Diverse Women and Leadership

Friday, September 24
12:30 - 1:45 PM
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

About this Session: Our Friday luncheon is open to all attendees and explores the role of diverse women in leadership positions.

Presented by Penn Women's Center, Association of Alumnae, the James Brister Society, Professional Women’s Alliance, OWN IT, and the Trustees' Council of Penn Women

Featured Speakers

Patrice R. Green C'05 G'08

Senior Management Analyst
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development


Patrice R. Green is a Senior Management Analyst at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Green has served as the Community Liaison to the West Philadelphia Promise Zone for the past two years. Serving one of the first 5 Promise Zones coming out of this Obama Administration initiative, Ms. Green is developing new ways for local communities to interact and be better served by federal agencies and interagency partnerships. Patrice brings 10 years of service across both the nonprofit and government sectors to support the work of transforming economically distressed but culturally rich communities through building strong innovative cross sector partnerships. Prior to joining HUD, Green was a Human Resources Consultant at the United States Office of Personnel Management providing training, examining, staffing and human resources project management to several federal agencies. Ms. Green previously served as the Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building at Bread & Roses Community Fund and Community Outreach Coordinator at the People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation. Ms. Green earned a B.A. in Political Science with a Certificate in Spanish and a Masters of Government Administration with a Certificate in Public Finance from the Fels Institute for Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Patrice is no stranger to organizing or advocacy being a youth advocate and a founding member of the Alexandria Youth Council in her hometown of Alexandria, VA. Since coming to Philadelphia in 2001 she has volunteered her time with organizations promoting positive youth development including Girls Inc., UWSEPA Center for Youth Development and Operation Hope. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Patrice has chaired both components of the sorority’s mentoring programs for young women. Ms. Green volunteers and consults for the Coalition for Racial Justice, a growing collaborative of neighbors, leaders, and institutions organized to eliminate race-based disparities in Philadelphia. In addition to being a member of the board of directors of the Penn Association of Alumnae, she currently serves as Finance Director for the Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia and Class of 2005 Co-Regional Vice President for Philadelphia. Patrice has also served as a mentor for the The Paul Robeson Leadership and Mentoring Program. Patrice can otherwise be found around town living out her passion for people, Praise Dance, and of course food.

Joan Lau PhD, MBA, ENG'92, WG'08

Founding Managing Partner,Militia Hill Ventures
Trustees' Council of Penn Women


Joan Lau is Managing Partner for Militia Hill Ventures (MHV), a firm dedicated to life sciences venture growth and development. As part of her responsibilities within MHV, Dr. Lau has served as in several executive management roles. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Immunome Inc., a cancer immunotherapy discovery company. Dr. Lau is also founder, president and CEO of Talee Bio, a gene therapy company. Prior to her role with MHV, Dr. Lau was President and CEO with clinical stage Azelon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and previously President and CEO with discovery stage Locus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Locus, Dr. Lau worked at Merck & Co, in managerial roles within R&D, project management, and business development.

Dr. Lau has provided counsel or served in interim leadership roles with several startup life sciences companies as a consultant for BioAdvance, a funder of life sciences companies in southeastern Pennsylvania and other venture capital firms investing in health care and life sciences. Dr. Lau has served on the Board of Directors for Locus, Azelon, and RiboNova Inc. Dr. Lau is on the Advisory Board for the biotech company BioMotiv located in Cleveland OH.

Her academic activities include co-directing the capstone class for Vagelos Program in Life Sciences Management for fourth year undergraduates. Students in the Vagelos LSM Program receive dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School. She serves on advisory boards for the Vagelos Program, The Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) Masters in Biotechnology program, and the Penn State Medical Center (Hershey, PA) Commercialization Advisory Board.

Governance roles within the non-profit sector currently include vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (Washington DC) and president of the Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs (Philadelphia PA).

Dr. Lau earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Claire Lomax C'84

Lomax Companies
University of Pennsylvania Trustee
Trustees' Council of Penn Women


Claire Lomax (C'84) is General Counsel of The Lomax Companies, LP ("TLC") the Lomax family’s investment office, which manages a portfolio of private equity investments with particular emphasis on technology, communication and real estate. In her capacity as General Counsel for over 25 years, Ms. Lomax has worked in the areas of intellectual property, commercial law, employment law, risk management and corporate law. She is the liaison with outside counsel and provides professional legal services to the leaders of the different business units. Ms. Lomax also serves as the Director of Human Resources for TLC and in that capacity, oversees hiring practices, the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, and compliance.

In 2003, the Lomax Family Foundation ("LFF") was established and Ms. Lomax became its Chief Executive Officer. Since its inception, Ms. Lomax has led the family philanthropic efforts by ensuring that LFF satisfied its mission to promote art/culture, health/wellness, and education in the African American community. In her capacity as CEO of LFF, Ms. Lomax oversees the strategic direction, funding guidelines, manages the grant awards process and serves as the liaison with the grantee community.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Lomax is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Maryland. A member of the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Award Foundation, Ms. Lomax is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the African American Museum in Philadelphia and a current board member. She is also a member the Forum of Executive Women, Council on Foundations and Philanthropy Network.

At Penn, Ms. Lomax serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Pennsylvania and is Chair of the Trustee Student Life Committee and Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity. She is also on the Board of Overseers of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), a Trustee representative on the WXPN Policy Board, and a member of the James Brister Society, and the Trustees Council of Penn Women. She is a former member of the Penn Alumni Board of Directors.

Joann Mitchell

Vice President for Institutional Affairs
University of Pennsylvania



Carol Baldwin Moody W'78 

CAB Moody, LLC
James Brister Society Member


Ms. Moody is principal of CAB Moody, LLC, a firm she founded in January 2015 to create and implement compliance and risk management programs, as well as to advise insurance companies and other financial institutions regarding complex and emerging risks.

Prior to founding CAB Moody, LLC, Ms. Moody served CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) as Senior Portfolio Manager, Investment Compliance and Operational Risk. Her career with CalPERS also included serving as the organization’s Acting Chief Operating Investment Officer.

Ms. Moody’s extensive experience in the financial services industry includes serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Wilmington Trust Company; Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer of Nationwide Insurance; and Chief Compliance Officer of TIAA-CREF. She also served as Head of Compliance, Global Relationship Banking at Citibank, NA.

A longtime advocate for education, mentoring and economic empowerment, Ms. Moody currently serves on the Board of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council; the Council on Foreign Relations; Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Mentor; and The James Brister Society of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Moody earned her J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law, after graduating cum laude with a B.S.E. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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