“Changing the Game: Women Who Play to WIN” An Industry Panel
Please join the College of Professional Studies, University Career Services, Office of Government Relations, and Office of Alumni Relations as we meet with various industry leaders and professionals to discuss the future of women in entrepreneurship.
Melissa Sanchez, (CPS‐Class of ’07), Vice President‐ Bank of Tokyo
At Bank of Tokyo‐MUFG, Melissa Sanchez conducts sanctions compliance effectiveness reviews for the firm’s branches globally. Prior to joining Bank of Tokyo, Melissa worked as a consultant for Deloitte in the Anti‐Money Laundering practice; she was also the Senior Compliance Officer for JP Morgan; and practiced Personal Injury and Criminal Law upon graduating from law school. She is the founder of The Sanssa Network, a company specializing in creating partnerships with corporate brands and multicultural organizations.
Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller
As the NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer has spent his career in public service fighting to ensure that every New Yorker has an equal opportunity to make it in our city. In 2014, Comptroller Stringer appointed the City’s first‐ever Chief Diversity Officer to identify ways to increase the number of Minority and Women‐Owned Businesses that do business with the City.
Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer for the New York City Comptroller’s Office
As Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy Garcia is responsible for increasing contracting opportunities for Women‐ and Minority‐owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and managing the Comptroller Office’s internal supplier diversity initiative, as well as other diversity related projects across all bureaus of the agency.
Paulina Lopez, Cofounder‐ Business of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) and the WE Thrive Community
Paulina Lopez is a bestselling author, international speaker, business coach, strategist and entrepreneurship development. As co‐founder of The Business of WE, she is committed to professional and personal growth empowering women to unlock their fullest potential. She’s a contributing author in “Today’s Inspired Latina” and a collaborating author in the best‐selling book “Journey to the Stage” for Women’s Prosperity Network.
Denequa Williams is the founder of LIT Brooklyn, a luxury soy candle company founded in December 2015 by the Brooklyn native. LIT is a passion project started by Williams because of her love for candles. "I just love how having a candle lit can transform the ambiance of any room." Since it's inception, LIT has been featured in numerous publications, Essence, Ebony, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, Fader, Yahoo Beauty, & curlBOX just to name a few. It was also featured in an international commercial campaign with Budweiser throughout the summer.
Kelli M. Coleman
Kelli Coleman is an award-winning marketer, advertising executive, and expert in consumer connection turned serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and speaker. Kelli’s calling is to empower women and she has applied her experience and acumen to advising and investing in businesses created for or built by women via her ventures company KMColeman Group. Additionally, Kelli is the founder of She Who Dares, an initiative created to empower women by highlighting the importance of personal development and the power in harnessing vulnerability to reach one’s full potential.