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Meet the Women SEEN 2020 Panelists

September 16, 2020

Meet the phenomenal Women SEEN 2020 panelists and register to attend our virtual conference on Friday, September 25, 2020.

We can’t wait for our first virtual Women SEEN event on Friday, September 25, 2020. Read more about the incredible women speaking and don’t forget to register to attend for FREE.

Joy Falotico

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Chief Marketing Officer and President of Lincoln Motor Company at Ford Motor Company

Joy Falotico is president, The Lincoln Motor Company and Ford chief marketing officer. In this role, she is responsible for leading the evolution of Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand and overseeing Lincoln operations globally, including product development, marketing, sales and service, as well as all team members supporting the brand. Falotico leads efforts to connect more closely with customers by identifying new opportunities to serve them.

Falotico has been a group vice president of Ford Motor Company since 2016. She was previously chairman and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Credit Company, with worldwide responsibility for this leading global financial services business. Prior to this, she was chief operating officer, leading Ford Credit’s global operations in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and Africa, as well as marketing, sales and brand, business center operations and insurance operations.

With Ford Credit since 1989, Falotico served in a number of senior positions, including executive vice president, North America. She was vice president of U.S. sales operations and vice president of global marketing. Before that, Falotico had pan-European responsibility for customer and dealer service operations and risk management for Ford Credit Europe.

Falotico was selected as MediaPost’s 2019 Automotive Marketer of the Year. She also was recognized by Automotive News as one of the 100 leading women in the North American auto industry in 2010 and 2015.She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Truman State University and a master’s in business finance from DePaul University.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joy-falotico-a47a6816/

Dr. Eva Feldman

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Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, ALS Center of Excellence Director, NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies

Dr. Feldman received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan (U-M), completed a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and returned to U-M for a Neuromuscular fellowship. In addition to her active clinical practice in neurology and position as the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the U-M Medical School, Dr. Feldman directed the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute until 2017, and is currently Director of the U-M ALS Center of Excellence. She also runs her own 30-scientist laboratory, the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies, and is the principal investigator of two first-ever FDA approved human clinical trials of intraspinal stem cell implantation therapy for ALS. Dr. Feldman has published more than 420 original peer-reviewed articles, 70 book chapters, and four books and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years.

She is Past President of the Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS) and served as President of the American Neurological Association (ANA) from 2011 to 2013, the third woman to hold this position in 130 years. Among Dr. Feldman’s greatest accomplishments is her training of both scientists and neurologists. Nine scientists have received their Ph.D. degrees under her supervision, and she has trained over 100 postdoctoral fellows and neurologists to specialize in understanding and treating neurological diseases, with an emphasis on ALS and neuropathy.

Dr. Feldman’s numerous honors include both the Early and Distinguished Career Development Awards from U-M and being an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and National Academy of Medicine. In addition, she received the 2016 Castle Connolly National Clinician of the Year award, the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring, and the 2017 Endocrine Society Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research. She was also named a 2018 Honorary Fellow of the ANA, and most recently honored with the 2019 PNS Alan J. Gebhart Prize for Excellence in Peripheral Nerve Research.


Sarey Ruden

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Artist, Creative Director and Graphic Designer

Detroit-based artist Sarey Ruden’s project Sareytales is a collection of art and designs inspired by the creepy, cruel and misogynistic messages she has received during her online dating journey. Using her art and design background, quirky brand of dark humor plus personal experience and insight, Sarey turns tragic dating app messages into fearless and thought-provoking works of art. Leveraging art as its medium, the Sareytales platform hopes to increase awareness to the cyber-bullying and sexual harassment culture that is so prevalent in the digital dating world.

What began as a fun little project conceiving clever designs from cruel words has turned into something much larger. Sarey’s art is sold in boutiques, pop-up shops, art fairs and subscription boxes, reaching thousands of people globally. Her work has been included in gender studies course discussions at Michigan State University and Texas Women’s University, as well as in research papers focusing on feminism and modern art. She also has participated in international art shows from Detroit to San Francisco, from Seattle to London, with more events and collaborations on the horizon.

Sareytales has become more than a pet project, it has become a movement. The message her art conveys is provocative yet relatable, and empowers others to stand up to the toxic masculinity, gaslighting, negging and other injustices all too common in the online dating world. Join Sarey as she turns ugly into art, one text at a time.

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sareytales/

Candice Simons

Founder / Owner of Brooklyn Outdoor (an out of home advertising firm) and j’adore Detroit

Since returning to Detroit in 2013, Candice Simons and her company Brooklyn Outdoor have been making waves in the OOH industry. The core services of Brooklyn Outdoor are as follows: traditional and digital billboards, large format wallscapes, hand-painted murals, transit advertising, street furniture, and experiential marketing.

Simons is also the mastermind behind j’adore Detroit– an insider’s guide to the city, shared with readers through a curation of content that covers entertainment, style, wellness, and more. Simons has positioned j’adore Detroit as an outlet in the community that reflects the things she stands for– good causes, local innovators, authentic culture, and entrepreneurs on a mission to make Detroit vibrant and vital.

Through j’adore Detroit, Simons made it her mission to create a space where her eclectic taste and desire to inspire connections could come together. From that desire, “The Loft” was born. The Loft at j’adore Detroit is unlike any other space in the city. This industrial-meets-chic venue in the heart of Detroit’s historic Eastern Market offers a panoramic view of the surrounding city and a unique aesthetic crafted by local Detroit artists and Simons herself.

Simons and her team have been recognized time and time again by the following: 2019 OAAA Hall of Fame “Rising Star Award” and Silver Obie award winner, 2019 Ad Age Best Places to work, Inc. Magazine’s “Inc 5000” encompassing the fastest growing and most inspiring companies of 2018, Crain’s Business “40 under 40”, Crain’s Business Notable Woman in Marketing, D Business “30 in their thirties”, Stevie Award winning “Women in Business”, Michigan Celebrates Small Business “50 Companies to Watch”, Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award, multiple Summit International Marketing and Creative Awards, Michigan Economic Bright Spot Award, Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Business Leader, 2017 Enterprising Woman of the year, and the list goes on.

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candicesimons/
Instagram: @candicesimons


Meagan Ward


Founder of Creatively Flawless, Owner of Femology, Mentor and Speaker

Meagan Ward has created an enterprising network of women as owner of Creatively Flawless, a branding agency for women-owned businesses, owner of FEMOLOGY, Detroit’s first female focused co-working space, and creator of The Powerful Women, the acclaimed movement highlighting powerful women in Detroit which cultivates rich experiences for women to embrace, learn, bond and uplift through sisterhood. Meagan’s first business, Creatively Flawless, has serviced hundreds of women across the nation in the first-hand development of their strategic and visual branding. Meagan’s vocal advocacy for women integration and progress has led her to become an appointed speaker for the U.S. Embassy. Upon earning this permanent position in 2017, Meagan was immediately called to share perspective on global scale women empowerment in Tbilisi, Georgia. Diving into change making engagement with international leaders while speaking before policy makers at the United Nations Women Conference is another one of the many tables where Meagan has earned a pivotal seat.
Meagan has received notable honors including the 2018 Career Mastered Trailblazer Award, Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award, Essence Magazine’s “Young Phenom,” Crain’s 20 in their 20’s 2018, City of Detroit’s Testimonial Resolution Honor, Walker’s Legacy Power 25, State of Michigan Special Tribute, HOUR Detroit’s “She Means Business” feature, and Western Michigan University’s College of Business Young Alumni of the Year Award.
Instagram: @meaganaward

Monica Wheat

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Executive Director, Venture Catalysts / Managing Director, Backstage Capital

Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, a non-profit venture and ecosystem development group focused on investor/founder education, an innovation hub, seed fund and large-scale entrepreneurial initiatives for over 30,000 attendees. She serves as a Consultant for Backstage Capital, co-producing their multi-city live investment tour and as the Managing Director of the Backstage Capital – Detroit Accelerator, a 4-city, global tech accelerator in investing 3 months and $100,000 in scaling startups for underrepresented founders. She is the Techstars Startup Programs Lead leading programs nationwide and Founding Co-Director of Startup Boost, a global Pre-Accelerator.

She is a global speaker, judge and consultant. Past clients have included Fortune 10 corporations, non-profits, school districts, tech accelerators and start-ups. She regularly speaks and consults at corporations & conferences on topics of emerging ecosystems, venture capital, digital innovation, and women in technology.

Her work has been featured in Crains, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and Forbes.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/monicawheat
Twitter: @mwheat14

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