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Panelists will discuss networking in today's environment; their outlook for the future of business; and what the concept of "Business for a Better World" means to them.
Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions for underserved women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer, a product designer, and empathetic communicator, Zubaida, a mother of three, has put her unique passion to work. In the process, she built a brand and a growing product line and set in motion a movement that addresses market failures, breaks taboos, and gives voice to women’s health issues.
Zubaida is the founder and CEO of Ayzh (pronounced “eyes”), a social enterprise that began with janma, a $3 clean-birth kit in a purse providing an infection-free delivery. Having touched more than 1 million lives to date, Ayzh has evolved into a global business. The company provides products and services along the entire reproductive cycle of women and girls that focus on improving their health and happiness, addressing unmet needs in 14 countries.
For her efforts toward achieving the U.N. goals for women’s health, Zubaida has been recognized on an ongoing basis. Some of her recognitions of note are: a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, a TED Speaker, Fellow, and Resident, and a Sustainable Development Goals, Pioneer by the United Nations Global Compact. UNGC in her recognition states, Zubaida is “demonstrating how the SDGs can enable business to unlock economic, social, and environmental gains for the world.” She has attracted strategic partners from around the world, such as TOMS, Open IDEO, Pfizer Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada.
When she’s not changing the world with her products, Zubaida speaks at international forums such as Women in the World, TED, Women Deliver, and Chicago Ideas Week. Her talks focus on the intersection of women’s health, design, and entrepreneurship. She also conducts innovation and design workshops for corporate gatherings globally. She is also the co-founder of Happy Woman Foundation, an organization catalyzing the next wave of changes that enable women to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and wield public influence at a grand scale to create a stronger, happier, and healthier tomorrow for generations to come. Zubaida holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering specializing in development of modular products, and an M.B.A. in social and sustainable enterprises. She was also conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in 2018.
Lisa is an audit partner in KPMG’s Denver office, where she leads teams of multiple audit, tax and advisory professionals across the U.S. and globally, providing integrated and financial statement audit and business advisory services primarily to large public companies. Lisa served three years with KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in New York City, assisting clients and engagement teams with complex accounting, reporting, and auditing matters. She is accredited as an SEC Reviewing Partner, responsible for the quality review of audits of SEC registrants and related SEC filings.
Lisa is KPMG’s lead recruiting partner for Colorado State University, actively involved on campus, with training and mentoring. She is a vibrant contributor to KPMG’s Network of Women, Women’s Leadership Summit and various internal and external leadership initiatives to support the development and advancement of women at all levels of their careers.
As a member of KPMG’s national diversity advisory board, Lisa promotes awareness of mental health matters through local and national events, publications and workshops on topics including stress management, self-care, resiliency and happiness. Lisa serves as a mentor and resource for partners and employees throughout the firm and envisions a culture where the importance of mental and physical health are equally prominent and supported.
Lisa is a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, the Global Leadership Council for the College of Business at Colorado State University, Mile High United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Women United. She received her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in accounting and finance from Colorado State University and is a licensed, active Certified Public Accountant in Colorado, New York and New Jersey.
Pam Jeffords is a Sr. Partner leading the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice with Sapient Insights Group, a research and advisory firm. Pam has over 25 years of experience advising companies and organizations on how they can break the status quo and drive progress with their diversity, inclusion, and engagement goals. Pam’s unique ability to resonate and engage with people at all levels of an organization on sensitive issues is something her clients energetically endorse.
Pam is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Colorado State University College of Business, an advisory board member for University of Denver Colorado Women’s College, and a Limited Partner in The JumpFund whose mission is to invest in women led startups. Pam has also served as Chair of Women United for the Mile-High United Way where she received the prestigious Frances Wisebart Jacobs award for philanthropy.
Pam has been featured in numerous publications, including Fortune magazine, The Economist, and BRINK. Pam holds a Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State.
M. Catherine Morris is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Arrow Electronics, Inc, where she leads strategic initiatives for the company, including emerging business development and global acquisition activity. Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, with 2020 sales of $29 billion.
With over 30 years of experience in computer products and electronic components distribution, Morris has held a number of senior leadership roles at Arrow. Morris has been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Diversity Council and CRN magazine naming Morris as one of the most powerful women in the technology industry.
Cathy has served as a member of the board, Chairperson of the Compensation Committee and a member of the audit committee for Zayo Group Holdings, and she is a member of the Global Leadership Council at Colorado State University and the YWCA's Society of Women Achievers. She received her bachelor's degree in finance from Colorado State University and completed Harvard Business School's General Management Program.
Dr. Patterson is a graduate of the combined MBA/DVM program at Colorado State University (‘06/’08) and currently resides in Aurora, Colorado. She has spent her veterinary career practicing small animal medicine in the Denver Area, and for the past seven years she has been a team member at Zoetis, the largest animal health pharmaceutical company, where she currently serves as the Regional Strategic Veterinarian for the Southeastern US. Enjoying giving back to the veterinary community, Dr. Patterson currently sits on the advisory boards of the Black DVM Network and VetTreks. In her free time, she has a passion for cycling and outdoor sports, and is a proud member of “Black Girls Do Bike:Denver.”