Hear candid conversations about the trials and tribulations of being a successful woman in the workplace. Join Fairygodboss Co-founder Romy Newman as she sits down with accomplished female professionals to discuss life lessons and how we can ban together to support one another, drive change, and shatter the glass ceiling.
Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey - Global Head of Inclusion for Women of Color, Google
Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey is the Global Head of Community Inclusion Programs for Women of Color at Google and the founder of Parenting Backwards.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY, attended Stevens Institute of Technology and completed her bachelors of engineering degree in Electrical Engineering before starting her career in the finance industry as an infrastructure engineer. She then pivoted her career to digital media, where she spent over 10 years in Advertising Operations at major media conglomerates such as Forbes Media, FOX News Digital, and NBC News Digital.
Currently, her work is in service of creating spaces for women of color to thrive and progress their career while also influencing policies, programs and processes for the over 50,000 parents and care caregivers at Google. Her focus on women and parents have culminated into the creation of Parenting Backwards which helps professional parents to bring the same level of intentionality and investment to their parenting life as they have in their professional life.
She is a regular on television media across business and lifestyle landscapes including NBC and FOX and has been featured on a number of podcasts talking about being a working mother and the impact of COVID, diversity and inclusion, early financial literacy and the nuanced path for women of color in Corporate America.
Finally she is a proud investor in a growing number of minority owned businesses and serves as a board member and advisor to workforce development non-profit and women’s leadership development organizations.
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey shares her best career and parenting advice, and how to connect the two.
Recording Date: November 9, 2020
Liz Romero - Centralized Client & Specialty Support Executive, Bank of America
Elizabeth Romero is the Small Business Centralized Client Management & Specialty Support Executive at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the overall sales plan and strategy for the profitable expansion and retention of the Small Business Centralized Sales segment. Romero's team consists of centralized business specialists, client relationship associates, treasury specialists and franchise program specialists, who deliver world class solutions and guidance to help business owner clients achieve their business and life priorities.
In her previous role, Romero was the Small Business Central Division Executive. The Central Division is responsible for delivering Small Business solutions to clients across 14 states. She was responsible for setting sales goals and direction for the business segment, integrating sales efforts with product development and client service requirements, and developing and implementing an integrated approach and sales program with lines of business across the enterprise working closely with Financial Centers, Customer Contact Centers, Commercial Banking, GWIM, US Trust, Merchant and Corporate leadership.
Romero is actively involved with the Bank of America Hispanic Small Business Spotlight and the International Women's Leadership Council. She is a chair of the enterprise Employee Engagement & Inclusion Council for Bank of America. She was a panelist at the 2019 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention. In 2019, Romero was a Latina Style 50 Awardee and a panelist for the awards event in February 2020. She is a native of California that resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children.
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Elizabeth Romero shares her best career advice: “Be authentic, be curious, and have courage.”
Recording Date: October 30, 2020
Carla Grant-Pickens - Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM
Carla Grant-Pickens serves at the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM, where she leads a global team dedicated to creating an inclusive culture and a workforce that reflects the world, while responding to societal issues that impact IBM employees and the communities they live and work in.
Diversity and inclusion has been a pillar of IBM’s culture for over 100 years and under Carla’s leadership the company has been globally recognized as a leader in in the space, being named as a “Top 10 Working Mother Best Company,” a “Top 10 Company for Dads,” and a “Top Place to Work for LGBTQ Employees” by the Human Rights Campaign, among others.
During her 20+ year career at IBM, Carla has held roles HR Leadership, Talent Strategy and Programs, and Executive Succession & Development across the company, and has worked and lived in both the U.S. and Asia. Carla holds an IBM patent and the prolific title of “IBM Inventor” for Workforce Retention and Compensation Analytics. Prior to IBM, she worked in Consulting at Oracle and Northup Grumman.
Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Carla is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she attained a B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Human Resources. Carla sits on the boards of the Federal City Council and Connected DMV and enjoys volunteering with youth in her area; most notably as a Mentor and the Executive Champion of the Carver High School P-TECH program in Baltimore, Maryland. When not at work, Carla can be found spending time with her husband, Eric, and her two sons, Eric, Jr. and Louis – most likely watching a College Basketball game… Go Terps!
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Carla Grant-Pickens talks about not letting fear hold you back but instead using it as an engine to inspire you to move forward.
Recording Date: November 2, 2020
Erika Irish Brown - Chief Diversity Officer, Goldman Sachs
Erika is Chief Diversity Officer at Goldman Sachs, responsible for global diversity and inclusion strategy and driving inclusive culture initiatives and efforts related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse professionals. She joined the firm as a managing director in 2018. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Erika was global head of diversity and inclusion at Bloomberg from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this, she led diversity hiring efforts at Bank of America between 2009 and 2015 and Lehman Brothers between 2005 and 2008. Erika's background includes a range of banking and finance roles, including head of business development for Black Entertainment Television, senior associate in the high yield capital markets group at Morgan Stanley and senior policy analyst for domestic finance for the United States Department of the Treasury. She began her career as an analyst in the public finance department at Lehman Brothers. Erika is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, vice chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and serves on the Board of the Riverside Hawks. Erika earned a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Erika Irish Brown talks about the importance of being confident and using your voice in the workplace.
Recording Date: November 10, 2020
Jen Auerbach-Rodriguez - Managing Director, Strategic Growth Markets, Merrill
About Jen Auerbach-Rodriguez - Managing Director, Head of Strategic Growth Markets, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Jen Auerbach is responsible for the client acquisition, retention, and strategic growth initiatives for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Prior to this role, Jen founded a strategy team focused on developing engagement efforts with traditionally underserved clients and communities.
Jen’s career began as an options trader working with clients to create and execute customized hedging and monetization strategies. Since then, Jen has worked in product origination, platform development and impact investing.
Jen is the recipient of the 2016 Women’s Bond Club Rising Star Award, an alumna of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a member of Bank of America’s Hispanic-Latino (HOLA) employee network, and sits on the Merrill Lynch Diversity & Inclusion Council. Jen was selected as a winner of the 2016 Global Diversity & Inclusion Award by Bank of America. She was recently recognized by the Paradigm for Parity coalition, as one of 19 trailblazing women for breaking down barriers to help achieve true equality and full representation in corporate offices. And most recently, Jen was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of 2020’s Rising Stars in Banking & Finance. Jen attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Columbia Business School in New York, N.Y. earning a Masters in Business Administration.
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Jennifer Auerbach-Rodriguez shares how her insatiable desire to learn has led to a successful and fulfilling career at Merrill.
Recording Date: November 13, 2020
Nichole Francis Reynolds - VP & Head of Global Government Relations, ServiceNow
Nichole Francis Reynolds is the Vice President & Head of Global Government Relations at ServiceNow, Inc. She leads the company’s global government relations, public policy, and advocacy agenda domestically and internationally. As a lawyer and the company’s top lobbyist, she works with Administration officials, Members of Congress, State and local public officials, the diplomatic community and industry associations on domestic and international technology policy issues.
Prior to joining ServiceNow, she served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association. Prior to that, she served for five years as Vice President of Public Policy & Community Relations at Mastercard. She spent ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of senior roles on Capitol Hill including Chief of Staff to two Members of Congress, as District Director, and as counsel on the Homeland Security Committee. She also gained political experience working on national presidential elections and congressional races.
Ms. Francis Reynolds graduated c*m laude and with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Spanish from Eastern Michigan University and received her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Stephanie is a Member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Values Commission and serves as a Trustee on the Governing Board for Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, Teach for America DC Region, Imagination Stage DC and the Corporate Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
In this episode of Fairygodboss Radio, Nichole Francis Reynolds explains how taking risks can lead to incredible opportunities.
Recording Date: November 20, 2020