Work & Life Conference 2018

Speaker bios

KEYNOTE Speakers

Beth Griffin | “Women Rising:  Navigating Your Career with Confidence”

Beth Griffin has recently rejoined Mastercard, leading the new Healthcare Vertical with the Enterprise Security Solutions team. Beth is responsible for managing this emerging healthcare fraud and security business, building upon the healthcare payment solutions she previously developed at MasterCard. Beth was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 110 Women in MedTech to Know in 2017. Prior to joining Mastercard, Beth served as the Chief Marketing and Product Officer for Health Payment Systems, a Milwaukee-based healthcare patient payments company, where she was responsible for the strategic positioning of HPS and led the company’s marketing, consumer engagement and product development efforts.  Beth has been married to Patrick for 21 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Shannon and Grace, who are thriving at The Catholic University of America and Brookfield Academy High School.


Rosalia Nolan | “Women Leading:  Leadership with Kindness and Strength”

unnamed (2).jpg

Rosalia Nolan is President of ChallengeScope, a business advisory firm, that engages with leaders to accomplish strategic goals. Offering board service and a background in accounting, finance, and operations, she is active in professional and community affiliations.


breakout speakers


Your Personal GPS: Knowing When to Reboot”

Alice Shih LaCour is a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. She graduated with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Poverty and Human Capabilities from Washington and Lee University in 2008. She then received her J.D. at Yale Law School in 2012. Following law school, she clerked on the federal district court in the Southern District of Texas and then on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Elizabeth Spalding.jpg

What, Me Worry?  Finding Peace in the Daily Drama”

Elizabeth Spalding is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, where she was also Director of CMC’s Washington Program for eighteen years.  Her research interests include the presidency, the Cold War, international relations, and religion and politics, and she serves as a Trustee of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  The author of The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism and the co-author of A Brief History of the Cold War, she has contributed chapters to several volumes on the presidency, American foreign policy, and grand strategy as well as book reviews and articles to publications including the Claremont Review of BooksComparative Political StudiesH-Diplo, and The Wilson Quarterly.  Dr. Spalding received her PhD and MA from the University of Virginia and her BA from Hillsdale College, and she lives with her family in Arlington, VA. 

A Woman's Ambition: Expanding Over Time”

Mary Hunt, MBA, PhD (candidate) is an industrial/organizational psychologist and Assistant Professor of Business & Psychology at Ave Maria University.  Her research focus is women's leadership and career development, entrepreneurship and the work-family interface.  She started her career in marketing financial services at Citigroup and has worked in performance management and organizational development consulting roles in healthcare as well as senior management in higher education. As the co-creator of HomeAdvantage Plus, she offers practical, real-life approaches for balancing the daily demands of work and life. Hunt earned her B.A. at Wellesley College, her MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  

Lunch Facilitators

Beatty Jean.jpg

“Building Networks: Personal & Professional”

As a REALTOR®, Jean Beatty's intention is to assist her clients in the sale or purchase of their home with enthusiasm, dedication, and diligence. With hard work, effective communication, and over 25 years of real estate market knowledge, Jean helps clients sail through their home listing or buying experience.

Becerra 1 high resolution (2).jpg

“Thriving in the Workplace with Difficult People”  

Patricia Becerra received a Doctorate degree (Major in Biochemistry) from the University of Navarra, Spain and completed postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute, and in molecular virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Becerra is head of the Section of Protein Structure and Function, Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. 


“Integrating Work and Home Life with Joy”

Ana Bethencourt Yrausquin is a wife and a mom to three energetic boys. She works as a psychotherapist intern at an out-patient clinic in Raleigh, NC and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. She is a founding mother of CanaVox. 


Profile Pic.JPG

“Being Healthy: Managing Stress and Down Time”

Mary Ellen Lechner Yep has over seven years of experience in the medical and pharmaceutical world and is currently seeking a Masters in Applied Nutrition at the University of New England. An avid blogger, food enthusiast and health coach, Mary Ellen educates others on how to create a healthier rhythm of life. 

Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 4.27.22 PM.png

“Making the Most out of Mentorship”

Ottavia Sheehan is an assistant research physician at the National Institute of Health where she treats patients with genetic disorders of the immune system and does research on novel approaches of gene therapy aimed to correct these diseases.  She has a PhD in immunology from Harvard Medical School and previously worked at Boston Children’s Hospital. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband Dr. William Sheehan and their 3 daughters.

Thank you to our SPONSORS!


D Major.png
KMH Financial Services, LLC

KMH Financial Services, LLC

CCR Cares Foundation

CCR Cares Foundation

The Diaz-Bonilla Family

sun design updated logo.png
premiere companies.jpeg

Questions?  Email: Work & Life Conference