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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

For this year’s conference, we have assembled a large and diverse group of speakers who will motivate you, challenge your thinking, and encourage action.

Gold Lines
Gold Lines

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

For this year’s conference, we have assembled a large and diverse group of speakers who will motivate you, challenge your thinking, and encourage action.

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Julie Thornton

(HHS’94)

Director of Career Services // Booth School of Business // The University of Chicago

Thornton has spent more than 25 years in corporate human resources, executive search, and executive coaching for a number of U.S. markets. She has coached and mentored across many industries and is known for her direct, listen-first, results-driven approach. At the University of Chicago, she offers her business acumen and coaching to MBA students, alumni, and executives who are interested in their next steps or transitioning to a new career. Thornton’s presentation is called “How to Get Unstuck in Life and at Work.”
Kathleen St. Jean

Founder and Chief Commercial Officer // 34 Lives

St. Jean spent 29 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including leadership roles in sales, training, and customer strategy. She left her job to join the organ transplant industry with her business partner, Chris Jaynes. In 2021, St. Jean and Jaynes created their startup, 34 Lives, through the Purdue Research Foundation. St. Jean will speak with Jillian Henry during the fireside chat.
Cara Putman

(MBA’15)

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business // Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business // Purdue University

Putman is an award-winning author of more than 35 novels and one nonfiction book. She has taught and led five study abroad programs and is passionate about students and mentorship. In her role at the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business, Putman creates strategy and works across silos with groups and individuals, including alumni, student organizations, and community groups. She previously worked as an attorney, specializing in adoptions, employment law, and business formation. Putman’s presentation is called “Discovering the Value in Your Story.”
Kelly Hiller

Vice President of Marketing // Purdue University Marketing and Communications

Hiller leads Purdue’s marketing, brand strategy, and creative services teams. She has been working at Purdue since January 2005, when she joined the university’s marketing department as a communications coordinator. In 2008, she moved to the Purdue Alumni Association to manage the communications team. Hiller decided she was up for a new challenge in 2014 when she led Purdue’s sesquicentennial campaign: 150 Years of Giant Leaps. She is currently working toward an MBA at Purdue Global. Hiller’s presentation is called “Decision-Centric Leadership: Shaping a Culture of Trust and Respect.”
Jillian Henry

(T’04)

Vice President for Engagement // Purdue for Life Foundation

Henry is responsible for Purdue for Life’s alumni engagement efforts, including clubs and affinity networks, volunteerism, mentorship, lifelong learning, and travel programs. She previously was vice president of organizational development and strategic leadership for the Purdue Alumni Association and corporate secretary for the association’s board of directors. She still serves as governance council for the board as a nonvoting member. She has received extensive training in facilitation, grant writing, fundraising, creative problem-solving, accelerated learning, and appreciative inquiry. Henry will conduct the fireside chat with Kathleen St. Jean.
Leanna Chroman

Vice President of Culture and Learning // Huse Culinary

Chroman trains, guides, and leads employees at the Huse Culinary restaurant and retail food group so they are well equipped with the tools needed to succeed. She creates modules and courses for service training and dedicates time to building lasting relationships with employees throughout the organization. Chroman joined the organization as a server for Harry & Izzy’s, later taking on additional responsibilities as an area training director, director of training, and director of operations. In 2025, she will receive a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue Global. Chroman’s presentation is called “Recycle Pain to a Purpose.”
Stephanie Stahl // Colead


Sleep Medicine Physician and Neurologist at Indiana University (IU) Health, Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at IU, and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at IU

SPECIAL EVENT SPEAKERS

SPECIAL EVENT SPEAKERS

Stephanie Stahl // Colead


Sleep Medicine Physician and Neurologist at Indiana University (IU) Health, Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at IU, and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at IU

Nicole Noel // Colead


Director of Clinical and Account Management




Breakout Speakers

Breakout Speakers

Sara Zou

(LA’11)

Market Strategy Manager // United Airlines

Zou works on regional competitive strategy in two hubs at United Airlines. She began her career in television production at C-SPAN. Zou transitioned to marketing and community relations and obtained a master’s degree from Harvard University. During her time at Purdue, Zou performed as a Silver Twin in the “All-American” Marching Band. Zou and her twin sister, Rochelle, will present “Embracing Diversity: Blending Asian and American Cultures.”
Rochelle Zou

(LA’11)

Strategy and Consulting Manager // Accenture

Zou focuses on life sciences and change management in her role at Accenture. She previously worked for C-SPAN in Washington, DC, gaining experience in diverse roles and traveling extensively, especially during the 2016 presidential campaign. She holds a master’s degree in marketing management from Harvard University. During her time at Purdue, Zou performed as a Silver Twin in the “All-American” Marching Band. She is now president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Chicago and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Purdue Libraries. Zou and her twin sister, Sara, will present “Embracing Diversity: Blending Asian and American Cultures.”
Sabrina Wilson

(LA’94)

Senior Vice President for Human Resources // dormakaba Americas

Wilson coaches and champions diverse people in the security industry. In 2022, she was honored among the Security Industry Association’s Women in Security Forum Power 100 for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Wilson’s presentation is called “Developing Your Personal Board of Directors.”
Victoria Trabosh

(PFW’81)

International Speaker, Author, Executive Coach, Columnist, and Philanthropist // Victoria H Trabosh Executive Coach

Trabosh delivers engaging presentations on leadership, persistence, integrity, and philanthropy. She cofounded the Itafari Foundation, which supported women and children in Rwanda, serving as its president from 2005 to 2016. At age 65, she received a master’s degree from Harvard University. Trabosh’s presentation is called “Not Difficult, Determined.”
Sophia Toh

(MBA’02)

Executive Coach and Leadership Speaker // Illuminate U Coaching

Toh was previously vice president of finance and CFO of Procter & Gamble’s Walker & Company and a $5 billion business at the Kraft Heinz Company. She dedicates time to nonprofit and alumni organizations and is a founding member of the Purdue Asian Alumni Network. Toh’s presentation is called “Mastering the G.A.M.E. of Life: Strategies for Personal and Professional Success.”