you interested in moving up the career ladder, but concerned that your gender might be interfering with your growth? According to McKinsey and Company (2018), women are dramatically outnumbered in senior leadership. Only about one in five C-suite leaders is a woman, and only one in 25 is a woman of color.

Join alumni, students and friends for a candid conversation from a panel of esteemed women leaders. Panel topics include the importance of women’s leadership and diversity in the workplace, how to navigate a successful career despite systemic barriers and implicit bias and more.

Moderated by Angela Harris ’02, this panel discussion features:

  • Argie Allen-Wilson ’98, PhD ’09, Founder and CEO, F.A.I.T.H. Inc., Co-Founder and CEO, Connections Matter LLC
  • Molly Shepard, President and CEO, The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design
  • Karla Trotman ’15, COO, Electro Soft, Incorporated
  • Dana Wilson ’01, SVP, Comcast NBCUniversal

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Sponsored by the Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC), the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and Drexel Alumni.

About the Speakers:

Argie Allen-Wilson ’98, PhD ’09 has more than 20 years of experience as a relationship therapist. She was the former director of clinical training at Drexel University’s Couple & Family Therapy Department and the founder and CEO of her private practice F.A.I.T.H. Inc. (Family and Individual Therapeutic Healing). Also, Dr. Allen-Wilson is the co-founder and CEO of Connections Matter LLC with her husband.

She received her PhD in couples and family therapy in 2009 from Drexel and her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Drexel in 1998. Dr. Allen-Wilson is also a clinical member of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy and a national television and radio personality.

Molly D. Shepard is the president and CEO of The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By DesignShe has more than 35 years of experience in career counseling, leadership development, executive coaching and executive search. As chairman, president and co-founder of Manchester Inc., one of the world’s largest career development consulting firms, she helped develop the highest standards of excellence in program design and delivery. Manchester became one of the nation’s top HR consulting firms helping thousands of people a year transition and reach their potential as leaders under her guidance. Shepard is highly-regarded in the field of leadership development and has published four books including “Breaking Into the Boys’ Club” (2014) and “The Bully-Proof Workplace” (March 2017). Shepard has also served on many public and nonprofit boards and has received numerous awards for her work in the community.

Karla Trotman ‘15 is the COO of Electro Soft, Incorporated. Her background in supply chain logistics, purchasing, global scheduling and e-commerce, led her to leadership positions in distribution and supply chain logistics for Gap, Metrologic Instruments (Honeywell) and IKEA Wholesale, Inc.

While pregnant and working at IKEA, Trotman started a successful online business selling products for pre- and postnatal women. Over the next eight years, the business grew quickly with both an international and celebrity clientele.

She is the president of the Drexel Executive MBA Alumni Board and was appointed to Montgomery County’s Workforce Development Board. In addition, she sits on the board for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project which raises money to train lawyer advocates to fight for abused children in abusive homes or victims of human trafficking.

Trotman holds a bachelor’s degree in business logistics with a minor in the legal environment of business from Penn State University and an MBA in business administration from Drexel University.

Dana Wilson ’01 is the SVP of Comcast NBCUniversal. She is responsible for driving and improving all processes across Comcast specific to change, incident, problem and asset management. In addition, she manages Transformation and Business Operations for Reliability Engineering.

She joined Comcast in 2011 and has held various roles of increasing leadership responsibility in the organization, most recently as vice president, Customer Experience Assurance. Throughout her career at Comcast, she has been instrumental in transforming the customer experience, both through product delivery, including overseeing the 2012 and 2014 Olympics experience, as well as simplifying processes in how the company interacts with its customers.

Wilson is a graduate of Drexel and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. During her professional tenure, she obtained a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification which reflects her expertise in leading and executing initiatives within an organization that are focused on driving high performance and customer centric transformation.