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Executive Transitions Program Facilitators

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The Executive Transitions Program Facilitators Include:


Diane Adams

Diane has successfully navigated from 30 years as a sales and marketing executive to an Independent Board Director for Thrall Enterprises, Inc. and A&E Valco Industries. She was a C-Suite executive with branded manufacturing companies, including K’Nex, Crayola, and FXI. Her depth of experience in global sales and marketing with both consumer goods and industrial manufacturers has provided a valuable point of view as an expert witness on the topics of channel strategies, branding, and licensing.

Wayne Cafran

Wayne is an experienced executive coach working with professionals at all levels on career development and leadership skills. He is a Certified Leadership Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and has earned an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Wayne’s coaching approach uses active listening, curiosity, humility, and intuition to identify and uncover the roadblocks or beliefs that can prevent executives, including aspiring C-suite leaders, from achieving their desired goals. He is a retired Partner from KPMG, where, over a 30-year career, he was a lead responsible for key account oversight, growth, and business development. He was also responsible for coaching and developing staff and promoting numerous internal candidates for executive roles. He currently serves as a board director for private and public companies.


Cathryn Dhanatya, PHD

Cathryn co-founded the professional services firm Growing Good Inc, to provide strategic planning, advisement, operations management, executive development, and fundraising strategy to non-profits and start-up companies whose mission and products promote the social good. Previously, she was the Chief Administrative and Scientific Officer for Stand Up To Cancer managing all operational departments and scientific research funding and donor portfolios totaling close to 100 million annually. She also has 15+ years of experience in academia as an executive, researcher, and lecturer at USC, UCLA, and NYU.


Matthew Fairless

Matthew is a certified Executive Leadership Coach and Coaching Supervisor with the prestigious, UK-based, Tavistock Institute. This is your chance to tap into the knowledge he’s gained coaching globally for blue-chip and professional services clients, often working with individuals and teams undergoing major role transitions. He is also a regular coach on the High-Performance Leadership program at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Before becoming a Coach, Matthew held several project and operational roles as a Managing Director at UBS, including six years as COO for Group Legal in Zurich and three years as COO for the UBS Offshoring Center in India.

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Anika Gakovic

Anika is a coach and business psychologist helping leaders and their teams to advance strategic goals and better serve their customers. She is an expert in advancing leadership skills and creating transformational change in high-performing enterprises. As Director of Learning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Anika modernized the learning strategy and enabled the people side of digital transformation for the organization. As Executive Director for Leadership Edge at JP Morgan Chase, she designed and executed global management programs to drive culture, engagement, and retention. In her roles as Head of Organizational Effectiveness for Oppenheimer Funds and Talent Executive at New York Life Insurance Company, Anika coached executive leaders and high-potential employees, enabled salesforce transformation, and facilitated senior team offsites to drive strategic alignment.


Janine Lewis

Janine is the Interim Director/Management Consultant at Vital Business Resources Limited and a non-executive board director and lecturer. She has designed her semi-retired life around a love of teaching and the pursuit of providing strategic consultancy services. Janine blends her non-executive roles, which utilize her many years of board experience, working with companies at every stage of their evolution.


Melissa Ludwig

Melissa is a Board Member and Executive Leadership Coach & Career Advisor. She held a senior leadership role at Macy’s managing a $600M P&L, an associate base of 3000, has transitioned multiple M&As, and was the architect of multiple company-wide initiatives. Melissa was the first woman to lead the iconic Herald Square. She is the Board Chair of NACD Philadelphia, Chair of the Forum of Executive Women Leadership, and Vice-Chair for ALS.

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Christina Mautz

Christina is a senior executive with deep expertise in digital marketing with Fortune 500 public as well as private companies. In her 30-year career, she has led both domestic and global teams and held leadership positions at large companies (Amazon, Yahoo!) as well as CMO/SVP roles at tech startups. As a strategic advisor and fractional CMO, Christina partners with the C-suite across multiple industries to develop strategies to achieve next-level growth and profitability, by entering new markets, launching new product lines, closing and integrating M&A targets, and optimizing talent and operations for greater efficiency.


Bill Mayberry

Bill is a 44-year veteran of the telecommunications industry who has lived the life of Executive Transition. After a 32-year career doing full time roles, including senior roles at AT&T and two wireless services providers, he decided to pursue a different path in 2012. That path has included consulting on his own, building a consulting group, and serving on both company and university advisory boards. Bill has learned a lot along the way and looks forward to sharing those learnings with those about to begin their journey of Executive Transition. 


Marla Mayer

Marla Mayer is a Finance and Human Capital Professional, Board Member, Investor, and Philanthropist. Following an 18-year career at Goldman Sachs, she has served as the interim Executive Leader of the People Team at DreamBox Learning. She is on the board of The Kitchen (NYC) and is President of the Executive Producer Council at CAP UCLA. Marla is also an Advisory Council member of Action Against Hunger (and former board member), and a former board member of Her Justice (NYC) and the New Roads School (Santa Monica).


Marie Meliksetian

Marie Meliksetian is the CEO of Reliance Solution Services, LLC, and President of the International Women’s Forum of Connecticut. She was the US Chief Executive Officer for a DXC Company (Xchanging Services) and has held a variety of senior-level global positions at IBM, focusing on Business Process Outsourcing and Procurement.


Jeff Steinhorn

Jeff is an Operating Partner at a Private Equity company and currently sits on three company boards. He was the CIO at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for all aspects of information technology for its pharmaceutical business (Janssen) and the CIO for Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. Prior to that he was the global CIO of Hess Corporation and CIO of Linens & Things. He has held several board of director and advisory board positions for VC companies, universities, county YMCA chapters, and industry groups.


Marie C. Waugh

Marie is the Vice President of Talent Culture and Inclusion at Pacific, Gas, and Electric. Prior to that, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer for APTIM and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at SUEZ, North America. She currently serves as Commissioner, Vice-Chair for Broward Health, and second vice-chair for the Urban League of Broward County, FL.

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