Professor of Cross-cultural Management, TCNJ
Alberto Carbonilla has 30 years of experience in training, organization development, intercultural communication, and educational management. He has worked and lived in The Philippines, Japan, and the United States. He has a Master’s Degree in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia, with an emphasis on organizational and intercultural communication.
Alberto is currently a faculty member at the School of Business of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), teaching Cross-cultural Management, Human Resources Management, and Management Principles and Application. He holds the 2017 Virginia Dietrich Excellence in Teaching award given by the School of Business. He is also a training consultant on intercultural competence and business communication skills for professionals/executives of Fortune 500 companies bound for overseas assignments, and other professionals in healthcare, legal, government, and educational settings.
Having worked for companies such as Training Management Corporation and Berlitz Cultural Consulting, he has designed and delivered training programs and coaching sessions for global managers, varied personnel, and relocating executives of Procter and Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Glaxo Smith Kline, (RELX) Reed Elsevier, the US Navy, Princeton University, to name a few.
In Japan, he worked as business communication trainer and Program Developer for the Language Institute of Japan. He designed curriculum, trained trainers, and provided intensive cross-cultural and language training to Japanese corporate employees bound for the U.S.
Alberto designed and launched “Intercultural Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals,” a series of innovative and practical workshops that was sought after by healthcare agencies and hospitals in Southern California. It was also featured in HomeCare Magazine, the nationwide trade magazine for the healthcare equipment industry. In 2010, Alberto co-designed and facilitated the workshop “Healthcare Encounters: Cultural Strategies that work” for the national Diversity Rx Conference on Quality Healthcare for Culturally Diverse Populations in Baltimore, Maryland.
He lived for 8 years in the Philippine Refugee Processing Center as a cross-cultural trainer under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, preparing Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian migrant refugees for different work styles, educational systems, and health care practices, and value orientations in the U.S.
Alberto managed the Learning, Development, and Implementation unit of a state authority in NJ as Training and Development Manager. He designed and implemented company-wide training initiatives that include cultural competence, communication, team building and development, DISC behavioral styles, performance evaluation processes, management and leadership skills, training of trainers, and strategic organizational goals.
Before coming to TCNJ, Alberto has worked as the Senior Manager for Organizational Effectiveness at the Superintendent’s Office of Newark Public Schools, under the Office of Strategic Partnerships.
Director of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, TCNJ
Marvin A. Carter, a seasoned veteran of The College of New Jersey, proudly joins DEI as its Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Marvin previously served as Residence Director of Wolfe Hall for five years, where he garnered a reputation for affability, sincerity, and commitment to students’ well-being. Marvin is also an alum of the College, having earned his second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Ed.S) from TCNJ in 2016; he received his first — in Student Affairs & Counseling — from Bloomsburg University in 2013. Prior to his return to TCNJ, Marvin served as Academic Adviser and Business School Liaison in the Rutgers University Honors College.
Marvin returns to TCNJ with a wealth of experience and proven ability to affect major departmental and organizational change. His deep knowledge of TCNJ’s systems and culture enables him to both continue the ongoing work of the office and develop new initiatives, mindful of the unique needs of the campus community. Marvin is ambitious and energetic, eager to work with students in a more collaborative and strategic capacity. In his spare time, Marvin enjoys sleeping, something he has had precious little time for since the recent birth of his daughter. He is also an avid musician, Disney buff, and semi-competitive Monopoly player.
Executive Director, Student Success & Retention, TCNJ
Ivonne M. Cruz has worked at The College of New Jersey for the past 25 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Student Success & Retention within the Division of Enrollment Management. In this role, she oversees three units – the Tutoring Center, the Educational Opportunity Fund Program, and the Center for Student Success.
During her long tenure at TCNJ, Ms. Cruz worked in various offices across campus. She has held positions in the Office of Admissions, Human Resources, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, and was a part of the team that created Center for Student Success in 2005. In all of her roles, she has worked to foster the success and retention, as well as the professional and personal development of students.
In January of 2019, Ms. Cruz was appointed as the inaugural Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in an interim capacity as the College embarked on a nation-wide search for this new position. In this position, Ms. Cruz worked in partnership with the Cabinet, the Board of Trustees, and across all facets of the TCNJ community to strategically advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral components of the TCNJ’s mission. Upon completion of this interim assignment, she returned to Enrollment Management and took on her current role as Executive Director of Student Success and Retention.
Ms. Cruz is a proud alumna of TCNJ, having graduated in 1994 with a BS in Education and with her MA in Counseling in 2007. She also advises several student organizations, including; Union Latina, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. (of which she’s also a proud Sister), and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. She also is an active member of the Staff Senate, Minority Executive Council, and various other campus committees and councils.
President, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster became the 16th president of The College of New Jersey in 2018.
A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with over thirty-five years of experience in public higher education, Foster comes to TCNJ from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) where she served as president from 2012 to 2018. Prior to the presidency, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, on research leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012.
Foster earned her BA in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her MCP (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in public and international affairs from Princeton University.
An overarching aim of Foster’s first year at TCNJ has been to clarify the college’s institutional priorities and align the relevant pieces – strategy, budget, capital investment plan, and programming – to ensure that the institution is making the most responsible and wise choices for today and tomorrow. This has involved the introduction of a new budget process to better align investment plans with priorities, and the development of key performance indicators to monitor progress.
Foster has placed particular emphasis on building a more inclusive community at TCNJ. The creation of a Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; formation of a Bias Response Team; and the development of new education and advocacy programs are among the early achievements.
Previously, under Foster’s leadership, UMF turned around a five-year decline in enrollment, bolstered experiential education, and aligned programming and investment through the university strategic plan, campus master plan, recruitment and retention plan, advancement plan, and marketing plan. With renewed attention to campus facilities, UMF refurbished its gymnasium, created a student learning commons, improved classroom spaces and lounges, upgraded residence halls, and built a biomass heat plant, which, together with geothermal wells, significantly reduced campus dependency on fossil fuels.
A fully engaged administrator and frequent public speaker, Foster established The Public Classroom, UMF’s speaker series bridging university and community, expanded university governance, and energized the university’s Board of Visitors.
She worked closely with the University of Maine System Chancellor and Trustees to map strategic directions for the public higher education system in Maine. Foster served as chair of the presidents’ council of the North Atlantic (athletic) Conference, chair of the strategic plan committee of the Council of Public Liberal Arts College, and member of the boards of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation and JMG (formerly Jobs for Maine’s Graduates). In 2016 Foster was named by Maine magazine as one of the “50 People Charting the Future of Maine.”
Foster is the author of The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government (1997), Regionalism on Purpose (2001), and dozens of book chapters, articles, and policy reports. She participated actively on several New York State task forces, including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, and was selected by Business First in 2007 as its Woman of Influence in Public Policy. Earlier in her career, Foster was a lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, and, in 2000-2001, as Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Foster is a member of the boards of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the New Jersey Athletic Conference. She enjoys golf, hiking, photography, maps, road trips, theater, old books, writing, bicycle riding, visiting state capitols, and attending cultural and athletic events of all kinds.
Harvard Business School Professor | Author of EDGE Turning Adversity into Advantage
Laura Huang is the MBA Class of 1954 Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Laura’s research examines interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. She is the creator of #FindYourEdge, an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment.
Her award-winning research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and she was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants.
Previously, she held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson.
Laura holds an MS and BSE in electrical engineering, both from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Her first book is entitled Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Sign up and learn more about the #FindYourEdge movement at: https://edgeremarkable.com.
Vice President in the Global Risk Management Organization, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tamara Ibezim is a Vice President in the Global Risk Management organization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, she supports the Alternative Investments business by providing compliance and operational risk oversight through the review of private placement materials and products, implementation of effective monitoring and testing routines and ensures adherence to SEC, FINRA, and OCC regulatory requirements. Prior to her current role, Tamara spent three years in the Global Wealth Investment Management (GWIM) Technology and Operations in various operational risk management and leadership roles as part of the GWIM Operations Analyst Program. Tamara is a mentor to participants in the Operations Analyst program and is an active member of the Black Professional Group and NYC Women’s Exchange at Bank of America. Through membership, she has been able to service New Jersey and New York City area nonprofit organizations.
Tamara is a 2012 graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, minor in African-American Studies. While attending the college, Tamara was a Bonner Scholar and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Sigma chapter. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from Rutgers University. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Tamara was a 2017 New Leaders Council New Jersey Fellow and New Leaders Council New Jersey board member from 2018-2020. Tamara continues to remain engaged in her local community and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Dean, TCNJ School of Business
Dr. Jervis comes to TCNJ from the University of Rhode Island, where she served as director of the Graduate Healthcare Management Program and professor of accounting. She served as interim dean of the College of Business at URI in 2015, and prior to that role, was the Richard Vangermeersch Professor of Accounting and area coordinator for the accounting information systems area. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Jervis was an American Council on Education Fellow at Southern Connecticut State University under President Joe Bertolino.
Among Dr. Jervis’ research interests are hospital and municipal financial reporting and its impact on users’ decisions in the public interest. She has several publications in scholarly accounting and health care journals that include Accounting and the Public Interest and Journal of Health Care Finance. She also chaired the URI College of Business Student Affairs and Diversity Committee, served as faculty advisor to the Women in Business student organization, and was a member of the university’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women to enhance policies for non-discrimination.
Dr. Jervis earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut and has received undergraduate and graduate teaching awards in business and a faculty service award in recent years. She and her husband, Christopher Bannister, have two grown children, two granddaughters, and a pug. She enjoys playing the oboe and handbells.
MBA Director, TCNJ
Chanelle Lester, JD, is currently the MBA Director at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University – Douglass College where she was a member of the Division I Scarlett Knights Track & Field team. Directly after graduating from Rutgers in three years, she went on to pursue her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Upon completion of her law degree, she started recruiting for the Law School’s Admission Office. It was at that point she realized her love for working in higher education and promoting graduate degree programs. Shortly after finishing her role as a temporary recruiter for Temple, she secured a position at Stevens Institute of Technology as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions where she was able to increase the number of domestic graduate students and implement more efficient methods of reviewing files and recruiting students. She then went on to serve as the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. While there, she helped to implement a paperless environment through data imaging and paperless decision-making. In efforts to continue to promote academic excellence, she accepted a position as the Director of Graduate and International Admission at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. After a number of years of commuting to New York, she found her way back to New Jersey at Rider University as the Director of Graduate Business and International Admissions. It was during this time she recognized her desire to pursue more fully a career that combined enrollment, recruitment, program development and program assessment at which time she accepted the position with TCNJ. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Larry Lester Jr. and two children. She enjoys traveling abroad with her family and is actively engaged in volunteer service work on a weekly basis.
Co-Founder & CEO of She’s the First
Tammy is a pioneering social impact entrepreneur who has channeled her passion for girls’ equality and education into nine years of multi-million dollar growth for She’s the First. Tammy is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist and has done three TEDx talks. She is a proud College of New Jersey graduate and now serves on TCNJ’s Board of Trustees.
In November 2020, Tammy will publish her first book, Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In, co-authored with her STF co-founder, Christen Brandt (PublicAffairs).
Tammy has been recognized for her leadership and global impact by Forbes 30 Under 30, Time’s 30 Under 30 World Changers, and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Currently, she’s working on a book project with her co-founder, Christen Brandt, to help people craft their own personal impact plans, using the lessons that have made She’s the First successful.
The 10th annual Women’s Leadership Summit will be held November 11, 2020.
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (exact times subject to change)
The conference will take virtually on Zoom.
For reference, tickets are priced at $50 each.
In order to give back to students, all proceeds from this year's ticket sales will go to an Economic
Assistance Fund to
help support students who have been impacted by COVID-19. Based on the amount of ticket sales and proceeds
funding for multiple students may be available.
There will be no ticket cost for TCNJ students, faculty, and staff. Please email Nicole Beagin, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your ticket includes:
– Keynote session
– Workshop and breakout sessions
We do not offer refunds on ticket purchases at this time.
The 2020 speakers page is updated as speakers are confirmed.
Contact Nicole Beagin, email@example.com, 609-771-2567.