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Power Your Potential Featured Speakers

Master of Ceremonies:

Janet Lomax, Former News Anchor at News 10 NBC

Janet Lomax served as news anchor at News 10 NBC in Rochester, NY for more than three decades before retiring in December 2016. Over the course of her career, Ms. Lomax covered a variety of stories from national political conventions and Pope John Paul II's visit to New York to a number of one-on-one interviews with prominent newsmakers, including former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. She has earned numerous honors for excellence in journalism including a Regional Edward R. Murrow award, a New York State Associated Press Award and induction into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Janet is currently serving as the 2018-2019 Frederick H. Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and we are honored to have her as our 2019 Power Your Potential Master of Ceremonies.

Keynote Presentation:

Stacey Bain, Most Recent Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Hello Alfred

As Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Hello Alfred, Stacey Bain  has a track record of success. Stacey previously worked as Chief Financial Officer of MediaMath, Inc. where she was responsible for results-driven strategic planning and financial operational leadership.  Prior to joining MediaMath, Ms. Bain spent 20 years in the recorded music industry most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at Sony Music, followed by executive leadership roles in Branded Entertainment and Non-Profit organizations. She began her career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive Status). Ms. Bain graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Educational Presentations:

Joan DeRoche, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, The Alex Salem Team for Douglas Elliman Real Estate 

Joan came into real estate after holding Senior Executive/Vice President-level positons in the retail and fashion industry at iconic women's retail chains. In her first year as an agent, she earned the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award, closing the most transactions of any newcomer. As a senior executive, Joan oversaw a large team in the US as well as offices overseas in Hong Kong and Seoul, Korea. Her extensive travel to China, Hong Kong, Korea, India and Europe as a VP of sourcing and product development resulted in lasting international relationships. Negotiating billions of dollars in contracts, Joan relates well to top executives and CEOs and is expert at the art of orchestrating win-win deals.

Kimberlie Barrett, President, Broker and Owner of Magellan Inc. Real Estate and Relocation

Kim started in the real estate business in 1981, after graduating with a degree in business and major in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and took “Rookie of the Year” for the largest organization in Rochester at a time when interest rates peaked at 19 ¾%. She went on to open her first company in 1984 and Magellan®, Inc. in 1994. Currently she is CEO, President and Broker/Owner of the company. 
Magellan®, Inc. Real Estate and Relocation is a boutique agency that focuses, first and foremost, on the quality of its agents, not the quantity. Her average agent has 15 years of experience.  Kim’s model is unique and she expects to expand it nationwide in 2018. 

With over 36 years of experience and multiple designations including the CRB, CBR, GRI, CIPS, TRC and MINC, Kim has been called the “Renaissance girl of new construction” in which she specialized for 26 years. Today, Kim specializes in luxury and international real estate but her strength is pure “marketing”; identifying the right audience for each piece of property and tailoring a unique marketing plan and the strategies and tactics, necessary, to proactively reach the right buyer and garner the most equity for sellers. When representing buyers, the goal is to assist them in obtaining the most value for their dollar.
Kim leads a talented team of 15 agents and 4 staff members in the Brighton office on Monroe Avenue.  In 2011 she was honored as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and in 2012 she was a finalist for the prestigious “Athena Award” given annually by the Women’s Council of Rochester, which is associated with the Rochester Business Alliance.

In 2002, Kim made the executive decision to donate 1% of the company’s gross commission dollars to community service projects locally.  She also volunteers her time by sitting on several non-profit Boards and Committees to assist them with their marketing and membership initiatives. Kim has four children and four grandchildren, who are local, and she has taught them all: “When we share, there is always more.  When we don’t share, there is no more.”
She credits her successes in this order: Faith, hard work and a positive attitude.


Nancy Bloom, Former Vice President of Finance, Pfizer Research

Nancy Bloom had a long career with Pfizer, holding various positions including Director of New Products for US Pharmaceuticals and Vice President of Finance for the Research Division.  She led a multinational team that prioritized Pfizer’s new product pipeline and optimized the allocation of its $2B research budget.  She introduced new paradigms to improve research productivity and guided senior management through key resource planning decisions. 

Today Nancy serves as Co-chair of the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle, a community of more than 170 women who combine their financial resources to improve the lives of women and girls in Monroe County.  In this role, Nancy is championing a major initiative to increase the impact of the Giving Circle through targeted grant making and strategic collaboration. 

Joanne Braeunle, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, St. John's

Joanne began her career as a systems engineer working on space based imaging systems for Eastman Kodak Company. Promotions included project management, operations group leader, and business manager. As a business segment vice president at Kodak, Joanne was responsible for $60M in revenue and led an organization of 300 people.

Joanne left Kodak in 2001 to begin a career as an executive management consultant. She assisted not-for-profit organizations in strategic planning, process improvement, project management and general business management.

Joanne has served St. John’s in several capacities. In 2002, she was elected to the Meadows board of directors and later also became a board member for St. John’s Senior Services. In 2007, she resigned from the board of directors and was hired as a consultant to be the project manager for Brickstone. The next year she was asked to oversee the design and construction of St. John’s Penfield Green House homes. In 2012, Joanne joined St. Jon’s as an employee, with responsibilities for strategic programs across St. John’s. Currently, Joanne assumes corporate-wide responsibility for strategic planning, compliance, risk management, and policies and procedures, in addition to managing large projects for St. John’s.

Dr. Shal Khazanchi, Department Chair and Professor of Management, Saunders College of Business at RIT

Dr. Shal Khazanchi is a Professor of Management and the Department Chair for Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship, at Saunders College of Business. Along with being a highly regarded and respected professor, her research interests include creativity and innovation, organizational justice, and work relationships.

In particular, Dr. Khazanchi's research has examined the contextual conditions and social processes that affect the generation and evaluation of creative ideas. She is also interested in exploring how employees develop relationships at work. Her current research projects focus on environmental influence on work relationships, gender differences in creative performance, and calling among creative workers.

Dr. Khazanchi's work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Studies, and Journal of Operations Management.

Courtney Laffler, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments

Courtney Laffler, CRPC® with Edward Jones since 2011 and has been in the financial services industry since 2001. Courtney specializes in financial planning for women and small businesses.

She has served Edward Jones in several different positions; acting as a Visiting Veteran, Field Trainer and Business Coach for new Financial Advisors. Courtney was on the leadership team for both WINGS (Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies) and the Inclusion and Diversity Initiative. She was a Co-Chair for Edward Jones Women Helping Other Women conference in 2016 and currently holds a Key Leadership position in the Upstate NY region.

She is an active member in the community, volunteering for Resolve local non for profit) and the Alzheimer Association. She is a board member of Our Lady of Mercy Crew and the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Courtney is a member of The Women’s Alliance and Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Kate Pettine, Employee Relations Manager, Paychex

Mary Kate Pettine is an HR professional with over 10 years' experience supporting a diverse array of business units. She currently works at Paychex as an Employee Relations Manager. She is a proud graduate of RITs Executive MBA Program and has previously held a variety of HR roles at Wegmans. Mary Kate's areas of expertise include performace management, employee relations and talent development.In her free time, Mary Kate is the co-owner of a health and wellness business and enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

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