Lori Flores Rolfson, Vice President, Operations at Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

 Lori Flores Rolfson, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Lori Flores Rolfson, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Lori Flores Rolfson is Vice President, Operations for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. In this role, she is responsible for strategically directing and leading gas operations and maintenance functions, as well as customer service in field operations. She ensures compliance with the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to customers, as well as compliance with state and federal regulations. She also is responsible for customer satisfaction, employee safety, and financial results of the operations. She is the Executive Sponsor for the Latino Business Resource Group and on the Steering Committee for the Management Development Network.

Lori was appointed Director, Labor and Employee Relations, Human Resources for We Energies in 2011. In this role, Lori was responsible for directing and maintaining employee and labor relations strategies in support of corporate goals. Lori directed all contract negotiations and developed employee policies and related programs. She also worked to ensure a cohesive and consistent partnership between the company’s client relationship managers, labor principals, human resources staff, and department leaders across the company. Additionally, Lori was responsible for oversight of corporate medical services, diversity and EEO compliance, and the Human Resources Information Center (HRIC).

Lori joined We Energies in 1991, as a human resources consultant. In 1996, she was appointed Assistant Area Manager for the Southern Area, Customer Operations, where she was responsible for aligning operations work functions and operational budgets. In 2001, she was appointed Gas Field Operations Manager for the Lakeshore Area. In 2003, Lori was promoted to Area Manager for the newly acquired Milwaukee gas operations. In 2004, she transferred to the Western area as the Area Manager where she was responsible for all field operation functions, including customer service, gas and electric construction, and maintenance. In 2009, Lori became Area Manager for field operations support services, where she was responsible for field operations budgeting, third party contracting, operations work management systems support, central group customer services, and implementation of process improvement through Lean practices.

Lori is a certified Senior Professional in human resources and a certified Lean facilitator. She has served on the boards of Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation, United Way in Waukesha County, as vice chair for the Midwest Energy Association Leadership Committee and HR Committee chair for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Art Center. She is currently the Secretary and chair of the Strategy Committee for National Latino Education Institute board in Chicago and serves the Local Initiatives Support Corporation board in Chicago.

Lori earned her executive MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Cora Buel, Vice President of Finance, Business Planning and Analysis at Sephora

 Cora Buel, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Cora Buel, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Cora Buel boasts a dynamic 21-year-career in finance and operations within the retail industry. An expert at establishing analytical and finance management skills that support customer-centric multi-billion dollar companies, Cora is an empowering leader’s leader who has clear vision of what works for the team and what will enable continued success into the future. She is known for her ability to rebuild leadership teams and reorganize people and programs. Not only is Cora meticulous about details but grasps the bigger picture on issues that largely impact the financial status of business. Her sharp analytical mind compliments her unique ability to connect with people and create mutually beneficial partnerships.

Currently, she is Vice President of Finance, Business Planning and Analysis at Sephora. In her role, she diligently leads all key financial planning processes for Sephora Americas, develops and builds plans to allocate resources to the right projects in order to deliver consistent growth, and performs detailed analyses that provide crucial operational and capital expense insights. Cora’s reach is felt far beyond the scope of her role. She is an Executive Sponsor in Sephora’s Working Parents InCommunity Group and she is an active member in both Sephora’s Sustainability Leadership Council and their Green Team.

Prior to Sephora, Cora spent 14 years at Macy’s and held various titles including Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis and Investment Strategy Group Director. Before that she was the Profit Improvement Coordinator at Lord & Taylor.

Cora has a deep passion for people which has lead her to various caused-based organizations and volunteer opportunities. Since 2015, Cora has been a volunteer baker for Cake4Kids - an organization that was founded with the mission of delivering free birthday cakes to foster care and at-risk youth who wouldn’t otherwise have a birthday celebration. Cora is also an active member in Advancing Women Executives - an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy.

When she is not in the office, Cora can be found going to a concert or musical with her 13-year-old daughter, Haley, or exploring the world with her husband through a culinary lens - their favorite way to experience a new city is with an excellent meal. Cora and her family call beautiful Daly City their home.

Cora completed her Bachelor’s in Economics at New York University.

Andrea Lewis, Worldwide Executive Finance Director, Regional Controller, North America at Ogilvy & Mather

 Andrea Lewis, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Andrea Lewis, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Andrea Lewis is a dynamic, no-nonsense finance executive who brings 30 years of experience taking ideas to implementation. As a decisive manager, she toggles seamlessly between independent project management and collaboration. She has a proven track record of optimizing processes and driving effectiveness including converting eight different operating companies to SAP, implementing AI, and transforming businesses. With an eye toward efficiency, she stabilized off-shoring in the finance function resulting in an annual savings of 5 million dollars.

Currently, she is the Worldwide Executive Finance Director, Regional Controller, North America at Ogilvy & Mather. Andrea and her team oversee worldwide departmental budgets and the compliance of Ogilvy North America, support Geometry US, manage and implement new and existing WPP accounting guidelines, support the company’s financial system SAP, and are responsible for the Ogilvy North America Shared Service Center.

Andrea joined Ogilvy in 1990, as a staff accountant and has demonstrated success in numerous finance positions with increasing responsibility and scope. Roles have ranged from financial management of Graphic Services Studio Operations and Finance Director of the BP/Castrol business to Chief Financial Officer of Ogilvy Healthworld and Ogilvy South. Most recently she served as Controller, North America.

People and travel are integral to Andrea. When she is not crunching the numbers, she can be found broadening her horizons and questioning assumptions in places across the globe like her latest safari trip in South Africa.  She plans to touch every continent - 5 down and 2 to go. Next on her list? South America.

Andrea completed her bachelor's degree at Baruch College in New York.