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May 7, 2022
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Director's Corner

The JOURNEY to Greater Impact Begins

When the JOURNEY team put out the call in January for nominations and applications for JOURNEY Fellows, we hoped to get a good response. To be honest, we were a bit nervous as JOURNEY is a new and unique nonprofit organization. After receiving more than 200 applications and spending several weeks interviewing candidates, it was clear: A whole lot of visionary, innovative women on the cusp of breakthrough leadership feel underpowered and are hungry for opportunities to expand their impact. They just need pathways to power cleared.

Enter JOURNEY. Our mission is to accelerate the trajectory and diversity of women in leadership by connecting the world’s most promising emerging talent with the most impactful women leaders.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the inaugural class of JOURNEY Fellows. These two dozen women are leaders in tech, finance, healthcare, law, education, retail and other fields spanning the corporate, startup, and venture capital worlds. My colleagues and I, along with the JOURNEY Champions who helped us select the Fellows, were surprised to see a multitude of strong candidates in healthcare—disruptors profoundly improving  access to caregiving and other services, particularly around mental health.

Our JOURNEY Fellows represent a broad diversity of racial, ethnic, geographic, economic, and career backgrounds. Research shows that having a variety of perspectives at the table produces better results. Today more than ever, we need diverse perspectives to tackle challenges such as climate change, access to education, the wealth gap, the digital divide, and global security, as well as access to healthcare.

I can hardly wait to see our Fellows scale their impact under the collective mentorship and sponsorship of our Champions.

Thank you to the impact-driven CEOs, startup founders, and venture capitalists who are our JOURNEY Champions. (See list here). And congratulations to our 2022-23 JOURNEY Fellows, whose inspiring bios you will find here.

Ivy Barney, Regional Vice President, Store Operations, Walmart

Melissa Barra, EVP, Chief Sales and Services Officer, Sleep Number

Shenna Bennett, Director of Global Logistics Operations, Dow

Regina Borda, Managing Director, Pizza Hut Latin America and Iberia, Yum! Brands

Adrienne Brown, Vice President, U.S. Diabetes, Eli Lilly

Lisa Dyson, Founder and CEO, Air Protein

Karen Fang, Global Head, Sustainable Finance, Bank of America

Emma Fuller, Director of Sustainability Science, Corteva Agriscience

Toni Y. Hickey, General Counsel, Cummins Filtration

Cherée Johnson, SVP and Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Dentsply Sirona

Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO, Wellthy

Elli Kaplan, CEO and Co-founder, Neurotrack

Cindy Kent, Chief Operating Officer, Everly Health

April Koh, CEO and Founder, Spring Health

Elena Kvochko, Chief Trust Officer, SAP

Jaclyn McQuaid, Executive Chief Engineer - Full Size Trucks, General Motors

Shally Pannikode, SVP and Chief Information Officer, Healthcare Services, Humana

Corbin Petro, CEO and Co-Founder, Eleanor Health

Laura Weidman Powers, Operating Partner, Base10 Partners

Yolanda Sanders, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Gap Inc.

Elise Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, Praxis Labs

Shelly Stoneman, SVP of Government Relations, BAE Systems

Martina Welkhoff, Founding Partner, WXR Fund

Denise Woodard, CEO and Founder, Partake Foods

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