WIL Speaker Biographies

Brown Forum | Women in the Law 2022 Speaker Biographies

Margaret Burnham 

Margaret Burnham is University Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. Her fields of expertise include civil and human rights, comparative constitutional rights, and international criminal law. She founded and directs the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), which investigates racial violence in the Jim Crow era and other historical failures of the criminal justice system. CRRJ serves as a resource for scholars, policymakers and organizers involved in various initiatives seeking justice for these crimes.  

Margaret began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In the 1970s, she represented civil rights and political activists. In 1977, she became the first African American woman to serve in the Massachusetts judiciary, when she joined the Boston Municipal Court bench as an associate justice. In 1982, she became a partner in a Boston civil rights firm with an international human rights practice. In 1993, South African president Nelson Mandela appointed her to serve on an international human rights commission to investigate alleged human rights violations within the African National Congress. The commission was a precursor to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

A former fellow of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Studies, Margaret has written extensively on contemporary legal and political issues. In 2016, she was selected for the competitive and prestigious Carnegie Fellows Program. Provided to just 33 recipients nationwide that year, the fellowship provides the “country’s most creative thinkers with grants of up to $200,000 each to support research on challenges to democracy and international order.” She used the funding to deepen and extend CRRJ’s work and research dedicated to seeking justice for crimes of the civil rights era. 

Margaret’s book, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners, will be published in fall, 2022. 

Laurie Cappello   

Laurie Cappello leads the strategic development, direction, communication and management of the Mintz well-being programs. As co-chair of the Mintz Well-Being Committee, Laurie oversees the firm’s internal and external well-being initiatives. With Laurie’s guidance, Mintz was one of the first firms to take the ABA Well-Being Pledge.  

Laurie is active in the local and national well-being community and is a member of the Institute for Well-Being In Law (IWIL) and is the vice president of the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) and the co-chair of the MILS New England Chapter.  

A human resources industry professional for more than 25 years, Laurie worked for another large law firm in Boston before joining Mintz in 2000.  

Amy Carlin ’00 

Amy Carlin is a Boston-based director on Major, Lindsey & Africa’s In-House Counsel Recruiting team, working with legal departments to build better legal teams. Amy’s nearly two decades of experience as an employment lawyer and litigator makes her an effective and trusted partner to clients looking to add best-fit legal talent. Working across a variety of industries, she understands the importance of taking the time to understand the client’s operations and culture to identify a successful match in skills and personality. 

Amy lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and her two middle-school aged daughters. She has a deep love of music, and whenever there is an opportunity to dance, she will take it (at times to the embarrassment of her daughters)! Early career days spent in the restaurant industry infused her with a passion for food and restaurants, and she loves the dining out experience. She also enjoys cooking, playing tennis and listening to podcasts while on a good walk. A few of her favorite podcasts are Brene Brown’s “Unlocking Us,” Layla Saad’s “Good Ancestor Podcast,” “Broken Record with Rick Rubin” and The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. 

Nancy Cremins ’03 

Nancy Cremins is the founder of Crisilid, providing executive and leadership coaching, business consulting and legal services. She served as the general counsel and chief administrative officer of Globalization Partners, a global employment platform, from 2016 until 2020. Nancy is known as one of Boston’s top lawyers for startups and entrepreneurial ventures, having been named as a Top 50 Women in Law, one of Boston’s 40 Under 40, and Fifty on Fire. Prior to joining Globalization Partners, Nancy got extensive experience working with early-stage companies and in areas of employment law and conflict resolution at notable firms such as Gesmer Updegrove and Robinson & Cole.  She founded SheStarts, an organization supporting women entrepreneurs in the Boston area. Nancy also served on the board of the Women’s Bar Association for 14 years, serving as the organization’s president in 2011-2012 and currently serves on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation.  

Nancy is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law. She is a mom of two kids and spends much of her non-working time coaching her daughter’s soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams, perfecting chocolate chip cookie recipes with her son, and running with her dog. 

Lisa Dorsey 

Dr. Lisa L. Dorsey holds the position of associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. She is the co-founder and president of Eloquentia Consulting, a holistic firm that supports professional development within organizations. Previously, she served as the associate provost for undergraduate education, dean for the Doisy College of Health Sciences, and associate dean for academic and student affairs for the Doisy College of Health Sciences.  

Lisa has completed several research and scholarship projects exploring higher education organizational structure, student success models and women in leadership. She is engaged in the profession of physical therapy at the national level as a member of the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) Entrustable Professional Activities Strategy Task Force for Physical Therapy Education, in higher education as an accreditation reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and has served her local community as a member of the board of education in the Mehlville School District.   

Lisa has been the recipient of the Saint Louis University Woman of the Year Award, the Student Development Collaborative Partner Award, the Faculty Commitment to Experiential Learning Leadership and Service Award, and the Saint Louis University – YWCA Leader in the Workplace Award. She holds a BS in physical therapy and an MBA from Saint Louis University, a PhD in educational policy and administration in higher education from the University of Minnesota and a Women and Power: Leadership in the New World certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.  

Michelle Gitlitz 

Michelle Ann Gitlitz is general counsel and corporate secretary of Flexa Network, Inc., the global leader in pure-digital payments, where she is responsible for advising Flexa on legal, regulatory and risk management matters surrounding payments, digital assets and blockchain technology. Michelle is a sought-after leader, speaker and writer who frequently collaborates with federal and state regulators and legislators on blockchain and digital asset issues.  

For the last several years, she has authored “An Introduction to Virtual Currency Money Transmission Regulation” in Global Legal Insight’s leading Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation treatise. She also founded and serves as a director of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to creating equal, open and inclusive opportunities in the blockchain industry, as well as the Art & Antiquities Blockchain Consortium (AABC), a nonprofit committed to reimagining cultural heritage solutions through the use of blockchain technology and its guiding principles.  

In recognition of her leadership, The National Law Journal and New York Law Journal have named Michelle a Trailblazer and Crain’s New York Business has awarded her a Notable Woman in Law distinction.  

Carrie Goldberg 

Carrie Goldberg is the founder of C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, a nationally renowned law firm that represents survivors of gender-based violence online and offline. The firm pioneered product liability litigation for victims of catastrophic injuries against technology and social media companies, including representing the plaintiffs in Herrick v Grindr, A.M. v Omegle, and Estate of Mikael Scott v Amazon.com.   

Carrie has advocated for case law, legislation and corporate reform in the areas of nonconsensual pornography, stalking and sexual assault, and is herself a survivor. The firm’s civil rights litigations for child and adult victims (e.g., K.M. v City of New York, Hadley v City of Anaheim) against municipalities have led to unprecedented financial recoveries and reform in K-12 Title IX and online evidence standards and it is presently litigating for child sexual exploitation laws to extend to the estates of victims (Estate of Bianca Devins v Oneida County).  

She is the author of 2019 New York Times Editor’s Choice, Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs & Trolls.  

Mary Jeka 

Mary R. Jeka is senior vice president for university relations and general counsel for Tufts University. Since 2003, she has been the chief legal officer responsible for managing the Office of University Counsel. Several other departments also report to her, including University Communications and Marketing, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Government & Community Relations. 

Prior to coming to Tufts, Mary was a principal aide and general counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, (D-Mass) for over 10 years. She worked with Senator Kennedy on appropriations, education, environmental, transportation and healthcare issues and became general counsel of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She returned to Massachusetts to serve as general counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) with primary responsibility for managing the legal affairs and government relations in Washington, DC. She also served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA). 

Mary is a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts. She earned her JD from Boston College Law School and her BA in political science cum laude from Boston College. She serves on the following boards: the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health (MAMH), Justice Bridge and Rogerson Communities. 

 Su Joun 

Su Joun (she/her/hers) is the principal of Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group LLC, which works with organizations to diversify their workforce and create inclusive, equitable work environments through consultation and training.  

Su was previously the vice president of talent, diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), where she led the enterprise diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, performance management and leadership development, and associate engagement teams. In addition to expertise in D&I and talent management, she has held leadership roles in IT and operations, marketing, sales, and call centers in various organizations and industries.  

Su received her MBA from Suffolk University and her MS in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. She has taught Global Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, and CareerLaunch at Suffolk University and has presented to various audiences such as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, CFO Roundtable, UMASS Center for Collaborative Leadership, NEHRA, HubWeek, General Assembly, Skillsoft Conference and the Boston Bar Association. 

Susan Letterman White 

Susan Letterman White is the managing partner of Letterman White Consulting LLC in Quincy, where she regularly works with lawyers and law firms to improve law office management, succession planning, career development, marketing and business development, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, where she teaches leadership, strategic change and communication. Susan has more than 10 years of experience as a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader, instructional designer and trainer, and performance coach in the areas of leadership, innovation and change, diversity, equity and inclusion, business development, project and time management, career transitions, and conflict and communication. She also practiced employment law for more than 20 years and was the managing partner of a law firm before her career transition to coach, consultant and trainer.  

Susan received her MS in organization development with academic distinction from American University, her JD from Loyola Law School and her BA in philosophy from Brandeis University. Her clients have included individuals, law departments, law firms, consulting firms and governmental agencies, including Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Commission on Women in the Profession, Southeast Regional Office of the Department of Developmental Disabilities, UniFirst Corporation, CBS and SEC University.  

Sofia Lingos ’09 

Sofia Lingos is the founding and managing attorney of Trident Legal, a Boston-based law firm that provides innovative transactional legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups, in diverse industries, throughout all stages of growth. Sofia also teaches Law Practice Management and Access to Justice at Northeastern University School of Law and has served as the director of its Community Business Clinic. She is actively involved with numerous professional and philanthropic organizations, where she holds various leadership positions. She is widely published and often an invited speaker in the national arena on the topics of law practice management, entrepreneurship, innovation, access to justice and business law. 

Sofia has received several awards and honors highlighting her professional achievements, including being selected as a 2022 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Go-to Business Lawyer; American Bar Association’s Top 40 Young Lawyers; New England Super Lawyer Rising Star, consecutively since 2013 (recognizing the top 2.5% of attorneys); Top Women in the Law consecutively since 2013; Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law recipient; Greek America’s Forty Under 40; and the Distinguished Alumni award from her undergraduate alma matter.   

Sofia loves to spend time being active outdoors, has a passion for power tools and DIY projects, and enjoys cooking creative cuisine.  By far her most important role is as a mother to her two young daughters, Alexandra and Marialena. 

Tracey Lukes 

Tracey is a professionally trained and certified coach and leadership consultant who is passionate about changing relationship dynamics within systems that include teams, organizations and families. Tracey leverages her experience as a senior corporate leader and business-owner in her coaching. 

Tracey works with executives and professionals within organizations to grow their self-awareness and impact as leaders through both coaching and training. Tracey believes the goal of leadership coaching, no matter where leaders function within their organization, is to examine mindset and the internal operating system to determine what limits effectiveness and where there are opportunities to expand leadership “range.” Tracey is experienced in coaching individuals, as well as groups and teams, and facilitates leadership development training programs. 

In everything she does, Tracey brings her warmth, authenticity, and her ability to cut straight to the real issues at hand. She is committed to supporting her clients in becoming the best version of themselves, creating opportunities for breakthroughs that foster stronger leadership and deeper connections in all areas of their life. 

Tracey has degrees in economics and psychology, with a concentration in adolescent psychology, from the University of California, Irvine. Tracey’s formal leadership and coaching education and certification was obtained through the world-renowned ICFcredentialed Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), developer of the highly regarded Co-Active Coaching and Dimensional Leadership® model. Tracey is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through CTI, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Tracey is a certified practitioner of the Leadership Circle Profile and the Leadership Culture Survey. She is also trained in ORSC (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) and is a certified Play Your Bigger Game® Trainer. 

Hon. Margaret Marshall 

The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall rejoined Choate, Hall & Stewart in January 2012 as a member of the firm’s Complex Trial and Appellate Litigation practice group. As senior counsel, she provides high-level advice and counsel to clients and the firm on a range of special projects. 

Before rejoining Choate, she served for 11 years as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She was the first woman to hold that position in the court’s more than 300-year history. Governor William F. Weld first appointed her as an associate justice of the court in 1996. A graduate of Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg, South Africa), Harvard University and Yale Law School, Chief Justice Marshall gained a national reputation for both her landmark decisions and her reforms of the Massachusetts court system. 

During her 14 years on the Supreme Judicial Court, Chief Justice Marshall wrote numerous opinions, many of them groundbreaking, including the 2003 decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which declared that the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits the state from denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage. The ruling made Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage. She is recognized as a champion for an independent judiciary and as a leader in the promotion of administrative reforms within the judicial branch. Her reforms greatly improved the delivery of justice, with significant decreases in case backlogs and in the length of time between the filing and resolution of cases, as well as in cost-savings throughout the system. A long-time advocate of access to justice for all, she implemented innovative procedures for self-represented litigants and strengthened pro bono services by the bar. 

Prior to her service on the Supreme Judicial Court, Chief Justice Marshall was in private practice for 16 years, and was a partner at Choate, before joining Harvard University as vice president and general counsel in 1992. She has received numerous awards recognizing her judicial and other accomplishments, including the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the ABA’s Pursuit of Justice Award, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award for outstanding leadership in the administration of justice, the Boston Bar Association Award for Judicial Excellence, Yale Law School’s Alumni Award of Merit and the Yale Medal. She was the first recipient of Harvard University’s Professional Women’s Achievement Award. 

Chief Justice Marshall has been involved in many professional activities. She is a fellow and member of the Council of the American Philosophical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Law Institute, where she served as a member of the council and executive committee. She served as president of the United States Conference of Chief Justices, and as chair of the board of the National Center for State Courts. From 2004 to 2010 she was a member of the board of trustees of Yale University (formerly the Yale Corporation), Yale’s governing and policy-making body. She was reappointed to serve a second term and until July 2016 she served as its senior trustee, the first woman to hold that position. She has received numerous honorary degrees, including an honorary degree from each of her alma maters, University of the Witwatersrand (2000), Yale University (2012) and Harvard University (2021). 

Deborah Manus  

Deborah Manus is chair of Nutter and a partner in the firm’s Private Client Department. She was managing partner of Nutter for eight years. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration, estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and families, and providing legal advice to trusts and trustees. Deb has extensive experience settling complex estates, helping clients structure large, tax-efficient gifts and implementing planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. Deb helps clients accomplish their philanthropic goals, advising on lifetime gifts to public charities, private foundations and charitable trusts. She is a principal of Nutter Investment Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. 

A leader in professional and civic organizations, Deb serves as president of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and is a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the BBA. She is on the board of trustees of the Nantucket Atheneum. Deb is a past president and board member of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, and previously served on the board of overseers of the New England Aquarium. She was named a Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Boston Business Journal and “Top Women of Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 

Kim Meninger 

As an executive coach and consultant, Kim Meninger empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. Kim has coached hundreds of clients and has presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate, nonprofit and academic audiences. She leverages her psychology degree, MBA and over a decade of experience as a leader in the high-tech space to empower professionals to lead themselves and others more effectively. Kim is especially passionate about helping women leaders to develop their confidence, visibility and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance their careers.  

Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in confidence, career, executive and leadership development coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. To learn more about Kim and her work, visit: yourcareersuccess.com. Connect with her on LinkedIn at: linked.com/in/KimMeninger. 

Betsy Munnell 

Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Munnell is a business development and career coach who helps lawyers build self-sustaining law practices and optimize work-life integration. Before forming EHMunnell in 2009, she practiced law for 30 years, including 24 as a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord), where she was one of the founders of EAPD’s Boston office and its nationally recognized media and communications debt finance, private equity, and M&A industry practice group.  

Betsy was one of the chief architects of her firm’s diversity program, promoting the recruitment, retention and advancement of women, minority and LGBT lawyers. She believes that all 21st-century lawyers require business, finance, communications, relationship building and other practical skills training in order to prosper — and that women and lawyers of color must be especially proactive in accessing these skills, to combat the barriers to advancement endemic to law firm practice. 

Meaningful law firm leadership opportunities, Betsy advises, cannot be accessed without a book of business or clearly demonstrated potential for successful revenue generation. She will help you identify ways to build authentic strategic relationships (both internally and externally), grow your professional network, develop a memorable online brand, enhance your visibility, and deepen your knowledge of the industries and practice areas in which you specialize. These are the building blocks of a successful law practice, and critical stops along the path to leadership. 

Betsy is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She and her husband, both from New York City, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have three beloved daughters and an anxious but irresistible rescue dog. To find out more about Betsy, visit ehmunnell.com/about. 

Amelia Nagoski 

Amelia Nagoski, DMA (it stands for Doctorate of Musical Arts), is the co-author, with her sister, Emily, of The New York Times bestselling book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Her job is to run around waving her arms and making funny noises and generally doing whatever it takes to help singers get in touch with their internal experience.

She lives in New England with her husband, one cat and two rescue dogs.  

Tram Nguyen ’13 

Tram Nguyen is the state representative for the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover and Tewksbury. She is a first-generation Vietnamese-American immigrant and was the first person in her family to graduate from college and law school. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.  

From the start of her legal career until she took office, Tram worked at Greater Boston Legal Services as a legal aid attorney and advocated for domestic violence survivors, workers, seniors, veterans and children. She also engaged in legislative advocacy and worked with statewide coalitions, lawmakers and lawmaking bodies to push for laws that address issues of racial and economic justice and protect the rights of the most vulnerable populations.  

Tram was first elected to office in November 2018 and is the first Vietnamese American woman in elected office in the commonwealth, the first Vietnamese American elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the first Asian American on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, and the first Asian American woman to serve as vice chair of a committee. Tram is currently vice chair of the Labor & Workforce Development Committee, and a member of the House Committee on Human Resources and Employee Engagement; the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery; and the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. As an attorney, she received the Lawrence Bar Association Merit Award, the Vietnamese American Bar Association Public Service Award, the Reginald Heber Smith Award for innovation and excellence in legal advocacy, and the UAW Social Justice Award. As a legislator, she's been given the Women's Empowerment Award (2019), Asian American Women Political Initiative Legislator of the Year Award (2019), YDMA Young Democratic Elected of the Year Award (2020), and Council of State Government 20 under 40 Award (2020). 

Lili Palacios-Baldwin ’98 

Lili Palacios-Baldwin serves as deputy general counsel for labor, employment and litigation at Tufts University. Lili began her career at Robinson & Cole, where she practiced in the areas of land use, real estate, labor and employment law. She then served as a senior trial attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she practiced for almost 10 years. Lili continued her law practice with the firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein and joined Tufts in 2013.  

Lili is an active member of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and its Latino Lawyers Affinity Group. Lili is also active in other professional and community organizations, including serving on the advisory board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, as a volunteer to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, board member for Breakthrough Greater Boston and as a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the Mindfulness in Law Society. 

Lili is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University School of Law.  

Mala Rafik ’97 

Mala is the managing partner at Rosenfeld & Rafik, a law firm in New England representing clients denied access to healthcare as well as individuals seeking short- and long-term disability, life, and long-term care benefits from private insurance carriers. Mala’s clients are typically individuals with debilitating chronic illnesses and disabilities for whom she has achieved several pivotal litigation victories in state and federal court. She has also represented several nonprofit organizations whose mission is to ensure access to excellent health care for people in Massachusetts.   

Mala is the chair of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, the chair of the board of directors of Health Law Advocates, a member of the board of directors of Prisoner’s Legal Services, and a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. In 2020, she was appointed to the Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  

Deborah Ramirez 

Deborah Ramirez is a professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law. She is a criminal justice expert. She teaches criminal justice for first-year students and advanced courses in criminal justice, race and reform. She also actively engages the student body in topics relating to criminal law and works on strategies and initiatives to reform the criminal justice system. Beyond this, she works extensively with Northeastern’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). 

Debbie frequently works with academia, law enforcement, politicians and community leaders to ensure police accountability. She has testified numerous times before the US House of Representatives and state legislatures about related issues, written about these issues for national media outlets, including The Boston Globe, and has been interviewed by ABC News, “Good Morning America,” and NPR, and quoted in The Washington Post and Risk & Insurance, among others. She has also published numerous articles on criminal justice in leading journals, including the American Journal of Criminal Law, Temple Political and Civil Rights Review and Georgetown University American Criminal Law Review. 

Debbie is chair and founder of Northeastern Law’s Criminal Justice Task Force, which brings together academics, lawyers, judges and allies focused on a myriad of criminal justice reform issues, including exploring the historical roots of racial disparity and mass incarceration, trying to harness the full strength of our reentry networks, bail reform, restorative justice practices and juvenile justice issues. 

Cynthia Reed ’80 

Cindy Reed is an Executive Coach and Peer Advisor with Lee Hecht Harrison's International Center for Executive Options (ICEO). She counsels ICEO clients at the highest levels, serving as trusted advisor, sounding board and thought partner to CEOs and other C-Suite leaders in transition.  

Cindy is a strategic business leader, board member and investor who served as general counsel and chief compliance officer of Fortune 500 global toy, game and entertainment company, Hasbro, Inc. During her time at Hasbro, she was one of only four women to hold that position in a Fortune 500 company. She managed teams in the United States and Europe and had oversight for critical enterprise initiatives including multiple mergers and acquisitions.   

As an angel investor, Cindy has broad and deep experience evaluating leadership teams, business models, management and operations and financing plans of start-ups for companies in the biotech, IT, telecommunications and consumer products industries. Her corporate and not-for-profit board experience includes nominating and governance, finance and audit, compensation, strategic planning and CEO succession committee assignments.  

Cindy has been a champion for women’s leadership throughout her career and has guest lectured on leadership at several colleges and universities.  

Cindy holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law as well as an AB from Wellesley College. 

Staci Rubin ’10 

Staci Rubin is the vice president, environmental justice at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), where she partners with residents of historically marginalized communities to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. She works with staff in all New England states to embed environmental justice throughout CLF’s culture. Staci achieved important victories using a community lawyering approach, including a settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that prioritizes bus riders and communities of color over wealthier commuters, elimination of fare disparities for cash-paying riders at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and securing a law to decriminalize public transit fare evasion. She is a member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Table, which advocated for the first environmental justice statute in Massachusetts.  

Prior to CLF, Staci served as senior counsel and hearing officer at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she specialized in distributed generation and public records matters. Preceding her role in state government, she was the senior attorney and director of the Environmental Justice Legal Services program at Alternatives for Community & Environment, Inc. (ACE), an environmental justice organization. At ACE, Staci provided legal representation to community-based groups and nonprofit organizations in low-income communities and communities of color. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Tufts University School of Medicine, Vermont Law School and New York University. 

Talesha Saint-Marc ’09 

Talesha L. Saint-Marc is the co-chair of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment practice group and a member of the firm’s Investigations & Resolution Team and Litigation practice group. She partners with businesses to provide thoughtful and practical advice and counsel regarding all aspects of employment law, including the FLSA, FMLA and ADA compliance, and Title VII and state human rights claims. In addition to representing employers before various government agencies and in state and federal court, she regularly serves as an outside investigator in campus and workplace investigations.   

When not working, Talesha is an active member of her community. She serves on the boards of several organizations, including, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Circle Program and Rivier University. 

Arivee Vargas 

Arivee Vargas is a lawyer, podcast host, Women’s Life and High Performance Coach, keynote speaker and mother of three. As a coach, Arivee helps women professionals at personal and career crossroads to move forward with clarity and confidence in their current season of life. Her podcast, the Humble Rising Podcast, aims to help women create the life and career they want and deserve. She interviews women of color professionals on navigating career and life, and to provide actionable strategies listeners can apply in their own lives. Arivee also offers her own life and career coaching tips and strategies.   

Arivee is a senior director in human resources at a biotech company. She previously practiced litigation at two large law firms and served as a law clerk in the US District Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit. She also taught Business Law at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management for three years. She is the vice chair of BC’s AHANA Alumni Advisory Council, and serves on the Women’s Council, the BC Alumni Association board of directors and the board of regents. She serves on the board of Strong Women Strong Girls and Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. Boston College also presented Arivee with an honorary degree.  

In 2021, Arivee was featured in the Boston Business Journal, and was named one of Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2020. In 2019, she was recognized as a Latina leader in Healthcare in Hispanic Executive magazine.   

Hon. Tiffany Williams Brewer ’99 

Tiffany Williams Brewer is a former New Jersey administrative law judge with more than 20 years of legal experience. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently appointed Tiffany as the first African American to chair the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. Throughout her career, Tiffany has severed as a federal prosecutor, represented clients at several large law firms and served in senior leadership roles in state government, including as NJ deputy assistant secretary of state, deputy chief counsel to the NJ governor, chief counsel to the NJ general assembly and regulatory officer (agency counsel) to the NJ Civil Service Commission. She also serves as a law professor in the US and abroad, including in India and Saudi Arabia, having taught previously at Boston University Law, Pepperdine Law and Seton Hall Law. She will be teaching at Howard University School of Law starting in the fall. Tiffany also trains lawyers and judges in the African Union and Middle East and is currently the secretary of the ABA Section of Litigation.  

Tiffany is also co-pastor of Transform Church with her husband Rev. Eric Brewer, and the founder/CEO of The Esther Project, a women’s empowerment nonprofit, and is currently launching the Esther Institute for the Advancement of Women and Girls.