YOUR STORY: REDEFINED
Your Story: Redefined will be a platform for women at various stages of their careers to share perspectives on how they navigated their professional and personal life journeys. We plan to feature a diverse group of speakers – women from different business industries, races/ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses; women who have succeeded and who have failed; and the men and women who have helped support them along their journeys – to help the current and future generations of female business leaders envision their own paths to success. Engaging with the stories of other women will empower each attendee to redefine her own story and her own definition of success.
Adena Friedman assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq on January 1, 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Friedman brings more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise and is credited with significant contributions that shaped Nasdaq’s strategic transformation to a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations on six continents.
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Friedman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nasdaq throughout 2016 and was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth and expansion.
Ms. Friedman rejoined Nasdaq in 2014 as President to oversee the technology, information, and corporate businesses that comprised over two-thirds of Nasdaq’s revenues. Prior to her return, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from March 2011 to June 2014, and played a significant role in taking the company public in May 2012.
Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy, as well its Chief Financial Officer. She played an instrumental role in the company's acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993.
Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Sarah Miyazawa LaFleur is the Founder & CEO of MM.LaFleur. Before founding the company, Sarah worked in the luxury goods group of Starwood Capital in New York and Paris. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Bain & Co. and TechnoServe, where she advised consumer packaged goods and financial services companies as well as agribusinesses. She graduated from Harvard and sits on the junior board of the International Rescue Committee. MM.LaFleur is named after her mother, whom she calls her biggest inspiration.
Alison Wagonfeld is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Google Cloud, covering Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, Maps and Education businesses. Previously, she was an operating partner at Emergence Capital, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm focused on enterprise cloud companies, where she worked with over 30 companies and developed the firm's branding and marketing programs. Prior to Emergence, Alison was Executive Director of the Harvard Business School California Research Center where she worked with faculty to build the entrepreneurship curriculum, helped develop programs for the Harvard Innovation Lab and led Harvard student "entrepreneurship immersion" trips to Silicon Valley. Before her role at HBS, Alison led Marketing and Business Development at Greenlight, a venture backed start-up, and worked at Intuit, where she co-founded the Quicken Loans business. Earlier in her career, Alison worked as a product manager at Microsoft and as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong. Alison has a BA, magna cum laude, from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. The San Francisco Business Journal named Alison one of the "Most Influential Women in the Bay Area."