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Program Facilitators & Instructors

Kathy Bernhard



Areas of expertise include leadership development, coaching, performance management and organization development. She is a seasoned “hands-on” professional with in-depth knowledge of executive assessment, 360° feedback, succession planning, training facilitation and executive assimilation.

M. Najeeb Ahmad



Management consultant focused on strategic execution through people. Areas of expertise include leadership and organizational performance, talent management, leadership and employee development, executive coaching, organizational climate, organizational change and global business operations.

Maryann Billington



Consultant providing facilitation, coaching, and leadership development for leaders in organizations around the globe. Facilitates inspirational strategy and leadership events for corporate teams and boards of directors that develop capabilities to guide change and transformation, spark innovation, and foster engagement through the art of influence.

Lily Cushenbery



Assistant Professor of Management at Stony Brook University and the Director of the Leadership & Creativity Research Lab ( ). Lily’s work in leadership, innovation, and conflict applies science-based approaches to practical organizational problems.

Carol Gomes


Keynote Speaker

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital. Member of SBU Distinguished Alumni and award-winning leader with a passion for transformative healthcare. A reputation for championing high-quality standards in clinical processes, resulting in outstanding patient outcomes and recent SBUH recognition by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™. Mentor for students pursuing healthcare administration.

Loren Margolis



Global consultant specializing in leadership development, executive coaching and team development for corporations, universities and non-profits. Taught and coached global leaders in financial services, management consulting, consumer goods and tech sectors. Founded Columbia's peer coaching program. Certified and managed a large cadre of leadership coaches and led the leadership development curriculum.

Kathryn Mayer


Panel Moderator/Instructor

Leadership development professional for twenty years. Leads workshops and does executive coaching work focusing on women in competitive businesses. Certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) at the PCC level as an executive coach. Author of   Collaborative Competition™: A Woman’s Guide to  
Succeeding by Competing.

Jeffrey Warren



Consultant that combines real-world experience with thought leadership to bring transformative solutions to organizations. Creative and innovative thinker who uses a Design Thinking approach to help businesses and institutions explore the possibilities of what could be – and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end-user. He is a guest lecturer and speaker and works in an advisory capacity for start-ups in the technology sector.

SBU Steering Committee Members for Women in STEM Leadership Program:

Dr. Patricia Aceves,  Division of Information Technology ▪ Dr. Ellen Broselow,  College of Arts and Sciences ▪ Dr. Monica Bugallo,  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences  ▪ Dr. Brooke Ellison,  School of Health Technology & Management ▪ Diane Fabel,  Center for Biotechnology ▪ Carol Gomes,  Stony Brook University Hospital ▪ Judith Greiman,  Office of the President ▪ Dr. Manuel London,  College of Business ▪ Patricia Malone, Center for Corporate Education and School for Professional Development ▪  Dr. Nicole Sampson,  College of Arts and Sciences ▪ Dr. Marianna Savoca,  Career Center ▪ Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos,  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences ▪ Dr. Larry Swanson,  School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences ▪ Dr. Mary Truhlar,  School of Dental Medicine ▪ Dr. Stella Tsirka,  Office of the Provost    

Corporate Advisory Board Members for Women in STEM Leadership Program:

Angela Chewning, Dayton T. Brown ▪ Anna Chacko, Long Island Power Authority ▪ Mary Genoy, National Grid ▪ Kimberly Harriman, New York Power Authority ▪ Sharon Klugewicz, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. ▪ Donna Linke Klein, BAE Systems ▪ Dr. John Looney, Brookhaven National Laboratory ▪ Paul M. Meyer, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff ▪ Judy Murrah, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. ▪ Christine Ortiz, Data Device Corp. ▪ Katie Rafferty, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ▪ Gregory Santi, Curtis Wright ▪ Patricia Sileo, P. W. Grosser Consulting ▪ Liz Uzzo, H2M ▪ Frances Ruderman, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Women in STEM Leadership program

Spring 2021


"The topics were appropriate and relevant to what I encounter in today's world."

Margaret Dugan
National Grid

"Very excited to have met such thoughtful, smart and generous people - very memorable."

Amanda Hughes
Industrial Engineer
North Atlantic Industries

"I really enjoyed the hands-on exercises and workshops. They helped to enforce the topics in a practical way."

Alka Iqbal
Executive Director
The NPD Group