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Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast


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Camille Alexander, BNY Mellon | Debbi Jarvis, Pepco Holidngs | Myrna Peralta, CentroNia | Grace Speights, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP 

2017 Teresa Schwartz Rising Leader: Anna Raven-Hansen, McKinsey & Company 

 Camille Alexander -- Senior Director at BNY Mellon and a leader with a proven track record advising CEOs on complex financial strategies, delivering successful liquidity management and business transition strategies to CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior executives across all industries. Ms. Alexander is also a board advisor and active investor in private companies, currently serving on the advising board of Pivotal Path LLC, a New York-based, venture-backed financial technology company. With more than 25 years of experience leading teams for global financial services firms, Camille's experience includes managing corporate pension plans, mutual funds, and separately managed accounts for institutions and individuals. Ms. Alexander is also a graduate of Leadership San Antonio.

 Debbi Jarvis -- Vice President of Corporate Relations at Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company. Ms. Jarvis and her team develop strategies around corporate goodwill in the communities served by Pepco Holdings and its three operating utilities. Ms. Jarvis enjoyed more than 20 years of success in TV and radio news, advertising, and marketing in the Washington D.C., Ohio, Michigan and Connecticut broadcast markets. Ms. Jarvis previously served as Leadership Montgomery's Board Chair. In addition, Ms. Jarvis serves on the boards of the Washington D.C. Police Foundation; DC Education Fund; Washington Area Women's Foundation; N St. Village; South East Tennis and Learning Center's Recreation Wish List Committee; and Catholic Charities. Ms. Jarvis graduated with a degree in International Business from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 

 Myrna Peralta -- President and CEO of CentroNia, a 30-year old nationally recognized bilingual, multicultural learning center. Ms. Peralta has over 35 years of experience in leadership development and organizational management. Prior to joining CentroNia, Ms. Peralta consulted on leadership development, program and policy strategies in the education, health, and housing arenas, technical assistance on community programs, project management services, and resources development at the international, national, and local levels. Her professional career has included serving as Executive Director for DC Children and Youth Investment Trust, Deputy Director of the Center for Community Change, Senior Associate with the National Association of Social Workers and Commissions, including the United Way and, for 10 years, as a Trustee of the DC Public Library. She currently serves on the DC Library Foundation Board. Ms. Peralta received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

 Grace Speights--A Partner in Morgan Lewis' Labor & Employment Practice Group, resident in the firm's Washington office. Ms. Speights serves as the Global Leader of Morgan Lewis' Labor & Employment Practice Group.  In that role, she is responsible for managing more than 330 lawyers and other professionals around the world. Speights also serves as Chair of the Firm's Systemic Employment Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Speights' practice focuses on internal investigations, counseling, and defending clients in connection with employment discrimination claims, primarily involving class action litigation and on counseling clients regarding corporate diversity best practices. She also represents clients in systemic investigations and litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Speights is a member of the Capital City Chapter of the Links, Inc. and a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University, on which she serves as Secretary of the Board and Chairperson of the Board's committee on Governance and Nominations. Ms. Speights received her B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. degree with Honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif from the George Washington University. 

2017 Teresa Schwartz Rising Leader Award

 Anna Raven-Hansen -- An Associate at McKinsey & Company where she focuses primarily on strategic and organizational issues and working with mission-focused clients, primarily in the public and social sectors. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ms. Raven-Hansen worked on the internal corporate strategy team for the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), conducted best practice research for CEB's human capital practice, and led CEB's pro bono relationship with Ashoka. Ms. Raven-Hansen has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and African & African American Studies from Duke University and a M.B.A. in Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about social justice & diversity and inclusion, and serves as co-lead for diversity & inclusion initiatives in McKinsey's D.C. office. 



Photos of Past Women of Achievement Awards - 2016 


   Pictured L-R: Board Vice President Natalia Wilson, Board President Karen Williamson, 2016 WOA Honoree Christianne Ricchi, 2016 WOA Honoree Janet Hill, Bryan Cave LLP Managing Partner LaDawn Naegle, 2016 Woman of Excellence Kristin Robinson, 2016 WOA Honoree Sheila Harley Washington, Former Chief Executive Officer Tamara Smith 



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