Student Symposium Speakers

Ursuline held its first Symposium in 2000 to celebrate the achievements of our alumnae. This biannual event capitalizes on the power of the Laurel Legacy to connect Ursuline women—past, present, and future—in order to enhance leadership skills, foster professional relationships, and share insights between women and across generations.

Alumnae from across the country return to their alma mater to discuss their careers and professional journeys with current students in small breakout sessions.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Puja Sehgal Jaspal '93,
Vice President of Human Resources, Cisco

Puja Sehgal Jaspal serves as Cisco's Vice President of Human Resources, leading the Corporate Functions HR and Crisis, Civility, and Executive Case Management team. Prior to Cisco, Puja was at Visa, Inc. where she most recently held the role as Senior Vice President of Global Technology HR. In this role. She was responsible for leading all aspects of HR including executive development, succession planning, employee engagement, compensation and talent acquisition. During her five-year tenure, Puja led the Technology organization transformation and worked closely with the Technology and HR Leadership Teams to grow leadership and management capability, reshape the Technology organization, and evolve the culture. Prior to Visa, she held several senior HR leadership roles at Google, including leading HR Business Partners for the Product Management function and the Chrome Apps division, providing thought-leadership on the Motorola Mobility Advanced Integration Team, and being a key leader on the Compensation team.

Puja started her career as an engineering co-op student at General Electric and upon graduation joined Procter and Gamble in Brand Management where she held several marketing roles and discovered her interest in HR as a champion for diversity. She is on the Leadership Board of Directors, and was named Top 100 Women of Influence in the Bay Area. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In her spare time, Puja enjoys cooking, soccer, tennis, and spending quality time with her husband and daughter.

The 2019 Symposium Speakers

Ginny Bailey '12

Physics Graduate Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, #STEM #collaborativeresearch #academia

Maria Bergh '06

Architect, Catholic Worker, JustDesign, #activism #urbanministry #arts

Romy Lee Campisano '97

Program Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, #teamwork #problemsolving #scientificresearch


Kate Mock Elliott '04

Communications and Marketing Strategist, HGC Group of Companies, #marketingcommunications #writing #creativity

Emily Fagel '99

Field Sales Director, ELC Portfolio, Estee Lauder Companies, #sales #beautyproducts #eventplanning

Alexa Fiehrer '11

Nurse Anesthetist, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, #critical thinking #healthcare #nursing

Anastasia Fort '01

UI/UX Designer, Encyclopaedia Britannica, #emerginginternet #apptechnologies #graphicdesign

Dana Humphrey Huls '06

Intervention Specialist, Good Shepherd Montessori #specialeducation #psychology #researchdatacollection

Jennifer Mathews '13

Motion Analysis Lab Coordinator, Children's Mercy Hospital, #biomechanics #biomedicalengineering #medicine

Megan McMahon Okun '04

Attorney, Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP, #careerprogression #problemsolving #nonprofit

Traci Osborne '03

National Marketing Manager, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, #marketing #psychology #dataanalytics

Lizzy Linke Reeder '05

Gifted Intervention Specialist, Forest Hills School District, #children #creativeproblemsolving #criticalthinking

Gabrielle Soltys '05

Treasury Attaché for Mexico and Central America, U.S. Department of the Treasury, #economics #publicpolicy #internationalrelations

Kate Rolfes Stadel '12

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Rolfes Custom Design, #creativity #business #entreprenuership

Betsy Sundermann '94

Magistrate, Hamilton County Probate Court, #history #politicalscience #peopleskills



Ginny Walters '07

Assistant Director, Honors Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, #classroomteaching #honorsprograms #undecidedmajors



Stephanie Wilks '04

Founder and President, Smart Bird Operations Consulting LLC, #cultural studies #psychology #business



Alida Krogh Yee '06

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin - American Family Children's Hospital, #healthcare #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy