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About The Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Institute for Women and Work
The ILR School is one of 13 academic units within Cornell University and is the country's premier institution for research, education, and outreach on employment-related issues and advancing the world of work. ILR's highly respected resident and extension faculty, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, outreach activities, library, and centers and institutes examine and serve the world of work from virtually every angle. ILR has training and education centers in five locations around New York State to fulfill its mission of translating contemporary research into relevant and practical information valuable to workplaces. The Institute for Women and Work (IWW) is an applied research and educational resource center, which provides a forum for examining and evaluating the forces that affect women and work. The institute offers opportunities for women in New York State and nationally to develop skills, create linkages, explore concerns, build support systems, obtain technical assistance, and exchange ideas. With offices in New York City and Ithaca, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the IWW is positioned to influence public policy, offer expert training, host seminars, and create connections among workers, advocates, employers, students, academics, and others who share a concern about women's role in the workplace. For more information: www.ilr.cornell.edu
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Linda Descano, CFA
President and Chief Operating Officer
Women & Co.
Lorie E. Almon
Co-managing partner of the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practices employment law.
Linda Descano, CFA
President and Chief Operating Officer
Women & Co.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Linda oversees management of Women & Co., a division of Citi that provides women with educational resources for navigating life transitions and planning their financial future. Linda joined Women & Co. in 2003
From 1999 through 2002, Linda was a Director and Portfolio Manager in Citi’s Private Portfolio Group, where she co-managed customized investment portfolios for individuals and institutions and oversaw the firm’s socially responsible investment program. Before that, Linda served as Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Affairs for Citi predecessor company, Salomon Inc., which she joined in 1994.
An accomplished speaker, over the course of her career, Linda has presented at hundreds of seminars and conferences around the world on an array of personal finance and investment topics for Citi as well as for the New York Society of Security Analysts, The Conference Board, Association of Small Foundations, Association of Professional Investment Consultants, American Association of University Women, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, Environmental Bankers Association, Singapore Environment Council, Coalition of Environmentally Responsible Economies, Columbia University, Cambridge University, Imperial College, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
She is a member of the CFA® Institute, New York Society of Security Analysts, Financial Communications Society, Corporate Advisory Council of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, National Organization of Italian American Women, and the Financial Literacy Committee of Dress for Success in New York. From 1997 through 1999, Linda chaired the steering committee of the United Nationals Financial Institutions Initiative on the Environment. Previously, she served on the Environmental Financial Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the boards of the René Dubos Center for Human Health and the Environment, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, and Recycled Paper Coalition.
Linda recently endowed the National Organization of Italian American Women with the Nina Anna Scholarship, in honor of her grandmothers, Nina Gaspari Pennachietti and Anna Fortunato Descano, which is a needs-based scholarship awarded to an Italian-American woman pursuing higher education. She also supports the Prudy Astrella Legacy Scholarship in honor of her inspirational 5th grade teacher, Ms. Astrella; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Among her many accomplishments, Linda was recognized as a Wise Woman by the National Organization of Italian American Women at their 2008 Epiphany Event. She received a Human Rights Leadership Award from Church Women United in 1999 and an Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme – North America in 1997.
A native of Philadelphia, Linda attended Temple University and graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of arts in geology. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which she earned in 2002.
Lorie E. Almon
Co-managing partner of the New York office of
Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practices employment law.
Ms. Almon's practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex litigation, collective and/or class proceedings and appellate work. Her considerable trial experience
includes jury and bench trials before federal courts, state courts, arbitration panels and administrative tribunals. In addition, Ms. Almon counsels management on various workplace issues, including employee relations, executive compensation and separation, internal complaints and investigations, training and restrictive covenants.
Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Ms. Almon was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. In this capacity, Ms. Almon litigated significant
constitutional and federal questions. In 1995, Ms. Almon was formally honored by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for her exceptional commitment and dedication to her work.
In the January 2007 issue of The American Lawyer, Ms. Almon was named as one of the nation's "Fab Fifty" litigators under the age of 45. In addition, Ms. Almon was selected as one of the top "40 Under 40" lawyers in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2005.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1994) B.A., University of Vermont, with honors (1991)
Bonnie Kintzer is a management consultant specializing in media. She has had her own consulting firm for more than eight years. Bonnie left her consulting practice to take on numerous positions at the Reader’s Digest Association, with her last position as President, US Publishing Group. In her role as President, Bonnie launched the award-winning Every Day with Rachael Ray, acquired Allrecipes.com and was responsible for more than 20 brands including Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home, and The Family Handyman. She played a major role in leading the North American division to double-digit profit growth for four straight years including 13 consecutive quarters. Bonnie has significant experience in strategic development and global reengineering and has led major initiatives in both of these areas.
Bonnie has consulted to many major media companies including Reader’s Digest, Meredith, Disney and Condé Nast. Bonnie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations from Clark University. She has two daughters, one at MIT and one in high school, and lives in Stamford, CT. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Center for Child Development (CCCD) as well as the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF).