Anne Jacoby, Vice President of Learning, Development, and Culture at RGP

 Anne Jacoby, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Anne Jacoby, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Anne Jacoby is an entrepreneurial builder at heart, known for finding creative solutions to complex business challenges. Anne relishes in creating something great out of nothing - and it's with that spirit that she grew a start-up from one office to twelve, globally, and from less than $3M in annual revenue to over $175M. Throughout her career she has demonstrated an expert ability to build new functions and teams. Anne is a passionate people strategist with high-level expertise in transformational change initiatives.

Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Learning, Development, and Culture at RGP, a new role focused on creating a culture of learning for over 4,000 people across the firm. She formerly held a regional leadership role in business development to cultivate new strategic client relationships. Prior to RGP, Anne was Vice President of Sales Strategy and Operations at Axiom, a global professional services firm and disruptor in the legal industry. There, Anne led sales enablement initiatives across the firm. She also served as General Manager of Axiom’s Southern California practice, a division she launched in 2009. Anne started at Axiom in 2002, as a founding member of its New York-based team, and focused on client relationships in the financial services sector.

A loyal champion of women, Anne founded the Women.Influence.Leadership Employee Resource Group at Axiom, was a founding organizer of Women of Influence, Los Angeles at RGP, and is an active leader in Advancing Women Executives - an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. In addition to being an advocate for the advancement of women, Anne is a big supporter of arts education as a former professional singer, actor and dancer. She currently serves on the board of the Arts High Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Anne completed her MBA at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, NYU, where she was the commencement speaker at Radio City Music Hall. When she is not working, she can be found on her yoga mat or enjoying the sun and salty ocean air. She currently resides in Redondo Beach with her husband and two small humans.

Danielle Lafleur, Senior Vice President, GMM Mens and Kids at Tommy Hilfiger

 Danielle Lafleur, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Danielle Lafleur, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Danielle Lafleur is a dynamic builder of brands, people, and strategies. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President, GMM Mens and Kids at Tommy Hilfiger. With 20 years of experience in iconic lifestyle merchandising, Danielle continues to re-imagine the way Tommy Hilfiger operates which has helped to drive the company and the team into its current dynamic success. A big-picture thinker, Danielle empowers those around her to collaborate, innovate, and connect - which has led to the consistent delivery of a compelling brand message and exponential growth.

Danielle started her career with brands including Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Calvin Klein, where she held titles such as Merchandiser and Senior Buyer. She then moved to Tommy Hilfiger, where she has been a committed leader for over 10 years. Danielle has re-invented herself holding many diverse roles and channels of distribution at Tommy Hilfiger including specialty, wholesale, ecom, and company stores.  She is currently responsible for mens and kids company stores, merchandising, and kids design, which includes setting the brand’s merchandising vision. In addition to building product and financial strategies, she leads a highly talented team of merchants and designers, whom are continuously developing, whilst working with global teams to ensure synergy across Europe, South America, Asia, and PVH. Together in tandem, they spearhead new processes and technology solutions to make time for fresh concept and strategy execution. She is a thought leader within the company and she is frequently sought after for ideas, as well as her ability to influence and gain buy in by her cross-functional partners.

As a loyal champion of women, Danielle was a part of the PVH Women’s Leadership Council as an inaugural member, and is an active leader in Advancing Women Executives - an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. Danielle's impact reaches beyond the walls of her office - she has been involved in various volunteer projects that span ages and regions. She has helped develop an adaptive clothing line for children, a mentorship program that linked teens with associates at Tommy and she was an Ambassador for Millennium Villages Promises, an organization that led a successful revitalization project in Ruhiira, Uganda.

Born in Denver and raised in New England, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Science in Apparel Marketing and her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When she is not working, she can be found planting seeds, cooking for loved ones and adventurously exploring the world to embrace an abundant diversity of culture. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and their 8-year old son.

Melanie Neal, Vice President of Global Service at Baxter Healthcare

 Melanie Neal, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Melanie Neal, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Melanie Neal is a versatile operations expert with over 15 years of experience in a dynamic, innovation-driven environment. She is a certified Master Lean Leader and Six Sigma Black Belt, who excels in change management and complex problem solving. Her ability to foster collaborative partnerships and her overall adaptability have resulted in top-tier performance that routinely exceeds the goals of her team and company.

Currently she is the Vice President of Global Service at Baxter Healthcare. In her role, she is responsible for the full life-cycle management of over a million Baxter medical devices on the global market; including the design process for serviceability and reliability with new product development and sustaining products, equipment installation, training, preventative/reactive maintenance, spare parts inventory management, commercial strategies, and end of life activities. She oversees 1500+ employees and the service delivery of a diverse product portfolio that can be found in hospitals, clinics, and home settings in over 60 countries worldwide.

During her 7+ years at Baxter, Melanie has held various leadership roles in commercial operations, program management, and trade relations. Prior to Baxter, Melanie worked at GE Healthcare and GE Supply (Gexpro) in service operations, customer advocacy, sales, and marketing. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences at Purdue University.

A champion of women, Melanie always looks for opportunities to accelerate the careers of women around her. Since 2013, she has been a member of Baxter’s Building Women Leaders Business Resource Group, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and is an active member of Advancing Women Executives (AWE). In addition to the work that she does to support women, Melanie has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for over 30 years.

When she is not in the office, Melanie can be found hiking outdoors - she finds that the fresh air re-energizes her mind, body, and soul; participating in a remote/virtual book club with her two sisters and parents, where she can indulge in her two favorite pastimes - reading and spending time with family; or traveling somewhere new and learning about a culture different than her own. Melanie currently resides with her husband and 3 dogs in Pleasant Prairie, WI.