2013 Advisory Council
- Lara Brown
- Kathleen Carroll
- Sally Genster Robling
- Becky Fleischauer
- Vanessa Maddox
- Cathy O’Brien Yaffa
- Kristan Peters-Hamlin
Engaging young women in not only the study, but also the practice of American politics is part of what Lara enjoys about being a political management professor in the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at The George Washington University. With research interests in presidential aspirants, congressional incumbents, and political scandals, her aim is to help more people understand the institutions and rules that structure American political parties and national elections. A regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report’s “Thomas Jefferson Street Blog,” she looks to demystify the politics that operate in our nation’s capital. Click here to full bio >>
Kathleen Carroll is the President of The Branding Clinic, a company she founded in 2000. She helps some of the most prominent household brands reposition themselves to achieve double-digit growth. Some of her clients include: Abbott, American Express, Avon, Bath & Body Works, Benjamin Moore, Cendant, Domino Foods, The GAP, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex, Samsung, Stryker and Unilever. Click here to full bio >>
Sally Genster Robling is a senior business leader with a history of generating growth and stakeholder value across categories, channels, geographies and business conditions. She is a pragmatic idealist who grows businesses through intellect, drive and intuition.
Sally most recently led the Birds Eye Frozen Division of Pinnacle Foods, a $2.5 B Blackstone company that completed a successful IPO in March. At Pinnacle, she played a key role in the transformational Birds Eye acquisition and was the founding President of the $1.2B Birds Eye Frozen Division. Click here to full bio >>
Becky Fleischauer is the founder of Navigator Communications, an issues advocacy and communications firm serving clients whose work enlightens, promotes health and creates opportunity. She has more than 20 years of media and communications experience and loves a challenge. Prior to starting her own business, she was a vice president at GMMB, a nationally recognized public affairs and issue advocacy firm. Click here to full bio >>
Born in Washington, D.C. the youngest of 5 children, Vanessa Maddox began her career in the information technology (I.T.) in the 11th grade. Since then, she has evolved into a visionary leader with over 20 years of experience in several industries.
Vanessa began as a staff assistant and trainer for the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Cathy O’Brien Yaffa, the Chief Executive Officer of AAM Brand Management Group, is a strategic marketing and communications professional with over 20 years of global brand-building experience. She honed her considerable skills in the ultra-competitive and continually-changing entertainment and beauty industries. Click here to full bio >>
Kristan Peters-Hamlin is a lawyer and writer who has long been involved in groups working to promote women. A former Assistant United States Attorney and former partner in two major international law firms , Kristan now has her own firm. She is presently writing a book about women’s leadership. She has an endowment at Cornell called the “Kristan Peters-Hamlin Fund for the Development of Civil Rights for Women in the Middle East.” Click here to full bio >>