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WCGN 2018 Conference Speakers

Katherina Rosqueta, Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania

Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Prior to that appointment, she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, founding director of Board Match Plus, and board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco’s oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children), among other positions. A frequent speaker on philanthropy and social impact, her work and comments have been cited in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine, among others. Kat currently serves on the board of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, and as co-chair of Greenlight Fund Philadelphia, a venture philanthropy fund dedicated to addressing urgent social needs in Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Michael Idinopulos and their three children.

Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation  

Liz Scott is the co-executive director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), but she is most proud of her title of "Mom" to her three sons -- Patrick, Eddie, and Joey -- and her daughter Alexandra “Alex” Scott. ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand initiated by Alex, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, when she was an infant. In 2000, at age four, Alex announced that she wanted to set up a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for other children with cancer. Alex would go on to raise more than $1 million before she passed away in 2004 at age eight. Since then, Liz and her husband Jay have worked alongside thousands of supporters across the country to carry on Alex’s legacy of hope. In addition to serving as the co-executive director of ALSF, Liz also serves on the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Solid Tumor Steering Committee as well as the editorial advisory board of Cancer Today, a resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends.

Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia

Jane Golden, executive director, Mural Arts Philadelphia, has overseen the organization’s growth from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe. Under her direction, Mural Arts has created more than 4,000 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Sought after as an expert on urban transformation through art, Jane received the 2017 ACE (Mentor Program) Person of the Year Award, the 2016 Women of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, among others. Co-author of three books about the murals in Philadelphia, she holds an MFA from Rutgers University and degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University. In addition, Jane serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum advisory committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, a global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. She joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the New York-based global team, which provides innovative product development, leadership training and strategic support to a network of institutions focused on the needs of women. She also serves as a member of the Investment Committee’s $50 million impact investment fund. Before coming to Women’s World Banking, Mary Ellen spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Prior to that, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, and a 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow. Mary Ellen holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Uneeka Jay, President of Rewrite 365

Uneeka Jay is president of Rewrite 365, a training and performance improvement firm that works with clients to define, achieve and sustain breakthrough results. She is the founder of both the LeadHer Academy, a program designed to provide the necessary skills to women who want to move into leadership positions, and a program called She Rewrites, which helps women achieve their goals regardless of their past. Uneeka has more than 20 years of training, quality, and customer retention experience and more than a decade of senior executive leadership positions in corporations with annual revenues up to half a billion dollars. She has appeared on CNN and recently delivered a Tedx talk. Participants in her presentations describe them as not only inspirational and motivational, but also transformational, practical, and relevant. Her most rewarding rewrite, she will tell you, is raising her infant grandson.

Marsha Levick, Co-founder, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center

Marsha Levick, a graduate of Temple University Law School, is the co-founder, deputy director and chief counsel of Juvenile Law Center, America’s first public interest law firm for children. As director of the Center’s litigation program, she has participated in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as federal and state courts, including three cases that struck down severe adult sentences for youth in the criminal justice system and one that required consideration of a suspect’s youth in the Miranda custody determination. Levick spearheaded the Center’s work in the Luzerne County, Pa., “Kids for Cash” judges’ scandal, which is the subject of both a book and a documentary. She serves on the board of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, and is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The 2016 recipient of the prestigious Philadelphia Award, Marsha has also been honored by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice.

Marty Moss-Coane, Host and Executive Producer of WHYY-FM’s Radio Times

Marty Moss-Coane is host and executive producer of Radio Times, one of the most respected weekday interview programs on public radio. She has earned praise for her versatility and engaging conversations and interviews with guests and phone callers alike during the live, daily weekday program which covers social issues, politics, public policy, books, films, and more. Working for WHYY-FM, the region’s leading public broadcasting station for more than 30 years, she has become one of the tri-state area's most thought-provoking and balanced radio hosts. Her interviews reflect the belief that guiding discussions fairly and accurately is of prime importance in educating the audience, allowing them to make sound and informed decisions. Marty has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for her skills as an interviewer and radio host. Most recently she joined previous recipients Coretta Scott King and Eve Ensler in accepting the Lucretia Mott Award at WOMEN’S WAY for the 39th annual Powerful Voice Awards.

Kristina L. Wahl, President of The Barra Foundation

Kristina L. Wahl joined The Barra Foundation as a program officer in 2010 and became president in 2013. Prior to joining Barra, she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts as a senior associate and then as a program officer. She also served as managing director of marketing and development at the Transitional Work Corporation, which at one time was the largest urban transitional jobs program in the country. After graduating from La Salle University, Kristina joined the Vincentian Service Corps and was a volunteer at Covenant House in New York City. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She served on the board of trustees at La Salle University, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and La Salle Academy, an elementary school for at-risk youth located in North Philadelphia, and has been a member of Villanova University’s Department of Public Administration advisory board. Kristina grew up in Ambler, Pa., and feels a strong allegiance to the Greater Philadelphia region.

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