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Michael L. Conklin

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
WSFS Bank

Biography

Michael L. Conklin joined WSFS in August 2020 and leads the Bank’s talent transformation initiative, including developing and optimizing people-centered strategies for succession, inclusion, learning and development, human sigma, wellbeing, compensation and community partnerships.

Mr. Conklin has more than 25 years’ experience building effective teams across operations, human resources and strategic business development. He is a results-oriented leader with a “big picture” outlook that helps develop organizational strategies and tactics to drive growth, productivity and employee engagement.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for US Bank’s consumer, business banking and payment services, leading a team of 147 human resources professionals and 46,000 employees. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global Human Resources for Pentair’s process technologies global business unit.

Mr. Conklin served in the Marine Corps Reserve and is a Veteran of the Gulf War.

Mr. Conklin holds an M.B.A. from Regis University and a B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from Augsburg University.



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Amy Ellixson

Vice President, Finance, North America Hospital Medical Devices 
Johnson & Johnson

Biography

Amy Ellixson assumed the role of Vice President, Finance for the North America Medical Devices segment at Johnson and Johnson in August 2018.  Over the past two years, she was Vice President, Finance for the Medical Device Global Supply Chain in June of 2016.  In this role, she provided financial leadership across three global franchises of Ethicon, Interventional Solutions and DePuy Synthes as well as newly formed Supply Chain councils within the EMEA, LATAM and APAC regions.  Her main areas of focus were providing increased transparency and improvement to gross profit, inventory, capital and continuing the journey of Medical Device Supply Chain Transformation.  She transitioned from Consumer Supply Chain where she spent four years as Vice President, Finance for Consumer Global Supply Chain, partnering with the organization driving significant improvement in cost competitiveness supporting the growth agenda and return of US over-the-counter (OTC) products to the market.  Prior to that role, Amy spent one year as, Vice President, Finance for US OTCs, WW Nutritionals and Wellness & Prevention.

Amy also spent four years in the Pharmaceuticals segment as a Senior Finance Director for the Global Pharmaceutical R&D organization, providing financial and strategic leadership across all five therapeutic areas and the Global Medical organization. The first 15 years of her career were spent with the Consumer Segment where she held numerous positions of increasing responsibility with McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Before moving to Pharmaceuticals, she was an OTC Marketing and Sales Finance Director and served on the McNeil OTC Board.

Amy earned her MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Amy and her husband Jim have three children, Tyler, Mckenna and Meghan.

 

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Michael A. Innocenzo

President and CEO
PECO

Biography

Michael Innocenzo is responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs. 

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility.  The company employs about 2,600 people, owns $10 billion in assets, and generates approximately $2.8 billion in annual revenues.  A subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest competitive energy provider, PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 520,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

Michael Innocenzo previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer, where he was responsible for leadership of PECO’s overall performance associated with operations, safety, service reliability, customer satisfaction and financial management. 

Prior to this position, he served as vice president, Distribution System Operations and Advanced Grid and Meter Technology, where he was responsible for the operation of the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems as well as the design and deployment of PECO’s new metering technology system.  Innocenzo also served as the director of Gas Operations, Quality Services and Performance Improvement.  He also served as a regional director in Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, as well as a regional engineering manager for Chester and Delaware counties.  Innocenzo also was the emergency services supervisor in Philadelphia and a project engineer in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. 

Michael Innocenzo serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Free Library, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the American Gas Association, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.  Innocenzo also led special projects with the Edison Electric Institute and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Michael Innocenzo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University.



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Cynthia Pussinen

Chief Technical Officer
Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

Biography

Cynthia Pussinen is the Chief Technical Officer of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in R&D Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Cynthia joined Spark Therapeutics in February 2021 and has responsibility for the technical development and operations functions including technical process and analytical development, clinical and commercial manufacturing, QA, QC, Quality Compliance, Supply Chain, Engineering, EH&S and Supply Chain Management. She brings 25+ years of industry experience including 18 years with Pfizer across a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, 6 years with Ipsen Biosciences, a subsidiary of Ipsen, where she was the President and as the EVP of Technical Development, Operations and Supply Chain for Actinium Pharmaceuticals.



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Jonathan P. Rambeau

Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Integated Warfare Systems and Sensors (IWSS)
Lockheed Martin

Biography

Jonathan (Jon) Rambeau is the vice president and general manager of the Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors (IWSS) line of business for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS). He has held this role since January 2021 and is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of missile defense, radar, shipbuilding, directed energy, and combat system integration programs that serve to increase customer capability and help achieve mission success. Mr. Rambeau is also responsible for the general management of eight domestic sites, as well as international locations in United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, comprising more than 9,500 employees.

Most recently, Mr. Rambeau served as vice president for Lockheed Martin’s C6ISR line of business within RMS. In that role, he was responsible for the execution and strategic growth of a multi-domain portfolio of capabilities covering command, control, communications, computers, cyber, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, with approximately 6,000 employees around the globe.

His prior leadership roles included vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Training and Logistics Solutions line of business within RMS; vice president of F-35 International Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and vice president for Technology Transition within Lockheed Martin’s Corporate Engineering and Technology organization.

Mr. Rambeau is a proven leader with 25 years of experience at Lockheed Martin. He has held critical roles in program management, engineering and operations. He served as director of credentialing programs and directed several key initiatives for the corporation including the corporate Nanotechnology Initiative, Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Strategic Airport Security Rollout program, and the TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.

Mr. Rambeau holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Technology Management from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Australia, the Lockheed Martin Employee Political Action Committee, and the World Trade Center Institute.

Mr. Rambeau is the author of the book Breaking Away from the Pack, a framework to accelerate professional success.



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Paul B. Redman

President & Chief Executive Officer
Longwood Gardens

Biography

Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. A hallmark of Paul’s leadership is building a culture of planning to propel a shared vision forward.

Over the last 12 years, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned the Gardens as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution of the 21st Century, while respecting the values of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont. The result has been nothing short of astounding with overall attendance doubling to almost 1.6 million visitors per year; an incredible climb in Membership support from 17,000 to 66,000 households; and earned income that has almost tripled. Most recently and notably, Paul led one of largest projects in Longwood’s history: the $90-plus million revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden, which reopened in May 2017.

A consummate professional, Paul freely shares his time and expertise, serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Garden Conservancy; Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair for Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote awareness and careers in horticulture; and previously serving as Board President and Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association. His honors include: 2018 National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence; 2017 Distinguished Alumnus from the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University; 2016 American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit; the International Garden Tourism Network’s 2015 Person of the Year; 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award; 2014 Wyck Strickland Award; 2014 American Society of Horticultural Science’s Dr. William A. “Tex” Frazier Lecturer; 2012 CEO of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry; 2008 Distinguished Horticulture Alumnus from Oklahoma State University; and where his professional career first began, Franklin Park Conservatory, receiving the Ann Islay Wolfe Award for extraordinary contributions to the organization.

Paul has been working and studying in the field of public horticulture for more than 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University.


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Bill Strahan

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Comcast

Biography

Bill Strahan leads the Human Resources function for Comcast Cable.  He has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources including talent, compensation, benefits, learning, employee, and labor relations.

Bill Strahan has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for almost 30 years.  He began his career with over a decade of work at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank.  The second decade of Bill’s work included practicing law in Washington, D.C. in the area of Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings.  For nine years, Bill was a consultant and manager at Mercer HR Consulting.

Bill holds a B.A. in Religion from Villanova University; a Certificate in Employee Benefit Administration from Georgetown University; and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law.  He is an Active Member of the Virginia State Bar.

Along with his wife and two sons, Bill resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.  He serves as chair of the board of Philadelphia Works, an organization that connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace.



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‚ÄčNicole Tranchitella

Senior Managing Director
Accenture

Biography

Nicole Tranchitella is a Senior Managing Director within Accenture’s Products Consulting practice and is the Global Client Account Lead for a Fortune 50 corporation. With over 25 years of consulting experience, Nicole's primary expertise is enabling business transformation programs which she has done across multiple industries including Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Chemicals, and Energy. 

Nicole is also the Philadelphia Office Managing Director for Accenture focusing on our market and community presence and supporting our 2300+ Accenture personnel.  She is member of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council for Growth.  Nicole is a past recipient of the 40 Under 40 award, YWCA Women of Distinction and the Tech Impact Founders award. 

Nicole is married with three children and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.  A lifelong resident in the area, she is an avid Philly sports fan and enjoys spending time with her family (and dog) particularly at the shore, reading, and recently completed her first triathlon in August of last year.



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April Walker

General Manger, US Microsoft Technology Centers
Microsoft

Biography

April is a digital transformation expert, board member, published author, industry thought-leader and C-suite advisor. She is the General Manager of the US Microsoft Technology Centers and in this role, she leads a national organization of more than 100 employees and is accountable for 15 technology innovation centers and industry centers-of-excellence across the US. Leading a team of technical and industry experts, her organization is chartered to guide industry leaders and enterprises with achieving their digital transformation goals and helping them to become digital businesses. A career spanning more than 30 years, April has held leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. She has been the catalyst for driving change, direction, and developing enterprise-wide and global strategies for digital transformation and innovation for many Fortune 500 companies some of which include: MetLife, NBCUniversal, and AOL Time Warner.

April an avid learner – received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as an Executive Certification in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Additionally, she possesses an M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a B.S. in Global Business from the University of Maryland. April is an adjunct professor for the executive MBA program at Drexel University's Lebow College of Business. She has amassed a notable portfolio of published articles on emerging technology trends and industry transformation and frequently is sought after for speaking engagements across the US.

It is April's mission to do her part in bridging the digital divide and to advocate for women and communities of color to explore careers in STEM - and she occupies numerous non-profit board memberships that contribute to this mission. She was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney to the Philadelphia Works board, where she serves in the capacity as an officer and Treasurer and helps to lead efforts for digital skilling for the community at-large. She was the recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2020 Women of Distinction award and was previously featured in 'Essence Magazine's' Careers To Watch, and most recently was recognized by Radio-One, the largest urban radio network in the country as one their ‘Power of Women” honorees.