Tami M. Forman
Tami M. Forman is the chief executive of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that creates mid-career internship programs to ease the transition back to work for individuals after taking a break for raising children or other caregiving responsibilities. Path Forward trains HR teams and hiring managers on how to support these programs successfully and provides support to participants to make the experience successful. Before founding Path Forward, Tami spent a decade as a tech marketing executive with data solutions provider, Return Path. Before that she worked in book publishing at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and held senior-level web editorial positions at iVillage and News Corporation. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to women’s participation in the workforce, having presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration, DisruptHR, Tech Inclusion, the Inspiring Capital Return With Purpose Conference, Conference Board’s Women’s Leadership Conference, The Inclusion By Design Conference and the Outsell Women’s Conference. She has delivered more than 20 Career Restart Seminars which have drawn thousands of attendees around the US. She is also a frequent podcast guest, especially on topics related to career and women in the workplace. She writes a career column for Forbes, is a Fairygodboss VIP, and was named by Flexjobs as one of the top 20 career experts for working moms. She also works with the NYC Department of Education helping to achieve gender equity in STEM education in a school system that educates more than a million children. She lives in New York City with her husband and two kids, aged 10 and 12.
Christine Winston is the Vice President of Program Development at Path Forward. In her role, she is responsible for bringing companies into the Path Forward network and helping them establish successful mid-career internships in their organizations. Having taken a career break to raise her own children, Christine is driven to help others reengage with their careers and find success both at work and at home. Prior to Path Forward, Christine spent eight years at AOL, where she had a diverse set of roles across Finance, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Marketing. Prior to AOL, she was Director of Marketing for MovieFone and was an officer at Chase. Christine lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.
Meredith Hartery is the Director of Partnerships at Path Forward. She is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in business development and full-cycle partnership management. Prior to her own break for caregiving, Meredith worked within the worlds of major league sports and media with organizations such as the Oakland Athletics and NBC Universal. She also led the Sports Division for GovX in the startup world. Meredith is committed to using her development background to help drive positive change in how women and their work are viewed and valued. As an active member of her community, she is the state President of West Virginia National Organization for Women.
Pam McKeta is the Director of Marketing at Path Forward. Her goal is to exponentially increase the number of people who know about the incredible returnship opportunities and support available from Path Forward and its network of forward-thinking companies. Previously, Pam led communications and marketing at both small nonprofits (Active Minds) and large (PBS) and several organizations in between. She specializes in digital marketing and is thrilled to contribute to this vital movement to change expectations and outcomes for women who take time off from their careers for caregiving. Pam lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband Dave and is mom to three young adults.
Tess Fraser is our Director of Development at Path Forward. She has worked in nonprofit development and communications for the past 17 years and is passionate about connecting, building relationships, inspiring philanthropy, and advancing meaningful work. She feels a special connection to our mission, having taken a break from her own career for several years to care for her own children. Tess looks forward to connecting with and collaborating with those who are also inspired to empower caregivers, reduce stigma, and pave pathways for those looking to restart their careers. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband Don and their two children, ages 11 and 8.
Abigail is the Program Manager for Path Forward. She will be working with our corporate partners to ensure they have the tools needed to successfully host a returnship, as well as supporting our participants throughout their returnship and beyond. Abigail has spent her career in workforce development, specifically aiming to assist in uplifting populations that are often overlooked and wholly qualified. Believing in discovering the untapped potential in all, Abigail has previously spent over six years working at America Works of New York, Inc. on the City of New York’s Human Resources Administration contracts designed to help vulnerable populations gain self-sufficiency by re-entering the workforce. Facilitating relationships between companies and participants, helping participants identify and address barriers to success, and providing continuous support even after they have re-entered the workforce is where she has focused her energy and talents. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Stony Brook University. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Anna serves as the Marketing Coordinator at Path Forward, and is responsible for getting the word out about Path Forward’s career (and life)-changing programs to caregivers, companies, and the general public. She is passionate about closing achievement gaps and providing opportunities for those from traditionally undervalued and underrepresented communities to succeed. She has worked in marketing, communications, and fundraising capacities for New York non-profits large and small for over five years.
Melyssa Muro serves as Administrative Assistant for Path Forward. She began her work in the nonprofit sphere while still a student at Columbia University through development and administrative internships with The Moth, Doctors Without Borders and the grantmaking organization, The Prospect Hill Foundation. She is excited to continue her professional career with Path Forward to help support program management, fundraising, marketing efforts, and any task the team needs. As the daughter of a stay at home mother, she is all-too-familiar with the stigma that comes with a gap for caregiving and is determined to not only help build the on-ramp for our dynamic participants, but also push companies to rethink their definitions of inclusivity and workplace flexibility.
Board of Directors
Matt Blumberg, Chair
Matt is co-founder and chairman of the Path Forward board and CEO and co-founder of Bolster, an on-demand talent marketplace that connects high-growth companies with trusted and flexible executive talent for on-demand roles and board seats. Bolster partners with membership organizations including Path Forward to ensure they have a diverse network of qualified candidates. Previously, Matt was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Return Path, a data solutions provider based in New York City. It was with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 500 employees with the market leading brand, innovative products, and the email industry’s most renowned experts. Return Path was acquired by Validity in the summer of 2019. Among the many initiatives that Matt championed at Return Path, one of the ones with the biggest impact was the return to work program which aimed to give moms the opportunity to get back into the workforce after taking a break for childcare. The program proved so successful that in 2015 Matt decided to make it the basis for a new nonprofit organization called Path Forward. Before Return Path, Matt ran marketing, product management, and the internet group for MovieFone, Inc. (later acquired by AOL). Prior to that he served as an associate with private equity firm General Atlantic Partners and was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University. He is the author of Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business which grew out of his popular entrepreneurship blog Only Once – one of the first CEO blogs on the internet.
Gayatri Agnew is the Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy at Walmart Giving. In this capacity, she serves on the leadership team of Walmart’s Global Responsibility division where she leads strategy and partnerships for Walmart’s efforts on economic mobility, specifically a shared value approach to human capital, partnerships and philanthropy focused on key issues such as employer practices change, improving work-based learning and strengthening inclusion in communities. Gayatri’s personal mission is for more people to find purpose through the way they earn a living. She is also the founder of both the Walmart Career Moms employee group and Mother’s Monday, both intended to create community for mothers in corporate America. Gayatri holds a board seat with the Vote Mama Foundation and has served on the board of the Center for Women and Democracy and as a trustee of Seattle Community Colleges.
Before her time at Walmart, Gayatri fulfilled a wide variety of both public and private sector roles in the United States and India. In Washington State, she worked on the campaign for Governor Christine Gregoire and then served in her administration. She ran the Career Center at Seattle University and the Seattle-King County City Year (AmeriCorps) site. She has also lived and worked in India to research skills development pathways for youth. In 2018, Gayatri was a candidate for the Arkansas State House, where she successfully petitioned the state ethics commission to allow campaign funds to cover campaign-related childcare.
Gayatri Agnew attended Foothill-De Anza Community College before transferring to Seattle University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters Degree in Business Administration. She lives in Bentonville, Arkansas with her husband and two young children.
Cathie Black is a well-known media and publishing executive having spent the majority of her career as president, then chairman of Hearst Magazines, publishers of popular consumer titles including Cosmopolitan, O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar. Prior to Hearst, Cathie was president/publisher of USA Today for seven years and was the first woman publisher of a consumer weekly, New York Magazine. She was also part of the team that founded Ms. Magazine.
For much of her career, Cathie has been the “first,” breaking through barriers to pave the way for the next generation of female media executives. She is the author of Basic Black: the Essential Guide to Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), a New York Times and Wall Street best seller. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of Notre Dame, and was a long time board member of IBM and Coca Cola. A graduate of Trinity College, she holds ten honorary degrees. Now, Cathie lives in the start-up world as an advisor, board member and investor in a variety of young companies including PubMatic, Yieldbot, Bark & Co (Bark Box), and Pinks and Greens.
Cathy is co-founder and Path Forward board member, and also co-founder of Bolster, an on-demand talent marketplace that connects high-growth companies with trusted and flexible executive talent for on-demand roles and board seats. She is an experienced Chief People Officer with a track record of creating inclusive and people-focused workplaces. With more than 20 years experience in developing People and Culture teams, Cathy has a passion around building effective teams and organizational and leadership development. Cathy has been a speaker on return-to-work programs and organizational diversity strategic roadmaps at the NCWIT Summit, and partnered with NCWIT on building their inclusion journey roadmap. She’s also spoken at Agile Mile High and the Target Product Summit about team effectiveness. Cathy was the driving force behind the creation of the return to work program at Return Path and was instrumental in recruiting partner companies to join in that effort and in advising partner companies on best practices related to creating a successful return to work program. Cathy loves spending time with her family, snowboarding, cycling, and traveling.
Cindy Guerra Robbins
Cindy Guerra Robbins is an independent board director, corporate advisor, and senior executive with 20+ years of experience counseling CEOs and other senior executives. As President and Chief People Officer of Salesforce until 2019, she designed and oversaw a global workforce that became a model of innovative corporate culture. She is an expert on recruiting, developing, and retaining talent, optimizing productivity and employee satisfaction, and building healthy and diverse cultures that facilitate growth. She was instrumental in making Salesforce an equal-pay pioneer, one of the world’s most admired companies, and one of the best places to work. Her leadership in pay equity and other innovations she made in people operations enabled Salesforce to integrate talent successfully across the globe. Under her guidance, Salesforce became one of Glassdoor’s Great Places to Work and reached No.1 on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
In 2019 Cindy joined the Board of Year Up, a non-profit organization that works with more than 250 corporate employers to provide training and internships to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to her nonprofit work, Cindy serves on the boards of ActiveCampaign, a private equity-owned technology company, and was just appointed as Senior Advisor at Silversmith Capital Partners. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and co-chair of Startup Colorado. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Muna Hussaini is a Senior Manager in the Technology, Platforms, and Experience organization at PayPal. She is responsible for the DevOps Transformation effort. Muna has recently transitioned back to tech after managing Diversity & Inclusion programs at PayPal. Most notably, she is responsible for rolling out Recharge, a return to work program. To create that program she reached out the executives from Return Path, a private software company that had created a returnship program in Colorado. Her call became a prime impetus to launching Path Forward as a nonprofit organization to help other companies launch, run and expand returnship programs. Previously, Muna served as the Chief of Staff for Magento’s Technology organization, and has performed the role of scrum master, program manager, project manager, and mischief manager at eBay, PayPal, X.com, and IBM.
Wearing hijab post 9/11 made Muna a victim of several hate crimes. She uses her experiences to speak out against bigotry while redefining the Muslim American narrative. Muna serves as president of the board for Muslim Space, is a member of the City of Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Taskforce, and is a board member for Interfaith Action of Central Texas. Muna is married with two kids and has a very large Hyderabadi family. She enjoys hiking and playing volleyball. On late nights, she can be found at Kerbey Lane enjoying a bowl of Kerbey queso. Last, but not least, Muna holds a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud Longhorn. Hook ‘em!
Lisa Mann is an accomplished and proven leader of enterprise transformation. She is known for her ability to deliver profitable, topline growth for both emerging businesses and Fortune 100 companies, as an internal operator or as an external strategic advisor. Her unique background is the result of her work with both entrepreneurs and big food companies, overlaid with deep experience and well-honed skills in strategy, brand marketing and distribution expansion.
Most recently, Lisa was President of the $7 billion Global Nutrition Group at PepsiCo, where she changed the corporate conversation around nutrition. Prior to PepsiCo, Lisa was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at KIND Healthy Snacks, the fastest growing US snack company. Before KIND, Lisa was Senior Vice President, Global Gum Category at Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods).
In between her Kraft careers and while living in Atlanta, Denver and Chicago, Lisa launched and led Think Marketing Consulting, a strategic marketing consulting firm. Her client list included budding entrepreneurial ventures, privately and family-held companies and Fortune 500 corporations.
Lisa is a sought after thought leader in the emerging health and wellness space. Her passion to drive change has been recognized with the marketing industry’s highest honors, most notably: the 2016 Marketing Cojones Award, Advertising Age’s 2015 Women to Watch, the 2015 A-List
Marketer awards, Adweek’s 2012 Brand Genius award and, the 2013 Cannes Grand Prix for the Oreo Daily Twist digital and social campaign among many other gold, silver and bronze awards. A frequent speaker at industry marquis events, Lisa was most recently invited to
participate in The Wall Street Journal’s CMO Network.
Lisa is a member of the Board of Advisors for Tufts School of Engineering and the University’s Marketing Advisory Council. Lisa also holds advisory positions with several emerging health and wellness and digital media companies. She received an MBA from Harvard Business
School and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University. Lisa and her family reside in New York City.
Greg Sands is the Founder and Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures, an early stage investor in enterprise software. An early stage investor for over 20 years, Greg helps startups analyze and interpret early signals to identify and leverage the most valuable aspects of their solution. Prior to founding Costanoa, Greg was a Managing Director at Sutter Hill focusing on early stage, enterprise technology investments, including Merced Systems, AllBusiness, Quinstreet, Feedburner and Youku. Before Sutter Hill, Greg was the first hire at Netscape Communications after its founding engineering team. He was its first Product Manager, wrote the initial business plan, coined the name Netscape, and created the SuiteSpot Business Unit, which he grew from zero to $140M in revenue. Greg also served as Manager of Business Development at Cisco where he architected a global channel management plan.
Greg has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude. Greg served a term as the President of the Stanford DAPER (Athletics Department) Investment Fund and remains on the executive committee. He is Former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and served as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust and Chair of its Venture Capital committee.
Rajiv Vinnakota is the Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement division at the Aspen Institute. This new venture will incorporate the use of the Institute’s innovative leadership development model to foster youth leaders in underserved rural and urban communities along with other entrepreneurial approaches to engage youth in the issues of the day. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Raj was the co-founder and CEO of The SEED Foundation, a non-profit managing the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. To date, more than 90 percent of SEED graduates have enrolled in college, and they earn bachelor’s degrees at 4.5 times the rate of our nation’s lowest income students.
In addition to his role at the Aspen Institute, Raj is a board director for a public company, Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX). He is a former trustee and executive committee member for Princeton University, former national chair of its annual giving committee, and former executive committee member for its Aspire capital campaign. In 2009, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor that Princeton bestows on an undergraduate alumnus. Raj is an Echoing Green fellow and an Ashoka fellow. He holds a degree in molecular biology from Princeton University. Raj is married and has one daughter and two cats. He loves basketball, working out and learning from his daughter.
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate’s Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate’s impact.
Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.
Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, and organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute.
Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before once again reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies such as Food52, Catchafire, Vengo, Nestio, Captureproof, Makers Row, Le Tote, and Union Station. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area.
In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of The Highline. Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, Gotham Gal for over 11 years. She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what’s happening around the globe and in NYC. Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids, Jessica, Emily and Josh.