Victoria Townes Griffith
Victoria moved to the Bronx, New York from Virginia after graduating high school. Victoria started working in the accounts receivable department of a Bronx Publishing company for 5 years. Victoria worked as a secretary for two years at a Wall Street brokerage firm. Victoria started working for New York Telephone, now known as Verizon, as a customer service representative. A promotion to 1st Level Management came within four years and then a promotion to 2nd level Management and Supervisor of six Representatives. Next came a reassignment to write Methods & Procedures for Customer Services Departments. Victoria continued her ongoing education with numerous leadership, business, managerial, and communication courses. A few years later, Victoria began volunteering and serving as a Board member of a nonprofit organization, The Relief Boutique. The Relief Boutique was established to provide interview appropriate clothing for clients as they started their journey “back to work.” Victoria assisted in selecting appropriate clothing along with providing support and assistance with preparation for an interview. Victoria helped with workshops, seminars, role play, and practice mock interviews with groups and one on one. Victoria resides in Englewood, New Jersey with her husband Calvin and son Alexander.
Carolyn after working 26 years in New York City Government, retired in 2005 from the position of Administrative Manager with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Agency. Her NYC tenure also included various positions with the Department of Transportation for many years. Carolyn received numerous certificates and awards including the New York City Department of Transportation Women’s Advisory Committee Helping Hand Award. Carolyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from The City University of New York with and Honors B.A. Degree and is an alumna of The Women’s Forum Inc.
Karen is currently Senior Counsel, Global Data Privacy Vendor Management Counsel, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. Karen is the executive legal leader for IBM’s Vendor Management workstream, responsible for developing and implementing IBM’s data privacy supplier compliance program. Karen also supports Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. Previously, Karen served as primary legal support for the CIO and Corporate Procurement organizations, leading negotiations for corporate procurements, and as the legal focal for procurement initiatives and CIO matters.
From January 2011 until March 2016, Karen’s role was Senior Counsel and Trust & Compliance Officer based in the Middle East and Africa. During this time, Karen was based in South Africa, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.
From 2011-2013, Karen’s responsibilities included coordinating implementation of integrity programs across IBM’s emerging markets, with a focus on FCPA compliance in new IBM branches. In 2013, Karen’s responsibilities shifted to implementing integrity programs in the Middle East and Africa with a focus on FCPA compliance, internal attorney-directed investigations, employee integrity training and third party compliance issues.
In her previous legal roles in IBM’s US headquarters, Karen gained broad experience in technology licensing, reseller channel strategy, employment law, joint ventures, environmental issues and anti-competition matters. Karen has been an IBM lawyer for S&D, Research, Manufacturing and Development, STG and Global Business Partner organizations.
Prior to joining IBM, Karen was a corporate litigation associate in the New York office of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP where she gained expertise in litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Robyn is the Founder and Executive Director of The Relief Boutique, Inc., an all volunteer not-for-profit organization that provides information and resources to women in the New York City area seeking employment. Since its launch in 2011, The Relief Boutique has assisted over 1,100 women by providing them with personal service and professional attire for their upcoming job interviews. Robyn and The Relief Boutique have been featured on NY1 News and in various news and community publications.
Since founding The Relief Boutique, Robyn has received the following awards:
* Sprint Foundation Community Champion Award
* The Brearley School Frances Riker Davis Award
* Association of Fundraising Professionals, NY Chapter Outstanding Philanthropic Family Award
Robyn is also In-House Counsel at Nonprofit Finance Fund, a not-for-profit organization that advances social progress through financing, consulting, partnerships, and knowledge-sharing.
Robyn graduated from The Brearley School and received her B.A. in Sociology from Brown University. Robyn received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law where she became a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Robyn is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and she is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Robyn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Co-op City Intergenerational Outreach Center where she plans educational activities for youth and she is a member of the Step Up Women’s Network, a not-for-profit organization that fosters the empowerment of girls.