Freedom Mortgage Corporation
Leslie is a Sr. Business Analyst in the area of Corporate Analytics at Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a privately held full-service lender. In this role she is responsible for implementing a risk-based continuous internal audit plan based on best practices in Enterprise Risk Management, and she provides consulting services to the organization's management and staff. With over ten years’ experience in finance and enterprise risk management, she has experience in global and national arenas in energy, legal services, banking, education, and tourism/hospitality industries. She is a graduate of the Forum of Executive Women’s Mentoring Program and is passionate about supporting initiatives to increase the number of women in leadership positions, specifically within industries in which women leaders are underrepresented. Leslie earned her B.S. in Finance from the University of Akron and her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.
Christine Topping, Treasurer
MassMutual Greater Philadelphia
Knowledge is the key to a successful financial future. Christine’s background, experience and commitment to providing the resources you need to make financial decisions can help make your financial future as successful as you need it to be. Christine prides herself in getting to know each client so that she can understand their individual needs and what matters most to them. This helps her recommend products and strategies designed to meet their current needs, and more importantly, their future needs. She is passionate about supporting organizations that empower women and is a member of the Young Friends of the PA Ballet. Christine graduated from Stockton University with a B.S in Finance and a minor in Economics.
Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
Dawn Bundick has over 25 years of Customer Service and Hospitality experience and is a founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia. She began her career in 1988 at Strawbridge & Clothier and transitioned to hospitality in 2000 when she assumed the role of Sales & Marketing Manager for Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) Philadelphia. In 2014 she was promoted to Senior Sales & Marketing Manager and Regional Support for the North America East Cafes. In her time with HRC, she has been integral in marketing the Cafe to conventioneers, visitors, and locals by spreading the spirit of Rock n’ Roll and creating authentic experiences that rock! Dawn handles events and events for the café ranging from 50 to 700 people.
Coldwell Banker Preferred
Cherise is a former chemist-now-realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred, and is known in the real estate industry as "Agent Lady." Cherise provides home buying and selling services all across Philadelphia; however, her focus is working with first-time home buyers in Center City and surrounding areas. Cherise's passion for real estate goes far beyond just closing deals, and is shown by becoming a personal resource to all her clients. Cherise received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry at West Chester University and became a licensed realtor after attending Temple Real Estate School.
Nicole R. Morgenstern
Chair, Social Media
Nicole founded her boutique photo booth & events company, CliqueCam, in 2016 after spending over 14 years in marketing and event planning. With a passion for fashion and hospitality, she has a diverse background of experience including buyer at Destination Maternity, a personal stylist & Marketing Manager at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sales & Marketing Manager of Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Nicole is a founding member of Party Partners of Philadelphia, a group of leaders and decision-makers in the hospitality industry which seeks to network, volunteer and create a uniquely collaborative atmosphere in the City of Brotherly Love. Active in giving back to her community, Nicole was honored to run for 2015 Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and continues to serve as Campaign Manager yearly. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University.
Chair, PR & Communications
Jamie is a marketing specialist with Braithwaite Communications, an independent marketing, branding and public relations firm in Center City. With a background in media relations, she specializes in writing and packaging content for the press. In her current role, Jamie develops internal and external communications strategies for clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services and nonprofit sectors. She can tell a story in 140 characters or 2,000 words; in a print ad or an email newsletter; through graphics, videos or a special event. Jamie graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Public Relations.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
Mara, a South Jersey native, is a 2017 graduate from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she completed a Health Law concentration. During law school, Mara worked for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in both their Office of General Counsel and their Office of University Counsel where she specialized in HIPAA-related compliance work. When she isn't writing for Philly.com's Health Cents blog, Mara takes an active role in the Philadelphia Jesuit Community through the regional program Contemplative Leaders in Action, and through active involvement with her alma mater, The University of Scranton, where she majored in International Business and completed minors in Spanish and Philosophy. Following undergrad, Mara completed a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco before returning to the East Coast to earn her law degree. In September 2017, Mara will join the law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP in their Philadelphia office.
Chair, Members-Only Events
McAdam Financially Advanced
As a native Philadelphian, Kiran is an experienced financial advisor with deep roots in our local communities. In her practice, her core areas of focus are strategies for high net worth individuals involving advanced tax reduction, retirement investment planning, and multi-generational wealth transfer. Kiran’s knowledge is rooted in the foundations of the CFP® process and her designation as an Accredited Asset Management SpecialistTM helps her to offer her planning clients a distinguished professional experience. Working as a fiduciary for her families, she is a passionate and relentless problem-solver who champions her clients above all else in her practice. Kiran graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations. During her time there she played on the Penn club lacrosse team, volunteered with PennCORP and Alternate Spring Break, made life-long friends in Alpha Phi, and studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden.