Whitman Women in Business Panel

As part of our Women’s History Month programming, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University invites you to a virtual panel discussion featuring accomplished alumni and members of our advisory councils. Panelists will share their career insights and experiences navigating challenges and opportunities to achieve success as women in business.

Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. EST

Lisa Fontenelli ’86 (WHIT/NEW), retired partner at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and chair of the Whitman Advisory Council

Oriana Fuentes ’12 (WHIT/MAX), Young Whitman Advisory Council member and founder and COO of Emptor
Ashley Keyes ’14, Young Whitman Advisory Council member and lab manager at Columbia University
Lizanne Kindler, CEO of Talbots and executive chair and interim CEO of Ascena

Registration is required. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the event. Please contact Liz Holloway at emhollow@syr.edu with questions. Thank you!

Meet Our Distinguished Moderator and Panelists:

Lisa Fontenelli ’86 (WHIT/NEW) is the Whitman Advisory Council’s chair and a Trustee of Syracuse University. Since retiring from the Goldman Sachs Group as partner in 2017, she has taken on consultant, coach and advisor roles. At the time of her retirement from Goldman Sachs, Fontenelli was deputy head of Global Investment Research (GIR) and head of securities research, overseeing all equity and credit research globally. She served on the Partnership Committee and chaired the GIR Client and Business Standards Committee and the Micro Research Operating Group. Fontenelli joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in U.S. Equity Research and became part of the global research management team in 2000. She was named managing director in 2003 and divisional chief administrative officer in 2005. She became a partner in 2006 and was named chief operating officer of the division in 2007.

Oriana Fuentes ’12 (WHIT/MAX) graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a degree in finance from the Whitman School and economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as earning a minor in global enterprise technology from the School of Information Studies. Upon graduation, she joined J.P. Morgan, working first as a trader and an investment banker a year later. After four years at J.P. Morgan, she went on to earn a master’s in computer science from Columbia University and co-founded Emptor, a data automation company that builds software for background checks and digital diligence in Latin America. Fuentes serves as COO of Emptor, a 48-person team serving clients like Uber and Didi in eight countries. A 2017 recipient of the Whitman Young Alumnus of the Year award, Fuentes is actively involved in the Whitman and SU community including service as a member of the Young Whitman Advisory Council and Generation Orange Leadership Council.

Ashley Keyes ’14 is a member of the Young Whitman Advisory Council. During her time as an undergraduate, she double majored in supply chain management and marketing management. Keyes spent time conducting supply chain research at Duke University, interning for Wal-Mart and running on the Women’s Track & Field team. After graduation, she accepted a role at General Motors as a global propulsion systems buyer. During her time at General Motors, she held roles in purchasing, manufacturing and program management. Following General Motors, Keyes worked at Apple as a global supply manager to help drive the manufacturability of the iPhone 12 models and went on to serve as a senior materials program manager at Amazon for Fire Tablets before assuming her current role as lab manager at Columbia University.

Lizanne Kindler is CEO of Talbots, an omni-channel retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories established in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1947. Kindler returned to Talbots as president in August of 2012 when private equity firm Sycamore Partners purchased the company. She was promoted to CEO nine months later. In January 2021, Kindler was also named executive chair and interim CEO of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey and Lane Bryant, collectively known as Ascena. These brands are also part of the Sycamore Partners portfolio. Kindler is a well-respected leader in the industry and the community. In 2018 and 2019, Talbots was named one of the Top 10 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Globe Magazine. She has been instrumental in cementing Talbots status as a brand with purpose by leading the brand’s partnership with Dress for Success, which has raised nearly $7 million since its inception in 2014. She is now in her third year as an expert-in-residence for Babson College’s WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab, an accelerator for women entrepreneurs. She has been on the Whitman Advisory Council for the last two years. In January of 2020, she was named to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s board of directors. A native of Denmark, Kindler graduated from the Copenhagen Business School with a bachelor’s in economics.