What a special event we were treated to as Jaime Daddona of Squire Patton Boggs moderated a panel of amazing global leaders, who all happen to be women. Thank you to Jaime and Squire Patton Boggs, and to all our leaders on the panel... and in the audience. Truly inspiring!
"The biggest opportunity comes from unexpected places. See what others have missed and seize the opportunity." - Racquel Moses, President of InvestTT
Cross border business is a wonderful opportunity for leaders of all genders to grow business. The opportunity is OUT THERE.... and it takes courage, smarts and perseverance to find, capture and secure it. These global leaders discussed how they're doing it,.. along with the challenges that still exist.
One thing for sure... we're going to schedule another meeting like this again soon. I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm, feedback and ideas. And special thanks to Racquel Moses calling in from Trinidad & Tobago via skype.
Our next public meeting in Phoenix is the Grow Globally Fair on September 20th. Hoping many of you can join us for that as well. There are other member and collaborator events coming up as well. See those in Phoenix, Trinidad & Tobago and globally.
For more on our amazing speakers, see below for photos and bios. Thank you!
- Jaime Daddona, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs
- Susan Shultz, President at SSA Executive Search & CEO at The Board Institute
- Racquel Moses, President at InvestTT Trinidad & Tobago
- Lisa Kocks, Business Development Manager at Vi Technology
- Kellie Kreiser, Executive Director at Thunderbird for Good
- Anita Verma-Lallian, Director at Vermaland
- Salli Marinov, Past President of First American Stock Transfer
- Dawn Nagle, Executive Director of MPEXA (Metro Phoenix Export Alliance
Jaime Daddona was recently named as a 40 under 40 rising leader by the Phoenix Business Journal and more recently as 2016 Az Most Influential Women. Jaime's legal practice focuses on corporate matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, commercial transactions, securities offerings and compliance, and corporate governance. She has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice representing public and private companies in strategic transactions, working closely with boards of directors and senior managers on governance matters, managing debt and equity investments, and drafting and negotiating supply, distribution and other commercial agreements. Jaime’s transactions regularly involve cross-border, multi-disciplinary teams..
Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981, and has conducted senior level searches nationally and internationally, specializing in building and structuring corporate boards. SSA is partnered with INAC Global with offices in 42 countries. In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent tools to help directors evaluate, educate and benchmark their boards, committees and individual directors. Before establishing SSA, Susan led a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S., state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years and had 4 books published including a #1 worldwide bestseller. Earlier Susan served as Legislative Assistant to Rep. William E. Brock. Along the way Susan also led the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) for over 16 years.
Racquel Moses is the President of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago and 1st Vice President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. Prior to these leadership roles she was the founder and Managing Director of iDaedle, a multinational sales, marketing and strategy consulting firm headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Her career began as a paralegal in Atlanta, Georgia managing municipal bond issuances exceeding 500 Million USD. Subsequently Racquel has held executive-level positions at large multinational organizations, including JP Morgan Chase (Atlanta), Cable & Wireless (Jamaica), and Fujitsu (Jamaica). Racquel is on the advisory board of Global Chamber Trinidad & Tobago, and also currently serves on the Board of Jamaica Education Television, a project aimed at improving the educational achievement of Caribbean children through the use of technology.
Lisa Kocks is an international business development leader with extensive global business experience and a track record for developing effective, creative and culturally diverse sales and distribution strategies. In days when few women were business leaders, even fewer were international liaisons, Lisa was the driving force behind a high performance environment in the global electronics industry, paving the way for many young women for international business success. She opened an office in Singapore where she raised three children while introducing new products that successfully established regional business. Lisa now works for Vi Technology based in Grenoble, France, well known as the French Silicon Valley. Vi Technology is a world leader in vision inspection technology, A graduate of Georgetown University, she studied French, German and Chinese, including programs at the Sorbonne in France and the Mandarin Training Center in Taiwan. Lisa believes we are all lifelong learners and lucky to exchange experiences with all we meet on life's paths.
Kellie Kreiser oversees Thunderbird’s social impact business education programs as Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good. A Thunderbird alumna, Kellie joined the School in 2005 and created the Thunderbird for Good initiative from its infancy. Thunderbird for Good leverages the school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities. Kellie administers the design, fund-raising, and implementation of business training programs that have already taught over 110,000 people globally. In-country program operations have been established in Afghanistan, Peru and Chile, while programs based in the United States have served students from 60 different countries from regions such as the Middle East, South America, Central Europe, South Asia and the South Pacific. Kellie has created partnerships with leading organizations in both public and private sectors including Freeport McMoRan Inc., Goldman Sachs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. Department of State. Kellie is a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Anita Verma-Lallian has been in leadership at Vermaland from an early age. Vermaland was founded by her father and has become one of the largest private land owners in Arizona. Their mission is to procure high quality parcels of land for uses ranging from commercial, residential, and agricultural developments, plus utility scale renewable energy projects. Anita holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Her prior work experience includes working for global companies Honeywell, Boeing and American Express. By 2008, Anita moved full-time into the family business where she leveraged her solar industry knowledge and contacts to head the solar division within Vermaland, entering into agreements with over 25 solar developers. Anita is active in the community, forming the Verma Charitable Foundation with her sister Jennifer, which sponsors student scholarships and a proposed religious retreat center. Anita was named as one of the Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate by AZRE in 2014, she was one of the "Women Who Move the Valley" for Arizona Foothills in 2015, and her story was the cover page and lead article for So Scottsdale in April of 2014.
Salli Marinov is currently the Founder and Past President of the Arizona Business Council (ABC) that focuses on assisting revenue-producing companies to break the glass ceiling of traditional financing, reach their next level of growth, develop exit strategies, and improve their financial value overall by using and keeping resources currently found in Arizona.. Until April of 2016, she was President/CEO of First American Stock Transfer, which was acquired in 2015 by an affiliate of American Stock Transfer & Trust LLC in New York. Salli has 30+ years of experience in the securities industry and 8.5 years as a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in both Hawaii and Spain. Upon leaving the military she became a probation officer with Maricopa County Superior Court acting as a liaison between the individual and the Court system. Throughout her employment in the government sector she acquired a first-hand understanding of the need for compliance while never quite losing her entrepreneurial ability to think “outside the box”. She is author of The Practical Guide For the Transfer of U.S. Equity Securities.
Dawn Nagle is Executive Director for MPEXA, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance. MPEXA collaborates with metro Phoenix stakeholders such as Global Chamber Phoenix to support the development of an export-driven economy. Dawn has more than 20 years of experience in international trade and global sales. Throughout her career she has helped companies leverage technologies, develop programs and build strategic alliances to become more competitive in the global market. She has worked as the Trade Commissioner with the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix where she championed for increased global trade in bioscience, healthcare, and information technology.