Keynote Speakers


Katie McGrath

Co-CEO, Bad Robot

Kara Helander

Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer, The Carlyle Group

Christine Simmons (B.S. ’98)

COO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Corinne Bendersky

Corinne Bendersky is a Professor of Management and Organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

She studies workplace conflict, status, diversity, and justice with a focus on team. She teaches in the UCLA Anderson School's full-time and fully employed MBA programs, and in many of its executive education programs. Dr. Bendersky is the faculty director of the Human Resources Roundtable Association and is the founder of Morpho Leadership Development, through which she consults for organizations and conducts implicit bias and inclusive leadership skills training programs.

Nitya Chandrasekharan (’13)

Nitya Chandrasekharan manages Machine Learning and AI business development at Google Cloud. She develops partnerships to build and sell ML/AI based products and solutions across various industry verticals. Prior to Google, she consulted for technology clients at ZS Associates and managed technology strategy & valuation at Qualcomm.

Nitya holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a Masters in Telecom Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India.

Nitya enjoys outdoor challenges and celebrated her MBA graduation by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with Anderson classmates.

Olga Chernova

Olga Chernova is the Founder and CIO of Sancus Capital Management.

Ms. Chernova has been involved in the credit derivatives and structured products market since its inception in 1999, trading single name CDS, CDX Indices, tranches and options at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. She founded Sancus Capital Management in 2009, at the pick of the financial crisis. Sancus Capital has been an innovator and a thought leader, pioneering with such developments as online process for refinancing of structured products known as AMR (Applicable Margin Reset). Ms. Chernova is one of eleven Portfolio Managers featured in Meredith Jones’ book Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (and How You Can Too).

Hengchen Dai

Hengchen Dai is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations as well as a faculty member in the Behavioral Decision Making area at Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She received her bachelor's degree from Peking University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


One stream of her research applies insights from behavioral economics and psychology to motivate people to behave in line with their long-term best interests both inside and outside of the workplace. Another stream of her research examines how different social forces, incentives, and technology affect judgments and behavior on online platforms.

She has published at leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, The Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, and Psychological Science. Her research has been covered in major media outlets such as The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.


Dyan A. Decker (’02)

US Forensics Leader PricewaterhouseCoopers

I lead the Forensics practice at PwC, and I previously led our Forensic Technology Practice from 2008-2017. I’m proud that our Forensics team was recently named Global Investigations Consultancy of the Year (Global Investigations Review (GIR)); a leader in Digital Forensics and Incident Response (Forrester); Vanguard Leader for Disputes and Litigation Consulting and for Reputation Risk & Crisis Management (ALM Intelligence), and have been recognized by IDC MarketScape as a global leader for eDiscovery services.


I bring over 20 years of investigations experience with particular specialization in gathering and analyzing large, complex data sets. I help our clients to navigate unplanned events, advising multi-national organizations on investigative, regulatory, compliance and litigation matters. I have testified as a fact witness on behalf of the prosecution in two high-profile criminal matters: the criminal trial of the lead defendant in a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme which aided in the eventual prosecution of the defendant; and in the criminal trial of three former heads of South America soccer federations, two of which were convicted for racketeering conspiracy and related crimes by a federal jury in Brooklyn.

I relocated from Los Angeles to New York in 2013 and am on the board of the Easton Center for Technology Management at the Anderson School for UCLA. I’ve enjoyed speaking at a wide variety of conferences and events, both to discuss my experiences in investigations and to share perspectives around a personal passion of mine - diversity and inclusion and the advancement of women in technology.


Kristen M. Dickey (’96)

Kristen Dickey is a private investor (VC) identifying, investing in, and providing intellectual capital assistance to female-led businesses, building, growing and scaling them. She is non-executive director and board member for both public and private entities, serving on product, compensation and governance committees. She has deep business and financial acumen, enhanced during 20+ years serving what is today the world's largest asset manager (BlackRock), building, growing, and scaling its investor relations function, and managing/ operating institutional and retail asset management businesses informs all her work.


Kristen is currently a Board Member of Marstone Inc., a digital wealth platform in New York, and serves as a non-executive director for Aperture Investors LLC, an investment management firm delivering active management with performance-linked fees. She manages a family office fund, Seaview Capital, LLC., which takes limited partner interests in early stage and Series A VC funds and invests directly in seed stage companies. She is also a member of New York Angels, an angel investing group that finds, funds and advises young companies.

From 1996 to 2017, Kristen had a distinguished career with BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world. She was a Managing Director and member of the Global Operating Committee for the firm. Over her twenty- year tenure, she managed operating divisions across client segments and also spent time in corporate strategy.

As Global Head of Equity Index Product Strategy (2014 – 2017), she led product strategy efforts for the Firm’s $2 trillion index (passive) investment division. This team was responsible for manufacturing and client coverage of its index and ETF clients (iShares). Earlier, as Global Head of Investor Relations, Corporate (2012 – 2014), Kristen built and directed BlackRock’s Corporate Investor Relations function. Reporting to the CFO, she liaised with shareholders and the financial community, oversaw compilation/preparation of quarterly earnings release and all communication and messaging to shareholders and analysts. From 1996 to 2011, Kristen served as Global Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Global Client Group. In this role, she drove FIG annual revenue of ~$140M with over $400B in AUM for institutional and sub-advisory assets.

Kristen also sits on the advisory boards for Girls Who Invest and the Council for Economic Education, both in New York. She is a member on the Board of Directors for the Battery Conservancy, NY (Treasurer), Friends of the Highline, NY (Chair, Investment Committee), and member of the Photography Committee for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Kristen earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in political science from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, Los Angeles.

She and her family live in the greater New York area.


Tracey Freed

Tracey L. Freed is Founder of Freed Law, P.C., a boutique law firm specializing in digital media, entertainment and technology transactions, and was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers out of 20 practicing in California in its inaugural issue in 2018, and by Los Angeles Magazine as a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2015. Freed is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School where she teaches “Artificial Intelligence & the Law” and “Digital Media & the Law.”


Freed advises Hollywood studios and next-gen media companies, growth stage tech companies, and fortune 100 companies at the intersection of media, technology and innovation. Current and former clients include: Amazon, Netflix, Salesforce, Google, Snapchat, Fox Networks, Sony Pictures, Tinder, Miramax, FameBit (acquired by Google), Krux Digital (acquired by Salesforce for $700M), Prizma AI (acquired by Gracenote), and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone for $800M). Prior to opening her own practice, Freed was Assistant General Counsel of Digital Networks at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she was Head of Legal for Crackle, Sony’s ad supported streaming video platform.


Deena Williams Mangrum (’02)

Deena Williams Mangrum (’02), a Los Angeles native, started her career in finance in the private sector before transitioning to human capital roles in the public sector.

She has developed an expertise in talent acquisition, human resources and entrepreneurship and most enjoys work that supports under-represented students and families. She currently serves as the Director, Talent Strategy and Human Resources for Para Los Niños, an education non-profit organization where she oversees the organization’s talent management systems through the full employee experience to retirement. In addition, she serves as the Board Chair for Valiente College Prep Charter school.

Julie K. McClure

CEO & Co-Founder, Hello.Me

Ms. McClure’s professional background includes a combination of entrepreneurship, public & private equity capital raising and investing experience.


She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Hello.Me - a lifestyle brand focused on optimizing how women look and feel through innovative, science-backed products that address the root cause of wellness & beauty for women - hormonal balance (launching Feb. 2020). Ms. McClure’ former experience includes a decade in corporate finance on Wall Street in Mergers & Acquisitions and Institutional Securities (Vice President, Morgan Stanley) and a decade of venture capital and entrepreneurial experience - investing in and working with early stage and high-growth companies on strategy, business and corporate development initiatives across a variety of sectors (Consumer & Retail, Wellness & Beauty, Femtech, Technology and Media). She is a certified yoga instructor (currently taking her 4 th 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification) and is passionate about all things wellness and entrepreneurship.


Joanna Riley

Joanna Riley, CEO and Founder of Censia, has led her team to build an artificial intelligence and machine learning-based predictive recruiting solution powered by talent intelligence—automating the process of identifying talent for opportunities in the most efficient and fairest way possible. Jo has a highly experienced background in building and scaling companies with two private exits and leading her last company through a successful IPO where she oversaw its growth and onto the S&P/ASX300 Index.


Jo has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Tech, Diversity Council’s Most Influential Women, and is part of the Harvard Business School Presidents Program. She has been featured in Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc, WSJ, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, NYSE, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and many others.


Jordan Sale

Jordan is the founder of 81cents, a platform that helps women and underrepresented minorities make sure they're being paid market rates by sourcing personalized market data, compensation feedback, and career advice from hiring managers and recruiters in their field.


To date, individuals using 81cents have seen an average salary increase of 16%. 81cents has been featured in Forbes, ABC News, and theSkimm. They're currently going through the Anderson Venture Accelerator.

Prior to starting 81cents, Jordan ran marketing at Fundrise, a fintech startup in D.C. and managed digital marketing campaigns for clients like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at Blue State Digital.

Jordan holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Berkeley. Outside of work, Jordan loves reading fiction, and making bad puns.


Donna Sharp

Associate Dean, Executive Education

Donna Sharp has more than 25 years of business education experience. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Donna served as Executive Director and Interim Associate Dean of Executive Education for Columbia Business School in New York.


Her previous educational appointments include serving as Academic Director of Executive Education and Human Capital Development at Cornell University’s ILR School where she focused on developing programs in leadership, talent management and diversity, and as Executive Director of the World Trade Institute of Pace University where she developed programs in international business, trade, and finance. As an Adjunct Professor at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, she teaches courses in International Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Sourcing.

In business, Donna served as CEO of Inspectorate’s Supply Chain Group, focused on mitigating global security risk in Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East. She started her professional career at ExxonMobil and later at Union Pacific Corporation working with the international shipping community.

Donna possesses an array of capabilities: from entrepreneur and corporate executive, to faculty/lecturer and higher education administrator. The thread that unites and facilitates these diverse accomplishments is Donna’s results-oriented approach along with a focus on strategic growth, business development, organizational performance, financial management and operational efficiency.

Donna has been honored with several awards during the course of her career including, Woman of the Year (Journal of Commerce 2009) and an Export Achievement Award (U.S. Department of Commerce 2002). She received her B.A. from Fordham University in International Studies and an M.P.A., Advanced Management and Finance, from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.


Emily Slade

Emily is the Co-Founder & COO of Valence, a new tech platform and community incubated by Upfront Ventures focused on connecting Black professionals with mentorship, job opportunities and capital.

Previously, she was the global head of growth/partnerships at Working Not Working where she created their “Work In Progress” initiative connecting the creative community with causes and social impact work. Throughout her career, she's focused on helping tech companies and startups scale strategically and authentically, contributing to the $1B IPO and sale of Active Network. Her side hustle is behind the lens as co-founder of a travel production company, Pindrop Films.

Miriam Warren

Miriam Warren (@miriamwarren) is senior vice president of engagement, diversity, and belonging at Yelp and chairs the board of the Yelp Foundation. Miriam joined Yelp in 2007 as the company's first community manager in Washington, DC and has served in a variety of marketing and operational roles in the US and abroad. Today she leads a team working at the intersection of culture, inclusion, social impact, and equity. A product of Las Vegas public schools, Miriam studied ethnic studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. She serves on the boards of Common Future, ETR and Reading Partners.

Melanie Wasserman

Melanie Wasserman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Wasserman’s research investigates the mechanisms underlying gender differences in educational and occupational settings, with a focus on how workplace policies shape individuals’ entry and persistence. Wasserman teaches in Anderson’s full-time and fully employed MBA programs.

Saujin Yi (’07)

Saujin Yi is the CEO/Founder of Liquid (, where we reimagine traditional HR and finance software solutions for the liquid workforce.


Liquid provides an all-in-one software that allows companies streamline the way they onboard, manage, and pay their freelancers, contractors, and professional service vendors. In addition to Liquid, Saujin angel invests in female founders through 79 Studios ( and serves on the board of FlexTeam (, a consulting company of elite, executive-level women she co-founded before Liquid. Previously, Saujin was the SVP Strategy & Product and GM Digital at Sequoia-backed GameFly. Prior to GameFly, she worked as an investment banker at Chanin Capital Partners and Credit Suisse First Boston. Saujin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she was a Venture Fellow.