Lunch with a Leader

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The Winston Center offers opportunities for students to meet with leaders in close quarters for lunch and informal conversation several times each year. An effort is made to invite student participants who have a demonstrated interest that is related to the leader’s area of expertise. 

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FALL 2020 

Grace Zinic

Grace Zuncic '05
Chief People and Culture Officer, Chobani

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
11:00AM | Via Zoom

Grace Zuncic serves as Chief People and Culture Officer and as a member of the Executive Team is responsible for leading the company’s people practices, talent acquisition, organizational development, health & wellness benefits and internal communications and internal engagement.   

Grace has been a champion of Chobani’s people since her start at the company over eight years ago and has played an integral role in its industry-recognized initiatives including parental leave, Chobani Shares, Chobani Women and the company’s employee volunteer programming Chobani Gives and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

In Grace’s leadership position, the People Team is strategically focused on creating a transformational experience for the company’s employees across an excitingly diverse, inclusive, wellbeing and mission-driven organization that has a deep appreciation for its roots in manufacturing.

Prior to this role, Grace served as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy and Senior Vice President, People. Before joining Chobani, Grace worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment advisor. Grace also serves on the Board of Directors of Chobani Australia.

Grace holds a B.A. in Philosophy & Political Science from Boston College and MBA from Harvard Business School. She loves hiking, spinning, skiing, volunteering and above all her husband Eric Zuncic and their two children, Charlie (4 years) and Ellen (2 years).

Program is for undergraduate students only. Click here to register.

Kate Clifford-Toomey

Kate Clifford-Toomey '95
Chief Operating Officer for Corporate Risk, Wells Fargo

Thursday, November 19, 2020
2:00PM | Via Zoom

Kate Clifford Toomey is the chief operating officer for Corporate Risk. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the company’s chief risk officer in management of the Corporate Risk function. Kate’s responsibilities include strategic planning, technology and data architecture, governance, policy management, and operations-related efforts, including those offshore.

Previously, Kate was Chief Operating Officer of the Americas at Deutsche Bank, as well as head of Americas Regulatory Transformation. Kate was responsible for North and South American business strategy, strategic program execution, and financial management. Prior to that role, she served as chief operating officer for Corporate & Investment Banking, leading the team responsible for business strategy, change management, and frontoffice non-financial risk in Americas.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Kate served in multiple roles with Bank of America, including head of Basel Strategic Programs & Data Management for Enterprise Capital Management, chief operating officer for Global Leveraged Finance and North America Interest Rate Trading. Her experience also includes roles in Institutional Sales for J.P. Morgan Securities, along with senior consultant and staff auditor roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Kate earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Kate is based in New York City, and she serves on the board of the YMCA in Ridgewood, New Jersey. 

Program is for undergraduate students only. Click here to register.