugby 7s. She was named to the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Dream Team and was awarded Rugby Canada’s Gillian Florence award, which recognizes the player who best embodies the qualities of a Canadian national team player as voted on by her teammates. Andrea holds a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership (2014) from Royal Roads University where she researched how high performing teams and cultures can thrive in high performance environments; she intends to continue this research through her professional work and a doctorate.  Andrea truly ‘lives what she does’ and brings this passion for team growth and performance every day to work.

Rania Anderson

Rania Anderson

Founder and President
The Way Women Work
IWF Kansas
Mentor to Andrea Burk
Vicky W.K Chan Windsurfing Hong kong

Vicky W.K. Chan, Windsurfing, Hong Kong

Vicky W.K. Chan is a two-time Asian Games silver medalist and was an Olympian in Beijing 2008. She won the first medal in the 1998 Youth World Championships for Hong Kong, and won a gold medal in the World University Championship of 2004 and East Asian Games of 2009. Vicky earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from the University of Hong Kong in 2005. She is now working for an international contractor as a Civil Engineer.

Vivian Lau

Vivian Lau

Junior Achievement
Asia Pacific Limited
IWF Hong Kong
Mentor to Vicky W.K. Chan
 Lieselot Decroix Cycling Belgium

Lieselot Decroix, Cycling, Belgium

Lieselot Decroix is a Belgian Olympic cyclist, who participated in the Olympic games in Beijing in 2008 and five world championships. She obtained a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences from University of Gent in 2012 with great distinction. Not able to compete in her sport in 2012 and 2013 due to injuries, she worked for two years as a scientific researcher in the field of tissue engineering, resulting in two scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, she started a PhD in sport science at the Free University of Brussels in collaboration with the University of Lille (France), working on the impact of nutritional interventions on physical and cerebral performance, while returning to the sport at a semi-professional level. She will finish her cycling career this year and aims to obtain her PhD in sport science in 2018.

Deborah Dunsire

Deborah Dunsire

Southern Cross Biotech Consulting LLC
Massachusetts Women’s Forum
Mentor to Lieselot Decroix
Dr. Seema Gai Triathlon India Women Athletes Business Network

Dr. Seema Gai, Swimming & Triathlon, India

Dr. Seema Gai serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at CrescentCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center, serving the Greater New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana region. As a CIO, she oversees and manages enterprise wide Information Technology, Informatics and Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives. Following Hurricane Katrina, Seema along with other community leaders developed an innovative neighborhood-based primary care and mental health service for uninsured and other vulnerable populations, including a complex IT infrastructure within the city. She currently serves on the board as Treasurer of 504HealthNet, a coordinated network of healthcare providers in the Greater New Orleans region. She also Co-Chairs the Louisiana HIV Clinical Quality group and serves on the Administrative Committee for Partnership for Achieving Total Health. Seema is also a successful sportswoman. She was India’s top ranked Triathlete and has won numerous medals at National and International Triathlon meets, including a second place at the Asian Triathlon Championship and a gold medal at the Indian National Games. Seema graduated from the prestigious Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute with a medical degree and received a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Dr. Verna Yiu

Dr. Verna Yiu

President and CEO
Alberta Health Services
IWF Canada
Mentor to Dr. Seema Gai
Taniele Gofers Water Polo Australia

Taniele Gofers, Water Polo, Australia

Taniele Gofers is a bronze medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the sport of Water Polo, and represented Australia at two world championships and one world cup, where Australia won gold. Since finishing her Water Polo career in 2008, she has worked in a number of different countries including India, Ghana, Denmark and Myanmar. In Ghana, she worked for a local human rights advocacy organization, where she worked with her colleagues on critical issues of human rights, such as gender-based violence and freedom of information. In Denmark, she worked at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as the leader of the online communications team, where she worked on the organization’s website, intranet and social media platforms. Currently, she is working in Yangon in Myanmar, as the Communications Officer for a multi-donor health fund called Three Millennium Development Goal Fund. Taniele is also undertaking her Master’s degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration studies at the University of London.

Hélène-Marie Gosselin

Hélène-Marie Gosselin

International Consultant
Former Senior UN Official
IWF Austria
Mentor to Taniele Gofers
Jennifer Heil Freestyle Mogul Skiing Canada

Jennifer Heil, Freestyle Mogul Skiing, Canada

Jennifer Heil is an Olympic freestyle mogul skier and community service activist. She won the Olympic gold medal in Torino 2006 and the silver medal in Vancouver 2010. She is also a four-time world champion and five-time overall World Cup champion. Jennifer raised $1million for the Because I am a Girl initiative to help advocate and empower young women around the world through access to education. She is Co-Founder of B2ten, a privately funded organization that supports Olympic athletes to attain their full potential. Jennifer graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is a public speaker, TV presenter and commentator. Jennifer also worked as part of innovation and consulting teams with a special interest in wellness.

Nancy Laughton

Nancy Laughton

Managing Director
Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
IWF Vancouver
Mentor to Jennifer Heil
Wendy Hilliard Rhythmic Gymnastics

Wendy Hilliard, Rhythmic Gymnastics, USA

Wendy Hilliard is a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member. She was the first African American to represent the US in rhythmic gymnastics and coached a 1996 Olympian. Wendy was a National Team captain and competed in three world championships and the 1984 Olympic Trials. She was the first African American and gymnasts to serve as President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Wendy was an Olympic Sportscaster and Broadway performer. She also was the Director of Sports for the NYC 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Bid. As a member of the NYC 2012 Senior Staff, her responsibilities included overseeing all of the sports and athlete matters, including over 2000 Olympians and Paralympians worldwide that supported the bid. In 1996, she founded the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation “WHGF,” which has served over 15,000 urban youth in NYC. In 2016, she plans to expand her foundation’s programs to her hometown of Detroit, MI. In 2006, she designed, programmed and was Director of Youth Sports and the Gymnastics Center for Aviator Sports and Recreation; a multi-million/multi-sport complex in Brooklyn, NY. Wendy has served several boards, including the Athletes Council of the United States Olympic Committee, the Executive Committee and Athlete Chair of USA Gymnastics, and is currently on the board of the Armory Track Foundation. She graduated with honors from New York University and lives in Harlem with her husband, Bobby Mensah, and sons, Kennedy and Bailey.

Westina Matthews

Westina Matthews, Ph.D.

Managing Director
Merrill Lynch (retired)
New York Women’s Forum
Mentor to Wendy Hilliard
Michele Hollands Field Hockey New Zealand

Michelle Hollands, Field Hockey, New Zealand

Michelle has successfully developed her leadership style and career across a range of industries and organizations. As an Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete, Michelle pursued a Masters in Business Administration and has since gone on to focus more fully on sports governance. She was the first Independent Chairperson of the New Zealand Badminton Federation and is the Executive Director of the Midlands Hockey Association, one of eight regional franchises in New Zealand Hockey’s national structure. Michelle runs her own successful consulting business where she works with commercial and not-for-profit organizations on strategic projects. She has worked in the United Kingdom, European, US and Pacific markets on projects to define, measure and implement strategies to maximize market opportunities. As a leader, Michelle is driven to ensure her own actions enable the actions of her team. She prides herself on being an honest and trustworthy leader and works to identify and capitalize on the strengths of those with whom she works. She believes in setting clear pathways for the achievement of objectives. Michelle has the compassion to listen and the confidence to make decisions. She did not set out to become a leader but has developed a leadership role through her actions, her ability to inspire, and the integrity of her intent.

Maxine Morand

Prof. Maxine Morand

Board Chair
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
IWF Australia
Mentor to Michelle Hollands
Meaghan Howat Rugby Canada

Meaghan Howat, Rugby, Canada

Meaghan Howat was a National team athlete and dual-varsity athlete at the University of Guelph where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Honors in 2007. She earned a MBA with concentrations in both marketing and finance from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Meaghan has held roles in marketing and sport management as well as coached and participated on the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Sub-Committee for Rugby. Currently, she is the Manager of National Women’s Programs for the National Sport Organization – Rugby Canada, covering all age-grade and senior national teams. In this role, Meaghan has been a part of two World Cup silver medals (2013 and 2014) and manages the women’s sevens program that qualified for Rio 2016.

Jodi L. Abbott

Dr. Jodi L. Abbott

President & CEO
Norquest College
IWF Canada
Mentor to Meaghan Howat
Angela Hucles Soccer USA

Angela Hucles, Soccer, USA

Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup bronze medalist for the United States soccer team, current President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and sports leadership expert. She was a four year All-American and holder of the most game-winning goals (59) at the University of Virginia. Beyond the field, Angela is devoted to helping communities and was selected as Humanitarian of the Year by the US Soccer Foundation in 2009. She is a consultant and motivational speaker who uses her experiences to connect with female athletes to enhance their leadership capabilities. In addition to her work with the WSF, Angela is the founder of Empowerment Through Sport, a leadership and wellness lifestyle brand that believes in the power of sport as a catalyst for universal greatness.

Gayle Tauber

Gayle Tauber

CEO, Seedling Fund
IWF Southern California
Mentor to Angela Hucles
Niki Jacques Marathon Canada

Niki Jacques, Marathon, Canada

Niki Jacques is a competitive marathoner, multi-sport/multi-day adventure racer, entrepreneur, mother of two and community leader. She spent 13 years of her life diving, obtained a Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia, and went on to open up the first Indoor Cycling Studio in the Lower Mainland. She spent 17 years in the fitness industry and is one of the forefront running leaders in her community. Niki is one of the longest standing ambassadors for Lululemon and inspires people from all over with passion for a full, healthy life. She currently has the position of President at her family business, Nufloors.

Diane McCurdy

Diane McCurdy, CFP

McCurdy Financial Planning Inc.
IWF Vancouver
Mentor to Niki Jacques
Marayke Yonkers Paralympic Swimming Australia

Marayke Jonkers, Paralympic Swimming, Australia

Marayke Jonkers is a Paralympic multi-medal winning swimmer, paratriathlete and Founder of Sporting Dreams, an Australian grants program which helps athletes with disabilities. She is an expert in self leadership – the art of building self confidence and knowledge to live your own “gold medal life.” Marayke’s journey from becoming paraplegic in a car accident as a baby to a three-time Paralympian has inspired people around Australia through her motivational presentations and media appearances. A former world record holder and current Australian record holder, Marayke represented Australia for over 10 years breaking over 90 Australian records and winning many international medals. This year, she will release her autobiography, Unstoppable Dreams: Self Leadership to Win. She runs workshops in self leadership/goal setting for corporate audiences and students. Marayke was an Olympic torch bearer and was named one of Australia’s most inspirational women by Cosmopolitan, being announced as the inaugural winner of the Fun Fearless Female award. She has two university degrees from  the University of the Sunshine Coast, in social science and communications, both with high distinction. Marayke loves a challenge and has tried skydiving, sit skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, camel riding, and has travelled through parts of Europe, the Pacific, Asia and the UK enjoying the challenge of taking a wheelchair to some of least accessible areas of the world.

Stephanie Christopher

Stephanie Christopher

Chief Executive Officer
The Executive Connection
Australia and New Zealand
IWF Australia
Mentor to Marayke Jonkers
Brittanee Laverdue Wrestling Canada

Brittanee Laverdure, Wrestling, Canada

Brittanee Laverdure is a lawyer and retired International Athlete. She has an impressive record representing Canada, the Yukon Territory, and the Kaska Nation as a member of the Canadian Wrestling National team over the past 14 years. Her accomplishments include: 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Alternate, 2010 University World Champion and 2008 World Bronze medalist. Since 2010, she has been a board member of the Dena Kayeh Institute – which provides technical services in the planning and management of lands and resources in the Kaska traditional territory. Brittanee achieved these feats while completing her studies at the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Indigenous Studies (2006) and Juris Doctor, Law (2011).

Eugenia Ulasewicz

Eugenia Ulasewicz

Non-Executive Director
Bunzl Plc, Signet Jewelers
and Vince Holding Corp.
New York Women’s Forum
Mentor to Brittanee Laverdure
Karina LeBlanc Soccer Canada

Karina LeBlanc, Soccer, Canada

Karina LeBlanc has represented Canada for almost 18 years on the Canadian Woman’s National soccer team and has been a professional athlete for 13 years. Her career has allowed her to be a part of two Olympics (bronze medalist in London 2012), five World Cups, and two Pan Am Games (two gold medals). She is also a proud UNICEF Ambassador and humanitarian. She played sports throughout high school and used to be shy until sport gave her confidence. Now she has figured out her voice is for a reason. Karina uses her voice, along with her life stories, to empower people to be the best they can be. She understands the importance of knowing one’s true self in order to fully access one’s full potential. She has been fortunate enough to be a keynote speaker in front of both small and large groups with a range of topics suited for children to adults both personal and corporate. Karina has been a speaker at events including We Day, UNICEF AGM, Tedx, and the United Nations General Assembly. Her goal is to help everyone she meets become the best version of themselves and to realize that any dream is possible. She has done television co-hosting, things such as the Morning News and Women’s World Cup, working with Fox Sports, Global TV, and many others. She has a degree in Business Administration (focus on management and marketing) from the University of Nebraska where she graduated in the top 5% of her class.

Gail Blanke

Gail Blanke

Chief Executive Officer
Lifedesigns, LLC
New York Women’s Forum
Mentor to Karina LeBlanc
Caroline Maher Taekwondo Egypt

Caroline Maher, Taekwondo, Egypt

Caroline Maher is the most decorated Taekwondo athlete in Egypt. She achieved great success, representing her country in global contests among the finest players in the world and was awarded more than 130 trophies in 39 countries. According to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), Caroline ranked third in 2009, sixth in 2010 and eleventh in 2011 as worldwide champion. She is the first African female to be inducted into the WTF Hall of Fame. Caroline was selected among Egypt’s top 10 athletes for three successive years by the Ministry of Sports. In 2014, she was chosen to participate in the UN Women global campaign “Women of Achievement,” highlighting women and girls who have overcome barriers to succeed in their field. The greatest challenge she has faced was being suspended by the WTF for allegedly testing positive for steroids. Caroline traveled to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, to plead her case. The court ruled in her favor and ordered the highest compensation in the sports history. She was the first athlete to win a case against the WTF. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from the American University in Cairo (2009) and a MBA in Human Resources Management from Victoria University in Switzerland (2015), both with high honors. Caroline is an HR Manager at PEUGEOUT and is the youngest manager on board. She is also an HR Consultant at Helm, a nonprofit organization for people with disabilities, and an International Taekwondo Referee. Early this year Caroline got appointed as the youngest event member in the Egyptian Parliament.

Janet Hogben

Janet Hogben

Chief People Officer
EDF Energy
IWF United Kingdom
Mentor to Caroline Maher
Roisin (Ro) McGettigan-Dumas Track Ireland

Roisin (Ro) McGettigan-Dumas, Track, Ireland

Roisin (Ro) McGettigan-Dumas is an Olympic finalist in the steeplechase, European bronze medalist (1500m) and Irish champion and record holder (Steeplechase, Indoor 1500m), and four-time All-American at Providence College in Rhode Island. In her quest to be the best athlete she could be, Ro became interested in psychology earned a BA and Master’s degree in Counseling and Certification in Sports Psychology through the Professional Sports Psychology Group. Upon retiring from competition, she combined her two passions, running and psychology, and joined up with fellow pro-runner Lauren Fleshman to Co-Author the bestselling Believe Training Journal (Velopress 2014), which has helped tens of thousands of athletes around the globe. She is involved in pioneering research involving elite runners during pregnancy in collaboration with the University of Ottawa. Ro grew up in Wicklow, Ireland, and yearns for home while she lives in Providence with husband Myles and their two young daughters. Ro runs for fun and fitness these days, leading a weekly Run with Ro running group (in conjunction with The Lady Project of which Ro is a board member) for runners at all levels, and tries to keep up with her stellar @RunProvidence friends on their easy days. To further Ro’s goal of empowering fellow #sistersinsport, she is currently launching a school workshop program for pro athletes called Dare to Dream with the goal of encouraging kids and teens to dream big and stay in sport.

Margaret Peggy Jablonski

Margaret (Peggy) Jablonski

Jablonski Consulting Group
Massachusetts Women’s Forum
Mentor to Ro McGettigan-Dumas
Erica McLain Track & Field

Erica McLain, Track & Field, USA

Erica McLain is a US Olympian, three-time National Champion, and 14-time All-American in Track and Field, specializing in triple jump and long jump. She earned a BA in Communications and minor in Studio Art at Stanford University (’08) and a MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (’15). Although a traumatic training accident has since ended her athletic career, Erica remains committed to her mission of promoting sports as a vehicle for social development. Following her MBA, she founded an experiential education startup that merges sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, & Mathematics) concepts for middle school students. Additionally, Erica is an active volunteer with Athletes for Hope, Harper for Kids, and serves on the advisory board for the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. In a recent life change, she is taking her entrepreneurial spirit to Facebook as a Product Operations Manager in hopes of strengthening her leadership and team building skills amongst a corporate setting. In her free time, she will continue to research and develop sports-based experiential learning opportunities to inspire students to learn in active and personal ways.

Ellen Lapham

Ellen Lapham

Member, Strategic Advisory Board
IWF Northern California
Mentor to Erica McLain
Mary McVeigh Soccer

Mary McVeigh, Soccer, USA

Mary McVeigh, a former professional soccer player, is a humanitarian and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the international non-profit Soccer Without Borders. In 2003, she was the only Ivy League player drafted to the Women’s United Soccer Association, chosen by the Philadelphia Charge in the first round. Mary graduated cum laude Dartmouth College as a philosophy major and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Lehigh University, where she also served as an Assistant Coach. Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the United States and abroad. The organization is best known for its work breaking barriers for girls of all cultural backgrounds to play, and using soccer as a tool for integration and inclusion of refugee and immigrant communities. Mary has worked to bring soccer and educational opportunities to girls in Nicaragua, Egypt, Uganda, and Guatemala, as well as refugee and immigrant girls from more than 25 countries of origin now living in the USA.

Carolyn Miles

Carolyn Miles

President & Chief Executive Officer
Save the Children
IWF Connecticut
Mentor to Mary McVeigh
Jean Ng Netball Singapore

Jean Ng, Netball, Singapore

Jean Ng first represented Singapore in the Netball World Championships in 1999 and continued to play in the four Asian Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2007 and 2012 World Championships and seven Netball Nations Cups. She won two Asian Championships and two Nations Cup titles. She is the first Singaporean and Asian netballer to reach 100 international caps for Singapore and was the National Captain for eight years between 2004 to 2012. She is a Board Member of Netball Singapore since 2011. Jean earned a Bachelor of Science in Building (2001) from the National University of Singapore and an Executive Master of Business Administration (2013) from IE Business School, in collaboration with Brown University. She works in the Singapore Tourism Board as Director of Sports and manages sports events such as the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix and Women Tennis Association Finals.

Sue Renkin

Sue Renkin

Chairman, Company Director,
Executive Coach and Mentor,
Public Speaker
IWF Australia
Mentor to Jean Ng
Susannah Rodgers Paralympic Swimming United Kingdom

Susannah Rodgers, Paralympic Swimming, United Kingdom

Susannah Rodgers is a Paralympic Swimmer based in London. She has won a total of 27 international medals, including three bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She is a multiple European and British Record Holder and World Champion. She has recently been selected to represent Paralympics GB at her second Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. Susannah has a First Class Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Newcastle University in Modern Languages (specializing in French, German and Spanish). She has worked for various organizations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Transparency International and Lehman Brothers. She is currently on sabbatical from her role as a Project Manager at the British Council, where she has worked since 2008. In addition to her sporting achievements, Susannah sits on the Board of Directors for the British Athletes Commission and is a Trustee for the London 2012 legacy charity, Spirit of 2012. For her Trustee role, she Chairs the Spirit of Achievement Panel which monitors the charity’s project work involving people with disabilities; she also sits on the Audit and Performance and Evaluation Panels.

Dr. Alice Maynard

Dr. Alice Maynard

Alice Maynard
Director, Future Inclusion
Chair, Swanswell Charitable Trust
IWF United Kingdom
Mentor to Susannah Rodgers
Phoebe Stanley Rowing Australia

Phoebe Stanley, Rowing, Australia

Phoebe Stanley is an Olympic Rower from Australia. She represented Australia six times at multiple World Championship and World Cup regattas winning a gold medal and two bronze medals across several boat categories. She played an important role in fighting Rowing Australia for the opportunity to qualify a Women’s Eight for the London Olympics, which she ended up racing in the stroke seat after a heart procedure counted her out of selection in the priority boat in which she had been preparing for two years. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 and completed her Certificate 3&4 in Fitness from Swinburne University in 2007. Phoebe recently completed a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Melbourne and will begin work as a fulltime optometrist at OPSM this year. Phoebe also coaches rowing at a Schoolgirl and U23 level.

Dr. Marguerite McDonald, M.D., FACS

Dr. Marguerite McDonald, M.D., FACS

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York Women’s Forum
Mentor to Phoebe Stanley
Isabel Swan Sailing Brazil

Isabel Swan, Sailing, Brazil

Isabel Swan is the first Olympic Medalist in the history of woman’s sailing in Brazil, competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She is a two-time world military champion (2010/2011) and ranked in the top ten of the world championships with different partners in the 470 class over the last several years. She has a degree in Social Communication from Fluminense Federal University (2008) and a MBA in Project Management (2013) from IBMEC. Isabel was a key athlete ambassador and speaker, helping to secure Rio’s bid to host the 2016 Games. Isabel has also worked as a freelance reporter for sports shows in Brazil and hosted a YouTube Channel for Embratel Telecommunications, covering the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Lauri Fitz-Pegado

The Livingston Group
IWF Washington, DC
Mentor to Isabel Swan
Yumi Tomei Soccer Japan

Yumi Tomei, Soccer, Japan

Yumi Tomei was a starting member of the Japan national team for women’s soccer from 1993 until 2000. She anchored the defense for teams that participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (the first women’s soccer team from Japan to qualify for the Olympics) and the World Cup in 1995 and 1999. Upon her retirement from professional soccer, she entered Dentsu Inc., a top ad agency in Japan, as an account planner in the soccer division and for luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz. In 2007, Yumi was appointed by the Japan Football Association (JFA) to be its ambassador for women’s soccer, and from 2011 to 2014, she represented JFA on the Social Responsibility Committee for the Asia Football Confederation. Also in 2014, Yumi received her PhD in Sports Sociology from Juntendo University in Tokyo for her thesis titled “Discourse Analysis of Women’s Football in Japan.” Yumi is a motivational speaker and consultant for a diverse range of companies across Japan and occasionally serves as an analyst for women’s soccer matches on NHK, Fuji TV and SKY PerfectTV!

Margot Carrington

Margot Carrington

Minister Counselor, Public Affairs,
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
IWF Leadership Foundation Fellow Alumna
Mentor to Yumi Tomei
Shikha Uberoi Tennis India

Shikha Uberoi, Tennis, India

Shikha Uberoi is a former top 100 WTA Tour tennis player, Asian Games silver medalist (Doha ’06), India number 1, Zee Astitva Athlete of the Year 2007, and Indian Icon 2015. Today, she is the Co-Founder of Indi.com and a social entrepreneur using the mediums of sport/fitness and media to incite change. She was the first Indian woman to qualify and reach the second round of the US Open in 2004, was the top 10 fastest server in the world, and is one of India’s top 10 most glamorous athletes. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University majoring in Anthropology and minoring in South Asian Studies. Shikha graduated with high academic standing while winning Princeton’s prestigious Kit Harris Memorial Award for Leadership and Ethics. She launched her media and lifestyle company, SDU Seva, Inc. in 2013 and is currently creating and producing international social issue television shows. She speaks internationally at various diplomatic conferences on female empowerment through sport, and is becoming a face and force for female empowerment and women’s leadership in India. Shikha sat on the Board of Directors of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Shapers Initiative” for Bhopal and serves as a trustee and advisor to various NGOs and social enterprises. She is a brand ambassador for various brands, including Faro Global and Waterline Cosmetics. Shikha was born and raised in Mumbai as well as Princeton, NJ, and is the second oldest of Mahesh and Madhu Uberoi’s five, highly accomplished daughters.

Shoba Purushothaman

Shoba Purushothaman

Founder, Training Ventures
IWF India
Mentor to Shikha Uberoi