OPENING PLENARY SESSION:
    Listen to CUNY and CUCF Leadership share their vision for the University.
     
MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES    
 

Rodneyse Bichotte

New York State Assembly Member, 42nd District Chair, the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Subcommittee.

Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assembly Member and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. Assembly Member Bichotte has been appointed Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Subcommittee. She currently serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Economic Development, Small Businesses, Banks, and Social Services. And was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.
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WELCOME    
 

James B. Milliken

Chancellor, The City University of New York

James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Milliken was appointed Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment at CUNY, Chancellor Milliken served as president of the University of Nebraska for a decade, where he also held appointments as professor at both the University of Nebraska’s College of Law and the School of Public Administration. He previously served as senior vice president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina. James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Milliken was appointed Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2014.
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REMARKS    
 

William C. Thompson Jr.

Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees

William Thompson joined Siebert Brandford Shank in April 2010 and became a partner in November, 2015. Mr. Thompson previously served eight years as the Comptroller for the City of New York—from January 2002 to December 2009.
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Philip Berry

Acting Chairperson, CUCF Board of Trustees

Philip A. Berry serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for strategies to attract, develop and retain talent for our global initiatives. Prior to this he was the President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness. Philip has lived abroad and worked in over 60 countries and gained extensive experience in leadership development and human capital improvement strategies on a global level.
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Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D

President & Chief Executive Officer, DASNY

Gerrard P. Bushell is the President and chief executive officer of DASNY. Mr. Bushell is responsible for the overall management of DASNY’s administration and operations. Prior to joining DASNY, Mr. Bushell was Director, Senior Institutional Advisor of BNY Mellon’s alternative and traditional investment management businesses. Prior thereto, he held a number of senior advisory roles, including Director, Client Partner Group at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Managing Director, Institutional Sales at Arden Asset Management LLC and Head of Institutional Sales at ClearBridge: a Legg Mason Company (formerly Citi Asset Management). Mr. Bushell previously served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. Mr. Bushell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
     
REPORT FROM NEW YORK STATE    
 

Alphonso B. David

Counsel, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Alphonso B. David currently services as counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. As counsel, David’s role includes all significant policy deliberations within the executive department –– in evaluating proposed legislation, implementing existing law, and formulating the state’s posture in litigation, either as plaintiff or defendant.
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KEYNOTE    
 

Karol V. Mason

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (August 1, 2017)

Karol V. Mason, a former assistant attorney general in President Barack Obama’s administration, has been selected to be the next president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, school officials. Ms. Mason, 59 years old, will succeed Jeremy Travis, who was at the helm of the City University of New York school for 13 years. She will be the first woman and first African-American to serve as president of the college when she begins August 1. Ms. Mason is a New York native and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She was an attorney for nearly three decades at the international firm Alston & Bird, where she headed the Public Finance Group. She joined the Obama administration’s Justice Department in 2009.

“Karol Mason has established herself as a bold, visionary leader in the fields of law and criminal justice reform and she will be ideal for continuing the history of excellence and inspiration at John Jay College,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken, in a statement.
     
    MORNING WORKSHOPS I
    Workshop A: Top University Procurement Trends
SPECIAL WELCOME    
 

Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez

Trustee, The City University of New York

Ms. Cortés-Vázquez currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez was the 65th Secretary of State of New York, serving in the Cabinet of Governor David Paterson. She originally served in the Cabinet of former Governor Eliot Spitzer and remained in office following Mr. Paterson’s assumption of the governorship. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, is the first Hispanic/Latino to serve as New York’s Secretary of State, and only the second person of Puerto Rican ancestry to become the Secretary of State in a state of the U.S. Ms. Cortés-Vázquez has over 30 years’ experience in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Her corporate experience includes her role as the SVP for Corporate and Government Affairs at EmblemHealth, Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement at AARP, and Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at Cablevision.
     
MODERATOR    
 

William Choi

Director of MWBE Outreach, The City University of New York

William Choi is the Director of MWBE Outreach at The City University of New York, where he is responsible for developing and managing the University’s Supplier Diversity program. The program is designed to diversify CUNY’s supplier base and to promote business opportunities for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB).
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PANELISTS    
 

Tria Case

University Director of Sustainability, The City University of New York

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and NYPA funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and now New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and a more than ten-fold increase in installation companies. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case’s work is to identify and addresses soft or 'Balance of System' costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS.
     
 

Russell Chung

University Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing, The City University of New York

     
 

Kim Steele

University Director of IT Service Delivery, The City University of New York

     
 

Ronald Roel

Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing, The City University of New York

     
    Workshop B: Navigating Construction & Architectural/Engineering Design Contract Opportunities at the City University Construction Fund
SPECIAL WELCOME    
 

SANDRA WILKIN, B.S., B.S

Trustee, The City University of New York

Ms. Wilkin is Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Construction, the construction management firm she founded in 1989, and has since grown into one of New York’s premier woman-owned business enterprises (WBE), with divisions in technology and diversity consulting and a project base that spans sectors. A minority- and woman-owned small business enterprise (MWSBE) expert, she emphasizes an agile business style, the competitive advantages of life-long learning and high-tech construction tools, and a close examination of the ways the industry can cooperatively advance in the largest economic sector in New York State.
     
PRESENTER    
 

Jeffrey Weinstein

Director of Procurement Services, City University Construction Fund

Jeffrey Weinstein presently serves as the Director of Procurement Services for the City University of New York's (CUNY's) Office of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, which oversees CUNY's and the City University Construction Fund's (CUCF's) design, construction and development program. Prior to coming to CUNY in 2007, he held a number of procurement-related posts in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including service as the First Deputy Director, then the Acting Director, of the New York City Mayor's Office of Contracts.
     
    MORNING WORKSHOPS II
    Workshop C: Your Business Strategy
MODERATOR    
 

Christopher Brown

Partner and Assurance and Advisory Services, Mitchell Titus

Chris Brown has more than 25 years of experience serving financial services, real estate and private equity companies, with a specific focus on auditing, accounting advisory, risk management, regulatory compliance, and business performance improvement. Chris leads a service line that has over 400 clients ranging from small to middle-market companies that have annual revenues of several million to $500 million and approximately 70 companies listed on the Fortune 500.
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PANELISTS    
 

MICHAEL M. CLAY

Senior Director, Resource Acquisition-Opportunity Program Group, DASNY

Michael M. Clay serves as the Director of the Opportunity Programs Group for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) located in the corporate headquarters in Albany, N.Y., where he directs a staff of 18 professionals who facilitate and advocate for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation within DASNY. Michael functions as DASNY’s internal consultant on M/WBE participation in Construction, Professional Services, and Financial/Professional Services and Commodity procurement. He has 31 years of progressive, diverse management in small business development, M/WBE compliance, Affirmation Action, Labor Relations, Purchasing and Contract Administration. Prior to his tenure at DASNY, Michael served as Director, of the Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises for the NYS Office of General Services. Michael attended Seton Hall University, School of Business.
     
 

Stuart Holland

President & Co-Founder, Sygma Technologies

As the founder of Sygma Technology Solutions, Stuart Holland has supported companies who are looking to gain a competitive advantage with the best technology and systems for over 15 years. Backed by a professionally-certified team, he provides custom application design and development, data management, IT advisory, and cloud consulting for companies across a variety of industries, including financial services, insurance, media and telecommunications.
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Nicole Valentine

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Synergy Business Development; creator, Winly IOS MobileApp www.winlyapp.com

Nicole Valentine is an entrepreneur, tech founder, lawyer and highly sought after business strategist. Her innovations include the Winly suite of business strategy products used by thousands of entrepreneurs and business executives around the world. The grand-daughter and daughter of entrepreneurs, Nicole's focus on creating winning tools for small businesses and startups is rooted in a passion to see the underdog win. She started her career as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and then launched New York based Synergy Business Development which consults and advises on strategic growth, expansion and partnership deals.
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Ken Williams

Executive Director, Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development, NYS Office of General Services

Ken Williams is the Executive Director of the NYS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development which is tasked to implement the provisions of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act that was signed into law in May of 2014. The law establishes a NYS contract participation goal of 6% for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. Prior to being appointed by Governor Cuomo as Director, Williams's career, in addition to high level management positions, has involved consulting for companies such as BMW of North America, creating and building a number of entrepreneurial ventures, teaching at colleges such as Clarkson, R.P.I, and Union Graduate College and being sent to Ukraine by USAID to assist business development.
     
    Workshop D: What Does the Market Really Think About You?
MODERATOR    
     
 

Jennifer Murphy

Regional Director, STV/DPM New York, STV, Inc.

Jennifer Murphy is a construction professional with over 26 years of experience managing construction, design and program management services. She has been involved in more than $2 billion in construction and served a wide variety of project types including commercial, residential, hospitality, entertainment, cultural, transportation, mixed use, retail, and corporate interiors. She is focused on assisting clients in the development of the project team and process to achieve their goals. An advocate for women’s growth and achievement in the industry she participates as a member of the BWAF Board of Trustees and Co-Chairs the NEW Ambassador Council amongst participating actively in several other industry organizations. New to STV last year, Murphy is dedicated to growing the Construction Management Division in both the public and private sectors.
PANELISTS    
 

Andrew Darpino

Director, Public Sector Sales, Grainger, Inc.

Andrew Darpino is the Director of Public Sector Sales at Grainger, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience selling and marketing industrial products and services to the Government, Industrial, Commercial and Contractor markets with Grainger. For the last 13 years, Darpino has exclusively focused on the State Government, Local Government, Federal Government, Higher Education and Primary Education sectors. Darpino has extensive expertise in contract negotiation, contract management/implementation, sales strategy, talent management and emergency preparedness/response. He is currently managing Grainger’s relationship with Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health & Human Services, American Red Cross and the Federal Reserve. Prior to Grainer, Inc, Darpino gained 14 years of experience in sales, operations and sales effectiveness with Scott Paper Co. He received a B. A. cum laude from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
     
 

Dominick Fickeria

Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager, Hill International

Dominick J. Fickeria, Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager of Hill’s Northeast Region, has more than 35 years of experience in construction management, business development and financial operations for projects in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dominick specializes in work for New York City, New York State and Federal agencies and authorities, the majority of his work experience has included the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), City University of New York (CUNY) the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and the General Services Administration (GSA). His project experience includes transportation facilities and infrastructure, higher education buildings and facilities, government facilities and public spaces. Dominick is responsible for the management of approximately 70 active projects with a total worth of $5 billion in construction cost. His previous experience as a general contractor and developer, included project management, procurement, estimating, scheduling and field supervision of the various trade disciplines. He has also developed numerous Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) for the State of New York.

     
     
 

Chris McFadden

Vice President, Communications, Turner Construction

Chris McFadden is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Turner Construction Company.

Chris joined Turner in 1990 as an associate in the Corporate Planning & Communications department. In 1992, Chris joined the Investor Relations department and served as the main point of contact for the company to the investment community. During this time he also supported business development activities for the company’s Connecticut office. Beginning in 1993, Chris additionally served as the media relations representative for the company. In 2008, Chris was promoted to vice president of marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Turner, Chris worked for W. R. Grace & Co. in the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department. Chris graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Economics.
     
     
 

Nika Stewart

CEO and Founder, Ghost Tweeting

Social media trailblazer, digital strategist, national speaker, and branding specialist, Nika has been at the forefront of online marketing for the past decade. She has built a reputation for turning entrepreneurs into thought leaders through the power of social media. Authors, speakers, executives, politicians, entrepreneurs, and celebrities have all enjoyed increased social media popularity through the expertise of Nika and her world-class team. Nika is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and she and her company have been featured by the global media including the BBC, NBC NY, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Today. When she’s not tweeting, gramming, scoping, or pinning, Nika enjoys showing off her vocal talents, either as a lead singer in retro rock ‘n roll bands or as the cantor at her temple during the High Holidays.
     
    Workshop E: How do You Build Sustainable Relationships
MODERATOR    
 

ELIZABETH VELEZ

President, Velez Organization

Elizabeth Velez serves as President of the Velez Organization. Ms. Velez’s experience in the construction industry has spanned over twenty years, and she participates on industry and community based boards, such as the New York Building Congress, National Hispanic Business Group, Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY), the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity, the Board of ACE Mentor of New York and the NYC Department of Business Services Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Boricua College. Ms. Velez holds an MBA, and is actively involved in issues facing the construction industry and affirmative action.
     
PANELISTS    
 

Glenn Emanuel

Lawrence N. Field Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, The City University of New York

Glenn Emanuel is an award-winning trainer and full time Lecturer at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. He specializes in Sales, Negotiation, Communications and Marketing topics on the training front, speaking at conferences and with constructive consultancy advice.

A mutli-time VP in several organizations, Glenn has held senior leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning and has helped multinational companies to successfully grow revenues and enter new markets.
     
     
 

Jayne Czik

Vice President and General Counsel, Citnalta Construction Corp.

Jayne Czik joined Citnalta Construction Corp. as General Counsel and Compliance Officer in May 2011. Czik is responsible for overseeing compliance and ensuring that executive management is apprised of new regulatory and compliance requirements. Prior to joining Citnalta, Czik was the Deputy General Counsel at MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) in New York. She counseled senior management on legal and procurement issues pertaining to MTACC projects involving state, city and federal funding. Czik has authored several papers and has been a frequent speaker and instructor on issues related to the construction industry and construction law. She is currently the Editor of Under Construction, the American Bar Association – Forum on Construction’s newsletter that publishes current articles on construction law and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Construction Panel.
     
     
 

Deborah Bradley

Founder and President, Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services Inc.

Deborah Bradley is Founder and President of Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services Inc., a full-service General Contractor and Construction Management Consultant to institutional and educational facilities and public agencies throughout New York State. Today, it continues to be a 100% woman-owned and operated business enterprise. The firm’s long-term relationships on capital projects include such clients as the NYC School Construction Authority, DASNY, MTA, Con Edison, Central Park Conservancy, New York City Economic Development Corp., Battery Park City Authority, CUNY, Columbia University the NYC Department of Correction and various other NYC agencies.
     
     
 

Brennan Gilbane

Business Development Director Gilbane Building Company

Brennan is a fifth-generation family member, focused on Gilbane’s steadfast commitment to client's satisfaction through her work. She is a key promoter of the company’s dedication to creating customers for life and is active in making sure that client satisfaction is measured in communicating these results and using them as a way to constantly improve the firm’s business practices across all Global projects and overall how Gilbane is impacting the industry it services. An educator by training, she is also focused on internal engagement, through the focus on building internal promoters as part of the external promoter strategy. By using various tools to measure and gauge employee positioning and engagement, Brennan is able to implement actions to improve the employee environment and build positive connections with the company, its culture and its brand. Brennan Gilbane earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree from Providence College. Before joining Gilbane Building Company, Brennan was a teacher at St. Paul’s School and St. Brigid School.
     
     
 

Michael Riegel

Project Management, Program Manager – TDX Construction, MTA Small Business Development Program, Department of Diversity and Civil Rights

Michael Riegel is presently Project Manager for TDX Construction. In this role, he serves as a Program Manager for the Small Business Development Program at the MTA. The Small Business Development Program assists small construction contractors (MWBE, DBE & Service Veterans) in developing their business skills, identifying and achieving their company growth goals and navigating the MTA system. He is responsible for the hiring and management of the full-time project team, management and coordination of all vendors and sub-consultants, the implementation of all program components and fully refining the program.
     
    Workshop F: Building a Better Team
MODERATOR    
 

Dr. Stephanie Royal

Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships, LaGuardia Community College, Division of Continuing Education

Dr. Stephanie Royal is Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships at LaGuardia Community College. In this capacity, Stephanie is responsible for the centralization and coordination of partnerships between the College and the business community with the goal of developing curriculum and training programs for middle skills jobs in technology, financial services, advanced manufacturing, construction and non- clinical healthcare. Prior to joining the College, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the New York State Mentoring Program, a special appointment by the Governor’s office. She led a statewide collaboration to create mentoring programs for students in grades 4-12 working with state superintendents and education policymakers. Stephanie has been recognized nationally for her work related workplace diversity, leadership, organizational development and collaboration. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her doctorate from St. John Fisher College. She sits on the boards of Stockade Works Film Studio and Moving for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to wellness for cancer survivors.
     
     
PANELISTS    
 

Jen Grace Baron

Co-Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Inspire Corps

Jen Grace Brown is an Organization Development leader and entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of leveraging talent to produce business success and growth. She is a founding partner of InspireCorps, a firm dedicated to producing smart, sustainable, inspiration for leaders, teams and organizations. Recent client partnerships include: University of Connecticut Medical School; Hartford Hospital; Yale Medical Group; Stanford, Harvard and Yale Graduate Schools of Business; Yale Divinity School; the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; Women Fighter Pilots in the United States military; and Peach a company re-inventing BeYOUtiful for women.
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Amy Criss

Director, Supplier Diversity and MWBE/SDVOB Development, 84 Lumber

Amy Criss is the Director of Diversity and WBE Business for 84 Lumber Company. As Director, Criss manages many different Women Business Enterprise certifications across the country, including their WBENC national certification and provides business development due to these certifications. She also actively grow opportunities for diverse vendors to work with 84 Lumber Company. In her role, Amy works closely with 84’s traditional brick and mortar stores, as well as with the 84 Energy Supply Division, a top supplier offering companies operating in the energy field, including the Marcellus/Utica Shale footprint, a reliable, competitive and expert source for safety, remediation, building supplies and housing.
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Cheryl McKissack

Chief Executive Officer, McKissack & McKissack

Cheryl McKissack Daniel, CEO McKissack & McKissack, has more than 20 years of experience in construction industry, including major work in the commercial, healthcare, education and transportation sectors.  Born in Nashville to Architect William D. Berry and Teacher, Leatrice McKissack, Cheryl represents the fifth generation of the McKissack family’s century old business, McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority-owned design and construction firm in the nation.
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Beverly Williams

Vice President, Human Resources, Langan

Beverly Williams is the Vice President of Human Resources and Senior Associate at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. She leads all aspects of human resources at Langan, including strategic staffing, employee retention, career development, performance management, employee relations, benefit and compensation plans, as well as, human resource policies and procedures. Her human resource experience spans over 20 years and has included leadership roles within the engineering, marketing and communications, and financial industries.
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    FAST TRACK PRESENTATION BOOTCAMPS
FACILITATORS    
 

Dr. Stephanie Royal

Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships, LaGuardia Community College, Division of Continuing Education

Dr. Stephanie Royal is Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships at LaGuardia Community College. In this capacity, Stephanie is responsible for the centralization and coordination of partnerships between the College and the business community with the goal of developing curriculum and training programs for middle skills jobs in technology, financial services, advanced manufacturing, construction and non- clinical healthcare. Prior to joining the College, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the New York State Mentoring Program, a special appointment by the Governor’s office. She led a statewide collaboration to create mentoring programs for students in grades 4-12 working with state superintendents and education policymakers. Stephanie has been recognized nationally for her work related workplace diversity, leadership, organizational development and collaboration. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her doctorate from St. John Fisher College. She sits on the boards of Stockade Works Film Studio and Moving for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to wellness for cancer survivors.
     
     
 

Dr. Renee Sacks

President, Sacks Communications

Dr. Renée Sacks is President & CEO of Sacks and the firm’s Chief Opportunity Creator. She possesses a unique combination of strategic communications, marketing, educational consulting and analytical skills. She has extensive experience in providing comprehensive branding, communications, public relations and strategic consulting services for both public and private sector clients. Her proven abilities in these areas have made her firm a brand name in the industries it serves. Dr. Sacks coaches business owners and provides presentation and communications training to both public sector and private clients.