Women in Finance: The ROI on Diversity in Leadership has Never Been Higher
  • Creating a purpose-driven strategy that makes an impact as our organization grows and nurtures a diverse workforce
  • Understanding the leader’s role as a force to shape and demonstrate corporate culture, and to serve as a catalyst for equality and inclusion
  • Sharing typical challenges faced by corporations when trying to promote diversity in the workforce
  • Illustrating the importance of today’s leaders building up and supporting the next generation our organizations will need for the future. What does that look like on a day-to-day basis?
  • Offering examples of strong and effective mentorship programs in onboarding, cross-training, job shadowing, and continuing education that make the difference

Kathleen Bonzani
VP, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Stephanie Sprouse
CFO, Power Services & Renewables
NAES Corporation

Carolyn Bellisio
National Insurance Crime Bureau

Carolyn Bellisio joined National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in September 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, a Senior Vice President, and the Treasurer of the NICB Board of Governors and National Insurance Crime Training Academy (NICTA).  NICB is a not-for-profit organization focused on the fight against insurance crime and fraud.  Carolyn’s role spans responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Security and Office Operations and Facilities. Carolyn is an advocate for NICB’s focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Prior to NICB, Carolyn worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 23 years, her last role was as the Technology Chief Financial Officer which held her responsible for global technology spend upward of $2B annually. During her tenure at Liberty Mutual, Ms. Bellisio also held several other financial and leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the technology organization, including in Commercial Market Risk Services, Enterprise Resource Management, IT Training & Development, Strategic Planning and Finance for the Liberty International Underwriters, Global Specialty IT business groups. Prior to Liberty Mutual, Carolyn worked in financial roles and management at The Lord Group Advertising, Lehman Brothers and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Bellisio has been actively engaged in employee resource groups, with a concentrated focus on Women in Technology and the Workforce and she was an Executive Sponsor for Leading and Empowering Asian and Ally Professionals. She was recognized for her participation in Leading and Managing Globally, an Executive Education Program with Yale School of Management, IMD Business School, and ExecOnline, Inc.

Ms. Bellisio holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of New Hampshire.

Carolyn Engel
SVP Retail Finance

Carolyn Engel is the Senior Vice President, Finance for Nutrien Ag Solutions. In this role, she leads financial decision support for the global retail business unit of Nutrien which spans over $20 billion in annual revenue across North America, South America and Australia with over 2,000 retail locations. She is focused on building value for the business through strategic partnering and data enabled financial insights.

Carolyn first joined Nutrien in 2019 as the Vice President of Tax where she led a transformation of the tax organization and drove strategic tax planning initiatives to optimize the overall tax profile of the company in alignment with global regulatory regimes.

Prior to joining Nutrien, Carolyn was a partner in the Business Tax group of Deloitte, Calgary where she focused on tax accounting, domestic and cross border planning, direct tax compliance and tax management consulting. While serving complex, multi-national public companies in the Agriculture, Energy, Technology and Consumer Business industries, she has been successful in developing trusted relationships, critically reviewing financial plans, driving change, and capturing value.

Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree, with distinction, from the University of Calgary and holds CA, CPA Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta certifications.

Bridget Allen-Laehn
Group VP Finance, Analytical Instruments
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bridget Allen-Laehn is Vice President, Finance of the Analytical Instruments Group (AIG) within Thermo Fisher Scientific since January 2022 and is based in Waltham, MA.

Bridget joined Thermo Fisher in 2003 as Financial Analyst and has held roles of increasing responsibility over the last 19 years.  Previous to her AIG role, she held the position of VP Finance Laboratory Products Division where she was responsible for providing financial leadership to the division and its strategy.  Prior to that Bridget was VP Finance, Corporate FP&A.

Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, Bridget held roles at KPMG and MFN Financial Corporation. Bridget is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in Accounting and Finance, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Change Management.