Advisory Council

As entrepreneurs, advocates, and business and industry leaders, our Advisory Council lends their expertise to the growth and sustainability of Girl Up, helping us continue to build this movement to reach girls worldwide.

Akila Somasegar

Akila Somasegar is the Director of Revenue at Buuteeq Inc., a start-up in Seattle that is focused on delivering digital marketing system for hotels. Her prior work experience includes working at Microsoft...

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Anjula Acharia-Bath

Emeritus Advisory Council

Anjula Acharia-Bath is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, pop culture enthusiast and Angel adviser/investor.  In 2007 Anjula co-founded (media company) Desi Hits!, which...

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Anne Fulenwider

Anne Fulenwider is the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire. She oversees all content for the brand’s print magazine, website, tablet editions and brand extensions, including …

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Anu Jain

Anu Jain is an entrepreneur with a deep commitment to philanthropy. She currently heads up Community Relations at inome and is the primary driver for charitable giving and employee involvement in the...

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Cathy Schulman

Emeritus Advisory Council

Cathy Schulman is a veteran producer and film executive. Currently President of Mandalay Pictures, where she oversees the company’s studio and independent pictures,...

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Davis Smith

Davis Smith grew up throughout Latin America and has since dedicated his life to helping those in need there and around the world. He’s a passionate social entrepreneur and adventurer. Davis is currently...

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Draisa Gale

Draisa Gale is Vice President of Columbia Equities, Inc., a South Florida real estate investment company where she concentrates on the design and restoration of historic properties in Miami Beach. Draisa...

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Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, Jacki funds a wide variety of projects and...

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Jennifer DaSilva

Jennifer DaSilva, president at Berlin Cameron, is a seasoned integrated marketer with nearly 20 years of experience working on Fortune 500 brands. In her 13 years with the agency, she has managed key...

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John Gerzema

John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new trends and demands. An author, speaker and consultant, his books have appeared on...

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Lilia Luciano

Lilia is an accomplished journalist, documentary film producer and literacy advocate. A TEDx Speaker, Huffington Post columnist and a One Billion Women Impact mentor, Luciano is currently producing...

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Liz Plank

Liz Plank is a Senior Producer and Correspondent at Vox, and the co-creator of Flip The Script, an award-winning Mic weekly video series that confronts social issues.

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Molly Rudberg

Marketing Maven & Reinvention Coach.  Known as a leading edge entrepreneur, Molly is a provocateur of the future. A sworn enemy of the status quo, Molly’s a fierce ally in helping individuals...

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Pauline Miller

Pauline Miller is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Lloyd’s Corporation and responsible for all diversity and inclusion strategies across Lloyd’s to create a diverse and inclusive workplace....

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Rhonda Adams Medina

Emeritus Advisory Council

Rhonda Adams Medina is Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Nickelodeon Networks where she oversees business and legal affairs for television, music...

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Rita Rodriguez

With more than 25 years of marketing experience, Rita Rodriguez has focused her career on transforming major brands and building businesses. Rita is Executive Vice President at Omnicom Group where she...

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Shaun Robinson

Emmy Award-winning journalist and recipient of Dove’s prestigious Real Beauty Award, Shaun Robinson is a true role model. As an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality, she...

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Shelmina Abji

Shelmina Abji is an Empowerment speaker,  former IBM Vice President, board member of Young Women Empowered, and an angel investor/advisor. Shelmina grew up in a very modest family in Tanzania, and...

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Susan Sherrerd

Susan Sherrerd is a non-profit board member, fundraiser and philanthropist who has a deep appreciation for people, languages and cultures outside of the United States. She earned a B.A. degree in East...

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Zain Habboo

Zain Habboo is a Chief Digital Officer at Fenton. She brings with her 20 years of creative, diplomatic and social impact experience from her prior work at National Geographic and the United Nations...

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