Eimear Robertson, Vice President and General Manager, Meals and Culinary at Kerry

Eimear Robertson, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Eimear Robertson, Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Eimear Robertson is a practical and empathetic leader, dedicated to solving customer concerns surrounding new product introduction. Currently, she is the Vice President and General Manager, Meals and Culinary at Kerry. Her role includes full P&L ownership, product development, and leading specialized sales and marketing strategies aimed at delivering solutions for customers that have products in the prepared meals, soups, sauces, and dressings categories. Her work is guided by her commitment and passion for bringing new products to market.

Eimear started at Kerry and relocated to the US in 2004, after receiving her degree in Food Science from the University College Dublin. In her 13+ year career at Kerry, she has held several positions including Sales Director and Product Manager. Looking forward, she is focused on growing brands and customers that focused on expanding their natural and organic offerings. 

Earlier this year, The Professional Irish Women of Chicago (PIWOC) held their inaugural awards luncheon in celebration of Irish heritage and female leadership. Eimear received the highest honor at the event - the Irish Professional Woman of the Year.

When she is not at work, Eimear enjoys travelling, cooking (and eating well!), and spending time with her husband and two young boys.

Jennifer Harned, General Manager & Vice President, Sport Protection at Vista Outdoor

Jennifer Harned,  Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Jennifer Harned,  Advancing Women Executives Leader. 

Jennifer Harned is an authentic, big picture, vision-oriented leader who motivates company resources to generate revenue and efficiencies. As a trusted advisor, she has formulated teams in numerous multinational, multisite, multichannel, SKU intensive, branded consumer good environments that have improved profitability and working capital. A fearless analytical approach, passion for getting things done while balancing short, mid, and long term objectives, and subject matter expertise in areas such as stage-gate product innovation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), long range planning, strategic sourcing, supplier management and negotiations, budgetary oversight, and systems implementation has yielded multi-million dollars of annual benefit to organizations. With an abundance of international experience, both personally and professionally, she brings a strong understanding of various markets throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia in order to identify what needs to be done and activates resources accordingly.

Currently, Jennifer is General Manager & Vice President, Sport Protection at Vista Outdoor. In her role, she has P&L responsibility with the objective of driving increases in market share and profitability across multiple outdoor product industries through leadership of the Bell, Giro, Bollé, Cébé, Serengeti, Blackburn, Raskullz, and Krash! brands. This follows a tenure as Vice President, Global Sourcing, Outdoor Products during which she led the change management necessary to develop and implement a strategic sourcing and procurement function.

Prior to joining Vista Outdoor, Jennifer held various career progressive positions at Deloitte & Touche as a consultant where she analyzed, documented, and developed redesign recommendations of operational processes for financial services, entertainment, and government middle market sector clients. At Guitar Center and THQ, Jennifer has led implementations and administered Hyperion, responsible for assessing and delivering all system requirements, issue resolution, and training. Most recently, at BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell Sports) she held the position of Chief Operations & Chief Financial Officer of the Action Sports division of BRG Sports. Her leadership enhanced supplier and customer relationships and KPI performance, driving improvements in profitability and working capital. She was also instrumental in assessing acquisition and divestiture opportunities aligned with overall business strategies resulting in the divestiture of Action Sports businesses, investment in a revolutionary helmet technology, acquisition of a group of competitive brands, acquisition of distribution rights to expand geographic presence and capture international growth, as well as the divestiture of a non-core cycling components business.     

In addition to her executive career, Jennifer has enjoyed participation in Junior Achievement and the mentoring program at Camber Outdoors (formerly Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition). Further, she enjoyed a nontraditional childhood as an employee of a family owned multi store Wendy’s franchise.

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in Accountancy and Computer Applications with a concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She also holds an MBA from University of California Los Angeles.

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity, Time Warner Inc.

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores works with company leadership across divisions to create and implement strategies that will further foster a culture of inclusion and cement the company’s leadership in corporate social responsibility practices.

Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., Yrthya was Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters, where she was tasked with global strategy, policy, governance and new initiatives for the global technology and information leader. Yrthya served as, and holds the distinction of being the first, Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York. In this role, she reformed and strengthened the State’s programs and efforts encouraging the growth of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) eventually establishing programs and practices that led to increased contracting opportunities for M/WBEs.

Yrthya began her career as a researcher and policy advisor. She then brought her expertise to Robin Hood where she supported the work of this unique venture philanthropy, with an emphasis on results and analytics, by leading efforts to fund and develop poverty programs for youth and working families.

Yrthya is a tri-sector professional with a great dedication to her community. Her contributions have earned her a number of recognitions including: 2016 City & State Responsible 100; 2011 Capitol 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics; a proclamation from the Borough President of Manhattan; El Diario/La Prensa’s Latinas Destacadas 2011 Award; a fellowship award by the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2004; a New York City Council Community Involvement Award; and, U.S. Embassy of Spain Young Hispanic Leader in 2001. She also served as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce for Minority/Women Business Enterprises and a member of the New York State Procurement Council and the NYC Commission on Gender Equity through 2016.

Yrthya currently serves as a trustee of the John Jay College Foundation, trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM, advisor on the Corporate Advisory Board of Cultural Vistas and the D&I Advisory Board of the NY Public Radio. In 2017, she was selected as an MAKERS@ Awardee recognizing her as a game-changing employee. In 2016 she joined a select group of world leaders as a member of the Sustainability 50.