Darrah Bixler, Managing Director, Head of Global Human Resources at Heitman

Darrah Bixler, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Darrah Bixler, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Darrah is an accomplished and progressive human resources leader with a passion for culture and people. Currently, she is Managing Director, Head of Global Human Resources, Global Management Committee member, and equity partner for Heitman, a global firm specializing in real estate investments. Darrah is committed to creating top-tier programs and opportunities that support Heitman and position it as an employer of choice. She believes that it's Heitman's inclusive and connected workplace culture that set it apart from its competition.

Before joining Heitman, Darrah was Vice President of Human Resources for GoHealth. Throughout her 20+ year career in human resources, she's held many leadership positions at Accretive Solutions, IRI, Kelly Services, and PepsiCo.

When she is not working, Darrah enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their kids Emma, David, Danielle, Garrett, and Junie, her Terrier-Chihuahua mix. Darrah’s passions include traveling to new places, cheering on her daughter’s soccer team, running in the summertime, and exploring Chicago’s ever-evolving food scene. She resides in Hinsdale, IL with her family.

Darrah received a BA in Psychology from Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

Gina Cruse, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Financial Engines

Gina Cruse, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Gina Cruse, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Gina Cruse is a visionary human resources professional who has been artfully blending her knowledge and experience with genuine warmth and focus on business results for over 25 years. She is known as someone who leads by example and empowers her team to deliver high quality, impactful solutions. Gina’s approach to talent development and acquisition is proactive and attracts top talent through innovative and resourceful recruiting programs that deliver desired results. She encourages creative problem solving and is a champion for her team both inside and outside the company. 

Currently, Gina is the Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Financial Engines. In this role, she is responsible for collaborating with the senior leaders to develop HR strategies and initiatives that support the business objectives and the team. Financial Engines provides retirement and financial advice to millions and has doubled in size during Gina's tenure. Gina has kept pace with the company's growth and encouraged her team to do the same, by providing scalable solutions and proactive engagement programs to ensure the company meets its business objectives within a unifying culture. Her previous roles include the the Vice President of Human Resources at Saba, a leader in the human capital management space, and the Group Director of Human Resources at Cadence Design Systems.

Gina loves to see the world and experience different cultures. She has visited 13 countries and is still counting. Each year she chooses a destination that will provide spiritual or personal growth. Her two favorites have been a yoga trip to Florence, Italy, and a meditation retreat in Tulum, Mexico. When she is not working or travelling, Gina can be found hiking through the Bay Area, enjoying good food, or drinking a home-brewed beer.

This California native lives in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose with her fiancé and large blended family of four children, three cats, and two dogs.

Gina completed her degree in business at Mission College, in Santa Clara, California.

Kimberly Harriman, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs at New York Power Authority

Kimberly Harriman, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Kimberly Harriman, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Kimberly Harriman joined New York Power Authority in July 2016, as Senior Vice President of Public and Regulatory Affairs. In her role, she oversees community and government relations, corporate communications, and environmental justice and sustainability. In addition, she has oversight responsibility for the executive office and is a member of the Executive Management Committee. 

Kimberly has worked in the energy field for over 15 years, both in government and in private practice, representing the public and clients on a range of energy-related issues. She came to NYPA from the Department of Public Service where she served as General Counsel. In that role she was responsible for an in-house legal team that represented the Department and Public Service Commission in state and federal regulatory and civil court proceedings regarding regulation of the electric, gas, steam, water, telecommunications, and cable industries. 

Before assuming the General Counsel role, she served in roles of increasing responsibility within the Department of Public Service, including as an Assistant Counsel on major rate and siting cases, prudence proceedings, and major policy cases. In addition, Kimberly served as an Administrative Law Judge presiding in major utility rate cases and other proceedings involving regulated utilities. 

Kimberly also served in Governor David Patterson’s administration as an Assistant Secretary for Energy where she assisted in the development of state and federal policy on a variety of energy issues affecting New York, including on-bill financing and energy-based economic development programs. She has worked for Albany-based law firms, where she represented developers and owners of electric generation and transmission, as well as large industrial and governmental clients. 

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts from Siena College and her law degree from Albany Law School. She is on the board of directors for Women in Communications and Energy. She resides in the Albany area with her husband, Wes, and their children, Emma, Nathan, and Abigail.