Inside Look: “First Hustle: What Was Your First Hustle?” Panel

Dare to Disrupt LogoExcited to learn more about the upcoming CWiB Conference? We’ve heard you! And we would love to share the details of another confirmed panel with you:

First Hustle: Connecting the Dots
In this open discussion, we’ll explore the early successes and failures of women executives and the crucial lessons learned along the way that helped define where they are today

Panelists will include:

Eleni Bastas, Director, American Express
Eleni Bastas is the Director of Co-brand Partnerships at American Express, where she manages the JetBlue and Hilton HHonors Card portfolios.  Eleni started her career at American Express in 2002 and has held a number of positions across multiple business units including OPEN, Global Merchant Services and most recently, Consumer Products and Services. During her time in Merchant Services, Eleni managed key American Express merchant relationships including Hilton Hotels, Carlson Hotels, MGM Mirage and Mandarin Oriental.

In 2009, she joined the JetBlue Co-brand team and has worked on expanding the Card portfolio including refreshing the Card’s value proposition. In 2013, she also assumed resumed responsibility over the Hilton HHonors Co-brand portfolios. Eleni holds a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Reid CarpenterPrincipal & Co-Director, The Katzenbach Center, Strategy& Reid Carpenter
Reid Carpenter is a principal in the Organization and Change Leadership practice, and is currently serving as the co-director of The Katzenbach Center and Global Diversity Leader for Strategy&. She has 14 years of experience leading culture and change programs to support business transformation. During her time at Strategy&, Reid has implemented change management strategy and plans to support organizational restructuring, cost reduction and improved operating model for a global energy conglomerate, as well as redesigning the “execution” organization for a national health plan to accelerate strategy implementation. She has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA in Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Journalism & Mass Communications.

Shruti Ganguly, Producer, Conde Nast
Shruti Ganguly is a filmmaker based in New York City. She has produced four feature-length narrative movies, numerous short films and documentaries, and digital video content, which have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Venice, Telluride, and so on. The films include TAR, BLACK DOG, RED DOG, and YOSEMITE, which star James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and Whoopi Goldberg. Her recent movie H., directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, won the Venice Biennale College Cinema 2013-2014 prize and premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year.

She most recently was a Producer at Conde Nast Entertainment, developing the content and strategy for Vogue Magazine, and was previously a Senior Producer at MTV Networks and a producer at NYLON Magazine/NYLON TV. Struti holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Shruti holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She teaches a Business of Film class at NYU and Ringling College.

Kruti Patel Goyal, VP, Etsy
Kruti Patel Goyal is the Vice President of Business Development at Etsy, an online marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. She previously led the International team as well as the Marketplace Integrity & Trust and Safety teams at Etsy.

Before joining Etsy, Kruti led Business Development at (RED), a global marketing company that raises funds to fight AIDS in Africa.  Prior to (RED), she was VP of Strategy & Development at Viacom, where she focused on digital media growth opportunities. Kruti began her career in finance as an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s M&A group, and then as an Associate at General Atlantic Partners, a technology growth investment firm. She received her BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In 2009, Kruti and her husband left their jobs to travel around the world. Their itinerary took them from Africa across Asia, and they consulted for social enterprises in India, Mali and Rwanda along the way.

Sandra Schubert, VP, Goldman Sachs
Sandra joined the Investment Management Division in 1999 after receiving her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Sandra was a media and telecom strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. She also spent several years in Seoul, Korea and in Paris, France heading the ELLE Merchandise operations of Hachette Filipacchi Presse in Korea.

Sandra received her undergraduate degree in Political Science mangna cum laude from Middlebury College. She also serves as a Trustee and Investment Committee Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library, the 5th largest library system in the country. Sandra lives in Bronxville with her husband and two young children.

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