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 Breakfast and Award Ceremony

July 13, 2017

7:30 a.m. –  9:30 a.m.

Baruch College – Newman Conference Center
55 Lexington Avenue New York, NY

Honoring women whose business or professional contributions significantly impact their industry and exemplify an understanding of the balance between outcome and responsibility in their workplace.



Seema Kumar
Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Seema is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication for Johnson & Johnson. this role, she drives Johnson & Johnson’s reputation as a pioneer and partner of choice in innovation, research and development (R&D), and public health.  Her responsibilities include enterprise-wide communications regarding Johnson & Johnson innovation and R&D in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, as well as medical safety and ethics, domestic and international policy affecting the sciences, and public health. She leads communication for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, including the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. As a champion of science and innovation, STEM, global health, and mentorship for women and minorities, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at international forums.

Prior to joining the J&J Family of Companies in 2003, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project.  She played a leadership role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of Project, the effort to map and sequence the genetic blueprint for a human being.  Previously, Seema held positions of increasing leadership at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she launched and led a variety of initiatives to communicate and position the latest scientific advances and policy implications and STEM initiatives for high school students.

Seema is active in many professional affiliations, serves on several external advisory boards and is the author of more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards. She holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.

Growing up in India, Seema was taught from an early age by her father, a physicist and an engineer, the importance of a STEM education to advance societal innovation and to her own career development. Today, Seema lives in New Jersey with her husband and teenage son. In her free time, she enjoys healthy cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Sheryl Tierney, CFA
Senior Equity Analyst
First Eagle Investment Management

Sheryl is an investment professional with two decades of experience in equities. She has a nineteen year track record at First Eagle Investment Management, an independent investment management firm with approximately $105 billion in assets under management as of 3/31/17. At First Eagle she is a Senior Equity Analyst for the Event Driven team with a value-oriented, long-only strategy for institutional clients. Her primary industry specialty is healthcare, with prior experience in consumer staples, consumer discretionary, and media. Sheryl is a CFA charterholder, having earned the professional designation in 2001.

Prior to joining First Eagle, Sheryl was a Research Assistant at Prudential Securities, where she worked on the Medical Device and Hospital Supplies team.

Sheryl attended Boston College, and earned a BA in English, magna cum laude. She later attended Columbia University, where she completed a Postbaccalaureate program in the sciences. 

Besides her professional and academic achievements, Sheryl is committed to volunteerism in her community, with a special focus on helping women and girls in New York City. She has had five years of fundraising experience with the New York Junior League, where she held leadership roles including Vice Chair of Fundraising, Winter Ball Committee. She is currently a proud volunteer for AWARE NYC (Assisting Women through Action Resources and Education) and is happy to support the endeavors of Women’s Venture Fund.



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