Rosie Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and is a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in the nation’s history. Treasurer Rios was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.
In her role as Treasurer of the United States, Treasurer Rios was the Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the United States Mint, including Fort Knox. Her day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing all currency and coin production activities with almost 4,000-employees in eight facilities nationwide and an annual budget of approximately $5 billion. In the first five years of her tenure, she saved over $1 billion by implementing efficiencies and innovative concepts while meeting increased production demand and increasing employee morale at record levels. Her signature currently appears on a record $1.2 trillion out of the $1.4 trillion in circulation worldwide.
Prior to her presidential appointment in Treasury, Treasurer Rios was Managing Director of Investments for MacFarlane Partners, a $22 billion investment management firm based in San Francisco. Her career has focused on real estate finance, economic development and urban revitalization in both the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 380-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. The portrait will be publicly unveiled in 2017. Treasurer Rios continues advocating for women and girls and has launched EMPOWERMENT 2020 at Harvard. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, www.teachersrightinghistory.org, began as a pilot program on August 26, Equality Day, to recognize historic American women in classrooms across the country. She currently lectures about her tenure in Treasury and building leadership and civic engagement.
Jess Weiner is changing cultural messages one brand at a time. From Barbie’s latest body evolution to Dove’s memorable Real Women campaign, the results of her strategic work behind the scenes with brands has made significant waves in how we approach women, girls and inclusivity. Recognizing the need to partner with those in control of creating the message, she formed Talk to Jess, a consulting and strategy firm. Talk to Jess helps create the content and message for large-scale campaigns, innovative product launches, and strategic PR movement. Her work is holistic and focuses on engaging both internal and external stakeholders to socialize research and data while creating bottom line results.
Clients include: ABC, Mattel, Dove, Disney, Warner Brothers, The Sundance Institute, Bentonville Film Festival, and many more.
Jess is an acclaimed author, speaker, and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience as a thought leader. She remains a driving force behind cultural change, serving as Dove’s Global SelfEsteem Ambassador for the past decade. Jess has written two best-selling books, A Very Hungry Girl and Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now. Her TEDx Talk, “The Confidence Myth,” explores the messy, simple, and often overlooked truth about cultivating confidence in today’s media saturated society. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism where she teaches personal branding and entrepreneurship, and serves as an advising faculty member for USC’s “Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative”.
Distinguished in her field, Jess received the National Association of Women Business Owners “Innovator of the Year Award.” She’s been recognized by FORBES magazine as one of the “14 Power Women to Follow” on Twitter. Recently named by INC. Magazine as one of their “21 Thought Leaders Every Entrepreneur Should Follow,” Jess continues to strive to be a changemaker in the social, cultural, and branding worlds.
Katie Cristol is an Arlington County Board Member and a community advocate and public policy professional. She was elected to the Board in November 2015. Ms. Cristol serves on the Joint Subcommittee on Facilities of the Arlington School and County Boards, and is the Co-Chair of Arlington’s Project PEACE, an interagency collaboration to address domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Regionally, Ms. Cristol represents Arlington on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where she chairs the Legislative Committee, as well as on the Operations Board of The Virginia Railway Express, where she serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Capital Committee.
Ms. Cristol has been an advocate for women’s issues, including reproductive health, political representation and support for survivors of sexual assault, for over a decade. She was appointed to the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women by the County Board in 2012, and supported the Commission’s efforts to garner attention for critical issues such as women’s professional advancement and childcare affordability, and to recognize the achievements of women in the community.
She is a volunteer member of the Randolph Elementary School community. A reading buddy since 2011, she was appointed by the School Board and the Randolph PTA to serve as the school’s liaison to the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction.
Ms. Cristol is an education policy advisor, partnering with district, states and nonprofits across the U.S. on strategic planning, resource allocation and community engagement. She holds a public policy master’s degree from Princeton University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and is a 2012 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College. She and her husband, Steve, live off Columbia Pike, one of the most diverse corridors both in the County and the metropolitan region.
Nikila Kakarla is a legal policy enforcement consultant at LinkedIn working in areas of risk, IP, and privacy protection. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and is focused on the intersection of tech and policy. Nikila has worked on the political campaigns for Obama for America and Reshma Saujani (founder of Girls Who Code) as well as interned for Google and the US Department of Education.