Faculty

Grace Killelea - Founder and CEO of Half The Sky
Grace Killelea Chief Executive Officer

Grace Killelea is a world-class speaker and consultant. After 35 years’ success in human resources and talent development, Grace retired from Comcast Cable Corporation, a Fortune 50 company in Philadelphia, to launch Grace Killelea Consulting. She works with CEOs, executives, and professionals to achieve sustained business and personal success. She founded and launched Half The Sky Leadership For Women in 2012 and added a co-ed leadership program called Quattro in 2015. Her book, “The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide To The Attitude That Attracts Success” was published in January, 2016 by AMACOM and was noted as “one of the 7 most important new books of 2016” by Inc.com.

Grace also serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. A recipient of many industry and civic awards, Grace is a certified Birkman Consultant and holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources from American University’s Kogod School of Business and Public Affairs, where she graduated with honors. In 2015, she was the recipient of the SmartCEO Brava Award for being a top female CEO in Philadelphia.

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Sara King
Sara King Faculty Advisor

Sara N. King is Principal of Optimum Insights, Inc., a company dedicated to helping others maximize their performance and reach their potential. With 25 years experience as an executive coach, keynote speaker, author, workshop designer, and facilitator, Sara has served thousands of executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits. In addition, she has held several positions of leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership. Sara has been involved with the national Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) leadership training program for 20 years and is the author of several books and articles on women, leadership, and advancement. Sara earned a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Cornell University.

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Ashley Anders
Ashley Anders Senior Facilitator & Coach

Ashley Anders is president of Ashley Anders Consulting where she works with organizations and individuals to meet goals, create and sustain employee engagement, develop leaders, and manage and embrace change. Passionate about people reaching their potential and becoming fulfilled in their careers and lives, Ashley’s tenure includes leading the high potential leadership programs at Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 company, and overseeing leadership and training performance management for the City of Philadelphia. Ashley’s volunteer work ranges from professional organizations to those helping children. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University and Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore.

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Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D Facilitator

Dr. Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker with a background in anthropology and fashion. At Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. She’s the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond; a regular contributor to INC online magazine; a Fellow at the Paris d.School and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Natalie earned a BA (Cum Laude) in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Vassar College and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster in London.

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Laura Sicola, Ph.D Facilitator

Dr. Laura Sicola is Founder of Vocal Impact Productions, a company that helps others hone their vocal delivery and authentically connect more meaningfully with their audience to command respect, close sales, deliver effective presentations, and have greater success. For over a decade, Laura has been coaching, lecturing, researching, and publishing. Clients range from large corporations to not-for-profits to entrepreneurs. Laura speaks on a variety of topics worldwide, including a 2012 TED talk on the significance of the English language in a global community. Laura earned her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also faculty at the Graduate School of Education. She is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.

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Susie Tomenchok Speaker

Susie Tomenchok is owner of Inturri Consulting which she established to provide expertise in sales strategy and negotiation for the B to B marketplace. An executive in the Telecommunications Industry for 25 years, Susie is nationally recognized for her expertise with CRM development to drive sales activity and customer commitment. Susie is passionate about working with executive level professionals to help them navigate tough negotiation situations and develop strategies to best approach group or one-on-one negotiations.  A graduate of Colorado State University, Susie is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications and a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

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Gilda Bonanno Speaker

Gilda Bonanno is a high-stakes presentation expert who helps people improve their communication skills so they can be more successful. She has worked with executives and entrepreneurs on 4 continents, from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.

In addition to facilitating high-energy, results-focused training programs, Gilda speaks about communication, leadership and networking to groups ranging from accountants to attorneys. Gilda also offers one-on-one coaching and training to individuals so they can present with confidence and connect with their audience.

She is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP) and holds a master’s degree from Fordham University and an Advanced Business Certificate in Management from the UConn School of Business.

The instructional videos on Gilda’s YouTube channel have received over 900,000 views and her newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.

Gilda is also a founding member of an improv comedy team which performs in the New York region. She uses improv techniques to help her clients learn to think quickly, step out of their comfort zone and develop confidence.

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