"Conversation" events are held in an elegant, intimate, living-room setting and are limited in attendance, in order to encourage an open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas and information. Each event provides multiple opportunities for the participants to interact and concludes with a hosted reception. Past "Conversation" guests include: The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.); Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic worldwide; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Deb Henretta, Group President, Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble; Dr. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano, first female Commander of the White House Medical Unit and Physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents; and a host of outstanding senior executives from Arizona.




Thursday, August 24, 2017

An Evening of Conversation

"Women in Leadership -- Across the Generations"


Vice President & Controller, Sprouts; Former Senior Vice President, Marriott International
Prior to joining Sprouts in July of 2017, Robyn served as the Senior Vice President, Finance & Accounting for Marriott International, Inc., which acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in 2016. Prior to the merger, Robyn served as Corporate Controller for Starwood. Following the merger, she was responsible for leading the finance integration office for the combined company. She joined Starwood in 1998 and previously worked for Promus Hotels (formerly Doubletree Hotels Corp.) Robyn serves on the Board of Directors for Valley of the Sun United Way. She graduated from the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Finance.   
Vice President, Carlisle Companies 
Amelia was appointed to the newly-created position of Vice President for Human Resources at Carlisle Companies in February of 2016. Carlisle Companies is a Fortune 1000 company that has a global diversified portfolio of niche brands and businesses that generated 2016 net sales of $3.7 billion. Carlisle moved its corporate headquarters to Arizona last year. Prior to being named to her current position, Amelia served as Vice President of Finance and Administration of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. Before joining Carlisle, Amelia was an executive at Tribune Broadcasting, a media company owning or operating 42 local television stations reaching more than 50 million households. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California.
Partner, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
At Burch & Cracchiolo, Melissa's practice focuses on complex business litigation matters and corporate transactions. She also maintains an active civil practice before the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She serves as a Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court. Melissa was recently recognized as one of the 20 Most Influential Millennials working in Arizona and has been named a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012-2017. She was chosen to serve as a TGen Ambassador and is a Next Generation Founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Assurance Manager, EY
Kristina started her career with EY in the Denver, Colorado office and, in July 2016, she transferred to the Phoenix office of EY, where she continues her specialization in the real estate industry. She is a licensed CPA in both Colorado and Arizona. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the EY Professional Women's Network (PWN), which provides exposure and leadership opportunities to women at all levels, and fosters the exchange of knowledge and experiences through learning, as well as internal and market-facing networking events. Additionally, Kristina is actively involved in recruiting at EY and participates as a counselor and mentor for both new and experienced hires at EY. Kristina received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wyoming.


Our Conversation events are special experiences. The warm living-room setting, the wine and hors d'oeuvres and the comfortable conversational approach create an environment where the "speaker" remarks are thoughtful and candid, the attendees are able to participate in an open dialogue with the speakers and there are ample opportunities for real interaction and relationship-building with fellow participants.

At the August 2017 event, women leaders from the Baby Boom, Gen-X and Millennial generations will share their experiences and provide historical context and insight into the role and perception of women in the professional workplace. Anne Hanyak, President of AWLF, will both moderate and join the roundtable. The discussion will be substantive but also include some light-hearted moments. The roundtable of leaders will share:

  • The challenges and opportunities each generation faced at the outset of their careers and how those evolved over the course of their careers, as they rose through the ranks to higher levels of leadership.
  • The situations encountered, strategies employed, risks taken, sacrifices made and lessons learned by each generation.
  • How we can become better advocates for women in leadership by imparting our practical knowledge and paying-forward our lessons learned to the women who follow us and, in turn, learning from our younger women leaders.

It will be an evening of information, inspiration and camaraderie.

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort
5700 East McDonald Drive; Paradise Valley, Arizona

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktails
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Conversation Program
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception & Casual Conversation

Attendance to the August 2017 Event is "By Invitation."
If you are interested in attending, please contact us online or by phone at 602-861-9350.


Women in Leadership
Across the Generations

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Sanctuary Resort

4:00 - 4:30 PM
Registration & Cocktails

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Conversation Program

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Hosted Reception

Event is "By Invitation."
Interested in Attending?

Contact Us!