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2019 Innovation Forum Speaker Information

Sabrina Bailey

Director of Digital Investment Advice
Northern Trust Asset Management

Sabrina Bailey is the director of digital investment advice for Northern Trust Asset Management and a member of the Operating Group and Asset Management Leadership Council. In her role, Sabrina is responsible for embracing and leveraging technological advances to develop a comprehensive business strategy to deliver innovative, client-focused digital investment offerings.

In 2017, Sabrina was named Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the year by Women Investment Professionals. In 2016, Sabrina was named a "40 under 40" by Crain’s Chicago Business, being selected for the business leadership honor from more than 1,000 nominees. She has addressed various industry groups at conferences and been quoted in the press (Financial Times, Pension and Investments, PLANSPONSOR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal).

In her prior role at Northern Trust, Sabrina was the global head of retirement solutions with responsibility for the development and deployment of Northern Trust’s retirement strategy globally. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Sabrina served as the U.S. defined contribution segment leader for Mercer Investments. In her role, she was responsible for building Mercer Investments’ DC business through leadership of senior consultants across the U.S. and the deployment of innovative solutions, manager research and intellectual capital to consultants, clients and the market. Prior to her role at Mercer, Sabrina was a member of Towers Watson’s North American leadership team and provided investment consulting services to large asset owners. Before joining Towers Watson, Sabrina held management, investment consulting and manager research positions at RogersCasey, Arnerich Massena & Associates and PRIMCO Capital Management in Portland, Oregon.

Sabrina received her bachelor’s in business economics and management and her MBA in organizational leadership from George Fox University. She is an active member of the Chicago Finance Exchange and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association where she serves on the Editorial Review Board. She serves on the Board of the Chicago chapter of the Salvation Army and is actively involved in local and global community service through various not-for-profit organizations.

Lesley Slaton Brown

Chief Diversity Officer
HP Inc.

Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development, she has led key efforts to address the digital divide and build sustainable enterprise in Senegal, West Africa. Lesley is co-founder of the Curated Pathways to Innovation, a collective impact approach to help set woman and minorities on the path to STEM careers. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.

Lesley was recently honored as the 2018 Tribute to Women Awards recipient.

She was also awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. Lesley was twice recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication.

Lesley believes strongly in giving back to the community. As a former Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Charter co-founder and Chairperson of Volunteer’s For Youth, Lesley has also sat on the Board of Directors for The Boise State University Foundation, Boise State University Alumni Association, and the Idaho Black History Museum.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.

Kathleen Dunlap

Former CEO
Girls Who Invest, Inc.

In February 2015, Ms. Dunlap teamed up with Seema R. Hingorani, former CIO of the $160B New York City Employees Retirement system, to launch Girls Who Invest; a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and investment management leadership. GWI’s goal is to have 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030. The group provides talented girls and young women with education, industry accessibility and career placement. Ms. Dunlap retired from GWI January 1, 2018.

Ms. Dunlap is an industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience. She has distinguished herself through her work with many of the world’s largest pension funds. Recently, Ms. Dunlap was a partner at Fiduciary Research and Consulting (FRC) managing $9B. Ms. Dunlap joined FRC from Barclays Capital in New York City where she served as Managing Director of Barclays Institutional Investor team. She rejoined Barclays in 2009 from Epoch Investment Partners, a long-only equity manager, where she was a Managing Director. Prior to Epoch, Ms. Dunlap was the Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee of a $3B Chicago-based hedge fund. In 2000 she was the Chief Executive Officer of PrivateTrade, a company focused on trading secondary interests in private equity limited partnerships.

From 1989-2000, Ms. Dunlap held many leadership positions with Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco and New York including Managing Director and Head of US Marketing where she led the marketing launch of the ETF product known today as iShares. Earlier in her career, she held positions with Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody.

Ms. Dunlap received a BS in Economics from the University of San Francisco.

Ed Farrington

Executive Vice President
Natixis Investment Managers

Edward Farrington is an Executive Vice President with Natixis Investment Managers. In that role, he leads several multichannel business units, including the Defined Contribution and personal retirement business. Mr. Farrington was previously based in London where he led global wholesale efforts for the firm, supporting clients throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Prior to joining Natixis, Mr. Farrington served as national fundraising manager for Fidelity Charitable Services. There, he led fundraising efforts for the nation’s largest donor-advised fund. Mr. Farrington also held senior roles in Chicago, San Diego, and Boston with Fidelity Investments. He has more than 20 years of experience in investment management.

Mr. Farrington has a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire. He is FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 66 licensed. Mr. Farrington holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. Additionally, he is actively involved in Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on eliminating the ambition gap for young women. Mr. Farrington is also a trustee of the Travis Roy Foundation.

Debi Hemmeter


Debi Hemmeter is the Co-Founder of Debi has over 20 years of experience within the private sector with four Fortune 50 companies. Debi began her career at PepsiCo and Sara Lee in sales and marketing. After close to 10 years in the consumer products segment she was recruited to Wells Fargo Bank. There she specialized in retail banking strategy, marketing and business development. Debi then moved onto Bank of America and led one of their largest retail markets where she managed $3.4 billion in assets. Along the way, Debi learned first hand many of the important Lean In Principles, (1) “sit at the table”, (2)“don’t leave before you leave”, and (3)“make your partner an equal partner” and believes that the conversation that has reignited worldwide will allow companies to improve their bottom line performance. Debi lives in Piedmont CA and has two daughters who are Leaning In all the way!

Cindy Hounsell

Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement

Cindy Hounsell is the President of WISER, the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the opportunities for women to secure retirement income and to educate the public about the inequities that disadvantage women in retirement.

An attorney and retirement expert, Ms. Hounsell has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, U.S.A Today, Newsweek, Barrons, Investors Business Daily, Congressional Quarterly, Ms., Working Mother, Associated Press, Knight Ridder, and Reuters. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox Morning News & Financial News, and a Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer. The PBS program, To The Contrary, filmed a two-part award winning series on women and retirement that featured WISER. Radio interviews include several syndicated shows including National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace.

Ms. Hounsell has testified before Congress, served as a delegate for a number of White House Summits and conferences including the last two White House Conferences on Aging, the White House Social Security Conference and each of the National Retirement Saver Summits. She has written several chapters, columns, articles, op-eds, papers and booklets on women and retirement. Two booklets, What Every WOMAN Needs to Know About MONEY And RETIREMENT: A Simple Guide and What Everyone Needs to Know About Money and Retirement, appeared as inserts in Good Housekeeping magazine, to a readership of more than 26 million readers.

Ms. Hounsell provides technical assistance to several national organizations as well as training to leaders and grassroots advocates around the country as part of her role as director of the National Resource Center for Women and Retirement Planning, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Ms. Hounsell was appointed in 2011 by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to the ERISA Advisory Council, and in 2008 by the Bush Administration to the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (APME) representing the field of retirement and financial planning. She serves on the Boards of the National Alliance for Caregiving, STRIVE-DC; on the Advisory Council of Wider Opportunities for Women's Elder Economic Security Initiative; and on the Financial Services Roundtable's Retirement Advisory Council. She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

In 2018, Ms. Hounsell was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Plan Sponsor Council of America. Ms. Hounsell was also named a 2015 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue. The Influencers in Aging list highlights 50 thought leaders, researchers, experts, executives and everyday people who are redefining what it means to grow older in America. Ms. Hounsell was named by Women's eNews as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, and in 2012, Money magazine named her one of its 40 Money Heroes for helping women secure their financial futures.

Daniel Ingram

Vice President, Responsible Investment Research & Consulting

Based in Wilshire’s Santa Monica office in California, Daniel helps institutional asset owners protect and enhance long-term capital by integrating Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into investment decisions. Daniel runs educational workshops on issues such as the investment risks from climate change, he designs ESG policies and guidelines, sources best in class ESG and impact investment strategies and conducts portfolio analysis to measure impact outcomes. He is the Chair of Wilshire’s ESG Committee and a member of the firm’s Research Group.

Prior to joining Wilshire in 2017, Mr. Ingram worked in-house as the Head of the Responsible Investment for the BT Pension Scheme, the UK’s largest corporate defined benefit plan. Previously, he worked at Hermes Investment Management as a senior corporate governance analyst and as a policy analyst at Her Majesty’s Treasury on a number of high profile reviews including the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change.

Mr. Ingram earned an MA from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in Philosophy and Political Science. He holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership from the University of Cambridge and the UK CFA institute’s Investment Management Certificate.

Elizabeth Kelly

Senior Vice President of Operations
United Income

Elizabeth Kelly serves as SVP of Operations for United Income, which uses new technology to provide holistic financial planning and investment management to people nearing or entering retirement. Prior to joining United Income, Elizabeth served as Special Assistant to the President at the White House National Economic Council, where she led White House engagement with federal agencies and external partners to develop and execute the President’s retirement security and financial inclusion agendas. In this capacity, she coordinated the development, rollout, and defense of major rules and guidance, including the fiduciary (“conflict of interest”) rule and Military Lending Act rules closing prior loopholes to cap loans to service members at 36% APR.

Earlier in her career, Elizabeth worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a law clerk to Judge Stephen A. Higginson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Elizabeth holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. from Duke University.

Neil Lloyd

Head of US DC & Financial Wellness Research

Neil Lloyd was appointed Head US DC & Financial Wellness Research in late 2015. Neil is a Partner and prior to this role was a senior consultant in Mercer's investments business in the Vancouver office. Neil uses his actuarial, investment and international expertise to lead the research activities for US DC and Financial Wellness.

Neil is a member of Mercer’s DC Committee, DC Investment Committee and several of Mercer’s Strategic Research Teams, including the US Target Date Fund Strategic Research team. Neil is a regular speaker at national and regional industry forums. Neil participates in the industry, chairing PSCA’s Retirement Industry Advisory Committee, is a member of DCIIA’s Executive Committee chairing the Retirement Income Committee as well as participating in the Academic Forum Subcommittee. In addition, Neil is on EBRI’s Executive Committee as the Research Chair.

Neil obtained a Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town in 1987, before qualifying as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1990. He also became an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. In addition, Neil qualified as a Certified Financial Planner in South Africa in 1994.

Jim Mahaney

Thought Leadership Practice Leader
Prudential Financial, Inc.

James Mahaney runs the Thought Leadership practice at Prudential Financial, Inc. In this capacity, he has authored dozens of research papers on topics such as retirement planning, paying for college, and financial wellness.

In his career at Prudential, Mahaney has been active in the development of products and solutions for individuals to improve their retirement security and has been awarded three patents from the U.S. Patent Office. Mahaney is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger, and other media outlets. In addition, Mahaney currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Journal of Retirement and is a regular contributor to Forbes.

In the 2000s, he earned the Certified Pension Consultant, Qualified 401(k) Administrator, and Registered Employee Benefit designations. He also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. In 2016, Mahaney was honored as a Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) Hero award winner for his work in promoting financial security for women.

Mahaney holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, and Master of Science degrees in financial services and in management from The American College.

Laraine McKinnon


Laraine is founder of LMC17, a strategic consulting firm that blends behavioral science, big data and practical implementation to address hard-to-solve problems. The firm currently focuses on diversity & inclusion, talent development and retirement readiness.

Prior to founding LMC17, Laraine was a Managing Director and retirement readiness strategist at BlackRock. Her thought leadership focused on the 401(k) space, where she worked with large plan sponsors to deliver sophisticated data analytics, workforce retirement strategies, and employee engagement via financial wellness. In roles at predecessor organizations Barclays Global Investors and Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, Laraine championed a wide array of diverse investments including hedge funds, index funds and quantitative active management for global clients.

Laraine is the author of “Known: How to Create a Great 401(k).” She serves as Advisor to Betterment for Business, a robo-advisor providing low-cost diversified portfolios and financial advice, and as an Advisor and strategist for Emtrain, an education technology platform providing compliance training, expert advice and data analytics on unconscious bias, diversity and sexual harassment prevention. Laraine is Board Member and President of The CLUB Silicon Valley, an incubator of women leaders, and was recognized as a 2018 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Laraine earned a BA degree, cum laude, in political science and women's studies from Wellesley College and a Diversity and Inclusion for HR Certificate from Cornell University.

Andy Noronha

Director, Office of Inclusion and Collaboration

Andy Noronha is a Director with the Cisco Office of Inclusion and Collaboration, where he works to develop strategy, research, and insights that will help guide the future of inclusion and collaboration for the company and its customers. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an initiative of Cisco and the Swiss business school IMD, where he conducts research and works with executives from companies seeking to remain competitive in an era of digital disruption.

Andy is a co-author of the best-selling book Digital Vortex, which describes how today’s market leaders can use the business models and strategies of digital disruptors to win in their markets. He is also a co-author of the forthcoming book Orchestrating Digital which will focus on how companies can orchestrate digital transformation efforts.

With 20 years of experience in the technology industry, he possesses a strong background in helping companies remain competitive in the world of business where technology is continually evolving.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.

Susana Rinderle

Principal, Execution
Korn Ferry

Ms. Rinderle is a Principal in the Advisory Practice in the Leadership Development Organization with subject matter expertise in diversity & inclusion and communication.

She has 25 years of professional experience garnering diversity results for clients and employers in multiple sectors across the U.S. and abroad, including corporate (especially high tech and professional services), non-profit, healthcare, education and government. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, she ran her own consulting company.

Ms. Rinderle equips leaders and organizations to solve a pressing problem or go from good to great through the science of inclusive leadership and “new school” approaches to diversity and inclusion which draw on brain science and evolutionary biology.

Ms. Rinderle brings both breadth and depth to her expertise in training design and delivery, leadership coaching, consulting, assessment, organization development, facilitation, talent and leadership development, and diversity & inclusion.

She was the co-founder and first Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for University of New Mexico Hospitals.

Ms. Rinderle’s thought leadership has appeared in The Huffington Post, Workforce Magazine, Diversity Executive, Training Magazine and Diversity Best Practices.  She has published articles on diversity, Mexican and Native culture and U.S. Latinos in academic journals and commercial publications.
She was featured at TEDxABQ 2012, speaking on “Diversity is Necessary for Human Evolution.”

Ms. Rinderle holds an M.A. in intercultural communication from the University of New Mexico, and a B.A. in sociology focused on race, ethnicity and social stratification. She also studied art, history and sociology at UNAM in Mexico City. She is an Associate Certified Coach through ICF.

Steve Sapra

Executive Vice President

Mr. Sapra is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office on the client solutions and analytics team. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2012, he was a managing director at TOBAM, a quantitative asset manager headquartered in Paris. From 1999-2010 Mr. Sapra served as a portfolio manager at Analytic Investors, where he oversaw the research and implementation of approximately $8 billion in U.S. equity assets. Mr. Sapra has written and spoken extensively on issues pertaining to investing and risk management and has published papers in several journals including the Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management and Journal of Sports Economics. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He has 21 years of investment experience and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate University and a master's degree in economics from the University of Southern California.

Sapna Shah

Executive Vice President

Ms. Shah is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office and a member of PIMCO's executive office as the firm’s head of corporate responsibility. In this capacity, she oversees PIMCO’s global initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace as well as PIMCO’s corporate philanthropy platform. Ms. Shah is also a member of the core leadership team for PIMCO’s global sustainability initiative. She was previously a senior member of the U.S. corporate practice and has worked with many different institutional clients. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2007, she was with the equity research group of JPMorgan Asset Management as well as the finance department of SKS Microfinance. She has 16 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Aparna Singh

Project Manager
Women in the Workplace

Aparna Singh is the Project Manager for the Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by McKinsey and She is currently leading the engagement with survey participants, coordinating the production of data insights for each of the participating companies. In 2018, 279 companies participated in the report, representing 13 million employees. Aparna is based out of McKinsey’s San Francisco office and works across the tech and financial services sectors. Her projects have included: leading the development of a new technology roadmap to modernize a legal department, improving client experience for asset managers, designing a customer success function for a software company.

Prior to her role at McKinsey, Aparna worked in renewable energy finance, and in a think-tank on low carbon economics. She started her career as a business analyst in the McKinsey London office. Aparna holds a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christina Stauffer

Head of DCIO Business Development
Thornburg Investment Management

Christina Stauffer is head of DCIO business development for Thornburg Investment Management. She leads the firm’s investment-only efforts with leading retirement and advisor platforms. She has over 25 years of financial services experience with a proven track record in building DCIO and institutional asset management businesses.

Prior to joining Thornburg, Christina was a founding member and senior vice president of PIMCO’s D.C. practice where she developed a comprehensive closed and open architecture distribution network. She was also responsible for DCIO strategic intermediary relationships. Her previous positions also include vice president and partner–institutional markets for Transamerica Investment Management, and vice president–capital markets for Standard Chartered Bank.

Christina is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is on the Board of Directors of both the Women in Pensions Network (WiPN) and the Junior Achievement of Orange County.

Allan Tomkinson

Enterprise Software Architect
Lincoln Financial Group

Allan Tomkinson has over 20 years of experience in software development and architecture, more than 15 years of which has been in insurance and financial services industry. For the last 3 years he has been interested in blockchain technology and how it can be applied in real world systems to improve trust and reduce process complexity.