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2012 Empowerment Speakers

Theme: “Innovating Your Career Strategies: Moving In, Moving Up and Moving On”

Vice Chair of The City University of New York Board of Trustees
President Philip Berry Associates,LLC
Formerly Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives, Colgate-Palmolive Company

President, Philip Berry Associates, LLC

Philip Berry is the President of Philip Berry Associates LLC which is a global management consulting, executive coaching and training practice. They will specialize in the areas of leadership training, global talent management, global diversity, innovation, team building, corporate social responsibility, employee relations effectiveness and affirmative actions compliance.

Philip Berry was previously Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives for Colgate-Palmolive. In this role, Philip focused on enhancing Colgates efforts to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and broad base of global talent, and to create an inclusive work environment that furthers Colgates commitment to Becoming the Best Place to Work.

Philip joined Colgate in 1990 as Associate Director of Human Resources in the U.S. Company. He has subsequently held senior Human Resources positions serving the Central Europe/Russia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America and European Divisions. In each of these areas Philip has made outstanding contributions in focusing the Human Resources function on key business issues, particularly goal alignment, training, plant site rationalization, and acquisition integration.

In 2001, Philip became Vice President, Global Employee Relations - Best Place to Work. and was elected a Corporate Officer in 2003.

Prior to joining Colgate, Philip acquired broad Human Resources expertise at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for eight years in labor relations, organizational development and compensation. He also worked at Digital Equipment as Personnel Director and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority as VP, Human Resources.

Philip holds an AA degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College, BA degree from Queens College in New York, a Masters in Science from Columbia University School of Social Work, and an MBA from Xavier University. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for City University of New York, appointed by the Governor, which has responsibility for the 23 colleges within the New York City area and is Acting Chairman of the CUNY Construction Fund. Further, Philip was appointed to the Business Leadership Council of CUNY (City University of New York), and is on the Panel for Education Policy appointed by the Mayor of New York. He is also on the Advisory Board of New York City Center, an arts and cultural institution. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Corporate Diversity Council for the Asia Society.

Philip has received numerous awards, most recently the Crossing Borders awards from Feminist Press; and other awards from National Hispanic Corporate Achievers, the National Association of Asian American Professionals; the Quality of Work Life award from Work Life Matters magazine; the 100 Most Powerful Blacks in New York award from Crain Magazine, the Communicator of the Year award from Global HR News and the Governors award for Distinction in Community Service.

Dr. Mitchel Wallerstein President of Baruch College, City University of New York

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York on February 22 appointed Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University for the past seven years, as the President of Baruch College, home to the nation’s largest collegiate business school as well as prominent Schools of Arts and Sciences and Public Affairs. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recommended Dr. Wallerstein after a nationwide search.

The Maxwell School has been ranked for the past 15 years by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s leading graduate school of public affairs. It is the nation’s oldest school of public affairs and also serves as the social science division of Syracuse University, annually teaching approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 850 graduate students in eight disciplinary departments. Dr. Wallerstein thus oversees the social sciences at Syracuse University, and he also serves as a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.

In a joint statement, Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Goldstein stated: “Dean Mitchel Wallerstein brings to the University exceptional administrative, academic and governmental experience together with outstanding public service, scholarly accomplishment, a strong commitment to students, and a deep belief in the mission of Baruch College.”

Camille Kelly is the Vice President of Employer branding and a Global Account Director with the Universum Group.

Throughout her time with Universum, Camille has demonstrated the ability to work strategically as a business partner and an employer branding consultant.

Mrs. Kelly attended University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. After starting her career at Universum she worked for Siemens as a University Relations Manager as well as their Diversity Programs Manager before returning to Universum in 2005 and starting the Diversity Advisory Board and has currently been with Universum for over 8 years.

Her expertise includes: Employer Branding, University Relations & Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion, Undergraduate & MBA Recruiting, Generational Issues - Attracting and Recruiting Millennials.

At Universum she has worked closely with and consulted senior level HR professionals at Fortune 1000 companies on their employer brand perception among college level students based on data gathered from Universum’s annual surveys. She has presented analyses of employer specific survey responses compared to overall population responses to executive level decision makers and analyzed survey data to advise clients on their recruiting strategies to make them more cost efficient and effective in order to attract their target students. Other parts of her responsibilities include the creations of customized solutions to identify potential key areas of improvement for clients’ current recruitment strategies while utilizing qualitative and quantitative data.

Lastly, Camille assisted in conducting the North American data analysis of annual survey results from over 70,000 university students at over 65 universities to identify trends, summarize findings and prepare survey for publication in Fortune and Businessweek magazine annual feature articles.

Camille currently resides in Easton, PA with her husband and 2 children and enjoys travelling with her family.

Aubrey Bridges Owner of Style or NOT - A Personal Shopping and Imaging Consulting

After 4 years as a retail buyer for one of the top retailers in the world, she decided to step out on her own to provide a much needed service to the South Florida area. As a sales specialist for several high end retail stores such as Bloomingdale’s and BeBe Inc., she realized that there were many people who disliked spending time shopping, or didn’t have a clue of current trends. Therefore, she wanted to offer a service that would inform shoppers of what’s of fashion, and where to find exactly what they need within their price range. Her experience as a Beauty Sales Consultant with Mary Kay, Inc. coupled with her retail buying experience and passion for shopping, provides her with the advantage to offer specialized services per client, and keeps her aware of fashion and beauty trends. Her service is affordable and professional, which allows you to focus on the more important tasks in your life!