Keynote Speakers

Janet Mock

Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness, and host of MSNBC’s “So POPular!” a weekly series about popular culture, politics, identity and representation. She also serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire—the magazine where she first stepped forward publicly as a young trans woman. Her writing, work and media advocacy has been recognized by the Ms. Foundation, Planned Parenthood, ADCOLOR, TIME, which dubbed her “one of the 30 most influential people on the internet,” and Fast Company which named her “one of the most creative people in business.” Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet lives and writes in New York City.

Stephanie Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is the 7th Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. Previously she served as Department Head and Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech from 2011 – 2016. Dr. Adams is an honor graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering, in 1988. In 1991 she was awarded the Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998. She previously held faculty and administrative Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Her research interests include: Broadening Participation, Faculty and Graduate Student Development, International/Global Education, Teamwork and Team Effectiveness, and Quality Control and Management. In 2003 she received the CAREER award from the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Adams is a leader in the advancement and inclusion of all in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. She has worked with a number of colleges and universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations on topics related to graduate education, mentoring, faculty development and diversifying STEM. A few examples include: The University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, NASA Must Program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education. She holds membership in a number of organizations and presently serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a Diamond Life of member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist, a business executive, and a diversity advocate enjoying an active retirement. She is a board member and former CEO and CSO of Cytonome/ST, LLC, a company developing and manufacturing purpose-built cell sorters. She currently serves on the boards of ATCC, Cytonome/ST, the Massachusetts Life Science Center (Gubernatorial appointment), and the Keck Graduate Institute. She is a member of the NSF Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, the Advisory Council of the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, and the National Academies Joint Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Dr. Villa-Komaroff held faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School. She served as Vice President for Research at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Vice President for Research and Chief Operating Officer of the Whitehead Institute. She served on the boards of Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc, AAAS, and the Advisory Councils for National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and the Biology Directorate of NSF. Her BS is from Goucher College and her PhD is from MIT.


Cindy Lee Alves

Cindy Lee Alves is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies, where she also earned her Master’s in Education. As a graduate of Stony Brook University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Cindy Lee Alves’s work is interdisciplinary. Her research interests include sexual orientation, gender, pleasure, and intersectionality. Currently, Cindy Lee Alves teaches human sexuality courses at various colleges in NY and NJ, as well as guest lectures, and provides workshops for adults and young people. She has worked with No Labelz Magazine as the Sexuality Editor, as the Sexuality Educator and Radio Personality at Doolhouse Media Group, a CAPP Facilitator with Safe Space NYC, and a Life Skills Instructor with Grand Street Settlement. Cindy Lee Alves is on the planning committee for the 2014 CSE National Sex Ed Conference and is an Executive Committee member with WOCSHN.

Marcus J. Brooks

Marcus comes to the Cornell Team and Leadership Center from New York City where he earned both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Columbia University. He uniquely combines his formal business skill sets in leadership, organizational development, entrepreneurship, strategy, and finance with his deep passion for human development through the great outdoors and experiential learning. Marcus has led workshops on the topics of women entrepreneurs, negotiation strategies, and creativity and innovation. He is an accomplished wilderness guide having lead international trips to destinations as far away as Africa’s Kilimanjaro and the Peruvian Andes. In addition, Marcus is the former general manager of Brooklyn Boulders, a world-class indoor climbing gym facility in NYC. During this tenure there he became a founding member of the Brothers of Climbing crew an organization tackling diversity in the rock climbing community. Marcus holds an AMGA-CWI and EMT certification.

Amatunoor Frederickson

Ama Frederickson is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Near Eastern Studies with minors in History and Psychology. She hails from Minnesota, and is passionate about Islam, the Middle East, the environment, politics, social justice, interfaith work, education, women’s rights, international relations, and cross-cultural understanding, and hopes to pursue a career that combines these interests. She enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, traveling, photography, cooking, drinking tea, and watching youtube in her free time.

Chaumtoli Huq

Chaumtoli Huq founded Law@theMargins in 2013 and serves as its Editor-In-Chief. Her expertise lies in labor and employment, immigrant workers, and human rights.From August 2015 to June 2015, she was a Senior Researcher with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Professor Huq was an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School where she taught Legal Practice and an adjunct professor at City College of New York and Rutgers University, where she taught Immigrant Workers Rights, Employment Law, and Asian Americans and the Law.

For more than 10 years, Chaumtoli devoted her career to the public interest, serving as Director of the first South Asian Workers’ Rights Project in the country at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and as the first staff attorney to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a multi-ethnic, immigrant, worker-led labor organization of taxi-drivers. She is a contributor to the anthology Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Sarah Husain, Editor; Seal Press 2006) and co-author of “Laying the Groundwork for Post 9-11 Alliances: Reflections Ten Years Later on Desis Organizing,” (Asian American Literary Review, Volume 2, Issue 1.5, Fall 2011).

Anum Hussain

Anum Hussain is a Class of 2019 Human Biology, Health and Society Major with an intended Global Health and Health Policy minor. She is originally from Albany, NY, and has two little brothers. On campus she is a research assistant in the Robertson Infant Lab, a teaching assistant in the Department of General Chemistry and a campus tour guide. In her spare free time she enjoys baking sweets and writing.

Eva Jahan

Eva Jahan is a spoken word artist and writer. She hopes to continue to write, perform, and publish content in an artistic manner, in order to give voice especially to women of color so that they may share narratives that are otherwise demeaned.

Angélica Keen

Originally from a border-city Laredo, TX, Angélica Keen obtained her Bachelor’s in Public Administration and Spanish then a Master’s of Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. As the Assistant Director for Diversity Programs in Engineering, Angélica advises several organizations such as Society for Hispanic and Professional Engineers, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science, and works with programs such as the Engineering Diversity Hosting Weekend, Robert L Ryan Scholars Program, and the Cornell University Engineering Success Program.

Previous to working at Diversity Programs in Engineering, Angélica worked as the Residence Hall Director of the Latino Living Center where she was awarded Community of the Year, RHD of the Year, recognized as the Tomas Bautista Mapua Award for Outstanding OADI Staff Partner, and the Alpha Chapter of La Unidad Latina/Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc Rosa Dorada Award.

Karen Matthews, Ph.D.

Karen I. Matthews was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Karen began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and her MEng (1991), MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and MBA from Cornell University (2007). Just prior to pursuing an AMBA at Johnson, Karen served as a Senior Research Scientist at Corning Incorporated. Upon graduation, she re-entered Corning as a Technology and Market Development Manager for Specialty Materials, where she worked with technologists and commercial entities to develop concepts into profitable products, namely driving the value prop for Gorilla Glass. After 2 years in Corning’s Specialty Materials’ business, Dr. Matthews returned to the Science and Technology community so that she could do similar work across any business in the company. Her drive is to move concepts into commercialization, and she works daily to move early stage innovations into profit making businesses.

Dr. Matthews has authored numerous technical publications and patents, and is a member of several technical and professional committees. In addition to her technical accolades, Dr. Matthews is dedicated to service, and has been giving leadership, presentation, branding and sustainability-based seminars, coaching and mentoring services, and mind/body/soul balancing services for over two decades.

Karen is married to Mr. David T. Matthews, a mechanical engineering (Tuskegee University) and Executive MBA (University of Michigan) graduate who has served as Mechanical, Project and Program leads at both the Boeing Company and Corning Incorporated, and a Program Management Manager and Chief Engineering Director for Lockheed Martin. Currently, David is fulfilling his childhood dream of designing and building jet engines in his Design Integration Manager role at Pratt and Whitney. David and Karen have no children currently, but are being duly trained on how to be good parents and communicators from their English Bulldog, Dirty Red.

Cindy Mosqueda

Cindy Mosqueda has dedicated her career to diversity issues in higher education, specifically in STEM fields. Prior to joining Diversity Programs in Engineering as Associate Director at Cornell University, she worked at UCLA as a program coordinator at the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cindy earned a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology from UCLA. Later, she earned a M.A. in Education with a focus on Higher Education in Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. As a graduate student she studied issues of diversity and access in STEM fields.

Paola Muñoz

Paola is a feminista luchadora for intersectional social justice within academic spaces, hija de la Dominican Diáspora, and first-generation South Bronx native. She is currently a senior majoring in Human Development, and minoring in English, Inequality Studies, Latinx Studies, and Education at Cornell University. She is also the President of the First Generation Student Union, Head Delegate for the Cornell Latinx Ivy League Delegation, as well as a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. On the side, she likes bochinchando, sipping on hot café, as the co-host of Cafecito con Chisme: Latinx Podcast, as well as creating virtual spaces for folks of color across campuses as the Senior Editor and Facebook Social Media Manager for Oblivion Magazine. You can catch me facilitating for the Intergroup Dialogue Project, and raising hell like my ancestors have taught me to do so. Siempre malcriada y luchadora .

Hilary Lashley Renison

Hilary has leveraged her engineering and commercial acumen to forge a career developing global technology solutions. Senior Manager of Product Analytics at the GE Global Research Center, Hilary is a graduate of the GE Power Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, formally an Energy Consultant for GE Energy Connections Power Economics group and a graduate of the GE Renewable Energy Development Program. Hilary has completed roles in Engineering Operations, Product Management and Marketing.

Hilary graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson School with an MBA focused in corporate finance & strategic operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell. Prior to GE, Hilary served as an Operations Engineer for BP in offshore oil, natural gas and wind, and was a Business Development Associate for a solar subsidiary of Idea Lab in India.

Judy Rowe

Judy is passionate about using a strengths-based approach to help others realize their full potential in life. Her consulting company, Judith A. Rowe Consulting, LLC, has a focus on training, facilitation, coaching, career development, and wellness.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition, Judy earned a Master of Industrial Labor and Relations degree from Cornell University. She is certified to train StandOut™ Advantage.

During her 27-year tenure with Corning Incorporated Judy has held roles as Global Security Performance Excellence Champion, Project Manager, Training Systems Manager, Product Engineer, Sales Engineer, Customer Service Team Leader, Supervisory Effectiveness Instructor, Human Resources Manager, and HR Performance Excellence Project Manager. Prior to Corning Incorporated Judy held engineering positions with Mobil Corporation and Loudon County Sanitation Authority

Judy has a phenomenal family – husband, Joe; two sons, Joe and Jon; and their dog, Troy. Judy volunteers for many community activities. She is a member of Corning Hospital Board of Directors and related committees, Donald Guthrie Foundation Board of Directors, United Way, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Judy previously served on the United Way Board of Directors and the Cosmopolitan Women’s Club Board of Directors.