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Lauren Imparato

Co-Founder + CEO

Innovator, Socio-Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker & Best Selling Author, Lauren thrives on turning back of the napkin ideas into reality. A Princeton University grad, Lauren quit her job on Wall Street in 2009 to found I.AM.YOU., a first of its kind health/wellness/fitness company, which she exited after ten years of successive growth and profitability across brick & mortar, digital, and CPG verticals. Prior, she worked as a VP at Morgan Stanley Fixed Income helping the firm start $500mm+ businesses across Emerging Markets. Lauren writes on Between the Waves, is a Board Advisor for Lada Health, Women in Innovation, and The Sunny Center, and is the CMO of Delphos Capital, a women-led impact investment fund.

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Janelle Hallier

Co-Founder + CEO

Innate trailblazer and entrepreneur, Janelle left home at 17 to found and operate a first of its kind hybrid modeling and finishing school in Sydney, Australia. After 5 years of successfully operating the business, she returned to the United States to lead the advertising & marketing for a premier Las Vegas real estate developer with $1 billion in completed projects. Recently, Janelle founded a series of consumer-facing businesses in the clean beauty industry, which she exited to start The Association. Janelle currently splits her time between Madrid and Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

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OUR COMPANY BOARD

Jana Barbe

CEO, HENLEY FARMS & SENIOR ADVISOR, BLACKSTONE
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"Women remain disadvantaged in the C-Suite and in the Boardroom without equal access to opportunities and growth. Formal and informal networks and advocacy groups help enormously but who helps us get out of our own way? The Association is designed to do just that. By functioning as a cross between a personal Board of Directors and an Executive Coach, it supports extraordinary talented women by accessing and deploying the insightfulness and brilliance of other extraordinary talented women and who better to enhance individual success and elevate us all." A past Global Vice Chair of Denton, the world’s largest law firm, and the first woman appointed to the Dentons’ Global Board, Jana is an independent director of Invitation Homes, Inc. and The Boler Company, the owner of Hendrickson International. She is also a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and the CEO of Henley Farms, Inc, a Kentucky based thoroughbred breeding business. Jana also chairs the Board of Advisors of Catalyst, Inc., the international women’s advocacy organization.

Kavitha Bhatia

CEO & Chief Medical Officer, PRIME A INVESTMENTS
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"There is such profound and unique value that comes from diverse women supporting each other through shared experiences, guidance, mentorship, and empathy. The desire to bring together women leaders that extends across industries and positions will enrich our contributions, work, relationships, lives, and impact." Dr. Kavitha Bhatia is Chief Medical Officer of Strategy for Prime Healthcare, an award-winning health system with 46 hospitals in 14 states, President and Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, and recognized among the nation’s physician leaders, earning “10 CMOs to Know” and “Top Pediatrician” by Top Women in Medicine. She was also recognized as "Top Women Leaders in Healthcare" in 2020, “Top Doctor" and a “Woman of Influence” in 2021. Dr. Bhatia serves as a Board Member for the California Hospital Association, the Founding Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), as well as Associate Professor of Medical Education in the CUSM School of Medicine and Governing Board Member of the Federation of American Hospitals, among others.

Eve Jeffers

ARTIST
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"The Association understands that support and community of like minded women mean more than ever right now. By Building, sharing, and connecting with incredible minds, The Association creates the community here we have all been looking for." Eve is a GRAMMY, Daytime EMMY, BET and MTV Video Music Award winning Artist. She served as the host ofThe Talk, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award winning talk show for four years. Eve has released four multi-million selling albums and 32 singles, and throughout her career she has collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world – Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott, DMX,Swiss Beatz, Juicy J, The Roots and Missy Elliot. Best known for her multi-million selling records “Who’s That Girl”, “Gangsta Lovin”, “Let Me BlowYour Mind” ft. Gwen Stefani which won the inaugural GRAMMY Award for best Rap/Sung collaboration in 2002, Eve has joined BBC and BBC Sounds exclusively for her debut podcast “Constantly Evolving’, been in the critically acclaimed Netflix show ‘Feel Good’ and cast as the lead in ABC/ Disney forthcoming drama series ‘Queens.'

Renata Black

CEO+FOUNDER, EBY
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"Running a business and becoming the best in an industry requires inhumane effort. Having a support system like TA makes the unattainable attainable and the impossible possible." Renata Mutis Black is the founder of EBY, a women’s empowerment brand with the social mission of empowering women out of poverty through microfinance, in 2018 alongside fellow co-founder and actress Sofia Vergara. She began in microfinance in 2005 while studying under Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Following her work with Professor Yunus, Deepak Chopra wrote a chapter about Renata in his book entitled “The Soul of Leadership”. She has spoken about entrepreneurship, female empowerment and women in business at numerous institutions including the United Nations, MIT and Harvard Business School. Featured in the WSJ, Forbes, InStyle and Tech Crunch and been named Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies”.

Louisa Bojesen

FINANCIER
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"Knowing firsthand value of different perspectives, The Association has endless benefits. Thoughtfully curated meetings lead to reflection and inspiration long after the actual event- both on a professional and personal level. Key is the notion that no advice is given; only experiences are shared, and the learning and growth potential from this." Louisa Bojesen spent almost 20 years anchoring live, daily, financial TV shows for CNBC. She has interviewed thousands of high-profile world leaders and experts, covering all asset classes and a wide range of topics. Events ranging from the 2000 dotcom bubble to the 2008 financial crisis to reporting from hectic trading floors, enabled her to intimately understand global market dynamics, and the pressure points of companies and leadership. Live during breaking news, including the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and the London 7/7 bombings, Bojesen was the only anchor on CNBC International to host four consecutive, live shows, every day. For years, apart from being the only female anchor and the youngest, she was also the only person to front daily shows solo. Bojesen currently holds several advisory positions, she is a board member and an active moderator/keynote speaker. She has a keen interest in the Middle East, is a Danish Goodwill ambassador, and a busy mother and mentor.

Sue Chen

CEO, NOVA
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"I love and support The Association because it curates and cultivates the power of meaningful connection … and THIS is infinitely joyful and transformational." Sue Chen is a CEO, Organic Farmer, Shark Advocate and self-proclaimed Joy Aficionado. Sue also leads and supports several organizations including YPO, Reef Check Foundation, Shark Savers, Yamhill Enrichment Society and Board of California State University Domingues Hills. She resides in Manhattan Beach, California and Yamhill ,Oregon.

Ellen Chen

CEO, Founder
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Since stepping down from the “day to day” of running Mendocino Farms, a premium fast casual gourmet sandwich and salad concept that she Co-founded in 2005, Ellen has focused her time, energy and passion in investing and supporting female and minority founded businesses. Ellen is using her twenty years of experience growing food brands to help early-stage founders understand their purpose, operationalize their values, get the resources they need and hopefully avoid some of the mistakes she made. Ellen continues to offer the restaurant group a big business perspective with an entrepreneur's passion. In 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News included her on their annual Power List, and 2020 Nation’s Restaurant News named her the 50 most influential women in foodservice. In 2017 she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the Entrepreneur in Residence for the city of Los Angeles. She sits on the Board of Mendocino Farms and Sugared + Bronzed, she is an Advisor to Vibrant Ventures, Curbit and Zitti. Her passion includes promoting and advocating for the AAPI Community. She is a founding member of Teach AAPI and Board Member of AAPILA, an initiative launched by the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles.

Pam Kessler

Co-President and Chief Financial Officer
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Pam Kessler is the Co-President and Chief Financial Officer of LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC), a $2 billion publicly traded health care REIT (real estate investment trust) that invests in seniors housing and skilled nursing properties throughout the United States. With over 25 years of real estate experience, Pam has demonstrated expertise in developing, leading and executing capital markets and financial planning and analysis activities. She joined LTC Properties in 2000 as the company’s Controller and has served as the CFO since 2007. Prior to joining LTC Properties, Pam was the Corporate Controller for a privately held commercial and multifamily real estate developer. She was also the Director of Financial Reporting for Irvine Apartment Communities, a Southern California apartment REIT spun out from The Irvine Company. Pam also served as the Assistant Controller of the Inland Empire division of KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation’s largest publicly traded homebuilders. She began her career as a certified public accountant in the real estate group of Ernst and Young LLP. Pam graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Currently, Pam serves as an independent director and member of the audit committee of Physician’s Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) a $6 billion health care REIT that acquires, owns and manages medical office buildings and other health care properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers throughout the United States. Pam also serves on the Board of Governors and is a member of the real estate committee of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center Foundation in Tarzana, California. Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana is a 249-bed hospital serving the San Fernando Valley since 1973 and is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a national not-for-profit health system comprised of 50 hospitals and 829 clinics throughout the western part of the United States. Additionally, Pam is a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council at California Lutheran University’s School of Management and serves on the executive council of the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences Dean’s Leadership Society. Pam and her husband, Steve, live in Reno, Nevada.

Ellen Battaglia

Business Development

Mary Catherine Lorio

Business Development

Alexis Veloso

Operations

Ashley Luyao

Operations