We’re back! Join SAP and the Creative Coalition in New York for the third annual SAP Women Forward Dinner on Thursday, December 13.

Please join us for
dinner and an intimate conversation with other successful female executives who are at the top of their game - but always still climbing.  If you attended last year, you know that enjoying dinner with Chrissy Metz or Tamron Hall isn't out of the question!

You will enjoy a series of fireside chats with an exciting celebrity moderator and panelists, as well as a chance to network with other women leaders.

Event Details

December 13, 2018


6:30–9:30 p.m.

Freds at Barneys New York

660 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10065

Hosted by:
Carmen Krueger, COO East Market Unit

Fireside Chat Panelists

Aliza Licht
 is the author of the best-selling book, Leave Your Mark, and the EVP of Brand Marketing & Communications for Alice + Olivia.


Licht was formerly the SVP of Global Communications for Donna Karan International, where she created the five-time award-winning DKNY PR GIRL® social media personality. She was named one of The New York Daily News’“Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” one of Time’s “Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World,” and to The New York Times’ list of “America’s Next Top Mentors.” Licht is also a TEDx speaker, and her book, Leave  Your Mark, is ranked fifth on’s “The 38 Best Career Development Books of All Time.”

Lisa Gersh
 was most recently CEO of Alexander Wang.  Prior to joining Alexander Wang, Lisa served as the CEO of Goop, Inc. and as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. She cofounded Oxygen Media and served as President until it was sold to NBC Universal in 2007. During her tenure at Oxygen, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Goop, and Alexander Wang, Lisa was a member of the Board.


Currently, Lisa is a member of the Hasbro Board of Directors, the Board of PopSugar, and the Samsung Retail Advisory Board. She is also the Chairman of The Second Shift Board, and from 2005 until 2010, was a member of the Board of The Knot, a public company.

Amy Emmerich 
is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for women with an audience footprint of over 425 million.

Amy has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTV, Travel Channel, and Vice Media. An Emmy award-winning producer, she has a full spectrum of production and development experience across platforms – including linear television, digital video, and social media – and is committed to creating a meaningful dialogue for a new generation of powerful women.

Rachel Mushahwar
 is the GM of U.S. Business Consumption Sales Group at Intel. With more than 23 years of experience in a variety of industries, she is an expert at aligning strategy with organizational vision and helping C-suite executives shape and refine their strategic objectives and achieve business goals.

Rachel serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, where she helps the school achieve its mission and goals. Chain Store Ageranked her one of the “Top Ten Women in Technology” in January 2017, and Women’s Wear Daily listed her among the “Top Industry Transformers” in December 2016. Rachel has also appeared on Wall Street Journal Liveand NBC’s Press:Here.

Gloria Feldt
 is the cofounder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit dedicated to elevating women to leadership positions. She is the former president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an achievement capping a 30-year career that also included serving as CEO of affiliates in Texas and Arizona.

Gloria is the best-selling author of four books and has been quoted and featured in numerous publications, including TheNew York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, Time, and many others. She was also named one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” by Vanity Fair, as well as Glamour’s “Woman of the Year.” She currently teaches Women, Power, and Leadership at Arizona State University. 

Fukiko Ogisu is the executive vice president and chief people officer for Viacom, leading the company’s human resources department, as well as its security services. . Prior to assuming this role in 2018, she served as senior vice president of Viacom’s HR Business Operations and Information Solutions, where she led the Talent, HR Information and Analysis, HR Operations, and Greenroom company portal teams.

Fukiko began her career in publishing, working at Japan's largest daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, before heading off to Encyclopædia Britannica to work as an editor. After that, she joined Microsoft, where she led a number of organizations developing software, services, and hardware for the consumer market. Fukiko graduated from Duke University with a degree in comparative area studies, modern Russia, and Japan. She also has an MA in Far Eastern languages and civilization from the University of Chicago.

Vanessa C. Smith
is the regional vice president for SAP’s Strategic Customer Program and is in charge of managing strategic accounts across North America. Previously, she served as chief of staff for SAP CEO, Bill McDermott, where she oversaw CEO operations in the Americas and the customer office. During her tenure, Vanessa instituted the chief diversity officer role as part of the Office of the CEO’s mission to drive diversity and inclusion as a marketplace differentiator for SAP.

Vanessa also has experience leading many of SAP’s global teams and initiatives centered around customer success, including serving as vice president of value engineering and executive director of the SAP Value Academy program. Prior to joining SAP in 2004, she held product and solution marketing positions at GE Global eXchange Services and was an associate with A.T. Kearney, a strategy and operations management consultancy. Vanessa holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.


Eileen Mahoney
is the executive vice president and chief information officer of PVH, where she is responsible for developing the strategic direction of PVH's technology and systems solutions, and is in charge of project and portfolio management. She also oversees the company's North America, South America, and Asia IT areas, as well as PVH's global network and infrastructure.

Prior to joining PVH, Eileen was chief information officer at EdisonLearning, an international education service provider focused on raising student achievement and a pioneer of charter schools in the U.S. Eileen began her career at R.H. Macy & Co., spending 10 years in various IT positions across the company. She then went on to serve as chief information officer for Petrie Retail, Inc., and in 1996, became the chief information officer of Barnes & Noble's College Bookstore division.


Angela Mangiapane
is the president of Mars Global Services, where she leads an organization of 2,000 associates that provides shared solutions in IT, finance, HR, procurement, and consumer insights. She partners closely with other senior leaders of Mars, as well as industry thought leaders, to ensure that the organization offers solutions that help Mars operate better, faster, and smarter.

Angela began her 26-year Mars career working in service and finance and went on to hold a number of financial leadership roles. In 2008, she took a new position in personnel and organization and quickly established herself as a competent and strategic leader in several divisions, including Latin America, Drinks, and Royal Canin. Most recently, she served as the global VP for Chocolate, where she oversaw the acquisition, development, and retention of over 17,000 associates.


About SAP Women Forward
SAP Women Forward
A global community unleashing the power of women

A Cause
SAP Women Forward is the culmination of an ongoing investment in gender equality. SAP customers and partners have long been focused on promoting diversity of thought and action in their culture, products and services; enabled by strong leadership, employee engagement and investments in technology. This cause is truly global and its relevance is greater than ever.

SAP Women Forward will drive progress at an aggressive pace.

A Community
SAP Women Forward is more than a series of discussions and events. It’s a social circle. A place to network. A community. Interactions don’t begin or end; they are fluid and ongoing. Our online community is the epicenter, the destination for inspiration, information, and interaction. And our in-person, peer-oriented events around the world provide common ground for rich dialogue.

SAP Women Forward sees no boundaries.

A Commitment
There is no real end to progress and growth. It’s ongoing and the finish line continues to move – and we intend to move with it, advancing the conversation to represent what is relevant, newsworthy, and most impactful. Our leadership is committed to our own continued improvement, as well as that of our customers and our world. SAP Women Forward will not waver from the commitment to helping the world run better. 

For more information on our community, please visit


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December 13 | Freds at Barneys | New York, NY