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Femme Fatale: Harnessing Your Executive Presence- Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Wednesday, November 09, 2022, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
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Femme Fatale Boston:

Harnessing Your Executive Presence

November 9, 2022

5:00 pm

 A collaboration with UPWARD Boston Chapter



Wednesday, November 9, 2022

5:00 - 8:00pm

5 pm – 6 pm: Registration and Networking

6 pm - 6:15 pm: Event start 

6:15 pm- 7 pm: Panel

7 pm - 7:45 pm: Fashion Show

7:45 pm – 8 pm: Event end and closing remarks 

200 Clarendon St.
23rd Floor
Boston, MA


Members: No charge
Non-Members: $25

No Charge for Boston Club Members! Use Coupon Code TBC2022 when registering!



Femme Fatale Boston will be a night to harness a woman’s fearlessness, strength, and confidence to build executive presence. 

Join us for a memorable night of uniting local, professional executive women and business owners for professional growth, networking, and fashion. 

By building and cultivating your executive presence, you gain access to more opportunities within your career, and it allows you to step into your power of leading companies, building businesses, and positively impacting your teams. 

Our esteemed panel of professional executive women and Boston fashion designers, Melina Cortes-Nmili, Sara Campbell, Julia Whitley, and Carisue Bench, will share their personal stories of developing their executive presence, appearance, personal brand, and navigating their careers. 

Following the discussion, the night will transition into a beautiful fashion show featuring local designer clothing modeled by some of the most powerful, executive women in Boston. We will get fashion and styling tips to help us feel confident walking into any room while learning about our executive women models’ superpowers. Join us to learn how to improve your executive presence both inside and out.

Three (3) key takeaways:

 ●      Advance Women Executive Presence in the Corporate World

 ●      Accelerate Awareness of Women of Color Fashion Designers/Dress for Success

 ●      Continue Advancement of Personal Branding across Executive Women


Violet Wittig, Client Director, Cloudera

Violet Wittig is a technology business leader who partners with her clients worldwide to drive successful outcomes back to their business.  Violet’s area of expertise is in Data Analytics, AI, Cybersecurity, and more recently Data Mesh and Data Fabric.

Violet spent most of her career at IBM focused on Wall Street clients.  During her time at IBM, Violet realized one of her passions was to help continue the advancement of women, while also connecting people to one another.   During her time at IBM, Violet founded the New York City IBM Club, a 501c3, which promoted networking through a variety of programs for over 3,000 NYC area IBMers.  For ten years, in addition to her daily work with clients, Violet worked with her NYC IBM Club Co-President and team to drive monthly events which matched the interest areas of NYC area IBMers.  These events promoted fantastic networking amongst IBMers across various groups and IBM brands.  One of the programs Violet led was the ‘Hugo Boss meets Watson Fashion Show’ held in 2014 at the Hugo Boss Flagship store in NYC which featured IBM Watson employees as the models.   In addition to the NYC IBM Club, Violet was engaged with IBM Women’s executive programs.  Violet both produced and moderated panels on a variety of topics for IBM women, featuring IBM global leaders.

For the last seven years, Violet has been working for Cloudera, the leading Data Management Hybrid platform.  At Cloudera, Violet is a Client Director, focused on large Global clients predominantly in the BioPharma and Financial Services industries. Violet serves to ensure her clients are driving success back to their organizations by leveraging the most innovative solutions in the Cloud and On Premises.

When she is not working, Violet’s focus continues to be on the advancement of women, connecting people, along with the advancement of children.  Additionally, Violet has always admired the fashion community.  In the spirit of connecting, Violet has launched Femme Fatale Boston.  While still early in its formation, Femme Fatale Boston strives to promote networking amongst Boston Fashion Designers and Boston executives.


 Donna Latson Gittens, Founder and CEO, MORE Advertising

Donna Latson Gittens, Founder and CEO of MORE Advertising in Watertown, left a successful broadcasting career at WCVB-TV to pursue her long-time passion for launching a media and marketing firm to promote critical social issues and support mission-driven public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Her firm, located in Watertown, is known as “The Agency of Change” and focuses on social marketing campaigns to promote changes in behavior and attitude. Gittens launched the company following a ground-breaking, twenty-year career as a corporate executive at WCVB-TV (Boston’s ABC affiliate) an innovator in community programming. 

Donna’s public position, activism, and expertise in social change prompted countless invitations for her to chair or join panel discussions, keynote special events, and participate on numerous committees. She is a Board member of The Village Bank, Newton; also serves on the Executive Committee of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and is a member of the Museum of African American History Leadership Advisors.

Donna's numerous awards and honors include: the Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship presented by the Women’s Network of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; the 1st Annual Jackie Robinson Award for Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner from the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball; The Boston Club Women in Business Racial Equity Award; Alex Cora Leadership Award presented by the Boston Area Church League, a program of the Boston Red Sox; and winner of the 1st Annual Shark Tank competition held in 2014 by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council.  She is also a very proud owner of four Boston Red Sox World Series Championship rings.

Ms. Latson Gittens holds a BA from Park University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and an honorary doctorate degree from Elms College in Springfield MA.

She is a frequent keynote speaker, host, and moderator for corporate and community organizations. ( Her passion is mentoring young women and female entrepreneurs.


 Carisue Bench, SVP of Consulting Enablement, hrQ 

Carisue Bench is a senior strategist and organizational transformation leader. She has spent the last twenty years in various leadership capacities where she partnered with complex organizations to define value propositions, go to market strategies, and operational and human capital governance models. Carisue excels as an engaging people leader, facilitator and coach that fosters trusted relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. She’s a genuine visionary, able to drive sales and organizational transformation from concept to completion. She is a talent multiplier and is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders.Currently, Carisue is the SVP of Consulting Enablement with hrQ and serves as an UPWARD Boston Chapter Leader.


Sara Campbell, Designer, Founder, CEO, Sara Campbell Ltd.

Sara grew up in La Jolla, California with four sisters and one brother. She learned to sew at age six from her sister Meg and began making dresses for dolls. Soon after, Sara’s mother enrolled her in sewing classes and they drove for 45 minutes to Singer Sewing Center each week. There, her passion was born! From making dance recital dresses to quilts for her boyfriends, every drop of Sara’s babysitting allowance went to purchasing luxury fabrics. An enthusiasm for special fabrics continues to be the soul of her creative process.

After graduating from the University of California at Davis with a BS in Design, Sara faced a common fearful realization amongst college graduates: What now? She accepted a position at The Gallery at Bazaar Del Mundo, a multicultural retail center in San Diego. This is where she met renowned educator and artist Corita Kent. Meeting her was a turning point in Sara’s life. Yearning for an east coast experience brought Sara to graduate school at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she pursued a degree in Art Education.

Corita Kent also lived in Boston and became the subject of Sara's essay assignment on the life of a living artist. Corita was 60 when Sara was 22, but they had a magnetic bond. For five years, Corita was a second mother, teacher, best friend, and mentor to Sara. Sara attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she received a Masters in Fine Art.

Because Corita had convinced Sara that she could be whatever she wanted to be by always doing her best, Sara and her sister Meg started a company called HOMEWORK. It was a mail order catalog for one-of-a-kind, limited edition wearable art. Peter Wheeler entered Sara’s life in 1988, two years after Corita Kent passed away and Sara is certain Corita sent him to her. Sara had just purchased her first home in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Peter was a design consultant and Sara needed help purchasing shutters. He was the former Vice President of Design at Marimekko, Sara and Corita’s favorite store! Peter just “got it,” and got Sara. They’ve been BFFs since meeting, and Peter joined Sara Campbell Limited. He now proudly carries the nickname “grandpops” to Sara’s immediate family.

With a fantastic team, they grew the company by leaps and bounds, focusing on private label manufacturing. In the early 2000s, inevitable cultural changes and personal hardships challenged the company, but Sara was inspired by Winston Churchill’s phrase, “Never, never give up.

 Julia Whitley, SVP, Relationship Management, Fidelity

Julia is a leader at Fidelity Investments, where she is the SVP, Relationship Management. In this role she manages the company’s Large Market client relationships in the Northeast, including benefits administration, 401(k), Pension, Health and Welfare, Health Savings Accounts, Equity Compensation, Student Debt, Asset Management, Managed Account & Retirement Income Solutions, Workplace Giving, and Consulting.

Prior to that role she was a VP, Enterprise Relationships Group (ERG), where she started and grew a holistic program to win and retain the company’s next generation of strategic, multi-product clients. Her team included relationship managers, business intelligence analysts, and a technology team. She has been part of Fidelity’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) steering committee for the past 3 years.

Prior to Fidelity, Julia’s worked in corporate finance and spent significant stints of time working in Malaysia and Bolivia. She earned her MBA from HEC-Paris in Paris, France, where she finally learned how to put an outfit together. Julia and her husband Peter have two daughters, Alexandra (5) and Marion (3). They are originally from Texas and have most recently adopted New Hampshire as their home. 

 Melina Cortes-Nmili, Founder, Lalla Bee

International designer Melina Cortes-Nmili’s road to fashion has been anything but conventional. Part entrepreneur and part designer, Melina has never taken the standard path. Frustrated with the frantic, flash-in-a-pan pursuit of the latest fads, Melina had a vision for a new take on a timeless concept - “beauty that transcends the trend.” Said in a simpler way, she believes in a luxurious, classic, yet contemporary design that always looks beautiful, and never goes out of style.


Born and bred in the vibrant Dominican Republic countryside, Melina embraces the diversity of colors, textures and patterns of her childhood. From her design studio in Boston, lalla bee’s structured silhouettes, colorful palettes, and painstaking attention to detail reflect the values and struggles of her past. Rather than following the latest trends in fashion, Melina’s designs are intentionally timeless. Melina's designs are ethically made from quality fabrics sourced directly from the finest factories across the U.S. and Europe.


Like the self-made women who raised Melina, lalla bee’s dresses tell a story of strength, effortless beauty, and unwavering confidence.

“The kind of woman I envision wearing one of my dresses is a woman who is confident in her own skin. When she walks into the room, she owns it. She feels smart, beautiful, and her strength shines,” says Melina. “I firmly believe that she can and should be simple, fearless and beautiful.”





Non-Members: $25  

To receive your FREE ticket, when registering be sure to:

  • Complete the form with the all of required components
  • Enter TBC2022 into the box labeled coupon and hit APPLY COUPON (the box will turn green)
  • In the next section, go down to the fourth option labeled UPWARD Donation $25.00, click the plus (+) sign to add 1. This will add a $25 fee to your cart AND a $25 discount, so your total will be $0.00, then click complete check out.
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