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Luminary’s members are a multigenerational and intersectional community of individuals, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations with access to a vast ecosystem of expert-led thought leadership programs and services.

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Meet The Luminary Team

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO

Leader. Advocate. Builder.

Cate Luzio spent two decades in financial services leading global multibillion-dollar businesses. During this time, she also led many of the institutions’ women’s networks and saw the disproportionate number of men to women and women of color in the senior ranks. She recognized the problem was a lack of investment and development of talent in the female pipeline, rather than a lack of talent itself.

This observation sparked a new direction for Luzio’s own trajectory. In a sharp career pivot, she wrote a business plan and set out on a new mission to help women see a path toward advancement by arming them with the tools, resources, and community to propel them to the top -- regardless of their professional journey.

In 2018, she launched and self-funded Luminary, a membership-based career and personal growth platform and collaboration hub created to address the systemic challenges impacting women across all industries and sectors. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate, uplifting and upscaling women through all phases of their professional journey -- in the workforce, entrepreneurship, and in transition - - by providing a vast eco-system of expert-led thought leadership programs, as well as in-person and virtual workshops and events. Members are comprised of a multigenerational and intersectional community of intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations including UBS, WW, JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, and Heidrick & Struggles.

Prior to Luminary, Cate was Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC, managing more than 2,000 employees worldwide and prior to that, she served as Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan EMEA based in London. She spent her early years in Latin America with Bank of America across both consumer and wholesale banking. She started her career working in tech in China. Cate was named to American Banker's ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking' list multiple years in a row, is a three-time Financial Times Global Diversity Champion, and a two-time Yahoo Finance Diversity Hero. She remains committed to leveraging her extensive corporate experience to support and encourage women and push for gender equality and pay parity in the workplace.

 

 

 

Erica Lerner

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Erica Lerner

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Erica Lerner is an experienced founder in the real estate and health and wellness industries, with a demonstrated history working in project finance, tax and corporate law, international tax, due diligence, and corporate structuring, as well as mergers and acquisitions. After nearly a decade of working in legal and corporate environments, most recently in mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte, Erica sought out new projects to foster her curiosity and develop her strengths and achieve independence.

In 2017 she co-founded Xtend Tribeca, a premier fitness studio and the first Manhattan location for Xtend Barre. Since Xtend Tribeca’s opening, Erica has been on a mission to provide a home for thousands of women looking for creative and effective workouts in a secure, safe, judgement-free setting. Erica is excited to continue her mission in her role as the Chief Operating Officer of Luminary and to develop a new home for thousands of professional women throughout New York City and beyond.

Sarah Esmenda

Head of Community

Sarah Esmenda

Head of Community

Sarah is a driven and empathetic Filipino-American woman looking to make a difference in the world. She has a range of experience in property management and dance education and performance, but her main passion is to uplift and aid underrepresented and underprivileged populations. Sarah is looking to find her ikigai -- or calling that combines what she loves, what she's good at, what the world needs, and what she can be paid for.

Radha Mantri

Head of Customer Insights

Radha Mantri

Head of Customer Insights

MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)

Radha holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has 4+ years of experience in brand management, business development and strategic planning. After graduating she worked as a Brand Manager with India’s largest retail chain “Future Group” and launched a baby care brand “Puretta”. She independently defined product portfolio, pricing strategy, go-to-market strategy for the brand and launched in 100+ cities. She also served as a Chief of Staff to the CEO and worked on business strategy and sales acceleration projects.  

Radha then moved to an ecommerce furniture market place - “Pepperfry”. During her stint there, she successfully led a team of 8 and developed a robust lead management system and CRM for a new business function. She was also responsible for Data analytics and Category management of Kitchen Appliances and Modular Furniture.

Radha is excited to be part of Luminary and its enthusiastic team which is driven towards the mission of creating a gender equal world.

Radha is a trained classical Kathak dancer and spends her free time learning new dance forms and choreographies. She is a board game enthusiast and loves traveling. 

CeCe Everett

Director of Events and Program Strategy

CeCe Everett

Director of Events and Program Strategy

Cieanne or CeCe for short, started her professional career managing a multi-line showroom in Midtown, where she learned the in's and out's of growing a business. Her fellow boss doubled as a mentor and was able to use all she taught her to succeed in every role thereafter. During CeCe's career, she has worked for/with companies that have been created, founded and run by women. This unique experience has shaped the way she looks at businesses and has guided her in being intentional in the projects and roles she takes. To date, CeCe has taken her knowledge to build other women and her community, a pathway for future business owners. Ever growing and learning, CeCe is proud of what she brings to the table and is excited for what's to come! 

Romana Ryals

Head of Programming and Affiliate Partnerships

Romana Ryals

Head of Programming and Affiliate Partnerships

Originally from the Bay Area, Romana moved to NYC almost a decade ago. She has spent the majority of her career working in nonprofits focused on empowering and preparing young people to pursue their own dreams. Along the way, Romana been extremely fortunate to have empowering supporters pour into both her professional and personal development. She would not be where she is without these champions so she looks forward to joining an even more expansive community of dedicated professionals. Romana believes that finding the best solutions involves elevating as many voices as possible so with her background in program development, she hopes to create opportunities that do just that.

Amanda Ehrenreich

Digital and Content Marketing Manager

Amanda Ehrenreich

Digital and Content Marketing Manager

After attending Lasell University, majoring in Fashion Communications, with a focus on promotions and events, Amanda knew that this could be the path to foster her creativity.

Amanda has worked in various positions and companies over the past few years. She assisted in a European Showroom and helped work seasonal clothing lines to boutiques around the country and presented at trade shows. She has been a Merchandise Operations Coordinator at Gilt Groupe and assisted in designing their e-commerce digital product lines in the home and kids departments. Amanda has been an Event Coordinator at Rue La La for Women’s Contemporary and Athletic wear and managed the timeline of events being launched. And she has worked as an Associate Buyer for footwear within the Amazon Marketplace.

Amanda also started a lifestyle blog after college where she personalized and developed her space in the digital world. She writes about everything from fashion and beauty, to home decor and cooking. Her favorite topic thus far has been organizing closets, as color coordination is very therapeutic for her! This is when she realized her love for writing, sharing her life on social media, and the feedback she received from followers.

Through both her professional life and personal experiences, Amanda believes success comes from communication, teamwork, and shared goals. Supporting and connecting with women has been so rewarding that she can see the community of social media growing and expanding with unlimited possibilities!

Dani De Boulay

Enterprise Relationship Manager

Dani De Boulay

Enterprise Relationship Manager

Dani De Boulay's career is a colorful one. From 2012 to 2015, she directed teams of volunteers and staff in WinShape Foundation's summer camp program. Her excellence and innovation won her the Second Mile Service Award for 3 consecutive years. Her roles as Volunteer Director and Director sparked her interest in the nonprofit sector--specifically positive youth development programs.

From 2016 to 2020, she supervised government contracts implementing leadership development curriculum and case management in NYC middle and high schools. While working full-time, Dani received her MPA in a rigorous joint program with NYU Wagner and Columbia Law and graduated with honors.

On the director level, she has led cross-collaboration across creative, operations, and community outreach teams. In early 2021, she transitioned from nonprofit management and now specializes in lead generation, corporate relationship management, cross-collaboration, and program development.

Dani's commitment to personal development and supporting women and historically underrepresented communities led her to Luminary. As a principal Enterprise Relationship Manager, she helps companies supplement how they recruit, develop, and retain women and diverse talent.

 
Known as the "Idea Queen" by her colleagues, Dani uses her colorful career experience to improve strategy with innovative ideas. She successfully manages over 40 corporate accounts--including ViacomCBS, Blackstone, Spotify, JPMorgan Chase, Indeed, WW, Spectrum Reach, Mastercard, L'Oréal, Verizon, and Unilever.
 
Email dani@luminary-nyc.com to learn more about Luminary Corporate Memberships.
Schedule a meeting at calendly.com/dani_luminary.

 

Sophie Hackett

Enterprise Relationship Manager

Sophie Hackett

Enterprise Relationship Manager

Originally from Indianapolis, Sophie holds a BSW and MSW with experience working with youth, families, and young mothers. She also has experience with funding and grant development, marketing strategies, and project planning for programs surrounding culturally-responsive interventions for diverse populations and marginalized adult communities. Most recently, she served as the Chief of Staff for Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod, representing North East Denver. Sophie enjoys working collaboratively to develop systems and build relationships/networks that move society forward. 

Kelsey Gonsalves

Member and Programming Lead

Kelsey Gonsalves

Member and Programming Lead

Kelsey is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University where she studied Communication and the Arts. Kelsey decided to study Communications because she believes that it is something that can help us greatly in today's society.  As an early graduate, Kelsey is hoping to get into graduate school to continue her education and broaden her horizons. 


She is excited to be at Luminary where she is able to focus on her passion for equality while making amazing connections with the women in the space. Kelsey is also thrilled that she will be able to meet and work with people in a variety of fields and jobs as a Luminary employee. Kelsey has previously worked and interned for a PR Group, events coordinator, as well as a career coach. As such she is happy to help within the space!

Shai Card

Membership Coordinator

Shai Card

Membership Coordinator

Shai grew up in NY and returned to the east coast after a few years in Denver, CO. She's driven cross country a few times but NYC still has her heart & spend a good chunk of her time trying to convince her brother to move back here. She'll read anything Stephen King writes,  could eat sushi for every meal, and baking is her love language.

Ashley Caissie

Executive Assistant

Ashley Caissie

Executive Assistant

Ashley comes to Luminary through Squared Away, an assistance agency with a team of remote Chief Executive Assistants who are all military spouses or veterans. Her husband is currently serving in the Navy and is stationed in Chicago. She is originally from Boston, and graduated from Assumption University with a degree in business management & marketing. Before joining Squared Away & Luminary, she spent most of her professional career in higher education publishing sales and account management. Ashley is also a freelance dance choreographer & coach. She currently coaches the Loyola Academy Ramblerettes and is an advisor for the Assumption University Dance Team. In her spare time, she loves to travel, spend time with her miniature Aussie, Riggins, and explore her new city!

Lauren Mcarthur

Community Manager

Lauren Mcarthur

Community Manager

Lauren McArthur is a Community Associate at Luminary. She is passionate about female empowerment and cultivating diverse and inclusive spaces. She is especially interested in expanding employment opportunities for neurodiverse women. Her strengths include a keen eye for detail, innovative ways of problem-solving, and seeing the best in people.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she has a passion for film, dogs, and helping people. She used those passions when working at Uplift Studios, International Charter School of NY, Bow Tie Cinemas, and volunteering with PAWS NY. She is very excited to be part of Luminary and contribute to the success behind the scenes.

Julissa Ruiz

Community Manager

Julissa Ruiz

Community Manager

Julissa is a  singer/ songwriter, podcaster, and entrepreneur born and raised in Chelsea Manhattan. Being in entertainment since age 19, Julissa fell in love with networking and marketing and meeting like-minded souls who love to create new visions. Julissa has her own Podcast "Chatting With Jas" to shine light on other entrepreneurs and their journeys. She also launched her own clothing line named “Flourish by Eli Jas” where she creates and sells collections of gender neutral statement clothing pieces, jewelry, and authentic crystals for holistic healing for the Modern day visionary. Flourish has been featured on artists like Dominican recording artist -Danileigh on Sheen Magazine, Actress and Journalist -Janelle Marie, Grammy Nominated Artist CHIKA, and more.

Shaday Fermin

Community Manager

Shaday Fermin

Community Manager

Long time reproductive justice advocate, Shaday has worked in women’s rights and nonprofits for the past five years, and currently pivoting towards entrepreneurship and sex education.

Emma Mathes

Community Manager

Emma Mathes

Community Manager

Emma graduated from Fordham University in 2019 with a degree in English. Never lacking a robust analysis, she hopes to write for larger audiences. Currently, she heads a column for Musée Magazine called “Flash Fiction.” In her free time, Emma enjoys watching tv shows, going on walks, and playing Animal Crossing.

Monique Rickenbacker

Community Manager

Monique Rickenbacker

Community Manager

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Monique is full of passion, pride, and sternness. She's 23 years old, a Taurus and  loves nature, adventures, exploring new things, and anything related to the feminine. In her free time she's journaling, coloring, exercising or simply just being.  Her interest lies in women’s liberation, advocacy, and human rights and her goal is to foster foundations of love and safety through community development for vulnerable groups of people.