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Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • General Session: Why Not You?


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    General Nadja West, (Ret.), First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

    Lisa Haynes, CPA, SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Nadja West’s story is one of grit, perseverance, strength, and breaking boundaries, even when faced with adversity. In this talk, she shares her journey from being adopted as the youngest of twelve in a military family to becoming the first African American woman 3-star General in Army history – showcasing the power of asking the question: Why not me? Taking audiences behind-the-scenes of her storied career, from taking care of sick and wounded soldiers as a field surgeon in Operation Desert Storm to supporting more than 4 million people globally as Army Surgeon General, she demonstrates the importance of self-belief, bravery, and balance in overcoming challenges. Audiences will walk away empowered to face obstacles head on, be better leaders, and remove “I can’t” from their vocabulary.

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    General Nadja West, (Ret.), First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

    Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of U.S. Army Medical Command. She is the first African American woman 3-star General in the Army’s history, and the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point. She has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response,  including an instrumental role in crafting the DOD medical response to the Ebola crisis. As Commanding General of MEDCOM, she managed an $11 billion budget and led an organization of more than 130,000 healthcare professionals. She was also the first African American  confirmed by the Senate to be the Army’s Surgeon General. In addition to her many military accolades, she was named as one of Washington’s Most Powerful Women in Washingtonian Magazine and was awarded the Armed Forces Medical Advocate Award by Essence Magazine. She serves on the boards of directors for Americares, Johnson & Johnson, Nucor Corporation, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

    Lisa Haynes, CPA, SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Lisa J. Haynes is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). As the Chief Financial Officer, Haynes is responsible for accounting and financial functions, including setting the policies, procedures, strategies and practices of MBA, as well as overseeing the Association's assets . She also works to ensure future financial stability for MBA through strategic planning and forecasting.  With over 30 years of experience in the fields of finance and accounting, Haynes brings a wealth of knowledge to the CFO position. Prior to joining MBA, Haynes worked for Fannie Mae and served the company in several positions including Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis,  Vice President for Finance Transformation, and Vice President for Operational Accounting, where she led a team of 45 professionals responsible for the management of single and multifamily loans worth approximately $3 trillion. Haynes has also been named as MBA's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, she serves as an executive-level strategist partnering with the leaders of MBA's diversity and inclusion initiatives to promote a comprehensive strategy that fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion within the real estate finance industry. In addition to working with Human Resources, Lisa develops and implements plans, programs, and activities that educate and engage employees on the value of diversity and the critical importance of inclusion. Before her work at Fannie Mae, Haynes established and grew her own consulting practice in Massachusetts. Her practice specialized in financial consulting services for nonprofits and small businesses. Haynes was also the Senior Associate Controller and Director for John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. in Boston where she led the SEC and Management Reporting team during the company's demutualization in 2000. Haynes holds a Master of Business Administration from the Boston University Graduate School of Management, Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley College, and is certified as a public accountant in the state of Virginia

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