MBAchic & Brenau’s EWMBA present: if you want to go far, go together

DVF, MBAchic & Brenau's EWMBA

Join MBAchic & Brenau’s Executive Women’s MBA at Diane von Furstenberg’s NYC flagship for a talk on tapping into the power of community

As the saying goes, if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. You’ve probably heard it in a speech or seen it on Instagram and perhaps thought about a time when teamwork really helped push a project forward, or build something new. You can also look inward, and examine how the power of community has played a role in your life and career, and think about how it can and will in the future.

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Join us in the iconic Ashley Longshore Gallery at Diane von Furstenberg’s NYC flagship studio as we discuss investing in and tapping into our various communities at different stages of our lives and careers… the ones that inspire, empower, challenge and uplift us as we keep moving forward. This conversation will be moderated by MBAchic.

Diane von Furstenberg #InCharge Discussions


  • Cate Luzio, Founder/CEO, Luminary
  • Pamela Pekerman, Founder/CEO, Hustle Like a Mom
  • Randi Zinn, Author & Founder, Beyond Mom
  • Kay Wallace, President/CEO, National Black MBA Association®
Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary, MBAchic & Brenau's EWMBA panel speaker
MBAchic & Brenau’s EWMBA present Cate Luzio

Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. This 15,000 square foot meeting space in New York City includes a rooftop deck and two floors of open workspace, conference rooms and meeting space, a fitness studio, beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, prayer/meditation room and much more. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programming from office hours with dynamic leaders to a pioneering speaker series. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc.

Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing roughly $2 billion in revenue and teams in 72 countries. Cate also served as a Managing Director and Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan. She has received numerous recognitions including being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times and Heroes Global Diversity Champion in 2017, 2018 as well as Yahoo Finance Heroes Role Model in 2019. Cate was named to Inc.’s 2019 Female Founders 100 List and has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, NowThis News, Cheddar, WWD, Robb Report, Women’s Health and more. She is a Forbes and Fast Company contributor.

She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland. She’s a global traveller having visited more than 114 countries. Cate also sits on the Advisory Board of Girls Inc. NYC as well as the National Board of WaterAid.

Pamela Pekerman, Founder and CEO of Hustle Like a Mom
MBAchic & Brenau’s EWMBA present Pamela Pekerman

Pamela Pekerman is an On-Air Expert, and founder of Hustle Like a Mom, a media platform and event series aimed at supporting, education and inspiring the journey from mom life to entrepreneur life. This serial entrepreneur has been hosting events, and creating content for nearly two decades. Pamela shares time-saving tips for busy moms on TV,, and social media. Hustle Like a Mom, which began as a YouTube series that shows women that are doing, creating and redefining what it means to be a working mom, now, also, includes mompreneur networking events, panels and influencer luncheons.

This busy mom of two is a board member of The Vasculitis Foundation and creator of the annual Shop4Vasculitis campaign, helping raise over $125,000. You can follow Pamela’s mom life meets entrepreneur life shenanigans on Instagram @PamelaPekerman, and get mom boss entrepreneur advice and time-saving tips at

Randi Zinn, Founder and CEO of Beyond Mom
MBAchic & Brenau’s EWMBA present Randi Zinn

Randi Zinn is an author, mindfulness and wellness expert, and founder of Beyond Mom and Born from her own experience of motherhood and the desire for a more connected community – Beyond Mom offers: content, podcasts, mixers, events, and retreats for forward-thinking Moms. She encourages moms to cultivate a life “Beyond Mom”- one that embraces the gifts of motherhood but expresses all that they are as individuals: creators, businesswomen, thinkers, friends, and so much more. 

Randi is an ambassador for Athleta and has partnered with Comptoir Des Cotonniers, SoulCycle, Mio Skincare, TOWN Real Estate, The Mother Company, Body Conceptions and IntenSati. She is a regularly featured expert  interviewed by the media, and has been featured in Women@Forbes, HuffPost, The New York Times, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Cheddar, FOX5 NY, and many more. Her writing has appeared in Honest Company Blog, FitBump, Epoch Times and Well Rounded NY.

She is a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus NY and has taught since 2008. Randi’s book Going Beyond Mom- How to Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby was published in September 2017.

Kay Wallace, President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, MBAchic & Brenau's EWMBA panel speaker
MBAchic & Brenau’s EWMBA present Kay Wallace

As President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association®, Kay Y. Wallace brings vast experience with an impressive track record in building strategy and delivering results. Kay served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, where she managed day-to-day operations of the $1.7 billion international project including construction, finance, logistics, games operations, administration, technology, project management, program scheduling and integration. Her professional strengths were next visible on a global stage in post-apartheid South Africa, where she created the first organizational capability strategy for The Coca-Cola Company’s Southern African division. Wallace’s work for this division (of over 500 employees and an annual revenue of $8 billion) was regarded as the company’s best practice and led to her serving as a consultant to other operating divisions around the world.

In 1999, Kay founded and served as director of Effective Solutions, where she coached Fortune 500 executive teams in developing long-term visions, strategic plans, and capability strategies. In 2007, Kay joined Dow AgroSciences where she worked to identify biotechnology opportunities to complement existing agrichemical market segments to maintain global market leadership. In this role, she notably designed and managed an organizational change initiative for the senior executive team and the top 100 company leaders. This initiative paved the way for company leadership to develop, implement and manage an organizational strategy to create a sustainable growth culture for the $5 billion international business.

In 2010, Kay pivoted to the nonprofit sector as Managing Director of Stand Up, a community development organization serving working communities in Atlanta. Kay had administrative oversight for a $1 million grant from The Ford Foundation funding a collaborative of nonprofit organizations to collectively impact systemic community issues. Most recently, Kay served as Managing Director of duka duka, a consulting firm providing a full spectrum of intensive results-based services to navigate and overcome leadership and organizational challenges.

Kay attended the University of Alabama where she received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She earned her MBA at the Harvard Business School. A native of Alabama, she resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Presented by:

  • Brenau University’s Executive Women’s MBAthis groundbreaking program is the first of its kind, and is specifically designed to equip and promote uniquely driven women who are currently successful in the workplace but looking to advance to the C-suite. The Executive Women’s MBA features a hybrid online and on-ground program that offers the flexibility that busy women need with opportunities for networking and community they want. New York is host to the first of three in-person residencies featuring workshops, company visits and networking events that foster meaningful interactions among the cohort, faculty and other professional women, and prepare students for a successful experience in the program.
  • Diane von Furstenberg: when people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she wasn’t sure but, “knew the kind of woman I wanted to be—I wanted to be a woman in charge.” Designer of the iconic wrap dress, DVF is a philanthropist, author, former president of the CFDA, and supporter of women around the world. Her #InCharge movement and platform encourages us all to connect, expand, inspire and advocate for each another, and we are honored to host this #InCharge discussion at her NYC flagship studio.
  • The National Black MBA® Association was conceived in 1970 to help Blacks coming into the corporate sector, largely for the first time, share experiences and insights to help make the journey easier. By nurturing these new professionals, the organization helped early members navigate and, ultimately, succeed in unfamiliar and frequently challenging environments. It is those professionals who have risen up and reached back to bring up the next generation of Black professionals through providing coaching, guidance and mentoring. This has carried through the decades as the members who have followed found the same sense of connection and camaraderie among their colleagues, and have continued to reach back to uplift new generations. NBMBAA® has a deep and rich history of enriching the lives of Black youth and professionals that we continue to celebrate today.  We want to acknowledge the achievements of the NBMBAA® and our members, give thanks to our donors, sponsors, and partners who have helped to build our path to excellence. 
  • MBAchic: MBAchic is a resource and community of MBA and professional women. Our goals are to help women get into and navigate business school, careers, style and more. By making going to business school and investing in your career and self that much more accessible, we empower and help propel women into the C-suite and leadership positions (and help them bring along more women as they go). Originally a student blog in 2011, we quickly broadened to include original and guest content, interviews with business school deans and industry experts and more. Back in 2019 to relaunch, we’re a growing, impressive community of ambitious women who are ready to take on the world.

Light refreshments will be served.

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