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.

Christine Bastian, Vice President, Human Resources at Cisco Systems

 Christine Bastian, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Christine Bastian, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Christine Bastian is a visionary who brings strong thought leadership and experience to transformational business engagements across numerous technologies. She is an expert in organizational design, leadership development, and consulting. Throughout her 20+ year career in human resources, she has consistently driven high performance across a multitude of teams.

Currently, she is the Vice President, Human Resources at Cisco Systems and is the HR leader for the 28,000-person engineering organization. Christine directly supports the Executive Vice President and his senior leadership team and is responsible for all HR business consulting, partnering, and service delivery. In addition to her role, she is the Executive Sponsor for the Connected Women Employee Resource Organization, and a Co-Executive, Cisco Sponsor for the Grace Hopper Conference.

Since joining Cisco, Christine has served as the HR partner for the Advanced Services, Finance, and Emerging Business Organizations. She successfully partnered with her clients on a wide range of complex organizational business opportunities including early business incubation, acquisition integration, strategic planning and visioning, organization structure, and portfolio alignment.

Prior to Cisco, Christine was Senior HR Partner at Genentech and Agilent Technologies where she supported multiple departments such as: Finance, Tax, Treasury, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Workplace Services, and Trade.

Christine completed her Bachelor of Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. When she is not at work, she can be found spending time with her family, camping in the nearby mountains, cooking up a fresh meal, or sailing the Pacific.

Amy Zuckerman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Salvatore Ferragamo

 Amy Zuckerman, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Amy Zuckerman, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Amy Zuckerman is an inspired and authentic storyteller who impacts the lives of hundreds and thousands of people within her company and beyond. A passionate culture-carrier, Amy inspires growth, transformation, and collaboration within any team that she leads.

Amy is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Salvatore Ferragamo for the Americas. In this role she is responsible for strategic planning, organizational design and development, employee relations, training and development, and talent assessment. Amy has seen the company grow from 9 stores to more than 50, all while maintaining an engaged and consistent workforce that operates at max efficiency.

Some of Amy’s greatest accomplishments during her tenure include: the recruitment and development of a strong executive team, development of performance management systems, measurements and compensation programs, and the establishment of a strong corporate culture based on the Ferragamo family values. Most recently, she managed the shift in the business from traditional retail to an omni-channel perspective, while navigating through challenging economic times and never losing sight of the importance of human capital management.

This top-tier executive has always been passionate about people. She started her career in banking HR before becoming the Director of Human Resources at Escada USA, where she spent 7 years. Amy then moved to an e-commerce company, where she fearlessly led the talent initiatives through the entire life-cycle of the company from inception, to exponential growth, to IPO, and finally Chapter 11.

Amy is an engaged member of AWE (Advancing Women Executives) and SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) and volunteers in her spare time with the Children’s Heart Foundation. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling the world with her family or cooking something extra special for her boys. Amy is an advocate for self-care and prioritizes movement in her life - she can often be found starting her day on the bike (either on the road or in a spin class) or on her yoga mat. She lives in New Jersey with her loving husband, their two children, and sweet puppy, Lucy.  

Amy completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with honors, from Lehigh University and earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Boston University.