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Successful Women

Jane Brock-Wilson

The Women in Management Center is named after the Purdue graduate and Lafayette native. Brock-Wilson joined Berkshire Partners in 1991 and became Managing Director in 1994. She has been a director of several of Berkshire's business services, consumer products and industrial management companies. Brock-Wilson was formerly a partner at Bain & Co., where she worked with clients on strategic, operational and marketing issues in a variety of industries. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Brock-Wilson was honored with the 2014 Krannert Business Leadership Award.

Angie Klink

Klink holds a BA from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She is an author and advertising copywriter. Klink writes biographies, histories, documentaries, children’s books, essays, and copy for a variety of advertising media. Klink is the author of three books published by Purdue University Press: The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their quest for Equality, released March 2014; Kirby’s Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built their Company on Kitchen-Table Values, published 2012; and Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home, published 2011.  Klink was the scriptwriter for the 2013 documentary about a call to action to improve public education, Rise Above the Mark, narrated by Peter Coyote. Klink also has authored the children’s books Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer and I Found U and is published in four titles for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has won fifty-two American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards. She was awarded an honorable mention in the 2007 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Competition and has attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton on five occasions, most recently in April 2014.

Beth Bostwick

Passionate about enabling women to be a success in the startup world, Bostwick has experience in critical early phases of building a company. Works closely with founders of companies to support them as they grow their company while delivering value to their customers. Adapt critical principals needed to build a company from idea stage in tune with current market conditions. Leveraged Fortune 100 company intrapreneurship experience in startup world of Silicon Valley. Experience building out new divisions in established companies and working with diverse interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement innovative new processes.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak


Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 150 countries. In addition, she is a global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named seven times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women", and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. Beth holds Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Management and Computer Science and an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University

Betty M. Nelson

Originally from West Virginia, Nelson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the Women’s Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and then a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Ohio University. She served over 30 years on the staff of Purdue University, beginning in the Psychology Department before being asked to join Helen Schleman’s staff in the Dean of Women’s office. Nelson succeeded Barbara Cook as Purdue’s Dean of Students in 1987 and served as Dean until her retirement in 1996. As Dean, Nelson helped create the Disability Resource Center, established the Student Leadership Development Program, and served in leadership positions in the National Association for Women Deans, Advisors, and Counselors and in the Indiana AWDAC. Nelson has also been active in numerous community activities, serving in leadership roles with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the Lafayette Rotary Club, the Lafayette YWCA and other local service organizations. Some of Dean Nelson’s awards and honors include the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the Amelia Earhart Award.

Carolyn Woo

Woo is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career. Before coming to CRS, Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. During her tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation's leading business school in ethics education and research. It received and has retained top ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek since 2010 for its undergraduate business program. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Woo served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University. Woo was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, and joined the faculty.

Jane Boulware

Boulware is Vice President of the Microsoft US Windows Devices business, accountable for forging a new business model across sales, operations, revenue of Windows commercial devices including $B in Microsoft Surface. Prior to the Windows Devices team, Boulware led the US Windows business (revenue, strategy, marketing and operations) for Enterprise, Public Sector, OEM and Small Business customers. Boulware earned an MBA from Purdue University and a BS from Iowa State University.

Jennifer Gaertner

Gaertner is Vice President at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago, where she works in the Investment Risk & Analytical Services division.   This team of investment professionals provides analysis of client’s assets and liabilities in order to assist them with the effective management of their investments.  In her capacity as manager of Compliance Consultants and previously as a Senior Compliance Consultant, Gaertner and her team work with an interesting array of large corporate, sovereign wealth, not-for-profit and public fund clients in order to ensure that the firms hired by the client to manage money are adhering to their investment guidelines / strategies. Over her 19 years with Northern, Gaertner has worked in a variety of areas, all of which built the foundation for her current role.  Previous positions have included Senior Investment Manager Liaison within the Securities Operations Group and a liaison representing Securities Operations to Sales and Marketing, as well as working with sensitive client relationships when escalation was needed.  In 2008, Jennifer was a winner of the Chairman’s Absolute Quality Award while working as part of a team assisting with audit work on a large, multi-national client and received a Signature Service Medallion in 2010 for a project that created a team of support staff in India. She received a B.S. degree in Management with concentrations in Finance & French from Purdue University and a M.B.A. degree in International Studies from DePaul University.

Jill German

Jill German is Vice President of Roche Diagnostics, a global leader in providing innovative diagnostic systems, assays and information technology. Her team of over 200 spans the United States and provides laboratory process consulting, capital equipment and clinical assays to reference labs, hospital and IHN laboratories and physician owned laboratories. Jill has over 20 years of sales and marketing leadership experience, beginning her career in the Applied Science division of Roche. During a decade away from Roche, she held leadership roles in sales and marketing with Monsanto Corporation and Sigma-Aldrich, located in St. Louis, MO. When she returned to Roche in 2004, she joined the Diabetes Care team and most recently, Centralized Diagnostics. In addition to delivering results, what distinguishes Jill is her focus on leadership, people development and the relentless pursuit of a vacation in the sunshine!
Jill grew up on a farm in central Indiana, earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and has completed leadership coursework at Northwestern University. She’s had the opportunity to live in St. Louis, MO, St. Petersburg, FL and now resides in Indianapolis, IN. She is a previous board member for the Roche Women’s Leadership Initiative and currently sits on the executive committee for the Roche Diversity Council, speaking around the nation on behalf Roche. In addition, she is a board member for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women.

Dr. Julia Kalish

With a BS from Purdue in Organizational Leadership, an MS from Purdue in Industrial Technology, and a Doctorate from the College of Technology at Purdue, it is safe to say that Dr. Kalish bleeds black and gold. Dr. Kalish has taught for 10 years at Purdue, previously in the College of Technology, and currently in the Krannert School of Management. She is also a previous small business owner, an Army veteran, a Project Management Professional, and an organic gardener.

Julie Wainwright

Wainwright is a technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years. As a CEO for over 17 years, she was at the forefront of e-commerce as CEO of Reel.com in 1997, and Pets.com in 1999. She is a frequent speaker and presents at prestigious events and universities all over the country, most recently at Harvard University, Purdue University and CES. Recently, Julie was recognized as one of TechCrunch’s 40 Over 40, and one of the top female entrepreneurs by The San Francisco Business Times. She graduated from Purdue University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in General Management, and a minor in Art

Lima Kouassi Gnagne

Gnagne the Director-Financial Controller at Siemens Healthcare, after serving as Treasury Consultant-Pensions Investments at Eli Lilly & Company. Gnagner was with Eli Lilly from 2008-2013, where her past roles included Demand Planning and Supply Chain Management, Controller and founder of the Alzheimer’s Unit, and Controller and Financial Consultant for the Neuroscience Business Unit.  Her career also includes positions as a Registered Investment Banker and Licensed Banker.  Gnagne is the recipient of Lilly’s Global CFO Award, which cited her “ruthless prioritization and relentless pursuit of progress.” Gnange received her BSIM from Purdue University in 2001 and her MBA from Purdue in 2008.

Linda Clement-Holmes

Clement-Holmes is Global Information and Decision Solutions (IDS) Officer for P&G. In this expansive role, Clement-Holmes is responsible for building the capability of the Company’s IDS function as well as providing IDS governance oversight. Clement-Holmes also oversees Information Technology Development & Operations, Innovation, Corporate Information Security and Employee Services for P&G’s Global Business Services (GBS) organization. Among her many responsibilities, Clement-Holmes is responsible for operation of Procter & Gamble’s global IT infrastructure, driving enterprise architecture and development of corporate applications, maintaining compliance and effectiveness of information security, leading IT innovation as well as designing and maintaining a best-in-class employee and workplace experience, aimed to help P&G people work simpler, faster, and with greater agility. Clement-Holmes is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and recently served as the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer. She joined P&G in 1983 as a systems analyst, going on to become a global “executive of firsts” across several disciplines. She was the first African-American senior vice president in the IT function, and the first female African-American senior vice president, and now president, within P&G. She led the first vision and strategy for P&G’s e-mail system, led the partnership with HP to provide core information technology services, and spearheaded delivery of broad business and employee services to Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. As Chief Diversity Officer, Clement-Holmes crafted the first company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and established P&G’s first ever Global Inclusion & Diversity Council, significantly elevating P&G’s Diversity Inc. and Working Mother Magazine rankings. She holds a degree in Industrial Management and Computer Science from Purdue University. Recent honors include Purdue’s Krannert Business Leadership Award and Purdue Old Master.

Maria Crowe

Crowe is President of Manufacturing Operations for Eli Lilly and Company. Maria joined Lilly in 1982 and since 2012 has led the company’s global manufacturing network of more than 20 sites on five continents. She also has responsibility for Lilly's contract-manufacturing organization. Previously, Crowe was senior vice president for global drug product manufacturing, which included emerging markets manufacturing, external drug-product operations, and U.S. distribution. She also served as vice president for drug product manufacturing in the U.S. and Latin America; general manager of Lilly’s plant in Kinsale, Ireland; general manager of Lilly del Caribe in Puerto Rico; and plant manager of the company’s Elanco plant in Tippecanoe. Crowe’s roles have also included working in dry products, parenteral products, and API manufacturing, as well as in sourcing and procurement. Maria holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

Marge Magner

Magner is founding member and Partner of Brysam and has over 30 years of operating and deal experience in the consumer financial services sector. Prior to the formation of Brysam, Magner served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Consumer Group at Citigroup. In this position, she was responsible for the company's operations serving consumers through retail banking, credit cards and consumer finance, as well as for finance, credit and other staff functions. Currently, Magner is a director of Accenture Ltd, Gannett Company, Inc. and Ally Financial, Inc. She also serves on the board of directors of the Brooklyn College Foundation and is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Marge holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and an MSIA degree from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University.

Mary Pat Meade

Meade is Americas Quality Manager for the Connection Systems Business Unit of Delphi’s Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture Division (Delphi-E/EA). In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of quality systems in 13 connections systems manufacturing plants located in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Honduras. Her career with General Motors Packard Electric Division began in Warren, Ohio, in 1976, after graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science in Management from the Krannert School. Meade has held positions in marketing, industrial engineering, manufacturing, strategic planning, and quality. In 2013, she was appointed to her current position. Meade has addressed numerous student groups at Purdue’s Krannert School as well as undergraduate and graduate classes on topics such as women in business, team building, and networking. She has participated as a team leader at two Doster Leadership Forums. In 2011, she received the Krannert School Distinguished Service Award.

Mary Slater Jones

Jones currently serves as a Global Consultant for Shell Downstream Inc. Leveraging her experiences in multiple Shell businesses, knowledge of local and global markets and deep analytical skills, she has the opportunity to work with diverse teams as she helps solve some of the biggest challenges in and across Shell’s Downstream Businesses. Her previous assignments within Shell span the Shell Chemicals and Shell Lubricants businesses.  Jones has excelled as a Senior Sales Executive for Chemical Solvents, a Global Business Analyst for Base Chemicals, and a Project Manager for the Lubricants Supply Chain. Early in her career, she used her Krannert background to develop many business efficiency tools that were adopted as global standards for the Solvents group. Jones seized opportunities to further enhance her global market knowledge especially in commercial and supply chain areas in her following assignments. These roles deepened her ability to lead projects and teams – including one that revolutionized the way small bulk packaging is handled within the industry. In addition to other duties, Jones continues her passion for Purdue by leading the alumni campus recruiting effort at Shell.  This involvement has allowed her to stay connected with students and faculty while further developing her skill set in a ‘non-traditional’ way.

Patricia Decker

Decker is a 22-year volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.  During that time she has helped build homes on three continents and in three states. Professionally, the majority of her career has been with Fortune 50 companies except when she was recruited away to start a company which grew to be ranked #1 on the INC 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Decker served on several non-profit boards and worked as a project consultant with the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity affiliate prior to accepting her current role as U.S. Operations Director for Habitat for Humanity International. Decker holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, an MBA from the University of Kentucky and an executive education certificate from the Harvard Business School.

Patrice Picard

Picard is CEO at Cornerstone Family Programs. Respected leader with a proven ability to lead groups through periods of significant change. Successfully guided agency through profound changes in senior leadership. Led nonprofit board through $5.6 million capital campaign, complex building project and significant strategic planning initiative. Led human resources function through period of rapid growth and change. Able to build, motivate, and lead results-driven teams. Recognized as a leader by key members of the nonprofit community, foundations and corporate community. Picard has a B.A. in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University and a Masters in Industrial Relations (MSIR) degree from the Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Rebecca Humphrey

Humphrey is Youth Services Executive Director for Tippecanoe County Government. She earned a graduate degree in Community Counseling in 1998 and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Her service as the executive director of Tippecanoe County’s Cary Home for Children led her to additional education. She graduated from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, completing the MSIA Program, in 2004.  During her time at Krannert, she expanded her knowledge of strategic management, leadership, marketing and accounting.  She also learned new skills to engage the business sector in her not-for-profit work.  She was awarded Tippecanoe County’s Fiscal Responsibility Award in 2004.  She left Tippecanoe County in 2006 to lead Literacy USA based in Houston, Texas.  After missing the close knit and progressive work of the juvenile justice system in Tippecanoe County, she returned in 2007.  Her contract as Tippecanoe County’s Youth Services Executive Director led her to facilitate conversations about the proposed Tippecanoe County Youth Center, inform the public about the Youth Center efforts, evaluate and recommend programming across the Juvenile Justice System and seek alternative funding for projects to improve the lives of children and families.  Her position was made permanent in July 2008 and she is now responsible for leading Cary Home for Children and serving as the JDAI/DMC Coordinator in addition to her work mentioned above.

Susan Bulkeley Butler

Bulkeley Butler is Founder and CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders. Prior to founding the Institute, Susan established herself as an accomplished business leader who shaped her career at Accenture, the world’s leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization. She joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as its first professional female employee in 1965, and 14 years later, was named the first female partner of its consulting organization, Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Before her retirement in 2002, Susan was the Managing Partner for Accenture’s Office of the CEO for Chairman & CEO Joe W. Forehand. Susan served on Accenture’s Executive Committee, the company’s principal advisory and strategy-setting committee, and as President of the Accenture Foundation. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and an Honorary Doctorate in management from Purdue University. As a philanthropist, she has endowed chairs, scholarships and the Butler Institute for Leadership Excellence.