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Negotiation Biographies

Margaret Neale

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Co-director of Executive Program for Women Leaders

Education Module Presenter

Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for Women’s Leadership

Margaret NealeMargaret Neale’s research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work has extended judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. Neale was the Graduate School of Business John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Organizations and Dispute Resolution from 2000-2012. Trust Faculty Fellow in 2011-2012 and in 2000-2001. Neale received her BS in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University, her MS from the Medical College of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Texas.


Debi Hemmeter

Director of Partnerships, Lean In

Education Module Interviewee

Debi Hemmeter has 25 years of executive experience specializing in strategy, marketing, and business development.  Prior to joining Lean In, she served as SVP at Bank of America where she led one of the largest retail markets for the bank.  Debi also held many leadership and strategy roles at Wells Fargo Bank, PepsiCo, and Sara Lee.  Hemmeter lives in Piedmont, CA with her husband Chris and her three teenagers.



Rosmary (Rosie) Roca

MBA Student, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Education Module Interviewee

Rosa RosieRosmary (Rosie) Roca is currently a second year MBA Student at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to business school, she was a Market Research and Strategy Manager for The Kraft Sports Group, owners of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium. In that role, she managed customer loyalty efforts, including Patriots Extra Points and Patriot Place Rewards, and developed and supervised the market research function. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for the GSB Chapter of Challenge 4 Charity and is on the leadership team for High Tech Club.

Roca graduated from Harvard College in 2007, with a BA in Government and a citation in French.

Sally Thornton

Founder and Chief Curator, Forshay

Education Module Interviewee

Clayman Institute Advisory Council

Sally Thornton is the Founder and Chief Curator of Forshay, a new recruiting firm that provides resources on-demand.  Previously, Thornton co-founded and ran Flexperience, a company that the San Francisco Business Times named a  "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" in 2010. Thornton supports other female entrepreneurs through her leadership roles at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, UC Hastings WorkLife Law Board, and as a Board of Advisor role at two start ups: RallyOn, Inc. and  Thornton is a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.  Thornton earned her BA in International Relations from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Alicia Morga

Founder and CEO, No. 8 Media, Inc.

Education Module Interviewee

Alicia Morga is the Founder and CEO of No. 8 Media, Inc.  Formerly, she was the founder and CEO of Consorte Media, Inc., a digital media and marketing company backed by The Mayfield Fund and Sutter Hill Ventures.  Prior to founding Consorte, Morga was an investment professional for The Carlyle Group and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a corporate attorney for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Recently, Morga was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company.  In addition, she created the popular iPhone app,gottaFeeling, published two popular ebooks, and writes an expert blog on leadership for Fast  

Morga holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from Stanford University.

Yvette Nichols

Talent Transformation Leader, JC Penney

Education Module Interviewee

Yvette Nichols is responsible for fueling the growth of JCPenney with extraordinary talent. Prior to joining JCPenney in March of 2012, Nichols was a Client Partner and member of Korn/Ferry International’s Retail and Consumer Practice where she specialized in senior-level general management, merchandising and marketing searches. Nichols has also been involved in a number of not-for-profit initiatives and is a Coro Foundation Community Fellow. She previously served as the President of the Board for The Princess Project and on the San Francisco Regional Board for The Women’s Initiative.

Nichols earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.



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