Thomas SeitzMcKinsey & Company
Thomas Seitz is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company in Houston. During his more than 20 years with McKinsey, he was the Southern Region Managing Partner, the Managing Partner of the Houston location, the leader of the Global Energy Practice, the founder and leader McKinsey’s Renewable Energy and Capital Productivity service lines.
He is an elected member of McKinsey’s Shareholder Council, McKinsey’s Board. He is the chair of McKinsey’s Global Partner Election Committee responsible for the election of Partners. He joined McKinsey and Company Düsseldorf in 1997 and transferred to the Houston office in 1998.
Over the course of his career with McKinsey, he has served clients across all continents. He has led more than 100 large scale transformations with significant impact repositioning companies across the Energy, Chemicals, and Technology sectors with transformational step changes. Thomas Seitz has supported clients globally with their strategic repositioning in the changing energy markets. He has led the global co-operation with the World Economic Forum and more than 50 CEOs globally on Energy Game Changers and Energy Transition.
He is the Chair of the Strategy Committee on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in Texas where he serves and is a frequent speaker and moderator on relevant board topics. In addition, he has been appointed by the Governor of Wyoming to serve on the Board of Endow, the economic development initiative of the state.
Thomas Seitz studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Aachen, Germany and Cornell University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Aachen in 1994 and co-led, as Assistant Professor, the leading Energy Research Institute in Aachen, while building a technical consulting firm serving clients in Europe and Asia. He has been married for more than 25 years and has six children.
Jonathan Carmel is currently serving as Executive-in-Residence at Collective[i], which uses artificial intelligence and a network model to provide the most powerful revenue optimization system with clients around the world including a majority of the Fortune 2000. Jonathan fills a variety of roles including sales, strategy, and marketing.
Prior to joining Collective[i], Jonathan held a number of senior positions in finance. After starting his career with JPMorgan as a fixed income derivative marketer and trader, Jonathan became an investor at a variety of hedge funds starting with AngeloGordon. From there he built his own firm, Carmel Asset Management, before combining that firm with Arbiter Partners. He has been interviewed in a variety of notable publications including the Wall Street Journal, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and Bloomberg.
Jonathan is a father to two daughters; lives in NYC with his wife, Ashley Stone, and is a graduate of Brown University in Political Science.
Denise BaekMedtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG)
Denise Baek serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Respiratory, Gastrointestinal & Informatics (RGI) business within Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG) group at Medtronic, responsible for the strategic direction and global leadership of the Human Resources (HR) function in the RGI business. With over 17 years of experience in HR in Medtronic, Denise has acquired extensive knowledge in Leadership Development, Organization Design, Business Transformation, Inclusion & Diversity, Change Management and Business Unit HR Partner roles.
Denise joined Medtronic in 2003 as a training and development specialist. Prior to joining Medtronic, Denise received global experience through living overseas and teaching English for 5 years in South Korea and Chile.
While always a champion for inclusion and diversity inside and outside the workplace, Denise’s experience working in Medtronic’s Hispanic Latino Network, currently the national chair, has further emphasized the business imperative to ensure our workforce models the changing demographics of our customers and patients.
Van Richardson serves as CIO of iManage, the company dedicated to Making Knowledge Work™ through its intelligent, cloud-enabled, secure knowledge work platform.
In his role at iManage, Van is responsible for delivering strategic IT initiatives and solutions that enable the business to scale and meet the changing demands of its customers. As part of this mandate, Van oversees multiple areas, including Infrastructure, Global Service Delivery, Corporate IT Security, Collaboration, Business Applications, Data, and Business Intelligence.
With over two decades of experience, Van has held IT leadership roles at organizations as varied as Grubhub, Fujitsu, and ITT. He is passionate about his ability to serve as a trusted advisor focused on strategically enabling organizations to achieve their goals.
An outspoken proponent of diversity and inclusion among senior corporate leadership as well as a results-driven, business- and customer-focused global IT executive leader, Van has been featured in various industry and business publications and outlets. They include CIO Magazine, Fox 32 Chicago, and Forbes Technology Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Van received his Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Business, as well as an MBA with a specialization in Information Technology, from Capella University. A passionate lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration with a specialization in Information Technology from University of Phoenix.
Martha LaboissiereMcKinsey & Company
Martha’s work focuses on economic development and opportunity creation, with an emphasis on labor markets, post-secondary education, workforce development, and talent and human capital. She serves philanthropic foundations and higher education institutions on topics including strategy, operations and organization. Martha’s recent work includes identifying operational best practices to improve graduation rates and cost efficiency in higher education institutions, serving higher education institutions in transformation programs to improve student outcomes, and developing the strategy for a start-up business school.
Martha is an active writer and speaker on education, labor markets and workforce development. She has led several knowledge efforts on these topics including the 2010 McKinsey report, “Winning by degrees: The strategies of highly productive higher education institutions.” Her research on the economic and social implications of skills gaps the US labor market was published in the 2009 report “Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce: A human capital challenge.” Martha serves on the Board of Rubicon Programs. Before joining McKinsey & Company in 2001, Martha received a doctorate in biochemistry and pursued an academic career.
Claudia JaramilloSchlumberger Limited
Ms. Claudia Jaramillo serves as Corporate Officer and Vice President Treasurer of Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company with sales and operations in over 120 countries.
During her more than 20 years with Schlumberger, Claudia has held a variety of leadership and senior finance positions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In her current position, she is responsible for the company’s global liquidity, investments portfolio, and debt capital transactions in the U.S. and European markets. She also manages the relations with the credit rating agencies, global bank group and insurers.
Prior to her current position, Claudia served as the Company’s North America Controller, a division of 16 product lines and $16B annual revenues, where she oversaw an organization of over 300 employees responsible for the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements, and reporting, and led successful large-scale cost optimization and transformation initiatives. She was also the Global Controller of Drilling & Measurements in Houston and the Northern Asia Region Controller, in Beijing, where she led the finance organizations of all segments operating in China and Japan.
Before working in the oil and gas services industry, Claudia held various technical and commercial positions, managing telecom and photovoltaic energy projects and introducing smart-card technologies in different markets.
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a member of the Board and Treasurer of the Wharton Club of Houston. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Dr. Mona Mourshed is the founding CEO of Generation.
Mona has decades of experience as a leader in the education and workforce space. She authored widely cited education reports, including Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth Into Work, Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works, How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better, and How the World’s Best Performing School Systems Come Out on Top.
Mona previously founded and led McKinsey & Company’s global education practice, and led McKinsey’s global social responsibility agenda.
She was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, sits on the boards of New America and Teach for All, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and previously served on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Mona has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. She holds dual Egyptian and American citizenship.
Christal M. JacksonMosaic Genius
For nearly two decades, Christal M. Jackson has had a fulfilling career serving in the social impact sector.
Today, Christal M. Jackson is a venture partner, consultant to individuals, corporations, and organizations and also an executive coach, while maintaining her commitment to help improve education, health, and economic opportunities for communities of color. The Founder of Mosaic Genius, whose focus is on building a sustainable ecosystem for wealth building in communities of color throughout the world.
Nearly, seven years ago, she founded of Head and Heart Philanthropy (HHP), a social impact agency focused on improving social, economic and educational outcomes for communities of color. Recently, she was recognized by Essence Magazine for her ability to convene and curate the best and brightest in this sector.
Christal attributes her success to having been groomed for leadership by the church – from serving as an intern with the Children’s Defense Fund to creating a marketplace for multi-million-dollar initiatives focused on solving complicated social issues.Nearly ten years ago, she became an entrepreneur by launching Jackson and Associates Group, LLC, a boutique fund development and branding firm focused on serving the philanthropic needs of socially conscious individuals and community organizations. This venture was the launching pad to her working with some of the biggest names in sports, politics and entertainment.
Christal is one of EBONY magazine’s Future 30 Leaders of America. Her work in the social impact sector has garnered numerous awards and recognition. She is the author of Women of Color Pray: Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope, and Courage, and serves on multiple boards including Harlem Tech Fund, Motown Museum National Leadership Council and Howard University School of Divinity – Board of Visitors.
Christal holds a dual degree in Psychology and Religion from Spelman and a Masters of Theological Studies from Duke.
Kwame GriffithKnowledge Action Growth Coaching and Consulting LLC
Since October 2016, Kwame Griffith has served as President of OneGoal, overseeing all aspects of daily operations across the spectrum of the organization, and helping to develop and execute on the Phase III 5-year strategic plan to ensure OneGoal delivers transformational outcomes for students while investing in innovation to expand and strengthen its impact. He manages OneGoal’s Chief Operations Officer, Chief Program Officer, Vice President of Human Assets, Vice President of Strategy and Learning, and Vice President of Finance and Operations. His office is supported by a Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant and he reports to the CEO.
Before joining OneGoal, he spent 14 years at Teach For America. He began as a fourth and fifth grade teacher in Houston as a Teach For America corps member and held various roles on staff including: Northeast Regional Recruitment Director, National Director of Diversity Outreach, Executive Director of TFA Atlanta, and Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Georgia, North and South Carolina and Missouri, and finally, Executive Vice President of Regional Operations – where he managed six senior vice presidents who oversaw the field operations of over 50 Teach For America regions.
Kwame lives in Northeast Washington, DC with his wife and 2 dogs.
Sean SegalGeneration USA
Sean Segal is the Chief Executive Officer for Generation USA. In this role, Sean oversees programs across 11 cities serving more than 2000 participants in four sectors: technology, healthcare, skilled trades, and customer service.
Since his first year in the classroom as a middle school teacher in 2001, Sean has been passionate about providing opportunities for under-resourced youth. Sean was a Teach For America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley where he taught middle school history and science and coached girls volleyball and basketball for two years. Wanting to experience urban education, Sean moved to Miami where he worked as department chair, history teacher, and head boys basketball coach at North Miami Middle School. He reluctantly left the classroom, answering Teach For America’s call to serve as a Recruitment Director to help find more teachers.
In 2006, Sean returned to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University where he earned his M.A. in Education and Human Development. At the same time, he began work at Urban Alliance (UA), a youth employment and college access non-profit in D.C. Over the next eight years, Sean helped lead UA’s expansion to three new regions and grew the organization from serving 50 youth to well over 1,000 youth each year. At UA, he served in various capacities and left as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing regional operations, evaluation, and finance. He enjoyed creating the systems and processes that facilitated UA’s growth, growing the budget from $800,000 to over $6 million and creating the first national organizational structure.
After leaving UA, Sean served as Vice President for Chapter Support at After-School All-Stars, a national organization serving over 70,000 youth in 15 cities. Sean supervised Executive Directors and assisted in expanding After-School All-Stars to new regions. Subsequently, Sean was the Chief Operating Officer at Code2040, working on increasing Black and Latinx representation in computer science roles across the IT sector. In two years, Sean helped grow the organization from 12 staff to more than 40 and increased the budget from $600k to over $8M.
Kenneth SmithJobs for America's Graduates (JAG)
Mr. Kenneth M. Smith serves as President and CEO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc. (JAG), the nation’s largest, most consistently applied model of dropout prevention and employment for at-risk and disadvantaged young people.
In 1979, Mr. Smith worked with Governor Pete du Pont of Delaware on the design of the first statewide test of the JAG Model and has served as President and CEO since the inception of Jobs for America’s Graduates. JAG currently serves 72,000 at-risk young people annually, in over 1,300 high schools in 35 states. JAG has served 1,200,000 young people since its inception, achieving 90%+ graduation rates and more than doubling the employment rate for the youth it serves.
Mr. Smith is also Chairman and Chief Executive of Strategic Partnerships LLC. Strategic Partnerships is a leading domestic and international solutions practice that helps companies and organizations grow by building new partnerships and new positions with government and private sector organizations.
Prior to founding JAG, Mr. Smith served as staff aide to President Nixon (1969-70); as Director of Special Projects for the Distributive Education Clubs of America; and founder and President of 70,0001 Ltd., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school dropouts obtain employment. Thereafter, he served in a new post as Senior Advisor to the Governor of Delaware on all activities related to education at the secondary and postsecondary levels. During this period, he chaired the Commission of the Future of Education in Delaware and was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Technical and Community Colleges.
Mr. Smith serves as a Trustee of the America is Promise Alliance, founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell. The Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of more than 300 corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University. He resides with his wife in Sarasota, Florida.