Meet Lisa Osborne Ross At The Pinnacle Of Her Career

Intelligent, warm and fiercely compassionate, “Odyssey Woman on the Move”, Lisa Osborne-Ross constantly strives for excellence. She is a PR executive who is making history and impacting culture on a daily basis.

Now, at what she calls the pinnacle of her career, Lisa is the newly appointed president of Edelman’s Washington, D.C., office. She is the third woman to lead one of Edelman’s five global hub offices. Edelman is the leading public relations company in the world.

Lisa has expertly leveraged her experiences, talents, and her three life mottos (to love, to serve and to forgive) as the foundation for providing award-winning work for some of the most well-known and well-respected brands in the U.S. Before joining Edelman, Lisa was managing director of APCO’s Washington, D.C., division and spent 15 years with the Ogilvy marketing firm.

Philanthropically, she has devoted considerable time on projects to empower women, promote education and

prioritize the importance of diversity and inclusion of all. She co-founded and led the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She continues to serve on the Foundation’s Honorary Council. Lisa helped establish a scholarship for public relations students at Howard University and served on prestigious non-profit boards including the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Board of Trustees, Marquette University Centennial Celebration of Women, LeMoyne

College School of Communications and the Catholic

Charities of America.

Lisa embodies the mantra that everyone has the ability to live a life of purpose.

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Esi Eggleston Bracey will join Unilever in January to lead their beauty and personal care division which includes iconic brands like Dove, Vaseline, TRESemmé, Suave, Axe and more. As you know, Esi ran COVERGIRL for many years, personally hiring Queen Latifah, Janelle Monae, and many other women to showcase the beauty of women of all ethnicities.  She has an international track record as the best of the best in the beauty business and will bring an enhanced sense of cultural sensitivity. Odyssey Woman Esi has supported and sponsored Odyssey throughout the years, including our first international program, and we are thrilled to spotlight her continued success.

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We interviewed the brilliant Dr. Montgomery Rice, and we are impressed with her vision and commitment as she continues her journey. Recently, she discussed with us her mission and what drives her.

In September 2014, Dr. Montgomery Rice was inaugurated as Morehouse School of Medicine’s sixth president after serving three years as dean. Before becoming dean, she was celebrated as a world-class fertility specialist and women’s health advocate.

Going forward, Dr. Montgomery Rice wants to promote healthcare research and preventative care through her position at MSM. She’s excited about the medical school and the pursuit of more innovative programs and amazing research.

She strongly believes in providing everyone with the opportunity and the resources to “attain an optimum level of health.” She wants to see that professionals are educated about the importance of equal access to health care.

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She’s also focused on the importance of building confidence while students are still very young. She says, “I believe third grade is the critical age where young people begin to build their identity.” First of all, it is important that both parents and authority figures are good role models. They should also work hard to monitor activities and create structure.

With the right encouragement, young girls will come to believe that there really is a place for them in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.

When asked about her greatest achievement of all, Dr. Montgomery Rice quickly turned her attention to her role as a wife and mother. Without question,  her husband of twenty-six years and her two children have been so supportive as she has pursued her career goals.

Congratulations, Dr. Montgomery Rice. The Odyssey Community is very proud of you.

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Originally published at Tampa Bay Journal Bay.

Tech Data Corp. has doubled the number of women on its board of directors.

Bridgette Heller, a member of the executive committee of French food products company Danone, was appointed to the Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD) board late last month.

She becomes the second woman on the board, joining Kathleen Misunas, who has served on the board since 2000.

Diverse companies are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians, and are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, according to management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

“Diversity and inclusion is very important to Tech Data, and it’s an important consideration in every hire we make at all levels of the organization, but it was certainly not the only criteria for Ms. Heller’s selection,” said Brian Kosoy, director of corporate communications for Clearwater-based Tech Data, the largest publicly traded company in Tampa Bay with $26.4 billion in sales for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31.

Heller has significant leadership experience at large global companies that will enable her to provide valuable insights related to international operations, finance, management and risk, Steve Raymund, chairman of the Tech Data board, said in a press release.

Since July, Heller has been executive vice president of Danone’s Early Life Nutrition business. Danone, based in Paris, is the parent company of Dannon, known for its yogurt and dairy products, and Evian water.

From 2010 to 2015, Heller was executive vice president of Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) and president of Merck Consumer Care. Prior to joining Merck, Heller was president of Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) Global Baby business unit from 2007 to 2010 and president of its Global Baby, Kids, and Wound Care business from 2005 to 2007.

Her corporate board experience includes a four-year stint on the board of The ADT Corp. and as a director of PCA International Inc.

Heller also was a featured speaker at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit earlier this year in Hollywood, Florida.

Tech Data now has nine members on its board. The board briefly was down to eight members, after David Upton, a 19-year member of the board, retired in June.

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Zaidy Cardenas joined the Maestro Cares Foundation as the program’s Director in 2013, after over ten years of experience as a Project Manager for an international events and marketing agency. Today, she provides strategic direction and leadership for the Maestro Cares Foundation. Zaidy brings business expertise and a deep passion for building efficient and sustainable organizations and scalable projects by implementing appropriate infrastructure, creating innovative strategies and building strong teams.

Her call to nonprofit work came after her visit to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic where she met a group of more than 50 orphaned children in substandard living conditions. Upon witnessing their beautiful smiles and incredible potential, she committed her life to helping them realize that potential.

Zaidy is a mentor for abused and abandoned children at Orfanto Niños de Cristo and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fundacion Niños y Niñas de Cristo in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Zaidy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

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Linda Clemons of Indianapolis, Indiana is the CEO of Sisterpreneur® Inc., which is committed to empowering women to become successful entrepreneurs. Linda is an award-winning, record-setting sales producer as well as one of the top sales trainers in the world in the resort/timeshare industry where clients have generated over $2 billion in sales.

She is a Body Language Expert trained and certified in Analytic Interviewing and Statement Analysis ™, a process used to detect deception. Her clients and audiences include Southwest Airlines, National Urban League, Nestlé, MGM, Major League Baseball, Wells Fargo, Leo Burnett Worldwide, U.S. Customs, FBI, Marriott International, Hilton, Wyndham and Starwood. Her client list includes celebrities, executives, politicians and entrepreneurs.

Linda has opened for or shared the stage with such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Senator now President Obama, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Her awards include but are not limited to the Office Depot National Entrepreneur Award, Women of Wealth Top Mentor Award, a listing in the United States Congressional Records for community work, and The Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian award given by the governor in the State of Indiana. She is a member of Rotary International and a National Board member for the National Congress of Black Women.

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For more than 25 years, Pauline J. Brown has helped to acquire, grow and lead premium global brands. In January 2016, she joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where she teaches a new interdisciplinary course for graduate students called “The Business of Aesthetics.”

Prior to entering academia, Pauline was the Chairman of North America for the world’s leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for 70 brands in five sectors, including fashion and leather goods, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, wines and spirits, and selective retailing. While at LVMH, Pauline also served on the board of L Capital Asia, a private equity fund backed by LVMH, as well as the boards of several LVMH subsidiaries, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, and Fresh Cosmetics.

Pauline previously was a Managing Director at the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, where she specialized in buyouts in the global consumer and retail sectors. Earlier in her career, Pauline held executive positions in the global beauty industry. Most notably, she was the head of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estée Lauder Companies. Since 2008, she has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. Pauline received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Executive Alumni Councils of both schools. She and her husband, Marshall, have two children and live in New York.

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Yari Rodriguez is a systems engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory working on software development for laser communication systems and a Mars One astronaut candidate for a one-way mission to Mars.

Yari was born in Orange County, California in January 1988, and she spent her first eighteen years moving back and forth between her mother in Mexico and her aunt and uncle in Pomona, California. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Upon graduation, Yari joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a data analyst in the department of Weather Sensing and Air Traffic Control Systems where she has collaborated in research, data evaluation and algorithm development that supports Next Generation Aviation decision support tools. She has collaborated with MIT ICAT, International Center for Air Transportation, to understand the environmental impacts on aviation. In the engineering department, Yari has contributed to the design of an optical module for an expandable nano-satellite, and she is currently working with a software team on development and controls for a laser communication system.

In 2013, Yari applied to the Mars One international mission to establish the first human settlement on Mars. She has made it through the first rounds of the astronaut selection process. Today she is one of 100 women and men from around the world preparing for the next physical and psychological challenges to be selected into the final 24. Yari was involved in recruiting efforts directed at women and minorities and in outreach engaging children through classroom science presentations. As a Mars One candidate, Yari has a voice to reach out to a wider audience while continuing to spread interest in STEM and promoting the importance of space exploration.

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Racquel Harris Mason is the Vice President of the Coca-Cola and Coke Zero brands for The Coca-Cola Company. She is responsible for developing robust visions and strategies, compelling consumer communications, and ensuring flawless commercial execution across the retail and food service marketplace.

Racquel joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2006. She has held key general management and marketing leadership roles across multiple beverage categories including leading brands such as Fanta, Seagram’s, Mello Yello, Barq’s, Fresca, Surge, Dasani, Powerade, and Full Throttle. Racquel has also held various nontraditional roles including creating and leading the first ever Marketing Communications Innovation team. In addition, she was selected to be a leader of the North American Business Integration Team, which orchestrated the merger of Coca-Cola North America with its largest U.S. bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Racquel was the Division Vice President of Marketing for the Pediatric Business Unit of Abbott Laboratories Nutritionals Group. She developed strong retail experience while serving as the Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Strategy for the BI-LO/Bruno’s Division of Ahold USA. Racquel held positions in brand management at Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. Racquel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and their three children.

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Shawna O. Menifee is President and CEO of Integrative Partners. She has over two decades of corporate real estate experience as a trusted adviser, known for being an adept technician equally skilled in representing both occupiers and investors.  Shawna collaborates with subject matter experts including consumer counsel, architects, engineers, and project and facilities management to ensure superior processes, from initial occupancy criteria to move-in and beyond.

In 2011, IP forged a strategic alliance with a leading global real estate firm JLL to address client-supplier diversity goals successfully. This partnership delivers a broad spectrum of real estate services from an international platform affording IP the ability to provide customers best-in-class services throughout not only the United States but across the globe while providing impactful Tier I & II procurement solutions. With more than twenty years in the New York real estate market, she has acted as both space agent and tenant representative for various clients, including New York Life, MetLife, Black Enterprise magazine, Coca-Cola Enterprises and the New York Housing Authority. Prior to the union with JLL, Shawna served as a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield and was among the firm’s top 100 producers for fourteen years.

Shawna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sales/Marketing from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

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