ABOUT US / Meet the Staff and Board
Beth Bengtson Real change happens when business talent supports non-profit missions, when women achieve economic independence, and personal passion meets organizational focus! She started WorkingForWomen (W4W) to provide a new operating structure that taps into all these pillars.
She learned the power of purpose-driven business practices through years of education and professional experience. She has an MBA from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a BS in management from Penn State University; and is certified in empowerment design and facilitation through the Empowerment Institute. She has spent 20 years in leadership roles on the agency side and in-house at organizations large and small, facilitating change through communications internally and externally. Her focus is on helping organizations evolve and be purpose-driven.
Her work is strengthened by an energetic family – two adolescent boys, two dogs, and fortunately only one husband – biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Any remaining free time is spent with my friends or alone in nature.
She says the key to success is taking baby steps toward your goals each day.
Marjorie McCord believes businesses doing social good are not purely altruistic. Businesses benefit from by creating connections with customers and retaining employees. As director, Marjorie wants to make it easier for companies, big and small, to fulfill social missions.
Marjorie grew up in the Hudson Valley of NY. She drove a beat-up car and fixed it herself. It was playing on sports teams and participating in school plays Marjorie says, that gave her the courage to walk into executive-level meetings to present her ideas as a young professional. For her daughters, she sees how sports and the arts instill the same type of courage, build confidence, and help them to believe in themselves. She wants to give back to women who have not had the same opportunities and support that she has had and knows there is much to learn from women with different life experiences.
Marjorie is a seasoned marketing professional and business owner. Her firm, Strategic Roots, located in Kingston, NY, helps all size businesses and non-profits root their marketing efforts in a strategic framework designed to deliver results.
Marjorie loves the outdoors and spending time in the mountains. She is unwavering, independent, and she is not afraid to care about other people.
Marketing DirectorMarjorie's Bio
Monique began her career in nonprofits focused on children’s education and youth programs at the United States Committee for UNICEF and later the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, both based in New York. During this time, she joined the Institute for Educational Leadership and became an Education Policy Fellow, a nonprofit leadership program. Monique continued her education to complete a Master of Public Administration at the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Subsequently, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in business consulting for the federal government. After settling into DC, she joined former classmates from her alma mater, Wesleyan University, to launch a public charter school to establish an early childhood education inclusion program. As a founding board member, Monique was instrumental in establishing the school’s governance structure as well as administrative and financial management policies and procedures. During her tenure on the board, she completed the Georgetown University Nonprofit Management Executive Certification. Throughout these experiences, Monique has worked to use her business and project management skills to strengthen the business processes and strategic management of various organizations. While working in the field of business consulting, Monique became an avid supporter of charitable organizations targeting underserved women and children and that sponsored leadership opportunities for women in the DC area. Monique has returned home to New York and is excited to join Working for Women (W4W) serving as the Program Manager. Her work will focus on the W4W mission to increase the capacity of our nonprofit partners’ ability to reach and lead more women to economic independence as well as enhance the engagement of our business members and their employees in meaningful projects that result in helping the nonprofit partners reach greater success toward achieving their goals.
Program ManagerMonique's Bio
Anjana Pursnani sees that women are still trailblazing their way through to their career goals, and they need more help than they are receiving. Women do not have the same level of support structures as men for realizing their professional aspirations.
Anjana believes that women who do not have support structures in place to encourage them, are at an even greater disadvantage in the workplace. She credits her personal and professional success to her parents and their support. Her parents left India to come to the United States and give her access to other opportunities. The time and energy she puts into Working for Women is her way of expressing gratitude for the opportunities she has been given.
Anjana has been coaching women executives for almost ten years. Her practice focuses on enabling women to achieve whatever they set their sights on and on their own terms. As director, she wants to use her women’s leadership and marketing expertise to elevate the status of women.
Anjana loves traveling with her family and meeting new people. She believes there is no sense in rushing through life; slow and steady wins the race.
Board Vice ChairAnjana's Bio
Carol Staubi believes that women are crucial to the growth of this world and we are beginning to bring real workplace changes. Carol is a believer in helping women see what they can’t see so they can reach their full potential and envision themselves as the business leaders they want to become.
Carol founded Digitalwitt LLC to bring a unique attitude, perspective and approach in helping companies to transform and inspire them to new ways of thinking. She won’t go on here about all the strategic thinking or integrated marketing or digital presence she does, because she likes to boil it down to a few words: Inspiration. Creativity. Action.
She started her corporate career at Pfizer, which has taken her to 25 countries across six continents, giving her a strong global perspective on digital consumer trends and solutions. She’s held senior roles in technology for Marketing , RXtoOTC Switch and Digital Marketing businesses.
Carol’s passions are culture, technology and transformative ideas that empower people.
Board DirectorCarol's Bio
Chantel Febus is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of Proskauer’s Antitrust, Sports, and White Collar Defense & Investigations practices. She represents clients in domestic and international internal investigations, federal enforcement actions, and complex commercial litigation. Her clients span a wide array of industries, including healthcare, precious minerals, online travel services, universities, media and entertainment and private investment funds. Drawing on her substantial experience as a federal prosecutor and appellate clerk, Chantel brings a broad perspective to the table as she helps her clients navigate complex legal issues.
Chantel is a member of her Firm’s Hiring and Pro Bono Committees and spearheads the Firm’s Proskauer Prep program, a unique program for 1L women aimed at delivering practical insight into their first year at law school and Big Law practice.
Board DirectorChantel's Bio
Debbie Botwick used to go to sleep, in elementary school, to the sound of an old fashioned Smith-Corona electric typewriter. Her mother had gone back to school to get a bachelor’s degree with a minor in Women’s Studies. Debbie took away two significant life lessons: she recognized that her mother had the financial means and support to make that happen while so many women do not have that luxury; and she learned the importance and value of women supporting women.
Debbie’s involvement in Working for Women stems from her desire to bring her passion, experience and skills to bear for social good; and, in a way, it is a tribute to all her female role models, leaders, colleagues and friends that have provided a lifetime of support and guidance. Debbie believes that everyone deserves that kind of support.
Debbie has spent the last 20 years working in a variety of Marketing and Learning & Development roles pursuing her personal mission to “Empower people through my life and my work” within the context of a Fortune 500 company.
When not focused on developing global marketing capabilities at work, you can find Debbie in extreme climates – doing hot yoga, bike riding during NJ summers, watching her son play ice hockey or on a ski slope.
Emily Positano is fueled by the belief that our world is becoming more purpose-driven, more attuned to societal inequities, and more motivated to affect positive change than ever before. All sectors are needed at the table in order to create long-lasting, meaningful impact on systemic issues, and that’s why Emily is so passionate about championing Working for Women’s (W4W) mission.
Emily has spent a decade living and breathing purposeful marketing. She began her career running marketing in-house at a grassroots organization in Washington, DC, where she fully realized the transformative power of brand. She continued to master her skill as a brand strategist at leading agencies in New York City, strategizing, advising, and building brands for some of the world’s most renowned purpose-driven organizations.
In 2016, Emily founded a brand identity agency working with small businesses and entrepreneurs to build stand-out brands that engage consumers’ hearts and minds, and connect to a higher-order purpose. She works with many female founders, and companies passionate about women’s issues.
Emily is inspired by trail-blazers and creative problem-solvers moving our world forward.
Board DirectorEmily's Bio
Lisa Weiss believes that helping women in the US achieve economic independence by tapping the desire of businesses to contribute in a meaningful way is a win-win approach. She says the Working for Women model of having businesses provide both financial and skill-based giving, will boost the likelihood for success for all participants. The approach mirrors her passion for fostering the potential of others, especially those typically overlooked.
For her, the importance of focusing on women is best reflected in a quote from the moderator of a UN Federal Credit Union Foundation conference for the Commission on the Status of Women: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime, but teach a woman to fish and everyone eats for a lifetime.” Lisa says that she is thrilled to take part in an organization aiming to create tangible and lifelong changes, which in her opinion are long overdue.
Lisa has been in the public relations field for over 35 years, working with for-profit and non-profit organizations, with an emphasis in healthcare. She has conceived and executed award-winning communications programs and campaigns for many clients and learned to take pride in her accomplishments whether or not others have too.
Lisa is a life-long reader, drawn to stories about overcoming obstacles and life challenges. She has a love of travel, especially when it means meeting and learning from people from other cultures. She also mentors young girls in high school and middle school who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the hope of helping them see their own strengths and promise.
Board DirectorLisa's Bio
Marla Gitterman hates when people say, “women can do it all.” She never hears, “men can do it all.” Marla wants each individual to have the chance to be their truest self and that means recognizing the value of – and sharing the weight of – all of women’s roles and responsibilities. Only then will we be free from the rally cry: women can do it all.
Marla believes investing in women is investing in families and communities because they are such an integral part of them. The cycle of poverty prevents women from achieving success because they are too often in crisis. Her goal is to help lift the burden off women, so they can reach their own personal goals and enrich their families. Working for Women she says, creates a positive feedback loop for businesses, communities, and women.
Marla has been working in the non-profit realm for 20 years. While working at the international non-profit Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) she developed a skills-based volunteer program connecting U.S. business professionals with owners of fledgling small and medium businesses in conflict affected countries such as Afghanistan, Guatemala and El Salvador. Bpeace lifts communities in need by working with local entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women.
Marla lives in New York City, and often escapes to the country with her family. She enjoys doing DIY projects with her daughter and being outdoors. Marla likes to make people laugh and wonder. She believes questioning our beliefs and engaging in conversation is crucial for our development.
Board ChairMarla's Bio
Michelle Mirchandani wants women to want more for themselves. She says it takes self-love and self-assurance to dream big, but women tend to feel wanting more for themselves is selfish. As director, Michelle wants to ensure women have the confidence to take the first step on the ladder to success.
But that’s not all she wants. Michelle wants all women to have access to affordable child care and health care. Even with the advantages of a successful career, it is difficult to manage these types of care. Michelle worries about the women and families without access at all. Too many women are stuck struggling with the basics, they cannot break free from poverty to pursue education, begin careers, have dreams, and soar.
Michelle was born and raised in Kuwait. Currently, she is a marketing consultant living in sunny Los Angeles. She has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. During her years as executive vice president at Digitas Health and partner at Rosetta, Michelle developed multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands in healthcare. She discovered it is best to work smarter, not harder or longer.
Michelle enjoys reading, hiking and posting pictures of her new puppy, @ChipThePapillon, on Instagram. Most of all, she values spending time with her family, and is keenly aware it is a privilege she should never take for granted.
Board DirectorMichelle's Bio
Phil Roberts is passionate about many things, but the common theme among them is that he tries to support those who don’t always get a “fair shake” or “have a voice” for one reason or another – whether it’s access to information about fiscal literacy, healthcare services, or just a sense of belonging by participating in activities that are otherwise limited by a physical or developmental challenge. By joining Working for Women he hopes to challenge both “conventional wisdom” and “traditional roles” and act as a role model for his three children. He believes strongly that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
By empowering people from all walks of life with the information they need to be successful (however they’ve defined it), his hope is to see people become independent, confident, and content with their own role in this world. Access to knowledge cannot be constrained by money, gender, race, religion, political ideology, heritage, or occupation.
Phil works as a Wealth Advisor for a very diverse client base at various stages in life who span a broad spectrum of wealth. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he now lives in Summit, NJ with family. He loves his chosen profession, spending time with his family, and cooking – especially barbecue, a style he and his brother have won several awards for at various competitions.