Social Media & Marketing 10-Minute Mentors

Social Media & Marketing 10-Minute Mentors

9:55 AM - 11:30 AM
2:30 PM - 5 PM

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Sonali Doshi, Global Brand Manager – The Right To Shower, Unilever

Presenting Purpose-Driven Brands and Businesses

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A graduate from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Sonali Doshi has been working in brand management at Unilever for 8 years across a variety of functions, brands and countries. She started her career creating candy-inspired novelty ice creams, then selling iced Lipton tea, and then to work across the women’s deodorant business where she launched the innovative aerosol dry sprays. Seeking international experience, Sonali shifted to Hindustan Unilever in India to join the global Dove skin cleansing team, where she built a market development model to grow body wash in D&E markets. Upon her return to the states, Sonali took an opportunity to dive into Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan through managing the corporate Unilever brand and sustainability initiatives across categories. Since then, she’s continued to push the sustainability and purpose agenda forward by crafting a new social enterprise within Unilever: The Right To Shower.

Abena Asara, Digital Hub Lead for Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever

Presenting Digital & Social Media Engagement Strategy


Abena Asare brings brands to life and has crafted digital strategies across some of the most well-known brands in the beauty and personal care space. Abena, a graduate from Yale University with an MBA from Harvard Business School, has spent the last 6 years working at Unilever managing various brands and currently leads the Digital Innovation Hub across Unilever’s Beauty and Personal Care portfolio including brands like Dove, Axe, Suave, Degree and TRESemmé. Prior to joining Unilever, Abena spent 5 years in the Automotive industry at Ford Motor Company. Abena has spent her career driving innovation and discovering how to bring ideas to life for household companies and major brands.

Laurel Mintz, Founder & CEO of Elevate My Brand


Laurel Mintz founded Elevate My Brand in 2009. EMB is a full service digital and experiential marketing agency working with startups and global brands like Verizon, Zendesk, Boy Scouts of America, Bassett, and Susan G. Komen. 

Laurel sits on the Board of Directors for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), The American Heart Association and The Fender Music Foundation, and serves as a mentor for The Women's Global Leaders Initiative. Laurel's agency recently won the W3 Silver Award for their work on the 2016 PAW Patrol Road Patrol Campaign, the 2017 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award and the Los Angeles Business Journal's Women in Business Award, among others. Laurel received her B.A. from UCSB and J.D., M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Marianne Ellis, CEO, VEO Group & CEO Success Community


Marianne is a renowned leader in advertising, marketing, business coaching, RFPs and business development for over 25 years, averaging over $100 million in new billing growth in less than 2 years for two different national advertising agencies, DDB Worldwide and Quigley-Simpson-WBE.

Marianne held EVP, SVP, COO level positions at national advertising agencies and is a member of The Television Academy annually attending the Emmy’s. With both sell and buy side experience she ran RFP reviews for Fortune 500 companies at External View Consulting.

Currently, Marianne is CEO of VEO Group, working for Fortune 500 companies, WBENC and WBENC Business Owners helping them grow their brand and their business. She is the author of WBENC 5 Secrets to Meeting Success, a Platinum Supplier Program Developer & Trainer and a past mentor Ambassador. VEO Group is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC)

To advocate for small diversity business owners, Marianne started CEO Success Community, a division of VEO Group, to grow companies from under $1 million to $20million+Value in a membership based model.  With 95.8% of small diversity firms not breaking the $1 million-dollar mark, there is a tremendous need to provide coaching to help these firms reach the next level. Marianne is using her proven experience as a current business coach at SCE EDGE Program to help rising suppliers.

CEO Success Community products include Sales Accelerator, Entrepreneurial Flight to $20 million+ Value (vetted by Harvard, WPO-Women’s President Organization), Private Coaching and Business Tracks.

Anna Pickren, Director of Partnerships, Alice


Alice is a free digital platform that helps business owners find the right path to start and grow successful companies. Alice curates content, tools, events, communities and opportunities that work for the entrepreneur and their company. Alice is open to all founders and prioritizes access for women and underrepresented business owners. Get started at

As Alice’s Director of Partnerships, Anna leads engagement with enterprise partners, entrepreneur organizations, government agencies, foundations and nonprofits. Before joining Team Alice, Anna managed strategic partnerships at Yoobi and helped incubate, launch and build several other socially driven startups, including Brandless, Cheeky Home, Yoobi, Antsy Pants and other brands under the Beach House Group.

Carissa Ciuca and Amy Cheatham, Results Repeat

Carissa Ciuca   Director, Growth & Partnerships

Carissa Ciuca

Director, Growth & Partnerships

Amy Cheatham   Director of Operations, Results Repeat

Amy Cheatham

Director of Operations, Results Repeat


Results Repeat is a full-service digital marketing agency with a consultative, transparent, and results-driven approach. They offer a wide array of digital marketing services including website development, Search Engine Optimization, AdWords and Bing paid search management, social media management, email marketing and graphic design. Over the past year, Results Repeat has worked with more than 400 clients, small and large, in dozens of industries on more than 600 projects.

Nettie Teter, Manager of Marketing & Communications at WBENC

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Nettie Teter joined the WBENC marketing team in 2016, managing social media for both WBENC and its consumer facing arm, the Women Owned Program. With a focus on inspiration, beauty and showcasing the stories of our WBEs and the Corporate Members and partners who support them, Nettie strives to expand our social community of support for lifting up women entrepreneurs.

At WBENC, Nettie has developed and maintains a robust social media strategy for our B2B and B2C platforms, leads social media marketing campaigns around Women’s History Month, Women’s Small Business Month and WBENC events and programs, manages our asset libraries, and produces creative, timely and evergreen content to educate and inspire our social communities to support women owned businesses and invest in executive education and opportunities for women business owners.