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National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections.

Join thousands of women around the country by attending interactive, networking events. We’ll feature a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing how to plan your career path, and then taking questions via social media from nationwide participants

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Meet the Panelists

  • Joy-Ann Reid

    Host
    MSNBC

    Joy-Ann Reid

    Host

    MSNBC

    Joy-Ann Reid is the host of “AM Joy”, weekends from 10 a.m. to noon on MSNBC, the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins) which was released in paperback in September 2016, and a columnist at The Daily Beast.

    She was previously the host of “The Reid Report,” a daily program that offered Reid’s distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news. Before that, Reid was the Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid joined theGrio.com with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, FL. Joy writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast and her columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun Sentinel and The South Florida Times.

    During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiative, and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.

    Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in documentary film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She and her husband, editor Jason Reid, own a documentary film company called Image Lab Media Group. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family.

  • Aida Rodriguez

    Actress & Comedian

    Aida Rodriguez

    Actress & Comedian

    When Aida was a teenager one of her relatives declared that she would end up a statistic, she did, she is 1 out of the 10 to make it to the finals of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Aida Rodriguez’s “edgy, raw and in your face” style of comedy has set her apart in a world that celebrates funny over double standards. Catching the eye of some of the most recognizable names in Comedy, she is creating a lane of her own. Roseanne Barr doesn’t understand why Aida doesn’t have her own show yet and Keenan Ivory Wayans told the world that she is “like a dose of truth serum”.

    As a single mom of two, Aida has honed and nurtured her craft all while juggling the daily grind and stresses of family and career. While providing endless material, family remains the heart of the Aida Rodriguez experience. “Suddenly, the pages of my journal have become a laughing matter!” Aida is a regular on some of the nation’s most iconic comedy stages.

    She has also hosted and/or been featured on numerous television and radio broadcast programs including but not limited to, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, two-time host of the PBS’s Imagen Awards, Fox’s Laughs, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out, Parental Discretion, as well as NuVo’s Stand Up and Deliver seasons 1 and 2 and The Wedding Zinger. Aida recently was featured in Robert DeNiro’s latest film The Comedian, released in February of 2017, after being handpicked by director Taylor Hackford and will appeared on Showtime this past fall as the Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam’s first Latina.

    When she’s not on your television or a local stage, you can catch Aida following another childhood dream of becoming Bob Hope, Aida serves yearly on USO and MWR tours; making her an international performer.

  • Shruti Shah

    Partner, Private Equity
    KPMG

    Shruti Shah

    Partner, Private Equity

    KPMG

    Shruti Shah is a Partner at KPMG, based out of New York. She assists multinational companies in designing and implementing governance, risk, and compliance programs through various corporate transformation initiatives to improve performance and reduce risk and compliance exposures. Her clients include some of the top PE firms and Asset Management firms in the US.

    She started her career in Tax over 20 years ago—and decided to reinvent herself after leaving the workplace to start a new career in consulting which offered many new opportunities as well as challenges.

    Shruti is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events which not only focus on the advancement of women but also in the advancement of women in private equity. She is the author of two thought leadership articles published in 2017 and 2015: Safeguarding Private Equity Firms and Internal Audit Hot Topics for Private Equity.

    Over the years, Shruti has volunteered my time for causes such as domestic violence, breast cancer awareness, and diabetes. She currently is a board member of the YWCA of Union County, which is a New Jersey-based domestic violence organization.

    Shruti currently resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.

  • Rumana Ahmed

    Former WH Senior Advisor, Deputy NSA

    Rumana Ahmed

    Former WH Senior Advisor, Deputy NSA

    Rumana Ahmed joined the Obama White House in 2011 where she served for over 5.5 years. Her most recent role was as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor in the National Security Council where she worked on efforts to normalize US-Cuba relations, advance relations in Laos, promote global entrepreneurship among women and youth, and advise the President’s engagements with American Muslims. She organized President Obama’s visit to a mosque and engagements with Cuban Americans around his historic trip to Cuba in 2016, and gathered emerging entrepreneurs from around the world and Shark Tank at the White House in 2015. Prior to her position at the NSC, she was the interim liaison to American Muslim communities and led the Champions of Change initiative through which she worked across communities on domestic issues such as health care enrollment and gun violence prevention in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.

    Rumana speaks to emerging young and women leaders on overcoming challenges of discrimination, developing leadership skills, engaging government and building community level partnerships.

    Rumana is a native of Maryland. She received her B.A. (2011) in International Affairs with concentrations in International Development and Economic Development at The George Washington University. She is the author of a recent publication in The Atlantic (“I was a Muslim in Trump’s White House”) that was shared globally and sheds light on some of her experiences at the White House.

NGN Day 2017 Locations

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Mission Statement

To engage college and young professional women in building and expanding their networks of connections with both colleagues and mentors.

How it Works

A panel featuring renowned, diverse women leaders discussing their personal experiences with taking risks and building connections will be streamed to 30+ events, around the country, hosted by corporations and women entrepreneurs. During the hour long event (12-1 pm ET), thousands of women will tune in and interact with the panel, then network with others.

Goals

  • Encourage tens of thousands of women nationwide to recognize the importance of building their network, either by attending a hosted event or by connecting one-on-one.
  • Host 30+ interactive events in major cities across the country which provide women with an opportunity to network in a collegial, enjoyable atmosphere.
  • Enable corporations to participate by engaging their employees, interns and college women.
  • Educate the public about the necessity of women building their network of connections through media releases, articles and video content.
  • Establish the connections necessary for women to advance into leadership.
  • Encourage women to stay connected and grow their network all year round on The Mentor Exchange.

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