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Claire Wasserman

Claire Wasserman is a career coach and the founder of Ladies Get Paid, an organization that provides educaion and community to help women advance in their careers. In addition to workshops and events, Ladies Get Paid has an online network where more than 20,000 women from all over the world support one another through share advice, resources, and jobs.

Claire is a frequent speaker at companies like the New York Times, American Express, and Dropbox. She is currently on tour across the country, hosting town halls for thousands of women to talk about money, work and self-worth.


Investing in Yourself: Your Career and Your Finances

A Financial Planning seminar tailored specifically for women.

On average, women live longer than men which means more time in retirement and more of a need for a solid financial plan.  NewYork-Presbyterian is pleased to provide a one-hour seminar, presented by Ayco that is tailored specifically for women and will cover the following topics:

  • Saving and investing for your financial goals
  • Tax saving strategies
  • Insurance Planning
  • Estate Planning

 1 Source: United States Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in The United States: 2014.

The Ayco Company, L.P., (Ayco) is a subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc and an affiliate of Goldman, Sachs & Co.,a worldwide, full‐service investment banking, broker‐dealer and asset management organization.

Kristin I. MacDonald Vice President, Financial Counseling — Northeast Region

Kristin advises senior corporate executives in benefits and compensation maximization, tax compliance, estate planning, wealth transfer, investment strategy and risk management.  Since joining the firm in 2010 as a financial analyst in Financial Counseling Kristin has served in multiple capacities within the counseling business. She accepted her current position of vice president of Financial Counseling in 2015.  Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Siena College in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 2010.

Ali L. Collins Team Leader, Financial Counseling

As a team leader within Ayco’s Financial Counseling business, Ali provides broad-based financial counseling to corporate employees largely from Fortune 500 companies. She has experience in financial education and provides guidance on a variety of topics, including investments, taxation, risk management, retirement planning, college funding and employee benefits. Since joining the firm in 2014, Ali has conducted over 3,700 phone consultations and has completed extensive training with Ayco’s internal technical specialists.  Ali has a bachelor’s degree in economics from State University of New York College at Albany and is working towards a Master of Business Administration at College of Saint Rose. 

Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH

Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH. is the George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Associate Chair for Strategy & Finance at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimick is a graduate of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan and a health services research fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Dr. Dimick has served in several national leadership positions, including President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC). He is currently Chair of the Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) Study Section at the NIH, an Associate Editor at Annals of Surgery, and the Surgical Innovation Editor at JAMA Surgery. He has served as an advisor on quality and health policy for several organizations, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP), US News and World Reports "Best Hospital" Rankings, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Taylor Riall, MD, PhD

Taylor Riall

Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD is Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson. She joined the faculty after 10 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Her clinical expertise is in general and pancreaticobiliary surgery, including pancreatic and periampullary cancer, acute and chronic pancreatitis, gallstone disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and general surgery. She has extensive expertise in comparative effectiveness and health services research. Her research has focused on the quality of cancer care and the care of surgical patients. Dr. Riall has been instrumental in developing and implementing critical pathways to streamline care, improve outcomes, and decrease cost of patients undergoing pancreatic, gallbladder, and colorectal surgery. Dr. Riall is also an executive leadership coach, trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She applies her leadership training as a developmental tool to help surgeons and residents reach their full potential by raising self-awareness, developing emotional intelligence, clarify their goals, identifying and addressing personal challenges, and consciously improve and integrate the many facets of their lives.

Tambre Leigh

Tambre is a certified professional coach, speaker, published author, and healthcare blogger. She draws on her expertise in performance coaching, managing stress, building resilience, and creating sustainable behavior change to help those in the medical profession practice self-care so they can, in turn, provide excellent patient care. Tambre co-authored the study, Maintaining the Fire But Avoiding Burnout: Implementation and Evaluation of a Resident Well-Being Program, published last year in the Journal of American College of Surgeons. Her patient compliance training program is currently being implemented at specialty pharmacies across the country to improve adherence and patient outcomes. Tambre dedicated her life to becoming an innovator and disrupter in healthcare with the goal of enhancing the experience for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals after losing her husband to cancer. When her schedule allows, she provides pro bono coaching to women in STEM to help them accelerate their careers and be able to present more powerfully and with ease. Tambre is also a volunteer Scientific Research Advisor for Knight Cancer Institute and Peer Stakeholder Grant Reviewer for American Cancer Society.

Ursula Burns

Since July 2017, the Supervisory Board appointed Ursula Burns as Chairman of VEON’s Supervisory Board. Ursula Burns has extensive international experience of large companies confronting technology change of their industries.

Ursula Burns was the Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016.

She joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and during her career she has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007.

During her tenure as chief executive officer, she helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, she spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.

Most recently in 2016, she led Xerox through a successful separation into two independent, publicly traded companies – Xerox Corporation, which is comprised of the company’s Document Technology and Document Outsourcing businesses, and Conduent Incorporated, a business process services company. The separation of the two businesses has enhanced their competitive positions and created significant value creation opportunities.

Ursula, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of American Express, Exxon Mobil, Nestlé, Veon and Uber. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ursula to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from 2009-2016, and she served as chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015-2016 after service as vice chair 2010-2015.

She also provides leadership counsel to several other community, educational and nonprofit organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation, Cornell Tech Board of Overseers, the New York City Ballet, and the Mayo Clinic among others. Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.    Ursula holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. December 2017

Katherine Amberson Hajjar, MD

Katherine A. Hajjar, MD is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM).  A physician-scientist, Dr. Hajjar is also the Brine Family Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine at WCM. Dr. Hajjar received her AB degree from Smith College, and her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she also served as Chief Pediatric Resident. She returned to Hopkins for fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology prior to coming to WCM, where she has served as Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Associate Dean for Research, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics. An expert on the molecular basis of fibrinolysis, Dr. Hajjar has authored more than 135 original research papers and monographs. She discovered the major cell surface fibrinolytic receptor, the annexin A2 complex, and has defined its role in hemostasis, angiogenesis, and inflammation. Dr. Hajjar is a member of several honorific societies, and has received many academic awards and honors.  She has mentored more than 20 postdoctoral and clinical fellows and more than 10 graduate and medical students in her lab, and has guided the careers of more than a dozen faculty. 

Jane Salmon, MD

Jane Salmon, MD is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.  She is the Collette Kean Research Chair and Director of the Lupus and Antiphospholipid Center of Excellence at Hospital for Special Surgery.  Dr. Salmon received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed residency training at The New York Hospital and subspecialty training in rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Dr. Salmon's basic, translational and clinical studies have led to a paradigm shift in the understanding of mechanisms of pregnancy loss, cardiovascular disease and end-organ damage in patients with lupus. Ground-breaking laboratory discoveries about causes of pregnancy loss and preeclampsia, and subsequent observational studies in women with lupus have allowed her to identify new targets to reduce damage and improve outcomes in patients with autoimmune illness. 

In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the Carol Nachman international prize in rheumatology, the Virginia Kneeland Frantz ’22 Distinguished Women in Medicine Award from the Columbia P&S Alumni Association, the Evelyn V. Hess Award from the Lupus Foundation of America, and election to the American Association of Physicians and to the National Academy of Medicine.

Anne Taylor, MD

Anne L. Taylor, MD, is currently Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development and John Lindenbaum Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her clinical and research training at the University of Chicago, John Hopkins Hospital and the University of Iowa.  She has held faculty positions at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, at Case Western Reserve University where she was Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Medical School where she was Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and co-directed the Deborah E. Powell National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She joined the faculty at Columbia University in November 2007.

Dr. Taylor’s interests include cardiovascular disease in African-Americans and women. She was Chair of the Steering Committee for the African-American Heart Failure Trial, a trial of nitric oxide enhancing therapy in congestive heart failure and is a member of the steering committee for the Genomic Analysis of Enhanced Response to Heart Failure Therapy in African Americans trial.  

Connie Baum Newman, MD

Connie B. Newman, MD is the 2018-2019 President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). She is an endocrinologist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford, UK.  Dr. Newman, a physician-scientist and leader in the fields of drug safety and hypercholesterolemia and its relationship to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, has designed, conducted and analyzed large long term cardiovascular outcome trials of statins and is a member of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration.  She is an FDA appointed consultant to the Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee.   She chairs the task force for the Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline on the management of dyslipidemia in people with endocrine disorders, and the Writing Group for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on the safety of statins.  She is also committed to education about sex and gender differences in disease, and is co-editing a practical medical textbook on this topic. Dr. Newman is dedicated to helping other women pursue a medical career, and mentors pre-medical and medical students, and young physicians through AMWA, Wellesley College, Weill Cornell Medicine, and New York University School of Medicine.  She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College (1978) and Wellesley College (1974).

Julie Freischlag, MD

Julie A. Freischlag, MD joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer, and on in February 2018 was appointed Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO and Dean, she continues to see patients in the department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. In addition to serving in various national and international leadership roles, she has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Dr. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, and is a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.