Hayley Romer, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer at The Atlantic

Hayley Romer, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Hayley Romer, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Hayley Romer, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer at The Atlantic, is an expert in creating culture that enables people to thrive. An award-winning leader of a global sales and marketing team, she has proven that investment in human connection is what drives growth. A brave and relentless change-agent, Hayley leverages untapped opportunities and develops innovative strategies. In a time when the media industry is facing major disruption, she positioned a 150+ year-old brand to the forefront of industry trends. Hayley is energized by the pursuit of excellence and progress. She has a keen ability to cue in on details that make pivotal connections between people, ideas, and brands.

In her current role, she leads brand marketing, the global sales team, Atlantic Re:think (the in-house branded content studio), and A57 (the in-house consulting practice). Through deep passion and progressive initiatives, Hayley has driven four consecutive years of record sales and profits. Under her leadership, The Atlantic and Atlantic Re:think have become the leaders in native advertising for the industry. In both 2016 and 2017, Atlantic Re:think was named Content Best In-house Content Studio by Digiday and in 2018 won the Hottest Branded Content Studio by AdWeek.

Prior to joining The Atlantic in May 2012, Hayley spent five years at the Condé Nast Media Group. As Executive Director of Corporate Sales, she managed an integrated sales and marketing team across titles such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Before joining Condé Nast in 2007, Hayley spent seven years Forbes Media and began her career in publishing at American Heritage magazine. Hayley completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at the University of Maryland College Park.

A revered thought-leader and subject matter expert, Hayley has spoke at The World Economic Forum, South by Southwest, and Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics, Cannes Advertising Festival, and in interviews in Politico and Folio Magazine. In 2016, she was recognized as one of Ad Age’s 40 under 40 honorees and in 2018 Folio’s Top Women in Media. Never satiated, Hayley continues to look for ways to expand her mind and extend her impact. She is currently an active member of Advancing Women Executives - an organization that accelerates the careers of women to improve the global economy. She sits on the boards of COLE at Fuqua/Duke and the AdCouncil.

When she is not driving change in media, Hayley can be found running or cooking with her family and friends. She is married to Adam Schoenberg, Co-founder and CEO of Hook and Albert, a men’s accessories company. She has two kids Adler and Pierce. She calls New York home.

Jess Eker, Senior Vice President, Global Life Sciences Practice at TransPerfect

Jess Eker, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jess Eker, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Jess is an achievement-obsessed senior executive and unwavering optimist who channels her passion, grit, and discipline into her two favorite roles: expanding her clients’ business globally and developing her team members into productive leaders. She is known among her colleagues as someone who consistently delivers excellence and exceeds goals. In 2010, she was awarded, National VP of Sales of the Year, for the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service for producing record sales numbers in TransPerfect’s 25-year history.

Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Business from Georgetown University and began her career at TransPerfect in 2003. Currently, she is Senior Vice President, Global Life Sciences Practice. In her role, she oversees a $200 million book of business and runs a global team of approximately 160 salespeople. She has helped the company establish worldwide partnerships with an array of pharmaceutical leaders including: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daiichi Sankyo, and Merck, and is responsible for the development of TransPerfect's Linguistic Validation practice.

Outside of work, Jess is deeply engaged in her community. She is currently the Co-Chair of Go Red for Women - a movement within the American Heart Association that raises awareness around women and heart disease. She is also deeply passionate about empowering women to accelerate their professional advancement and does so through her involvement with Advancing Women Executives (AWE). Her work with AWE has provided her the foundation and principles to create and serve as Executive Sponsor for TransPerfect Working Women, a group dedicated to helping the company’s women learn, grow, and achieve professional success.

This quadrilingual loves to see the world - she has traveled to 107 countries and aspires to see them all. A food and drink enthusiast, Jess can be found tasting and drinking her way through New York’s hottest new restaurants and wine bars. She is also an advocate for self-care and commits to making time for the gym 360 days a year.

Her greatest joy is raising her baby and two twin toddlers. She regularly volunteers in her twins’ Pre-K classes and has found that by giving back to the school and community she is able to interweave her professional and personal life in a way that gives her much balance.

Christina Lai, Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai is a transformative executive with over 20 years of experience sharing her legal wisdom. Her commitment to connection and collaboration drives her approach to problem-solving and creates an environment in which business partners, cross-functional team members, and stakeholders feel comfortable and empowered to seek key legal advice. Christina is passionate about continuous learning, coaching and mentoring others, and building best-in-class teams.

Currently, she is Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials, which she joined in 2014. In her role, she’s a trusted advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and the executive leadership team with respect to securities, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters. She and her team also support the company’s corporate communications, investor relations, corporate finance transactions, executive compensation, and equity and benefit programs. In March of 2018, she was appointed Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Applied, Christina was at Yahoo, where she built the corporate and securities legal function as the company matured and scaled from 3,000 to over 14,000 employees. She held a variety of corporate governance and securities roles in her 11 years at the company, most recently serving as the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary. Prior to starting her in-house legal career, she was a Senior Associate with Latham and Watkins in Menlo Park, where she handled securities, governance, M&A, capital markets, and emerging and public company matters.

Christina’s impact reaches beyond the walls of her office. She serves on the Governance Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital, a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Additionally, she teaches classes about social media and cyber-bullying to junior high and high school students as part of a local pro bono program and is an active member of Advancing Women Executives -- an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. Christina was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the California Diversity Council in 2017 and 2018.

Christina received her bachelor’s degree in international relations, with honors, from Stanford University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

When she is not in the office, she can be found practicing tai chi, enjoying outdoor activities with her family, and training their Bernedoodle puppy. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.