Our Shared Values:
Community
Ingenuity
Growth
Social Justice
Impact
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OUR STAFF

Beth Bengtson, CEO/founder, brings 20+ years of business experience in marketing and corporate social responsibility, combined with her life-long commitment to service, to Working for Women to get more women into the workforce and achieve economic independence. Her unique model engages business members to contribute skills and money directed to nonprofits focused on creating employment opportunities for underserved women.

Beth knew well before the COVID-19 pandemic that too many American women faced barriers to workforce participation and struggled to support themselves and their families. She kept questioning why so little was being invested in women to change the situation, and then she decided to be part of the solution to create an economy that works for and benefits everyone.

Each time Beth runs one of the Working for Women programs, she sees first-hand the impact of connecting business professionals with women aspiring to enter and stay in the workforce. Everyone sits a little taller and leaves with new skills and increased confidence.

Purpose has always been a touchstone in Beth’s professional career and her personal life. She co-founded and led a digital marketing firm from 2011 to 2017, serving Fortune 500 companies, and embedded a giving plan where one percent of revenue was donated to nonprofits advancing women’s causes, along with professional skill-based volunteer activities. In her consulting work, Beth pursued her passions for empowering women in business and the workplace, for corporate environmental and social responsibility, and for responsible digital marketing. When she served as Vice President for Positive Impact at imc2 in Dallas, Texas, she held the first-known position of corporate social responsibility in a marketing agency and was recognized as a thought leader in that field.

Beth’s long history of community service ranges from volunteering at home and overseas – in many cases for programs that support women. In addition to the contributions made through her consulting agency, she was a mentor for Raising HOPE in Kingston, NY, helping women develop and achieve educational and career goals to become financially self-sufficient. She participated in a mission trip to Guatemala supporting women and families living in poverty. Currently, Beth serves on an Advisory Board for New Start for Women, a SUNY Ulster program for women living in poverty to earn a no-cost, one-year business certificate. She also is the Board President of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, a conservation organization geared to preserving open space, farms and trails in Ulster County NY.

Beth speaks at business and social impact events for Working for Women’s business members and to national audiences through NationSwell; Key4Women; and Inspired Capital; among others. The Harvard Business Review published her article “Reimagine Your Corporate Volunteer Program” in 2020, and she’s been interviewed by The Financial Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Radio Kingston, and on podcasts reaching businesses and those interested in social impact. She also authored the publications “The State of Sustainability Communications, A Study of the S&P 100” and “Social Media Advances the Sustainability Dialogue” in 2008. Beth taught marketing with emphasis on social responsibility as an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz from 2006-2007.

Beth earned an MBA from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a BS in management from Penn State University. She is certified in empowerment design and facilitation through the Empowerment Institute. 

Beth’s work is strengthened by an energetic family – two teen boys, two dogs, and her husband. She spends free time connecting with nature – biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking; and with family and friends.

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Beth Bengtson
CEO/Founder
Beth's Bio

Marjorie McCord’s work at Working for Women is her way of advocating for a lifeline that she knows can change lives, honoring the women who paved the way for her, and paying it forward to the next generation.

As Working for Women’s Marketing Director, Marjorie gets to combine her strategic marketing expertise with her passion for social impact. She crafts compelling narratives to resonate with businesses and individuals, aiming to launch initiatives and programs that drive social change. In each woman that Working for Women reaches, Marjorie sees a spark of potential and a desire for self-sufficiency, reinforcing the importance of Working for Women’s mission to advocate for and invest in marginalized women.

Marjorie McCord brings 25+ years of marketing experience that spans both consumer and business-to-business segments and a range of industries such as economic development, nonprofit, agriculture, government, hospitality, consumer products, and retail. Her work has encompassed planning and executing initiatives to meet her clients’ objectives, including brand development, advertising, public relations, promotions, internal communications, marketing research, change communications, grassroots marketing, and more. Her clients have included M&M Mars, IBM, Pepsi Co., Sears Roebuck and Co., Honeywell, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Watershed Agricultural Council.

Marjorie earned her B.A. in Corporate Communications and Marketing from Manhattan College. In 2024, she was invited to represent Working for Women on the Steering Committee for the We Give Summit and has served on the Communications Peer Community of the Women’s Funding Network since early 2023. She volunteers locally for organizations including as the youth coordinator for the Stockade Football Club since its inception in 2016, and as a coach for an adaptive soccer league for children with disabilities.

Marjorie loves exploring, traveling, and finding inspiration in the world around her. She enjoys hiking, pickleball, rowing, and playing with her adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Auggie, and Cavapoo, Lilly. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York with her husband and three children.

Marjorie McCord
Marketing Director
Marjorie's Bio

Elizabeth Stanley has spent most of her life fighting for social good, both personally and professionally, as a champion of the underserved. Aligned with that, she strongly believes in empowering women.

As the Director of Programming for Working for Women, she strives to facilitate opportunities between Working for Women’s nonprofit partners and the companies invested in our Skillunteering(TM) initiatives – all to help women move toward financial independence, which also fosters the advancement of entire communities. 

Elizabeth brings over 10 years of nonprofit program management experience to Working for Women, specializing in effective planning, developing, and implementing programs that drive social change. Her hands-on experience in managing nonprofit programs has provided her with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in serving vulnerable populations, particularly women facing barriers to education, employment, and economic independence.

Elizabeth holds a BA in Communications from Worcester State University, and a BS in Public Health from Rutgers University where she graduated summa cum laude. She’s now working towards a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University. 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elizabeth moved to New Jersey in 2014 with her husband. Together, they have a beautiful son who is the highlight of her life. Though Elizabeth believes motherhood is her greatest accomplishment, she is also a seasoned marathon runner and fitness enthusiast. She serves as a board member on her school district’s education foundation, a member of the PTA, and a catechist for her church. Elizabeth also takes on small pro bono projects for nonprofits in her community.

Elizabeth Stanley
Programming Director
Elizabeth's Bio

OUR BOARD

Anjana Pursnani believes that women are still trailblazing their way to meet individual career and work goals and need more help than they are receiving. Without structures in place to support and encourage them, she worries that the disadvantages will only grow deeper. 

In her Board role with Working for Women, she aims to tap her women’s leadership and marketing expertise to elevate the status of all women. This is her way of expressing gratitude for the opportunities she has been given.

Anjana credits her personal and professional success to her parents for creating a circle of support and a pathway that gave her and her sister the freedom to pursue advanced education, and to believe they should be financially independent women. Her  family moved from India to the United States when she was eleven years old.

Anjana has worked for more than 25 years as a marketing professional, and as a consultant for organizational effectiveness and marketing team management. In tandem, for the past 10 years, she runs an executive coaching practice that focuses on enabling women to achieve whatever they set their sights on – and on their own terms. She also serves as a volunteer mentor to women in her community who aspire to move into workplace positions with growth opportunities by helping them see their own potential, grow their networks, and build out the tools to achieve their goals. 

She holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She trained in Leadership Coaching at Georgetown University, and is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

Anjana and her family love to travel to places where they can be exposed to other cultures. These experiences remind her how much there is to learn about other ways of life and other perspectives. Anjana lives in Northern California with her husband, two teenagers and extended family.  

Anjana Pursnani
Board Director
Anjana's Bio

Beth Jones is committed to raising people up – especially women. In her Board role with Working for Women, she is determined to give back and help families overcome their financial challenges by supporting financial literacy for women and girls. Having grown up in a home with financial insecurity, she personally knows the stress and pain it can bring.

Beth is the founder and president of Third Eye Associates, Ltd., where she and her team provide clients with a holistic approach to Financial Life Planning and Wealth Management strategies. Her entrepreneurial career began in the early 1980s as the owner and creative director of the graphic design firm B. Jones & Co. In 1997, she became a consultant in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs and Co. in New York City.

Beth’s is a member in the Financial Planning Association, the Kinder Institute of Life Planning (RLP®), and the Sudden Money® Institute (CeFT®) where she serves on the advisory board.  She also completed the Life Planning curriculum in the Kinder EVOKE® Method, a life-centered approach to financial planning. Beth studied Financial Transition Planning at the Sudden Money® Institute and completed the Mastery program in early 2013. She also completed the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) curriculum through the Center for Fiduciary Studies, associated with the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Prior nonprofit roles have included serving as president and treasurer of Historic Red Hook; board member of SAGE―Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders in New York City; and treasurer of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee.

As a fan of the historic architecture of the Hudson Valley, Beth lovingly restored her 1840’s Colonial Revival home. She is devoted to her Pilates practice and regularly joins friends at the local Lindy Hop scene.

Beth Jones
Treasurer
Beth's Bio

Carol Staubi is optimistic about the potential for real changes in the workplace that will finally lead to equity for women. She sees this as crucial to global prosperity. 

As a Board Member for Working for Women, she wants to help women see what they can’t see, and attain the confidence and skills that allow them to reach their full potential and achieve economically independent lives. 

Carol founded Digitalwitt LLC in 2014 to help forward thinking businesses embrace the digital culture. Her work is driven by inspiration, creativity and action. Before becoming a digital entrepreneur, she held senior roles in technology at Pfizer where she worked with Marketing, Prescription (Rx) to Over-the-Counter Switches, and Digital Marketing teams. Her work brought her to 25 countries across six continents, providing her with in-depth global insights into digital consumer trends and solutions.

She has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York, and an MS in Arts from Westminster College in Pennsylvania. Carol also earned a Certificate in Critical Thinking/Negotiation through the Executive Education program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Carol’s passions are culture, technology and transformative ideas that empower people. She splits her time between Dallas and New York City.

Carol Staubi
Board Director
Carol's Bio
Debbie Botwick

Debbie Botwick’s involvement on the Board of Working for Women stems from her desire to bring her passion, experience, and skills to bear for social good. Equally significant is that it pays tribute to all her female role models, leaders, colleagues, and friends who have provided a lifetime of support and guidance. She believes that everyone deserves that kind of support.

Debbie used to fall asleep as a young child to the sound of an old-fashioned electric typewriter. Her mother had returned to college for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. This left an impression on Debbie, along with two significant life lessons: she realized her mother had the financial means and support to make that happen while many other women do not have that luxury; and she learned the importance and value of women supporting women as her mother’s female network grew via her college experience.

Debbie’s 20+ year business career at a Fortune 500 company has encompassed a variety of Marketing and Learning & Development roles that have allowed her to pursue her personal mission to “empower people through my life and my work.”

Debbie has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Asian Studies and Women’s studies, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

When not at work, Debbie spends her time in extreme climates – hot yoga, bike riding during hot summer months, and watching her son on ski slopes or playing ice hockey. She and her family live in New Jersey.

Debbie Botwick
Debbie Botwick
Secretary
Debbie's Bio

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 to create long-lasting, meaningful impact on systemic issues. That’s why Emily is passionate in championing the Working for Women mission.

Emily has spent a decade living and breathing purposeful marketing. She founded a brand identity agency in 2016 to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs and build stand-out brands that engage their consumers’ hearts and minds – and connect to a higher-order purpose. She intentionally works with many female founders, and companies passionate about women’s issues.

She fully realized the transformative power of brand in her first marketing role at a grassroots organization serving the homeless in Washington, DC. She continued to master her skill as a brand strategist at leading agencies in New York City for some of the world’s most renowned purpose-driven organizations.

Emily earned her BA in Communications and Social Welfare and Justice from Marquette University, and is certified in Social Impact Strategy by the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her Board role with Working for Women, she mentors founders at 1871— a business incubator in Chicago that takes start-ups from idea to Fortune 50.

Emily is inspired by trailblazers and creative problem-solvers moving our world forward. She and her husband and their rescue pup live in Chicago.

Emily Positano
Board Director
Emily's Bio

Jill Vettese believes that investing in women means investing in a better future. She whole-heartedly endorses the perspective shared by Melinda Gates that “if you want to lift up humanity, empower women.”

Jill comes to the Working for Women Board through her professional role at ZS Associates – a global management consulting and professional services firm – where she is a Principal (Partner). At ZS, she serves as Global Client Services Lead for a top pharmaceutical company, and as the Global Chair for Women@ZS, an inclusion and diversity group geared to helping ZS women build and grown leadership skills.

In heading up Women@ZS, Jill has seen first-hand the positive impact of her company’s partnership with Working for Women, including its skill-based volunteering program.

Throughout her 20+ year professional career, Jill made it her mission to help women achieve their goals. She is a professional development coach, mentors many women, and has been involved in creating system changes and rolling out broad programs at ZS – each with a goal of ensuring ZS is enabling women to succeed.

Among the many lessons Jill learned in her professional journey are that representation matters, systems can change, and we have more power than we think to ignite that change. She tries to be a role model for young girls, especially her daughter and nieces, sharing the range of possibilities that await them.

While Jill expected to become a teacher, like her father, she landed in the corporate world, and eventually earned an MBA despite not having had “business” role models, nor initially knowing what an “MBA” was.

Jill holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, and an Honors Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Before joining ZS in 2010, Jill worked for a medical device company in Toronto.

Jill lives in Zürich, Switzerland, with her husband and two children. When not working, Jill can be found exploring the beautiful Swiss mountains with her family and reminding herself how lucky they all are for this international experience.

Jill Vettese
Board Director
Jill's Bio

Lisa Weiss believes that helping women achieve economic independence by tapping the desire of businesses to contribute in a more meaningful way is a win-win. For her, supporting the Working for Women model means boosting the likelihood for success for all participants. The approach mirrors her passion for fostering the potential of others, especially those typically overlooked.

The importance of focusing on women is best reflected for Lisa 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.”  She is thrilled to be on the Board of 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 35+ years, working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis in healthcare. She has conceived and executed award-winning communications programs and campaigns for many clients.

As a life-long reader, she is drawn to stories about overcoming obstacles and life challenges. She loves travel, especially meeting and learning from people from other cultures. She 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.

Lisa earned her Master’s in Public Health from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a dual degree in journalism and liberal arts from Syracuse University.

Lisa, her husband, and their effervescent Golden Retriever live in New York.

Lisa Weiss
Board Vice Chair
Lisa's Bio

Marla Gitterman believes that investing in women is an investment in families and communities, which exponentially increases our ability to live in a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world. She leverages learnings and skills honed from her work internationally to break down inequalities she witnesses in her own backyard. 

Marla sees Working for Women as a means to create a positive feedback loop among women who are economically marginalized, businesses and communities.

With more than 20 years’ experience in managing purpose-driven programs and projects across 15 countries, Marla’s work has focused on economic and social development issues ranging from empowering youth and low-income women; micro, small and medium size business development; environmental advocacy; and, supporting refugees and street children.

She helped build the international nonprofit Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) from an informal volunteer network to an international NGO with a $1.2 million budget, 350+ volunteer members, eight staff, and programs in five countries. While on staff, Marla developed a skills-based volunteer program connecting US business professionals with owners of fledgling 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.

Early in Marla’s career, she worked as a Program Associate at Women’s World Banking, a global microfinance network, and assisted in coordinating the International Coalition on Women and Credit – a coalition of 32 national, regional, and global microenterprise development organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.

Marla now applies her leadership, relationship-building, and consulting skills through her new life coaching business, Treehouse Coaching.

In addition to serving as Board President with Working for Women, Marla is on the Board of Bpeace. Marla earned a BS in Environmental Policy from the University of Vermont and an MA in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. 

Marla lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter, and a feisty black Labrador.

Marla Gitterman
Board Chair
Marla's Bio

Megan R. Simmons, MPA/JD is the CEO and Founder of MRS Consulting, LLC. She formerly served as a Federal Agent and was tasked with investigating reports of sexual assault for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the Middle East as well as the United States. She later married her education to her experience by contributing to policy that materially impacted the lives of women and the execution of investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct within higher education. Ms. Simmons’ aforementioned involvement in government, law, and policy was the catalyst for her career in legal compliance, corporate consulting, and equity advocacy. 

Ms. Simmons is a skilled trainer, facilitator and investigator. She executes and conducts various trainings on sexual harassment, Title IX regulations, Equal Employment Opportunity, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at various universities throughout the year and volunteers with civic organizations regularly. Megan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Grambling State University and her law degree from Charleston School of Law.

Megan R. Simmons
Board Compliance
Megan's Bio

Michelle Mirchandani wants women to know it’s okay to want more for themselves. She says it takes self-love and self-assurance to dream big, but worries that too many women feel they should put others first and not be “selfish.” As a Board Director, Michelle wants to ensure that women have the confidence to take the first step on the ladder to success.

Michelle also dreams of a world where all women have access to affordable childcare and healthcare. She knows how difficult it is to juggle these types of care even with the advantage of a successful career. She realizes too that many women struggle with the basics and can’t break free from poverty to pursue education, careers, and dreams.

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in marketing in the healthcare industry, currently as a marketing consultant. As an executive vice president at Digitas Health, and a 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.

She earned an MBA from Columbia Business School with a dual concentration in marketing and management of organizations, and graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in the history of science.

Having been born and raised in Kuwait, but considering herself a New Yorker at heart, Michelle currently lives in sunny southern California. She enjoys reading, hiking, and posting pictures of her ever-entertaining Papillon puppy on Instagram. Most of all, she values spending time with her husband and daughter, and is keenly aware it is a privilege she should never take for granted. 

Michelle Mirchandani
Board Director
Michelle's Bio

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