2013 Advisory Council
- Senator Beatrice Lanzi (Chair)
- Betty Cotton
- Cathy O’Brien Yaffa
- Becky Fleischauer
- Claire Silberman
- Kathleen Carroll
- Kristan Peters-Hamlin
Beatrice Lanzi is completing her final term as a RI State Senator, after serving 20 years in the Rhode Island Legislature. While serving in the State Legislature, Bea assumed many leadership positions including serving as Deputy Majority Leader and Deputy President Pro Tempore. She also served as Secretary of the Senate Education Committee, Secretary of the Senate Committee on Corporations, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and on the Special Commission on Reapportionment. She Chaired the Special Commission to Study Fire Safety Standards. As a legislator, Bea has introduced landmark legislation known as the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, which made Rhode Island the first state to establish an education program about teen dating violence in public schools. She also sponsored the Safe Schools Act that created a statewide policy for schools to deal with bullying and cyberbullying. Bea is active in Mothers and Dads Educating about Teen Dating Violence and the Liz Claiborne, Inc. organization aimed at educating young women about teen dating violence. She participated in their 2009 and 2010 Radio Rows in New York , NY ; a day of interviews by national media on the topic of teen dating violence. She is also a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a bipartisan non profit organization, funded through USAID with a mission to provide political leaders with international understanding and opportunities for collaboration. She received their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and remains active with the organization. Bea has been working at the United Way of Rhode Island for 14 years and has been teaching Communication courses online and in traditional college classrooms for 20 years.
Betty Cotton serves on the boards of The Westchester Community College Foundation, Project Interchange, Jewish Council of Public Affairs, and American Jewish Committee-New York Region. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Westchester Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit and is chairperson of the Greyston Foundation Wisdom Council.
Betty is a former President of the Westchester American Jewish Committee and formerly served on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s National Finance Committee. She was honored by the Women’s Campaign Board in 2005.
Professionally, Betty has worked as a consultant to not for profit organizations for many years. She received a BA from George Washington University and an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.
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. She has spent her entire professional career as an integral part of top companies’ executive teams – responsible for building businesses as well as identifying and launching emerging talent to worldwide success.
Cathy has held senior positions at prominent companies such as Estee Lauder, where she held global marketing and communications roles; BMG where she ran the International Division of Arista Records under Clive Davis; and Sony Music and Capitol Records in global marketing and creative roles.
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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. At GMMB, Becky helped manage the communications planning and media outreach for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education division, as well as the American Beverage Association’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the Pew Center on the States Government Performance Project, the National Governors’ Association, Civic Enterprises’ National Summit on America’s Silent Dropout Epidemic, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program.
Before joining GMMB, she was a U.S. Senate press secretary and led media efforts for the National Governors Association, the National Education Association (NEA) and NeighborWorks America. Her work in producing the NEA’s Crisis Communications guide received an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Silver Inkwell award.
Claire Silberman is a retired lawyer who supports many progressive candidates and causes. Claire practiced corporate litigation and banking law until 1997. She occasionally consulted in the financial compliance area of Promontory Financial Group, a consulting firm for global financial services companies, from 2002-2006.
Claire is a board member for several organizations: She serves on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, and the Boards of Women’s Voices Women Vote/the Voter Participation Center; the She Should Run Foundation of the Women’s Campaign Fund, StreetWise Partners, a nonprofit that builds mentoring relationships between low-income individuals and business professionals; the New Leaders Council; the Eagle Academy Foundation (public boys schools in NYC); Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies in NYC; the Citizens Union Foundation; and the Tank, which curates and provides a venue for emerging performing artists of all genres.
Involved in local politics, Claire volunteered in the NY Office of the Obama Campaign in 2008, overseeing phone operations and reviewing all incoming email. Additionally, she serves on the State Affairs Committee of the Citizens’ Union of the City of New York.
Claire holds a BA and JD from Stanford University, and has lived in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and kids since 1988. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.
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. Her fingerprints are on many recognized marketing successes including Unilever’s Simple skincare, Citibank’s U-Promise credit card program. Benjamin Moore’s Aura Paint and Procter & Gamble’s Puritan (Crisco now) cooking oil.
She is often hired as a branding, positioning, new product development and insights expert by other consultancies and agencies. She gained her experience in top-notch marketing and consulting organizations including Procter & Gamble, Marketing Corporation of America and CNBC.com where she held senior marketing, consulting and CMO roles.
She graduated from Cornell University’s accelerated, advanced dual-degree program with a BS in Food and Retail Marketing and MBA in Marketing. She is an annual judge for the HSMAI Advertising Awards for the hotel, travel and tourism industry. She is an officer in the highly prestigious President’s Council of Cornell Women and actively lends her marketing expertise to several not-for-profit organizations.
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.” She was appointed by the president of Cornell to the President’s Council of Cornell Women. A member of Vital Voices, she has spoken internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina about the glass ceiling and the illegal sex trade. Aside from a variety of articles on political and legal topics, she has published a scholarly legal article entitled “The Impact of Islamic revivalism in Contract and Riba Law in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran” in the Texas International Law Journal. She has been invited to speak as a legal commentator for local news programs about national and international matters. She has provided gender discrimination training for organizations such as Businessweek and DLJ. Her cases have received coverage in more than forty different newspapers here, and around the world, such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Chechen Times.
She speaks four languages and resides in Westport, CT, with her husband and three children.