Hannah Hieu, Senior Vice President of Design, Practice Leader, Culture & Engagement Advisor at Westfield

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Hannah is a highly organized and disciplined project executive with a 20+ year career in retail architecture. Her experience includes management of more than $2.5B in annual retail development and capital expense across 30 national properties, including: The World Trade Center, Garden State Plaza, and San Francisco Centre. She is a skilled strategizer, with a history of managing multiple projects with budgets ranging from $1M to over $400M. Hannah has directed both internal and external consulting design and technical teams. She has a fine-tuned skill for collaborating with stakeholders, CEOs, senior leaders, vendors, and peers throughout the project life-cycle.

Hannah started her career as a Junior Draftsperson for Westfield over 21 years ago. Today she is the Senior Vice President of Design, Practice Leader, Culture & Engagement Advisor at Westfield. She leads a team that is responsible for creating iconic development projects across 32 properties in the portfolio. Hannah and her team continue to push the design envelope to create a retail experience that has never before existed. In addition to reshaping the “shopping” experience, Hannah’s more recent focus has been talent and team development. Hannah is revolutionizing the working environment so that it supports, cultivates, engages, and attracts the right people to execute Westfield’s vision and brand. In this expansion of her role, she is responsible for staffing and hiring, fostering learning and development initiatives, assembling high performing teams, encouraging work/life integration in modern culture, developing a system of checks and balances, and acting as an overall professional coach to her department.

Hannah lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two young children. She is deeply engaged with the community and enjoys participating in the development of young minds. As a mentor for The ACE Mentor Program of America, Hannah helps inspire students to pursue careers in design, architecture, and construction through mentorships and design competitions. Hannah is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and loves to travel, camp, and garden. One of her favorite activities is trying out new and creative recipes with her husband and generally exploring life with her family.

Hannah holds a Bachelor Degree in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture. She also holds a Certification of General Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is currently working on her iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) accredited professional coaching certification.

Frieda Lewis, Managing Director, Global Relationship Management and Chief Diversity Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions

Frieda Lewis, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Frieda Lewis, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Frieda Lewis is recognized for having a consistent history of successful business development and profit contribution. She has a demonstrated track record of exceeding business targets and producing impressive results in a series of new and existing businesses through her results-oriented focus, her commitment to innovation, and her ability to creatively re-position products.

Frieda joined Broadridge in 2008. She is currently the Managing Director, Global Relationship Management and Chief Diversity Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating significant global relationships that cross multiple lines of business. Her goal is to deepen and extend the client relationship through understanding their strategic and tactical needs. In addition, Frieda works to enhance the company's record of diversity both inside and outside the organization. She is also credited with launching the Women’s Leadership Forum at Broadridge. 

Throughout her career, Frieda has held several senior executive positions. She was President of IFMG--a division of Sun Life Financial, COO of Bankmark at Mellon Financial, and had 16-year tenure with Fleet Financial Group, where she served as President and CEO of Fleet Brokerage Securities and its wholly owned subsidiary Fleet Clearing Corporation.

Outside of her work at Broadridge, Frieda is a board member of the Women’s Bond Club, a governing member of the Wall Street Women’s Alliance, a member of the SIFMA Diversity board, and a member of the Bank Insurance and Securities Diversity Board.

Frieda earned an MBA from Baruch College and a BS in Psychology from City University of New York at Lehman College. 

Madhu Narasimhan, Senior Vice President, Head of Virtual Channels Digital PMO at Wells Fargo

Madhu Narasimhan, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Madhu Narasimhan, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Madhu Narasimhan is a dynamic, versatile, and seasoned executive, specializing in the strategy and delivery of complex initiatives for the product lifecycle. She has a proven record of innovation, organizational transformation, strategy, and business support. Her 20+ year career in software development, product management, project/program management and delivery is distinguished by her affinity for team building and her unparalleled analytical and communication abilities.

Currently, she is Senior Vice President, Head of Virtual Channels Digital PMO, at Wells Fargo. Madhu and her team have transformed the delivery model of digital capabilities to customers and greatly enhanced the end-to-end customer experience. Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked at Kaiser Permanente for over 15 years, leading the Virtual Channels technology group. Madhu sums up her leadership philosophy in a few words: “Integrity can’t be taught and there is nothing else that can’t be learnt. Honesty, empowerment, and inspiration is the foundation of strong teams.”

Madhu is passionate about mentoring women and students in technology. She is the VP, Elementary Science Olympiad, for the non-profit, sciencegurus.org, where she organizes an annual Olympics-inspired event that is dedicated to promoting STEM education and programs for youth. Madhu has been mentoring young scientists with this organization since 2008.

Madhu’s education began in India, where she received her Bachelors in Computer Science. Following, she completed her Masters in Computer Science UC Riverside; became a Certified Engineering Project Manager through Caltech; completed the Innovative CIO Program at Stanford; and most recently, completed the Kaiser Permanente Executive Education Program at Harvard.

When she is not working, Madhu can be found with her nose buried deep in a non-fiction book. She is the proud mother of two sons who are currently studying at Stanford and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has lived in the Bay Area for over 15 years with her husband.