Bedside Chat: Women in Business (May 2nd)


Thursday, May 2nd: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Leesa Dream Gallery
112 Wooster St, Soho
New York, NY 10012



What does business look like when women leaders are elevated?

Out of the Fortune 500 companies, only 32 have female CEOs. Only 20% of all business investment goes into women-led businesses — and it’s worse for businesses owned by trans women and women of color. The list of inequalities continues.

These are issues that B Corp certification addresses to steward business to a more equal and inclusive future. Join us to hear from women leaders of B Corps about how to build better businesses and the unique potential of women-led businesses.

The Bedside Chats are ongoing monthly series with Leesa, B Lab, and Be Social Change, bringing together innovative B Corps and businesses.

What You’ll Learn

  • Insights on why women-led businesses are an important metric for social change
  • Career journeys from women who lead some of the most innovative and advanced organizations
  • What effective governance looks like when women hold leadership roles
  • Trends, challenges, and opportunities in women’s leadership
  • The role male allies need to play in the workforce
  • Strategies to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace
  • Everyday practices to support socially conscious companies
  • Career opportunities at innovative businesses that excel in promoting equality in the workplace

About Be Social Change Events

In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of how you can make an impact through your career, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-minded people from the Be Social Change, Leesa and B Lab communities.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available. We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event


  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Networking


  • Brita Turner, Chief Marketing Officer, Leesa
  • Kristy Wallace, CEO, Ellevate Network
  • Camilia Aberra, Sr. Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson


Brita Turner, Chief Marketing Officer, Leesa

Brita Turner is a marketing executive specializing in eCommerce and digital marketing with over 15 years of experience at firms including IBM, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Godiva, and FTD. She has an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler with a concentration in corporate strategy and luxury goods, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University.

Brita believes in taking a consumer-centric and data-driven approach to decision making across merchandising, marketing, and site experience to deliver strong revenue and profitability growth results.

She is also an active mentor, member in Women in Technology International, and volunteer for NY Cares.

Kristy Wallace, CEO, Ellevate Network

Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission of changing the culture of business from the inside out by providing professional women with a supportive community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate’s Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate’s impact.

Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.

Prior to joining Ellevate, Kristy was a founding team member of, where she oversaw operations, business modeling, brand development, partnerships, and fundraising. Kristy also served as VP of North America Ad Sales and GM of International Operations at

Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University and began her career as a financial analyst at KeyBank. A passionate runner, reader and world traveler, Kristy lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband and three wonderful children.

Camilia Aberra, Sr. Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

As Sr. Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Camilia is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of integrated communications and public relations activities for Janssen’s Immunology business. She sits on the Janssen Immunology Sales Leadership Team.

Camilia is a key partner and trusted advisor with a track record of helping leaders find authentic and innovative ways to connect with employees through creative social media platforms. In her current role, Camilia partners with U.S. sales and marketing leadership to inform and engage field-based team members through measurable organizational and executive communications that increase sales effectiveness and performance. She launched the first leadership podcast at Janssen to increase reach to field employees who spend 90 percent of their time in their cars and the first Yammer platform in Immunology which has served to increase connectivity of field employees to home office. Camilia also leads product communications for the Rheumatology franchise, including SIMPONI ARIA® and STELARA®, where she advances business objectives through initiatives that focus on increased brand share-of-voice as well as physician and patient education and empowerment.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Camilia led digital marketing for Philabundance, a high-profile hunger relief organization affiliated with Feeding America, where she successfully heightened the organization’s online presence and increased overall reach. Camilia continues service to our community through her leadership role on EMC (Eritrean Muslims Council), a national not-for-profit organization that advocates for families who have migrated to North America from Eritrea, a small but mighty country in the horn of Africa and her family’s native country. She also sits on the leadership team for TEDxPhiladelphia.

Camilia holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelors in English and Communication from Rosemont College. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Redwan, a Swedish native whose family also hales from Eritrea and enjoys carpool karaoke, Shark Tank, salsa dancing, hiking and traveling the world.


Julie Fahnestock, A Soul-Forward Creative Director and Entertainer Committed to a Love Economy

Lover first. Storytelling Entertainer second. As part of the founding team of The Love Economy Movement, Julie runs the creative direction, production, content and brand building of Love Fests and Love Story Slams. And she brings the hype and fun as the lead MC to every experience (and can be hired to bring this to yours!). She is also the Founder and CEO of B Storytelling, a creative agency committed to telling the story where business meets good through brand strategy and content production. Her teams have helped dozens of social enterprises strategically discover, position and tell impact stories.

Julie holds an MBA in Sustainability from Marlboro College Graduate School in Vermont and is proud to be the Co-Chair of B Local NYC. Julie lives in Brooklyn, New York and can be found jamming out on her piano, ecstatic dancing or trying to keep up with the runners in Prospect Park.


Be Social Change is New York City’s largest social impact community, helping professionals make their greatest impact, confidently and effectively, through their careers and lifestyles.

Through the Be Social Change Membership, we equip professionals in nonprofits, social enterprises, B Corps, conscious businesses, and those looking to explore the social impact space, with the skills and connections to create change.

At Leesa, rest is kind of our thing. We make mattresses, pillows, bases and sleep accessories to help everybody get better rest. Every Leesa purchase fuels our heart and soul—we donate one mattress for every ten mattresses sold, to help provide better rest for children and families. We also plant one tree for every mattress sold, because we believe investing in our earth is key to creating a world worth waking up to.

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Their initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation. B Lab’s vision is of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates shared prosperity for all.



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