2012 Executive Forum: Biographies


Renee Brown
Renee Brown is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement Marketing at Wells Fargo.  She has been with the company 14 years when she joined Wachovia.  Since then she has held numerous marketing leadership roles, including serving as Wachovia’s Director of Brand Management.  Today, Renee’s responsibilities include the development and integration of the marketing strategies and programs across three investment- and financial planning-focused businesses. She manages a team of more than 100 team members located in San Francisco, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Renee has a Master’s degree in Communication Theory from LSU and is a Phi Beta Kappa honor society member.  Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked for two community banks in Louisiana in various marketing roles.  She worked for nine years in radio broadcasting as an announcer and traffic reporter in Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana before entering Financial Services.  She and her partner have an 8-year-old daughter, Sydney.  They live in Cornelius, NC.


Mike Feldman
Mike Feldman is HP’s Vice President and General Manager of the Managed Enterprise Solutions Go to Market Unit in the Imaging and Printing Group’s Americas Organization. Mike and his team are driving direct sales of the IPG product, solutions and Managed Print Services portfolio to named enterprise and public sector customers throughout the Americas. In this role, Mike has responsibility for delivering against the Managed Print Services GTMU financial commitments. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of WW Sales and Marketing for HP’s Imaging and Printing Group, where he was responsible for leading the worldwide sales strategy focused on driving greater revenue. He provided functional leadership to the WW sales force and was instrumental in developing globally consistent sales roles, compensation, and metrics. Mike also drove the global marketing strategy including branding, messaging, communications, advertising, PR and AR relationships.  
Since joining HP in 1988, Mike has held senior positions in all three of HP’s main business units. Before joining HP, Mike worked for IBM in New York. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pace University. He resides in Los Angeles with his partner, Art Jalandoni.

Lead Facilitator

Christie Hardwick
We are fortunate to be in capable hands with our facilitator, Christie Hardwick.  Christie has over 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and grass root-organizing efforts.  She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development, is a licensed spiritual mentor and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.  She was also an executive member of the Women’s Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for 5 years.  Christie has served as president of the National Board of Directors for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) and has served on diverse boards such as City Year, Great Schools and the Center for Living with Dying.  Formerly an elected School Board trustee and presidential campaign field director, Christie has held executive positions in Change Management, Human Resources and Organizational Efficiency for technology companies. Her corporate project experience was both national and international.  She is a speaker in a variety of forums and provides strategic thinking and personal guidance services to clients across the United States.  Christie and her wife Jane reside in Provincetown, Mass and share four children between them. You can learn more about Christie at www.spiritedcontribution.com


Rayona Sharpnack
In 1991, Rayona founded the Institute for Women’s Leadership, an organization known for its groundbreaking work throughout the United States, Australia and Canada.  Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports and business, Rayona’s masterful approach as a coach and educator helps her take very complex theoretical concepts and distill them down to poignant, relevant and easily accessible learning distinctions. Widely considered a pioneer in this field, Rayona has become an inspirational teacher, coach and mentor for executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. Her book, Trade Up: 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership & Life from the Inside Out, has enjoyed great success with individuals and organizations across the U.S. She is also one of several featured authors of the ground-breaking book, Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. More than 20,000 professionals from Fortune 500 companies have relied on Rayona and the Institute for Women’s Leadership to produce breakthrough results both at work and in their personal lives.