Aliah Berman leads the development and implementation of GMR Marketing’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy. In her role, Aliah works to foster agency accountability through planning and assessment that builds on existing review systems and establishes protocols for participation. She identifies programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering diversity with GMR, creates learning environments that build a culturally competent community and develops change and culture management initiatives that align the organization’s DEI strategy with business goals to enhance work outputs.
Throughout her career, Aliah has demonstrated a passion for and successful track record of driving growth and positive change in her teams and organizations. She has a strong commitment to leveraging diversity as an advantage, to addressing specific challenges facing underrepresented groups, and to ensuring equity in opportunity for all individuals.
Aliah serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and on the Advisory Board for NEWaukee. In addition, she is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, a professional organization for women that aims to further the impact of women leaders in the community.
Krista Brookman is Vice President, Learning and Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit organization focused on accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Brookman advises organizations about D&I research-based diagnostic tools, strategy, and skill-building leadership development programs.
She has over 20 years of experience, including her previous role at Deloitte where she directed marketing, while leading the creation of the Women in Manufacturing initiative, and serving in leadership roles within the Women’s Initiative and Diversity & Inclusion programs.
Brookman is active in several professional community organizations including TEMPO and Milwaukee Women, Inc. She co-founded the TEMPO Women’s Affinity Alliance, has served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, and served as the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education President.
Brookman was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the Business Journal of Milwaukee and was nominated as a “Changemaker” by the White House United State of Women. Brookman received an MBA and BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ann Buckingham is a bilingual global business executive with 25-plus years of experience in both branded vertical and licensed businesses. She possesses deep expertise in consumer products, licensing, sales, product development, sourcing, marketing and merchandising. Skilled at building strong relationships with top business executives, clients and employees, she has hands-on experience with startups, growth, turnaround and restructuring businesses. She is a dedicated team leader driven to performance at the highest standard.
Buckingham currently is SVP of global brand merchandising and product design at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Her responsibilities include licensing, brand management, category management and product development. Prior to her return to the Walt Disney Co., she worked at 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Heyman developing and building their brands and consumer products divisions.
Buckingham holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University. She lives in Westlake Village, California, with her husband, who also is a Marquette graduate, their two children, and dog Snickers.
Jennifer Carroll Finger is a partner at DHR International located at the Chicago global headquarters. Her experience spans executive search and leadership assessment for a diverse portfolio of growth organizations, ranging in size, scale and ownership. The breadth of leadership work includes CEO, divisional president, chief digital marketing officer and customer experience officer engagements, as well as a host of customer-driven roles in digital, media, consumer insights, innovation, martech, data analytics, marketing/market research, business intelligence, product development, strategy, brand planning and advertising.
Previously, Finger spent 15 years with Korn Ferry with concentration on the global consumer/retail and marketing services industries, while also leading the Global Financial Services Chief Marketing Officer Practice. Earlier in her career, she managed multiple leadership-assessment-related engagements with the Olsten Corp., working in Milwaukee and later New York, primarily serving the global telecommunications industry. She also worked for a New York-based startup creative and digital design recruiting firm, Computer Graphic Resources.
Finger received her BA at Marquette University and took part in the Fulbright Commission Exchange Program in London.
Margaret (“Margo”) Loebl is an experienced global executive and board director. She currently serves in advisory roles for Marquette University, Wellesley College and the National Association of Corporate Directors while providing education at schools and business groups covering key topics in corporate finance, governance and other “hot topics” for Corporate Boards.
In her 35+ year career, Loebl has worked in complex multi-nationals in a variety of cultures across the automotive, agribusiness, footwear/apparel, technical services and chemical industries. She has been a financial officer in large public companies, including General Motors, Nike and Archer Daniels Midland. She spent a total of six years as a public company Chief Financial Officer for TechTeam Global, Quaker Chemical and AgroFresh Solutions. She lived and worked 10 years outside the U.S. and has a working knowledge of German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Loebl also served on the Board of Directors of Hickory Point Bank and Trust. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Wellesley College. She also served as an Executive in Residence at the University of Illinois.
Jean McKiernan is a managing director at Dovetail Consulting Group. She has almost two decades of global industry experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. McKiernan is an expert in risk consulting and compliance operations who builds trust and rapport with her clients.
Throughout her consulting experience, McKiernan has advised major companies on global compliance programs and operational frameworks, assisting chief compliance officers (CCOs) in mitigating and managing regulatory and compliance risk. Her program-build experience includes: mergers and acquisitions, patient assistance foundations/patient support programs, IRO services, CIA preparedness services, governance design, training, written standards and specific to medical device, asset tracking. Jean’s experience spans five continents, giving her an understanding of global compliance that is broad and deep.
Prior to joining Dovetail, McKiernan consulted in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Risk Consulting Practice of PwC. She began her career at Abbott Laboratories' Hospital Products Division, Hospira (DBA Pfizer) and a health care portfolio company of WaterStreet Healthcare Partners private equity.
McKiernan holds an MBA from the Loyola University Maryland and a BA from Marquette University.
As Rockwell Automation’s first Business Leader of Inclusion, Steve Stall is a business transformation change agent promoting workforce diversity and inclusive business environments. He has more than 30 years of corporate experience in executive operations, finance and large-scale project management. During this time, he underwent a transformative experience that inspired him, as a white male, to change his corporate role to champion diversity and inclusion.
A recognized inclusion leader, Stall has twice participated in the Dynamic Women in Business Conference at Harvard Business School. He is also the first male board member of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin. Currently, Stall consults with businesses to create inclusive workplaces that effect positive change and enhance employee engagement.
Katie Weber is the CEO of her household. Making the mindful decision to stay home and raise a family has proven to be fulfilling for Katie. During her time at home, she served as Executive Director of Nova Cycle Sport Foundation, too. She was responsible for innovative thinking surrounding the female athlete within a male dominated sport: competitive cycling. She attained her vision of creating an internationally recognized, professional women’s cycling team. Overseeing fundraising, strategizing on athletic competitive tactics, and advocating for the equal recognition of female athletes were driving factors for her.
Additionally, Katie donates her time and talent to Sojourner Family Peace Center. She appreciates the opportunity to support people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.
In 1989, Katie received a BA in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, followed by a BS in Physical Therapy from UW-Madison.
Katie is thrilled to join IWL’s Advisory Board, representing women who choose to place their careers on hold to raise a family and as a facilitator for those women considering returning to the workforce or academia.
Jamie Yu is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Robert W. Baird & Co. She joined Baird's legal department as an intern in 2013 and joined the Baird legal team full time in 2015. Yu's primary areas of responsibility include advising Baird’s fixed income capital markets and investment banking business and providing general legal counsel to a variety of areas throughout the firm, including data privacy. Prior to joining Baird, she worked for three years in Taiwan as a legal assistant and translator.
Yu received a law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2015, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, an Academic Success Program leader, an admissions ambassador, and a Student Bar Association student mentor. She received her BA in political science and international studies from Case Western Reserve University in 2009.
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