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Stern EMBA DC Virtual Speaker Series Spring 2021

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Each year all students in NYU Stern's Executive MBA Washington, DC Program (EMBA DC) participate in a Speaker Series course featuring industry practitioners led by Professor Naomi Diamant, EMBA Programs academic director and Executive Programs assistant dean.

The year-long course is designed to foster a deeper interdisciplinary understanding and broader perspective of current issues, opportunities, and challenges leaders face in today’s dynamic business environment.

During the Spring 2021 semester, the course featured Margaret-Ann Cole (TRIUM ‘04), Chief People and Transformation Officer at Porter Novelli; Jonathan Craig, Senior Executive Vice President of Investor Services and Marketing at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc; and Corie Pauling, TIAA Senior Vice President, Chief of Inclusion & Diversity, and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Learn more about each speaker through their biographies below and about Stern’s Executive MBA programs in NYC and Washington, D.C. here.

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Margaret-Ann Cole (TRIUM ‘04), Chief People and Transformation Officer at Porter Novelli

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Jonathan Craig, Senior Executive Vice President of Investor Services and Marketing at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

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Corie Pauling, TIAA Senior Vice President, Chief of Inclusion & Diversity, and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility


Margaret-Ann Cole (TRIUM ‘04), Chief People and Transformation Officer at Porter Novelli
Margaret-Ann Cole, a leader who makes organizations successful by first ensuring their people are successful, has noteworthy experience and insight into leadership, DEI, business operation and workforce transformation. A member of the global executive team, she has responsibility for organizational development, change management and talent growth/transformation across Porter Novelli’s global footprint. She manages the talent group in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving organization that thrives in a purpose-driven environment that promotes innovation, and is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion and equity.

Prior to Porter Novelli, she worked as a Partner at PwC, North America Consulting Practice Leader for ManpowerGroup, MD and North America Workforce Experience Leader for Accenture. As a manager responsible for sales, operations, service delivery, revenue growth and pipeline, she’s led large, multi-functional, global initiatives. Her deep expertise in leading comprehensive change initiatives has allowed her to engage and motivate teams during transformation, while driving performance and maintaining loyalty. She’s a collaborative leader who unleashes high-performing executives and teams, enabling them to meet personal, professional and organizational goals.

In addition to her current role at Porter Novelli, she serves as the Board Chair for Rebuilding Together NYC, a non-profit creating safe and healthy homes for those who can’t afford them; member of the Forbes HR Council; advisor to both Workfolio, a professional visibility and knowledge management applications firm, and Shenzyn, a tech platform to build women’s careers. A Fordham undergrad, she has a GTML™ designation from Wharton and TMI, as well as a global EMBA from TRIUM, a NYU, LSE and HEC alliance.

Jonathan Craig, Senior Executive Vice President of Investor Services and Marketing at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc
Jonathan M. Craig serves as a Senior Executive Vice President for Investor Services, Retirement Plan Services and Marketing at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Craig has leadership responsibilities for Schwab’s Investor Services and Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. which respectively serve the firm’s clients who invest on their own or through a workplace retirement plan. He also oversees the Marketing function that is responsible for building the Schwab brand and fueling growth through communication and outreach to clients, prospects, influencers and employees.

Since joining Schwab in 2000, he has held a variety of roles driving growth for the franchise, including Chief Marketing Officer and leadership of Schwab’s client solutions unit, which encompassed Schwab’s third-party mutual fund, ETF and fixed income platforms, managed account solutions, alternative investments, insurance services, and cash and margin lending products. He also served as Chief of Staff to Charles R. Schwab, founder and chairman of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

Prior to joining Schwab, Craig was employed with AT&T, where he held a variety of management positions in marketing, advertising and sales.

Craig received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In addition, Craig has completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business.

Corie Pauling, TIAA Senior Vice President, Chief of Inclusion & Diversity, and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
At TIAA since 2006, Corie Pauling became the organization’s Senior Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2018. Corie was instrumental in the launch of the I&D function at TIAA over ten years ago and served as a primary legal and business advisor and thought leader in this area. In her prior role, Corie held the position of Senior Director, Associate General Counsel in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Law Group, providing trusted counsel to TIAA’s executives, its prior I&D leaders and other Human Resources leaders and also business managers on a broad range of workforce issues, and she also managed employment litigation nationally. In the I&D space, she has extensive experience in strategy development, board interface, EEO policy, training/learning, I&D data analytics/metrics, supplier diversity, pay and performance equity, talent acquisition and engagement, employee/business resource groups, federal contractor compliance and workplace investigations. She also leads the TIAA enterprise’s Corporate Social Responsibility function, which last year led over 230 volunteer projects, 10K employee volunteers and $11M in corporate and workforce giving, globally. Corie also led the Culture Action Team for TIAA’s Law area from 2016-2018.

A former shareholder with the international employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. and also a former partner with the legendary civil rights law firm Ferguson Stein Chambers, Corie’s experience includes counseling financial services institutions and other Fortune 500 companies as well as representing individual employees in employment and education rights litigation. She has significant trial and appellate experience on civil rights matters. Having presented before the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Society of Human Resources Management and other organizations, Corie frequently speaks at programs on emerging employment law, diversity, equity and inclusion topics.

An engaged civic leader and also a competitive 13-time marathoner, Corie was incredibly honored to be named on the 2020 list of North America’s Most Influential D&I Leaders by Hive Learning and also a 2019 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity and, very meaningfully, a TIAA Working Mother of the Year in conjunction with the national publication Working Mother and a recipient of the Young Civic Leader Award by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Corie also served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) and as chairperson of the NCBA’s 500-attorney Labor and Employment Law Section. Among other leadership posts, she served on the Board of Directors for the Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council Advisory Committee, and co-chaired the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As also an avid “late bloomer” runner, she is thrilled to have run the Boston Marathon in 2018, with her eyes set on another run in the years to come.

Corie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and also a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.