Born To Lead: Leadership in a Time of Change

June 15, 2017



Sayu Bhojwani
Founder and President
The New American Leaders Project

Sayu Bhojwani served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Since 2010, she has served as Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project, which is based in New York City. Her work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times. Ms. Bhojwani has shared her personal journey in The Nation and contributes frequently to the Huffington Post and Medium. Her TED talk, “Immigrant voices make democracy stronger” can be seen on

She is a 2017 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and was named to the 2017 New Profit Accelerator cohort. Ms. Bhojwani earned a Ph.D in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where her research focused on immigrant political participation. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. 



Sujata Gosalia
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Cox Communications

Sujata oversees existing strategy and new business development organizations and is responsible for strategic business planning, competitive assessments, marketplace evaluations and new growth opportunities. 

Sujata possesses more than 15 years of experience in driving growth, innovation and value creation within media, technology, communications, and business services companies. Her depth and breadth of experience and perspective serves Cox Communications well as the company explores new strategies, sets priorities, pursues growth, and continues new business development opportunities to meet the evolving communications, connectivity, and entertainment needs of customers. 

Previously, Sujata was a Partner in the Communications, Media, and Technology Practice of the international consulting firm Oliver Wyman, and managed the firm’s New York office. She also served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Neustar, a cloud-based information and analytics company, where she was responsible for marketing strategy and offer innovation across the company’s product portfolio. Prior to her role as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Cox, Sujata was Senior Vice President of Strategy for Sodexo, a B2B services company, where she drove a global transformation in the company’s corporate services segment. 

Sujata was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with two bachelor’s degrees: one in economics from the Wharton School and another in international studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. She also holds a Master’s degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. Sujata speaks Spanish, Gujarati and Hindi, is a dance and travel enthusiast, and serves as a board member of the national non-profit organization South Asian-Americans Leading Together. 

Esther Lee
Executive Vice President & Global Chief Marketing Officer
Metlife, Inc.

Esther Lee is MetLife’s Global Chief Marketing Officer and is a member of the company’s executive team. Lee joined MetLife in 2015 and is responsible for managing all aspects of global marketing, the global brand and the customer journey. Lee and her team lead a strategic, customer-focused marketing practice across the globe that drives business growth.

Prior to joining MetLife, Lee was Senior Vice President for Brand, Marketing, Advertising and Sponsorships at AT&T. In that role, she oversaw global brand marketing, advertising, media and sponsorship, as well as the integration of brand leadership into the company's business strategies. Through the ongoing rollout of the company's “Rethink Possible” brand platform, Lee led the strategy to create awareness of AT&T's commitment to innovation to allow people to do more, explore more, and live more expansively.

Before joining AT&T, Lee served as Chief Executive Officer of North America and President of Global Brands for Euro RSCG Worldwide, where her work focused on transforming the company’s creativity and vision for long-term growth. Prior to that, she served for five years as Global Chief Creative Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, where she drove creative strategy, the development of integrated campaigns for the company’s global brands, and the operating models to support these efforts. Most notably, she drove the creation, development and launch of the “Coke Side of Life” global campaign—the foundation for today’s “Open Happiness” campaign.

Other previous tenures include several leadership positions at advertising agencies from large global networks to small entrepreneurial hot shops, including DiNoto Lee, the shop she co-founded. She worked with many of the world’s top marketing companies, including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestle, Citibank, CNN and IKEA.

Lee’s contributions to the industry have been recognized with leadership awards from AWNY, AAF, NAAAP, Asian Women in Business, and the Asia Brand Congress for her achievements in the field of business and brand building. In 2012, Lee was named to the “Power Players” category of the Advertising Age list of “100 Most Influential Women,” and the Advertising Club of New York honored her as an “Advertising Person of the Year.”

Lee is a regular speaker at conferences and events, including The ANA Annual Conference, The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Ad Age Digital Conference, C2MTL, Hatch, Festival of Media, Ibero-American Advertising Festival and the Asia Brand Congress. She also serves as a board member of the Clorox Company.

Lee is a graduate of Cornell University, an avid skier and kick-boxer, and a burgeoning equestrian, art collector and Formula One fan.



Kelly Shen 
Executive Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer
S&P Global Ratings

Kelly Shen is the Chief Operating Officer at S&P Global Ratings with responsibility for the cornerstone of the global Ratings organization including data, operations, technology, lean management (the Way We Work), vendor management, and in-business controls.

Previously, Kelly was the Global Head of Product Development & Delivery, evolving the strategy and thought leadership around new products associated with S&P’s data assets.

Prior to joining Ratings, Kelly was Chief Information Officer, Business Intelligence for GE Capital. She had dual responsibilities for GE Capital’s global risk data management and Capital Americas’ comprehensive advanced analytics, data governance, reporting, and data warehousing solutions.

At GE Capital, Kelly established an award-winning innovation team that quickly delivered “big data” solutions including predictive & prescriptive analytics, unstructured data mining, and geospatial visualization to GE Capital’s customers as a competitive differentiator and revenue generator.  Under Kelly’s leadership, GE Capital received the prestigious CIO 100 award in 2014 for its ability to turn analytics into money-making new products.  In 2015, Kelly was recognized as one of the world’s Premier 100 IT Leaders.

Before joining GE Capital, Kelly held senior positions with Pfizer, last serving as the company’s Global Head, Business Intelligence & Data Management. Previously, she also held positions in management consulting.

Kelly holds an M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.


Teresa Yoo
Vice President, Brand Strategy & Experience Design

Teresa Yoo leads the Brand Strategy and Experience Design team in Marketing and Communications at IBM. This team has global responsibility for managing the IBM brand – establishing the methods, standards and tools for bringing the IBM brand to life across all experiences across the business. She is responsible for brand strategy development, brand design standards, brand experience design, brand architecture and naming, the IBM Merchandise program, as well as the IBM Archives.

Terry joined IBM in 1995 as member of the Corporate Communications team in Armonk, NY. Prior to IBM, Teresa worked in marketing communications for Cambridge Technology Partners in Cambridge, MA.

Terry has a M.S. degree in magazine journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She earned her B.A. degree in Economics from Wellesley College, which included a year of study at Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.





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