Meet the team of fabulous women who are leading the New York chapter.
Hilary Dinkelspiel, Employment Attorney, Goldberg Segalla
Hilary represents employers and management in a broad array of employment-related matters and provides counseling to clients on human resources best practices, internal investigations, performance issues, and litigation avoidance strategies. Hilary joined the San Francisco chapter of WILpower Program in 2014 and connected with the New York Co-Founders after moving there later that year as they were planning to launch the New York chapter the following year.
"WILpower was a truly eye-opening experience for me. I learned how to advocate for myself and the importance of building a network. I learned how to approach challenging conversations professionally and developed the confidence to have those conversations. As a young professional, it was an empowering experience for me, and it has provided me with an amazing opportunity to meet and forge relationships with other women who are making strides in their own careers. I truly look forward to every Friday workshop.
It has been remarkable to see how the program has impacted the women who have participated each year. I love hearing stories from women who have actively put to use the skills they have gained through the program. Participating in Wilpower was one of the best investments in my career, and each year I look forward to meeting all of the women who have decided to make that same investment. "
Kate Huber, Product Owner, CipherHealth
Kate Huber develops the suite of CipherHealth's patient-engagement technologies to help healthcare providers and patients stay engaged within the care continuum.
"I joined the 2015 inaugural WILpower program in NYC after hearing phenomenal reviews from a friend and former colleague who became a co-founder of the NY chapter. I immediately loved the concept and format of the monthly workshops with top talent brought in as mentors.
Once involved, WILpower exceeded all of my expectations. While my start-up experience was incredible for me as a new employee in the workforce, it also meant that my job lacked mentorship on the basics. As a female in a then male-dominated company, I was seeking the more intangible feedback of how to have presence, communicate and negotiate. I am grateful to have honed my professional skills with the WILpower program. After a successful year with WILpower, I was able to assist the existing NY chapter co-founders to plan for the 2016 WILpower NYC program.
I am always excited to see the positive responses from those who interact with LWT and WILpower. We experience the fruits of our labor for the NY Chapter in the way we see graduates of the program reach points of success they had not previously imagined. My hope is that the WILpower women will all continue to put their learnings into practice and accelerate similar learnings of other women they encounter in their lives."
Sheila Mortazavi, partner, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Leading Women in Technology (LWT) Co-Founder of the NY Chapter, Sheila, is passionate about science, law, and leveling the playing field for women in the workplace.
"I first heard about this organization at a ChIPs event in the Bay area in early 2014. That day, as we were discussing the importance of having women share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to help each other advance in their professional careers, I expressed regret that the Wilpower program was not offered on the East Coast. They encouraged me to start the program in NYC, and so I did.
We owe our success in NY to the LWT board, who supported our efforts, put together a roster of phenomenal speakers, and really helped to guide the direction of the program, and to our generous sponsors.
My guidance to women potentially interested in the program: sign up for the program, actively participate, put what you learn into practice, and volunteer in some manner to pay it forward. To succeed, you must invest in yourselves and the end results are well worth it. Plus, it is a lot of fun in the process!"
Veronica Poloneitchik, Director of Marketing Sciences, OMD
Veronica manages Strategy & Analytics marketing functions across multiple clients and verticals at one of the biggest advertising entities in the world.
"My introduction to LWT/WILpower happened in 2014, when my close friend in San Francisco mentioned this program as a pivotal event of her career change and highly recommended for me to join them in NYC for the next year. My journey as a LWT attendee began in 2015, and I truly believe it was the best career and personal growth decision I could have ever made for myself.
The program covered all the important, but rarely brought up in the corporate world, topics as Salary Negotiations, Glass Ceiling obstacles, Presentation Skills, Outfit Effectiveness, Conflicts Resolution and many more. By the end of the 2015 program I was never the same person and gladly accepted an opportunity to lead a LWT Ring, where i knew I could impact other women's lives as the program impacted mine.
Being a new member of the LWT NYC Board joining the team in October of 2016 allows me to spread the wealth of knowledge, share my experience with new and existing program attendees, and contaminate the participants and other women in personal and professional life with the energy and desire to stop, re-evaluate, re-strategize, and choose a new path for their career growth. "
Karen Shen, Corporate Counsel – Patents, Pfizer Inc.
Karen counsels clients on patent risks and opportunities for various pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Pfizer, Karen was a patent litigator in private practice. She was also a community health Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo before law school.
"I was a member of the 2015 inaugural WILpower program in New York. WILpower gave me a new outlook to approaching my career, especially at a time when I felt stuck professionally and didn't know what my next steps would be. I learned how to be proactive and advocate for myself in ways that do not come naturally to me. I love being on the NYC Leadership Team because it gives me opportunity to bring WILpower to other women.
We've been successful at growing WILpower in New York the last two years, and I look forward to establishing a larger and deeper presence in New York. We have a lot of great ideas for strengthening the WILpower network in New York and we hope to implement some of them in the coming year.
I've met many amazing women through WILpower—women who work across different industries and at different stages in their careers—and I look forward to meeting many more as we work to expand WILpower in New York."