Keynote Speakers

Valeria Aloe, T'04

Valeria Aloe is a speaker, the award-winning author of Uncolonized Latinas: Transforming Our Mindsets And Rising Together, and the founder of the Rising Together Movement.

The first in her family to attend college and access professional spaces, Valeria worked +20 years in brand management, business development, and finance in leading companies across 7 countries, including Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Reckitt Benckiser and PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

She founded the Rising Together Movement with the mission of driving economic inclusion and of closing the Latino leadership and wealth gaps. Her work helps Latinos unlearn cultural limiting ways of thinking and behaviors holding the community back, as well as develop the necessary mindset and skillset to confidently thrive. Her research and insights also equip allies with the tools to become more assertive leaders and mentors of Latino talent.

Her work has earned her several awards, including “Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey in 2020” and “5th most influential Hispanic in New Jersey in 2021”. Her award-winning book Uncolonized Latinas has recently been acknowledged with a Gold medal by Golden Door Awards, in partnership with iCONGO and the United Nations, with a Gold medal in the non-fiction category by New York Book Festival, and with the Grand Prize at the Firebird Book Awards, among 8 other national and international recognitions.

She holds degrees in Business Administration and Finance from Universidad Catolica Argentina, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a Master in Spiritual Sciences. She currently serves at Tuck’s Latin American and Caribbean Council.

To learn more about Valeria’s work, her book, and the Rising Together Movement, visit www.ValeriaAloe.com

Rena Harper, T'09

Rena Harper is a global People leader and Executive Coach with a track record of supporting senior leaders in realizing their most complex business, human capital, and leadership goals. Rena is currently serving in interim fractional Chief People Officer roles, an Advisor for PE firm Jacmel Growth Partners, and as a Coach/Advisor to SportStrata, a sport and performance coaching organization. Just prior, Rena was the VP of Executive Coaching at Peloton Interactive, a role specifically created for her based on a superpower in transformational and performance coaching. While in this role she built Peloton’s Coaching center of excellence and launched the first ever coaching pilot program aimed at accelerating the growth and development of the company’s most crucial and diverse leaders. Rena joined during Peloton’s period of hypergrowth as VP of Corporate and International People Business Partners where she built Peloton’s initial people partner and talent strategies with a focus on nurturing culture and fostering high performance. Prior to joining Peloton, Rena spent 10 years at Eli Lilly and Company where she held a variety of HR and commercial leadership roles including HR Strategic Business Partner for Lilly’s R&D Sites on the east and west coasts, Director of Talent Acquisition, compensation partner and interim Head of HR for Lilly’s Puerto Rico sales affiliate. To gain commercial experience, she served as a Diabetes Primary Care District Sales Manager, successfully enabling 4 product launches.

Rena began her career at the World Bank in Ethics/Fraud and Corruption and later transitioned to a consulting firm where she served as Head of Corporate Affairs--her first foray into the HR space. Rena has coached leaders across a variety of industries, including financial services, tech/biotech, healthcare, academia, and consumer packaged goods. Rena received BA degrees in French and English Literature from Georgetown University in 2003, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2009. Rena is originally from northern New Jersey, but has lived in 9 different states across the USA, with 6 month stints in Puerto Rico and France, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.