Ten women who demonstrate leadership through career achievement and philanthropic contribution to the community will be honored with the YWCA of Greenwich's 2011 BRAVA Award at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Friday, Feb. 4.
The award-winners represent a wide range of talent and are recognized leaders in fields that include medicine, finance, social services, technology and the arts.
The YWCA of Greenwich, which cites empowering women as its core mission, is in its 34th year of honoring women leaders through the BRAVA Awards, which honor women in who live or work in Greenwich or Stamford who have excelled in their professional careers and have given back to the community through their time and their talent.
A profile of this year's winners shows they do, indeed, exemplify the organization's mission and have earned their place on the roster of BRAVA Award winners.
This year's honorees are:
Managing Director, Head of Investor Services, Lone Pine Capital, LLC
Since the 1998 launching of Lone Pine Capital, LLC, a Greenwich-based hedge fund, Dahl has managed the investor services function for the firm. From an initial investor base of 350, it has grown to serving more than 1,000 clients consisting primarily of non-profits, endowments, individuals and family offices. Dahl began her career with JP Morgan, where she worked in a variety of areas, including investment banking, structured finance, equity capital markets and equity syndicate.
Leslie received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, as a Rufus Choate Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is a trustee of both the Brunswick School and the Lone Pine Foundation. She and her husband have four children.
Founder, SG Partners
Gellman is co-founder and chief executive officer of SG Partners, an executive search firm specializing in global investment banking, bulge and middle market private equity, investor relations and hedge fund personnel searches. Launched in 1991 the firm, on average, completes more than 80 searches per year; ranging from the position of associate to managing directors and portfolio managers.
Madhu Mathur, M.D., MPH
Director, KIDS' FANS Wellness Program; Medical Director, Medical Home Initiative, southwest region of Connecticut; Pediatrician, Stamford Health Systems
A successful pediatrician in India, Mathur moved to the U.S. in 1997. After completing her residency here, she joined Stamford Hospital in 2001. She received her master's degree in public health from Columbia University in 2006.
As a pediatrician at Stamford Hospital, she is director of Kids' Fitness and Nutrition Services, KIDS' FANS, a wellness program that targets prevention, management and treatment of childhood obesity. Mathur also is medical director of Medical Home Initiative, which provides coordination of care to children with special needs in southwestern Connecticut.
Managing Director, General Atlantic
As managing director of General Atlantic, Hedley assists the global growth equity firm's global portfolio companies in a broad range of operational issues, including human capital management and marketing. Since 2000, she has been responsible for the firm's marketing and communications. Hedley joined General Atlantic in 1987 as an investment professional, and she previously was as an associate consultant at MediVision, a chain of outpatient ophthalmic surgery centers funded by Bain Capital.
A daughter of Hungarian immigrants, Hedley graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Computer Sciences and Government and received her MBA from Harvard. She is vice chairman of Reach the World, a non-profit organization that connects student travelers with inner-city classrooms through technology. She and her husband have three children.
Global Head of Prime Services, JP Morgan
O'Connor is a managing director and global head of JP Morgan Prime Services, a suite of businesses that includes prime brokerage, futures and options and OTC Clearing, along with broker dealer services. She also is a member of the Investment Bank Equities Division Operating Committee, and the Senior Women's Group which advocates for women within the firm. O'Connor joined JP Morgan in 1988 as a trainee and has held a number of key positions there.
Co-chair and a founder of the Investment Bank Women's Network, she graduated cum laude from New York University's Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and International Business. She and her husband have two children.
Director of Self-Sufficiency and Independent Living Programs Family Centers
Donna Adelberg-Spellman provides self-sufficiency and vocational support, as well as supportive and independent living services, to the low- income population of southwestern Fairfield County for Family Centers. She managed the successful HOPE VI program and helped establish a 27- community agency partnership. Under her direction, nearly 1,000 low-income households receive services. In addition, she directs Family Center's Reaching Independence Through Employment (RITE) program.
Adelberg-Spellman holds a B.A. in musical theater from Clark University, a master's degree in community counseling from the University of Bridgeport and a certificate in aging from Boston University. She volunteers as a music instructor at Temple Shalom in Norwalk. She and her husband have three children.
Cassandra Tribble, M.D.
Attending Staff Physician, Department of Anesthesiology, Greenwich Hospital
Cassandra Tribble was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 1979, she traveled on an inner-city youth tour to China, where she developed an interest in anesthesia and pain management.
She graduated cum laude from Howard University, Michigan Medical School, interned at Henry Ford Hospital, completed her residency in anesthesiology at New York University, and was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Pain Management at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In 1996, Tribble joined Greenwich Hospital, where she was instrumental in the development and growth of the Sackler Center for Pain Management and served as its director for more than 10 years.
She serves in a local chapter of Jack and Jill, a mother's group that nurtures children as future leaders. She and her husband have three children.
Nikki Tsairis is responsible for changing the way MasterCard does business with its customers by streamlining processes, eliminating forms and automating data collection. Her responsibilities include communications, legal, data usage and data governance. She is a member of the Executive Women's Steering Committee, the MasterCard Political Action Committee and the MasterCard Investment Committee.
Tsairis previously was group executive, MasterCard Advisors, and senior vice president of product and technology integration. She began her career at Citibank Diners Club and worked in the company's private banking division..
Jennifer Smith Turner
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
As its chief executive officer, Smith Turner oversees the operations of the Girl Scouts of America in Connecticut, the largest organization in the state serving girls. Previously, she held in a number of executive positions. She was president and chief executive officer of Smith & Associates, a management consulting firm; a Deputy Commissioner of the State's Department of Economic and Community Development; and president and chief executive officer of BerkleyCare Network. Earlier, Smith Turner worked for both Aetna Life and Casualty and Travelers Insurance.
She is a graduate of Union College and received her master's degree from Fairfield University. Smith Turner serves as a board member for Achievement First, St. Francis Hospital, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She also served as a trustee of the University of Connecticut. She is a published poet and resides with her husband in Hartford.
Director of Development and Marketing, Avon Theater Film Center
Greene has been instrumental in the growth and popularity of the Avon Film Center in Stamford. Her varied, successful career includes stints with Christie's USA, the Westchester Department of Social Services, as an editor with the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo, and jobs in development and marketing for non-profits, including Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich and the Greenwich YMCA.
She received a bachelor's degree in art history from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. She has served as president of the Mount Holyoke Club of Fairfield County and in the Vestry of Christ Church, Greenwich. Greene is a wife, mother and grandmother.
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The BRAVA Awards luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Tickets are available by calling Samantha Conetta at 203-869-6501, ext. 102.