WEST Workshop Leaders

WEST is very fortune to work with great speakers who lead workshops for our community.  If you are interested finding a speaker or coach, please review the details below. 

Gwen Acton - Vivo Group

Gwen Acton, PhD, is an expert on strategic leadership at the intersection of science and business. She is CEO of Vivo Group, a firm that improves the leadership skills of technical experts so they can be more productive and innovative in industry. Prior to this, she served as Director of Scientific Development at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she ran the operations of the Functional Genomics Program, a $40 million, 50-person academic-industry collaborative research program. Dr. Acton has a doctorate in biology from M.I.T., and served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is the author of the book "The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics," a humorous guide to DNA published by Oval Books, and the former president of Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST). Dr. Acton is a popular speaker, workshop presenter, and facilitator.

Rita Balian Allen - Rita B. Allen Associates

Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The Three P's Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal. She brings many years of human resources experience to her practice and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions. Previously, she held roles as Vice President of Marketing and Search Services with Gatti & Associates, and human resource positions with C.R. Bard, Inc., BTU International, and Unitrode Corporation. She holds an MS in Leadership and a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and is certified in several assessments tools. Rita currently serves on the board of directors of More Than Words and is a former board member of The Boston Club and the Association of Career Professionals International - New England. She is also an active member of other professional associations and organizations.  

Kathy Ball-Toncic - The 262 Group

Kathy Ball-Toncic is a corporate and leadership coach, specializing in women’s leadership development. In 2006, she founded the two.six.two group, a leadership coaching and consulting firm. Kathy leverages her own experience in the corporate world to motivate and inspire other leaders. She has collaborated with CEO’s, managers, directors, and individual contributors, both men and women, from many diverse companies including corporations such as Omgeo (a Thomson Financial/DTCC company), NYFIX, Novartis, Raytheon, ING, and Babson University. Kathy is the former director and current faculty member of the Graduate Program in Executive Coaching at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston (www.mspp.edu). Kathy is an adjunct faculty member at the Swiss School of Management in Rome where she teaches leadership to MBA students from around the world. 

Beata Dragovics - Freedom Trail Financial, LLC

Beata Dragovics, founder of Freedom Trail Financial, LLC., was born in a small suburban town near Budapest, Hungary. Her mother set a powerful entrepreneurial example by opening her own CPA firm and encouraging Beata to study English and travel. She relocated to Boston close to two decades ago, earned her CFP® certification and, after working at a major brokerage firm in Boston for over 10 years, established Freedom Trail Financial. Beata believes in the effectiveness of comprehensive, holistic, financial planning that aligns your values with your long term financial goals. Beata earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Budapest Business School and in 2016 earned her Master’s Degree in Financial Planning from the College of Financial Planning. She holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Sherri Malouf - Situation Management Systems, Inc

Entrepreneurial and seasoned professional trainer and consultant with over fifteen years experience. Highly effective working with different levels of people in a variety of industries. Expertise includes training & consulting, design & development, marketing & sales, and business management & leadership. Firm grasp of organizational dynamics enables clients to be more successful.  

Claudette Rowley - Cultural Brilliance, Inc.

Claudette Rowley, Cultural Brilliance CEO, is a culture design consultant with 20 years of experience in organizational development. With her 5-Step Cultural Brilliance methodology, she helps executive leaders retain and increase the value of their business as they merge, transform and scale. Claudette is an experienced strategist with a knack for building collaborative executive leadership teams to boost business performance and increase employee engagement. For the last fifteen years, Claudette has consulted, trained and coached executive leaders and management teams at Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and start-ups around how to create a workplace culture that delivers effective business results. She is the author of Embrace Your Brilliance: How to align yourself with your unique potential and lives in the Boston area with her husband and three teenagers. Claudette holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, a certification from the Coaches Training Institute, and the Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation. She has completed additional training in organizational development, conflict resolution, mediation, the Predictable Success business life cycle model, and relationship systems coaching.

Carol Salloway - Performa Consulting Group

Carol Salloway is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant. With nearly 20 years of experience, Carol has deeply honed her coaching expertise. She has coached over 100 leaders – smart, high performing individuals who are interested in continuing their leadership growth. Her credentials include an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior as well as being certified as a professional coach. Her toolbox is very rich with certifications in the best-in-class leadership assessment instruments and approaches including several leadership 360 tools, various individual and team Emotional Intelligence instruments and personality instruments. Carol’s earlier career includes serving as the leader of the organizational effectiveness consulting practice at a Boston-area management consultancy. With her extensive management consultant experience, she brings a deep understanding of organizational and business dynamics to her coaching work. Carol serves as a Supervisor Coach for the Executive Coaching Graduate Program at William James College. She also coaches in the executive education programs at Harvard Business School.

Mari Anne Snow - SophiaThink Consulting

Mari Anne Snow is an organizational development and change management professional with over 20 years experience utilizing technology to support non-disruptive change. She is CEO of SophiaThink, a management consulting firm that helps clients develop high performing virtual teams using new technologies. Before SophiaThink, Mari Anne held senior positions as a business technologist and organizational development professional at the State Street Corporation. Mari Anne is an Adjunct Professor at Bentley University; on the Board of Directors of WEST, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in science and technology; and a contributor to Data Guidance, an international privacy publication. She is also the resident social media guru for Patricia Raskin’s radio show – Positive Business on Rhode Island’s WPRV AM790. 

Iris Stammberger - Learning Management Institute

Iris Stammberger, Ph.D. is a business performance improvement consultant who has worked internationally with IT, energy, biotech, pharmaceutical, energy and higher education organizations. She is the founder and CEO of the Learning Management Institute, a consulting firm supporting business performance improvement in organizations through the use of TALBOK™, a framework and methodology for effective decision-making in organizations. Prior to this, she held the Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) and worked internationally in strategy execution and project management as the CEO of a boutique management and engineering consulting firm in Latin America. She holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University (Cognitive Studies) and an MSEE from Universidad Central de Venezuela. 

Ank Stuyfzand - SYNC

Ank is a seasoned organizational development consultant, coach and educator with more than 20 years of experience with individual and organizational effectiveness. As a managing partner at SYNC Ank works with organizations to create productive workplace dynamics and high performing teams. She’s a Clinical Professor of Management at Suffolk University, Boston, MA, with expertise in leadership development, change management and managing across cultures. Ank has worked for small to 100.000+ companies in both the US and Europe, across a wide range of industries varying from financial services, healthcare, IT, utilities, marketing, retail, professional services, not for profit and academia. Throughout her career Ank has had a strong interest in women leadership and has helped many women to reshape their perception of themselves, and to step up and lead. Ank earned her Master in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, Irvine, CA, and her Master in Law from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.